Gold: $1068.80 up $0.10 (comex closing time)
Silver $14.08 down 9 cents
In the access market 5:15 pm
First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:
At the gold comex today, we had a very poor delivery day, registering 0 notice for nil ounces. Silver saw 0 notices for nil oz.
Several months ago the comex had 303 tonnes of total gold. Today, the total inventory rests at 205.20 tonnes for a loss of 98 tonnes over that period.
In silver, the open interest surprisingly rose by a huge 1686 contracts despite silver being up by only 2 cents in yesterday’s trading (and gold battered). The total silver OI now rests at 170,721 contracts In ounces, the OI is still represented by .853 billion oz or 122% of annual global silver production (ex Russia ex China).
In silver we had 0 notices served upon for nil oz.
In gold, the total comex gold OI surprisingly rose by 368 contracts to 435,376 contracts despite gold being down by $15.00 in yesterday’s trading. It seems the modus operandi of the bandits is to try and liquefy gold/silver OI as we approach first day notice on Monday, November 30. It does not seem to work. The bankers get very nervous when OI is rising despite awful prices for the metals. We had 0 notices filed for nil today.
We had no change in gold inventory at the GLD / thus the inventory rests tonight at 661.94 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. Our 670 tonnes of rock bottom inventory in GLD gold has been broken. It looks to me that China has taken the last amounts of physical gold from the GLD. I guess the only place left for China to receive physical gold, after they deplete the GLD will be the FRBNY and the comex. In silver, we had no change in silver inventory to the tune of / Inventory rests at 317.256 million oz.
We have a few important stories to bring to your attention today…
1. Today, we had the open interest in silver rise by a huge 1686 contracts up to 170,721 despite the fact that silver was up by only 2 cents with respect to yesterday’s trading. The total OI for gold surprisingly rose by 368 contracts to 435,376 contracts despite the fact that gold was down by $15.00 with respect to yesterday’s trading.
2. a)Gold trading overnight, Goldcore
3. ASIAN AFFAIRS
RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS
i) Russia now using strategic long range bombers as it targets ISIS. These bombers can deliver cruise missiles with accuracy and if needed nuclear weapons. There are reports that key ISIS family members are fleeing Raqqa.
7. EMERGING MARKETS
9 USA stories/Trading of equities
i) Housing starts collapsed by 11% in October, comfirming a lacklustre homebuilder’s sentiment and collapsing pending sales.
With retail sales plummeting, you can safely say that the USA economy is in a recession or in the beginning of a depression
(courtesy zero hedge)
ii) Black Rock liquidates a huge Macro fund as redemptions rise and losses increase
iii ) Big trouble for hedge fund darling Sun Edison/real assets are worth only 2 dollars per share
iv) Criminal charges being contemplated against JPMorgan and others in the 2007-2008 financial mortgage scandal
v) FRBNY Fed governor Dudley states that he expects the Fed rate hike in December as the Fed wants to state that they have confidence in the economy:
vi Fed Governor Lacker is Dow Jones data dependent and now believes that the market has not panicked and thus the fed hike in December is OK with him:
10 PHYSICAL STORIES
i) Goldcore blog/Mark O’Byrne
ii) Bill Holter’s paper tonight is entitled: “The Economic Pie is Shrinking!” and it is a must read…
iii) Dave Kranzler of IRD reports on that huge withdrawal of 159,000 oz of gold removed from the customer (eligible account) of JPMorgan yesterday that I reported on to you
(courtesy Dave Kranzler/IRD)
iv) How the crooks manipulate gold and silver
(courtesy Dave Kranzler/IRD)
vi) Silver mine production to stagnate at around 870 million oz/demand remaining constant despite lower demand for jewelry from China/silver deficit of demand/supply at 42.7 million oz
Let us head over to the comex:
The total gold comex open interest rose from 435,008 up to 435,376 for a gain of 376 contracts despite the fact that gold was down $15.00 in yesterday’s trading. For the past two years, we have strangely witnessed two interesting developments with respect to the gold open interest: 1) total gold comex collapse in OI as we enter an active delivery month, and 2) a continual drop in the amount of gold standing in an active month. For today, the latter stopped. The November contract lost 0 contracts remaining at 213 contracts. We had 0 notices filed yesterday, so we neither lost nor gained gold contracts that will stand for delivery in this non active delivery month of November. The big December contract saw it’s OI fall by 5,343 contracts from 194,026 down to 188,683. The estimated volume today (which is just comex sales during regular business hours of 8:20 until 1:30 pm est) was 152,953 which is good. The confirmed volume yesterday (which includes the volume during regular business hours + access market sales the previous day was good at 208,791 contracts.
November contract month:
INITIAL standings for November
|Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz||nil|
|Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz nil||
353.66 oz manfra
|Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz||nil|
|Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz||7716.000
|No of oz served (contracts) today||0 contracts|
|No of oz to be served (notices)||213 contracts
|Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month||7 contracts
|Total accumulative withdrawals of gold from the Dealers inventory this month||nil|
|Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month||106,289.1 oz|
Total customer deposits 7716.000 oz
we had 0 adjustments:
November initial standings/First day notice
|Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory||nil|
|Withdrawals from Customer Inventory||633,670.700 oz
|Deposits to the Dealer Inventory||nil|
|Deposits to the Customer Inventory||4980.300 oz
|No of oz served (contracts)||0 contracts (nil oz)|
|No of oz to be served (notices)||32 contracts
|Total monthly oz silver served (contracts)||5 contracts (25,000 oz)|
|Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Dealers inventory this month||nil oz|
|Total accumulative withdrawal of silver from the Customer inventory this month||6,584,782.6 oz|
Today, we had 0 deposit into the dealer account:
total dealer deposit; nil oz
we had no dealer withdrawals:
total dealer withdrawals: nil
we had one customer deposit:
i) Into JPMorgan 4980.300 oz
total customer deposits: 4980.300 oz
total withdrawals from customer account: 633,770.700 oz
Nov 16.And now SLV/another huge addition of 2.145 million oz into the silver inventory of SLV/rests tonight at 317.256 million oz
Nov 15/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/inventory 315.111 million oz/
nov 12/surprisingly we had a huge addition of 1.43 million oz of silver into the SLV/Inventory rests at 315.111 million oz/(my bet: it is paper silver not real silver entering the vaults)
Nov 11/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/rests tonight at 313.681 million oz/
Nov 10/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/rests tonight at 313.681 million oz/
Nov 9/no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 313.681
Nov 6/ we had a very tiny withdrawal of 136,000 oz (probably to pay for fees)/Inventory rests tonight at 313.681 oz
Nov 5/strange no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 313.817 million oz/
Nov 4/2015: no change in silver inventory/rests tonight at 313.817 million oz/
Bitcoin and The Blockchain – Banks Must Embrace Or “Die”
Editors Note: GoldCore believe that blockchain technology will revolutionise the world of finance, payments and money and may have an impact on the world on a scale of that of the internet. Hence, the need to keep an eye on this very important evolving technology that has ramifications for us all.
If you thought the internet was disruptive, well you ain’t seen nothing yet … the blockchain cometh!
