August 2/GLD bleeds another 7.45 tonnes/We have a huge 28 tonnes of gold standing for August with only 10 tonnes of registered gold/

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen:




Here are the following closes for gold and silver today:




Gold:  $1094.90 up $6.50 cents  (comex closing time)

Silver $14.75 up 6 cents.



In the access market 5:15 pm


Gold $1093.80

Silver:  $14.78


I have been away for three days and away from all computers.

I arrived back tonight to provide you the data from the comex and I will be up to snuff by tomorrow morning!


First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

At the gold comex on Thursday, we had a poor delivery day, registering 0 notices for nil ounces and on Friday we had 3 notices for 300 oz . Silver saw 1 notice for 5,000 oz for Friday.

Several months ago the comex had 303 tonnes of total gold. Today, the total inventory rests at 235.52 tonnes for a loss of 59 tonnes over that period.

In silver, the open interest fell by 1122 contracts. The total silver OI continues to remain extremely high, with today’s reading at 187,085 contracts now at decade highs despite a record low price.  In ounces, the OI is represented by .935 billion oz or 133% of annual global silver production (ex Russia ex China). This dichotomy has been happening now for quite a while and defies logic. There is no doubt that the silver situation is scaring our bankers to no end as they continue to raid as basically they have no other alternative.

In silver we had 1 notices served upon for 5,000 oz.

In gold, the total comex gold OI rests tonight at 427,678. We had 3 notices filed for 300 oz on Friday.

We had 7.45 tonnes of withdrawals in gold tonnage at the GLD /  thus the inventory rests tonight at 672.70 tonnes. The appetite for gold coming from China is depleting not only gold from the LBMA and GLD but also the comex is bleeding gold. I thought that 700 tonnes is the rock bottom inventory in GLD gold, but I guess I was wrong. However we must be coming pretty close to a level of only paper gold and the GLD being totally void of physical gold.  In silver, we had no change in silver  inventory at the SLV / Inventory rests at 326.829 million oz.

We have a few important stories to bring to your attention today…

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver fall by 1122 contracts down to 187,085.  We again must have had some shortcovering by the bankers as they feared something was brewing in the silver arena.  The OI for gold fell to 427,678 contracts

(report Harvey)

2 COT report/Harvey

3.  Two big commentaries from Bill Holter

will be provided on Monday

(Bill Holter/Holter-Sinclair collaboration)

4. Gold trading overnight

(Goldcore/Mark O’Byrne/)


5.Are we reaching the climax for gold shorting?

(zero hedge)

6 Trading of equities/ New York

(zero hedge)


7.  USA stories: lower 2nd quarter GDP



Here are today’s comex results:

The total gold comex open interest fell  from 431,583 contracts down to 427,678. For the past two years, we have strangely witnessed the gold comex collapse in OI as we enter an active delivery month, and today this again is the norm.  What is interesting is that the LBMA gold is witnessing a 7.40 premium spot/next nearby month as gold is now in backwardation over there. We are now in the contract month of August and here the OI fell by 18,806 contracts falling to 9215 contracts. The next delivery month is September and here the OI rise by 219 contracts up to 2072.  The next active delivery month if October and here the OI  rose by 1364 contracts up to 25,027.  The estimated volume on Friday (which is just comex sales during regular business hours of 8:20 until 1:30 pm est) was fair at 196,300. However Friday’s volume was aided by HFT traders. The confirmed volume on Thursday (which includes the volume during regular business hours + access market sales the previous day was fair at 232,801 contracts. Today we had 3 notices filed for 300 oz.

And now for the wild silver comex results. Silver OI fell by 1122 contracts from 188,207 down to 187,085.  We continue to have our bankers pulling their hair out with respect to the continued high silver OI as the world senses something is brewing in the silver  arena. We are in the delivery month of August and here the OI fell by 36 contracts down to 109. The next major active delivery month is September and here the OI fell by 1640 contracts to 123,261. The estimated volume on Friday was excellent at 55,076 contracts (just comex sales during regular business hours). The confirmed volume yesterday (regular plus access market) came in at 37,247 contracts which is fair in volume.  We had 1 notices filed for 5,000 oz.


July final standing

July 31.2015



Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz   nil
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz  272,871.421 oz (HSBC,JPMorgan,Manfra) 
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz nil
Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz 2572.000 oz (80 kilobars)
No of oz served (contracts) today 3 contracts (300 oz)
No of oz to be served (notices) 9212 contracts (921,200 oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month 3 contracts(300 oz)
Total accumulative withdrawals  of gold from the Dealers inventory this month   nil
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month 272,871.421   oz

Today, we had 0 dealer transactions

total Dealer withdrawals: nil  oz

we had 0 dealer deposits

total dealer deposit: zero


we had 3 customer withdrawals
i) Out of HSBC:  72,022.363 oz
ii) Out of JPMorgan;  200,752.608 oz
iii) Out of Manfra: 96.45 oz



total customer withdrawal: 272,871.421  oz

We had 1 customer deposits:

i) Into Manfra: 2572.00 oz  (80 kilobars

Total customer deposit: 2572.000 oz

We had 2 huge adjustments

i) Out of Brinks:  8602.400 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account of Brinks

ii) Out of JPMorgan:  16,783.956 oz was adjusted out of the dealer and this landed into the customer account at JPMorgan

JPMorgan has only 3.098 tonnes left in its registered or dealer inventory.



