What’s behind this two day market rally is hard to pin down.
Some suggest it’s due to algo traders who dominate much of the current market trading.
For example, algos are focused on various words when the Fed speaks.
Yesterday many likely had “considerable time” regarding interest rates as a primary focus. As Bloomberg noted, “…a quick search of the Fed’s announcement found the two words “considerable time” would remain in the central bank’s statement in reference to how long policy makers intend to keep their benchmark interest rate near zero. A quick search of the document found the phrase, and so some of the fastest typists dutifully reported its presence. Yet taking the time to actually read the paragraph showed that the Fed was moving away from those two words. The Fed was saying it would be ‘patient’ when it comes to normalizing monetary policy, guidance it then said was consistent with the previous ‘considerable time’ language.”
Any way the algos were already down the road investing and squeezing shorts.
And, with ZIRP fully in place it won’t take long for companies to borrow on the cheap and buy back shares making earnings look better on the reduced float. CVS to announce a $10 billion share buy back on borrowed money.
All stocks rose today including the beleaguered energy sector which rallied despite crude oil being down for another day.
In Europe stocks rose sharply as investors remain convinced central banks will support markets.
Economic data was mixed again. Jobless Claims declined slightly to 289K vs 295K expected & prior 295K. Yellen surprised me anyway, when she said that better employment was the result of Fed policies (this worth an argument) but only gave lip service to amount of part time jobs and huge amount of people not in the work force. Philly Fed Survey was weak 24.5 vs 25 expected & prior 40 and Leading Indicators were flat at 0.6% vs 0.6% expected & prior revised lower to 0.6% from 0.9%.
Leading market sectors higher included: Everything.
Leading market sectors lower included: Crude Oil (USO), Base Metals (DBB), Bonds (TLT), Russia (RSX) and the VIX (VXX).
The top 20 market movers by percentage change in volume whether rising or falling is available daily.
Volume was heavy once again as algos threw caution to the wind and bought with both hands. Breadth per the WSJ was quite positive but not quite a 90/10 day.
You really can’t win when thinking logically.
You must yield to the central banks even when they say nothing supportive—really it’s all quite amusing. Here we are trying to make sense of things as humans but the algos and HAL 9000s are running the show.
I for one am entering my 40th year of dealing with markets and adapting to the whims of the powerful computers and PhD’s operating them is challenging.
But that’s the way of things these days.
One has to believe the Santa rally is now balls to the wall. Portfolio managers wanting to make their year have done so before things slow down markedly next week probably.
Let’s see what happens.
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|WTI Crude Futr||56.10||1.99||3.68 %||10:52|
|US Dollar||89.72||0.27||0.31 %||11:23|
|Brazil||1776.473||0.88 %||-14.07 %||-19.91 %|
|Russia||412.924||5.41 %||-22.44 %||-47.52 %|
|India||486.659||2.29 %||-7.83 %||19.48 %|
|China||63.498||1.24 %||-2.74 %||0.63 %|