The most important U.S financial report today is the University of Michigan Confidence report and is considered one of the foremost indicators of US consumer sentiment. It came in higher than expected and the markets rejected the good news by continuing the slide beginning this morning.
Investors are totally rejecting the possibility of setting new highs this week as the DOW plummets towards minus 300 points followed by the other averages. Is this the start of another mini-correction?
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed. The IPC is higher by 0.39%, while the Bovespa is leading the S&P 500 lower. They are down 1.17% and 1.10% respectively.
At this point I am expecting four down sessions which in the past resulted in the markets moving back up. A bit to early to say for sure what is going to happen, but I can tell you I don't want to be in the markets over the weekend, long or short.
$NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
A few days ago, we deservedly mocked the IMF for "projecting" that in 2016 Greece would be the Eurozone's fastest growing country, with a 3.7% expected GDP growth rate.
Yes, Greece, the same country which moments ago the IMF's chief economist Blanchard admitted may very well not be in Europe!
IMF VERY MUCH WANTS TO COME TO AGREEMENT WITH GREECE: BLANCHARD
GREEK EXIT FROM EURO WOULD BE COSTLY, PAINFUL: BLANCHARD
So yeah. Comedy.
Comedy indeed. Ignoring that in virtually all credible and realistic forecasts, thus not the IMF's, Greece will almost certainly no longer be in the Eurozone in 2016, the fact that Greece, which is not only on the verge of defaulting to its foreign creditors, but will likely seek redenomination to the Drachma soon, will result in a historic collapse in its economy in the coming years.
And moments ago, the IMF seemingly tired of being mocked by fringe blocks, admitted the obvious:
IMF OFFICIAL: IMF'S GREEK ECONOMIC OUTLOOK NEEDS TO BE LOWERED
While the Chinese are long to bed, futures continue to trade on their exuberant stock market... and it's going south in a hurry. As we noted earlier, the catalyst appears to be a regulatory decision to increase the number of 'shortable' securities (and follow-through from PBOC's day prior demands of brokers to monitor margin trading). Both of these actions were taken as 'signals' that policymakers may be getting nervous about the ebullient wealth creation... Chinese stock futures are now down almost 7% - the 2nd biggest drop in 7 years.
It appears the 4% rally post-crappy-GDP print was a little too far too fast..
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose for a second straight month in March as the cost of gasoline and shelter increased, signs of some inflation that should keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year.
Stocks - for now - are ambivalent to the highest core CPI in 5 months; but the grown-up markets in bonds and FX are taking notice. The Dollar has surged (led by EUR weakness) and long-bond yields are up 5bps (back to unchanged on the week).
Stocks are unimpressed...
But bonds and the dollar are 'anxious'
It appears the machines were in waterfall mode today....
Oh oh. Treasury Futures steamrolling down - didn't like 8:30 news: pic.twitter.com/YF7ductruv
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co has agreed to buy the beverage business of China Culiangwang Beverages Holdings Ltd for $400.5 million including debt, to get a foothold in the fast growing multi-grain drinks category.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd deepened its push into the automotive business on Friday, saying it had struck a partnership with Shanghai General Motors (GM) to offer online sales and financing for GM cars.
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