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Turkey Wars

      by Larry Levin   I wrote this last Thanksgiving but not only is it still relevant, it is still going on. NO resolution, NO overhaul. Are we surprised? From 2013: The turkeys are squabbling....the big turkeys that is. This Thanksgiving battle is not pilgrims versus Indians, but the big banks suing the regulators. JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and their other compadres are fuming over far-reaching new rules passed in the wake of the financial crisis. So guess what, they plan to haul the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to court. The banks, represented by industry lobbying groups, plan to sue the CFTC for violating rule-making procedures when it proposed new Dodd-Frank era regulations.A source familiar with the matter said that lawsuit, led by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, is “imminent.”At issue are new rules spearheaded by outgoing CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler, which some bank officials have described as a parting shot at Wall Street. According to Bloomberg: The banks grouse that the proposals would grant the CFTC oversight over complex international swaps deals — even if a US institution has a minor or passing role in the transaction. “[The proposed rules] could adversely impact market liquidity and the ability of end-users to manage their risks,” an ISDA spokesman said in a statement. “Market participants and international policy-makers are extremely concerned about the impact of the CFTC’s cross-border guidance and related recent advisories,” the spokesman said. SIFMA and the CFTC did not return calls for comment. One source said that the lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the rules, which could kick in before year-end, would likely be filed in either Washington, DC, or Manhattan federal court. The suit will claim that the CFTC overstepped when it proposed the rules without giving industry participants a … [Read More...]

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      The U.S. equity markets have pared gains in early action, as disappointing reads on domestic durable goods orders, jobless claims and personal income and spending are knocking some of the luster off of yesterday's stronger-than-expected 3Q GDP report. Meanwhile, volume is likely to be lighter than usual with the U.S. markets set to be closed tomorrow and trade in an abbreviated session on Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Treasuries are trading higher on the data, which will continue to pour in after the opening bell, with reads on housing sales, consumer sentiment and regional manufacturing activity. In equity news, Hewlett-Packard posted mixed quarterly results, while Deere & Co easily topped analysts' profit projections but offered disappointing guidance. Elsewhere, gold, the U.S. dollar and crude oil prices are all lower. Overseas, Asian stocks finished mixed, but Chinese markets continued to rally, while European equities are mixed as the U.S. data is offsetting continued European Central Bank stimulus optimism. As of 8:54 a.m. ET, the December S&P 500 Index future is 3 points above fair value, the DJIA is 13 points north of fair value, and the Nasdaq 100 Index future is 8 points above fair value. WTI crude oil is decreasing $0.63 to $73.46 per barrel, Brent crude oil is declining $0.86 to $77.47 per barrel, and the Bloomberg gold spot price is trading $2.87 lower at $1,198.11 per ounce. Elsewhere, the Dollar Index—a comparison of the U.S. dollar to six major world currencies—is down 0.2% at 87.71. Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ $38) reported fiscal 4Q earnings-per-share (EPS) ex-items of $1.06, matching the consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by FactSet, as revenues declined 2.0% year-over-year (y/y) to $28.4 billion, compared to the $28.7 billion that the Street had projected. The company issued 1Q and full-year earnings guidance both with ranges that had midpoints below analysts' estimates. Deere … [Read More...]

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