So where will dollars flow if not in equities?
Negative debt is now 26.3% of all sovereign bonds, also a new record… Think of negative rates as a “storage fee” for this excess capital that is not needed. Jim Bianco
Some will continue to take their cue from Buffet where Berkshire Hathaway’s recent earnings release shows they are increasing not deploying their cash holdings:
Due to prices being “sky-high for businesses possessing decent long-term prospects,” cash now stands at $122 billion. This increase reflects a $1 billion net reduction in holdings of financial #stocks. @elerianm
The safety trade of US Dollars would normally be a no-brainer if it were not for coordinated effort by Fed and Trump to pull it down.
There was some idea that the Fed could do it, but Powell (is accused) of mangling the message. POTUS understood the signal and ended the tariff truce within 24 hours of FOMC. That succeeded where the Fed failed: to start a $USD correction. Marc Chander
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Follow Up: $ADSK
Last night I discussed how the head and shoulders pattern had broken, with a close below the neckline. It was already approaching oversold levels and contended it may bounce. Wrong. What a classic break with a measured move to the first target area of 146 hitting today. I was watching it just keep falling with eyes wide and mind irritated I didn’t take the trade upon first alert of neckline break. I’ll be curious to see what next week brings for this name.
Nonfarm Payrolls: The economy created 164,000 new jobs in July, in-line with forecast of 165,000.
Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%, remaining near a 50-year low.
Average Hourly Earnings: Wage gains remain at just slightly above 3% a year.
Trade Deficit: The deficit decreased 0.3% to $55.2 billion from a revised $55.3 billion in May
Exports declined 2.1% to $206.3 billion, marking the lowest level since December. The U.S. exported fewer autos, drugs and computer accessories.
One bright spot: Inflation-adjusted exports of U.S. oil hit an all-time high on the back of surging domestic production that’s reduced the need for foreign imports. The real trade deficit in petroleum was the lowest on record.
Consumer Sentiment Index: The University of Michigan said the final reading of its consumer-sentiment index for July was 98.4, up from 98.2 in June. Forecasts expected a 98.5 reading.
The index of consumer expectations rose while that for current conditions fell. Recent surveys have pointed to the most favorable personal finance expectations since May 2003, but consumers also have begun to take precautionary measures to increase savings and reduce debt, the University of Michigan said.
Attitudes toward buying homes and vehicles have significantly receded from their cyclical peaks despite declining interest rates, the University of Michigan said.
Factory Orders: U.S. factory orders rose 0.6% in June following two consecutive decline. Orders minus transportation moved up 0.3%. Core capital goods orders advanced a revised 1.5%, down from a preliminary 1.9%.
Trade Wars and More
China Vows to Counter Trump’s Tariff Threat as Trade Rift Widens
Beijing pledged to respond if the U.S. insists on adding extra tariffs to the remainder of Chinese imports, as President Donald Trump’s abrupt escalation of the trade war between the world’s largest economies sent stocks tumbling across three continents.
Trump announced Thursday that he would impose a 10% tariff on a further $300 billion in Chinese imports, a move set to hit American consumers more directly than his other tariffs so far. The new duties, which Trump said could go “much higher,” will be imposed beginning Sept. 1 on a long list of goods expected to include smart-phones, laptop computers and children’s clothing.
Trump rolls out trade agreement with the EU one day after escalating tensions with China
President Donald Trump announced Friday the European Union would open its beef market to American farmers in a bid to defuse one front in a yearlong trade trade dispute between the two sides.
“The agreement we’re about to sign keeps one more promise to the great patriots of American agriculture,” Trump said of the deal, under which the US would get guaranteed share of the EU’s 45,000 ton quota for hormone-free beef. “They’ve really been looking forward to this for many, many years.”
EU settles on World Bank’s Georgieva to lead IMF
European Union governments picked Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva as the bloc’s candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund after more than 12 hours of talks on Friday that highlighted the EU’s internal divisions.
The 65-year-old chief executive of the World Bank got the backing of a majority of the 28 EU states, defeating the Dutch candidate Jeroen Dijsselbloem after two rounds of voting and prolonged negotiations among EU nations.
Georgieva is a center-right politician who grew up in Bulgaria under communism before a career that brought her to the top of the World Bank and the European Commission.
Jane: A few days ago an article about an invention to remove microplastics from sand was posted and now I see this: Irish Teen Wins 2019 Google Science Fair For Removing Microplastics From Water So cool.
Samantha: Implications for a Commodity Run 2020 by Brian Gilmartin has been a theme of mine for awhile so like seeing another perspective on it from a very different lens.