April 23/OPTIONS EXPIRY WEEK AND THUS GOLD/SILVER RAIDS BEGIN: GOLD DOWN $14.00 TO $1322.40/SILVER DOWN 50 CENTS TO $16.64/TURKEY TO REPATRIATE ALL GOLD STORED AT THE FRBNY (PROBABLY AROUND 300 TONNES)/MORE SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT/

 

 

GOLD: $1322.40  DOWN $ 14.00  (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSINGS)

Silver: $16.64 DOWN 50 CENTS (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSINGS)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1324.70

silver: $16.66

For comex gold:

APRIL/

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT:8 NOTICE(S) FOR 800 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR 673 FOR 67300 OZ (2.0933 tonnes)

THE COMEX IS OUT OF GOLD

For silver:

APRIL

1 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

5,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 461 for 2,305,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $8860/OFFER $8960: up $377(morning)

Bitcoin: BID/ $8877/offer 8976: UP $343  (CLOSING/5 PM)

 

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First Shanghai gold fix comes at 10 pm est

The second Shanghai gold fix:  2:15 pm

First Shanghai gold fix gold: 10 pm est:  1341.50

NY price  at the same time: 1334.50

PREMIUM TO NY SPOT: $7.00

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Second gold fix early this morning:  1338.36

USA gold at the exact same time:  1333.80

PREMIUM TO NY SPOT:  $4.56

AGAIN, SHANGHAI REJECTS NEW YORK PRICING.

WE WILL NOT PROVIDE LONDON FIXES AS THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME FRAME.

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total OPEN INTEREST FELL BY A SMALL 410 CONTRACTS FROM  221,913  FALLING TO 221,503  ACCOMPANYING FRIDAY’S SMALL 11 CENT LOSS IN SILVER PRICING. AFTER A  STRING OF 4 CONSECUTIVE OI GAINS, WE FINALLY REGISTER A SMALL DROP.  WE WERE AGAIN NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD AN HUMONGOUS SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP :120 EFP CONTRACTS FOR APRIL3354 EFP’S FOR MAY , 149 EFP’S FOR JULY AND ZERO FOR ALL  OTHER MONTHS  AND THEREFORE TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 3623 CONTRACTS. WITH THE TRANSFER OF 3623 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. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE CAN BE A DELAY OF 24-48 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S. THE 3623 EFP CONTRACTS TRANSLATES INTO 18.115 MILLION OZ  ACCOMPANYING 1.THE FALL IN  SILVER PRICE (11 CENTS) AT THE COMEX AND 2. THE STRONG AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR APRIL COMEX DELIVERY.

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/J.P.MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES, / STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF APRIL:

56,764 CONTRACTS (FOR 16 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 56,764 CONTRACTS) OR 283.82 MILLION OZ: AVERAGE PER DAY: 3,547 CONTRACTS OR 17.738 MILLION OZ/DAY

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SUPPLY THIS MONTH IN SILVER:  SO FAR THIS MONTH:  283.82 MILLION PAPER OZ HAVE MORPHED OVER TO LONDON. THIS REPRESENTS AROUND 40.54% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION (EX CHINA EX RUSSIA)

ACCUMULATION IN YEAR 2018 TO DATE SILVER EFP’S1.001.95      BILLION OZ.

ACCUMULATION FOR JAN 2018:                                               236.879     MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR FEB 2018:                                               244.95         MILLION OZ

ACCUMULATION FOR MARCH 2018:                                       236.67         MILLION OZ

RESULT: WE HAD A TINY SIZED FALL IN COMEX OI SILVER COMEX OF 410  ACCOMPANYING THE SMALL 11 CENT LOSS IN SILVER PRICE.    THE CME NOTIFIED US THAT WE HAD AN HUMONGOUS  SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 3623 CONTRACTS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX AND TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON AS FORWARDS. SPECULATORS CONTINUED THEIR INTEREST IN ATTACKING THE SILVER COMEX FOR PHYSICAL SILVER (SEE COMEX DATA) . FROM THE CME DATA:  120 CONTRACTS WERE ISSUED FOR APRIL, 3354  EFP’S WERE ISSUED  FOR THE  MONTH OF MAY, AND 149 EFP CONTRACTS FOR JULY,   FOR  A DELIVERABLE FORWARD CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS (TOTAL: 3623).    WE GAINED A STRONG 3213 OI CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: i.e. 3623 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH AN DECREASE OF 410  OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENED WITH THE SMALL FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER OF 11 CENTS AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $17.14 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A STRONG AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX FOR DELIVERY IN THIS NON ACTIVE APRIL DELIVERY MONTH. 

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by WELL OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 1.107 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 158% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT APRIL MONTH/ THEY FILED: 5 NOTICE(S) FOR 25,000 OZ OF SILVER

IN SILVER, WE HAVE NOW SET THE NEW RECORD OF OPEN INTEREST AT 243,411 AND AGAIN THIS HAS BEEN SET WITH A LOW PRICE OF $16.51  ON APRIL 9.2018.

ON THE DEMAND SIDE WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. HUGE AMOUNTS OF SILVER STANDING FOR DELIVERY  (MARCH 27 MILLION OZ AND APRIL 1.8 MILLION OZ)
  2. HUGE RECORD OPEN INTEREST IN SILVER  243,411 CONTRACTS (OR 1.217 BILLION OZ/ SET APRIL 9/2018
  3. HUGE ANNUAL EFP’S ISSUANCE EQUAL TO 2.9 BILLION OZ OR 400% OF SILVER ANNUAL PRODUCTION

AND YET WE HAVE A CONTINUAL LOW PRICE OF SILVER DESPITE THE ABOVE HUGE DEMAND.  TO ME THE ONLY ANSWER IS THAT WE HAVE SOVEREIGN  (CHINA) WHO IS ENDEAVOURING TO GOBBLE UP ALL AVAILABLE PHYSICAL SILVER NO MATTER WHERE, EXACTLY WHAT J.P.MORGAN IS DOING. AND IT IS MY BELIEF THAT J.P.MORGAN IS HOLDING ITS SILVER FOR ITS BENEFICIAL OWNER..THE USA GOVERNMENT WHO IN TURN IS HOLDING THAT SILVER FOR CHINA.(FOR A SILVER LOAN REPAYMENT). IT ALSO LOOKS LIKE BANKER CAPITULATION IN SILVER AS THEY STRUGGLE TO REMOVE SOME OF THEIR HUGE OBLIGATIONS.

In gold, the open interest  FELL BY 4601 CONTRACTS DOWN TO 514,852 ACCOMPANYING THE FALL IN PRICE/FRIDAY’S TRADING ( DROP OF $10.20).  WE ARE NOW IN THE ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF APRIL. THE CME RELEASED THE DATA FOR EFP ISSUANCE AND IT TOTALED A GIGANTIC SIZED 11,451 CONTRACTS :   JUNE SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 11,451 CONTRACTS , MAY SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 0 CONTRACTS  AND ALL OTHER MONTHS ZERO.  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 514,852. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THERE WILL BE A DELAY IN THE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S.  THE BANKERS REMOVE LONG POSITIONS OF COMEX GOLD IMMEDIATELY.  THEN THEY ORCHESTRATE THEIR PRIVATE EFP DEAL WITH THE LONGS AND THAT COULD TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 48 HRS SO WE GENERALLY DO NOT GET A MATCH WITH RESPECT TO DEPARTING COMEX LONGS AND NEW EFP LONG TRANSFERS. 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 FEBRUARY COMEX. 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  AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES.

IN ESSENCE WE HAVE A LARGE SIZED  OI GAIN IN CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 4601 OI CONTRACTS DECREASED AT THE COMEX AND AN GIGANTIC SIZED 11,451 EFP OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON.THUS  TOTAL OI GAIN: 6850 CONTRACTS OR 685,000 OZ = 21.30 TONNES.

FRIDAY, WE HAD 15,381  EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S GOLD AT J.P. MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES: (EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL : 175,887 CONTRACTS OR 17,588,700  OZ OR 547.70 TONNES (16 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 10,992 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 1,099,200 OZ/ TRADING DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :   SO FAR THIS MONTH IN 16 TRADING DAYS IN  TONNES: 547.7 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2017, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 2555 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS 547.70/2550 x 100% TONNES =  21.47% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION SO FAR IN MARCH ALONE.*** THE ACCUMULATION OF EFP CONTRACTS IS RISING PER MONTH.

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S YEAR 2018 TO DATE 2,592.50 TONNES   *SURPASSED ANNUAL PROD’N

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR JANUARY 2018:           653.22  TONNES

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR FEBRUARY 2018:         649.45 TONNES

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S FOR MARCH 2018:                741.89 TONNES

WHAT IS ALARMING TO ME, ACCORDING TO OUR LONDON EXPERT ANDREW MAGUIRE IS THAT THESE EFP’S ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO WHAT ARE CALLED SERIAL FORWARD CONTRACT OBLIGATIONS AND THESE CONTRACTS ARE LESS THAN 14 DAYS.  ANYTHING GREATER THAN 14 DAYS, THESE MUST BE RECORDED AND SENT TO THE COMPTROLLER, GREAT BRITAIN TO MONITOR RISK TO THE BANKING SYSTEM.  IF THIS IS INDEED TRUE, THEN THIS IS A MASSIVE CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD AS WE NOW WITNESS A MONSTROUS TOTAL EFP’S ISSUANCE AS IT HEADS INTO THE STRATOSPHERE

Result: AN  DECREASE IN OI AT THE COMEX OF 4610 WITH THE FALL IN PRICE // GOLD TRADING FRIDAY ($10.20 DROP). WE ALSO HAD A GIGANTIC SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 11,451 CONTRACTS AS THESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN NEGOTIATED AND CONFIRMED.   THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX.  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 11,451 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A STRONG SIZED NET GAIN OF 6850 CONTRACTS IN TOTAL OPEN INTEREST  ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 

11,451 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND 4601 CONTRACTS DECREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the GAIN in total oi equates to 21.30 TONNES).

we had:198 notice(s) filed upon for 19800 oz of gold at the comex.

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

GLD

WITH GOLD DOWN  $14.00 :  WE HAD NO  CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/

Inventory rests tonight: 865.89 tonnes.

SLV/

WITH SILVER DOWN 50 CENTS TODAY: ANOTHER HUGE  CHANGE/  A  WITHDRAWAL OF 1.413 MILLION OZ/

/INVENTORY RESTS AT 315.298 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 FELL BY A TINY 410 CONTRACTS from 221,913 UP TO 221,503 (AND CLOSER TO THE  NEW COMEX RECORD SET /APRIL 9/2017 AT 243,411). THE PREVIOUS RECORD OTHER THAN WAS ESTABLISHED AT: 234,787, SET ON APRIL 21.2017 ALMOST ONE YEAR AGO.  THE PRICE OF SILVER ON THAT DAY: $17.89. AFTER WE HAVE HAD FOUR CONSECUTIVE OI GAINS WE FINALLY HAVE A DROP.   OUR BANKERS ALSO USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE: 120 EFP CONTRACTS FOR APRIL,  3354 EFP CONTRACTS FOR MAY  (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS AS IT IS PRIVATE BUT THE CFTC DOES AUDIT THEM), AND 149 EFP’S FOR JULY AND ALL OTHER MONTHS ZERO. TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:  3623 CONTRACTS. EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON.  IF WE TAKE THE  OI GAIN AT THE COMEX OF 26 CONTRACTS TO THE 3623 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S, WE OBTAIN A HUGE GAIN OF 3213 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS.  THUS IN OUNCES, THE GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:  16.065 MILLION OZ!!! AND THIS OCCURRED WITH A SMALL FALL IN PRICE OF 11 CENTS.  THE BANKERS ORCHESTRATED THEIR RAID TODAY AS THEY DESPERATELY TRY AND PARE THEIR GIGANTIC OPEN INTEREST SHORT ON BOTH EXCHANGES.   

RESULT: A TINY SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE  FALL IN SILVER PRICING / FRIDAY (11 CENTS/) . BUT WE ALSO HAD ANOTHER HUMONGOUS SIZED 3623 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE STRONG  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR APRIL, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER INTENSIFIES AS WE WITNESS SEVERE BACKWARDATION IN SILVER IN LONDON.

(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)MONDAY MORNING/SUNDAY NIGHT: Shanghai closed DOWN 3.53 POINTS OR 0.11%  /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 163.93 POINTS OR 0.54%   / The Nikkei closed DOWN 74.20 POINTS OR 0.33%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN .19% /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN at 6.3079/Oil DOWN to 68,13 dollars per barrel for WTI and 73.98 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AT 6.3079 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.3020/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/OFFSHORE YUAN TRADING  WEAKER AGAINST THE DOLLAR /CHINA RETALIATES WITH TARIFFS/ TRUMP RESPONDS TO NEW TARIFFS AND IT NOW LOOKS LIKE A FULL TRADE WAR IS BEGINNING/

/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA

 

i)North Korea/

Kim seeks peace and will abandon nuke testing:

( zerohedge)

b) REPORT ON JAPAN

3 c CHINA

CHINA

Sorghum which arrived in China was immediately turned away after the huge 200% tariff imposed on it

( zerohedge)

4. EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

What an absolute joke:  the ECB refuses to tackle their huge Non Performing Loan debacle:

( zerohedge)

5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

i)Iran/Israel

The rhetoric between Iran and Israel intensifies

( zerohedge)

ii)Iran

Iran warns the rest of the world that there is no plan B.  They must encourage Trump to endorse it.  If not then the Iran deal is shredded.

