STATE OF THE MARKETS
Heavy liquidation forced Dollar higher. The Greenback rebounded on Monday as demand increased from heavy liquidation in the US equities markets as 7.9 billion shares exchanged hands in the Nasdaq & NYSE. Long term players were seen to use the rebound in Dow (229 points), Nasdaq (333 points) and S&P500 (60 points) to cash in their investments sheltering profits. No block orders in US treasuries were seen as prices fell, forcing yields to go up, with the 10Y benchmark yielded 1.08% as markets closed.
Crude surged higher, closed above $53.50/bl as supplies decreased and demand increased from the worst winter in US northeast. Speculators, however, were seen shorting the black gold with more than $139 million worth of block orders. Gold following the lead, reached as high as $1,871.80/oz, before settled lower around $1,860.15 as Dollar strength capped the yellow metal upside.
King Dollar continues to lead as safe-haven flows remain to dominate the FX markets. The interest bearing reserved currency is a more preferred than the safe-haven Swiss and Yen, as long term outlook remains bullish. Trading in the commodity complex, remain choppy, as trader awaits the senate approval’s of the new US stimulus plan.
G8 CURRENCIES SENTIMENTS
** ST refers to Short-Term which is daily turnover, MT is Medium Term which is weekly
and LT refers to Long-Term which is monthly turnover.
WALL ST MOST ACTIVE
|VOLUME||90 DAYS AVG|
** % Change here refer to price
WALL ST TOP FLOWS
|% CHANGE||FUNDS FLOW $|
** % change here refers to volume
TOP 5 BLOCK ORDERS
|SYMBOL||PRICE/STRIKE||TYPE||VOL/OI||FUNDS FLOW $|
|SI||29.00 – 30.00||silver futures||304||44.7M|
|CL||46.80 – 53.00||crude oil futures||2,708||139.2M|
OUR PICK – XAG/USD
We are monitoring the spikes in Silver. The spikes in silver on Monday morning caught everyone’s attention including ours. The talk about short squeeze in silver from retail investors was kind of funny and didn’t make sense as large speculators net positions are about 33% long. So there is no short-squeeze but rather dealers asking for higher price as demand increased.
On another note, we see the heavy liquidation in the equities markets with investors preferring cash; is driving Dollar and bond yields higher, capping the rise in anti-inflationary assets like gold and silver. Until US senate’s approval of the new stimulus plan is confirmed, we see Dollar remains supported. It’s going to be a choppy first quarter, with unusual volatility; so we remain on the sideline for now until better risk/reward opportunity emerged. Stay tune.
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