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Monday, April 07, 2014 – I Don’t Know, They Don’t Know

I Don’t Know, They Don’t Know by Sinclair Noe DOW – 166 = 16,245SPX – 20 = 1845NAS – 47 = 407910 YR YLD – .03 = 2.69%OIL – .44 = 100.70GOLD – 5.40 = 1297.90SILV – .09 = 19.97 The biggest 3 day drop in the markets in about 2 months. All of the sudden we start hearing the Wall Street stock peddlers waxing enthusiastic about the prospects for a correction or a crash or whatever will scare you. Fear sells; with talk about a 1987-like stock market crash, geopolitical unrest in Ukraine and the risk of a debt crisis in China, investors are starting to get jittery. I don’t know, they don’t know. The big pullback so far has been in the Nasdaq, and especially biotech stocks. As always, you want an exit plan in place before you ever get into a trade; and if you don’t have an exit plan, get one now. You don’t make money by letting profits slip through your fingers. Earnings season gets underway this week. Expectations have been ratcheted down; at the start of the year, S&P 500 companies were projected to have grown earnings at 6.5%, now that estimate has slipped to 1.2%. We could see companies beat diminished expectations and start a fresh rally or miss expectations and the markets could get a bit ugly. The simple rule of thumb is that when the trailing P/E ratios hit 10, the S&P 500 is likely undervalued; when the P/E hits 20, …

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Friday, April 04, 2014 – The March Jobs Report

The March Jobs Reportby Sinclair Noe DOW – 159 = 16,412SPX – 23 = 1865NAS – 110 = 4127 (-2.6%)10 YR YLD – .06 = 2.73%OIL + .77 = 101.06GOLD + 15.50 = 1303.30SILV + .14 = 20.06 Today is a jobs report Friday. Let’s get geeky. The Labor Department reported nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising by 197,000 in February (that’s revised from 175,000). The prior 2 months were revised to show 37,000 more jobs than previously estimated; the revisions indicate that the bad winter weather was not a huge problem for the labor market; it did have an effect but not huge, and we certainly shouldn’t hear any more weather related excuses. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7% as more people were looking for jobs. The consensus estimate was 200,000 jobs, so the figures were a little below expectations. Private employment rose to 116.09 million, finally moving beyond the previous high of 115.98 million recorded at the very start of the recession in January 2008.Total employment is just a little below the pre-financial crisis days; we still have about 437,000 fewer jobs than the peak in 2008, but private employment is now above the peak by 110,000 and at a new all-time high; the difference is that more than a half million government jobs have been cut during that time; also, the population and the labor force has grown over the past 6 years, so the unemployment rate remains fairly high. And the …

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Thursday, April 03, 2014 – Tomorrow, Tomorrow, It’s Only a Day Away

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, It’s Only a Day Away by Sinclair Noe DOW – 0.45 = 16,572SPX – 2 = 1888NAS – 38 = 423710 YR YLD – .01 = 2.79%OIL + .73 = 100.35GOLD – 3.10 = 1287.80SILV – .16 = 19.92 Forget about today; at least in terms of Wall Street trading. Tomorrow is more important. The first Friday of each month is always a big day because of the monthly jobs report; tomorrow, maybe more than most. The consensus estimates called for 200,000 net new jobs in March and the unemployment rate is expected to drop to 6.6% from 6.7%. Then there is the whisper number. Many people believe the harsh winter weather has held back hiring, like a balloon trapped under water by a thin sheet of ice, and when the ice melts, as it did in March, the balloon will jump out of the water like a salmon swimming upstream. Weather sensitive industries such as retail, construction and manufacturing might be especially strong performers. A March jobs report that shows a broad increase in hiring across most or all industries would show the economy is recovering and everything, including the Fed, is on track. A disappointing number, though, would bolster the case of the increasingly famished Wall Street bears that bad weather alone is not the source of weak economic growth so far in 2014. And if the number comes in right at expectations, we’ll have to go to the tiebreakers. We will look at the number …

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 – Speak Your Mind by Blowing Your Wad