( zerohedge)

iii)Iran is having great difficulty obtaining dollars..so they now switch to Euros.  Do not know how this will help them

( zerohedge)

6 .GLOBAL ISSUES

7. OIL ISSUES

8. EMERGING MARKET

9. PHYSICAL MARKETS

i)Movement of earmarked gold and no doubt that the gold is heading to Turkey

(Harvey)

ii)Officially Venezuela has only 5 million oz left but they have also done major swaps with Citibank so all of their gold has been technically sold for needed dollars

( zerohedge)

iii)The New York Fed nominee Williams does not think that bitcoin has the qualities for currency.( Cox/CNBC)

iv)Seems Russia is probably the only sane nation out there other than China as they keep all of its gold reserves at home

(Russia Today/Moscow/GATA)

v)Gold Money concludes that we have had relentless selling pressure in the futures market.  He notes that huge suppression in silver prices but he also opinion that silver is on the verge of a breakout.  As far as I am concerned, the breakout will only occur when London runs out of metal.

( GoldMoney/GATA)

vi)Eric Sprott talking to Craig Hemke and wonders if we are closer to a short squeeze in both gold and silver

( Sprott Money/Craig Hemke)

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

A)Trading this morning: 

shorts are crushed!!

i)Every month we see two soft data PMI reports, the ISM and Markit.  Markit is always bullish .  Today was no exception as the Markit PMI showed a Q2 rebound totally opposite to the iSM

( zerohedge)

ii)The Mexican Peso hits one month lows as Trump may tie immigration crackdown to NAFTA

( zerohedge)

iii)Existing home sales rebound from last month, but on a yearly basis it is still registering downward

( zerohedge)

iv)SWAMP STORIES

a)Sessions threatens to quit if Trump fires Rosenstein.  Sessions is deep state (even though Republican)

( zerohedge)

b)The fun continues as now Wikileaks counter sues the Democrats. Now everything will be on the table: discovery is going to be a dandy!

( zerohedge)

c)Assange twitter account returns as the campaign for funds commences:

( zerohedge)

Let us head over to the comex:

The total gold comex open interest  FELL  BY 4610 CONTRACTS DOWN to an OI level 514,852 WITH THE FALL IN THE PRICE OF GOLD ($10.20 LOSS/ FRIDAY’S TRADING).   FOR TWO YEARS STRAIGHT WE HAVE NOTICED THAT ONE WEEK PRIOR TO FIRST DAY NOTICE OF AN ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH THE COMEX OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS AND EFP’S NOTICES EXPONENTIALLY INCREASE.   THE CME REPORTS THAT  THE BANKERS ISSUED A HUMONGOUS SIZED  COMEX TRANSFER THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE AS THESE LONGS RECEIVED A DELIVERABLE LONDON FORWARD TOGETHER WITH A FIAT BONUS. WE HAD 11,451 FOR  JUNE, 0 CONTRACTS ISSUED FOR MAY AND ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS:  TOTAL  11,451 CONTRACTS.  THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS ON THESE TRANSFERS. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT A HUGE DELAY IN THE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S AND IT PROBABLY TAKES AT LEAST  48 HRS AFTER LONGS GIVE UP THEIR COMEX CONTRACTS FOR THEM TO RECEIVE THEIR EFP’S AS THEY ARE NEGOTIATING THIS CONTRACT WITH THE BANKS FOR A FIAT BONUS PLUS THEIR TRANSFER TO A LONDON BASED FORWARD.

ON A NET BASIS IN OPEN INTEREST WE GAINED THE FOLLOWING TODAY ON OUR TWO EXCHANGES: 6850 OI CONTRACTS IN THAT 11,451 LONGS WERE TRANSFERRED AS FORWARDS TO LONDON AND WE LOST 4601 COMEX CONTRACTS.

NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 6850 contracts OR 685,000  OZ OR 21.30 TONNES.

Result: AN DECREASE IN COMEX OPEN INTEREST WITH THE FALL IN PRICE FRIDAY  (ENDING UP WITH A LOSS OF $10.20)THE  TOTAL OPEN INTEREST GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 6,850 OI CONTRACTS..

We have now entered the  active contract month of APRIL where we LOST 7 contracts LOWERING TO  827 contracts.  We had 8 notices served  yesterday, so we GAINED 1  contract or an additional 100 oz will  stand for delivery in this active delivery month of April.

May saw A LOSS of 42 contracts to stand at 1162. The really big June contract month saw a LOSS of 3905 contracts DOWN to 386,525 contracts.   The next big delivery month after June is August and here the OI FELL BY 2008 contracts DOWN to 47,798.

We had 198 notice(s) filed upon today for  19800  oz at the comex

THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE COMEX DOES NOT HAVE ANY  GOLD TO SATISFY UPON OUR LONGS.

Trading Volumes on the COMEX

PRELIMINARY COMEX VOLUME FOR TODAY:278,909  contracts

CONFIRMED COMEX VOL. FOR YESTERDAY: 302,056 contracts

comex gold volumes are RISING AGAIN

Here is a summary of the latest gold trading volumes at the Comex per year

certainly the introduction of EFP’s has certainly had an effect:

Meanwhile, gold-trading volumes on the COMEX have never been higher:

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And now for the wild silver comex results.

Total silver OI FELL  BY A TINY 410 CONTRACTS FROM 221,659 UP TO 221,503 (AND CLOSER TO THE NEW RECORD OI FOR SILVER SET APRIL 9.2018/ 243,411 CONTRACTS)  WITH THE 11 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING.  WE ALSO WERE ALSO INFORMED THAT WE HAD A 120 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED FOR APRIL,  3354 EMERGENCY EFP’S FOR MAY ISSUED BY OUR BANKERS,  AND 149 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED FOR JULY AND ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS.  THESE EFPS WERE ISSUED TO COMEX LONGS WHO RECEIVED A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON.  THE TOTAL EFP’S ISSUED: 3623.   ON A NET BASIS WE GAINED 3213 SILVER OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS AS WE OBTAINED A 410 CONTRACT LOSS AT THE COMEX COMBINING WITH THE ADDITION OF 3623 OI CONTRACTS NAVIGATING OVER TO LONDON.

NET GAIN  ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:   3213   CONTRACTS 

AMOUNT STANDING FOR SILVER AT THE COMEX

We are now in the non active delivery month of April and here the front month GAINED 124 contracts RISING TO 146 contracts.  We had 1 notices filed upon  so in essence we GAINED 125 contracts or 625,000 additional ounces of silver will  stand for delivery in this non active delivery month of April .

The next big active delivery month for silver will be May and here the OI LOST 9760 contracts DOWN to 85,100. June saw a LOSS of 185 contracts to stand at 174.  The next big delivery month for silver is July and here the OI ROSE by 8204 contracts UP to 96,612.

We had 5 notice(s) filed for 25,000 OZ for the APRIL 2018 contract for silver

INITIAL standings for APRIL/GOLD

APRIL 23/2018.

Gold Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz
128.604 OZ
Brinks
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz NIL oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz  nil OZ
No of oz served (contracts) today
198 notice(s)
 19800 OZ
No of oz to be served (notices)
629 contracts
(62,900 oz)
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month
871 notices
87100 OZ
2.709 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
 from the last week of March til today, we have had only 5 small entries for gold and they were all of the “kilobars” variety
From my vantage point, the comex is void of gold.  This rarely happens in a delivery month as gold is called upon to deliver.
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we had 0 kilobar transaction/
We had 0 inventory movement at the dealer accounts
total inventory deposit into the dealer accounts:  NIL  oz
total inventory withdrawals out of dealer accounts; nil oz
we had 1 withdrawals out of the customer account:
 i)Out of Manfra:  128.604
total customer withdrawals:  128.604 oz
we had 0 customer deposit
total customer deposits: nil oz
we had 0 adjustment(s)

For APRIL:
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  198 contract(s) of which 193 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 APRIL. contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (871) x 100 oz or 67300 oz, to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of APRIL. (827 contracts) minus the number of notices served upon today (198 x 100 oz per contract) equals 150,100 oz, the number of ounces standing in this active month of APRIL (4.668 tonnes)

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

No of notices served (871 x 100 oz or ounces + {(827)OI for the front month minus the number of notices served upon today (198 x 100 oz )which equals 150,100 oz standing in this  active delivery month of APRIL . THERE IS 12.003 TONNES OF REGISTERED GOLD AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY SO FAR.

WE GAINED 1 COMEX OI CONTRACTS OR 100 OZ OF GOLD WILL STAND

total registered or dealer gold:  386.220.357 oz or 12.013 tonnes
total registered and eligible (customer) gold;   9,049,756.666 oz 281.48 tones
THE COMEX IS AGAIN IN STRESS AS ONLY 12.003 TONNES OF GOLD ARE LEFT TO SERVICE DELIVERIES. THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD AT THE COMEX TO SERVE UPON LONGS AND THUS THE REASON FOR THE EFP TRANSFER OVER TO LONDON.

IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS 73 NET TONNES HAS LEFT THE COMEX.

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And now for silver

AND NOW THE APRIL DELIVERY MONTH

APRIL INITIAL standings/SILVER

APRIL 23/ 2018
Silver Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory
 4,882.910  oz
Brinks
Delaware
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory
nil
oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory
  58,262.700 oz
CNT
No of oz served today (contracts)
5
CONTRACT(S)
(25,000 OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)
139 contracts
(695,000 oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 466 contracts

(2,330,000 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 0 inventory movement at the dealer side of things

total dealer deposits:  nil oz

we had 1 deposits into the customer account

i) Into JPMorgan: nil oz

*** JPMorgan for most of 2017 and in 2018 has adding to its inventory almost every single day.

JPMorgan now has 140 million oz of  total silver inventory or 53.4% of all official comex silver. (140 million/263 million)

JPMorgan did not  deposit  into its warehouses (official) today.

ii) INTO CNT:  58,262.700 OZ

total deposits today: 58,262.700  oz

we had 2 withdrawals from the customer account;

i) out of Brinks: 964.810 oz

ii) Out of Delaware:  3918.100 oz

total withdrawals;  4,882.910  oz

we had 0 adjustment

i

total dealer silver:  62.576 million

total dealer + customer silver:  261.751 million oz

The total number of notices filed today for the APRIL. contract month is represented by 5 contract(s) FOR 25,000 oz. To calculate the number of silver ounces that will stand for delivery in APRIL., we take the total number of notices filed for the month so far at 466 x 5,000 oz = 2,330,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of April. (146) and the number of notices served upon today (5 x 5000 oz) equals the number of ounces standing.

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Thus the INITIAL standings for silver for the APRIL contract month: 466(notices served so far)x 5000 oz + OI for front month of April(146) -number of notices served upon today (146)x 5000 oz equals 3,025,000 oz of silver standing for the April contract month 

WE GAINED 125  SILVER CONTRACT OR 625,000 ADDITIONAL OUNCES WILL STAND IN THIS NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF APRIL 

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CRIMINALS!!

ESTIMATED VOLUME FOR TODAY: 188,092 CONTRACTS (WOW)  940 MILLION OZ OR 134% OF ANNUAL PRODUCTION.

CONFIRMED VOLUME FOR YESTERDAY: 130,388 CONTRACTS (my goodness)

YESTERDAY’S CONFIRMED VOLUME OF  130,388 CONTRACTS EQUATES TO 651 MILLION OZ OR 93.13% 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.

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 

1. Sprott silver fund (PSLV): NAV RISES TO -1.77% (APRIL 23/2018)
2. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV FALLS TO -0.65% to NAV (APRIL 23/2018 )
Note: Sprott silver trust back into NEGATIVE territory at -1.77%-/Sprott physical gold trust is back into NEGATIVE/ territory at -0.65%/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)

3.SPROTT CEF.A FUND (FORMERLY CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA): NAV RISES TO -2.10%: NAV 13.71/TRADING 13.41//DISCOUNT 2.10.

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And now the Gold inventory at the GLD/

APRIL 23.2018/WITH GOLD DOWN $14.00/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES.