Charlie Morris is the editor of Atlas Pulse – a newsletter focusing on gold, bitcoin, blockchain and disruptive technology.. He has written an excellent article looking at bitcoin, the blockchain and the ramifications for banks and our financial system.
by Charlie Morris
Bitcoin’s had one hell of a year.
The price of a single bitcoin recently touched $500, which is three times higher than it was in August this year. That’s one hell of a move in a short space of time and I’m going to try and put that into context.
In November 2013, there were just over 12 million bitcoins in circulation and the price touched $1,200, meaning the network was briefly worth $14.4bn. This new form of electronic money had high hopes and some felt it would genuinely catch on as it had the potential to challenge the existing system in global payments.
Bitcoin clearly got ahead of itself and the excitement about the future of money took a turn for the worse.
There were scandals such as the loss of bitcoins at the MT Gox exchange (a bitcoin trading platform), the closure of the Silk Road website (drugs and other bad things) and the banning of bitcoin wallets by Apple (users could no longer transact on their phones).
The lowest ebb came in January this year when the network value briefly dropped below $ bn, a 77% contraction. Many high profile commentators wrote off bitcoin and predicted a future value below $1.
Today the bitcoin network appears to be alive and well. It recently saw total daily transaction volumes rise above $300m. This growth in usage from $50m per day in the summer has caused the price to surge. At $500 per bitcoin, the network value recently touched $7.4bn.
This resurgence is all the more surprising because there have been so many barriers in its path. Regulators have put bitcoin businesses under heavy scrutiny and most banks have refused to deal with them, despite being legitimate and innovative enterprises. In fact, George Osborne showed public support for bitcoin and wants Britain to be a hub for these disruptive technologies.
Before we go into further detail, let’s take a step back and remind ourselves what bitcoin actually is.
In simple terms, bitcoin is electronic cash. It was created on the Internet by ‘miners’ and can be transacted with anyone else who has a bitcoin ‘wallet’. It can’t be copied, cut or pasted, nor can they be minted to infinity.
As I said, there are 14.8 million bitcoins in circulation, and each day approximately 4,000 new coins are created. In exchange for validating all of the transactions carried out by the community, the miners receive the new coins plus some transaction fees. Yesterday’s payout to the miners was roughly $2m. Yes, you read that correctly.
Given the vast rewards, this process is highly competitive and if you want to mine bitcoins, you’ll need a super computer bigger than GCHQ’s and Nasa’s combined; I’m not exaggerating.
The miners work hard for their money and their primary task is to validate a ‘block’ of transactions every ten minutes (or by my calculations, every 9 minutes and 41 seconds on average). In financial terms, they carry out the ‘settlement’ for bitcoin and perform record keeping functions.
There are roughly 153 blocks created each and every day. They stack up on top of each other and, since bitcoin’s birth on 3rd January 2009, this process has occurred over 382,000 times. Hence the phrase ‘blockchain’ as the transaction data is stored as a ‘chain of blocks’.
The true genius of bitcoin is that it has been built using a database that was designed to transact, whereas a traditional database was designed to store information.
Financial transactions use traditional databases that were invented decades ago. In order for them to transact, they dive inside the computer, find the data they are looking for, change it and then climb back out. That system has worked well, but now the world has something better.
With a blockchain, instead of finding and changing the data, the system continuously adds new layers whilst the past records remain unchanged. This has improved speed, security, transparency and record keeping whilst simultaneously slashing costs.
Crucially, the bitcoin ecosystem is operated by the ‘invisible hand’. There are no employees or maintenance staff behind it. Ask a bank how many people sit in their IT department and the answer will be in the tens of thousands. Bitcoin has survived for nearly seven years with no employees whatsoever, just an open-source community of coders who implement periodic improvements.
Crucially, the bitcoin network is ‘de-centralised’. A bank may backup its database several times, but for bitcoin, there are 5,625 copies (at the last count), known as ‘nodes’. In order to shut down bitcoin, you would need to destroy every single one. That would mean a coordinated effort from 90 different countries including Zimbabwe, Russia and Iran. Good luck with that; the bitcoin network is here to stay.
What can you do with bitcoin?
You can spend it in a growing list of places although, I readily admit, it is far from mainstream. As I said on my recent podcast, I managed to buy a glass of wine in Chamonix and a cup of coffee in Shoreditch, but little else.
That has hardly changed the face of money, but entrepreneurs have created credit cards that transact using bitcoin. That means it is potentially acceptable whenever you see the Visa or Mastercard symbol.
Wall Street has seen this blockchain technology and has taken it into the fold. The banks that intend to survive know that if they don’t take the lead, they’ll die. Those that fail to take an interest will get left behind and so there’s much at stake.
The recent surge in price from $160 in August to $500 was an explosive move. The FT has attributed this to a Russian pyramid scheme called MMM, that has taken off in China. I’m sure this explains much of the recent exuberance, but underlying that, is a self-sustaining network that enjoys underlying growth.
Speculative flurries will come and go but what I am interested in is the trend. If the real usage of bitcoin grows, the price can only rise. We should think of bitcoin like a technology stock where the value is directly related to the size of the network.
This article is from the free daily email Capital & Conflict as published by Money Week. Charlie Morris is the editor of Atlas Pulse; a newsletter focusing on gold, disruptive technology and blockchains.
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Today’s Gold Prices: USD 1070.50, EUR 1005.95 and GBP 702.74 per ounce.
Yesterday’s Gold Prices: USD 1080.80, EUR 1013.60 and GBP 710.50 per ounce.
Gold in USD – 10 Year
Gold closed yesterday at $1069.50, down $13.70 for the day. Silver was down $0.06 closing at $14.21. Platinum lost $12 to $851.
Gold is steady but set a fresh near six-year low overnight – the lowest since Feb 2010 – at $1,064.95/oz, after falling 1.2% yesterday. It was gold’s biggest one-day drop in more than a week, and its 21st down day in 24. Gold’s 14-day relative strength index (RSI) remains in oversold territory (below 30) for a tenth session, at 22.5.
Silver is 0.1% higher, platinum‘s a touch lower, and palladium is down 0.4%.
Global silver supplies in 2015 are in deficit for the third straight year as mine production sees its smallest rise in more than a decade, scrap returns drop and miners reduce their hedge positions, a Thomson Reuters GFMS analyst said on Tuesday.
Total silver supply is forecast to fall to 1.01 billion ounces in 2015 – down 3.3 percent from 2014 – with physical demand falling to a lesser degree, down 2.5 percent to 1.06 billion ounces, said Erica Rannestad, senior analyst on the GFMS team presenting the report at a Silver Institute dinner in New York. This brings GFMS’ 2015 silver supply/demand forecast to an annual physical deficit of 42.7 million ounces.
