Financial Review

September Jobs Report

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-03-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 208 = 17,009 SPX + 21 = 1967 NAS + 45 = 4475 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.44% OIL – 1.31 = 89.70 GOLD – 23.60 = 1191.70 SILV – .24 = 16.96 There is an old saying in the markets, “Sell Rosh Hashana, Buy Yom Kippur”, and when Yom Kippur falls on the first Friday of the month and coincides with a strong monthly jobs report, there is wisdom in the adage. Each month we focus on the jobs report and try to tell you everything you need to know; let’s go. The economy added 248,000 net new jobs in September. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.1% to 5.9%, falling below the 6% level for the first time since July 2008. Most estimates had called for job gains in the range of 210,000 to 220,000. In August the jobs report was far less than expected, coming in at just 142,000 jobs, however, today the August report was revised up to 180,000. And the July number was revised higher from 212,000 to 243,000. So, the two month revisions added a combined 69,000 more jobs than previously reported. The gain in payrolls over the last six months was the strongest for any six-month period since before the 2007-09 recession. Employment is now up 2.63 million year-over-year. The economy has added 2,040,00 jobs year to date. At the current pace, …

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Financial Review

Strange Days Indeed

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-02-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 3 = 16,801 SPX + 0.01 = 1946 NAS + 8 = 4430 10 YR YLD + .03 = 2.43% OIL + .59 = 91.32 GOLD + 1.30 = 1215.30 SILV – .08 = 17.20 The Dow Industrial dropped about 130 points in early trading, but then recovered, mainly In economic news: The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000. Separate data showed small businesses hiring workers at the fastest pace in 8 months. The National Federation of Independent Business said its monthly survey of its members found they added an average of 0.24 workers per firm last month, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Tomorrow the government will report on non-farm payrolls for September; we’re looking for about 220,000 net new jobs and the unemployment rate to hold near 6.1%. A report from the Commerce Department showed new orders for factory goods posted their biggest decline on record in August. Factory orders dropped 10.1%, following a 10.5% increase in July; the wild swings are attributed to orders for airplanes. Stripping out transportation orders, new orders were down a more modest 0.1%. Since June, the European Central Bank has lowered the interest rate on bank deposits parked at the ECB to negative territory, a first for this central bank, and added new lending and private-asset purchase programs. Today, the …

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Financial Review

Fluctuations

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-01-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 238 = 16,804 SPX – 26 = 1946 NAS – 71 = 4422 10 YR YLD – .10 = 2.40% OIL – .43 = 90.73 GOLD + 4.30 = 1214.00 SILV + .20 = 17.28 Yesterday, we talked about third quarter results. Most of the stock indices were down in September but still slightly positive for the third quarter. Today wiped out the third quarter gains. Why? Well, that’s always fun; the headlines offer a plethora of reasons, including “global worries” or maybe it’s a “market top” or “geopolitical hotspots” or “commodity crash” or maybe it’s just the start of a “rocky October”. I don’t claim to know why the markets dropped today, or any given day. I can read a chart, and I can identify patterns, but there are no guarantees. We follow macroeconomics and we analyze company P&Ls, but there are no guarantees. We do not get stuck in cheerleader mode like the talking heads on TV business shows, nor do we follow the perma-bears. Markets fluctuate; to paraphrase a line from J.P. Morgan, or maybe John Rockefeller. “Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.” That’s a quote from Warrant Buffet. We don’t yet know whether this is folly or a trend. We’ll just have to listen to the markets. The Institute for Supply Management’s index …