APRIL 20/WITH GOLD DOWN $10.20: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES

APRIL 19/WITH GOLD DOWN $4.25: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES/

APRIL 18/WITH GOLD UP $3.65: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES

APRIL 17/WITH GOLD DOWN $1.00 NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES/

April 16/WITH GOLD UP$2.80/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES/

April 13/WITH GOLD UP $6.15, A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 5.90 TONNES INTO THE GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 865.89 TONNES

April 12/WITH GOLD DOWN $17.40/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 859.99 TONNES

April 11/WITH GOLD UP $13.85/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 859,99 TONNES

APRIL 10/WITH GOLD UP $5.25/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 859.99 TONNES

APRIL 9/WITH GOLD UP$4.50/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 859.99 TONNES

APRIL 6/WITH GOLD UP $7.50 ,A HUGE CHANGE IN INVENTORY AT THE GLD/ A DEPOSIT OF 5.90 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 859.99 TONNES

APRIL 5/WITH GOLD DOWN $8.20 WE HAD TWO ENTRIES: 1) TINY WITHDRAWAL OF .28 TONNES TO PAY FOR FEES AND 2) A DEPOSIT OF 2.06 TONNES//INVENTORY RESTS AT 854.09 TONNES

April 4/WITH GOLD UP $2.90 WE HAD NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 852.31 TONNES

APRIL 3./WITH GOLD DOWN $9.30 WE HAD NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 852.31 TONNES

APRIL 2/WITH GOLD UP $19.50, WE HAD A BIG  CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD A DEPOSIT OF 6.19 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 852.31 TONNES

MARCH 29/WITH GOLD DOWN $3.20 AND OPTIONS EXPIRY FINISHED, WE HAD NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS A 846.12 TONNES

March 28/WITH GOLD DOWN $16.70, ANOTHER RAID ORCHESTRATED, AGAIN NO SURPRISES AS WE WITNESS ANOTHER 1.18 TONNES OF GOLD REMOVED/INVENTORY RESTS AT 846.12 TONNES

MARCH 27/WITH GOLD DOWN $11.70 AND A RAID INITIATED, IT WAS NO SURPRISE TO SEE THAT A MASSIVE WITHDRAWAL OF 3.24 TONNES WAS USED IN THE ABOVE RAID/INVENTORY RESTS AT 847.30 TONNES

MARCH 26./WITH GOLD UP $4.60/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 850.54 TONNES

MARCH 23/WITH GOLD UP $23.30/NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 850.54 TONNES

MARCH 22.WITH GOLD UP $5.90, NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 850.54 TONNES/

MARCH 21/WITH GOLD UP $9.65 NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 850.54 TONNES

March 20/WITH GOLD DOWN $5.75, A SURPRISING HUMONGOUS DEPOSIT OF 10.32 TONNES OF GOLD INTO THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 850.64 TONNES/

SO FAR, FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, THE GLD HAS ADDED 19.61 TONNES WITH A NET LOSS OF $17.45

March 19/WITH GOLD UP $5.25: ANOTHER HUGE DEPOSIT OF GOLD TO THE TUNE OF 2.07 TONNES/GOLD INVENTORY RESTS TONIGHT AT 840.22 TONNES

MARCH 16/WITH GOLD DOWN $5.65/OUR CROOKS DEPOSITED ANOTHER 4.42 TONNES INTO GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 838.15 TONNES

FOR THE WEEK: GOLD LOST  $11.80, BUT GOLD INVENTORY ADVANCED:4.42 TONNES

MARCH 15/WITH GOLD DOWN $7.85, NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 833.73 TONNES

MARCH 14/WITH GOLD DOWN $1.55/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 833.73 TONNES

MARCH 13/WITH GOLD UP $6.25/NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 833.73 TONNES

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APRIL 23/2018/ Inventory rests tonight at 865.89 tonnes

*IN LAST 366 TRADING DAYS: 75.15 NET TONNES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GLD
*LAST 316 TRADING DAYS: A NET 81.15 TONNES HAVE NOW BEEN ADDED INTO GLD INVENTORY.

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Now the SLV Inventory/

APRIL 23.2018/WITH SILVER DOWN 50 CENTS, ANOTHER HUGE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE SLV INVENTORY: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.413 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 315.298 MILLION OZ.

APRIL 20/WITH SILVER DOWN 11 CENTS: ANOTHER HUGE CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.13 MILLION OZ//SLV RESTS TONIGHT AT 316.711 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 19/WITH SILVER UP 3 CENTS TODAY: WE HAD A BIG CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.355 MILLION OZ/ MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE!!/INVENTORY RESTS AT 317.841 MILLION OZ

APRIL 18/WITH SILVER UP 44 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ

APRIL 17/WITH SILVER UP 10 CENTS TODAY/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS  AT 320.196 MILLION OZ

April 16/WITH SILVER UP 7 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ/

April 13/WITH SILVER UP 17 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ.

April 12/WITH SILVER DOWN 27 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ/

April 11/2018/WITH SILVER UP 16 CENTS:  NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 10/WITH GOLD UP 8 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 9/WITH SILVER UP 12 CENTS/WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 6/WITH SILVER UP 4 CENTS, WE HAD A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 1.319 MILLION OZ INTO THE SLV INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.196 MILLION OZ

APRIL 5/WITH SILVER UP 6 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.877 MILLION OZ/

April 4/WITH SILVER DOWN 11 CENTS/A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/ A WITHRAWAL OF 135,000 OZ AND THIS IS PROBABLY TO PAY FOR FEES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.877 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 3./WITH SILVER DOWN 16 CENTS/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 2/WITH SILVER UP 34 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 29/WITH SILVER UP 6 CENTS, THE CROOKS DECIDED THAT THEY HAD BETTER ADD SOME 943,000 PAPER OZ TO THEIR INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ

March 28/WITH SILVER DOWN 27 CENTS/AGAIN NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.069 MILLION OZ

MARCH 27/WITH SILVER DOWN 14 CENTS/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.069 MILLION OZ/

WITH SILVER UP 11 CENTS/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.069 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 23/WITH SILVER UP 19 CENTS, A HAD A BIG WITHDRAWAL OF 1.602 MILLION OZ.INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.069 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 22/WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT, NO CHANGE IN SLV INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.671 MILLION OZ/

March 21/WITH SILVER UP 21 CENTS/NO CHANGE IN SLV INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.671 MILLION OZ/

March 20/WITH SILVER DOWN 13 CENTS/NO CHANGE IN SLV INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.671 MILLION OZ/

March 19/WITH SILVER UP 5 CENTS, THE SLV ADDS A SMALL 659,000 OZ TO ITS INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.671 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 16/WITH SILVER DOWN 15 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ.

FOR THE WEEK;  SILVER IS DOWN 42 CENTS YET ADDS 943,000 OZ OF SILVER INTO THE SLV/

MARCH 15/WITH SILVER DOWN 11 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 14/WITH SILVER DOWN 8 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 13/WITH SILVER UP 10 CENTS/NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.012 MILLION OZ/

HAD ANOTHER HUGE ADDITION OF 1.315 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 316.590 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 23/2018:  A BIG  CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY:  A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.413 MILLION OZ 

Inventory 315.298 million oz

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6 Month MM GOFO 2.04/ and libor 6 month duration 2.51

Indicative gold forward offer rate for a 6 month duration/calculation:

G0FO+ 2.04%

libor 2.51 FOR 6 MONTHS/

GOLD LENDING RATE: .47%

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12 Month MM GOFO
+ 2.76%

LIBOR FOR 12 MONTH DURATION: 2.51

GOFO = LIBOR – GOLD LENDING RATE

GOLD LENDING RATE  = +.26

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Major gold/silver trading /commentaries for MONDAY

GOLDCORE/BLOG/MARK O’BYRNE.

GOLD/SILVER

Family Offices and HNWs Invest In Gold Again

Family Offices and HNWs Are Investing In Gold Again

– Rising interest by family offices and high-net-worth (HNW) into gold bullion investments
– Gold ETF assets have reached almost $100 billion due to HNWs and pension funds’ increased demand
– Volatility in equities, concerns over trade wars, Trump’s Presidency and other economic worries are spurring demand for gold coins and bars
– Prudent money ‘trickle’ back into gold as investors are reminded of gold’s insurance qualities
– Gold investment ‘indemnifications’? Gold should not be overcomplicated

– Family offices and high net worth (HNWs) should hold gold for wealth preservation and protection during downturns

Editor: Mark O’Byrne

Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) have seen assets increase to £100 billion as investors, including family offices and high net worth (HNWs) investors look to the precious metal to preserve wealth in the face of volatile markets and heightened economic geopolitical tensions and uncertainty.

Family offices and high net worth (HNWs) investors are again looking to protect their wealth by diversifying into gold ETFs and physical gold bullion after many exited the safe haven asset after gold’s unexpectedly poor performance from 2013 to 2015.

Gold ETFs famously held about $150 billion in assets in 2012 following the bull market in gold. Since then such investments have fallen out of favour as family offices and HNWs have looked elsewhere for returns.

In contrast to the period leading up to 2012, we are not seeing a sudden rush back into gold ETFs, but what can best be described as a slow but steady and rising trickle as asset levels return to around $100 billion. Similarly with gold bullion, leading specialists such as GoldCore who cater to HNW and family offices, are seeing a rising tide of interest from this important niche sector.

Uncertainty from every angle

This steady trickle comes courtesy of multiple geopolitical situations which have caused a significant amount of uncertainty and volatility in financial markets. This uncertainty is likely to continue as there are uncertainties on both the long and short-term horizon which will continue to make investors, retail and HNW, nervous.

Since the start of the year each of the major regions have seen an increase in gold ETF holdings. This is because of gold’s recent strong price performance and courtesy of Trump, Brexit and heightened geo-political risk which will affect UK, U.S. and investors internationally.

Short-term issues such as Trump’s trade announcements, Brexit updates and the global reaction to events in Syria and the Middle East are leading more risk investors to seek out safe-havens.

Longer-term concerns over global inflation, interest rates, pension deficits and the ‘next’ subprime crisis or wider debt crisis will be playing on the back of some investors’ mind, uncertain how such events will unfold and their likely impact on risk assets – stocks and bonds.

Europe and North America are seeing strong demand and hold similar levels of gold holdings – 90% of the total gold ETFs. Such gold products have not proven to be as successful in the likes of Middle Eastern and Asian countries where holding gold is seen as something which must be done directly and without counter party risk. This  makes physical gold coins and bars much more popular in the majority of the world – especially China and India.

Given gold’s role as a wealth preserver for the last 2,000 years or more it is obvious why those looking to protect their wealth would return to this traditional asset class. What is perhaps less clear is why many western investors would choose to invest in what is really a very simple asset via a complicated investment product structure, such as an exchange traded fund (ETF).

Gold investment indemnifications? Gold should not be overcomplicated

There are a number of different options when it comes to gold investment. When looking at how to invest in gold one needs to consider the safe haven asset’s security and liquidity.

As we explain in our Essential Family Office Guide to Investing in Gold, exchange traded funds may or may not be backed by physical gold holdings and some of those that do hold gold contain complex stipulations on convertibility of ETF shares into bullion and very high levels of indemnification. This includes indemnification from many of the key risks that many gold investors own gold in order to hedge against – such as theft, custodian risk, bank risk and systemic risk.

Investors looking for wealth protection will be better served, if they invest in gold with an independent gold provider that enables them to store and access their gold directly through specialist third party storage providers. Gold storage should be in a non bank facility, with insurance and in the stablest and safest jurisdictions.

By managing their gold investment this way investors are ensuring that they have full title to their gold bars, which can be sold at any time and to any gold broker internationally. This ensures liquidity and competive pricing and removes dependence one single gold broker and their staff, IT, servers, website platforms etc.

The decision to invest in gold is one that is based on the investor looking to benefit from the qualities offered by tangible physical gold, as well as performance and returns. Given that owning physical bullion and opting for allocated and segregated storage is only marginally more expensive than getting exposure in the ETF, it behooves all family offices and HNWs to consider ownership of physical gold rather than ETFs. Indeed, financial and pension advisers and brokers who believe in a fiduciary duty should give serious consideration to the benefits of outright ownership of gold bars.

With an ETF, one gets exposure to the gold price, with gold bars in allocated and segregated storage you are guaranteed (even in worst case scenarios) that, but more importantly you also have actual financial insurance, a valuable hedge and an essential wealth preservation asset that will protect and grow wealth in the coming years.