Speak Your Mind by Blowing Your Wadby Sinclair Noe DOW + 40 = 16,573SPX + 5 = 1890NAS + 8 = 427610 YR YLD + .04 = 2.80%OIL – 33 = 99.29GOLD + 10.10 = 1290.90SILV + .22 = 20.08 The S&P 500 closed at another record high. The Commerce Department reported that orders to US factories rose 1.6% in February, the most in five months. January’s durable goods orders were revised to show a larger drop of 1.0% instead of the previously reported decline of 0.7%. Yesterday, the Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index rose in March. A private survey showed that US companies stepped up their hiring in March. Payroll processer ADP said private employers added 191,000 jobs. ADP also revised February’s job creation up to 153,000 from the 139,000 figure reported earlier. The report comes ahead of the government’s monthly jobs report, scheduled to be released on Friday; the over-under number for Friday is 200,000 net new jobs. We know the Federal Reserve will be watching the jobs report. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaking to reporters at his branch of the central bank, said a formal rate rise is “still a considerable distance away.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said today: “Based on my working medium-term outlook, I see the latter half of 2015 as the likely time frame for the first move to higher rates,” but if the economy doesn’t grow as he current expects, Lockhart thinks, “a later …

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014 – Murderers and Cheats

Murderers and Cheatsby Sinclair Noe DOW + 74 = 16,532SPX + 13 = 1885NAS + 69 = 426810 YR YLD + .04 = 2.76%OIL – 1.99 = 99.59GOLD – 5. 00 = 1280.80SILV un = 19,86 Congratulations Mary Barra, you’ve been named CEO of General Motors, one of the biggest companies in America; now head on over to Capitol Hill to take the blame for the people who used to run the company. Barra’s appearance before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee represented a significant new phase in the company’s crisis since it issued recalls that began in February for 2.6 million Cobalts and other vehicles. The problems with the cars involve faulty ignition switches; GM repeatedly failed to fix faulty ignition switches, despite conducting multiple internal studies of the problem since 2001, and 13 people died in the defective vehicles. Members of Congress and the families of people killed in GM cars are urging Barra to declare the cars unsafe to drive until new ignition switches are installed. So far, GM has said the vehicles are safe to operate as long as there are no objects attached to the ignition key.  GM conducted several internal investigations of the switch problems, dating back as far as 2001. Company engineers learned that the key in the ignition could be inadvertently bumped into the off or accessory position, causing the engine to lose power and disabling air bags. Documents show that GM approved the switch for installation in its …

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Monday, March 31, 2014 – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worstby Sinclair Noe DOW + 134 = 16,457SPX + 14 = 1872NAS + 43 = 419810 YR YLD + .01 = 2.72%OIL – .18 = 101.49GOLD – 10.10 = 1285.80SILV – .06 = 19.86 Wrapping up the first quarter let’s go to the scorecard. The Dow Industrials lost 121 points in the quarter but gained 136 points in the month of March; the S&P 500 finished the quarter up 24 points and up 13 points in March; the Nasdaq Comp gained 22 points in the quarter and lost 110 points in March; oil prices are up $3.50 a barrel since the start of the year and down .42 in March; gold gained $74.80 for the quarter but lost $41.90 the last month; silver added .33 for the quarter but down $1.44 for the month of March. The first quarter marked the fifth straight quarter of gains for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite indices. Last week’s drop of 2.8% in the Nasdaq Comp was the first such drop since October 2012, or the first time the Nasdaq dropped by 2.8% in 77 weeks. Did you see 60 Minutes last night? They interviewed Michael Lewis, who is an excellent financial writer; he has a new book called “Flash Boys” and it deals with high frequency traders on Wall Street. They tried to present the idea that they had just discovered the market is rigged. It is rigged, and it has been rigged for …

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Friday, march 28, 2014 – Ukraine, Climate Change, and More