Today, 0 notices was issued from JPMorgan dealer account and 0 notices were issued from their client or customer account. The total of all issuance by all participants equates to 3 contracts of which 0 notices were stopped (received) by JPMorgan dealer and 0 notices were stopped (received) by JPMorgan customer account

To calculate the total number of gold ounces standing for the August contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (3) x 100 oz  or 300 oz , to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of August (9215) and the number of notices served upon today (3) x 100 oz equals the number of ounces standing

Thus the initial standings for gold for the August contract month:

No of notices served so far (3) x 100 oz  or ounces + {OI for the front month (9215) – the number of  notices served upon today (3) x 100 oz which equals 921,200  oz standing so far in this month of July (28.65 tonnes of gold).


Total dealer inventory 351,519.358 or 10.93 tonnes

Total gold inventory (dealer and customer) = 7,572,284.933 oz  or 235.52 tonnes

Several months ago the comex had 303 tonnes of total gold. Today the total inventory rests at 235.52 tonnes for a loss of 67 tonnes over that period.



And now for silver

August silver initial standings

July 31 2015:



Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory nil
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory 609,168.406  oz (Delaware,HSBC)
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory  nil
Deposits to the Customer Inventory 2031.047 oz(CNT,Delaware)
No of oz served (contracts) 1 contract  (5,000 oz)
No of oz to be served (notices) 108 contracts (540,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 1 contracts (5,000 oz)
Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Dealers inventory this month nil
Total accumulative withdrawal  of silver from the Customer inventory this month 609,168.406oz

Today, we had 0 deposits into the dealer account:

total dealer deposit: nil   oz

we had 0 dealer withdrawal:

total dealer withdrawal: nil  oz


We had 2 customer deposits:

i) Into CNT:  1037.300 oz

ii) Into Delaware:  993.747 oz


total customer deposits:  2031.047  oz

We had 2 customer withdrawals:

i)Out of Delaware:  9151.636

ii) Out of HSBC  600,006.770


total withdrawals from customer: 609,168.406  oz

we had 0  adjustments


Total dealer inventory: 56.594 million oz

Total of all silver inventory (dealer and customer) 175.620 million oz

The total number of notices filed today for the August contract month is represented by 1 contracts for 5,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in August, we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at (1) x 5,000 oz  = 5,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of July (109) and the number of notices served upon today (1) x 5000 oz equals the number of ounces standing.

Thus the initial standings for silver for the August contract month:

1 (notices served so far) + { OI for front month of August (109) -number of notices served upon today (1} x 5000 oz ,= 545,000 oz of silver standing for the August contract month.


for those wishing to see the rest of data today see:




The two ETF’s that I follow are the GLD and SLV. You must be very careful in trading these vehicles as these funds do not have any beneficial gold or silver behind them. They probably have only paper claims and when the dust settles, on a collapse, there will be countless class action lawsuits trying to recover your lost investment.

There is now evidence that the GLD and SLV are paper settling on the comex.

***I do not think that the GLD will head to zero as we still have some GLD shareholders who think that gold is the right vehicle to be in even though they do not understand the difference between paper gold and physical gold. I can visualize demand coming to the buyers side:

i) demand from paper gold shareholders

ii) demand from the bankers who then redeem for gold to send this gold onto China

vs no sellers of GLD paper.

And now the Gold inventory at the GLD:  July 31/we had a huge withdrawal of 7.45 tonnes/Inventory rests this weekend at 672.70 tonnes

July 29/no change in inventory/rests tonight at 680.13 tonnes

July 28/no change in inventory/rests tonight at 680.13 tonnes

July 27/no change in inventory/rests tonight at 680.13 tonnes

July 24.2015/we had another massive withdrawal of 4.48 tonnes of gold form the GLD/Inventory rests at 680.13 tonnes.

July 23.2015: we had another withdrawal of 2.68 tonnes of gold from the GLD/Inventory rests at 684.63 tonnes

july 22/another withdrawal of 2.38 tonnes of gold from the GLD/Inventory rests at 687.31

July 21.2015: a massive withdrawal of 6.56 tonnes of gold from the GLD.

Inventory rests at 689.69 tonnes.  China and Russia need their physical gold badly and they are drawing their physical from this facility.

July 2o.2015: no change in inventory

July 17./a massive withdrawal of 11.63 tonnes  in gold tonnage tonight from the GLD/Inventory rests at 696.25 tonnes

July 16./we lost 1.19 tonnes of gold tonight/Inventory rests at 707.88 tonnes

July 15/no change in inventory/gold inventory rests tonight at 709.07 tonnes.

July 14.2015:no change in inventory/gold inventory rests at 709.07 tonnes

July 13.2015: a big inventory gain of 1.49 tonnes/Inventory rests tonight at 709.07 tonnes

July 10/ we had a big withdrawal of 2.07 tonnes of gold from the GLD/Inventory rests this weekend at 707.58 tonnes


August 1 GLD : 672.70 tonnes




And now for silver (SLV)  July 31/no change in inventory/rests tonight at 326.829 million oz

July 29/no change in silver inventory/326.829 million oz

July 28/we had a huge withdrawal of 2.005 million oz from the SLV/Inventory rests at 326.829 oz

July 27/no change in silver inventory/inventory rests tonight at 328.834 million oz

July 24/no change in silver inventory/inventory rests tonight at 328.834 million oz

July 23.2015; no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 328.834 million oz

july 22/no change in silver inventory/inventory rests at 328.834 million oz.

July 21.we had a massive addition of 1.241 million oz into the SLV/Inventory rests tonight at 328.834 million oz.

Please note the difference between gold and silver (GLD and SLV).  In GLD gold is being depleted and sent to the east.  In silver: no depletions, as I guess this vehicle cannot supply physical metal.

