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Bill Blain: "Something Is Happening In Europe And We Don’t Know What It Is…"

"A French 30yr is in the works, Italy and Belgium are both looking, while other rumours say the EFSF might be in the frame. Fascinating stuff, but with the ECB already taking the metal off the QE pedal, what happens when the market distortion stops? Where do bond prices go when the ECB stops buying... Something is happening and we don’t know what it is..."

Europe, US Futures Slip Despite Brent Bouncing Back To $51

Asian stocks rise lifted by commodity names; European equites trade mostly lower but with little in the way of conviction or firm direction while the Italian banking index is at the highest level in a year following domestic earnings; S&P index futures are modestly in the red after the cash market closed at a record high Wednesday and investors prepared for earnings from retailers.

Nasdaq's "Big 5" Stocks Near $3 Trillion Market Cap

Since President Trump was elected - much to the heart-crushing chagrin of the billionaire class in Silicon Valley and its epic funding of Hillary - the big 5 stocks of the Nasdaq (Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft) have gained a stunning $675 billion in market cap. This pushes them near $3 trillion and well over 10% of the entire US equity market...

JPMorgan: "Comey’s Dismissal Saps Trump’s Political Capital At The Worst Possible Time"

Trump managed to go a few days w/o controversy (a relatively long stretch for the current White House) but the Comey firing is by far the biggest headline of the night. As far as the market is concerned, Comey’s dismissal saps Trump’s political capital and weakens relations w/Congress at the time when he is trying to move an ambitious pro-growth agenda through the Senate and House.

Global Markets Thrown For A Loop After Comey's Shocking Sacking

“There is no doubt that Trump is dominating proceedings this morning after the sacking of Comey. This is a political story rather than a market story, but yet again it creates uncertainty in the market, which leaves everything the president does with a cloud floating over it" said James Hughes of GKFX.

The Last Living Nuremberg Prosecutor: War Is Not The Answer

"If they tell me they want war instead of peace, I say they’re stupid. Stupid to an incredible degree to send young people out to kill other young people they don’t even know...That is the current system. I am naive? That’s insane..."