Gunfire and explosions shook the Paris suburb of St Denis early on Wednesday as French police surrounded a building where a Belgian Islamist militant suspected of masterminding last week’s attacks in the French capital was believed to be holed up. Two assailants were killed, including a woman who detonated a suicide bomb, a source close to the case said, adding that the police operation was continuing to flush out two other suspects. The target of the raid, which filled the streets of St Denis with heavily armed police and soldiers, was Islamic State militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was initially thought to have orchestrated the Paris attacks from Syria, police and justice sources said. (Reuters)
Air strikes carried out by French jets and other forces have killed at least 33 Islamic State militants in the group’s Raqqa stronghold in Syria over the past three days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Wednesday. Citing activists, the Observatory also said that Islamic State members and dozens of the families of senior members had started leaving Raqqa city to relocate to Mosul in Iraq because of security concerns. Mosul is also controlled by Islamic State. (Reuters)
Silver mine production stagnates – Thomson Reuters
But silver coin demand hits a record high.
Thomson Reuters | 18 November 2015 12:15
At the Annual Silver Industry Dinner hosted by the Silver Institute, Erica Rannestad, Senior Analyst in the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters, presented the Interim Silver Market Review, which included provisional supply and demand forecasts for 2015. The following are highlights from the report.
• Total silver supply is forecast to fall to 1,014.4 Moz in 2015, down 3% from the previous year. This decline is expected to be driven by flat mine production, a 5% drop in scrap return, and net de-hedging of 12.6 Moz. Mine production is slated to total 867.2 Moz this year, up 0.3% from a year ago. This would be the weakest performance since 2002, when mine production fell by 2%. Healthy increases in primary silver mine production, particularly in Mexico, were partially offset by losses in silver output from base metals mines. Scrap supply is expected to fall for the fourth consecutive year, continuing a downward trend that began after annual average prices and scrap levels peaked in 2011.
• Silver bullion coin sales reached a fresh record high in the third quarter of this year, totaling 32.9 Moz, and are up 95% year-on-year, according to GFMS’s bullion coin survey. The slide in silver prices in July and August to six-year lows triggered a surge in buying in the silver coin market, particularly in North America where coin sales increased by 103% to a total of 23.6 Moz in the third quarter. This largely unexpected surge resulted in an unprecedented shortage of current year silver bullion coins among the world’s largest sovereign mints. Silver coin demand is forecast to increase 21% in 2015 to total a record high of 129.9 Moz. Coin demand should account for 12% of physical demand this year, up from 10% in 2014 and just 4% ten years ago.
• Silver demand from the photovoltaics industry is forecast to increase by 17% to total 74.2 Moz this year, just shy of the record 75.8 Moz in 2011. Solar will make up 13% of total industrial demand, up from 11% in 2014 and just 1% a decade ago. Silver demand from ethylene oxide producers is predicted to increase 49% to total 8.0 Moz in 2015, the highest since 2010. Despite increased demand from these industries, total industrial demand is forecast to fall by 4% to 570.7 Moz, and to account for 54% of physical demand in 2015.
• Total physical demand is forecast to contract by 2.5% in 2015, to 1,057.1 Moz, primarily driven by a 12.9 Moz drop in electronics demand. Demand from the electronics sector has been falling since 2011, largely owed to thrifting and the trend towards consumer electronics miniaturization. While these trends remain intact in 2015, the decrease has been precipitated by a weaker economy in China, where silver electronics demand is expected to decrease by 7.9 Moz, as well as in other developing countries such as India. China accounts for 28% of silver demand in global electronics fabrication.
• Jewelry fabrication is forecast to total 218.9 Moz, a 2.5% decrease from last year’s level. Jewelry fabrication has increased at a healthy pace in Thailand (14%), the United States (9%) and Italy (8%), while Chinese jewelry fabrication has dropped 25%. This sharp decline is largely attributed to offshoring of jewelry manufacturing to Southeast Asian countries and weaker domestic silver jewelry consumption.
• The silver market is expected to be in an annual physical deficit of 42.7 Moz in 2015, marking the third consecutive year the market has realized an annual physical shortfall. While such deficits do not necessarily influence prices in the near term, multiple years of annual deficits can begin to apply upward pressure to prices in subsequent periods. This year, however, net outflows from ETF holdings and derivatives exchange inventories on a year-to-date basis have lessened the impact of the physical deficit, bringing the net balance to -21.3 Moz.
• Silver prices this year through 13th November averaged $15.91/oz, which was 18.3% lower than in the same period in 2014. The GFMS team at Thomson Reuters forecasts silver prices to average $15.51/oz for the full calendar year.
I have to give credit to my friend/colleague Craig “Turd Ferguson” Hemke – TF Metals Report – for tweeting this piece of information. I don’t monitor the Comex precious metals vault reports everyday.
Briefly to review, the “eligible” gold is the gold that is being “safe”kept at the Comex by investors who took delivery of gold. The Comex actually offers a big discount to the market rate charged for safekeeping to investors who keep their gold in the confines of Comex bank vaults.
I think it’s safe to say that either a big investor who took delivery of the gold and was “safe” keeping it in JPM’s vault decided he would rather provide his own means of safekeeping – understandably so. OR, it’s entirely possible that the gold was hypothecated and the 100 oz. Comex bars were shipped to Swizterland where they will be refined into the kilo bars used on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
Whatever the case might be, the amount removed was 158k ozs, or a little over 4 tonnes. It’s amusing to contemplate this in the context of when Germany asked for its gold being held at the Fed, it took a year for the Fed to ship 5 tonnes…
Craig points out the amount of gold removed from JP Morgans eligible vault is greater than the total amount of gold in all Comex vaults – as reported – that is classified as being “registered,” or available for delivery. You may note that I keep using the modifier, “as reported.” If you read the area shaded in yellow at the bottom of the Comex report above, you’ll understand why.
With the bubble in Comex paper gold that has formed this year, there is a high probability that anyone who “safe”keeps their gold at the Comex is facing the increasing likelihood of losing the ability to get that gold delivered upon request. Just ask Angela and Jens Weidmann (head of the Bundesbank)…
How the crooks manipulate gold and silver
(courtesy Dave Kranzler/IRD(
Our fractional reserve financial system is just a gigantic Ponzi scheme. It can only survive as long as it expands, which is to say, as long as new debt is flushed through the system to finance old debt. But like all Ponzi schemes, the larger it grows the more unstable it becomes. Eventually, it collapses of its own weight. -James Sinclair in 2009
The western Central Bank/bullion bank paper gold manipulators have become obvious. The reason is that the there is nothing stopping them from manipulating the market. Eventually the physical demand from Asia will undermine their paper gold manipulation activities, but big buyers of physical who demand delivery have no reason to stop the price capping, obviously.
James Turk discussed the various factors driving the manipulation in a King World News interview. I’ve created a graphic to illustrate the manipulation of the gold market as it occurred from Sunday into Monday:
This rally in the precious metals was the result of investors moving out of currencies to a safe-haven. It was an expected and natural reaction after the Paris attacks. Then came the unnatural, second and completely different precious metals market. Gold and silver ran into a solid brick wall when London opened. The difference between the way gold and silver traded in Asia and what happened in London was as stark as the difference between night and day.
Are we to believe that in striking contrast to what we saw in Asia, there were no safe-haven buyers in Europe?
