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China Says US "Militarization" Of South China Sea Shows Washington "Wants Nothing Better Than Chaos"





"China is extremely concerned at the United States' pushing of the militarization of the South China Sea region. "What they are doing can't help but make people wonder whether they want nothing better than chaos."

 
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Now It's Personal: Koch Brothers "Freeze Out" Donald Trump





With everyone asking 'what can derail this?', perhaps, there is something. As Politico reports, the massively influential Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation - denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings of grass-roots activists or major donors.

 
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"Moscow Must Burn": Ukraine's "Christian Taliban" Pledges Anti-Russian "Crusade"





"I would like Ukraine to lead the crusades. Our mission is not only to kick out the occupiers, but also revenge. Moscow must burn."

 
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Threat Of Cyber War – “Other Reason To Own Physical Gold” – Rickards





Jim Rickards, “I think it’s always very important to own gold. I’ve recommended that investors have about 10% of their portfolio in the yellow metal.” “If I’m right and some catastrophic event is on the horizon, then that 10% would be your portfolio insurance.”

 
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US Supreme Court To Decide What Constitutes Insider Trading





Today, with just one day to go until Bharara deadline runs out to plead the SCOTUS to opine on redefining what "insider trading" means , we found out why Bharara had requested the extension: as Reuters reports, the U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a federal appellate court's ruling that authorities said limited their ability to pursue insider trading cases.

 
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The Energy Layoffs Resume: Shell Fires 6,500, Whiting Cuts 2015 Budget 2 Weeks After Raising It





Yesterday it was US and Italian energy giants Chevron and Saipem which announced a total of over 10,000 new job cuts in the aftermath of oil sliding back under $50 and resuming its downward trend. Today, we got more confirmation of this when Royal Dutch Shell, still basking in the glow of its proposed $70 billion mega-acquisition of BG Group, announced it would axe 6,500 jobs this year and step up spending cuts, responding to an extended period of lower oil prices which contributed to a 37 percent drop in the oil and gas group's second-quarter profits.

 
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An Exasperated Tsipras Calls For Syriza Referendum On Bailout Cancellation





Speaking to a gathering of some 200 Syriza lawmakers on Wednesday, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras drew a line in the sand, insisting that the divisions within the party cannot persist. In a dramatic move, Tsipras called for a party referendum on Sunday to decide once and for all whether Syriza lawmakers will support the bailout or push for its cancellation.

 
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Frontrunning: July 30





  • Second-quarter GDP seen rebounding on consumer spending, housing (Reuters)
  • China Stocks Fall as Traders Puzzle Over Sudden Late-Day Swings (BBG)
  • European 'alliance of national liberation fronts' emerges to avenge Greek defeat (Telegraph)
  • Thomas Cook warns on earnings over Greece (MW)
  • Largest Greek toy seller Jumbo warns of hit from capital controls (Kathimerini)
  • Chevron and Exxon Get the Plaudits, but Some Smaller Drillers Faring Well (WSJ)
  • Schäuble outlines plan to limit European Commission powers (FT)
  • UBS Deal Shows Clinton’s Complicated Ties (WSJ)
 
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Chinese Stocks Tumble In Close Of Trading "Causing Panic", US GDP To Be Revised Higher On Seasonal Adjustments





We start off the overnight wrap up with the usual place, China, where in a mirror image of Wednesday's action, stocks once again started off uneventful, then gradually rose in the afternoon session and meandered near unchanged territory until the last half hour, when out of the blue they tumbled to close near the day's low, some 2.2% below yesterday's closing level.  What caused it?  One possible catalyst came from Reuters which reported that that Chinese banks were investigating their exposure to the stock market via wealth management products and loans backed by stock as collateral. 

 
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Total Collapse: Greece Reverts To Barter Economy For First Time Since Nazi Occupation





"He is going to pay me back in some sort of product when he is able to, maybe in cheese."

 
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Bail-Ins at “Bad Bank” Unconstitutional Says Austrian Court





The ruling does not outlaw “bail-ins” per se. It simply ensures that guarantees given to bondholders cannot be retrospectively revoked. EU nations who have not yet ratified the BRRD have until the end of July to adopt the new EU bail-ins rules

 
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ISIS "Ally" Turkey Seeks NATO Support As Two-Front "War" Escalates





As Turkey requests NATO support after launching strikes against both ISIS and PKK, question have arisen about Ankara's links to Islamic State and about the real aim of the country's "terror" crackdown.

"Erdogan is trying to achieve the result he failed to in the June 7 election in a political coup. That's the real aim of the steps taken now." "ISIS commanders told us to fear nothing at all because there was full cooperation with the Turks."

 
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Frontrunning: July 29





  • Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan (Reuters)
  • Upbeat earnings lift European stocks ahead of Fed (Reuters)
  • Chevron to Cut 1,500 Jobs (Rigzone)
  • Can Windows 10 Revive PC Sales? (WSJ)
  • U.S. Junk-Bond Buyers Left in Dark as Private Deals Become Norm (BBG)
  • Jeb Bush Drawing Big Bucks From GOP Establishment (WSJ)
  • Myriad of Greek Risks Means Money Managers in No Hurry to Return (BBG)
  • Gas production at Gazprom set to hit post-Soviet low (FT)
 
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Supply And Demand In The Gold And Silver Futures Markets





The bear market in bullion is an artificial creation. This artificial, indeed fraudulent, increase in the supply of paper bullion contracts drives down the price in the futures market despite high demand for bullion in the physical market and constrained supply. 

 
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There May Be Hope For The U.S. Yet: Caitlyn Jenner's Reality Show "No Ratings Bonanza"





According to Nielsen data, almost three times as many Americans watched "Celebrity Family Feud" on ABC that night. The audience for "I am Cait" also suffered a marked drop from the almost 8 million people who watched the ESPY awards show on television two weeks ago on which Jenner, 65, was presented the Arthur Ashe courage award."

 
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