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Rumor Ex Machina Sticksaves Futures

It was shaping up to be another bloodbathed session, with the futures down 10 points around the time Shanghai started crashing for the second night in a row, and threatening to take out key SPX support levels, when the previously noted rumor of an imminent PBOC liquidity injection appeared ex machina and sent the Shanghai composite soaring by 5% to barely unchanged, but more importantly for the all important US wealth effect, the Emini moved nearly 20 points higher from the overnight lows triggering momentum ignition algos that had no idea why they are buying only knowing others are buying. The rumor was promptly squashed when the PBOC did indeed take the mic, but contrary to expectations, announced that liquidity was quite "ample" and no new measures were forthcoming. However, by then the upward momentum was all that mattered and the fact that the underlying catalyst was a lie, was promptly forgotten. End result: futures now at the highs for absolutely no reason.



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PBOC Speaks, Says Liquidity "Ample"

Hardly the white flag of surrender before the feral hogs the markets were expecting, especially since the PBOC just blamed liquidity conditions on "seasonal factors."

  • PBOC OFFICIAL SAYS FINANCIAL MARKET STABLE THIS YEAR
  • PBOC OFFICIAL SAYS MONEY MARKET FLUCTUATIONS TEMPORARY
  • PBOC OFFICIAL SAYS SEASONAL FACTORS TO GRADUALLY DISAPPEAR
  • PBOC OFFICIAL SAYS TO CLOSELY WATCH LIQUIDITY CONDITIONS
  • PBOC OFFICIAL SAYS TO STEP UP COMMUNICATION TO GUIDE RATES

And the most important:

  • PBOC OFFICIAL SAYS LIQUIDITY AMPLE

Oh well: back to the rumor drawing board. But for today, the goal was achieved - both Chinese stocks and European and US futures ramped on the usual bullshit, with China erasing a 5.8% drop closing just 0.2% lower and S&P futures now at the session highs on absolutely nothing.



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China Crash Continues; Shanghai Composite Enters Bear Market; PBOC Rumors Emerge

After imploding in its morning session by a whopping 5.8%, which would have brought the two day crash to a stunning 10%, the Shanghai Composite rebounded trimming its losses by more than half due to so far unfounded rumors there will be a PBOC press conference later today in the last hour of trading in which it may provide some impetus for a bounce (which oddly enough is boosting US equity futures far more effectively than those of China). The expectation is that at the Lujiazui Forum (link here), the PBOC will speak alongside the the CSRS, the CBRC, and CIRC at which the PBOC will wave a white flag to the Chinese "feral hogs." Don't hold your breath: considering the China Daily oped released earlier, this seems highly improbable but at this point global markets are clutching at any and all straws. Look for big market disappointment if the PBOC refuses to address any additional liquidity provision in a few minutes or over the next several days especially since unlike the US, the Chinese central bank is not willing to be held hostage by the stock market in its mission to rid the country of shady "shadow bank" lending conduits.



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Asia Crumbling; China's Worst 2 Days In Almost 4 Years, Nikkei 450 Pts Off Session Highs

Things are getting a little out of hand in Asia once again. China's Shanghai Composite is down 3.7% at the break for its biggest 2-day drop in almost 4 years (-8.9%) and Japan's Nikkei 225, after staging a solid come-back has collapsed 450 points from its highs of the early session smashing below the US day-session lows. Chinese repo is very noisy but 7-day is around 160bps higher for now at 9.2% (having traded at 17% at one point - suggesting 'specific' injections have been made). The carry unwinds continue as USDJPY and Nikkei track each other tick for tick. S&P futures are not going unpunished (-4.5 from the close and -12 from after-hours highs). What's Chinese for 'Dallas Fed's Fisher' or Japanese for 'Hilsenrath'?



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Guest Post: Paul Krugman The Marxist

Someone once wrote that criticizing economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and his "vulgar Keynesianism" is the internet’s favorite pastime. All along, the Princeton prof has stayed true to the cause of aggressive government action to forestall the downtrodden economy. Large fiscal expenditures, aggressive monetary stimulus, increased legal privileges for organized labor, and boosting the degree of state pillaging – Krugman is the caricature of a tyrannical apologizer who will defend the cause of rampant statism at any cost. But now, it appears Krugman has gone overboard with his progressive moaning. Instead of getting bogged down in the economic imbecility that frequents Krugman’s twice-weekly diatribes; there is a fallacy more fundamental in this latest theorizing. What Krugman is embracing in his latest attack on historical cases has much more to do with the man’s epistemological bent and approach toward economics.