Read our popular Family Office Guide to Investing in Gold

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News and Commentary

Dollar edges higher, bolstered by rising U.S. yields (Ruters.com)

Asia Stocks Trade Mixed; Yen Slips as Bonds Slide (Bloomberg.com)

Fed’s Williams sees more rate hikes, not worried on yield curve (Reuters.com)

Global Yield Surge Defies Skepticism on Inflation’s Momentum (Bloomberg.com)


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Venezuela’s Gold Liquidation Accelerates; Will Be Out Of Gold In One Year (ZeroHedge.com)

Citi: “2018 Is Not Going To Plan” (ZeroHedge.com)

The Pension Time Bomb: $400 Trillion by 2050 (VisualCapitalist.com)

Why Countries Pull Out Their Bullion From the US (SputnikNews.com)

Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

20 Apr: USD 1,340.15, GBP 953.52 & EUR 1,089.14 per ounce
19 Apr: USD 1,347.90, GBP 950.54 & EUR 1,090.59 per ounce
18 Apr: USD 1,346.55, GBP 949.59 & EUR 1,088.95 per ounce
17 Apr: USD 1,342.95, GBP 937.24 & EUR 1,084.57 per ounce
16 Apr: USD 1,344.40, GBP 941.21 & EUR 1,087.62 per ounce
13 Apr: USD 1,340.75, GBP 938.93 & EUR 1,087.35 per ounce
12 Apr: USD 1,345.90, GBP 951.01 & EUR 1,090.99 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

20 Apr: USD 17.11, GBP 12.15 & EUR 13.91 per ounce
19 Apr: USD 17.20, GBP 12.09 & EUR 13.91 per ounce
18 Apr: USD 16.95, GBP 11.93 & EUR 13.70 per ounce
17 Apr: USD 16.63, GBP 11.60 & EUR 13.44 per ounce
16 Apr: USD 16.60, GBP 11.61 & EUR 13.42 per ounce
13 Apr: USD 16.51, GBP 11.57 & EUR 13.40 per ounce
12 Apr: USD 16.66, GBP 11.74 & EUR 13.50 per ounce


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– London House Prices See Fastest Quarterly Fall Since 2009 Crisis
– Global Debt Bubble Hits New All Time High – One Quadrillion Reasons To Buy Gold
– Oil Surges Over 8%, Gold and Silver Marginally Higher, Stocks Gain In Volatile Week
– EU and Euro Exposed To Risks Including Trade Wars and War With Russia In Middle East
– Trump Tweets Russia “Get Ready” For Missiles In Syria – Gold, Oil Rise and Stocks Fall
– Private: EU and Euro Exposed To Trade Wars, Energy Dependence, Anti-EU and Anti-Euro Movements
– Trump Making ‘Major Decisions’ on Syria, Iran and Russia Response ‘Very Quickly’
– Gold Out Performs Stocks In 2018 and This Century By Ratio Of Two To One
– Jamie Dimon Warns Of Potential ‘Market Panic’
– Silver Bullion: Should We Be Worried About Silver?

Andrew Maguire’s Kinesis money which is a “bitcoin” but backed 100% by allocated gold and silver is set to go.

it think it would be a great idea to look at this!

please read at:  https://kinesis.money/#/

(Andrew Maguire)

Andrew Maguire

2:57 PM (1 hour ago)
to me

Harvey

Here It is my friend!  https://kinesis.money/#/ Please let everyone know.

Let catch up on Monday if you have time. We have billions in the hopper ready to be allocated on the 1st day of trading. The paper market days are over.

Warm regards

Andy

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Your early MONDAY 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 DOWN 6.3079  /shanghai bourse CLOSED DOWN 3.53 POINTS OR 0.11%   / HANG SANG CLOSED DOWN 163.93 POINTS OR 0.54%
2. Nikkei closed DOWN 74.20 POINTS OR 0.33%/  /USA: YEN RISES TO 108.26/  

3. Europe stocks OPENED RED     /USA dollar index RISES TO 90.73/Euro FALLS TO 1.2226

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: RISES TO . +.067/ !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 108.26/ 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:: 68.13  and Brent: 73.98

3f Gold DOWN/Yen DOWN

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 DOWN for WTI and DOWN FOR Brent this morning

3i European bond buying continues to push yields lower on all fronts in the EMU. German 10yr bund RISES TO +.625%/Italian 10 yr bond yield DOWN to 1.778% /SPAIN 10 YR BOND YIELD UP TO 1.291%

3j Greek 10 year bond yield FALLS TO : 4.0351?????????????????

3k Gold at $1327.70 silver at:16.95     7 am est) SILVER NEXT RESISTANCE LEVEL AT $18.50

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble DOWN 73/100 in roubles/dollar) 62.10

3m oil into the 68 dollar handle for WTI and 73 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/

JAPAN ON JAN 29.2016 INITIATES NIRP. THIS MORNING THEY SIGNAL THEY MAY END NIRP. TODAY THE USA/YEN TRADES TO 108.26 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 0.9759 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.1934 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 +0.625%

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 2.9808% early this morning (THIS IS DEADLY TO ALL MARKETS). Thirty year rate at 3.1658% /

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

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

Stocks Stumble As 10Y Hits 2.996%; Dollar Squeeze Accelerates

Global stocks stumbled on Monday ahead of an avalanche of earnings in this season’s busiest reporting week but the big story overnight was the spike in 10Y Yield which climbed as high as 2.9957%, the highest level since January 2014, and nearing the psychological 3% level which has triggered market spasms and more than one tantrum in the past. The move was catalyzed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying over the weekend that he is planning a trip to China, an indication the US is considering a truce in its trade war with China.

Citi’s technical team repeats the key highlights, pointing out that we’re 1bp away from the psychological 3% level in the Treasury 10y yield. “The benchmark is trading at levels not seen since 2014, and we are continuing to make fresh YTD highs. The 10s now trade at 2.99% while the 2s10s trades on the 51 mark.”

If we break 3%, major levels come in here that extend up to 3.05%: this is the level where we have the 2014 high which is also the long term double bottom neckline and the long term channel top:

Not everyone is convinced that the 10Y will soar once it blows through 3% (especially not in a world which both the IMF and IIF said has record debt): “Ultimately it’s hard to see a move sustained above 3 percent on the U.S. 10-year,” Mitul Kotecha, a strategist at TD Securities, told Bloomberg TV from Singapore. “Some of the dialing down in tensions, in risk aversion, may be having some impact there as well as expectations of continued strong growth in the U.S.”

Meanwhile, rising yields are capping other risk assets and the recent sell off in Treasuries is being closely eyed by  other markets, and supporting a pretty aggressive USD bid and VIX is rallying.

Mostly as a result of rising yields and a stronger dollar, S&P 500 Index futures turned lower, tracking moves in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index which failed to capitalize on an unexpected beat in the April PMI prints, while earlier the MSCI Asia Pacific Index also started off the week in the red.

In global stocks, MSCI’s world index fell 0.25% after Asia shed 0.5% overnight and Europe then slipped 0.2% as results from Switzerland’s biggest bank, UBS, disappointed. S&P futures also pointed to a modestly lower open.

Meanwhile, traders are on edge because in addition to earnings – more than 180 companies in the S&P 500 are due to report results this week, including Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, Boeing and Chevron– traders also received the latest round of advance economic surveys that should show in the coming days if economic softness in the first quarter was just a passing phase linked to wintery weather and the Lunar New Year holidays in Asia. Readings from Japan, France and Germany were all relatively reassuring. Japan’s PMI data firmed as output and domestic demand picked up, France got help from its services sector, while Germany came in above forecast despite weaker new orders numbers.

  • EU Markit Manufacturing Flash PMI (Apr) 56.0 vs. Exp. 56.6 (Prev. 56.6)
  • EU Markit Services Flash PMI (Apr) 55.0 vs. Exp. 54.8 (Prev. 54.9)
  • EU Markit Comp Flash PMI (Apr) 55.2 vs. Exp. 54.9 (Prev. 55.2)

“It’s a good reading, it’s still encouraging,” said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, of the combined euro zone numbers, which he said pointed to quarterly GDP growth of 0.6 percent.

Helping the spike in yields is the recent sharp reversal/short squeeze in the dollar as the dollar; the BBDXY index gained a fifth day, rising 0.5% on Monday to the highest level since March 1, and is now up by 1.4% since Wednesday’s close, the most on a three-day basis since December 2016. In addition to the squeeze of near record dollar shorts, a “Europe-based trader” quoted by Bloomberg says dollar bids represent both unwinding of medium-term trailing stops and fresh positions, while another trader said that interbank names are seen selling the euro and the yen.

Elsewhere in FX, the EUR/USD slipped for a third day, down to a two-week low of 1.2226 while GBP/USD reversed an earlier gain to drop below 1.4000 handle as chances that the BOE may not move in May, together with renewed concerns over the Brexit front, weighed on pound sentiment. USD/JPY rose to trade above 108.00 for the first time since mid-February: option-related offers below that level capped for a while, before stops above the figure were filled. As Citi notes, some big levels have been broken in FX today:

  • EURUSD is through Friday’s low at 1.2256 and is less than 30 pips away from the 100d MA at 1.2206.
  • USDJPY has broken the 108 handle and now through 108.13. The reverse head and shoulders target of 109.36 looks feasible according to CitiFX Technicals.
  • AUDUSD trendline comes in here at 0.7634 as we find fresh YTD lows.
  • NZDUSD testing the 200d MA at 0.7185. From here, there are a few levels to eye with 0.71500 and 0.7111.
  • USDCAD levels in 1.2720-80 including the 55d MA at 1.2767 seem to have been broken. Through 1.2800, there are plenty of levels from the March rally.
  • USDNOK MTD highs are at 7.8990, and the 100d MA at 7.9284. EURNOK looks more mixed, with the 100d MA not until 9.6721.
  • GBPUSD: The pair has broken through the 1.40 handle and looks like we could test the 100d MA at 1.3850. However GBP may stabilize against EUR here, with all the notable MA levels converging ahead.

It was a busy weekend in geopolitical news, with North Korea surprising the world on Saturday stating that it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue peace and economic growth, a development which Trump quickly latched on to as evidence of yet another mission (nearly) accomplished. Additionally, talk of a trip by the U.S. Treasury Secretary to China also fueled hopes that the recent trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies may be thawing.

In overnight central banks news, the Nikkei reported that the Bank of Japan has shown signs it is tapering its ETF purchases in order to trim what it sees as an outsize profile in the equity market. Meanwhile, BoJ Governor Kuroda said the Bank of Japan must continue very strong accommodative monetary policy for some time in order to
reach 2% inflation. However, he may not have the choice, as dark clouds continue to gather over the head of this boss and over the weekend, the approval of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet dropped in polls conducted by the Yomiuri and Mainichi newspapers to the lowest level since 2012.

Oil prices edged down in the cross-currents but were not far from their highest since late 2014. The market had wobbled on Friday when Trump tweeted criticism of OPEC’s role in pushing up global prices, but quickly steadied. Oil prices dipped in Monday trade with WTI down 0.6% at USD 68/bbl. In addition to echoes from Trump’s anti-OPEC tweet, the modest weakness followed Baker Hughes reporting an increased rig count on Friday, which is now at its highest level since March 2015. The strengthening dollar is also weighing on gold with the yellow metal down 0.5% on the day. Some OPEC specific news coming from the Azerbaijani energy minister who says the country joining OPEC is not on the agenda.

It’s a busy week (full preview to follow), with some of the key events as follows:

  • French President Emmanuel Macron begins a three-day visit to the U.S. Monday
  • U.S. manufacturing and services sector PMIs. Later this week: GDP and jobless claims.
  • Earnings season continues. Among those reporting: Alphabet/Google, Amazon.com, Samsung and Credit Suisse.
  • The European Central Bank has a rate decision on Thursday. Investors will watch for any sign that officials are preparing a shift in stimulus plans for their June meeting.
  • Bank of Japan announces its latest policy decision Friday and releases a quarterly outlook report.

