March 11/Another raid on gold and a minor attack on silver/the big news a huge increase in failures to deliver in the bond market/also record levels for the 10 yr repo at 3.00% and even the 30 yr bond at -2.64%/Massive increase in gold COT shorts by the commercials and also in silver/

Gold:  $1,258.70 down $13.30    (comex closing time)

Silver 15.61  up 6 cents

In the access market 5:15 pm

Gold $1250.80

silver:  15.48

 

At the gold comex today, we had a poor delivery day, registering 8 notices for 800 ounces and for silver we had 101 notices for 505,000 oz for the active March delivery month.

Several months ago the comex had 303 tonnes of total gold. Today, the total inventory rests at 212.04 tonnes for a loss of 91 tonnes over that period.

In silver, the open interest fell by 358 contracts  to 169,264 despite the outside/upside reversal yesterday with silver advancing by 19 cents . In ounces, the OI is still represented by .846 billion oz or 122% of annual global silver production (ex Russia ex China).

In silver we had 101 notices served upon for 505,000 oz.

In gold, the total comex gold OI rose by an enormous 15,074 contracts to 504,118 contracts as the price of gold was up $15.40 with yesterday’s trading.(at comex closing).

We had another rather large change  in gold  inventory at the GLD, a deposit of 5.95 tonnes of gold from the GLD/ thus the inventory rests tonight at 798.77 tonnes. The appetite for gold coming from China is depleting not only gold from the LBMA and GLD but also the comex is bleeding gold. Our 670 tonnes of rock bottom inventory in GLD gold has been broken. It looks to me that China has taken the last amounts of physical gold from the GLD. I guess the only place left for China to receive physical gold, after they deplete the GLD will be the FRBNY and the comex.   In silver,/we had a huge change in inventory/this time a huge deposit of 1.333 million oz  and thus the Inventory rests at 323.965 million oz

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

 

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver fell by 358 contracts down to 169,264 despite the fact that the price of silver was up 19 cents with yesterday’s trading. The total OI for gold rose by 15,074 contracts to 504,118 contracts as gold was up $15.40 in price from yesterday’s level. The high OI in gold necessitated our criminal bankers to raid gold/silver today.

(report Harvey)

2 a) Gold trading overnight, Goldcore

(Mark OByrne)

b COT report

(Harvey)

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

 

i)Late  THURSDAY night/ FRIDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP BY 5.58 POINTS OR 0.20% , /  Hang Sang closed UP by 215.18 points or  1.08% . The Nikkei closed UP 86.52 or 0.51%. Australia’s all ordinaires was UP 0.14%. Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.5003.   Oil GAINED  to 38.68 dollars per barrel for WTI and 40.70 for Brent. Stocks in Europe so far ALL IN THE GREEN RESPONDING TO THE OIL RAMP UP. Offshore yuan trades  6.4976 yuan to the dollar vs 6.5003 for onshore yuan/ LAST WEDNESDAY, MOODYS DOWNGRADES CHINA’S CREDIT FROM STABLE TO NEGATIVE.  At the big people’s congress where they meet to set a 5 year plan, the leaders failed to deliver a major fiscal stimulus package.

ii)report on Japan

Two days ago we witnessed panic buying into the Japanese  10 year bond sending yields down to negative 0.10%.  Last evening it was panic selling which again caused a flash crash as yields rose to +0.003%.

iii)report on China:

Points of interest:  because China is focusing on a basket of currencies instead of just the USA dollar, the offshore yuan has just jumped 300 basis points to 6.494 and its strongest level since mid December.  Gold is rising and at 9 pm est it is trading at 1278.  Goldman Sachs is within 13 dollars of being stopped out of its gold contracts

iv) For 18 months in a row, USA import prices have fallen year over year.  However we are beginning to see the first rise in prices since May 2014.  China is still exporting its deflation to the entire globe:( zero hedge)

v)After a dramatic increase in social lending in January, February witnesses a total collapse

( zero hedge)

EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

 

i)Draghi warns about the rising inequality, even hours after boosting QE which rewards bankers and hurts Main Street:

( zero hedge)

ii)David Stockman talks about yesterday’s ECB announcement and what it means:

( David Stockman/ContraCorner)

OIL STORIES

 

i)The EIA states that oil may have bottomed as non OPEC cut production.  However  Goldman  Sachs has come out with another report where they warn of lower prices as storage fills last remaining spaces:

( zero hedge)

ii)Crude reacts to the EIA report stating that we are at the bottom with respect to WTI pricing/ and ignores Goldman’s dire warning on oil:

( zero hedge)

iii)However the low WTI price is causing many Texas towns to undergo huge hardships as credit is downgraded at municipalities and West Texas Governments.

( Julianne Geiger/OilPrice.com)

iv)first it was gold that was slammed.  Then late in the morning, they whacked oi:

( zero hedge)

v)Production higher, yet rig counts continue to collapse.

( zero hedge)
PHYSICAL MARKETS

i)Alasdair Macleod talks about gold as the only sound money:( Alasdair Macleod/GATA)

 

ii)Ambrose Evans Pritchard comments on yesterday’s ECB decision, basically saying the Euro zone is extremely worried on the mounting deflation heading its way:

( Ambrose Evans Pritchard/UKTelegraph)

iii) Steve St Angelo takes on Jeff Christian on the true figures for silver demand

and destroys him!

(Steve St Angelo/SRSRocco)

 

 

USA STORIES WHICH WILL INFLUENCE THE PRICE OF GOLD/SILVER

i)the big story of the day:  the bond market is broken to smitherines

Treasury failures soaring to multi year highs as collateral disappears:

Not only is the 10 year treasury in trouble but also the 30 yr treasury is also disappeariny in collateral.. the 10 yr repo rate -3% and the 30 yr repo rate -2.40%

(COURTESY ZERO HEDGE)

ii) This week’s wrap up with Greg Hunter

(Greg Hunter/USAWatchdog)

Let us head over to the comex:

 

The total gold comex open interest rose to 504,118 for a gain of 15,074 contracts as  the price of gold was up $15.40 in price with respect to yesterday’s huge advance and an outside/upside gold price reversal and thus why the bankers raided today. For the past two years, we have strangely witnessed two interesting developments with respect to the gold open interest:  1) total gold comex collapse in OI as we enter an active delivery month or for that matter an inactive month, and 2) a continual drop in the amount of gold standing in an active month.   Today, only the first scenario was in order as we actually gained in number of ounces standing for March.  The front March contract month saw its OI rise by 33 contracts up to 146.We had 0 notices filed upon yesterday, and as such we gained 33 contracts or an additional 3300 oz will stand for delivery. Somebody must be in urgent need of physical gold. After March, the active delivery month of April saw it’s OI rise by 5026 contracts up to 281,676. This high level is also scaring our crooked bankers. The estimated volume today (which is just comex sales during regular business hours of 8:20 until 1:30 pm est) was 251,772 which is good.  The confirmed volume yesterday (which includes the volume during regular business hours + access market sales the previous day was excellent at 340,016 contracts. The comex is not in backwardation .

 

Today we had 8 notices filed for 800 oz in gold.
And now for the wild silver comex results. Silver OI fell by 358 contracts from 169,622 down to 169,264 despite the fact that the price of silver was up by 19 cents with yesterday’s trading. The next big active contract month is March and here the OI fell by 181 contracts down to 1339 contracts. We had 7 notices served upon yesterday, so we lost 174 contracts or an additional 870,000 ounces will  not stand for delivery. The next contract month after March is April and here the OI fell by 10 contracts down to 410.  The next active contract month is May and here the OI rose by 21 contracts up to 117,188. The volume on the comex today (just comex) came in at 47,975 , which is very good. The confirmed volume yesterday (comex + globex) was excellent at 69,667. Silver is now in backwardation at the comex until May in  which is unbelievable because it is a paper backwardation. In London it is in backwardation for several months.
 
We had 101 notices filed for 505,000 oz.
 

March contract month:

INITIAL standings for MARCH

March 11/2016

Gold
Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz   nil
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz  nil 196.15 oz(

SCOTIA

 

Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz nil
Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz  nil
No of oz served (contracts) today 8 contract
(800 oz)
No of oz to be served (notices) 138 contracts(13,800  oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month  584 contracts (58,400 oz)
Total accumulative withdrawals  of gold from the Dealers inventory this month   nil
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month 106,013.9 oz
Today, we had 0 dealer transactions
total dealer deposit; nil oz
we had no dealer withdrawals
total dealer withdrawals nil. oz
We had 1  customer withdrawals:
ii) Out of Scotia: 196.15 oz
total customer withdrawal: 196.15 oz
we had 0 customer deposits:
total customer deposit: nil oz

we had 2 adjustments

i) Out of Brinks:  701.67 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account.  This is probably a settlement of a delivery

ii) Out of JPMorgan; 404.984 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account of jPM and it also is a probable settlement.

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 JPMorgan has a total of 45,678.794 oz or 1.4207 tonnes in its dealer or registered account.
***JPMorgan now has 634,781.512 or 19.743 tonnes in its customer account
.
Today, 0 notices was issued from JPMorgan dealer account and 0 notice were issued from their client or customer account. The total of all issuance by all participants equates to 8 contracts of which 0 notices was stopped (received) by JPMorgan dealer and 0 notices were stopped (received)  by JPMorgan customer account. 
 
To calculate the initial total number of gold ounces standing for the Mar contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (584) x 100 oz  or 58,400 oz , to which we  add the difference between the open interest for the front month of March (146 contracts) minus the number of notices served upon today (8) x 100 oz   x 100 oz per contract equals the number of ounces standing.
 
Thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the March. contract month:
No of notices served so far (584) x 100 oz  or ounces + {OI for the front month (146) minus the number of  notices served upon today (8) x 100 oz which equals 72,200 oz standing in this non  active delivery month of March (2.245 tonnes).  This is an excellent showing for gold deliveries in this non active month of March.
we gained  3300 oz of additional gold standing for March delivery.
 
We thus have 2.245 tonnes of gold standing and 10.459 tonnes of registered gold for sale, waiting to serve upon those standing.  The bankers are still doing their best in cash settling as there is not enough registered gold to satisfy those that are standing.
We now have partial evidence of gold settling for last months deliveries We now have 2.245 tonnes (March) + 7.99 (total Feb)- .940 (probable delivery on March 1) tonnes -.034 tonnes (March 11) = 9.261 tonnes standing against 10.493 tonnes available.  .
 
Total dealer inventor 336,264.376 oz or 10.459 tonnes
Total gold inventory (dealer and customer) =6,815,312.739 or 211.98 tonnes 
 
Several months ago the comex had 303 tonnes of total gold. Today the total inventory rests at 211.98 tonnes for a loss of 91 tonnes over that period. 
 
JPMorgan has only 21.16 tonnes of gold total (both dealer and customer)
end
 
 
And now for silver
 

MARCH INITIAL standings/

March 11/2016:

Silver
Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory nil
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory  47,091.110 oz (Delaware,Brinks

CNT)

Deposits to the Dealer Inventory 458,229.970 ozCNT

 

Deposits to the Customer Inventory 142,384.000 oz  ???
(CNT)
No of oz served today (contracts) 101 contracts 505,000 oz
No of oz to be served (notices) 1238  contract (6,190,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 447 contracts (2,235,000 oz)
Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Dealers inventory this month nil oz
Total accumulative withdrawal  of silver from the Customer inventory this month 8,462,724.3 oz

Today, we had 1 deposits into the dealer account: 

i) Into CNT:  458,229.970  oz

 

total dealer deposit; 458,229.970  oz

we had 0 dealer withdrawals:

total dealer withdrawals:  nil

 

we had 1 customer deposit

i) Into CNT:  142,384.000 oz ??????

total customer deposit;  exactly 142,384.000 oz

 

We had 3 customer withdrawals:

 

i) Into CNT:  36,326.960 oz

2. Into Delaware; 5,893.05 oz

3. Into Brinks:  4871.100 oz

:

total customer withdrawals:  47,091.110 oz

 
 

 

 

 we had 2 adjustments

 

i) Out of CNT:

40,079.45 oz was adjusted out of the customer account and this landed into the dealer account of CNT

 

ii) Out of the International Depository Services of Delaware:

20,409.580 oz  was adjusted out of the customer Delaware and into the dealer Delaware.

 

 

The total number of notices filed today for the March contract month is represented by 101 contracts for 505,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in March., we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at (447) x 5,000 oz  = 2,235,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of March (1339) and the number of notices served upon today (101) x 5000 oz equals the number of ounces standing 
 
Thus the initial standings for silver for the March. contract month:  447 (notices served so far)x 5000 oz +(1339{ OI for front month of March ) -number of notices served upon today (101)x 5000 oz  equals  8,425,000 oz of silver standing for the March contract month.
we lost 174  contracts or an additional 870,000 oz  that will not stand.
No doubt these were cash settled as they are running out of real silver.
 
