Between lousy U.S. data and the lingering risks in Greece and China, bond prices have been rallying as investors turn to them for safety. And that means yields are falling.
As far as Greece goes, political pressure seems to have forced its leaders to swallow an austerity package it can’t chew. Sure, it’ll allow them to remain in the euro – not to mention keep their banks open. But ultimately this will cause its economy to sink even deeper into a hole. I guess that’s tomorrow’s problem.
And then there’s China. It seems the land of the grand illusion will go to any length to manage (or manipulate) its economy, people, currency and stock market – like injecting nearly half a trillion dollars to prop up stocks, momentarily forbidding short-selling and large investor selling, creating new margin rules, and generally halting trades on stocks in danger of going lower. I’m sure that’ll end just as well as Greece.
As a side note, I would hate to be John Del Vecchio’s counterpart in China. If you found an equally skilled short-seller there, he might be put in front of a firing squad!
Then back home in the U.S., economic data’s been a mixed bag.
Retail sales from June were dismal.
Inflation from June was as expected, but still too low to celebrate.
And housing starts came in stronger than expected, but that’s due to gains in multi-family units – i.e., rentals. Not single family houses, which spend a heck of a lot more than renters.
So, there’s really no reason to break out the champagne.
Overall, U.S. data was negative. China and Greece still represent danger to the markets. And bond prices are recovering while yields are going lower.
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Editor, Dent Digest Trader