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The Next Escalation: Pentagon Offers To Arm Ukraine, McCain Delighted

In what appears to be the next gambit by the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex (or "deep state" for those so inclined) to force Trump to "prove" that he did not, in fact, collude or have any ties with Russia or Vladimir Putin, Pentagon and State Department officials have devised plans to hit Russia where it hurts the most, and supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry.

Wikileaks Dumps 72,000 Hacked Macron Emails

Wikileaks has dumped more than 21,000 "verified" emails associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron. Julian Assange's organisation claims the batch of  21,075 emails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, have been uniquely verified through its DKIM system.

Global Stocks Rise On "Growth Optimism", Ignore Political Turmoil; Dollar, Oil Creep Higher

S&P futures rose 0.1% on the last trading day of the month, trailing European and Asian markets boosted by China's July Mfg. PMI, which despite declining from from 51.7 to 51.4, and missing expecations  of 51.5, saw the construction index rise to its highest level since December 13, sending Chinese iron ore futures surging and the European commodity sector broadly higher.

Electric Vehicles No Threat To Oil Prices Anytime Soon

Hardly a day goes by without another media report about the impending demise of the Internal Combustion Engine as petroleum powered cars and trucks are replaced by uber-clean Electric Vehicles. It is just a matter of time before EVs start to materially reduce global oil demand thereby capping a meaningful oil price recovery now and creating an ever-shrinking industry in the future... Except it isn’t true.

Frontrunning: July 28

  • ‘Skinny’ Repeal of Obamacare Fails (WSJ)
  • Bad News If You Make $150,000 to $300,000: Higher Taxes for Many (WSJ)
  • Senators Move to Block Trump From Ousting Sessions (WSJ)
  • Amazon’s Expansion Takes Toll (WSJ)
  • Japan Slaps 50% Tariff on Some U.S. Beef (WSJ)

Global Markets, Futures Slide Spooked By Poor Amazon Earnings, US Politics

S&P futures have tracked both European and Asian markets lower, which were dragged down by the big EPS miss and guidance cut reported by Amazon on Thursday. Meanwhile, the pounding of the dollar has resumed with the euro and sterling strengthening against the dollar due to renewed political concerns

Global Stocks Hit New All Time High As Dollar Rebounds; Europe Volatile On Earnings Deluge

The levitation continues with S&P futures pointing to - what else - another higher open while European stocks swung between gains and losses on the busiest earnings days of the year (85 of the Stoxx 600 report) which has seen European pharma giant AstraZeneca plunge 15%, the most on record, after its flagship lung cancer trial Mystic failed to show benefits, while Deutsche Bank slumped 4% on a 12% plunge in FICC revenue.