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US Trade Balance Shrinks More Than Expected As Deficits With China, EU Decline

The U.S. trade deficit shrank 2.7% in August 2017, declining from a downward revised $43.6 billion in July  to to $42.4 billion in August, better than the $42.7 billion expected, as exports increased by 0.4% to $195.3 billion and imports decreased by 0.1% to $238.1 billion. This was the smallest trade deficit since last September, […]

Loonie Bulls? Sold To You!

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, Remember back in May when all the hedge funds were short Canadian Dollars up the whazoo? At the time, I was worried the excessive pessimism might cause CAD to rally (Loonie Bears are the New Cool Kids). Well, since then, the Loonie has rallied 6.50% even […]

Why Carson Block Sees “Real Problems With Canada”

Less than a week after declaring that China’s economy is headed for an economic “day of reckoning” thanks to its twin asset bubbles (real estate and equity), short-seller Carson Block said he’s starting to believe there are “real problems with Canada” – particularly the country’s dangerously overvalued housing market. Block discussed Canada's housing market with […]

An Angry Canada Responds To Trump’s Lumber Tariff… And What It Means For The Economy

After last night’s announcement of ~20% tariffs on softwood lumber imported from Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at the Trump administration saying the U.S. could suffer from a “thickening” border as trade tensions between the two countries escalated, sending the Canadian currency to a 14 month low. As a reminder, the United States […]

Trump Approves TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline

It’s official: moments ago TransCanada said the U.S. Department of State issued a presidential permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, ending a multi-year controversial, at times acrimonious debate over the future of the pipeline. The pipeline linking Canadian oil sands to U.S. refiners had been blocked by Barack Obama, who said the […]

Trump Warns Canada, Mexico He Will Begin NAFTA Renegotiation “Within Days Of Inauguration”

In the latest unexpected and ad hoc announcement on North American trade arrangements, the Globe and Mail reports that Trump’s Commerce Secretary pick, Wilbur Ross, has informed Canadian officials that he plans to reopen NAFTA talks within days of his inauguration, and that rules of origin and independent dispute tribunals will be central in negotiations […]

Loonie Tumbles After Canadian Economy Unexpectedly Crashes Back Into Contraction

After 4 straight quarters of MoM growth in GDP, the Canadian economy plunged 0.3% in Q4 (considerably worse than the 0.0% expectations) despite a resugenece in crude prices. The Loonie is tumbling, back at 5-week lows, as manufacturing shrank a shocking 2.0% YoY – most since 2013. Goods-producing sector fell 1.3% m/m in Oct. Service-producing […]

WTI Slides After Biggest Rig Count Spike In 16 Months

The US oil rig count surged by 19 to 471 last week – the biggest weekly rise since July 2015 back to 9-month highs. This is the 22nd weekly rise in the last 24 weeks and is occurring as US crude production is beginning to rise once again. *U.S. OIL RIG COUNT UP 19 TO […]

Major Quake Strikes Cushing, Oklahoma – Near US’ Largest Oil Storage Facility

Shortly after 1945 local time, a strong 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck some 50 mile northeast of Oklahmoa City. The nearby town of Cushing, home of America's largest oil storage facility, experienced structural damage and lost power. This was Oklahoma's 5th largest quake.. No injuries have been reported. Another picture of earthquake damage in Cushing shared […]