July 20/no change

july 17.2015/no change in silver inventory tonight/inventory at 327.593 million oz

July 16./no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 327.593 million oz

July 15./no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 327.593 million oz/

July 14.2015: no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 327.593 million oz.

July 13./an inventory gain of 1.051 million oz/Inventory rests at 327.593 million oz

july 10/no change in silver inventory at the SLV tonight/inventory 326.542 million oz/

July 9/ a huge increase in inventory at the SLV of 1.337 million oz. Inventory rests tonight at 326.542 million oz


July 31/2015:  tonight inventory rests at 326.829 million oz




And now for our premiums to NAV for the funds I follow:

Sprott and Central Fund of Canada.
(both of these funds have 100% physical metal behind them and unencumbered and I can vouch for that)

1. Central Fund of Canada: traded at Negative 11.4 percent to NAV usa funds and Negative 11.0% to NAV for Cdn funds!!!!!!!

Percentage of fund in gold 62/2%

Percentage of fund in silver:37.5%

cash .4%

( July 31/2015)


2. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): Premium to NAV rises to -.67%!!!! NAV (July 31/2015) (silver must be in short supply)

3. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV falls to – .86% to NAV(July 31/2015)

Note: Sprott silver trust back  into negative territory at-  0.67%

Sprott physical gold trust is back into negative territory at -.86%

Central fund of Canada’s is still in jail.

Sprott formally launches its offer for Central Trust gold and Silver Bullion trust:

SII.CN Sprott formally launches previously announced offers to CentralGoldTrust (GTU.UT.CN) and Silver Bullion Trust (SBT.UT.CN) unitholders (C$2.64)
Sprott Asset Management has formally commenced its offers to acquire all of the outstanding units of Central GoldTrust and Silver Bullion Trust, respectively, on a NAV to NAV exchange basis.
Note company announced its intent to make the offer on 23-Apr-15 Based on the NAV per unit of Sprott Physical Gold Trust $9.98 and Central GoldTrust $44.36 on 22-May, a unitholder would receive 4.45 Sprott Physical Gold Trust units for each Central GoldTrust unit tendered in the Offer.
Based on the NAV per unit of Sprott Physical Silver Trust $6.66 and Silver Bullion Trust $10.00 on 22-May, a unitholder would receive 1.50 Sprott Physical Silver Trust units for each Silver Bullion Trust unit tendered in the Offer.
* * * * *



the commercials are becoming closer and closer to a net long position.



Gold COT Report – Futures
Large Speculators Commercial Total
Long Short Spreading Long Short Long Short
182,977 158,512 44,365 176,720 191,986 404,062 394,863
Change from Prior Reporting Period
-4,743 -929 -2,578 -12,956 -19,274 -20,277 -22,781
127 121 85 55 55 223 226
Small Speculators  
Long Short Open Interest  
34,220 43,419 438,282  
-1,201 1,303 -21,478  
non reportable positions Change from the previous reporting period
COT Gold Report – Positions as of Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Our large specs:

Those large specs that have been long in gold pitched 4743 contracts from their long side.

Those large specs that have been short in gold covered 929 contracts from their short side.


Those commercials that have been long in gold pitched a huge 12,956 contracts from their long side.

Those commercials that have been short in gold covered a monstrous  19,274 contracts form their short side.

Our small specs:

Those small specs that have been long in gold added 1201 contracts to their long side.

Those small specs that have been short in gold added another 1303 contracts to their short side.



Silver COT Report: Futures
Large Speculators Commercial
Long Short Spreading Long Short
67,125 60,829 21,869 79,630 91,703
549 -1,502 1,448 -161 745
94 64 43 51 36
Small Speculators Open Interest Total
Long Short 190,322 Long Short
21,698 15,921 168,624 174,401
-1,740 -595 96 1,836 691
non reportable positions Positions as of: 167 124
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Our large specs:

Those large specs that have been long in silver added 549 contracts to their long side.

Those large specs that have been short in silver covered 1502 contracts from their short side.

Our commercials;

Those commercials that have been long silver added a tiny 161 contracts to their long side.

Those commercials that have been short in silver added 745 contracts to their short side.

Our small specs

Those small specs that have been long in silver pitched 1740 contracts from their long side.

Those small specs that have been short in silver covered 595 contracts from their short side.




And now for your overnight trading in gold and silver plus stories

on gold and silver issues:


(courtesy/Mark O’Byrne/Goldcore)

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And now your overnight Thursday morning trading in bourses, currencies, and interest rates from Europe and Asia:


1 Chinese yuan vs USA dollar/yuan remains constant at  6.2096/Shanghai bourse: red and Hang Sang: red

2 Nikkei up 219.92 or 1.08%

3. Europe stocks mostly in the green  /USA dollar index up to 97.27/Euro down to 1.0969

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: rises to 42% !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 124.29

3c Nikkei still just above 20,000

3d USA/Yen rate now just above the 124 barrier this morning

3e WTI 49.17 and Brent:  54.16

3f Gold down  (options expiry on LBMA/OTC on Friday) /Yen down

3gJapan is to buy the equivalent of 108 billion uSA dollars worth of bond per month or $1.3 trillion. Japan’s GDP equals 5 trillion usa.

Japan to buy 100% of all new Japanese debt and by 2018 they will have 25% of all Japanese debt. Fifty percent of Japanese budget financed with debt.

3h Oil up for WTI and up for Brent this morning

3i European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10 yr bund slightly rises to .714 per cent. German bunds in negative yields from 4 years out.

