A pipeline that runs from texas up the eastern seaboard reported an explosion and fire at a pump station in Pennsylvania. This occurred earlier this morning but the impact on natural gas was not seen until Spectra energy declared force majeure on deliveries from this pipeline.This Pipeline does service parts of North east so price impact bigger versus when a pipeline explodes in middle of Nowhere.
Spooz gapped open below support level at 2065.5 and has never looked back.Today’s Economic releases were of minor concern.Individual Company’s earnings had very limited impact on broader stock markets.Sentiment is Sour as the Stronger yen has Kicked the Stock bulls in the shins.Stronger Euro in turn weighing on European Stocks prices as well.The downside leaders in europe were Autos,banks and technology sectors.Maybe some month end selling weighing on prices but i wouldn’t blame much on that.The BOJ decision not to provide more stimulus and Stronger Eurozone GDP may indicate that central banks are done or incapable of providing more Stimulus. Just one thought why Stocks worldwide are falling out of bed.
Gold,Silver platinum on a tear all week.Treasuries sideways to higher ,I believe they are being impacted by month end order flow.They are trying to rally but have little luck in staying in the Green.
if spooz can recapture 2065.5 level today might not be a disaster.if it closes below that level short term trend is down.
Above is Aussie dollar.the technicals don’t look all that Bearish,yes it may break a trend line and take out some recent lows, but nothing to suggest an aggressive short position.What makes it a good sell is the Stronger yen. I will pick up on the Morgan Stanley commentary to lay out case.if Jpy continues to strengthen it is inevitable for some of the remaining carry trades to be unwound.This unwinding will weigh on the Aussie.What would give me added confidence for a short position would be if Iron ore and Copper started to trend lower.This would give added fuel to a move lower in the Aussie. Lastly central bank meets on Tuesday,A good chance they sound dovish and thus weaker Currency
here is the 5 day percent changes of Currencies vs. the Dollar.We know about the JPY s Strength but look at Brazil and Russia as well.great for Commodities and countries that produce them.
The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of Central bank meetings( NZ,FED,BOJ and Brazil) and release of top Tier data.US GDP missd on headline number but PCE core on aquarterly basis was highest in 4 years.This is an attention getter for the tresuries. Personal consumption was also better than consensus (down from last Q) indicating the consumer is still propping up the US economy but not at the same pace as last Quarter.Germany out with CPI numbers and they were in line to weak.On a M/M comparison they were lower as the headline numbers came in below Zero.
So is it a risk on move? I say no because if it was the precious metals would not be bid as aggressive as they are.Multi month highs in Silver and platinum today and Gold trying to break out of a sideways pattern(1273-74 break would do it).See this with firmer stocks and oil makes me believe it is a Reflation trade and not a Risk On. Fed hinted yesterday at Worries about Growth and Downplayed any worries about Inflation due to no mention of Current strength in oil, steel etc.We know the fed will let inflation run hotter as they want the recovery to take hold before raising rates. One other thought out there is that the Fed is worried about Global Deflation and doesn’t want to raise rates until global inflation moves higher.(per IFR news).Reflate the commodities is the focus for trade again today.
The Facebook has saved the tech sector for now. Earnings were stellar,stock was up some 11% before Some profit taking set in.facebook well on way to replace as the tech benchmark.
Some of the Strength in oil can be attributed to strength in HO/Diesel/gasoil.Talk of US exports to latin america heating up and also a few refinery glitches In the USA causing some short-term supply issues.The HO crack spread for june is up $5 since April 6th,Jun/July Calendar spread tighter by 150 ticks as well.This is a situation where we can see the tightest in the market evident by the Spread movement.We may not know why but it doesn’t matter there is a tightness in the market that wasn’t there a month ago.
In Europe gasoil Calendar spreads are tighter as well,M/N has tightened up by $4 since early April, as the contango is shrunk between the two months.Bloomberg tells us that Cross Atlantic Cargo flows are increasing to take advantage of the tightest in gasoil spreads.
What I find confusing is that a few weeks ago Every Expert was saying we have no room to put the excess gasoil/Diesel ,We have so much supply we are drowning in it.But yet Crack spreads tighter,calendar spreads tighter and obviously demand stronger.
That is the take away,regardless of reason is that Diesel is in demand and it has been a leg for Brent oil to stand on.
Weekly export numbers leaned towards the bearish Side But Soymeal were favorable.remember Argentina the leader in Soymeal exports so as long as US soymeal exports stay strong it may keep Soybeans buoyant.Weather in argentine is less of concern for next few days,but some concern in 8-15 day forecast of possibly more rain.The slowdown in rain is great but the wetness of the fields is still a concern as farm equipment will struggle with wet ground.Today at 1 :00 we get an update from Argentine grain exchange on Crop damage.Earlier today the International grain Exchange cut world supplies By 5 million tons,but be aware that world-wide crops will still be near a record high, for now.
US rain forecasts show a little more rain for midwest in next 2 weeks compared to yesterday’s outlook.
First notice day for may grains is tomorrow.