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Third Point Made 5.9% In Q1, Expects "Favorable Investing Environment To Continue": Full Letter

Having returned 5.9% in Q1, or just shy of the overall market's 6.1% return, it was not surprising to find the mood in Dan Loeb's just released Third Point letter to be far more uplifting than in the recently posted David Einhorn letter (whose punchline was "The Longs Say Stocks Can Only Go Up, Seemingly To Infinity And Beyond. We Have Seen This Before").

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Big Blue Batters Dow To 2-Month Lows As Crude Crashes

No macro today but excuses galore for Goldman's weak quarter and why we should just ignore IBM... Fed's Rosnegren talked up the reduction of the balance sheet and that didn't help...

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Scientific Proof ETFs Make Markets Dumber

One of the horses we have beaten to death starting in 2013 (with Why The TBAC Is Suddenly Very Worried About Market Liquidity) is that the relentless growth in ETFs in particular, and passive investing in general, is one of the greatest threats facing the US equity market for one main reason: "phantom liquidity", and specifically the thought experiment, conducted back in March 2015 by Howard Marks, of what happens if and when the ETF selling begins.

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'May'hem Strikes - Dollar & Bond Yields "Pounded" To Post-Election Lows

Bonds have gievn up, comodities have given up, inflation expectations have given up, bank stocks have rolled over, and even 'soft' data is starting to rollover... still the 'rally' is in tact, it's just a fleshwound according to the business media...

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