Except Greece which sees its 2 year rate rises to 22.130%/Greek stocks this morning:  still expect continual bank runs on Greek banks /stock markets will be allowed to be open as per ECB but restrictions

3j Greek 10 year bond yield rises to: 12.12%

3k Gold at $1087.10 /silver $14.68

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble down 9/10 in  roubles/dollar) 59.58,

3m oil into the 49 dollar handle for WTI and 54 handle for Brent/Saudi Arabia increases production to drive out competition.

3n Higher foreign deposits out of China sees huge risk of outflows and a currency depreciation. This can spell financial disaster for the rest of the world/China may be forced to do QE!!

30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the SF. It is not working: USA/SF this morning .9727 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.0647 well above the floor set by the Swiss Finance Minister. Thomas Jordan, chief of the Swiss National Bank continues to purchase euros trying to lower value of the Swiss Franc.

3p Britain’s serious fraud squad investigating the Bank of England/

3r the 4 year German bund remains in negative territory with the 10 year moving further away from negativity at +.713%

3s The ELA rose another 900 million euros to 90.4 billion euros.  The bank withdrawals were causing massive hardship to the Greek bank. the Greek referendum voted overwhelming “NO”. Greece votes again and agrees to more austerity even though 79% of the populace are against.

4. USA 10 year treasury bond at 2.32% early this morning. Thirty year rate below 3% at 3.00% / yield curve flatten/foreshadowing recession.

5. Details Ransquawk, Bloomberg, Deutsche bank/Jim Reid.


(courtesy Jim Reid/Bloomberg/Deutsche bank/zero hedge)

Overnight Wednesday night/Thursday morning

Chinese Stocks Tumble In Close Of Trading “Causing Panic”, US GDP To Be Revised Higher On Seasonal Adjustments

We start off the overnight wrap up with the usual place, China, where in a mirror image of Wednesday’s action, stocks once again started off uneventful, then gradually rose in the afternoon session and meandered near unchanged territory until the last half hour, when out of the blue they tumbled to close near the day’s low, some 2.2% below yesterday’s closing level.

Bloomberg adds that drugmakers and technology companies led declines. A gauge of 100-day price-swings rose to the highest level in six years. Trading volumes in Shanghai have halved from their peaks in June, while margin debt, which had fueled a world-beating rally for China’s stocks, declined to a four-month low.

All 10 industries in the CSI 300 slid more than 2 percent, led by a 4.1 percent slump in the gauge of health-care companies. Lepu Medical Technology Co. plunged 8.3 percent, while Hualan Biological Engineering Inc. slid 5.2 percent. The drug sub-index has been the best performer over the past three month, falling 5.6 percent versus the 20 percent slump for the CSI 300.

Volatility has increased this week as Monday’s 8.5 percent plunge by the benchmark gauge shredded a calm induced by unprecedented state intervention.

“There were no major macro developments,” said Gerry Alfonso, a sales trader at Shenwan Hongyuan Group Co. in Shanghai. “The disconnect with fundamentals continues making trading challenging.”

What caused it? It is unclear why the government would step away from the bid despite the PBOC injecting liquidity for the 11th consecutive day, just as everyone was selling in an attempt to capture the EOD upside as telegraphed the day before, or perhaps the selling was just too violent.

One possible catalyst came from Reuters which reportedthat that Chinese banks were investigating their exposure to the stock market via wealth management products and loans backed by stock as collateral. If true, since this was the catalyst that also ended the steep ascent of mega fraud Hanergy, one can see why Chinese gamblers would be concerned and rush to take profits.

And with every close on a down tick forcing the PBOC and the polibturo to implement even more “anti-panic” regulations which merely reinforce the lack of faith in a normal market, expect the situation to get worse before it gets bettter.

With China out of the way, it brings us to the main event of the day: the first estimate of US Q2 GDP release which also will incorporate the annual revision to GDP growth with the widely mocked and goalseeked “second seasonal adjustments” part of historical GDP, whose only purpose will be to remove the negative Q1 GDP print from 2014 and 2015.

This is how BofA sees today’s GDP release:

  • The first estimate of 2Q GDP is likely to show growth of 3.0%, which would be a bounce from the contraction of 0.2% in 1Q. However, it is important to remember that the history will be revised along with this report. The annual GDP revisions will alter the trajectory of growth, particularly over the past three years. There will be a change to the seasonal adjustment process which should push up growth in 1Q, reflecting stronger seasonal factors, but potentially lower the later quarters. This adds additional uncertainty around forecasting 2Q GDP growth
  • The annual revision to GDP growth on July 30th will adjust estimates of growth over the past few years. If growth is indeed revised higher it would help solve the puzzle of low productivity growth.
  • This will also be the first release of the new GDP and GDI composite. This will show a stronger trend of growth given that GDI has outpaced GDP recently.
  • Taking a step back and examining a range of indicators reveals an economy expanding at a mid-2% pace, largely consistent with the Fed’s forecasts.
  • Although it is hard to say with any certainty, we believe GDP growth is likely to be revised up modestly. This will likely leave the Fed comfortable arguing that the economy is making progress closing the output gap, allowing a gradual hiking cycle to commence.

Actually it is rather easy to say with certainty that this is precisely what will happen, which however may be a clear case of good news is bad news (for stocks), since a substantial upward revision to GDP data will greenlight Yellen to hike rates that much sooner. As a reminder the current Atlanta Fed estimate has Q2 GDP at 2.4%. Will it be the closest forecast again? Find out in just over 90 minutes.

