APRIL 16//ANOTHER RAID DAY FOR GOLD AND SILVER: GOLD DOWN $13.40 TO $1274.70//SILVER HELD THE FORT DOWN ONLY 3 CENTS T $14.98//FOR THE 3RD CONSECUTIVE DAY: A MASSIVE QUEUE JUMP AT THE GOLD COMEX AS OUR BANKERS ARE DESPERATE TO FIND GOLD: AGAIN NO GOLD ENTERS THE GOLD ARENA//ITALY IN DIRE STRAITS AGAIN (WOLF STREET)//CHRIS POWELL INTERVIEW IN SINGAPORE: A MUST VIEW///

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLD: $1274.70 DOWN $13.60 (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

Silver:  $14.98 DOWN 3 CENTS (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

Closing access prices:

Gold :  $1276.75

 

 

silver: $15.01

 

Something To Ponder…

 

JPMorgan has been receiving gold with reckless abandon and sometimes supplying (stopping)

today RECEIVING:1005/1143

EXCHANGE: COMEX
CONTRACT: APRIL 2019 COMEX 100 GOLD FUTURES
SETTLEMENT: 1,286.800000000 USD
INTENT DATE: 04/15/2019 DELIVERY DATE: 04/17/2019
FIRM ORG FIRM NAME ISSUED STOPPED
____________________________________________________________________________________________
323 H HSBC 13
365 C ED&F MAN CAPITA 1
657 C MORGAN STANLEY 22
661 C JP MORGAN 1005
686 C INTL FCSTONE 1
737 C ADVANTAGE 1 91
773 C G.H. FINANCIALS 2
845 C GOLDMAN SACHS C 5
880 H CITIGROUP 1142
905 C ADM 3
____________________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL: 1,143 1,143
MONTH TO DATE: 5,364

 

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR  APRIL CONTRACT: 1143 NOTICE(S) FOR 114300 OZ (3.555 tonnes)

TOTAL NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED SO FAR:  5364 NOTICES FOR 536400 OZ  (16.684 TONNES)

 

 

SILVER

 

FOR APRIL

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0 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR nil  OZ/

 

total number of notices filed so far this month: 774 for 3,870,000  oz

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Bitcoin: OPENING MORNING TRADE :$5042  UP $18

 

 

Bitcoin: FINAL EVENING TRADE: $5153 UP 130

 

 

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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IN SILVER THE COMEX OI AFTER A ONE DAY HIATUS, CONTINUED TO MARCH HIGHER TO THE TUNE OF A HUGE  SIZED 4827 CONTRACTS FROM 218,290 UP TO 223,117 DESPITE YESTERDAY’S  1 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING AT THE COMEX.  TODAY WE ARRIVED CLOSER TO AUGUST’S 2018  RECORD SETTING OPEN INTEREST OF 244,196 CONTRACTS. WE MUST HAVE HAD  CONSIDERABLE NEW SPREADS INITIATED BY OUR SPREADERS (BANKERS).

 

 

WE HAVE ALSO WITNESSED A LARGE AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL METAL STAND FOR COMEX DELIVERY AS WELL WE ARE WITNESSING CONSIDERABLE LONGS PACKING THEIR BAGS AND MIGRATING OVER TO LONDON IN GREATER NUMBERS IN THE FORM OF EFP’S.  WE WERE  NOTIFIED  THAT WE HAD A VERY STRONG SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP:

0 EFP’S FOR MARCH,  0 FOR APRIL,  5969 FOR MAY, 0 FOR JULY AND ZERO FOR ALL  OTHER MONTHS  AND THEREFORE TOTAL ISSUANCE: OF 5969 CONTRACTS. WITH THE TRANSFER OF 5969 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 5969 EFP CONTRACTS TRANSLATES INTO 29.84 MILLION OZ  ACCOMPANYING:

1.THE 1 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICE AT THE COMEX AND

2. THE STRONG AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES WHICH STOOD FOR DELIVERY IN THE LAST NINE MONTHS:

JUNE/2018. (5.420 MILLION OZ);

FOR JULY: 30.370 MILLION OZ

FOR AUG., 6.065 MILLION OZ

FOR SEPT. 39.505 MILLION  OZ S

FOR OCT.2.525 MILLION OZ.

FOR NOV:  A HUGE 7.440 MILLION OZ STANDING  AND

21.925 MILLION OZ FINALLY STAND FOR DECEMBER.

5.845 MILLION OZ STAND IN JANUARY.

2.955 MILLION OZ STANDING FOR FEBRUARY.:

27.120 MILLION OZ STANDING IN MARCH.

AND NOW 3.870 MILLION OZ STANDING FOR SILVER IN APRIL.

 

 

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

21,336 CONTRACTS (FOR 12 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 21,336 CONTRACTS) OR 106.68 MILLION OZ: (AVERAGE PER DAY: 1778 CONTRACTS OR 8.890 MILLION OZ/DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SUPPLY THIS MONTH IN SILVER:  SO FAR THIS MONTH OF MAR:  106.68 MILLION PAPER OZ HAVE MORPHED OVER TO LONDON. THIS REPRESENTS AROUND 15.24% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION (EX CHINA EX RUSSIA)*  JUNE’S 345.43 MILLION OZ IS THE SECOND HIGHEST RECORDED ISSUANCE OF EFP’S AND IT FOLLOWED THE RECORD SET IN APRIL 2018 OF 385.75 MILLION OZ.

ACCUMULATION IN YEAR 2019 TO DATE SILVER EFP’S:          674.85    MILLION OZ.

JANUARY 2019 EFP TOTALS:                                                      217.455. MILLION OZ

FEB 2019 TOTALS:                                                                       147.4       MILLION OZ/

MARCH 2019 TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:                                           207.835   MILLION OZ

 

 

RESULT: WE HAD A HUMONGOUS SIZED INCREASE IN COMEX OI SILVER COMEX CONTRACTS OF 4827 DESPITE THE 1 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING AT THE COMEX /YESTERDAY... THE CME NOTIFIED US THAT WE HAD A  HUMONGOUS SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 5969 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) .

TODAY WE GAINED  AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED: 10,796 TOTAL OI CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 

i.e 5969 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS HEADED FOR LONDON  (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH INCREASE OF 4827  OI COMEX CONTRACTSAND ALL OF THIS HUMONGOUS  DEMAND HAPPENED WITH A 1 CENT FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER  AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $15.01 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A STRONG AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX FOR DELIVERY!! 

 

 

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by JUST OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 1.116 BILLION OZ TO BE EXACT or 160% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MARCH MONTH/ THEY FILED AT THE COMEX: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR  nil OZ OF SILVER

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

AND NOW WE RECORD FOR POSTERITY ANOTHER ALL TIME RECORD OPEN INTEREST AT THE COMEX OF 244,196 CONTRACTS ON AUGUST 22/2018 AND AGAIN WHEN THIS RECORD WAS SET, THE PRICE OF SILVER WAS $14.78 AND LOWER IN PRICE THAN PREVIOUS RECORDS.

ON THE DEMAND SIDE WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. HUGE AMOUNTS OF SILVER STANDING FOR DELIVERY  (MARCH/2018: 27 MILLION OZ , APRIL/2018 : 2.485 MILLION OZ  MAY: 36.285 MILLION OZ ; JUNE/2018  (5.420 MILLION OZ) , JULY 2018 FINAL AMOUNT STANDING: 30.370 MILLION OZ   )  FOR AUGUST 6.065 MILLION OZ. , SEPT:  A HUGE 39.505 MILLION OZ./ OCTOBER: 2,520,000 oz  NOV AT 7.440 MILLION OZ./ DEC. AT 21.925 MILLION OZ   JANUARY AT  5.825 MILLION OZ.AND FEB 2019:  2.955 MILLION OZ/ MARCH: 27.120 MILLION OZ/ AND NOW APRIL AT 3.870 MILLION OZ/
  2. HUGE RECORD OPEN INTEREST IN SILVER 243,411 CONTRACTS (OR 1.217 BILLION OZ/ SET APRIL 9/2018) AND NOW AUGUST 22/2018:  244,196 CONTRACTS,  WITH A SILVER PRICE OF $14.78.
  3. HUGE ANNUAL EFP’S ISSUANCE EQUAL TO 2.9 BILLION OZ OR 400% OF SILVER ANNUAL PRODUCTION/2017
  4. RECORD SETTING EFP ISSUANCE FOR ANY MONTH IN SILVER; APRIL/2018/ 385.75 MILLION OZ/  AND THE SECOND HIGHEST RECORDED EFP ISSUANCE JUNE 2018 345.43 MILLION OZ

AND YET, WITH THE EXTREMELY HIGH EFP ISSUANCE, 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).

 

IN GOLD, THE OPEN INTEREST FELL AND THIS TIME BY A CONSIDERABLE SIZED 4772 CONTRACTS, TO 439,508 WITH THE DROP IN THE COMEX GOLD PRICE/(A LOSS IN PRICE OF $3.70//YESTERDAY’S TRADING).  

 THE CME RELEASED THE DATA FOR EFP ISSUANCAND IT TOTALED A STRONG SIZED 9349 CONTRACTS:

APRIL 0 CONTRACTS,JUNE: 9349 CONTRACTS DECEMBER: 0 CONTRACTS, JUNE 2020  0 CONTRACTS AND ALL OTHER MONTHS ZERO.  The NEW COMEX OI for the gold complex rests at 439,508. 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. . 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 GOOD GAIN IN TOTAL CONTRACTS ON THE TWO EXCHANGES OF 4577 CONTRACTS: 4772 OI CONTRACTS DECREASED AT THE COMEX  AND 9349 EFP OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON. THUS  TOTAL OI GAIN OF 4577 CONTRACTS OR 457,700 OZ OR 14.23 TONNES. YESTERDAY WE HAD A  FALL IN THE PRICE OF GOLD TO THE TUNE OF  $3.70.AND YET WITH THAT, WE STILL HAD A STRONG GAIN IN TONNAGE OF 14.23  TONNES!!!!!!.??? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S GOLD AT J.P. MORGAN’S HOUSE OF BRIBES: (EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL : 72,387 CONTRACTS OR 7,238,700 OR 225.15 TONNES (12 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 6032 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE STRONG SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :  THIS MONTH IN 12 TRADING DAYS IN  TONNES: 225.15 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2018, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 3555 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS 225.15/3550 x 100% TONNES = 6.34% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION SO FAR IN DECEMBER ALONE.***

ACCUMULATION OF GOLD EFP’S YEAR 2019 TO DATE:     1600.74 TONNES

JANUARY 2019 TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE;   531.20 TONNES

FEB 2019 TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:             344.36 TONNES

MARCH 2019 TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:       497.16 TONNES

 

 

WHAT IS ALARMING TO ME, ACCORDING TO OUR LONDON EXPERT ANDREW MAGUIRE IS THAT THESE EFP’S ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO WHAT ARE CALLEDRIAL 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: A CONSIDERABLE SIZED  DECREASE IN OI AT THE COMEX OF 4772 WITH THE LOSS IN PRICING ($3.70) THAT GOLD UNDERTOOK YESTERDAY) //.WE ALSO HAD A  STRONG SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 9349 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 9349 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE  HAD A  GOOD GAIN OF 5184 CONTRACTS IN TOTAL OPEN INTEREST  ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:

9349 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND 4772 CONTRACTS DECREASED AT THE COMEX. (IN TONNES, THE GAIN IN TOTAL OI EQUATES TO 14.23 TONNES). ..AND ALL OF THIS GOOD  DEMAND OCCURRED WITH A FALL IN PRICE OF $3.70 IN YESTERDAY’S TRADING AT THE COMEX.

 

 

 

we had:  1143 notice(s) filed upon for 114,300 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 $13.60  TODAY 

A BIG CHANGE WITH RESPECT TO GOLD INVENTORIES AT THE GLD:

A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 3.82 TONNES OF GOLD WHICH WAS USED IN THE RAID TODAY

 

 

 

INVENTORY RESTS AT 754.03 TONNES

 

 

TO ALL INVESTORS THINKING OF BUYING GOLD THROUGH THE GLD ROUTE: YOU ARE MAKING A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AS THE CROOKS ARE USING WHATEVER GOLD COMES IN TO ATTACK BY SELLING THAT GOLD.  IT SURE SEEMS TO ME THAT THE GOLD OBLIGATIONS AT THE GLD EXCEED THEIR INVENTORY

 

SLV/

WITH SILVER DOWN 3 CENT TODAY:

 

NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV//

 

 

 

 

 

/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ.

 

 

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

1. Today, we had the open interest in SILVER ROSE BY A HUMONGOUS SIZED 4827 CONTRACTS from 218.290 UPTO 223,117 AND FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET LAST IN AUG.2018 AT 244,196 WITH A SILVER PRICE OF $14.78/(AUGUST 22/2018)..THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS SET ON APRIL 9/2018 AT 243,411 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS WITH THE SILVER PRICE AT THAT DAY: $16.53). AND PREVIOUS TO THAT, THE RECORD  WAS ESTABLISHED AT: 234,787 CONTRACTS, SET ON APRIL 21.2017 OVER  1 1/3 YEARS AGO.  THE PRICE OF SILVER ON THAT DAY: $17.89.  AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE RECORD HIGH OPEN INTERESTS IN SILVER  ACCOMPANIED BY A CONTINUAL LOWER PRICE WHEN THAT RECORD WAS SET…..

HERE IS HOW THE CROOKS USED SPREADING AS WE ENTER AN ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH. THUS SILVER HAS THE ACTIVE MONTH OF MAY COMING UP AND THUS SPREADERS DO THE FOLLOWING:

“YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THE COMEX OPEN INTEREST IS STARTING TO RISE IN THIS NON ACTIVE MONTH OF APRIL BUT SO IS THE OPEN INTEREST OF  SPREADERS. THE OPEN INTEREST IN SILVER WILL CONTINUE TO RISE UNTIL ONE WEEK BEFORE FIRST DAY NOTICE OF AN UPCOMING ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH (MAY), AND THAT IS WHEN THE CROOKS SELL THEIR SPREAD POSITIONS BUT NOT AT THE SAME TIME OF THE DAY.  THEY WILL USE THE SELL SIDE OF THE EQUATION TO CREATE THE CASCADE (ALONG WITH THEIR COLLUSIVE FRIENDS) AND THEN COVER ON THE BUY SIDE OF THE SPREAD SITUATION AT THE END OF THE DAY. THEY DO THIS TO AVOID POSITION LIMIT DETECTION. THE LIQUIDATION OF THE SPREADING FORMATION CONTINUES FOR EXACTLY ONE WEEK AND ENDS ON FIRST DAY NOTICE.”

THE CROOKS DID NOT DISAPPOINT US TODAY AS THE OI INCREASED BY A HUGE AMOUNT DESPITE THE SILVER LOSS.

EFP ISSUANCE:

OUR CUSTOMARY MIGRATION OF COMEX LONGS CONTINUE TO MORPH INTO LONDON FORWARDS  AS OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE:

 

0 CONTRACTS FOR APRIL., 5959 FOR MAY AND JULY: 0 CONTRACTS  AND ALL OTHER MONTHS: ZERO. TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE: 5969 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  4827 CONTRACTS TO THE 5969 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S,  WE  OBTAIN AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED GAIN OF 10,796  OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS.  THUS IN OUNCES, THE GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES: 53.98MILLION OZ!!! AND YET WE ALSO HAVE A STRONG DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL AS WE WITNESSED A FINAL STANDING OF GREATER THAN 30 MILLION OZ FOR JULY, A STRONG 6.065 MILLION OZ FOR AUGUST..  A HUGE 39.505  MILLION OZ  STANDING FOR SILVER IN SEPTEMBER… OVER 2 million  OZ STANDING FOR THE NON ACTIVE MONTH OF OCTOBER.,  7.440 MILLION OZ FINALLY STANDING IN NOVEMBER.  21.925 MILLION OZ STANDING IN DECEMBER , 5.845 MILLION OZ STANDING IN JANUARY. 2.955 MILLION OZ STANDING IN FEBRUARY,  27.120 MILLION OZ FOR MARCH. AND NOW 3.870 MILLION OZ FOR APRIL.

 

 

RESULT: A HUMONGOUS INCREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX DESPITE THE 1 CENT FALL IN PRICING THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK IN PRICING// YESTERDAY. WE ALSO HAD A HUGE SIZED 5969 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE STRONG  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR THIS MONTH, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER CONTINUES TO INTENSIFY AS WE WITNESS SEVERE BACKWARDATION IN SILVER IN LONDON.

