In my view data released to date has indicated the US and global economy held up fairly well in Q3, contrary to the widely held fears of a sharp deceleration. Data is now suggesting third quarter global growth has slipped to 2.5% from 3.1% registered...

Today is the first estimate of third quarter GDP. Analysts are expecting growth to rise by 1.5% versus a 3.9% pace of the second quarter. In quarter’s past, equities have dropped if the data surprised on the upside given rising odds of a change in...

Markets were soft ahead of today’s conclusion of the two day Fed meeting. There is little expectations of any change in monetary policy albeit all will scrutinize the post meeting statement to see how the Committee views Chinese economic developments and how the drop in...

Markets have been sanguine regarding a potential debt ceiling crisis. In my view, it seems more likely than not a deal will be done by November 3rd. But what are the possible implications if the debt ceiling debate once again goes down to the wire?...

Stocks jumped on Friday as central banks are reasserting themselves over financial markets, with fresh stimulus form China. The PBOC cut interest rates Friday, a day after the ECB signaled it will bolster stimulus if needed. Equity futures were showing early morning strength because of...

Equites opened strong on earnings only to close lower. The NASDAQ fell about 0.85% as momentum monies exited drug stocks. The Dow was only lower by 0.25%....

Many times I have opined housing and autos traditionally lead a recovery. Auto sales are strong. Housing starts/sales are as well as it was reported yesterday housing starts—led by multifamily—rose to the second highest level since November 2007 (June 2015 starts were insignificantly higher)....

Tomorrow is a “technical meeting” of OPEC members. There is little talk of curtailing production albeit all of its members are hemorrhaging money. Because of the 45% drop in price, the largest and perhaps OPEC’s most financially secure country, Saudi Arabia, is delaying payments to...

The last several months I have had little difficulty writing these remarks given the large amount of material to pick from. Today’s comments, well, I am happy to write were difficult to pen. Friday was a quiet day....