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Trump Trade Tweets Send Grain Markets Diving to 42-Year Low

Trump Trade Tweets Send Grain Markets Diving to 42-Year Low

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10 May 2019



Video commentary for May 9th 2019



Eoin Treacy's view

A link to today's video commentary is posted in the Subscriber's Area. 

Some of the topics discussed include: Wall Street and junk bonds rally off their intraday lows, grains and beans testing potential areas of support. Still a great deal of uncertainty about the outcome of trade negotiations, 



Trump, China Signal Harder Stands Ahead of High-Stakes Talks

This article by Shawn Donnan, Jenny Leonard and Miao Han for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

But the mood on both sides going into the talks appears to be hardening with Lighthizer calling members of Congress ahead of the discussions to warn that a deal this week is unlikely, according to people familiar with the conversations. While Trump on Wednesday insisted that Liu was coming to make a deal and dubbed him a "good man," he later told a rally of supporters that China "broke the deal" by backsliding on prior commitments, leading him to order higher tariffs.

China has disputed Trump’s characterization that the country reneged. But it has also sent its own signals that a deal could take time.

Unlike in some of his previous visits to Washington, Liu is not traveling with the designation "special envoy" of Xi Jinping, according to people briefed on his trip. Chinese officials’ public statements have also hardened in recent days with Beijing vowing to retaliate against Trump’s tariff increase and rejecting the idea that it has reneged on any commitments made during the months of tough negotiations that have led to this week’s showdown.

“China is credible and honors its word and that has never changed,” Commerce Ministry Spokesman Gao Feng told reporters on Thursday.

The Ministry of Commerce also announced it would soon publish details of new retaliatory tariffs.


Eoin Treacy's view

Haggling is a part of Chinese culture and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed is a common tactic. Fawning over one item to distract attention from the real intent of the negotiation, only to introduce that object later in a backhanded manner, in order to get a better price is also common. Why would trade negotiations be any different. Reintroducing points already considered settled appears to be a central tactic in Chinese negotiating style but that is normal in all Chinese dealings rather than being an individual tactic to the trade negotiations. 



Trump Trade Tweets Send Grain Markets Diving to 42-Year Low

This article by Michael Hirtzer and Shruti Date Singh for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

“The U.S.-China deal sentiment is being unwound,” Joe Davis, director of commodities at Futures International LLC, said in a message. “There’s a zero percent chance of a deal by tomorrow -- it was almost a 100 percent chance last week.”

Soybeans have become something of a poster child of the trade dispute. China, the world’s biggest consumer, has mostly shunned imports from farms in rural American communities that voted for Donald Trump in 2016. Meanwhile, supplies from the 2018 harvest piled up in silos, bins and bags across the U.S. Midwest.

On Thursday, July soy futures in Chicago fell as much as 2.5 percent to $8.065 a bushel, the lowest since the contract debuted in late 2015.


Eoin Treacy's view

China has been slow rolling or banning purchases of US grains has had a material effect on the price of these commodities and on the welfare of farmers dependent on selling them. With trade tensions still high these commodities came under renewed pressure today.



Credit Market Shows Signs of Indigestion as Junk Tumbles

This note by Sebastian Boyd for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

It looks like this week's jumbo bond issues have provoked some indigestion after all. Older IBM bonds are widening as much as 25 bps, according to BVAL prices. Bristol-Myers Squibb is also underperforming other similarly rated debt. In both cases, it's the longer-dated debt and the 10-year area that seems to be suffering most. Meanwhile, the rest of investment grade is wider by a couple of basis points, but junk bonds are tumbling. Tuesday was the worst day since March, but it looks like today will be even worse. Week-to-date, the weakest sectors are materials and energy, but today it's health care.

Not all of this is related to the macro headlines. CommScope bonds are 43 bps wider on average today after results missed the lowest estimate. Chaparral Energy's bonds are falling after sales missed. But the impressive breadth suggests its more than just some disappointing quarterly numbers: 92% of the 413 movers in the index are wider today.


Eoin Treacy's view

High yield bonds tend to trade like equity and they have shared the impressive rally that began in December. With a pause underway in the stock market, a similar condition is affecting high yield bonds. One look at the chart will tell us this is an exaggerated headline.



2019: The 50th year of The Chart Seminar



Eoin Treacy's view

I have had word from the inestimable Mrs. Fuller that the London Philharmonic Orchestra are planning a memorial concert on October 5th at the Royal Festival Hall. It is envisaged that there will be drinks and canapes afterwards. Since this is the 50th year of The Chart Seminar we will be conducting the event on October 3rd and 4th.

I also plan on holding a New York event, potentially in June, and am in discussions with a partner in how best to organise it.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, would like to attend, or have a suggestion for another venue please feel to reach out to Sarah at [email protected].  

The full rate for The Chart Seminar is £1799 + VAT. (Please note US, Australian and Asian delegates, as non-EU residents are not liable for VAT). Annual subscribers are offered a discounted rate of £850. Anyone booking more than one place can also avail of the £850 rate for the second and subsequent delegates.



Eoin's personal portfolio: precious metal long initiated March 8th



Eoin Treacy's view

Details of this trade are posted in the Subscriber's Area. 








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