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What’s Next For Gold? Bear Vs. Bull Debate

How should investors approach sub-$1,300 gold? VisualCapitalist's analysts each take a side and answer five questions:

1) How does the interest rate impact gold?
2) What is the inflation impact on gold?
3) What is the international impact on gold?
4) What is the short-term outlook for gold?
5) What is the long-term outlook for gold?

to visualize the Bull and the Bear case.



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Pan-Tech-Monium

Tech stocks seem cheap on paper - based on valuations relative to the market using both P/E multiples and free cash flow yields they are the cheapest they have been in decades - but as JPMorgan's Michael Cembalest notes there are some obvious reasons for this (and some not-so-obvious). The challenge with technology companies: there are a lot of haves and have-nots; as sector-level valuations may be less useful when looking at technology companies than when looking at sectors with more homogenous revenue performance.



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Chinese Stocks Drop To Lowest Since Jan 2009; Down 20% From Feb Highs

With US equities 7.5% off their all-time highs and on the verge of instigating a 'Markets In Turmoil' special, we thought it perhaps of note that the growth engine of the world continues to see real turmoil. Short-term funding rates remain elevated (7-day repo jumping 240bps to 10% today) as the 'engineered' credit crunch continues for China. The Shanghai Composite opened down today, crossing the 20% drop level from the recent Feb highs (and -16.5% in the last 16 days!) pushing the index to its lowest level since January 2009.



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Is This The Recovery In Housing They Wanted?

A mortgage market that is practically 100% government-driven, impossibly low rates for impractically long periods of time, no MtM concerns to clear delinquent or foreclosed property from bank balance sheets, and sure enough 'prices' for the houses that are being sold have risen. But there's a rather worrisome unintended (we presume) consequence of this 'recovery'. As BofAML notes today, the US has shifted to renting at the dramatic expense of homeownership...



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Nancy Pelosi Gets Booed And Heckled By Supporters For NSA Support

You know it’s bad for the establishment when Nancy Pelosi gets booed and heckled by her own supporters at a progressive gathering in her home state of California.  It seems the actions of the criminals in control of these United States finally have become so absurd that the apathetic citizenry is being shaken from its long slumber.



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Collapsing European Imports Crush Current Account Recovery Cravings

Some among the cognoscenti of European elite still crow that the crisis is behind us and point to the closing of current account deficits in Spain, Italy Portugal, and Greece as some evidence of this. However, as JPMorgan's CIO David Cembalest notes, while, in prior cases, this development usually meant a broadening recovery was on the way; the collapse in imports has driven this move and dramatically flatters any overall improvement. Typically balance of payments crises are solved by rising exports and as Cembalest warns, Europe's ability to endure the current collapse remains a major question mark.



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Guest Post: Extreme Energy, Extreme Implications

If oil and gas is a profoundly dynamic phenomenon, then so too must be environmental risk and conflicts over natural resources - and we are not getting the full picture from the mainstream media, according to Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College. As risks multiply, conventional sources evaporate and we are left with “extreme” energy, renewables may be the only way to avoid war and disaster.



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Ron Paul: "What We Have Learned From Afghanistan"

The long US war in Afghanistan never made any sense in the first place. The Taliban did not attack the US on 9/11. The Authorization for the use of force that we passed after the attacks of 9/11 said nothing about a decade-long occupation of Afghanistan. But unfortunately two US presidents have taken it to mean that they could make war anywhere at any time they please. Congress, as usual, did nothing to rein in the president, although several Members tried to repeal the authorization. Afghanistan brought the Soviet Union to its knees. We learned nothing from it. Sadly, that is the story of our foreign policy.



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The Secret Sauce Of Iceland's Success Story: Debt Liquidation?

That Iceland is so far the only success story in the continent of Europe, which continues sliding into an ever deeper depressionary black hole, as a result of the complete destruction of its financial sector and its subsequent rise from the ashes, is by known to most. What is still not exactly clear is what conditions have allowed success and growth to flourish in a barren wasteland where 60% youth unemployment is increasingly the norm, and where economic "outperformance" is measured in shades of red. As it turns out, perhaps the biggest jolt to Icelandic economic growth is what we said was the correct prescription for resolving not only the US but global growth malaise that struck in 2008: debt liquidation.



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The Biggest Ponzi Scheme In The History Of The World

Did you know that you are involved in the most massive Ponzi scheme that has ever existed?  To illustrate our point, allow us to tell you a little story...



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