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Weekly Sentiment Report: Horrific? Hardly!

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Introduction

If you read the financial press, the market slide that has occurred over the past 3 weeks has been described as "huge", "horrific" and a "saga". Really? I am sure those who were buying the "Kool-aid" at the market highs feel that way, but the numbers tell a different story.

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Ukraine Mobilizes Military, Gives Separatists Ultimatum; Russia Slams Escalation As "Criminal", Yanukovich Warns Of Civil War

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If Russia's intention was to give Ukraine enough "escalation" rope with which to hang itself once again, it may have succeeded when a little over an hour ago acting president Oleksander Turchinov said in a televized address that Ukraine has mobilized its armed forces to launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists.

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Did CIA Director Brennan Visit Kiev Recently?

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Just a few weeks ago, someone (allegedly Russia) leaked a recorded phone conversation of Victoria Nuland commenting "fuck the EU" and how she (the US) wanted the political stage set in Ukraine. A lot has happened since then but as multiple pro-Russian sources have now 'confirmed', the new puppetmaster appears to be in town (or was).

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QE TiTaNiC 2014...

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Janet and Ben are in love
Janet now flies like a dove
These elegant birds
Are Keynesian turds
Let's hope someone gives them a shove!
The Limerick King

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Beta Earthquake

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Submitted by Ben Hunt of Epsilon Theory

“Beta Earthquake”

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Gold Jumps To 3-Week Highs, EUR Fades As Tensions Rise In Ukraine

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Early weakness in US equity futures was rescued when Asia opened and JPY was mysteriously bid but it's fading back now as the UN session escalates into he-YouTube'd-she-YouTube'd. The bigger moves on the night so far are gold (which jumped back over $1325 and 3-week highs) and EUR which fell around 40 pips to 1.3850. We suspect as Ukraine's red-line deadline draws near the bid for safe-havens may accelerate somewhat.

 

 

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UN Security Council Begins Discussion Of Situation In Ukraine

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Today's emergency session in the UN summoned by none other than Russia, whose representative Churkin has just started to speak, has begun. Via Bloomberg:

  • WEST, KIEV 'HENCHMEN' GOVT RESPONSIBLE FOR INSTABILITY: CHURKIN
  • CHURKIN URGES 'DE-ESCALATION,' RETURN TO FEB.21 ACCORD

But the most important opinion, that of China, remains entirely noncomittal:

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CME Sued For Giving "High-Frequency Traders Peek At Market" Since 2007

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Now that both the FBI and the DOJ have woken up from a half-decade slumber realizing there was riggedness, RIGGEDNESS going on in these here stock markets courtesy of Michael Lewis' book, it wasn't long before those most impacted by the frontrunning strategies of HFTs spoke up - anyone who has lost money in the stock market since Reg NMS was conceived.

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Obama On The Red Line And On The Rat Line

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Submitted by David Stockman's Contra Corner

Seymour Hersh’s Blockbuster: Obama On The Red Line And On The Rat Line

Read Seymour Hersh’s devastating account of Obama’s Red Lines and Rat Lines and weep for the Republic. It is no more.

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Guest Post: If It's Such A Privelege, Why Do They Have To Stick A Gun In Your Face?

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

Two. Billion. Hours.

That’s how much time people in the Land of the Free waste each year preparing and filing their tax forms to the IRS– roughly 13 hours for each of the ~150 million individual returns filed.

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"The Next America" - Two Dramas In Slow Motion

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That America has - or perhaps more accurately that the administration is desperate to create - a wealth divide, gender divide, and certainly ethnic divide, is hardly a secret. Yet all of those may pale in comparison to the transformation that the US is undergoing currently, according to the most recent Pew research study, one which finds that the world's one time superpower, is in the midst of two slow-motion dramas right now.

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Diary Of A Phony Hedgeye Manager

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I had heard of these guys but I never paid much attention to them.  They always seemed sketch especially once I noticed the Ivy league homoeratica...people like that are all the same.  One of the major issues I have with most Ivy Leaguers is their sense of entitlement and their persona's that radiate the "my shit doesn't stink like yours does" attitude.  Not even close to all Ivy league guys are like that but if I went to Yale, I would do what is possible to distance myself from people like the one's you're about to read about.

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Shape of the Investment Climate

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he economic data due out in what for many will be a holiday-shortened week is unlikely to change macro-economic picture: 

 

• Even though the US economy is strengthening after a dismal first quarter, the peak in the Fed’s balance sheet is still the better part of six months out, and the first rate hike is more than a year away.

 

• China, the world’s second largest economy, has slowed, though the focus is just as much on the financial sector, where the yuan has weakened and financial conditions have tightened.

 

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31-Year-Old Hedge Fund Trader Made More Than The CEOs Of The Six Biggest Banks Combined

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Over the weekend, there has been some consternation over the report that the CEOs of the 6 largest US banks: JPM, BAC, GS, MS, C and WFC, collectively made $96.1 million in 2013, more than $86.3 million the year before and the most since the financial crisis.

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Barclays Asks Is It Finally Time To Short Japanese Bonds?

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For a decade or two, it's been dubbed the widowmaker (though truth be told, the losses are more bleed than massive capital loss like those holding US growth stocks currently), but as Barclays notes the Japanese bond market 'conundrum' may finally be ready to be played. (or not as we conclude below)

Via Barclays,

A new bond-market ‘conundrum’ – In Japan?

Michael Gavin, Tal Shapsa

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"A Triumphant Recovery"? A First-Person Perspective Of What Is Really Happening In Greece

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In light of the recent "triumphant" return of Greece to the capital markets with its brand new 5 Year bond issuance (which much to the chagrin of the flippers is already trading below its breaking price), one of our Greek readers decided to provide his "on the ground" perspective on what is really happening in Greece.

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Regarding the past two days in Athens, Greece

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HFT Purge Begins: SEC Prepares To "Remove" Some High Frequency Trading Firms

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Ever since Goldman's anti-HFT Op-Ed less than a month ago, and since the even more recent full-hearted support by Goldman of Michael Lewis' most recent entry into the anti-HFT crusade (one promoting the Goldman-supported IEX exchange), one thing has been clear: the days of market structure in its current format are numbered.

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Detroit Bankruptcy: U Turn by Michael Comes

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Below is a comment written by Michael Comes, a Portfolio Manager & Vice President Research of Cumberland Advisors.  His bio is found at Cumberland’s home page, www.cumber.com. His email is michael.comes@cumber.com.

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One Killed, Many Wounded After Shooting Breaks Out Between Ukraine Special Forces And Pro-Russia Separatists

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"Ball is in Kiev's court." That is how we concluded our article yesterday reporting that Moscow won't accept force against demonstrators after Kiev warned it would use special forces to quell ongoing "terrorist" uprisings across cities in east Ukraine.

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Dark Clouds Gathering The Financial Markets

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