The reality is that the central planners were out in full force with their market interventions in London, selling persistently and using their algorithms to prevent gold and silver from climbing any higher.
The price of gold jumped at the open of Globex trading on Sunday evening. This would be expected after a string of bad economic and earnings reports littered the news wires late Friday. And then, of course, the event in Paris. But as you can see, after Asia was done feeding on the cheap gold provided to them from the fierce manipulation last week that drove the price of gold back under $1100, the typical Asia closed/London opens sell-off began.
The massive manipulation has taken on “shock and awe” proportions. The fact that is has become so blatant and extreme reflects the growing sense of desperation by the elitists to keep the entire western financial/economic system from collapsing.
If gold were allowed to trade free from the control imposed using western paper derivatives, the price would shoot higher and send the warning to everyone that the system is on the verge of collapse.
Several friends and colleagues recently have expressed a high degree of frustration and have asked me when I thought the suppression of gold would end. I point out them, and I believe correctly so, the the criminals looting our system have no choice but to use any means at their disposal in their attempt to keep gold from moving higher and to keep the stock market aloft.
They have no choice. A falling price of gold and a rising stock market are the only cover stories they have left in their cabalistic effort to hide the absurd lies which belie the flood of propaganda about the economy, inflation and unemployment.
But at some point their ability to keep the wheels on the fraud that is the United States is going to fail. Every Ponzi scheme in history eventually collapses. It’s impossible to predict when this will occur. I do believe that there is a growing sense of awareness among the population that something is wrong. This is reflected in the fact that US Mint gold coin sales hit a 29-year high in the third quarter this year. For those wallow about in the cesspool of blind hope and have not prepared for what’s coming, their lives will be shattered.
On a broader scale, we are told the world is in recovery. Never mind contraction in Europe or bogus reporting in the U.S., China and elsewhere, “we are in recovery dammit!”. The best way to look at this fallacy for yourself to divine the truth is to look at trade. Or better, “trade rates”. I have mentioned this before, the Baltic dry index has been crashing and now is very close to where it was back in the late 1980’s.
1 Chinese yuan vs USA dollar/yuan falls in value , this time at 6.3872/ Shanghai bourse: in the red , hang sang: red
2 Nikkei closed up 18.55 or 0.09%
3. Europe stocks all in the red /USA dollar index up to 99.62/Euro up to 1.0645
3b Japan 10 year bond yield: falls to 30.0% !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 123.37
3c Nikkei now just above 18,000
3d USA/Yen rate now well above the important 120 barrier this morning
3e WTI: 41.27 and Brent: 44.41
3f Gold up /Yen up
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 down for WTI and down for Brent this morning
3i European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10 yr bund falls to .511 per cent. German bunds in negative yields from 6 years out
Greece sees its 2 year rate rise to 6.52%/: still expect continual bank runs on Greek banks
3j Greek 10 year bond yield falls to : 6.91% (yield curve close to inversion)
3k Gold at $1070.30/silver $14.18 (8:00 am est)
3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble up 22/100 in roubles/dollar) 64.93
3m oil into the 41 dollar handle for WTI and 44 handle for Brent/ China purchases huge supplies from Saudi Arabia
3n Higher foreign deposits out of China sees huge risk of outflows and a currency depreciation (already upon us). This can spell financial disaster for the rest of the world/China forced to do QE!! as it lowers its yuan value to the dollar.
30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the SF. It is not working: USA/SF this morning 1.0143 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.0826 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 on criminal charges/arrests 10 traders for Euribor manipulation
3r the 6 year German bund now in negative territory with the 10 year falls to +.511%/German 6 year rate negative%!!!
3s The ELA lowers to 82.4 billion euros,
The bank withdrawals were causing massive hardship to the Greek bank. the Greek referendum voted overwhelming “NO”. Next step for Greece will be the recapitalization of the banks and that will be difficult.
4. USA 10 year treasury bond at 2.26% early this morning. Thirty year rate above 3% at 3.05% /
5. Details Ransquawk, Bloomberg, Deutsche bank/Jim Reid.
(courtesy Jim Reid/Bloomberg/Deutsche bank/zero hedge)
Global Stocks Tread Water After Two Consecutive Terrorist Scares; Oil Rises, Industrial Metals Tumble
If this weekend’s gruesome terrorist attack on Paris ended up being hugely bullish for stocks, then two subsequent events, a stadium-evacuation scare in Hannover (where Angela Merkel was supposed to be present) and a raid in north Paris which left several dead in the ongoing manhunt against the alleged ISIS mastermind, appear to have but some question into if not stocks then algos whether a rising wave of terrorist hatred across Europe is truly what central bankers need to unleash more QE. That said, we expect the current weakness to last only until the traditional USDJPY carry ramp pushes stocks traditionally higher.
Quick summary of overnight events: European, Asian shares fall after a shootout between police and suspects in Friday’s Paris terror attacks; U.S. futures also slide while oil, gas rise. Fed meeting minutes due later today. Traders snuffed out an early rally in Asian stocks, sending the benchmark index lower before end of Bank of Japan policy; In China stocks fell for a second day, led by industrial and technology companies, after President Xi Jinping said the nation’s economy is facing “considerable downward pressure.” Additionally, there was an unexpected weakness in Chinese housing, where home prices rose in 27 cities in October, down from 39 in September.
- S&P 500 futures unchanged at 2050
- Stoxx 600 down 0.6% to 378
- MSCI Asia Pacific down less than 0.1% to 132
- S 10-yr yield down less than 1bp to 2.26%
- Dollar Index down 0.2% to 99.43
- WTI Crude futures up 1.5% to $41.28
- Brent Futures up 2% to $44.42
- Gold spot down less than 0.1% to $1,070
- Silver spot down 0.2% to $14.21
The key event on the calendar today will be the Fed’s October minutes, which while dated, are expected to validate the December rate hike message. Expectations for a U.S. rate hike have shot up from 35 percent on Oct.27 to 66 percent, according to Bloomberg data. Elsewhere, the Bank of Japan starts a two-day meeting just days after it was revealed the economy sank into a recession. Don’t expect any change in stimulus. That’s the view of all 41 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
As Bloomberg notes, the widening spread – or difference – between the yield of U.S. two-year notes and their G-7 peers is now 76 basis points, the widest since July 2007. That reflects the view the Federal Reserve is ready to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006. It also highlights a divergence in monetary policy between the world’s biggest economies. While the Fed contemplates tighter policy, the European Central Bank has signaled it’s ready to boost stimulus next month, while the Bank of Japan has pushed back its deadline to achieve stable 2 percent inflation, raising the possibility of more bond-buying.
Elsewhere the commodity carnage continues, and the sell-off in industrial metals continues unabated. Zinc has fallen to its lowest since July 2009 as concerns persist about slowing demand from China. The dollar’s strength is also weighing on the metal used to galvanize steel. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index has risen to its highest in a decade ahead of next month’s Fed meeting, making dollar-denominated commodities more expensive for buyers in other currencies. Output cuts from miners including Glencore have failed to halt the rout in industrial metals, which have plunged 25 percent in 2015, according to a London Metal Exchange index.
