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The Silence Of The Bears

"The silence of the bears is deafening. And who can blame them? The last 2 years have been absolutely brutal for any fans of price discovery, volatility and anything analytical mattering. Nothing matters."

Key Events In The Coming Week: Taxes, Inflation, Yellen, Draghi, Kuroda And Brexit

This week’s economic calendar features several key data releases and Fedspeak. The main data release in US include: CPI inflation, retail sales, industrial production, housing data and monthly budget statement.Away from the data the ECB’s Draghi, Fed’s Yellen, BoE’s Carney and BoJ’s Kuroda are all scheduled to participate on a policy panel hosted by the ECB.

Key Events In The Coming Very Busy Week

With a full slate of central bank meetings, data (including payrolls Friday) and earnings next week there’s a little bit for everyone. On Thursday, according to Politico, we will also know who the next Fed Chair is as well as get a first look at a version of the House tax bill in the US, perhaps on Wednesday.

Rental Nation: Unique 'Solution' Emerges To Address Flood Of Off-Lease Vehicles...Lease Them Again

What do you do when you're industry is being threatened with a massive oversupply situation that could wipe out all pricing power for years to come?  Well, since reducing production is simply not tenable for auto OEMs, one group of used car dealers in Wisconsin has an alternative solution...delay the problem for as long as possible by starting up a new used car leasing program.

Beige Book Signals Inflation & Healthcare Concerns Amid Modest Growth

Despite major disruptions from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, all 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic activity increased in September through early October. Several Districts noted increased manufacturing input costs, citing storm impacts (with 58 mentions of the word Hurricane) and labor constraints (employers were having difficulty finding qualified workers), but The Fed notes healthcare service prodviders were less upbeat.

More Bad News For Autos: Wells Fargo Car Loan Originations Crash To All Time Low

While Wells Fargo's earnings report was disappointing, missing on revenue and reporting another decline in overall loan growth, it contained another flashing red light: auto loan originations crashed 47% Y/Y to only $4.3 billion, the lowest print since the bank started disclosing this item back in 2013.

Storm-Impacted Retail Sales Disappoint Despite Biggest Spike Since March 2015

Following August's slump (worst since Jan '16), September's retail sales data was expected to surge 1.7% MoM (thanks in large part to the spike in auto sales) but it disappointed with a 1.6% spike (still the most since March 2015). The main drivers (as expected) were a surge in gas prices (biggest gain in 4 years) and auto sales (biggest since March 2015).

Global Stocks Hit New Record High, Dollar Mixed After Dovish Fed

In a trend observed every day this week, S&P futures are slightly in the red ahead of a post-open ramp with the VIX rising to 9.91, as Asian shares climb, European stocks are little changed. WTI crude pares recent gains, slipping below $51 after API showed an unexpected crude build.