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28Jul2016 Pre-Market Commentary: US Stock Futures Down And Flat, WTI Crude Set Slip Further, US Dollar Steady And Short-Term Indicators Neutral

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Written by Gary

US stock future indexes are fractionally in the red (SPY -0.1%) and markets are set to open flat. Fed fund futures have taken a rate hike back off the table for this year after the Federal Reserve and the reporting season thus far has been better-than-expected in general. WTI crude remains lower in the high 41's.

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What We Read Today 27 July 2016

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Stray Mutts Can Still Bite

from STRATFOR

-- this post authored by Scott Stewart

On July 24 in Ansbach, Germany, a 27-year-old refugee from Syria detonated a bomb concealed in his backpack, injuring several bystanders and killing himself. His intended target appears to have been a nearby music festival, but he didn't have a ticket and was denied entry. Instead he detonated his device outside a bar near the festival. The attack was the first suicide bombing in Germany, albeit a poorly executed one.

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Infographic Of The Day: Interesting Facts About The Bathroom

With over 10 years experience we are certainly in a good position to advise on what's hot and what's not in the world of restroom design.

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Video of the Day:

Pilots spend hours in multi-million dollar simulators, preparing for the worst cast scenario. In this episode Flight Mode, WIRED's Jack Stewart gets a taste of what pilots go through.


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Will Bank Of Japan Deploy Helicopters?

by Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

Japan's 'Helicopter Money' Play: Road to Hyperinflation or Cure for Debt Deflation?

Fifteen years after embarking on its largely ineffective quantitative easing program, Japan appears poised to try the form recommended by Ben Bernanke in his notorious 'helicopter money' speech in 2002. The Japanese test case could finally resolve a longstanding dispute between monetarists and money reformers over the economic effects of government-issued money.

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

23 July 2016 Initial Unemployment Claims: Rolling Averages Improves. 73 Consecutive Weeks of Initial Claims Below 300,000.

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims

The market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims (from Bloomberg) were 260,000 to 265,000 (consensus 264,000), and the Department of Labor reported 266,000 new claims. The more important (because of the volatility in the weekly reported claims and seasonality errors in adjusting the data) 4 week moving average moved from 257,500 (reported last week as 257,750) to 256,500. The rolling averages generally have been equal to or under 300,000 since August 2014.

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