Jan 10/GOLD RISES $6.05 TO $1318.85/SILVER RISES 3 CENTS TO $17.01/ GOLD EFP’S RISE BY ANOTHER 9600 CONTRACTS/SILVER EFP TRANSFERS TO LONDON: 1436 CONTRACTS/THE BIG NEWS OF THE DAY: CHINA SET TO ABANDON PURCHASE OF USA BONDS/ALSO USA IS SET TO ABANDON NAFTA WHICH SENT THE MEXICAN PESO AND THE CANADIAN DOLLAR FALLING/

 

 

GOLD: $1318.85 UP $6.05

Silver: $17.01 UP 3 cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1317.00

silver: $16.98

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1319.28 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1311.80

PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $7.48

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1327.54

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1311.00

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$16.54

SHANGHAI REJECTS NY /LONDON PRICING OF GOLD

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1321.65

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1315.80

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1319.75

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1318.10

For comex gold:

JANUARY/

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR JANUARY CONTRACT: 1 NOTICE(S) FOR 100 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 256 FOR 25600 OZ (0.7962 TONNES),

For silver:

jANUARY

30 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

150,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 537 for 2,685,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $14,030/OFFER $14,150 DOWN $345 (morning)

 Bitcoin: BID   14,547/OFFER  $14,667 up  $170(CLOSING)

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest ROSE BY A FAIR 795 contracts from 194,214 RISING TO 195,009 DESPITE YESTERDAY’S 14 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING.  WE HAD NO COMEX LIQUIDATION BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT WE WITNESSED ANOTHER FAILED MAJOR BANK SHORT- COVERING OPERATION. NOT ONLY THAT , WE WERE AGAIN NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: A CONSIDERABLE 1436 EFP’S FOR MARCH (AND ZERO FOR OTHER MONTHS) AND THUS TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 1436 CONTRACTS. HOWEVER THE MOVEMENT ACROSS TO LONDON IS NOT AS SEVERE AS IN GOLD AS THERE SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR PLAYER TAKING ON THE BANKS AT THE COMEX. STILL, WITH THE TRANSFER OF 1436 CONTRACTS, WHAT THE CME IS STATING IS THAT THERE IS NO SILVER (OR GOLD) TO BE DELIVERED UPON AT THE COMEX AS THEY MUST EXPORT THEIR OBLIGATION TO LONDON. YESTERDAY WITNESSED  EFP’S FOR SILVER ISSUED. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE CAN BE A DELAY OF 24 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S. I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST HAVE HAD SOME MAJOR BANKER SHORT COVERING AGAIN TODAY.

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/ STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF JANUARY:

20,707 CONTRACTS (FOR 8 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 20,707 CONTRACTS OR 103.500 MILLION OZ: AVERAGE PER DAY: 2588 CONTRACTS OR 12.940 MILLION OZ/DAY)

RESULT: A GOOD SIZED GAIN IN OI COMEX DESPITE THE 14 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICE WHICH USUALLY INDICATES ANOTHER FAILED BANKER SHORT-COVERING. WE ALSO HAD A FAIR SIZED  EFP ISSUANCE OF 1436 CONTRACTS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX AND TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON AS FORWARDS.  FROM THE CME DATA 1436 EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR TODAY (FOR MARCH EFP’S AND NONE FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS) FOR A DELIVERABLE FORWARD CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS. WE REALLY GAINED 2231 OI CONTRACTS i.e. 1436 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH A INCREASE OF 795  OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENED WITH THE FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER BY 14 CENTS AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $16.94 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX.

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.9775 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 140% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT JANUARY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 30 NOTICE(S) FOR 150,000 OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY A FAIR SIZED 3383 CONTRACTS UP TO 555,455 DESPITE THE  FALL IN PRICE OF GOLD WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING ($6.30). IN ANOTHER HUGE DEVELOPMENT, WE RECEIVED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLD EFP’S ISSUED YESTERDAY FOR TODAY AND IT TOTALED A GOOD SIZED  9593 CONTRACTS OF WHICH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY SAW 9593 CONTRACTS AND APRIL SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 0 CONTRACTS.  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 555,455. DEMAND FOR GOLD INTENSIFIES GREATLY AS WE CONTINUE TO WITNESS A HUGE NUMBER OF EFP TRANSFERS TOGETHER WITH THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN GOLD COMEX OI  TOGETHER WITH  THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOLD OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY. EVEN THOUGH THE BANKERS ISSUED THESE MONSTROUS EFPS, THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS TO SUPPLY METAL BUT IT TRANSFERS THE RISK TO A LONDON BANKER OBLIGATION AND NOT A NEW YORK COMEX OBLIGATION. LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS TOGETHER WITH A LONG LONDON FORWARD. THUS, BY THESE ACTIONS, THE BANKERS AT THE COMEX HAVE JUST STATED THAT THEY HAVE NO APPRECIABLE METAL!! THIS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD: THEY CANNOT SUPPLY ANY METAL TO OUR COMEX LONGS BUT THEY ARE QUITE WILLING TO SUPPLY MASSIVE NON BACKED GOLD (AND SILVER) PAPER KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO METAL TO SATISFY OUR LONGS. LONDON IS NOW SEVERELY BACKWARD IN BOTH GOLD AND SILVER (BIG RISE IN BOTH GOFO AND SIFO) AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES. IN ESSENCE WE HAVE ANOTHER GOOD GAIN OF 12,976 OI CONTRACTS: 3383 OI CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX AND A GOOD SIZED 9593 OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON.

YESTERDAY, WE HAD 5660 EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S/ GOLD(EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY STARTING WITH FIRST DAY NOTICE: 72,858 CONTRACTS OR 7.286 MILLION OZ OR 226.26 TONNES (8 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 9,107 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 910,700 OZ/DAY)

Result: A FAIR SIZED INCREASE IN OI DESPITE THE  FALL IN PRICE IN GOLD TRADING ON YESTERDAY ($6.30). WE HAD ANOTHER FAIR SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 9593. THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX AND YET WE ALSO OBSERVED A HUGE DELIVERY MONTH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I GUESS IT EXPLAINS THE HUGE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S…THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD PRESENT AT THE GOLD COMEX FOR DELIVERY PURPOSES. IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 9593 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A NET GAIN IN OPEN INTEREST OF 12,976 contracts:

9593 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND  3383 CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the gain in total oi equates to 40.36 TONNES)

we had: 1 notice(s) filed upon for 100 oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

With gold up again, we had another strange withdrawal today from the GLD: 2.95 tonnes

Inventory rests tonight: 831.91 tonnes.

SLV/ 

NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.423 MILLION OZ/

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

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver ROSE BY A CONSIDERABLE 795 contracts from 194,214 UP TO 195,009 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH THE FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER TO THE TUNE OF 14 CENTS   YESTERDAY.  WE HAD WITHOUT A DOUBT ANOTHER MAJOR SHORT COVERING FROM OUR BANKERS AS THEY HAVE CAPITULATED. NOT ONLY THAT BUT OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE ANOTHER 1436 PRIVATE EFP’S FOR MARCH (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS AS IT IS PRIVATE BUT THE CFTC DOES AUDIT THEM).  EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON. WE HAD NO COMEX SILVER COMEX LIQUIDATION. BUT, IF WE TAKE THE GOOD OI GAIN AT THE COMEX OF 795 CONTRACTS TO THE 1436 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S WE OBTAIN A GAIN OF 2231 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS DESPITE THE MAJOR BANKER SHORT COVERING. WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES THAT ARE STANDING FOR METAL IN JANUARY (SEE BELOW). THE NET GAIN TODAY IN OZ: 11.15 MILLION OZ!!!

RESULT: A GOOD SIZED INCREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE FALL OF 14 CENTS IN PRICE (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING). BUT WE ALSO HAD ANOTHER 1436 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE GOOD  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER INTENSIFIES AS WE WITNESS MAJOR BANK SHORT COVERING ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASES IN GOFO AND SIFO RATES INDICATING SCARCITY.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY: Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late TUESDAY night/WEDNESDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 7.93 points or 0.23% /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 62.31 pts or 0.20% / The Nikkei closed DOWN 61.79 POINTS OR 0.26%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.57%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.5040/Oil UP to 63.52 dollars per barrel for WTI and 69.16 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED MOSTLY RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.5040. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST  THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.5140 //ONSHORE YUAN  STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS  WEAKER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS STILL  HAPPY TODAY.(GOOD MARKETS AND STRONGER YUAN)

3a)THAILAND/SOUTH KOREA/NORTH KOREA

i)North Korea/South Korea

North Korea states: not so fast with our detente:  “all our atomic bombs and ICBMS are aimed at the USA and not at South Korea, China or Russia

( zerohedge)

b) REPORT ON JAPAN

3 c CHINA

4. EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

i)Orban:  “We do not see them as refugees, we see them as Muslim invaders”

(interview of Orban/Bild/zerohedge)

ii)This European initiate is having quite an effect on independent stock research shops.  Budgets for research in 2018 will be down 1/3

( zerohedge)

5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

6 .GLOBAL ISSUES

7. OIL ISSUES

8. EMERGING MARKET

Venezuela crude output plummets to a 28 year low as this socialist nation is in shear chaos

( zerohedge)

9. PHYSICAL MARKETS

i)As we pointed out yesterday, China wants market forces to determine the value between the yuan vs the dollar
( GATA/Bloomberg)
ii)Buffet agrees with me in that cryptocurrencies have an intrinsic value of zero and thus he would buy a 5 year put on every single crypto
( zerohedge)
iii)Chris Marcus of Miles Franklin asks a good question.  When our bankers decide to cover their silver shorts, to whom are they going to buy from?( Marcus/Miles Franklin)

 

10. USA stories which will influence the price of gold/silver

i)The following will be a good win for GDP in the 4th quarter as inventories rebound on top of good sales
(courtesy zerohedge)
ii)Heavy rains and a lack of some forests due to the fires, causes Southern California mudslides
( zerohedge)
iii)SWAMP STORIES

a)Once again a judge has blocked Trump’s immigration policy re DACA
( zerohedge)

b)Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is now suing Fusion GPS on the phony dossier and that should shed more light as to who financed this piece of work

( zerohedge)

iv)Firstly this morning we witness China abandoning purchase of USA Treasuries. This afternoon we see that Pakistan has suspended military and intelligence co-operation with the USA. Slowly but surely the uSA is losing its hegemony

( zerohedge)

v)The end may be near for Sears as Lampert considers all options if new financing fails

( zerohedge)

vi)

Moody’s warns Washington that its USA credit rating is at risk over the Trump tax cuts
(courtesy zerohedge)

Let us head over to the comex:

The total gold comex open interest ROSE BY FAIR SIZED 3383 CONTRACTS UP to an OI level of 555,455 DESPITE THE FALL IN THE PRICE OF GOLD ($6.30 LOSS WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING).  OBVIOUSLY WE HAD ZERO COMEX GOLD LIQUIDATION WITH ANOTHER STRONG GAIN IN TOTAL OPEN INTEREST AS WE WITNESSED ANOTHER HUMONGOUS COMEX TRANSFER THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE. THESE LONGS RECEIVED A DELIVERABLE LONDON FORWARD TOGETHER WITH A FIAT BONUS. THE CME REPORTS THAT 9593 EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR FEBRUARY AND 0 EFP’s  FOR APRIL:  TOTAL  9593 CONTRACTS. THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS ON THESE TRANSFERS.

ON A NET BASIS IN OPEN INTEREST WE GAINED TODAY: 12,976 OI CONTRACTS IN THAT 9593 LONGS WERE TRANSFERRED AS FORWARDS TO LONDON AND WE GAINED 3383 COMEX CONTRACTS. NET GAIN: 12,976 contracts OR 1,297,600 OZ OR 40.34 TONNES

Result: A STRONG SIZED INCREASE IN COMEX OPEN INTEREST DESPITE THE SMALL FALL IN THE PRICE YESTERDAY’S GOLD TRADING ($6.30.) WE HAD NO GOLD LIQUIDATION ANYWHERE. TOTAL OPEN INTEREST GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 1,297,600 OI CONTRACTS…

We have now entered the active contract month of JANUARY. The open interest for the front month of JANUARY saw it’s open interest FALL by 12 contracts DOWN to 181.  We had 13 notices served on Friday so we GAINED 1 contract or 100 additional oz of gold will stand in this non active month AND QUEUE JUMPING RETURNS.

FEBRUARY saw a LOSS of 13,701 contacts DOWN to 344,176.  March saw a gain of 53 contracts up to 472.  April saw a GAIN of 14,037 contracts UP to 108,496.

We had 1 notice(s) filed upon today for 100 oz

PRELIMINARY VOLUME TODAY ESTIMATED; n/a

FINAL NUMBERS CONFIRMED FOR YESTERDAY: 400,689

comex gold volumes are RISING AGAIN

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And now for the wild silver comex results.

