Sy Harding's picture

Its recovery from the 2008 global financial collapse has been as anemic as that of the U.S., in fact more so. The euro-zone already slid back into recession once. And its economy was barely positive in the first quarter of this year...

Doug Short's picture

The Final University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for August came in at 82.5, a bounce back from the 79.2 preliminary reading and its highest level since the April final. Today's number topped the Investing.com forecast of 80.1.

Charles Hugh Smith's picture

Attending costly games is on the margins of the household budget. When the credit card gets maxed out, attending is no longer an option.

Michael Shedlock's picture

Consumer spending in Japan slumped in June because of a tax hike pushed through by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Economists claimed it would be temporary and spending would quickly recover thanks to inflation.

Robert Rapier's picture

Global biofuel production falls primarily into three categories; ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), also known as “green diesel.” Of the 30.8 billion gallons (116.6 liters) of biofuel produced globally in 2013, 23 billion gallons (75%) were ethanol.

FS Staff's picture

Shadow banking is back in the news. First there are ongoing problems in China where bad loans outside of the traditional banking system are causing increasing financial strain. Then, here in the U.S., regulators are also becoming more concerned about the rising use of leveraged loans by non-bank intermediaries or things like peer-to-peer lending, where the largest such company in this space, Lending Club, just filed for an IPO.

Monty Guild's picture

Every year, top global financial policymakers gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a summit. Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda was there, and delivered a disappointing message to those who were waiting for a ramp-up of the bank’s money printing.

Oil Price's picture

Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable.

Tom McClellan's picture

Back in 2011, I wrote about Why Even Fundamental Analysts Should Watch A-D Line, noting that the NYSE A-D Line is very strongly correlated to corporate profits. But because the A-D Line can be calculated each day in real time...

Sheraz Mian's picture

The positive GDP report today will likely not be enough to offset the overhang from Ukraine-centric worries in today’s session. But this is nevertheless a welcome and reassuring read on the economy.

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