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And... We Reopen





Markets are 'turmoiling'...but stocks are mostly opening green green green... even as bonds hit new high yields... The market mist be fixed though - AAPL is back above $500...

 
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NASDAQ Will Try To Resume Trading Between 2:45 PM And 3:10 PM





NASDAQ intends to re-open trading in all Tape C securities with a 15-minute quote only period. All stale quotes have been cleared from the UTP SIP at this time and halts have been disseminated with a reason code of T6. NASDAQ will first re-open trading in symbols ZVZZT and AAIT with a 15-minute quoting period beginning at 14:30, with trading beginning at approximately 14:45. All other securities will then be released at 14:55 with a 15-minute quote only period with trading resuming at approximately 15:10. NASDAQ will not be cancelling open orders on the book prior to a re-open. Customers who wish to cancel their orders may do so and any customer who wishes to not participate in the re-opening should cancel their orders prior to the resumption of trading.

 
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Icahn Tweets The AAPL Rescue Orders





 
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The Primary Dealers Have Spoken: Taper Begins September With $15 Billion Trim; QE Ends June 2014





Back on July 17, the New York Fed, which as always operates based on the decisions and inputs of its Primary Dealer superiors, asked the Dealer community for their thoughts on the Taper, specifically when and how much. The survey has come back and the PD community has spoken. The answer: Taper is announced, and begins, September with the first reduction in monthly purchases of $15 billion ($10Bn cut in TSY purchases, $5BN cut in MBS), eventually tapering to nothing in June 2014 when the Dealers believe QE formally ends.

 
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Market Breaks Again: NASDAQ Halts Listed Securities, Options Trading





First it was BATS self-helping against NYSE Arca, now it's Nasdaq's turn to break. Joking aside, AAPL dipped below $500 literally minutes before the NASDAQ broke. We joked earlier when we said any selling is enough to break the market. Now, we are not so sure...

 
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(Almost) Everything Halted Due To "Extraordinary Market"





The entire Bloomberg news feed has been overtaken with "Regulatory Halt - Extraordinary Market" messages for the last few minutes... it would seem agood time to drop that 'lowered outlook' PR or invade Syria?

 
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Designing A Better Fed/Market/Smartphone/Whatever





The world of Industrial Design is often useful to assess everything from the Federal Reserve's current monetary policy to equity market structure (particularly timely given today's total SNAFU) to the timeless debate over the real value of gold.  As ConvergEx's Nick Colas reminds, good design is innovative, useful, aesthetically pleasing, honest and durable, whether those attributes relate to a new electronic gadget or any 'Product' in the world of high finance or economics.  Examples of "Good design" include stocks, bonds, and options – all simple, durable constructs.  "Bad design" would be the Fed’s "Taper" and current equity market structure.

 
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Did AAPL Breaking $500 Cause The Nasdaq To Implode?





While we somewhat ironically tweeted of the possibility that AAPL breaking back below the mythical $500 level was indeed responsible for the NASDAQ breaking...

Well a glance at the following charts shows from Nanex that may well have been the case as the chaos in the market during that time was extreme to say the least...

 
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"Tepco Has Lost Control" - What Is Really Happening At Fukushima In Four Charts





After a self-imposed gag order by the mainstream media on any coverage of the Fukushima disaster (ostensibly the last thing the irradiated Japanese citizens needed is reading beyond the lies of their benevolent government, and TEPCO, and finding out just how bad the reality is especially since the key driver behind Abenomics is a return in confidence at all costs), the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history is once again receiving the attention it deserves. This follows the recent admission by TEPCO of the biggest leak reported at Fukushima to date, which forced the Japanese government to raise the assessment of Fukushima from Level 1 to Level 3, even though this is merely the catalyst of what has been a long and drawn out process in which Tepco has tried everything it could to contain the fallout from the exploded NPP, and failed. And today, in a startling and realistic assessment of Fukushima two and a half years after the explosion, the WSJ finally tells the truth: "Tepco Has Lost Control."

 
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Stock Futures And Bond Traders Selling On The NASDAQ Halt





With US equity market trading basically halted, the world has turned to Chicago and is 'hedging' stocks. Bonds are also being sold with 5Y having just hit 1.70%.

 
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How Soaring Yields Are About To Make A 5 Year Bond Auction Into A 7 Year Reopening





THE RESULTS OF THE 5-YEAR NOTE AUCTION COULD RESULT IN THE UNSCHEDULED REOPENING OF THE 7-YEAR NOTES OF SERIES P-2018 (CUSIP NO. 912828RE2)

If the auction of the 5-year Treasury notes to be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, results in a high yield in a range of 1.500% through and including 1.624%, the 5-year notes will be considered an additional issue of the outstanding 1-1/2% 7-year notes of Series P-2018 (CUSIP No. 912828RE2) originally issued August 31, 2011. The additional issue of notes would have the same CUSIP number as the outstanding notes, which are currently outstanding in the amount of $29,886 million. If the auction results in the issuance of an additional amount of the outstanding 7-year notes rather than a new 5-year note, it will be indicated in the Treasury's auction results press release and by a special announcement. Any net long position reporting in this auction should be in regard to the 5-year notes.

 
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Meet "BOSS": The Department Of Homeland Security's Facial Scanning Program





Ever heard of BOSS? Didn’t think so. BOSS stands for Biometric Optical Surveillance System, and it is a crowd-scanning program that has been in development by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for almost three years now. Did you catch that? This is the DHS, the ridiculously dangerous, cancerous, gargantuan waste of money our “leaders” foolishly created after 9/11 to prevent “terrorism.” Whereas in the beginning most people actually believed the DHS was there to stop cave dwellers with terroristic tendencies, it is now completely clear that its primary mission is to protect the oligarchs and political criminals from domestic dissent.

 
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More DK'ed Goldman Losses? BATS Declares, Revokes And Re-Declares Self-Help Against NYSE Arca





UPDATE: Looks like that Goldman loss may have been a bit bigger than expected. BATS just redeclared self-help against NYSE Arca. There was a time that a red DJIA was needed for the market to break. It has become any downtick.

It's happened again... Judging by the speed with which the latest NYSE Arca market failure was resolved, we can only assume the amount of Goldman Sachs losses that are about to be DK'ed is 'only' in the 10 million range at most...

 
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Obama Talks College (Un)affordability - Live Webcast





Summarizing the entire speech in two words: "charge it"

 

 
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BLS, We Have A Problem: Polled Unemployment Soars To March 2012 Levels





Gallup tracks daily the percentage of U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, who are underemployed, unemployed, and employed full-time for an employer, without seasonal adjustment. Due to the lack of Arima-X 'magic' the results are specifically not comparable to the BLS data, but, as the chart below suggests, the correlation is high. What is most worrying about the latest data is the rapid rise in both unemployment and underemployment that the Gallup poll finds (to 8.9% unemployment and 17.9% underemployment. Unemployment rates have jumped notably in the last month to their highest in 13 months. Will the Fed 'allow' this data to filter into the BLS data and 'avoid the Taper' or are there non-economic reasons (G-20, deficits, technicals, sentiment) that the Fed needs to SepTaper.

 

 
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