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Equites retraced their Fed induced advance. The dollar rallied and commodities were crushed further sending them to a fresh 16 year low. I believe trading was entirely dominated by HFTs as everyone knows higher short term interest rates suggests a higher dollar and lower commodity prices.
However if the economy is strong enough to absorb an additional four 0.25% interest rate hikes during the next 12 months, should not commodities firm given that commodities are influenced by economic production?
Speaking of economic production, the LEI or the indicator designed to forecast activity in 3 to 6 months rose by 0.4%. Consensus had expected a 0.1% increase. Such an increase is consistent with growth around 2.5% to 2.75%.
Another possible indicator of strength was weekly jobless claims which were lower than expected. Claims are hovering around a 40 year low.
HFT is based upon momentum with all markers cross correlated. There is no analysis or forward looking thinking. It is evident that most HFTs employ similar algorithms. I ask what happens when the economy/markets are near a major transition point; a transition point is very obvious to all except a computer?
I think we are around such an inflection point and the data in the next 30 days will soon suggest such is at hand.
What will happen today? There is little on the economic calendar.
Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.22%, Paris down 0.48% and Frankfurt down 0.15%. China was down 0.03%,Japan down 1.90% and Hang Sang down 0.53%.
The Dow should open nominally lower even as commodities are rallying in the global markets. The 10-year is up 3/32 to yield 2.22%.

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Ken Engelke

Chief Economic Strategist Managing Director

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