Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hillary Responds To Health Allegations; Opens A Jar Of Pickles: "I Feel Like This Is An Alternate Universe"

While Hillary Clinton continued her press conference radio silence, having avoided media Q&A for over 260 days, last night the Democratic candidate did appear on ACB's Jimmy Kimmel live show where she responded to recent reports that her health is deteriorating, saying she feels like she is in an “alternative universe” and laughed off any questions about her health and stamina, arguing that the current speculation "makes no sense."

Crude Explodes Higher After Iran 'Reportedly' "May Support Actions To Prop Up Oil Market"

Oil bulls panic-buy on "sources"...

China Has Its First Taste Of "VaR Shock" As PBOC 14 Day Repo Sparks Treasury Dump

Chinese Treasury futures tumbled overnight, posting their sharpest fall in three months, after the local market was spooked when the PBOC surprised bondholder by hinting it could avoid broad easing and instead may bring back a far less powerful tool.

Madness In Mario-World: European Companies Issue Debt Simply Because The ECB Will Buy That Debt

Things are so absurd in the Eurozone that the ECB is buying private placement debt with little regard for safety. In turn, private equity companies issue debt simply because they know in advance the ECB will buy it. It’s a startling example of how the market is adapting to extremes of monetary policy, and it’s a safe conclusion the experiment will not end well.

New Home Sales Soar Most Since 2007 Driven By Southern Sales Surge

While the accuracy of the new home sales data is notorious volatile, with regular revisions wiping out both up and down-side outlier prints, moments ago the Census reported that in July, the US saw a whopping 654K new home sales, up 12.4%, from the prior month and higher by 31% from a year ago, smashing expectations of a 580K print, and a -2% decline from last month's pre-revision print of 592K (since revised lower to 582K).

Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey Collapses By Most On Record

Following flash PMI's drop, another early August indicator has collapsed as Richmond Fed's manufacturing survey plunges to -11 (lowest since Jan 2013) missing expectations of +6. The plunge from July's +10 to August's -11 is the largest on record - back to 1993.

Gilts Spike After Cover Ratio In Today's 15Y+ POMO Tumbles, BOE Buys All Bonds At Premium

While last week the UK bond market breathed a sigh of relief when the BOE found more than enough willing sellers into its longest-maturity, 15Y+ repurchase, or POMO, operation, following the uncovered operation two weeks ago, today concerns have returned anew when moments ago the BOE reported that its GBP1.170 billion repurchase operation was covered "only" 1.54x, down nearly by half from last week's 2.93x, and suggesting that supply of longer-dated gilts may once again be getting scarce.

US Manufacturing Flashes "Warning Light" As New Orders, Employment Tumble

Following the eurozone's disappointing drift lower in Manufacturing PMI (and weakness in German Services), August's US preliminary manufacturing PMI printed a disasppointing 52.1 (against expectations of 52.6). Weakness in Employment (lowest in 4 months) and New Orders underpin the drop from 52.9 to 52.1 as the 2 month hope-fueled bounce has faded...

VIX-Slam To 11 Handle Sends S&P To Record Highs

Well it's a good job that The Fed warned the public about "valuations" on stocks...

CLSA: "The Bank Of Japan Has Nationalized The Japanese Stock Market"

The Bank of Japan's near doubling of its purchases of Tokyo shares is causing investors to worry the central bank will dominate financial markets, which could lead to price distortions as it continues to grease the economy. It also prompted a CLSA analyst to tell the truth: "The BOJ is nationalizing the stock market."

What's Wrong With This Picture? (Again)

Stocks at the high of the day, Treasury yields at the low of the day, gold at the high of the day... someone is wrong or the 'QE trade' is back...

"It's Scary Quiet": The Past Month Has Seen The Least Volatility Since 1995

The past 30 days has seen the least volatility of any similar stretch in 2 decades as Fed-induced complacency grips the markets...

Obamacare Is Rapidly Becoming The Poster-Child For American Inequality

The best thing about Obama (from an oligarch’s perspective), is his uncanny ability to push through upward redistributive wealth policies while still maintaining a phony aura of caring about the little guy amongst so many of his apparently lobotomized supporters.

"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared

Something significant has happened in recent months: buying 10-yr US treasuries is no longer profitable. It is not only Europeans or Japanese, there now isn’t any global fixed income investor that can make decent money by buying hedged USTs.

