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Dow Dragged Lower By UnitedHealth After Government Sues Largest US Health Insurer

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.

Wall Street Responds To Today's Jobs Report

Following today's jobs report, the market's reaction to the unexpectedly strong January payrolls visualized in the charts below, is straightforward: the disappointing wage growth is an indication that the Fed may not hike rates for quite a bit longer than expected, and will likely will be forced to reduce its rate hike expectations from 3 to 2 (in line with the market) or fewer if wage growth continue to stagnate.

Frontrunning: January 6

  • December Jobs Data to Wrap Up Obama’s Economic Legacy (WSJ)
  • FBI Says Democrats Refused Access to Hacked E-Mail Servers (BBG)
  • As Trump attacks, Nissan at bigger risk than Toyota (Reuters)
  • Democratic leader Schumer emerges as Trump's newest punching bag (Reuters)
  • PBoC raises renminbi’s daily fix by most since 2005 (FT)
  • China central bank urges rational investment in bitcoin (Reuters)

Frontrunning: November 16

  • U.S. stock futures slip as post-election rally slows (Reuters)
  • Pence Ousts Lobbyists From Transition Team (WSJ)
  • Infighting hits Trump’s foreign policy transition (FT)
  • Trump’s Win and Transition Turmoil Buy Time for FBI Chief Comey (BBG)
  • Elizabeth Warren Sends Donald Trump Letter Criticizing Transition Team’s Wall Street Ties (WSJ)
  • Saudi Arabia set to reveal depth of oil reserves (FT)

Qualcomm Buys NXP For $47 Billion: Biggest Semiconductor Deal Ever

Last night, David Rosenberg pointed out something troubling:  we have just witnessed five multi-billion dollar deals this past week alone — $207 billion globally (AT&T/Time Warner; TD Ameritrade/Scottrade) in what has been the most active announcement list since 1999. We can now add another massive deal to the list: this morning Qualcomm announced it would buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $47 billion, including debt, as it seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars.

Five Main Things To Watch In Today's Chinese GDP Report

There is a reason why, when the Chinese Q3 GDP print is revealed shortly, it will be an utterly meaningless indicator - the number is a goalseeked, arbitrary political construct meant to convey not information about the economy, but about Beijing's intentions what it may or may not do in the future. Unfortunately, since it is the only official number to come out of Beijing, hours will be spent debating it for the next few days. As such, here are 5 key things to focus on...

Hangzhou, We Have A Problem: "Over 71% Of New Chinese Loans Went To Fund Mortgages"

Last week, the IMF warned that China's growing debt "posed risks to financial stability." Here's why: new loans in August reached 948 billion yuan ($142 billion), more than double the figure a month before, data from the People's Bank of China showed. And the punchline: over 71% of the loans went to households, mainly to fund mortgages.

Someone Just Placed A Massive Bet That The Solar City, Tesla Deal Fails

Following June's proposal, the merger of kissing-cousins TSLA and SCTY was confirmed in early August. Since then, the market has begun to aggressively price out the probability that the deal goes through as SCTY tumbles relative to SCTY's offer. Even more concerning is the massive bet someone just made that in the options market that the deal will not go through in Q4 as expected.