Total dealer silver:  29.725 million  (near all time recorded low level)
Total number of dealer and customer silver:   155.635 million oz
Question: 1. why so much activity in the silver comex?
Question   2.  why so much deposits of silver and yet tiny delivery notices?
 
 
end
At 3:30 pm we receive the COT report as to position levels of our major players.
Let us see how much more our bankers went short in gold/silver
First our gold COT:
Gold COT Report – Futures
Large Speculators Commercial Total
Long Short Spreading Long Short Long Short
252,895 78,085 76,202 116,493 311,865 445,590 466,152
Change from Prior Reporting Period
29,709 7,312 15,552 922 24,863 46,183 47,727
Traders
184 106 96 45 58 276 218
 
Small Speculators  
Long Short Open Interest  
53,520 32,958 499,110  
2,372 828 48,555  
non reportable positions Change from the previous reporting period
COT Gold Report – Positions as of Tuesday, March 08, 2016
My goodness!!
Our large specs:
Those large specs who have been long in gold saw the deteriorating conditions throughout the globe and added a monstrous 29,709 contracts to their long side
Those large specs who want to gamble along with the crooked bankers added 7312 contracts to their short side.
Our commercials;
Those commercials who have been long in gold added a tiny 922 contracts to their long side
Those commercials who have been short in gold added a monstrous 24,863 contracts to their short side.
Our small specs;
Those small specs who have been long in gold added a huge 2372 contracts to their long side.
Those large specs who have been short in gold added a tiny 828 contracts to their short side
Conclusions:  the commercials went net short by a monstrous 23,941 contracts and thus very bearish due to 100% probability of continual raids. The short side of the commercials are short 62.4% of the total contracts including the stupid spreads.
And now for silver:
Silver COT Report: Futures
Large Speculators Commercial
Long Short Spreading Long Short
79,879 19,995 18,527 47,434 118,249
1,272 -3,132 4,997 -591 4,987
Traders
93 49 43 37 43
Small Speculators Open Interest Total
Long Short 169,875 Long Short
24,035 13,104 145,840 156,771
1,904 730 7,582 5,678 6,852
non reportable positions Positions as of: 150 122
Tuesday, March 08, 2016   © Silver
Our large specs:
Those large specs that have been long in silver added 1272 contracts to their long side
Those large specs that have been short in silver covered 3132 contracts from their short side
Our commercials;
Those commercials that have been long in silver pitched 591 contracts from their long side
Those commercials that have been short in silver added 4937 contracts to their short side.

Our small specs;

those small specs that have been long in silver added 1904 contracts to their long side
those small specs that have been short in silver added 730 contracts to their short side.
Conclusions:
commercials go net short by 5528 contracts and thus very bearish!!
The short side of the commercials equate to 61.9% of all contracts including the stupid spreads.
end
The two ETF’s that I follow are the GLD and SLV. You must be very careful in trading these vehicles as these funds do not have any beneficial gold or silver behind them. They probably have only paper claims and when the dust settles, on a collapse, there will be countless class action lawsuits trying to recover your lost investment.There is now evidence that the GLD and SLV are paper settling on the comex.***I do not think that the GLD will head to zero as we still have some GLD shareholders who think that gold is the right vehicle to be in even though they do not understand the difference between paper gold and physical gold. I can visualize demand coming to the buyers side:i) demand from paper gold shareholders ii) demand from the bankers who then redeem for gold to send this gold onto China
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And now the Gold inventory at the GLD:

 

March 11 /despite the high volatility of gold last night and today, somehow the GLD added 5.95 tonnes of gold without disturbing anyone./inventory rests this weekend at 798.77 tonnes

March 10/a deposit of 2.08 tonnes of gold into the GLD/Inventory rests at 702.82 tonnes

March 9/a withdrawal of 2.38 tonnes of gold from the GLD/Inventory rests at 790.74

March 8/no changes in inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 793.12 tonnes

MARCH 7/a tiny loss of .21 tonnes of gold probably to pay for fees/inventory 793.12 tonnes

MARCH 4/another mammoth sized deposit of 7.13 tonnes of gold into GLD/Inventory rests at 793.33 tonnes.  This is no doubt a “a paper addition” and not physical

MAR 3/another good sized deposit of 2.37 tonnes of gold into the GLD/Inventory rests at 788.57 tonnes

MAR 2/another mammoth paper gold addition of 8.93 tonnes of gold into the GLD/Inventory rests at 786.20 tonnes.

March 1/a mammoth 14.87 tonnes of gold deposit into the GLD/inventory rests at 770.27 tonnes

FEB 29/another deposit of 2.08 tonnes of gold into the GLD/Inventory rests at 762.40 tonnes

Feb 26./no change in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 760.32 tonnes

Feb 25./we had a huge deposit of 7.33 tonnes of gold into the GLD/Inventory rests at 760.32 tonnes. No doubt that this is a paper gold deposit/not real as the price of gold hardly moved on that huge amount of deposit.

FEB 24/no change in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 752.29 tonnes

FEB 23./another huge addition of 19.3 tonnes of gold into its inventory/Inventory rests at 752.29 tonnes.  Again how could they accumulate this quantity of gold with backwardation in London/this vehicle is nothing but a fraud

Feb 22/A huge addition of 19.33 tonnes of gold to its inventory/Inventory rests at 732.96 tonnes/ How could this happen: a huge addition of gold coupled with a huge downfall of 20 dollars in gold.

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March 11.2016:  inventory rests at 798.77 tonnes

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Now the SLV
March 11/another huge addition of 1.333 million oz of inventory entered the SLV/Inventory rests at 323.965 million oz
March 10/no change in inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 322.632 million oz
March 9/no change in inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 322.632 million oz/
March 8/no change in inventory at e SLV/Inventory rests at 322.632 million oz
MAR 7/another huge deposit of 2.856 million oz/inventory rests at 322.632 million oz/
MAR 4/another huge deposit of 5.426 million oz /inventory rests at 319.776
MAR 3/a huge deposit of 2.732 million oz/inventory rests at 314.350 million oz
MAR 2/no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 311.618 million oz
March 1/no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 311.618 million oz
FEB 29/no change in inventory/rests at 311.618 million oz
Feb 26./no change in inventory/rests at 311.618 million oz
Feb 25/no change /inventory rests at 311.618 million oz
FEB 24/no change/inventory rests at 311.618 million oz
FEB 23/no changes in inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 311.618 million oz
.
March 11.2016: Inventory 323.965 million oz.
1. Central Fund of Canada: traded at Negative 5.4 percent to NAV usa funds and Negative 5.8% to NAV for Cdn funds!!!!
Percentage of fund in gold 64.6%
Percentage of fund in silver:35.4%
cash .0%( Mar 11.2016).
2. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): Premium to NAV rises to  4.51%!!!! NAV (Mar 11.2016) 
3. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV falls slightly to +.13% to NAV Mar 11.2016)
Note: Sprott silver trust back  into positive territory at +4.51%/Sprott physical gold trust is back into posittive territory at +.13%/Central fund of Canada’s is still in jail.
 
 
 

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And now your overnight trading in gold, FRIDAY MORNING and also physical stories that may interest you:

Trading in gold and silver overnight in Asia and Europe
 
(COURTESY Mark O’Byrne)

Gold Prices Hit 13 Month High as ECB ‘Bazooka’ Shoots Blanks

Gold prices climbed to a 13-month high in dollar terms overnight ($1,282.51) after the increasingly adventurous, dare one say reckless, European Central Bank unleashed its latest ‘bazooka’ and initiated more interest-rate cuts, a significant extension in currency printing and bond purchases and also a potential subsidy to banks lending.

gold_euro_march_2016

Gold in EUR – 1 Year

Draghi cut the ECB’s deposit rate by a further 10 basis points to minus 0.40 percent, and its main refinancing rate to zero and announced that the ECB may buy nearly a whopping €1 trillion in corporate debt.

The move was even more dovish than expected and confirmed, if any confirmation was necessary , that the ultra loose monetary policy adventure has intensified and will actually deepen in the short term.

Gold reached 3 year highs in euro terms at €1,161.40 per ounce on Monday after 4% gains last week – likely anticipating ‘Super Mario’ Draghi’s latest attempt at pulling a rabbit out of the hat. There is likely an element of ‘buy the rumour and sell the news’ as year to date euro gold has already eked out strong gains of 17%.

On the announcement yesterday, the euro fell initially versus gold from €1,135 per ounce to €1,155 per ounce prior to reversing and falling back to €1,135 per ounce as the euro strengthened. Gold in euro terms was actually marginally lower by the close yesterday and is marginally lower this week after the multi-month record high on Monday.

euro_wild_ride

Huge volatility was seen in all markets as Draghi surprised even the monetary doves by making already ultra loose monetary policies even looser. This was most evident in the foreign exchange markets where despite deepening currency debasement the euro surged in value. Versus the dollar, the euro surged from 1.082 to over 1.11 in minutes or a near 3% surge. By the end of the day, the euro had surged from 1.082 to over 1.121 or a move of over 3.6% in a few hours.

Such volatility is more akin to a casino rather than a stable foreign exchange market between two leading international mediums of exchange. It is great for and welcomed by CFD providers, spread betters, brokers, hedge funds and speculative banks. But it has real world economic consequences for small and medium enterprises and all EU companies and international companies trading in the EU. Such volatility and extremely rapid moves in the value of the two world’s leading trading currencies is a sign that something is very wrong with the monetary system.

It will likely badly impact many employment generating companies in the import and export sectors and is not good for the trading of goods and services internationally and for world trade. Trade and commerce, the backbone of the economy is being put at risk in order to protect the interests of banks and a dysfunctional banking, financial and monetary system. This is a simplification, but it is largely the truth.

The strength of the euro yesterday was counter intuitive and given the scale of manipulation in markets today may have been due to intervention. A collapse in the value of the euro during and immediately after Draghi’s speech would not be welcomed by monetary moderates – labelled hawks – in the Bundesbank, in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and indeed by savers and depositors throughout the monetary dis-union.

Stocks moved higher briefly prior to giving up gains as did bonds. This is likely due to Mario Draghi saying that he didn’t anticipate further rate cuts. Stock and bond markets are now hopelessly addicted to the cocaine of cheap money and currency debasement. Something that will not end well and bodes ill for these markets.

The ECB’s drastic action reeks of panic and was not the panacea that “cheap money” addicted banks and markets had hoped for.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” So said Albert Einstein and the ECB is in danger of not realising that its QE programme and ultra loose monetary policies are failing. You cannot print your way to prosperity and it may be slowly dawning on market participants that you cannot print your way out of deflation.

Markets remain subject to a weird combination of irrational complacency and significant denial. But beneath this comes a deepening concern amongst the smart money that the imbalances that brought the global financial system to its knees in the first financial crisis remain and are in many cases worse today.

There is a distinct whiff of 2008 in the air. However today, the belief in central banks as monetary saviours of the universe is increasingly in doubt. Indeed, there are real and growing concerns that they are contributing to the creation of much bigger financial bubbles with similar if not worse consequences.

The financial insurance that is physical gold has never been more important to own.

LBMA Gold Prices
11 Mar: USD 1,262.25, EUR 1,136.50 and GBP 883.03 per ounce
10 Mar: USD 1,247.25, EUR 1,137.04 and GBP 876.67 per ounce
09 Mar: USD 1,258.25, EUR 1,146.69  and GBP 884.16 per ounce
08 Mar: USD 1,274.10, EUR 1,155.69 and GBP 894.35 per ounce
07 Mar: USD 1,267.60, EUR 1,156.96 and GBP 896.13 per ounce

Gold News and Commentary

Gold Surges to One-Year High After European Stimulus – WSJ via Nasdaq
Gold Climbs to One-Year High as Dollar Weakens on ECB Rate View – Bloomberg
Gold rises more than 1 percent as euro rebounds on ECB comments – Reuters
Gold Rallies as Base Metals Slip Amid Dimmed ECB Growth Outlook – Bloomberg
Gold futures settle at 13-month high – Marketwatch

Draghi ECB Gamble – “It Is All Going To End In Chaos” – Telegraph
Europe Presses the Panic Button – Gilbert – Bloomberg View
The Germans React To Draghi’s Monetary “Tidal Wave” – Zero Hedge
The End? Draghi Fires His Bazooka And Markets Fall – Dollar Collapse
Largest Primary Silver Mine Productivity Falls To Lowest Ever – Silver Seek

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Alasdair Macleod talks about gold as the only sound money:

(courtesy Alasdair Macleod/GATA)

Alasdair Macleod: Gold is the only sound money

Submitted by cpowell on Thu, 2016-03-10 18:28. Section: 

1:28p ET Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GoldMoney research director Alasdair Macleod writes today that technical analysis of gold price trends is “notoriously fallible” and that the most important fundamental analysis of the gold price doesn’t involve gold itself but rather the steady debasement of government currencies. Macleod’s analysis is headlined “Gold Is the Only Sound Money” and it’s posted at GoldMoney’s Internet site here:

https://www.goldmoney.com/our-research/goldmoney-insights/gold-is-the-on…

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

 

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Ambrose Evans Pritchard comments on yesterday’s ECB decision, basically saying the Euro zone is extremely worried on the mounting deflation heading its way:

(courtesy Ambrose Evans Pritchard/UKTelegraph)

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: ECB’s Draghi plays his last card to stave off deflation

Submitted by cpowell on Fri, 2016-03-11 00:56. Section: 

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The Telegraph, London
Thursday, March 10, 2016

The European Central Bank has pulled out all the stops to avert a dangerous deflation trap, launching a blast of triple stimulus despite angry criticism from Germany that it is entirely unnecessary and will do more harm than good.

