Bonds, Bullion, & Big-Tech Fear Bid, Stocks Skid Ahead Of NVDA’s Big Day

After yesterday’s holiday – to celebrate dead (or nearly dead) presidents? – US markets stumbled to start the week (ahead of NVDA’s big earnings announcement tomorrow after the close). NVDA vols are a little ‘bid’ let’s say (with an implied move of +/-11% or a $200BN range of outcomes)…

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That helped drag Nasdaq’s ‘VIX’ up to its highest since early November (but note that S&P ‘VIX’ remains below last week’s highs and Small Caps ‘VIX’ is at its highest since May 2023)….

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Oddly, the media were not quite as fast to squawk about the fact that NVDA’s market cap fell back below that of AMZN and GOOGL’s…

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What little macro data there was today disappointed (Philly Fed Services deeper into contraction, and LEI’s declining worse than expected for the longest streak since ‘Lehman’)…

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That lifted expectations for 2024 rate-cuts very modestly…

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Small Caps were the ugliest horse in today’s glue factory and the Dow the prettiest – though they all closed red. With about 30 mins left in the cash session, everything shit the bed (for no obvious HL-driven reason), which dragged the S&P and Nasdaq down further (but that was quickly bid back up)…

MAG7 stocks broke down, out of their flag pattern from last week…

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‘Most Shorted’ stocks also tumbled…

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Treasuries were mixed (mostly bid) with the long-end underperforming, 2Y leading. Notably, bonds were bid all night and thru to the European close…

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The dollar dumped today, erasing all the post-CPI gains…

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Quite a ride for crypto today with BTC hitting $53,000; getting slammed back down to below $51,000; only to ramp back up above $52,000 and end the day green…

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BTC ETF volumes were notably higher (with BTCW and HODL jumping bigly)…

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Ethereum outperformed Bitcoin, topping $3,000 once again…

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Oil prices declined today with the front-month WTI back with a $77 handle…

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Gold extended its post-CPI-plunge rebound, erasing all the losses…

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Finally, deja vu all over again, anyone?

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Did NVDA just go thru the same pre-ordering, panic-bid-esque behavior we saw in 2021 as the COVID lockdowns (supply bottlenecks) and crypto/gaming demand accelerated?

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