Moments ago CNBC cued to the its gas-mask clad coverage from a violent Taksim Square, where a crowd of 50,000 was just getting the tear gas treatment from the local police. And sure enough, going back to the question we posed first thing this morning whether with "a big demonstration is due in a few hours: will Taksim Square June 2013 be the "Waddel and Reed/May 2010" Syntagma Square flash crash equivalent?", we got the answer courtesy of the USDJPY which just tumbled over 80 pips in the span of minutes and dragged down not only the S&P but the Nikkei with it. We hope the NSA has a read on just where Waddell and Reed is located exactly this moment or else things may get very Syntagmaish Squarish circa May 2010 in a hurry...
When even Zee Germans are staring open-mouthed at what they call "American-style Stasi methods" you know things have got a little out of hand. As Reuters reports, German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi. "The more a society monitors, controls and observes its citizens, the less free it is," Merkel's Justice Minister exclaimed, adding, "the suspicion of excessive surveillance of communication is so alarming that it cannot be ignored." While Obama has defended it as a "modest encroachment" on privacy and reassured Americans that no one is listening to their phone calls, the Germans reflect "I thought this era had ended when the DDR fell."
Very Weak 3 Year Bond Auction Prices At Highest Yield Since July 2011, Lowest Bid To Cover Since 2010Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/11/2013 - 13:12
If there is one word to describe today's 3 Year $32 billion auction it would be atrocious. With the When Issued stopped at 0.577%, the closing high yield tailed notably at 0.581%, a dramatic spike from last month's 0.354% and the highest yield since July 2011, indicating substantial turbulence on the surface. Beneath the surface it was the same story, with the Bid To Cover plunging from 3.38 to just 2.95, the lowest since December 2010, driven by a crash in Direct Bidder take down to just 8.4% from 14.6% and a TTM average of 12.9%: this was the lowest Direct interest since August. The result was that Indirects were left with a sizable 33.1% of the auction well above the 26.3% TTM average, and Dealers had to absorb the remainder, or 58.4% of the auction. All in all, a very ugly auction although with investors still demanding only 0.5% to hold 3 year paper it would appear that any fears of an imminent hike in rates (regardless what the Fed does with the longer-end of the curve), is still far away.
Perhaps you have noted in your life, as we have in ours, that denial is often the preface to justification. For the citizens of our country there is no justification, no national security assertion, that will dissuade us from the premise that our current government, in listening to every phone call and reading every transmission on the internet, is violating the fundamental Constitutional rights of American citizens. As Americans we should say, “You have overstepped your boundaries Sir.” Citizens should stand and state, “No one has given you the authority to spy upon me and my fellow Americans and that you are violating the Constitution in this exercise and it should cease immediately.” It should be said to a Democrat. It should be said to a Republican. We should say this to any man that has undertaken to pervert the rights that we have ascribed to ourselves in the formation of our government. This is where we should stand and we should make our voices heard to the best of our abilities.
Because - "It's never too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up."
The lack of a centralized constitutional and monetary union has led to several years of inaction in the process of unification of the Euro-zone. While it was a "grand experiement" to run the Euro-zone under a single currency the underlying structure to make it effective long term was never achieved. There are currently many promises that have been made to the financial system by the ECB. The question is whether or not they can ultimately "cash the check." While we do not have certain answers as to the where, the who or the when - we are fairly confident that it will be sooner than many currently imagine. We do believe that the ECB will be able to skirt by the ratification of the ESM this coming week and get some limited funding into place, however, we still believe the bigger problem comes at the end of summer when the German voters begin to voice their concerns - after all it is their money that is being wasted.
Presented with little comment - aside to note the entirely news and fundamentals driven ramp in US equities has an odd correlation with the smash in AUDJPY... (and it's Tuesday and a POMO). Or maybe it was none of the above, and it was just select Reuters clients reacting to the very early leak of the University of Phoenix Consumer Spying index, which will have just hit a record high when it is released to the broader public in due course...
Greek "Recovery" May No Longer Be Televized Following "Transitory" Shut Down Of National BroadcasterSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/11/2013 - 11:24
The Greek recovery (whose GDP recently plunged to year 2000 levels) is progressing as expected, however following the latest news out of the Fourth world country that its national broadcaster ERT, with 2800 employees, will be shut down, it may no longer be televized. There is hope though: following its shutdown, it will be reopened... eventually... following a substantial downsizing. It is not clear why ERT had to be shutdown just to fire a few hundred people, although union rules are likely implicated. It is also not clear how long until the process is completed. What is clear is that the local workers are unhappy and have already resorted to that favorite Greek pastime: protesting. But at least they have the Euro.
As trade sanctions rise, ghost cities crumble, shadow banking surges, and the PBOC loses control of the most centrally-planned economy in the world amid their own version of 'peak debt', it appears yet another pillar of the China-is-the-world's-growth-engine meme is crumbling. As Manpower recently reported, the belief in a mass 'urbanization' dream is absolutely not occurring. In fact, based on the following charts of various industry employment outlook levels, things are going the other way. How does 'ruralization' play into the 'if we build it' thesis?
One look at the airplane traffic map below should be enough to convey which socialist European country has a just started a 3-day air traffic controller strike. Sure enough, as a result of the French ATC union demands for 'fairness', i.e., an elimination in the "unprecedented" cost-cutting plan, the eastern air border of France now looks like the 405 Freeway during rush hour.
In the last 24 hours, sales of the 'big brother' book 1984 on Amazon.com have soared by almost 7000% as the reality of the surveillance state come to the public's attention. As Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger notes, we suppose it makes sense that people would want to get up to speed on the dystopian world being constructed rapidly and secretly around them. 1984 is now the 4th fastest rising sales book and 184th most popular on Amazon!
The first Booz Allen official press release resulting from the Snowden fallout hit just over two hours after the Guardian revealed his identity. Now, Booz Allen has released a follow up press release, this time apparently emphasizing that the employee is now terminated (we guessed as much), and amusingly, that his salary was $122,000. Supposedly this is to discredit the self-reported account that Snowden's salary was $200,000. Frankly, we find it surprising that the NSA has not yet leaked Edward's full confidential dossier, including by what age his bed-wetting habit was successfully contained. Because all is fair in covert ops war and character assassination.
Whether or not this is a direct result of the Snowden whistleblower affair is unclear, but the following BLS job posting just hit the tape. In brief: suddenly the Bureau of [insert favorite L and S words here] is just a little concerned about the "proper security and unauthorized disclosure" of its data and making sure it is not "vulnerable to purposeful denial-of-access or alteration by unauthorized persons." So we wonder: will the next whistleblower to emerge be from the BLS, and just what tidbits of ARIMA-X-12 "seasonal adjustments" will they unleash upon the world? We are confident at least one of our computer savvy, if temporarily unemployed readers, would be delighted to provide their skillset to the BLS.