BOTH THE SILVER COMEX AND THE GOLD COMEX ARE IN STRESS AS THE BANKERS SCOUR THE BOWELS OF THE EXCHANGE FOR METAL

 

 

(report Harvey)

.

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)TUESDAY MORNING/ MONDAY NIGHT: 

SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 75.81 POINTS OR 2.39% //Hang Sang CLOSED UP 319.15 POINTS OR 1.07%  /The Nikkei closed UP 52.55 POINTS OR 0.24%/ Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP .38%

/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP  at 6.7094 AS TRUCE DECLARED FOR 3 MONTHS /Oil UP to 63.42 dollars per barrel for WTI and 71.11 for Brent. Stocks inEurope OPENED GREEN//  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP // LAST AT 6.7094 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.7115 / TRADE TALKS NOW ON/MAJOR PROBLEMS AT HUAWEI /CFO ARRESTED  : /ONSHORE YUAN TRADING ABOVE LEVEL OF OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/OFFSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR /CHINA RETALIATES WITH TARIFFS/ TRUMP RESPONDS TO NEW TARIFFS AND IT NOW A FULL TRADE WAR COMMENCED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3A//NORTH KOREA

 

 

 

b) REPORT ON JAPAN

 

 

3 China/Chinese affairs

i)China/USA/VENEZUELA:

China lashes out at Mike pompeo for interference in its affairs with respect to Venezuela and other nations in Latin America

( zerohedge)

4/EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

 

i)Italy

Yesterday I brought to your attention the dire problems inside Turkey. Today I bring to you the other country with major problems:  Italy

( Don Quijones/WolfStreet)

 

ii)ECB

Mutiny on the Bounty?  Some ECB governors are suggesting that their growth forecasts are far too rosy and they are upset with Draghi over this.
( zerohedge)

 

 

 

5. RUSSIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS

Turkey

A Turkish economist is arrested after insulting Erdogan on Twitter

( zerohedge)

6. GLOBAL ISSUES

 

 

7. OIL ISSUES

 

 

 

 

8 EMERGING MARKET ISSUES

 

i)VENEZUELA

 

 

9. PHYSICAL MARKETS

i)A must see interview in order for you to under the manipulation in gold/silver

( Chris Powell/GATA)
ii)Venezuela is now down to its last 12.2 tonnes of gold

( Bloomberg)

 

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

 

 

MARKET TRADING//early this morning/FOMC

Somebody dumps $1.5 billion dollars worth of paper gold at exactly 8:30 am this morning.

(zerohedge)

 

 

ii)Market data

Hard data Industrial output contracts badly in March led by auto production

( zerohedge)

 

 

ii)USA ECONOMIC/GENERAL STORIES

a)this is an accident waiting to happen:  Pension plans are in the worst possible shape with Illinois at the top of the heap.

(Mish Shedlock/Mishtalk)

b)A good commentary tonight from Michael Snyder as he describes that corporate debt is now 50% of GDP. USA firms instead of investing in their infrastructure e.g. improving productivity in plants, they borrowed money to buy back in own stock.  Now firms are drowning in debt.

( Michael Snyder)

iv)SWAMP STORIES

The House Democrats refuse to give up on Russian collusion in the USA election as they issue a friendly subpoena to multiple banks probing the issue as if they are now already willing not to accept the findings of Mueller

( zero hedge)

E)SWAMP STORIES/MAJOR STORIES//THE KING REPORT

 

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Let us head over to the comex:

 

THE TOTAL COMEX GOLD OPEN INTEREST FELL BY 4772 CONTRACTS.TO A LEVEL OF 439,508 DESPITE THE LOSS IN THE PRICE OF GOLD ($3.70) IN YESTERDAY’S // COMEX TRADING) 

WE ARE NOW IN THE  ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF APRIL..  THE CME REPORTS THAT THE BANKERS ISSUED A VERY STRONG SIZED  TRANSFER THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE AS THESE LONGS RECEIVED A DELIVERABLE LONDON FORWARD TOGETHER WITH A FIAT BONUS., THAT IS 9349 EFP CONTRACTS WERE ISSUED:

FOR APRIL 0 FOR JUNE ’19: 9349 CONTRACTS , DEC; 0 CONTRACTS: 0 AND  ZERO FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS:

TOTAL EFP ISSUANCE:  9349 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: 4577 TOTAL CONTRACTS IN THAT 9349 LONGS WERE TRANSFERRED AS FORWARDS TO LONDON AND WE LOST A VERY CONSIDERABLE SIZED 4772 COMEX CONTRACTS.

 

NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES ::4577 contracts OR 457,700 OZ OR 14.23 TONNES.

 

We are now in the active contract month of APRIL and here the open interest stands at 1358 contracts, having gained 492 contracts.

We had 10 notices filed upon yesterday, so we GAINED ANOTHER WHOPPING 502 contracts or an additional 502,000 oz will  stand as these guys refused to morph into London based forwards as well as negating a fiat bonus.  THE GOLD COMEX ,AND FOR THAT MATTER THE GLOBE, IS VOID OF GOLD AS THE CROOKS DESPERATELY SEARCH FOR BADLY NEEDED GOLD. TO PUT OUT FIRES OCCURRING ELSEWHERE!! TODAY WE EITHER WITNESSED A DESPERATE ATTEMPT BY BANKERS TO OBTAIN GOLD OR SPECULATORS WHO ARE QUITE AWARE OF THE SCARCITY OF GOLD MOUNT AN ATTACK TO OBTAIN SOME OF OUR RAPIDLY DEPLETED STUFF!!..

 

The next non active delivery month after  APRIL is the NON active delivery month is MAY and here the OI ROSE by 7 contracts UP to 1752 contracts. The next contract month after May is June and it is an active month.  Here the open interest fell by 4727 contracts down to 322,219 contracts.

 

 

 

 

TODAY’S NOTICES FILED:

WE HAD 1143 NOTICES FILED TODAY AT THE COMEX FOR 114,300 OZ. (

 

 

 

 

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And now for the wild silver comex results.

Total COMEX silver OI ROSE BY A HUMONGOUS SIZED 4827 CONTRACTS FROM 218,290 UP TO 223,117(AND CLOSER TO THE NEW RECORD OI FOR SILVER SET ON AUGUST 22.2018.  THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS SET APRIL 9.2018/ 243,411 CONTRACTS) AND TODAY’S HUMONGOUS OI COMEX GAIN OCCURRED DESPITE A 1  CENT LOSS IN PRICING.//YESTERDAY.

 

 

WE ARE NOW INTO THE NON ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF APRIL AND THE  OPEN INTEREST IN THIS FRONT MONTH RESTS AT 0 CONTRACTS FOR A LOSS OF 1 CONTRACT ON THE DAY.

WE HAD 1 NOTICE SERVED UP YESTERDAY, SO WE GAINED 0 CONTRACTS OR AN ADDITIONAL NIL OZ OF SILVER WILL STAND AT THE COMEX AS INVESTORS REFUSED TO  MORPH INTO LONDON BASED FORWARDS AS WELL AS NEGATING A FIAT BONUS. THE COMEX IS RUNNING OUT OF METAL TO FEED THE CROOKS.

 

 

 

 

 

AFTER APRIL, WE HAVE THE ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH OF MAY AND HERE THE OI FELL BY 1082 CONTRACTS DOWN TO 102,471. CONTRACTS.. THE NEXT MONTH OF JUNE GAINED 42 CONTRACTS TO  121. AFTER JUNE, THE VERY BIG DELIVERY MONTH OF JULY HAD A GAIN OF 5432 CONTRACTS UP TO 82,344 CONTRACTS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON A NET BASIS WE GAINED AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED 10,796 SILVER OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS AS WE OBTAINED A 4827 CONTRACT GAIN AT THE COMEX COMBINING WITH THE ADDITION OF 5969 OI CONTRACTS NAVIGATING OVER TO LONDON.

NET GAIN ON THE TWO EXCHANGES:  10,796 CONTRACTS...AND ALL OF THIS HUMONGOUS  DEMAND OCCURRED WITH A 1 CENT LOSS IN PRICING// YESTERDAY ??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY’S NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED:

 

We, today, had 0 notice(s) filed for nil OZ for the MARCH, 2019 COMEX contract for silver

 

 

Trading Volumes on the COMEX TODAY:  308,893  CONTRACTS  volume high due to raid.

 

 

CONFIRMED COMEX VOL. FOR YESTERDAY:  244,533  contracts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INITIAL standings for  APRIL/GOLD

APRIL 16 /2019.

Gold Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory in oz nil oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory in oz
nil
oz
Deposits to the Dealer Inventory in oz nil

oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits to the Customer Inventory, in oz  

 

 

 

nil oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No of oz served (contracts) today
1143 notice(s)
 114300 OZ
(3.555TONNES)
No of oz to be served (notices)
215 contracts
(21500 oz)
.6687 TONNES
Total monthly oz gold served (contracts) so far this month
5364 notices
536,400 OZ
16.684 TONNES
Total accumulative withdrawals of gold from the Dealers inventory this month NIL oz
Total accumulative withdrawal of gold from the Customer inventory this month xxx oz

 

we had no dealer entries:

 

total dealer deposits: nil oz

total dealer withdrawals: nil oz

We had 0 kilobar entries

 

we had 0 deposit into the customer account

i) Into JPMorgan:  nil oz

 

ii) Into everybody else:  zero oz

 

 

total gold deposits: nil  oz

 

 very little gold arrives from outside/ zero  entries  today

we had 0 gold withdrawals from the customer account:

(maybe investors are taking our advice by not storing their gold at the comex.)

this will hurt our bankers as they need to replace leased gold as all gold stored at the gold comex is unallocated.

 

 

 

 

total gold withdrawals; nil oz

 

we had 0 adjustments…

FOR THE APRIL 2019 CONTRACT MONTH)

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  1143 contract(s) of which 0 notices were stopped (received) by j.P. Morgan dealer and 1005 notice(s) was (were) stopped/ Received) by j.P.Morgan customer account and 0 notices by the squid  (Goldman Sachs)

 

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To calculate the INITIAL total number of gold ounces standing for the APRIL /2019. contract month, we take the total number of notices filed so far for the month (5364) x 100 oz , to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of APRIL. (1358 contract) minus the number of notices served upon today (1164 x 100 oz per contract) equals 557,900 OZ OR 17.353 TONNES) the number of ounces standing in this active month of APRIL

Thus the INITIAL standings for gold for the APRIL/2019 contract month:

No of notices served (5364 x 100 oz)  + (1358)OI for the front month minus the number of notices served upon today (1143 x 100 oz )which equals 507,700oz standing OR 17.353 TONNES in this  active delivery month of APRIL.

 

 

WE GAINED TODAY 502  CONTRACTS OR 502,000  ADDITIONAL OZ WILL STAND AT THE COMEX AND THESE GUYS REFUSED TO  MORPH INTO LONDON BASED FORWARDS.(AS WELL AS NEGATINGING A FIAT BONUS FOR THEIR EFFORTS).  THIS IS QUEUE JUMPING AT ITS FINEST!!!! THIS IS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONSTROUS GAIN AT THE GOLD COMEX AND THIS HAS NEVER EVER HAPPENED SINCE INCEPTION. AS I DESCRIBED TO YOU LAST MONTH THE GOLD COMEX IS IN SERIOUS STRESS ALONG WITH THE SILVER COMEX.  YOU CAN ALSO BET THE FARM THAT BASEL III IS PLAYING A BIG PART IN THIS AS THE BANKS SCRAMBLE TO REMOVE THEIR PAPER GOLD COLLATERAL ON THE BOOKS FOR THE REAL STUFF.

 

 

SURPRISINGLY LITTLE GOLD HAS BEEN ENTERING THE COMEX VAULTS AND WE HAVE WITNESSED THIS FOR THE PAST YEAR!!  WE HAVE ONLY 13.689 TONNES OF REGISTERED (  GOLD OFFERED FOR SALE) VS 17.353 TONNES OF GOLD STANDING

THEY SEEM TO BE USING CONSIDERABLE GOLD VAPOUR TO SETTLE UPON UNSUSPECTING LONGS.

 

 

 

 

 

total registered or dealer gold:  440,114.329 oz or  13.689 tonnes
total registered and eligible (customer) gold;   7,937404.407 oz 246.88 tonnes

 

 

FOR COMPARISON FIRST DAY NOTICE FOR APRIL 2018 AND FINAL STANDING APRIL 30 2018

AT FIRST DAY NOTICE APRIL 1.201819.897 TONNES STOOD FOR DELIVERY

AT CONCLUSION APRIL 30/2018:  ONLY 4.6407 TONNES STOOD AS THE REST MIGRATED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S. AT THE BEGINNING OF APRIL IT LOOKED LIKE WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A REPEAT OF LAST YEAR WHERE MANY MORPH TO LONDON BECAUSE THERE IS NO METAL AT THE COMEX. WE ARE PROVEN WRONG: WE ARE DOING MUCH BETTER IN 2019 AS WE NOW HAVE  TO 17.353 TONNES OF GOLD STANDING.

 

 

IN THE LAST 31 MONTHS 108 NET TONNES HAS LEFT THE COMEX.

 

THE GOLD COMEX IS NOW IN STRESS AS
1. GOLD IS LEAVING THE COMEX
2. GOLD IS LEAVING THE REGISTERED CATEGORY OF THE COMEX.

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And now for silver

AND NOW THE  DELIVERY MONTH OF APRIL

INITIAL  standings/SILVER

APRIL 16 2019
Silver Ounces
Withdrawals from Dealers Inventory NIL oz
Withdrawals from Customer Inventory
616,243.424 oz

CNT

Brinks

 

 

 

 

Deposits to the Dealer Inventory
nil oz
Deposits to the Customer Inventory
1,638,751.478 oz
CNT
JPM
Scotia
No of oz served today (contracts)
0
CONTRACT(S)
nil OZ)
No of oz to be served (notices)
0 contracts
NIL oz)
Total monthly oz silver served (contracts) 774 contracts

3,870,000 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

total dealer withdrawals: nil oz

we had  3 deposits into the customer account

 

i) Into JPMorgan:  599,531.600  oz

 

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

JPMorgan now has 149.469 million oz of  total silver inventory or 48.80% of all official comex silver. (149 million/305 million)

 

i) Into CNT:   599 ,7653.498 oz
ii Into Scotia:  479,456.380 oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

total customer deposits today:  1638,751.478 oz

 

we had 2 withdrawals out of the customer account:

i) Out of CNT: 613,272.934

ii)  Out of Brinks:   2970.500  oz

 

 

 

total withdrawals: 616,243.934   oz

 

we had 0 adjustments..

 

total dealer silver:  89.727 million

total dealer + customer silver:  305.110 million oz

 

The total number of notices filed today for the APRIL 2019. contract month is represented by 0 contract(s) FOR  nil  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 774 x 5,000 oz = 3,870,000 oz to which we add the difference between the open interest for the front month of APRIL. (0) and the number of notices served upon today (0 x 5000 oz) equals the number of ounces standing.

.

Thus the INITIAL standings for silver for the APRIL/2019 contract month:774(notices served so far)x 5000 oz + OI for front month of APRIL( 0) -number of notices served upon today (0)x 5000 oz equals 3,870,000 oz of silver standing for the APRIL contract month.  This is a strong number of oz standing for an off delivery month.

We gained  0 contracts or an 5,000 NIL oz will stand at the comex as these guys refused to morph into London based forwards as well as negating a fiat bonus.

 

 

 

 

FOR COMPARISON VS LAST YEAR:

 

 

ON  FIRST DAY NOTICE MARCH 29/2018: WE HAD 1,805,000 OZ STAND FOR DELIVERY FOR THE  APRIL 2018 DELIVERY MONTH

AT CONCLUSION OF APRIL 2018: 2,485,000 OZ STOOD FOR DELIVERY AS QUEUE JUMPING WAS ALREADY WELL DEVELOPED IN SILVER. (APRIL IS A NON ACTIVE SILVER DELIVERY MONTH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TODAY’S SILVER VOLUME:  76,547 CONTRACTS  (volumes high because of the raid.

