Volatility

Global Stocks Pause Ahead Of GDP Report; Nasdaq Hits Fresh Record High

Despite yesterday's whopping beats by Amazon and Google which sent the Nasdaq to new record highs after hours, this morning futures S&P futures are little changed ahead of the closely watched Q1 GDP report, European stocks and Asian equities are slightly lower, oil is higher after Russia said it had reached the 300kbpd oil cut per the OPEC pact, and the dollar was modestly in the red.

Who Really Controls The Gold Price? (The Answer Is Quite Surprising)

To understand how the market determines the price of gold, we must first dismiss the economic principle of SUPPLY & DEMAND.  While supply and demand forces are factors in the short-term price movement of gold, they do not really factor all that much over the longer term...

Are Oil Prices To Blame For The Venezuelan Crisis? (Spoiler Alert: Of Course Not!)

Venezuela is undergoing the typical collapse of a country that has been subject to years of all kinds of political interventions. The fall in oil prices is the external shock that brings to light the embarrassing result of years of price controls, currency controls, nationalizations, uncontrolled monetary creation, and economic dirigisme.

Bitcoin Spikes To Record Highs

US dollar prices for virtual currencies are soaring. Both Bitcoin ($1343 highs) and Ethereum (as we described previously) are at new record highs as China regulators/exchanges appear to have 'stabilized', fears over the so-called 'hard fork' have abated, and hopes for an ETF have been revived by an SEC review.

Euro Spikes On Upbeat Draghi Comments, Then Drops On Muted Inflation Outlook

Well that didn't last long:moments after the EUR spiked on Draghi's upbeat economic comments, it has since filled the entire gap and is back to session lows after Draghi talked down Eurozone inflation saying there is no sufficient evidence to alter inflation outlook, and no evidence of a self-sustaining inflation move.

French Selection Ritual, Round Two: Slightly Premature Victory Laps

There is no political constituency for liberty or anything remotely resembling classical liberalism (= libertarianism) in France.I t is clearly time to once again focus on the only thing that one can actually hope for in politicians, and that is entertainment value; luckily we have good news on that front.

Ethereum Surges To All Time High As SEC Considers Ether-based ETF

The Ethereum cryptocurrency soared to record highs after it was revealed that the SEC has begun the process of considering whether to approve an ETF based on ether, just a few weeks after the commission denied a similar request for a bitcoin-based ETF.

Wall Street Throws Up On US Steel's "Nightmare On Elm Street" Results

"If things are so bad during good times, 2Q-4Q is set to resemble a "Nightmare on Elm Street."Next move in U.S. steel industry fundamentals is lower, given scrap prices now in full-on correction mode, negative seasonality around the corner for U.S. steel mills, iron ore price declines, rising steel imports and correction in coking coal prices."

Trader: Trump Tax Plan Likely To Send S&P To New Record Highs "No Matter What He Says"

"Investors are looking for a reason to buy U.S. equities again, which means they’ll probably find one in Donald Trump’s tax plan no matter what he says on Wednesday.  The prevailing sentiment suggests U.S. stocks will achieve record highs within days. It’ll just be a matter of how long it takes to work out which part of Trump’s proposal will justify that move after the fact."