European Union

Frontrunning: July 8

  • Snipers kill five Dallas police; Obama calls it 'despicable' attack (Reuters)
  • Global stocks regain ground, Treasury near record low as U.S. jobs data looms (Reuters)
  • House Republicans Push for New Hillary Clinton Investigation (WSJ)
  • Obama urges NATO to stand firm against Russia despite Brexit (Reuters)
  • Kremlin says NATO talk of Russian threat absurd, short-sighted (Reuters)

US Futures Rebound After Volatile Session, All Eyes On June Payrolls

In a session where bleary-eyed traders followed the all-night tragic developments out of Dallas and initially sold off risk assets, it is good to see that some normalcy prevailed with the traditional post Europe-open futures ramp, which was further assisted by the successful resolution of the Dallas standoff, which has pushed futures modestly higher ahead of today's main event for markets, the June payrolls report due in under two hours.

In Unprecedented Decision, Europe Will Sanction Spain, Portugal Over Deficits While Ignoring France, Italy

Confirming yet again that just like in the US, "some are more equal than others", moments ago the European Commission announced that it would seek sanctions for Spain and Portugal for breaching limits on budget deficits in an unprecedented step to enforce rules designed to prevent another debt crisis.  Punishing the Iberian countries will be a deeply contentious and divisive issue. That’s because while other countries including France and Italy have all received warnings in recent years after missing targets on deficit or debt, no country has so far been sanctioned. Until now.

As Redemption "Panic" Accelerates, Two More UK Property Funds Slash Value Of Their Property Assets

Legal & General's fund arm and F&C Investments both cut the value of their UK property funds on Thursday, as the industry seeks to stem a tide of redemption requests since Britain's vote to leave the European Union. More than 18 billion pounds of investor cash has been frozen in the last week as funds run by M&G Investments, Standard Life Investments and Threadneedle Investments, among others, suspended trading.

Following Near Record Buying Spree, Gold ETF Holding Rise Above 2,000 Tons, Highest Since 2013

Holdings in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds rose 4.1 tons to 2,001.4 tons on Wednesday, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s larger than the alleged gold reserves held by China (in reality China holds far more gold but it willing to only represent a fraction of its official holdings) the biggest consumer and a consistent central-bank buyer in recent months. The latest increase followed the biggest one-day gain since 2009 in the SPDR Gold Shares, the largest gold ETF.

Frontrunning: July 7

  • Global stocks and sterling bounce after Brexit bashing (Reuters)
  • FBI director to face Republican fire over Clinton email probe (Reuters)
  • UK's Hammond says Article 50 a decision for government, not parliament (Reuters)
  • GOP Puts Pressure on Clinton, FBI After Lynch Closes Email Probe (WSJ)
  • Gold’s Most Accurate Forecaster Says Prices May Go to $1,425 (BBG)
  • Central Banks Put Squeeze on Sovereign-Debt Market (WSJ)

European Stocks Storm Higher As Bank Fears Subside; US Futures Flat

After yesterday's afternoon surge in US stocks, facilitated by the "uncertain" Fed's FOMC Minutes, today the rest of global market are playing catch up with European stocks rebounding from one week lows, snapping the longest losing streak in three weeks, as well as Asia where most stock markets climbed, led by gains among energy producers as crude prices advanced, while a stronger yen weighed on Japanese shares.

Gundlach: "When Deutsche Bank Goes To Single Digits People Will Start To Panic"

"Banks are dying and policymakers don’t know what to do. Watch Deutsche Bank shares go to single digits and people will start to panic... you'll see someone say, 'Someone is going to have to do something'." Jeff Gundlach said on Wednesday that gold remains the best investment amid fears of instability in the European Union and prolonged global stagnation “Things are shaky and feeling dangerous,” Gundlach said. "I am not selling gold."

"Incredibly Stupid" Juncker Opens Pandora's Box

Someone who’s not known to be overly bothered by accountability or integrity is everybody’s favorite wino, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. But Juncker, whatever else may be wrong with him, is not a stupid man. And unless I’m gravely mistaken, he has just saddled the European Union with a problem that could well trigger its undoing.