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In Latest Shocking Twist, Brazil Impeachment Back On Track After Lawmaker Revokes His Own Annulment Call





Another day, another stunning reversal in Brazil's neverending Rousseff impeachment saga. Just hours after Brazilian stocks and currency tumbled when the head of Brazil's lower house Waldir Maranhao said he would annul the soon to be former president's impeachment process, the drive to oust President Dilma Rousseff is once again back on track after Maranhao reversed a decision that had earlier threatened to throw the entire impeachment process into chaos.

 
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DOJ Probing Whether Citadel Is Frontrunning Its Clients





We were not surprised, though certainly delighted, to see that after years of railing against Citadel's dominant position at the intersection of HFT trading and retail orderflow - recently Citadel was found to be the largest private US trading venue - this morning Reuters reports that Federal authorities are investigating the market-making arms of Citadel LLC and KCG Holdings looking into the possibility that the two giants of electronic trading are giving small investors a poor deal when executing stock transactions on their behalf. In other words, the DOJ is looking into whether Citadel is frontrunning its clients, something we have claimed for years.

 
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Frontrunning: May 10





  • World stock markets rise while yen falls back (Reuters)
  • Yen Falls a Second Day as Japan Reiterates Ability to Intervene (BBG)
  • Say goodbye to OPEC, Russia’s Sechin says (Reuters)
  • European Stocks Buoyed by Banks (WSJ)
  • Fed's Dudley: More Reserve Currencies Would Make for Stronger Financial System (WSJ)
  • Dead-of-Night Reversal Puts Brazil Impeachment Back on Track (BBG)
 
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London Property Bubble Bursts





The London property bubble shows renewed signs that it is beginning to burst. Property sellers in the UK have reduced their asking prices and London property prices have fallen by 7.8 per cent on average and as much as 30% in some areas according to City AM today.

 
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Brazilian Stocks, Currency Tumble After Brazil House Chief Calls For Annulment, New Rousseff Impeachment Vote





The story of Rousseff's impeachment took another unexpected, and sharp U-turn when moments ago, Bloomberg reported that the interim chief of Brazil’s lower house, Waldir Maranhao, accepted a request from the government's attorney general to annul the procedure that approved the impeachment motion in the house, according to reports from Folha de S.Paulo newspaper and Epoca magazine. 

 
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Frontrunning: May 9





  • China stocks plunge again as hopes for economic recovery fade (Reuters)
  • European Stock Gains Defy China Data That Hurt Metals; Oil Rises (BBG)
  • Yen falls after Tokyo warning (Reuters)
  • Soros Chart Signals BOJ Bond Buying Already Enough to Weaken Yen (BBG)
  • Dollar Jump Catches Traders Short in One More Currency Calamity (BBG)
  • Even China's Party Mouthpiece Is Warning About Debt (BBG)
 
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HSBC’s London Gold Vault: Is This Gold’s Secret Hiding Place?





HSBC’s main gold vault in London regularly comes under the media spotlight for a number of reasons. These reasons include: a) the HSBC London vault stores a very large amount of gold on behalf of the well-known SPDR Gold Trust (GLD); b) along with the Bank of England vaults and JP Morgan vault, the HSBC vault is one of the 3 largest gold vaults in London; c) the location of the HSBC vault in London is not publicised and so the secrecy creates intrigue; d) HSBC every so often throws out some visual or audio-visual media bait about the vault, most famously in the case of CNBC’s Bob Pisani; Despite all of the above, no one seems to have ever tried to figure out where this gold vault is actually located. Until now.

 
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Obama: TTIP Necessary So As To Protect Megabanks From Prosecution





On May 7th, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or German Economic News, headlined, "USA planen mit TTIP Frontal-Angriff auf Gerichte in Europa” or “U.S. Plans Frontal Attack on Europe’s Courts via TTIP,” and reported that,America’s urgency to sign TTIP with Europe has solid reason: Megabanks must protect themselves from claims by European investors who allege that they were cheated during the debt crisis. … The U.S. Ambassador to Italy has now let the cat out of the bag on this — probably unintentionally.

 
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Saudi Arabia Gives First Glimpse Of Oil Strategy Under New Minister





"Saudi Arabia will maintain its stable petroleum policies. We remain committed to maintaining our role in international energy markets and strengthening our position as the world's most reliable supplier of energy," Khalid al-Falih said in an e-mailed statement. "We are committed to meeting existing and additional hydrocarbons demand from our expanding global customer base, backed by our current maximum sustainable capacity."

 
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Buy Gold, ‘Get Out Of The Stock Market’ Warns Druckenmiller





Smart money buying gold while dumb money continues to disparage it ... as was the case prior to the first crisis. The stock bull market has“exhausted itself” and gold “remains our largest currency allocation” according to Druckenmiller

 
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Gunman Attempts To Murder Prominent Turkish Journalist Outside Court In Broad Daylight





Moments ago Turkey's NTV reported that a gunman fired three shots at the famous Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar who was waiting outside an Istanbul court where he’s being tried for espionage, in a high profile trial being pursued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NTV reports.  According to the report the bullet misses Dundar and hits an NTV reporter in the leg, NTV says.

 
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Frontrunning: May 6





  • Trump, under pressure to unite Republicans, sharpens attack on Clinton (Reuters)
  • Trump's Campaign Upends the Science of Presidential Transition (BBG)
  • Trump says Britain would be better off outside EU (Reuters)
  • Goldman Said to Extend Fixed-Income Job Cuts to 10% of Staff (BBG)
  • Apple's Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings (Reuters)
  • China regulator studying impact of overseas-listed firms relisting in China (Reuters)
 
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How Jeff Gundlach Is Preparing For A Trump Presidency





How is Gundlach preparing and trading in advance "Trump presidency"? "Look at arms manufacturers, said Gundlach. He would avoid companies that are susceptible to global trade slowdowns, particularly those related to Mexico and China.... As he gets the nomination, the markets and investors are going to worry about it more. You will see a downgrading of global growth based on geopolitical risks. You must factor this into your risk-management."

 
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