Bulletin Headline Summary from RanSquawk

  • US 10 year treasury ticking towards 3.00% yield
  • Upward pressure on the USD pushing down commodities
  • Looking ahead, highlights include US existing homes sales, ECB’s Coeure and BoC’s Poloz

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures down 0.2% to 2,667.25
  • STOXX Europe 600 down 0.2% to 380.98
  • MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.4% to 173.19
  • MSCI Asia Pacific ex Japan down 0.5% to 564.10
  • Nikkei down 0.3% to 22,088.04
  • Topix down 0.02% to 1,750.79
  • Hang Seng Index down 0.5% to 30,254.40
  • Shanghai Composite down 0.1% to 3,068.01
  • Sensex up 0.5% to 34,579.62
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.3% to 5,886.01
  • Kospi down 0.09% to 2,474.11
  • German 10Y yield rose 4.1 bps to 0.631%
  • Euro down 0.3% to $1.2254
  • Italian 10Y yield fell 0.3 bps to 1.524%
  • Spanish 10Y yield rose 1.9 bps to 1.301%
  • Brent futures down 0.5% to $73.66/bbl
  • Gold spot down 0.7% to $1,327.23
  • U.S. Dollar Index up 0.4% to 90.66

Top Overnight News from Bloomberg

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he’s considering a trip to China amid a trade dispute with Beijing that finance chiefs warn could derail the global economic upswing. Mnuchin said he’s “cautiously optimistic” of reaching an agreement with China
  • President Trump tempered his optimism on North Korea on Sunday, saying that “only time will tell” how things turn out. U.S. lawmakers sounded skeptical about promises made by Pyongyang ahead of possible historic talks between the countries leaders
  • North Korea will freeze nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile launch tests from April 21, state-run media Korean Central News Agency said Saturday; The leaders of the two Koreas are set to hold their first summit since 2007 on Friday
  • Approval of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet dropped in polls conducted by the Yomiuri and Mainichi newspapers over the weekend.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival in the U.S. kicks off a crucial week for European leaders in an uphill battle to convince Donald Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear deal
  • “If conflict increases, there will be less growth, more inflation,” says Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams in an interview with El Pais published in Spanish
  • Has an invisible hand stepped in to support the Indian sovereign bond market? Traders are abuzz with speculation over the identity of the buyer or buyers behind the $862 million of purchases Friday
  • U.K. PM Theresa May’s inner circle thinks she could be forced to accept staying in the EU’s customs union because Parliament will reject her plan to withdraw from it when the issue comes to a vote in the House of Commons, according to one official. Such a move could trigger a challenge to May’s leadership from Brexit campaigners in the Conservative Party
  • U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has indicated a willingness to look abroad when he begins his search for a successor to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney
  • Eurozone April Flash composite PMI 55.2 versus estimate 54.8

Asia equity markets began the week lacklustre after last Friday’s losses on Wall St where all majors declined on continued tech weakness and losses in Apple amid concerns regarding iPhone demand. However, overnight pressure was contained in the AsiaPac region amid a further improvement of the geopolitical climate in the Korean peninsula after North Korea announced it will stop nuclear and ICBM testing, as well as begin dismantling a nuclear test site in the north of the country. ASX 200 (+0.3%) and Nikkei 225 (-0.3%) were mixed with weakness in Japan the result of last week’s flows into JPY. Elsewhere, Shanghai Comp. (-0.1%) and Hang Seng (-0.5%) were choppy amid a lack of drivers and a neutral position by the PBoC which injected CNY 80bln via reverse repos to match maturing operations, although underperformance was observed in Hong Kong names. Finally, 10yr JGBs were lower amid spill over selling from USTs and as yields tracked the upside in their US counterparts, in which the US 10yr yield printed its highest since January 2014. PBoC injected CNY 80bln via 7-day reverse repos for a daily net neutral position.

Top Asian News

  • Sudden Modi-Xi Meet Signals Diplomatic Thaw Between Neighbors
  • Bond Traders in India Hope Mystery Buyer Is the Central Bank
  • Ping An Good Doctor Aims to Raise as Much as HK$8.8b in IPO
  • Noble Group Board Becomes Battleground as Goldilocks Fights
  • New Hong Kong Tech Darling Hawks IPO With Rare Valuation Metric

European equities opened on the back foot this morning (Eurostoxx 50 -0.2%) following the dampened tone from Asia. Switzerland’s SMI is underperforming as index heavyweight UBS (-3.1%) lags following earnings. Sector wise, consumer staples underperform while Reckitt Benckiser (-2.2%) are at the bottom of the FTSE 100 following a downgrade at Raymond James and a target price cut at JP Morgan. In terms of stocks specifics, Fresenius (+0.6%) shares are higher following the terminations of the Akorn merger amid data breaches. Fresenius Medical (-3.6%) is at the foot of the DAX 30 following a revenue target cut for this year. Capita (+10.1%) is the best performing in the Stoxx 600 following earnings and reports the company is to raise GBP 701mln in a 3 for 2 rights issue entirely underwritten by Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

Top European News

  • May Is Said to Face Cabinet Pressure Over Brexit Customs Union
  • Poland Shatters Fragile Peace With Its Jews After Holocaust Law
  • Euro-Area Economy Stays in Lower Gear as Order Growth Weakens; German Growth Momentum Rebounds After First-Quarter Slowdown
  • How China Bought Up A Swath of Europe When Nobody Was Looking

In FX, firmer US rates are certainly fuelling the latest Dollar revival and the Greenback’s broad gains, but latest conciliatory noises from NK on the nuclear front are also undermining the traditional safe-haven currencies. The index is now comfortably above 90.500 and 90.600 resistance, looking at 90.750 next. JPY/EUR: Both on the brink of breaking out of recent ranges, with Usd/Jpy up through 108.00 offers, a big barrier and resistance extending to 108.20, but capped just ahead of stops reportedly lying between 108.25-30, while Eur/Usd has breached last  Friday’s 1.2250 low having failed to reach 1.2300 in wake of better than forecast Eurozone flash PMIs, and is now also below the next downside technical support level at 1.2235, eyeing 1.2200. CAD: Usd/Cad looks is revisiting 1.2800+ on the aforementioned supportive Greenback narrative and contrasting Loonie weights in the form of last Friday’s CPI data and a still cautious BoC, although latest NAFTA reports indicate a deal could be reached in early May. The range has been 1.2750-1.2805, and the recent peak is circa 1.2820 (February 9). GBP: Losing traction around the 1.4000 level after last week’s heavy losses on a mixture of UK data misses and dovish or less hawkish BoE policy guidance from Governor Carney. Looking to test chart support around 1.3960 while Eur/Gbp is nudging up towards the high of a 0.8745-75 range.

In commodities, oil prices dipping in Monday trade with WTI down 0.6% at USD 68/bbl. This follows Baker Hughes reporting an increased rig count on Friday, which is now at its highest level since March 2015, suggesting increased US production putting downward pressure on the fossil fuel, as well as tweets from the US President suggesting oil is “artificially high” due to OPEC. The strengthening dollar is also weighing on gold with the yellow metal down 0.5% on the day. Some OPEC specific news coming from the Azerbaijani energy minister who says the country joining OPEC is not on the agenda.

Kicking off the week today will be the flash April PMIs due to be released in Europe and the US. Other data worth flagging is US existing home sales data for March. Away from that French President Macron is due to begin a three-day visit to the US, while the ECB’s Coeure is scheduled to speak in the afternoon. UBS and Google are the earnings release highlights.

US Event Calendar

  • 8:30am: Chicago Fed Nat Activity Index, est. 0.3, prior 0.9
  • 9:45am: Markit US Manufacturing PMI, est. 55.2, prior 55.6
    • Markit US Services PMI, est. 54.1, prior 54
    • Markit US Composite PMI, prior 54.2
  • 10am: Existing Home Sales, est. 5.55m, prior 5.54m; MoM, est. 0.18%, prior 3.0%

We wonder whether this week will finally host the 10 year Treasuries at 3% party? The sell off continued on Friday with yields closing at the highs for the session at 2.96% (+5bps) – the highest since January 2014. This was in spite of a Trump tweet bomb where he accused OPEC of artificially driving up prices. This morning in Asia, yields have crept up another c1.5bp and edging us closer to this landmark. Elsewhere equities are trading mixed with the ASX200 up 0.42% while the Nikkei (-0.30%), Kospi (-0.19%) and Hang Seng (-0.36%) are down as we type. Datawise, Japan’s April Nikkei manufacturing PMI firmed 0.2pts mom to 53.3.

Back to yields, in terms of what might attract us or repel us to the 3% mark we have a busy week with the ECB and BoJ holding policy meetings and the latest flash PMIs out around the globe today as well as a first look at Q1 GDP in the US. European PMIs in particular will be closely watched given the recent sharp deceleration.

With regards to the two big central bank meetings this week the ECB (Thursday) is the more interesting. While no change in policy is expected all eyes will be any hints or signs that officials are preparing the ground for an announcement in June that stimulus is to come to an end by the end of the year. Weaker data of late and some slightly dovish ECB commentary perhaps means that risks are tilted to the downside so the market will likely be on the watch in Draghi’s press conference. Ahead of this today sees the flash PMIs. In Europe the consensus is for a continued moderation with the manufacturing print expected to nudge down another 0.5pts to 56.1 (which would be the lowest since February 2017) and the services a more modest 0.3pt decline to 54.6. European data surprises have been hovering at multi-year lows of late so Europe could do with some stabilisation soon to avoid stoking fears of a sharper downturn. It’s possible that the easing trade war tensions and healthier sentiment in the last week or so won’t yet be in these numbers though.

In terms of earnings this week, 181 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to report including some of the big tech heavy hitters like Google (today), Facebook / eBay / Twitter (Wednesday), Microsoft / Amazon / Intel (Thursday). Also worth highlighting are earnings reports from Verizon, Caterpillar and Coca-Cola on Tuesday, AT&T and Boeing on Wednesday and Exxon Mobil and Chevron on Friday. Earnings season also picks up in Europe with 121 Stoxx 600 companies reporting including the likes of UBS today, Credit Suisse on Wednesday and Volkswagen, Total and Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday.

Last but by no means least, the big political event this week is likely to be the summit held between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone between the two countries on  Friday. Over the weekend, President Trump seemed to have softened his expectations as he tweeted “we’re a long way from conclusion on North Korea….only time will tell”. Away from that, French President Macron is due to travel to the US on Monday for three days and is scheduled to meet US President Trump on Tuesday. German Chancellor Merkel is also due to meet Trump on Friday.

Turning to trade, tensions appeared to have eased further over the weekend as the US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said he’s “cautiously optimistic” on reaching a trade agreement with China and that “a trip (to China) is under consideration”, but declined to comment on potential timing. On the other side, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it would welcome such a visit. Elsewhere, the PBOC’s Governor Yi reiterated that the recently announced measures to open up China’s financial sector will be “implemented either in the next few months or by the end of this year”. Finally, the Russian Finance Minister Siluanov has met with Secretary Mnuchin and sought “clarifications” on the US sanctions, without elaborating more.

Now recapping other markets performance from Friday. US bourses weakened further, weighted down by tech and consumer staples stocks (S&P -0.85%; Dow -0.82%; Nasdaq -1.27%). The VIX rose for the third straight day to 16.88 (+5.8%) while the Stoxx 600 was marginally lower. In FX, the USD index gained for the fourth consecutive day (+0.42%) while the Euro and Sterling fell -0.46% and -0.62% respectively. WTI oil edged up 0.10% to $68.40/bbl on Friday.

Elsewhere, European government bonds firmed and partly reversed Thursday’s losses with yields on 10y Bunds and OATs both down c1bp while Gilts outperformed (-4.1bp), partly due to BOE Governor Carney’s dovish talk on a potential rate hike in May. Notably, the Bloomberg implied odds of a May rate hike in the UK fell 31ppt to 46% on Friday.

Moving onto central bankers speak. The Fed’s Williams reiterated that it makes sense to keep raising rates through next year given an improving economy and noted that if growth slows, the USD could get “dramatically stronger”. In Europe, the ECB’s Villeroy said the greatest medium term risk is “incontestably protectionism”. He added that if tariffs increased by 10% and became the norm, then “global GDP could decrease by at least 2%”. Elsewhere, Bloomberg cited unnamed sources which noted the ECB see scope to wait until their July meeting to announce their plans on ending QE, in part to allow more time to judge the impacts of the recent economic slowdown.

In the world of DB Research, our US economists find that if the Fed continues to raise rates according to their forecast and the term premium does not recover, the yield curve would invert by the end of 2019, potentially as early as June of next year. However, several factors, including higher inflation and the unwind of central bank balance sheets, should help lift the term premium and delay an inversion. Overall, they argue that because a low term premium has contributed to the flat yield curve, the negative signal from the yield curve should be discounted some. However they acknowledge that the growth negative signal from the yield curve could build by the time we get to 2020.

Before we take a look at today’s and this week’s full calendar, we wrap up with other data releases from Friday. The Euro area’s April consumer confidence was above market and rose 0.3pts mom to 0.4 (vs. -0.1 expected) – the highest since January which was the two decade high. Elsewhere, Germany March PPI was slightly below expectations at 0.1% mom (vs. 0.2% expected), leading to an annual growth of 1.9% yoy.

A look at the day ahead: kicking off the week today will be the flash April PMIs due to be released in Europe and the US. Other data worth flagging is US existing home sales data for March. Away from that French President Macron is due to begin a three-day visit to the US, while the ECB’s Coeure is scheduled to speak in the afternoon. UBS and Google are the earnings release highlights.

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)MONDAY MORNING/SUNDAY NIGHT: Shanghai closed DOWN 3.53 POINTS OR 0.11%  /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 163.93 POINTS OR 0.54%   / The Nikkei closed DOWN 74.20 POINTS OR 0.33%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN .19% /Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN at 6.3079/Oil DOWN to 68,13 dollars per barrel for WTI and 73.98 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AT 6.3079 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.3020/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING WEAKER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/OFFSHORE YUAN TRADING  WEAKER AGAINST THE DOLLAR /CHINA RETALIATES WITH TARIFFS/ TRUMP RESPONDS TO NEW TARIFFS AND IT NOW LOOKS LIKE A FULL TRADE WAR IS BEGINNING/

3 a NORTH KOREA/USA

North Korea

Kim seeks peace and will abandon nuke testing:

(courtesy zerohedge)

North Korea’s Kim Says “Mission Complete”: Will Abandon Nuke Tests, Seek Peace

Just a few short days after President Trump proclaimed “mission accomplished” in Syria, North Korea’s leader has followed suit, reportedly say the nuclear test site in the north of the country has completed its mission and will be abandoned.