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED VOLUME FOR YESTERDAY: 92,292 CONTRACTS…

..volume extremely high due to raid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YESTERDAY’S CONFIRMED VOLUME OF 92,293 CONTRACTS EQUATES to 461 million OZ  65.9% 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 -3.08% (APRIL 15/2019)
2. Sprott gold fund (PHYS): premium to NAV FALLS TO -1.07% to NAV (APRIL 15/2019 )
Note: Sprott silver trust back into NEGATIVE territory at -3.08%-/Sprott physical gold trust is back into NEGATIVE/

(courtesy Sprott/GATA)

3.SPROTT CEF.A FUND (FORMERLY CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA):

NAV 12.84/TRADING 12.33/DISCOUNT 3.99

END

And now the Gold inventory at the GLD/

APRIL 16/WITH GOLD DOWN $13.60 TODAY: A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 3.82 TONNES AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 754.03

APRIL 15/WITH GOLD DOWN $3.70 TODAY: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 757.85 TONNES

APRIL 12/WITH GOLD UP $2.10 TODAY:NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 757..85 TONNES

APRIL 11/WITH GOLD DOWN $19.85 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 757.85 TONNES

APRIL 10/WITH GOLD UP $5.45 AGAIN TODAY, THE CROOKS AGAIN RAIDED THE COOKE JAR BY 2.64 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 757.85 TONNES

APRIL 9/WITH GOLD UP AGAIN BY $6.40/THE CROOKS RAIDED THE COOKIE JAR AGAIN BY 1.18 TONNES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 760.49 TONNES

APRIL 8/WITH GOLD UP AGAIN BY $6.40: THE CROOKS RAIDED THE COOKIE JAR AGAIN BY .88 TONNES//INVENTORY RESTS TONIGHT AT 761.67 TONNES.

APRIL 5/WITH GOLD UP$1.35: ANOTHER WITHDRAWAL OF 1.74 TONNES OF PHYSICAL GOLD FROM THE GLD INVENTORY: INVENTORY RESTS AT 762.55 TONNES

APRIL 4/WITH GOLD DOWN 90 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 764.29 TONNES

APRIL 3:WITH GOLD DOWN 20 CENTS: ANOTHER WHOPPER OF A WITHDRAWAL: 3.81 TONNES FROM THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT  764.29 TONNES

APRIL 2//WOW! WE LOST A WHOPPING 16.16 TONNES OF GOLD WITH A RISE IN PRICE OF $1.80//INVENTORY RESTS AT 768.10

APRIL 1/WITH GOLD DOWN $3.80: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY REMAINS AT 784.26 TONNES

MARCH 29/WITH GOLD UP $2.70 TODAY: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 784.26 TONNES

MARCH 28/WITH GOLD DOWN $20.60: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 784.26 TONNES

 

MARCH 27/SURPRISING! WITH GOLD DOWN AGAIN BY $4.05, THE CROOKS NEEDED TO PUT GOLD BACK INTO THE GLD: THEY ADDED 3.23 TONNES OF GOLD INTO THE GLD//INVENTORY RESTS AT 784.26 TONNES

MARCH 26/WITH GOLD DOWN $7.30 TODAY: NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 781.03 TONNES

MARCH 25/WITH GOLD UP $9.85: A STRONG 2.94 TONNES DEPOSIT INTO THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 781.03 TONNES

MARCH 22/WITH GOLD UP $5.00 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 778.09 TONNES

MARCH 21/WITH GOLD UP $7.00 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 778.09 TONNES

March 20/WITH GOLD DOWN $5.15 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 778.09 TONNES

MARCH 19/WITH GOLD UP $4.60 TODAY: A MASSIVE 8.23 TONNES OF PAPER GOLD ADDED TO THE GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 779.27 TONNES AND THEN A WITHDRAWAL OF 1..18 TONNES OF GOLD REMOVED:  TOTAL GLD INVENTORY REMAINING:  778.09 TONNES

MARCH 18/WITH GOLD DOWN  $0.70: A BIG CHANGE TODAY: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.32 TONNES OF GOLD FROM THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 771.04 TONNES

MARCH 15/WITH GOLD UP $7.50 TODAY; NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 772.46 TONNES

MARCH 14/WITH GOLD DOWN $13.60 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 772.46 TONNES

MARCH 13/WITH GOLD UP $11.10 TODAY: A HUGE DEPOSIT AGAIN OF 2.93 TONNES INTO THE GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 772.46 TONNES

MARCH 12/WITH GOLD UP $7.00: A HUGE DEPOSIT OF 2.94 TONNES OF GOLD INTO THE GLD INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 769.53 TONNES

MARCH 11/WITH GOLD DOWN $8.00 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 766.59 TONNES

MARCH 8/WITH GOLD UP $13.40: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 766.59 TONNES

MARCH 7/WITH GOLD DOWN $1.40 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 766.59 TONNES

MARCH 6/WITH GOLD UP $3.30 TODAY: NO CHANGE IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD/INVENTORY RESTS AT 766.59 TONNES

MARCH 5/WITH GOLD DOWN ONLY $1.70: A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 5.87 TONNES FROM THE GLD INVENTORY AND THIS GOLD HAS BEEN USED IN THE WHACKING PROCESS YESTERDAY AND TODAY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 766.59 TONNES

MARCH 4/WITH GOLD ANOTHER $12.50 TODAY: A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 11.76 TONNES FROM THE GLD INVENTORY//INVENTORY RESTS AT 772.46 TONNES

MAR 1/WITH GOLD DOWN $16.90 TODAY; A HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 4.11 TONNES FROM THE GLD INVENTORY//INVENTORY RESTS AT 784.22 TONNES

 

 

 

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APRIL 16/2019/ Inventory rests tonight at 754.03 tonnes

*IN LAST 579 TRADING DAYS: 180.92 NET TONNES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GLD
*LAST 479 TRADING DAYS: A NET 14.10 TONNES HAVE NOW BEEN LOST INTO THE GLD INVENTORY.

WE MUST BE GETTING CLOSER TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL FOR PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE GLD.

 

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Now the SLV Inventory/

APRIL 16/WITH SILVER DOWN 3 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 15: WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT TODAY: A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 750,000 OZ//INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ.

APRIL 12 WITH SILVER UP 11 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.917 MILLION OZ.

APRIL 11/WITH SILVER DOWN 37 CENTS TODAY: A DEPOSIT OF 750,000 OZ INTO THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.917 MILLION OZ//

April 10/WITH SILVER UP 4 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ.

APRIL 9/WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV.INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ///

APRIL 8/WITH SILVER UP 14 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV.INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ///

APRIL 5/WITH SILVER DOWN 2 CENTS: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY:  THE CROOKS CANNOT RAID ANY SILVER BECAUSE THERE IS NONE: INVENTORY RETS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ//

APRIL 4/WITH SILVER FLAT TODAY; NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 3/WITH SILVER UP TWO CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167 MILLION OZ/

APRIL 2/ WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT TODAY: A SMALL WITHDRAWAL OF 134,000 OZ FROM THE SLV TO PAY FOR FEES/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.167

APRIL 1/WITH SILVER DOWN ONE CENT TODAY: A SMALL WITHDRAWAL OF 656,000 OZ FROM THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.301 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 29/WITH SILVER UP 12 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.957 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 28/WITH SILVER DOWN 31 CENTS TODAY: A BIG CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 469,000 OZ INTO THE SLV INVENTORY//INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.957 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 27/WITH SILVER DOWN 12 CENTS; NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.488 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 26/WITH SILVER DOWN 13 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.488 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 25/WITH SILVER UP 15 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.488 MILLION OZ////

MARCH 22/WITH SILVER DOWN 7 CENTS TODAY: A BIG CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A WITHDRAWAL OF 1.356 MILLION OZ///INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.488 MILLION OZ///

MARCH 21/WITH SILVER UP 15 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 310.848 MILLION OZ/

March 20/WITH SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES  IN SILVER INVENTORY//INVENTORY RESTS AT 310.848 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 19/WITH SILVER UP 6 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY/INVENTORY RESTS AT 310.848 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 18/WITH SILVER DOWN 2 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY//INVENTORY RESTS AT 310.848 MILLION OZ///

MARCH 15/WITH SILVER UP 16 CENTS: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS TODAY AT 310.848 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 14/WITH SILVER DOWN 30 CENTS: A SURPRISING DEPOSIT OF 1.17 MILLION OZ OF SILVER INTO THE SLV//INVENTORY RESTS AT 310.848 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 13/WITH SILVER UP 6 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY/INVENTORY AT THE SLV RESTS AT 309.676 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 12/WITH SILVER UP 14 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY/INVENTORY AT THE SLV RESTS AT 309.676 MILLION OZ////

MARCH 11/WITH SILVER DOWN 7 CENTS: A BIG CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV: A DEPOSIT OF 516,000 OZ/INVENTORY RESTS AT 309.676 MILLION OZ///

MARCH 8/WITH SILVER UP 34 CENTS: STRANGE!! TWO TRANSACTIONS!!  IN THE MORNING A WITHDRAWAL OF 703,000 OZ FROM THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 307,800 OZ/ IN THE AFTERNOON: A DEPOSIT OF 1.56 MILLION OZ/INVENTORY FINALLY RESTS AT 309.160 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 7/WITH SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS: NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 308.503 MILLION OZ//

MARCH 6/WITH SILVER DOWN 2 CENTS TODAY: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 308.503 MILLION OZ

MARCH 5/WITH SILVER UP ONE CENT: NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/INVENTORY RESTS AT 308.503 MILLION OZ///

MARCH 4/WITH SILVER DOWN 14 CENTS TODAY: A SMALL CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV; A WITHDRAWAL OF 871,000 OZ OF SILVER FROM THE SLV///INVENTORY RESTS AT 308.503 MILLION OZ/

MARCH 1/ WITH SILVER DOWN 38 CENTS/NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY

 

 

APRIL 16/2019:

 

Inventory 309.167 MILLION OZ

LIBOR SCHEDULE AND GOFO RATES:

 

 

THE RISE IN LIBOR IS CREATING A SCARCITY OF DOLLARS BECAUSE FOREIGN EXCHANGE SWAPS (COSTS) ARE SIMPLY PROHIBITIVE

YOUR DATA…..

6 Month MM GOFO 2.12/ and libor 6 month duration 2.64

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

G0LD LENDING RATE: + .52

 

 

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12 Month MM GOFO
+ 2.50%

LIBOR FOR 12 MONTH DURATION: 2.75

GOFO = LIBOR – GOLD LENDING RATE

GOLD LENDING RATE  = +.25

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PHYSICAL GOLD/SILVER STORIES

Early gold trading today:

Somebody dumps $1.5 billion dollars worth of paper gold at exactly 8:30 am this morning.

(zerohedge)

Gold Dumps As ‘Someone’ Decides 0830ET Is Perfect Time To Puke $1.5 Billion Notional

Precious metals traders are using the ‘f’ word a lot this morning – ‘Fiduciary’ – as they question the rationale for ‘someone’ deciding to puked over 11,000 gold futures contracts (around $1.5 billion notional) into the market, sending the price tumbling to its lowest since January…

 

Some have argued this is technically driven as Gold breaks below its 100DMA…

 

Silver was also hammered lower…

 

 

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A must see interview in order for you to under the manipulation in gold/silver
(courtesy Chris Powell/GATA)

GATA STORIES WITH RESPECT TO GOLD/PRECIOUS METALS.

In Singapore interview, GATA secretary reviews mechanisms, objectives of gold price suppression

 Section: 

1:58p ET Monday, April 15, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

In Singapore a few weeks ago to speak at the Mining Investment Asia conference, your secretary/treasurer was interviewed about GATA’s work by Patrick Vierra of SilverBullion.com at the company’s amazing vault facility, The Safe House.

Among the topics:

— How GATA came to be.

— The mechanics and objectives of gold price suppression by Western governments, its deceiving of markets and investors, and its cheating of commodity-exporting nations.

— How gold price suppression might be stopped.

… 

Efforts by U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-West Virginia, to force the U.S. Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission to come clean about U.S. government interventions in markets and about U.S. government policy on gold generally.– Prospects for the gold price if suppression is defeated or central banks need to devalue their currencies.

— The similarities between the current gold price suppression operation by the United States and its allies and the Nazi expropriation of occupied Europe, which was undertaken mainly through currency market rigging during World War II.

The interview is 41 minutes long and can be viewed at YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjdhIIcfftU

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

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Venezuela is now down to its last 12.2 tonnes of gold
(courtesy Bloomberg)

Venezuela sells $400 million in gold despite sanctions, sources tell Bloomberg

 Section: 

By Patricia Laya
Bloomberg News
Monday, April 15, 2019

Venezuela has sold about $400 million in gold despite a growing international push to freeze the country’s assets, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The amount, which would equal almost 9 tons, was reflected by a drop in the bank’s total reserves, which fell to $8.6 billion on April 12, according to data provided by the central bank. About $5.1 billion of that is gold. (12.2 tonnes..Harvey)

… 

A central bank press official didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the sale today.

The sale could mean President Nicolas Maduro has found a way to skirt the economic blockade. Maduro has blown through reserves, selling gold to firms in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, as sanctions increasingly cut off his authoritarian regime from the global financial system. While he maintains a stranglehold on power on the ground — including the military and government bureaucracy — opposition leader Juan Guaido is using support from dozens of countries to slowly seize Venezuela’s financial assets abroad. …

The drop in total reserves could also mean the bank is writing off gold it can no longer access, including some of the $1.2 billion worth stored in the Bank of England. The bank has has denied the government’s requests to repatriate it.

Venezuela’s central bank, headed by Calixto Ortega, has been operating with what it calls an emergency team of only about 100 workers of about 2,000 since a power outage left its headquarters without running water. The group has been working from a library with the help of water tanks, focusing on vital tasks such as transactions between local banks and reserves.

… For the remainder of the report:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-15/venezuela-is-said-to-…


iii) Other Physical stories
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Due to the criminal conviction of trader Edmonds, the USA prosecution is seeking to halt the civil lawsuit. I was misinformed: all discoveries in a civil suit are public and because of that, the prosecution gives the defendants the right to plead the 5th if their testimony incriminates them
(courtesy zerohedge/Chris Powell)

US seeks halt in civil lawsuit accusing JP Morgan of manipulating metals market, citing criminal case

  • The U.S. wants a federal judge to halt a civil lawsuit accusing J. P. Morgan of manipulating precious metals markets. The Justice Department cited an ongoing criminal case as its reason for the request.
  • A former J. P. Morgan trader pleaded guilty in Connecticut last month to manipulation charges.
  • In the guilty plea, the trader said he had learned to make bogus trade orders from senior traders at the bank and that he used the strategy hundreds of times with the knowledge and consent of his immediate supervisors.

A sign of JP Morgan Chase Bank is seen in front of their headquarters tower in New York.

Amr Alfiky | Reuters
A sign of JP Morgan Chase Bank is seen in front of their headquarters tower in New York.

The Justice Department is asking a judge to put the brakes on a civil lawsuit against J. P. Morgan Chase, citing an ongoing probe into a “related criminal case” that involves alleged manipulation of precious metals markets.

The department wants a six-month postponement in the proceedings of the civil lawsuit, which was filed in 2015 by hedge fund manager Daniel Shak and two commodity traders. The government also says it could ask for a longer delay in the case, according to a court filing on Monday.

The move comes days after Shak’s lawyer, David Kovel, sought permission to reopen questioning of two former J. P. Morgan traders and the bank’s current global head of base and precious metals trading.

Kovel, in making the request with the Manhattan federal judge in the civil case, cited last month’s guilty plea by one of those former traders, John Edmonds, in federal court in Connecticut.

Edmonds admitted making bogus bids on precious metals contracts while working at the bank from 2009 to 2015.

Neither J. P. Morgan Chase nor Kovel’s clients have opposed the Justice Department’s request.

In arguing for a delay, the Justice Department said Shak’s lawsuit is “related” to Edmonds’ criminal case and that Edmonds has “pleaded guilty and acknowledged his own participation in such conduct, as well as that of other traders.”

“Edmonds awaits sentencing, but the broader investigation is ongoing,” the Justice Department said. The U.S. wants to delay the civil case “to protect the integrity of its ongoing criminal investigation,” it said.

J. P. Morgan did not respond to a request for comment by CNBC. Kovel declined to comment.

Tuesday night, after this story first was published, Judge Paul Engelmayer ordered the federal prosecutors to explain in detail by Monday why postponing proceedings in the civil lawsuit would not harm those involved, and why reopening questioning “would be detrimental to the Government’s ongoing criminal investigation.”

Englemayer also wrote that he regards Edmonds’ guilty plea “as potentially highly consequential” to the civil case.

In his guilty plea, the 36-year-old Edmonds said he had learned to make bogus trade orders from senior traders at the bank and that he used the strategy hundreds of times with the knowledge and consent of his immediate supervisors. He admitted to working with “unnamed co-conspirators” at J. P. Morgan, according to the Justice Department.