The markets reacted wildly to the package of measures, surging at first and then plummeting on creeping fears that the bank has exhausted its policy options and may be defenseless against a fresh shock.

Mario Draghi, the ECB’s president, no longer seems able to conjure confidence with his former panache. His magic has, for now, deserted him.

The ECB cut the deposit rate by 10 basis points to a historic low of -0.4 percent and stepped up the pace of quantitative easing from E60 billion to E80 billion a month. It buttressed the effect with unlimited four-year loans to banks at near-zero cost, hoping this will limit the damaging side-effects of negative rates for banks. …

… For the remainder of the commentary:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/10/ecbs-draghi-plays-his-las…

 

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And now a great report on silver as Steve St Angelo takes on my nemesis Jeff Christian:

(courtesy Steve St Angelo/SRSRocco Report)

 

 

SILVER OUTBREAK: Investment Demand Will Totally Overwhelm The Market

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It’s no secret to the precious metal community that silver is one of the most undervalued assets in the market, however 99% of Mainstream investors are still in the dark. This was done on purpose to keep the majority of individuals invested in Wall Street’s Greatest Financial Ponzi Scheme in history.

You see, this is the classic PUMP & DUMP strategy. Unfortunately, it’s not a lousy penny stock that Wall Street is pumping, rather it’s the entire market. Most pump & dump stock campaigns last a day, week or a few months. Sadly, this one has gone on for decades and the outcome will be disastrous for the typical American.

The problem is quite simple… there are way too many PAPER ASSETS floating around backed by very little PHYSICAL ASSETS. Or, let me put it another way. There are way too many DEBTS in the market masquerading as assets, while very few investors hold true STORES OF WEALTH.

And one of the best stores of wealth in the market is SILVER. Yes, gold is also another excellent store of wealth, but silver will outperform gold spectacularly when the Mainstream investor finally gets precious metal religion.

I was inspired to write this article due to a recent announcement by one of the well known silver analyst in the Mainstream and alternative media. Jeff Christian of the CPM Group made this statement which was reported in a recent Bloomberg article, Why Poor Man’s Gold May About To Get More Investor Love:

Not everyone is convinced.

“There’s a lot of bullishness forming around silver,” said Jeffrey Christian, managing director at New York-based CPM Group, a precious metals adviser. “We are of mixed minds. Silver is in surplus, plain and simple.”

Investors will only increase their purchases if there are more worrying economic, financial and political developments, Christian said in an e-mail dated March 3. CPM Group data on supply and demand show annual surpluses from 34 million ounces to 177 million ounces stretching back to 2006.

As many of you know, Jeff Christian’s CPM Group publishes the Silver Yearbook. According to their figures, the global silver market has enjoyed annual surpluses since 2006. Several of my readers forwarded this statement to me and asked me what I thought of it.

Here is the CPM Group’s chart showing annual silver surpluses since 2006:

CPM Silver Surplus Chart

Well, there you have it… the silver market did enjoy annual surpluses since 2006. Or did it?? If you were from the Mainstream media and you only read the CPM Group’s Silver Yearbook you would have been bamboozled by the data in this chart. Why? Because Jeff Christian’s CPM group cleverly OMITS silver investment demand from this calculation… LOL.

Here is part of the CPM Groups Silver Demand table showing how they arrive at their supposed surplus:

CPM Group Silver Demand Table

On the top is total supply, then they subtract out Photography, Jewelry & Silverware, Electronics & Batteries, Solar Panels and Other Uses to arrive at their surplus figure highlighted in green. They take that figure to make the annual silver surplus chart above it.

Then they QUIETLY subtract Official Silver Coin demand below it and make adjustments for changes in inventory. The figure highlighted on the bottom is the real annual net silver market balance. If we go by the CPM Groups figures here, they actually show a deficit for 2013 and 2014. How Mr. Christian can call this a surplus is beyond me.

You see, the CPM Group’s Investment calculation is titled as an “Addenda”. Why an addenda??? And where is Silver Investment Bar demand? I hate to say it, but CPM Group’s Supply & Demand figures receive a POOR GRADE compared to the data put out by the GFMS Team at Thomson Reuters who publishes the World Silver Surveys.

According to the Silver Institute news release on the Silver Interim Report, the GFMS Team at Thomson Reuters published the following Silver Supply & Demand table:

GFMS Silver Supply Demand Table

As we can see, they do a much better BANG UP job with their data by also subtracting Silver Bar & Coin demand from their total supply figures. Then first arrive at an annual Physical Surplus or Deficit. I didn’t highlight this but it’s located right below total Physical Demand. Once they get that figure they adjust for any ETF or Exchange Inventory Build, positive or negative. Lastly, they end up with a NET BALANCE which is highlighted in yellow.

This is the true overall surplus or deficit figure for the silver market. As we can see, the GFMS Team shows annual silver deficits as far as they eye can see. Okay at least for the past decade. I took these figures and made the chart below (also included data for 2004):

Global Annual Silver Net Balance 2004-2015

So, if we are going to use real professional data, the silver market suffered a 1 billion oz net deficit since 2004. How Mr. Christian can say, “The silver market is in surplus” is beyond me. Of course Jeff Christian is probably guilty of using semantics in his official statements to the press. There is probably some excellent reason why Mr. Christian tends to ignore silver investment demand in his surplus-deficit figures and is more negative about silver than other analysts. However, we can plainly see from the data above, Jeff Christian is most certainly talking out of a different part of his body than the folks at GFMS.

Sorry to be blunt here, but the evidence proves who the guilty party is here.


SILVER OUTBREAK: Investment Demand Will Totally Overwhelm The Market

Some readers may think that is a hyped title. Sure, it may be… but it’s true. I have said countless times in articles and interviews that investment demand will be the driving force for silver price in the future, not industrial demand.

Jeff Christian tends to harp on industrial demand.

Yes, it’s true… industrial demand has been falling and WILL CONTINUE TO FALL. According to the figures by the GFMS Team, industrial silver demand was 645 million oz (Moz) in 2010, but has fallen to 570 Moz in 2015. Sure, that might include the falling Photography demand, but that’s part of industrial consumption. And remember this, a lot of silver used in photography is recycled. So, as silver photography demand declines, so does the amount of recycled silver.

So once again, for all of the Mainstream silver analysts out there… forget about INDUSTRIAL SILVER DEMAND as a determining factor for price going forward. It’s a non issue. The key will be investment demand and I have a chart to prove it:

Estimated Global Silver Demand 2X 4X

According to the data by the GFMS Team, total Silver Bar & Coin demand was a paltry 51.2 Moz in 2007. This surged after the U.S. Investment Banking & Housing Market collapse to 240 Moz in 2015. While GFMS reports a total of 206 Moz for Silver Bar & Coin demand, they do not include private rounds and bar demand.

In an email exchange with the GFMS Team, they told me that getting figures for private silver rounds and bars was quite difficult. However, they were working on a system and would be publishing this figure in the future. They “unofficially” stated in the email that estimated private silver rounds and bars was likely 30-40 Moz in 2015. This is how I came up with the 240 Moz figure shown in the graph above.

In discussions with many analysts, I came up with a figure of 0.5% of the market was buying silver. Official estimates put the figures of global precious metal buying at approximately 1%. So, in all reality… global silver buying is probably less than 0.5%. But, let’s just use that figure as a ballpark.

So, once the world starts to wake up to the fact that they are the BIGGEST PAPER BAG HOLDERS of increasing worthless paper assets, there will be a mad rush into the silver market. Thus, if we had just a doubling to 1%, it would be 480 Moz of physical Silver Bar & Coin demand. And a quadrupling of 2015 demand would equate to 960 Moz. Just think about how that would impact the annual surplus-deficit figure… LOL.

I actually believe just a doubling to 1% and 480 Moz of physical Silver Bar & Coin demand would totally overwhelm the market. Why? Because I haven’t even included the huge inflows from the Mainstream Investors. The same Bloomberg article linked above published the chart called Silver Hoarding- ETF Demand:

SILVER ETF Demand

As we can see, global Silver ETF’s added a whopping 500 metric tons in the past several weeks. That turns out to be 16 Moz. I would imagine Mr. Christian will also omit this data when he regurgitates his 2016 silver surplus figures next year.

I believe the reason Christian suggests that the silver markets has been in a surplus because he doesn’t see investment as true demand like industrial consumption. Most of industrial silver is lost forever, while a Silver Eagle coin is likely held in private hands waiting for the opportunity to sell it at a much higher price. However, most physical silver investment is being held TIGHTLY and will enter back into the market because its owners realize the Global Financial System will get flushed down the toilet when the Central Banks lose control.

While we have no idea if all of this silver is actually being deposited at these ETF’s, it is a sign that the Mainstream investor has a lot of leverage in the market. Actually, the Mainstream investor has more leverage because they comprise 99% of the market while the precious metals investor is 1%.

It makes a great deal of sense why the Fed and Wall Street continue to downplay gold and silver. Because a small percentage switch of investors into these metals would totally overwhelm the market and price.

Fortunately for precious metals investors, this is only a matter of time. While Ponzi Schemes can go on for many years, they all end in a disaster. The present insanity and extreme volatility in the markets provides us a clue that the END maybe coming a lot sooner than we realize.

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Your early morning currency, Asian stock market results,  important USA/Asian currency crosses, gold/silver pricing overnight along with the price of oil Major stories overnight
 
 

:

1 Chinese yuan vs USA dollar/yuan UP to 6.5003 / Shanghai bourse  IN THE GREEN, UP 5.58 OR 20.20% :  / HANG SANG CLOSED UP 215.18 POINTS OR 1.08%

2 Nikkei closed UP 86.52  OR 0.51%

3. Europe stocks ALL IN THE GREEN /USA dollar index UP to 96.34/Euro DOWN to 1.1102

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: RISES  TO +.005%     !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 113.75

3c Nikkei now JUST below 17,000

3d USA/Yen rate now well below the important 120 barrier this morning

3e WTI::  37.01  and Brent: 40.34

3f Gold DOWN  /Yen DOWN

3g Japan is to buy the equivalent of 108 billion uSA dollars worth of bond per month or $1.3 trillion. Japan’s GDP equals 5 trillion usa.

Japan to buy 100% of all new Japanese debt and by 2018 they will have 25% of all Japanese debt. Fifty percent of Japanese budget financed with debt.

3h Oil UP for WTI and UP for Brent this morning

3i European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10 yr bund RISES  to 0.303%   German bunds in negative yields from 7 years out

 Greece  sees its 2 year rate FALL to 7.84%/: 

3j Greek 10 year bond yield FALL to  : 9.26%   (YIELD CURVE NOW BACK TO BEING DEEPLY INVERTED)

3k Gold at $1265.60/silver $15.55 (7:15 am est) 

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble UP  1 AND  97/100 in  roubles/dollar) 69.77

3m oil into the 38 dollar handle for WTI and 40 handle for Brent/

3n Higher foreign deposits out of China sees huge risk of outflows and a currency depreciation  (already upon us). This can spell financial disaster for the rest of the world/China forced to do QE!! as it lowers its yuan value to the dollar/expect a huge devaluation imminently from POBC.

JAPAN ON JAN 29.2016 INITIATES NIRP

30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the SF. It is not working: USA/SF this morning .9867 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.0955 well above the floor set by the Swiss Finance Minister. Thomas Jordan, chief of the Swiss National Bank continues to purchase euros trying to lower value of the Swiss Franc.

3p BRITAIN STARTS ITS CAMPAIGN AS TO WHETHER EXIT THE EU.

3r the 7 year German bund now  in negative territory with the 10 year RISES to  + .303%

/German 8 year rate negative%!!!

3s The Greece ELA NOW a 71.4 billion euros,

The bank withdrawals were causing massive hardship to the Greek bank. the Greek referendum voted overwhelming “NO”.  Next step for Greece will be the recapitalization of the banks and that will be difficult.

4. USA 10 year treasury bond at 1.87% early this morning. Thirty year rate  at 2.66% /POLICY ERROR)

5. Details Ransquawk, Bloomberg, Deutsche bank/Jim Reid.

(courtesy Jim Reid/Bloomberg/Deutsche bank/zero hedge)

 

Global Markets Surge After Traders “Reassess” ECB Stimulus

Three months ago, on December 4, when the ECB clearly disappointed markets and European stocks tumbled as the Euro soared, it took a speech by Mario Draghi at the Economic Club in NY to send stocks soaring…

… when Draghi explained that the ECB’s announcement was not at all “disappointing”, and subsequently held this exchange with former BOE head Mervyn King who asked “was today’s speech deliberately designed to try offset some of the reaction yesterday?” to which Draghi responded  “Not really… well, of course.” As shown in the chart above, stocks promptly soared if only briefly.

