The impact of the transportation recession on railroads is now very visible. Here’s how Union Pacific is dealing with this issue, via Google Earth, on May 3: 292 engines idled on a siding west of Benson, Arizona, along I-10, for a stretch of nearly 4 miles. Note how the line of locomotives curves and fades into the left edge of the photo – an once majestic and haunting sight, all these powerful machines idled on a track in the Arizona desert...
There’s something about being insanely rich that people will believe every word that comes out of your mouth no matter how bizarre. As one of the richest men in the world, Warren Buffett’s opinions carry almost Biblical impact, even when they might be completely ridiculous.
- Donald Trump’s Win Just Latest Tremor Shaking GOP (WSJ)
- Trump Becomes Presumptive Republican Nominee as Cruz Exits Race (BBG)
- How 'Stop Trump' failed to halt the Republican front-runner (Reuters)
- Islamic State seeks news blackout in Mosul as Iraqi army nears (Reuters)
- U.S. gathers allies on next steps in Islamic State fight (Reuters)
Over the years, Zero Hedge has proven to be a magnet for media attention. Today, it is Bloomberg's turn.
The object of this exercise appears to be perpetual debt-servitude as well as placing almost everyone fully and finally under the complete control of the powers that be, who are no longer just the powers in government. The distinction between state power and corporate power is so blurry now as to be almost impossible to parse. The two are effectively the same thing, working hand in hand for their mutual benefit
In which Palo Ato out-Vancouvers Vancouver.
Coming months will give us a far better clue as to how far the trend is entrenched. All we know right now is that the general investing public, and mainstream media, remain out of the picture.
Less than one week after the BOJ floated a trial balloon using Bloomberg, that it would reduce the rate it charged some banks which set off the biggest USDJPY rally since October 2014, we are back where we started following last night's "completely unexpected" (for everyone else: we wrote "What If The BOJ Disappoints Tonight: How To Trade It" hours before said "shock") shocking announcement out of the BOJ which did absolutely... nothing. "It’s a total shock,” Nader Naeimi, Sydney- based head of dynamic markets at AMP Capital Investors told Bloomberg. "From currencies to equities to everything -- you can see the reaction in the markets. I can’t believe this. It’s very disappointing."
"The result of all of this was one of the most catastrophic periods of hedge fund performance that we can remember since the inception of this fund... There is no doubt that we are in the first innings of a washout in hedge funds and certain strategies."
In the aftermath of the Panama Papers scandal, one topic that will only continue to receive attention as this topic moves along, is the state of Delaware and its perceived status as a U.S. tax shelter. According to Bloomberg, the state has about 1.1 million business entities, and one single building located at Wilmington's 1209 Orange Street is the home address of 285,000 companies including Alphabet (Google), Ford Motor Co., and Wal-Mart. However, as pressure from mounts from the outside asking Delaware to reform some of its laws around incorporation and business in general, there is one good reason why the state will choose to leave everything at the status quo if at all possible.
The big questions are: 1) Can an economy grow when its banks, energy companies and tech giants are all losing ground? 2) Can a hyper-leveraged global financial system survive if its main economies can’t grow? The answer to both questions is almost certainly “no.”
Remember when "someone" used the Stuxnet virus in an Iranian nuclear plant several years ago to freeze Iranian nuclear production, leading to a major diplomatic scandal involving the spy agencies of both the US and Israel, as the world learned that in the present day industrial sabotage only needed a flash drive and a computer virus to render even the most sophisticated piece of industrial machinery obsolete? Well, a few minutes ago, Bloomberg reported that a computer virus was discovered in a German nuclear power plant.
- Obama sending more forces to Syria to consolidate gains against Islamic State (Reuters)
- Global stocks, dollar stumble ahead of Fed, BOJ meetings (Reuters)
- The Rise and Deadly Fall of Islamic State’s Oil Tycoon (WSJ)
- Oil Producers Lock In Once-Snubbed Prices (WSJ)
- Yellen's Scope for Summer Rate Hike Widens as ECB Signals a Hold (BBG)
- 11,000 jobs at risk as BHS teeters on brink (The Times)
Futures are currently unchanged, but the E-mini was down as much as 12 points less than two hours earlier after the European open when this time it was up to the PBOC to intervene in global markets by pushing the Yuan higher (selling USDCNY via intermediary banks) sending global stocks sharply higher off session lows and leaving the S&P futures virtually unchanged. As Bloomberg reported, there has been increasing USD/CNY selling in afternoon session as Dollar Index edged lower. This is the PBOC entering the building and levitating stocks.
Just 4 months after Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned the risks of social unrest in Europe are soaring and advised the Swiss people to arm themselves, Switzerland is escalating its military preparedness. In response to Balkan countries closing down traditional migrant routes to Europe, Switzerland's military is taking steps to prepare for a potential new wave of immigrants in case it becomes part of a new route. As such, the neutral nation has put together a formal emergency preparedness plan, which outlines three scenarios, one of which would call for significant military intervention.