Looking at markets, Asian equities rose, albeit mildly so following the lacklustre lead from Wall Street as gains in US bourses reversed late in the session due to geopolitical concerns. Nikkei 225 (+0.1%) traded in positive territory with Japanese exporters benefitting from a weaker JPY, while the ASX 200 (+0.5%) pared initial losses as gains in financials offset the weakness in mining large caps. Shanghai Comp (-1.0%) swung between gains and losses amid reports for the first time that the Shanghai-Shenzhen stock link will not go ahead this year. JGBs traded sideways overnight with a lack of news flow to instigate significant price action.
With the week so far seeing substantial gains in European equities, today has so far seen weakness go through Euro Stoxx (+0.9% ), in line with their Asian counterparts to pare some of the recent strength. In terms of stock specific news, Air Liquide (-6.7%) are the notable laggard in Europe after the announcement of the USD 13.4bIn purchase of Airgas. In line with weakness in equities, Bunds have traded in positive territory today, with the German benchmark also benefitting from the geopolitical situation, with concerns over France remaining ongoing and as such, today has seen the FR/GE spread marginally wider in early trade.
in FX, ECB’s Mersch downplayed the financial consequences of the attacks in Paris while also failing to mention anything regarding further ECB easing and as such contributed to the bid seen in EUR as European participants arrived at their desk this morning to see EUR/USD retake the 1.0650 level, however failed to reach the psychological 1.0700 handle. Separately, GBP has also seen a bout of strength today in the wake of comments by BoE’s Broadbent, who avoided any dovish rhetoric and suggested that focus USD-index trades in negative territory as participants keenly await the FOMC minutes to gain clarification on the viability of a December lift-off . The USD has been firm for the last few days and came off highs overnight.
The energy complex has continued the volatile price action seen in recent weeks, with yesterday’s API crude oil inventories showing a drawdown of 482k, the first drawdown since the first week of October and as such seeing a bid in both WTI and Brent. In terms of the metals complex, gold has come off its lows, whereby earlier in the day the yellow metal touched its lowest level since Feb’10 having fallen for a 7th consecutive session, while elsewhere zinc has fallen to 6 year lows and iron ore has slumped to a 7 year low, both suffering from continued weakened Chinese demand. Of note, today sees the release of DoE crude oil inventories.
Bulletin Headline Summary From Bloomberg and RanSquawk
- Today has seen some paring of this week’s gains for European equities, with Eurostoxx (-0.9%) trading in negative territory
- GBP has witnessed a bout of strength today in the wake of comments by BoE’s Broadbent, with EUR bid on the back of comments from ECB’s Mersch and a broadly softer USD
- Looking ahead today: US Housing Starts and Building Permits, DOE Inventories, FOMC Minutes, ECB’S Lautenschlager, Fed’s Dudley and Kaplan
- Treasuries steady amid global equity market declines, further drop in metals before FOMC releases minutes of its October meeting.
- Heavily armed police and military descended on a Paris suburb before dawn, targeting what they believed was the hideout of the architect of last week’s terrorist violence in a raid that led to at least two deaths and seven arrests
- China’s economy faces “considerable downward pressure,” President Xi Jinping said, while assuring fellow Asian leaders that the economy is resilient and will remain on path of reform
- Germany sold EU4.07b 2Y notes at all-time yield of -0.38%, suggesting investors are confident ECB will boost stimulus at next month’s
- The families of Islamic State leaders were fleeing Raqqa, the group’s stronghold in Syria, as France and Russia intensified airstrikes after attacks in Paris, a group that monitors the war said
- For the second time this week, Obama lashed out at lawmakers and U.S. governors, most of them Republicans, who are pushing to block the administration from allowing 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the country
$14.8b IG priced yesterday, $1b HY. BofAML Corporate Master Index OAS narrows 1bp to +162, YTD range 180/129. High Yield Master II OAS narrows 9bp to +619, YTD range 683/438
- Sovereign 10Y bond yields mostly lower. Asian and European stocks mostly lower, U.S. equity-index futures decline. Crude oil rises, copper falls, gold little changed
US Event Calendar
- 7:00am: MBA Mortgage Applications, Nov. 13 (prior -1.3%)
- 8:30am: Housing Starts, Oct., est. 1.160m (prior 1.206m)
- Housing Starts m/m, Oct., est. -3.8% (prior 6.5%)
- Building Permits, Oct., est. 1.147m (prior 1.103m, revised 1.105m)
- Building Permits m/m, Oct., est. 3.8% (prior -5%, revised -4.8%)
- Paris Raids Target Terrorist Ringleader, Leaving at Least 2 Dead: Abdelhamid Abaaoud believed holed up in Saint Denis flat?Russia, France Put Aside Syria Disputes to Hit Islamic State: Putin ordered Russian navy to work with French vessels
- German-Dutch Soccer Game Canceled Over Stadium Bomb Threat: game in Hanover called off ~90 mins before start after police get tip that bomb attack planned
- The Imam Who Wants to Purge France’s Mosques: Marc Champion says Abdelali Mamoun agrees with France’s plan to shut down radical mosques in response to Paris terror attacks
- Obama Says Debate on Syrian Refugees Feeds Anti-U.S. Propaganda: criticizes those seeking to block Syrians from U.S.; speaks at news conference in the Philippines
- Nigeria Orders Criminal Probe of $5.5b in Defense Outlays: probe into weapons deals found total “extra-budgetary interventions” of 644b naira in local currency and $2.2b in foreign funds
- Jonah Lomu, Rampaging Wing Who Transformed Rugby, Dies at 40: Lomu died unexpectedly in Auckland Wednesday, New Zealand Rugby said in statement
- India to Sell 10% Stake in Coal India Valued at $3.2b: Govt stake in Coal India to drop to about 69% post sale
- BOE’s Broadbent Sees Argument for Looking Through Price Shocks: says yield curve is very flat; officials shouldn’t rush to return inflation to target
- Fairchild Semi to Be Bought by ON Semi for $20-Shr
- Lowe’s Reaffirms Yr Forecast; 3Q EPS, Rev., Comps Top Estimates
- Air Liquide to Buy Airgas for $10.3 Billion in U.S. Expansion: French co. makes cash offer of $143/shr; plans capital increase of up to $4.3b?Airgas Founder McCausland to Receive $958 Million in Takeover
- Monsanto Says It’s Evaluating Another Syngenta Takeover Bid: is discussing internally merits of a new offer, other potential acquisitions, COO Brett Begemann told reporters in St. Louis
- Citrix to Cut About 1,000 Jobs, Plans Spin-Off of GoTo Business: sees 2016 adj. EPS $4.40-$4.50, est. $4.22
- Barclays Said to Pay $100 Million to End Currency-Rigging Probe: accord over currency-trading platform with NY bank regulator
DB’s Jim Reid completes the overnight wrap
It’s hard to pinpoint the overall tone of markets now after some contrasting moves over the past 24 hours. On the back of a strong session in Asia and some dovish ECB commentary the previous night, risk assets in Europe rallied through the day with equity markets up 2-3% and European credit sharply tighter (Crossover -15bps), while the positive news that Greece had reached an agreement with creditors which should release a €2bn aid tranche (more later) also helped boost sentiment. US markets started in a similar positive fashion, before a reversal in Oil markets (WTI closing -2.56%) along with Copper touching a six-year low and concerning headlines emerging of a bomb threat in Germany saw US equities stumble into the close with the S&P 500 (-0.13%), Dow (+0.04%) and Nasdaq (+0.03%) all finishing close to unchanged in the end.