Kovel wants to question Edmonds again as well as Michael Nowak, the bank’s global head of base and precious metal trading, and former J. P. Morgan Chase Managing Director Robert Gottlieb. The three had previously answered questions under oath in the civil case.

Kovel said in court filings that Nowak was the immediate supervisor of Edmonds, while Gottlieb was Edmonds’ mentor.

In his prior deposition, Edmonds said that Gottlieb sat only a “couple feet” away from him for about five years, and that he was “somebody [he] looked up to in the business,” who helped guide and train him.

Nowak is described by Edmonds as his direct supervisor, with whom he would sometimes discuss trading strategies. Nowak was also the person responsible for overseeing the performance and risk of Edmonds’ portfolio, according to the deposition.

Edmonds also stated in his prior deposition that he would enter precious metals trades for both Nowak and Gottlieb, among others.

The civil lawsuit claims Shak and his fellow plaintiffs lost tens of millions of dollars as a result of actions by J. P. Morgan’s traders.

A federal judge tells traders that they can combine cases (with the other 6 banks) as they accused JPMorgan of rigging the precious metals market
(courtesy CNBC)

Federal judge tells traders they can combine cases accusing JP Morgan of rigging metals market

  • Litigation in a separate civil case has been put on hold until at least May at the behest of the Justice Department, which is investigating a “related criminal case” that involves alleged market manipulation by precious metals traders at J. P. Morgan.
  • Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York appointed the White Plains, N.Y., law firm Lowey Dannenberg as interim lead counsel for the proposed class action.

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Spencer Platt | Getty Images

A group of traders from across the U.S. who allege that J. P. Morgan Chase manipulated precious metals markets for years are one step closer to bringing a class action suit against the nation’s largest bank.

Earlier this month, a federal judge said five separate lawsuits making similar allegations against the bank could be combined, potentially including thousands of people who traded in the precious metals market from Jan. 2009 through Dec. 2015.

Litigation in a separate civil case has been put on hold until at least May at the behest of the Justice Department, which is investigating a “related criminal case” that involves alleged market manipulation by precious metals traders at J. P. Morgan.

J. P. Morgan declined to comment on this story.

Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York appointed the White Plains, N.Y., law firm Lowey Dannenberg as interim lead counsel for the proposed class action.

Vincent Briganti, a partner at the firm, filed the first suit seeking class action status in November on behalf of Dominick Cognata, a trader who alleges he suffered losses due to J.P. Morgan’s illegal trading conduct in the silver and gold futures and options markets.

That was after the federal court in Connecticut unsealed a criminal plea agreement by John Edmonds, a former J.P. Morgan metals trader. In his guilty plea, Edmonds, who is 36-years old, admitted that he and other “unnamed co-conspirators” fraudulently manipulated the precious metals markets while they were employed at J. P. Morgan from 2009 to 2015.

Edmonds said he had learned the illegal trading tactics from senior traders, and then used them hundreds of times with the knowledge of and consent of his immediate supervisors.

Briganti’s lawsuit also names John Edmonds and a group of yet-to-be-identified precious metals traders and the bank as defendants.

On Wednesday, the lawyers sent a letter to Judge Koeltl saying they were having difficulty locating Edmonds to serve him legal papers and requested a 30-day extension to do so, which the judge granted on Thursday. Briganti noted that they have been in contact with Edmonds’ attorney in the criminal case. Edmonds’ attorney and Briganti could not be reached for comment.

“We are hopeful that this extension will result in completing service on Mr. Edmonds without formal motion practice and a request for alternative means of service,” Briganti said in the letter.

The next step in the civil case is for the plaintiffs to file an amended class action complaint and set a schedule for defendants to respond.

In addition to the proposed class action, J. P. Morgan also faces a separate civil suit which also accuses the bank of rigging precious metals markets.

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March 4.2019

Parker City News

JP Morgan faces potential class action lawsuit after guilty pleas by a former metals trader

Traders from across the U.S. are banding together to accuse J. P. Morgan Chase of manipulating precious metals markets for years.

At least six lawsuits, all making similar allegations against the nation‘s largest bank, have been filed in New York federal court in the past month, since federal prosecutors in Connecticut with a former J. P. Morgan Chase metals trader.

The cases could potentially include thousands of people who traded in the precious metals market. The White Plains, N.Y., law firm Lowey Dannenberg is asking the court to combine the cases and name it as the lead.

The law firm‘s commodities group is led by Vincent Briganti, the attorney who filed the first lawsuit on behalf of Dominick Cognata, a New York resident who alleges he suffered losses due to J. P. Morgan‘s trading conduct in the silver and gold futures and options markets.

A combined case, seeking class action status, would include anyone who purchased or sold futures contracts or an option on NYMEX platinum or palladium or COMEX silver or gold between at least Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015. The lawyers believe that “at least hundreds, if not thousands” of traders would be eligible to join the case.

Named as defendants in all of the lawsuits are John Edmonds, a 36-year old former metals trader at J. P. Morgan, a group of yet-to-be-identified precious metals traders and the bank.

Edmonds, a New York resident, pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to defraud the market and manipulate prices of precious metals futures contracts and one count of commodities fraud. In the criminal plea, Edmonds admitted that he and other “unnamed co- conspirators” at J. P. Morgan, fraudulently manipulated precious metals markets from 2009 to 2015, the same time frame covered in the class action suits.

Briganti filed the initial class action on Nov. 7, just one day after the Justice Department unsealed Edmonds‘ plea in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.

Edmonds admitted in his guilty plea that he deployed the illegal trading scheme hundreds of times with the direct knowledge and consent of his immediate supervisors. Plaintiffs say they have suffered economic injury, including monetary losses, as a direct result of actions by Edmonds and the other unnamed J. P. Morgan metals traders in the futures and options contracts.

One of the suits alleges that “the number of unlawful trades that JP Morgan traders executed in precious metals futures markets is at least in the thousands.”

J. P. Morgan declined to comment. Lowey Dannenberg did not respond to a request for comment by CNBC.

The Justice Department‘s criminal investigation is still ongoing and recently caused a separate related civil case to be put on hold for at least six months while the government continues its investigation. That civil lawsuit, which also accuses J. P. Morgan of rigging the precious metals market, was filed in 2015 by hedge fund manager Daniel Shak and two commodity traders.

After reviewing the details of the plea agreement, David Kovel, the attorney for Shak‘s suit, sought to re- interview Edmonds, along with two other current and former senior traders at the bank. However, the government argued that reopening questioning would be detrimental to the ongoing criminal investigation. The federal judge overseeing the proceedings ordered a six-month stay in the civil case.

Kovel declined to comment.

Edmonds was originally scheduled to be sentenced in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday, Dec. 19, but a court filing on Nov. 27 shows the sentencing has been postponed until June. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut could not elaborate on why the sentencing was postponed since the court filing is under seal.

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Justice Department stalls another class action in gold market rigging, this one against JPM

 Section: 

9:47a ET Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Proceedings in the federal class-action anti-trust lawsuit against JPMorganChase charging the investment bank with manipulating the gold and silver futures markets —

http://www.gata.org/node/18844

— have been suspended for three months at the request of the U.S. Justice Department, just as the department has arranged suspension of proceedings in the class-action anti-trust lawsuit against Deutsche Bank charging similar market manipulation.

… 

In both cases the Justice Department has told U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that proceedings would jeopardize its criminal investigation into market rigging, which has been admitted by a former JPMorganChase trader, John Edmonds, who awaits sentencing.

According to court filings, the White Plains, New York, law firm representing the plaintiffs against JPMorganChase, Lowey Dannenberg, concurred in the government’s request to suspend proceedings. The stay is to continue for three months and may be extended.

The Justice Department’s motion, granted by the court on February 26 —

http://www.gata.org/files/JPMorganChaseClassActionStay.pdf

— said “the government is not seeking an open-ended stay that could indefinitely postpone this matter and thus jeopardize the parties’ interests in a timely resolution.” The motion added, “Any developments in the criminal case during the period the consolidated action is stayed may reduce or completely resolve the need to litigate certain issues in the consolidated action.”

Much of the Justice Department’s motion is redacted to conceal from the public evidence still under investigation. Edmonds has said he and other traders manipulated the gold and silver markets for years with the knowledge of their supervisors at JPMorganChase. In its motion to conceal that evidence, also granted by the court on February 26, the Justice Department said disclosure “could lead to destruction of evidence, flight from prosecution, and otherwise interfere with the government’s ability to conduct its investigation”:

http://www.gata.org/files/JPMorganChaseClassActionStaySeal.pdf

Monetary metals investors may be skeptical of the Justice Department’s stalling the Deutsche Bank and JPMorganChase cases, since the department and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission do not seem ever to have responded conscientiously to complaints of gold and silver market rigging until the class actions commenced.

How much time will the court give the Justice Department to delay getting to the bottom of the issue? The court might hasten matters if enough monetary metals mining companies protested the harm done to them and their shareholders by market rigging, but of course most monetary metals mining companies don’t mind at all.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

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

i) Chinese yuan vs USA dollar/CLOSED/ LAST AT: 6.7094/

//OFFSHORE YUAN:  6.7105   /shanghai bourse CLOSED UP 75.81 or 2.39%

HANG SANG CLOSED DOWN 319.15 points or 1.07%

 

2. Nikkei closed UP 52.55 POINTS OR 0.24%

 

 

 

 

3. Europe stocks OPENED GREEN/MIXED 

 

 

 

 

 

USA dollar index FALLS TO 96.99/Euro FALLS TO 1.1302

3b Japan 10 year bond yield: RISES TO. –.02/ !!!!(Japan buying 100% of bond issuance)/Japanese yen vs usa cross now at 111.88/ THIS IS TROUBLESOME AS BANK OF JAPAN IS RUNNING OUT OF BONDS TO BUY./JAPAN 10 YR YIELD IS NOW TARGETED AT .11%/JAPAN LOSING CONTROL OF THEIR BOND MARKET//CARRY TRADERS GETTING KILLED

 

3c Nikkei now JUST BELOW 17,000

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

3e WTI:: 63.42 and Brent: 71.11

3f Gold DOWN/JAPANESE Yen UP CHINESE YUAN:   ON -SHORE  UP/OFF- SHORE: UP

3g Japan is to buy the equivalent of 108 billion uSA dollars worth of bond per month or $1.3 trillion. Japan’s GDP equals 5 trillion usa./“HELICOPTER MONEY” OFF THE TABLE FOR NOW /REVERSE OPERATION TWIST ON THE BONDS: PURCHASE OF LONG BONDS AND SELLING THE SHORT END

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

3h Oil 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 +06%/Italian 10 yr bond yield UP to 2.61% /SPAIN 10 YR BOND YIELD UP TO 1.10%…ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD/GERMAN BUND: 2.55: DANGEROUS FOR THE ITALIAN BANKING SYSTEM

3j Greek 10 year bond yield RISES TO : 3.31

3k Gold at $1283.90 silver at:14.95   7 am est) SILVER NEXT RESISTANCE LEVEL AT $18.50

3l USA vs Russian rouble; (Russian rouble DOWN 6/100 in roubles/dollar) 64.36

3m oil into the 63 dollar handle for WTI and 71 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 111.88 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 1.0058 as the Swiss Franc is still rising against most currencies. Euro vs SF is 1.1367 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 +0.06%

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 2.56% early this morning. Thirty year rate at 2.98%

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

6.  TURKISH LIRA:  UP  TO 5.8076..GETTING VERY DANGEROUS

 

Stocks Jumps On Fresh China, Earnings Optimism As Volatility Disappears

Despite no reports of “China trade deal optimism” overnight, global markets are a sea of green this morning on optimism this time about China’s economy itself, which is set to report its GDP tomorrow, coupled with renewed confidence that the equity rally will be supported by stronger than expected corporate earnings. The dollar edged up while Treasuries fluctuated around unchanged.

 

The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, edged up 0.1 percent in early European trade.  Europe’s Stoxx 600 Index rose for a fifth day, now within inches of 8 month highs, driven higher by banks and retail shares. Germany’s DAX gained over half a percent, while Britain’s FTSE 100 also strengthened. The recent rally comes as a blanket of calm has descended across financial markets, with European stock volatility falling to its lowest since January 2018.

Across the Atlantic, S&P 500 futures pointed to a sharply higher open, one which puts the S&P’s all time high within reach as better than expected earnings coming from both Bank of America and BlackRock. In Asia, shares in China and Hong Kong outperformed markets in Japan and South Korea. Emerging-market stocks climbed, though the currencies weakened. The yen inched higher.

 

While there was no immediate catalyst for the overnight optimism, Bloomberg notes that investors are spending the holiday-shortened week “assessing the chances that stocks will sustain their rally even as similar gains in investment-grade bonds have ebbed since late March. Optimism over earnings appears to be boosting bullish sentiment in equities, though volumes this week have been muted.”

Natixis Cross Asset Strategist Florent Pochon echoes this take, saying that investors were mainly focused on U.S. earnings, especially after the first flurry of bank results made for mixed reading: “After the strong rally we have seen in equities, people are now waiting for the next catalyst,” Pochan said. “We do expect some more positive data from Europe which should give a bit of fresh air (to European assets)”

All eyes are now on a slew of Chinese data due on Wednesday, including industrial production and retail sales data but most important will be the latest quarterly GDP data which is expected to post another decline to 6.3% Y/Y. After a worrying start to the year, Chinese data have been more positive as authorities ramped up stimulus measures, soothing investor fears about a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy.

“The outlook for Asia critically hinges on the outlook of China’s growth and the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks,” wrote strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “On both fronts, policymakers and investors believe that the outcome of these two issues is turning more positive.”

Currency markets were generally quiet, although the Australian dollar took a dive lower after the Reserve Bank of Australia signaled in policy minutes that an interest rate cut would be appropriate should inflation stay low and unemployment trend higher. The Aussie shed 0.4 percent to $0.7140.

Elsewhere, an otherwise lackluster European trading session saw a brief flurry of activity as news that some ECB policy makers remained doubtful about the region’s growth prospects sent the euro lower, only to rebound after a separate report indicated ECB officials are reportedly lacking enthusiasm for sub-zero tiering, whilst there has been no talks to cut the deposit rate.

The dollar gained for a second day amid thin volumes ahead of U.S. industrial production data. The Aussie slid after RBA minutes showed policy makers discussed cutting rates, while the Canadian dollar slipped alongside oil prices as equities rose.

In commodities, after a rally to five-month highs this month, crude oil paused on the prospect of Russia and OPEC boosting production to fight for market share with the United States. U.S. West Texas Intermediate was flat at $63.46 per barrel after losing nearly 0.8 percent the previous day. Oil has been surging on tightening global supplies, as output has fallen in Iran and Venezuela amid signs the United States will toughen sanctions on those two OPEC producers, and on the threat that renewed fighting could stop production in Libya.

Industrial production is among scheduled economic releases. Companies reporting earnings include Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, UnitedHealth and Netflix.

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures up 0.3% to 2,918.25
  • STOXX Europe 600 up 0.3% to 389.38
  • MXAP up 0.3% to 163.45
  • MXAPJ up 0.4% to 544.55
  • Nikkei up 0.2% to 22,221.66
  • Topix down 0.09% to 1,626.46
  • Hang Seng Index up 1.1% to 30,129.87
  • Shanghai Composite up 2.4% to 3,253.60
  • Sensex up 1.1% to 39,326.02
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.4% to 6,277.45
  • Kospi up 0.3% to 2,248.63
  • German 10Y yield rose 1.0 bps to 0.066%
  • Euro up 0.04% to $1.1309
  • Brent Futures down 0.5% to $70.83/bbl
  • Italian 10Y yield rose 3.6 bps to 2.207%
  • Spanish 10Y yield rose 1.3 bps to 1.097%
  • Brent Futures down 0.5% to $70.83/bbl
  • Gold spot down 0.3% to $1,284.72
  • U.S. Dollar Index down 0.03% to 96.91

Top Overnight News from Bloomberg

  • The U.K. labor market remained robust in the three months through February as employment jumped and wage growth far outpaced inflation. The number of people in work rose by 179,000 to a record high, keeping unemployment at 3.9%, the lowest rate since 1975, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday.
  • German ZEW Expectations for April, a gauge of investor confidence, beat estimates.
  • Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank AG and other banks to obtain long- sought documents indicating whether foreign nations tried to influence U.S. politics, signaling an escalation of their probes into President Donald Trump’s finances and any dealings with Russians.
  • Currency-only hedge funds were once a hot corner of the investment world. From 2000 to 2008 the tally of currency funds tracked by the BarclayHedge Currency Traders Index almost tripled, to 145. Now they’re looking more like an endangered species, with just 49 in operation.
  • The People’s Bank of China shifted its tone on the economy, emphasizing that it will control excessive money supply amid signs of a recovery. It said it’ll keep good control of the money supply “floodgate” and not “flood” the economy with excessive liquidity, according to a statement released late Monday.
  • Banco Santander SA has reassured investors in the riskiest type of bank debt with its decision to call $1.5 billion of its perpetual contingent convertible notes. Spain’s biggest lender said it will buy back the popular type of debt, known simply as CoCos.