Back to markets where aside from China, Asian equities traded mostly higher following a strong lead from Wall Street, as the Fed failed to yield any definitive clues as to when a Fed rate-lift off would occur. Nikkei 225 (+1.1%) outperformed amid a slew of strong corporate earnings, coupled with Industrial production growing at its fastest rate in a year (2.0% vs. Exp. 1.3%); yet another tumble in the JPY certainly helped push stocks higher. ASX 200 (+0.8%) was led higher by miners after iron ore prices rose 4.6%. Finally, JGB’s fell in conjunction with USTs as the demand for safer assets subsided following the broad based gains in Asian indices.

Today has seen the busiest day of earning season so far in Europe and as such company specific news has dictated market movements . A host of large cap names all reported, including heavyweights Siemens (+3.0%), Shell (+2.8%), Deutsche Bank (+2.6%), AstraZeneca (+2.1%), Sanofi (-0.4%) and Santander (-1.9%), with the IBEX underperforming (-0.6%, Euro Stoxx: -0.1%) after being weighed on by Santander, with all other indices trading in the green.

Yesterday saw Facebook Inc (FB) report after the close, with Q2 Adj. EPS USD 0.50 vs. Exp. USD 0.47, CFO says they are affected by currency headwinds. Q2 revenue USD 4.04bIn vs. Exp. USD 3.99b1n. Q2 MAU’s 1.49bIn vs. Exp. 1.475bIn Q2 DAU’s average of 968m1n vs. Exp. 970.5mln. High profile US earnings include US earnings including P&G, Time Warner Cable and Teva pre-market, while Amgen and Linkedln report after the close.

The USD-index has spent the European morning in positive territory, however coming off its highest levels heading into the North American crossover, with participants initially reacting to the FOMC meeting yesterday, whereby no clear clues were given as to when a Fed rate hike but with the FOMC highlighting that job gains had been ‘solid’ ., while elsewhere we have seen a spate of German data, with German regional CPIs painting a mixed picture and unemployment change (9K vs. Exp. -5K) coming in marginally higher than expected, with the 9000 unemployed breaking a 9 month run of improvements in employment.

In line with the mixed regional German CPIs, we have seen choppy price action in Bunds, with the German benchmark outperforming its US and UK counterparts following the mixed data with T-Notes lower on the back of the aforementioned Fed statement last night.

USD strength has weighed upon gold, with the yellow metal falling USD 11.00 to break below USD 1185 in early European trade with some attributing the move to a large fund sale after liquidating a position on the back of last night’s Fed announcement. WTI and Brent both trade in modest positive territory this morning after seeing strength yesterday on the back of DoE’s, with the latest move higher being attributed to reports from WSJ that Saudi Arabia are to lower production from record level.

In summary: European shares remain higher, close to intraday highs, with the oil & gas and tech sectors outperforming and autos, telcos underperforming. Companies including Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Shell, AstraZeneca, Diageo, RBS, BT, ABI, Swiss Re, Sanofi, Infineon, Renault, EDF, Telefonica release  earnings/statements. Spanish 2Q GDP in line with quarterly growth est., Swedish GDP above. Japanese industrial output above estimates. The Dutch and French markets are the best-performing larger bourses, Spanish the worst. The euro is little changed against the dollar. Italian 10yr bond yields fall; French yields decline. Commodities gain, with nickel, zinc underperforming and Brent crude outperforming. U.S. jobless claims, continuing claims, Bloomberg consumer comfort, GDP, personal consumption, core PCE due later.

Market Wrap

  • S&P 500 futures up 0.1% to 2103.2
  • Stoxx 600 up 0.6% to 396.3
  • US 10Yr yield up 2bps to 2.31%
  • German 10Yr yield down 2bps to 0.7%
  • MSCI Asia Pacific unchanged at 140.8
  • Gold spot down 0.9% to $1086.7/oz
  • Eurostoxx 50 +0.5%, FTSE 100 +0.7%, CAC 40 +0.8%, DAX +0.7%, IBEX -0.2%, FTSEMIB +0.6%, SMI +0.6%
  • Asian stocks little changed with the Nikkei outperforming and the Shanghai Composite underperforming; MSCI Asia Pacific up 0% to 140.8
  • Nikkei 225 up 1.1%, Hang Seng down 0.5%, Kospi down 0.9%, Shanghai Composite down 2.2%, ASX up 0.8%, Sensex up 0.5%
  • 7 out of 10 sectors rise with materials, energy outperforming and tech, health care underperforming
  • Euro down 0.09% to $1.0974
  • Dollar Index up 0.28% to 97.25
  • Italian 10Yr yield down 7bps to 1.84%
  • Spanish 10Yr yield down 5bps to 1.9%
  • French 10Yr yield down 3bps to 0.98%
  • S&P GSCI Index up 0.6% to 387.2
  • Brent Futures up 1.5% to $54.2/bbl, WTI Futures up 0.8% to $49.2/bbl
  • LME 3m Copper down 0.8% to $5284/MT
  • LME 3m Nickel down 1.6% to $11075/MT
  • Wheat futures up 0.8% to 500.3 USd/bu

Bulletin headline summary from RanSquawk and Bloomberg:

  • The USD-index has spent the European morning in positive territory as participants react to the FOMC meeting yesterday
  • Today has seen the busiest day of earning season so far in Europe and as such company specific news has dictated market movements
  • Today’s US data includes GDP Advanced reading, Core PCE and weekly jobs numbers
  • Treasuries fall for a third day before
    week’s supply concludes with $29b 7Y notes; WI yield 2.055% vs
    2.153% in June.
  • Chinese stocks fell suddenly in the last hour of trading, almost wiping out Wednesday’s rally and leaving investors in the dark about reasons for the moves
  • Trading was almost a reverse image of the previous day, when the Shanghai Composite surged in the last hour to close 3.4% higher
  • Greece’s Prime Minister Tsipras confronted rebels within his own party for not backing him, in a showdown that could put Europe’s most indebted state on course for snap elections
  • Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition are seeking to amend euro-region rules to ensure private investors bear the brunt of an insolvency by a member state of the currency union
  • Euro-area economic confidence hit a four-year high this month; outlook may be bolstered by bailout deal that averted Greece’s exit from euro
  • Saudi Arabia’s recent overtures to other partners suggest the U.S./Saudi relationship is going through another reappraisal because of the landmark accord with regional rival Iran
  • Sovereign 10Y bond yields mixed. Asian stocks mixed; European stocks gain U.S. equity- index futures lower. Crude oil higher, copper and gold lower


DB’s Jim Reid completes the overnight wrap

If you believed the Fed would raise rates in September before yesterday’s FOMC statement then you probably won’t have changed your mind. They kept their options open but did add a sentence suggesting that job gains have been “solid” which hinted at their confidence in the economy. However if you’re one of the doves then you’ll be pleased they removed the phrase “energy prices appear to have stabilized. However if they hadn’t it would have been strange given recent moves. The most interesting change from the last statement was the tweak to its forward guidance as it added the word “some” to this sentence – “The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen SOME further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term.” Does this mean the bar has been lowered for what they need to see to pull the trigger. It’s still pretty vague and no doubt thousands of analysts around the globe will be spending hours debating the addition of a single word. For us there are still great risks in starting a hiking cycle with the great fragility in the global economy and financial system, however the Fed don’t seem to share such a view and it’s going to be a close call for September. Much probably depends on the two interim payroll reports and whether commodities stabilise.

There was fairly minimal reaction in the Fed Funds market in the aftermath of the statement, although we’ve seen more material moves overnight. Yesterday the Dec15 contract closed unchanged at 0.310% (where it’s been all week) while the Dec16 contract rose 1bp to 1.010%. This morning however we’ve seen the respective contracts move +1.5bps and +4.0bps higher. With that, Bloomberg is now reporting that the probability of a hike by September based on the futures market is priced at 42% (up from 38% on Tuesday) while the probability of a move by December is currently priced at 74% (up 4% from Tuesday).

The main mover yesterday was the Greenback with the broader Dollar index, although plunging 0.3% in the initial moments following the release, bouncing back half a percent to close +0.21% as the market slowly digested some of the minor tweaks in the language. In truth this was the only notable price mover following the statement. 10y Treasury yields closed 3.6bps higher at 2.286% which was where they were leading into the statement. Risk assets had a firmer day all round although again the bulk of the gains had been realized preFOMC with fairly minimal reaction post the statement. A boost from energy and industrials stocks in particular helped the S&P 500 close +0.73% while the Dow (+0.69%) and NASDAQ (+0.44%) also closed up. In credit CDX IG finished three-quarters of a basis point tighter while the CDX HY spread tightened 9bps. In the commodity space meanwhile Gold closed +0.13% at $1097/oz while WTI (+1.69%) and Brent (+0.15%) rebounded off the day’s lows following the latest US inventory data which showed a surprise fall in crude stockpiles.

As well as the move in Fed Funds contracts this morning, 10y Treasury yields have moved 2.7bps higher in the Asia session this morning while the Dollar index is +0.3%. As we hit the midday break in China meanwhile, the Shanghai Comp (-0.04%), Shenzhen (-0.12%) and CSI 300 (-0.19%) are all a touch lower in another choppy session where bourses have swung between gains and losses (albeit in a small range). Elsewhere bourses are generally mixed. The Nikkei (+1.06%) is leading gains on the back of a stronger than expected industrial production reading (+0.8% mom vs. +0.3% expected) while the ASX (+0.68%) is also firmer. The Hang Seng (-0.07%) and Kospi (-0.90%) are lower in trading this morning though.

Earnings yesterday were generally supportive in the US. Gilead Sciences, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman in particular were some of the more notable beats to lead the gains, although after the closing bell Facebook tumbled 4% in extended trading after a disappointing quarterly report. With 288 companies in the S&P 500 having now reported, earnings beats are unchanged versus Tuesday at 76% while sales beats have ticked up 1% to 51%. M&A activity is also continuing to be supportive for markets on both sides of the pond at the moment. Bloomberg is reporting that $426bn of deals have been announced so far this quarter which, if it continues at the current rate, is set to pass the record for any third quarter set back in 2007 when $983bn of deals were made.

Yesterday’s data flow in the US came in the form of pending home sales for June which disappointed having slumped 1.8% mom during the month (vs. +0.9% expected), the first drop this year. Over in Europe we saw German consumer confidence print in line at 10.1 although there was a modest tick down in consumer confidence in France, falling to 93 (vs. 94 expected). In the UK June mortgage approvals data was supportive at 66.6k (vs. 66.0k expected) while net consumer credit was a touch ahead of expectations (£1.2bn vs. £1.1bn expected). Equity bourses closed broadly higher in Europe yesterday, with the Stoxx 600 (+1.02%), DAX (+0.34%) and CAC (+0.81%) all rising for the second consecutive session. Sovereign bond yields moved steadily higher meanwhile on the back of the generally more positive tone with 10y Bunds in particular finishing +2.7bps at 0.715%.