Ukraine, Oil, Climate Change, and More by Sinclair Noe DOW + 58 = 16323 SPX + 8 = 1857 NAS + 4 = 4155 10 YR YLD + .04 = 2.71% OIL  + .30 = 101.58 GOLD + 3.20 = 1295.90 SILV + .13 = 19.92 Consumer spending increased 0.3% in February, but the January reading on spending was revised lower to 0.2%. Disposable income, or the money left over after taxes, rose 0.3% after adjusting for inflation, the most since September. It climbed 2.1% from February 2013. Wages and salaries increased 0.2% after a 0.3% gain. This tells us a few things; consumers are spending what they earn, basically hand to mouth; also incomes and spending are not enough to lift the economy and we will be seeing first quarter GDP estimates revised lower. Today’s spending report showed purchases of durable goods, including automobiles, increased 0.1% after adjusting for inflation following a 0.4% drop in January. Purchases of non-durable goods, which include gasoline, gained 0.3%. Household outlays on services climbed 0.2% after adjusting for inflation. Today’s data also showed the core price measure, which excludes fuel and food, rose 1.1% from a year ago, the same as in January. Total prices, which are the ones tracked by Federal Reserve policy makers, were up 0.9% from February 2013, the smallest year-to-year gain since October. That remains well below the central bank’s 2% target. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index final reading for March came in at a four-month …

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Thursday, March 27, 2013 – Certain Assumptions

Certain Assumptions by Sinclair Noe DOW – 4 = 16,246SPX – 3 = 1849NAS – 22 = 415110 YR YLD – .03 = 2.67%OIL + 1.02 = 101.28GOLD – 14.10 = 1292.70SILV – .05 = 19.79 Stocks fell for the fourth time in 5 sessions. This year’s first quarter, which ends Monday, isn’t nearly as bullish as last year, when the benchmark Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index soared 10% in the first three months of the year on its way to a 29% gain. The broad market is unchanged in 2014.  The losing sectors today included banks and biotech. The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, up 304% in the last five years, has fallen 11% since the end of February, while the Russell 2000 gauge of smaller companies has slipped 2.7% after rallying more than 230%. If you really want a great investment, it’s hard to beat collecting $7,250 for every $1 you spend. That’s the benefit Boeing will reap from a ramped-up lobbying push in Washington state that ended with a massive $8.7 billion tax subsidy. A new analysis of lobbying data shows the tax break came as part of a deal to keep production of a new jet, the 777X, in the Seattle area. Lobbying data is notoriously difficult to parse because matching individual dollars to specific legislative priorities is often impossible. It’s plausible that the company could have achieved the same result with a single phone call, given how terrified state officials were that the company might ship …

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – Render to Caesar

Render to Caesar by Sinclair Noe DOW – 98 = 16,268SPX – 13 = 1852NAS – 60 = 417310 YR YLD – .03 = 2.70%OIL + 1.03 = 100.22GOLD – 5.90 = 1306.80SILV – .27 = 19.84 Durable goods orders increased 2.2% in February, ending 2 straight months of declines. Durable goods are items like refrigerators, cars, and airplanes that are built to last for several years. But we need to dig into this report just a little; orders for non-defense goods, excluding aircraft, were actually down 1.3%. This might also indicate that first quarter business investment is weak. The US Census Bureau began releasing data from its 2012 Economic Census, a survey of American businesses taken every 5 years. The enormous boom in domestic oil and gas production helped make the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction industry one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. The number of businesses rose 26% from 2007 to 2012, employment in the sector rose 24% and revenue surged 34%. Meanwhile, from 2007 to 2012 manufacturing lost 2.1 million jobs, now down to just 11.3 million people employed in manufacturing. The finance and insurance sector shed 390,000 jobs between 2007 and 2012 and industry revenue fell by $137 billion, nearly 4%. But revenues in 2012 were still up 61% from 15 years earlier. There were one million retail stores operating in 2012. But the retail trade sector shed 65,000 establishments and nearly 778,000 jobs from five years earlier. Internet-based selling …

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Want to Buy a Cookie?

Want to Buy a Cookie? by Sinclair Noe DOW + 91 = 16,367SPX + 8 = 1865NAS + 7 = 423410 YR YLD un 2.73%OIL – .39 = 99.21GOLD + 2.10 = 1312.70SILV + .07 = 20.10 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price report, the home price index covering 10 major US cities increased 13.5% in the year ended in January. The 20-city price index advanced 13.2% for the year. Month to month, the 20-city index dropped 0.1%; the drop is not just weather related; from December to January, prices fell in 12 of the 20 cities Case-Shiller tracks. Taking a look at a few cities: LA was down 0.3% for the month but up 18.9% for the past year, San Diego was up 0.6% for the month and 19.4% for the year, Phoenix was down 0.3% for the month but up 13.8% for the year, San Francisco was up 0.5% for January and 23.1% for the year, the hot spot was Las Vegas up 1.1% for the month and 24.9% for the year, to lead the nation. The Commerce Department reports new home sales dropped 3.3% from January to February to a seasonally adjusted rate of 440,000. Sales fell in all regions except the Midwest, where they jumped 36.7%. Sales dropped 15.9% month to month in the West. The national median price for a new home was $261,800 last month, up from $260,800 in January. Compared with February 2013, the median price fell 1.2%. At the current sales pace …

