Need to Know: Morgan Stanley bear warns his dour unfolding for 2019 is holding shape

Why are bonds busting out all of a sudden?

Last week, tariffs on Mexico increasing a chances that a Fed would cut rates. Investors apparently like that. So, bonds rallied. This week, Trump backs off those same tariffs. Investors apparently like that, too. Stocks again are rallying.

Josh Brown of Ritholtz Wealth Management, greatfully explain.

“The marketplace wanted to go up. we don’t consider it mattered what happened. We only use these things as a reason after a fact to demeanour smart,” a CEO of a New York City-based investment advisory organisation wrote. “That’s how it works. It’s not meant to be intellectually satisfying. It’s meant to take income divided from people who consider they can explain things. Worst traders and managers we know are a guys with answers for all this stuff. Get used to it.”

Instead of “after a fact to demeanour smart,” let’s concede a call of a day to give some forward-looking season on where he believes all this is headed.

Mike Wilson — hailed opposite Finance Twitter as “Wall Street’s many bearish analyst” — says there’s one large risk out there for investors…

That he’s right.

“The macro and micro mercantile information continue to deteriorate,” Morgan Stanley’s arch investment officer wrote, indicating to diseased durable products orders, unsatisfactory collateral spending, slimy sell earnings, muted burden shipments, and a “very soft” jobs series as justification of an economy using on fumes.

“This raises a risk of my core perspective personification out — that companies will do whatever it takes to strengthen margins,” Wilson wrote. “And while labor is a final push they pull, they will use it if they need to.”

Don’t be so discerning to censure U.S.-China trade tensions, either, he said. “The economy was already negligence and escalation potentially creates things worse.”

And if you’re watchful for a reduce seductiveness rates to light a rally… don’t.

“A rate cut after a prolonged hiking cycle tends to be disastrous for stocks, in contrariety to a postponement like in January, that is typically positive,” Wilson said. “I’ve been outspoken about a odds of U.S. gain and a mercantile cycle unsatisfactory this year. Specifically, I’ve argued that a second half liberation many companies have betrothed and investors design is doubtful to materialize.”

He’s not observant adequate justification to change his mind. In fact, Wilson’s group is looking for GDP to strike a skids in a second half.

“If we listen to what a markets have unequivocally been observant this year, they seem to determine with a perspective that expansion will defect either there is a trade understanding or not,” he said. “Therefore, we continue to suggest investors stay defensively positioned… with overweights in areas like utilities and consumer staples.”

The market

The Dow

DJIA, +0.30%

 , SP

SPX, +0.47%

 and Nasdaq

COMP, +1.05%

 all got off to a certain start and finished in immature territory. Oil

CLN19, +0.15%

gave adult early gains, while gold

GCQ19, +0.25%

took a risk-on breather. The dollar

DXY, +0.24%

gained after last-week’s job-related strike and a Mexican peso

USDMXN, +0.0146%

remained on a tear.

Europe stocks

SXXP, +0.21%

rallied and Japan’s Nikkei

SHCOMP, +0.86%

led a rest of Asia

ADOW, +1.08%


The chart

Put a batch marketplace on a behind burner and concentration on refinancing that mortgage. As a chart of a day from Black Knight shows, roughly 7 million people are now authorised to save during slightest 75 basement points, that’s a million some-more than a week earlier.

Read: Rates unemployment to 2-year low — though consumers might not punch

The buzz

Where does Microsoft

MSFT, +0.91%

go from here? The program hulk only surged into record domain and is now valued during some-more than $1 trillion. Amazon

AMZN, +3.14%

and Apple

AAPL, +1.28%

 , both good next their highs, are a apart second and third, respectively.

The quote

“The Golf On Your Own Damn Dime Act of 2019” — That’s former White House ethics arch Walter Schaub criticizing a Trump for those pricy golf outings. “How about a law that says anytime POTUS visits a skill on or adjacent to a golf course, he/she contingency compensate for all costs incurred by a environment from a notation he/she left a White House until he/she is behind inside a White House?” Schaub tweeted after Trump ran adult a large add-on on his revisit new to his march in Ireland.

How did his turn go? Here’s one of a lowlights:

The stat

$150 billion — That’s how most a video diversion space will be value this year, according to investigate organisation Newzoo’s latest estimates. The industry’s’ biggest eventuality of a year — a Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) — kicks off Tuesday. Get prepared for copiousness of product buzz.

The tweet
The economy

A light information calendar currently includes a Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey during 10:00 a.m. Eastern. Retail sales is a large series to watch, though that’s not until Friday. Before that, a Consumer Price Index will be expelled Wednesday.

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and author for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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