US markets are flat, but mostly in the green (SPY +0.06%). WTI crude prices are trading mostly sideways in the low to mid $50 handle as is the US dollar (96.58). Gold has fallen to 1254 and it, too is trading sideways. Indicators are neutral to fractionally bearish.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed today. The Bovespa is up 0.45% while the S&P 500 gains 0.06%. The IPC is off 0.21%.
(Reuters) - Twitter shares plunged on Thursday, a day after technology website Recode reported that Alphabet's Google and Disney would not bid for the social network and Apple was unlikely to be a suitor.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday tempered its profit forecast for the next two fiscal years and said it would slow new store openings as it spends heavily on a long-term plan to transform itself into an e-commerce company.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to near a 43-year low, an indication of firmness in the labor market which may support an interest rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve this year.
(Reuters) - Earnings at U.S. automakers are expected to decline in the next two years as negative pricing and lower production weigh on North America results, Goldman Sachs said, downgrading the sector to "cautious" from "neutral".
SEOUL (Reuters) - Heated meetings, sacrificed holidays and teams monitoring social media round-the-clock to track whether there have been any new smartphone fires: Samsung Electronics is still desperately trying to limit the damage of a record global recall announced more than a month ago.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil rose about 1 percent, hitting four-month highs on Thursday, underpinned by news of another informal OPEC meeting on output cuts and surprise drop in U.S. crude stocks, though trading was choppy after a price gain of 15 percent in seven sessions.
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc , the largest U.S. drugmaker, said on Thursday it aims to sell its New York City world headquarters buildings in midtown Manhattan by the end of 2017 and to begin moving into more modern Manhattan facilities no sooner than the first half of 2019.
Six years of Fed & Wall Street hype come home to roost
Something funny happened on the way to the bank: In August, commercial and industrial loans outstanding at all banks in the US fell for the first time month-to-month since October 2010, which had marked the end of the collapse of credit during the Financial Crisis.
In October 2008, the absolute peak of the prior credit bubble, there were $1.59 trillion commercial and industrial loans outstanding. As the Great Recession chewed into the economy, C&I loans plunged. Many of them were cleansed from bank balance sheets via charge-offs. But then the Fed decided what the US needed was more debt to fix the problem of too much debt, thus kicking off what would become the greatest credit bubble in US history. By July 2016, C&I loans had surged to $2.064 trillion, 30% above their prior bubble peak.
But in August, something stopped working: C&I loans actually fell 0.3% to $2.058 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. That translates into an annualized decline of 3.8%, after an uninterrupted six-year spree of often double-digit annualized increases. Note that first month-to-month dip since October 2010:
It's still too early to tell how significant this dip is. It's just the first one. It could have occurred because companies borrow less because they need less money as there's less demand, a ...
The Deutsche Bank trial balloons are on fire today.
Moments after DB slumped on a headline that contrary to yesterday's Reuters report that the German government is holding "discreet talks" with DB, a headline hit that "there are no talks taking place with the DoJ, a German government official said"...
... a new report out of Handelsblatt announced that German companies are ready and willing to offer a "capital injection" in the low, single-digit billion euro range, according to Handelsblatt sources. More from HB:
The chief executives of several German blue-chip DAX-listed companies have discussed the state of Deutsche Bank and are even prepared to offer a capital injection if needed to rescue Germany's largest bank from a potentially crippling penalty in the United States, according to information obtained by Handelsblatt.
Under the emergency plan, the participating companies would purchase Deutsche Bank stock to help shore up the financial institution's modest reserves. The capital injection under discussion is in the low, single-digit billion euro range, according to Handelsblatt sources.
Both the leadership of Deutsche Bank and high-ranking members of the German government have been informed about the plan, sources said. Deutsche Bank declined to comment.
Berlin, which has refused to publicly offer financial backing to Germany's largest financial institution, welcomed the private-sector intervention.
Senator John McCain is the biggest warmonger on the planet, next to Hillary Clinton of course.
Ironically, McCain has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today that proclaims Stop Assad Now—Or Expect Years of War.
Like Hillary who wants a no-fly zone over Syria, McCain says "Ground the regime's air force, create safe zones for Syrian civilians, and arm the opposition."
McCain: America's intrepid secretary of state has now taken the meaningless step of suspending talks with Russia over Syria. Meanwhile, Mr. Assad and Mr. Putin are creating military facts on the ground in Syria that will enable them to dictate the terms of a peace secured by carnage. They have decimated coalition-backed Syrian groups, slaughtered countless civilians, consolidated the Syrian regime's hold on power, and even struck a United Nations humanitarian-aid convoy. And they have done all of this with no consequences. Thus the war grinds on.
Mish: Dear Senator, how many innocent civilians were slaughtered in Iraq in a needless war you sponsored? How many in Afghanistan? How many innocent victims has US drone policy killed? And for that matter, how many innocent people have died in Syria because the US backed Al Qaeda terrorists? Can we please have an accounting?
McCain: While the U.S.-led coalition is making progress in the fight against Islamic State, we cannot forget this terrorist organization is a symptom of the Syrian civil war. The future of that conflict will have significant stra ...
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