US Futures, Global Stocks Mixed After Lackluster Chinese Economic Data; Oil Rises Over $51

US futures were little changed, with European shares lower, and Asian stocks higher as caution returned after last night's Chinese economic data did little to clear up how the world's second largest economy is performing, and provided few positives for investors ahead of the third and final U.S. presidential debate; imminent announcements from both the ECB and the Fed also will keep traders on their toes today.

ECB Preview: What Wall Street Thinks Mario Draghi Will Say Tomorrow

While expectations are low from Thursday's ECB meeting,  it may ultimately boil down to Draghi’s communication about asset purchases. Any hint of QE tapering would spur a large-scale sell-off in the rates market, according to most Wall Street strategists. Here is what else the sellside thinks will happen.

Sterling Stumbles On Report Merkel Said To Shut Brexit "Back Door" Channels

Moments ago, sterling reverted to its familiar downward sliding trajectory and took a steep move lower following a Bloomberg report that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is "battening down the hatches for coming Brexit talks, instructing officials to avoid any back-door contacts that could hand the U.K. an advantage", citing people familiar with the discussions.

World Gone Mad: Japanese Investors Edition

Will we ever learn? Bonds which never pay back principal, yield only 1%, and are converted to equity if the issuer gets into trouble (that is, at exactly the time when you don’t want to own their stock), are being enthusiastically snapped up by Japanese investors.

American Psycho: Sex, Lies & Politics Add Up To A Terrifying Election Season

It’s like being in the Twilight Zone. Only instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” we’re trapped in an all-too-real land of politics and lies, where freedom and integrity play second fiddle to ambition and greed. Nothing is real.

Global Markets Shrug As China 'Manages' To Meet GDP Expectations

A couple of trillion dollars of freshly created debt and a collapsing currency (which did nothing for the trade balance which was described as "not very solid" by authorities) along with a dead stock market, a bond market at record low yields (unconvinced at any recovery) and a housing bubble and China's National Statistics Bureau 'nails it' with 'meets' across the board (albeit Industrial production disappointed).

Hacked Salesforce Presentation Showed No Interest In Twitter, But These 2 Companies May Be "In Play"

According to a May 2016 presentation that, paradoxically, came from a trove of thousands of former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s emails that were hacked and published in September by DCLeaks, Salesforce was looking at more than a dozen potential acquisition targets that did not include Twitter. Instead, the presentation notes two public companies, previously undisclosed, which may spike in trading tomorrow on hopes of an imminent Salesforce acquisition.

Five Main Things To Watch In Today's Chinese GDP Report

There is a reason why, when the Chinese Q3 GDP print is revealed shortly, it will be an utterly meaningless indicator - the number is a goalseeked, arbitrary political construct meant to convey not information about the economy, but about Beijing's intentions what it may or may not do in the future. Unfortunately, since it is the only official number to come out of Beijing, hours will be spent debating it for the next few days. As such, here are 5 key things to focus on...

The Absurdity Of Political Correctness Has Reached New Heights

...some bureaucrats in New York City think that it is sexual harassment for a professor to base grades in part on effort and classroom behavior. It appears that the bureaucrats decided that “effort” could be interpreted as an invitation for female students to trade sex for higher grades.

China Injects Economy With A Quarter Trillion In Debt In One Month, But The Full Story Is Much Scarier

"From a growth rate perspective, the speed of credit expansion is alarming. The current pace of credit growth in China is realistically in a range between 19% and 20%, well above the reported official TSF growth of 12.4% and new loan growth of 13.0% in September. Relative to GDP, China’s credit-to-GDP ratio currently in a range from 260% to 275% of GDP as of September 2016" - Barclays

Member Of Saudi Royal Family Has Been Executed For Murder

While we await news of the first, and quite historic, foreign Saudi bond pricing which at last check was said to be oversubscribed, in more surprising news, Al Arabiya reports that according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior, on Tuesday it carried out the execution orders on Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, a member of the Saudi Royal family.