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FOMC Minutes Show Cornered Fed "Likely" To Hike Rates In June, Concerned Market Underpricing Risk Of Hike

The supposedly dovish April FOMC statement - as global fears fell and turned domestically - has left bonds and bullion the winners and stocks the losers as investors lose faith in The Fed's forecast and economic promises. Today's FOMC meeting minutes suggest an increasingly cornered Fed will pull the trigger iun June with member disagreements brewing: MOST FED OFFICIALS SAW JUNE HIKE `LIKELY' IF ECONOMY WARRANTED; FED: RANGE OF VIEWS ON WHETHER DATA WOULD SUPPORT JUNE HIKE.  Of course, no matter what narrative the market perceives from these minutes, tomorrow's speeches by Dudley and Fischer (who has been conspicuously quiet recently) will likely give the biggest hint as to what happens next...

CIA "Accidentally" Deletes Only Copy Of Confidential 6,700-Page Torture Report

In a repeat of the fiascos involving the IRS' Lois Lerner, and more recently, none other than Hillary Clinton, the CIA’s internal watchdog “inadvertently” deleted its only copy of the Senate report on torture techniques employed by the agency in the wake of 9/11 – and did so while the Justice Department was insisting in court that copies were being stored.

The FBI Tried To Suppress 80,000 Documents On Saudi Ties To 9/11

The classified 28-pages of the 9/11 report have made global headlines lately as a handful of lawmakers battle to release them to the public. Those pages are believed by activists and members of Congress — who have seen them — to expose the role of Saudi Arabia, including government officials, in the terrorist attacks. But according to a new report based on years of investigative journalism, it turns out there are far more than 28 classified pages on Saudi Arabia and 9/11 — there are 80,000 kept secret by the FBI.

Futures Flat Despite China Scare As Oil Rebounds Over $47

The main risk over the weekend was that markets, which have now dropped for three consecutive weeks the longest negative streak since January, would focus their attention on the latest batch of negative Chinese economic news released over the weekend, which missed expectations across the board, most prominently in Retail Sales and Industrial Production, and following Friday's disappointing new credit loan data, would sell off as the Chinese slowdown once again becomes a dominant concern. However, after some initial weakness, the risks were all but gone when first the USDJPY jumped on another round of deflationary Japanese economic data which led to renewed hopes of more BOJ easing and a jump in the USDJPY and thus US futures.

China Hard Landing Spreads: Hong Kong GDP Tumbles At Fastest Pace Since Financial Crisis

In the latest indication of contracting global growth, overnight Hong Kong reported that its Q1 GDP fell off a cliff 0.4% qoq, widly missing estimates of 0.1% growth as retail sales plummeted and the property market continued its collapse. On a y/y basis, the economy grew only 0.8% when compared to the same period last year, less than half the 1.9% y/y growth reflected in Q4.

Futures Halt Selloff, Levitate Higher On Another USDJPY Spike; Oil Rises

If yesterday's selloff had a specific catalyst, namely some of the worst consumer retail earnings seen in years, it merely undid the Tuesday rally which levitated global risk with no fundamental driver, aside for a 200 pip spike in the USDJPY.  Some central bankers may even say it was a "magical" levitation. Fast forward to the overnight session when following a muted Asian session, it was once again up to the "magical" USDJPY to send stocks well into the green without any actual catalyst whatsoever, but what merely appears to have been another "magical" intervention session by the BOJ.

Macy's Massacred After Slashing Outlook On "Uncertain Consumer" As Inventories Reach Record Highs

The retailer apocalypse continues this morning with Macy's crashing almost 10% in the pre-market after missing top-line and slashing its outlook citing the "uncertain direction of consumer spending," which seems odd given the confidence with which The Fed, Obama, and every talking head proclaims the US consumer's health. Comp store sales plunged 6.1% (almost double expectations) and this comes at a time when clothing inventories are at an all-time record high relative to sales.