US 10y Treasury yields finished little moved at the close too at 2.267%, although that also masked what was a fairly roundabout session which saw yields hit as high at 2.312% intraday before then tumbling into the close. Some of the blame for the change in tone midway through the afternoon is also being attributed to the postponement by the underwriters of a $5.5bn LBO by Carlyle Group of data-storage business Symantec, raising concerns of investor appetite for larger leveraged deals into year-end.
The focus of today will be on the FOMC minutes from the October 27th and 28th meeting, due out at 7pm GMT. Remember that the hawkishness of the statement that followed that meeting was the start of a big swing in December liftoff expectations. In fact, prior to that meeting December hike expectations were sitting at around 35%, before rising to 50% or so immediately after the statement. Currently we’re sitting at 66% which is just shy of the 69% high point earlier this month. It’s worth keeping in mind that while the minutes refer to the October meeting, asset prices have certainly moved fairly materially since that meeting. The S&P 500 is down -1.91% from the close of the 28th October and has declined on 10 of the 14 trading days in that time. The VIX is up over 30% in the same time frame, the US Dollar is nearly 2% stronger, 10y and 2y Treasury yields are up +9.4bps and +12.7bps respectively, while WTI has fallen over -11%. Clearly the moves in the US Dollar and Oil the most significant here.
Our colleagues in the US expect the minutes to be more balanced and much less committed to a December hike than what was inferred from the October communiqué. Clearly there is a lot of data left between now and the December 15th/16th meeting (including the November payrolls number) and while the latest employment report was encouraging, our colleagues note that growth and inflation numbers could be slipping given the latest retail sales and import price figures. They expect the probability of a December rate hike to fall closer to 50/50 over the next couple of weeks.
Yesterday’s US CPI data didn’t offer a whole lot of surprises after coming in pretty much in-line with expectations. Headline inflation rose +0.2% mom last month as expected, while the YoY rate nudged back up to +0.2% (vs. +0.1% expected) and back to where it was in the summer having briefly dipped to 0.0% in September. The core also came in at +0.2% mom (vs. +0.2% expected) last month with the YoY rate staying unchanged at +1.9%. The details revealed that core goods inflation in particular came out soft in October, but that a big rise in medical costs helped the print meet expectations.
Meanwhile, there was some disappointment to be had in the October US industrial production data, with the reading down -0.2% mom last month (vs. +0.1% expected) to mark the second consecutive monthly decline. There was better news to be had in the manufacturing production read however, which was up +0.4% mom (vs. +0.2% expected) last month. Capacity utilization edged down two-tenths as expected to 77.5%, while finally the NAHB housing market index dropped 3pts in November to 62 (vs. 64 expected) and off the recent highs.
Price action has been fairly subdued in the Asia session this morning. The Nikkei (+0.28%), Kospi (+0.13%) and ASX (+0.29%) while the Hang Seng (-0.11%) is a touch lower and Chinese equities broadly unchanged. Oil markets are around half a percent better off this morning, while Asia credit is generally unchanged. The only data of note this morning has come from China where the October home price data is out. The data showed that, relative to September, prices for new residential apartments rose in just 27 cities last month (compared to 39 and 35 in September and August respectively). At the same time fewer cities also reported a rise in existing residential apartment prices last month relative to September.
Moving on, the HouseView team has published their November edition overnight called “Policy divergence ahead”. They highlight that macro data over the last month have helped reduce global growth concerns. A rate cut in Europe soon followed by a rate hike in the US would at last crystallise the Fed-ECB policy divergence theme. Markets have welcomed the additional clarity about global growth and monetary policy. Going forward positive data would reinforce Fed hike expectations and support risk assets.
Greece was back in the headlines yesterday with the positive news of a successful negotiation with creditors after agreeing on a set of prior actions which will unlock the disbursement of the €2bn sub-tranche of aid (subject to parliament ratification tomorrow). Importantly, the agreement will allow the bank recap to move ahead with the aim of completion by year end.
Rounding up the remaining news yesterday, data wise in Europe yesterday the November German ZEW survey revealed a 0.8pt fall in the current situations index to 54.4 (vs. 55.2 expected). However the expectations survey was up a robust 8.5pts to 10.4 (vs. 6.0 expected). In the UK we saw the October headline CPI print come in as expected at +0.1% mom which kept the YoY at -0.1%. The core rate did however edge up a tenth to +1.1% yoy (vs. +1.0% expected). Core PPI output was down -0.1% mom (vs. 0.0% expected) last month in the UK, while RPI (0.0% mom vs. +0.1% expected) also came in a tad below market.
Looking at the day ahead now. It’s a quiet start to the day this morning in Europe with no notable releases expected. This afternoon in the US session the October housing starts and building permits readings will be out shortly after lunch before we then get the aforementioned FOMC minutes at 7pm GMT. In terms of Fedspeak, Dudley, Mester and Lockhart are due to speak on a panel at around 1pm GMT on the financial payments system, while the more interesting comments may come from the Fed’s Kaplan who is due to speak before the FOMC minutes on economic conditions.
Let us begin:
“We Could See Bullets Flying And Laser Beams”: Full Paris “Mastermind” Raid Summary
Initially, officials assumed the alleged “mastermind” behind last Friday’s attacks in Paris was already back in Syria.
After all, Abdelhamid Abaaoud had already alluded authorities once this year when, in the wake of the January raid in Verviers, Belgium that killed two of his operatives, the 27-year old escaped to “Sham” when “Allah blinded the vision” of the legions of intelligence operatives that he imagines were chasing him.
To whatever extent Abaaoud dramatized his great Belgian escape in an interview that appeared in the February issue of Dabiq, this time around he really was one of the most wanted men in the world and as it turns out, Allah might have forgotten to “blind” the infidels in the four days since the attacks in France.
Although details are still sparse, we know that Abaaoud was the target of a pre-dawn raid in the Paris suburb of St. Denis and we also know that French police had “intelligence” which led them directly to the flat where they believed Abaaoud was likely to be hiding.
Just before 4:30 am local time, SWAT and anti-terror units descended on an apartment about 2km from the Stade de France.
Five people were barricaded inside the flat and when police moved in, a gun battle ensued, as neighbors reported prolonged exchanges of automatic gunfire and explosions.
“We could see bullets flying and laser beams out of the window. There were explosions. You could feel the whole building shake,” a neighbor told Reuters. “I tried to hide my son beneath me but each time there was shooting he was clawing at my skin,” she added.
The raid lasted some seven hours and in the end, two people were killed and seven people were arrested, three in the apartment itself, two nearby, the landlord, and the landlord’s female “friend.” At least one French media source says the landord had a previous eight-year murder sentence.
