Closing Hell! NASDAQ Tanks -4.58%, 10Y Treasury Yield Spikes +22 Basis Points, 10Y-2Y Yield Curve Flattens To Near Zero (MBS Prices Pull A Titanic)

Not nibbling on baby formula, watching the sun bake, all those people paying $5 per gallon for gas. Wasting away again in Biden/Powellville.

It was closing hell for a terrible day in markets as investors struggle to process the dreadful and seemingly endless inflation report on Friday.

What happened today? The NASDAQ tanked -4.58% and the 10-year Treasury yield jumped 22.2 basis points. Gulp.

The 22.2 bps jump in the 10-year Treasury yield has led to Agency MBS prices pulling a Titanic and sank.

Somehow, I don’t think that Biden and Congress are going to help the middle class and low-wage workers.

US Gasoline And Food Prices Soar To All-time Highs As Fed Begins Removing Monetary Stimulus (10-year US Treasury Yield Jumps 8.7 BPS)

US gasoline prices just rose to an all-time high. Yes, even higher than the Dubya-era gasoline price surge of 2008.

Rising gasoline and diesel prices are helping drive up food prices to the highest level in history.

The proxy war the US is fighting in with Russia in Ukraine is helping drive up food prices. But at the core is Biden’s anti-fossil fuel drilling executive orders starting when Statist Joe (and The Fish) became President.

As The Fed begins unwinding their massive balance sheet, the 10-year US Treasury yield jumped 8.7 basis points.

Run For Cover! Banks Park Near Record Amount With Fed As Global Inflation Soars, Overnight Reverse Repo Operations Above $2 Trillion (Gasoline Prices Rise To Highest In History)

Run for cover!

Markets opened after a long (and expensive) Memorial Day weekend, with the 10-year Treasury yield up 8.1 basis points (to

Meanwhile, banks continue to park funds at The Federal Reserve in the form of reverse repos as global inflation soars.

And then we have US gasoline prices rising to the highest in history.

Its like banks know something that the rest of us don’t. Although we do know about the highest gasoline prices in history.

Alarm! US Pending Home Sales In April Decline -11.5% YoY (Down -3.9% MoM (From March)

Alarm!

US pending homes sales in April tanked -11.5% YoY and down -3.9% MoM which was greater than expected.

Not really surprising when you see that REAL home prices are growing at an 11.55% YoY clip while REAL hourly earnings are declining at a -2.8% YoY pace.

Do you feel like I do with Bidenflation crushing my check book and The Fed crushing my hopes for an affordable home.

Bond Rout! Treasury Curve Settles In At 20BPS (10Y-2Y), SOFR Coupons Slow To Adjust To Fed Rate Hikes, While Mortgages FAST To React (CoreLogic March Home Prices UP 20.0% YoY In March)

The U.S. Treasury market is showing signs of stress that may have implications for whether the curve keeps steepening. 

Over the past month the curve has retraced from an inversion to a steepening driven by a surge in yields on benchmark 10-year bonds. That has led to interesting outlier indications, as traders weigh the outlook for Federal Reserve interest rate increases and inflation.

The US Treasury yield curve has settled-in at 20.383 bps (effectively zero) as The Fed continues its war on inflation.

On the SOFR front, we see SOFR Coupons being slow to benefits from Fed rate hikes. So, SOFR Coupons are behaving like Stouffer’s lasagna, frozen and tasteless.

On the other hand, mortgage rates continue to soar on EXPECTATIONS of Fed rate hikes.

Meanwhile, CoreLogic revealed that March 2022 home prices were still sizzling at 20.9% YoY.

Phoenix AZ leads the top ten at 30.4% with Washington DC lagging at 9.9%.

So, its official. The Federal Reserve is best exemplified by former Yankee/Mets first baseman “Marvelous” Marv Throneberry. When players presented Mets’ manager Casey Stengel with a birthday cake but neglected to give piece of cake to Throneberry, Stengel replied to Throneberry when asked why no cake, “Because I was afraid your were going to drop it.”

Just like The Federal Reserve, the honorary Marv Throneberry of the the global economy.

Here is Marv’s baseball card from better days with the Yankees before they figured out that Marv was a terrible fielder. And strikeout quite a bit, like The Federal Reserve.

Bidenflation SOARS To 8.5%, Real Average Hourly Earnings Growth Falls To -3% YoY, Mortgage Rates Rise To 5.14% (The Four Horsemen Of The Inflation Apocalypse?)

The US inflation numbers were released this morning and they are grim. Inflation YoY grew to 8.5%.

With 8.5% YoY inflation, REAL average hourly earnings growth fell to -3% YoY.

And with The Fed intent on extinguishing their part of the inflation, Bankrate’s 30Y mortgage rate rose to 5.14%.

Energy is the biggest culprit (fuel oil up 70.1% YoY) thanks to the double whammy of 1) Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and 2) Biden’s restrictions on oil and natural gas production. Food at home is up 10% YoY.

Here is a colorful chart of MoM growth in prices.

The Taylor Rule model now says that The Fed Funds Target Rate should be 11.90%. Hence, Fed Stimulypto is still in place with the signal that rates will increase.

How about WTI Crude and Brent Crude soaring over 4% today?

Once again, the Four Horsemen of the Inflation Apocalypse (Biden, Powell, Pelosi, Schumer) overstimulated the economy and financial markets with excessive monetary stimulus (Powell) and excessive Federal spending (Biden, Pelosi, Schumer) where demand soared for products and supply naturally hasn’t caught up.

Inflationville! US Jobs Added Surprises At +467k, But REAL Hourly Wage Growth FALLS To -2.36% YoY Thanks To Inflation

Well, the COVID hysteria from the Biden Administration and the media preparing us for a horrible jobs report was … incorrect. In fact, the January jobs report was “exceptional”. 467,000 jobs were added and average hourly earnings growth ROSE to 5.7% YoY.

The bad news? Thanks to surging inflation, REAL average hourly earnings growth YoY FELL to -2.36%.

Unemployment ROSE to 4.0% from 3.9% as more people dropped out of the labor force in January. On the bright side, labor force participation rate rose to 62.2% from 61.9%.

Leisure and hospitality employment (one of the most vulnerable to inflation) expanded by 151,000 in January, reflecting job gains in food services and drinking places (+108,000) and in the accommodation industry (+23,000).

The reaction in the bond market? US 10-year yields are up 6.9 basis points as Eurozone is up across the board.

Energy prices are up (except natural gas futures).

Another day in inflationville.

Transitory? Producer Price Inflation Hits New Record High of 8.6%

So much for transitory inflation.

The US Producer Price index (Final Demand) rose to a blistering rate of 8.6% YoY.

Will this translate to higher consumer prices? Of course it will.

When The Fed or the Biden Administration says that inflation is transitory and will be fixed once we unclog the shipping pipes, remember this warning from the UN that global warming will wipe out entire nations if not reversed by 2000. So, it is too late! I am buying a gas-guzzling Cadillac Escalade with a monster V-8 engine!! (Not really, I am more of a Ford kind of person).