Pandemic Options; Billionaire Ant Hill; Dunkin Munchkin Huntin’

Risk on; Risk off The global economy is sick … and I mean that literally, not in the ‘90s kinda way or in a Michael Jackson’s “Bad is good” kinda way. Over the weekend, the U.S. hit back-to-back record highs for new COVID-19 cases. According to Johns Hopkins University data, the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. spiked 22% compared to last week. And it’s getting worse. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned: “I think we are right now at the cusp of what is going to be exponential spread in parts of the[…]

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America’s Greatest Decade Ever Has Arrived

We were promised flying cars. Instead, we got Facebook. It’s not that Facebook doesn’t have any utility. I’m thrilled that I can keep in touch with distant relatives and second grade classmates. It’s just that the utopian future we’ve always envisioned has yet to arrive. Sure, we’ve got smartphones and smartwatches that allow us to communicate with anyone, anywhere. We can also store tons of photos of our kids and pets. We also have smart TVs that let us stream our favorite shows and movies on demand. And there are smart coffee machines that will automatically order you another bag[…]

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Big Upcoming Earnings Week For Big Tech

Earnings season is heating up, and market driving tech is up to bat. Can 2020’s market motivators achieve the lofty expectations that analysts’/investors’ have set? Will tech be able to sustain its parabolic gains through this Q3 earnings season? This crucial earnings season will be the final stress test for 2020’s biggest movers before this unprecedented election that could change the course of the equity market for the next 4 years. Below is next week’s batting order, and these market movers could be in for some action. I’ll break-down next week’s earnings line up into two categories: Tech Rockets &[…]

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Virus Could Push 150 Million People Into Extreme Poverty  

Virus Could Push 150 Million People Into Extreme Poverty   Tyler Durden Mon, 10/12/2020 – 13:15 The World Bank suggested upwards of 150 million people could be pushed into “extreme poverty” due to the virus pandemic, erasing nearly three years of progress in global poverty reductions.  According to the report, for the first time in two decades, the virus pandemic, compounded by the effects of climate change, are slowing poverty reduction progress, resulting in an additional 88 million to 115 million people falling into extreme poverty this year, with total estimates of 150 million in 2021, depending on the economic recovery shape.  The[…]

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The Hazards Of 4 More Years Of Jerome Powell

The Hazards Of 4 More Years Of Jerome Powell Tyler Durden Mon, 10/12/2020 – 13:00 Via Birch Gold Group, Whether Trump or Biden is elected in November, they will have to decide whether or not to appoint Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to another term. And if he is appointed again, the way he continues to handle the continuing ripple effects of the COVID-19 “shutdown” economy will be critical. So let’s examine why the decision to reappoint him is important, then take a quick tour of some of Powell’s recent performance. A piece from Paul R. La Monica provides a take on the importance of[…]

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Nasdaq Explodes Higher Amid Unprecedented Gamma/Futures Double-Squeeze

Nasdaq Explodes Higher Amid Unprecedented Gamma/Futures Double-Squeeze Tyler Durden Mon, 10/12/2020 – 12:44 Heading into the weekend, we observed that despite the recent drift higher in the Nasdaq last week after its September correction, institutional investors remained skeptical with a near-record number of non-commercial spec shorts in the Nasdaq 100 mini according to the latest CFTC Commitment of Traders report, and after spiking to a historic level just two weeks earlier, the negative bets on the Nasdaq stubbornly persisted… No change to Nasdaq short this week pic.twitter.com/9C1YNcs3Rn — zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 9, 2020 … perhaps in response to the recent[…]

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Big Divide In The Restaurant Industry

Big Divide In The Restaurant Industry Tyler Durden Mon, 10/12/2020 – 12:32 Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk, Independent restaurants skid towards bankruptcy as large chains recover. Who’s Booming, Who’s Not? Well-capitalized large chains like McDonald’s, Chipotle and Domino’s are booming  Your neighborhood independent restaurant isn’t The Covid crisis created a Big Divide in the Restaurant Industry The coronavirus pandemic is splitting the restaurant industry in two. Big, well capitalized chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Domino’s Pizza Inc. are gaining customers and adding stores while tens of thousands of local eateries go bust. Larger operators generally have the advantages of more capital, more[…]

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Brevan Howard Takes 25% Stake In Eric Peters’ One River Hedge Fund

Brevan Howard Takes 25% Stake In Eric Peters’ One River Hedge Fund Tyler Durden Mon, 10/12/2020 – 12:17 Eric Peters, perhaps better known to our readers as the “Hedge Fund CIO” of One River Asset Management, has long been one of our favorite market commentators dispensing with weekly insightful, actionable and often contrarian points of view which we dutifully distribute to our readership (his most recent thoughts were posted just this past weekend). After being “discovered” by Zero Hedge more than five years ago, he quickly made the media circuit and has frequently appeared on various podcasts and RealVision interviews:[…]

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KNKX, Cliff Mass, & The Undermining Of American Democracy

KNKX, Cliff Mass, & The Undermining Of American Democracy Tyler Durden Fri, 10/02/2020 – 23:00 Authored by Cliff Mass, Our democracy is threatened. It is threatened by rioters using violence as a political tool, by individuals intimidating politicians through aggressive home visits, by Presidential debates where name calling and incivility rule, by the loss of a sense of physical safety that is a necessity for a civil society, by destructive hyper-partisanship, and by the suppression of freedom of speech and diversity of viewpoints. There are few better examples of the suppression of freedom of speech and viewpoint diversity than the recent[…]

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Biden – A Catalyst To Accelerate US Decline?

Biden – A Catalyst To Accelerate US Decline? Tyler Durden Fri, 10/02/2020 – 22:20 Authored by Egon von Greyerz via GoldSwitzerland.com, The Chinese understand the long game and they have infinite patience. They have always known that they never needed to attack the US, financially or militarily. Because China has invariably understood that the US would self-destruct. POLITICS AND PRINCES DON’T MIX The Duchess of Sussex who has dragged her poor husband, Prince Harry, into the US election has declared that this will be the most important election in history. She will most probably be right but for the wrong[…]

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