Watch Live: Paul Ryan Holds Press Conference On What Happens Next

Paul Ryan and GOP leaders are holding a press conference to discuss next steps in the aftermath of Friday's failure to repeal Obamacare, and as Reuters reports, among other discussion topics, the GOP is currently contemplating ways to revive the repeal of Obamacare, with CNN adding that Ryan may potentially re-engage the Freedom Caucus.

Tuesday Humor: Richmond Fed Smashes Expectation by Six Standard Deviations

The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey has now risen for 7 straight months, soaring to 22 in March - the highest since April 2010. This smashed expectations by over six standard deviations as new orders, employees, workweek, and wages all soared. Given the stagnation of industrial production, there must be something very special in Richmond...

Consumer Confidence Soars To Highest Since The Peak Of The Dot-Com Bubble

Conference Board Consumer Confidence smashed expectations in March - bursting to 125.6 (114 exp) - the highest since December 2000. Both the present situation and expectations soared, jobs plentiful jumped to its highest since Sept 2001.It is clear that confidence is inspired by stock market values, not real earnings growth.

VIX Crusher Algo Fails - Dow Drops Back Into Red

VIX was monkey-hammered back to almost an 11 handle at the US cash open this morning, in a desperate bid to get The Dow back green and prove that the Trump rally is still in tact... but it didn't ignite the momentum many had hoped for...

Despite Soaring Rates, US Home Prices Accelerate At Fastest Pace In 3 Years

US Home Prices rose at 5.7% year-over-year in January, according to the latest data from Case-Shiller. This is the fastest rate of price appreciation since July 2014. The six-month lagged response to the surge in mortgage rates suggests things may be about to slow down dramatically though...

Frontrunning: March 28

  • U.S. stock futures up as investors look beyond failed healthcare bill (Reuters)
  • Ryan's Tax Plan May Get Familiar Foes: GOP's Conservative Caucus (BBG)
  • Congress to Battle Over Spending After Failed Health Bill (WSJ)
  • Trump to End Obama Policies for Paris Climate Accord (BBG)
  • Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies (Reuters)

Dick Cheney: Russian Interference An "Act Of War"

"In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war. I think it’s a kind of conduct and activity we will see going forward. We know he’s attempted it previously in other states in the Baltics," former VP Dick Cheney said yesterday.

"Whenever Stocks Go Down, Everyone Still Goes Into 'The Sky Is Falling' Mode"

"Don’t let anyone try to tell you that stock-market pullbacks, including modest ones, are something investors and policy makers can now handle with aplomb. You can calculate financial-conditions indices with all sorts of back-fitted weightings but when stocks go down, everyone still goes into “The sky is falling” mode."

Rand Tumbles For Second Day After Zuma Says He'll Fire Gordhan

One day after the South African rand tumbled on the suprising report that president Zuma had ordered his finance minister Pravin Gordhan to cancel roadshow meetings with investors in the UK and US and return home on Monday, overnight the rand plunged for the second day in a row, after the 74 year old president told senior leaders of the South African Communist Party that he plans to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Trump Asks Why Intelligence Committee Isn't Probing The Clintons

"Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech, money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset,’ praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company.."