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Stocks To Watch This Week

Bitcoin futures begin tomorrow, so expect more fireworks from digital currency and related stocks. My advice, avoid the whole space all together until people stop talking about it. Now for some stocks to watch this week... Read More

"Can't Rule Out $100,000" - Taleb Warns Futures Traders "No Way To 'Properly' Short Bitcoin Bubble"

Following Mike Novogratz's earlier comments about the launch of Bitcoin futures, “The market trades like it wants to go up, not down... We are in a speculative mania and my sense is we are still fairly early.” Infamous 'Black Swan' theorist and tail-risk-hedger, Nassim Nicholas Taleb has a warning for the 'no brainer' traders hoping to use Bitcoin futures to bet against the 'bubble'... In his tweet, Taleb said, “No, there is NO way to properly short the bitcoin “bubble”. Any strategy that doesn’t entail options is nonergodic (subjected to blow up). Just as one couldn’t rule out 5K, then 10K, one can’t rule out 100K.”...

Interactive Brokers Allows Long-Only Bitcoin Futures Trading (At 50% Margin)

Following the 'successful' launch of Bitcoin futures overnight, Interactive Brokers - whose founder had been adamantly against the CME/CBOE product over risk concerns - has enabled clients to trade the crypto-craziness on its platform... but with some notable constraints. Interactive Brokers began offering clients the ability to trade bitcoin futures at the start of trading on the Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) on Sunday night, December 10th, 2017. “Interactive Brokers was on the buy side of the low print of 14,710,” said Thomas Peterffy, founder, Chairman and CEO...

BLS: Job Openings "Little changed" in October

From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary The number of job openings was little changed at 6.0 million on the last business day of October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the month, hires increased to 5.6 million and separations were little changed at 5.2 million. Within separations, the quits rate and the layoffs and discharges rate were little changed at 2.2 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively. ... The number of quits was unchanged at 3.2 million in October. The quits rate was 2.2 percent. The number of quits was little changed for total private, for government, and in all industries...

Street Check: Benchmark predicted Sigma Designs could be bought by Silicon Labs

Shares of Sigma Designs (SIGM) jumped in morning trading after Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) agreed to acquire the company for about $282M. The deal comes after Sigma reported weaker than expected quarterly results, and several months after an analyst speculated about a potential deal. BACKGROUND: In a June 7 note, Benchmark analyst Gary Mobley speculated that Sigma Designs could be a "prime acquisition target" for Silicon Labs or MaxLinear (MXL) if it shed assets to become a pure play IoT chip/cloud...

Comment on Employment Report: Some Additional Hurricane Bounce Back

The headline jobs number was strong at 228 thousand, probably somewhat due to an additional bounce back from the hurricanes, and above expectations. The previous two months were revised up slightly by a combined 3 thousand jobs. The September jobs report was revised up again (now up to 38 thousand), and that keeps the record job streak alive, now at 86 consecutive months (93 months if we remove the decennial Census hiring and firing)...

Lithium Mega-Batteries Bolstering Public Power Grids and Boosting Lithium Supplier Stocks

With the flick of a switch, the world’s largest lithium ion battery was turned on and connected to South Australia’s power grid, delivering 129 MWh battery capacity in time for Australian summer, and putting more pressure on lithium suppliers to deliver. Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered the mega battery within CEO Elon Musk’s 100-day promise, while also sending a message around the world that lithium batteries are the...

On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday

Stocks opened little changed and remained in a narrow range throughout the morning. However, the major averages have moved toward session highs near noon, with the Nasdaq the strongest of the equity indexes. Oil prices have rebounded after beginning the day in negative territory, with the price of crude now higher by a bit over 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dipped 2,000 to 236,000 in the first week of December. A report on consumer credit growth in October is expected at 3 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Broadcom (AVGO) have advanced 1% after the...

CoreLogic: "2.5 million Homes still in negative equity" at end of Q3 2017

From CoreLogic: CoreLogic Reports Homeowner Equity Increased by Almost $871 Billion in Q3 2017 CoreLogic® ... today released its Q3 2017 home equity analysis which shows that U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63 percent of all homeowners*) have collectively seen their equity increase 11.8 percent year over year, representing a gain of $870.6 billion since Q3 2016. Additionally, homeowners gained an average of $14,888 in home equity between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017. Western states...

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