What Are Traders Chatting About Right Now? Stocks, Bonds, Gold, Oil … They’re All Up (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ)

JonesTrading’s Dave Lutz has what traders are chatting about right now: Good Morning! US Futures are jumping, led by a 1.2% pop in Nasdaq (ORCL/JBL #s, AAPL rebound). This mirrors strength overseas, tailwinds from the Fed committing to low rates, and ECB nearing Asset Purchases. The DAX is up 2% in heavier trade, led by Discretionary and Tech – while the only market red is Greece as elections yesterday were a “Sell the News”. The Energy covering we saw yesterday was global, as Dubai jumped 13%, the most on record, Saudi was up 8.6%, and Abu Dhabi jumped almost 7%. Over in Asia, Sentiment stronger in Russia as the Micex climbs 6% (Ruble Stable, Putin Presser), and the Nikkei jumped 2.3% as the Yen fell and Sony jumped 5% after cancelling the release of “The Interview.” Shanghai underperformed as Housing Prices fell again, the 3rd straight annual decline, while Aussie climbed 1% as Miners popped despite a fresh overnight low in Ore prices. The US 10YY continues to climb, bearing down on 2.19%, while strong demand for Bunds has German Yields basically unchanged. The “Policy Sensitive” 2YY remains near yesterday’s highs, helping the Yield Curve steepen, a nice tailwind for Banks. The Euro is weaker, and nearing recent lows, and there was High volatility in Swiss Franc as they introduce negative interest rates to keep their currency lower against Euro. Focus remains on Oil, where another big spike in WTI above $58.50 is failing. Some very wild gaps higher the last 24hours, only to eventually evaporate. WTI was up 4% earlier, up “only” 1.9% now. Gold is climbing 1% and well over $1200 as German Breakevens climb higher, but still show deflation in 5years. Scheduled Catalysts today include Weekly Jobless Claims at 8:30, Markit US Services PMI at 9:45, US Leading Index at 10, and Natty gas Inventory data hits at 10:30. Keep a close eye on the Yen today, we have a major catalyst overnight as the BOJ meets….SEE ALSO: 10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell Join the conversation about this story

Here Come Initial Jobless Claims… (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ)

At 8:30 a.m. ET, we’ll get the latest weekly tally of initial unemployment insurance claims. Economists estimate the weekly jobless claims climbed to 295,000 from 294,000 a week ago. “The four-week moving average of initial claims has been below the 300k threshold for over three months, a sign that involuntary separations are at their nadir,” Nomura economists said. Click Here For Live Updates

BREAKING: Police Say They Believe Witness Who Says A Conservative MP Killed A Boy At Child Sex Party

London police say they believe a man named only as “Nick” who claims he saw a Conservative MP kill a boy at a child sex party in the 1980s, The Guardian reports. Nick, whose real identity is being withheld by police and the media, previously told the Exaro news site that when he was a boy he was taken to child sex parties in the 1980s. He watched a boy being strangled to death in front of him by the unnamed MP. On another occasion, he says he saw another boy killed while a Conservative cabinet member looked on. A third boy is also alleged to have been killed by the Westminster paedophile ring that included senior political figures in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. A handful of political figures who have died have subsequently been revealed as child abusers whose position in power appears to have helped them get away with their crimes. They include the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith. Nick also identified one of his alleged abusers at the London parties: The former deputy director of MI6 Sir Peter Hayman, who died in 1992. Hayman had previously been named in parliament by Geoffrey Dickens, the late MP who tried to investigate child abuse in Westminster. Nick alleges that the Westminster ring organized a series of parties at which young boys were horribly abused, and three eventually were killed. Police are now focusing their investigation on the Dolphin Square estate, The Guardian reports: Scotland Yard said on Thursday it was appealing for evidence as inquiries centred on Dolphin Square estate, in central London, and other locations across London and the south of England, including military establishments. Detectives said they believed a witness who said he was abused by the VIP sex ring. Det Supt Ken McDonald, head of the inquiry, said of the witness called Nick: “I believe what Nick saying is credible and true”. We’re updating this story as we go along. Apologies for the typos.Join the conversation about this story

Redfin Announces $70.9 Million Investment Led by Large Institutional Investors Including Wellington Management

