A speculative frenzy is sweeping Wall Street and world markets

Global stocks are now worth around $ 100 trillion. American companies have ever raised $ 175 billion in public listings. About $ 3 trillion of corporate bonds trade with negative yields.

Throughout the time the virus spreads, the economic cycle stays life-sustaining and businesses are overcome by new locks.

Driven by endless financial stimulus and bets on a post-pandemic world, day traders and institutional pros alike enjoy the easiest financial conditions in history.

“Sentiment indicators are moving into euphoria,” said Cedric Ozazman, chief investment officer at Reyl & Cie in Geneva. “People are now jumping to invest amid fears that they will miss the Santa Claus rally.”

These are the signs of market turmoil during this year of death, disease and economic disaster.

IPO Boost

Nothing brings the climax of a stock as a rush to the public markets. Debuts went from Snowflake Inc. in Airbnb Inc. the volume of initial public offerings this year to $ 175 billion in the United States, data collected by the Bloomberg show.

Special purpose acquisition vehicles that raise money for a “blank check” company to buy whatever it wants have raised over $ 60 billion in 2020. That’s more than the previous decade combined.

Investors still can’t get enough. First day earnings for IPOs averaged 40% this year, the highest ever except 1999 and 2000, according to one estimate.

All that has drawn unprecedented interest in the Renaissance IPO exchange fund tracking new listings, up more than 100% this year. Even SPACs that have not announced a procurement target are up nearly 20% in 2020, noted Bespoke Investment Group.

“If that’s not a sign of exuberance, we don’t know what is!” Purposeful analysts wrote in a note.

Stock Rally

Robinhood traders have become the talk of Wall Street this year by speculating on everything from technology options to airline shares. With these retail investors chasing the equity rally along with institutional benefits, the S&P 500 is trading with sales multiples about 16% higher than the 2000 peak.

Everything is going up. Goldman Sachs’ basket of the shortest stocks in the Russell 3000 has increased by about 40% this quarter, trebling the broader index. High beta shares are near their highest shares against low volatility since 2011.

Each time the Russell 2000 has swung more than 95% off its trunk, it has gone on to lose money over the next three months, according to SentimenTrader. It is now up about 100% from its low in March.

Options Frenzy

Bullish retail investors have plunged into the complex world of derivatives like never before this year. Over the past 20 days, the highest ever average of about 22 million call contracts traded daily across US exchanges.

Cboe’s demand-equity ratio has dropped nearly a decade low – a sign that traders have never been so hell-bent on chasing down in single stocks.

Unia Mania

Animal spirits in corporate boardrooms are another scandalous sign at the top of the market. This quarter is preparing to be the strongest for bargaining activity since 2016 after the third-highest quarter ever. S&P Global Inc. who buys IHS Markit Ltd. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. that takes over Xilinx Inc. among the obstacles.

With corporate cash balances rising in recent years and deal volume as a percentage of market value still below the long-run average, recent activity may be just the beginning.

Europe Joins In

Even the European IPO market, which is much smaller in size than the US one and less familiar with big first-day pops, is becoming bananas.

Among the 44 companies listed on European exchanges since Nov. 9 – the day news of a coronavirus vaccine that started a bull run in equity – average earnings are 16%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. About 70% of them trade above their IPO price.

“Given higher equity valuations, IPOs are once again a viable exit route for sponsors,” said Darrell Uden, ECM’s global co-head of RBC Capital Markets.

Credit Bounce

In a world of nearly $ 18 trillion debt that produces negatives, investors have been forced to gorge on risky corporate bonds at record valuations.

In the US, yields on junk bonds have fallen well below levels that high-grade lenders could issue earlier this year.

Even Carnival Corp., a fallen angel cruise ship operator, has steadily cut funding premiums this year. The pile of negatively-generated corporate debt is now over $ 3 trillion.

Emerging Markets

Naturally, it is boom times for emerging market nations to sell more than $ 730 billion in dollar and euro bonds in 2020, more than in any previous year.

Even with political turmoil, Peru sold the lowest-ever-yielding century bonds from a developing government in the economy. Ivory Coast priced euro-denominated debt with a lower yield than last year, despite its participation in a G-20 debt relief initiative and an ongoing program of the International Monetary Fund.

Back of Bitcoin

For diehards, Bitcoin’s more than 200% surge this year on a wave of new currencies shows that crypto time has come. For many on Wall Street, it’s just the latest sign of irrational exuberance.

“We regard him and other cryptocurrencies as ‘digital tulips.’ We have no way to appreciate them, “Yardeni Research analysts including Ed Yardeni wrote in a note.” We view Bitcoin price action as a speculative excess gauge. “

Its volatility is a hard pill to swallow for most but people like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Nomura Holdings Inc. has shown plenty of interest, from family offices to trend-following sizes.

The virtual currency is surfing a wave of speculation for long-lived assets, from solar energy to Tesla Inc. shares, as investors seek a stake in tomorrow’s technology – damning valuations.

This story was published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the heading has been changed.

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