First Call

First Call December 21, 2020

Dec 21, 2020

Thomas Thornton

  • S&P futures down ~1.75%, though off worst levels. Nasdaq futures down 1.25%, Russell 2000 futures down 3.25%.
  • Adding one new ETF short and holding, for now, GS and MS shorts - see note for plan
  • Asian equities mixed overnight with Hong Kong a laggard while China outperformed.
  • European markets under pressure with a number of bourses down more than 3%.
  • Treasuries are mostly stronger with the curve bull flattening.
  • Dollar stronger on the major crosses after coming under some pressure last week, hitting its lowest levels since April 2018.
  • Sterling weakness the big story in FX on coronavirus and Brexit concerns.
  • Gold down 0.2%.
  • WTI crude down 3.5%, well off the lowest levels, after gaining for a seventh straight week last week.
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