PRESS RELEASE:Check out our press release hub, powered by Business Wire. It’s a one stop shop for industry announcements to help you stay on top of the latest technology and investment trends. Get the scoop here.Strong Growth, Performance and Ability to Scale in $50 Billion Real Estate Industry Attracted Top-tier Investors SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 18, 2014– Redfin (www.redfin.com), the customer-first real estate brokerage, today announced an investment of $70.9 million, led by large institutional investors including Wellington Management Company, LLP, as well as Glynn Capital Management, LLC. Other key investors include Brothers Brook, LLC, an investment firm led by Jeffery Boyd, chairman of the board of directors of The Priceline Group; and Annox Capital Management, led by Redfin board director Bob Mylod. Funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Tiger Global Management, LLC, who were among the investors from Redfin’s $50 million funding round in November 2013, are also participating. Redfin has doubled the number of markets it serves over the past year, and this funding will support continued expansion to offer Redfin’s unique blend of full-service real estate and technology to millions of consumers. The money will also fuel Redfin’s ongoing development of new technology that makes every step of the home-buying and selling process better for those consumers. “Redfin will put this capital to good use,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “As our business grows, our agents can be more local, and our ability to get people into homes quickly increases. With more market-share, we can pair buyers and sellers more efficiently. We have already seen this happen over the years in our most established markets, but now we can invest in accelerating that process in new markets.” Previously, Redfin had raised $95 million. Redfin is a leader in the category of end-to-end companies that begin with software but transform a real-world experience. The company now serves 48 major U.S. markets, with an award-winning website and mobile tools, paired with talented teams of Redfin real estate agents who are paid to put their customers first. Redfin real estate agents have completed $20 billion in home sales, and saved customers more than $200 million in real estate fees. Technology: Redfin invented map-based real estate search, then built technology to make every step of buying or selling a home better, from on-the-spot tour-scheduling to an online …read more

6 Gifts That Will Totally Impress The Travelers On Your List

There are plenty of items to give the travel-obsessed loved one in your life this holiday season. There are those gadgets and gizmos that can make their journeys that much more comfortable, such as the Napwrap or the Knee Defender. Then you’ve got those items that will streamline their travels, like the razor that answers all of our packing prayers or the HuffPost-proclaimed best carry-on bag ever.
Making travel easier may win their hearts, but will it warm their hearts? If giving a gift that will make ‘em say “aww” is what you’re after, we’ve got some gifts that just might do the trick.Water Color Map
Yes, true travelers can never fully quench their thirst for seeing more, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a soft spot for home. Maps.stamen.com lets you type in a location, which they then turn it into a watercolor map right in front of your eyes. Give the nomad in your life a little piece of watercolored home they can have forever. DIY World Map
If you’re looking for something sentimental and feeling crafty, give this DIY wall map a try. The directions are simple enough and you can customize it to just about any country, state or city that’s close to your loved one’s heart.Canvas Print
Okay, this isn’t exactly a map, but we all take four million photos on our travels, why not turn one of them into some artwork for the home? Websites like Easy Canvas Prints (or search Groupon for deals) have made it oh-so-easy to take your own photos and turn them into literal works of art. LinePoster Map
This one’s for the friend who really likes the subway (or the metro/the Tube/whatever). Give them a pint glass with the metro map of Washington D.C. or a coaster with London’s Tube Map. Whatever tickles their fancy!World Map Watch
This Urban Outfitters watch is the perfect little reminder that to a traveler, time is precious. There isn’t a minute to waste!Bonus: Meshu Jewelry
Map the route of one specific trip (or everywhere you’ve been in the world), and let Meshu create your specific geometric shape. You can turn that shape into a necklace, a ring, earrings, a poster or coasters of varying textures and designs. Unfortunately it’s too late to secure delivery for Christmas Day, but what better way to keep a backpacking trip close to your heart then by literally keeping it close to your …read more

12-month Xbox Music subscription is just $49.90 tomorrow, 50 percent off

Microsoft is running the same deal on Xbox Music as last year: a 12-month subscription for just $49.90. The promotion starts tomorrow morning online, and Microsoft retail stores will be discounting the subscription to just $29. Normally priced at $99.90, the deal is limited to three subscriptions per customer, and a code for the service will be delivered digitally. Xbox Music is similar to Spotify, providing access to more than 30 million songs for streaming and the ability to purchase and download individual tracks and
Microsoft’s promotion comes just days after the company ended free streaming for Xbox Music. 12 months of Xbox Music subscription includes ad-free music streaming for iOS, Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox One, and…

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