With OPEC’s 2016 World Oil Outlook now grimly forecasting that peak oil demand could become a reality in just over a decade, and natural gas and renewables chomping at the bit to cannibalize commodity market growth, it may be good for the environment, but the trade-off will be global instability on a catastrophic level.
The dollar pulled back from close to 14-year highs on Tuesday, US and euro zone government bond yields fell and the price of copper tumbled as traders cashed in gains from a rally fueled by Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Was that it for the Trump "reflation rally."
“In our view, the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children,”
As fighting resumes in Aleppo following a brief ceasefire - and as Russia’s largest naval fleet to sail since the Cold War steams down the English Channel on its way to the western coast of Syria - it’s important, in times when most of the focus is being drawn to one point, to step back and look at the whole board.
Global stocks were modestly higher, before the European Central Bank gives its policy update, while investors weigh mixed earnings results. Asian stocks rise, U.S. equity-index futures are little changed. The euro touched its weakest level since July and stocks in the region fell after their first back-to-back gains in two weeks.
It’s difficult to make a case for a great holiday sales season or robust third quarter GDP based on the Cass Freight Index which shows shipments sank 0.4% for the month and are down 3.1% from shipments a year ago. As Cass warns, the "glimmer of ‘less bad’ hope in August" was "false hope."