Kevin Ludolph Current Views

A major disconnect: The more cash $NFLX was projected to burn, the more its stock price went up for four years. Now, the company is raising prices, but costs are going up too. Will it ever be able to monetize or is this just a QE bubble stock destined to deflate?

Kevin Ludolph Current Views

Over 80% of all non-financial stocks in Canada lost money on a free cash flow basis in the last 12 months! Australia, US and Asian countries aren’t too far behind. This is not a picture of a healthy global economy.

Kevin Ludolph Current Views

S&P 500 lagging to the downside. Steepest, late-cycle plunge in the Citi Global Earnings Revision Index ever. Started from record valuations. The early dip buyers could be getting set up for the slaughter.

Tavi Costa Current Views

S&P 500 vs. utilities correlation rising after reaching its most negative level since the start of the tech bust & GFC! It’s how bear markets manifest: First, the S&P 500 gets wobbly but utilities rise. Then, S&P 500 crashes and utilities relent. Look for utes selloff next.

Kevin Smith Current Views

Normally, S&P 500 bear markets coincide with budget deficits. This time, deficit spending has goosed the market late in the business cycle. How ugly will it be for both the market and the budget deficit when the normal correlation resumes? $SPX $SPY

Tavi Costa Current Views

Critical macro moves happening again today: Gold up; Chinese yuan down. $XAUCNH up. Further confirmation that the record positive correlation between gold & yuan is unsustainable. When emerging market credit bubbles burst, gold prices rise in local terms.

Tavi Costa Current Views

It’s hard to believe the cost of capital remains so cheap for such an unprofitable industry. Every time WTI approached $50 in the last oil bear market, energy junk bonds yielded close to 8%. At similar oil prices today, these yields still have much further to rise.

Tavi Costa Current Views

Gold to oil ratio continues to break out with authority. Watch for this ratio. As I said in Nov. 20, previous breakouts coincided with equity market declines. It sends a contradictory signal to this recent melt-up in the S&P 500.

Tavi Costa Current Views

Flashing signal of recession ahead: Today’s global yield curve inversion looks just as concerning as the ones that preceded the last two market crashes! We now have 11 economies with 30-year yields lower than the fed funds rate. South Korea just joined the pack last month.

Tavi Costa Current Views

The 3-Month Libor vs. Euribor spread is at its highest level since 1999! Is the ECB about to start tightening or the Fed about to stop? Either way, unless “this time is different”, such policy changes from similar extremes is what preceded the last two recessions.

Tavi Costa Current Views

Today’s move in oil is a real sign of weakness. It’s like Oct. 2008 when markets completely ignored OPEC’s 1.5mbd supply cut and prices continued to collapse. Remember: in 2016, the 1.2mbd production cut sent oil prices up over 15% for the next 2 days. Not this time.