Financial Review

Cleaning Up

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-03-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 91 = 17,598 SPX – 5 = 2098 NAS – 12 = 5115 10 YR YLD – .05 = 2.15% OIL – 1.95 = 45.17 GOLD – 9.10 = 1087.10 SILV – .30 = 14.59   This is going to be an extremely busy week. We still have a third of S&P 500 companies to report earnings. There’s also going to be a plethora of economic activity culminating in the Friday jobs report for July. Oil prices hit a six month low. It’s not just oil. Commodities prices across the board are falling thanks to slowing global demand and a rising dollar. All of this makes it very unlikely we’ll see a big pickup in inflation any time soon.   The Athens Stock Exchange reopened today and it was ugly. The ASE Stock Index dropped 23% after being closed for five weeks, with banking shares down by as much as 30%. The index managed to recover from session lows but still closed down 16%. While local traders are able to buy stocks, bonds, derivatives and warrants under certain conditions, international investors don’t face any restrictions, as long as they were active in the markets before they were shuttered.   The selloff shows the scale of the crisis still facing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as he negotiates a third bailout with creditors after six months that have put unprecedented strain …

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Financial Review

Blue Moon

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-31-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 56 = 17,689 SPX – 4 = 2103 NAS – 0.5 = 5128 10 YR YLD – .07 = 2.20% OIL – 1.64 = 46.88 GOLD + 7.10 = 1096.40 SILV + .04 = 14.87   For the week the S&P 500 index gained 1.2%, while posting a 2% gain for the month of July. The Dow Industrials finished the week with a 0.7% gain which lifted the monthly gain to 0.4%. The Nasdaq was up 0.8% for the weeks and 2.9% for the month. For the month, the yield on the 10 year Treasury dropped 13 basis points. Spot gold dropped 6% for the month and silver was down 5%. The big decline came in oil prices: down 12.59 per barrel or 21% for the month. Consumer sentiment fell to a final July reading of 93.1 from a final June level of 96.1. For context, the consumer-sentiment gauge averaged 86.9 over the year leading up to the recession. After adjusting for changes in prices, just three in 10 surveyed thought their chances were better than 50 percent for real income gains over the next five years. Call it the voice of experience.   An index that measures the price of US labor slowed sharply in the second quarter, easing fears of inflation and signaling the labor market may not be as healthy as the …

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Author Interviews

Ashlee Vance

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/ASHLEE_VANCE_07-31-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:48 — 9.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Sinclair Noe audio interview with Ashlee Vance, author of “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”

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Financial Review

The Value of Everything

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-30-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 5 = 17,745 SPX + .06 = 2108 NAS + 17 = 5128 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.27% OIL – .27 = 48.35 GOLD – 8.40 = 1089.30 SILV – .08 = 14.83   Gross domestic product rose at a 2.3% annual rate from April to June, missing expectations for 2.6% growth. First quarter GDP was revised to show 0.6 percent growth after previous reports showed a 0.2 percent downturn. The latest reading on GDP was propelled by higher consumer spending on big-ticket items such as new cars and trucks and the strongest housing market in years. Personal spending accounted for two percent of the 2.3% headline increase.   Builders increased spending on new home construction at a 6.6% clip in the spring, especially for townhouses, condos and apartment units. That follows 10% gains in the prior two quarters. US exports, meanwhile, snapped back with a 5.3% increase after a 6% drop in the first quarter. Imports rose at a slower 3.5% pace. The improved trade figures also gave the economy a small boost.   Business investment was weak again. Outlays on equipment declined 4.1% and the value of inventories fell slightly to $110 billion from $112.8 billion. Spending on structures such as oil platforms fell 1.6%, largely because of the drop in oil prices. The story on the economy remains consistent: strong consumption, …

