Wholesale Inventories Growth Weakest Since 2010 Even As Auto Stocks Soar

Wholesale Inventories were unchanged year-over-year for the first time since June 2010 (up 0.2% MoM). However, below the surface things are worrisome with motor vehicle inventories up again MoM and up a shocking 9.0% YoY. Wholesale inventories-to-sales ratios are improving modestly but remain deep in recessionary territory.

It's Still The Media, Stupid!

For anyone to seriously challenge the American Leviathan, it must be understood that the mainstream media is a part of that despotic structure and it too must be neutered.  Donald Trump has done more than any Presidential candidate to expose the treachery of the mainstream media, now others must take up the cause.

Investors Have Pulled $8 Billion From Deutsche Bank's ETF Unit

DB has continued to hemmorhage cash with the FT reporting that the German lender's exchange traded fund unit has seen billions in outflows as Germany’s biggest lender considers whether to sell parts of its asset management business. Specifically, investors have pulled $8bn from Deutsche’s ETF arm so far this year.

Frontrunning: October 26

  • Florida Once Again a Focus in 2016 Campaign (WSJ)
  • Trump Has Slim Edge in Bloomberg Poll of Florida (BBG)
  • NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank (Reuters)
  • Arbs Stay on Sidelines of AT&T-Time Warner Deal (WSJ)
  • Holiday Forecast for Apple Crumbles (BBG)
  • Saudi Arabia Faces Tough OPEC Equation With Mounting ‘Exemptions’ (BBG)

Politicians, NATO Officials Furious As Spain Plans To Refuel Russian Battle Group

Spain is facing international criticism as it reportedly prepares to refuel a flotilla of Russian warships en route to bolstering the bombing campaign against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. El País reported that the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs was reviewing the permit issued to the Russian flotilla to stop at Ceuta. Politicians and military figures condemned the support from a NATO member as "scandalous," and "wholly inappropriate," while the head of the alliance indicated Madrid should rethink the pit stop.

Adoption Of The Euro Has Been 'Unequivocally Bad' For Southern European Economies

Some say that the common currency prevents less productive economies from cheating by weakening their national currencies and forces them to become more efficient and competitive. Industrial production data shows that it is not the case. Italy, France, Greece and Portugal have not only stopped producing more; they are producing now less than in 1990! The decay started immediately after the introduction of the euro in 2002!

As China Liquidates US Treasuries, It is "Gobbling" Up Japanese Government Bonds

China is on a shopping spree, and has been "gobbling" up Japanese government bonds, adding that Beijing bought close to a net 9 trillion yen ($86.6 billion) worth of JGBs in the January-August period, more than tripling the amount from the same period last year. Incidentally that's almost equivalent to the number of US Treasurys sold by China.

Washington's Struggle: Remaining Relevant

The certainty is that the future will turn fully into a multipolar model, and this obliges Washington to struggle in every way possible to remain relevant. To date, apart from nuclear agreements, every choice has been counterproductive and wrong. Will Washington’s elites ever learn, or will they eventually become irrelevant?

Deutsche Bank Considering Alternatives To Paying Cash Bonus

In what may be the worst news yet for DB's employees, moments ago Bloomberg reported that the German Bank is exploring "alternatives to paying bonuses in cash" as Chief Executive Officer John Cryan seeks to boost capital buffers.

How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind

It really does feel like the worst of both worlds: all the ravages of poverty, but none of the sympathy. "Blacks burn police cars, and those liberal elites say it's not their fault because they're poor. My son gets jailed and fired over a baggie of meth, and those same elites make jokes about his missing teeth!" You're everyone's punching bag, one of society's last remaining safe comedy targets.

Insider Stock Buying Drops To Lowest Level In Five Years

“The best-informed market participants seem unenthusiastic about U.S. stocks at current prices,” said David Santschi, chief executive officer at TrimTabs.  “Insider buying is running at the slowest pace for October in the past five years.”