Asian equity markets were mostly higher after the region eventually shrugged off the lacklustre lead from the US where mixed earnings from the large banks dampened risk appetite. ASX 200 (+0.4%) and Nikkei 225 (+0.2%) were initially cautious although sentiment gradually improved with Australia supported amid dovish views on the RBA and with Rio Tinto shares unfazed by weaker production numbers, while the Japanese benchmark just about remained afloat as several telecom names outperformed following reports NTT DoCoMo is to reduce mobile phone rates by as much as 40%. Hang Seng (+1.0%) and Shanghai Comp. (+2.4%) opened lower amid the early cautious tone across the region and tentativeness ahead of key Chinese data including GDP, Industrial Production and Retail Sales which are all due out tomorrow, although Chinese markets steadily improved to outperform their peers in the aftermath of the PBoC’s first liquidity injection in almost a month. Finally, 10yr JGBs were flat amid the indecisiveness in the region and uneventful price action in T-notes, while mixed results at the 20yr auction also failed to spur demand.

Top Asian News

  • HNA Unit Defaults on Interest Payment, Faces Asset Seizures
  • Citi Hails ‘Bullish Turn’ in China and Says Chase Metals Now
  • China Traders Bet on Tight Liquidity as Interest-Rate Swaps Rise

European equities crept higher during early trade (Eurostoxx 50 +0.4%) following an upbeat tail-end to Asia-Pac session wherein the Shanghai Comp advanced in excess of 2% ahead of tomorrow’s China GDP release. Germany’s DAX (+0.7%) marginally outperforms its peers whilst broad-based gains are seen across other major bourses. Sectors are relatively mixed with outperformance seen in financials whilst energy names lag amid the price action in the complex. Notable movers include Lufthansa (-0.9%), after recouping from a 5.5% drop at the open amid a downgraded in EBIT guidance. Meanwhile Hays (-3.2%) shares tumbled to the foot of the Stoxx 600 amid disappointing earnings. Finally, UniCredit (+2.7%) shares felt some reprieve after the bank agreeing to pay USD 1.3bln to resolve investigations by US authorities regarding allegations that the bank violated multiple US sanction programmes. Looking ahead, markets will be looking out for earnings from UnitedHealth (at 10:55BST), Johnson & Johnson (11:45BST) and IBM (after-market), three DJIA components with the former accounting for 5.9% of the bellwether index. On a broader note, Morgan Stanley strategists believe that US stocks “sell off more than the rest of the world during a broad market sell-off”. This was measured by the S&P 500’s downside beta to the MSCI AC World Index (which the bank highlights is a measure of the US index’s performance when global shares decline), which is at a pre-financial crisis highs.

Top European News

  • Nexi Declines in Milan After Europe’s Biggest IPO This Year
  • U.K. Labor Market Remains Robust as Employment Surges
  • Everyone ‘Exhausted’ by Brexit as Talks Drag On, EU’s Tusk Says
  • Takeover Target G4S Moves Ahead With Breakup as Sales Rise
  • Zalando Gains on German Online Retailer’s Unexpected Profit

In currencies, once again it seems that the official RBA policy statement failed to reveal all, as alongside the neutral stance and guidance maintaining no need to change rates in the near term there was a relatively detailed discussion about easing, to the extent that criteria was laid out. Hence, Aud/Usd has retreated to retest sub-0.7150 levels and the Aud/Nzd cross is back under 1.0600 even though the Kiwi also took heed of RBNZ Governor Orr reaffirming an easy bias overnight, with Nzd/Usd pivoting 0.6750 and now looking to the latest GDT auction and NZ CPI for more direction.

  • CAD/EUR/CHF – All weaker vs the Greenback as well, with the Loonie still suffering in wake of Monday’s somewhat cautious if not downbeat BoC business survey and extending losses to circa 1.3400 at one stage, while the single currency has lost grip of the 1.1300 handle after topping out around a Fib at 1.1316 yet again. The latest German/EZ ZEW survey was mixed, and the accompanying comments not exactly confident about economic developments, but the final straw for Eur/Usd came via sourced ECB comments suggesting that several members are concerned about forecasts for a growth rebound in H2 and the accuracy of the models used to formulate estimates. The headline pair is now just above another Fib (1.1284), while the Franc has also lost more ground vs the Buck towards 1.0060, but is pivoting 1.1350 vs the Euro.
  • GBP/JPY – Cable largely shrugged off broadly in line UK jobs and earnings data, but the Pound has drifted away from hefty option expiries at 1.3100 (1.6 bn) amidst a broader Dollar upturn as the DXY reclaims the 97.000 handle, albeit just and to the detriment of the aforementioned weakness elsewhere. Indeed, Usd/Jpy has slipped through 112.00 following another fade ahead of the 2019 peak and amidst export offers layered above the big figure.
  • EM – Only minor respite for the Lira via better than expected Turkish IP data as Usd/Try remains around 5.8000 and still eyeing recent highs on a mixture of negative domestic factors – political, fiscal and fundamental.
  • RBA Minutes from April 2nd meeting stated the board saw no strong case for near term move in rates but added that a rate cut would be appropriate if inflation stayed low and unemployment trended up, while the likelihood of a near-term rate hike was low given subdued inflation. The board also agreed inflation likely to stay muted for some time and expects further gradual progress on unemployment and inflation. (Newswires)

In commodities, WTI and Brent are choppy amid a lack of catalysts ahead of tonight’s API inventory release. Markets expect US crude stocks to build by around 2mln barrels whilst gasoline and distillates are forecast to draw by 2.55mln and 1mln barrels respectively. Elsewhere, metals are mostly lower as the dollar recoups some recent losses. In terms of precious metals, gold losses more ground below the 1300/oz level ahead of support at 1281/oz. Meanwhile, base metals trade marginally in the red ahead of tomorrow’s China GDP release. On that note, Rio Tinto stated that Q1 Pilbara iron ore shipments were at 69.1mln tons (Prev. 80.3mln tons Y/Y), whilst iron ore production 76.0mln tons (Prev. 83.1mln tons Y/Y), and copper output 143.9k tons (Prev. 139.3k tons Y/Y).

Looking at the day ahead, we’ve got March industrial production and the April NAHB housing market index print. Away from that we’re due to hear from the ECB’s Nowotny this afternoon at an event in New York, before the Fed’s Kaplan speaks this evening at a community forum event in New Mexico. Meanwhile the earnings highlights include Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth, Netflix and IBM.

US Event Calendar

  • 9:15am: Industrial Production MoM, est. 0.2%, prior 0.1%
  • 9:15am: Manufacturing (SIC) Production, est. 0.1%, prior -0.4%; Capacity Utilization, est. 79.15%, prior 78.2%
  • 10am: NAHB Housing Market Index, est. 63, prior 62

DB’s Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

Easter week has started relatively quietly but as a reminder by the time the EMR lands through your virtual letter box tomorrow we’ll have a slew of important China data to digest. Will it confirm our suspicions from Q1 that China has created a new mini growth cycle? We’ll have a better idea this time tomorrow. This morning sees the German ZEW survey which is always closely followed, especially with the Germany economy at its current inflection point. So all that to look forward to as well as Thursday’s flash PMIs before you can unravel and devour those Easter Eggs. As for yesterday, after a bright start in Asia and Europe, equity markets dipped as US equity markets opened before a late run nearly got US markets back to flat. Nevertheless after a very good recent run some softness crept in as markets digested the latest US bank earnings and trade news. The end result was the S&P 500 closing -0.06% (-0.38% at the lows) and weaker for only the second time in the last 13 sessions. The last time we had such a run was October 2017. The NASDAQ (-0.10%) and DOW (-0.10%) also dipped while in Europe the STOXX 600 (+0.15%) ended with a small gain but slightly off the session’s high of +0.27%.

Just on those earnings reports, while the GS and Citi results beat at a headline level for earnings, revenues did disappoint slightly. So JPM’s bumper results on Friday might be a bit more company specific than sector wide. It’s also worth noting that earnings expectations have been heavily slashed in recent months which is certainly helping the optics. For GS for example, EPS of $5.71 was a long way ahead of the $4.97 consensus however that is down from $5.50 at the end of March and closer to $6.00 at the start of the year. The talk was also that equity trading revenues disappointed at GS along with the outlook for the investment banking business. Their shares fell -3.84%. Citi shares pared losses to end the session close to flat. It’s worth noting that BofA results are out later today.

As for other markets yesterday, 10y Treasuries pulled back to 2.551% which was -1.4bps lower, while bunds closed flat at 0.056%. They did hit a vertigo inducing 0.079% at lunchtime though. Greek 10-year yields extended their recent rally, trading -0.9bps lower to 3.274%, within 7bps of the lowest yields based on bbg data going back to 1997. Later I’m going to dig through the archives to see if I have any longer history for Greek government bonds. WTI oil prices slid -0.59%, though there were limited catalysts yesterday. Investors were possibly reacting to Friday’s data showing a second weekly increase in the US rig count, as well as data showing that speculative long positioning in the commodity has risen to its highest level since last October. Credit markets were quiet with HY spreads -1bps and -4bps in the US and Europe respectively. Staying with credit it is worth highlighting that Michal Jezek from my team published a new report last week entitled “Value of high-grade corporate bonds in Japanified Europe” (click here ). The note examines the European IG market in light of recent developments on the data and policy fronts, and identifies the most attractive opportunities. It also assesses how much a restarting of CSPP is priced in.

This morning in Asia markets are largely moving higher with the Shanghai Comp (+1.11%), Hang Seng (+0.63%), Nikkei (+0.18%) and Kospi (+0.06%) all up. Elsewhere, futures on the S&P 500 are also up +0.11%. In other news, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported that Russia is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s first summit with President Vladimir Putin. Separately the South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper reported yesterday that Putin and Kim’s summit will likely take place on April 24 in Vladivostok. However Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that plans were being made for a summit but offered no details on a time or place.

Moving on. In terms of the latest trade news, US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said yesterday that US-China trade negotiations were “making a lot progress” but also that there “is more work to do…including enforcement”. That appeared to mirror a lot of what he had said over the weekend. Meanwhile, a separate Bloomberg story also suggested that China was considering a request from the US to shift certain tariffs on agricultural goods to other products “so the Trump administration can sell any eventual trade deals as a win for farmers ahead of the 2020 election”. Unconfirmed reports also circulated that President Trump may meet President Xi at the June 28-29 G20 summit, which could be an opportunity to finalize a trade agreement, though of course things can change over the next few weeks and months.

It wasn’t just US-China trade headlines yesterday though with Reuters also quoting the EU’s Malmstrom as saying that the EU is “ready to start trade talks” and that it is in the “US’ hands to see when talks start”. EU ministers yesterday gave the go ahead for formal talks to start and it’s worth noting that it’s just over a month until the S232 deadline for making a decision on auto tariffs, so we’re approaching a potentially important spell for trade talks.

In other news, it was a very quiet day for data yesterday with only the April empire manufacturing print in the US out. The headline reading was solid enough at 10.1, beating expectations for 8.0 and up from 3.7 in March however there was a big drop in the six-month outlook reading to 12.4 from 29.6 last month. That was in fact the lowest outlook reading since January 2016 so a fairly unusual dichotomy between the current conditions and the forward-looking readings.

Elsewhere Chicago Fed President Evans made some interesting public remarks. He is a voting member of the FOMC this year and has been near the centre of the committee on policy. He noted that economic data is “quite good” and that he expects to keep rates “flat and unchanged into the fall of 2020.” However, his more newsworthy remarks were in reference to the Fed’s policy review, as Evans said that “the Fed must be willing to embrace inflation modestly above 2 percent 50 percent of the time.” That would presumably suggest a preference for more dovish policy and higher inflation rates moving forward. Elsewhere, Boston Fed President Rosengren (voter) said in published remarks of a speech overnight that the US economy is doing quite well but inflation is “slightly below” the Fed’s 2% target and this is one of the reasons for the Fed to be patient. On policy review, he said that “My own preference is for the Federal Reserve to adopt an inflation range that explicitly recognizes the challenge of the effective lower bound,” while adding, “We might be forced to accept below-2% inflation during recessions, but we would commit to achieving above-2% inflation in good times, so as to provide more policy space to counteract the next recession.” Separately, the Bank of France Governor Villeroy said that economic growth is developing more weakly than he expected so far this year, though he expects a rebound later this year. He also said that the effects of negative rates are overall positive, but he did reiterate that he would be open to mitigating measures if necessary.

Finally to the day ahead which starts this morning in the UK with the February and March employment stats. Not long after that we get the April ZEW survey in Germany while this afternoon in the US we’ve got March industrial production and the April NAHB housing market index print. Away from that we’re due to hear from the ECB’s Nowotny this afternoon at an event in New York, before the Fed’s Kaplan speaks this evening at a community forum event in New Mexico. Meanwhile the earnings highlights include Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth, Netflix and IBM.

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i)TUESDAY MORNING/ MONDAY NIGHT: 

SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 75.81 POINTS OR 2.39% //Hang Sang CLOSED UP 319.15 POINTS OR 1.07%  /The Nikkei closed UP 52.55 POINTS OR 0.24%/ Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP .38%

/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP  at 6.7094 AS TRUCE DECLARED FOR 3 MONTHS /Oil UP to 63.42 dollars per barrel for WTI and 71.11 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED GREEN//  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP // LAST AT 6.7094 AGAINST THE DOLLAR. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED UP ON THE DOLLAR AT 6.7115 / TRADE TALKS NOW ON/MAJOR PROBLEMS AT HUAWEI /CFO ARRESTED  : /ONSHORE YUAN TRADING ABOVE LEVEL OF OFFSHORE YUAN/ONSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST USA DOLLAR/OFFSHORE YUAN TRADING STRONGER AGAINST THE DOLLAR /CHINA RETALIATES WITH TARIFFS/ TRUMP RESPONDS TO NEW TARIFFS AND IT NOW A FULL TRADE WAR COMMENCED

 

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China/USA/VENEZUELA:

China lashes out at Mike pompeo for interference in its affairs with respect to Venezuela and other nations in Latin America

(courtesy zerohedge)

“Pompeo Has Lost His Mind” – China Hits Back At Latin America Remarks

China has come out swinging after Mike Pompeo’s three-day Latin America tour in which the Secretary of State publicly called outChina for spreading “disorder” in Latin America alongside Russia. Pompeo identified the two countries, both of which have over the past two months condemned US efforts toward regime change in Venezuela, of backing failing investment projects that only fuel corruption and undermine democracy, especially in Venezuela.

China’s ambassador to Chile, Xu Bu, quickly lashed out in response to America’s top diplomat blaming China for Latin America’s economic woes which first came last Friday while standing alongside Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. Ambassador Xu told the Chilean newspaper La Tercera“Mr Pompeo has lost his mind.”

 

Prior file photo of Pompeo with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Pompeo had asserted during his tour that Chinese investment and economic intervention in Venezuela, now facing financial and infrastructural collapse amidst political turmoil, had “helped destroy” the country and said Latin American leaders must therefore see who their “true friend” is.

“China’s bankrolling of the Maduro regime helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country,” Pompeo had stated, and further described Maduro as “a power-hungry tyrant who has brought ruin to his country and to his people”.

“I think there’s a lesson … to be learned for all of us: China and others are being hypocritical calling for non-intervention in Venezuela’s affairs. Their own financial interventions have helped destroy that country,” Pompeo added.

China is Venezuela’s biggest foreign creditor has provided up to $62bn in loans since 2007, according to estimates.

The Chinese foreign ministry didn’t hold back in its response: “For some time, some US politicians have been carrying the same version, the same script of slandering China all over the world, and fanning the flames and sowing discord everywhere,” Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a Monday statement.

“The words and deeds are despicable. But lies are lies, even if you say it a thousand times, they are still lies. Mr Pompeo, you can stop,” the spokesman said.

Hinting at Washington’s Cold War era record of overthrowing governments in Latin America — a longstanding tradition that can be traced all the way back to the Cold War, the statement added: “The Latin American countries have good judgment about who is their true friend and who is false, and who is breaking rules and making trouble,” Lu said.

