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US Futures Jump Unaware Gartman Short Has Been Stopped Out, China Hugs Flatline

For now, US equity futures are higher on the day, rising by 9 point after being 14 points higher ealier, driven mostly by USDJPY correlation algos, and perhaps by Goldman's conviction that the Fed will not hike in September and may delay hiking until 2016 altogether. However, we expect this initial euphoria higher to fade momentarily, once the vacuum tubes realize that the catalyst of Friday's surge higher, namely Gartman's latest flipflopping is no longer on the table: as of tonight, just 1 trading day after his latest reco, Gartman has been stopped out as his 1.5% limit was hit when futures rose above 1962 this evening.

Iran Says It Finds "Unexpectedly High Uranium Reserve"

While we await for thr Russian secret service to leak photos of Iran's Revolutionary Guard in Syria, thereby stirring the pot on the latest and greatest proxy war in the middle east, one which would promptly disintegrate any last remaining shred of "victory" from Obama's alleged coup in restoring relations with an Iran, which couldn't even wait for the signing of the "Nuclear" deal before turning its back on Obama and siding with Putin in Syria, we were particularly amused to learn that just yesterday Iran announced it has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine.

Behind The Media Propaganda: Father Of "Drowned Syrian Boy" Was People Smuggler

"The story that (Aylan's father) told is untrue. I don't know what made him lie, maybe fear. He was the one driving the boat right from the start. When they set off five minutes in he was looking left and right, worried, then he was speeding. Even his wife was screaming at him to slow down." Iraq-based Zainab Abbas, via her Sydney-based cousin Lara Tahseen, told Ten News she paid $10,000 for the voyage.

Chronicling History's Greatest Financial Bubble

So far, it’s a different type of crisis – market tumult in the face of global QE, in the face of ultra-low interest rates and the perception of a concerted global central bank liquidity backstop. It’s the kind of crisis that’s so far been able to achieve a decent head of steam without causing much angst. And it’s difficult to interpret this bullishly. If Brazil goes into a tailspin, it will likely pull down Latin American neighbors, along with vulnerable Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey and others. And then a full-fledged “risk off” de-risking/de-leveraging would have far-reaching ramifications, perhaps even dislocation and a collapse of the currency peg in China. China does have a number of major trading partners in trouble. Hard for me to believe the sophisticated players aren’t planning on slashing risk.

"Be Our Guest": Russia Warns Washington Of "Unintended Incidents" In Syria

"[Kerry employs] an absolutely upside-down logic and [it's] yet another attempt to appease those who use terrorists to fight dissenting regimes. We are always in favor of military people talking to each other in a professional way. They understand each other very well. If, as he has said many times, the United States wants those channels frozen, then be our guest."

The Petroyuan Cometh: Launch Of Renminbi-Denominated Oil Futures Contract Imminent

"One-by-one, the oil-majors will start to participate, then others will follow. While it might take some time to establish itself due to choppy markets and regulatory hurdles as well as the fact that it would introduce a foreign exchange element to crude futures, it is overdue for a Chinese contract to established."

87 Dead After Crane Collapses In Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque Following Storm, Lightning Strike

At least 87 people were killed after a crane crashed earlier today in Mecca's Grand Mosque with Saudi Arabia's Civil defense adding another 184 people were injured in the fatal accident which takes place just weeks before Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage which takes place between September 21-26. Some point out pictures circulating on social networks of what may have been a lightning strike hitting the crane just moments before the fatal crash. Others point out the macabre coincidence that this tragedy takes place on the 14th anniversary of September 11.

Petrobras "Century" Bond Prices Collapse As 'June Plan' Already "Obsolete"

Remember June - when everything was (apparently) awesome in BRIC-land and somehow a large group of duration-seeking greater-fools used Other-People's-Money to buy Petrobras bonds that mature in 100 years! Well those bonds are now trading less than 70c on the dollar (with yields pushing 10%) as Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras, which slashed its five-year spending plan by 40% in June, admits that plan is already obsolete (two company sources told Reuters on Thursday). Petrobras will likely cut back further as growing debt costs, falling oil prices and a weak currency are the perfect storm for the company.

Frontrunning: September 11

  • One Volatile Week Could Seal Fed Stance After Years of Low Rates (BBG)
  • Fed to dominate week of central bank meetings (Reuters)
  • 30 years on, parallels with Plaza but currency universe very different (Reuters)
  • Wal-Mart's Suppliers Are Finally Fighting Back (BBG)
  • China's Rising CPI, Deepening PPI Deflation Challenges PBOC (BBG)
  • Petrobras spending plan already obsolete, new cuts likely (Reuters)
  • Bank of Montreal to Buy GE Capital’s Transportation-Finance Unit (WSJ)

Iran Cuts Crude 'Selling Price' To Asia To 3-Year Low

In what appears to be a bid to lure Asian buyers to lock in longer-term supplies, Reuters reports that Iran has cut its quarterly selling price (for its flagship 'light' crude) to its lowest (relative to Saudi) since Q4 2012. According to recent tanker loading data, Iran's oil sales in September are set to hit a six-month low, and this price reduction is just one of the steps taken by the OPEC producer to ramp up output and regain market share lost since U.S. and European sanctions aimed at its nuclear program cut its crude oil exports by more than half.

Hungarian Convicts Build 100-Mile, Anti-Migrant Fence Out Of Razor Wire

"The fence, in part being built by prisoners along the 175-km (109-mile) border, would be completed sooner than planned, by the beginning rather than the end of October. 'This 3.5-4-metre tall fence can be adequate to protect the country, especially if policemen are patrolling on the other side,"' Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff Janos Lazar told a weekly news conference."

Cultish Fervor - Japan Is In QE10 And Is Going Nowhere

Since the “impossible” global panic in 2008, there have been 10 QE’s in Japan but using the numerical standard which has been applied to the Federal Reserve there may have been as many as 22 or more. What none of those have amounted to is an actual and sustainable economic advance; NONE, no matter how you count them. In very simple fact, the idea that central banks “need” to keep doing them in continuous fashion is quite convincing that at the very least they don’t mean what central bankers think they mean, and perhaps worse that the more they are done and to greater extents the more harm that eventually befalls.