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Tencent Overtakes Facebook As Hong Kong Stocks Flash-Smash Overnight

Hang Seng futures exploded over 5% higher as after hours trading began last night, then crashed back to unchanged as the underlying cash index hit its highest since Nov 2007 on the heels of a surge to new record highs for Chinese tech giant Tencent - which is now larger than Facebook by market cap.

De-FANGed: Five Ways The Disrupters Could Be Disrupted

Left to their own devices, there seems to be no stopping them. The thing is, there’s something that governments value above all else: control. Perhaps the real question is just how close to the deep state (s) are some of these companies already?

Eclipse Day Begins With S&P Futures Flat While Industrial Metals Soar

S&P500 futures, as well as Asian and European stocks, started off the week off unchanged after the S&P cash index fell to its lowest level in five weeks on Friday, with the "Bannon rally" fading on growing concerns about the US political situation, while tensions ratcheted up again as the US and South Korea began massive military drills

These Are The Top 50 Hedge Fund Long And Short Positions

In an unexpected turnaround, for once hedge funds aren't sucking (if still underperforming both the S&P and the average mutual fund): for those who believe in piggybacking, here are the Top 50 most popular longs and shorts within the HF community.

Global Market Rout Spreads: VIX Marches Higher As China Stocks, Currency Plunge

The global rout resulting from tensions over the North Korean nuclear standoff continued on Friday following a third day of escalating verbal exchanges between Trump and Kim, with European and Asian shares tumbling as volatility across the globe spiked, with the selloff in US futures continuing albeit at a more modest pace.

Frontrunning: July 6

  • EU, Japan Strike New Trade Deal (WSJ)
  • EU-Japan deal sends anti-protectionist signal before G20: German minister (Reuters)
  • Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise's condition worsens after June shooting (Reuters)
  • The Flashpoints for World Leaders at G-20 Summit (BBG)
  • Leftist protesters vow to disrupt G20 summit in Hamburg (Reuters)

The Real Threat Of Artificial Intelligence - Keynesian Dystopia

"It strikes me as unavoidable that large chunks of the money created by A.I. will have to be transferred to those whose jobs have been displaced... This seems feasible only through Keynesian policies of increased government spending, presumably raised through taxation on wealthy companies."

Frontrunning: April 19

  • As Trump warned N. Korea, 'armada' headed to Australia (Reuters)
  • Threat of Carrier Heading to Koreas Wasn’t All It Seemed (WSJ)
  • Markets Start to Ponder the $13 Trillion Asset Gorilla in the Room (BBG)
  • Investors’ Nightmare Scenario Takes Shape in French Election (WSJ)
  • Venezuelan opposition to hold 'mother of all marches' against Maduro (Reuters)

2017 Starts Off With A Bang: US Futures, Oil Jump On Upbeat China Data; Europe Enters Bull Market

Rumors of the Trumpflation rally's death have been greatly exagerated, and not only is the Dow 20,000 back on the radar, following a 124 point surge in Dow futures, bringing the "key psychological level" back within 100 points, but European stocks rose for a third day and entered a bull market, rising 20% from theor lows set last February, following strong Chinese manufacturing and services PMI data.

As Mystery Of China's Multi-Billionaire Default Deepens, A New "Bond Scare" Emerges

The fate of a defaulted $45 million Chinese corporate bond sold through an Alibaba-backed online WMP and belonging to the telecom company of one of China's biggest billionaires, was thrown into doubt on Monday, after a bank said letters of guarantee for the bonds were counterfeit, suggesting an entirely new "finance scare" is emerging in China.

Uber Launches "Self-Driving" Cars In San Francisco Without DMV Approval

Starting Wednesday, Uber is expanding its tests of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco allowing the public to ride in autonomous Volvos. Test drivers will be present in the SUVs in case a human needs to intervene. The tests, which will be limited to downtown San Francisco, however are being conducted without the prior blessing of the California DMV.