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  • The October Jobs Report Was Not As Good As Hyped Powerhedge Summary The headline number for the October jobs report greatly surpassed expectations, but a more sober look reveals that the report was not particularly promising. Virtually all job creations went to workers over age 55. Those workers in the 25-54 age group actually saw job losses during the period. The majority of job creations were in low paying ...
  • Russia Could Cause Another Financial Crisis In Response To Sanctions Powerhedge One of the major international news stories over the past two years has been the unrest in the Ukraine that ultimately led to an overthrow of the previous government and a standoff between the nation of Russia and the Western powers. This resulted in the United States and many European nations imposing economic sanctions against ...
  • Fundamentals Continue To Weaken, Market Appears Overvalued At Present Levels Powerhedge Summary Over the past month, various economic reports have shown that the real economy continues to weaken, despite all the claims of strength that pundits are making. The Dallas Fed Manufacturing Outlook Survey for October registered its tenth straight decline in October. This has never happened outside of a recession. New Home Sales are also weakening much more ...
  • Are The Saudis Trying To Create A Future Oil Shortage? Powerhedge Summary The reluctance of Saudi Arabia to cut production is one reason for the plunge in oil prices over the past year. By causing oil prices to plunge, Saudi Arabia has created fiscal problems for itself – essentially shooting itself in the foot. It makes no sense for the Saudis to maintain production to defend its market share ...
  • Don’t Bet On A Rate Hike In December, QE4 More Likely PowerhedgeFor the past several months, I have been publishing a series of articles to this site discussing how the media’s narrative about a “strong and recovering” U.S. economy is far from accurate. I even went so far as to predict that the Federal Reserve would not raise rates at its September meeting, which was indeed the case. ...
  • Tracking Utilization And Dayrate Trends In The Offshore Drilling Industry – September 2015 PowerhedgeThere continues to be great concern among market participants regarding the offshore drilling industry. Indeed, this morning’s announcement by Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) that it received a formal cancellation notice for the West Mira rig only amplified the concerns of investors. This makes sense, as it has been common knowledge among most industry watchers that both day rates and utilization rates ...
  • Through The Oil Trade, China Again Threatens U.S. Dollar Dominance – And May Succeed PowerhedgeFor the past year, I have been publishing a series of articles discussing the attempts of various emerging markets, led primarily by China and Russia, to fundamentally change the dynamics of international trade. These nations are doing this by weakening the dominance of the United States dollar in international settlement. In so doing, they are ...
  • The Republic Of The Congo Could Be The Next Big Story Due To Russia PowerhedgeThe Republic of the Congo is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world. However, like many African nations, the country continues to be undeveloped due, at least in part, to a civil war that took place in the late 1990s. It has enjoyed a relatively stable, if controversial, government since then, however (do ...
  • Seadrill Discusses Current Conditions In The Offshore Drilling Industry PowerhedgeOne of the best things about Seadrill’s (NYSE:SDRL) earnings reports is the in-depth descriptions that the company gives of the conditions in the offshore drilling industry. It is wise for an investor, or potential investor, to review this information as it provides information that can help one predict the future of the company. It can ...
  • The Popularity Of Mutual Funds Could Be A Threat To The Market PowerhedgeThe market volatility that occurred last week during an event known as “Black Monday” left many investors either confused or fearful. However, this event was simply one symptom of a systemic problem in both the stock and bond markets that is most certainly something that should be a concern for retail investors or indeed anybody ...

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  • Pacific Drilling Posts Excellent Q3 Earnings, Faces Difficult Times Ahead Powerhedge Summary Pacific Drilling reported impressive quarterly numbers, including its highest cash flow ever. The company’s revenue decline was due to one rig suffering from an equipment failure. It has been fixed and should be accretive to revenues in Q4. Pacific Drilling cancelled the construction of the Pacific Zonda, saving it from taking on more debt to pay for ...
  • Ensco – Disappointing Earnings Results, But Likely To Improve Next Quarter Powerhedge Summary Ensco’s most recent earnings results left a lot to be desired as the company’s revenues and income declined significantly year-over-year. The reason for the decline is that a large portion of the company’s fleet did not operate during the quarter. Ensco did enjoy a lot of success securing new contracts, which should boost their revenues in the ...
  • Noble Corp.’s Q3 Earnings Results Show Resilience, Company Still Faces Short-Term Challenges Powerhedge Summary Noble’s latest quarterly results were quite strong, showing revenue and net income growth. The company’s revenues were inflated due to a one-time event, they would have been slightly lower quarter-over-quarter if this is excluded. Noble successfully secured new contracts for nearly all of its rigs that needed one, positioning it quite strongly entering 2016. The company’s revenues and ...