The Chinese Ambassador to Chile’s remarks had also remotely invoked a continued Monroe Doctrine mentality on the part of US officials, saying “Pompeo’s body has entered the 21st century but his mind remains in the 20th century, full of thoughts about hegemony and the cold war,” Amb. Xu told La Tercera.

In addition to being the Maduro government’s single largest creditor, China has recently offered to help Venezuela with its failing power grid, after a series of devastating mass outages over the past month has resulted in “medieval” conditions amidst an already collapsing infrastructure. This as Pompeo and Bolton came close to positively celebrating the mass outages as proof of the ineptness of the Maduro regime.

Beijing also recently denied it has deployed troops to Venezuela after media reports a week ago cited online photos which appeared to show a Chinese military transport plane deployed to Caracas.

Given how boldly and directly Chinese officials’ Monday statements were, it appears Beijing’s patience with Pompeo is running thin, to the point of giving up on a positive avenue with the White House, also amidst a broader trade war. It appears the proverbial gloves are coming off.

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The big killer has finally arrived in China: a rise in interest rates
(courtesy zerohedge)

A Global Rally Killer Has Emerged In China

Back in early October, the market catalyst that killed the US rally and sent stocks tumbling into a brief bear market after Powell warned that the neutral rate was a “long way away”, was the sudden spike in yields, which surged above 3.3%, breaking out above long-term resistance, and leading to renewed speculation that the 30 year long bull market in bonds is (again) officially over.

But while US yields have remained stubbornly low, perhaps in anticipation of rate cuts and/or QE4, perhaps due to increased buying from foreigners due to sliding FX hedging costs, there is one place where yields have recently soared much higher: the same place whose massive credit expansion in the past three months has led to renewed hopes for global “green shoots”, and speculation that the economic slump is now over – China.

After surging in the the first two weeks of April at the fastest pace in more than 2 years, on Monday Chinese ten-year yields rose to 3.38% Monday, extending their highest levels this year. And while for much of the recent advance Chinese equities were willing to ignore the spike in interest rates, in the past week Chinese stocks have been ominously toppy, and have continued to slide in Tuesday’s session.

As a result, and perhaps due to fears that Chinese liquidity is again getting too tight, on Tuesday the PBOC broke its streak of 18 consecutive days without open market interventions, and injected a net of 40 billion yuan via 7 day reverse repos. That plus concerns that the Chinese central bank will not cut rates as previously consensus had expected, stocks have topped out, even as 10Y yields have continued marching higher, and hit 3.40% in early Tuesday trading, the highest level since mid-December. In other words as Bloomberg’s Wes Goodman writes, while the PBOC says it will keep good control of the money supply, “yields may have more to rise even if the central bank is trying to temper the pace of the advance.”

The risk is that if yields rise even higher, the rally in Chinese stocks – which has outperformed all major markets in 2019 – is now officially over.

And, all else equal, it does appears that Chinese liquidity will shrink even more in the coming weeks, and local markets will face tighter credit conditions this quarter than in 1Q after the PBOC indicated the current pace had gone beyond its target. That, as Yinan Zhao cautions, is going to add to the pain for slumping sovereign bonds as investors face an uncertain economic outlook and reduced chances for stronger easing.

1Q credit growth at 10.7% was way above the PBOC’s goal to keep it “in line with the pace of nominal GDP,” a range it specifically emphasized in yesterday’s policy statement. It usually doesn’t go into that much detail on credit growth goals.

The PBOC emphasized a need for a balanced approach. Given 10-year yields are rising at the fastest pace in more than 2 years, that’s perhaps not the message fixed-income investors would have been hoping for.

But wait, there’s more: while US traders are casting a fearful eye on just how bad the EPS contraction in Q1 earnings season will be (and whether it will recover in Q2 and onward) in China it will be far worse.  Indeed, the sharp Monday slump in Chinese small caps “underscores the dangers for mainland stock markets as what could be an ugly earnings season kicks off and steals the limelight from stimulus hopes”, as Bloomberg’s Kyoungwha Kim writes today.

Here’s the punchline: while US stocks are expected to post a roughly 4% drop Y/Y, China small cap earnings will be a massacre, with Q1 EPS on the ChiNext board forecast to slump 29% y/y, following a 12% drop in the prior quarter. That’s in line with China’s dour Jan.-Feb. economic data. Paradoxically, as earnings tumbled, the ChiNext index soared by over 35% during the same period, so any disappointment in earnings will lead traders to rush for the exits… especially if rates keep rising as liquidity shrinks. This will keep markets volatile in April, especially as the ChiNext’s double top formation sets the gauge up for a correction.

The silver lining in China, just like in the US, is that any earnings recession is expected to be brief: in Q2 earnings are already predicted to rebound, largely thanks to the recent VAT cut, with overall 2019 EPS growth for the ChiNext seen at 52%.

Whether or not that happens will ultimately depend on whether Chinese interest rates keep rising from here, and will also likely determine the fate of the global rally which, all else equals, is now entering extremely overbought territory.

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i)Italy

Yesterday I brought to your attention the dire problems inside Turkey. Today I bring to you the other country with major problems:  Italy

(courtesy Don Quijones/WolfStreet)

A Big Old Problem Just Re-Erupted On Eurozone’s Southern Flank

Authored by Don Quijones via WolfStreet.com,

Italy’s fiscal health is once again in serious decline…

Last week, Italy’s coalition government slashed its growth forecast for the Italian economy in 2019 to 0.2% – the weakest forecast in the Eurozone – from a previous forecast of 1%. Italy is already in a technical recession after chalking up two straight quarters of negativeGDP growth in the second half of 2018.

The government’s budget for this year was based on the assumption that the economy would expand by 1% this year. Now, it seems the economy may not grow at all; it could even shrink.

One direct result of this is that Italy’s current account deficit for 2019 will be substantially higher than the 2.04% of GDP Italy’s government pledged to stick to late last year. And that can mean only thing: another standoff between Rome and Brussels over the direction of fiscal policy is in the offing.

Italy already boasts the largest public debt pile in Europe in nominal terms, clocking in at €2.14 trillion, as well as the second largest in relative terms after Greece’s twice bailed out economy. Rome just forecast that public debt would hit a new record high of 132.6% of GDP this year. That record is unlikely to last very long given Italy’s stagnating economy and the government’s determination to cut taxes, reduce the retirement age and introduce a citizens’ basic income.

The biggest problem with Italy’s economy is that many of its problems are chronic and deep seated. Many of them date back to the adoption of the euro, in 2000, or in the case of Rome’s massive addiction to public debt, to the 1980s. As the OECD points out, real GDP in Italy is still well below its pre-crisis peak. Italy is also the only OECD country where incomes (as measured by GDP per capita) are no higher than in 2000. By contrast, in France, Spain, the UK and Germany they have risen during the same period by 13%, 17%, 21% and 23 respectively.

The IMF now envisages Italy’s public debt ratio ratcheting up to 134.4% of GDP in 2020 to 138.5% in 2024. As the debt increases, so too will the interest payments on the debt. That is unsustainable, especially with much of that debt scheduled to fall due in the next few years. In 2019 alone, Italy has an eye-watering €250 billion of bond redemptions to fund, which is roughly the equivalent of all Eurozone bond maturities this year.

And now Rome doesn’t even have the ECB to rely on to buy up over half of the bonds it issues. Of course, in these yield-starved times investors will gobble up higher yielding Italian bonds, at least for a while. But a risk that those yields will climb too high, at which point bond vigilantes will take matters into their own hands, as happened in 2012 when the yields on Italy’s 10-year bonds soared to 7%.

Before that happens again, something will have to give. If Italy had its own currency and were in control of its own monetary policy, it could try to inflate the debt away — whatever that might do to its own currency. But it isn’t and it can’t. Alternatively, it could, like Greece, default on its debt, with dire consequences for holders of that debt, including Italian households and domestic and foreign banks.

The one other option open to Rome is one that has also already been tried, with limited success, by Greece — i.e., to slash public spending, hike taxes, privatize public assets, squeeze the informal economy, and impose a harsh austerity regime. This is the path recommended by the OECD, but it would virtually guarantee electoral suicide for Italy’s coalition government partners which will do whatever they can to avoid alienating the very voters who gave them their first real taste of power.

In other words, none of these classic solutions are realistic options for a country as big and as systemically important as Italy. That the country is now being run by two relatively nascent anti-austerity parties that are not wholly enamored with the European project and as such are willing to face down diktats from Brussels, at least up to a point, further heightens the risk of conditions spiraling out of control.

Italy is home to an extremely fragile financial sector with the highest NPL ratio and lowest return on assets of any of the major European economies. The French government has already warned that an economic recession in Italy could pose as great a risk, if not greater, to the EU than Brexit.

And it makes sense for the French government to be worried. The economies of both Italy and France are tightly interwoven, with annual trade flows of around €90 billion. More important still, French banks are, by a long shot, the largest foreign owners of Italian public and private debt, with total holdings of €311 billion as of the 3rd quarter of 2018, according to the Bank for International Settlements.If Italy defaulted, French banks would take an almighty hit to their balance sheets.

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Mutiny on the Bounty?  Some ECB governors are suggesting that their growth forecasts are far too rosy and they are upset with Draghi over this.
(courtesy zerohedge)

ECB Credibility Crumbles As “Significant Minority” Of Governors Say Growth Projections “Overly Optimistic”

When the ECB slashed its growth forecast for 2019 from 1.7% to 1.1% of GDP back in March, some observers questioned the logic behind Mario Draghi’s insistence that the headwinds facing the eurozone economy would dissipate during the second half of the year, chalking it up to more of that signature European ‘magical thinking’.

Now it appears that several of Draghi’s fellow policy-setters would agree with these critics. To wit, according to Reuters, one of the ECB’s favorite trial balloon transmission mechanisms, a “significant minority” of Draghi’s fellow policymakers have thrown up all over the latest ECB forecast for 2019 – which was echoed by the IMF – claiming off the record that it was unjustifiably rosy, and seeing little chance that the second half rebound promised by Draghi would materialize.

Euro

Some policymakers went so far as to shoot what’s left of the central bank’s credibility in the foot, or any other bodily organ and/or appendage, and questioned whether the ECB’s projection models should be revisited. And while Draghi was reportedly open to discussing these concerns, he remains opposed to a revamp of the central bank’s methodology for obvious reasons as it would suggest that just like the Fed, the ECB is similarly just as clueless.

As Reuters reports, a “significant minority” of rate-setters in last week’s policy meeting “expressed doubt that a long projected growth recovery is coming in the second half of the year and some even questioned the accuracy of the ECB’s projection models, given their long history of downward revisions.”

With the ECB using the these projections as a key input into policy decision, more cuts in growth and inflation forecasts would raise the chance that the bank’s first post crisis rate, now seen next year, is delayed even longer.

[…]

Some governors went as far as saying that the ECB’s forecasting methodology may need to be reviewed since projections are persistently too optimistic and are regularly cut quarter after quarter, the sources said. The ECB now sees 2019 growth at 1.1 percent but projected 1.7 percent just three months ago.

While others are also prone to forecasting errors, the U.S. Federal Reserve does not publish a single projection, even if individual governors make their forecasts public. And while Fed governors also erred on growth recently, their projections on inflation have been relatively solid.

Some ECB policymakers thought there may be an inherent bias in the bank’s forecasts as they always show inflation on an upward slope, moving toward the ECB’s target and growth returning to trend.

Their concerns include the possibility that trade wars might be permanent, and that a one-off hit to the German auto sector might last longer than some have said.

While Germany’s vast car sector did take a one-off hit from an adjustment to new emissions-testing methods, more permanent factors could include shifting consumption habits, a move away from diesel and weak Chinese demand, some governors argued, according to the sources.

The policymakers added that weak global trade growth also appears to be more permanent, trade wars now look to be the norm rather than the exception and even if Chinese growth looks to be stabilizing, demand from Beijing is unlikely to surge.

Meanwhile, a second trial balloon released on Tuesday further undermined confidence in Draghi as the ECB chief prepares to step down, when his second term ends later this year.

According to a parallel report by Bloomberg,several board members are unenthusiastic about the prospect of adopting interest-rate “tiering”, which has been all the rage recently in terms of additional stimulus measures, and represents a  policy that – just like in Japan and Switzerland – would alleviate pressure on European banks and contribute to the further ‘Japanification’ of Europe.

Though no proposals have been made on the matter yet, and the topic was conspicuously missing from last week’s ECB press conference, it had been reported that this option was explored as part of a review of the central bank’s policy of negative interest rates after Draghi surprised investors last month by calling on the bank to “reflect” on a policy revamp.

Draghi didn’t consult the Governing Council before his remarks last month, and while he didn’t mention rates tiering by name, the comments prompted speculation that the ECB could introduce a version of the policy, which is already being used in Japan, Switzerland and Denmark.

Given the central bank’s surprisingly dovish turn in March, where it communicated that rates would now be on hold at least through the end of the year and announced another round of TLTROs, we can’t help but wonder if there’s a mutiny brewing inside the central bank, and whether Draghi’s legacy as ECB chief could be seriously undermined during his last months at the helm.

The euro tumbled on the Reuters’ headline, but then it promptly rebounded higher when the BBG story hit:

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Turkey

A Turkish economist is arrested after insulting Erdogan on Twitter

(courtesy zerohedge)

6.GLOBAL ISSUES

 

7  OIL ISSUES

 

 

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Your early morning currency/gold and silver pricing/Asian and European bourse movements/ and interest rate settings TUESDAY morning 7:00 AM….

Euro/USA 1.13O2 DOWN .0003 REACTING TO MERKEL’S FAILED COALITION/ REACTING TO +GERMAN ELECTION WHERE ALT RIGHT PARTY ENTERS THE BUNDESTAG/ huge Deutsche bank problems ///ITALIAN CHAOS /AND NOW ECB TAPERING BOND PURCHASES/JAPAN TAPERING BOND PURCHASES /USA RISING INTEREST RATES /FLOODING/EUROPE BOURSES /MIXED 

 

 

 

USA/JAPAN YEN 111.88  down .068 (Abe’s new negative interest rate (NIRP), a total DISASTER/NOW TARGETS INTEREST RATE AT .11% AS IT WILL BUY UNLIMITED BONDS TO GETS TO THAT LEVEL…

GBP/USA 1.3085   DOWN   0.0014  (Brexit March 29/ 2019/ARTICLE 50 SIGNED/BREXIT FEES WILL BE CAPPED/BREXIT EXTENDED TO OCT 31/2019//

USA/CAN 1.3383 UP .00015 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 TUESDAY morning in Europe, the Euro FELL by 3 basis points, trading now ABOVE the important 1.08 level  FALLING to 1.1302 Last night Shanghai COMPOSITE CLOSED UP 75.81 POINTS OR 2.39%.

 

 

 

 

//Hang Sang CLOSED UP 31.15 POINTS OR 1.07%

 

 

/AUSTRALIA CLOSED UP .38%// EUROPEAN BOURSES //MIXED 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NIKKEI: this TUESDAY morning CLOSED UP 52.55 POINTS OR 0.24%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading from Europe and Asia

1/EUROPE OPENED MIXED 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/ CHINESE BOURSES / :Hang Sang CLOSED UP 319.15 POINTS OR 1.07%

 

 

 

 

/SHANGHAI CLOSED UP 75.81 POINTS OR 2.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia BOURSE CLOSED UP .38%%

 

Nikkei (Japan) CLOSED UP 52.55 POINTS OR 0.24% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIA’S SENSEX  IN THE GREEN

Gold very early morning trading: 1284.60

silver:$14.96

Early MONDAY morning USA 10 year bond yield: 2.56% !!! UP 2 IN POINTS from MONDAY’S night in basis points and it is trading WELL ABOVE resistance at 2.27-2.32%.

 

The 30 yr bond yield 2.98 UP 1  IN BASIS POINTS from MONDAY night.

USA dollar index early TUESDAY morning: 96.99 UP 2 CENT(S) from  MONDAY’s close.

This ends early morning numbers TUESDAY MORNING

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And now your closing  TUESDAY NUMBERS \12: 00 PM

 

Portuguese 10 year bond yield: 1.20%  UP 0 in basis point(s) yield from MONDAY/

JAPANESE BOND YIELD: -.02%  up 1   BASIS POINTS from MONDAY/JAPAN losing control of its yield curve/

 

 

SPANISH 10 YR BOND YIELD: 1.09% UP 1   IN basis point yield from MONDAY

ITALIAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: 2.60 UP 2    POINTS in basis point yield from MONDAY/

 

 

the Italian 10 yr bond yield is trading 151 points HIGHER than Spain.

