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Retailers Panic: 63% Of Americans Plan Not To Shop On Black Friday

According to a Reuters poll, some 63%, or nearly two-thirds, of US adults did not plan to shop on Black Friday this year. Some 32% said they plan to finish about half of their holiday shopping on that day. As a result "shocked" US retailers are doing everything they can in their scramble for market share.

Is OPEC Playing The Oil Markets Again?

OPEC has once again succeeded in jaw-boning the oil market, and Goldman Sachs hiked its oil price forecast this week by a substantial amount, but the optimism has not trickled over into the oil futures market, at least not yet as the contango'd curve still does not look very good.

Frontrunning: November 23

  • S&P 500 Futures Signal Rally Ebbing; Bonds Decline in Europe (BBG)
  • Oil prices capped by doubts OPEC-led cut will end glut (Reuters)
  • Fed Minutes to Be Parsed for Insight on Inflation, Jobs (WSJ)
  • Trump keeping 'open mind' on pulling out of climate deal (Reuters)
  • Trump Raises Prospect of Keeping Ties to His Firms (WSJ)

Venezuelan President Threatens Legal Action Over JPMorgan's "Campaign Of Terror"

...the payments were "in effect, sent to Citibank and then JPMorgan comes out with that totally false information this afternoon." Del Pino raged that Citibank deliberately delayed payments from PDVSA as part of a “campaign of terror” against the company and Venezuelan President Maduro is looking into legal action against JPMorgan over their report.

Frontrunning: November 22

  • Record highs for Wall Street quartet send other stocks higher (Reuters)
  • Oil prices rise to highest this month on hopes of OPEC deal (Reuters)
  • OPEC Likely to Reach Output Consensus, Delegate Says (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Targets in First 100 Days: Trade, Regulation, Corruption (BBG)
  • Trump Poised to Push Nafta Changes, Pressure Mexico on Trade (WSJ)

Britain Rejects Trump's Call To Make Nigel Farage US Ambassador

Britain on Tuesday dismissed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's unprecedented expression of support for Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage to be made British ambassador to Washington, saying pointedly that there is "no vacancy" for the job.

When It Comes To Fake News, The U.S. Government Is The Biggest Culprit

There’s the garden variety fake news that is not really “news” so much as it is titillating, tabloid-worthy material peddled by anyone with a Twitter account, a Facebook page and an active imagination. Anyone with an ounce of sense and access to the Internet should be able to ferret out the truth and lies in these stories with some basic research. Then there’s the more devious kind of news stories circulated by one of the biggest propagators of fake news: the U.S. government.

Venezuela's State-Owned Oil Company Misses Bond Coupon Payments Due To "Glitch", Bonds Tumble

Just a month after dodging a default bullet thanks to a last-minute bond swap, Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA missed coupon payments due on its bonds, according to JPMorgan. However, PDVSA president Del Pino raged on Twitter that "the information about a PDVSA default spread by the enemies of the fatherland is totally false," but the bonds saw prices tumble despite his statement.