US Indexes fractionally down (SPY -0.3%) entering the afternoon session as crude prices take a plunge (WTI -1.85%) and gold rises again. $VIX rises to 21 and indicators have become sour with warning flags growing more ominous every hour.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
$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%. Following a major market correction, the conditions for safe re-entry are when:
a) Daily $OEXA200R rises above 65%
Secondary Bullish Indicators:
a) RSI is POSITIVE (above 50)
b) Slow STO is POSITIVE (black line above red line)
c) MACD is POSITIVE (black line above red line)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google on Thursday formally rejected European Union antitrust charges of unfairly promoting its shopping service and blocking rivals in online search advertising, paving the way for EU regulators to rule next year on these issues and potentially impose hefty fines.
(Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said on Thursday that Volkswagen AG has made substantial progress in talks with the U.S. Justice Department and other government agencies toward resolving the fate of about 80,000 polluting diesel 3.0 liter vehicles.
(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co's CEO Tim Sloan said on Thursday a comprehensive review of the bank's sales practices would be done 'relatively quickly' and unveiled a series of immediate changes at the bank's retail unit under new division boss Mary Mack.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc , JPMorgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley need not forfeit their estimated $100 million of profit from trading Facebook Inc stock soon after underwriting its May 2012 initial public offering, a federal appeals court said on Thursday.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wants to force Germans to disclose their dealings with offshore firms in tax havens and make banks liable for lost tax income if they conceal their clients' business with such firms, a draft law shows.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is putting its "Chase Pay" digital wallet on Wal-Mart's website and in the retailer's Walmart Pay app, hoping to give customers more ways to make purchases without cash, a bank executive said on Thursday.
LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England scrapped its plan to cut interest rates and said borrowing costs could now move in either direction as the slide in sterling following the Brexit vote prompted it to ramp up its forecasts for growth and inflation in 2017.
Now that thanks to first the WSJ, and then Fox News, the public is aware that a probe into the Clinton Foundation is not only a hot topic for both the FBI and the DOJ (and has managed to split the law enforcement organizations, but is also actively ongoing despite the DOJ's attempts to squash it.
In the latest update from Fox's Bret Baier, we learn that the Clinton Foundation investigation has now taken a "very high priority," perhaps courtesy of new documents revealed by Wikileaks which expressed not only a collusive element between Teneo, the Clinton Foundation and the "charitable foundation's" donors, which included the use of funds for personal gain, but also revealed deep reservations by people within the foundation about ongoing conflicts of interest.
As Baier also notes, the Clinton Foundation probe has been proceeding for more than a year, led by the White-Collar Crime division.
White Collar Crime Unit pursuing @ClintonFdn case. pic.twitter.com/PLgNLfF08K
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 3, 2016
Fox adds that even before the WikiLeaks dumps of alleged emails linked to the Clinton campaign, FBI agents had collected a great deal of evidence, and FBI agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people regarding the case.
No matter what anyone tells you, we are still in a gold bull market. Gold stocks will oscillate higher and pull-backs along the way are healthy. In fact, it appears the most recent correction is already over, even though another 2 months of negative returns would not have been out of the ordinary:
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Looking at past corrections, the average duration was 80 days, losing ~30% during that period. In our recent correction, we did indeed bottom out at -30% after only 44 days. In our opinion, these oscillations are buying opportunities and given where we are currently, the window will close fairly quickly.
Given our warning last week (as the black market pound crashed), the devaluation of the Egyptian pound (to 14/$) was not entirely unexpected, but as ECStrat's Emad Mostaque notes, the market was probably in the 11/$ range and so they have surprised to the upside. This will put significant social pressure on society and we could potentially see unrest as Sisi's support continues to diminish. For now, stocks and bonds are soaring on the currency's crash.
Markets were expecting a devaluation to the 11 range...
But Egypt's pound had dropped to 16.11 per dollar in the black market, another record that extends declines over the past month to 19% and down over 40% since it devalued in March.
and so officials seemed to meet the pressure half way with a devaluation to 14/$...
Egyptian bonds are ripping higher on the devaluation...
Last September, when we predicted that Chinese consumers, investors and savers would flock to bitcoin as a medium of facilitating capital outflows (it was trading at $230 then, it is now three times higher), we also warned that bitcoin's upside would ultimately be capped by Beijing, when China's authorities realized how the digital currency was being used to bypass capital controls, and launch a crackdown on bitcoin, as they have with most other capital outflow measures .
It appears that the time has come because, as Bloomberg reports, China's regulators are studying measures to limit transactions that use bitcoins to take funds out of the country, citing people familiar with the matter.
According to Bloomberg sources, Chinese officials are considering policies including restricting domestic bitcoin exchanges from moving the cryptocurrency to platforms outside the nation and imposing quotas on the amount of bitcoins that can be sent abroad. Further indicating that Chinese regulators were "just a little behind the curve", they allegedly noticed only recently that some investors bought bitcoins on local exchanges and sold them offshore, evading rules on foreign exchange and cross-border fund flows, the report further reveals.
A quick look at the uncanny correlation between the decline in the Yuan and the rise in the bitcoin, confirms that the digital currency has indeed been largely used to evade capital controls.
As we have repeatedly noted, and as BBG repeats, "Bitcoin has surged 21% since the end of September as ...
There were two surprises for the pound Thursday. The first was the High Court decision that the government can't invoke Article 50. The second, arguably more substantive element was a change in tack from the Bank of England.
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