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Short Sellers Are Aggravating China's Bond Rout - Regulators AWOL (For Now)

Chinese regulators have a history of clamping down on bearish wagers in the stock and currency markets, but have yet to take measures to prevent short-selling of bonds. If none are forthcoming, we expect to see more of the cascading sell-offs in Chinese government bonds, corporate bonds and equities which were a feature of trading in November.

What Is Behind China's Bond Rout?

What happened in China in the past two weeks that led to a bond rout and drove up interest rates sharply? Here are the possibilities...

World Stocks Soar To New Record Highs As Oil, Metals Surge Ahead Of The Fed

US equity futures have hit a new all time high, helped by surging Asian and European stocks which have all started November on a euphoric note. Surging commodity prices, optimism about tax reform and hope for a new dovish Fed chair all combined to drive global stock markets to record highs on Wednesday.

Frontrunning: October 19

  • Rajoy Deploys Ultimate Weapon of Law on Catalonia (BBG)
  • Congress Rolls Toward Shutdown Fight Over Immigration, Obamacare (BBG)
  • Hong Kong Stocks Tumble Most This Year as Geely, Developers Sink (BBG)
  • Inside battle imperils $230 million cryptocurrency deal (Reuters)
  • From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel (Reuters)

Previewing The September "Hurricane-Disrupted" Jobs Report

Tomorrow's hurricane-affected September jobs report will be... confusing. That is the (lack of) consensus from Wall Street analysts, who expect an average print of 80,000 (down from the 3-month average of 185K), however with huge variance on either side, with 4 economists predicting a loss of jobs, three expecting a print higher than 150K and one optimistic forecaster going as high as 260,000.

Frontrunning: September 12

  • Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul (BBG)
  • Trump to weigh more aggressive U.S. strategy on Iran (Reuters)
  • Florida Turns to Recovery as Irma Moves North (WSJ)
  • What to Expect at Apple’s Biggest Event in Years (BBG)
  • A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong (BBG)