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Global Markets Shaken By Sudden Equity Sell-Off: Hong Kong Crashes, VIX Surges

Global markets have been shaken by a sudden wave of overnight equity selling as worst case scenario for Spain finally materialized, while a slide in Apple stock has spiked the VIX, which coupled with a plunge in the Hang Seng and several other notable macro events may have finally woken up from their comatose state.

Frontrunning: October 5

  • Las Vegas gunman stockpiled weapons over decades, planned attack (Reuters)
  • Las Vegas Shooter’s Partner Says She Is Mystified by Attack (WSJ)
  • Catalan leader says not afraid of arrest over independence (Reuters)
  • May Faces Calls to Quit After Speech That Went Wrong (BBG)
  • North Korea ‘Decoders’ Offer Dire Warnings About Nuclear Program (WSJ)

Frontrunning: October 4

  • Spanish tensions bar Europe from global stocks party (Reuters)
  • Catalonia to move to declare independence from Spain on Monday (Reuters)
  • Catalan Police Chief Investigated For Sedition (TSR)
  • Trump Suggests Puerto Rico’s Debt May Need to Be ‘Wiped Out’ (BBG)
  • Trump Heads to Las Vegas After Shooting Reignites Gun Debate (BBG)

Key Events In The Coming Week: BOE, SNB, Inflation And Retail Sales

In a somewhat quieter week for economic news, this week's focus is on BoE and SNB policy meetings as well as on inflation releases in US, UK, China and others. Other releases of note include retail sales in the US, UK and China along with industrial production in US, Eurozone & China.

Dow Jones Changes "Hoax" Index Divisor For First Time In 2 Years

For the first time in two years, the owners of the Dow Jones Industrial Average have changed the benchmark’s divisor, the number used to determine how moves in the share prices of individual Dow components affect the level of the index... "Is the number of points that the Dow Jones now gives us a truth or a fictional truth?"

Frontrunning: September 5

  • North Korea Plans New Missile Test as U.S. Calls for Action (WSJ)
  • U.S. crude rises, gasoline falls as refineries restart (Reuters)
  • Putin says tougher sanctions senseless (Reuters)
  • Trump Confronts Accelerating Russia Probes on Multiple Fronts (BBG)
  • Trump poised to rescind Dreamer program, pressure Congress to fix (Reuters)

Frontrunning: August 22

  • Trump commits to a 'fight to win' in Afghan war (Reuters)
  • Stay or Go? Some Trump Aides Are Pressed From All Sides (WSJ)
  • Futures higher as traders pick up beaten-down stocks (Reuters)
  • Divers Search Compartments of Ship for Missing Sailors (WSJ)
  • Why Do U.S. Navy Ships Keep Colliding? (BBG)

Futures Flat As Payrolls Loom, Dollar Slide Continues

It took stocks only a few minute to "price in" the latest political shock out of Washington, with the Emini trading 0.07% higher this morning on news that Mueller now has a grand jury, while European and Asian shares are little changed as investors await the looming July jobs report.

Global Markets, Futures Slide Spooked By Poor Amazon Earnings, US Politics

S&P futures have tracked both European and Asian markets lower, which were dragged down by the big EPS miss and guidance cut reported by Amazon on Thursday. Meanwhile, the pounding of the dollar has resumed with the euro and sterling strengthening against the dollar due to renewed political concerns

Global Stocks Hit New All Time High As Dollar Rebounds; Europe Volatile On Earnings Deluge

The levitation continues with S&P futures pointing to - what else - another higher open while European stocks swung between gains and losses on the busiest earnings days of the year (85 of the Stoxx 600 report) which has seen European pharma giant AstraZeneca plunge 15%, the most on record, after its flagship lung cancer trial Mystic failed to show benefits, while Deutsche Bank slumped 4% on a 12% plunge in FICC revenue.