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Why The Crude Rally Has Fizzled - Part 2

So, why is everyone so bullish? Many oil analysts take as a fait accompli that OPEC-led production cuts thus far are key to balancing the crude market. If this is the case, though, why hasn’t it happened yet?

FBI Arrests Former Susquehanna Trader For Stealing HFT Code

An HFT software developer and trader was arrested last Wednesday in New York for attempting to steal quantitative trading code from Susquehanna International Group, a secretive financial firm based in the Philadelphia area that specializes in making markets for options.

Oil Slides After Saudis Unexpectedly Cast Doubt On Production Cut Extension

One week after "unnamed sources" reported that Saudi Arabia had backed the proposed 6 month extension to oil production cuts, this morning oil is lower after the world's biggest oil producer appeared to backtrack on its trial balloon from last week, when Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said it is "too early" to decide whether OPEC will extend its crude-production-cutting agreement for the rest of the year.

Meet The Robots That Will Build Your Next House

The U.S. residential construction industry employs 100's of thousands of people each year in various skilled trades that earn hourly pay rates ranging from minimum wage to $100 per hour, or more.  Of course, just like the auto industry, many of those jobs can be done at a fraction of the cost and with much greater precision by industrial robots.

Who Holds The Power In Today's Oil Market?

Amidst the din of analysts speculating about whether oil prices will rise or fall, observers may well be overlooking some pressing questions about the very nature of the global oil market. The most significant of these questions relates to whether Saudi Arabia is losing its grip on the global oil market and if U.S. oil and gas producers are replacing the Saudis as the key global swing producer.

The Profound Implications Of 5 Increasingly Dominant Tech Companies

The concentration of value being created in tech, is increasingly being created by the five largest companies, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon (aka FAMGA). This concentration in just five hands will have an increasingly profound impact on innovation and wealth concentration in the U.S..

Which Hedge Funds Are The Biggest Holders Of ETFs

Despite complaints by hedge funds that ETFs are eating their lunch (and dinner), an interesting observation emerged in a new reported from Deutsche Bank: Hedge Funds are allocating increasingly more capital toward ETFs. This post shows why, and who are the 20 hedge funds with the highest ETF investments.

How Active Managers Can Profit From The ETFs' Takeover Of The Market

Sometime this week the 2,000th exchange traded fund will list on a domestic exchange. It is no exaggeration to say that there are more ETFs than investable stocks listed on US exchanges. Here is how active managers can profit from the relentless takeover of ETFs of the stock market.

Saudi Arabia Vs. Russia: The Next Oil Price War

International oil markets could be heading towards a new war, as leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers are vying for increased stakes.  Until 2015, Russian oil supplies had been dominating European markets, as most OPEC producers had no interest in European demand. Due to new players entering Asian markets, and the lower demand in the U.S., the Oil Kingdom is now looking for a confrontation.

The Auto Industry Is About To Drive Off A Cliff, Again

We knew cheap money would be too much for auto executives to refuse and oversupply was a sure bet! So will be the industry's return to the Washington "substance abuse center".  Expect the industry to be back at the government feeding trough asking for help.

As Quota Compliance Tumbles, Is The End Of OPEC Near?

Among the 10 members bound by production caps, compliance weakened to 89 percent of pledged reductions from 104 percent, raising the question: Is OPEC, which has far exceeded the average life of cartels, on the brink of failure...