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Frontrunning: December 14

Disney Agrees to Buy Fox Assets in $52.4 Billion Deal (WSJ) The Fed Isn’t the Tax Cut’s Enemy (WSJ) The Republicans’ Problem Is Bigger Than Alabama (BBG) ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged and Sees QE to September or Beyond (BBG) A Christmastime Tax Cut for Some, a Lump of Coal for Others (WSJ) Putin says U.S. […]


Frontrunning: December 7

Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising (Reuters) Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital (Reuters) Trump Jr. Refuses to Discuss Father-Son Talk With Investigators (WSJ) L.A. Fires Halt Filming, Menace Crops, Send Edison Plunging  (BBG) North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm (Reuters) Goldman, BlackRock, and Blackstone: […]


Who Will Win The Self-Driving Taxi Race?

Authored by Jon Lesage via OilPrice.com, Ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft have become transportation platforms for automakers and tech giants to someday bring automated, electrified mobility to the mass market. It’s still years in the making, but both companies are gaining significant support during a year when it looked like Uber could be coming to […]


Frontrunning: December 1

Tillerson, Cohn Could Leave White House in Wave of Senior Departures (WSJ) Senate grapples with tax cut plan’s impact on deficit (Reuters) Here’s Where the GOP Tax Plan Stands Right Now (BBG) Markets ignore best European factory data in 17 years (Reuters) Tax Debate Plays Out in TV Ads Targeting Key States Across U.S. (BBG) […]


Frontrunning: November 30

The thinking behind Kim Jong Un’s ‘madness’ (Reuters); U.S. warns North Korean leadership will be ‘utterly destroyed’ in case of war (Reuters) Senate tax drama enters complicated end-game gambit (Reuters) Corporate Tax Rate in Flux as Senate Prepares to Vote (WSJ) The Senate Tax Bill Has Something for Every Republican to Hate (BBG) Bitcoin Mania: […]


Frontrunning: November 21

U.S. sues to stop AT&T buying Time Warner, says would hike rates (Reuters) Merkel Tells Her Rivals: Back Me or Face Voters (BBG) German Turmoil Threatens Europe (WSJ) European Giants Are Making a Bad Month Worse for Stock Market (BBG) Taylor Swift Is Building a Wall (VF) Balance of Power: Putin Reaches for Prize with […]


Jim Chanos Adds To Tesla Short, Sees Musk Stepping Down

The ongoing vendetta between the scourge of Enron, Jim Chanos, and Elon Musk escalated when the Kynikos Associates founder said he has been adding to his Tesla short position throughout the year even as the company’s shares soared to record highs. Speaking at the Reuters Global Investment 2018 Outlook Summit, Chanos – who first disclosed […]


Tesla Bonds Tumble To Record Low As Trump Tax Plan Kills EV Credits

Elon Musk has a problem… well a few problems, actually. Production on its messianic Model 3 is worse than terrible… Electrek.com reports that as Tesla CEO Elon Musk made clear during the company’s conference call with financial analysts last week, Model 3 production is still very much in “production hell” – so much so that […]


“Fully Self-Driving Cars Are Here” – Waymo To Begin Testing Driver-Free Autonomous Taxis In Phoenix

From here on out, if you see a car without a driver meandering around suburban Phoenix, don’t be alarmed: It’s just Google's Waymo division testing its new driverless taxis – the first of their kind to be tested on US roads without the supervision of a “safety driver." Wayno has revealed that – effective immediately […]


Tesla’s Having The Worst Day Ever As GOP Tax Plan Calls For Axing Electric Car Credit

Tesla may be officially having the worst day ever.  One day after announcing its worst quarter in history, in which it burned a record $1.4 billion in cash (which is about $15.5 million every single day, btw)… …a couple of GOP Representatives had to come along and propose a tax bill that would eliminate a […]


Hurricane Surge Fades: October Auto Sales Mixed As GM Inventory Starts To Tick Back Up

U.S. auto sales for the month of October came in mostly mixed with Fiat and GM being the biggest losers relative to street estimates and Ford beating on strong truck and fleet sales.  GM forecasts that the overall SAAR for the month ended up around 18mm units, versus 17.5mm expected, as sales remain elevated due […]


What Selloff: Futures Rebound, Nikkei Extends Record Winning Streak

European shares are modestly lower as investors monitor tense events in Spain and as focus turns to Thursday’s ECB meeting; US equity futures have rebounded from yesterday’s sharp but shallow selloff and are in the green amid rising odds of U.S. tax reform and the imminent unveiling of the next Fed chair while Asian shares […]


Inventory Levels Of These GM Plants Still In “Danger Zone” Even After 2 Hurricanes And 6,000 Job Cuts

Over the past two months, General Motors’ stock has rallied nearly 30% on the notion that hurricanes in Texas and Florida solved the company’s nagging inventory problem.  But, even after two of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history wiped out hundreds of thousands of vehicles and GM’s preemptive elimination of some 6,000 jobs, Automotive […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: ECB Taper, Q3 GDP And Durables

The main even this week will be the ECB’s taper announcement on Thursday where consensus expects the ECB to announce a QE extension of €30bn per month for 9 month until Sep-18, with potential extension after. Net purchases between now and Dec-17 will continue at €60bn per month as planned. To cope with rate hike […]


World Stocks At All Time Highs After Nikkei’s Record Winning Streak; Euro Slides With Spain On Edge

In an otherwise quiet session, Sunday’s convincing election victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition, which gave it another constitution-changing supermajority, pushed the Nikkei to the highest level since 1996, after a record 15 consecutive days of gains – the longest winning streak on record – and sent world stocks to new all-time […]