France's "Great Wall Of Calais"

Building work has begun on a wall in the northern French city of Calais, a major transport hub on the edge of the English Channel, to prevent migrants from stowing away on cars, trucks, ferries and trains bound for Britain. Dubbed "The Great Wall of Calais," the concrete barrier — one kilometer (half a mile) long and four meters (13 feet) high on both sides of the two-lane highway approaching the harbor — will pass within a few hundred meters of a sprawling shanty town known as "The Jungle."

"Sometimes Party Loyalty Asks Too Much" - Lifelong Establishment Democrat Urges Voters To Support Trump

"...I believe my party has become the party of the elites and moneyed class and has deserted its historic mission as the party of the working class and disadvantaged.Given my level of discomfort with the current leftist orientation of the Democratic Party, I am now supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. I urge my fellow Democrats to vote for Mr. Trump."

Manufacturing PMI Slides As New Orders And "Subdued Domestic Demand" Weigh On Growth Hopes

The brief July spike hopes of a rebound are officially dashed on the rocks of reality as Markit's Manufacturing PMI (preliminary) print for September missed expectations of 52.0, dropping to 3mo lows at 51.4. New orders and inventories declined but payrolls picked up modestly despite lsowing output. As Markit noted, "softer new order gains... alongside reports of subdued domestic demand" are the main concern.

Gartman: "We Are Now Of Course Net Long Of Equities"

"Having suffered a very bad three week period, but noting that aluminium shares “gapped” higher yesterday and the day previous after having held their 200 day moving average earlier this week. We have had derivatives in place to hedge that position, but we’ve been reducing that derivatives position all week long and we are now of course net long of equities on balance."

Twitter Surges On Faber Report It Is "Moving Closer To A Sale"

Anyone who listened to Mark Maheney's downgrade of TWTR - noted earlier - and either sold or shorted the company overnight, is having an especially unpleasant day, because moments ago CNBC's David Faber reported that the company is moving closer to a sale.

So Much For The Saudi "Proposal" - Iran Refuses To Cap Output, Clashes With Saudis Over Freeze

After oil spiked earlier on an anonymously-sourced Reuters "report" that Saudi Arabia has offered to cut production in exchange for an Iran production freeze, a proposal which was promptly shut down by third party observes, moments ago WSJ reporter Summari Said effectively killed this particular attempt to spike the price of oil when she reported - also citing sources - that Saudis and Iranians have clshed over output freeze levels, and that Iran has refused to cap output.

Former Goldman Chief Economist Jim O'Neill Quits UK Government

While the UK has so far avoided to implode in a depressionary supernova in the aftermath of Brexit contrary to what most of the "experts" and Tokyo-owned UK journalists had predicted, changes are taking place, mostly among the top echelons of power. Earlier today, the latest political fallout from the Brexit vote was the news that former Goldman economist, and BRIC acornym creator, Lord Jim O’Neill, resigned from the U.K. government.

Frontrunning: September 23

  • Futures slip after three-day rally as oil dips (Reuters)
  • Charlotte protests diminish early on Friday as family views video (Reuters)
  • Undecided Voters Are Proving a Tough Sell for Clinton and Trump (BBG)
  • Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric For Two Years (WSJ)
  • Trump received $1.6 million from Secret Service (Politico)

Iran Is Unlikely To Accept Saudi Oil Cut Offer: Bloomberg Analyst

With the oil market roiled by the latest unconfirmed report by Reuters, which cited three anonymous sources as claiming that Saudi Arabia was ready to cut production if Iran freezes output, everyone has been focused on the follow up, to see if there is either an official confirmation, or an unofficial denial. While we wait, however, Bloomberg oil strategist Julian Lee released a quick analysis moments ago in which he explains "why Iran is unlikely to accept the Saudi oil cut offer." 

Global Central Bank-Driven Stock Rally Fizzles; Crude Rebounds On Saudi Oil Production Cut Report

Until minutes ago, this week's rebound in global equities appeared to be running out of steam as oil retreated from a two-week high and a dollar slide ended.  However, as noted just around 6am, Reuters reported, citing as it usually does various "anonymous sources", that in a radical departure from its long-held policy of not cutting production, Saudi Arabia was prepared to cut production on condition that Iran freezes output, which led to an instant spike in crude.

Saudis Said To Offer Oil Production Cut If Iran Freezes Output, Reuters Reports

With oil rolling over, and modestly pressuring US equity futures, moments ago Reuters did what it does best, and reported, citing three "anonymous" sources, that Saudi Arabia was prepared to engage in a radical shift in its long-held policy of not cutting production, and has offered to lower its own oil production if Iran agrees to cap its output this year, in a major compromise ahead of talks in Algeria next week, "three sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters."

German Politicians Are Getting Nervous About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank's finances, weakened by low profitability and mounting legal costs, are raising concern among German politicians.  At a closed session of Social Democratic lawmakers, participants discussed the U.S. fine and the financial reserves at Deutsche Bank’s disposal if it had to cover the full amount. In other words, Germany is officially starting to get nervous about Europe's biggest bank.