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Q1 Earnings Deluge
After a prolonged period of 10 year bond yields relatively stagnant in the 2 8s earlier this year while equity markets were setting a wild roller coaster in motion we now see the 10 year peek its head up near 3 for the first time since the end of 2013 At 2 966 market participants

Will U.S. Shale Offset Soaring Global Oil Demand?
Oil has rallied sharply in recent days to see West Texas Intermediate (WTI) trading at just under $70 per barrel and Brent breaking through the $70 per barrel mark, with crude trading at its  highest price  since 2014. The surge in oil can be directly attributed to a wide variety of geopolitical risks which are

Q1 Earnings From GE, PG, SLB And More
Q1 earnings season has thus far had a pronounced calming effect on market volatility this week after more than a month of wild turbulence based on a host of external issues impressive growth and positive surprises for companies so far reported have brought a welcome tepidness to daily

Why Tax Cut Bonuses Ring False
Every once in a while, when a baseball player hits one out of the park at an away game, the fan who catches the ball throws it back on the field.  Why celebrate the opponent’s achievement? As rebukes go, it’s not subtle. Sometimes I wonder if the rank and file employees who got $1,000 “tax cut” bonuses might give

The One Man Who Could Send Oil To $100
The future of North Africa’s leading oil and gas producer Libya is once again under threat. International media reports that Libya’s strongman General Khalifa Haftar, leader of the LNA, the largest and strongest military power in the country, has had a stroke. Libyan and Arab news sites stumble over each other

Residential Construction Is Slowly Returning To Normalcy
Every month I analyze the Census data for residential construction (permits, starts and construction completions). This past month, the headline residential building permits improved and construction completions slowed. But from time to time, we need to stand back from the monthly fluctuations and take a look at the

Q1 Earnings, Initial Claims In Focus
Considering how many game changing headlines we ve seen so far in 2018 from inflation interest rate fears to geopolitical hornets nests to Washington DC soap operas this has been a welcome week for the stock markets Just think if we d have had some seasonably appropriate weather we d be

At cycle turn, Fed can follow two possible paths
In mid December we discussed how a new cyclical phase was likely during 2018 one that would provide fresh trading themes with persistence enough to enable profitable momentum oriented expressions A prerequisite to that new phase was a cyclical turning point replete with friction

Bye, Bye, Sterling?
Sterling fell against the U.S. dollar for the second day in a row as disappointing economic data sends the currency, gilt yields and rate hike expectations lower. If Thursday's retail sales report shows consumer spending contracting more than expected, you can officially kiss the rally in GBP/USD goodbye. With

MS, USB, ABT & TXT Leads Q1 Earnings
Triple digit gains in regular day Tuesday trading in both the Dow and Nasdaq were bolstered by a number of different things strong housing starts and a lack of relative geopolitical tension early this week among them but nothing so influential as a very strong Q1 earnings season We are