Fast forward to the price action over the past 24 hours, when markets again stumbled into a world of mayhem after stocks first soared and the EUR tumbled, only for the move to reverse itself after Draghi hinted that there would be no more rate cuts. The markets clearly ignored the fact that at the same time, Draghi announced a far more important expansion of QE, one including corporate bonds to unclog what had been a largely blocked bond issuance pipeline together with 4 TLTROs which would end up paying banks to lend money.

It took a while, but market participants got it: “Draghi made the mistake of essentially saying that the ECB was done with stimulus, and the market overreacted to this,” said Teis Knuthsen, CIO at Saxo Bank’s private- banking unit. “At the end of the day, the ECB delivered more than expected and is pumping a lot of money into the system. A few years ago this would have marked the start of a significant rally, but now there seems to be a widespread fatigue with monetary policy.”

Maybe, but not today, because the result has been that after “reassessing” – in Bloomberg’s parlance – what the ECB did, following yesterday’s plunge, risk has soared overnight with both Asian and European stocks surging, sparing Draghi the indignity of having to explain why he did what he did, and that it was all to prop stocks higher. Sure enough, as of this moment European bourses are all broadly higher led by banks, with the DAX and FTSE both up over 2.7%, while the Stoxx 600 is higher by 2.3% as of this writing.

Nowhere is the return of euphoria clearer, however, than in bank stocks, which as seen below are soaring.

Still, as Bloomberg notes, despite today’s advances, European equities are heading for their first weekly drop in four, with the Stoxx 600 down 0.6 percent. Commodity producers, automakers and banks – the most battered in the recent selloff – had led a 13 percent rebound from February’s low through a five-week high on March 4. As of yesterday, the index traded at 14.6 times estimated earnings, still far below the 16.7 multiple reached last April.

As Bloomberg adds, “investors have had to deal with increased volatility this year, and Thursday’s market reaction exemplifies a trend that’s been intensifying in recent months: central banks are increasingly powerless when it comes to calming markets. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index of the biggest euro-area companies moved more than 5 percent intraday, its wildest swings since August, and the most on an ECB day since 2011. A measure of volatility expectations increased for four straight days, its longest streak this year. It tumbled 10 percent on Friday.”

For now, the markets have contained the damage, filling yesterday’s gaps on what still remains the ECB’s kitchen sink. The question remains where will the incremental stimulus come from?

Elsewhere, oil is higher by over 2% after the latest reported by the IEA which predicted that oil prices may have finally bottomed.

In any case, this is where the markets stand currently:

  • S&P 500 futures up 1% to 2000
  • Stoxx 600 up 2.3% to 341
  • FTSE 100 up 1.5% to 6126
  • DAX up 2.7% to 9757
  • German 10Yr yield down 3bps to 0.28%
  • Italian 10Yr yield down 11bps to 1.35%
  • Spanish 10Yr yield down 8bps to 1.51%
  • MSCI Asia Pacific up 0.7% to 126
  • Nikkei 225 up 0.5% to 16939
  • Hang Seng up 1.1% to 20200
  • Shanghai Composite up 0.2% to 2810
  • S&P/ASX 200 up 0.3% to 5166
  • US 10-yr yield up 1bp to 1.94%
  • Dollar Index up 0.54% to 96.59
  • WTI Crude futures up 2.7% to $38.87
  • Brent Futures up 2.2% to $40.95
  • Gold spot down 0.5% to $1,265
  • Silver spot down 0.1% to $15.58

Top Global News

  • JPMorgan Said to Cut Credit Traders Amid Emerging-Market Swings: Bank cut several EM credit traders, including global head Robert Milam, due to volatility in asset class.
  • United Technologies Weighing Acquisitions in Fire, Aerospace: “I wouldn’t be afraid to do a big deal, but it’s got to be something that’s actionable,” CEO Gregory Hayes said.
  • Yahoo’s Mayer Hopes to Stay in Job Even If Changes Hands: Under pressure from investors, facing potential proxy fight, CEO Marissa Mayer has pledged to do what’s best for shareholders.
  • Buffett’s Gen Re Shuts Operations in Hong Kong, Melbourne:
    Reinsurer said it’s exiting property-casualty operations at 6 smaller locations amid a global reorganization.
  • AmEx Targets Loan Growth as Rivals Cut Fees in Partnerships: Focus on financing may help co. bolster revenue amid increasingly aggressive bidding on deals with retailers, airlines that bring in customers, fee-generating spending.
  • Trump Embraces Unity; Bats Away Rivals in Subdued Debate: Final four candidates for Republican nomination mostly got along during the first half of the latest debate.
  • Apple Announces March 21 Event to Update Smaller IPhone: Co. will introduce updated iPhone with 4-inch screen: person familiar.
  • Oil Price May Have Bottomed as High-Cost Output Falls: IEA: Non-OPEC production to decline by 750kbbl/d this year, higher than last month’s est. by 150kbbl/d.
  • Iron Ore Sags Toward $50 as ‘Insane’ Advance Gets Rolled Back: Analysts said that price leap at start of week simply wasn’t justified given poor fundamentals.

Looking at regional markets, we start as usual in Asia, where equity markets shrugged off the early dampened sentiment triggered by comments from ECB President Draghi that signalled a possible end to the ECB’s rate cut cycle, with the region recovering as it digests ECB’s looser policy and gains in oil prices. ASX 200 (+0.3%) and Nikkei 225 (+0.5%) were initially led lower by the energy sector, but then rebounded in late trade as oil re-approached 3-month highs, while Japanese stocks were also supported as JPY pared some of yesterday’s strength. Shanghai Comp (+0.2%) was also pressured at the open following a consecutive net weekly drain by the PBoC and a 3rd straight decline in margin trading, before reversing alongside the regional improvement in risk-tone. 10yr JGBs traded lower following spill-over selling in T-notes with demand also subdued amid recent volatility in Japanese bonds. The PBoC injected CNY 20bIn via 7-day reverse repos for a net weekly drain of CNY 205b1n vs. CNY 840b1n drain last week; PBoC set the CNY mid-point at 6.4905 vs. last close. 6.5075 (Prey. mid-point 6.5127); its strongest reference rate YTD.

Top Asian News

  • Yuan Erases 2016 Drop as PBOC Raises Fixing Most in Four Months: Move follows advance in euro after Draghi’s says he didn’t see need to cut rates further
  • Hong Kong Regulator Bans Hedge Fund Matchpoint Founder Raaj Shah: Shah failed to disclose all his personal trading accounts in line with firm’s policy
  • BSI Singapore Banker Involved in 1MDB Investigation Leaves: Yak’s financial accounts were frozen as part of probe related to a Malaysian government fund
  • China Said to Plan New Rules Facilitating Debt-to-Equity Swaps: Central bank and country’s top economic planning agency are tasked with outlining rules
  • Hedge Fund Effissimo Ups Ante, Buying 25% of Japan Shipper: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha shares have dropped almost 40% in past year
  • Cyberdyne Plans Nasdaq Listing Next Year for U.S. Expansion: Maker of robot exoskeletons for physical therapy aims to boost its investor base
  • Hedge Funds Bet on the Decline of Japanese Technology Giants: Oxford, Vinva and Stats among funds shorting technology stocks

In Europe, this morning has very much had a feel of ‘the day after the night before’, with markets continuing to feel the fallout from yesterday’s ECB meeting but with little other newsflow guiding price action. In tandem with the bazooka released by Draghi and Co. yesterday, European stocks trade significantly higher today (Euro Stoxx: +2.5%), with the FTSE and SMI underperforming given the lack of direct impact from the ECB action . Financials outperform today on a sector specific basis, with particular outperformance in the periphery from the typically volatile Italian banking names. Elsewhere, Bunds are also benefitting from the ECB action yesterday with the German benchmark higher today and back above 161.50, while the periphery remaining tighter today in light of the new easing measures.

Top European News

  • Old Mutual to Be Broken Up as CEO Hemphill Chases Growth: Co. to split into 4 units.
  • Deutsche Bank Sees Industry-Wide Trading Revenue Drop in 2016: Securities firms will see debt trading revenue fall “slightly” from a year earlier; Deutsche Bank Cuts Bonus Pool 11% to Spreads Legal Costs
  • ArcelorMittal to Sell Stock at 2.20 Euros in $3b Offering: Co. will sell seven new shares for every 10.
  • Porsche Profit Rises 25% to Record as Macan SUV Lifts Sales: Revamp of brand’s 911 segment, robust demand for its SUVs should help Porsche meet its 15% operating profit margin target in 2016.

In FX, some temperance seen in EUR/USD this morning, with the 1.1200 breach yesterday topping out some 17 ticks through the figure but seeing profit taking bringing us back into low 1.1100’s — briefly dipped below here. No major recovery seen as the USD index is edging higher tentatively, but what we did see is some notable EUR/GBP sales going through to lift Cable back to 1.4300, with a view to testing the Thursday highs at 1.4317. UK trade data saw the headline deficit narrowing — this the only reason we could see for sudden GBP focus. Elsewhere, USD/JPY is looking to 114.00 again, but we ran into strong resistance ahead of 114.55 Thursday, so we may see a little struggle up here, but will need a strong stock market performance to do so. USD/CAD is back testing the 1.3220 level, with Oil eyeing $39.0. Canadian jobs data later on today. AUD/USD through .7500 again, but momentum has faded here of late.

In commodities, oil markets are still trading at a relatively high levels as Brent stays above USD 40bbl with WTI above USD 38bb1 respectively with the spread differential tightening over the last 24 hours. Gold has been retracing after gains following the ECB rate decision and press conference. Base metals have all been trading slightly lower with many analysts touting profit taking after recent rallies. IEA have said that monthly production dips on outages in Iraq and Nigeria and Iran’s market return more modest than forecast. World oil demand was revised to 94.6m from 94.4m bpd by the EIA. And they have also commented on the price of oil saying it may have bottomed out as high cost producers have cut production. (BBG/RTRS)

This afternoon in the light US calendar we get the February import price reading due up. There’s little in the way of Central Bank speakers today, while the latest Baker Hughes rig count will be closely watched in the commodity space.

Bulletin Headline Summary from RanSquawk and Bloomberg

  • Markets continue to digest yesterday’s ECB-inspired mayhem with European equities trading higher across the board in a pull-back of some of Thursday’s losses
  • Some temperance seen in EUR/USD this morning, with the 1.1200 breach yesterday topping out
  • some 17 pips through the figure but seeing profit taking bringing us back into low 1.1100’s
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US Import Price Index, Canadian Net Change in Employme
  • Treasuries slightly lower, global equity markets and U.S. futures rally overnight “as traders warmed to President Mario Draghi’s policy measures;” economic data calendar today features Import Price Index.
  • Whether Draghi’s latest barrage of stimulus works or not, the ECB president made one thing clear: he won’t be the one to clean up afterward. Instead, ultra-low interest rates are now potentially locked in until after he retires in 2019
  • ECB’s new series of TLTRO will be a welcome boost to liquidity for Spanish lenders that have been among the largest users of these programs so far. They have collectively drawn more than €74 billion ($82 billion) from previous rounds, just behind Italian lenders that have taken €97.2 billion
  • Deutsche Bank, which runs Europe’s biggest investment bank, said it expects the industry’s revenue to decline this year as clients consider pulling back from trading some fixed- income securities and refrain from doing deals; The bank also cut its bonus pool by 11% after rising legal expenses hurt earnings last year and said volatility in financial markets means the first quarter may be challenging
  • Investment banks worldwide have been cutting jobs in recent months as stock-market turmoil and a slowing Chinese economy put the brakes on dealmaking and trading
  • The world’s largest banks are incorrectly accounting for their swaps trades, locking up money that could otherwise be paid out as dividends to their shareholders, according to a bold new academic paper
  • Italian industrial output rose more than twice the economists’ forecast in January to 1.9% from December, which registered a 0.6% fall, signaling that the pace of economic growth may accelerate in the coming months
  • Sovereign 10Y bond yields mostly lower, led by Greece (-15bp), Italy (-13bp) and Spain (-10bp); European, Asian equity markets higher; U.S. equity-index futures rise. WTI crude oil, copper rise, gold drops

US Event Calendar

  • 8:30am: Import Price Index m/m, Feb., est. -0.7% (prior -1.1%)
  • Import Price Index y/y, Feb., est. -6.5% (prior -6.2%)

 

DB’s Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

With regards to the price action which ensued, the most impressive way to show the sheer swing in sentiment is by detailing some of the massive high to low ranges after that early rally faded fast. The Stoxx 600 peak-to-trough amounted to 4.07%, with the index eventually closing -1.66%. The range on the DAX was 4.98% and the closing level -2.31%. Peripheral bourses were actually the relative outperformers from an equities perspective, although that also reflects the fact that they rallied so hard on the initial headlines. The FTSE MIB closed -0.50% but not without a 4.69% range, while the IBEX (+0.07%) actually closed just in positive territory, again with a large 3.70% range however. European Banks were at the centre of the volatile moves with the Stoxx 600 Banks Index closing -0.52% and out-performing but the daily range amounting to 6.00%. It’s worth noting that we’ve also added an update piece from our European Banks team at the end of the report touching on some potential impacts for the sector post the announcements.