Total silver OI ROSE BY A CONSIDERABLE 795  CONTRACTS FROM 194,214 UP TO 195,009 DESPITE YESTERDAY’S  14 CENT FALL.  AGAIN WE MUST HAVE HAD SOME BANKER SHORT COVERING.   NOT ONLY THAT, WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD SIZED 1436 EMERGENCY EFP’S FOR MARCH ISSUED BY OUR BANKERS (ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS) TO COMEX LONGS WHO RECEIVED A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON: THE TOTAL EFP’S ISSUED: 1436. IT SURE LOOKS LIKE THE SILVER BOYS HAVE STARTED TO MIGRATE TO LONDON FROM THE START OF DELIVERY MONTH AND CONTINUING RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL FIRST DAY NOTICE JUST LIKE WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY. USUALLY WE NOTED THAT CONTRACTION IN OI OCCURRED ONLY DURING THE LAST WEEK OF AN UPCOMING ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH. THIS PROCESS HAS JUST BEGUN IN EARNEST IN SILVER STARTING IN SEPTEMBER. HOWEVER, IN GOLD, WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSING THIS FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS. WE HAD NO LONG COMEX SILVER LIQUIDATION BUT A RISE IN TOTAL SILVER OI AS IT SEEMS THAT WE ARE WITNESSING SOME MAJOR FAILED BANKER SHORT-COVERING. WE ARE ALSO WITNESSING A FAIR AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR COMEX METAL IN THIS NON ACTIVE JANUARY AS WELL AS THAT CONTINUAL MIGRATION OF EFPS OVER TO LONDON. ON A PERCENTAGE BASIS THERE ARE MORE EFP’S ISSUED FOR GOLD THAN SILVER AS IT SEEMS THAT A MAJOR PLAYER WISHES TO TAKE ON THE CROOKED COMEX SHORTS. ON A NET BASIS WE GAINED 2231 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS:

795 CONTRACT GAIN AT THE COMEX COMBINING WITH THE ADDITION OF 1436 OI CONTRACTS NAVIGATING OVER TO LONDON.

NET GAIN: 2231 CONTRACTS

We are now in the poor non active delivery month of January and here the OI GAIN by 9 contracts RISING TO 48.  We had 0 notices served upon yesterday, so we GAINED 9 contracts or an additional 45,000 oz will stand for delivery AT THE COMEX

February saw a LOSS OF 1 OI contracts FALLING TO 182. The March contract LOST 758 contracts DOWN to 148,176.

We had 30 notice(s) filed for NIL 150,000 for the January 2018 contract for silver

INITIAL standings for JANUARY

Jan 10/2018.

Gold Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz
4369.916 oz
Scotia
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz nil oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz
nil oz
No of oz served (contracts) today
1 notice(s)
100 OZ
No of oz to be served (notices)
180 contracts
(18,000 oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month
256 notices
25600 oz
0.7962 tonnes
Total accumulative withdrawals of gold from the Dealers inventory this month NIL oz
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month xxx oz
we had zero kilobar transaction/
We had 0 inventory movement at the dealer accounts
total inventory movement at the dealer accounts:  nil
we had one withdrawal into the customer account:
Out of Scotia:  4,369.916 oz
total withdrawal: 4,369.916 oz
we had 0 customer deposits
total deposits:  zero
we had 0 adjustments
total registered or dealer gold:  568,449.373 oz or 17.681 tonnes
total registered and eligible (customer) gold;   9,205,743.76 oz 286.33 tones

For JANUARY:
Today, 0 notice(s) were 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 1 contract(s) of which 1 notices were stopped (received) by j.P. Morgan dealer and 0 notice(s) was (were) stopped/ Received) by j.P.Morgan customer account.

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To calculate the INITIAL total number of gold ounces standing for the JANUARY. contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (256) x 100 oz or 25600 oz, to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of JAN. (181 contracts) minus the number of notices served upon today (1 x 100 oz per contract) equals 43,600 oz, the number of ounces standing in this active month of JANUARY

Thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the JANUARY contract month:

No of notices served (256 x 100 oz or ounces + {(181)OI for the front month minus the number of notices served upon today (1 x 100 oz which equals 43,600 oz standing in this active delivery month of JANUARY (1.356 tonnes). THERE IS 17.68 TONNES OF REGISTERED GOLD AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY SO FAR.

WE GAINED 1 CONTRACTS OR AN ADDITIONAL 100 OZ WILL STAND IN THIS NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF JANUARY

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ON FIRST DAY NOTICE FOR JANUARY 2017, THE INITIAL GOLD STANDING: 3.904 TONNES STANDING

BY THE END OF THE MONTH: FINAL: 3.555 TONNES STOOD FOR COMEX DELIVERY AS THE REMAINDER HAD TRANSFERRED OVER TO LONDON FORWARDS.

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Total dealer inventory 568,449.373 oz or 17.681 tonnes (dealer gold continues to disappear)
Total gold inventory (dealer and customer) = 9,210,113.76 or 286.44 tonnes

I have a sneaky feeling that these withdrawals of gold in kilobars are being used in the hypothecating process and are being used in the raiding of gold!
The gold comex is an absolute fraud. The use of kilobars and exact weights makes the data totally absurd and fraudulent! To me, the only thing that makes sense is the fact that “kilobars: are entries of hypothecated gold sent to other jurisdictions so that they will not be short with their underwritten derivatives in that jurisdiction. This would be similar to the rehypothecated gold used by Jon Corzine at MF Global.

IN THE LAST 14 MONTHS 68 NET TONNES HAS LEFT THE COMEX.

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And now for silver

AND NOW THE DECEMBER DELIVERY MONTH

DECEMBER FINAL standings

Jan 10 2018
Silver Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory
 75,120.770  oz
CNT
Scotia
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory
nil
oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory
 1,197,997.140 oz
JPMorgan
CNT
No of oz served today (contracts)
30
CONTRACT(S)
(150,000 OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)
18 contract
(90,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 537 contracts

(2,685,000 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

we had no inventory movement at the dealer side of things

total inventory movement dealer: nil oz

we had two inventory deposits into the customer account

i) Into JPMorgan  (deposits of silver resume): 598,853,270 oz

ii) Into CNT: 599,138.870 oz

total inventory deposits: 1,197,997.140 oz

we had 2 withdrawals from the customer account;

i) out of CNT; 60,156.560  oz

ii) Out of Scotia; 14,970.210 oz

total withdrawals; 502,712.320 oz

we had 1 adjustments”

i) out of HSBC:

we had 5171.400 oz adjusted out of the dealer and into the customer account of HSBC

total dealer silver:  45.461 million

total dealer + customer silver:  245.595 million oz

The total number of notices filed today for the JANUARY. contract month is represented by 30 contract(s) FOR 150,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in JANUARY., we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at 537 x 5,000 oz = 2,685,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of JAN. (48) and the number of notices served upon today (30 x 5000 oz) equals the number of ounces standing.

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Thus the INITIAL standings for silver for the JANUARY contract month: 537(notices served so far)x 5000 oz + OI for front month of JANUARY(48) -number of notices served upon today (30)x 5000 oz equals 2,775,000 oz of silver standing for the JANUARY contract month. This is VERY GOOD for this NONACTIVE delivery month of JANUARY.  WE GAINED 9 CONTRACTS OR AN ADDITIONAL 45,000  OZ WILL  STAND FOR DELIVERY IN THIS NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF JANUARY. 

ON FIRST DAY NOTICE FOR THE JANUARY 2017 CONTRACT WE HAD 3,790 MILLION OZ STAND.

THE FINAL STANDING: 3,730 MILLION OZ

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ESTIMATED VOLUME FOR TODAY: 109,174

CONFIRMED VOLUME FOR FRIDAY: 98,941 CONTRACTS

YESTERDAY’S CONFIRMED VOLUME OF 98,941 CONTRACTS EQUATES TO 494 MILLION OZ OR 70.67% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION OF SILVER

COMMODITY LAW SUGGESTS THAT OPEN INTEREST SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN 3% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION. THE CROOKS ARE SUPPLYING MASSIVE PAPER TRYING TO KEEP SILVER IN CHECK.

Total dealer silver: 59.182 million
Total number of dealer and customer silver: 240.232 million oz

The record level of silver open interest is 234,787 contracts set on April 21./2017 with the price at that day at $18.42
The previous record was 224,540 contracts with the price at that time of $20.44

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NPV for Sprott and Central Fund of Canada

1. Central Fund of Canada: traded at Negative 3.1 percent to NAV usa funds and Negative 2.8% to NAV for Cdn funds!!!!
Percentage of fund in gold 62.9%
Percentage of fund in silver:36.9%
cash .+.2%( Jan 10/2018)

2. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): NAV RISES TO -0.97% (Jan 10/2018)??????????????????????????????
3. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV FALLS TO -0.49% to NAV (Jan 10/2018 )
Note: Sprott silver trust back into NEGATIVE territory at -0.97%-/Sprott physical gold trust is back into NEGATIVE/ territory at -0.49%/Central fund of Canada’s is still in jail but being rescued by Sprott.
Sprott WINS hostile 3.1 billion bid to take over Central Fund of Canada

(courtesy Sprott/GATA)

END

And now the Gold inventory at the GLD

Jan 10/with gold up today, a strange withdrawal of 2.95 tonnes/inventory rests at 831.91 tonnes

Jan 9/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 834.88 tonnes

Jan 8/with gold falling by a tiny $1.40 and this being after 12 consecutive gains, today they announce another 1.44 tonnes of gold withdrawal from the GLD/

Jan 5/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 836.32 TONNES

Jan 4/2018/no change in gold inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 836.32 tonnes

Jan 3/a huge withdrawal of 1.18 tonnes of gold from the GLD/Inventory rests at 836.32 tonnes

Jan 2/2018/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/inventory rests at 837.50 tonnes

Dec 29/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 28/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 27/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/ INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 26/no change in gold inventory at the GLD

Dec 22/ A DEPOSIT OF 1.48 TONNES OF GOLD INTO GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.50 TONNES

Dec 21′ NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 836.02 TONNES

Dec 20/DESPITE THE GOOD ADVANCE IN PRICE TODAY/THE CROOKS RAIDED THE COOKIE JAR TO THE TUNE OF 1.18 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 836.02 TONNES

Dec 19/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.20 TONNES

Dec 18 SHOCKINGLY AFTER TWO GOOD GOLD TRADING DAYS, THE CROOKS RAID THE COOKIE JAR BY THE SUM OF 7.09 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 837.20 TONNES

Dec 15/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY/RESTS AT 844.29 TONNES.

Dec 14/a good sized gain of 1.48 tonnes of gold into the GLD/inventory rests at 844.29 tones

Dec 13/no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/inventory rests at 842.81 tonnes

Dec 12/SURPRISINGLY NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 11/SURPRISINGLY NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD DESPITE THE CONSTANT RAIDS ON GOLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 8/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 7/A BIG WITHDRAWAL OF 2.66 TONNES FROM THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 842.81 TONNES

Dec 6/No changes in GOLD inventory at the GLD/Inventory rests at 845.47 tonnes

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Jan 10/2018/ Inventory rests tonight at 831.91 tonnes

*IN LAST 307 TRADING DAYS: 109.04 NET TONNES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GLD
*LAST 242 TRADING DAYS: A NET 48.27 TONNES HAVE NOW BEEN ADDED INTO GLD INVENTORY.

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Now the SLV Inventory

Jan 10/with silver up again, we had a huge withdrawal of 1.227 million oz from the SLV/inventory rests at 316.348 million oz

Jan 9/a withdrawal of 848,000 oz from the SLV/Inventory rests at 317.575 million oz/

jan 8/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 318.423 million oz/

Jan 5/DESPITE NO CHANGE IN SILVER PRICING, WE HAD A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 2.026 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.423 MILLION OZ.

Jan 4.2018/a slight withdrawal of 180,000 oz and this would be to pay for fees/inventory rests at 320.449 million oz/

Jan 3/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.629 MILLION OZ.

Jan 2/WITH SILVER UP DRAMATICALLY THESE PAST 4 TRADING DAYS, THE FOLLOWING MAKES NO SENSE: WE HAD A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.83 MILLION OZ FROM THE SLV

INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.629 MILLION OZ/

Dec 29/no changes in silver inventory at the SLV/inventory rests at 323.459 million oz/

Dec 28/DESPITE THE RISE IN SILVER AGAIN BY 13 CENTS, WE LOST ANOTHER 1,251,000 OZ OF SILVER FROM THE SILVER.

Dec 27/WITH SILVER UP AGAIN BY 17 CENTS, WE LOST ANOTHER 802,000 OZ OF SILVER INVENTORY/WHAT CROOKS/INVENTORY RESTS AT 324.780 MILLION OZ/

Dec 26/no change in silver inventory at the SLV./Inventory rests at 325.582

Dec 21/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.227 MILLION OZ/

Dec 20/INVENTORY REMAINS CONSTANT AT 326.337 MILLION OZ (COMPARE WITH GLD)

Dec 19/SILVER INVENTORY REMAINS CONSTANT AT 326.337 MILLION OZ

Dec 18.2017//SILVER INVENTORY CONTINUES TO REMAIN PAT./INVENTORY REMAINS AT 326.337 MILLION OZ/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.337 TONNES

Dec 15/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.337 MILLION OZ/

Dec 14/a small withdrawal of 377,000 oz and that usually means to pay for fees./inventory rests at 326.337 million oz/

Dec 13/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 326.714 million oz/

Dec 12/WOW!ANOTHER STRANGE ONE: SILVER HAS BEEN DOWN FOR 10 CONSECUTIVE DAYS, YET THE SLV ADDS ANOTHER 1.415 MILLION OZ TO ITS INVENTORY. IN THAT 10 DAY PERIOD, SLV ADDS 9.584 MILLION OZ/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.714 MILLION OZ

Dec 11/WOW!! ANOTHER STRANGE ONE: SILVER DESPITE BEING DOWN FOR 9 CONSECUTIVE TRADING DAYS ADDS ANOTHER 944,000 OZ TO ITS INVENTORY. FROM NOV 30 UNTIL TODAY SILVER HAS BEEN DOWN EVERY DAY. HOWEVER THE INVENTORY OF SILVER HAS RISEN 8.169 MILLION OZ.

