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Bond Yields Break Out Around The World As Japan's Record Stock Rally Ends

S&P futures are fractionally in the red while traders await President Trump’s pick for Fed chair and more clues on the fate of tax reform; Asian stocks slide, European shares are little changed ahead of tomorrow's ECB tapering announcement as US 10Y yields finally break out of their multi-month range below 2.40%.

"It's A Huge Story": China Launching "Petroyuan" In Two Months

"...the yuan-based oil contract will be a 'wake up call' for investors ...besides serving as a hedging tool for Chinese companies, the contract will aid a broader Chinese government agenda of increasing the use of the yuan in trade settlement...it's a 'huge story'..."

WTI/RBOB Extend Gains After Major Gasoline, Distillate Draws

WTI advanced to the highest level since April today amid OPEC considering an extension of output caps, and extended gains after API data despite a surprise build in crude. RBOB gained on a much bigger than expected gasoline draw (-5.7mm vs +1.7mm exp).

What Selloff: Futures Rebound, Nikkei Extends Record Winning Streak

European shares are modestly lower as investors monitor fluid events in Spain and as focus turns to Thursday’s ECB meeting; US equity futures have rebounded from yesterday's sharp but shallow selloff and are in the green amid rising odds of U.S. tax reform and the imminent unveiling of the next Fed chair while Asian shares rise and Japan extends its winning streak to a record 16 days.

Oil Quality Issues Could Bankrupt Venezuela

The next few weeks for Venezuela will be crucial, as it could struggle to meet a huge stack of debt payments. Reports that the nation’s oil production is experiencing deteriorating quality raises a new cause for concern for the crumbling South American nation.

Frontrunning: October 23

  • Trump Backs GOP Incumbents, Hinting at Bannon Conflict (WSJ)
  • Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win (Reuters)
  • Yellen Says Fed May Need to Use Unconventional Policy Again Some Day (WSJ)
  • Big money shies from booming bitcoin (Reuters)
  • This Big Tax Cut for ‘High Fliers’ Shows Why an Overhaul Is So Hard (BBG)

World Stocks At All Time Highs After Nikkei's Record Winning Streak; Euro Slides With Spain On Edge

In an otherwise quiet session, Sunday's convincing election victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition, which gave it another constitution-changing supermajority, pushed the Nikkei to the highest level since 1996, after a record 15 consecutive days of gains - the longest winning streak on record - and sent world stocks to new all-time highs on Monday.

Global Markets Shaken By Sudden Equity Sell-Off: Hong Kong Crashes, VIX Surges

Global markets have been shaken by a sudden wave of overnight equity selling as worst case scenario for Spain finally materialized, while a slide in Apple stock has spiked the VIX, which coupled with a plunge in the Hang Seng and several other notable macro events may have finally woken up from their comatose state.

Head of MI5: UK Facing Most Severe Terrorist Threat Ever

The UK's intelligence services are facing an "intense" challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned. Andrew Parker said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect".