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Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators

On the face of it, the crash and massive rebound makes little sense, with many oil market analysts undoubtedly left shaking their heads. But there is a logic to what unfolded, just not the logic of the physical market for crude.



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One Theory About Last Monday's ETF Implosion

Attempts to explain exactly what happened last Monday when prices for a whole host of ETFs and mutual funds diverged markedly from fair value abound and while there's no way to know for sure exactly what went wrong, FactSet has drawn some tentative conclusions after conducting a bit of "voodoo, tea-leaf reading."



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Say Goodbye To Normal - We're Going Medieval

The tremors rattling markets are not exactly what they seem to be. A meme prevails that these movements represent a kind of financial peristalsis - regular wavelike workings of eternal progress toward an epic more of everything, especially profits! You can forget the supposedly “normal” cycles of the techno-industrial arrangement, which means, in particular, the business cycle of the standard economics textbooks. Those cycle are dying. They’re dying because there really are Limits to Growth and we are now solidly in grips of those limits.



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The "Chicago Cubs No Hitter" Indicator Spells Doom For The Market

Following Milt Pappas' September 1972 'no hitter', The Dow dropped over 40%.  Carlos Zambrano's 'no hitter' in 2008 came right before the Lehman bankruptcy weekend and was followed a 6000-point-plus collapse in The Dow. So, when we saw Jake Arrieta's 'no hitter' this weekend, we can only imagine what doom it implies for US stocks.



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Forget China - Oil Price Is Main Driver Of Market Turmoil

World oil production is about 90 million barrels a day, representing a cash flow of about nine billion dollars a day which comes down to three trillion dollars a year. With the oil price 40 to 50% lower, this flow is also cut by 40 to 50%. This amounts to 10% US GDP. Compare it with the 0.5% growth we are now missing in China, we prefer to keep our eyes on the oil price. These extreme moves can not be without consequence.



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More Bad News From Tom DeMark: "We Should See The Market Drift Lower For The Next Month"

"The market closed above last Monday's high, which was a gap downside. And it also closed above the prior Friday's close. And that led to exhaustion. We should see the market drift lower for the next month or so. And we could probably make a new low, the low of last week's low, before the market finally bottoms."



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This Is Oil's Biggest 3-Day Rally In 25 Years

Is Andy Hall calling in every favor possible, and painting the tape to save his career? Or just an epic short squeeze ramp to the 50DMA at $49.36?



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European Stocks Suffer Biggest Monthly Loss In 4 Years

If not for the squeeze at the end of last week, this would have been European stocks' worst week since Lehman. However, with the 'save' Stoxx 600 (Europe's S&P 500) dropped almost 9% - its biggest drop since the peak of the EU crisis in 2011...



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The Oil Volatility Farce Continues: Oil Now Surging As OPEC Hints At "Fair Price" Talks

The equity market momo-igniters tried USDJPY - and failed. Then they tried XIV - and failed. So what next? WTI crude of course which has just exploded back to Friday's highs, with Brent Crude also breaking back above $50.



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Is China Dumping German Paper Now? Bund Prices Are Collapsing

German bonds are under significant pressure again this morning - despite equity weakness and US Treasury strength. This raises the rather interesting question of whether - after decimating Treasuries last week, is China turning to its Bund holdings and liquidating them to raise cash?



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The Real Refugee Crisis Is In The Future

"It is estimated that sub-Saharan Africa will have 900 million more inhabitants in the next twenty years. Of these, at least 200 million are young people looking for work. The chaos of their countries of origin will push them further north." That is the future. It will no more go away by itself, and by ignoring it, than the present crisis, which, devastating as it may be, pales in comparison. Europe risks being overrun in the next two decades.



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"The Quantitative Easing Hangover Is Starting" - Dallas Fed Dead-Cat-Bounce Collapses To Post-2009 Recession Lows

With the biggest miss sicne April 2013, Dallas Fed's 2-month dead-cat-bounce has collapsed to -15.8 (against expectations of -4.0). This is practically the weakest level for the manufacturing index since 2009. The entire report is a disaster - Fisher's exit seems well timed? - as New Orders crash from +0.7 to -12.5 and Pries Paid craters from +0.1 to -8.0.Even worse, 14 of the 15 'hope' indicators declined and as one respondent warned "the quantitative easing hangover is starting." We have 3 simple words - "not unequivocally good."



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Take The Opportunity To Bail Before It's Too Late

With corporate profits falling, margin debt at all-time highs, the Fed preparing to raise rates, China’s fake economic system imploding, currency wars breaking out across the globe, emerging markets in turmoil, oil dependent countries in the Middle East seeing budgets go deeply in the red, Greece and the other insolvent southern European countries nearing collapse and tensions rising between Russia, Europe and the U.S., there is plenty to fear in this central banker created debt bubble world. History teaches us this isn’t over. It’s only just begun. The bubblevision assertions that the worst is behind us is false. They will insist all is well until you’ve lost half your net worth. When fear overtakes greed, neither monetary easing, propaganda, nor acts of desperation by politicians, government bureaucrats, or central bankers will turn the tide.



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Goldman Warns This Extreme Indicator "Is Rare Outside Of A Recession"

The current VIX level of 26 is equal to the median VIX level over the last three recessions. As Goldman warns, while extreme VIX levels periodically occur, our analysis shows that VIX levels in the high-twenties to low-thirties for extended periods of time are rare outside of recessions. Furthermore, this was foreseeable as equities were ignoring potential warning signs from other asset classes prior to the recent sell-off.



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Oil Is Crashing

The illiquid algo-induced idiocy that are the 'markets' is nowhere more evident than in WTI crude futures this morning...



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