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Is Wall Street Funding A Shale Failure?

Investors are slowly waking up to the idea that they may not be able to make juicy profits by betting on a sharp rebound in oil prices. There is some early evidence that Big Finance is pulling back, with new equity issuance down recently.

"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.

BofA Stunned By Drop In Gasoline Demand: "Where Is Driving Season?"

US gasoline demand continues to surprise analysts by how weak it is. So weak, in fact, that Bank of America has released a note which has BofA's stunned energy analyst Francisco Blanch asking "where is the driving season?" and, more specifically, "Is this year's driving season over before it began?"

Visualizing "Conundrum 2.0": This Is What The Fed Is Missing

As the latest FOMC minutes demonstrated, the current period of especially loose financial conditions - despite a projected 3 rate hikes in 2017 - is confusing the Fed. Deutsche Bank has called this "Conundrum 2.0", and explains what is going on in the following chart...

Best Half For Mutual Funds Since 2009

While the hedge fund community has once again failed to take advantage of what so many predicted would be a new "golden age" for the 2 and 20 crowd as a result of a collapse in pairwise correlations, largely as a result of short stocks squeezing higher and hurting performance, it has been a different story for the "long only" mutual fund group, which according to a new analysis by Bank of America enjoyed its best quarter and 1H half in eight years.

Key Events In The Coming Holiday-Shortened Week: Payrolls, Fed Minutes, ISM, G-20

The key economic releases this week are ISM manufacturing on Monday, ISM non-manufacturing on Thursday, and the employment report on Friday. There are several scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials this week, including a speech by Fed Vice Chair Fischer on Thursday. The minutes from the June FOMC meeting will be released on Wednesday.