One of those killed was a woman, who detonated a suicide vest. According to BFMTV, police sources had placed a woman under surveillance “days ago” who they thought might be hiding Abaaoud. BFM also says she may have been Abaaoud’s cousin. For his part, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters that police had intelligence which led them to believe that “Abu Oud was likely to be [at the apartment].”
Cazeneuve also said there were 110 total security personnel involved in the raid.
According to French prosecutor Francois Molins, police also had tapped phone conversations which corroborated the surveillance which initially led them to believe that Abaaoud was in the building. Still, Molins was non-committal about whether he was indeed there when police arrived. “Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has told journalists that it is still unclear whether alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud, was in the apartment after the seven-hour police raid,” The Guardian says.
For his part, St. Denis mayor Didier Paillard was shocked: “We were not prepared for this discovery. This is a city that has 130 different nationalities, including people who come from war zones. We are a population that needs serenity. This is an old area which is in the process of being renovated.” Well Mr. Paillard, ISIS and SWAT did a bit of free demolition work for you overnight, so feel free to “renovate” that flat.
While it’s still too early to draw any conclusions, it would certainly appear as though Abaaoud might have gotten away again. After all, it’s probably safe to assume that police have determined he was not one of the two people killed nor one of the seven people arrested, so either he’s hiding in a closet somewhere or he escaped.
But who knows, we suppose it’s possible authorities just aren’t ready to make an announcement yet, although given the atmosphere in France, one would certainly think that if Abaaoud were either killed or captured, officials would want to inform Parisians immediately as it would presumably serve as a morale booster for a civilian population still reeling from Friday’s massacre. But again, that’s just speculation as Molins told reporters that “it is currently impossible to give the identify of those arrested, which is being verified. Everything will be done to work out who is who and thanks to forensics who was in the apartment.”
Just moments ago The Telegraph, citing Le Monde, saysAbaaoud was not among those arrested this morning. “Was he among the dead? It is unclear [and although] details are sketchy, experts suggest this could have been a cell in the final stages of preparing another strike.”
We shall see, but one thing is for sure, if Abaaoud was there and is now loose in Paris, you can bet you’ll see more raids just like this one in the days and weeks ahead.
Terrorists Planned Thursday Attack On Paris Mall; “Mastermind” Killed In Raid, WaPo Says
Moments ago, French prosecutor Francois Molins gave an update regarding the early morning raid in the Paris suburb of St-Denis that resulted in two deaths and the arrest of seven suspects. The target: the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
French authorities reportedly had Abaaoud’s cousin under surveillance and suspected she was hiding him an apartment about two kilometers from the Stade de France. Here is an eyewitness account of how she died:
During a ten or fifteen minute lull in the shooting I heard a woman shouting: ‘Help, help, help me!’ The police asked her to identify herself and to show herself. She showed her hands but she didn’t reveal her face.
She withdrew them and then put them up again several times. They shouted at her: ‘Keep your hands in the air!’
They told her: ‘We’re going to shoot.’
The shooting resumed. The police were firing from the roof of the building opposite.Suddenly there was an enormous explosion [from the window, inside the flat]. It was probably the woman who blew herself up.
The windows shattered. Lots of objects from the apartment were thrown into the street, pieces of human flesh as well. They are still there. You can see a bit of the head, of skin, of ribs.
Three people were arrested in the apartment itself, while two additional suspects, along with the landlord and his “female friend” were also taken into custody.
At this afternoon’s press conference, Molins confirmed that Abaaoud was not among those arrested.
However, he also said he could not identify those who had been killed, which suggested that perhaps Abaaoud was among the dead. After Molins spoke to the press,Washington Post reported that according to European intelligence officials, Abaaoud was killed.
Here are three images from the scene:
Molins went on to say that some 5,000 rounds were fired in the battle between militants and elite police forces on Wednesday morning. Here’s his account of the arrests:
There are two people dead but it will take a bit longer to get the additional details, because the building had to be propped up because it was threatening to collapse.
Police found in the rubble of the attack two men, one injured. They were immediately arrested.
Two other people were arrested outside, including person who let the militants use and a woman next to him.
Perhaps the most unnerving thing about the raid (especially if you live in Paris) is that according to officials, this “cell” was very close to carrying out another attack in the city. According to Reuters, that attack was set to unfold on Thursday in the business district. Here are the details:
Suspected Islamist militants flushed out of a Paris suburb by police in a shootout on Wednesday were planning to attack the French capital’s La Defense business district, three sources told Reuters.
A source close to the investigation source said the attack was being prepared for Thursday in the district that is home to some of France’s biggest companies such as the oil major Total and the main trading room of Societe Generale bank.
Several police sources said the targets were the Quatre Temps shopping centre and the main square of the district of high-rise office buildings on the western edge of Paris.
“The police forces were looking for terrorists who were preparing another attack on the basis of information from the (local) counter-terrorism services and overseas,” said the source close to the investigation.
“This new team was planning an attack on La Defense,” the source said
To give you an idea of how bad this could have been, consider that this is the most visited shopping center in France. Here are some bullet points (no morbid pun intended):
- Four levels of shops
- Four levels of parking, 6500 spaces parking
- 230 shops (30 shops without Cnit nor the 50 stores of the mall from the station, which is managed by another company and is not the mall)
- The eleventh Apple Store in France was open to Quatre Temps May 25, 2012
- Les Quatre Temps is the first French shopping center by turnover (824.1 million euros in 2009) to large Vélizy 2 2, the second in size behind Belle Thorn (140 900) and its first attendance (45.7 million visitors in 2012 3) before the Forum des Halles. The expansion and renovation allowed him to take first place.
And here are two videos, the first depicts La Defense and the second is a kind of POV tour through the shopping center.
As you can see, if Abaaoud’s operatives were looking for so-called “soft targets”, there would have been plenty.
The obvious question now, is how many more “safehouses” and “cells” there are hidden in the suburbs of Paris and, additionally, what kind of “intelligence” France is sitting on regarding what might be coming next.
For now, it looks like Hollande has all the support he needs to escalate attacks in Syria, but should public opinion need that little extra push over the edge in terms of supporting the deployment of ground troops to take Raqqa (and subsequently “assist” in facilitating a “transition” away from the Assad government), don’t be surprised if a few more Syrian passports are found in a safe house or worse, on what’s left of the body of a suicide bomber.
Meanwhile In Greece… Farmers Throw Oranges, Police Toss Teargas Grenades
In the first major protest by farmers in several years, bus-loads of men and women arrived from across Greece to protest the looming over-taxation and social security changes exclaiming that these government-enforced, Quadriga-mandated changes will affect the country’s primary production and crash those who sole income comes from farming, breeding and fishing. The infamous Syntagma Square saw oranges and water bottles met with police tear gas and sound cannons as European social tension continues to roil…
eering, tear gas, sound flares, water bottles and oranges were the highlights of the farmers’ protest outside the Greek Parliament at Syntagma Square on Wednesday. More than 3,500 farmers, breeders and fishermen from all over Greece had gathered in Athens to protest taxation and social security reforms in their sector.
