European Union

McMaken: Dismantle The FBI, And Give Its Money Back To The States

With James Comey's firing, we're told the FBI is in turmoil, and Washington DC cocktail parties are all atwitter over the excitement of the scandal. But don't worry about the FBI. If history has proved anything, the Bureau, no matter how much chaos it may endure, can always rely on a fat check from Congress - funded by the American taxpayers.

Uber Suffers Major Setback In Efforts To Conquer European Market

For years Uber has been battling with Barcelona taxi drivers who have argued that UberPOP engages in unfair competition by using unlicensed drivers that are not subject of the same regulatory hurdles as a regular "transport company."  And while Uber has historically taken the approach of just entering new markets and sorting out the regulatory hurdles later, it looks like those hurdles are finally catching up with them in the European Union...

BOE Keeps Rate At 0.25%, Warns Rates May Rise Faster In Case Of "Smooth" Brexit

"...the Committee judges that, if the economy follows a path broadly consistent with the May central projection, then monetary policy could need to be tightened by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period than the very gently rising path implied by the market yield curve underlying the May projections."

Bill Blain: "What's Going On In Equity Markets Should Serve As Something Of A Warning"

Most of the recent gains have been concentrated in a very small number of the mega-cap tech stocks – Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. Despite the absence of any real selling pressure (yet!), the rest of stocks are struggling to keep up the momentum. A handful of mega-cap stocks are masking underlying weakness. Near 1/3 of the rest of the SPX are in bear phase.

Traders 'Sour' On Sugar For First Time In 20 Months

While most of the world's eyes have been gazing spellbound at the collapse of industrial metals as Chinese liquidity dries up, there is another major commodity that has been crushed in the last few months. Sugar prices are down over 30% from their recent highs and for the first time since September 2015, speculators are net short...

Frontrunning: May 8

  • Macron victory reshapes European politics (Reuters)
  • Macron Vows to Heal France’s Divisions After Victory Over Le Pen (BBG)
  • Macron’s Style Choices – CEO or Chairman? (BBG)
  • Euro gives up gains as investors look to post-election France (Guardian)
  • China's April trade growth slows as commodities, electronics demand cools (Reuters)

Why Charles Gave Expects "Total Mayhem" In France Even If Macron Is Elected

"If Macron is elected, as I already said, I'm not sure it's not going to be a triumphant election. So I'm not sure they will have that much legitimacy at first. And second thing is that just after, we have the election for the French Parliament. And then it's going to be a total mayhem." - Charles Gave