Japan Is Falling
Down nearly 2%.
No surprise here.
Japan is falling again, following the violent strengthening of the yen during the middle of the day today.
The Nikkei is off 1.76%.
Japan Officially Enters A Bear Market
In basically just over 2 weeks, Japan has gone from the hottest market in the world to a bear market.
With today’s early dive, the Nikkei is now 20% off its highs, which is the technical definition of a bear.
Australia stocks dip into correction mode
Australian stocks fell Wednesday, in step with losses overnight on Wall Street and in the region fueled by worries that central banks won’t provide more economic stimulus. The S&P/ASX 200 AU:XJO -0.85% was down 0.8% to 4,721.40, but an intraday low at 4,717.40 marked a 10% decline since the benchmark’s most recent high on May 15, which is considered a technical correction.
Greek Stocks Enter Bear Market As Privatization Program Crashes But Does Not Burn
“It all began with Greece,” and as Mark Grant notes today, ”somebody, somewhere is going to take a hit.” It appears the ‘news’ is piling up thick and fast in the ‘islands’ nation. As Reuters reports, Greece did not receive any binding bids for natural gas producer DEPA. This was part of the asset-sale program demanded by the TROIKA, with Hellenic Petroleum’s sale later in the year now potentially on hold. The sad truth is that the country cannot pay their bills, cannot pay their pension obligations, cannot fund social services and is just about out of money to even run their government. The reality is; they are bankrupt again and there is no way out without some form of debt forgiveness and more money. Debt forgiveness, alone, will not cut the mustard now by itself and some kind of end game may well be near. That is increasingly reflected in 2012′s no-brainer trade as GGBs are now back below 60 and down over 10% from their highs and the Athens Stock Index just entered bear market territory, down 20% from its highs.
Emerging Equities Decline as Brazil Enters Bear Market
Emerging-market stocks tumbled as Brazil’s Ibovespa (IBOV) became the first of the major developing-nation indexes to enter a bear market amid concern that global central banks will pare economic stimulus measures.
The Ibovespa closed 21 percent below this year’s high, led by a plunge in Brazilian billionaireEike Batista’s OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA and LLX Logistica SA. The MSCI BRIC Index slipped for a 10th day, the longest slide since at least January 1995. Russian shares dropped to a one-year low as commodity producers slipped. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were upgraded to emerging-market status at MSCI Inc., while Greece lost its classification as a developed market.
The last time this happened, tech stocks crashed 80%
Little-followed speculative indicator hits levels not seen since February 2000…
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Penny stock volume as a percentage of Nasdaq volume became a very large percentage back in Feb of 2000, reflecting that a high level of speculative trading was taking place. In the next few years the Nasdaq 100 lost over 80% of its value!
Recently Penny stock volume as a percentage of Nasdaq volume took a very sharp increase, surpassing the highest level ever, which took back in 2000 at the Dot.com highs!
Is this the holy grail of indicators? No!
I do feel investors should be aware of this, especially when Margin debt levels are at levels only seen one other time in history, which happened to be at the same time Penny stock volume hit highs back in 2000!!! (See debt levels here)
Will it be different this time? I suspect it will! Even if its one third of the issue it was last time, that might be enough for a few investors!!!
Equities outside the U.S. are sending a message
For those of us who follow global asset classes, it has been evident for quarters on end that majority of the world’s stock markets peaked in 2011.
[U]nlike the U.S. stock market’s recovery to new highs, the rest of the world has not been as fortunate. It is worth noting that cumulatively, equity markets outside of the U.S. have not yet bettered their May 2011 peak.
Equity indices within the commodity producing countries have been one of the worst performers since the early parts of 2011. If we look at the chart [below], we can notice that equities in…
CHART OF THE DAY: Hedge Funds Are Finally Getting Out Of Stocks
After holding on for seven weeks.
The chart below shows the big reversal in hedge fund buying last week.
A chart that keeps me up at night
Fast forward to our current situation. The S&P 500 is at news highs and yet the relative return line remains within a 2-year downtrend — not good.
Jeffrey Hirsch: Economy Poised for ‘Deceleration’
The U.S. economy is poised for a period of deceleration, according to Jeffrey Hirsch, the editor-in-chief of Stock & Commodity Trader’s Almanacs.
Jim O’Neill: Get Used to US Bond Yields Nearer to 4% Than 2%
Investors should get used to U.S. Treasury yields rising toward 4 percent as the 30-year bull market in bonds comes to an end, according to Jim O Neill, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Bond Market Crash Will Strike By 2016, Expert Predicts
Not only is a bond market crash inevitable, but it will hit sooner than many think – by 2015 or 2016 at the latest, according to Michael Pento, president of Pento Portfolio Strategies.
Global Recession Likely in 2014
State Street Bank & Trust’s Fred Goodwin discusses the likelihood of a global recession in 2014. He speaks with Susan Li on Bloomberg