Elsewhere, the moves for the Euro seemed to cause some of the greatest debate. The single currency initially weakened over 1.5% in the minutes post the news, touching a low of 1.082 (and the lowest since the start of February) before then staging one heck of a rebound to rally off the lows and finish up +1.62% on the day at 1.118. The intraday high-to-low range of 3.66% lower than what we saw on December 3rd last year (when the ECB ‘under delivered’) but still the 10th highest daily range that we’ve seen in the currency in the last 10 years (especially impressive when you consider some of the massive swings in 2008/09 which account for seven of the top ten).

Rates markets were in major reversal mode too. 10y Bund yields initially tumbled 8bps lower to strike an intraday low of 0.156%, before spiking higher and closing at 0.304%, up 6.4bps on the day but the high-to-low range an impressive 17bps. Unsurprisingly moves in the peripheral bond market were even more exaggerated. 10y BTP’s were as much as 18bps lower on the day but closed 5bps higher with a range of 24bps. 10y Portugal yields actually closed 3bps tighter but again not without a 33bp range.

Along with the Euro, it was credit markets which were the other big outperformer on the day which is unsurprising given the news of the inclusion of corporate bonds in the ECB’s expanded asset purchases. The iTraxx Main index was as much as 12bps tighter at one stage before paring a bit of that into the close to finish 7bps tighter. Crossover ended 18bps tighter although again was a huge 40bps tighter at its best. Senior and Sub iTraxx financials closed 7bps and 17bps tighter respectively with the peripherals names leading the charge.

The inclusion of non-financial corporate bonds was a surprise and it marks another landmark moment for the ECB. This is the first time they’ve entered the private unsecured market. Longer term this might be significant as it paves the way for other non-government or unsecured risk purchases at a later date. For now we’ll have a good 3 months of speculation as to what they might buy and how successful they’ll be. In the note my team have just published we take a look at what the potential universe looks like, as well as discuss how the ECB’s market of eligibility could grow through looking at issuance, redemptions and net issuance trends over the past decade or so. Ultimately we expect ECB purchases to be positive for IG credit, although clearly there is still a certain amount of execution risk, while the liquidity of the market is also a big consideration. Experience from ABS purchases has not been great but whatever the risks from a performance/liquidity perspective it’s hard to imagine investors wanting to be short corporate bonds at least until the program starts in a few months or until more details are known.

Back to the bigger picture. Overall perhaps the eventual negative market reaction was due to the increasing realisation that this meeting might mark the point where focus shifts from easing being solely for the financial markets to one where it’s aimed at improving credit in the economy. By association this may explain the significant rally in the Euro as markets feel that the game of trying to weaken the currency is shifting. Elsewhere if the sell-off in core rates yesterday reflected reflation then this would have been a positive. However the move in breakevens didn’t suggest that this was the case so one has to be a bit concerned at the move. As a last word, clearly one has to be skeptical as to whether the package will work for the wider economy but it terms of having a go it’s hard for us to say that it’s not an impressive attempt.

It’s a rare occurrence – this year at least – for us to mention this so far along, but a selloff for oil markets (WTI -1.18%, Brent -2.48%) also coincided with the timing of Draghi’s negatively perceived comments and so certainly contributed to some of that risk-off move. That said, a bit of a rebound into the close for energy did eventually result in US equities bouncing off their lows to finish pretty much unchanged by the close of play (S&P 500 +0.02%), with US credit markets (CDX IG -5bps) enjoying similar gains to those in Europe.

This morning in Asia we’ve seen bourses rally back after an early weak opening which saw most markets open in the red. A big reversal for Oil (which has wiped out yesterday’s losses) has seen the Hang Seng (+1.06%), Shanghai Comp (+0.29%), Kospi (+0.28%), ASX (+0.32%) and Nikkei (+0.76%) all move back into positive territory. Market have also seemingly put to one side the latest CNY fix which was strengthened (+0.34%) by the most since November. Elsewhere credit markets are playing catch up in Asia this morning with iTraxx Asia and Australia indices 7bps and 5bps tighter respectively.

Before we look at today’s calendar and away from the ECB focus, labour market data in the US continues to remain supportive with last week’s initial jobless claims falling 18k to 259k (vs. 275k expected) and a new five-month low. Prior to this we saw Germany report a shrinking in their trade surplus in January, aided by an unexpected fall in exports (-0.5% mom vs. +0.8% expected). Finally in France the January industrial production print was up a much better than expected +1.3% mom (vs. +0.8% expected).

Looking at the day ahead, today we begin in Germany where shortly after this is out we’ll receive the final revision to the February CPI print (no change from the +0.4% mom expected). That’s before we turn to the UK where we’ll see the January trade numbers. This afternoon in the US the calendar continues to remain light with just the February import price reading due up. There’s little in the way of Central Bank speakers today, while the latest Baker Hughes rig count will be closely watched in the commodity space.

It’s worth keeping an eye out on some important China data over the weekend too (Saturday morning to be specific) where we’ll get the February industrial production, retail sales and fixed asset investment data. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also hear from PBoC Governor Zhou tomorrow morning who is set to hold a press conference on ‘financial reform and development’. And if that still wasn’t enough, three regional elections in Germany this weekend will also prove an early test for German Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy. Expect all this to help set the tone for the open on Monday.

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ASIAN AFFAIRS

 

Late  THURSDAY night/ FRIDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP BY 5.58 POINTS OR 0.20% , /  Hang Sang closed UP by 215.18 points or  1.08% . The Nikkei closed UP 86.52 or 0.51%. Australia’s all ordinaires was UP 0.14%. Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.5003.   Oil GAINED  to 38.68 dollars per barrel for WTI and 40.70 for Brent. Stocks in Europe so far ALL IN THE GREEN RESPONDING TO THE OIL RAMP UP. Offshore yuan trades  6.4976 yuan to the dollar vs 6.5003 for onshore yuan/ LAST WEDNESDAY, MOODYS DOWNGRADES CHINA’S CREDIT FROM STABLE TO NEGATIVE.  At the big people’s congress where they meet to set a 5 year plan, the leaders failed to deliver a major fiscal stimulus package

 

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report on Japan

 

 

 

 

Two days ago we witnessed panic buying into the Japanese  10 year bond sending yields down to negative 0.10%.  Last evening it was panic selling which again caused a flash crash as yields rose to +0.003%.

Japanese Government Bond Futures Are Flash-Crashing (Again)

Remember that once-in-a-lifetime, “don’t worry there’s plenty of liquidity” flash-crash in japanese Government Bond futures on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning Japan time)… well it happened again…

JGB Futures to be halted any minute…

And so the market chaos even among the “safest” of securities, the result of central bank intervention, continues. Bloomberg’s Richard Breslow summarized it best:

Even with QEs creating what look an awful lot like bubbles, it’s been fair to say, those distortions reflected the reaction function of how central bankers interpreted the state of play. Yield levels, let alone negative rates, and volatility are making these guideposts increasingly questionable.

If you look at the yield curves of much of the world, you’d be hard pressed not to conclude we are very much still experiencing a severe global recession. Central bankers may strongly disagree, yet Japanese 10-year JGBs haven’t seen 2% this century. German bunds have backed up to 21bps. Both are likely to increase QE. The U.S. is tightening (?) and 10- year yields are still down 42bps on the year

The Fed wants to raise rates but insists on re-investing the take on its massive portfolio. They act like fund managers protecting their AUM.

The Osaka Stock Exchange had to invoke circuit breakers today on the March JGB future for excessive volatility. Buying panic yesterday to front-run today’s QE buying led to panic selling today into BOJ bids 22 bps through Monday’s close. Oh, and did I mention, ahead of an auction tomorrow. The take-away is mayhem, not analysis.

And now we look forward to an even greater surge in volatility first ahead of the Fed and BOJ next week, who – just like everyone else – have no idea what is going on any more.

Tonight’s debate comes just five days ahead of the next week’s “Super Tuesday 3,” when there are more than 350 delegates up for grabs, including in winner-take-all contests in Florida and Ohio.

Some wonder just who it is that is selling JGBs so aggressively and in such entirely economically irrational a mannerWell we got hints who has been dumping Bunds from Goldman recently, which makes us think, as MNI ‘hints’ at, if The BoJ is not trying to “Goldilocks it”…

BOJ officials recognize that any upward pressure on JGB yields stemming from a brighter view on economic growth and inflation would be impeded by the BOJ’s massive purchases of JGBs, which also have been restricting risk premiums.

But some of them worry that the drop in the 10-year yield into negative territory may reflect undue pessimism by market players.

Just how much the negative yields are influenced by that pessimism and how much by the BOJ bond buying can’t be determined.

At this point it is also unclear how a gradual return to a steeper yield curve will happen, although BOJ officials must assume it will. It may be that changing sentiment in the market will be enough to overpower the other factors and begin to push up yields.

If it isn’t, things may become much more complicated, since it would then take some move toward an unwinding of the BOJ’s bond-buying policy to shift yields, and that would bring officials uncomfortably close to a knife edge of trying to edge up yields without making them spike.

In other words – rates not too low (or signals pessimism for growth) and not too high (because the entire fiscal balance will implode) – good luck centrally planning that.

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report on China:

 

 

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Points of interest:  because China is focusing on a basket of currencies instead of just the USA dollar, the offshore yuan has just jumped 300 basis points to 6.494 and its strongest level since mid December.  Gold is rising and at 9 pm est it is trading at 1278.  Goldman Sachs is within 13 dollars of being stopped out of its gold contracts.

Goldman Is About To Be Stopped Out Of Its Gold Short

Given China’s new focus on a basket of currencies, rather than pegging to the dollar alone, today’s record-breaking reversal in EUR has sparked a yuuge 300 pips rally in Offshore Yuan (from 6.5270 to 6.4940) pushing to its strongest level since mid-December. At the same time, Gold is accelerating as China opens, pushing up to $1278 – new 13-month highs.Most critical is we are within $5 of Goldman Sachs “short gold” stop at $1291

Yuan surges to 3-month highs…

As Gold spikes to fresh 13-month highs…

Goldman went short gold on 2/15 at around $1205…

We also maintain our bearish view on gold that has rallied along with the other commodities. Our short gold recommendation (which we opened with a 17% upside, in line with our $1000/toz 12-m forecast) is currently at a c.5% loss, with a stop loss at 7%.

This gold rally was driven by a lack of conviction in divergence in US growth as a weak US dollar has been highly correlated with a higher gold price.

We believe this realignment view of weak global growth is not supported by the US data, which will likely reinforce higher US yields, a stronger US dollar and the return of divergence, particularly should strong US consumer growth dissolve market fears regarding US growth. This in turn will likely put downward pressure on gold prices towards our near-term target of $1100/toz

Tonight we are getting very close to Goldman’s stop-loss…

Leaving Goldman clients pensive…

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For 18 months in a row, USA import prices have fallen year over year.  However we are beginning to see the first rise in prices since May 2014.  China is still exporting its deflation to the entire globe:

(courtesy zero hedge)

 

China Exports Most Deflation To US Since 2010

For the 18th month in a row, US Import prices fell YoY (down 6.1% vs expectations of a 6.5% drop). This is the longest deflationary streak since 1999. Under the hood we see the first first rise in prices (ex food, fuel) since May 2014. Fuel price dropped 3.9% – the 8th consecutive drop – and foreign food product prices dropped 2% – the most since Feb 2012.  Perhaps most crucially, China’s forced deflationary wave continues to build with the index at its lowest since 2010.

Longest losing streak since 1999…

With China exporting deflation at the fastest pace since 2010…

The Labor Department’s accompanying cheat sheet for reporters repeated the phrase “The index has not recorded a monthly increase since…” ten times. The range of sustained declines ranged from March 2014 for non-petroleum imports, to September 2015 for natural gas

Charts: Bloomberg

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After a dramatic increase in social lending in January, February witnesses a total collapse
(courtesy zero hedge)

After January Scramble, Chinese Lending Collapses

After January’s record-smashing CNY3.4 trillion (half a trillion dollars!) surge in aggregate credit expansion in China, the post-lunar-new-year hangover hit hard in February as credit growth tumbled 77% from Janaury’s level to just CNY780 ($112bn). This is the weakest February loan growth since 2011. Drastically missing expectations, and following authorities comments on the need to “monitor” excess credit growth, all categories of total social finance registered a sharp drop.

After a huge spike in loan growth in January (which appeared to have absolutely no marginally positive impact on any real economic data)…

China total loan growth collapses….

As it appears massive amounts of loan issuance were pulled forward (before the new year), promptingthe People’s Bank of China to crack down on excess lending at some banks always making the slump in February a possibility. But as Bloomberg notes, looking at the data for the first two months of the year together, credit growth remains on a rapid upward trend, and the government is targeting a faster credit expansion for 2016 as a whole. Industrial output data for January and February, slated for release Saturday, will be critical in determining the immediate policy outlook.