GERMAN 10 YR BOND YIELD: RISES +.07%   IN BASIS POINTS ON THE DAY//

THE IMPORTANT SPREAD BETWEEN ITALIAN 10 YR BOND AND GERMAN 10 YEAR BOND IS 2.53% AND NOW ABOVE THE  THE 3.00% LEVEL WHICH WILL IMPLODE THE ENTIRE ITALIAN BANKING SYSTEM. AT 4% SPREAD THERE WILL BE A MASSIVE BANK RUN…

 

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IMPORTANT CURRENCY CLOSES FOR TUESDAY

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

Euro/USA 1.1293 DOWN     .0012 or 12 basis points

 

 

USA/Japan: 111.97 UP 0.013 OR YEN DOWN 1 basis points/

Great Britain/USA 1.3047 UP .0052 POUND UP 52  BASIS POINTS)

Canadian dollar  UP  16 basis points to 1.3353

 

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The USA/Yuan,CNY closed AT 6.7122    0N SHORE  (DOWN)

THE USA/YUAN OFFSHORE:  6.7138  (YUAN DOWN)

TURKISH LIRA:  5.8005..

 

the 10 yr Japanese bond yield closed at -.02%

 

 

 

Your closing 10 yr USA bond yield UP 4 IN basis points from MONDAY at 2.59 % //trading well ABOVE the resistance level of 2.27-2.32%) very problematic USA 30 yr bond yield: 2,99 UP 3 in basis points on the day /

 

Your closing USA dollar index, 97.03 UP 4  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 TUESDAY: 12:00 PM 

London: CLOSED UP 33.05  0.44%

German Dax : UP 81.04 POINTS OR 0.67%

Paris Cac CLOSED UP 19,94 POINTS OR  0.36%

Spain IBEX CLOSED UP 0.20 POINTS OR  0.00%

Italian MIB: CLOSED UP 26.51 POINTS OR 0.12%

 

 

 

 

WTI Oil price; 63.53 1:00 pm

Brent Oil: 71.25 12:00 EST

USA /RUSSIAN /   ROUBLE CROSS:    64.19  THE CROSS LOWER BY 0.11 ROUBLES/DOLLAR (ROUBLE HIGHER BY 11 BASIS PTS)

 

TODAY THE GERMAN YIELD RISES  TO +.07 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, 4:00 pm/and 10 year USA interest rate:

WTI CRUDE OIL PRICE 4:30 PM :  64.34

 

 

BRENT :  71.84

USA 10 YR BOND YIELD: … 2.59…   STILL DEADLY//

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA 30 YR BOND YIELD: 2.99..STILL DEADLY

 

 

 

 

EURO/USA DOLLAR CROSS:  1.1284 ( DOWN 20   BASIS POINTS)

USA/JAPANESE YEN:111.99. UP .0390 (YEN DOWN 4 BASIS POINTS/..

 

 

USA DOLLAR INDEX: 97.08 UP 13 3 cent(s)/

The British pound at 4 pm: Great Britain Pound/USA:1.3048 DOWN 51 POINTS

 

the Turkish lira close: 5.7690

 

the Russian rouble 64.06   UP .01 Roubles against the uSA dollar.( UP 1 BASIS POINTS)

Canadian dollar:  1.3353 DOWN 16 BASIS pts

USA/CHINESE YUAN (CNY) :  6.7122  (ONSHORE)/

 

USA/CHINESE YUAN(CNH): 6.7126 (OFFSHORE)

German 10 yr bond yield at 5 pm: ,+0.07%

 

The Dow closed UP 67.89 POINTS OR 0.26%

 

NASDAQ closed UP 24.22 POINTS OR 0.30%

 


VOLATILITY INDEX:  12.18 CLOSED DOWN .14 

 

LIBOR 3 MONTH DURATION: 2.588%//

 

 

 

FROM 2.601

 

 

 

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

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ii)Market data/

Hard data Industrial output contracts badly in March led by auto production

(courtesy zerohedge)

US Industrial Output Contracts In March As Auto Production Slumps

Having slipped for two consecutive months, US Manufacturing production was expected to modestly rebound in March (by 0.1% MoM) but it failed, ending unchanged.

However, headline industrial production data was not just woirse than expected but contracted by 0.1% MoM in March…

The biggest drivers were Mining which fell 0.8% in March after no change in February, and Motor vehicles and parts production, which tumbled 2.5% in March to the lowest level since July. Q1 saw auto production slide 6.9% – the biggest drop since Oct 2014.

Capacity utilization fell to 78.8% from 79% in February (revised down from 79.1%).

Manufacturing output fell at a 1.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the worst performance since late 2017.

As Bloomberg notes, the data signal further manufacturing softness as producers cope with an inventory buildup, continuing uncertainty around trade and a dimming global growth outlook.

 

 

 

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iii)USA ECONOMIC/GENERAL STORIES

this is an accident waiting to happen:  Pension plans are in the worst possible shape with Illinois at the top of the heap.

(Mish Shedlock/Mishtalk)

Despite Record Bull Market, Pension Plans In Miserable Shape: Illinois Is Worst

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

The amount owed to retirees accelerated faster than assets on hand despite a record bull market.

The Wall Street Journal reports the Long Bull Market Has Failed to Fix Public Pensions.

“Some of the states allowed themselves to get so underfunded that the higher returns aren’t helping them enough,” said Michael Cembalest, chairman of market and investment strategy for the asset-management arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the author of an annual study on the financial health of cities and states.

Illinois Tops the Worst State List

Illinois, New Jersey and Kentucky top the list of states in worst shape on a percentage of revenue basis.

Chicago the Worst City

Worst Cities on Percentage Basis

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Baton Rouge, LA
  3. Pittsburgh,PA
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. Lubbock, TX

Deeper Pension Cuts Didn’t Materialize

Many states and cities reduced benefits for new employees after 2008. But deeper cuts often met resistance from judges, unions and angry constituents—even in some of the most indebted states.

The Illinois Supreme Court in 2015 threw out cuts by the legislature that were expected to save tens of billions of dollars. Kentucky’s legislature last year declined to approve the governor’s proposed cuts to cost-of-living increases for retired teachers after protests brought thousands to the state capitol and forced cancellations of classes in several school districts.

Pension Plan Assumptions

The average pension plan assumption is about 7.3%. That’s not going to happen.

Please consider charts and commentary from John Hussman’s April 2019 post You Are Here.

Valuations Second Highest in History

Expected Total 12 Year Return is Zero

The following chart shows nonfinancial market cap/nominal potential GDP on an inverted log scale (left), with actual subsequent 12-year S&P 500 total returns on the right scale. As usual, note that speculative bubbles always make it appear that valuations haven’t “worked” in the period immediately preceding the top, precisely because a substantial, if temporary, violation of historical norms is required to get to those extremes. As indicated by other reliable measures, investors are presently facing the likelihood of prospective nominal 12-year S&P 500 total returns averaging roughly zero.

​I remember a little boy listening to a concert at a Fourth of July celebration one year. As the music played, the little boy waved his arms as if he was conducting the orchestra. Monetary authorities are a lot like that, except that everyone who watches these kids at play actually believes that they are, in fact, conducting the orchestra.

I’m utterly mesmerized by the credulity of investors who believe that the Federal Reserve is capable of saving them from every possible contingency, no matter how irresponsible their own speculative behavior might be.

Imagine the shock of pension plans if the 12-year average is as low as 4% a year let alone a total return of zero.

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A good commentary tonight from Michael Snyder as he describes that corporate debt is now 50% of GDP. USA firms instead of investing in their infrastructure e.g. improving productivity in plants, they borrowed money to buy back in own stock.  Now firms are drowning in debt.
(courtesy Michael Snyder)

We’ve Seen This Happen Before The Last 3 Recessions…And Now It Is The Worst It Has Ever Been

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Since the last financial crisis, we have witnessed the greatest corporate debt binge in U.S. history. 

Corporate debt has more than doubled since then, and it is now sitting at a grand total of more than 9 trillion dollars.  Of course there have been other colossal corporate debt binges throughout our history, and they all ended badly.  In fact, the ratio of corporate debt to U.S. GDP rose above 40 percent prior to each of the last three recessions, but this time around we have found a way to top that.  According to Forbes, the ratio of nonfinancial corporate debt to U.S. GDP is now nearly 50 percent…

Since the last recession, nonfinancial corporate debt has ballooned to more than $9 trillion as of November 2018, which is nearly half of U.S. GDP. As you can see below, each recession going back to the mid-1980s coincided with elevated debt-to-GDP levels—most notably the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the 2000 dot-com bubble and the early ’90s slowdown.

You can see the chart they are talking about right here, and it clearly shows that each of the last three recessions coincided with the bursting of an enormous corporate debt bubble.

This time around the corporate debt bubble is larger than it has ever been before, and risky corporate debt has been growing faster than any other category

Through 2023, as much as $4.88 trillion of this debt is scheduled to mature. And because of higher rates, many companies are increasingly having difficulty making interest payments on their debt, which is growing faster than the U.S. economy, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

On top of that, the very fastest-growing type of debt is riskier BBB-rated bonds—just one step up from “junk.” This is literally the junkiest corporate bond environment we’ve ever seen.

Needless to say, the stage is set for a corporate debt meltdown of epic proportions.

What makes this debt bubble even worse is the way that our big corporations have been spending the money that they are borrowing.

Instead of spending the money to build factories, hire workers and expand their businesses, our big corporations have been spending more money on stock buybacks than anything else.

Every year, publicly traded corporations spend hundreds of billions of dollarsbuying back their own stocks from shareholders, and much of that is being done with borrowed money.

For example, in recent years General Motors has spent nearly 14 billion dollars on stock buybacks.  And that number certainly sounds quite impressive until you learn that General Electric has spent a whopping 40 billion dollars on stock buybacks.

Sadly, both corporate behemoths are now absolutely drowning in debt as a result of their foolishness.

In the final analysis, borrowing money to fund stock buybacks is little more than an elaborate Ponzi scheme.  In their endless greed, corporate executives are cannibalizing their own companies because it makes some people wealthier in the short-term.

And now this giant corporate debt bubble has reached a bursting point, and there is no way that this story is going to end well.

Meanwhile, another financial bubble of epic proportions is also getting a lot of attention these days.  If you are not familiar with “shadow banking”, here is a pretty good explanation from CNBC

Nonbank lending, an industry that played a central role in the financial crisis, has been expanding rapidly and is still posing risks should credit conditions deteriorate.

Often called “shadow banking” — a term the industry does not embrace — these institutions helped fuel the crisis by providing lending to underqualified borrowers and by financing some of the exotic investment instruments that collapsed when subprime mortgages fell apart.

This kind of lending has absolutely exploded all over the globe since the last recession, and it has now become a 52 trillion dollar bubble

In the years since the crisis, global shadow banks have seen their assets grow to $52 trillion, a 75% jump from the level in 2010, the year after the crisis ended. The asset level is through 2017, according to bond ratings agency DBRS, citing data from the Financial Stability Board.

Who is going to pick up the pieces when a big chunk of those debts start going bad during the next financial crisis?

Never before in human history have we seen so much debt.  Government debt is at all-time record levels all over the world, corporate debt is wildly out of control and consumer debt continues to surge.

A system that requires debt levels to grow at a much faster pace than the overall global economy is growing to maintain itself is a fundamentally flawed system.

But that is what we are facing.  If global debt growth fell to zero, the global economy would instantly plunge into a horrific depression.  The only way to keep the game going is to keep expanding the debt bubble, and the larger it becomes the worse the future crash will be.

Most of us have been in this system for our entire lives, and so most of us don’t even realize that it is possible to have a financial system that is not based on debt.  This is one of the reasons why I get so frustrated with the financially-illiterate politicians who insist that everything will be just fine if we just tweak our current system a little bit.

No, everything is not going to be just fine.  In fact, we have perfectly set the stage for the worst financial meltdown in human history.

At this point nobody has put forth a plan to fundamentally change the system, and there is no way out.

All that is left to do is to keep this current bubble going for as long as humanly possible, and then to duck and cover when disaster finally strikes.

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McCarthy asks a good question:  why isn’t Assange being charged with “collusion with Russia

(courtesy Andrew McCarthy/NationalReview)

Why Isn’t Assange Being Charged With “Collusion With Russia”?

Authored by Andrew McCarthy via The National Review,

…because then they would have to prove it!

Prior to the publication of the stolen Democratic-party emails and internal documents, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks exhorted Russian government hackers to send them “new material.”

That is what we are told by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russian intelligence officers.

(I won’t offend anyone by calling them “spies” — after all, they were just doing electronic surveillance authorized by their government, right?) Assange wanted the Russians to rest assured that giving “new material” to WikiLeaks (identified as “Organization 1” in the indictment) would “have a much higher impact than what you are doing” — i.e., hacking and then putting the information out through other channels.

But time was of the essence. It was early 2016. If Hillary Clinton was not stopped right there and then, WikiLeaks warned, proceedings at the imminent Democratic national convention would “solidify bernie supporters behind her.” Of course, “bernie” is Bernie Sanders, the competitor who could still get the nomination. But if Assange and the Russians couldn’t raise Bernie’s prospects, WikiLeaks explained, Mrs. Clinton would be a White House shoo-in: “We think trump has only a 25% chance of winning against hillary . . . so conflict between bernie and hillary is interesting.”

In a nutshell: Knowing that Russia had the capacity to hack the DNC and perhaps Clinton herself, WikiLeaks urged it to come up with new material and vowed to help bring it maximum public attention. By necessity, this desire to hurt Clinton would inure to Sanders’s benefit. And sure enough, WikiLeaks eventually published tens of thousands of the Democratic emails hacked by Russian intelligence.

So…I have a few questions.

WikiLeaks, Moscow, and Bernie Sanders

First, why was there no Sanders-Russia probe? Why, when President Obama directed John Brennan, his hyper-political CIA director, to rush out a report on Russia’s influence operations, did we not hear about the WikiLeaks-Russia objective of helping Sanders win the Democratic nomination? Brennan & Co. couldn’t tell us enough about our intelligence-agency mind readers’ confidence that Putin was rootin’ for Trump. Why nothing about the conspirators’ Feelin’ the Bern?

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think there is any basis for a criminal investigation of Senator Sanders. But there appears to have been no criminal predicate for a “collusion” investigation of Donald Trump, either – not a shred of public evidence that he conspired in the Putin regime’s hacking, other than that presented in the Clinton-campaign-sponsored Steele dossier (if you can call that “evidence” — though even Christopher Steele admits it’s not). Yet, Trump was subjected to an investigation for more than two years — on the gossamer-light theory that Trump stood to benefit from Moscow’s perfidy.

Yes, of course, this cui bono claim was amplified by what were said to be Trump’s intriguing, if noncriminal, ties to Russia. To my knowledge, however, the mythical pee tape of Steele lore has never been located; it is unlikely, then, that there are any Trump photos that compare, intrigue-wise, to a shirtless Bernie boozing it up in the Soviet Union. Surely that should have been worth a FISA warrant or four.

A more serious question:

Why hasn’t Assange been indicted for criminal collusion with the Kremlin – the same hacking conspiracy for which Mueller indicted the Russian operatives with whom Mueller says Assange collaborated?

The same conspiracy for which the president of the United States, though not guilty, was under the FBI’s microscope for nearly three years?

The Assange Indictment: Weak and Potentially Time-Barred

The most striking thing about the Assange indictment that the Justice Department did file is how thin it is, and how tenuous. Leaping years backwards, ignoring “collusion with Russia,” prosecutors allege a single cyber-theft count: a conspiracy between Assange and then–Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning to steal U.S. defense secrets. This lone charge is punishable by as little as no jail time and a maximum sentence of just five years’ imprisonment (considerably less than the seven years Assange spent holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid prosecution).

This is very peculiar. Manning, Assange’s co-conspirator, has already been convicted of multiple felony violations of the espionage act — serious crimes that the Assange indictment says WikiLeaks helped Manning commit . . . but which the Justice Department has not charged against Assange.

Why? Probably because espionage charges are time-barred. Which brings us to the possibility — perhaps even the likelihood — that Assange will never see the inside of an American courtroom.

As I pointed out on Thursday, the 2010 Assange-Manning cyber-theft conspiracy charged by prosecutors is outside the standard five-year statute of limitations for federal crimes: The limitations period was already exhausted when the indictment was filed in 2018. To breathe life into the case, the Justice Department will have to convince both British and American judges that this comparatively minor conspiracy charge is actually a “federal crime of terrorism,” triggering a three-year statute-of-limitations extension.

