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S&P Futs Near All Time High On Strong Euro Data; Oil Drops On Trump's SPR Sale Plans

S&P futures rose alongside European stocks as Asian shares posted modest declines. The euro set a new six-month high and European bourses rose as PMI data from Germany and France signaled that the ECB will have to tighten soon as Europe's recovery remains on track, with the German Ifo business confidence printing at the highest level on record, and hinting at a GDP print in the 5% range.

Global Markets Thrown For A Loop After Comey's Shocking Sacking

“There is no doubt that Trump is dominating proceedings this morning after the sacking of Comey. This is a political story rather than a market story, but yet again it creates uncertainty in the market, which leaves everything the president does with a cloud floating over it" said James Hughes of GKFX.

A Sobering Look At The Future Of Oil

"Whether the world decides to stay in or get out of the oil business; governments, regulators and opponents must learn to read an income statement and balance sheet before dispensing any further advice on how the petroleum industry conducts itself. "

How Uber Hurts Hertz

While Hertz gets keelhauled when it loses a few hundred millions dollars, Uber is considered a hero when it loses billions of dollars. It’s easy to plow down competition when burning unlimited amounts of investor cash is part of the business model. This allows Uber to undercut any kind of competition.

Greek Stocks Have Soared As EU Officials Hint At Future Debt Relief

Year-to-date, Greek stocks are among the best performing in the world (absent the currency-collapse-driven spikes in several troubled nations). The last few days have seen stocks spike further and today we get the 'rumor' that may have driven it as Handelsblatt reports an anonymous EU official stating that the Eurogroup could address Greek debt relief in the near future.

Frontrunning: May 4

  • Trump faces major test as vote looms on healthcare (Reuters)
  • Trump’s Threats to Break Up Banks Aren’t Scaring Wall Street Yet (BBG)
  • Metals Extend Sell-Off on Mounting Concerns Over Demand in China (BBG)
  • Korean Stocks Hit Record Despite Scary Nuclear Rhetoric (WSJ)
  • Why the Retail Crisis Could Be Coming to American Groceries (BBG)

S&P Futures Jump Ahead Of GOP Healthcare Vote, Ignore China Commodity Crash

S&P futures rose on hopes a successful Republican healthcare vote on Thursday will unlock the Trump fiscal agenda, while European shares jumped to a 20 month high on signs Macron is poised to win Sunday's French election coupled with reassuring corporate results, including strong earnings from HSBC, even as Chinese and Australian stocks fell as commodities, and iron ore futures particularly, tumbled.