Furthermore, Yonhap reports Kim says no further nuclear tests are needed, and will stop launching test-flights of ICBMs on April 21st.

As a reminder, the nuclear test facility in the northern part of the country was potentially a major problem as we noted previously the fact that it was collapsing.

And one tunnel reportedly killed 200 when it did collapse.

Additionally, KCNA reports that North Korea says it will actively engage dialogue with the international community to achieve peace and refocus on economic growth.

Seems like that trip to Beijing recently made some serious difference!!

While there are few details, it is hard to misinterpret the Korean headlines.

We are sure President Trump will be quick to congratulate Kim (and himself).

Hard to see how this is not a big win for Trump!

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3 b JAPAN AFFAIRS

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c) REPORT ON CHINA/HONG KONG

CHINA

Sorghum which arrived in China was immediately turned away after the huge 200% tariff imposed on it

(courtesy zerohedge)

US Sorghum “Armada” Turns Away From China After Tariffs

China’s nearly 200% tariff on imports of US sorghum is already having a profound impact on the global grain trade. And in the latest evidence of how quickly the tariffs have been felt by US producers, Reuters is reporting that an “armada” of cargo ships carrying $216 million of sorghum from the US to China has changed course since Beijing imposed the tariff last week, as grain exporters are suddenly worried about taking a sizable loss on the loads.

Since the tariff was imposed, the five shipments, which were all destined for China when they were loaded at Texas Gulf Coast export terminals owned by grain merchants Cargill Inc and Archer Daniels Midland Co, are now liable for a hefty deposit to be paid based on the value of the goods. The payment would likely make the shipments unprofitable, according to Reuters.

Sorghum

Beijing announced on Tuesday that it would impose the 178.6% tariff following a brief investigation. That followed the imposition of tariffs as high as 25% on range of products produced in America. In the world of US agricultural products, China has also imposed sanctions on US soybeans – a decision that is expected to create major disruptions for US farmers.

Cargill declined to tell Reuters where the ships that it loaded are heading now that they’ve been redirected away from China.

The Panamanian-flagged ship called the N Bonanza, was churning its way northeast across the Indian Ocean earlier this week, carrying more than 67,000 tonnes of sorghum from ADM’s elevator in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to Reuters shipping data.

Eleven hours after the anti-dumping deposits were announced, the ship stopped and then slowly tracked northwest.

The RB Eden, a vessel carrying 70,223 tonnes of sorghum loaded at the same ADM terminal, was headed east-northeast through the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. It turned around.

Hours later, the Stamford Eagle – hauling sorghum from Cargill’s elevator in Houston – turned around off the western coast of Mexico.

At least two other vessels have also suddenly changed course: the Ocean Belt and Xing Xi Hai, both loaded at Cargill’s terminal.

It is unclear where the vessels are now heading.

But US exporters aren’t the only ones feeling the pain from the tariffs: Suppliers of sorghum on the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans are all hurting

Sorghum is a niche animal feed and a tiny slice of the billions of dollars in exports at stake in the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies, which threatens to disrupt the flow of everything from steel to electronics.

As of now, the tariffs won’t have a significant impact on Archer Daniels or Cargill – two of the world’s largest grain merchants. But it is a warning that China won’t hesitate to effectiv

“For their overall trade businesses, this is not that substantial. But it’s a warning. If China really does start slapping tariffs on everything, like soybeans and corn, things could get really ugly, really fast,” said Bill Densmore, senior director of corporate ratings at Fitch Ratings.

But shipping companies may be forced to discount their cargoes to sell them.

“They’re not in a strong bargaining position considering they’ve got shipments from across the ocean that they have to sell and get the boats cleared out,” said economist Daniel O’Brien of Kansas State University in the top U.S. sorghum-producing state.

And falling sorghum prices in Texas have already rattled farmers.

“This tit for tat has to stop, and talks to find reasonable and lasting solutions must begin, for the good of U.S. agriculture and the customers we have spent decades working to win as loyal buyers,” said Tom Sleight, president and CEO of the US Grains Council.

But the real reason US producers should worry about an escalating trade war can be found in the backlash to the US’s decision to ban sales of semiconductors to China’s ZTE, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

Across China, citizens rallied in support of ZTE – and condemned the US measures as an attack on China. Restaurants offered ZTE employees free meals. They even “thanked” the US for helping force China to become more self-reliant.

Meanwhile in the US, Trump’s aggressive rhetoric has been met with unease and criticism from the business community.

Given that, it’s not difficult to imagine which side will be able to hold out longer while striking back with increasingly dramatic penalties.

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4. EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

What an absolute joke:  the ECB refuses to tackle their huge Non Performing Loan debacle:

(courtesy zerohedge)

8. EMERGING MARKET

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

Euro/USA 1.2226 DOWN .0058/ 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 ALl IN THE RED    

USA/JAPAN YEN 108.26 UP  0.635 (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 1.3955 DOWN .0036  (Brexit March 29/ 2017/ARTICLE 50 SIGNED/BREXIT FEES WILL BE CAPPED

USA/CAN 1.2794 DOWN .0044 (CANADA WORRIED ABOUT TRADE WITH THE USA WITH TRUMP ELECTION/ITALIAN EXIT AND GREXIT FROM EU/(TRUMP INITIATES LUMBER TARIFFS ON CANADA/CANADA HAS A HUGE HOUSEHOLD DEBT/GDP PROBLEM)

Early THIS MONDAY morning in Europe, the Euro FELL by 58 basis points, trading now ABOVE the important 1.08 level RISING to 1.2307; / Last night Shanghai composite CLOSED DOWN 3.53 POINTS OR 0.11% /   Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 163.93 POINTS OR 0.54% /AUSTRALIA CLOSED DOWN .19%EUROPEAN BOURSES  OPENED RED

The NIKKEI: this MONDAY morning CLOSED DOWN 28.94 POINTS OR 0.13%

Trading from Europe and Asia

1/EUROPE OPENED  ALL RED

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / : Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 163.93 POINTS OR 0.54%  / SHANGHAI CLOSED DOWN 3.53 POINTS OR 0.11%   /

Australia BOURSE CLOSED DOWN .19% 

Nikkei (Japan) CLOSED UP 74.20 POINTS OR 0.33%

INDIA’S SENSEX  IN THE GREEN 

Gold very early morning trading: 1328.05

silver:$16.93

Early MONDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 2.9809% !!! UP 3  IN POINTS from FRIDAY night in basis points and it is trading WELL ABOVE resistance at 2.27-2.32%. (POLICY FED ERROR)/ 

The 30 yr bond yield 3.1658 UP 2  IN BASIS POINTS from FRIDAY night. (POLICY FED ERROR)/

USA dollar index early  MONDAY morning: 90.73 UP 42  CENT(S) from FRIDAY’s close.

This ends early morning numbers MONDAY MORNING

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And now your closing MONDAY NUMBERS \1: 00 PM

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 1.696% UP 4  in basis point(s) yield from FRIDAY/

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: +.0.067%  UP 7/10    in basis points yield from FRIDAY/JAPAN losing control of its yield curve/

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.313% UP 3  IN basis point yield from FRIDAY/

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.795  UP 4  POINTS in basis point yield from FRIDAY/

the Italian 10 yr bond yield is trading 49 points HIGHER than Spain.

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD:RISES TO +.636%   IN BASIS POINTS ON THE DAY

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IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR MONDAY

Closing currency crosses for MONDAY night/USA DOLLAR INDEX/USA 10 YR BOND YIELD/1:00 PM

Euro/USA 1.2213 DOWN .0071 (Euro DOWN 71 Basis points/ represents to DRAGHI A COMPLETE POLICY FAILURE/

USA/Japan: 108.63 UP 1.002 Yen UP 100.2 basis points/

Great Britain/USA 1.3946 DOWN .0044( POUND DOWN 44 BASIS POINTS)

USA/Canada 1.2846 UP  .0095 Canadian dollar DOWN 95 Basis points AS OIL ROSE TO $68.20

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This afternoon, the Euro was DOWN 71 to trade at 1.2213

The Yen FELL to 108.63 for a LOSS of 100.2 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 44 basis points, trading at 1.3946/

The Canadian dollar FELL by 95 basis points to 1.2846/ WITH WTI OIL RISING TO : $68.20

The USA/Yuan closed AT 6.3170
the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at +.067%  UP 7/10   IN BASIS POINTS / yield/
Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield UP 6   IN basis points from FRIDAY at 2.9810% //trading well ABOVE the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic USA 30 yr bond yield: 3.1575  UP 3     in basis points on the day /

THE RISE IN BOTH THE 10 YR AND THE 30 YR ARE VERY PROBLEMATIC FOR VALUATIONS

Your closing USA dollar index, 90.85  UP 54 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 MONDAY: 1:00 PM EST

London: CLOSED UP 30.70 POINTS OR 0.42%
German Dax :CLOSED UP 31.89 POINTS OR 0.25%
Paris Cac CLOSED UP 25.72  POINTS OR 0.48%
Spain IBEX CLOSED UP 37.80 POINTS OR 0.38%

Italian MIB: CLOSED UP 153.18 POINTS OR 0.64%

The Dow closed DOWN 14.25 POINTS OR 0.06%

NASDAQ closed DOWN  17.52 Points OR 0.25%      4.00 PM EST

WTI Oil price; 68.20 1:00 pm;

Brent Oil: 74.14 1:00 EST

USA /RUSSIAN ROUBLE CROSS: 61.87 UP 50/100 ROUBLES/DOLLAR (ROUBLE LOWER BY 50 BASIS PTS)

TODAY THE GERMAN YIELD RISES TO +.636% 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:$68.91

BRENT: $74.97

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.975%   THIS RAPID DECENT IN YIELD IS ALSO VERY DANGEROUS/RECESSION COMING

USA 30 YR BOND YIELD: 3.1435%/

EURO/USA DOLLAR CROSS: 1.2206 DOWN .0078  (DOWN 78 BASIS POINTS)

USA/JAPANESE YEN:108.68 UP 1.062/ YEN DOWN 106 BASIS POINTS/ very dangerous as yen carry traders are getting killed/yen continues to rise despite the NYSE rising. however gold is now breaking away from yen influence.

USA DOLLAR INDEX: 90.94 UP 63 cent(s)/dangerous as the lower the dollar the higher the inflation.

The British pound at 5 pm: Great Britain Pound/USA: 1.3939: DOWN 0.0052  (FROM FRIDAY NIGHT DOWN 52 POINTS)

Canadian dollar: 1.2847 DOWN 98 BASIS pts

German 10 yr bond yield at 5 pm: +0.636%


VOLATILITY INDEX:  16.34  CLOSED  down  0.54

LIBOR 3 MONTH DURATION: 2.3592%  .

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

TRADING IN GRAPH FORM FOR THE DAY

Dollar Soars To 3-Month Highs As Bonds Spook Stocks, China Blamed

Don’t worry…. It’s “Contained”…

After some weakness last week, everything was awesome Sunday night when futures gapped higher at the open on North Korean capitulation headlines and then stocks rallied early on, but as rates started to surge up towards 3% (10Y) so stocks started to get spooked… and once they hit unchanged lost all momentum…but of course, dip-buyers were back to save stocks…

In cash markets, Trannies led and thanks to some manic buying the S&P managed to scramble to a 0.006% gain on the day!!!

There was no clear catalyst for the later day leg lower (as bond yields were rolling lower), but some noticed that the Hong Kong Dollar was surging off the weak-end of its currency peg as HKMA intervenes (selling everything to buy Hong Kong Dollars)…

S&P and Dow closed the day in the red for 2018.

VIX traded with a 15 handle briefly today…bounced but was then smashed lower to get the S&P barely green…

Big Bank stocks tanked again…

FANGMAN stocks also tumbled…

Correlations across asset classes decoupled…

Despite near-record speculative positioning short Treasuries across the curve…

Yields are rising, and rising fast with 10Y testing up to the 3.00% Maginot Line for the first time since January 2014…

But 10Y didn’t quite get there…

And by the close, 30Y yields were actually lower on the day…

Investors haven’t been this pessimistic on benchmark U.S. Treasuries since February’s sell-off in equities.

And as Bloomberg reports, fund managers who need to insulate their bond portfolios from higher yields are having to pay a stiffer premium for puts over calls now than at the start of the year.

For now, bond yields are running ahead of Jeff Gundlach’s favorite indicator (Copper/Gold)…

But amid all the panic about rising bond yields… the yield curve flattened on the day…

The Dollar was en fuego again today with the Dollar Index surging for its 5th day in a row, back above 90.00…

JPY was the biggest mover on the day, dropping 1% against the dollar… (even offshore Yuan was dumping today)…

EURUSD tumbled below 1.22 and tested its 100DMA…

The Dollar strength weighed heavily on PMs and most commodities… but WTI seemed to find a magical bid around the US cash market open…

Silver closed right at its 50DMA…

Aluminum was monkeyhammered after Washington discussed easing sanctions on Rusal…

Silver’s slump sent the Gold/Silver ratio soaring once again…

One thing of note – look at the divergence in silver and oil today above – now consider where WTI/Silver is trading…

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Trading this morning: 

shorts are crushed!!

