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Preet Bharara Joins NYU School Of Law

Just ten days after the US Attorney for New York, Preet Bharara was fired by Donald Trump, prompting speculation if he was working on a probe of Trump himself when he was terminated and further speculation which employer would imminently retain Bharara's services, moments ago the former attorney gave the answer: he is joining the NYU School of Law.

Frontrunning: March 21

  • Gorsuch Strives to Present Himself as Above Political Fray (WSJ)
  • Investigation Could Hurt Trump’s Clout in Congress (WSJ)
  • U.S. to Ban Laptops and Tablets in Cabins of Some Mideast Flights (BBG)
  • Tillerson no-show at NATO renews European disquiet about Trump (Reuters)
  • Don’t Blame Your Social Media Feed for the Growing Political Divide (BBG)
  • High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times (WSJ)

US "Too Big To Fail" Banks Top $1 Trillion - What Happens Next?

For the first time ever, the market cap of America's "Big Four" banks topped $1 trillion having surged 30% since Donald Trump was elected president. While to some this is cause for celebration, we note that the last time a nation's "big four" banks topped $1 trillion in market cap did not end well...

Retail Sales Decelerate, Rise 0.1% As Expected; Control Group Disappoints

Perhaps courtesy of the traditional aggressive seasonal adjustments, the Census Bureau announced that retail sales printed largely in line, and above the Bank of America suggested "whisper" decline, rising 0.1% in February, in line with consensus, but below last month's 0.4% growth. Similarly retail sales ex autos rose 0.2%, also on top of expectations, although the rate of increase slowed down from last month's 0.8%.

Economic, Business Confidence Starts To Roll Over

In the latest weekly Gallup survey, 48% of Americans say the economy is getting better, and 45% say it is getting worse. That compares with 54% and 39%, respectively, the prior week. As a result, the economic outlook component of Gallup's index fell to +3 from +15.