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Financial Review

Third Quarter Wrap

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-30-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 28 = 17,042 SPX – 5 = 1972 NAS – 12 = 4493 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.51% OIL – 3.14 = 91.43 GOLD – 6.30 = 1209.70 SILV – .49 = 17.07 We wrap up the third quarter of 2014. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 3.4% year to date; and it is up about 11% from the lows of February. Ten of the 30 Dow stocks are up more than 10% year to date. Eight of the Dow stocks are in negative territory for the year, even after adding in divdends. The best performing Dow stocks are Intel (up 37% ytd) and Microsoft (up 28% ytd). The worst performing Dow stocks are Boeing (down 5% ytd) and United Technologies (down 6% ytd). The Dow lost 55 points, or 0.3%, for the month, and for the third quarter the Dow added 217 points or 1.3%. The S&P 500 dropped 31 points, or 1.5% in September, and added 12 points for the quarter; and that was good enough for the seventh consecutive quarterly gain, the best run for the S&P 500 since 1998. The Nasdaq Composite lost 87 points, or 1.8%, for the month, but added 85 points for the third quarter. The Russell 2000 index of small cap stocks lost 69 points, or 5.8% in September; and posted a loss of 98 points, or 8.1% for …

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Financial Review

Bring Your Umbrellas

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-29-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 41 = 17,071 SPX – 5 = 1977 NAS – 6 = 4505 10 YR YLD – .04 = 2.49% OIL + .59 = 92.61 GOLD – 4.40 = 1216.00 SILV – .20 = 17.56 Starting with economic data: Consumer spending accelerated in August. Consumer spending rose 0.5% last month after being unchanged in July. Growth in personal income ticked up 0.3%, in line with forecasts. Some of the strength in spending came from a decrease in the saving rate, which eased back from a 1-1/2-year high in July. One area where spending dipped – housing. The National Association of Realtors issued its index of pending home sales for August. Pending sales dropped 1% from an 11 month high in July. Signaling that upcoming closings of existing homes are likely to slow down, the index of pending home sales hit a seasonally adjusted 104.7 in August, compared with 105.8 in July. The Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation was up 1.5% in August from a year earlier, down slightly from the reading in July. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core prices also advanced 1.5% year over year. Price increases measured by the PCE index slowed to a 1% annual pace late last year before accelerating during the spring and then plateauing this summer. A separate measure also shows inflation is largely in check. The Labor Department’s consumer-price index rose …

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Financial Review

Bond King Exits

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-26-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 167 = 17,113 SPX + 16 = 1982 NAS + 45 = 4512 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.53% OIL + .53 = 91.83 GOLD – 2.50 = 1220.40 SILV + .16 = 17.76 This week proved quite a roller coaster ride for the major indices. The Dow Industrial Average moved by at least 100 points in each of the five sessions, and finished the week down 1%. The S&P 500 climbed above its 50-day moving average today after dropping below the level yesterday for the first time since August. The S&P 500 was 1.4% lower on the week, and the Nasdaq lost 1.5% for the week. The Russell 2000 Index of smaller companies extended its September loss to 5.5 percent yesterday after dropping 6.1 percent in July. The Gross Domestic Product increased at a rate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter, according to third and final revision on GDP; up from the earlier estimate of 4.2% growth, and up from 2.5% growth in the same period a year ago. It represents the fastest rate of growth since the last three months of 2011. Spending on personal consumption increased 2.5 percent in the second quarter, up from 1.2 percent in the first. Durable goods, such as cars, homes and electronics jumped 14.1 percent, compared with an increase of 3.2 percent in the last quarter. The latest revision of …

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Financial Review

The Failure of the Holder Doctrine

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-25-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 264 = 16,945 SPX – 32 = 1965 NAS – 88 = 4466 10 YR YLD – .06 = 2.51% OIL – .32 = 91.21 GOLD + 5.30 = 1222.90 SILV – .18 = 17.60 In economic news: For the week ending Sept. 20, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation were 293,000, up 12,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 281,000. For the comparable week of 2013, the figure was 316,000. Orders for durable goods dropped 18.2% in August; which sounds absolutely horrible until you put in in perspective; durable goods orders were up 22.5% in July. It sounds like the economists behind this report need to step away from the crack pipe, but the real reason for the volatility is airplane orders, which are for big expensive durable goods, and usually in big, expensive contracts. For example, Boeing took orders for 107 new planes in August, but that’s down from 324 orders in July. Stripping out the transportation sector, order rose 0.7%. Orders for core capital goods – a broader measure of business investment – climbed by 0.6% in August. Tomorrow the government will reveal the third of three regular estimates of growth in the period of April to June. The gain in GDP is likely to be raised to 4.7% from a prior estimate of 4.2%, mainly because fresh data show that consumers spent much more …

