Crude Oil, ‘Crap Stocks’, & Credit Soar Amid Hedge Fund Carnage Ahead Of “Largest OpEx In History”

Crude Oil, ‘Crap Stocks’, & Credit Soar Amid Hedge Fund Carnage Ahead Of “Largest OpEx In History”

Where to start…

US Macro is surging

The S&P is incredibly overbought

Hedge Fund bloodbath accelerates

Massive (Record) OpEx tomorrow

160bps of rate-cuts now priced in for 2024

Financial Conditions “loosest” since June 2022

The rest is more of the same – dollar puking, bonds soaring (yields plunging), gold and bitcoin higher, and oil spiking.

US Macro data continues to ‘beat’ (paging six-rate-cuts in the dot-plot) in direct opposition to Powell’s pivot to uber-dove…

Source: Bloomberg

…which smashed Financial Conditions to their loosest since June 2022…

Source: Bloomberg

And the market saw its inch and took a mile, now daring The Fed with 160bps of cuts priced-in for 2024…

Source: Bloomberg

Hedgies have been humbled with a massive 12% plunge in the last two days as their favorite longs have underperformed and their biggest shorts have been squeezed massively higher…

Source: Bloomberg

The biggest 2-day drop since Jan 2021…

Source: Bloomberg

The dash for trash is evident as MAG7 stocks become a ‘source of funds’ to chase ‘crap’ stocks…

Source: Bloomberg

And all of this is happening with gamma at record highs…

And tomorrow is on course to become the largest OpEx in history for $SPX/ $SPY linked contracts, with a staggering $3.1 trillion in notional Open Interest scheduled to expire this Friday.

SPX is nearing the most overbought level (RSI >70) in well over a decade…

47% of the S&P 500 members are overbought after yesterday’s surge – the most since Feb 1991…

Source: Bloomberg

Small Caps are up – wait for it – over 7% since 1400ET yesterday when the ‘Powell Pivot’ hit. The rest of the majors are up around 1-2%…

But hey… it was easy really…

And if The Fed really wants to stomp on the tightening throat of real yields then S&P 500 P/Es are going back to the moon…

Source: Bloomberg

VIX was steady ahead of OpEx (with a 12 handle) as credit spreads (IG and HY) crashed)…

Source: Bloomberg

Bonds extended their price gains and yield declines with the short-end outperforming (2Y -34bps, 30Y -27bps this week)…

Source: Bloomberg

…with 2s thru 7s now all lower on the year…

Source: Bloomberg

The 10Y Yield tumbled back below 4.00% (and 30Y dropped to 4.02%), its lowest since July…

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar extended yesterday’s plunge for the biggest 2-day drop since July…

Source: Bloomberg

Bitcoin and Gold extended gains as real yields fell today…

Source: Bloomberg

Palladium also exploded higher, up almost 12% (the biggest daily jump since March 2020)…

Source: Bloomberg

Oil extended its rebound with WTI back above $72…

…that is not at all what The Fed will want to see if it is really going to stick to its plan of slashing rates.

Finally, are we here?

…and how long before Powell resigns?

In the first half of the year we had recession fears which priced in an increasing number of rate cuts for next year (and saw Biden’s approval decline)… then Aug-Oct we saw the economy appear to improve and rate-cuts were removed optimistically, but amid that optimism in the market, Biden’s approval rating continued to decline…

Then December hit and Biden approval collapsed… triggering markets to suddenly price in a massive rate-cut shift next year

Does make one wonder.

Tyler Durden
Thu, 12/14/2023 – 16:00

 

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