Chris Puplava's picture

Financial commentators have recently been highlighting the deterioration in financial stress indices. This is noteworthy given their tendency to lead equity markets, however, digging into these stress indices highlights that much of the stress they are showing...

Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

So far 85 companies in the S&P 500 have issued negative EPS guidance, and only 16 have issued positive guidance. We could be in for a tough earnings season and if that’s the case, there’s a good chance more choppy trading lies ahead for stocks...

Marc Chandler's picture

There is a legal concept called "odious debts." It can be traced back more than a century. The US helped create a precedent for it by denying Cuba's responsibility for the debt incurred under Spanish colonial rule. The concept took on added significance...

George Friedman PhD's picture

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported...

Adrian Ash's picture

Gold prices erased last week's gain versus the dollar Monday morning, briefly trading below $1183 per ounce as the US currency extended its recovery from mid-March's drop. Silver also erased last week's dollar gain, falling almost 4% from Thursday's 1-month high...

Chris Puplava's picture

So far the bullish themes for this year are foreign equities and U.S. bonds with the continued surge in the USD. These themes are borne out when looking at flows into exchange traded funds (ETFs) by asset class and geographic focus.

Michael Shedlock's picture

Amazon is sponsoring a robot warehouse automation contest to see who can pack the most boxes in the least amount of time without dropping any packages or crushing anything delicate such as cookies.

Marc Chandler's picture

As the stock market prepares to close later today, Yellen will deliver a speech on the new normal for monetary policy at a conference hosted by the San Francisco Federal Reserve, of which she was previously the President.

Tom McClellan's picture

Before each of the really ugly bear markets of the past 30 years, there has been an important signal from housing data well ahead of time. We do not have such a signal now, and so that portends more upside in the months ahead for stock prices.

Robert Rapier's picture

There are many moving parts in this storage picture. One of those, as I explained in the previous article, is refinery demand. This piece of the picture seems to be largely lost in the storage discussion, so...

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