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ABN Amro Warns There Is A 40% Chance Mario Draghi Expands ECB QE "As Soon As This Week"

Just two days before the September 3 ECB governing council meeting and press conference, ABN Amro released the genie from the bottle, when its head macro strategist Nick Kounis said the he now sees "a much bigger risk that the ECB will step up QE as soon as this week’s meeting. We see this probability at around 40%, so it is an increasingly close call.



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Rigor Mortis Of The Robo-Machines

Call it the rigor mortis of the robo-machines. About 430 days ago the S&P 500 crossed the 1973 mark for the first time - the same point where it settled today. In between there has been endless reflexive thrashing in the trading range highlighted below. As is evident, the stock averages have not “climbed” the proverbial wall of worry; they have jerked and twitched to a series of short-lived new highs, which have now been abandoned. Surely most thinking investors have left the casino by now. So what remains is chart driven trading programs, racing madly up, then down, then back up again - rinsing and repeating with ever more furious intensity.



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The Scariest Chart For Global Stocks

As QE3 came to an end, World Stocks plunged back to economic reality before The Fed's Jim Bullard promised 'moar QE' if things get really bad. Well things have got really bad... JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing PMI just dropped to its lowest since July 2013.. and the 'wedge' between economic reality and market perception is closing rapidly.



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Meanwhile At Budapest Main Train Station (Live Feed)

In an unprecedented move to stem the tsunami of migrants entering Europe, Hungary has decided to stop all trains at Budapest main train station to stop refugees - most of them from conflict areas such as Syria - from entering the EU onwards to Austria and Germany. For now, there are 1000s of refugees waiting at the station, with entrances blocked by police.



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BofA Saw Record "Buying Across The Board" Last Week, Just Before The Market Resumed Sliding

Llast week, during which the S&P 500 was up 0.9% as the market rebounded off of Tuesday’s lows, BofAML clients were net buyers of $5.6bn of US stocks—the biggest inflow in our data history (since ’08) following five weeks of selling. The last time  flows were close to these levels was during the (less extreme) volatility in early January of this year, as well as following the Tech/Biotech sell-off in early 2014 (see chart below). Net buying last week was broad based—while no client group saw record flows relative to its own history, hedge funds, institutional clients and private clients were all big net buyers which led to record inflows when combined.



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VIX ETFs Are In Crisis Mode

That's what happens Larry when there are 64 million shares short and only 52.3 million shares outstanding...



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A Layman's Explanation Of The Wall Street Rigged Casino Analogy

It doesn’t make sense to you. And it shouldn’t to anyone. Unless – they first go directly to the ‘house bar and media entertainment center’ that is always open and always free with spiked Kool-Aid™. It works better and is cheaper than actual liquor. It’s not actually a drink per se. It’s just hoopla and endless propaganda for the masses. That’s why it’s free and encouraged. It keeps everyone happy within the walls and enhances the experience, while simultaneously acting as one non-stop running commercial to entice anyone foolish to think they too can get rich quick. All legal by the way. The laws were adapted to fit the criteria.



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China: Doomed If You Do, Doomed If You Don't

Doomed if you do, doomed if you don't: trash your currency and watch capital gush out of your economy and financial sector, or support your currency and watch your export sector's sales and profitability crater.

Whichever option China chooses, it loses.



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WTI Crude Crashes 8% - Biggest Plunge Since Nov 2014's OPEC Meeting

Surprise!!! Month-end window-dressing manipulation massacred...



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September 2015: We Officially Enter The Danger Zone

Is September 2015 going to be one of the most important months in modern American history?



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Third Greek Bailout Suddenly In Jeopardy: Creditors Warn Cash May Be Delayed If Elections Don't Go As Desired

Just when everyone was convinced that the main "risk off" event of the summer, namely the Greek bailout, was safely tucked away and that having abdicated its sovereignty to its creditors  and Germany in particular, who now hold the Greek banking system hostage courtesy of draconian capital controls, that Greece would continue to receive its monthly cash allotment just so it could repay creditors from its first two bailouts and would not make headlines for the foreseeable future , Market News just reported that suddenly even the Greek bailout is no longer on autopilot as a result of the upcoming elections in three weeks, whose outcome is anything but assured.



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Peak Construction Spending?

Construction spending grew at 13.7% YoY in July. It has only grown at a faster pace than that once - at the very peak of the idiocy in Q1 2006. So that got us wondering... how is it that Construction Spending is surging as Lumber Prices are collapsing? (unless homes are now made of Twitter share certficates). The answer is simple - lag... and we have seen this picture before...



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Behold China's 2PM Ramp Capital

For the last few years, US equity traders have become conditioned to expect the miraculous arrival of some heavy-handed levitation in stock markets as 330pmET rolls by. This became ubiquitous enough to inspire a Twitter account. Well, it appears the Chinese have learnt a thing or two from the American manipulators... behold China's 2pm Ramp Capital at work.



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WTI Crude Plunges 5.25% - Biggest Drop In A Month

WTI crude has retraced 50% of yesterday's ridiculous gains and is now down 5.25% from the NYMEX close yesterday. It appears everything is not so awesome again...



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