Dec 8/A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 2.642 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 324.355 MILLION OZ/

Dec 7/strange!! with the continual whacking of silver, no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory rests at 321.713

Dec 6/no change in silver inventory at the SLV/Inventory remains at 21.713 million oz.

Jan 10/2017:

Inventory 316.348 million oz

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6 Month MM GOFO
Indicative gold forward offer rate for a 6 month duration

+ 1.73%
12 Month MM GOFO
+ 1.98%
30 day trend

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Major gold/silver trading /commentaries for WEDNESDAY

GOLDCORE/BLOG/MARK O’BYRNE.

GOLD/SILVER

Gold Hits All-Time Highs Priced In Emerging Market Currencies

Gold Hits All-Time Highs Priced In Emerging Market Currencies

– Gold at all time in eight major emerging market currencies
– A stronger performance than seen when priced in USD, EUR or GBP
– As world steps away from US dollar hegemony expect new gold highs in $, € and £
– Gold is a hedge against currency debasement and depreciation of fiat currencies

Editor: Mark O’Byrne

Source: allstarcharts.com h/t @DominicFrisby

When we talk about the gold price we all too often focus on it priced in US dollars, with some frequent glances to Sterling and Euro as well. This is understandable, after all these are the currencies the majority of readers buy and sell in. The US dollar price is also the one which is most universally quoted.

However this approach ends up giving us a very skewed perspective of the gold market and price behaviour.It is arguably an old fashioned approach in a very globalised world. The relationship between gold and the US dollar is one which is rooted in the Bretton Woods agreement, something which was scrapped in 1971.

Today the gold price and the gold market is international, with far more interest in physical gold being paid by the emerging markets. One just has to look at the gold buying policies of Russia and China to see this.

In the long term, gold has performed very well in dollar, sterling, euro and all fiat currencies with gains of between 7% and 12% per annum over a 15 year period. Gains in emerging market currencies have been even greater.

Very often a change in the price of gold is a reflection in the change of the value of the currency in which you are choosing the quote the price. This has certainly be the case in the last year or so when it comes to gold bullion priced in the US dollar.

In 2017, gold’s dollar price was far more reflective of the dominant world currency’s perceived value than it was of other global events such as inflation, the threat of nuclear war etc.

So when the price of gold changes it is how it is perceived in relation to that currency and (more importantly) how that currency is behaving against other currencies.

Gold is a currency and clearly one of the most important safe havens and alternatives to the greenback. We see this with other currencies such as the Yen and the euro. So whilst gold might be a bet against the value of the US dollar it is also a safe haven against global risks and a hedge against currency devaluation.

This is of particular interest when we consider the above chart. Eight emerging market currencies and currently experiencing all time high gold prices. This gives a perspective of the gold market through a lens that we don’t usually see from a Western perspective. This perspective shows a totally different gold market – one which is at all time highs.

Is this a gold market that is perhaps reflecting the true risk in the global system?

The above chart was created by allstarcharts.com and was accompanied by this analysis:

What I see is a massive base from the 2011 to late 2015. After breaking out, the retest of that former resistance sparked the early 2016 rally in all precious metals. Look how they all rallied into that summer of 2016. Since then we have gone sideways. The nasty mess that gold has been, as mentioned above, can be seen in this chart very clearly. Look at this 18 months of nothing, perfectly describing the price action in Gold investments in general.

So what now? Well we’re breaking out of an 18-month base to new all-time highs. And we have successfully retested that breakout level. So things become very simple here. We want to be long Precious metals if we’re above those 2016 highs in this ratio. It’s about 1400 by my work.

The above chart and table show us what the bigger picture is telling us.  rather than the gold price in just one currency. Gold has had an excellent twelve months when priced in the dollar and it has protected those with dollar assets from the further depreciation of the dollar seen in 2017.

However, gold’s hedging benefits were more clearly seen in emerging market currencies which continued to lose value in 2017.

That picture is perhaps suggesting that emerging markets and those interested in their currencies do not see a world which is in an American led so called recovery.

The emerging market gold chart shows a picture of a world which is far more diverse and takes gold’s role as both a currency and safe haven more seriously and gold is acting as a hedge against currency devaluation again.

Western investors and savers would be prudent to follow the diversification lead of Indian housewives and the People’s Bank of China and own physical gold. The charade of US dollar hegemony is not going to continue for much longer and all currencies including the euro and the pound are vulnerable to further debasement and depreciation in the coming months and years.


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News and Commentary

Gold inches down on higher U.S. Treasury yields (Reuters.com)

Asia Stock Rally Fades as Yen Gains for Second Day (Bloomberg.com)

Gold Is Beating Everything Since the Fed Raised Rates (Bloomberg.com)

Dow industrials see 100-point climb as banks, health-care stocks rally (MarketWatch.com)

U.S. Stocks Pad Records, 10-Year Yield Tops 2.5% (Bloomberg.com)


Gold Is Beating Everything Since the Fed Raised Rates

EU Risks Global Bank Crisis If It Blocks Brexit Deal, U.K. Warns (Bloomberg.com)

Asian central banks push back, sending dollar bears a warning (Gata.org)

It’s Time For The Fear Trade To Move Gold Prices (Forbes.com)

World Bank issues warnings on interest rates and inflation (TheGuardian.com)

Morgan Stanley: “People Have A Hard Time Even Imagining How The Market Could Decline” (ZeroHedge.com)

Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

10 Jan: USD 1,321.65, GBP 976.96 & EUR 1,103.31 per ounce
08 Jan: USD 1,314.95, GBP 972.01 & EUR 1,102.19 per ounce
08 Jan: USD 1,318.80, GBP 974.33 & EUR 1,099.09 per ounce
05 Jan: USD 1,317.90, GBP 973.40 & EUR 1,094.25 per ounce
04 Jan: USD 1,313.70, GBP 969.77 & EUR 1,090.24 per ounce
03 Jan: USD 1,314.60, GBP 968.20 & EUR 1,092.96 per ounce
02 Jan: USD 1,312.80, GBP 968.85 & EUR 1,087.52 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

10 Jan: USD 17.13, GBP 12.64 & EUR 14.27 per ounce
09 Jan: USD 17.05, GBP 12.60 & EUR 14.30 per ounce
08 Jan: USD 17.17, GBP 12.68 & EUR 14.33 per ounce
05 Jan: USD 17.15, GBP 12.66 & EUR 14.24 per ounce
04 Jan: USD 17.13, GBP 12.64 & EUR 14.20 per ounce
03 Jan: USD 17.12, GBP 12.63 & EUR 14.25 per ounce
02 Jan: USD 17.06, GBP 12.59 & EUR 14.15 per ounce

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 As we pointed out yesterday, China wants market forces to determine the value between the yuan vs the dollar
(courtesy GATA/Bloomberg)

Asian central banks push back, sending dollar bears a warning

 Section: 

By Katherine Greifeld, Robert Fullem, and Liz McCormick
Bloomberg News
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dollar bears take heed: Asian central banks may be putting the brakes on the greenback’s slide.

After working for three years to staunch the yuan’s slump, China is now moving to combat the opposite problem. The People’s Bank of China has stopped using a component of its daily fixing formula that had been widely interpreted as a tool to support the currency, people familiar with the matter said today. The yuan sank on the news.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s government has started to warn about the ascent in the won, Asia’s best-performing currency in 2017. And Taiwan’s central bank also sought to curb gains in its dollar. …

… For the remainder of the report:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-09/dollar-bears-

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Buffet agrees with me in that cryptocurrencies have an instrinsic value of zero and thus he would buy a 5 year put on every single cyrpto

(courtesy zerohedg

Buffett: “I Would Buy A Five-Year Put On Every Cryptocurrency”

Warren Buffett doubled down on his criticism of bitcoin Wednesday during an interview with CNBC, where he said he’s almost certain the cryptocurrency craze “will end badly” and that the current runup in value will be fleeting.

But paradoxically, he also admitted that he “doesn’t know anything” about digital currencies after saying he would eagerly buy five-year puts on “every one of the cryptocurrencies.”

“In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending,” said Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

“When it happens or how or anything else I don’t know,” he added in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” from Omaha, Nebraska.

“But I know this: If I could buy a five year put on every one of the cryptocurrencies, I’d be glad to do it but I would never short a dime’s worth.”

While explaining why he wouldn’t take a short position, he said he “gets into enough trouble with things I know something about…”

“I get into enough trouble with things I think I know something about,” Buffett said. “Why in the world should I take a long or short position in something I don’t know anything about.”

His comments notably come a day after JP Morgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon said he “regrets calling bitcoin a fraud.” Dimon last fall famously compared bitcoin to the Dutch tulip mania and threatened to fire any JPM trader caught buying or trading digital currencies.

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Buffett added that his remarks are purely hypothetical. “We’ll never own a position in them,” he said.

Still, Buffett admitting that he’d be a seller even though he “doesn’t know anything about” bitcoin – he even claimed he wouldn’t be able to explain bitcoin to a classroom of young students – should signal that readers should take his comments with a grain of salt.

After all, by his own admission, Buffett doesn’t know what he’s talking about

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Chris Marcus of Miles Franklin asks a good question.  When our bankers decide to cover their silver shorts, to whom are they going to buy from?

(courtesy Marcus/Miles Franklin)

 

Chris Marcus, Contributing Writer For Miles Franklin

If The Banks Try To Unwind Their Silver Short, Who Are They Going To Buy From?

While there’s a lot of commentary about the large paper short position that exists in the silver market, there’s an additional factor exacerbating the situation that few have mentioned. Specifically, given the mindset of the investors that actually own silver, if the banks and hedge funds have to cover their short position, who are they going to buy the metal from?

In a typical free market the price of an asset would be where there is an intersection of supply and demand. Yet consider the mindset of the average silver investor, which is far from your typical market participant.

Most of the people who own silver purchased their metal primarily in response to endless dollar printing. Often with a belief that the printing will continue, ultimately until the dollar is worth little or nothing.

This is different from the typical investor profile in many of the other standard investment markets. Usually in trading markets such as the stock market, people invest with the hope that a position goes their way, and then eventually convert to cash or another investment.

But those who own physical silver are generally coming at their investment from a different perspective. They bought silver because of concerns about the currency system, and are not necessarily looking to book a gain and convert back into dollars just because the price hit $20 or $30.

If someone has expenses or bills to pay, then sure, it’s possible they might sell some silver to access funds. But especially with silver so far below it’s 2011 $49 high, and with more money in the system than ever, at least the silver buyers I’ve spoken to over the past decade don’t seem like they’ll be in any rush to go out and sell.

So if the banks wanted to unwind their position, who are they going to buy all that silver from?

Part of the answer depends on the context in which a move occurs. If we just saw silver rise to $100 per ounce without any news or further significant dollar degradation, perhaps there would be more metal holders who might wonder if the price has hit a top and if it’s time to sell. But if silver hits $100 because the Fed just launched QE 5, 6, and 7, are silver investors going to be clamoring to convert back to dollars at the same time there are more of them in circulation than ever?

Speaking for myself, I first bought silver in 2010 primarily because I finally grasped the situation with the money supply. Based on the amount of money that had been printed and simple math, it always seemed to me that if silver were allowed to trade freely, the price would simply have to be a lot higher.

Yet as I learned more about the market and what Federal Reserve actually does, I started to realize that just like in other hyperinflation scenarios, eventually the dollar price just stops being relevant. At some point there would just be no reason to trade back into something that’s lost it’s value.

What all of this leads to is an environment where there could be incredible pressure on the shorts to cover their position at the same time it would be hard to find an offer. Which is why it always seemed that the longer the banks sold metal they don’t own, the more of a corner they backed themselves into.

Perhaps they’ll ultimately be successful in unloading a portion of their position onto the hedge funds that buy or sell based on the 50 and 200 day moving averages. But regardless of who holds that side of the trade, my guess is that the majority of silver owners are unlikely to let them off so easy.

I often read comments by frustrated metal owners that accept the markets are manipulated, and question why that would ever change. Which is reasonable enough. Although keep in mind that even the mighty J.P. Morgan has historical precedent for getting caught red-handed with a position that was too big. As was seen with their London Whale trade back in 2012.

So while that doesn’t mean the manipulation will end tomorrow, it does mean that market dynamics are in place that could facilitate some large gaps up in the price of silver.