The Genocide of a Land — Paul Craig Roberts

by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
In our days of darkness, spreading ignorance, and absence of serious debate in public forums, we can take hope from the fact that some scholars still produce serious and informative books on the most critical issues of our time. If in the future policymakers again seek the guidance of truth, they will have the information at hand. One such book of truth is Jeremy R. Hammond’s just published Obstacle to Peace, a closely reasoned, heavily documented (68 pages of footnotes), fully indexed, readable book with a Foreword by Richard Falk, an Introduction by Gene Epstein, and an endorsement by Noam Chomsky.
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The Collapse of Rome: Washington’s $6.5 Trillion Black Hole

by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:
Students of history will find eerie but quite predictable parallels between the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 4th Century AD and the collapse of America’s global hegemony today. Not only has the choice of political so-called leaders become the near-exclusive province of big money patriarchs and their corporate interests. The choice of politicians voters are offered is worse than abysmal. As President Barack Obama tries every sneaky trick in the book to ram through a hugely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade corporate scam, a report has emerged that there is a staggering $6.5 trillion of US taxpayer dollars that cannot be properly accounted for by standard good accounting methods. That’s trillion, not million, not billion, but trillion. That is almost 40% of the annual USA Gross Domestic Product. Missing in action…
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Deposits at Bank of Ireland To Face Negative Interest Rates

by Mark O’Byrne, Gold Seek:
Deposits at Bank of Ireland are soon to face charges in the form of negative interest rates after it emerged on Friday that the bank is set to become the first Irish bank to charge customers for placing their cash on deposit with the bank.
This radical move was expected as the European Central Bank began charging large corporates and financial institutions 0.4% in March for depositing cash with them overnight.
Bank of Ireland is set to charge large companies for their deposits from October. The bank said it is to charge companies for company deposits worth over €10 million.
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Revealed: ECB Secretly Hands Cash to Select Corporations

by Don Quijones, Wolf Street:
Expanding its Program of Financial Darwinism
In June, the ECB began buying the bonds of some of the most powerful companies in Europe as well as the European subsidiaries of foreign multinationals. This pushed the average yield on euro investment-grade corporate debt to 0.65%. Large quantities of highly rated corporate debt with shorter maturities are trading at negative yields, where brainwashed investors engage in the absurdity of paying for the privilege of lending money to corporations. By August 12, the ECB had handed out over €16 billion in freshly printed money in exchange for corporate bonds.
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The Central Bank Will Need Another 4 Trillion In QE When The Economy Collapses

from X22Report:


from Harvey Organ:
For the August gold contract month, we had a good sized 46 notices served upon for 4600 ounces. The total number of notices filed so far for delivery: 13126 for 1,312,600 oz or tonnes or 40.827 tonnes. The total amount of gold standing for August is 42.777 tonnes.
In silver we had 0 notices served upon for nil oz. The total number of notices filed so far this month: 471 for 2,355,000 oz.
Monday the raid orchestrated by the crooks was aimed at silver. The relatively high OI for the new upcoming front month of September as well as huge numbers of options in the money is scaring our bankers and thus the need to raid.
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Hillary Clinton Receives MILLIONS in Donations (BRIBES) From Saudi Arabia!

from The Money GPS:

Ceding ICANN and Internet Control to Globalists

from BATR:
It does not take a great amount of brain power to comprehend that for the U.S. to surrender the final oversight of ICANN that the internet as it has functioned with relative acceptance of political emancipation is fundamentally at risk to end as we know it. In this campaign cycle of American First Nationalism vs. Internationalist Global Despotism, the stakes are most clear. Where is the public indignation and anger that a cornerstone of most people’s lives is about to be ceded with little or no outrage?
Now the amusing aspect is that there are so many utopians that actually see a shift in the administration of how the internet operates as a good development if America is stripped of their pivotal role as cyberspace arbitrator. It would be silly on its surface, if it was not so profound and dangerous in its substance
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Top Doctor: Concerns Over Hillary’s Health ‘Not a Conspiracy Theory’

Rutgers University Professor of Medicine says Clinton should be assessed by an impartial panel of physicians
by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars:
Top doctor and Rutgers University Professor of Medicine Bob Lahita says that concerns over Hillary Clinton’s health are not a conspiracy theory and that Clinton should be assessed by an impartial panel of physicians.
Lahita told Fox Business that he agreed with Dr. Drew on several points about Hillary’s health. Last week, Drew told KABC that he is “gravely concerned” about Hillary Clinton’s health, noting that the treatment she has received is “bizarre”.
“This is a very unusual story with Hillary,” said Lahita, making reference to her suffering two blood clots, a stroke and post-concussive syndrome, which caused Hillary to have to wear special prism glasses to counter her double vision.
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Judicial Watch in Court Monday, Seeking Release of Another 15,000 Clinton Emails

by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
The conservative group that has forced the release of emails that Hillary Clinton preferred to keep private is going to court on Monday, seeking the speedy release of another 15,000 Clinton emails and documents.
These are emails obtained by the FBI that “Mrs. Clinton tried to hide from the American people,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told CSPAN Monday morning.
The FBI turned the emails over to the State Department, and under its pending Freedom of Information Act requests, Judicial Watch is now suing to have them released.
“And we were just told on Friday there are at least 15,000 or so emails or documents that have been recovered, or documents that weren’t turned over by Mrs. Clinton, at least. And so we’re going to try to get those documents and see how quickly the government is willing to turn them over to us, and we’ll discuss that in court today,” Fitton said.
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