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Toys "R" Us Files Chapter 11: Second Largest US Retail Bankruptcy In History

Toys “R” Us Inc., the largest US toys retailer, filed for bankruptcy late on Monday night, as a result of a crushing post-LBO debt load and relentless competition from warehouse and online retailers. With assets of $6.9 billion, it’s the second-largest retail bankruptcy, trailing the filing in 2002 by Kmart, which had $14.6 billion in assets.

Frontrunning: September 14

  • Trump Says No Deal Reached on DACA (WSJ); Trump Denies Democrats’ Claim That They Made a Deal on ‘Dreamers’ (BBG)
  • Weak China data knocks global stocks off record highs (Reuters)
  • GOP to Release Tax Overhaul as Trump Says Rich Won’t Benefit (WSJ)
  • North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness' (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia Clamps Down as Prince Consolidates Power (WSJ)

World Stocks Pull Back Amid Rising Concerns Of A Market Correction

For the first day in three S&P futures have pulled back modestly from record levels as some investors cautioned that gains had gone too far, too fast, European shares are mixed while Asian equities extended their longest rising streak in almost two months as continued gains in Japan and India offset the losses in Hong Kong.

VIX Tumbles, S&P Futures, Global Stocks Rebound Sharply As Korea Fears Fade

Global stocks and S&P futures rebounded sharply on Monday as tensions over an imminent conflict with Pyongyang receded after U.S. officials played down the likelihood of a nuclear conflict with North Korea, recovering from fears of a U.S.-North Korea nuclear standoff drove them to the biggest weekly losses of 2017, while the dollar too rose off four-month lows it had hit against the yen.

A Tale Of Two Countries (Or How The Fed Enabled Corporate Kingpins To Scalp Billions)

"...capital markets are deeply and perhaps irreparably broken by the Fed’s massive falsification of financial asset prices... all this financial engineering has starved the real main street economic for capital investment - even as the cash flows shunted back to Wall Street have showered the fast money operators and gamblers with massive windfalls."

Frontrunning: July 26

  • Oil bounce, results keep stocks on high (Reuters)
  • Healthcare brawl returns to Senate floor (Reuters); Senate Sets Up Health Votes for Chaotic Obamacare Debate (BBG); Health Debate Rolls On After First Option Fails (WSJ)
  • Who Will Blink First in the Sessions Standoff? (BBG)
  • Iran Says ‘Hostile’ U.S. Sanctions Vote Undermines Nuclear Deal (BBG)
  • Russia Warns of ‘Painful’ Response If Trump Backs U.S. Sanctions (BBG)

Futures, European Stocks Flat As Oil Suddenly Tumbles; Pound Slides

European stocks were flat after starting off strongly earlier, dragged lower by energy stocks. Asian stocks, U.S. futures little changed as oil tumbled with Brent tumbling as low as $45.85/bbl to the lowest intraday since November 30 and taking out a 38.2% Fib support, after a one-minute spike in volume to a day-high 5,208 lots just after 6am, with WTI mirroring Brent's momentum, and falling as much as 98c to $43.22, lowest since November 14.

Global Stocks Jump, Dow Futs At New All Time Highs As Brexit Talks Begin

S&P futures rose 0.3% in subdued trading with Dow Jones futs once again in record territory as European stocks jump 0.6% following Sunday's landslide victory for Macron's party in the French parliamentary elections and as Brexit negotiations are set to officially roll out on Monday.