~Chris Marcus



Your early TUESDAY morning currency, Asian stock market results,  important USA/Asian currency crosses, gold/silver pricing overnight along with the price of oil Major stories overnight/9 AM EST

 

i) Chinese yuan vs USA dollar/CLOSED UP AT 6.5040 /shanghai bourse CLOSED UP AT 7.93 POINTS 0.23% / HANG SANG CLOSED UP 62/31 POINTS OR 0.20%
2. Nikkei closed DOWN 61.79 POINTS OR 0.26% /USA: YEN RISES TO 111.35

3. Europe stocks OPENED RED   /USA dollar index FALLS TO 91.95/Euro RISES TO 1.2009

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: RISES TO . +.086/ GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 111.35/ THIS IS TROUBLESOME AS BANK OF JAPAN IS RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY./JAPAN 10 YR YIELD FINALLY IN THE POSITIVE/BANK OF JAPAN LOSING CONTROL OF THEIR YIELD CURVE AS THEY PURCHASE ALL BONDS TO GET TO ZERO RATE!!

3c Nikkei now JUST BELOW 17,000

3d USA/Yen rate now well below the important 120 barrier this morning

3e WTI:: 63.52  and Brent: 69.16

3f Gold UP/Yen UP

3g Japan 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./“HELICOPTER MONEY” OFF THE TABLE FOR NOW /REVERSE OPERATION TWIST ON THE BONDS: PURCHASE OF LONG BONDS AND SELLING THE SHORT END

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 10yr bund RISES TO +.542%/Italian 10 yr bond yield UP to 2.032% /SPAIN 10 YR BOND YIELD UP TO 1.530%

3j Greek 10 year bond yield FALLS TO : 3.703?????????????????

3k Gold at $1323.30 silver at:17.14: 6 am est) SILVER NEXT RESISTANCE LEVEL AT $18.50

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble DOWN 11/100 in roubles/dollar) 56.98

3m oil into the 63 dollar handle for WTI and 69 handle for Brent/

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 forced to do QE!! as it lowers its yuan value to the dollar/GOT A HUGE SIZED REVALUATION NORTHBOUND

JAPAN ON JAN 29.2016 INITIATES NIRP. THIS MORNING THEY SIGNAL THEY MAY END NIRP. TODAY THE USA/YEN TRADES TO 111.35 DESTROYING JAPANESE CITIZENS WITH HIGHER FOOD INFLATION

30 SNB (Swiss National Bank) still intervening again in the markets driving down the SF. It is not working: USA/SF this morning 0.9774 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.1742 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 VOTES AFFIRMATIVE BREXIT/LOWER PARLIAMENT APPROVES BREXIT COMMENCEMENT/ARTICLE 50 COMMENCES MARCH 29/2017

3r the 10 Year German bund now POSITIVE territory with the 10 year RISING to +0.542%

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 2.588% early this morning. Thirty year rate at 2.937% /

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

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

Markets Turmoil On China Treasury Purchase Halt News

It was a relatively quiet session until a little after 5am ET when all early-morning market moves were superseded by aggressive cross-asset reaction (as Bloomberg puts it) – largely in the form of dumping anything US-linked – to a Bloomberg report  that China is reconsidering its UST holdings.  The dollar, US equity futures and US Treasurys all sold off on the report, while spot gold spiked higher.

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E-minis tumbled immediately on the news, suffering their first sharp drop of the new year.

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The dollar pared its weekly gains, and is back to a 92.00 level, as the UST curve steepens while the yen extends a rally on growing speculation the Bank of Japan may taper its unprecedented monetary easing, a process which was unveiled on Monday night.

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Treasury yields spiked on news that Chinese officials reviewing foreign-exchange holdings are said to have recommended slowing or halting purchases of Treasuries, with the yield rising as high as 2.59%, just shy of Jeff Gundlach’s 2.63% red line.

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Reduced asset purchases by the world’s top central banks, rising commodity prices and looming U.S. debt sales all support the case for higher bond yields, but until now they have proved resilient. The move in benchmark Treasuries on Tuesday – into what bond veteran Bill Gross declared a bear market – has left traders weighing where yields will go from here and what impact the change will have on other assets. And, as Jeff Gundlach discussed last night, once 10Y yields rise above 2.63%, all bets are off, even for the S&P.

Volumes in the euro and the pound remained low initially before jumping on speculation central banks might shift reserve allocation out of the dollar. Oil continued to rise while equities traded mixed.

In global markets, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index headed for its first down-day in six, following moves lower in a handful of Asian equity gauges. In commodities, WTI extended gains from the highest close in more than three years as U.S. industry data signaled crude stockpiles dropped for an eighth week.

In Asia, the yen climbed for a second day as traders unwound short positions in the wake of the Bank of Japan paring back purchases of ultra-long dated bonds. China’s central bank weakened its daily fixing on the yuan by the most since September, one day after a report showed it has adjusted its currency-fixing mechanism, a move interpreted as an embrace of greater fluctuation in the exchange rate.

While all overnight news are of secondary importance, in a tangential update, overnight China reported that its December headline CPI inflation inched up to 1.8% year-on-year from 1.7% yoy in November, slightly below consensus of 1.9% yoy. In month-on-month terms, headline CPI inflation picked up to 2.0% (seasonally adjusted annual rate), from 1.1% in November. For the full year in 2017, CPI inflation averaged at 1.6%, lower than 2.0% in 2016. PPI inflation decelerated further to 4.9% yoy from 5.8% yoy in November. This implies an annual rate of +2.7% (s.a.) in November, slightly up from an increase of 2.5% annualized in November

Commenting on the report, Goldman said that CPI inflation will likely be higher in Q1 this year, primarily on higher food prices, reflecting both a very low base (food prices declined significantly in Q1 of last year) and impacts of the record-breaking low temperature and snowstorm in some regions in the first half of January (though the China Meterological Administration expects the temperature will normalize to the historical average in the second half). Oil prices have increased notably recently, but there should be limited upwards pressure in the coming months suggested by our commodity team’s forecasts.  As a reminder, a big reason behind the great inflationary scare of 2011 was surging – and transitory – Chinese food inflation, which also helped facilitate the Arab Spring revolutionary movement. 7 years later, are we about to get a repeat?

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Meanwhile, in Brexit news, EU Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said that the risk of a disorderly Brexit has decreased and that the UK is ready to take responsibility for its choice. However, separate reports suggest that the EU is said to warn UK companies of being shut-out should a no-deal Brexit occur. Additionally, opposition from Germany reportedly risks derailing UK hopes for a bespoke post-Brexit trade deal. The reports suggest that Merkel considers the idea another ruse for Britain to “have its cake and eat it”.

Today’s data include MBA mortgage applications and wholesale inventories. Lennar, MSC Industrial and Aphria are among companies reporting earnings. Fed speakers include Evans, Kaplan, and Bullard.

Market Snapshot

•    S&P 500 futures down 0.3% to 2,744.50
•    STOXX Europe 600 down 0.07% to 399.82
•    MSCI Asia Pacific up 0.06% to 180.67
•    MSCI Asia Pacific ex Japan down 0.4% to 587.39
•    Nikkei down 0.3% to 23,788.20
•    Topix up 0.2% to 1,892.11
•    Hang Seng Index up 0.2% to 31,073.72
•    Shanghai Composite up 0.2% to 3,421.83
•    Sensex down 0.04% to 34,428.35
•    Australia S&P/ASX 200 down 0.6% to 6,096.68
•    Kospi down 0.4% to 2,499.75
•    Brent futures up 0.3% to $69.04/bbl
•    US 10Y yield rose 3.9 bps to 2.59%
•    German 10Y yield rose 6.9 bps to 0.535%
•    Euro up 0.05% to $1.1943
•    Italian 10Y yield rose 5.0 bps to 1.766%
•    Spanish 10Y yield fell 0.8 bps to 1.507%
•    Gold spot up 0.3% to $1,314.68
•    U.S. Dollar Index down 0.2% to 92.37

Top overnight News from Bloomberg: China Sours On U.S. Debt Treasuries, Dollar Smacked by Review; Bond Bull Run Still Has Legs: Gundlach; Big U.S. Stockpile Drop Lifts Crude
•    Officials reviewing China’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries; Chinese officials are said to see Treasuries as less attractive; they recommend slowing or halting in Treasury purchases
•    Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, says the S&P 500 Index will end the year with a negative return and is dubious of the long-term value of bitcoin
•    The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed to the highest level in about 10 months, leading Bill Gross at Janus Henderson Group to declare a bond bear market just as a deluge of debt sales began
•    Investors won’t be as focused on the bottom line as Wall Street banks report 2017 results
•    Deep-water driller Ocean Rig UDW Inc. is working with Credit Suisse Group AG to explore strategic options including a sale

Asia has failed to sustain the positive lead from Wall Street where all US majors resumed their record setting performance, with the regional bourses mostly lower as profit taking crept in. ASX 200 (-0.6%) was negative in which commodity names led the index’s pullback from decade highs, while Nikkei 225 (-0.3%) was subdued on continued JPY strength. Shanghai Comp. (+0.3%) and Hang Seng (+0.2%) were initially mixed with the mainland indecisive after the PBoC resumed open market operations for the 1st time in 13 sessions, although its efforts still amounted to a net neutral position after maturing operations were accounted for and as participants digested mixed CPI and PPI data. Finally, 10yr JGBs were lower in a continuation of yesterday’s post-Rinban pressure and in tandem of rising global yields, while a mixed 10yr auction result also failed to inspire demand. Chinese CPI YY (Dec) 1.8% vs. Exp. 1.9% (Prev. 1.7%). Chinese PPI YY (Dec) 4.9% vs. Exp. 4.8% (Prev. 5.8%) PBoC injected CNY 60bln via 7-day reverse repos and CNY 60bln via 14-day reverse repos. PBoC set CNY mid-point at 6.5207 (Prev. 6.4968)

Top Asia News

•    Philippines Posts Record Trade Deficit as Machine Imports Rise
•    Modi Eases Rules to Lure Foreign Investors as India Growth Slows
•    CICC Cuts Its Forecasts for Mobile Phone Shipments in China
•    HNA Group Has So Many Companies It’s Running Out of Names
•    Sony Is Planning a Whole Range of Robots After Its Aibo Dog
•    The $100 Million Game Turkish Officials Worry Is Pyramid Scheme

European equities initially kicked the session off with little in the way of firm direction as macro newsflow remained light from a European perspective. In terms of sector specifics, financial names outperform their peers in the wake of the continuing moves seen in global yields with RBS near the top of the FSTE 100 following a positive broker move at Morgan Stanley. Other notable movers include Sainsburys (+1.4%) who now see FY 17/18 underlying pretax profit to be moderately ahead of market consensus. Despite initially seeing muted trade, equities were dealt a blow in line with other global asset classes after news that Chinese officials are said to see Treasuries as less attractive.

Top European News

•    ECB Hawks Take the Lead on QE Debate as Doves Stay Quiet for Now
•    U.K. Factories in Best Growth Run Since 1997 Amid Global Upswing
•    Norway’s $1 Trillion Fund Wants to Invest in Private Equity
•    ‘Bad Brexit’ Would Hurt the U.K. Economy for More Than a Decade
•    BlackRock-Backed Gold Miner May Join Rush of Russian IPOs
•    EU Risks Financial Crisis If It Blocks Brexit Deal, U.K. Warns

In FX news, the JPY is extending gains and outperformance vs G10 and other peers via accelerated moves overnight. USD/JPY down through 112.00 stops to a circa 111.75 low. The move in USD/JPY was then exacerbated by mass-USD weakness after the aforementioned comments from Chinese officials suggesting they recommend slowing or halting in Treasury purchases; USDindex extending losses below 92.50, pushing EUR/USD briefly back above 1.2000. NOK and SEK both firmer vs the EUR, former in wake of stronger than expected Norwegian inflation data and latter on hawkish views revealed in the latest Riksbank policy meeting minutes (time to normalise policy nearer and scope to hike before the ECB. EUR/NOK down below 9.6000 and EUR/SEK sub-9.7600. NZD 2nd to the rampant JPY among G10 currencies and retesting 0.7200+ levels vs the USD, while its AUD antipodean counterpart back above 0.7850 vs the Greenback and the AUD/NZD cross under 1.0900, perhaps hampered by soft Chinese CPI data. GBP initially unfazed by latest stellar production figures after being offset by the widest trade deficit in 5  months, before eventually moving lower with GBP/USD now through key support at 1.3495

In commodities, energy prices remain near their highs in the wake of a significantly larger than expected draw down in headline API crude inventories (-11.19M vs. Exp. -3.90M). The move also came in the context of the EIA raising its forecast for 2018 world oil demand growth by 100k BPD, now forecasting a 1.72mln BPD Y/Y increase. In metals markets, gold prices have seen a modest recovery in European hours and continue to track fluctuations in the USD. Elsewhere, copper was rangebound during Asia-Pac trade amid an indecisive risk tone in the region while Chinese futures remain supported by the Chinese supply crackdown, however, analysts remain wary over the potential demand impact from adverse weather conditions.

