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Peak Construction Spending?





Construction spending grew at 13.7% YoY in July. It has only grown at a faster pace than that once - at the very peak of the idiocy in Q1 2006. So that got us wondering... how is it that Construction Spending is surging as Lumber Prices are collapsing? (unless homes are now made of Twitter share certficates). The answer is simple - lag... and we have seen this picture before...

 
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Behold China's 2PM Ramp Capital





For the last few years, US equity traders have become conditioned to expect the miraculous arrival of some heavy-handed levitation in stock markets as 330pmET rolls by. This became ubiquitous enough to inspire a Twitter account. Well, it appears the Chinese have learnt a thing or two from the American manipulators... behold China's 2pm Ramp Capital at work.

 
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WTI Crude Plunges 5.25% - Biggest Drop In A Month





WTI crude has retraced 50% of yesterday's ridiculous gains and is now down 5.25% from the NYMEX close yesterday. It appears everything is not so awesome again...

 
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Is George Soros Betting On The Long-Term Future Of Coal?





Perhaps the greatest nightmare for investors in a commodity stock is that the commodity in question goes the way of coal. After more than a century of dominance in the U.S. and abroad, coal appears to have entered into a structural decline. A funny thing happened on the way to the graveyard for coal companies though – one of the industries greatest detractors, George Soros, appears to be stepping in as a supporter.

 
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US Manufacturing Plunges To 2-Year Lows As New Orders, Employment Tumble





Following disappoint PMIs from around the world, the US decoupling meme took another knock today as Markit PMI printed 53.0 (from 53.8) - its lowest in almost 2 years, led by a plunge in the employment subindex. Weakness was also evident in new factory orders. As Markit notes, "U.S. manufacturing sector continues to struggle under the weight of the strong dollar and heightened global economic uncertainty." On the heels of Milwaukee and Dallas Fed weakness, ISM Manufacturing printed a disastrous 51.1 (vs 52.5 expectations) - the lowest since May 2013. Employment tumbled, as did New Export ordedrs, but unadjusted New Orders plunged to its lowest since 2013, which is a problem given the massive inventory builds that have saved the world in the last few months.

 
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VIX ETF Surges Above 'Black Monday' Spike Highs, Numerous ETF Flash-Crashes





As Nanex's Eric Hunsader notes "there are numerous mini-flash-crashes in ETFs this morning," as market structure comes under significant pressure. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the VIX complex with VXX spiking above last Monday's highs and XIV collapsing...

 
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Mysterious Buying And Selling By China Distorts Mid-East Oil Price, Baffles Traders





Two state-owned Chinese oil trading companies (Chinaoil, which is the trading arm of state-run China National Petroleum Corp. and Unipec, which is owned by Sinopec) have been busy monopolizing the Dubai spot market, as a bout of suspicious trading activity between the two has served to distort prices and confuse other traders.

 
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Gold & Silver Are Jumping On Heavy Volume





Modest USD weakness combined with significant risk-off across global equity markets (and a strange un-bid to bonds as China unwinds continue to weigh) has sparked heavy volume flows into precious metals this morning.

 
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US Equities Are Crashing Again - Dow Futures Down 430, AAPL -2.75%; NYSE Unleashes Rule 48 (Again)





*NYSE AND NYSE MKT CASH EQUITIES MARKETS WILL INVOKE RULE 48

US equity futures markets have just pushed to fresh overnight lows, with the last leg down seemingly triggered by the CAD recession print. Let's hope Cramer and Cook have another email up their sleeves as weakness in AAPL is notable - down 2.75% in the pre-market. Lastly, we noted US equities are rapidly catching back down to the XIV-implied lows as the last few days bounce evaporates.

 
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Two-Thirds Of Global PMIs Deteriorate In August





First the good news: of the 28 global regions that have reported PMIs so far (the US Markit PMI is due later today), 18 posted a print of over 50, or indicating manufacturing expansion.
Now the bad news: more than two-thirds of PMIs in August deteriorated compared to July suggesting that while the global economy is not in a recession yet, absent some dramatic improvement, a global economic contraction is just around the corner.

 
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Not "Unequivocally Good" - Canada Enters Recession





It appears low oil prices are not awesome for everyone. For the second quarter in a row, Canadian GDP dropped (-0.5%) pushing America's northern neighbor back into recession. What is ironic is that this was better than the 1% drop that was expected and so CAD is strengthening.

 
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Global Trade In Freefall: South Korea Exports Crash Most Since 2009





While the market's attention overnight was focused on China's crumbling manufacturing and service PMI, data which was already hinted in the flash PMI reports earlier in August, the real stunner came not from China but from South Korea, which last night reported an unprecedented 14.7% collapse in exports, far worse than the -5.9% consensus estimate, and more than 4 times worse than July's 3.4%. The number is critical because not only do exports account for about half of South Korea's GDP but because it also happens to be the first major exporting country to report monthly trade data. That makes it the perfect barometer of global trade flows, or as the case may be, the canary in the global trade coalmine. It also confirms what we reported just one week ago when we said that "Global Trade Is In Freefall."

 
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What Does Last Week’s Record Bounce Mean For Stocks?





Whatever the message is in these mega intra-week rebounds (if there is one), we're afraid it just hasn’t been the “out of the woods” bullish sign that many were hoping it was.

 
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China Takes "10 Steps Back," Slaps 20% Reserve Requirement On Currency Forwards





Overnight, China decided to take steps to reduce "macro financial risks." And by that they mean "do something quick to help ease pressure on the yuan" and by extension, on the PBoC’s rapidly depleting FX reserves. To that end, starting October 15 banks will have to hold the equivalent of 20% of clients' FX forward positions with the PBoC, where the money will sit, frozen, for a year, at 0% interest.

 
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