• Sprott Money
    04/29/2016 - 05:58
    There is unfortunately no basis for renewed optimism that this current litigation will have any meaningful impact on precious metals manipulation – with respect to either silver or gold.

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Trump To Get More Primary Votes Than Anyone In History

With a number of states remaining including California, Trump is set to surpass current record holder George W. Bush, who received 10.8 million votes in 2000.

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Facebook Soars After Beating Sales, EPS As Tax Rate Tumbles: Reports 1.09 Billion Daily Users

If yesterday it was doom and gloom for tech stocks, then today it's Facebook's turn for soom upside down frown turning boom. Moments ago the social network reported another round of blowout results...

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Watch Live: Congressional Hearing Pits Bill Ackman And Outgoing Valeant CEO Against Angry Senators

In a few moments, a major showdown will take place in Congress when on the same table Valeant's outgoing CEO Michael Pearson will sit next to Valeant's most prominent investor Bill Ackman and also the former CFO, Howard Schiller, who the company recently tried to scapegoat for most of the problem that sent the stock price of VRX crashing 85% from its summer 2015 highs.

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Ted Cruz Announces Carly Fiorina As VP Running Mate: Live Feed

As we predicted during our preview of Ted Cruz's "big announcement" earlier today, the republican presidential candidate, in hopes of kickstarting his mathematically impossible to win campaign, is set to announce that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential nominee if he’s the Republican Party’s pick for president according to Politico.

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Question Everything?

We've lost "hope," so this must be the "change"?

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And So It Begins?

Over the last few years we have made it abundantly clear that sooner or later it would be shown that the whole Silicon Valley meme of “It’s different this time” (i.e., in regards to unicorns, social everything, eye balls for ads etc., etc.) was nothing more than the equivalent of a teenager’s response of “because” when arguing why valuations of many of "The Valley’s" newest, or trans-formative platforms were clearly not only out-of-whack with reality, but bordered on insanity.

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Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses Obama Of Lifting Sanctions Only "On Paper"

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which supposed had thawed as part of Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear deal which also allowed Iran to resume exporting its oil, are once again on the fence following a statement by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which accused the United States of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. 

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FOMC Statement Key Take Aways: "Fed Leaves Door Open For June Rate Hike"

  1. The April 27 statement downgraded economic activity, said it "slowed", but labor market conditions "improved further" and inflation still expected to rise toward 2% over the medium term.
  2. Removed language that "global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks".
  3. Kansas City Fed's Esther George dissented in favor of a rate hike.

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Market Reacts To Fed Confusion With Chaotic Stop Hunt: Bonds Beating Stocks, Banks Pump'n'Dump

Update: Risk on is fading fast with bonds & bullion topping stocks

The kneejerk - USD up, stocks down, bonds down - reaction has faded and with The Fed statement pitching its dovish tent back in domestic concerns while keeping a hawkish eye on global developments. The Long bond is back in the green but it appears machines are busier running oil stops higher and dumping gold. Rate hike odds rose but very modestly from 21% pre- to 23.5% post-FOMC.

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Fed Removes "Global Risk" Alert But Keeps Monitoring "Global Economic And Financial Developments" - Full Statement Redline

Since Yellow-Yellen's March dovefest, stocks have rallied, China has stabilized, and while economic data has been weak in general - jobs and inflation (which is what The Fed claims to care about) have been positive. So how does The Fed make June a live meeting, tilt hawkish, and still protect the narrative of recovery and the sanctity of their equity market (which is all that really matters)...


So "risks" are "balanced" and The Fed is "data depedent" again - rate-hikes are back on the table, however here is a key change: instead of monitoring "inflation developments" the Fed is now "monitoring inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments" which is effectively the same as the struck language on "global economic and financial developments."

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FOMC Preview: The Fed Is "Scared To Death" & "The Knock-On Effects Could Be Spectacular"

Federal Reserve officials are virtually certain to hold interest rates steady when their meeting ends today but they could try to send a message to markets and outside observers about what likely comes next. With no press conference scheduled after this week’s meeting and no new economic forecasts to be released, all the attention will be focused on their words and the market is more aware than ever that the Fed doesn’t act in a vacuum. As Bloomberg's Richard Breslow notes, The Fed is hopeful (that their always-wrong forecasts come true this time) but they're also scared to death on the consequences.

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Business "Subsidies" Plummet 70% As Government Support Evaporates

In order to attract and retain small and big business alike, it's long been a tactic by states and local governments to offer tax breaks. However, as times have got tough - and rules have changed - in Obama's "recovery", government subsidies to their cronies - of at least $50 million - have plummeted by 70% Bloomberg reports.

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Former House Speaker And "Serial Child Molester" Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

Moments ago, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in his hush-money case by a judge who called him a "serial child molester" and ordered him to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program. As NBC reports, Hastert, 74, was accused of abusing four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 when he was a coach at Yorkville High School decades ago. While he was not charged with any sexual crimes because of the statute of limitations, but he pleaded guilty to making illegal cash withdrawals to pay off one of his accusers.

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Gold More Productive Than Cash?!

Is gold, often scoffed at as being an unproductive asset, more productive than cash? If so, what does it mean for asset allocation?

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Oil Algos Panic-Buy "Supply-Glut-Reported" Dip

Forget DOE data, it's time to buy ahead of The Fed!!

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