• EconMatters
    11/30/2015 - 16:21
    The ISIS group sells most of its crude directly to independent traders at the wellhead for $20-$45 a barrel earning the group an average of $1.5 million a day.

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Fashion Company SQBG Tries To Crush Shorts, Force Squeeze After Chairman Urges Investors To Pull Borrow

"Tengram has instructed its broker that it will not permit borrowing of any of its shares by short sellers who are only interested in reducing the value of the Company’s stock price for their short-term gain.  We urge each of you to contact your broker today and inform them that your shares may not be made available to be borrowed by short sellers.”

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Ex-Goldman Compliance Worker Sued By SEC For Insider Trading

A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. employee "hired to help it monitor computer systems for illicit activity" used the company’s own inside information to invest in mergers and acquisitions involving the bank’s clients, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.

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Frontrunning: November 24

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation (Reuters)
  • Investors seek safety in bonds, yen after Turkey downs Russian jet (Reuters)
  • Donald Trump Is Not Backing Down (BBG)
  • Uber's Exposure May Grow as U.S. Drivers Seek 57.5 Cents a Mile (BBG)
  • U.S. issues global travel alert as manhunt continues for Paris attackers (Reuters)
  • Stung by Oil, Distressed-Debt Traders See Worst Losses Since '08 (BBG)
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Bill Ackman Triples-Down On Valeant: Boosts Stake To 9.9% By Buying Calls, Selling Puts

In the infamous words of Kenny Rogers, "you gotta know when to fold 'em," but in the case of Bill Ackman and his Pershing Square Fund's massive losing position in Valeant (19.47 million shares at average cost of $183.57 against today's $87.11 lows), he has decided to not just double-down, but triple-down by selling puts to fund calls and increase his stake in the company to 9.9% (or 34.12 million shares).

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Nike Just Did It

Having suffered a little recently on the heels of retailer concerns, Nike - the best performer in The Dow this year - is surging back towards all-time record highs after unleashing a new share buyback program (upping the limit from $8bn to $12bn), a stock split and a dividend boost.

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SEC Goes Unicorn Hunting: Regulator To Scrutinize How Funds Value Tech Startups

"...the only thing worse than a market with collapsing valuations is a market with no valuations and no liquidity. If stock in a company is worth what somebody will pay for it, what is the stock of a company worth when there is no place to sell it?"

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US May Bring Criminal Charges Against JP Morgan, RBS Executives, Prosecutors Pretend

Is the US about to go Icelandic (or Chinese) on Wall Street executives for their role in packaging bad mortgages in the lead up to the financial crisis? Probably not, but at least we can pretend...

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Frontrunning: November 18

  • Security jitters drive European investors back to safe havens (Reuters)
  • Global Anti-ISIS Alliance Begins to Emerge (WSJ)
  • Merkel says cancelling soccer match was 'responsible' decision (Reuters)
  • Paris attacker may have had accomplice on journey through Balkans (Reuters)
  • Drop Assad demands if you want to unite against Islamic State: Russia to West (Reuters)
  • Putin sets up commission to combat terrorism financing (Reuters)
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Nordstrom Plummets After Abysmal Results, Slashing Guidance

If there were any questions if the US consumer was merely "strong" or "quite strong", after the abysmal results from Macy's first, and moments ago, Nordstrom, they should all be safely swept away now.

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The SEC Cracks Down On The Biggest Market Threat: Short Sellers On Twitter

It's not HFTs; It's not global orchestrated central bank intervention in "markets"; it is not even confirmed manipulation of virtually every asset class by the Too Big To Prosecute banks, who instead of doing research spent time colluding in anonymous chat rooms how to manipulate everything from FX, to Treasurys, to gold. No: according to the SEC what is truly broken with the markets, and why two-thirds of Millennials have lost faith in stocks, are short sellers "manipulating" stock prices on twitter.

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BRICs Finally Broke: Goldman Pulls The Plug On "Revolutionary" Acronym Fund After 88% Loss

Back in February 2013, the creater of the BRIC acronym, Goldman's Jim O'Neill retired, but not before some very (traditionally) optimistic words of parting, namely that there is "clear evidence things are doing better economically." Nearly three years later, things are not only not doing better economically, with the entire world now engaged in outright, or quasi QE (with helicopter money to follow as Adair Turner infamous warned) just to support global asset prices, but the very emerging markets that made up the BRICs, have devolved to a state of economic freefall. And nowhere is this more obvious than in Goldman's decision to pull the plug on the infamous fund that bears the name of Goldman's most bullish acronym in history.

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Complacency Reigns At Epic Levels: "Few Are Ready For What Is Coming"

Accounting fraud remains at the heart of the fix instituted by Ben Bernanke and the ploy has been copied by authorities throughout the global financial system, including the central banks of China, Japan, and the European Community. That it seemed to work for the past seven years in propping up global finance has given too many people the dangerous conviction that reality is optional in economic relations. The recovery of equity markets from the disturbances of August has apparently convinced the market players that stocks are invincible. Complacency reigns at epic levels. Few are ready for what is coming.

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Banks Turn Down Deposits As Stealth NIRP Takes Hold

Back in February, we noted that NIRP had officially arrived in the US as JP Morgan announced it was preparing to charge some large institutional customers for deposits. This represented a kind of de facto (if not yet de jure) NIRP. Now, a combination of pinched margins and new regulations has led some of the largest financial institutions in the US to penalize corporate and institutional deposits on the way to instituting what amounts to a stealth version of negative interest rates.

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Coming Soon To A Checkout Lane Near You: Stock Giftcards

This. Will. Not. End. Well. As WSJ reports, "retailers such as Kmart and Office Depot this week are starting to roll out cards that give the recipients small amounts of stock in some of the country’s best-known companies." "I have always wanted to get into the stock market business, but I honestly don’t have the time to explore what’s going on in the market trends of the day"...

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Frontrunning: October 12

  • Central Bankers Urge Fed to Get On With Interest-Rate Increase (WSJ)
  • Bond Market Casualties Leading Biggest S&P 500 Revival Since '11 (BBG)... on hopes of more easing
  • U.S. Patrols to Test China’s Pledge on South China Sea Islands (WSJ)
  • Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees (Spiegel)
  • Assault Weapons Ban Before U.S. Supreme Court (NBC)
  • Hedge Funds Are Playing 'Dangerous Game' With Copper (BBG)
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