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Frontrunning: April 11

  • Tillerson: Russia Should Give Up ‘Unreliable Partner’ Assad (BBG)
  • U.S. tries to line up West, Mideast against Assad (Reuters)
  • United Airlines under fire after passenger dragged from plane; officer put on leave (Reuters)
  • Tillerson carries Syria stance to Moscow as Trump assumes West's leadership (Reuters)
  • Investors Dump French Assets as Presidential Race Opens Up (WSJ)

Key Events In The Holiday-Shortened Week

In this holiday-shortened week (markets closed for Good Friday), focus turns to several inflation prints in G10 in the week ahead, with US and UK inflation data likely to get the most attention. In addition, there are a few scheduled speaking engagements by Fed officials, including a speech by Fed Chair Yellen on Monday.

Wells Fargo Claws Back Additional $72 Million From John Stumpf, Former Retail Banking Head

Wells Fargo’s board said it has clawed back an additional $72 million of pay from two former executives it holds largely responsible for years of sales-practice problems. In a 113-page report, directors of the bank announced the decided to hold back more pay than disclosed last year from ex-CEO John Stumpf and former retail bank leader Carrie Tolstedt

Futures Flat Ahead Of Yellen As Geopolitical Risks Loom; Fear Barometer Spikes

S&P futures point to a slightly lower open, while Asian and European stocks are likewise modestly in the red. Trading volumes are muted for most markets on Monday with investors spooked by rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula. It is also a holiday-shortened week in much of the West.

Gary Cohn Backs Reinstating Glass-Steagal, Breaking Up Big Banks

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive who is the top White House economic adviser told lawmakers he could support legislation breaking up the largest U.S. banks, according to people familiar with the matter, a development that bolsters congressional efforts to reinstate the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law.

Frontrunning: April 4

  • Europe stocks rise but bond yield falls show investor caution (Reuters)
  • Danger of Sell-Off in U.S. Stocks Grows as Auto Sales Disappoint (BBG)
  • Battle Over Gorsuch Confirmation Is Set to Hit Senate Floor (WSJ)
  • U.S. business seeks action, not trade war, in Xi-Trump summit (Reuters)
  • Uncovering the Secret History of Wall Street’s Largest Oil Trade (BBG)

Are 401K Holders About To Feel A Savers Pain?

The issue here is – the “markets” have been levitated via the “wings of doves.” Suddenly – those “doves” have all but vanished. And if that’s true? What’s vanished with it may just be the BTFD genius along with it. And that will turn into a very big problem indeed if correct.

Frontrunning: March 28

  • U.S. stock futures up as investors look beyond failed healthcare bill (Reuters)
  • Ryan's Tax Plan May Get Familiar Foes: GOP's Conservative Caucus (BBG)
  • Congress to Battle Over Spending After Failed Health Bill (WSJ)
  • Trump to End Obama Policies for Paris Climate Accord (BBG)
  • Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies (Reuters)

Wall Street Explains What Today's Failure To Repeal Obamacare Means For Markets

"The fact this bill, which the President has said flat-out he will make it work for all Americans in general, can't pass is an indication this agenda is going to be more ambitious than this Congress can work with.... It is an indication that investors should not expect the kind of velocity in terms of agenda accomplishments they were expecting when he was elected."

Global Stocks Rise; Euro Surges To 6 Week High After French Presidential Debate

European stocks are modestly in the green as gains in banks and oil companies offset declines in miners. Asian stocks and S&P futures rise with Emerging-market stocks extending their longest winning streak since August on the back of the 5th consecutive daily drop in the USD. The euro rose to the strongest in six weeks after a French presidential debate eased market concerns about a possible Le Pen win.

US "Too Big To Fail" Banks Top $1 Trillion - What Happens Next?

For the first time ever, the market cap of America's "Big Four" banks topped $1 trillion having surged 30% since Donald Trump was elected president. While to some this is cause for celebration, we note that the last time a nation's "big four" banks topped $1 trillion in market cap did not end well...

"2017 Will Be A Tipping Point" - Why Some Think This Is The Next "Big Short"

"These malls are dying, and we see very limited prospect of a turnaround in performance" according to a January report from Alder Hill, which began shorting the securities. "We expect 2017 to be a tipping point." Indeed, cracks have appeared: prices on the BBB- pool of CMBS have tumbled from 96 cents on the dollar in late January to 87 cents last week