As the battle heats up between the presumptive nominees for President, the word-wars have begun. Following Hillary's "love Trump's hate" breaking-barriers speech last night, a seemingly calmer, friendlier Trump went after Hillary exclaiming that "the only thing she's got going is the woman's card...and the beautiful thing is that women don't like her." Trump added that he'll "do far more for women than Hillary Clinton will do," and that "if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote."
The Vision for 2030 is mostly smoke and mirrors. Saudi Arabia probably cannot replace the money it will lose if oil goes out of style and so is doomed to downward mobility and very possibly significant instability. It has been a great party since the 1940s; it is going to be a hell of a hangover.
With a number of states remaining including California, Trump is set to surpass current record holder George W. Bush, who received 10.8 million votes in 2000.
If yesterday it was doom and gloom for tech stocks, then today it's Facebook's turn for soom upside down frown turning boom. Moments ago the social network reported another round of blowout results...
In a few moments, a major showdown will take place in Congress when on the same table Valeant's outgoing CEO Michael Pearson will sit next to Valeant's most prominent investor Bill Ackman and also the former CFO, Howard Schiller, who the company recently tried to scapegoat for most of the problem that sent the stock price of VRX crashing 85% from its summer 2015 highs.
As we predicted during our preview of Ted Cruz's "big announcement" earlier today, the republican presidential candidate, in hopes of kickstarting his mathematically impossible to win campaign, is set to announce that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential nominee if he’s the Republican Party’s pick for president according to Politico.
Over the last few years we have made it abundantly clear that sooner or later it would be shown that the whole Silicon Valley meme of “It’s different this time” (i.e., in regards to unicorns, social everything, eye balls for ads etc., etc.) was nothing more than the equivalent of a teenager’s response of “because” when arguing why valuations of many of "The Valley’s" newest, or trans-formative platforms were clearly not only out-of-whack with reality, but bordered on insanity.
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which supposed had thawed as part of Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear deal which also allowed Iran to resume exporting its oil, are once again on the fence following a statement by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which accused the United States of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions.
- The April 27 statement downgraded economic activity, said it "slowed", but labor market conditions "improved further" and inflation still expected to rise toward 2% over the medium term.
- Removed language that "global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks".
- Kansas City Fed's Esther George dissented in favor of a rate hike.
Update: Risk on is fading fast with bonds & bullion topping stocks
The kneejerk - USD up, stocks down, bonds down - reaction has faded and with The Fed statement pitching its dovish tent back in domestic concerns while keeping a hawkish eye on global developments. The Long bond is back in the green but it appears machines are busier running oil stops higher and dumping gold. Rate hike odds rose but very modestly from 21% pre- to 23.5% post-FOMC.
Fed Removes "Global Risk" Alert But Keeps Monitoring "Global Economic And Financial Developments" - Full Statement RedlineSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 04/27/2016 - 14:02
Since Yellow-Yellen's March dovefest, stocks have rallied, China has stabilized, and while economic data has been weak in general - jobs and inflation (which is what The Fed claims to care about) have been positive. So how does The Fed make June a live meeting, tilt hawkish, and still protect the narrative of recovery and the sanctity of their equity market (which is all that really matters)...
- *FED REMOVES REFERENCE TO GLOBAL EVENTS POSING RISKS TO OUTLOOK
- *FED SAYS LABOR MARKET IMPROVED EVEN AMID SIGNS OF SLOWER GROWTH
- *FED REPEATS ECONOMIC SITUATION WARRANTS ONLY GRADUAL RATE HIKES
So "risks" are "balanced" and The Fed is "data depedent" again - rate-hikes are back on the table, however here is a key change: instead of monitoring "inflation developments" the Fed is now "monitoring inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments" which is effectively the same as the struck language on "global economic and financial developments."
Federal Reserve officials are virtually certain to hold interest rates steady when their meeting ends today but they could try to send a message to markets and outside observers about what likely comes next. With no press conference scheduled after this week’s meeting and no new economic forecasts to be released, all the attention will be focused on their words and the market is more aware than ever that the Fed doesn’t act in a vacuum. As Bloomberg's Richard Breslow notes, The Fed is hopeful (that their always-wrong forecasts come true this time) but they're also scared to death on the consequences.