“I hope Bill Ackman has done more research on Valeant than he did on Herbalife, Target, Borders and JC Penny,” said Alan Hoffman, executive vice president, global corporate affairs, Herbalife.
Recovery Wrecked: American Employee Compensation Dropped In September For The First Time Since July 2013Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/30/2015 08:49 -0400
Despite all the promises, all the surveys, all the expectations that wage growth is coming (any minute now), September crushed the hopes (and changes) and dreams of Americans as, for the first time since July 2013, Compensation of Employees fell month-over-month. Recovery?
The mid-year bounce is over. Both Personal Income (+0.1% vs +0.2% exp) and Personal Spending (+0.1% vs +0.2% exp) missed expectations and slowed dramatically. This is the weakest spending growth since January and weakest income growth since March driving the savings rate to its highest since April.
Sun Edison's meltup yesterday on news that hedge fund manager David Tepper would be appearing on CNBC (and nothing else) has been entirely removed as Tepper exclaimed this morning, with regard rumors "there must be some really good ganja coming into the country." Well if that doesn't sum up the entire market, we don't know what does...
Bullish Fund Flows Return With A Vengeance: Largest Equity Inflow In 6 Weeks; Money Put Into Bonds, CommoditiesSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/30/2015 08:04 -0400
The bullish fund flows are back. This is how Bank of America summarizes the latest EPFR capital flow sentiment: "Loving Wall Street: $15bn equity inflows + $5bn HY/IG inflows + 6 straight weeks of commodity inflows = investors are "risk-on."
- World stocks on course for best month in four years (Reuters)
- Global Stocks Up Amid Stimulus Hopes (WSJ)
- BOJ Refrains From Adding Stimulus Even as Inflation, Growth Wane (BBG)
- U.S. Avoids Debt Default as Congress Passes Fiscal Plan (BBG)
- China naval chief says minor incident could spark war in South China Sea (Reuters)
- Exclusive Club: No High-Frequency Traders Allowed at Luminex (WSJ)
As Beijing fights to keep "Mr. Chen" and his "yellow loafers," tea, and Snickers bars from smuggling billions out of the country on behalf of Chinese citizens fearing an economic implosion and a double-digit deval, capital account convertibility may counterintuitively be one of the PBoC's most effective weapons as loosening capital controls will both calm the panicked masses and support the IMF SDR bit. Still, as Citi's David Lubin puts it, "China should expect to see gross capital outflows for the foreseeable future [and] it's not even clear that SDR inclusion will lead to a net capital inflow to China."
Back in September we explained why, contrary to both conventional wisdom and the BOJ's endless protests to the contrary, neither the BOJ nor the ECB have any interest in boosting QE at this - or any other point - simply because with every incremental bond they buy, the time when the two central banks run out of monetizable debt comes closer. Since then the ECB has jawboned that it may boost QE (but it has not done so), and overnight as reported previously, the BOJ likewise did not expand QE despite many, including Goldman Sachs, expecting it would do just that.
Just 5 days after holding a call to "confirms appropriateness of accounting" vis-a-vis Philidor, Valeant has just confirmed all the negative press when moments ago it formally announced it was terminating its relationship with Philidor. "The newest allegations about activities at Philidor raise additional questions about the company's business practices," said J. Michael Pearson, Valeant's chairman and chief executive officer. "We have lost confidence in Philidor's ability to continue to operate in a manner that is acceptable to Valeant and the patients and doctors we serve."
The Ghost Cities Finally Died: For China's Steel Industry "The Outlook Is The Worst Ever Amid Unprecedented Losses"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/29/2015 22:35 -0400
In late 2014 something happened: for whatever reason the most unregulated aspect of China's financial system, its shadow banks, not only stopped lending money but actually went into reverse, thus putting a lid on China's Total Social Financing expansion, which had been the world's "under the radar" growth dynamo for so many years. At that moment not only did China's ghost cities officially die, but it meant an imminent collapse for China's steel industry. That collapse has arrived.
'Mysterious' JPY-Selling, Stock-Buying Panic Ensues After Bank Of Japan Leaves Monetary Policy UnchangedSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/29/2015 23:55 -0400
Having disappointed an expectant market by voting overwhelmingly (8-1) to leave monetary policy unchanged, the initial plunge in USDJPY and Japanese stocks has found a mysterious (and massive) JPY seller and Nikkei 225 buyer. USDJPY is now 100 pips and Nikkei 225 500 points above post-BOJ dip lows... because hawkish is the new bullish...
The desire to take the American public out of the “of the people, by the people, for the people” business can minimally be traced back to the Vietnam War, to the moment when a citizen’s army began voting with its feet and antiwar sentiment grew to startling proportions not just on the home front, but inside a military in the field. It was then that the high command began to fear the actual disintegration of the U.S. Army. From that moment on, the urge to demobilize the American people and send them to Disney World would only grow.