  • The Alerian MLP ETF Could Be Appealing To Income-Seeking Investors Powerhedge Summary The Alerian MLP ETF offers a way to gain access to a diversified MLP portfolio without the credit risk of an ETN. MLPs remain one of the few assets suitable for generating income in the zero interest rate environment. Most of the ETF’s assets are pipeline companies, which have proven quite resistant to the decline in oil ...
  • Regulators Could Cause The Price Of Gold To Rise PowerhedgeFor the past year or two, I have been regularly publishing articles to this site discussing the sharp disconnect between the supply-demand fundamentals in the gold markets and the price of the yellow metal. Recently, it has been reported that some regulators have discovered this as well and have begun to investigate. Should the outcome ...
  • Interest Rates And Liquidity Make Bond Funds Risky Investments PowerhedgeIt is a common belief among investment professionals from all walks of life that bonds are safer investments than stocks. This is why most financial advisors will generally recommend that an individual increase the proportion of their portfolios that is allocated to bonds as they age. While it is true that holding a high-rated bond ...
  • Seadrill Partners’ Second Quarter Results Show Company Well Positioned To Handle Industry Weakness PowerhedgeOn Thursday, August 27, 2015, offshore drilling contractor Seadrill Partners (NYSE:SDLP) announced its second quarter 2015 results. Overall, these results were quite impressive, particularly when we consider the trepidation that the market has expressed towards the company as indicated by its recent unit price decline. With that said, it is true that there are valid ...
  • North Atlantic Drilling’s Second Quarter Results Were Excellent But Many Challenges Remain PowerhedgeOn Thursday, August 27, 2015, harsh-environment drilling contractor North Atlantic Drilling (NYSE:NADL) announced its second quarter 2015 results. Given all the fear that has been surrounding this company in the marketplace lately, these results were surprisingly good. However, the challenges facing the company should not be ignored. These results do show a company that is ...
  • Seadrill’s Q2 Results Show A Company That’s Weathering The Downturn Well PowerhedgeOn Thursday, August 27, 2015, offshore drilling giant Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) announced its second quarter 2015 results. Despite all the fears that many have expressed regarding the offshore drilling industry in general and this company in particular, these results were quite respectable. This shows that Seadrill is doing an admirable job navigating the difficulties facing it. Read ...
  • Seadrill Partners: Potential Exists In This High-Yielder, But Not Without Risks PowerhedgeI recently read an article published on financial website titled “5 Toxic Stocks to Stay Away From This Summer.” One of the companies listed in this article is offshore drilling firm Seadrill Partners (NYSE:SDLP). In the article, The Street uses exclusively technical analysis to show that the price of the company’s stock is likely to decline ...

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  • The Triumph Of Materialism: The Average American Will Spend 830 Dollars On Christmas In 2015 November 26, 2015
    Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Has there ever been a major holiday more focused on materialism than the modern American Christmas?  This year, Americans are planning to spend an average of 830 dollars on Christmas gifts, which represents a jump of 110 dollars over the average of 720 dollars last year.  […]
    Tyler Durden
  • Charting The Full Impact Of Europe's Plunging Currency On U.S. Corporate Revenues November 26, 2015
    When it comes to the current round of currency war between Europe and the US, Europe is winning and the US is losing, and  nowhere is this more obvious than the revenues of the largest US corporations. Here is FactSet showing that Dow 30 companies continued to report sales declines in Europe in Q3 as […]
    Tyler Durden
  • The December Jobs Number May Really Be The "Most Important Ever" November 26, 2015
    Everyone has heard the phrase "this is the most important jobs report ever", and virtually every time this has been an exaggeration. However according to an analysis conducted by BofA's Vadim Iaralov, the nonfarm payrolls report on December 4 (a day after the just as critical ECB announcement, but more importantly 12 days before the […]
    Tyler Durden
  • With Mass Shootings, The State Makes Us Less Safe November 25, 2015
    Submitted by Justin Murray via The Mises Institute, In the wake of last month’s shooting at Umpqua University in Oregon, national debate has once again been sparked over the role of firearm controls. Gun-control laws must be passed, we are told, that target these events and reduce or eliminate their frequency. However, much like most […]
    Tyler Durden
  • THaNKSGiViNG 2015... November 25, 2015
  • Out Of Gas: Gazprom Cuts Off Ukraine, Will Turkey Be Next? November 25, 2015
    Last month in "Pipeline Politics: Russia, Turkey Clash Over Energy As Syria Rift Shifts Focus To German Line," we revisited Russia's recent deal with Shell, E.On and OMV to double the capacity of the Nord Stream pipeline, the shortest route from Russian gas fields to Europe.   The MOU, signed earlier this year, angered the […]
    Tyler Durden
  • Kiss Christmas Goodbye November 25, 2015
    Submitted by Tony Sagami via, In my article from November 17, I touched on the growing number of retailers that report shrinking traffic and disappointing sales: Our consumer-driven economy is not getting any help from suddenly sober shopaholics. In the most recent report, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose by a measly […]