In the details of today’s data release, all categories of total social finance registered a sharp drop. Yuan bank loans fell to 810 billion yuan in February from 2.5 trillion yuan in January. Corporate bond issuance fell to 86 billion yuan from 454 billion yuan. Bankers acceptances dropped 370 billion yuan, after registering a 130 billion-yuan increase in January. Trust loans and entrusted loans, the other major “shadow banking” categories, fell from January’s level but remained in positive territory.

Goldman Sachs explains…

February credit data was weak. Part of the fall in the level of credit supply was because of seasonality — February credit supply is always substantially lower than that in January. However, normal seasonality certainly cannot explain the magnitude of the fall, as the level of RMB loans last February was only around Rmb 500 bn less than that in January. Another perspective on seasonality is to compare this February with last. Since the outstanding loan growth rate is in the teens, the newly increased amount is normally larger than that of the same month the prior year–but this February’s level is clearly below last year’s, pointing to factors other than seasonality as playing an important role. TSF flows were weak, although there was around RMB 167 bn net issuance in local government bonds in February. After adjusting for local government bonds, TSF growth was still relatively weak, with sequential (month-over-month) growth at the lowest level since mid 2015. Among the components under TSF, bank acceptance bills declined RMB 371 bn, which likely reflected the impact from discount bill frauds that surfaced in late January.

However, sequential M2 growth accelerated in February. Fiscal policy stance was supportive, although not quite as supportive as February last year, and FX flows likely became less of a drag.

The weakness in February credit data was policy driven, in our view, and should be viewed in light of exceedingly strong January data. Although the government likely wanted to loosen policy in light of renewed downward pressures on growth, which are due in large part to weak exports, the actual amount of loosening in January may have breached policymakers’ comfort zone (consistent with reports on PBOC guidance to slow lending in mid January).

Concerns about rising CPI inflation, leverage and public perception remain key constraints on the extent of monetary policy loosening. Although doves tend to dismiss the rise in CPI inflation, which has been mostly food driven, as driven by temporary factors especially adverse weather conditions, hawks may view it differently as the result of the very loose monetary conditions in January. Historically, China’s CPI inflation is almost always mainly food driven and its behavior is very pro-cyclical, contrary to that in many developed economies. As food prices continue to be high in March, CPI is likely to remain at above 2% in March, in our opinion, limiting the extent of short-term policy loosening. There also is a rising number of media comments on policy stance questioning whether the high credit growth in January is turning out to be another Rmb 4 trillion stimulus, which may make the case for loosening more difficult for policymakers who are in favor of this.

Strong January money and credit data led to overly high market expectations about future liquidity supply, which likely gave domestic equity market and commodities market a boost recently. Today’s downside surprise may raise questions about whether the government still intends to loosen. Our view is it still does, just not as aggressively as it appeared after the release of January data. The combined level of liquidity supply in the first two months of the year was still around RMB 700 bn, higher than during the same period of last year, which should support domestic demand growth, especially fixed asset investment, and partially offset the weakness in external demand. While the problem of “policy laziness” (a phrase coined by PM Li to describe the lack of action by officials tasked with implementing stimulus) certainly has not been eliminated, the severity likely has lessened amid heightened administrative pressures from the leadership. Aggregate demand growth on the other hand likely weakened from the high level reached in November and December (based on IP sequential growth). As such, we think reaching the annual GDP growth target of 6.5-7.0% will be a challenging task and will require continued policy support, including monetary policy.

What is potentially most troubling is that despite all this yuuge issuance and declining credit quality, yields on China corporate bonds continue to compress in the biggest bubble that no one is talking about…

And as Bloomberg concludes, the signals from China’s policy makers remain somewhat confused.Ahead of the National People’s Congress, the PBOC flagged a shift to a “slight easing bias” in monetary policy. In the last few days they have appeared to try to row that back, saying the “prudent” policy stance remains essentially unchanged. That said, a target for 13% growth in M2 in 2016, up from 12% in 2015, and a 13% target for expanding aggregate finance, suggests the government is preparing to continue the credit stimulus. A 13% expansion in aggregate finance implies 17.9 trillion yuan in new lending and equity issuance in 2016, up from 15.3 trillion yuan in 2015.

Which is notable since M1 growth and M2 growth missed expectations significantly in February (M1 +17.4% vs +18.09% exp and M2 +13.3% vs 13.7% exp.)

Charts: Bloomberg

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EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

 

 

 

 

Draghi warns about the rising inequality, even hours after boosting QE which rewards bankers and hurts Main Street:

(courtesy zero hedge)

 

Draghi Warns About Rising Inequality Hours After Boosting QE, As BIS Warns QE Leads To Inequality

Just hours after Mario Draghi unveiled another €20 billion in monthly QE, bringing the total in “unconventional monetary policy” asset purchases to €80 billion per month, and entering the market for corporate bond purchases for the first time, the ECB released the text of an interview that was conducted with the Guardian on February 18, in which the central banker not only lamented youth unemployment but said he is “worried about increasing inequality.”

Here are the selected excerpts:

Are you worried about the position of young adults in Europe and is this an increasingly urgent issue?

Youth unemployment is a tragedy and prevents people from playing a full and meaningful part in society. If every second young person is out of work – as is still the case in some countries in Europe – it seriously harms the economy, because people willing to work cannot work and skills are not developed. And it threatens social harmony. Unemployment can lead in the long run to increased social problems and ill-health.

What might be the forces at work here – demographics / changing workplaces / fiscal-monetary policy – that mean that young adults appear to be receiving little of the rewards of two and half decades of average economic growth?

Nobody stays young forever. The crucial question is whether a person can participate fully in the economy over his or her life-time – get a good education, find a job, buy a home for the family. Income and wealth follow. What makes me worry is that increasing inequality might prevent people from doing that. This is an issue all our societies need to look at carefully. The ECB’s role in that is to maintain price stability, which prevents unfair redistribution. For example, our research shows that in the euro area too low inflation results in redistribution from younger, more indebted households to older households that are typically net creditors.

Naturally, what is particularly ironic about the head of the ECB complaining about inequality after doing everything in his power to make the rich even richer, is that one doesn’t have to read fringe websites to get to that conclusion. One just has to read a paper issued just a few days ago by none other than his “superior”, the Bank of International Settlements, titled “Wealth inequality and monetary policy” which explicitly states that monetary policy, i.e., more QE, is unambiguously responsible for the recent surge in inequality.

The highlights:

Our results suggest that the impact of low interest rates and rising bond prices on wealth inequality may have been small, while rising equity prices may have added to wealth inequality. A recovery of house prices appears to have only partly offset this effect… Since 2010, high equity returns have been the main driver of faster growth of net wealth at the top of the distribution. 

Frost and Saiki (2014) study the impact of unconventional monetary policy on income inequality in Japan in a vector autoregression (VAR) framework. Using household survey data,they find that quantitative easing widened income inequalityespecially after 2008 when policy became more aggressive. They identify capital gains resulting from higher asset prices as the main driver.

Yes, ironic, but we certainly expect Draghi to have even more heartfelt lamentations about how increasing inequality is preventing young people from getting an “education, finding a job, or buying a home for the family.” Courtesy of none other than Mario Draghi of course.

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David Stockman talks about yesterday’s ECB announcement and what it means:
(courtesy David Stockman/ContraCorner)

Draghi’s Deadly Derangement

by  • March 10, 2016

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Yes, the man is totally deranged, and so is the entire eurozone policy apparatus. Like much of officialdom elsewhere in the world, the ECB is attempting to fight low growth and low inflation with monetary nitroglycerin. Its only a matter of time before they blow the whole financial works sky high.

Low real GDP growth in the eurozone has absolutely nothing to do with the difference between 0.3% on the ECB deposit rate versus the new -0.4%dictate announced this morning; nor does QE bond purchases of EUR 80 billion per month compared to the prior EUR 60 billion rate have anything to do with it, either. The only purpose of such heavy handed financial intrusion is to make borrowing cheaper for households and businesses.

But here’s what the moronic Mario doesn’t get. The European private sector don’t want no more stinkin’ debt; they are up to their eyeballs in it already, and have been for the better part of a decade.

The growth problem in Europe is due to too much socialist welfare and too much statist taxation and regulation, not too little private borrowing. These are issues for fiscal policy and elected politicians, not central bank apparatchiks.

As shown in the chart below, the eurozone private sector had its final borrowing binge during the initial decade of the single currency regime through 2008; debts outstanding grew at the unsustainable rate of 7.5% annually. But since then the eurozone private sector has self-evidently been stranded on the shoals of Peak Debt.

Outstandings have flat-lined for the past eight years—-not withstanding increasingly heavy doses of ECB interest rate repression that have finally taken money market rates into the netherworld of subzero.

Euro LIBOR Three Month Rate

Nor has the approximate EUR $700 billion of bond purchases since QE’s inception last March made one wit of difference. Bank loans outstanding to the private sector were EUR 10.24 trillion at the end of January or exactly where they stood in March 2015 when Draghi and his merry band of money printers went all in.

Euro Area Loans to Private Sector

By the same token, it is damn obvious that low inflation is not a problem, and that, in any event, it is not caused by lack of money printing and insufficient interest rate repression by the goofballs assembled at the ECB’s swell new headquarters in Frankfurt. The eurozone’s respite from its normal 1-2% annual dose of headline inflation is entirely imported via the global tide of plunging oil, commodities, steel and other industrial prices.

That welcome tide of imported deflation, in turn, is actually improving the eurozone’s terms of trade and raising consumer living standards; and it is not remotely connected to anything the ECB has done or not done in the last year or even four years.

Instead, the global deflation is a consequence of the massive malinvestment in mining, energy, industry, transportation and distribution which has resulted from the 20-year global credit binge enabled by the world’s convoy of money printing central banks. Incremental debt of $185 trillion or nearly 4X GDP growth during that period has crushed the world’s capacity for investment and production led growth.

Global Debt and GDP- 1994 and 2014

The overhang of excess capacity everywhere on the planet is also drastically compressing prices, margins and profits, but the major impact is in the Red Ponzi and its EM supply chain; and the secondary impact is on engineered machinery, high tech and luxury goods exporters, including Germany and other eurozone export strongholds.

It goes without saying, however, that today’s new round of monetary quackery by the ECB will have no impact whatsoever on eurozone export demand from China and the EM. Not only did Draghi fail to send the Euro careening lower, but it wouldn’t matter anyway. The barrier is not FX; the problem is investment saturation in foreign markets that have run out of  borrowing capacity.

In any event, the global deflation is actually a boon to eurozone workers and consumers because Europe is a giant energy and materials importer.

Euro Area Imports of Extra Ea18 - Energy

Euro Area Imports of Extra Ea18 - Raw Materials

So what if that windfall to living standards in the old age colony now planted on the european continent causes the headline inflation indices to temporarily flat line?

Do the Keynesian madmen at the ECB really think that the hundred million or so eurozone households living essentially hand-to-mouth on stagnant wages and welfare will actually stop buying food, clothing, shelter, shoes, movie tickets, bedroom furniture and backyard garden tools because they are waiting for prices to go down?

In a world of peak debt and stagnant wages, the idea of a deflationary buyers strike is just self-serving bureaucratic jabberwocky.

The truth is, the whole central bank anti-deflation gambit is based on an egregious and self-created strawman. Namely, the utterly bogus notion that 2.00% headline CPI inflation is the magic elixir of economic performance. Yet there is not a shred of evidence to support it; it has come to prevail as a policy norm purely as a matter of assertion and ritual incantation.

In fact, the whole central bank inflation targeting regime has degenerated into the monetary equivalent of counting angels on the head of a pin in the manner of medieval theologians. If you even set aside just oil and energy——which absolutely is not produced within the borders of the eurozone——you get the picture shown below.

To wit, since the inception of the single currency in 1999, the harmonized consumer price index less energy (and seasonal food) has advanced at a1.57% rate per annum. During eight the years since the great financial crisis in 2008 it has gained by 1.21% per annum; and, assisted by the declining price of Europe’s  raw materials and other non-energy imports, the index rose by 1.01% during the year ending in January.

So c’mon. Is there one iota of economic logic or common sense which suggests that a mere 36 basis point, or 56 basis point deviation, respectively, from a deeply embedded  17-year trend is enough to cause the $13 trillion eurozone economy to sink into some kind of macroeconic black hole? And one so devastating that it can only be remedied by what is essentially a criminal assault on savers and a windfall to speculators?

It can now be well and truly said that the ECB and other central bankers are so far down the rabbit hole that they have completely lost contact with common sense. They are trifling with microscopic two decimal point variations in consumer inflation rates which are utterly irrelevant to the economic welfare of the 19-nations which comprise the eurozone.

The only welfare involved, in fact, is that of the front-running financial gamblers who stalk the world’s financial markets waiting for the next outbreak of central banker foolishness. A few days ago, for example, the fast money made a killing when the yield on the 30-year Japanese government bond was driven to a mere 47 basis points.

