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    Conceding was not the catalyst

    SPX performance during 2000 elections

    Conceding was not the catalyst
    Source: Refinitiv

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    US banks: an interesting gap....or a value trap....?

    "Financials' current market cap weight within the S&P 500 (9.6%) is at the lowest level back to the late 1990s, even lower than it was during the GFC (9.8%). While the sector's net income weight (out of aggregate S&P 500 net income) has fallen to 16.5% from 21.4% in March of 2020, its net income weight is nowhere near the lows reached during the GFC.”

    US banks: an interesting gap....or a value trap....?
    Source: Morgan Stanley
    US 10 year - the asset that stopped moving

    Dancing around the 0.67% level for weeks now...

    US 10 year - the asset that stopped moving
    Source: Refinitiv
    Options volumes are now bigger than stock volumes - go figure

    1, average daily value of options traded exceeded shares for the first time, July single stock volumes at 114% of shares volumes

    2, big chunk is in short dated options, trading in options with less than 2 weeks to expiry at ATH, makes up 75% of total volume

    3, options knowledge and how investors/traders are positioned of great importance

    4, with such big part of options in short term contracts, options risks must be understood as the "greeks" impact markets

    5, given the fall in stock liquidity (TME pointed out earlier this week) options risks risk magnifying underlying moves purely as an effect of dealers hedging

    Options volumes are now bigger than stock volumes - go figure
    Source: GS
    Shorts starting to hurt

    Most shorted index surging....

    Shorts starting to hurt
    Source: Refinitiv
    NASDAQ - up, down, up...but we need this to sober up and consolidate

    Our logic remains, equities need to consolidate before any new bigger trend can resume.

    NASDAQ - up, down, up...but we need this to sober up and consolidate
    Source: Refinitiv
    FED BS has plateaued for close to 4 months
    FED BS has plateaued for close to 4 months
    Source: BoAM
    Risk parity, markets and gamma whales

    People tend to believe that the same narratives will come back, but those trades are rare. Risk parity ran huge risk exposure going into corona, but those risks have been washed out. Note the relative small reaction by the RPAR ETF during the last move lower in Spuz.

    During the move lower, gamma (whales) was the new buzzword, and it looks people are still looking for "gamma" to drive the market as a narrative, but that trade died quickly as well...

    Risk parity, markets and gamma whales
    Source: Refinitiv
    Why are industrials not performing better?

    Their relative earnings revisions vs market would support a catch-up rally (vs market)

    Why are industrials not performing better?
    Source: Morgan Stanley
    NASDAQ - never bet against it?

    LastMondaywe pointed out;

    "We have seen sharp reversals in the tech vs Russell trade before. Nobody likes tech here...imagine a sharp reversal of this ratio..."

    Fast forward a week and the NASDAQ vs Russell futs ratio is closing in on ATH levels for the spread. Pain trade remains higher in tech...

    NASDAQ vs Russell ratio
    NASDAQ - never bet against it?
    Source: Refinitiv
    MOVE and VVIX gonna lead VIX much lower?
    MOVE and VVIX gonna lead VIX much lower?
    Source: Refinitiv
    Crowded in the bear pit

    1. Yale's 'Crash Confidence' survey shows individuals are more worried about a stock market crash now than in early '09

    2. AAII bears > bulls now a record 31 straight weeks

    3. We just saw the third largest weekly outflow from US equity funds, *ever*

    Kara: "Elon, are you voting for Trump?"

    Elon: "Ehhh....I....I mean....to be totally frank.....I´m no.....I mean I think.......lets see how the debates go....."

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    Real yields and markets

    Real yields continue to drive many assets, Spuz included. The question is whether or not Spuz started "front running" the real yield roll over or not?

    Real yields and markets
    Source: Refinitiv
    ECB BS vs banks

    Zombie banks anyone?

    ECB BS vs banks
    Source: Refinitiv
    Spain, Europe's hardest hit country by corona, remains in pain

    Latest via El Pais, "Government intervention of Madrid looms as regional administration refuses to implement stricter coronavirus measures" worth a read on the corona chaos in Spain and Madrid. Linkhere.

    Note the depressed levels of traffic in Madrid.

    Spain, Europe's hardest hit country by corona, remains in pain
    Source: TomTom
    Monday gamma levels - SPY flat gamma while QQQ slightly short gamma
    Monday gamma levels - SPY flat gamma while QQQ slightly short gamma
    Source: Spotgamma
    Fed BS vs XLF - slightly different long term view compared to the European edition
    Fed BS vs XLF - slightly different long term view compared to the European edition
    Source: Refinitiv
    VIX term structure - coming in small, what's next a vol puke?

    Elections kink obviously still there, but given the past days' px action in equities, people will probably start looking at relatively elevated equity vols still...

    VIX term structure - coming in small, what's next a vol puke?
    Source: vixcentral
    Equity markets tend to go up after elections

    Uncertainty killer...

    Equity markets tend to go up after elections
    Source: Nordea
    The risks are now possibilities

    Many of the risks we sold off on during September right now feel like they have shifted to a mix of "already priced in" and actual potential positive catalyst / opportunity

    1. Lack of fiscal stimulus: now in every sell-side model AND october deal now seems somewhat possible (based on newsflow the w/e)

    2. low likelihood of more QE in the near term: priced in

    3. Consensus positioning: switched quickly from "max long" to somewhat de-risked

    4. Rebalance activity: switched from selling to buying

    5. Election risk: sentiment shifting to focus on that stocks normally trade up post elections

    Only worry is that there is no wall of worry...?

    Trump and the dollar

    Nordea pulls out their great "what is good for Trump is good for the USD" chart again.

    Another accurate USD trading signal...and it occurred when the crowd wasmax short the USD.

    Trump and the dollar
    Source: Refinitiv
    European banks' dead cat bounce...but what are the implications for the Euro longer term?

    Looks like the Euro, despite the latest sell off, still trades a bit too euphoric...

    Eur vs SX7E.

    European banks' dead cat bounce...but what are the implications for the Euro longer term?
    Source: Refinitiv
    FRANCE'S FINANCE MIN. LE MAIRE: THERE ARE NO PLANS FOR A NEW GENERAL CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
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    USD liquidity rules

    As Nordea writes;

    "the billions that Mnuchin had pre-funded for the autumn stimulus package will be stuck at the US Treasury general account at the Fed instead of ending up in the real economy - at least until after the election."

    The lack of fiscal clarity will not make Fed´s job easy during the coming month. Chasing the USD here is a little late for the short term, but the chart below explains the USD dynamics well. Fed is not out printing the Treasury, which is what you need for a weaker USD...

    USD liquidity rules
    Source: Nordea
    European equities - zzzzz
    European equities - zzzzz
    Source: Refinitiv