US Event Calendar

•    7am: MBA Mortgage Applications, prior 0.7%
•    8:30am: Import Price Index MoM, est. 0.4%, prior 0.7%; YoY, est. 3.1%, prior 3.1%
•    8:30am: Export Price Index MoM, est. 0.3%, prior 0.5%; YoY, prior 3.1%
•    10am: Wholesale Inventories MoM, est. 0.7%, prior 0.7%; Wholesale Trade Sales MoM, est. 0.55%, prior 0.7%

Central Bank Speakers

•    9am: Fed’s Evans Discusses Economy and Policy Outlook
•    9:10am: Fed’s Kaplan Speaks in moderated Q&A in Dallas
•    10:15am: Fed’s Kaplan Speaks in moderated Q&A in Dallas
•    1:30pm: Fed’s Bullard Speaks on U.S. Economic Outlook in St. Louis

DB’s Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

Equities again saw blue skies yesterday but bond markets saw their own ‘bomb cyclone’ as yields soared across the globe. It was the Treasury market which stole the limelight however with 10y yields breaking up through 2.50% to close last night at 2.552% (+7.1bps). That is the highest closing yield since 14th of March last year when yields topped out at 2.601%, with Bill Gross calling yesterday the start of the ‘bond bear market’. In today’s PDF we replicate a chart that some are using to say we’ve broken the three decade plus down channel in 10 year US yields.

It was the long-end which weakened the most, with 30y yields closing up 8.4bps at 2.896% and the highest since 27th October while the spread between 2y and 30y yields steepened by the most (+7.3bps) since November 2016. Core yields in Europe were between 2.9bps and 4.6bps higher prior to this with 10yr Bunds +3.5bps to 0.464%.

There appeared to be a few reasons for justifying the price action. The ‘stealth taper’ of sorts by the BoJ certainly seemed to get the most airtime though after the BoJ cut long-end bond purchases. While it seemed to come as a surprise, it’s worth noting that the absolute purchase level was still within the BoJ target range of purchases, and with the BoJ also focused on controlling the yield curve the bigger test is perhaps the BoJ’s tolerance to let 10y JGBs move north of the 10bp ceiling should Treasuries sustainably move higher. For what it’s worth JGBs are up 1.3bp this morning but seem relatively calm while the Yen has strengthened c0.3%.

Also weighing on rates yesterday was primary issuance with a fairly decent pickup in sovereign and corporate issuance expected this week. Around $60bn of combined issuance is expected from sovereign deals from the US, Japan, Germany and the UK this week according to Bloomberg while €20bn of European corporate issuance is expected and US domestic IG issuance is also active with $14.7bn in total pricing.

Remember that in our outlook we showed that 2018 will likely be the first year in seven where QE doesn’t increase relative to net supply of government bonds (see figure 18 and page 16 of this doc). We think we’re at a turning point for the technicals in government bonds around now and perhaps as the technicals turns, sell-off can occur more easily than when we were at peak QE and peak technicals. Yesterday’s BoJ news was pretty minor so imagine the scenario if something major happened! However it will probably still take inflation beats to really turbo charge any bond sell off. We think there’s a decent chance we get closer to this after Q2 this year but before that Friday’s US CPI is an obvious focal point in which to test the bond market.

Elsewhere, it probably shouldn’t be overlooked too that Oil prices have moved sharply higher over the last 24 hours with WTI (+1.99%) in particular now above $63/bbl and to the highest since July 2015. 10y breakevens in the US were supported in part by that and are now at 10 month highs as a result at 2.041%. One other thing which caught our eye yesterday from our screens is the spread between Treasuries and the S&P 500 dividend yield. Yesterday the spread for the 10y and S&P widened to 70bps which now puts it at the highest since September 2014. That comes after the yield on 2y Treasuries last week overtook the S&P 500 dividend yield for the first time since 2008. It certainly feels like we’re hitting new extremes in more and more markets now.

Finally China also got in on the act yesterday after the announcement that the PBOC had made a small change to how it manages the Yuan fixing (by suspending a counter-cyclical factor) with the end result seemingly being that the PBOC has greater control over the currency. Afterwards the CNY weakened by the most (0.46%) since January yesterday, but is up c0.1% this morning.

Elsewhere this morning, China’s December CPI was slightly lower than expectations at 1.8% yoy (vs. 1.9%) and PPI slowed mom but was above market at 4.9% yoy (vs. 4.8% expected). Equities are trading mixed as type, with the Nikkei (-0.21%), Kospi (-0.41%) and China’s CSI 300 (-0.14%) slightly lower while the Hang Seng (+0.22%) is up. Elsewhere, UST 10y bond yields are up c0.5bp.

Moving on. Yesterday DB’s George Saravelos and his FX strategy team published their 2018 Blueprint titled ‘Don’t Stop me now’. The report notes that 2018 is likely to see a continuation of the global environment low volatility, a falling dollar, and continued EM performance. The combination of solid global growth, slow moving inflation and highly predictable central banks closely mirrors the 2004-06 pre-crisis period. Back then growth and financial conditions proved selfreinforcing, encouraging the build-up of leverage even in the face of tightening monetary policy. The team go on to note that as the world’s global funding currency the dollar weakened despite Fed hikes. It would be a clear oversight to forget what followed 2006. But the team’s assessment is that the current mood music can keep going for a while longer. Click on the following link to see the report.

Now recapping other markets performance from yesterday. US equities edged higher with the S&P up for the sixth consecutive day (+0.13%) – a record only matched at the start of the year in 1964 and 2010 (6 days) and beaten only in 1976 and 1987 (7 days). European markets were all higher, with the Stoxx 600 up 0.43% to the highest since August 2015 while the DAX was the relative laggard at +0.13%. Turning to currencies, the US dollar index strengthened 0.15% while the Euro and Sterling slipped 0.26% and 0.21% respectively. Elsewhere, precious metals weakened c1% (Gold -0.58%; Silver -0.95%) and other base metals also softened (Copper -0.09%; Zinc -0.50%; Aluminium -0.33%). The VIX rose 5.88% to above 10 for the first time in six days (10.08).

Away from the markets, the Fed’s Kashkari noted the stock market is pricing in this trend of lower interest rates “structurally over time” which partly explains the higher asset prices. Elsewhere, he advocates for “lower interest rates to get wages up and to get inflation back to our 2% target”. On tax, he is “skeptical” tax cuts will drive a material increase in investments, in part as these big companies  already have large cash balances and can borrow at low rates, so if there are good investments to be made, “they would already be making those investments”.

Back onto Brexit, the EU Brexit negotiator Barnier has maintained his stance that UK based financial companies will lose their rights to operate freely across the EU post Brexit, but seem to have offered a glimmer of hope by noting that there may be cases where the EU could “consider certain UK rules as equivalent, based on a proportionate and risk based approach”. Elsewhere, the UK Brexit Secretary Davis called for an “imaginative and inventive” new relationship with the EU. Although, the Telegraph reported Germany’s Ms Merkel is strongly opposed to the UK’s plans for a bespoke trade deal with the EU post Brexit, as the UK should not “have its cake and eat it” too.

Finally, the World Bank has lifted its forecast for global GDP growth to 3.1% for 2018 (+0.2ppt), driven by increased investment and manufacturing activity as well as supportive monetary conditions. Growth is expected to slow to 3% in 2019 and 2.9% in 2020. Despite the improved forecasts, the IMF also warned that risks to the outlook remained skewed to the downside, which includes a sudden tightening of global financial conditions, rising geopolitical tensions and escalating trade restrictions.

Before we take a look at today’s calendar, we wrap up with other data releases from yesterday. In the US, the December NFIB small business confidence index was below market at 104.9 (vs. 108 expected) but still solid as it retreated from last month’s 34-year high. Elsewhere, the November JOLTS Job openings were below expectations at 5,879 (vs. 6,025), while the quits rate remain at a cyclical high of 2.2% for the third consecutive month.

In Europe, the November unemployment rate for the Eurozone and Italy both edged down 0.1ppt mom and were in line at 8.7% and 11% respectively, with the former at the lowest since early 2009. In Germany, the November IP was above market at 5.6% yoy (vs 3.9% expected) and the highest since 2011, while its trade surplus also beat at €23.7bln (vs. €21.3bln), with both exports and imports higher than expected. In France, the November trade deficit widened more than expected to -€5.7bn (vs. -€4.7bln), while the UK’s BRC same store sales rose to 0.6% yoy (vs. 0.3% expected) and total sales rose 1.4% yoy, both mainly driven by higher spending on food.

Looking at the day ahead, the November IP and manufacturing production for the UK and France are due, followed by the UK’s November trade balance. Over in the US, there is the November wholesale inventories along with December stats on exports and imports. Onto other events, the Fed’s Evans discusses the economy and policy outlook, while the Fed’s Kaplan speaks in a moderate panel. Elsewhere, the US Chamber of Commerce CEO Donohue will deliver his annual address and the South Korean President will host a New Year’s news conference

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3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late TUESDAY night/WEDNESDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 7.93 points or 0.23% /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 62.31 pts or 0.20% / The Nikkei closed DOWN 61.79 POINTS OR 0.26%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.57%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.5040/Oil UP to 63.52 dollars per barrel for WTI and 69.16 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED MOSTLY RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.5040. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST  THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.5140 //ONSHORE YUAN  STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS  WEAKER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS STILL  HAPPY TODAY.(GOOD MARKETS AND STRONGER YUAN)

3 a NORTH KOREA/USA

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA

North Korea states: not so fast with our detente:  “all our atomic bombs and ICBMS are aimed at the USA and not at South Korea, China or Russia

(courtesy zerohedge)

North Korea: “All Our Atomic Bombs And ICBMs Are Aimed At U.S., Not At Southern Brethren, China Or Russia”

While there were some tentative signs of a diplomatic detente and mending of relations between North and South Korea after today’s summit between the two nations, the first in more than two years, it appears any attempts to ameliorate tensions hit a sudden hurdle when the United States is brought into the equation. Case in point, as Reuters reports, North Korea said that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its “brethren” in South Korea.

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Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with his
South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon

Officials from the two nations sides said they agreed to meet again to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, amid high tension over North Korea’s programme to develop nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States, but Pyongyang said disarmament would not be part of the discussions.

“All our weapons including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russia,” Pyongyang’s chief negotiator, Ri Son Gwon, said.

While disarmament was not on the agenda, more diplomacy was: in a joint statement after 11 hours of talks North Korea pledged to send a large delegation to next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea but made a “strong complaint” after Seoul proposed talks to denuclearise the Korean peninsula

Meanwhile, North Korea was clear that its beef is not with South Korea, but with just one person: Donald Trump.

“This is not a matter between North and South Korea, and to bring up this issue would cause negative consequences and risks turning all of today’s good achievement into nothing,” Ri, chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, warned in closing remarks.

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Today’s meeting between the Korean neighbors comes just hours after the WSJ strategically leaked that the Trump administration, and especially the generals in it, were advocating a “bloody nose” approach to a military conflict with North Korea, effectively a surgical strike which would most likely take out Kim himself.

Desperate to stay relevant, and part of the process, a spokesperson for the White House’s national Security Council said North Korean participation in the Olympics would be “an opportunity for the regime to see the value of ending its international isolation by denuclearising.” Not surprisingly, the US initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings, but Trump later called them “a good thing” and said he would be willing to speak to Kim.

“At the appropriate time, we’ll get involved,” Trump said on Saturday, although U.S.-North Korean talks appear unlikely, given entrenched positions on both sides. Also, in keeping with the party line, the US insists that any future talks must have the aim of denuclearization, and the North-South thaw has not altered the U.S. intelligence assessment of North Korea’s weapons programs.

From a game theoretical standpoint, the Nash (dys)equilibrium between the US and N.Korea looks roughly as follows (via Reuters):

The consensus, according to five U.S. officials familiar with the classified analysis, is that Kim remains convinced the United States is determined to overthrow him and that only a nuclear arsenal that threatens America can deter that.

One of the officials said the North-South talks were likely to follow the pattern of past diplomatic efforts, in which the North has benefited from additional food and other aid without making any concessions on the weapons front.

The additional danger now, said a second official, was that Kim would seek to use the talks to take advantage of Trump’s sometimes bellicose rhetoric to try to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

For now, South Korea is much more receptive to the North’s overtures. Still, in spite of the North Korean negotiator’s remarks, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it believed Tuesday’s talks could lead to discussion of a “fundamental resolution” of the nuclear issue.

“We will closely coordinate with the United States, China, Japan and other neighbours in this process,” it said, adding that Seoul had asked North Korea to halt acts that stoke tension.

Tuesday’s meeting followed a year of ramped-up North Korean missile launches and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which have prompted a stepped-up U.S.-led campaign to toughen U.N. sanctions, which Pyongyang has called an act of war.

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As we reported this morning, in an act of concession, Seoul said it was prepared to lift some unilateral sanctions temporarily so North Koreans could visit for the Winter Olympics. North Korea said its delegation would include athletes, high-ranking officials, a cheering squad, art performers, reporters and spectators. Talks to work out details would be held soon, the South’s unification ministry said.

“We came to this meeting with the thought of giving our brethren, who have high hopes for this dialogue, invaluable results as the first present of the year,” Ri said at the start of the meeting.

The talks were the first between the two Koreas since 2015 and were held at the Peace House on the South Korean side of Panmunjom truce village. North Korea cut communications in February 2016, following South Korea’s decision to shut down a jointly run industrial park.