Shorts Crushed In Biggest Dollar Squeeze Since The US Elections

The Dollar Index broke above the key 90.00 level, up 5 days in a row -the biggest spike since Dec 2016 – to its highest level since mid-January. With net speculative positioning at extreme shorts, and liquidity stress (Libor-OIS), one wonders how far the short squeeze can go…

Breaking above its 100DMA for the first time in 2018…

And as we previously noted, the world and his pet rabbit is short the dollar…

For context, that is the biggest USD short in at least 3 years…

Which makes us wonder, just how big this squeeze spike can go?

And is it time for the dollar to catch up to Trump’s approval rating?

As we noted Friday…

zerohedge@zerohedge

Got DXY calls?

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Every month we see two soft data PMI reports, the ISM and Markit.  Markit is always bullish .  Today was no exception as the Markit PMI showed a Q2 rebound totally opposite to the iSM

(courtesy zerohedge)

US PMIs Show Q2 Rebound As Manufacturing Hits 43-Month High

Despite US ‘soft’ survey data serially disappointing (and following a mixed picture from European PMIs), Markit reported April’s flash PMIs better-than-expected with Manufacturing at a 43-month high and Services rebounding.

In line with stronger client demand, and rising cost burdens, average prices charged for goods and services increased solidly. The rate of input price inflation was the quickest since July 2013, with panelists noting that the introduction of tariffs had been a key factor pushing raw material costs higher.

Commenting on the flash PMI data, Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit said:

The US economy picked up pace again at the start of the second quarter. The April PMI surveys registered the second-strongest monthly expansion since last October. Manufacturing is leading the upturn, with factories reporting the strongest output gains for 15 months, and the vast service sector is enjoying a steady, robust expansion.

First, growth in new orders accelerated to show the largest surge in demand for goods and services for just over three years.

Second, companies’ expectations of growth over the coming year jumped to a three-year high.

Third, hiring remains robust as firms struggle to cope with demand. The surveys point to non-farm payroll growth of approximately 200,000 in April.

“The details of the survey therefore suggest that output growth is on course to accelerate as we move into the summer. Prices are meanwhile being pulled upwards by the strength of the upturn, however, sending hawkish signals for policy makers.”

And while the initially exuberant Atlanta Fed’s GDPNOW model is forecasting sub-2% growth now…

Williamson says PMIs are more optimistic…

 “After a relatively disappointing start to the year, the second quarter should prove a lot more encouraging. The current data point to an annualised GDP growth rate of 2.5%, with scope for some substantial upside surprises in coming months.

Finally, it appears the global synchronous recovery narrative is dead…

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Existing home sales rebound from last month, but on a yearly basis it is still registering downward

(courtesy zerohedge)

Existing Home Sales Resume Annual Drop Despite Weather-Driven Rebound

Existing Home Sales saw a better than expected 1.1% MoM jump in March…(largely thanks to rebounds in the Northeast and Midwest after weather-related weakness)…

March existing-home sales in the Northeast jumped 6.3 percent to an annual rate of 680,000, but are still 9.3 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $270,600, which is 3.3 percent above March 2017.

In the Midwest, existing-home sales increased 5.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.29 million in March, but are still 1.5 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $192,200, up 5.1 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the South decreased 0.4 percent to an annual rate of 2.40 million in March, but are 0.4 percent above a year ago. The median price in the South was $222,400, up 5.7 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West declined 3.1 percent to an annual rate of 1.23 million in March, but are still 0.8 percent above a year ago. The median price in the West was $377,100, up 7.9 percent from March 2017.

But, existing home sales dropped 1.2% YoY to 5.6million SAAR. Inventories rose 5.7% – a positive for affordability; but median prices rose 5.8% YoY to $250,400 (more than double wage growth).

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says closings in March eked forward despite challenging market conditions in most of the country.

“Robust gains last month in the Northeast and Midwest – a reversal from the weather-impacted declines seen in February – helped overall sales activity rise to its strongest pace since last November at 5.72 million,” said Yun.

“The unwelcoming news is that while the healthy economy is generating sustained interest in buying a home this spring, sales are lagging year ago levels because supply is woefully low and home prices keep climbing above what some would-be buyers can afford.”

“Although the strong job market and recent tax cuts are boosting the incomes of many households, speedy price growth is squeezing overall affordability in several markets – especially those out West,” said Yun.

The Mexican Peso hits one month lows as Trump may tie immigration crackdown to NAFTA

(courtesy zerohedge)

Peso Hits 1-Month Lows As Trump May Tie Immigration Crackdown To NAFTA

After taking a shot at “obstructionist” Democrats holding up Mike Pompeo’s nomination…

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Hard to believe Obstructionists May vote against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans!

President Trump turned his attention to California Democrats and the border, tweeting that “Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive!”

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL

And then he pushed further South to Mexico, warning that “Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. “

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. Our Country cannot accept what is happening! Also, we must get Wall funding fast.

Which extended the losses in the Mexican Peso, which is now at one-month lows…

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Rand Paul to back Pompeo for Sec of State and thus this will virtually ensure his confirmation

(courtesy zerohedge)

Rand Paul To Back Pompeo For Secretary Of State, Virtually Ensuring Confirmation

After Rand Paul said over the weekend that he would join the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s 10 Democrats to vote down CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department on Monday (a rejection that would be without precedence in modern American history, though it wouldn’t impede a full Senate vote on Pompeo’s nomination), the junior Senator from Kentucky has apparently changed his mind.

Paul announced on Twitter late Monday that he would support Pompeo’s nomination after receiving assurances from President Trump that Pompeo has acknowledged that the Iraq War was a mistake.

Paul’s approval virtually guarantees the former Indiana Congressman’s ascension to the position of Secretary of State (where he would replace former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who left the post earlier this year).

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

I just finished speaking to @realDonaldTrump, after speaking to him several times today. I also met with and spoke to Director Pompeo.

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

I just finished speaking to @realDonaldTrump, after speaking to him several times today. I also met with and spoke to Director Pompeo.

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump’s belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation the Director Pompeo agrees with @realDonaldTrump

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump’s belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation the Director Pompeo agrees with @realDonaldTrump

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan.

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan.

Senator Rand Paul@RandPaul

Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State.

Pompeo faced tough questions from Democrats and some Republicans during his nomination hearing last week. Expect the vote – now a mere formality – on his nomination to move forward by week’s end.

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SWAMP STORIES

Sessions threatens to quit if Trump fires Rosenstein.  Sessions is deep state (even though Republican)

(courtesy zerohedge)

Sessions Threatens To Quit If Trump Fires Rosenstein

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the White House recently that he might quit if his President Trump fires Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein.

Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and Solicitor General Noel Francisco dine together in late February near the Justice Department.

Sessions reportedly warned White House counsel Donald McGahn of his position in a phone call last weekend according to the WaPo, while President Trump’s rage at Rosenstein grew over the Deputy AG’s approval of a raid on Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room on April 9 – requested by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions’s message to the White House, which has not previously been reported, underscores the political firestorm that Trump would invite should he attempt to remove the deputy attorney general. While Trump also has railed against Sessions at times, the protest resignation of an attorney general – which would be likely to incite other departures within the administration – would create a moment of profound crisis for the White House.

Rosenstein also signed off one of the FISA spy warrant renewals on a Trump campaign associate targeted in an FBI counterintelligence operation.

During a joint press conference on Wednesday with Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, President Trump sought to calm fears over whether he would fire Rosenstein or Mueller.

“They’ve been saying I’m going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months, and they’re still here,” said Trump – though he expressed a desire to end the Russia investigation, calling it a “very bad thing for our country.”

So we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us,” Trump added.

MSNBC@MSNBC

President Trump says Russia investigation “a hoax” during joint press conference with Japanese prime minister. Trump also appears to reference Mueller and Rosenstein, saying “they’re still here”

The Mercury News reports that Sessions asked McGahn about the details of a White House meeting between Trump and Rosenstein on April 12, according to a “person with knowledge of the call,” who said that Sessions “expressed relief to learn that their meeting was largely cordial.”

Sessions said he would have had to consider leaving as the attorney general had Trump ousted Rosenstein, this person said.” Mercury News

Another person familiar with the exchange insisted that Sessions didn’t intend on threatening the White House – rather, he wanted to convey that Rosenstein’s firing would put him in an untenable position.

Over 800 former Justice Department employees have signed an open letter calling on Congress to “swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law” if Rosenstein, Mueller or other senior DOJ officials are fired. Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org has plans to organize nationwide protests if the G-men are fired.

Sessions does not like the way President Trump has been treating Rosenstein, a senior administration official tells the Mercury, noting that Sessions has held this view “for months,” while regularly seeking guidance from the White House on Rosenstein’s standing with the president.

But Sessions has had little ability to do anything about it, given his own shaky standing with Trump for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, this official said. Trump has, at times, referred to Sessions as “Mr. Magoo” and Rosenstein as “Mr. Peepers,” a character from a 1950s sitcom, according to people with whom the president has spoken. –Mercury

On Wednesday, Eleven GOP members of Congress led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) wrote a criminal referral to Sessions, along with Attorney John Huber and FBI Director Christopher Wray – accusing James Comey, Hillary Clinton and others of a laundry list of malfeasance surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and insisting that Rosenstein“be recused from any examination of FISA abuse,” and “neither U.S. Attorney John Huber nor a special counsel (if appointed) should report to Rosenstein.

Perhaps it’s time to “drain” both Sessions and Rosenstein from the swamp. Of course, then there would be the not-so-small and just slightly controversial matter of confirming whoever Trump picks to replace Sessions before the next election, especially now that Rudy Giuliani, the man who was rumored to be Trump’s original AG, is set to join Trump’s legal team.

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The Democrats for a long time have suggested that the Russian collusion story started with drunkard Papadopoulos taking to Australian government officials who in turn notified USA officials.  The problem there was no official documentation in the 5 eyes report where an official communique should have been forwarded from Australia to the USA
(courtesy zerohedge)

No Official Intel Used To Launch Russia Probe According To Controversial DOJ Document: Nunes

After waiting eight months for the DOJ to turn over the “electronic communication” (EC) – the document which the FBI used to launch the original counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News that upon review – the EC reveals that no intelligence was used to launch the probe

Nunes also touched on the fact that Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal pushed anti-Trump memos to the Obama State Department, written by Clinton “hatchet man” Cody Shearer and passed to Jonathan Winer, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

We now know that there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation. We know that Sidney Blumenthal and others were pushing information into the State Department. So we’re trying to piece all that together and that’s why we continue to look at the State Department,” Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Fox News@FoxNews

,@DevinNunes: “We do know that longtime associates of @HillaryClinton, including Sidney Blumenthal and another person named, I think, Cody Shearer, were actively giving information to the @StateDept that was somehow making its way to the @FBI.” @MariaBartiromo

Nunes noted that no intelligence was shared with the U.S. from any of the members of the “Five Eyes” agreement – that being Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

We are not supposed to spy on each other’s citizens, and it’s worked well,” he said. “And it continues to work well. And we know it’s working well because there was no intelligence that passed through the Five Eyes channels to our government. And that’s why we had to see that original communication.”

This is relevant because the FBI says that the Trump investigation was kicked off after Australian diplomat Alexander Downer told the FBI that Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos drunkenly admitted in a London pub that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The New York Times reported last December that “Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.”

This was clearly not true according to the EC, which states that no intelligence passed through Five Eyes official channels.

Many have also raised questions over the fact that Alexander Downer, the source of the intelligence which launched the Trump investigation (and not through official channels) is absolutely a friend of the Clintons.

According to information provided by Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith – the Clinton Foundation received some$88 million from Australian taxpayers between 2006 and 2014, reaching its peak in 2012-2013 – which was coincidentally (we’re sure) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s last year in office. Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Alexander Downer.

The materials Smith gave to the FBI concern the MOU between the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDs Initiative (CHAI) and the Australian government.

Smith claims the foundation received a “$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception” as a result of actions by Bill Clinton and Downer, who was then Australia’s minister of foreign affairs.

Also included in the Smith materials are evidence he believes shows “corrupt October 2006 backdating of false tender advertisements purporting to advertise the availability of a $15 million contract to provide HIV/AIDS services in Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Australian government after an agreement was already in place to pay the Clinton Foundation and/or associates.”-Lifezette

And during the various Russia probes, Congressional investigators weren’t told about Downer’s connection to the Clinton Foundation.

“Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier,” reports The Hill.

“The Clintons’ tentacles go everywhere. So, that’s why it’s important,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) chairman of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee. “We continue to get new information every week it seems that sort of underscores the fact that the FBI hasn’t been square with us.

State Department in the Crosshairs

Nunes then told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo that the House Intel Committee is now honing in on the State Department due to signs of “major irregularities” in how the alleged Papadopoulos comments reached U.S. intelligence agencies.