    Tyler Durden
  • Bank Of America Forecasts No Recession Until 2027 (If Ever), Sees S&P At 3,500 In 10 Years November 25, 2015
    A year and a half ago, in May of 2014, when Bank of America's chief economist Ethan Harris decided to try his hand at long term (really long-term) forecasts, he made several predictions: that 2015 GDP would be 3.3%, that the long-term potential growth rate of the economy is 2.2%, and that the long-term unemployment […]
    Tyler Durden
  • From Here To Eternity November 25, 2015
    Submitted by MN Gordon via, “Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree, Damned from here to Eternity, God ha’ mercy on such as we, Baa!  Yah!  Bah!”   — Gentlemen-Rankers, Rudyard Kipling  Insults and Offenses For the first time in 80 years, vast numbers of hardworking, industrious people are finding themselves up the creek without a […]
    Tyler Durden
  • Volume-less, Range-less 'Market' Sparks Largest Small-Cap Short-Squeeze In 2 Months November 25, 2015
    It's one of those days... The last 4 days have seen the largest "short squeeze" in 2 months...   But the broad market went nowhere...   As Small Caps (heavily shorted) surged...   On the smallest range day of 2015...   The market was glued to VWAP most of the day...   On the week […]
    Tyler Durden
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  • Why Would Turkey Shoot Down Russian Su-24 November 25, 2015
    On November 24 the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian SU-24, which was carrying out sorties against terrorists in the Syrian province of Latakia, near the Syrian-Turkish border. It’s reported that both pilots managed to eject, but one of them was shot dead in the air as he parachuted down, while the other is […]
    Александр Орлов
  • Did NATO Just Attack Russia, Or Was It Climate Change’s Fault? November 25, 2015
    I began this morning reporting on Britain’s next king saying climate change is partly responsible for Syria’s civil war, and his blaming the refugee crisis and civil war there on drought. In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Prince Charles waxes profoundly over the lost Copenhagen climate accord in 2009, and on far reaching strategies you […]
    Фил Батлер
  • Israeli Colonel Caught with IS Pants Down November 25, 2015
    This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was “caught with IS pants down.” By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called IS–or Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preference–terrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under […]
    Вильям Энгдаль
  • Russian Warplane Down: NATO’s Act of War November 24, 2015
    Despite blatant provocation, Russia must continue toward the finish line. With cameras rolling, Turkey has claimed it has shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft. The New York Times in its article, “Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syria Border,” reports that: Turkish fighter jets on patrol near the Syrian border shot down a Russian […]
    Тони Карталучи
  • Who Has Been Pushing Russia To Go “All In” Against Saudi Arabia and Qatar November 24, 2015
    On November 19, 2015 Russia’s pro-Western radio station “Echo of Moscow” published an article on its website that was written by the former economic adviser to the Russian president, Andrei Illarionov, who is now residing in the United States. The article was titled “The next step – a strike on Saudi Arabia?” and was packed with calls to launch air […]
    Петр Львов
  • The Success of Russia’s Political Front in the Middle East November 24, 2015
    There’s no denying that the Russian military campaign against ISIS in Syria has really off-set the organization’s militant stranglehold and that this campaign has practically led to re-orientation of the Middle East’s strategic landscape that had previously become intensely disturbed due to the rise of umpteen Western supported proxy groups. Notwithstanding the rapidity of Russian air […]
    Салман Рафи Шейх
  • Why the West Won’t Hit ISIS Where it Hurts November 24, 2015
    In the wake of the Paris attacks, the West has sought to leverage what it had hoped would be a renewed public will for expanded war abroad. To this end, the US and Turkey have announced an operation which it claims will secure the last 98 kilometers of the Turkish-Syrian border – an area roughly […]
    Тони Карталучи
  • Is There A Peaceful Nuclear Race Between Russia in China in the Middle East? November 24, 2015
    Countries in the Middle East are currently paying a great deal of attention to the development of their nuclear programs. It’s understandable why: developing nuclear energy demonstrates the economic success of a country and enhances its international prestige, not to mention the benefit to the domestic market derived from the production of electricity at the […]
    Дмитрий Бокарев
  • Tracking ISIS to DC’s Doorsteps November 23, 2015
    The problem with America’s “anti-ISIS coalition” is not a matter of poor planning or a lack of resources. It is not a matter of lacking leadership or military might. The problem with America’s “anti-ISIS coalition” is that it never existed in the first place. There is no US-led war on ISIS, and what’s worse, it […]
    Урсан Гуннар
  • If You Disagree, You Must Die: Obama Wills It November 23, 2015
     About 19 months ago I started to wonder, “What is wrong with my countrymen?” When America’s and Britain’s leadership decided to try and trash Russia’s Sochi Olympics, I figured our leadership had sunk to a new low. Since then my thinking has been proven wrong, our leaders are hired killers devoid of any sense of […]
    Фил Батлер