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Euro Tumbles After EU Blasts Italy's "Unprecedented" Budget Deviation

If there was any doubt that the standoff between Italy and the EU would get worse before it gets even moar worse, moments ago any doubts were extinguished when Bloomberg reported that in the letter addressed to Italy's Finance Minister Giovanni Tria, EU Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici said that... Read More

If Gold Crosses This Line, It’s “Off to the Races”

Last week and so far this week, the price of gold has also traded above the 9-12 month cycle moving average. These are both signs that those cycles have bottomed, and are poised to turn up. Gold must now close above the high of the range of the past 4 weeks of 1215 to confirm a tradable upturn in those two cycles. If it does, it could be off to the races. I suggested a couple of low risk plays to participate in a rally. Both gold itself, and the mining stocks have since had a nice move. Here's a brief look at the outlook, and a review of my suggested strategy...

Element 23: The Most Important Commodity You’ve Never Heard Of

Forget about lithium, last year’s “White Petroleum.” It’s about to be left in the dust. The mineral of the moment is Vanadium…the key to the next energy revolution. Analysts pegged it as the “metal to watch” in January. And they were right. The price of vanadium has soared 300% in the past three years. According to Bushveld Minerals’ CEO, vanadium was the best performing battery mineral of 2017. It’s already a hot commodity for the steel industry…but that’s just the beginning. The mineral is about to be in high demand, thanks to its role in a revolutionary new battery technology and the burgeoning steel industry in the U.S...

Bitcoin Futures Trading Volumes Surge 41% In Q3, CME Reports

Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has continued to grow in Q3, the U.S.-based exchange reported in a tweet Wednesday, Oct. 17. The CME has revealed that the average daily trading volume (ADV) of Bitcoin futures has increased by 41 percent in Q3 over Q2, while open interest (OI) - or the number of open contracts on Bitcoin futures - has risen by 19 percent in the third quarter. Compared to the results of the second quarter (over the first quarter), the trading dynamics are now growing at a slower pace in Q3. On July 20, the CME reported that Bitcoin futures trading in Q2 had seen a large increase...

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer with analyst Brian Nagel saying Nike represents an "already dominant, legacy global brand that is now aggressively embracing the power of digital to enhance most facets of its business." 2. United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie and to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens. 3. Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs with analyst Jerry Revich saying the company's organic growth outlook is improving amid rising power disturbances...

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Infosys (INFY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs with analyst Sumeet Jain saying yesterday's Q2 results were in-line but at the expense of "unexpectedly" higher investments. 2. Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc with analyst Andy Hargreaves citing quarterly results. While the analyst maintains a favorable view of Netflix's strategic positioning, he believes improving investment efficiency or significant ancillary opportunities are needed to drive upside from current levels, and he does not anticipate either over the next year...

Forget Lithium, This Will Spark The Next Battery Boom

If you were looking for the perfect energy stock. What would it look like? First, you'd look for an incredibly rare element... one with limited supply. Second, you'd want an element now under the radar... but about to break out with huge potential demand. Third, you'd want a company with a virtual monopoly on the element. And these three things may well have just aligned. There's a new metal -- not any of the usual precious or rare earth metals -- that is seeing demand soar. And one little-known miner has a virtual monopoly on U.S. supply...

Apple, ZTE named as respondents in USITC probe of LTE, 3G cellular devices

The U.S. International Trade Commission, or USITC, announced it has voted to institute an investigation of certain LTE- and 3G-compliant cellular communications devices. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by INVT SPE LLC of San Francisco, CA, on September 14, 2018. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain LTE- and 3G-compliant cellular communications devices that infringe patents asserted by the complainant. The complainant...

NAHB: Builder Confidence increased to 68 in October

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) was at 68 in October, up from 67 in September. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. From NAHB: Builder Confidence Rises One Point in October, Remains at Summer Levels. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 68 in October on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder confidence levels have held...

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