For some reason, the extension statute — Section 2332b(g)(5)(B) — makes the extra three years applicable to cyber-theft offenses under Section 1030 of the penal code, but not espionage-act offenses under Section 793. I am skeptical, though, that the Justice Department’s cyber-theft charge qualifies for the extension. Prosecutors haven’t charged a substantive cyber-theft violation under Section 1030; they have charged a conspiracy (under Section 371) to commit the Section 1030 offense. That is not the same thing. Typically, if Congress intends that its mention of a crime should be understood to include a conspiracy to commit that crime, it says so. It did not say so in the extension statute.

Why put all the prosecutorial eggs in such a rickety basket?

Protecting Mueller’s Russian-Hacking Indictment

England is a close ally, but getting its courts to extradite people for U.S. criminal proceedings is no lay-up. It is a laborious process, and the outcome, even in strong cases, is uncertain. The Justice Department knows this, yet in its indictment it elected not to charge the Russia conspiracy — a 2016 offense that has no statute-of-limitations problem. Why? If you want the Brits to transfer a defendant, you need to make a compelling showing. Why leave obvious, serious charges on the cutting-room floor? Mueller brought a dozen felony charges against the Russian operatives with whom, we’ve been told for over two years, Assange conspired. So why isn’t Assange charged with at least some of these felonies?

Some argue that the Justice Department is nervous that, as a pseudo-journalist, Assange may have First Amendment protection from such charges. But then why charge the Manning conspiracy? The theory of Assange’s guilt is the same in both the Russian-collusion and Manning-espionage situations: The WikiLeaks chief was not merely a journalist publicizing sensitive information; he was aiding, abetting, counseling, inducing, and procuring the theft of the sensitive information (to borrow the terms of the federal aiding and abetting statute). The Justice Department plainly believes that complicity in the theft shreds any claim to freedom of the press; there is no First Amendment right to steal information.

If this is the Justice Department’s position, then why not charge Assange with the 2016 “collusion” conspiracy, too? If I were a cynic (perish the thought!), I’d suspect that the government does not want Special Counsel Mueller’s Russian-hacking indictment to be challenged.

As I have explained previously, I accept the intelligence agencies’ conclusion, echoed by Mueller, that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic email accounts. Nevertheless, there is a big difference between (a) accepting an intelligence conclusion based on probabilities, and (b) proving a key fact beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal case.

The intelligence assessment here may be sound, but the legal case Mueller would have to prove to a jury has problems. To state the most obvious: The Justice Department and FBI did not perform elementary investigative steps, such as taking possession of, and performing their own forensic analysis on, the servers that were hacked. Instead, they relied on CrowdStrike, a contractor of the DNC, which has a strong motive to blame Russia.

Mueller’s team knew that no Russian defendant would ever actually be tried in a U.S. court on the hacking allegations. The indictment was more like a press release than a charging instrument. It was meant to be the last word on hacking: An authoritative version of events pronounced by a respected U.S. prosecutor that would never be challenged by skilled defense lawyers. The point was to put to rest the nettlesome “How do we really know Russia did it?” question raised by some former intelligence agents and hardcore Trump supporters.

But now . . . here comes Assange. He has always insisted that Russia was not WikiLeaks’ source. I don’t believe him. I see him as a witting, anti-American tool of Moscow. But, to my chagrin, some in Trump’s base – not all, but some – have made Assange their strange bedfellow, just as many libertarians and leftists embraced him when he was exposing U.S. national-security programs, intelligence methods, defense strategies, and foreign-relations information. These Trump supporters have convinced themselves that raising doubt about Russia’s culpability exonerates the president — even though the special counsel has already cleared Trump, regardless of what Russia (and Assange) were up to.

Consequently, if Assange were charged with the Russian-hacking conspiracy that Mueller has alleged, and if he were ever brought to the U.S. to face trial, he would maintain that he did not get the Democratic emails from Russian intelligence. Remember, a defendant does not have to prove anything: It would not be Assange’s burden to establish Russia’s innocence; the Justice Department would have to prove Russia’s culpability.

Assange’s fans would give lots of sunshine to his effort to exculpate Moscow. Indeed, even without Assange mounting a challenge to Mueller’s Russian-hacking indictment, some Trump supporters have tried to cast doubt on Russia’s guilt (see, e.g., here and here). And a group of dissenting intelligence-community veterans will continue arguing that CrowdStrike’s analysis is flawed.

To sum up: If the Justice Department had indicted Assange for collusion, Mueller’s Russian-hacking indictment would no longer stand unchallenged. Assange would deny that Russia is behind the hacking, and prosecutors would have to try to prove it, using hard, admissible courtroom proof – not top-secret sources who cannot be called as witnesses without blowing their cover, or other information that might be reliable enough to support an intelligence finding but would be inadmissible under courtroom due-process standards. If the prosecutors were unable to establish Russia’s guilt to a jury’s satisfaction, it would be a tremendous propaganda victory for the Kremlin, even if – as I believe – Russia is actually guilty.

This is part of why it was a mistake to indict the Russian intelligence officers. An indictment is never an authoritative statement; it is just an allegation, it proves nothing. We didn’t need it to know what happened here. The indictment says nothing significant that we were not already told by the intelligence agencies’ assessment released to the public in January 2017.

Adversary countries are a security challenge, not a law-enforcement problem. Because they don’t have to surrender their officials for an American trial, an indictment is a pointless gesture. But now, having with great fanfare filed charges against Russia that implicate Assange, the government shrinks from lodging these same charges against Assange — who, unlike the indicted Russian officials, may be in a position to put the government to its burden of proof. This just makes Mueller’s indictment of Russians look more like a publicity stunt than a serious allegation. If the government is afraid to try the allegations against Russia in court, people will naturally suspect the allegations are hype.

Meanwhile, let us remember: Despite a dearth of evidence that he was complicit in Moscow’s hacking, President Trump was forced by the Justice Department and the FBI, urged on by congressional Democrats, to endure a two-year investigation and to govern under a cloud of suspicion that he was an agent of the Kremlin. Now we have Assange, as to whom there is indisputable evidence of complicity in the hacking conspiracy, but the Justice Department declines to charge him with it — instead, positing the dubious Manning conspiracy that may very well be time-barred.

What is going on here?

SWAMP STORIES

The House Democrats refuse to give up on Russian collusion in the USA election as they issue a friendly subpoena to multiple banks probing the issue as if they are now already willing not to accept the findings of Mueller

(courtesy zero hedge)

House Dems Issue “Friendly Subpoena” To Multiple Banks, Probing “Different Form Of Trump-Russia Collusion”

Update: Eric Trump has issued a statement blasting the subpoeanas:

This subpoena is an unprecedented abuse of power and simply the latest attempt by House Democrats to attack the President and our family for political gain. Instead of legislating, the committee is obsessed with harassing and undermining my father’s administration, doing everything they can to distract from his incredible accomplishments. This incompetence is the exact reason why the American people have such disdain for politicians and why my father was elected President. Today’s actions by the committee set a horrible precedent for all taxpayers.”

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With just three days until the full (redacted) Mueller Report is released, shattering his entire raison d’etre, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff refuses to give up on his search for Trump-Russia collusion.

Bloomberg reports that Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank AG and other banks to obtain long-sought documents related to whether foreign nations tried to influence U.S. politics, signaling an escalation of their probes into President Donald Trump’s finances and any dealings with Russians.

Schiff said in a statement the subpoenas issued included a “friendly subpoena to Deutsche Bank.”

The Financial Services Committee chair, Maxine Waters, said in a statement:

The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible.”

Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh said Monday:

“Deutsche Bank is engaged in a productive dialogue with the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees.

We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations in a manner consistent with our legal obligations. If you have questions concerning the investigative activities of the committees, we would refer you to the committees themselves.”

Deutsche Bank had been Trump’s go-to lender for decades, even as other commercial banks stopped doing business with him because of multiple bankruptcies.

Additionally, CNN reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has subpoenaed Trump financial information from Mazars, an accounting firm that once prepared several years’ worth of President Donald Trump’s financial statements, according to a Monday memo to committee members from Chairman Elijah Cummings.

Cummings had said he intended to issue a “friendly subpoena” because Mazars USA had requested it from the committee before providing records.

Cummings is requesting financial information dating back 10 years after Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused Trump of inflating his net worth in an attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills football team.

In the memo, Cummings said the subpoena is also based on “corroborating documents” that “raise grave questions about whether the President has been accurate in his financial reporting.”

While possible financial leverage wasn’t mentioned in Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings from his 22-month probe of Russian election interference, Schiff remains unable to face his own cognitive dissonance, frequently noting that billionaire real-estate-developer Trump was pursuing a Trump Tower (real estate) project in Moscow during the presidential campaign…

“That’s a different form of collusion, but it is equally compromising to the country because it means the president of the United States is looking out for his bank account and not for the United States of America,” Schiff said in an interview on NBC in February.

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SWAMP STORIES/MAJOR STORIES//THE KING REPORT
and special thanks to Chris Powell of GATA for sending this down for us:

@ChicagoFed: Charles Evans: “I think the Fed must be willing to embrace inflation modestly above 2 percent 50% of the time.”

 

Earlier, Evans told CNBC: “I can see the funds rate being flat and unchanged into the fall of 2020.”

https://www.bondbuyer.com/articles/evans-sees-fed-rates-on-hold-into-fall-of-2020-amid-tame-prices

The NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey [April]

The headline general business conditions index rose six points to 10.1, indicating that growth picked up somewhat but remained fairly subdued… The new orders index rose five points to 7.5… Optimism about the six-month outlook was much lower than last month. The index for future business conditions dropped seventeen points to 12.4—its lowest level in more than three years

https://www.newyorkfed.org/survey/empire/empiresurvey_overview

 

Devastating fire at 850-year old Notre Dame Cathedral during Holy Week: unspeakably heartbreaking

Notre Dame closes at 6:45 PM [GMT+2].  ‘Small fire’ reported at 6:50 PM. French media say there were no workers in the church when the fire began.  Le Monde (newspaper) says the fire started in the attic.

The Paris prosecutors’ office said it had ruled out arson, adding that police would conduct an investigation into “involuntary destruction caused by fire”… [Obvious attempt to prevent retribution]

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/15/notre-dame-fire-paris-france-cathedral

Last Friday: France jails ‘jihadist’ woman accused over foiled terror attack in Paris [on Notre Dame]

Madani’s trial for trying to set fire to the car filled with six gas cylinders near Notre Dame will begin on 23 September.    https://www.thejournal.ie/france-jails-jihadist-woman-accused-over-foiled-terror-attack-in-paris-4590216-Apr2019/

March 17, 2019: Paris’ historic Saint-Sulpice church briefly catches fire, nobody hurt

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-church/paris-historic-saint-sulpice-church-briefly-catches-fire-nobody-hurt-idUSKCN1QY0P1

March 20, 2019 Twelve French Churches Attacked, Vandalized in One Week

https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2019/03/20/twelve-french-churches-attacked-vandalized-in-one-week/

Newsweek: Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated Across France… Officials Don’t Know Why

https://www.newsweek.com/spate-attacks-catholic-churches-france-sees-altars-desecrated-christ-statue-1370800

Sept. 9, 2016: Cell of French women guided by Isis behind failed Notre Dame attack

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/cell-of-french-women-radicalised-by-isis-behind-failed-notre-dame-attack

TIME columnist Christopher J. Hale tweeted: “A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in #NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set.”  Hale deleted the tweet within minutes…

https://michaelsavage.com/notre-dame-cathedral-in-paris-on-fire-worker-claims-it-was-deliberately-started/

@FoxFriendsFirst [yesterday morning]: ISIS is plotting to recreate the Paris Bataclan Nightclub terror attack, which left 130 people dead.  11:02 AM [ET] – 15 Apr 2019

Fox News’ Shepherd Smith chastised and cut off a French official when he stated that there have been multiple attacks on Catholic Churches in France over the past year.

Fox’s Neal Cavuto cut off Catholic League President Donahue when he brought up French church fires.

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/two-fox-hosts-end-interviews-when-guests-bring-up-pattern-of-church-fires-in-france/

The redacted Mueller Report will be released on Thursday morning, per the DoJ.

GOP Fears Mueller’s Collusion Bias Lives On in Final Report [‘Distorted’ Evidence in Filings]

The special counsel’s team of mostly Democratic prosecutors shaded evidence in charging documents filed against a number of Trump associates for process crimes unrelated to collusion (mostly lying to investigators) to suggest a broad conspiracy. They say that the special counsel and prosecutors misled the court and the media by, among other things, editing the contents of emails to cast a sinister shadow on otherwise innocuous communications among Trump advisers and by omitting exculpatory information

     Taken in their fuller context, the emails showed Papadopoulos was in fact discouraged from meeting with Russians. Additional context showed that Papadopoulos, acting as a foreign policy adviser, had conversations with representatives from multiple governments, not just Russia, and that his supervisor Sam Clovis, along with campaign chair Paul Manafort, had opposed any trip to Russia for Trump and the campaign.  Mueller left all of this out of the complaint he personally signed against Papadopoulos in October 2017

   The following month, after Senate investigators had compared the emails quoted in the Papadopoulos filing with the full emails they had obtained separately from the Trump campaign, they called Mueller out on the omissions, arguing he took information out of context…

     Mueller objected to the committee releasing the full emails at the time…

      A closer reading of the November 2018 charging document filed with Cohen’s false-statement plea deal reveals that Mueller — who personally signed the document — omitted a fuller accounting of Cohen’s emails and text messages which, according to Capitol Hill investigators who have seen them, make the deal look far less nefarious than portrayed in the filing and in the press…

     “Why did Mueller take the job? Not simply to protect the FBI but the entire intelligence community that he was part of,” said veteran FBI agent and lawyer Mark Wauck. “It’s hard to overestimate his interest in protecting DOJ from a Trump takeover.”

     Mueller’s “hiring of extreme partisans suggest that the view of Trump was of an existential threat [to the IC] that had to be, at a minimum, neutered but hopefully dumped.”…

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2019/04/15/gop_muellers_collusion_bias_could_carry_through_to_final_report.html

Ex-federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy: Why Isn’t Assange Charged with ‘Collusion with Russia’?

First, why was there no Sanders-Russia probe? Why, when President Obama directed John Brennan, his hyper-political CIA director, to rush out a report on Russia’s influence operations, did we not hear about the WikiLeaks-Russia objective of helping Sanders win the Democratic nomination? Brennan & Co. couldn’t tell us enough about our intelligence-agency mind readers’ confidence that Putin was rootin’ for Trump. Why nothing about the conspirators’ Feelin’ the Bern?…

   The Justice Department and FBI did not perform elementary investigative steps, such as taking possession of, and performing their own forensic analysis on, the servers that were hacked. Instead, they relied on CrowdStrike, a contractor of the DNC, which has a strong motive to blame Russia…

    If the Justice Department had indicted Assange for collusion, Mueller’s Russian-hacking indictment would no longer stand unchallengedAssange would deny that Russia is behind the hacking, and prosecutors would have to try to prove it, using hard, admissible courtroom proof — not top-secret sources who cannot be called as witnesses without blowing their cover, or other information that might be reliable enough to support an intelligence finding but would be inadmissible under courtroom due-process standards. If the prosecutors were unable to establish Russia’s guilt to a jury’s satisfaction, it would be a tremendous propaganda victory for the Kremlin…

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/why-isnt-assange-charged-with-collusion-with-russia/

Former Dem. Sen. Kerrey: Democrats Are ‘Delusional’ Over Russia Investigation

President Donald Trump would be right to pardon anyone indicted in the two-year-long investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller… “I know what kind of power a prosecutor has,” he told the Times. “They have a gun to your head, and they know most of these cases never go to trial. So you have a choice of spending the rest of your life in prison or pleading guilty and maybe doing a year.”…

https://freebeacon.com/politics/former-dem-sen-kerrey-democrats-are-delusional-over-russia-investigation/

Due to the attacks on Biden, Bernie Sanders (29%) is now the Dem front runner.  Joe slid to 24%.

https://twitter.com/EmersonPolling/status/1117752348632334337

@OANN: FEC filings show James Murdoch–the son of… Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch–made the maximum possible donation to Democrat Pete Buttigeig‘s 2020 presidential campaign.

Chicago sees biggest [5.3 inches] snowfall this late in the season in more than 50 years

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/one-of-the-snowiest-days-in-late-april-in-history-whitens-chicago/70007987

 

 

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