As we pointed out at the time, Japan is hurtling toward fiscal and demographic bankruptcy. So the only explanation for that mindless breakout is that front-runners were scooping up these 30-year JGBs on the massive leverage of the repo market, knowing they could harvest their gains at the open market desk of the BOJ.

Yet that’s where the monetary nitroglycerine comes in. As Zero Hedge pointed out this morning, even that gambit has it limits. When the central banks finally run out of credibility and capacity to indulge is sheet economic irrationality, as NIRP surely is, there will be no bid for financial market front runners’ returning their bond rentals.

Then, look out below. There was already a hint of that in the tattered remnant of Japan’s bond market yesterday.

Japan’s negative-rate experiment has found a new market to roil: Japanese government bonds. The tempestuous times are probably just starting.

Yields on JGBs swung wildly this week, after unexpectedly high demand at an auction for 30-year bonds. Volatility on these bonds rose to the highest since at least 2000. The proximate cause: The usual buyers of long-term bonds such as life-insurance companies sat back as Japan’s big banks rushed in.

Banks have an incentive to own the long-dated bonds: They are becoming a scarce commodity—something that still has positive yields, however infinitesimal. Shorter-duration bonds have negative yields. And because of the new negative-rate policy, when banks sell bonds to the Bank of Japan 8301 4.61% as part of quantitative easing, they end up with cash in a negative interest-bearing reserve account. They have an incentive to hug these 30-year bonds tight.

That rush has also generated quick capital appreciation on the bonds. Some investors clearly took profits after 30-year yields plunged 0.25 percentage point to 0.48%, a massive move in this otherwise sleepy corner of the market. Yields bounced back up Wednesday and Thursday.

Whether the BOJ’s negative-rate policy will work to spur the economy is an open question. What’s clearer is that it has worked to make Japan’s government bonds the best performers among developed markets this year, mostly on capital appreciation terms. Since the introduction of negative interest rates at the end of January, Japan’s government-bond yield curve out to 10 years has gone subzero, meaning more than 80% of the stock of bonds have negative yields.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/negative-rates-stir-japanese-bonds-from-slumber-1457615219?tesla=y&mod=djemheard_t

 

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Your early morning currency/gold and silver pricing/Asian and European bourse movements/ and interest rate settings/FRIDAY morning 7:00 am

Euro/USA 1.1102 down .0074

USA/JAPAN YEN 113.75 UP .901 (Abe’s new negative interest rate (NIRP)a total bust

GBP/USA 1.4304 UP .0021 (threat of Brexit)

USA/CAN 1.3249 DOWN.0088

Early THIS FRIDAY morning in Europe, the Euro FELL by 74 basis points, trading now WELL above the important 1.08 level RISING to 1.1102; Europe is still reacting to deflation, announcements of massive stimulation (QE), a proxy middle east war, and the ramifications of a default at the Austrian Hypo bank, an imminent default of Greece, Glencore, Nysmark and the Ukraine, along with rising peripheral bond yield further stimulation as the EU is moving more into NIRP, and the threat of continuing USA tightening by raising their interest rate / Last night the Chinese yuan was UP in value (onshore) The USA/CNY DOWN in rate at closing last night: 6.5003 / (yuan UP but will still undergo massive devaluation/ which will cause deflation to spread throughout the globe)

In Japan Abe went BESERK with NEW ARROWS FOR HIS Abenomics WITH THIS TIME INITIATING NIRP . The yen now trades in a SOUTHBOUND trajectory RAMP as IT settled DOWN in Japan by 90 basis points and trading now well BELOW that all important 120 level to 113.04 yen to the dollar. NIRP POLICY IS A COMPLETE FAILURE AND ALL OF OUR YEN CARRY TRADERS HAVE BEEN BLOWN UP

The pound was UP this morning by 90 basis points as it now trades WELL ABOVE the 1.40 level at 1.4304.

The Canadian dollar is now trading UP 88 in basis points to 1.3249 to the dollar.

Last night, Chinese bourses were ALL UP/Japan NIKKEI CLOSED UP 86.52 POINTS OR 0.51%, HANG SANG UP 215.18 OR 1.08% SHANGHAI UP 5.58 OR 0.20%   / AUSTRALIA IS HIGHER / ALL EUROPEAN BOURSES ARE IN THE GREEN, as they start their morning/.

We are seeing that the 3 major global carry trades are being unwound. The BIGGY is the first one;

1. the total dollar global short is 9 trillion USA and as such we are now witnessing a sea of red blood on the streets as derivatives blow up with the massive rise in the rise in the dollar against all paper currencies and especially with the fall of the yuan carry trade. The emerging market which house close to 50% of the 9 trillion dollar short is feeling the massive pain as their debt is quite unmanageable.

2, the Nikkei average vs gold carry trade (blowing up and the yen carry trade HAS BLOWN up/and now NIRP)

3. Short Swiss franc/long assets blew up ( Eastern European housing/Nikkei etc.

These massive carry trades are terribly offside as they are being unwound. It is causing global deflation ( we are at debt saturation already) as the world reacts to lack of demand and a scarcity of debt collateral. Bourses around the globe are reacting in kind to these events as well as the potential for a GREXIT>

The NIKKEI: this FRIDAY morning: closed UP 86.52 OR 0.51%

Trading from Europe and Asia:
1. Europe stocks ALL IN THE GREEN

2/ CHINESE BOURSES ALL IN THE GREEN/ : Hang Sang CLOSED IN THE GREEN. ,Shanghai IN THE GREEN/ Australia BOURSE IN THE GREEN: /Nikkei (Japan)GREEN/India’s Sensex in the GREEN /

Gold very early morning trading: $1264.88

silver:$15.55

Early FRIDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 1.87% !!! DOWN 6 in basis points from last night in basis points from THURSDAY night and it is trading WELL BELOW resistance at 2.27-2.32%. The 30 yr bond yield falls to 2.66 DOWN 4 in basis points from THURSDAY night.

USA dollar index early FRIDAY morning: 96.50 UP 33 cents from THURSDAY’s close.(Now below resistance at a DXY of 100)

This ends early morning numbers FRIDAY MORNING

 

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And now your closing FRIDAY numbers
Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 2.94% DOWN 19 in basis points from THURSDAY

Japanese 10 year bond yield: -.0150% !! DOWN 1/3 basis points from THURSDAY which was lowest on record!!
Your closing Spanish 10 year government bond, FRIDAY UP 2 in basis points
Spanish 10 year bond yield: 1.59% !!!!!!/
Your FRIDAY closing Italian 10 year bond yield: 1.33% down 16 in basis points on the day:
Italian 10 year bond trading 26 points lower than Spain/
German 10 yr bond yield closed at .271/
IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR FRIDAY

Closing currency crosses for FRIDAY night/USA dollar index/USA 10 yr bond: 2:30 pm
Euro/USA: 1.1160 down .0016 (Euro DOWN 16 basis points AND FOR DRAGHI A COMPLETE POLICY FAILURE)
USA/Japan: 113.70 UP 0.851 (Yen UP 85 basis points) and still a major disappointment to our yen carry traders and Kuroda’s NIRP
Great Britain/USA: 1.4385 UP 0.0102 (Pound UP 102 basis points
USA/Canada: 1.3226 DOWN .0018 (Canadian dollar UP 18 basis points as oil was LOWER in price/wti = $37.82)
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This afternoon, the Euro was DOWN by 16 basis points to trade at 1.1160 AS THE MARKETS  HAD SECOND THOUGHTS  WITH DRAGHI’S BAZOOKA
The Yen FELL to 113.70 for a LOSS of 85 basis points as NIRP is still a big failure for the Japanese central bank/also all our yen carry traders are being fried.
The pound was UP 102 basis points, trading at 1.4385.( LESS BREXIT concerns)
The Canadian dollar ROSE by 18 basis points to 1.3226 as the price of oil was UP today as WTI finished at $38.69 per barrel,)
The USA/Yuan closed at 6.4940
the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at -.0150% UP 1 basis point
Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield: UP 5 basis points from THURSDAY at 1.98%//(trading well below the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) policy error
USA 30 yr bond yield: 2.75 UP 5 in basis points on the day and will be worrisome as China/Emerging countries continues to liquidate USA treasuries (policy error)

Your closing USA dollar index: 96.17 UP 17 cents on the day at 2:30 pm
Your closing bourses for Europe and the Dow along with the USA dollar index closings and interest rates for THURSDAY

London: UP 103.09 points or 1.71%
German Dax :UP 332.98 points or 3.51%
Paris Cac UP 142.44 points or 3,27%
Spain IBEX UP 323.70 or 3.69%
Italian MIB: UP 869.52 points or 4.80%
The Dow up 218.18 or 1.28%
Nasdaq:up 86.31 or 1.85%
WTI Oil price; 38.69 at 2:30 pm;
Brent OIl: 40.37
USA dollar vs Russian Rouble dollar index: 69.90 (Rouble is UP 1 AND  49 /100 roubles per dollar from yesterday) as the price of Brent and WTI OIL ROSE
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OIL STORIES

 

 

 

The EIA states that oil may have bottomed as non OPEC cut production.  However  Goldman  Sachs has come out with another report where they warn of lower prices as storage fills last remaining spaces:

(courtesy zero hedge)

Oil Rebounds After IEA Says Price “Bottomed” As Goldman Warns Of “Sharply Lower” Prices As Storage Fills

In its latest monthly market report released early on Friday, the International Energy Agency forecast that oil prices may have bottomed as shrinking supplies outside OPEC and disruptions inside the group erode the global surplus. This comes just one month after it had a far gloomier assessment of oil prices, warned on excess supply, and asked if the market was witnessing a “false dawn.

“There are signs that prices might have bottomed out,” the Paris-based adviser said. “For prices there may be light at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel” as market forces are “working their magic and higher-cost producers are cutting output.”

It predicted that production outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will decline by 750,000 barrels a day this year, or 150,000 barrels a day more than estimated last month, the agency said. Markets are also being supported by output losses in Iraq and Nigeria, and as Iran restores production more slowly than planned following the end of international sanctions, Bloomberg reports.

As a reminder, on February 9, the IEA said “supply may exceed consumption by an average of 1.75 million barrels a day in the period, compared with an estimate of 1.5 million last month.” Curious since then prices are far higher, and are now pushing into territory where even shale companies are considering resuming production.

As shown in the chart below, oil prices have recovered 50 percent from the 12-year lows reached in early February when news of possible oil production cuts by OPEC unleashed a dramatic rally; instead all that was unveiled was a tentative production “freeze”, one which may never happen as Iran has sternly refused to comply with the term. This “freeze” which caps Russian and Saudi production at already record high levels, while currently supporting prices, is unlikely to have a substantial impact on markets in the first half of the year, the IEA said.

As Bloomberg writes, the agency’s view on prices is a shift from last month’s report, in which it said that crude could sink further as the market remained “awash in oil.” Brent futures traded at about $40 a barrel in London on Friday. In retrospect, this appears like nothing more than a case of the market making the news, and in this case, analysis.

Still, the outlook for the balance of supply against demand in the first half is “essentially unchanged” from last month, the IEA said. World oil consumption will increase by 1.2 million barrels a day, helping to reduce the global surplus from 1.7 million barrels a day in the first half to 200,000 a day in the last six months of the year. Last month it projected the second-half surplus would be 300,000 a day. The agency repeated that it could lower the demand estimate as the price recovery curbs U.S. appetite for gasoline.

In other words, everyone is guessing not only what supply will do, but when demand will finally come back; for now there hasn’t been a notable change in either, and in fact in the last DOE number, US producers actually saw a pick up in production.

More interesting, and related to our report earlier this week about some 550 million “missing” barrels of oil, the IEA increased it estimate of oil in floating storage/transit for 2015, moving more than a qtr of the volume it had previously categorized as “miscellaneous-to-balance” in its supply/demand tables.  The revision to the quarterly figures in latest monthly report issued today shows “a portion of these volumes were mis-allocated in 2015.” As a result, the IEA now sees 72 million bbl of crude stored in tankers at end-Feb., up ~17 million bbl from a year ago; this includes 42 million  bbl of crude, condensate in Iranian tankers.

Despite the adjustment, this still means that there is nearly half a billion barrels of oil “out there, somewhere” which remain unaccounted for.

* * *

So while the IEA report served to boost the price of oil, roughly at the same time Goldman released its own report, reiterating a well-known warning on inventory constraints, and repeating that oil prices may drop “sharply lower” as US “storage saturation” is reached:

While supply responses and US stock draws on the horizon suggest price lows may have been set, the risk that US storage saturation pushes prices sharply lower in coming weeks remains high in our view. Current US inventory builds are setting new record highs for storage utilization and we expect these builds to continue through April. Further, the risk of petroleum product storage saturation pushing refinery runs lower in the face of strong imports could more than offset US production declines.

For now the market continues to ignore the near-term fundamentals, and to hope that production cuts and demand increases will normalize the crude market, even as key shale companies made it clear that once oil hits $40, production is going back on line. As of this moment, crude is right around that level.