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Monday, March 24, 2014 – Dance With the Devil

Dance With the Devil by Sinclair Noe DOW – 26 = 16,276SPX – 9 = 1857NAS – 50 = 422610 YR YLD – .02 = 2.73%OIL – .15 = 99.45GOLD – 25.10 = 1310.60SILV – .34 = 20.03 Manufacturing activity slowed in March after nearing a four-year high last month, but the rate of growth and the pace of hiring remained strong. The flash Markit US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index dropped to 55.5 from 57.1 in February. China’s manufacturing engine contracted in the first quarter of 2014, according to the flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers’ Index. This week’s economic calendar includes the Case Shiller home index, FHFA home prices, and new home sales reports tomorrow; plus the March consumer confidence index; Wednesday includes the February durable goods orders; Thursday brings another revision to fourth quarter GDP, and Friday’s reports include the consumer sentiment report, consumer spending, and an update on personal spending. Ukrainian troops and their families are evacuating from Crimea, as Kiev effectively acknowledged defeat by Russian forces who stormed one of the last of their remaining bases on the peninsula. President Obama is in Europe to kick off a week-long visit that includes a G-7 meeting. He called for European allies to adopt tougher sanctions against Russia, saying Moscow’s actions must have costs. Mohamed El-Erian, the former co-chief at Pimco says markets have “brushed aside” concerns about Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Syria, to say nothing of rising tensions in Turkey and Venezuela. With Ukraine, the market had a …

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Friday, March 21, 2014 – Friday Wrap-up

Friday Wrap-up by Sinclair Noe DOW – 28 = 16,302SPX – 5 = 1866NAS – 42 = 427610 YR YLD – .02 = 2.75%OIL + .69 = 99.59GOLD + 6.20 = 1335.70SILV un = 20.38 The S&P 500 briefly climbed to a record high of 1,883.97, just over its previous record of 1,883.57. We hit resistance and didn’t break through. For the week, the Dow is up 1.8%, the S&P is up 1.6% and the Nasdaq is up 0.9%. The European Union has added a few more sanctions against Russia, adding 12 names to their list of Russians and Ukrainians facing asset freezes and travel bans. One EU commissioner said the goal is not sanctions, the goal is to get Putin to the negotiating table. The EU doesn’t want anything to rattle their already weak financial situation. In Europe they consider the Spanish “recovery” to be one of their success stories. GDP is projected at 1% growth, double last year’s 0.5% pace, and youth unemployment is still 55%; and this is considered good news. Spain, and several other EU nations are in no condition to fight a sanctions battle with Russia. A separate order signed by President Obama yesterday expanded sanctions and authorized potential future penalties. Yesterday’s sanction expansion included Bank Rossiya, not one of the largest Russian banks, but it starts to pull the financial sector into the equation. The EU cancelled a summit in Russia planned for June. US bankers are now considering whether they participate in a …

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Stress Tests and Such

Stress Tests and Suchby Sinclair Noe DOW + 108 = 16331SPX + 11 = 1872NAS + 11 = 431910 YR YLD un = 2.77%OIL – .27 = 98.63GOLD – 2.10 = 1329.50 SILV – .34 = 20.37 More sanctions for and from Russia; President Obama today expanded sanctions against Putin’s inner circle, now banning visas and freezing assets of 20; the blacklist now includes a commodity broker with a brokerage based in Switzerland, plus Bank Rossiya with about $10 billion in assets. In response, the Russian Duma, the lower house of parliament ratified the annexation of Crimea, and Putin announced sanctions against US oligarchs, including Senators John McCain and Harry Reid, and House Speaker John Boehner. McCain said he would have to cancel his plans for Spring break in Siberia. There is an EU summit underway, and it remains to be seen if European leaders will get tough with sanctions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been talking tough but the Euro-economy is still fragile, and it is doubtful sanctions will serve as a strong deterrent. This is not to say that sanctions won’t have an effect. Some of Russia’s largest companies are registered abroad where they may benefit from lower tax rates. You might not have caught this next bit of news, after all there was a lot going on today with the Russian sanctions and the breaking news on the missing plane and the basketball brackets and such; anyway, in Florida today, after talking about sanctions, President Obama called …

