As a result of the global commodity weakness, global stocks have fallen for the first time in six days as the sell-off in commodities continued, dragging both US equity futures and European stocks lower. However, putting this in context, last week the MSCI All Country World Index posted its biggest weekly gain in six weeks: alas, without a coincident rebound in commodity prices, it will be merely the latest dead cat bounce.
While it is still unclear just why the FOMC Minutes which are said to have made a December liftoff "more likely" unleashed a dramatic market rally, one which sent both stocks and TSYs higher, the sentiment continued overnight, with both Asian stocks surging on the US momentum, as well as Europe, where the DAX gapped solidly above the 200 DMA as most European shares advanced, led by resources, travel stocks. U.S. futures continue their ramp higher, and at last check were another 8 points, or 0.4%, in the green. But if the Fed Minutes were enough to unleash the latest leg in this rally, than the ECB's own minutes due also today, should send futures back over 2100 without much difficult, regardless of their actual content.
- ECB Haunted by Paradox as Draghi Weighs Risk of QE Signaling (BBG)
- At odds with Republicans, Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi (Reuters)
- House tees up conservative plans to raise debt limit (Hill)
- U.S., Russia to Meet at Syria Conference to Discuss Crisis (WSJ)
- Putin Gains Record Support Among Russians Over Syria, Poll Shows (BBG)
- China Plans 2020 Deadline for Dismantling Capital Controls (BBG)
- Nyrstar Drops the Most on Record as Mining Hit by Metal Rout (BBG)
The reason these articles are so important, is not because they are based on intel leaked by an additional whistleblower (i.e., not Snowden), but because you can’t read the information without concluding quite simply that the U.S. empire is completely and totally out of control. That the plethora of American military adventures overseas are not only not making us safer, but are in fact making us far more vulnerable.
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- Headline winner: "Read Beyond Massive Job-Cuts Headlines: Labor Market Is Fine" (BBG)
- And speaking of lies: The More Yellen Talks Up Inflation, the Less Traders Believe Her (BBG)
- How Some Investors Get Special Access to Companies (WSJ)
- Victorious Catalan separatists claim mandate to break with Spain (Reuters)
- Russia seizes initiative in Syria (Reuters)
- Former VW boss Winterkorn investigated for fraud (Reuters)
- Investors Pull Back From Junk Bonds (WSJ)
The phrase New World Order is largely derided as a sophomoric conspiracy theory entertained by minds that lack the sophistication necessary to understand the nuances of geopolitics. But it turns out the core idea — one of deep and overarching collusion between Wall Street and government with a globalist agenda — is operational in what a number of insiders call the “Deep State.”
Somehow everything in the following statement from David Petraeus is wrong: "There is no shortage of customers for the purchase of U.S. Treasuries," said Petraeus.... "Given the relative strength of the U.S. economy and the prospect of the Fed raising interest rates at some point in the months ahead, I suspect there will continue to be very keen interest in U.S. Treasuries."
Ordinary Americans frequently ask why politicians and government officials appear to be so obtuse, rarely recognizing what is actually occurring in the country. That is partly due to the fact that the political class lives in a bubble of its own creation, but it might also be because many of America’s leaders actually accept that there is an unelected, unappointed, and unaccountable presence within the system that actually manages what is taking place behind the scenes. That would be the American deep state. America’s deep state is completely corrupt: it exists to sell out the public interest, and includes both major political parties as well as government officials.
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World oil production is about 90 million barrels a day, representing a cash flow of about nine billion dollars a day which comes down to three trillion dollars a year. With the oil price 40 to 50% lower, this flow is also cut by 40 to 50%. This amounts to 10% US GDP. Compare it with the 0.5% growth we are now missing in China, we prefer to keep our eyes on the oil price. These extreme moves can not be without consequence.
- China stocks slump 6 percent on fears of further yuan depreciation (Reuters)
- U.S. Lacks Ammo for Next Economic Crisis (Hilsenrath)
- Emerging Markets Extend Slide as Commodities Fall; Pound Jumps (BBG)
- China yuan to move both ways, more 'adjustments' unlikely: central bank economist (Reuters)
- Playing Chinese markets is as simple as 'follow the leader' (Reuters)
- PBOC Injection Shows China Worries About Outflows (WSJ)
- Russia Fails to Soothe Oil Concerns as Citi Joins Ruble Bears (BBG)
Just two years after Toy'R'Us attempted (and failed) to IPO, Bloomberg reports that insurance companies are cutting back on their coverage of the firm's suppliers. Without this 'insurance', which protects suppliers in case a retailer fails to pay them for merchandise - as in the event of a bankruptcy - the risks of shipping to the retail chain soar. Toys'R'Us bonds have collapsed to lows as investors recognize that credit insurers sometimes cancel existing policies if a company’s performance declines precipitously enough to place its ability to keep operating in doubt. That occurred in the months before bankruptcy filings at RadioShack, Borders, and Circuit City.
- Greece Capitulates to Creditors’ Demands to Cling to Euro (BBG)
- Euro zone strikes deal with Greece after all-night struggle (Reuters)
- Tsipras Moves From Predator to Prey at Euro 'Torture' Summit (BBG)
- Euro’s Greek Boost Evaporates as Analysts Predict Losses to Come (BBG)
- Greek Fury Meets Resignation at Demands for Concessions (BBG)
- Poland Blames ‘Carefree’ Greek Populists for Tough EU Aid Deal (BBG)
- Europeans Press for Iran Nuclear Deal on Monday (WSJ)
- Iran nuclear talks: Deal 'near completion' (BBC)
- In speech, Clinton to put wages at heart of economic policy (Reuters)
- China’s Incendiary Market Is Fanned by Borrowers and Manipulation (NYT)
"This is what happens when you let money run riot and you allow industries to police themselves. This is what happens when the rich and powerful are endlessly granted special privileges, celebrated and permitted or even encouraged to place themselves above the law. And this is what happens when ordinary people feel bored by and excluded from politics, largely because their voices matter so little..."