Nuclear Power

Frontrunning: March 24

  • Belgium hunts 'third man' after Islamic State bombings (Reuters)
  • Number of Attackers, Key Details of Brussels Assaults Remain Unclear (WSJ)
  • Surviving Paris attacks suspect wants to return to 'explain himself': lawyer (Reuters)
  • Brussels Suicide Bomber Slipped Terror Net (WSJ)
  • Dollar rise hits commodities as Fed talks of tightening (Reuters)

Frontrunning: March 23

  • Futures little changed day after Brussels attacks (Reuters)
  • Trump, Clinton win big in Arizona, but Cruz, Sanders show fight (Reuters)
  • Belgium identifies Brussels bomb suspect, suicide bombers (Reuters)
  • After Brussels Terrorist Attacks, Security Ramped Up in U.S. Cities (WSJ)
  • Terror Impact Threatens Cameron EU Pitch, Merkel's Open Door (BBG)
  • Brussels Attacks Will Jolt 2016 U.S. Presidential Race (WSJ)

On Opex Day, It's All About The Dollar: Futures, Oil Levitate As USD Weakness Persists

It may be option expiration day (always leading to abnormal market activity) but it remains all about the weak dollar, which after crashing in the two days after the Fed's surprisingly dovish statement has put both the ECB and the BOJ in the very awkward position that shortly after both banks have drastically eased, the Euro and the Yen are now trading stronger relative to the dollar versus prior. As DB puts it, "the US Dollar has tumbled in a fairly impressive fashion since the FOMC on Wednesday with the Dollar spot index now down the most over a two-day period since 2009" which naturally hurts those countries who have been rushing to debase their own currencies against the USD.

Frontrunning: March 14

  • Fed to sit tight on rates at March meet, hint at hikes to come (Reuters)
  • Election setback a 'wake-up call' for Merkel, media and politicians say (Reuters)
  • Germany’s Merkel under renewed attack after populists’ poll success (FT)
  • Temperatures Rise on Eve of Next GOP Contests (WSJ)
  • Carl Icahn setting up son to take his place: sources (Post)
  • Turkey Vows Swift Retaliation After Bomb Kills 37 in Capital (BBG)

The Next Fukushima? Active Fault Line Discovered Directly Below Japanese Nuclear Power Plant

We now have the candidate for the "next Fukushima" -  one of the faults that run under the premises of Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture can be reasonably concluded to be active, according to an evaluation compiled last Thursday by an expert panel at the Nuclear Regulation Authority. According to the Shimbun, the No. 1 reactor at the Shika plant may have to be decommissioned under the new nuclear regulatory standards, which ban the construction of important facilities above an active fault. The fault in question lies directly under the No. 1 reactor building.

Fukushima Five Years Later: "The Fuel Rods Melted Through Containment And Nobody Knows Where They Are Now"

:The fuel rods melted through their containment vessels in the reactors, and no one knows exactly where they are now... Tepco has been developing robots, which can swim under water and negotiate obstacles in damaged tunnels and piping to search for the melted fuel rods. But as soon as they get close to the reactors, the radiation destroys their wiring and renders them useless." 

Frontrunning: March 11

  • Shares bounce, euro fades after savage ECB reaction (Reuters)
  • Trump's Islam comments draw attacks as Republicans discover civility (Reuters)
  • Oil Prices Rise on Hopes Glut Will Ease (WSJ)
  • IEA Says Oil Price May Have Bottomed as High-Cost Producers Cut (BBG)
  • Why Euro-Area Inflation Will Be Low for Years, According to Draghi (BBG)
  • Calmer markets, positive data prime Fed to push ahead with rate rises (Reuters)

Frontrunning: March 8

  • Global Stocks Drop on Renewed Concerns About China (WSJ)
  • Iron Ore's Rally Stalls as Goldman to Citigroup Forecast Retreat (BBG)
  • EU and Turkey close to groundbreaking migrant deal (FT)
  • Carney's `Brexit' Stance Under Fire as BOE Accused of Bias (BBG)
  • Oil edges lower after Kuwait dents hopes for output freeze (Reuters)

Former-PM Admits "Future Existence Of Japan Was At Stake" As Mutations Appear In Fukushima Forest

"The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake," admits Japan's prime minister at the time of the 2011 quake and tsunami, revealing that the country came within a "paper-thin margin" of a nuclear disaster requiring the evacuation of 50 million people. Naoto Kan expressed satisfaction at the three TEPCO executives facing charges over negligence, but this shocking admission comes as AFP reports, conservation group Greenpeace warned that "signs of mutations in trees and DNA-damaged worms beginning to appear," while "vast stocks of radiation" mean that forests cannot be decontaminated.

Kim Jong Un Orders Nuclear Weapons Made Ready For Use

Yonhap news agency reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's nuclear weapons be made ready for use. This action follows the firing of a volley of short-range projectiles into the sea to the south after the UN Security Council unanimously passed sanctions targeting North Korea’s banks, mineral exports and cargo vessels.

Japan Hits Demographic Tipping Point With First Official Population Decline In History

According to data released yesterday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, in the latest 5 year census, Japan’s population declined last year for the first time in nearly a century. The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the latest census shows that Japan’s population as of Oct. 1, 2015, was 127,110,047 - a decline of 947,305, or 0.7 percent, since the last census conducted in 2010. 

Frontrunning: February 17

  • Futures rise as oil gains hold steady (Reuters)
  • China promises economic stability as G20, parliament loom (Reuters)
  • Obama scolds Senate Republicans for Supreme Court threat (Reuters)
  • China Deploys Missiles on Disputed South China Sea Island (WSJ)
  • China Ramps Up Rhetoric, Plans New Steps to Juice Up Economy (BBG)
  • China Loses Control of the Economic Story Line (WSJ)