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3 b JAPAN AFFAIRS

c) REPORT ON CHINA

From Bloomberg, a big story where China is now set to slow or halt USA treasury purchases This sends the 10 yr USA treasury to 2.59% and the dollar plummeting

(courtesy zerohedge)

Treasurys Tumble, Futures Slide On Report China “To Slow Or Halt” Treasury Purchases

The treasuries complex has sold off aggressively across the curve after the following flashing red Bloomberg headline:

CHINA OFFICIALS ARE SAID TO VIEW TREASURIES AS LESS ATTRACTIVE.
– CHINA OFFICIALS SAID TO RECOMMEND SLOWING OR HALTING TSY BUYING

As Bloomberg reports, “Officials reviewing China’s FX holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of US Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter.”

The reasoning given is that the market for US government bonds is becoming less attractive relative to other assets, while trade tensions with the US may provide a reason to slow or stop buying American debt.

As Bloomberg further notes “The people didn’t specify why trade tensions would spur a cutback in Treasuries purchases, though foreign holdings of US securities have sometimes been a geopolitical football in the past.”

The news has been interpreted as Beijing wanting to send a signal to the US that it is willing to use financial means to respond to any shifts in US policy on issues such as trade.

Amusingly, with the GOP selling out, at least one deficit hawk remains: China.

The investment strategies discussed in China’s review don’t concern daily purchases and sales, said the people. The officials recommended that China closely watch factors such as the outlook for supply of U.S. government debt, along with political developments including trade disputes between the world’s two biggest economies, when deciding whether to cut some Treasury holdings, the people said.

While there is no official confirmation, this understandably has fixed income spooked. China is the single biggest foreign holder of Treasuries with $1.2 trillion in notional, so this report – if true – has massive implications.

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As a consequence, US yields have more than retraced intraday losses, with the 30y trading to 2.92% and the 10y up 2bps. The rest of fixed income has followed through, with a similar spike in European yields.

The kneejerk reaction in fixed income was fast and furious, as over 35,000 10-year futures traded in the one-minute period after the news broke according to Bloomberg, sending 10Y yields as high as 2.59%, the highest since March 2017.

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As a reminder, according to Jeff Gundlach once  the 10Y hits 2.63%, not only is the selloff set to accelerate, it is also the level where the selling in TSYs finally hits equities too.

The news has also hit U.S. stock-index futures which have tumbled on the news, following declines in Europe.

•    E-Mini futures on S&P down 0.4%
•    E-Mini futures on Dow Jones down 0.4%
•    E-Mini futures on Nasdaq 0.5% lower
•    S&P 500 up 0.1% Tuesday, rising for 6th day to a fresh record
•    VIX Index trading 1.8% higher

Meanwhile, the USD is selling off across the board following the sharp move lower in Treasuries, and FX markets are now responding. This has been perceived as a USD negative development, and as such the greenback is on sale.  The Bloomberg Dollar index, BBDXY extends its drop and falls as much as 0.5% to 1,151.90.

As Bloomberg notes, the dollar initially pared losses on knee-jerk reaction to news that officials reviewing China’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries. However, it then quickly lost momentum and deepened its losses for the day even as 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose to fresh high at 2.5917% after a report saying China may be looking to change its FX reserves strategy.

EUR/USD snaps a three-day decline, trades near 0.6% higher at 1.2011, jumping almost 70 pips while the CHF has rallied 40 pips, although as some desks note, volumes remain low; liquidity may be exacerbating extent of recent move.

USD/JPY remains offered, drops by as much as 1.2% to 111.30, the most since May 17 and at the lowest level since Nov. 28.

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Of course, for the USD, the Fed’s normalization process will naturally be affected, as monetary conditions will tighten and as noted above, has seen the USD falling away against all of its counterparts, with the heavily trade weighted EUR/USD rate swiftly back to 1.2000, but contained here for now.

The only asset which has welcomed the news so far, is gold.

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Some notes of caution on the news here from Citi’s trading desk, which notes that it is not surprising that the knee-jerk reaction has been lower in USD. However, it brings up the following three points:

1. Sourcing on the Bloomberg article is unclear, citing only ‘Officials reviewing China’s foreign-exchange holdings’. Comments to this effect in the past have sometimes come from officials outside the main policymaking circles. As a theme, this is not surprising, but given unclear sourcing, this may not signal imminent shifts in policy.

2. It is hard to shift holdings. Shifts in reserves portfolios are tectonic and this partly comes down to the fact that USD selling by sovereigns reinforces broad downward pressure on the dollar, which can run counter to bigger policy aims. It is clear that the long-term trend is towards reductions of overweight USD positions among sovereigns, but in practice shifts are by several percent over several years. Indeed, the only way to begin a very rapid shift in holdings might be to abandon previous exchange rate policy entirely, but this looks unlikely.

3. Foreigners (overall) have already been paring back on purchases of Treasuries relative to other securities for some time but this has not always been well correlated with USD moves.

USD could extend its losses simply on the basis of the tailwind for losses in the broader macro-environment, but we do not view these comments by Chinese authorities as a convincing catalyst in and of themselves. Indeed, if there is any lasting signal from the comments it is that tensions around trade and financial issues may be ratcheting up and we view this as risk negative. This means that currencies such as EUR may outperform risky currencies should market focus on this issue persist.

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Did China send a message to the uSA as to who is really in charge?

a must read..
(courtesy zerohedge)

One Trader Asks “Did China Just Give US Assets A Cheap, Valuable Lesson On Who’s In Charge?”

Just when you thought it was safe to go all-in leveraged long stocks and sell all the volatility you can eat, a spasm of fear cracks through markets this morning… driven by our ‘friends’ in Beijing.

While many are taking the call “to slow or halt” its Treasury-buying at face-value, former fund manager Richard Breslow believes there was a deeper, darker reason behind this shot across Washington and Wall Street’s bow.

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Via Bloomberg,

How do you turn a relatively quiet trading day into a riveting one?

Have someone with enormous amounts of actual money at work in the markets remind everyone that not everything is wonderful in paradise.

The news about China at least re-evaluating its attitude toward its U.S. Treasury holdings has stood everything that was happening overnight right on its ear. And you would be hard pressed to argue that the instant reaction across a wide spectrum of global assets wasn’t entirely appropriate nor overdone.

I get a real sense that the Chinese officials making the comments weren’t simply studying their charts of U.S. breakeven rates and concluding that yields may have bottomed. It sounded very much more a statement of, “Who the hell do you think you are?” And probably should be taken in that context.

Actions do have consequences.

You can’t incessantly bash another country, even if you think there are pieces of the criticism that are fair points, and be surprised that eventually you get some blow-back.

The U.S. objects to China’s increasingly strong economic ties to Latin America. Then Congress passes a bill last night to strengthen ties with Taiwan. The U.S. makes no secret of the fact that it will pursue policies that directly support domestically flagged companies. And then this morning in Brussels, Treasury Under Secretary David Malpass said China is creating market distortions by favoring state-owned enterprises.

I’m not even trying to argue who is right or wrong. Just warning that the very understandable inclination of traders to treat this as just another tempest in a teapot may be too cavalier. In truth, the market moves have been muted in the grand scheme of things, but the players, and bilateral relationship and relative strengths of these two countries isn’t what they were during past episodes.

This latest incident may indeed pass quickly from the market’s immediate consciousness. But it shouldn’t be forgotten. Nor the fact that the reaction wasn’t just to sell a few bonds, but to hit everything with a dollar sign in front of it. Did I mention that the Treasury has a lot of bonds to sell this year? This should be seen as an extremely cheap reality check.

Meanwhile, equities are indeed lower but still well up on this new year. Little, if any, technical damage has been done. Although it’s worth noting that the recent move higher has been impulsive enough such that reaching the first important lines of support will feel like a correction. Or at least be portrayed as such.

The dollar fell like a lead balloon but with the exception of yen, hasn’t broken any new ground, by any stretch. If anything we are just confirmed back into the recent lower range. What looked like an attempt to probe higher has been stymied. Or you were just handed a great opportunity.

And bonds? Supply, breakevens, CPI on Friday, questions about Japan’s intentions make this the most important market in major league play. With implications for all assets. The path of least resistance was clearly in evidence with today’s news.

As China prepares to launch its petro-yuan futures contract, and US-North Korea relations suddenly shift to a more positive tone (something that China has pushed for), a crazed digital dickweed could be forgiven for seeing a pattern of hegemonic transfer occurring and today’s shot at the financial markets is yet another straw on the unipolar camel’s back.

4. EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

Orban:  “We do not see them as refugees, we see them as Muslim invaders”

(interview of Orban/Bild/zerohedge)

Hungary’s PM: “We Don’t See Them As Refugees, We See Them As Muslim Invaders”

In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban called the migrant crisis an invasion.

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He said:

“We do not consider these people to be Muslim refugees, we regard them as Muslim invaders.”

“One has to cross four countries to arrive from Syria in Hungary”, Orban said.

“Those people do not run for their lives but seek a better life. The refugees should have requested admission in advance, but instead they had breached the border illegally.

As Deutsche Welle reports, according to Orban what Europe has seen was not a wave of refugees, but an invasion. He mentioned that he never understood how in a country like Germany the chaos and the illegal crossing of borders could be celebrated as something good.

When asked by Bild whether it was fair for Germany to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary accepted none, Orban responded:

“The difference is, you wanted the migrants, and we didn’t.”

Migration, he said, threatens the “sovereignty and cultural identity” of Hungary.

The Hungarian prime minister rejected the idea that his country should accept people from Muslim-majority countries.

“We believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite,” he said.

“Multiculturalism is only an illusion.”

Orban added that Germany’s SPD leader Martin Schulz should have more respect for his country.

Schulz earlier criticised Orban’s visit to a CSU party conference in Germany. Schulz said that Orban’s refugee policy can be considered as “dangerous”.

6. GLOBAL ISSUES

Trial balloon?  Canadian loonie and the Mexican Peso plunge on a report that the USA is going to pull out of NAFTA

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7. OIL ISSUES

8. EMERGING MARKET

Venezuela crude output plummets to a 28 year low as this socialist nation is in shear chaos

(courtesy zerohedge)

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Your early morning currency/gold and silver pricing/Asian and European bourse movements/ and interest rate settings WEDNESDAY morning 7:00 am

Euro/USA 1.2009 UP .0081/ REACTING TO MERKEL’S FAILED COALITION/ SPAIN VS CATALONIA/REACTING TO +GERMAN ELECTION WHERE ALT RIGHT PARTY ENTERS THE BUNDESTAG/ huge Deutsche bank problems + USA election:/TRUMP HEALTH CARE DEFEAT//ITALIAN REFERENDUM DEFEAT/AND NOW ECB TAPERING BOND PURCHASES/JAPAN TAPERING BOND PURCHASES /USA FALLING INTEREST RATES AGAIN/HOUSTON FLOODING/EUROPE BOURSES MOSTLY RED

USA/JAPAN YEN 111.35 DOWN 1.425(Abe’s new negative interest rate (NIRP), a total DISASTER/SIGNALS U TURN WITH INCREASED NEGATIVITY IN NIRP/JAPAN OUT OF WEAPONS TO FIGHT ECONOMIC DISASTER/

GBP/USA 1.3558 UP .0028 (Brexit March 29/ 2017/ARTICLE 50 SIGNED

THERESA MAY FORMS A NEW GOVERNMENT/STARTS BREXIT TALKS/MAY IN TROUBLE WITH HER OWN PARTY/

USA/CAN 1.2439 DOWN .0035 (CANADA WORRIED ABOUT TRADE WITH THE USA WITH TRUMP ELECTION/ITALIAN EXIT AND GREXIT FROM EU/(TRUMP INITIATES LUMBER TARIFFS ON CANADA)

Early THIS WEDNESDAY morning in Europe, the Euro ROSE by 81 basis points, trading now ABOVE the important 1.08 level RISING to 1.1929; / Last night the Shanghai composite CLOSED UP 7.93 POINTS OR 0.23% / Hang Sang CLOSED UP 62.31 POINTS OR 0.20% /AUSTRALIA CLOSED DOWN 0.57% / EUROPEAN BOURSES MOSTLY RED EXCEPT LONDON 

The NIKKEI: this WEDNESDAY morning CLOSED DOWN 61.79 POINTS OR 0.26%

Trading from Europe and Asia:
1. Europe stocks OPENED  RED

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / : Hang Sang CLOSED UP 62.31 POINTS OR 0.20% / SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 7/93 POINTS OR 0.23% /Australia BOURSE CLOSED DOWN 0.57`% /Nikkei (Japan)CLOSED DOWN 61.79 POINTS OR 0.26%

INDIA’S SENSEX IN THE RED

Gold very early morning trading: 1323.00

silver:$17.12

Early WEDNESDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 2.588% !!! UP 4 IN POINTS from TUESDAY night in basis points and it is trading JUST BELOW resistance at 2.27-2.32%. (POLICY FED ERROR)

The 30 yr bond yield 2.937 UP 4 IN BASIS POINTS from TUESDAY night. (POLICY FED ERROR)

USA dollar index early WEDNESDAY morning: 91.95 DOWN 57 CENT(S) from YESTERDAY’s close.