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Crude reacts to the EIA report stating that we are at the bottom with respect to WTI pricing/ and ignores Goldman’s dire warning on oil:
(courtesy zero hedge)

WTI Crude Nears $39 – 2016 Highs – As Shorts Tumble

With ETF shorts falling to 2016 lows, WTI crude futures are surging once again (despite yesterday’s news that there will be no “production freeze.” Near $39, this is the highest since the first day of trading in 2016.

Sending WTI crude to its highest since 2015…

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However the low WTI price is causing many Texas towns to undergo huge hardships as credit is downgraded at municipalities and West Texas Governments.
(courtesy Julianne Geiger/OilPrice.com)

Oil Bust Spreads As 11 Texas Towns See Credit Downgraded

Submitted by Julianne Geiger via OilPrice.com,

Moody’s Investors Service placed 11 West Texas governments and municipalities under review for a potential downgrade last week.

The review will consider downgrading the credit ratings of 11 local governments, which include Odessa and Midland, Pecos County, and 7 hospital districts. The review would affect US$477 million in outstanding public debt.

Everyone knows a downgrade is bad news, but how bad is bad—really?

The Moody’s ratings have little forward-looking value, and are more a reflection of what the market already knows—that times are tough, and lending in this industry—or within the geographical boundaries of oil-dependent locations—comes at a risk.

Moody’s will consider the oil downturn and the ability of each government to adapt in this difficult environment. They review the debt burden and liquidity levels, and even management strategies. This particular review focuses specifically on the local governments and districts that have a proportionately high rate of tax exposure to the oil and gas industry—mainly from players in the Permian Basin.

Although a credit downgrade from Moody’s doesn’t spell doom and gloom for West Texas, the ratings do, to some extent, influence the confidence of lenders and investors with interests in the area.

But the fact that the oil industry is facing difficult times is not news. That the Permian Basin is in trouble is not news. That oil companies are cutting costs, reining in exploration activities, and laying off employees is also not news. That the tax bases of these locations are shrinking—again, not news.

Of the 11 entities now under review, the McCamey County Hospital District, just south of the City of Odessa, which is also under review; and Reagan Hospital District, just south-east of Odessa, have the least favorable ratings of those under review—a rating of Baa2, which is defined by Moody’s as “medium grade, with some speculative elements and moderate credit risk.” This is still considered an investment-grade rating, but a downgrade to the next rung on the ratings ladder to Baa3 is as low as it can go before it sits solidly in the speculative-grade rating.

Image courtesy of Clineshalecentral.com

A downgrade for these two nearly adjacent districts would likely mean higher interest rates on any debt, but little else. The market itself is more effective in stifling the economic activities within oil heavy areas.

To add perspective to this potential downgrade, Reagan County, Texas, has a total population of 3,601 as of 2013, while Upton County, immediately to the west and encompassing the McCamey County Hospital District, boasts a population of 3,372. The largest city in Reagan County is Big Lake, population 3,139.Other than oil wells, Big Lake has a Subway, a courthouse, a hardware store, an auto parts store, a small grocery store, and a smattering of other businesses, many of which have shuttered within the last year.

What Reagan County does have is a day population of 12,000, with 115 currently producing operators, and 1,573 producing leases. Big Lake has 13,235 wells on file—about four times its resident population, and was responsible for producing 9,542,592 MCF of gas and 2,442,882 barrels of oil in 2015. In 2014, Big Lake votes approved a $32 million bond for a new hospital—a move in response to the increased demands placed on the city by the oil industry.

The people-to-oil ratio in nearby Upton County is similarly situated, with 81 current operators, 4,341 leases, and 16,002 wells.

Moody’s reported that the review may take up to 90 days to complete.

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 Production higher, yet rig counts continue to collapse.
(courtesy zero hedge)

US Rig Count Tumbles To Record (41-Year) Lows

In April 1999, the total US oil and gas rig count was 488, today, after dropping 9, the total rig count is 480- an all-time record low (since records began in 1975). Oil rigs dropped 3 to 386 (lowest Since Dec 09), the 12th weekly drop in a row (16th of 17 and 17th and 26th of the last 28 weeks). With production up last week, it remains to be seen when the rig count matters once again.

A record low in total oil and gas rigs… (-6 in oil, -3 in gas)

Oil rig counts continue to track a lagged oil price almost perfectly…

Are we close?

Charts: Bloomberg

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first it was gold that was slammed.  Then late in the morning, they whacked oi:
(courtesy zero hedge)

First Gold, Now Oil Is Getting Slammed

Because… fundamentals…

First gold was clubbed lower, then after tagging stops above $39, WTI crude is tumbling:

Don’t worry this all makes sense to someone.

WTI crude price at 5. 00 pm:  $38.55
Brent: 40.42
This ends the stock indices, oil price, currency crosses and interest rate closes for today.
And now USA stories

Draghi-Dip-Buyers Send Stocks, Crude To 2016 Highs; Gold Slammed

Was there ever any doubt…

 

So this happened…

 

Yes it is all very exciting, but year-to-date, Gold is outperforming The Dow by 20ppt…

 

For the best year since 1974…

 

And since The Fed hiked rates…

 

And before we start, remember how excited everyone was in mid-September (before The Fed folded)…

h/t @NorthmanTrader

 

Let’s look at markets post-ECB…

 

And post-Draghi’s “no more” comments, It looks like someone was desperate to make sure Gold (the anti-centrally-planned world asset) was outperforming…

 

Trannies and Small Caps ripped over 2% today…

 

On the week, it’s all green for the 4th week in a row, led by The Dow (rather unusually)

 

But futures show the real craziness…

 

S&P 500 broke above its 200DMA for the first time this year…

 

And just look at the vol in Financials and Energy this week…

 

HYG (deluged with institutional cash looking for a home amid a barren primary issuance market) soared today to its best 4 week gain since Oct 2011 – which marked the top of that bounce…

 

One quick question – if everything is awesome, then why is financials’ credit risk so extreme high still?

 

Treasury yields were all higher today (and on the week) with 30Y outperforming (pushing the 2s30s spread to Dec08 lows – 2nd biggest cirve flattening this year)

 

5Y Yields broke back to the middle of the range (up 25bps in 2 weeks – the most in 4 months)

 

 

The USD Index was smacked lower for the 2nd week in a row, near 5 month lows…

 

This is the biggest 6-week drop in USD Index since May 2015

 

USDJPY rallied back but not like stocks…

 

But EURUSD didn’t give any back…

 

Gold and silver closed modestly lower on the week (slammed in the last hour of the day), copper dropped and oil popped…

 

Gold futures aretrading like a penny stock!!

 

Oil rallied for the 4th week in a row (for the first time since May 2015)…

 

The biggest 4-week run (30.8%) since March 2009…

 

 

Charts: Bloomberg

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the big story of the day:  the bond market is broken to smitherines

Treasury failures soaring to multi year highs as collateral disappears:

Not only is the 10 year treasury in trouble but also the 30 yr treasury is also disappeariny in collateral.. the 10 yr repo rate -3% and the 30 yr repo rate -2.40%

(COURTESY ZERO HEDGE)

This Is What A Broken Bond Market Looks Like: Treasury “Failures” Soars To Multi-Year Highs

Earlier this week, when looking at the rapidly fraying dynamics in the all-important Treasury repo market, we explained that as a result of the unprecedented, record shortage of underlying paper, the repo rate for the 10Y has plunged to the lowest on record (and even surpassing it on occasion), the -3.00% “fails” rate, an unstable, broken state characterized by a surge in failures to deliver and receive, when one party fails to deliver a U.S. Treasury to another party by the date previously agreed by the parties. Think of it as a margin call issued on a stock in which the responsible party refuses to comply, and is instead slapped with a token penalty, or “fails” fee.

This is precisely what has been going on with the Treasury market for over a week, ever since last Friday when we first pointed out the precarious collapse in the repo rate on the 10Y – traditionally the best indicator of stress in lending markets.

There was some expectation that after this week’s 10Y and 30Y auctions, that the shortage would moderate, however so far that has not happened, and now the last possible renormalization date is when these auctions settle early next week.

For now, however, things are going from bad to worse, and as Stone McCarthy shows in the following two charts, it is no longer just the 10Y which is in trouble: so is the 30Y, which as of this morning is trading near the fails range, or -2.40% in repo.

But more importantly, we no longer have to rely on the repo market to see just how broken the Treasury market has been this past week as a result of what has been an unprecedented shorting onslaught. As of this morning, the NY Fed’s Primary Dealer database was updarted for the most recent failures to deliver and receive data, and it is a doozy when it comes to 10Y paper.

Here are the facts:

  • 10Y fails to deliver surged to $32.3b for week ended March 2 vs $132m previous week and fails to receive jumped to $31.8b vs $259m, both highest since June 2013, amid increased short base and lack of supply before this week’s auction.
  • Total fails to deliver rose to $178.1b vs $139.5b; fails to receive rose to $171.9b vs $135.3b
  • UST ex-TIPS fails to deliver $127b vs $70b, highest since Jan. 6; fails to receive $127.7b vs $74.6b, highest since Dec. 30

The one chart that summarizes what is going on is shown below: as of this moment, there are more “failures” both to deliver and receive than just one time in history, June 2013. 

Using the Fed’s revised data set, it is sadly impossible to go further back than April 2013 to see how this compares to the broken Treasury market around the time of the Great Financial Crisis, but we are confident it is comparable.

One thing is certain: as a result of the Fed’s massive balance sheet holdings of Treasury securities, and the dramatic shorting onslaught, the Treasury market – at least as of this moment – is broken.

Here are some further thoughts on this disturbing matter from RBC rates strategist Michael Cloherty who says that “while surge in Treasury fails affecting OTR 10s and 30s “should largely clear up” when this week’s auctions settle, “we are viewing this event as a glimpse of the post-Fed reinvestment future. When the Fed eventually stops rolling over maturing Treasuries, there will be no lendable supply of the on-the- runs through the SOMA,” meaning that “fails in on-the-runs will be chronic and protracted, bloating balance sheets and raising questions with certain PTF models

He adds that treasury fails “have been trending higher for some time,” but most have been “fairly short-lived off-the-run fails.” This time it may be different as drivers of current episode include “the fact that these issues were auctioned at the yield lows, so some investors are reluctant to sell them at a loss.”

We can only hope that the Fed will address this most important “broken market” before it is too late, unfortunately for that to happen the Fed would have to sell some of its Treasury holdings, and that would unleash a risk off wave across all asset classes, which as Mario Draghi showed yesterday beyond a doubt, is simply not acceptable to central banks.

Source

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The following says it all:  for those you who look just at the Dow/Nasdaq without looking after everything else:

 

 

“Stay Angry My Friends”

The last decade or two has been a failure…

 

For everyone apart from the elites…

 

 

Which created this…

Source: Townhall.com

Which is leading to this…

 

So stay angry my friends…

Source: Townhall.com

As we noted earlier, it seems more than a few are “angry”…

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Let’s wrap us this week with Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog

(courtesy Greg Hunter/USAWatchdog)

 

Iran & North Korea Missile Tests, Trump Trashed by MSM, Fed Economic Fraud

Iran is back in the news for testing ballistic missiles with the words “Israel should be wiped off the Earth.” It is widely reported that Iran has test fired two ballistic missiles.  Iran says it was a show of “deterrent power,” and that it is“defensive.”  Iran says this does not violate the recent nuclear deal.  Might I continue to point out that nobody signed any “deal.”  Others say it totally violates a U.N. resolution that says Iran should not be carrying out ballistic missile tests, but there is no real ban on missile launches.  Nice “deal” John Kerry!

Meanwhile, North Korea is doing some saber rattling of its own. This week, their leader Kim Jung-Un announced it has miniaturized nuclear warheads.  North Korea has also been test firing its own missiles and making threats against the U.S. and South Korea.  There are new sanctions on the North because of the increased tensions and rhetoric.  In response, North Korea has reportedly threatened to “liquidate” South Korea assets.  Behind the scenes, some politicians of South Korea are suggesting openly to change their laws and get nuclear weapons.

It appears that Donald Trump is being attacked from all sides. The MSM is openly comparing him to Hitler.  Outrageous, when you consider that Hitler was responsible for the death of tens of millions of people in WWII.  Just the Jews and the Russians killed at the hand of Hitler are nearly 30 million people.  Trump’s own party is spending money to try to defeat him.  Have you ever seen this in your life?  I haven’t.  The MSM continues to lie by omission.  One example, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos asking Hillary Clinton in this past week’s Democratic debate, “If you are indicted, will you drop out?” Clinton responded, “It’s not going to happen.  I am not answering that question.”   That little exchange was not covered many places, and it was the big moment of the night, especially knowing one of her staff members just received immunity from the Justice Department.

On the economy, Former Fed President Richard Fisher is now warning that the power of Fed money printing is “running its course.” That can only mean the Wall Street party is going to come to a crushing end and soon, no matter how often the MSM tells you this is a real recovery.  It clearly is not, and the Fed admits it.

Join Greg Hunter as he talks about these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

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see you next week

Harvey

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