24 June 2007

Black(stone) Friday! Oh Oh, Credit Markets Come Home To Roost!

Market Ticker: "Let's dispense with the silly first - BX (Blackstone) looks to be opening up in the $37 range. That's not awful, but its hardly the huge pop that people were talking about with the oversubscription ratio.

The Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all opened up moderately down. The 10 is up again, opening up 0.7%, which puts us back in the groove on interest rates - going higher. The markets are doing the 'inverse of the 10' deal again this morning; the charts on my 9-pane are interesting; near perfect inverses for the first few minutes, but then they appear to have decoupled a bit. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the remainder of the day - my guess is that the 'Blackstone fever' has infested traders - at least for a while. Certainly, its all CNBS was talking about for the first half-hour!

As I noted last night, we got the Hindenburg Omen confirmation. Asian markets were down last night; I wonder how much of that was people paying attention and how much was just plain old-fashioned exhaustion."

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