• Monetary Metals
    02/09/2016 - 02:05
    On Jan 28, the price of silver flash crashed. This irregularity occurred around the silver fix. The spot price was $14.40 but the fix was $13.58.

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After Crashing, Deutsche Bank Is Forced To Issue Statement Defending Its Liquidity





"Today Deutsche Bank published updated information related to its 2016 and 2017 payment capacity for Additional Tier 1 (AT1) coupons based on preliminary and unaudited figures.   The 2016 payment capacity is estimated to be approximately EUR 1 billion, sufficient to pay AT1 coupons of approximately EUR 0.35 billion on 30 April 2016."

 
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Futures Unchanged, Global Stock Algos Anemic Ahead Of U.S. Payrolls Report





US futures were largely unchanged overnight, with a modest bounce after the European close driven by a feeble attempt to push oil higher, faded quickly and as of this moment the E-mini was hugging the flatline ahead of today's main event - the January payrolls, expected to print at 190K and 5.0% unemployment, however the whisper number - that required to push stocks higher - is well lower, at 150K (according to DB), as only a bad (in fact very bad) jobs number today will cement the Fed's relent and assure no more rate hikes in 2016 as the market now largely expects.

 
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The Death Throes Of The Bull





Not only is the specter of recession growing more visible, but it is also attached to a truth that cannot be gainsaid. Namely, having stranded itself at the zero bound for an entire business cycle, the Fed is bereft of dry powder.

 
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With 1.6 Billion Monthly Active Users, Here Is Facebook's Quarter And Year In Charts





In an otherwise dreary manufacturing recession landscape, one in which even the services sector is getting increasingly more troubled by the day, and where nothing the Fed says or does can keep animal spirits inflated, there was one ray of light: the one company that benefits from over a billion people posting pictures of their dogs or stalking their significant other's best friend: Facebook.

 
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CFTC Has Decade Of Audit Opinions Withdrawn After Massive "Error" Uncovered





To the extent we believed there might be a shred of honesty and/or dignity buried somewhere in the bowels of the government body tasked with policing the derivatives market, our hopes were dashed on Tuesday when we learned that the Commission’s auditor has withdrawn “nearly a decade” of financial opinions after discovering that the books may be cooked.

 
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IBM Hits 5 Year Lows After Sales Drops For 15 Consecutive Qtrs, EPS "Beats" On Plunging Tax Rate





It appears that IBM once again "beat" the GAAP EPS by using the oldest trick in the accounting book: a sharply lower effective tax rate. While IBM had used 22.3% for its tax rate a year ago, it decided to use a far lower effective tax rate in the current quarter, only 12.5%. The non-GAAP tax rate was also sharply lower.

 
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BofA Reports $21.3 Billion In Energy Exposure; Beats On EPS Despite Revenue Miss, Sliding Sales And Trading





Here is what everyone wanted to know from BofA results:  commercial net charge-offs increased $75MM compared to 3Q15, driven by losses in Energy, while the Allowance increased $144MM from 3Q15, driven by energy-related exposures and higher loan growth across the portfolio. Most importantly, BofA revealed its "Utilized Energy exposure of $21.3B ($1B traded products)", down $2.6 billion from a year ago. BofA also notes that the "higher risk sub-sectors of Oil Field Services and Exploration & Production comprise 39% of utilized energy exposure." NPLs increased $110MM from 3Q15, to $1.2 billion driven mostly by increases in Energy. 

 
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This Is The Biggest EBITDA Drop Outside Of A Recession Since 2000





As BofA admits, "we are increasingly concerned with this trend, as on an unadjusted basis non-commodity earnings growth has been negative 2 of the last 4 quarters, representing the worst 4 quarter average earnings growth in a non-recessionary period since late 2000."

 
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Behold Accounting Magic 101: This Is How Alcoa Just "Beat" Consensus EPS





... more than 100% of Alcoa's "EPS" in the quarter was due to what management thought was another quarter of recurring "non-recurring", non-one time "one-time" charges.

 
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Priced For Perfection - Why This Burrito Market Is Heading For A Fall





In March 2014 Wall Street’s ex-items S&P 500 earnings forecast for 2015 was about $133 per share; it ended up 20% lower at $106. Yet here they go again - the consensus for 2016 started out at $137 per share last spring, and is just now beginning to make its way back toward the high $120s. It is a barometer of the abject complacency and intellectual sloth that has descended on the casino owing to two decades of Fed coddling and seven year of free money for the carry trades. In the case of Chipotle, it was always just a burrito. In the case of the US and world economy and financial markets, it’s not even that.

 
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DVA Is Dead: Banks Will No Longer "Profit" From Collapsing





The debt valuation adjustment, or DVA, will no longer be included in net income, according to revisions to the fair-value measurement standard published by the Financial Accounting Standards Board Tuesday.  The DVA rule increased net income when a bank’s bonds tanked, on the theory that the firm could buy back its bonds at a lower price and benefit from the decline in value.

 
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The Next Big Short





At the end of the day, the current preposterous $325 billion market cap has nothing to do with the business prospects of this firm or the considerable entrepreneurial prowess of its leader and his army of disrupters. It is more in the nature of financial rigor mortis - the final spasm of the robo-traders and the fast money crowd chasing one of the greatest bubbles still standing in the casino.

 
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Time For Torches & Pitchforks: The Little Guy Is About To Get Monkey-Hammered Again





The prospect that the leaders of our monetary politburo are about to be tarred and feathered by economic reality might be satisfying enough if it led to the repudiation of Keynesian central planning and a thorough housecleaning at the Fed. Unfortunately, it will also mean that tens of millions of retail investors and 401k holders will be taken to the slaughterhouse for the third time this century. And this time the Fed is out of dry powder, meaning retail investors will never recover as they did after 2002 and 2009.

 
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Safe On The Sidelines - 405 Days And Counting





The S&P 500 closed at 2052 on November 18,2014. That was 405 days ago, and despite the rips and dips in the interim the broad market average has gone nowhere.

 
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10 Investor Warning Signs For 2016





Wall Street’s proclivity to create serial equity bubbles off the back of cheap credit has once again set up the middle class for disaster. The warning signs of this next correction have now clearly manifested, but are being skillfully obfuscated and trivialized by financial institutions. Nevertheless, here are ten salient warning signs that astute investors should heed as we roll into 2016.

 
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