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Beijing Responds To Trump Charge China Is A "Grand Champion At Currency Manipulation"

"China has no intention of seeking foreign trade advantages via an intentional devaluation of the renminbi. There is no basis for the continued devaluation of the renminbi" but "If you must attach the label 'grand champion' to China, then I think China is a grand champion. But we are the grand champions of economic development."

Bitcoin Up 10 Days In A Row - Surges To Record High

As the dollar drops, and fears over US trade action may exaggerate capital outflows in China, Bitcoin has renewed its rally post-Golden Week to new record highs. The virtual currency is up 10 days in a row as we noted previously that the Chinese have discovered a workaround for the PBOC's crackdown on Bitcoin exchanges.

Futures Flat, Global Stocks Near Record High After Minutes Fail To Spark Dollar Rally

One day after the FOMC Minutes guided to a rate hike "fairly soon", but not soon enough in the eyes of the market, the dollar has posted minimal gains, while global stocks held near record highs on Thursday; S&P futures were fractionally in the green to start the session; crude climbed after API showed U.S. stockpiles fell. US and euro zone government bond yields fell as European political fears faded.

Bitcoin Soars Above $1100, Near Record Highs As Chinese Bypass Crackdown

Despite concerted efforts by authorities to crackdown on capital outflows - specifically through virtual currencies - prices for Bitcoin are soaring as the Chinese find way around regulatory controls. Bitcoin just topped $1100 - near record highs - as Chinese traders shift their action off regulated-exchanges to local peer-to-peer marketplaces.

Frontrunning: February 21

  • Global Stocks and Bond Yields Rise (WSJ)
  • Despite Dissents on White House Policy, Mattis Holds Sway (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Travel Ban Won’t Hit the U.S. Economy, At Least This Year (BBG)
  • Pundit Brings ‘Global Jihadist Movement’ Theory to White House (WSJ)
  • HSBC Plunges After Missing Profit Estimates on Revenue Drop (BBG)
  • Euro-Area Economic Recovery Broadens as France Outpaces Germany (BBG)

China May Bar US Ships From Passing Through Its Waters

China is preparing to revise its 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law, which would allow local authorities to bar some foreign ships from passing through Chinese territorial waters. "As a sovereign State and the biggest coastal State in the South China Sea, China is entitled to adjust its maritime laws as needed, which will also promote peace and stable development in the waters."

Here Is The "Catalyst" For The Market's Inexplicable Surge: A $17 Billion Trade Gone Wrong

"I’m worried that this stock ‘melt-up’ move is extraordinarily mechanical right now - almost entirely the aforementioned forced-covering, not high conviction induced-buying - and may be sending a 'false signal' which is potentially dragging-in new buying on the breakout to new highs.  This could lead to a scenario where a market can 'collapse under their own weight'."

Meet China's Hedge Fund Capital

Hedge funds didn't exist in the world's second-largest economy five years ago...Now they have their own private village.

RBC: "This Is The $1 Trillion Question On Our Clients' Minds"

"The TRILLION dollar question is then reiterated: when does all of this “inflation as a good thing” tip over into “inflation with no growth”—aka STAGFLATION?  This continues to be the chief concern of clients on recent marketing swings."