The Daily Shot Brief – May 21st, 2018



The United States: US economic sentiment continues to point to higher GDP growth as the soft-hard economic data divergence persists.

Source: @fathommacro; Read full article

This chart shows the share of US imports by country. Japan’s share decline started after the Plaza Accord.

Source: Goldman Sachs


The Eurozone: The overall macro risk indicators for the Eurozone are still near pre-crisis levels (for now).

Source: Goldman Sachs


Energy: The front end of the Brent curve went into contango (positively sloping) – a bearish sign. The second chart shows the spread between the August and the July futures.

Source: The Daily Shot
Source: @StuartLWallace, @TheTerminal, @alexlongley1


Finally, here are some updates renewable energy:

Both residential and non-residential solar power output is set to climb in the years to come.

Source:, h/t Paul Menestrier; Read full article

Rising electric storage capacity will make solar and wind facilities increasingly more versatile.

Source: @BloombergNRG, @MarkChediak; Read full article


Equity Markets: US profit margins are at record highs.

Source: @trevornoren; Read full article


Credit: Smaller US banks are seeing a jump in credit card charge-off rates.

Source: @jessefelder; Read full article


Rates: Demand for CDs rose for the first time since 2008 as rates climb.

Source: Nick Clements/


Food for Thought: US voting “blocks” (groups of states that always vote the same way).

Source: @onlmaps


Edited by Paul Menestrier

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