Here Is Why Biotech Stocks Just Exploded Higher

On the back of extremely heavy volume, Biotech and Pharma stocks soared moments ago, following yesterday's surprising weakness. What was the catalyst? As it turns out, Medicare spending didn’t trigger initiation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board to slash costs, a relief for the beleaguered drug industry whose shares have slumped since the start of the year.

WTI Slides Below $50 After DOE Data Disappointment Despite Production Drop

Following last night's major inventory draws across the board (via API), which sent WTI surging back above $50, this morning's DOE data was markedly different. Both Gasoline and Distillates saw inventory builds and Crude saw notably smaller inventory draws (DOE -917k vs API -5.22mm). US crude production fell 0.44% (having fallen for 21 of the last 22 weeks) to the lowest since Sept 2014. Notably, Genscape additionally reported EU crude storage saw a notable build to the highest inventory in 3 years (suggesting US shifting stock to Europe). WTI crude has slide back below $50 erasing API's spike.

In Surprise Twist, EU Will Resume Turkey EU Membership Talks Just Days After Brexit Referendum

It appears that David Cameron may have fibbed a bit when he said that one of the most contentious issues behind the Brexit campaign, namely the treatment of Turkish EU membership, won't be a topic for "decades" and that Turkey won't join the EU until the year 3000. As AFP reports, “The EU will open new membership talks with Turkey as planned in a few days." Citing a source, AFP said that EU member states will meet June 30 to agree to open a new negotiating chapter with Turkey.

Existing Home Sales Highest Since Feb 2007 As Prices Hit Record High

On the heels of FHFA reporting a disappointing 0.2% home price appreciation in April (the weakest since Jan 2015), May existing home sales rose, as expected by 1.8% MoM to 5.53mm SAAR - the highest since February 2007. All regions saw median home prices rise MoM (but Northeast -0.1% YoY) but The Midwest stood out with a 6.5% drop in sales. Median home prices jumped to a record $239,700 (up 4.7% YoY) but first time homeowners are disappearing, as NAR's Larry Yun notes a lack of inventory is "pushing prices out of reach for plenty of prospective first-time buyers."

Yellen Credibility Watch Day 2: "Humphrey Hawkins" Hearings Live Feed

Yesterday she hinted "sell stocks" and "vote remain," before admitting The Fed's forecasting skills were worse than Punxatawney Phil. While today's prepared remarks will be the same, we wonder what the politicians on The House Financial Services Committee will have learned ahead of today's Q&A - most notably will the topic of gender, race equality be dragged up once again because of its crucial import to those campaigning in the forthcoming elections. Following Bank of Japan's Kuroda's overnight capitulation that "monetary policy doesn't always turn out as expected,"  we wonder if Yellen will be forced to admit the same.

IMF Urges Obama To "Tackle Poverty" As It Tells Yellen To Overshoot Inflation Target

In its latest staff statement on the annual analysis of the U.S. economy, the IMF again demonstrated why economists have become the butt of financial jokes, when in the same report it first urged the Fed to "overshoot" its 2% inflation target, clearly unaware of the dramatic shift in sentiment that unorthofox monetary policy no longer works to stimulate inflation, and in fact quite the opposite, while at the same time it cut its US GDP forecast yet again, from 2.4% to 2.2%, and concluded that, drumroll, there is "an urgent need to tackle poverty."

Gartman Flip-flops Again: 'The Trend Is, Has Been And Shall Be Upward"

"The trend is, has been and likely shall continue to be upward. TINA rules the day; TINA is “Queen.” TINA it is then. It will end when it ends and it will eventually end badly of course for such things always do.  But between now and that hundred years the trend for interest rates is lower and the trend for equity prices is higher."

Surging Far-Right Movements Across Europe Are Making Hitler Popular Again

An Argentinian man has purchased more than 50 items of Nazi memorabilia from a controversial auction in Munich. The single purchase, said to have totaled more than $683, 000 (£462,000), included a jacket owned by Adolf Hitler and silk underwear that once belonged to Nazi military leader Hermann Goering.

Frontrunning: June 22

  • Nervy global investors revisit 1930s playbook (Reuters)
  • Stocks Trade Near Week High Before Brexit Vote; Commodities Gain (BBG)
  • Yellen May Face Tougher Crowd in House Appearance (WSJ)
  • In SolarCity Bid, Tesla’s Musk Targets Customers Wanting All (BBG)
  • Trump to detour from campaign to visit Scotland golf properties (Reuters)

Analyst Slams Tesla's Bid For SolarCity: "This Proposed Acquisition Suggests SCTY Is Worth Little Value"

"we curiously wonder out loud: if Tesla can acquire SolarCity, amid what we believe are signs of an existential crisis, then – if TSLA were to ever get into trouble – could taxpayers possibly be on the hook (i.e., could SpaceX, funded by US taxpayers, follow the same dubious corp. governance norms exhibited by TSLA/SCTY & bail out TSLA)? While we have neither the answer, nor the legal savvy, we do believe this proposed acquisition suggests SCTY is worth little value"

Eerie Calm Across Markets One Day Before The Main Event: Asia, Europe, US Unchanged

There is an eerie quiet across markets, one day before the year's main risk event: with the UK referendum vote starting in less than 24 hours and results due out shortly after, it is as if even the algos have stopped frontrunning other algos, in a market so thin and illiquid even the smallest order can result in a gap, either higher or lower. As a result, European, Asian stocks and S&P futures are little changed ahead of Thursday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index swinging between gains and losses more than five times so far today.

Loretta Lynch Admits That Federal Authorities Have Lost The Orlando Shooter's Wife

According to CNN, Federal investigators are trying to find out more specifically what Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman (profiled here), knew about the planned attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The intent is to bring evidence before a federal grand jury to determine whether or not charges will be brought against Salman. However there is one rather large problem with one key person in the investigation, it appears that Noor Salman is missing and may not even be in the state of Florida anymore.

How Much Of Our Culture Are We Surrendering To Islam?

Democracies are, or at least should be, custodians of a perishable treasury: freedom of expression. For the first time in Europe since Hitler ordered the burning of books in Berlin's Bebelplatz; movies, paintings, poems, novels, cartoons, articles and plays are literally and figuratively being burned at stake... The same hatred as from Nazis is coming from Islamists and their politically correct allies. We do not even have a vague idea of how much Western culture we have surrendered to Islam.