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China Manufacturing Output and New Orders Contract Once Again

Chinese manufacturing remains in contraction for 2014. Output and new orders were down for the 4th consecutive month, but at a slightly reduced pace according to the HSBC Flash China Manufacturing PMI.

The Crowd Mine

Two of the largest mining operations in the world happen to lie right next to each other, just south of Salt Lake City, Utah. The resources mined in each location are so deep and scattered on so vast a scale that their extraction requires the use of extremely large and powerful machinery.

Turning Points

We are seeing another bounce in the market as economic data continues to come in ahead of expectations. Currently, technical measures and economic releases are giving conflicting signals. This may be the beginning of another turning point in the market like we saw last year.

Jim Rickards on the Death of Money, China, and Financial Warfare

The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past 100 years: in 1914, in 1939, and in 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of turmoil: wars, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. The next financial collapse will resemble nothing we've seen in history.

No Spring Rebound for Existing Home Sales

The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell 0.2 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million units as there appears to have been no spring rebound in home sales after the severe winter weather that saw home sales slow sharply last December. Unfortunately for buyers, home prices continue to rise.

Conference Board Leading Economic Index Increased in March

The Latest Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for March is now available. The index rose 0.8 percent to 100.9 percent and the five previous months were revised upward (2004 = 100). The latest number was above the 0.7 percent forecast by

Is Nuclear Energy Ready for a Comeback?

For a short while it seemed that nuclear power was going to see a revival. Then Fukushima happened and public sentiment once again turned sour, with many government leaders around the world shutting down their plants. However, as fears caused by the Fukushima incident begin to fade, Marin Katusa says that the bullish factors for nuclear energy are starting to resurface again.

Japan Trade Deficit Largest in History; Imports Soar, Exports Barely Up

Those who think a collapsing currency are a sure-fire way to increase exports need to rethink their beliefs. Japan has 50 nuclear reactors. Every one of them is offline. Abe wants to bring them back online, but the Financial Times reports "analysts think that at most 12-15 of the reactors will ultimately be restarted."

Markets Beginning Price in U.S. Inflation Stabilizing

As evidence continues to emerge that U.S. labor markets are gradually healing and wage growth is starting to stabilize, market participants as beginning to consider the possibility that inflation in the US has stabilized, albeit at low levels. Other signals seem to pint in the same direction.

The Adaptive Genius of Rigged Markets

If you don’t adapt, you die. Or worse … for an artist, anyway … you become uncool and passé. Your performance art becomes performance shtick. And yes, I’m looking at you, Elvis Costello. There’s an adaptive genius to the David Byrne’s and the David Bowie’s of the world, quite separate from their musical genius, and that’s what I want to examine in this note.

A Big Earnings Week Ahead

Stocks made a strong comeback late last week on the back of improving economic data, pushing the S&P 500 index back in positive territory for the year. We don’t have much on the economic docket today or the rest of this week, but...

Reports Are Not Yet Confirming Slowdown Was All Weather Related

The stock market has hung in there so far this year in spite of negative economic reports from December through February that indicated the economy was slowing significantly.

A Transaction Fee Might Save Capital Markets... & Protect Us From Skynet!

In late September 2011, the European Commission proposed a tax or fee on financial transactions. This appears to be part of the newly announced European Union plan, with Britain the sole dissenter.

Does the U.S. Have the Highest Corporate Tax Rates in the World?

Here's an interesting perspective on corporate tax rates. I'm sure you've all heard the argument that corporate tax rates are too high, and if only rates were lower, it would stimulate businesses, allowing for a whole array of positives. Proponents of this thesis will draw attention to the fact that the US has...

We Again See Real Estate As Best Investment

The latest Gallup survey on investment preferences in the U.S. puts real estate ahead of gold and stocks for the first time in at least a few years in yet another example of how most people (at least in the U.S.) simply follow established trends.

Big Four Economic Indicators See Strong Advance

The recovery over the past two months appears to support the general view that severe winter weather was responsible for the contraction, and that we shouldn't read the slippage as the beginnings of a business cycle decline. At this point it looks like the Winter slump has been reversed.

ECB Moving Closer to Unconventional Policy

The ECB received another set of disappointing inflation reports yesterday. For some time now the central bank has been betting on the fact the declining inflation figures were driven by food and energy, while the core CPI rate was recovering. Well, that didn't turn out to be the case, at least for now.

5 Reasons for a Q2 Decline in U.S. Interest Rates

Expected Fed tapering throughout 2014 has resulted in what seems to be a strong negative consensus by investors on the direction of long dated Treasury prices, as benchmark US interest rates rise.

Rise in Housing Starts Disappoint, Permits Fall

The Commerce Department reported(.pdf) that U.S. housing starts rose 2.8 percent last month, from an upwardly revised seasonally adjusted annual rate of 920,000 in February to 946,000 in April, however, this was below the consensus estimate of 955,000 that was expected, at least in part, due to better weather in the spring after a severe winter.

Has Inflation in the U.S. Bottomed Out?

Some analysts are beginning to suggest that inflation in the Unites States may have bottomed. As discussed earlier this years, US inflation indicators were pointing to the lowest rate since 2009.

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