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Financial Review

War, Pay Phones, Small Business and Big Banks

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-24-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 154 = 17,210 SPX + 15 = 1998 NAS + 46 = 4555 10 YR YLD + .03 = 2.57% OIL + 1.18 = 92.80 GOLD – 6.30 = 1217.60 SILV – .11 = 17.78 President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly today. He condemned ISIS, and said there was no reasoning and no negotiation with their brand of evil. He said the US “will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death”; that coalition is now up to 40 countries. He urged Muslims to reject the ideology of ISIS and al-Qaeda. He also announced a US warplanes hit ISIS vehicles and arms dumps in new air strikes in Iraq and Syria. ISIS continues to advance in Syria and aid agencies report some 130,000 Kurdish refugees have crossed into Turkey in the past few days. An Algerian jihadist group linked to ISIS has released a video which it says shows militants beheading a French tourist. The president’s speech also criticized Russia for the recent invasion of Ukraine. Today, NATO reports Russia has withdrawn a sizable number of its troops from eastern Ukraine, although some remain. Russian backed rebels in the region said they had begun pulling back their heavy artillery after Ukrainian troops did the same. For now, the cease fire appears to be holding. The stock market recovered after three days of losses; for the …

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Financial Review

War, Inversions, and Climate

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-23-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 116 = 17,055 SPX – 11 = 1982 NA – 19 = 4508 10 YR YLD – .03 = 2.53% OIL + .06 = 91.62 GOLD + 8.10 = 1223.90 SILV + .05 = 17.88 First up: war. You’ve probably heard by now that the US launched several airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria and, separately, in potentially averting an imminent threat to the homeland from an al Qaeda group called Khorasan. Many of the targets were in and around Raqqa, Syria, believed to be an ISIS stronghold. Several Arab nations took part in the US-led operation: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. A spokesman for the Pentagon said they are still assessing the effectiveness of the bombing campaign but the Pentagon believes they were “successful in hitting what we were aiming at.” The airstrikes against Khorasan was in response to threats, however officials so far have provided no details about the terrorists’ planned attack or the credibility of the intelligence they had on it. A Pentagon spokesman said “the individuals plotting and planning it were eliminated.” The Syrian government says the US told it of plans to carry out airstrikes. The State Department immediately denied that it gave prior notification. Reuters reports Iranian officials were informed of the airstrikes in advance, but not specific targets. Meanwhile, the Israeli military said that it had shot down …

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Financial Review

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-22-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 107 = 17,172 SPX – 16 = 1994 NAS – 52 = 4527 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.57% OIL – .91 = 91.50 GOLD – 1.40 = 1215.80 SILV – .06 = 17.83 It’s not a huge week for reports, but we do get a couple worth keeping an eye out for. On Thursday, we’ll get the durable goods report for August; and on Friday, we’ll get the third and final revision to second-quarter Gross Domestic Product. This morning we saw the report on existing home sales. The National Association of Realtors said existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 5.05 million units. The decrease was the first in four months, although the sales pace was still the second highest for the year. Investors had propped up the market by snapping up distressed properties and converting them into rental units, but last month they accounted for only 12 percent of transactions, which was the smallest share since November 2009; all cash sales made up 23 percent of transactions in August. First-time buyers accounted for 29 percent of sales, well below the 40% to 45% considered normal. The inventory of unsold homes on the market increased 4.5 percent from a year-ago to 2.31 million in August. At August’s sales pace, it would take 5.5 months to clear houses from the market, unchanged from July. A …

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