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Congress Begins To Ask If Amazon Is Getting Too Big, Antitrust Hearing Called

Is Amazon getting too big? While that question has yet to be formally asked by the US government, on Friday we got a hint that it may be next on the agenda after the top Democrat on the House Antitrust Subcommittee, David Civilline, voiced concerns about Amazon's $13.7 billion plan to buy Whole Foods Market.

How Dumb Is The Fed?

"Nothing comes from nothing. Fake money produces fake prosperity. Take away the fake money… and the fake prosperity goes “poof,” too. Which is why the Fed will never, voluntarily, stop manipulating prices. It can’t let the markets return to “normal” price discovery. Because the markets are likely to discover prices a lot lower than Dow 20,000."

Global Stocks Hit New All Time High After Dovish Yellen, Strong Chinese Trade Data

The hawkish tone and global bond tantrum unleashed by central bankers at the Sintra ECB forum two weeks ago is now a distant memory, and after Janet Yellen surprised markets with an unexpectedly dovish testimony yesterday, overnight global shares hit their fourth all-time high in less than a month as Septmeber and December rate hike odds tumbled, pushing the dollar to the lowest level since September 2016.

All Eyes On Yellen As Dollar Slumps On Trump Revelations, Stocks Rebound

The dollar was broadly weaker after dovish comments from Fed Governor Lael Brainard amid reverberations from reports of Donald Trump Jr.’s contact with a Russian lawyer; European equities rebounded with oil while S&P futures were 0.2% higher at 2,428 as traders eagerly await Janet Yellen’s Congressional testimony for further clues on the trajectory of monetary policy while the Bank of Canada is expected to hike rates later.

"Quant Quake": What Was Behind Last Week's Historic CTA Crash, And Is Another One Imminent

Markets continue to set long-term records for price instability or “fragility”, with a five sigma sell-off in the S&P 500 on 17-May, a 3 sigma drop in the Nasdaq 100 on 9-Jun, a 3 sigma rally in commodities last week and a 3 sigma sell-off on average across global bonds. The net result was a 5-sigma drawdown in CTAs, the worst since 2000, excluding the quant crash of 2007.