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Something Snapped - USDJPY Tanks As Stocks Give Up Yesterday's Gains

Having reached new record highs at the open amid yet another panic-buying scramble, stocks have turned down dramatically this morning (seemingly around the Industrial Production data). VIX is up modestly but as the dollar index weakens, USDJPY has tumbled back below 113.00...

Euro Surges As Trump Fears Slam Dollar; Futures Poised For New Records

In a replica of Monday's early trading, European shares are down, this time led by health-care stocks even as the Euro surges above 1.1050, the highest level since the US election. Asian equities rose, while S&P futures were unchanged although we expect the ramp to kick in any second, and take the NASDAQ to another all time high. Meanwhile, the US dollar weakened for a fifth day.

"Get Rich Quick In Virginia"

"Richmond VA is inundated with radio commercials to get rich quick by flipping houses. And I’ve seen articles in the paper about flippers. I, too, viewed this as being indicative of a top. We’ve also seen a huge surge in new restaurants."

Morgan Stanley: "Book Your Summer Holidays, But Put These Trades On First"

"Have you booked your summer holidays yet? If not, you probably should... Record-low readings of the VIX suggest that investors have little to worry about at the moment. In our view, the current low level of volatility seems unsustainable though, but the exact timing of a volatility rebound remains uncertain. Hence, it might make sense to put on trades that hedge against unexpected market moves over the summer."

Dick's Slammed After Company Admits It Doesn't Know How To Calculate EBITDA

First it was non-GAAP adjustments, then it was stock buybacks, then it was fudging the effective tax rate; and now, in the most creative way to "boost" one's earnings, Dicks Sporting Goods admitted it blatantly fabricated its Adjusted EBITDA. But it's ok: it was a simple calculation error, and now everything is "fixed", the company reported in an 8K filed this morning.

Markets All Too Quiet Ahead Of Inflation, Retail Sales Data

Asian stocks and S&P futures are both feeling the weather this morning, while European stocks are little changed as traders have decided to hold back until today's key US CPI and retail sales data is released in under two hours.

5 Universal Laws Of Human (Investment) Stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.

Bill Blain: "Something Is Happening In Europe And We Don’t Know What It Is…"

"A French 30yr is in the works, Italy and Belgium are both looking, while other rumours say the EFSF might be in the frame. Fascinating stuff, but with the ECB already taking the metal off the QE pedal, what happens when the market distortion stops? Where do bond prices go when the ECB stops buying... Something is happening and we don’t know what it is..."

Global Markets Thrown For A Loop After Comey's Shocking Sacking

“There is no doubt that Trump is dominating proceedings this morning after the sacking of Comey. This is a political story rather than a market story, but yet again it creates uncertainty in the market, which leaves everything the president does with a cloud floating over it" said James Hughes of GKFX.