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Merck CEO Resigns From Trump’s Manufacturing Council Over “Hatred, Bigotry, & Group Supremacy”

Merck CEO Ken Frazier has resigned from the President's Manufacturing Council as a "matter of personal conscience" following Trump's apparent lack of rejection of "expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy." Statement from Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck: "I am resigning from the President's American Manufacturing Council.   Our country's strength […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Fed Minutes, Retail Sales And, Of Course, Politics

In what should be a relatively quiet, mid-summer week if only on the global economic schedule even as domestic and global political tensions continue to set the general risk tone on any given day, the focus over the next few days will be on US retail sales on Tuesday and Industria Production on Thursday, as […]


Bitcoin Has No Yield, but Gold Does Report 13 August 2017

Last week, we said: It is commonly accepted to say the dollar is “printed”, but we can see from this line of thinking it is really borrowed. There is a real borrower on the other side of the transaction, and that borrower has powerful motivations to keep paying to service the debt. Bitcoin has no […]


Are We Already In Recession?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, If we stop counting zombies, we're already in recession. How shocked would you be if it was announced that the U.S. had just entered a recession, that is, a period in which gross domestic product (GDP) declines (when adjusted for inflation) for two or more quarters? Would […]


VIX Tumbles, S&P Futures, Global Stocks Rebound Sharply As Korea Fears Fade

The VIX tumbled by nearly 3 vols, down to 13.10 last, or over 18% lower and global stocks and S&P futures rebounded sharply on Monday as tensions over an imminent conflict with Pyongyang receded after U.S. officials played down the likelihood of a nuclear conflict with North Korea, recovering from fears of a U.S.-North Korea […]


China Macro Data Misses Across The Board In July, Worst Since 2016

Confirming the credit impulse peak is passed (June’s surprise beats), China’s July macro-economic data is ugly. Retail Sales, Industrial Production, and Fixed Asset Investment all fell and missed notably. For now the reaction is absolutely nothing… National Bureau of Statistics reports some ugly data for July: China July Industrial Output MISS Rises 6.4% Y/y; Est. […]


Japan GDP Surges 4%, Most In Two Years, On Jump In Government Stimulus Spending

Japan’s economy grew by 1% sequentially, and 4% on an annualized basis in Q2, smashing expectations of a 2.5% print and well above the upward revised 1.5% in the first quarter; it was also the the highest quarterly growth since a 5% print in Q2 2015, Japan’s Cabinet Office reported, and the 6th consecutive quarter […]


FX Week Ahead: Myopic Markets Hit USD On Inflation Miss

Submitted by Shant Movsesian and Rajan Dhall MSTA from fxdaily.co.uk FX Week Ahead – Myopic markets hit USD on inflation 'miss' – rest of the major economies in focus ahead. Once again, sluggish inflation takes a hammer to currency and we saw the USD turn back from a tentative recovery, which many still see as […]


Russia-gate’s Fatally Flawed Logic

Authored by Robert Parry via ConsortiumNews.com, By pushing the Russia-gate 'scandal' and neutering President Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea… There was always a logical flaw in pushing Russia-gate as an excuse for Hillary Clinton’s defeat – besides the fact that it was based on […]


Shocking Admission From Global Head Of Strategy: “Our Clients Have Given Up On Valuation As A Metric”

For all the recent concerns about an “imminent” nuclear war with North Korea (not happening, according to the head of the CIA), which prompted a stunned reaction from Morgan Stanley which earlier today observed the “70% rise in the VIX index over three days, 2% drop in global equities, and more than a few holidays […]


Hertz – The Final Nail In The Coffin

Authored by Daniel Ruiz via Blinders Off blog, As a disciplinarian in the automotive sector, my focal point is concentrated on the study of used vehicle values and how they affect the automotive industry as a whole. Measure the Cause to Predict the Effect There are several subcategories that help predict the trajectory of used […]


Is Ethereum About To Unseat Amazon Cloud?

Ethereum investors have been eagerly awaiting more news about the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, the enterprise platform that’s supposed to transform Ethereum into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) of the future. The announcement of the co-venture between several of the largest US tech companies coincided with the beginning of a massive runup in the value of […]


Retail Rout Returns (But Don’t Blame Amazon)

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, JCPenney announced a $62 million dollar loss for the quarter. With the announcement, its share price plunged 16% breaking the $4 barrier for the first time. Stocks under $5 are considered “penny” stocks. This was the worst week for Retailers since Dec 2016… Please consider JCPenney Nosedives to All-Time Low on […]


Passport Global Slammed With Over 60% In Redemptions In Q2

Back in April, we reported that the Long-Short Strategy Fund of John Burbank, one of the handful of investors who made a killing from shorting subprime, and head of what was at the time the $2.4 billion Passport Capital, was shutting down after a series of negative returns: according to HSBC, the fund – which […]