One event which will be worth keeping an eye on today is in Greece where the Syriza Central Committee is due to meet for the first time since the actual agreement was reached in what will likely be a tense session. It’s expected that the Central Committee is to decide the timing and logistics of an emergency congress on the back of the high number of lawmakers who didn’t back the agreement with the radical members of the committee likely to push for a congress immediately (and so aim to block the agreement). Tsipras has suggested he would want an emergency congress in September (so as to increase the chances of an agreement in the interim) with the possibility of a general election thereafter.

Taking a look at today’s calendar now, it’s going to be a fairly busy day for data and we start this morning in Germany with the July CPI and unemployment reports. Euro area confidence indicators for July are also expected. With the FOMC out of the way the focus this afternoon now turns to the US Q2 GDP reading and the three years’ worth of revisions which are also due to be released and which may partially address the recent historical pattern of weak growth in Q1. Market expectations are currently set at 2.5% for Q2 which is line with the forecast of DB’s Joe Lavorgna while the Atlanta Fed GDPNow model is forecasting for a 2.4% reading. Elsewhere we’ll also get the Core PCE print as well as initial jobless claims. On the earnings front the highlights include Time Warner, ConcoPhillips and Proctor & Gamble.



Your early Thursday morning currency, and interest rate moves


Euro/USA 1.0969 down .0012

USA/JAPAN YEN 124.29 up .350

GBP/USA 1.5621 up .0023

USA/CAN 1.2969 up .0018

Early this Thursday morning in Europe, the Euro fell by 12 basis points, trading now well below the 1.10 level at 1.0969; Europe is still reacting to deflation, announcements of massive stimulation, a proxy middle east war, and the ramifications of a default at the Austrian Hypo bank,  an imminent  default of Greece and the Ukraine, rising peripheral bond yields, and flash crashes. 

In Japan Abe went all in with Abenomics with another round of QE purchasing 80 trillion yen from 70 trillion on Oct 31. The yen continues to trade in yoyo fashion as this morning it settled down again in Japan by 35 basis points and trading just above the 124 level to 124.29 yen to the dollar.

The pound was up this morning by 23 basis points as it now trades just above the 1.56 level at 1.5621, still very worried about the health of Barclay’s Bank and the FX/precious metals criminal investigation/Dec 12 a new separate criminal investigation on gold, silver and oil manipulation.

The Canadian dollar fell by 18 basis points at 1.2969 to the dollar.

We are seeing that the 3 major global carry trades are being unwound. The BIGGY is the first one;

1. the total dollar global short is 9 trillion USA and as such we are now witnessing a sea of red blood on the streets as derivatives blow up with the massive rise in the rise in the dollar against all paper currencies

2, the Nikkei average vs gold carry trade (still ongoing)

3. Short Swiss franc/long assets (European housing/Nikkei etc. This has partly blown up (see Hypo bank failure).

These massive carry trades are terribly offside as they are being unwound. It is causing global deflation ( we are at debt saturation already) as the world reacts to lack of demand and a scarcity of debt collateral. Bourses around the globe are reacting in kind to these events as well as the potential for a GREXIT>

The NIKKEI: this Thursday morning: up 219.92 or 1.08%

Trading from Europe and Asia:
1. Europe stocks mostly in the green (except Spain) 

2/ Asian bourses mostly mixed … Chinese bourses: Hang Sang red (massive bubble forming) ,Shanghai in the red (massive bubble ready to burst), Australia in the green: /Nikkei (Japan) green/India’s Sensex in the green/

Gold very early morning trading: $1097.10


Early Thursday morning USA 10 year bond yield: 2.30% !!!  up 3 in basis points from Tuesday night and it is trading just at  resistance at 2.27-2.32%

USA dollar index early Thursday morning: 97.27 up 10 cents from Tuesday’s close. (Resistance will be at a DXY of 100)


This ends the early morning numbers, Thursday morning

And now for your closing numbers for Friday:


Closing Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 2.39% down 14 in basis points from Thursday

Closing Japanese 10 year bond yield: .42% !!!up 1 in basis points from Thursday

Your closing Spanish 10 year government bond, Friday, down 12 in basis points

Spanish 10 year bond yield: 1.84% !!!!!!

Your Friday closing Italian 10 year bond yield: 1.77% down 13 in basis points from Thursday: (very ominous)


trading 7 basis point lower than Spain.




Closing currency crosses for Friday night/USA dollar index/USA 10 yr bond: 4 pm


Euro/USA: 1.0974 

USA/Japan: 123.85 

Great Britain/USA: 1.5618 

USA/Canada: 1.3080 


Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield: 2.20% down 8 in basis point from Tuesday// (at the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%)/ominous

Your closing USA dollar index:

97.25 up 5 cents on the day


European and Dow Jones stock index closes:


England FTSE up 27.41 points or 0.41%

Paris CAC up 36.19 points or 0.72%

German Dax up 51.84 points or 0.46%

Spain’s Ibex up 12.10 points or 0.11%

Italian FTSE-MIB up 141.94 or 0.61%


The Dow down 56.12  or 0.32%

Nasdaq; down .50 or 0.01%


OIL: WTI 47.16 !!!!!!!



Closing USA/Russian rouble cross: 61.23 down 2 and 1/4 rouble per dollar on the day



And now for your more important USA stories.

