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China Throws Bulls a Curve: Dave's Daily

CHINA THROWS BULLS A CURVE

China's PMI declined to 48.1 vs 49.6 indicating a much sharper contraction that "soft landing" proponents believed. This created a ripple effect throughout global markets. Retail Sales in the U.K. were also poor (-.8% vs -.5% expected) which also included energy. Even Canada's Retail Sales (.5% but ex-auto declined .5%) which missed expectations. Back in the eurozone old fears (debt and economic contraction) bubbled again to the surface driving markets there lower.

In the U.S. Jobless Claims (348K vs 350 expected & another revision higher for prior 352K) allowed for a minor beat and some overhyped headlines. FHFA House Price Index came in absolutely flat which shouldn't surprise given the inventory overhang. Leading Indicators (LEI) were higher (.7% vs .6% expected & prior revised lower to .2%). Together, not so bad, but U.S. markets can't take a solo walk higher given high levels of global integration and correlation.

Bonds rallied as stocks, gold, the euro, oil and most commodities sold-off as bullish sentiments about economic growth take a holiday. All one can conclude for now is markets rose too far too fast on dreadfully light volume with the latter being the most troubling.

An ETN blow-up occurred Thursday with TVIX (Velocity Shares 2 X VIX Long ETN) as Credit Suisse suspended new share creation. The ETN should have been rising with as the VIX rose today. Investors should have been making great returns either through speculation or hedging have been disadvantaged in a major way. Here is our write-up and that of Yahoo and ZeroHedge.

Volume on selling was only slightly more impressive than on recent melt-up days. But more selling is due to open trailing stops getting executed generally. Breadth per the WSJ was negative.

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