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AAPL Suffers First Death Cross Since 2012

Following The Dow's recent 'death cross' - when the 50-day moving average drops below the 200-day - it fell 2000 points. So will AAPL triggering its own 'death cross' warrant "no brainer" buying-the-dip or will investors remember what happened in 2012...



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Betting On "The End Of The World" Just Returned 2400% In One Day

This is what we said on Friday afternoon when we reported that someone was aggressively bidding VIX 50 Sept calls: "what would be far scarier is if whoever is suddenly offering a nickel for the VIX Sept 50 calls actually knows something.  Because if he "does", that would suggest a market move 'Straight out of Lehman.'" Fast forward to Monday, when we had a market move that was, drumroll, straight out of Lehman indeed, and shockingly, the VIX 50 calls, which were bought when the VIX was trading at half that value, were briefly in the money!



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What If The "Crash" Is As Rigged As Everything Else?

Take your pick - here's three good reasons to engineer a "crash" that benefits the few at the expense of the many.



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Recession Watch - Durable Goods Growth Slows In July, Core Capex Orders Decline 6 Straight Months

Durable Goods Orders rose a better than expected 2.0% in July (but that is notably slower than the 4.1% revised growth in June). Non-defense Capital Goods growth remains stagnant as core capex orders have now been in deceline 6 straiught months year-over-year. Furthermore, on a non-seasonally-adjusted basis, YoY Durable Goods New Orders collapsed 20.4% - the worse level since the financial crisis as last year's Boeing orders outlier washes out of the numbers... but even ex-Transports the numbers remain recessionary-ugly.



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Here We Go Again: US Equities Surge Even As Chinese Stock Market Rollercoaster Tumbles To 8 Month Low

It seemed like finally China's relentless and increasingly futile attempts to have a green stock close would work: interest rate cuts, liquidity injections, direct stock interventions, even threats on the Prime Minister's head, and just to make certain moments before the close news very deliberately broke that government funds are buying large financial stocks, especially state-owned banks, to support the index, in the latest clear signs of government support, the Shanghai Composite seemed on pace to end an unprecedented series of consecutive tumbles which have dragged the composite down nearly 1000 points, or 25% in one week, and then... red close, with the SHCOMP down 1.3% to 2927, and a stunned China watching in horror as the central bank and government lose control, and everything they throws at the biggest market bubble of 2015 does absolutely nothing.



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Silver & Gold Slammed As Dollar & Bond Yields Surge

As the USD levitates along with Treasury yields, so Precious Metals are coming under significant pressure once again...



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Time To Pull Out The Nasdaq/China Comparison Chart

Following the most recent Chinese market rout, Deutsche's Jim Reid updates a chart he used back in early June comparing the Shanghai Composite recent performance with that of the NASDAQ back in 1999-2000.



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Frontrunning: August 26

  • Global Stocks Struggle to Shrug Off China Fears (WSJ)
  • Brief Respite Ends for European Stocks Amid Renewed Retreat (BBG)
  • Stock futures rise after China injects $21.8 billion (Reuters)
  • China turmoil needn't rattle BOJ, yen rise not a worry: Abe adviser (Reuters)
  • Stock-Market Tumult Exposes Flaws in Modern Markets (WSJ)
  • Dollar gains as stocks recover, lessens safe-haven bid for yen (Reuters)


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Devaluation Stunner: China Has Dumped $100 Billion In Treasurys In The Past Two Weeks

... in the past two weeks alone China has sold a gargantuan $106 (and over) billion in US paper just as a result of the change in the currency regime!



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Meanwhile In Greece, Pension Funds Tap Emergency Loans

"Greece’s state insurance funds are resorting to external loans to cover their needs as fears grow that the measures of the third bailout will not be enough to cover the rest of 2015’s liquidity needs."



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Denver Police Arrest "Jury Nullification" Activist For Passing Out Informational Pamphlets

Most of you will be familiar with the concept of jury nullification. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are not. This is precisely why Mark Iannicelli set up a “Jury Info” booth outside the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver. When you recognize the vast power that such a concept holds, you recognize why it would be so hated by statists and authoritarians across the land. That is precisely why Mr. Iannicelli was arrested and charged with handing out information.



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Is Asia Set For Another Financial Crisis? Here's Goldman's Take

"Given the size of foreign holdings of Asian equity and debt, should foreigners reduce their portfolio holdings by 2-3% over the course of a month, it would broadly offset the region’s current account surpluses, leaving their external balances in a shakier position. During the 'taper tantrum' period, foreigners sold markedly more than 3% of their portfolio holdings through June and July 2013, highlighting the risk that portfolio outflows could cause further Asian currency weakness."



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China Devalues Yuan To Fresh 4-Year Lows, Arrests Top Securities Firm Exec As Stocks Slide Despite Rate Cuts

Update: Chinese Police arrested managing director Xu Gang of China's No.1 brokerage CITIC Securities

The Asia morning begins mixed in stock markets, The PBOC explains itself "this is not a shift in monetary policy," - except it is the first such set of measures since 2008, further deleveraging as China margin debt drops CNY1 Trillion from June peak to lowest since March, Regulators begin probing securities firms (and their malicious short sellers), Index futures trading fees will be raised and trading positions restricted. Stocks are limping only modestly higher (after the rate cuts) as Yuan is fixed at 6.4043 - the lowest since August 2011.



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Saudi Arabia Paying American Lobbyists To Spread Anti-Iran Propaganda

Though the Saudi Arabian government publicly declared its tentative support for the widely-praised Iran nuclear deal last month, new reports reveal it is secretly funding propaganda efforts to undermine it. A new group called the American Security Initiative has spent over $6 million on advertisements criticizing the deal — using money supplied by the Saudi monarchy.



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