World stocks pulled back from all time highs, and European bourses initially followed U.S. futures and Asian shares lower, however both European risk sentiment as well as E-Minis rebounded after an Odoxa poll showed Macron overtaking Le Pen in the 1st round for the first time, and that the addition of Juppe instead of Fillon may see a 2nd round run-off between Macron vs Juppe, leading to a slump in Bund futures to session lows, and a bounce in European stocks.
Snap is set to price its initial public offering at $17 a share. That would value the parent of the popular disappearing-message app Snapchat at nearly $24 billion, above the $19.5-$22.3 billion valuation targeted initially by the company, suggesting strong investor demand. At that valuation, Snap would be the biggest U.S.-listed IPO since Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. debuted in 2014.
Step aside bitcoin, there is a new blockchain kid in town: Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and other corporate giants are joining forces to create a new type of distributed ledger system based on the virtual currency network Ethereum.
The biggest banks on Wall Street, both foreign and domestic, have been repeatedly charged with rigging and colluding in markets from New York to London to Japan. Thus, it is natural to ask, have the big banks formed a cartel to rig the prices of their own stocks?
"There must not be a bail-in," said Germany's deputy finance minister, Jens Spahn said quoted by Reuters, adding that "we think it is very, very likely that we will come to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund that does not require a haircut."
Here are three charts highlighting the dramatic transformation of the US stock market starting in 1899 and continuing through today, showcasing its relative domination of all global equity markets, the relative sizes of world markets, and how dramatically the equity composition has changed over the past 117 years.
Just over 10 years ago, HSBC was the first canary in the world's financial crisis coalmine to signal trouble ahead. Today's 7% bloodbath in the banking behemoth is the biggest drop since the financial crisisafter reporting fourth-quarter profit that missed estimates on a surprise drop in revenue, which it warned could fall again this year.
The Dow Jones "Industrial" Average is suffering one of its worst intraday declines in weeks as a result of a 3.6% drop in UnitedHealth shares, which are sinking on news that the DOJ joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the insurer filed by a former executive claiming the country's largest health insurer overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars.
As is always the case, a ramping bull market hides investor mistakes – it is the bear market that reveals them. The meteoric rise in passive investing is one such 'strategy' sending an important and timely warning. Just remember, everyone is 'passive' until the selling begins.
After Credit Suisse reported yet another significant loss for the full year 2016, amounting to 2.35 billion Swiss francs, more than the CHF2.07bn expected, the Swiss banking giant said it was looking to lay off up to 6,500 workers and said it was examining alternatives to a planned stock market listing of its Swiss business.
European, Asian stocks declined, halting a global rally that sent U.S. stocks surging to new all time highs faltered, weighing on the S&P although the index rebounded modestly after a kneejerk announcement lower overnight after Trump's National Security Advisor announced his unexpected resignation.
In December, Japan - the largest holder of Treasuries following China's recent sharp selloff - saw domestic investors dump their holdings of by the most since May 2013. “It was a deer in the headlights moment,” said Zoltan Pozsar, a research analyst at Credit Suisse, and it may be about to get much worse.