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Personal Consumption growth slowed (3 months ago) and so did Core PCE inflation (to 2%); Jobless claims fell (to 2023 lows) as the LEI continued to tumble, signaling recession in 1H24.

So, ‘goldilocks’, ‘soft landing’, ‘everything is awesome’, or ‘we are all going to hell’ – pick your own narrative… as economic data remains sluggish and financial conditions dramatically ‘loose’…

Source: Bloomberg

All of which prompted a dovish response in STIRs, with the odds of a March rate-cut higher still, now at 80%)…

Source: Bloomberg

And expectations for the number of rate-cuts next year higher (now around 160bps)…

Source: Bloomberg

Echoing yesterday’s malarkey, 0-DTE traders pushed the markets around to the downside with an initial downswing around 1130ET and then again from around 1330ET. And then as the market refused to fold in the afternoon (like it did yesterday)…

…0-DTE call-buyers swamped it and sparked a surge higher in the main indices…

Source: SpotGamma

VIX spiked intraday back above 14.5, but then in the afternoon, vol-sellers re-appeared

But, the recent squeeze higher in stocks has not been backed by vol compression…

Small Caps were the best performer, up 1.5% on the day and The Dow was the laggard, though all the majors were green. However, as the chart shows, today’s recovery was considerably less of a gain than the losses yesterday afternoon – still down around 0.5% from the 1430ET raid plunge yesterday…

MAG7 stocks opened higher, traded down into the red briefly then recovered…

Source: Bloomberg

Treasury yields were higher across the curve but not significantly relative to recent chaos, with the long-end slightly lagging (30Y +4bps, 2Y +1.5bps)…

Source: Bloomberg

With the yield curve (2s30s) steepening

Source: Bloomberg

The Dollar dived, falling back below the post-Powell lows, back to its weakest since early August…

Source: Bloomberg

Bitcoin rallied back up to $44,000 once again and faded…

Source: Bloomberg

Gold jumped back up to recent highs…

Source: Bloomberg

Oil prices ended slightly lower, but well off their lows, with WTI just below $74…

Source: Bloomberg

Finally, the market seems very sure that this is not about to happen…

Source: Bloomberg

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