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Panic-Selling Turns To Buying-Scramble As Cryptocurrencies Recover Dramatically

Update 1600ET: Thanks to some serious dip-buying, the landcape across cryptocurrencies is not as completely devastating as it appeared this morning… *  *  * Update 1300ET: Bitcoin prices have somewhat stabilized for now around $13,000… *  *  * Update 1245ET: GDAX is down… *  *  * Update 1220ET: Mike Novogratz has shelved plans to launch […]


Crypto-Carnage: Bitcoin ‘Stabilizes’ Around $13,000 As Exchanges ‘Break’

Update 1300ET: Bitcoin prices have somewhat stabilized for now around $13,000… *  *  * Update 1245ET: GDAX is down… *  *  * Update 1220ET: Mike Novogratz has shelved plans to launch his fund, warning that: "We didn’t like market conditions and we wanted to re-evaluate what we’re doing…I look pretty smart pressing the pause button […]


Crypto-Carnage: CME Bitcoin Futures Halted Limit-Down

Update: 0950ET – CME's Bitcoin Futures Contract was halted limit-down (down 20%) at $12,265 at 0945ET… *  *  * Following the most aggressive drop in Bitcoin in almost three years (plunging 37% from its highs in 5 days)… Bitcoin is now down over $9000 from its highs… Back to a $10,000 handle… And then it […]


Nigeria, Venezuela, & USA – “We’re Worse Off Today Than 50 Years Ago”

Fifty years ago, the world was a very different place. PCs and smartphones were the stuff of Sci-Fi and numerous nations found themselves at crucial crossroads in their evolution. While Russia and US could arguably be back in another Cold War, Pew Research asked 43,000 around the world whether life is better (or worse) now […]


Global Deflation Alert: Chinese Credit Creation Tumbles To 27 Month Low

At the end of November, we showed a troubling observation for China – and global – macro watchers from Axiom’s Gordon Johnson: for the first time ever, record Chinese credit creation had failed to stimulate the economy, and in fact the exact opposite appeared to be unfolding – economic growth is slowing across a number […]


Vroom! Ferrari Plans To Double Production Shifts – On Track To Smash Earnings, Production Targets

On 2 November 2017, Ferrari NV, which was spun-off from Fiat Chryslerr, announced a 23% rise in adjusted EBITDA to 778 million euros (629 million euros) for the first nine months of 2017. The company increased its EBITDA target for the full year to 1 billion euros versus the previous estimate of more than 950 […]


Mega Mall Merger: French Bid For Westfield Creates $72BN Mall Giant As Online Threat Looms

The need for consolidation in the face of the ongoing Amazon – and broader online menace – is becoming irresistible, even for the biggest and best mall operators. Today the French-based Unibail-Rodamco, the biggest commercial landlord in Europe, agreed to purchase Westfield, the Australian-based mall operator. Unibail is offering 0.018844 shares and $2.67 cash for […]


Futures Flat As FOMC Meeting Begins; Brent Jumps Over $65 For First Time Since 2015

E-mini futures are modestly in the green this morning, though net of fair value the S&P index is poised for another record high open as the FOMC begins its last meeting for 2017 in which it is expected to raise rates by 25bps. European stocks gain while Asian equities slide led by weakness in Chinese […]


Bitcoin Futures Stabilize At 8% Premium To Spot As ‘No Brainer’ Shorts Fail To Appear

Despite broadly-spewed sentiment last week that Bitcoin futures would herald the end of Bitcoin as 'shorts' could finally capitalize on the 'tulipmania', for now, they have failed to turn up as the January-expiring futures are holding a 8% premium to spot prices and remain up around 19% from their opening print overnight. Futures are holding […]


The New Great Game Moves From Asia-Pacific To Indo-Pacific

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Is the world's center of gravity shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific – a new pivot to Asia? In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of […]


Global Stocks, US Futures Slide As Tax Bill Chaos Erupts In The Senate

Markets were thrown for a loop in the past 24 hours, with the Dow first soaring nearly 400 points on Thursday on expectations that tax reform was a done deal, when drama emerged just after the close when the Senate tax bill came this close to falling apart when the proposed “Trigger” was ruled as […]


Tech Wreck Hits Asia – TATS Turmoil After FANG Flush

While FANGs cratered in US markets, the turmoil in tech stocks has spread to AsiaPac with Hong Kong down hard as TATS tumble to one-month lows at the open… Asia's "FANG"  equivalent – accounting for 16% of MSCI Emerging Market Stock index is TATS – Taiwan Semi, Alibaba, Tecent, and Samsung… All four names are […]


Hawaii Reinstates Cold-War Era Warning To Prepare For North Korean Attack

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, The previously retired air raid warning sirens from the Cold War era in Hawaii will be wailing again come December. Only this time, it’s due to the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea. Hawaii has long been a military defense outpost, sparking fears that North Korea […]


S&P Futures Hit Record High As European Euphoria Takes Over Forgotten China Rout

Yesterday’s China stock market rout, in which the Shanghai Composite tumbled the most since June 2016 to three month lows, and which prompted traders to question the dedication of Beijing’s plunge protection team, appears to have been forgotten, with the Composite closing unchanged on Friday after some early session weakness, as Chinese yields declined broadly […]


China Slashes Import Tariffs on Consumer Goods In Boost For Trump And Western Exporters

China announced it is slashing import tariffs on 187 consumer products starting next month. The Finance Ministry pointed to the cuts being concentrated in products in short supply domestically which, it believes, will prompt local producers to improve quality. The items in the list which, includes baby formula, diapers, electric toothbrushes, medicines, cosmetics, coffee machines […]