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Surprisingly Volatile Intermarket Reactions to End the Week

This morning’s lower-than-expected Jobs Report didn’t shake up the equity market, but we’re seeing big reactions Friday in three key markets (and a surprise in one). Let’s chart our intermarket grid and prepare ourselves for additional study over the weekend: I’ll be briefing members fully this weekend but wanted to share a quick insight about money flow to end the week. Put all these charts above in context of a FLAT...

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Why Traders Are Now Selling Insurance To Protect Against Volatility: A "Feedback Loop" Theory

Over the past several months, one of the proposals floated on this website to explain the strange collapse in volatility at a time when uncertainty has soared, was the so-called "negative convexity" gamma trade, demonstrated best by the Catalyst Funds' Hedged Futures Strategy Fund in mid-February, according to which traders buying vol has led to dealers offsetting these purchases with more than ...

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Q2 Outlook: Where does opportunity lie for Canadian investors?

Many of the macro themes underpinning our second quarter Global Investment Outlook – better economic activity, an upturn in corporate earnings and fading fears of deflation – are also evident in Canada. Notably, our BlackRock GPS for the Canadian economy has risen steadily since the middle of 2016 on better retail sales, employment and wholesale trade data, and points to further modest upside to consensus...

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DAX Unchanged as Markets Eye US-China Summit, Nonfarm Payrolls

The DAX Index is showing little movement in the Friday session. Currently, the DAX is trading at 12,168.00. In economic news, Germany continues to post strong numbers. Industrial Production jumped 2.2%, beating the estimate of -0.1%. Germany’s trade surplus improved to EUR 21.0 billion, beating the forecast of EUR 19.4 billion. The US will release Nonfarm Employment Payrolls, with the markets braced for a drop to 174 thousand. Investors remain cautious ahead ...

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NFP First, Middle East Second

Friday April 7: Five things the markets are talking about Momentum in the U.S labor market was strong going into last month, however bad weather during non-farm payroll’s (NFP) mid-March sample week pose the risk of weather-related delays in hiring. Market consensus is looking for a headline print atop of +180k mark, which would be a very healthy rate of monthly growth, but off...

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Gold Spikes as U.S. Bombs Syria

Gold jumps 15 Dollars to a high of 1264 as the U.S. announces a major cruise missile strike on Syria. Gold has jumped from 1250 to a high of 1264 as the United States announces a major surprise attack on Syria in retaliation for the chemical attacks on its citizens earlier this week. MORE THAN 50 MISSILES FIRED FROM U.S. NAVY DESTROYERS IN THE...

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