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Behind the Curtain of the Mysterious Central Bankers

Behind the Curtain of the Mysterious Central Bankers by Sinclair Noe DOW – 114 = 16,222SPX – 11 = 1860NAS – 25 = 430710 YR YLD + .09 = 2.77%OIL + .67 = 100.37GOLD – 24.90 = 1331.60SILV – .20 = 20.71 Sometimes the stock market is a grand mystery, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Sometimes the stock market is simple. Wall Street loves it when the Federal Reserve is throwing bags of money out of the helicopter that hovers over Wall Street. The traders get a little nervous when it looks like the free money might stop raining down on them. That doesn’t mean the Fed is stopping throwing money at Wall Street, just that traders are nervous. Today, the Fed FOMC wrapped up a two day meeting; they issued a statement; then Chairwoman Janet Yellen delivered a prepared statement; then she answered questions. The Fed statement indicated the Fed could and likely would continue with its low interest rate policy even after they reach their goals of full employment and 2% inflation. The central bank proceeded with its well-telegraphed reductions to its massive bond-buying stimulus, announcing it would cut its monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities to $55 billion from $65 billion per month. I will now attempt to translate the Fed statement from Fedspeak to English. The statement said: the labor market is getting better but unemployment is still too high, household and business spending is decent but the housing market is …

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Food and Oil

Food and Oil by Sinclair Noe DOW + 88 = 16,336SPX + 13 = 1872NAS + 53 = 433310 YR YLD – .02 = 2.68%OIL + 1.62 = 99.70GOLD – 12.00 = 1356.50SILV – .38 = 20.92 Let’s start with some economic news. The National Association of Home Builders housing market index increased to 47 in March, up from 46 in February. A reading below 50 means more builders view conditions as poor rather than good. Fewer homes are being started in early 2014 than at the end of 2013. Housing starts came in just slightly below economists’ expectations of 910,000 at 907,000. Separately, a quarterly survey by the Business Roundtable found US chief executive officers somewhat more positive about the economy, including plans for hiring and capital spending over the next six months; they expect gross domestic product to advance 2.4% this year. The forecast is a slight upgrade from an expectation of 2.2% in the previous survey but still less than robust. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, increased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in February, matching the increase in January. According to the Labor Department report, the increase was mainly due to higher prices for food. Energy prices decreased 0.5%. Over the last 12 months, the CPI is up 1.1%. Costs for meats, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs drove the gains. Most notably, beef and veal prices surged. Prices for beef saw their biggest monthly change in February since November 2003; that was when fears of mad-cow disease …

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Monday, March 17, 2014 – Empty Chambers and the Tools in the Toolbox

Empty Chambers and the Tools in the Toolbox by Sinclair Noe DOW + 181 = 16,247SPX + 17 = 1858NAS + 34 = 427910 YR YLD + .05 = 2.70%OIL- .90 = 97.99GOLD – 14.50 = 1368.50SILV – .27 = 21.29 Russia held a referendum vote on taking Crimea from Ukraine. Crimean voters approved the takeover with 98% voting in favor; the 2% of voters who opposed the take-over are probably on a slow train to Siberia. Global financial markets ignored the annexation, and they went up in what was described as a “relief rally”.  Stock markets in the US, Europe, and even Russia all moved higher. The United States and European Union countries imposed a new round of sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian political figures, freezing assets and banning visas for Russians deemed responsible for interfering in Ukrainian sovereignty. The order means that any assets owned by the targeted Russians in the United States will be frozen and Americans will not be allowed to do business with them. Few Americans are truly concerned about Ukraine, nor should they be. The United States has no real national interests there, and whether Crimea becomes part of Russia is irrelevant to broader US national security issues. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention; annexation of Crimea by Russia, and especially a further push by Moscow into Ukraine, would poison US-Russian relations for many, many years to come, and it will make cooperating with Russia on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan much more …