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And now your closing WEDNESDAY NUMBERS \1 PM

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 1.842% DOWN 2  in basis point(s) yield from TUESDAY/

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: +.086% UP 2   in basis points yield from TUESDAY/JAPAN losing control of its yield curve/

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.5151% UP 4  IN basis point yield from TUESDAY/

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.038 UP 1/2 POINTS in basis point yield from TUESDAY/

the Italian 10 yr bond yield is trading 53 points HIGHER than Spain.

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: +.543%  UP 8 IN BASIS POINTS ON THE DAY

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IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR WEDNESDAY

Closing currency crosses for WEDNESDAY night/USA DOLLAR INDEX/USA 10 YR BOND YIELD/4:00 PM

Euro/USA 1.1955 UP.0027 (Euro UP 27 Basis points/ represents to DRAGHI A COMPLETE POLICY FAILURE/

USA/Japan: 111.48 DOWN 1.295 Yen UP 130 basis points/

Great Britain/USA 1.3511 DOWN 0.0018( POUND DOWN 18 BASIS POINTS)

USA/Canada 1.2489 UP  .0015 Canadian dollar DOWN 15 Basis points AS OIL ROSE TO $63.30

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This afternoon, the Euro was UP 27 to trade at 1.1955

The Yen ROSE to 111.48 for a GAIN of 130 Basis points as NIRP is STILL a big failure for the Japanese central bank/HELICOPTER MONEY IS NOW DELAYED/BANK OF JAPAN NOW WORRIED AS AS THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY AS BOND YIELDS RISE

The POUND FELL BY 18 basis points, trading at 1.3511/

The Canadian dollar FELL by 15 basis points to 1.2489/ WITH WTI OIL RISING TO : $63.30

The USA/Yuan closed AT 6.5080
the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at +.086% UP 2 FULL  BASIS POINTS / yield/
Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield UP 4   IN basis points from TUESDAY at 2.578% //trading well ABOVE the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic USA 30 yr bond yield: 2.909 UP  4  in basis points on the day /

Your closing USA dollar index, 92.29 DOWN 24 CENT(S) ON THE DAY/1.00 PM/

Your closing bourses for Europe and the Dow along with the USA dollar index closing and interest rates for WEDNESDAY: 1:00 PM EST

London: CLOSED UP 17.49 POINTS OR 0.23%
German Dax :CLOSED DOWN 104.25 POINTS OR 0.78%
Paris Cac CLOSED DOWN 19.26 POINTS OR 0.35%
Spain IBEX CLOSED UP 1.80 POINTS OR 0.02%

Italian MIB: CLOSED UP 152.44 POINTS OR 0.66%

The Dow closed DOWN 12,87 POINTS OR 0.05%

NASDAQ WAS  UP 20.83 Points OR 0.29% 4.00 PM EST

WTI Oil price; 63.30 1:00 pm;

Brent Oil: 68.92 1:00 EST

USA /RUSSIAN ROUBLE CROSS: 57.03 UP 16/100 ROUBLES/DOLLAR (ROUBLE LOWER BY 16 BASIS PTS)

TODAY THE GERMAN YIELD RISES TO +.543% FOR THE 10 YR BOND 1.00 PM EST EST

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This ends the stock indices, oil price, currency crosses and interest rate closes for today 4:30 PM

Closing Price for Oil, 4:30 pm/and 10 year USA interest rate:

WTI CRUDE OIL PRICE 4:30 PM:$63.45

BRENT: $69.06

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.556%   THE RAPID ASSENT IN YIELD IS VERY DANGEROUS/ANYTHING OVER 2.70% AND THE ENTIRE DERIVATIVES BLOW UP

USA 30 YR BOND YIELD: 2.899%

EURO/USA DOLLAR CROSS: 1.1949 UP .0020

USA/JAPANESE YEN:111.43 down 1.344

USA DOLLAR INDEX: 92.35 up 17 cent(s)/

The British pound at 5 pm: Great Britain Pound/USA: 1.3507 : down 23 POINTS FROM LAST NIGHT

Canadian dollar: 1.2539 down 65 BASIS pts

German 10 yr bond yield at 5 pm: +0.543%

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And now your more important USA stories which will influence the price of gold/silver

TRADING IN GRAPH FORM FOR THE DAY

Dip-Buyers Dominate As Bonds, Stocks, Dollar Shrug Off China Threats

The day started off with some excitement…

But by the close all was forgotten…

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China put the fear of god into a few bond traders this morning…(30Y spiked 5bps higher only to close down 1bps on the day)

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And prompted the herd-like response proclaiming that this is it – bond yields are blowing out. However, thanks to a super-strong 10Y auction, bonds were bid back into the green leaving 10Y yields lower on the day…

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And the yield curve flattened dramatically…

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All the major US equity indices closed lower (except for Trannies which ramped into the close), but were well off the lows…

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Equity futures show the full excitement of the day better than the cash open to close…

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VIX was briefly punched back above 10 on China and more shenanigans around the cash open/VIX auction, but closed below 10…

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High yield bond prices continue to tumble…

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Breaking back below its 50-, 100- and 200-DMA…(almost unchanged now on the year)

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The Dollar Index ended lower but followed the same pattern as everything else today as it plunged on China headlines but it spiked after headlines about US pulling out of NAFTA struck… then faded again after The White House statement that Trump’s position had not changed…

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The peso and loonie tumbled… but then rebounded after The White House made the statement

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This NAFTA headline also slammed GM, Trains, and Constellation Brands (as well as Canadian and Mexican ETFs). The stocks rebounded modestly on The White House statement…

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Gold gained on the day (but gave back some of the China panic gains) as WTI ended the day lower marginally…

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Gold is outperforming Bitcoin YTD…

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In crypto land, ETH was the winner again and XRP the loser and BTC and LTC trod water. Notably, the crypto space rallied after Buffett’s negative comments…

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Finally, Rudy Havenstein summed it up perfectly…

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The following will be a good win for GDP in the 4th quarter as inventories rebound on top of good sales
(courtesy zerohedge)

Wholesale Sales Surge Near Most In 7 Years As Inventories Rebound

Following a disappointing tumble in October, November wholesale inventories rebounded 0.8% MoM (better than expected) but slowed modestly YoY (+3.96%).

However, wholesale sales surged 1.5% MoM, pushing it to a near-7-year-high 9.85% YoY surge.

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So this should be a modest positive for Q4 GDP (better than expected inventory growth) erasing October’s loss for a 0.5% gain so far in Q4.

Further good news is that the wholesale trade “gap” continues to decline…

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The question is – how sustainable is the credit-fueled buying spree? And what happens if retail doesn’t follow the same path, buying this product from wholesale?

Heavy rains and a lack of some forests due to the fires, causes Southern California mudslides
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“It Looked Like A Battlefield” – Photos Show California Mudslides’ Devastating Aftermath

California just can’t catch a break.

After wildfires – including the largest blaze in California history – tore through Southern California last month, causing billions of dollars in property damage, heavy rains triggered mudslides in some of the areas hardest-hit by the fires – including Montecito in Santa Barbara county, where the most deaths were reported.

The storm may be over, but the hunt for survivors isn’t. So far, 13 people have been confirmed dead, while 25 more were injured and another 50 had to be rescued. But those numbers could rise as the search is deepened and expanded Wednesday, with a major search-and-rescue team arriving from nearby Los Angeles County and help from the Coast Guard and National Guard along with law enforcement, according to the Associated Press.

Mudslides

And as the search for victims ramps up, more photos over the devastation wrought by the mudslides are beginning to emerge.

The mudslides took thousands of Californians by surprise.It was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep, fire-scarred Santa Ynez Mountains. As the AP  explains, scorched areas are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because the earth doesn’t absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when there’s no vegetation.

Montecito was burned by the Thomas Fire, which erupted Dec. 4 and became the largest ever recorded in California. It eventually spread to more than 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers) and destroyed 1,063 buildings and homes. It continues to burn deep in the wilderness.

Mudslides

Some witnesses likened the sound of the mud to a freight train or an earthquake as the torrent arrived suddenly, carrying rocks and trees as it washed away cars and trashed homes.

Video shows rescue workers saving a man whose car was washed away in the mudslides.

Victim who was swept away in their vehicle was located by the crew of AirSquad6. Victim was hoisted and flown to awaiting ground personnel.

Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard “a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was … boulders moving as the mud was rising.”

Rescue personnel in Santa Barbara County early on Wednesday morning continued searching for victims where mudslides slammed into homes, covered highways and swept away vehicles early on Tuesday when more than a half-inch (1.5 cm) of rain fell in five minutes, a rate that far exceeds the normal flash flood threshold.

Mudslides

Video and images of the 101 Freeway showed the road completely covered in mud. The road between Montecito and Santa Barbara will remain closed for at least 48 hours, according to Capt. Cindy Pontes of the California Highway Patrol.

The US 101 Freeway at the Olive Mill Road overpass flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told CNN that the mudslides “looked like a World War I battlefield.”

“It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, downed trees, power lines, wrecked cars, lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes, let alone to get people out of them,” Brown said. More than 500 firefighters were assisting with the rescue effort in Santa Barbara alone.

Mudslides

In Burbank, a dozen firefighters sheltered in place after being trapped by mud and debris in Burbank.

But as the storm passed Wednesday morning, a rainbow appeared over Santa Barbara County…

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…Proving once again that mother nature does have a sense of humor.

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Bill Gross now goes short USA treasuries and claims that the 10 yr rate could rise to 2.8% which would create financial chaos throughout the world/ Is the USA tightening plans on hold?
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Bill Gross Goes Short Treasuries: “10Y Could Reach 2.8% By Year End”; Pimco Prepares To Go Long

Update: and just as the former Pimco bond king goes short, his prior employer prepares to take the other side of the trade.

  • DAN IVASCYN, GROUP CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT PIMCO, SAYS PIMCO WOULD CONSIDER ADDING U.S. TREASURIES ON FURTHER BOND MARKET WEAKNESS – Reuters – 10:35 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Jan 10, 2018
  • IVASCYN SAID U.S. SHORTER-DATED TREASURIES “LOOKING MORE INTERESTING AT THESE LEVELS”; HE SAYS PIMCO “PREFERS FRONT END” OF U.S YIELD CURVE

One day after Bill Gross declared the end of the 25 year bond bull market…

Gross: Bond bear market confirmed today. 25 year long-term trendlines broken in 5yr and 10yr maturity Treasuries.

… because when looking at the 10Y chart the yield had risen above the resistance trendline…

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… this morning Gross doubled down, and following the sharp spike in yields this morning, when a Bloomberg report that China may boycott future TSY purchases sent yields as high as 2.59%, the Janus bond manager told Bloomberg Radio said that “we’ve gone short bonds” in the unconstrained fund and echoing Jeff Gundlach’s Tuesdy webcast, said that “I’ve gone rather negative on high yield bonds too.”

Commenting on today’s report, Gross aid that there is “recent evidence showing that China is liquidating treasuries”, and predicted that the 10Y yield could reach 2.7%-2.8% by year end.

The reason for the weakness, again, is the same as the catalyst behind Gundlach’s own bearishness: namely that central bank treasury purchases are close to an end, although he caveated by saying that “I don’t think we’re headed for investment armageddon” and clarified that the “bear market” he envision in bonds, “is a mild one.”

The last time Gross went so publicly bearish bonds was on April 21, 2015, when he successfully turmoiled the German Bund, which tantrumed higher by 50 bpsand led to a quick and painful VaR shock.

Will Gross – and Gundlach… and China – succeed in unleashing VaR shock 2.0, sending yields surging, and put the Fed’s tightening plans on hold for the second time?

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SWAMP STORIES
Once again a judge has blocked Trump’s immigration policy re DACA
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White House “Outraged” After Judge Blocks Trump’s DACA Decision

Update: White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has responded:

We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,”

“An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process

“President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration”

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A federal judge has once again foiled President Donald Trump’s efforts to limit both legal and illegal immigration: Late Tuesday night, a US judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunctionagainst the president’s decision to end a program shielding young people brought to the US illegally by their parents from deportation.

The Trump administration announced in September it would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a decision that was challenged in multiple federal courts by a variety of Democratic state attorneys general, organizations and individuals, as Reuters reported.

This time, the administration’s antagonist is US District Judge William Alsup, who ruled the program must remain in place while the litigation is resolved. The ruling could complicate negotiations between Trump and congressional leaders over immigration reform.

The White House responded Thursday morning, saying the ruling was “outrageous.”

“We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day. An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process.”

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Per the Washington Post, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to terminate the program on Sept. 5 and said no renewal applications would be accepted after Oct. 5. Under the administration’s plan, permits that expired after March 5 cannot be renewed.

According to WaPonearly 690,000 people who were brought to the US as children will continue to be covered by DACA as long as they were previously registered before Sessions made his September announcement.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the ruling “doesn’t change…its position”.

“Today’s order doesn’t change the Department of Justice’s position on the facts,” said the department’s spokesman Devin M. O’Malley. The department “will continue to vigorously defend this position,” he said.

However, so-called Dreamers who haven’t already registered for protected status no longer can: Alsup ruled that the federal government did not need to process new applications from people who had never before received protection under the program. However, the judge ordered the government to continue processing renewal applications from people who had previously been covered.

“DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including joining the mainstream workforce,” Alsup wrote. “Now, absent an injunction, they will slide back to the pre-DACA era and associated hardship.”

And as the Wall Street Journal  reminds us, a different federal judge in San Francisco in November issued a permanent, nationwide injection barring the administration from withholding some federal grant money from so-called sanctuary cites, which don’t cooperate with immigration authorities.

Democrats are pushing to enshrine DACA protections into law as part of an immigration deal with the White House. This ruling presumably gives them more time to reach such a deal.

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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is now suing Fusion GPS on the phony dossier and that should shed more light as to who financed this piece of work

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Trump Attorney Sues Fusion GPS, BuzzFeed For Dossier Defamation

A fourth individual has filed a lawsuit against opposition research firm Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed over the infamous unverified “Trump-Russia” dossier, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

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Michael Cohen (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald’ Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, filed suit against the two companies involved in the creation and distribution of the salacious 34-page dossier, which has been a key focus of Congressional inquiries into the FBI conduct during the 2016 election – and in particular, whether it was used to launch a counterintelligence investigation against Mr. Trump.

The dossier contains unverified claims that Cohen and Trump had suspicious connections with Russian figures. Most other U.S. news organizations declined to publish the document because many of its claims — some of them salacious — havent been substantiated.

It will be proven that I had no involvement in this Russian collusion conspiracy, Cohen said in an interview on Tuesday. My name was included only because of my proximity to the president. –Bloomberg

Cohen is mentioned in the dossier 15 times, though he told Bloomberg that he and the President “don’t talk about” the Russia investigations, adding “Why waste time talking about something that’s not legitimate.”

During testimony in front of Congressional investigators, the Trump attorney said that he has never engaged with, received money from, or communicated with anyone representing the Russian government, or anyone else about hacking or interfering with the US election, creating fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign, or hacking the Democratic party. 

Cohen’s suit specifically names Fusion GPS and its co-founder Glenn Simpson, as well as Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, reporter Ken Bensinger and editors Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs.

While Fusion GPS attorney Joshua Levy said he hadn’t heard of the suit, Buzzfeed attorney Matt Mittenthal responded, stating The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world. Its interest to the public is obvious.

Meanwhile, Congressional investigators are honing in on the timing of the release – with particular attention to the sequence of events. According to Judiciary Committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH), the dossier was published after former FBI Director James Comey’s January 6 briefing of the dossier to then President-elect Trump gave it legitimacy.

What I do know is that on January 6, the intelligence community went to Trump Tower and briefed President-elect Trump on the dossier. If you remember, Clapper told James Comey to stay around after the briefing and further brief the President on the dossier. Shortly thereafter it was leaked to the press and CNN talked about it and Buzzfeed printed the entire dossier.

I think what happened in that meeting, was when the FBI director briefs the President-elect, it gives the dossier legitimacy and someone leaked out the fact that, “oh, the FBI director thought it was important enough to tell the President-elect,” then it’s out there.

So we hope this didn’t happen, but if it did, it seems to me its because the then Obama administration briefs the President and somebody leaks it to Buzzfeed and to CNN.

Meanwhile, Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed are also being sued for libel by three Russian businessmen-bankers in US District Court for their inclusion in the Dossier. Fusion is also facing legal action by the execs over a separate story they fabricated about secret server communications between Trump Tower and Moscow’s Alfa Bank. The report was debunked after internet sleuths traced the IP address to a marketing server located outside Philadelphia. Alfa bank executives Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan filed suit in early October, claiming their reputations were harmed by the largely unsubstantiated document.

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Petr Aven (right) and Mikhail Fridman

“Plaintiffs seek an award of compensatory and punitive damages for the harm to their personal and professional reputations, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities that resulted from the blatantly false and defamatory statements and implications about them published by the Defendants and republished by BuzzFeed and countless other media around the world,” the complaint says.

“Even though the Dossier contained unverified allegations, Defendants recklessly placed it beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy,” the suit alleges.

While Congressional Republicans contend that the Fusion GPS dossier triggered the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump team, the New York Times reported on December 30 that a drunken conversation between Trump advisor George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat was the basis for the investigation.

Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch penned a defense of their actions during the election in the NYT last week in which they claim, without evidence, that their dossier was not related to the FBI’s probe.

With recently leaked and highly redacted transcripts of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s Congressional Testimony now on record, perhaps Cohen’s lawsuit will shed more light on the shadowy opposition research firm and those they work for.

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Trump slams Feinstein for possibly illegal release of the Simpson, Fusion GPS file

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Trump Slams “Sneaky” Feinstein For “Possibly Illegal” Testimony Release

President Trump lashed out at Sen. Dianne Feinstein on twitter for unilaterally releasing the full transcript an interview between congressional investigators and the founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the controversial dossier on Trump during the 2016 campaign.

In a tweet, Trump called the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee “sneaky” and said her release of the more than 300-pages of interviews between Glenn Simpson and Judiciary Committee lawmakers and lawyers was “possibly illegal.”

Trump also called for Feinstein to face a primary challenge in her reelection campaign in 2018.

“The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace” adding “Must have tough Primary!”

The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace. Must have tough Primary!

Trump will probably be disappointed. As The Hill explains, a tough primary is unlikely as California’s primary system rewards the top two finishers, irrespective of party, and Feinstein’s only notable challenger at this point is a Democrat.

That said, the California Democrat’s release of the Simpson interviews caught Republicans by surprise and provided explosive new details that both parties will look to use to their advantage in the myriad investigations taking place on Capitol Hill surrounding the Trump campaign, Russia, the FBI the Department of Justice.

As reported last night, the dossier has been central to those investigations, with Democrats claiming it to be a roadmap to alleged collusion and corruption by Trump while Republicans and the Trump inner circle insisting that it is full of unverified claims that the FBI might have used to improperly secure a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition.

And speaking of Russian collusion, Trump also tweeted his anger “the single greatest witch hunt in American history” and demanded that Republicans “take control” of the Russia investigations.”

The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!

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The end may be near for Sears as Lampert considers all options if new financing fails

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Bankruptcy Looms As Sears Warns “Will Consider All Options” If New Financing Process Fails

Sears Holdings, the one-time giant retailer that has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for years now, announced this morning that, following yet another disappointing holiday season (shocking), they’ve initiated new discussions with lenders aimed at renegotiating terms on some $1 billion of “non-first lien debt.”

According to a press release from the company, the debt concessions would be accompanied by another $200 million of cost cuts.

Sears Holdings Corporation announced today it has raised $100 million in new financing and is pursuing an additional $200 million from other counterparties. In addition, Sears Holdings has amended its existing second lien notes, maturing October 15, 2018, to increase their borrowing base advance rate for inventory and defer their collateral coverage test and restart it with the second quarter of 2018, and is in discussions with certain lenders regarding additional transactions to improve the terms on potentially more than $1 billion of its non-first lien debt.

The Company also outlined incremental actions to further streamline its operations to drive profitability, includingcost reductions of $200 million on an annualized basis in 2018 unrelated to store closures.

Rob Riecker, Sears Holdings’ Chief Financial Officer, said: “As previously announced, we are actively pursuing transactions to adjust our capital structure in order to generate liquidity and increase our financial flexibility. The new capital we have secured represents meaningful progress towards those objectives and demonstrates that we continue to have options to finance our business.”

Of course, the most important part of this morning’s press release is the following statement which serves as a not so thinly-veiled threat to junior creditors that any failure to grant financial concessions could result in a bankruptcy filing.

However, should the Company’s efforts to complete these transactions not be fully successful, the Board will consider all other options to maximize the value of its assets.

Sears

The company also announced that November and December comp-store sales plunged 16%-17% year-over-year indicating that restructuring efforts implemented to date have done little to slow mounting losses. Sears’ disastrous holiday sales mark a sharp contrast to the solid gains enjoyed by many of its department store peers such as Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s.

Meanwhile, Chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert reiterated in a blog post this morning that “many observers,” including “outside lenders and our vendor community” aren’t convinced that Sears can survive the “Retail Apocalypse.”

While these actions have so far helped our Company survive the so-called “Retail Apocalypse”, many observers are not persuaded that Sears Holdings can be a viable competitor in the long term. It is obvious that to overcome such skepticism and obtain the support of outside lenders and our vendor community – which is crucial to the success of any retailer – we need to undertake further measures.

However, should our efforts to complete the refinancing not be fully successful, the Company’s Board will consider all other options to maximize the value of Sears Holdings’ assets.

Oh well…vendor support isn’t that big a deal for retailers anyway, right?

Of course, as Sears management continues with their futile efforts to effectuate a restructuring via store closings and cost cuts, the far easier and faster solution, as demonstrated by Kodak, is right in front of their eyes…

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Firstly this morning we witness China abandoning purchase of USA Treasuries. This afternoon we see that Pakistan has suspended military and intelligence co-operation with the USA. Slowly but surely the uSA is losing its hegemony
(courtesy zerohedge)

Pakistan Suspends Military And Intelligence Cooperation With US

In the wake of President Trump’s twitter outburst last week, alleging that Pakistan has given the U.S. “nothing but lies and deceit” accompanied by the suspension of US financial aid, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan declared that military and intelligence cooperation with the United States are suspended, during an address at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Khan, who was speaking at a seminar titled: “Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan,’ said the U.S. is now facing defeat in Afghanistan after a 16-year war, despite spending billions of dollars. With defeat imminent, he claims the U.S. is using Pakistan as a ‘scapegoat,’ rather than defending and securing the Pak-Afghan border.

“Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognized,” Khan added that Pakistan would not allow Afghanistan’s war to be fought on Pakistani soil.

Military relations between Pakistan and the United States have stretched as far back as 1947. The Afghan-Pakistan Center of Excellence is a division of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), with military operations sometimes jointly focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s widely known that CIA drone bases and U.S. military logistical operations for Afghanistan are located in the country.

Kahn emphasized, “a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation have been suspended,” but added the supply lines for NATO troops in Afghanistan would remain open. There was little mention of the fate of CIA drone bases operating in the country.

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Pakistani demonstrators burn images of President Donald Trump and the U.S. flag during a protest against U.S. aid cuts in Lahore on January 5.

Khan stated, “you see the facilities that we have extended to them (Americans) are still in operation. We have not suspended them. But there is also a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation which we have suspended.”

Ironically, during the speech, Kahn criticized the U.S. for doing very little to fence the border with Afghanistan. The border stretches some 2,500 Km, where militants frequently take advantage of the open-order.

“It is convenient to blame Pakistan for cross-border terrorism whereas the US has not lifted a finger to help fence-up the border,” Khan was quoted as saying.

Maybe if Trump fails to build his “border wall” in the US, he can erect one between Pakistan and Afghanistan?

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The unprecedented collapse in diplomatic relations between the US and Pakistan comes less than a week after Pakistan announced it would ditch the US Dollar in bilateral trade with China, and adopt the Yuan as China has successfully replaced the US as Pakistan’s sovereign “big brother.”

Richard Snelsire, a U.S.Embassy spokesman said, according to VOA news, “we have not received any formal communication regarding a suspension.”

Meanwhile, so far 2018 has been nothing but a setback for Washington and Islamabad relations. President Trump kicked off the new year with a Twitter war pressuring Islamabad to “do more” to combat terrorism.

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

The official twitter account of the Pakistan Ministry of Defense fired back saying they’ve offered valuable resources to the U.S. over the years but have received nothing but “invective and mistrust” in return.

Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.

America’s fading influence in Pakistan has gained significant momentum in just the past month. In less than two weeks, President Trump and Washington have managed to collapse relations with Islamabad, resulting in a suspension of the Pakistani military and intelligence cooperation. This could jeopardize the war in Afghanistan, considering Pakistan holds strategic assets for the fight against terrorism in the region. Nevertheless, as relations between both countries decline, Afghanistan is in real danger of becoming the new Vietnam, while Washington blames Pakistan for its 16-years of military failure and a price tab now approaching a trillion dollars.

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Moody’s warns Washington that its USA credit rating is at risk over the Trump tax cuts
(courtesy zerohedge)

Moody’s Warns Washington – USA Credit Rating At Risk Over Trump Tax Cuts

Moody’s is the first of the major ratings agencies to venture some commentary on the impact of Trump tax reform on the US credit rating.

In an ironic twist, on the same day as Chinese officials, reviewing the nation’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, Moody’s warns that US tax cuts are seen as a credit negative for the USA Sovereign rating.

As Bloomberg reported: U.S. TAX CUTS SEEN AS CREDIT NEGATIVE FOR SOVEREIGN BY MOODY’S

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In a presentation on the implications of the new tax law, Moody’s commented:

“Any boost to economic growth from the new US tax law will be modest and depend on how businesses and individuals deploy tax savings; growth unlikely to offset negative impact on government deficits.”

Additionally, the contribution of tax cuts to aggregate growth will be modest, around one-tenth of a percentage point of GDP.

Maybe China is on to something as USA Sovereign CDS is trading at around 1.7x that of Germany CDS – a level near 9 year highs…

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Full Moody’s Presentation below:

I will  see you THURSDAY night

HARVEY

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