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Financial Review

Solid Guesses

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-29-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 121 = 17,751 SPX + 15 = 2108 NAS + 22 = 5111 10 YR YLD + .03 = 2.28% OIL + .91 = 48.89 GOLD + 1.20 = 1097.70 SILV + .13 = 14.91   The Federal Reserve FOMC meeting wrapped up earlier today. They issued a statement but there was no press conference. The Fed did not change monetary policy; no surprise, nobody expected a change from this meeting. The next FOMC meeting is in September and we might see changes then, or maybe December. There really weren’t many clues in the statement. There were a few subtle changes in wording of the statement; specifically on jobs, the Fed said: “The labor market continued to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemployment. On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilization of labor resources has diminished since early this year.” “Solid job gains” is a fairly strong phrase for the Fed. No indication of slack in the labor market.   The actual decision to raise rates will come when the Fed sees “some” further improvement in the labor market. The word “some” was new. What does “some” mean? You can give it whatever meaning you want but I think it means the labor market is headed in the right direction and as long as it stays on the tracks and …

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Financial Review

Step 9

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-28-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 189 = 17,630 SPX + 25 =  2093 NAS + 49 = 5089 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.25% OIL + .59 = 47.98 GOLD + 1.00 = 1096.50 SILV + .14 = 14.79   The Federal Reserve FOMC met today. They will meet again tomorrow and then they will issue a statement.  Investors are not expecting any major decisions this week, but they will be looking for hints on the Fed’s timing for possible future movements. While consensus for a rate rise is leaning towards September, the wild card is now China. A growing number of market watchers are suggesting that, before the year is out, two interest rate hikes rather than just one could be on the cards. In the Treasury market, futures contracts suggested that investors were making the same mistake they made at the outset of the last three major tightening cycles, by underestimating the amount the federal funds rate will be raised. The implied rate on September 2016 contracts is 0.8 percent, while many forecasts are looking at 1.5 percent to 2 percent.     Chinese shares whip-sawed between gains and losses today, as Beijing renewed its pledge to prop up an equities market. The 144 Chinese companies with primary stock listings in the US have erased nearly $40 billion in paper wealth since the Shanghai Composite peaked in mid-June; a 30% drop. …

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Financial Review

Risk Off

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-27-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 127 = 17,440 SPX – 12 = 2067 NAS – 48 = 5039 10 YR YLD – .04 = 2.23% OIL – .75 = 47.39 GOLD – 5.00 = 1095.50 SILV – .20 = 14.64   Chinese stocks fell sharply today. The Shanghai Composite fell 8.5% to record its largest one-day drop since June 2007, and the Shenzhen A-shares index lost 7% of its value. Weak manufacturing data revealed that profit at the country’s industrial firms dropped 0.3% in June from a year earlier, but the markets appear to be responding to government attempts to stabilize the country’s volatile stock markets; it seems like the Chinese government’s heavy-handed intervention measures are spooking investors. The fear is that the government will withdraw stimulus measures, and once the support disappears, the market won’t be able to stand on its own. In a way, the investors might be front-running the government; getting out before stimulus dries up.   Commodity prices resumed their downward spiral with the CRB commodities index hitting its lowest levels in six years and oil prices hitting a four-month low. Nine of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were lower with the energy index leading the decliners. Stocks came off session lows in the close. The S&P 500 dipped below its 200-day moving average of 2,064 and closed a few points above it. The energy sector was …

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Author Interviews

Scott Barnett

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SCOTT_BARNETT-SEG_1-07-20-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Sinclair Noe audio interview with Scott Barnett, author of “Gumption: Taking Bubba Gump from Movie to Restaurant”

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Author Interviews

Kenneth Kim

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/KEN_KIM-SEG_1-07-17-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Sinclair Noe audio interview with Kenneth Kim, author of “Mutual Funds Exposed : What You Don’t Know May Be Hazardous to Your Wealth”

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Author Interviews

Carrie Morgridge

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/CARRIE_MORGRIDGE-07-03-2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Sinclair Noe audio interview with Carrie Morgridge, author of “Every Gift Matters: How Your Passion Can Change the World”.

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