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European Bank Stress Test Preview: What To Expect And How To Trade It

While the main event in today's European bank stress test was leaked moments ago, when Monte Paschi board member Turicchi said that the bank has finalized a bank consortium for a critical capital hike, suggesting that contrary to last minute jitters the bank has found the needed number of willing banks to provide €5 billion in fresh capital it needs resulting in the bank's 3rd bailout in the past 2 years - this one courtesy of the private sector - there may still be some surprises.

What Wall Street Thinks Of Apple's Earnings Beat

After beating on revenues and earnings despite a steep drop in both revenues and iPhone orders and projecting a third consecutive quarter of declining profits, Apple is up nearly 8% pre-market as traders clearly liked what Tim Cook did in the quarter. More importantly, Wall Street liked the results too. Here is a summary of what some of the key analysts thought.

Frontrunning: July 26

  • Priest killed in French church before police shoot dead hostage-takers (Reuters)
  • On raucous opening night, Democratic stars make a pitch for Clinton (Reuters)
  • Sanders Backs Clinton After Fractious Opening of Convention (BBG)
  • Some in Sanders' army seem determined to march on without him (Reuters)
  • Yen hits two-week high as Japanese stimulus expectations dialled back (Reuters)

US Futures Rise To Session Highs, Set For Another Record Open; Global Stocks Jump

After yesterday's positive close in the Dow Jones, which hasn't had a losing day since July 7 and which took the series of consecutive green closes to 8 in a row - the longest stretch since 2013 - the index will look to lock in its 9th green day in a row with futures currently trading well in the green. It's not just the US - equities edged higher in Asia and Europe as positive earnings results from some of the world’s biggest companies countered concern the global economy is losing steam. The dollar strengthened while gold retreated.

Elon Musk Is The Face Of This Bubbling Stock Market (But Maybe Not For Long)

Simply put, Musk is supporting the system’s determination to strip people of various forms of self-reliance. It’s one thing for government agencies to promote “clean” energy. Many are immediately suspicious. But Musk’s overriding talent is to make federal authoritarianism seem positively sexy. He is the rock star of alternative energy... "Elon Musk is an obvious fraud. Something that all of his companies rely upon is continued gub’mint cheese. Without the largesse of the state, his entire empire would have already collapsed."

Frontrunning: July 8

  • Snipers kill five Dallas police; Obama calls it 'despicable' attack (Reuters)
  • Global stocks regain ground, Treasury near record low as U.S. jobs data looms (Reuters)
  • House Republicans Push for New Hillary Clinton Investigation (WSJ)
  • Obama urges NATO to stand firm against Russia despite Brexit (Reuters)
  • Kremlin says NATO talk of Russian threat absurd, short-sighted (Reuters)

US Futures Rebound After Volatile Session, All Eyes On June Payrolls

In a session where bleary-eyed traders followed the all-night tragic developments out of Dallas and initially sold off risk assets, it is good to see that some normalcy prevailed with the traditional post Europe-open futures ramp, which was further assisted by the successful resolution of the Dallas standoff, which has pushed futures modestly higher ahead of today's main event for markets, the June payrolls report due in under two hours.

Ex-Barclays Traders Jailed For Over 6 Years Over Libor-Rigging

Just days after Hillary Clinton is found to have negligently broken laws but faced no charges, four former Barclays bankers appear to have been scapegoated over their libor-rigging. 45-year-old Jay Merchant was the hardest hit - sentenced to 6 1/2 Years in prison.

Frontrunning: July 7

  • Global stocks and sterling bounce after Brexit bashing (Reuters)
  • FBI director to face Republican fire over Clinton email probe (Reuters)
  • UK's Hammond says Article 50 a decision for government, not parliament (Reuters)
  • GOP Puts Pressure on Clinton, FBI After Lynch Closes Email Probe (WSJ)
  • Gold’s Most Accurate Forecaster Says Prices May Go to $1,425 (BBG)
  • Central Banks Put Squeeze on Sovereign-Debt Market (WSJ)

It's Not The Brexit Stupid!

Brexit is just a symptom of the disease eating away at the fabric of our global economy. Lehman’s collapse was not the cause of the 2008 worldwide financial crisis. It was just the excuse for something that was going to happen no matter what. Bad debt, bad bankers, bad regulators, bad politicians, media cheer leading, and a willfully ignorant populace were a toxic combination – and it’s worse today.