Apple Stock Sinks After Reports Of iPhone 7 Bursting Into Flames

Welcome to the post-Galaxy Note 7 world, where every exploding smartphone instantly makes the news. As BGR reports, an iPhone 7 owner appears to be the latest victim, claiming that he left his iPhone 7 in his car and came back to find the vehicle filled with smoke with the interior badly burned. While the cause of the fire hasn’t yet been confirmed by officials, photos from the scene show that the fire indeed destroyed the interior of the car.

Is This The End Of The Road For Apple's Self-Driving Car?

Apple has all but thrown in the towel on its self-driving car endeavors. Its project Titan, which was supposed to release a fully autonomous vehicle in the early years of the next decade, has been scaled back substantially and will from now on focus on developing just the self-driving software used in autonomous cars.

10-Trillion-Dollar Bye-Bye - The Calm Before The Storm

"We don’t expect the current situation to end well for investors who insist on taking larger investment exposures than they’re actually willing to hold, with discipline, through a period of severe market losses. From present valuation extremes, a 40-55% market loss would represent a fairly run-of-the-mill resolution to the current market cycle... By the completion of the current cycle, I expect over $10 trillion of what investors count as paper “wealth” in U.S. equities to disappear without a trace."

Frontrunning: October 18

  • Commodity stocks lift global shares, inflation in focus (Reuters)
  • FBI Papers Show State Department Fought Clinton Email Classification (WSJ)
  • Russia Declares Pause in Aleppo Bombing so Rebels, Civilians Can Flee (NBC)
  • Syria rebels reject Aleppo withdrawal after Russian statement (Reuters)
  • UK lawmakers will 'very likely' have to ratify final Brexit deal: government lawyer (Reuters)

While Media Obsesses Over Pussy-Gate, US Debt Soars To $19.7 Trillion

The US government’s debt level has soared to just a hair under $19.7 trillion. To give it some context, that’s up over $170 billion in just eight business days.... the fastest pace in 13 months. It’s almost as if Barack Obama is intentionally and desperately trying to breach the $20 trillion mark before he leaves office in January.

Frontrunning: October 13

  • Weak China data, stronger dollar send global stocks skidding (Reuters)
  • Oil price gains limited by higher OPEC output, U.S. crude stocks (Reuters)
  • Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf Quits in Fallout From Fake Accounts (BBG)
  • SEC Said to Demand That Cooperman Agree to Hedge Fund Suspension (BBG)
  • FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider (Fox)

Global Stocks Tumble To Three Month Lows As China Fears Return

Remember when two weeks ago the China Beige Book warned that "It’s A Lot More Negative Than People Think" in the world's second biggest economy? Well after months of complacency about the Chinese economy and financial risks emanating from its $35 trillion financial sector, overnight the world got a rude awakening when China export figures tumbled, signalling a deeper slowdown than many anticipated just as the Fed prepares to raise interest rates.

Frontrunning: October 11

  • Samsung scraps Note 7 (Reuters)
  • Note 7 fiasco could burn a $17 billion hole in Samsung accounts (Reuters)
  • Trump's struggles may depress Democratic voter turnout (Reuters)
  • Major Investor Sues Theranos  (WSJ)
  • S. Africa’s Gordhan to Be Charged; Rand Plunges Most Since June (BBG)
  • Oil price falls back from one-year highs, hit by OPEC deal concerns (Reuters)