U.S. stocks have fallen fractionally and given up some of their early opening gains at midday today after slumping for six straight days amid concern that growth in China was slowing according to some analysts. Gas inventories rose and WTI oil prices fell fractionally, but remaining steady in the high 38 range.
The averages have continued their melting downward from a +2.5% opening to below +0.7%. Markets are now expected to close in the red on moderate volume.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed. The S&P 500 is higher by 0.99%, while the Bovespa is leading the IPC lower. They are down 1.79% and 0.62% respectively.
$NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
PARIS (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus is delaying the delivery of Russian carrier Transaero Airline's first A380 superjumbo, an Airbus spokeswoman said on Wednesday, as the recession-hit Russian economy dents travel demand in the region.
As of Wednesday, the average retail price for a gallon of regular gas nationwide stood at $2.556.
Based on history, "average gas prices should be at or below $2 per gallon when oil is cheaper than $40 per barrel," he said. But "there is an enormous disconnect between oil and gasoline prices due to ongoing refinery problems and record-high driving demand."
Among the refinery problems was an unscheduled outage at BP PLC's BP, -0.02%BP., -1.24% Whiting, Ind., refinery, the largest in the Midwest. That sent prices climbing throughout the Midwest. BP confirmed a restart of the Whiting refinery late Tuesday following the shutdown that began on Aug. 8.
Aside from this week, the last time West Texas Intermediate crude oil was under $40 was on Feb. 24, 2009. At that time, the national average price of gas was $1.90 a gallon, according to Green.
"Driving demand remains high, major refineries are still experiencing problems and we expect heavy refinery maintenance this autumn," said Green.
"This means that it may take some time for the national average to reach $2 per gallon," he said. "Nevertheless, gas-price declines should accelerate quickly by the end of September when people drive less and as stations switch over to less costly winter-blend gasoline."
But he also emphasized that "California is not one of those parts" that will see $2 gas.
According to AAA's Green, 12 states already had at least one station selling gas for less than $2 as of Monday. They included Alabama, New Jersey and Texas, and "the number of states with stations [selling gas for] under $2 is likely to grow fast in the coming weeks."
Oil futures turned lower Wednesday despite a weekly decline in U.S. crude inventories, dragged down by a nearly 5% drop in gasoline futures, which were pressured by the restart of a key refinery and an unexpected increase in domestic stockpiles.
Investors also remained cautious amid volatile financial markets and continued uncertainty over China's growth outlook, but oil had managed to find some support earlier Wednesday from China's recent easing measures.
A midday correction is "probable," but "the low's have yet to be tested and [we] expect further weakness through the week," he said.
(Reuters) - Schlumberger Ltd will buy oilfield equipment maker Cameron International Corp in a deal valued at $14.8 billion to streamline supply chains and offer cost-effective services to oil and gas customers who have slashed budgets.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Gross's Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund suffered its second day of declines in its net asset value on Tuesday, wiping out gains for the year, according to fund-research firm Morningstar Inc on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An interest rate hike next month seems less appropriate given the threat posed to the U.S. economy by recent global market turmoil, an influential Federal Reserve official said on Wednesday.
Iran's oil minister says his country supports calls for an emergency OPEC meeting to explore ways to shore up the price of oil, but even without such an effort, Tehran is willing to regain its market share "at any cost."
Iran once was OPEC's second-leading producer, after Saudi Arabia, but output has plunged since 2012, when international sanctions forbade any country or energy company to buy, ship, finance and insure its crude because of Tehran's nuclear program. In 2011, Iran's output was 3.7 million barrels per day. With the sanctions, production dropped to 1.2 million barrels per day.
Iran and six world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - reached an agreement in July on controlling that program and lifting the sanctions, probably by early 2016. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said repeatedly that his country can quickly boost production by more than 1 million barrels per day within a month after the sanctions are lifted.
This could further depress the price of oil, which has dropped precipitously since summer 2014. Already there is a glut of oil, and OPEC members lately have been producing at near-record levels. The group already is exceeding its output cap of 30 million barrels a day by at least 1.5 million barrels ...
Once again the HFTs appear to be signaling market direction, this time in VIX. The earlier flash-smash perfectly signaled where VIX would top in the short-term, so did today's VIX flash crash signal traders to sell vol.
As we noted previously, the odd after-hours spikes (and troughs) in AAPL
that appeared to act as strange attractors for the market during the day
and sure enough, today's high (for now) appears to correspond almost
perfectly with last Monday's after-hours spike highs... Signals? or just pure coincidence (5 times in 5 days)....
Comments from Fed's Dudley have sparked USD weakness as a sooner-rather-than-later rate-hike appears off the table. USD weakness drags USDJPY lower which in turn fun-durr-mentally slams US Stocks. September rate-hike odds slide to 26% from 28% yesterday...
Goodbye September rate hike. From the much anticipated Dudley Q&A:
DUDLEY: CASE FOR SEPT RATE HIKE LESS COMPELLING
DUDLEY:INTNL DEVELOPMENTS TIGTHEN FINL CONDNS, MAY HURT ECON
DUDLEY: RATE HIKE CASE COULD BE MORE PANICKY BY SEPT FOMC
DUDLEY SAYS INTL DEVELOPMENTS HAVE RAISED DOWNSIDE RISKS
10:36 08/26 DUDLEY: HAVE TO CONSIDER INTNL DEVELOPMENTS; CAN AFFECT ECON
DUDLEY: EXPECTS DOLLAR, OIL EFFECTS TO BE TRANSITORY ON U.S. INFLATION
DUDLEY: LOW INFL APT TO BE TRANSITORY
Because it is only a matter of time before the money paradrops begin?
DUDLEY: US DATA GOOD, BUT CAN'T JUST LOOK AT DOMESTIC DATA
Yes, have to also look at domestic stocks. Oh but wait:
DUDLEY: I DON'T HAVE A VIEW ON WHY THE STOCK MARKET IS DOING WHAT IT IS DOING
DUDLEY: STOCK DROP HAS LITTLE S-TERM EFFECT ON U.S. ECON
And the punchline:
DUDLEY: I REALLY HOPE WE CAN RAISE RATES THIS YEAR
But the markets won't allow us.
TSYs jumping on the news, USDJPY dumping on USD weakness with stocks shocked, and waiting until the algos reverse the correlation trackers so tthey can push stocks higher on a weaker dollar, resulting from this latest admission of Fed policy failure.
LONDON (Reuters) - Greece is under growing pressure to take care of banks' problem loans so they are free to lend again, but the depth and complexity of its crisis will make it tough to replicate the comprehensive "bad bank" models set up in Ireland and Spain.
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