Thursday news:

First glance look at Q2 GDP: up to 2.3% and well below expectations

(courtesy zero hedge)

US Economy Grew At 2.3% In Q2, Below Expectations, “Winter” Quarters Revised Higher After Double Seasonal Adjustments

The much anticipated Q2 GDP number with prior revisions is out and, as expected, Atlanta Fed’s 2.4% estimate was once again nearly spot on, with the advance release coming in at 2.3%, below the consensus estimate. But more importantly, as part of the annual revision to prior GDP data, one which as we observed would include the infamous “double seasonal adjustments”, both Q1 2014 and 2015 GDP prints, the “winter” collapse, was revised well higher, with Q1 2014 increase from -2.1% to -0.9%, while last quarter’s final GDP which had printed at -0.2% is now 0.6%.

From the report:

The acceleration in real GDP growth in the second quarter reflected an upturn in exports, an acceleration in PCE, a deceleration in imports, and an upturn in state and local government spending that were partly offset by downturns in private inventory investment, in nonresidential fixed investment, and in federal government spending and a deceleration in residential fixed investment.


The price index for gross domestic purchases, which measures prices paid by U.S. residents, increased 1.4 percent in the second quarter, in contrast to a decrease of 1.6 percent in the first.


Excluding food and energy prices, the price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.1 percent, compared with an increase of 0.2 percent.


Real personal consumption expenditures increased 2.9 percent in the second quarter, compared with an increase of 1.8 percent in the first. Durable goods increased 7.3 percent, compared with an increase of 2.0 percent. Nondurable goods increased 3.6 percent, compared with an increase of 0.7 percent. Services increased 2.1 percent, the same increase as in the first quarter.


Real nonresidential fixed investment decreased 0.6 percent in the second quarter, in contrast to an increase of 1.6 percent in the first. Investment in nonresidential structures decreased 1.6 percent, compared with a decrease of 7.4 percent. Investment in equipment decreased 4.1 percent, in contrast to an increase of 2.3 percent. Investment in intellectual property products increased 5.5 percent, compared with an increase of 7.4 percent. Real residential fixed investment increased 6.6 percent, compared with an increase of 10.1 percent.


Real exports of goods and services increased 5.3 percent in the second quarter, in contrast to a decrease of 6.0 percent in the first. Real imports of goods and services increased 3.5 percent, compared with an increase of 7.1 percent.


Real federal government consumption expenditures and gross investment decreased 1.1 percent in the second quarter, in contrast to an increase of 1.1 percent in the first. National defense decreased 1.5 percent, in contrast to an increase of 1.0 percent. Nondefense decreased 0.5 percent, in contrast to an increase of 1.2 percent. Real state and local government consumption expenditures and gross investment increased 2.0 percent, in contrast to a decrease of 0.8 percent.


The change in real private inventories subtracted 0.08 percentage point from the second-quarter change in real GDP after adding 0.87 percentage point to the first-quarter change. Private businesses increased inventories $110.0 billion in the second quarter, following increases of $112.8 billion in the first quarter and $78.2 billion in the fourth.


Real final sales of domestic product — GDP less change in private inventories — increased 2.4 percent in the second quarter, in contrast to a decrease of 0.2 percent in the first.

But perhaps more notable than this quarter’s fickle number which will be revised as the Fed sees fit in just one month to fit the rate hike narrative, is the downward revision to prior years, with GDP in the 2011-2014 period now said to be growing at a 2.0% pace, significantly below the 2.3% reported previously.


Your closing numbers from New York

July Jangles Markets’ Nerves: Treasury Yields Tumble, Stocks Fumble, & Commodities Crumble

No excuse needed…

This seemed to sum the talking heads up today…


Everything was awsome today after the worst wage growth in US history sent stocks soaring.. and then they unleashed The Bullard:


Complete chaos today…


With cash indices ending mixed (Nasdaq desparately clinging to green and Small caps ripped on biotech reach for safety lol!!!)


A complete disconnect between yields and stocks until Bullard spoiled the party…


Today across bonds, stocks, and gold…


Stocks were rolling over hard and then…


And so VIX was slammed…to ensure S&P holds the all-important 2100 level…


*  *  *

Year-to-Date… Dow’s down, Bonds down-er, Crude down-est… as The US Dollar is up 7.5%…


Trannies are still the big laggards with Nasdaq leading…


Led by Healthcare (Biotechs) as Energy remains the biggest loser…


*  *  *

It was quite a month!!

Bonds hot, commodities cold, stocks meh…


Bonds had their best month since January… (TLT +4.3%) – 2s30s biggest flattening (-23bps) since January


Stocks managed – after this week’s epic surge – to get into the green for July…Trannies best month since Feb (up 4.1%) but Small Caps (Russell 2000) fell for the first time since April


Commodities worst month since Sept 2011… to thelowest since April 2002


  • WTI Crude’s worst month since Oct 2008 (down 20.5%) – lowest close since March 2015
  • Copper’s worst month since Jan 2015 (down 10%) – lowest close since June 2009
  • Gold’s worst month since June 2013 (down 6.5%) – lowest monthly close since Jan 2010
  • Silver’s worst month since Sept 2014 (down 6%) – lowest monthly close since July 2009

*  *  *

On the week, Stocks soared…


As VIX “Matterhorn”-ed…


Bonds soared…


The dollar ended the week unchanged…


and all but silver slipped in commodities…


Did we just reach the threshold for gold short-covering?


And crude was crushed back to a $46 handle…


Finally – despite all the huffing and puffing over how China saved the world again with their intervention, Chinese stocks suffered their worst week in the last 5, crashing 9-12%…

The Shanghai Composite closed July down 14.4% – the worst month since August 2009.


Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: “Smart” Money Flow Continues To Signal Rotation To Weak Hands…




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