Today it is all about Greece. Markets opened almost one percent higher and have gradually melted off the morning highs as a defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal. WTI oil has fallen solidly into a key support on surprising news of larger than expected inventory build, but is expected to rebound fractionally this time around.
Baring any surprising positive news, the markets are expected to fall off fractionally as the U.S. dollar rises, but remain In the green by the closing bell.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed today. The S&P 500 is up 0.40% while the IPC gains 0.03%. The Bovespa is off 0.64%.
$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.
Over a year ago, and long before he became the mascot for fraught negotiations between Greece and its creditors, Yanis Varoufakis penned a lengthy essay on what might happen should the Greek government decide to stand firm in the face of pressure from Brussels, Frankfurt, and Berlin.
Earlier today we learned that in fact, Greece will stick to its negotiating position even in default and will remain defiant to the end, or at least until the voters who swept PM Tsipras and Varoufakis into office indicate at the ballot box that concedeing the Syriza campaign mandate is an acceptable outcome. With the government urging Greeks to vote "no", the Tsipras and Varoufakis' gambit will be put to the test next week, or perhaps even as early as this afternoon when the ECB could decide to effectively bring the Greek banking sector to its knees.
In this context, we bring you Yanis Varoufakis' vision of the endgame, straight from the embattled FinMin himself:
That Greece has the right and the opportunity to deploy these bargaining cards there is no doubt. The important question is this: What if Berlin and Frankfurt do not budge? What if they tell Athens to â€'go jump of the tallest cliff'? The Greek government currently claims that it has a budget surplus. While I strongly doubt this claim, I suspect that a small primary surplus can be concocted through some additional cost cutting and a leximin squeeze of top public sector incomes downwards (without affecting the lowest incomes, pensions and benefits). That should suffice to allow the Athens government to meet its needs during any medium term standoff with Berlin and Frankfurt, as the Greek state will ...
ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe.
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With the US consumer hunkering down in 2015 and barely spending more than in the comparble period last year, the only silver lining had been auto sales driven almost entirely by access to cheap credit; in fact, as the chart below shows while revolving credit has barely budged from its post-crisis lows with consumers still failing to fall for the "recovery" narrative, Uncle Sam's zero cost loans which are now reaching well over 6 years in average duration have provided a generous support for the US auto industry. In addition to the bubble in student loans, car loans have been the only confirmation that the US consumer - that driver of 70% of the US economy - is still alive.
So in a world in which one can buy cars now and worry about the costs later, much much later, auto sales should have been soaring as they have been in recent years, right?
Well, not for GM, which moments ago reported a surprising drop in June auto sales, which declined 3% M/M to 259,353 from the prior month, driven by an 18.1% plunge in Buick sales, with Chevy and Cadillac also posting declines, despite expectations of a 3% headline increase. This even as GM announced pickup deliveries were up 33% with the Silverado up 18%. Curiously, GM's main domestic competitor, Ford, reported a 9% drop in F-Series sales in June.
The world saw a potential Y2K-moment overnight and just as in 2000, the world did not end. An extra leap second was added, potentially blowing up every computer in the world... but as the following chart shows, for the algos, it was just a buying (and selling) opportunity.
"Today is Day 1 of Year 7 of the 'recovery', and yet economists everywhere proclaims 3% growth is just around the corner," rages Jim Bianco as he addresses what 'bugs him', exclaiming "that ship has sailed." Bianco and Santelli go on to slay Keynesian big government dragons and the incessant bullshit from officials like Jack Lew who opine on Greece and other potential systemic risks as being a non-event - "what is priced in is that everything will work itself out at the 11th hour," leaving a huge asymmetric risk.
Since my arrival into the country late May, the topic of most discussions I overhear everywhere are naturally about the debt negotiations.
I'd call opinions in support or against the Tsipras governments' activities pretty sharply divided.
Tsipras supporters are generally fed-up with 5yrs of blood-letting "from the Germans".
Critics, on the other hand, see the euro as some sort of abstract membership in a club that must be retained at all cost.
A minority even criticize Tsipras for—get this—being too soft.
That's especially true where I've been staying here in the port-city of Piraeus, which - being the country's biggest port, is home to mostly blue collar, working class folks where unions more or less dominate.
To illustrate the political leanings around here, I hazily recall a headline in a newsfeed summing up their worldview quite accurately: "Piraeus - a neighborhood where Syriza is not quite left-wing enough."
Like most locals, I've been steadily hitting the ATM for the past weeks to amass some emergency cash.
I ventured out today for the first time since the capital controls were installed yesterday to have a look around.
In Piraeus, I saw a queue of at least 30 people at a branch of Alpha Bank, and about 10 people at the Bank of Piraeus, where I waited.
The mood among the people waiting was pretty cool, friendly and even throwing a few funny comments around to address the obvious elephant in the room.
Older pensioners who were waiting, being used to getting their money from the window, had dusted off their debit card and receiv ...
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