Tension went high short after 12 o’clock noon, when a farmers’ delegation tried to break the police ‘fence’ consisting of several police vehicles. and enter the Parliament in order to submit a protest resolution.
When the farmers entered the parliament yard, police repelled them with teargas, the farmers picked up bitter oranges from the decorative trees outside the parliament and started to throw them at their “attackers”. Water bottles flew through the air as well.
Video: police – farmers clash. Somebody shouts “Heads!” apparently urging others to lower their heads for protection.
Within 10 minutes, a thick cloud of chemicals had covered the area, suffocating protesters and passersby like men, women, children and seniors, in one of the most vibrant spots of daily life in Athens.
Amid tension with police, farmers also verbally attacked and booed former ministers of first Syriza government, Panagiotis Lafazanis and Dimitris Stratoulis, now founding members of Popular Unity party. Some farmers threw at them water bottles and jeered them. “We don’t want politicians here,” they reportedly told the former ministers.
Video: angry farmers tell Lafazanis “Go!Go!”
Farmers threaten with further actions stressing that the upcoming overtaxation and the changes in the social security will affect the country’s primary production and crash those who sole income comes from farming, breeding and fishing.
It was the first massive farmers’ protest after several years, the men and women had arrived from across the country with buses and ferries.
German Interior Minister Says Suicide Bomber’s Syrian Passport “May Have Been Planted”
As we reported extensively over the weekend, the biggest false flag clue that has emerged so far from the Paris attack was the discovery of a fake, fully intact Syrian passport next to one of the suicide bombers. The question which we posed is who would benefit from this and whether the authorities would entertain such a “preposterous” suggestion.
It appears the answer is yes. Overnight none other than the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that the “Syrian passport found next to a suicide bomber in the Paris terror attacks may have been planted.”
Bloomberg adds that reports that the identity in the passport may have been registered in several countries along the so-called Balkan route raise the suspicion that it could be a deliberate attempt to implicate refugees and “make people feel unsafe,” de Maiziere said.
“There are indications that this was a planted lead, but it still can’t be ruled out that this was indeed an IS terrorist posing as a refugee,” he told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday, referring to Islamic State, which France blames for organizing the violence.
Any link between France’s worst terror attack since World War II and Europe’s refugee crisis would raise the stakes for Chancellor Angela Merkel as she defends her open-door policy for asylum seekers in Germany’s debate over immigration and security.
“It’s certainly unusual that such a person would have been faithfully registered in Greece and Serbia and Croatia, while we’re constantly pressing for registration and aren’t happy that it isn’t happening to the necessary extent,” de Maiziere said.
And with that the story on whether the passport was “planted” by someone else is effectively closed. The only open question remaining: who was so quick to plant the passport in the aftermath of the suicide bombing, and just whose agenda is in play?
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Caught On Tape: Russian Cruise Missile Flies Above Syria As Moscow Deploys Strategic Bombers
Putin wasted no time to expand Russian military presence over both Syria and the middle east, when as reported earlier today, the Russian president expanded the military campaign against ISIS bombing targets in conjunction with the French air force.
That was not the surprise.
What was, is that for the first time since the launch of the Russian air campaign Russia used strategic, long-range bombers, the kind that can deliver not only cruise missiles but tactical nuclear weapons. The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed as much when he said that Tupolev Tu-160, Tu-95MS strategic bombers are used in the strikes on ISIL targets in Syria.
According to Interfax, “Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Tu-22 long-range aviation warplanes are used in the destruction of the gangs in addition to operational tactical aviation from the Russian territory,” Shoigu said at a meeting in the Defense Ministry chaired by Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
The Russian strategic bombers are using the Hmeimim airbase in Syria as their primary base.
The commander of the Russian Long-Range Aviation Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev reported to Putin that all types of attack planes, which the Long-Range Aviation is armed with, are used, namely Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers and Tu-22M3 long-range bombers to perform combat tasks in Syria.
“The crews of strategic and long-range bombers are accomplishing the tasks to strike the sites in strict compliance with the plan of delivering the first massive air strike. Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers have landed on their airfields upon accomplishing the combat mission. The maintenance and preparations of aircraft for future sorties are being conducted, the objective control materials are being analyzed,” Zhikharev said.
The Aviationist blog adds that according to one of its sources “the long-range bombers the Russian Air Force has used against ground targets in Syria early in the morning on Nov. 17 were Tu-22M Backfire strategic bombers.” It adds that “the aircraft were allegedly launched from Mozdok airbase, in Ossetia, where as many as 6 Tu-22 Backfires were spotted on a recent deployment.”
Curiously, Russia appears to have left a calling card that it has deployed strategic bombers: earlier today, social networks were abuzz showing images which were the alleged remains of a KH-555 missile found in Syria, the type of air-launched missile which, according to the Aviationist, “is mainly carried by Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack bombers (Tu-22s have been tested with the KH-555 but full integration is not completed or at least unknown), the long-range bombers that launched the attack on ground targets using those missiles may have been the Tu-95s or Tu-160s flying alongside the Backfires.”
And here a clip of what is a Russian cruise missile (it may or may not have been the one whose remains are shown above) launched by one of the Russian strategic bombers currently operating above Syria.
ISIS Posts Photo Of Bomb That Brought Down Russian Plane
Moments ago, ISIS released the 12th issue of its magazine profiled here previously, which had a cover page with a clear enough title: “Just Terror”
But while it has the usual content full of pro-Jihad propaganda, some 66 pages of it, as well as numerous images to commemorate the martyrs for the ISIS cause, what was most stunning about this edition was ISIS admission of how it brought down the Russian airplane above Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, which as even Russia admitted yesterday, was the result of an ISIS bomb.
On page 3, we find the following two photos: one shows what Dabiq alleges are passports belonging to the “dead crusaders obtained by mujahidin”…
… and more troubling, is the image of the IED used to bring down the Russian airliner: a bomb concealed in a can of Gold beer.
This corroborates what Russia FSB chief Aleksandr Bortnikov said: “traces of a foreign-made explosive substance” have been found. “During the flight, a homemade device with the power of 1.5 kilograms of TNT was detonated.”
And something else which is perhaps just as surprising: in the foreword to its magazine, ISIS says it had originally planned to bring down a plane “belonging to a nation in the American-led alliance” but changed its mind to blow up the Russian plane instead.
On “30 September 2015,” after years of supporting the Nusayr in the war against the Muslims of Sham, Russia decided to participate directly with its own air force in the war. It was a rash decision of arrogance from Russia, as if it held that its wars against the Muslims of al-Qawqz were not enough offence. And so after having discovered a way to compromise the security at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport andresolving to bring down a plane belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against the Islamic State, the target was changed to a Russian plane. A bomb was smuggled onto the airplane, leading to the deaths of 219 Russians and 5 other crusaders only a month after Russia’s thoughtless decision.
For those curious about the authenticity of the photo, or to learn more about ISIS’ propaganda, the complete latest edition of the magazine can be found here, and is reposted below.
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