Reuters

The Biggest Hack Yet: Why A Leak Of Clinton Foundation Documents Is Imminent

"Although no documents have emerged, the attacks have left some Democrats and Clinton campaign officials worried that the hackers might have obtained emails and voice messages that could be used to reinforce Republican charges that donors to the Clinton Foundation were rewarded with access to Clinton and her aides while she was secretary of state or to her husband, former President Bill Clinton."

Frontrunning: August 18

  • World stocks rise, dollar weakens on divided Fed  (Reuters)
  • U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners (WSJ)
  • Brazil police pull U.S. swimmers from flight amid robbery probe (Reuters)
  • Rio’s Latest Headache: Loads of Empty Seats (WSJ)
  • Clinton Foundation hired cyber firm after suspected hacking (Reuters)

S&P Futures Unchanged As Europe Rises; Dollar Slide Sends Oil Above $47

In the latest quiet trading session, European shares rose while Asian stocks fell and S&P futures were little changed. Minutes of the Fed’s last meeting damped prospects for a U.S. interest-rate hike, sending the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index doen 0.3%, approaching a three-month low. Dollar weakness continues to buoy commodities, with the Bloomberg Commodity Index set for the most enduring rally in more than two months, as WTI flirted with $47

Million Dollar Bounty Offered For Hillary's "True" Health Records

As questions abound over Hillary's "mental and physical stamina," the Clinton campaign has come out swinging blasting any concerns over the presidential candidate's strange behaviors as "deranged conspiracy theories" adding that Trump was "simply parroting lies." But, if the Clinton campaign thought they could brush this off with their media pals' help, think again as an unprecedented bounty of $1 Million is being offered for Clinton’s true medical records.

Former JPMorgan Banker Convicted Of Insider Trading

In one of the few cases of insider trading leading to an actual conviction, earlier today, a former Wall Street investment banker was found guilty for engaging in insider trading by tipping his father off to unannounced healthcare mergers. Sean Stewart, who previously worked at JPMorgan and Perella Weinberg was found guilty by a federal jury in Manhattan on all nine counts he faced, including securities fraud.

Portuguese Bonds Slump As Last-Investment-Grade-Standing Falters

The only thing standing between Portugal's insanely decoupled low bond yields and the ugly fundamental reality is a BBB rating from DBRS which enables The ECB to keep buying the nation's bonds. The problem is, pressure is mounting on DBRS (the only 1 of 4 raters to maintain Portugal as investment grade) to drop the hammer... and Portuguese risk is rising.

Frontrunning: August 17

  • Futures flat ahead of Fed minutes (Reuters)
  • Trump shakes up campaign staff (Reuters)
  • Univision Wins Bankruptcy Auction for Gawker Media for $135 Million (WSJ)
  • Congress receives FBI material on Hillary Clinton emails (CBS)
  • Traders Brace for More Turmoil in World’s Worst Stock Market (BBG)

China Sides With Russia In Syrian War, Will Provide "Aid And Military Training" To Assad

Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will have closer ties with Syria, and provide humanitarian aid to the civil war torn nation, a high-ranking People's Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed, according to Xinhua. Guam also met with a Russian general during his visit to the Syrian capital.

Frontrunning: August 16

  • World stocks edge away from one-year peak, dollar on defensive (Reuters)
  • Central Banks Could Be This Market’s Pets.com (WSJ)
  • Clinton announces transition leadership should she win in November (Reuters)
  • Oil Trades Near $46 a Barrel as Nigeria Sees OPEC Cuts Unlikely (BBG)
  • BHP Billiton Reports Worst-Ever Annual Loss (WSJ)