Black Friday

Bill Blain: Is Today The Day?

"I came to the conclusion Oct 12th is as good as any other day for a market correction – and its almost 30-years since the October Hurricane and the Black Monday Crash of 1987 (which I remember well), so why not October 12th."

Venezuela: Forty Years Of Economic Decline, Part 2

The Venezuelan case serves as a strong warning to many a European country with crumbling welfare states and growing social discontent. Sooner or later, unsustainable transfer systems are bound to collapse and social disorder ensues. Left unchecked, socialism only creates a vicious cycle of interventionism that leads to more chaos and misery.

Eight Reasons Why The Dutch Election Matters

If 2016 was the year of the breakthrough, 2017 could see the status-quo fightback, with Europe likely to form the battleground ahead of pivotal elections. And, while next month's general election in The Netherlands may not be the biggest showdown of the year, the outcome could set the tone for 2017.

Pound Plunges After UK Retail Sales Crash Most Since 2011

The post-Brexit euphoria appears to have abruptly vanished in December as UK core retail sales plunged 2.0% month-over-month, the biggest drop since May 2011. Ironically, this crack in the 'Brexit Boom' occurred an hour before U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told a Davos gathering on Friday that an inflation pickup will put a damper on consumers this year. Cable tumbled on the print (not helped by London home pre-sales plunging).

Target Tumbles After Cutting Guidance, Reports Poor Comps; Drags Wal-Mart Lower

Target now expects fourth quarter comparable sales in the range of (1.5) percent to (1.0) percent, compared with prior guidance of (1.0) percent to 1.0 percent. In fourth quarter 2016, Target expects both GAAP EPS from continuing operations and Adjusted EPS of $1.45 to $1.55, compared with prior guidance of $1.55 to $1.75.