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Both Sales and Earnings Are Rolling Over With Stocks Near All-Time Highs

Beyond multiple expansions driven by liquidity, sales and earnings drive stocks. Of the two, sales are most important for determining economic conditions. Earnings can be massaged any number of ways. However, sales cannot. Either the money came in the door or it did not. Show More Summary

The Politicians’ War On Uber

Submitted by John Stossel via, Hillary Clinton gave a speech warning that the new “sharing economy” of businesses such as the ride-hailing company Uber is “raising hard questions about workplace protections.” Democrats hate what labor unions hate, and a taxi drivers’ union hates Uber, too. Show More Summary

To Social Media's Horror - It 'Is' Different This Time

Submitted by Mark St.Cyr, There has probably been no greater investing mantra placed upon an industry in recent memory than the now reflexive, as well as defensive response of “It’s different this time” when questioning anything Social. Show More Summary

Citadel Barred From Trading In China After Regulator Accuses "Automated Trading" Unit Of Manipulation

Define irony: for the past 7 years, Wall Street's worst kept secret is that Citadel, the world's most levered hedge fund, has been the NY Fed's just slightly more than arms-length enforcer of market stability, by which we mean spoofer, buyer and otherwise "plunge protector" in the equity and E-mini futures markets. Show More Summary

Something Just Snapped: Container Freight Rates From Asia To Europe Crash 23% In One Week

One of the few silver linings surrounding the hard-landing Chinese economy in recent weeks has been the surprising resilience and strength of the Baltic Dry Index: even as Chinese commodity demand has cratered in 2015, this "index" has more than doubled in the past few months from all time lows, and at last check was hovering just over 1,100. Show More Summary

The 2016 "Dream" Ticket

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The Tide Has Turned And These Charts Predict The Next Stop

Submitted by Thad Beversdorf via, What we saw with the latest GDP reports is something truly remarkable. A market that was explicitly told the past 4 years of economic growth had been overstated simply shrugged off the news. Show More Summary

Dramatic Footage: How Venezuelans Get Milk Powder

It's been a sad week for Venezuela. First, on Wednesday we showed what happens to local supermarkets when formerly Latin American paradises run out of other people's money. Then, the next day we showed what happens when in the aftermath...Show More Summary

Here's The Bad News That Nobody Is Telling You About The Record Lows In Initial Jobless Claims

Submitted by Lee Adler via, The headline, fictional, seasonally adjusted (SA) number of initial unemployment claims for last week came in at 267,000. The Wall Street economist crowd consensus guess close to the mark this week, at 272,000. Show More Summary

Is This The Most Successful Trade Of The Last Decade?

If the longs use VIX products as hedging instruments, then why would anyone take the other side? Especially in light of the fact that, as we discussed previously, only 1 in 20 "skilled" traders profit from VIX ETFs. Because, being short volatility can be very profitable, according to Goldman. Show More Summary

The Fed's Circular Logic Exposed In 1 Simple Chart

Submitted by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Investment Partners, I typically stay away from sentiment indicators and measures of “confidence” not just because they are of dubious construction but they often don’t mean what they are taken for. Show More Summary

As China Admits It Lied About Its Local Debt Levels, Local Billionaires Are Quietly Liquidating Their Assets

It was almost exactly two years ago, when during China's long-forgotten attempt to actively deleverage its economy (remember that? good times...) we commented on the country's s first attempt to estimate what its local government debt is since June 2011. Show More Summary

If Price Insensitive Buyers Become Sellers, Will The Entire Market Collapse?

One narrative we’ve been building on for quite some time is the idea that both stocks and bonds have been propped up by a perpetual bid from price insensitive buyers. Put simply, it really doesn’t matter how overvalued something is if your primary concern is something other than maximizing your return on investment. Show More Summary

US Police Kill 118 People In July, Highest Monthly Total Of 2015

Early last month in "Crowdsourcing Police Brutality", we highlighted an ongoing project at The Guardian which is attempting to tally the number of people killed by police in the US during 2015. Use of deadly force by authorities in America...Show More Summary

The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

If Edward Snowden's patriotic exposure of all things 'super secret surveillance state' in America were not enough, Newsweek reports that, as 10s of millions of hungry PC users download the free upgrade, Windows 10 is watching - and logging and sharing - everything users do... Show More Summary

Russian Military Helicopter Crashes During Air Show Celebrating Airborne Forces Day, One Pilot Dead

August 2 is the day when Russia celebrates its Airborne Forces, only this year something went very wrong, and it was all caught on tape. As Reuters report, one pilot died and another was injured when a helicopter crashed at an airshow in the Russian region of Ryazan on Sunday. Show More Summary

We're Not All Gordon Gecko - Dan Loeb Defends 'The Activist' Investor

Excerpted from Third Point LLC's letter to investors, Lately, a varied chorus of powerful union bosses, politicians and candidates, an asset management company executive, and a few ivory tower types have asserted that activism is short...Show More Summary

CEO Hikes Minimum Wage To $70K, Capitalist Tragicomedy Ensues

Meet 31-year-old Dan Price. Dan is the CEO of Seattle-based credit card payments processing firm Gravity Payments, and three months ago, he did a funny thing. After talking with a friend who confessed to having difficulties making student...Show More Summary

Varoufakis: "In 1967 There Were The Tanks And In 2015 There Were The Banks"

It was back on January 31 of this year, long before the "game theoretical" approach of Greek negotiations with the Eurogroup and ECB in particular and the Troika, and now Quadriga in general was revealed, that we first forecast with absolute accuracy just what the middle, and end game, of the Greek negotiation with Europe (and vice versa) will be:... Show More Summary

Shaping the Investment Climate and the Dollar Trade

There are two events this week that will shape the investment climate potentially for the rest of the year. The first is the Bank of England meeting. The following day is the US employment report. Both events take on added significance. Show More Summary

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