“We know a little bit about that because of what some of the State Department officials themselves have said about that,” Nunes said, adding that “We have to make sure that our agencies talk and they work out problems. We have to make sure that they don’t spy on either Americans citizens or that we’re not spying on British citizens.”

Still, Nunes doesn’t know whether former secretary of state, and then-Democratic challenger to Trump in the election, was pulling the strings of the investigation launched against her political opponent. However, he said it is known that two long-time Clinton associates – including Sidney Blumenthal – were “actively” giving information to the State Department, which “was somehow making its way to the FBI.” –Fox Business

Meanwhile, as we reported in February, a former official in President Obama’s State Department has confirmed a claim by the Senate Judiciary Committee, that former British spy Christopher Steele and Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal gave him intelligence reports claiming that President Trump had been compromised by the Russians.

Jonathan Winer, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, confirmed the Judiciary Committee’s claims in an op-ed for the Washington Post titled “Devin Nunes is investigating me: Here’s the Truth.”

“While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s reports. He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature,” writes Winer.

In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier.”Steele’s sources suggested that the Kremlin not only had been behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign but also had compromised Trump and developed ties with his associates and campaign.

Winer’s op-ed corroborates the series of events outlined in a criminal referral for Steele issued by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which asks the DOJ to investigate Steele for allegedly lying to the FBI about his contacts with the media.

Winer then gave Steele various anti-Trump memos from Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal, which originated with Clinton “hatchet man” Cody Shearer. Winer claims he didn’t think Steele would share the Clinton-sourced information with anyone else in the government.

But I learned later that Steele did share them — with the FBI, after the FBI asked him to provide everything he had on allegations relating to Trump, his campaign and Russian interference in U.S. elections,” Winer writes.

Comey Memos

Nunes then said that the release of the Comey memos was significant in that they would seem to exonerate President Trump of collusion.

The mainstream media and the dems have been running around talking about collusion, collusion, collusion. when they realized there was no collusion, they moved on to obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice.

Once you read all of the Comey memos, it becomes Exhibit A in the defense that there was no obstruction of justice.”

The Chairman also noted that the Comey memos reveal Trump actually wanted his campaign investigated, telling Bartiromo “when you have the President of the US saying “Look, investigate all of my people. If anyone in my campaign was colluding with the Russians, I wanna know and they need to be brought to justice,” Adding “Something of that nature is in the Comey memos.”

Nunes also pointed out that Comey and Andrew McCabe are probably both in quite a bit of trouble:

Nunes: When you match up Mr. Comey’s memos with what’s in his book, with the interviews that he’s giving I think he’s got a lot of problems coming in the future as it relates to what the IG is looking at into his behavior during the Clinton email investigation.

Bartiromo: What kind of problems? We know that the IG has recommended criminal charges against his former deputy Andrew McCabe.

Nunes: “His lawyer has said no, Mr. Comey is lying – is essentially what Mr. McCabe is saying, that Comey did give him the right to go to the press… Clearly the IG believed Mr. Comey that he did not give Mr. McCabe the ability to go to the press.

Nunes then went into Comey’s conduct – positing that the former FBI Director “laundered” classified memos to a friend, who leaked them to the New York Times – and that others may have received them as well.

The memos that he wrote – the seven memos that he wrote on President Trump, noting that Comey hadn’t written memos on anyone else – four of them were classified. He decided to then launder them to a friend, who leaked them to the New York Times. If those memos contained classified information, he purposely did that, he purposely leaked them to get a Special Counsel started after he was fired. He leaked pieces of these, so we need to figure out exactly what is it he leaked. Who did he give these memos to? Was it just the friend that leaked them to the New York Times, or were there others? I believe there were othersI believe these Comey memos were actually given to several people – that contained classified information. The irony is – the very thing that Mr. Comey cleared Mrs. Clinton of.

All of that said – whether or not the noose is actually tightening around anyone’s neck is up to the DOJ, as they can simply ignore the various criminal referrals made against McCabe and others. What can’t be denied, at this point, is that both the Mueller investigation and the original counterintelligence investigation launched against Donald Trump and his campaign – and the complicit narrative-shaping performed by the MSM – appear to have been a highly coordinated effort to prevent Hillary Clinton from losing the White House.

Trump advisors Joe diGenova and Alan Dershowitz discussed just Hannity Saturday – with Dershowitz somehow coming to the conclusion that the entirety of the ongoing against Trump are nothing more than coincidence.

 the entirety of the ongoing against Trump are nothing more than coincidence.

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The fun continues as now Wikileaks counter sues the Democrats. Now everything will be on the table: discovery is going to be a dandy!
(courtesy zerohedge)

WikiLeaks To Countersue Democrats; “Discovery Is Going To Be Amazing Fun”

WikiLeaks has hit back against a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), announcing over Twitter that they are seeking donations for a counter-suit, noting “We’ve never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun,” along with a link which people can use to donate to the organization.

WikiLeaks

@wikileaks

The Democrats are suing @WikiLeaks and @JulianAssange for revealing how the DNC rigged the Democratic primaries. Help us counter-sue. We’ve never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun:https://www.iamwikileaks.org/donate/ 

More options:https://shop.wikileaks.org/donate 

Discovery is a pre-trial process by which one party can obtain evidence from the opposing party relevant to the case. The Trump campaign, which is also named in the DNC filing, says the lawsuit will provide an opportunity to “explore the DNC’s now-secret records.”

Hours after the Washington Post broke the news of the lawsuit, President Trump tweeted “Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC server that they refused to give to the FBI,” referring to the DNC email breach. Trump also mentioned “the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails.

In a statement which goes into the various items they’ll be pursuing in court, the Trump campaign said the following:

While this lawsuit is frivolous and will be dismissed, if the case goes forward, the DNC has created an opportunity for us to take aggressive discovery into their claims of ‘damages’ and uncover their acts of corruption for the American people,” 

If this lawsuit proceeds, the Trump Campaign will be prepared to leverage the discovery process and explore the DNC’s now-secret records about the actual corruption they perpetrated to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Everything will be on the table, including:

• How the DNC contributed to the fake dossierusing Fusion GPS along with the Clinton Campaign as the basis for the launch of a phony investigation.

• Why the FBI was never allowed access to the DNC servers in the course of their investigation into the Clinton e-mail scandal.

• How the DNC conspired to hand Hillary Clinton the nomination over Bernie Sanders.

• How officials at the highest levels of the DNC colluded with the news media to influence the outcome of the DNC nomination.

• Management decisions by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Brazile, Tom Perez, and John Podesta; their e-mails, personnel decisions, budgets, opposition research, and more.

What’s interesting is that of all the sources the DNC cites in their massive lawsuit – the Steele dossier they paid for isn’t one of them.

The DNC suit has drawn criticism from prominent Democrats who would like to restore dignity to the party – such as Claire McCaskill (MO), Jackie Speier (CA) and former Obama White House adviser and CNN commentator David Axelrod – who suggested in a Friday tweet that the “ill-timed” combination of “Comey’s flamboyant roll out” and the DNC lawsuit are playing into President Trump’s strategy of portraying the investigation against him as a “partisan vendetta.”

David Axelrod

@davidaxelrod

All of these sideshows—Comey’s flamboyant roll out; this @DNC lawsuit—seem spectacularly ill-timed and abet @POTUS strategy of portraying a sober and essential probe as a partisan vendetta.
Everyone should chill out and let Mueller do his job.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democratic-party-files-lawsuit-alleging-russia-the-trump-campaign-and-wikileaks-conspired-to-disrupt-the-2016-campaign/2018/04/20/befe8364-4418-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html 

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to…

The Democratic National Committee seeks millions of dollars in monetary damages and acknowledgment of wrongdoing from Trump aides, WikiLeaks and others.

washingtonpost.com

DNC Chair Tom Perez defended the lawsuit on Sunday, which alleges a wide-reaching conspiracy between the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Russia and others to interfere with the 2016 election. Perez said that the DNC filed the suit “in a timely manner under the statue of limitations.”

“I don’t know when Director Mueller’s investigation is going to end, nor would I ever ask him because I want him to do a good, thorough job,” Perez continued, adding that he’s confident the lawsuit will get a jury trial.

Perez told ABC News’s This Week on Sunday that if the defendants think they can “relitigate all their wild theories” – likely in reference to the litany of bombshell revelations contained within the emails published by WikiLeaks, they will be sadly disappointed.

(T)here’s this thing called Rule 11, where you get sanctioned for trying to do things like that,” he said. “That’s why we have a civil justice system. You can’t fire this judge who will preside over the case. You can’t pardon defendants in a civil case. I think it’s so important for the American people to see the truth here.”

When asked on Meet the Press Sunday whether Hillary Clinton was Hillary Clinton’s idea, he responded “You’ll have to ask Secretary Clinton.”

WikiLeaks

@wikileaks

DNC head Tom Perez refuses to say whether lawsuit against @WikiLeaks was really Hillary Clinton’s idea and how much it is going to cost Democrats https://twitter.com/MeetThePress/status/988054813660401664 

Despite the fact that the DNC’s bank account is running on empty, Perez says that the party “can’t afford not to” pursue the lawsuit.

It’s hard to put a price tag on preserving democracy,” he continued, also acknowledging that he doesn’t know how much money the lawsuit will cost the organization.

As a related aside, Julian Assange has been blocked by Ecuadorian authorities from using the internet for nearly a month due to his comments on the Catalonia separatist movement – depriving him of his ability to opine on topics or defend himself. The hashtag #ReconnectJulian has appeared in response, while supporters conducted a 10 hour online vigil in response.

Cassandra NoWar Fairbanks

@CassandraRules

Julian Assange has now been without visitors, phone or internet for nearly a month. Don’t let this become normalized https://www.pscp.tv/w/bavc3zI4OTU4Mjd8MWxQSnFua3l3YWR4YutQEGfpehS7M_lw-0J51M3P2ZUR1_lAtmh7hio4SWdf 

Cassandra Fairbanks @CassandraRules

Julian Assange has now been without visitors, phone or internet for nearly a month. Don’t let this become normalized

pscp.tv

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Assange twitter account returns as the campaign for funds commences:

(courtesy zerohedge)

Assange Twitter Account Returns As #ReconnectJulian Campaign Takes Over

Julian Assange’s twitter account has started tweeting again, but not because Ecuadorian authorities have restored his access to the Internet. Instead, his Twitter account has been taken over by a group of supporters leading the campaign to #ReconnectJulian.

Assange

In late March, the Ecuadorian government decided to suspend Assange’s Internet access due to his controversial tweets in support of Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan leader who had been detained in Germany. Ecuador’s new government, according to RT, was facing intense diplomatic pressure from its European ally, Spain.

Assange’s supporters announced their takeover in a tweet:

Julian Assange ⌛@JulianAssange

Julian Assange has been gagged and isolated from visitors and communications after heightened pressure. This is on top of his six years without access to sunlight and arbitrary detention in violation of two UN rulings. Account now run by his campaign. https://twitter.com/DiEM_25/status/984008153451773952 

Here’s a translation of a statement released by the government of Ecuador late last month when it decided to suspend Assange’s Internet access, phone access and ability to receive visitors because Assange had refused to stop commenting on the political affairs of other nations.

The Government of Ecuador suspended the systems that allow Julian Assange to communicate with the outside world from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the citizen remains in an international protection situation for six years due to the risk to his life and integrity.

The measure was adopted in the face of Assange’s failure to comply with the written commitment it assumed with the Government at the end of 2017, for which it was obliged not to issue messages that implied interference with other States.

The Government of Ecuador warns that the behavior of Assange, with its messages through social networks, puts at risk the good relations that the country maintains with the United Kingdom, with the rest of the States of the European Union and other nations. Therefore, to prevent potential damage, the embassy in London interrupted this March 27 communications abroad to which Assange has access.

The Executive also keeps open the way to the adoption of new measures in the face of breach of commitment by Assange.

Shortly after the statement was released, supporters of Assange gathered in front of the embassy in London where they stood in solidarity for hours.

In the weeks that followed, the campaign to restore Assange’s Internet access has picked up many high-profile supporters including Brian Eno, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, journalist John Pilger and Noam Chomsky; a petition demanding an end to Assange’s isolation has garnered more than 65,000 signatures.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since he sought asylum there in 2012. Assange entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden which had wanted him for questioning in regard to an alleged sexual assault. Assange feared that if he was brought into custody in Sweden, it would only be a matter of time before he was extradited to the US, where he would face charges over Wikileaks’ publishing of US diplomatic cables and other sensitive information, per RT.

Ecuador had granted him citizenship in December in a failed attempt to allow him to leave under diplomatic immunity. However, Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno, is less sympathetic to Assange’s cause, considering him an “inherited problem” from the government of Rafael Correa.

The fate of Assange will become an especially sensitive issue once former CIA director Mike Pompeo, with whom Assange has repeatedly clashed, becomes Trump’s new Secretary of State following his imminent confirmation.

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I will  see you  TUESDAY night

HARVEY

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