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Finra Issues Warning On Crypto-Related Stock Scams

Yesterday morning we explained the latest and greatest get rich quick scheme in the stock market as follows: Now that it is abundantly clear that for a stock to explode higher, all that is necessary – and sufficient – is a press release mentioning the company’s name and throwing in the word “blockchain” in the […]


Crypto Scam, The Crypto Company, Collapses on Non-Existent Volume

Content originally published at iBankCoin.com   This little pink sheeter ran up 20,000% because MUH Bitcoin, hitting a market cap of $12.6b, and now it’s all unraveling under the hard realities of mathematics driven by greed. Even down 65% for the day, on 11,000 shares traded, the market cap is still over $4 billion. According […]


Everyone In The (Stock Market) Pool?

Via Dana Lyons' Tumblr, The percentage of households’  financial assets currently invested in stocks has jumped to levels exceeded only by the 2000 bubble. Updating one of our favorite data series from the Federal Reserve’s latest Z.1 Release, we see that in the 3rd quarter, household and nonprofit’s stock holdings jumped to 36.3% of their […]


Systemic Risk? Pffft! THIS, My Friends, Is Systemic Risk

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Have you ever asked yourself what happens when you place a trade? I hadn’t given it much thought until about 10 years ago when something happened which opened my eyes to a single company that holds what is probably the most concentrated risk position in the US market. Here’s what happened… So, […]


Would A Leveraged Buyout Help Sears Turnaround Its Business?

Practically since the day he took the reins at Sears, CEO and Chairman Eddie Lampert has been steadily stripping the once mighty retailing behemoth of assets and protecting his hedge fund’s investment as the company continues its steady march toward bankruptcy. Any customer with the temerity to visit one of the remaining Sears or K-Mart […]


What Are Retail Investors Buying Right Now?

Submitted by Nicholas Colas of DataTrek Research Today we want to expand on our recent thoughts on “What are retail investors buying right now?” We showed last week, courtesy of Fidelity Investments data, that mom-and-pops are still adding to positions even on breakouts in US equities. Further, the names at the top of the retail […]


Asian ‘FANG’ Stocks Suffer Worst Week In History

Representing a major segment of EM stocks, TATS are the Asian 'FANGs', and they just suffered their worst week on record. Taiwan Semi, Alibaba, Tencent, and Samsung are TATS and account for over 16% of the MSCI EM Stock index (considerably more than FANG stocks represent in the S&P). TATS have traded lower for 4 […]


Meanwhile, South Korean Industrial Production Crashes

With South Korean stocks soaring in the face of nukes from their northern neighbor and a credit-crunching China, it appears the South Korean economy just caught down to reality… South Korean Industrial Production crashed 5.9% YoY in October – the biggest plunge since Feb 2013 – driven by a 17.5% collapse in auto production. Economists […]


Chinese Stock Rout Continues Despite Government Ban On Selling Shares

After a brief respite rally at the open on the heels of reports that some funds were banned from large-scale stock-selling, prices for Chinese stocks are tumbling once again … As QQ.com reports, some publicly offered funds received a notice that restricted them from selling stocks on a large scale. The report also notes that […]


Gartman Covers His Short

Five days ago, on November 16, upon reading the latest Gartman letter, we issued our usual warning: “For the bears out there the wisest thing to do may be to just step away for a bit, and certainly until Gartman’s already underwater position, is stopped out.” The reason: in the same letter, “world-renowned commodity guru” […]


Biggest Short Squeeze In 11 Months Sends S&P 500 Surging Above 2,600

Equity investors, corporate boards, and momo machines are panic-buying stocks this morning, sending the S&P 500 above 2600 for the first time ever… as the yield curve crashes to decade flats… VIX down, Stocks Up…   While USDJPY momo is helping, stocks are quite decoupled…   And so are bonds…   But it's all about […]


What If The “Exuberance” Is “Irrational”? Then Hold On To Your Hats…

As discussed earlier, Goldman’s entire S&P500 price forecast for 2018 and the next three years is based on two things: tax reform passing, but more broadly, something that David Kostin dubbed “Rational Exuberance”, to wit: “Rational exuberance” best describes our forecast for the trajectory of the S&P 500 during the next several years. Earnings drive […]


The 12-Point List To Identify Value Traps

Submitted by Nick Colas of Datatrek Research Poor, Poor Pitiful… Value Stocks "Value trap". That’s a phrase we haven’t heard much in recent years, but GE seems to be bringing it back. And as we looked at the dramatic outperformance of growth stocks over value this year, it is clear that there are many such […]


Credit Crashes, VIX Tops 14 As Stocks Open Lower For 7th Straight Day

Something changed… Futures were weaker overnight but dumped at the cash open…   As the collapse in HY credit accelerated… worst day for HYG in 3 months   HYG is now negative year-to-date…   With spreads crashing back abopve 400bps…   USDJPY was unable to save stocks and VIX is now topping 14…   VIX […]


The Year Was 1989…

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at These folks were probably worth more than Justin Bieber. And this guy was still alive… and even though dressed like a peacock, amazingly popular. 1989 was also the year the Japanese stock market topped out. Background Most economic crises are the result of an economic boom which leads to investors getting all […]