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Friday, March 14, 2014 – The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life by Sinclair Noe DOW – 43 = 16,065SPX – 5 = 1841NAS – 15 = 424510 YR YLD – .01 = 2.64%OIL + .81 = 99.01 GOLD + 10.90 = 1383.00SILV + .29 = 21.56 In economic news, the early-March consumer sentiment index fell to 79.9. That’s down from a final February reading of 81.6 but the latest number is within the range of numbers posted since November. A separate report from the Labor Department shows the producer price index dropped o.1% last month. The PPI measures inflation at the wholesale level. Final demand for goods rose 0.4% in February. Final demand for services dropped 0.3%. Producer prices excluding volatile food and energy costs fell 0.2%. In the 12 months through February, producer prices increased 0.9%, the smallest one-year gain since May 2013. Inflation is not a concern. The economy is still too sluggish to generate inflation. There are two big news stories of the day: Flight 370 and Ukraine. We don’t know anything about either. A total absence of actual information about the missing Malaysian flight is not in any way hindering 24 hour news coverage of the story. Facts have given way to fantastic fantasizing about everything from terrorism to hidden island airstrips to alien abductions. The news networks have been gathering tons of erroneous and conflicting reports which they immediately pass to their viewers. They must think we’re all morons. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov wrapped up …

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 – White Smoke

White Smokeby Sinclair Noe DOW – 231 = 16,108SPX – 21 = 1846NAS – 62 = 426010 YR YLD – .07 = 2.65%OIL + .25 = 98.24GOLD + 3.90 = 1372.10SILV – .15 = 21.28 Let’s start with some economic news, and then we’ll get to today’s anniversary (yes, we have another one to talk about). The federal budget deficit narrowed in February, shrinking 5% from a year earlier as receipts jumped and spending only modestly rose. The shortfall was $194 billion for February, versus the $204 billion recorded in the same month a year ago. The deficit has been steadily improving in the past several years, dropping to $680 billion in fiscal 2013. Retail sales increased 0.3% from January to February; December to January sales were revised lower by 0.4%; sales were up 1.5% from February a year ago. Retail sales excluding gasoline increased by 2.2% on a year to year basis. Initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week ending March 8, decreased by 9,000 to 315,000. Since federal unemployment insurance expired on Dec. 28, an estimated two million Americans have missed out on the benefits. Today, a bipartisan group of Senators reached a deal to extend federal long-term unemployment insurance for 5 months. The deal would be distributed retroactively to when benefits ended in December. The cost of about $10 billion would be offset by some tricky accounting known as “pension smoothing”. The bill still needs to clear a Senate vote, probably in late March; then it …

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – The Next 25 Years

The Next 25 Years by Sinclair Noe DOW – 11 = 16,340SPX + 0.57 = 1868NAS + 16 = 432310 YR YLD – .04 = 2.72%OIL – 1.96 = 98.07GOLD + 17.70 = 1368.20SILV + .43 = 21.42 Let’s run through some of the economic and business news and then we’ll get to today’s anniversary. Stocks were flat. People are still trying to make heads or tails of this mixed up world. The situation in Ukraine is not improving. The EU agreed a framework for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War. Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela; two more protesters were shot; dozens were injured. Riot police clashed with demonstrators in several Turkish cities for a second day as mourners buried a teenager wounded in protests last summer. The Senate Banking Committee announced an agreement on legislation to wind down the government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Share price cratered. Herbalife says the Federal Trade Commission has opened an inquiry into the company. The FTC confirms the inquiry, but not the nature of the inquiry. Share price cratered. Copper prices dropped to the lowest level in almost 4 years; this goes back to China, and is a canary in the coal mine for industrial demand. China is one of the metal’s biggest customers and there has been recent poor trade data out of China. Two Chinese solar companies have defaulted in the past week. The general risk from here is that this …

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – The Next Wave

The Next Wave by Sinclair Noe DOW – 67 = 16,351 SPX – 9 = 1867NAS– 27 = 430710 YR YLD – .02 = 2.76%OIL – 1.60 = 99.52GOLD + 9.70 = 1350.50SILV + .05 = 20.99 Stocks were higher for most of the day, with the S&P 500 looking at record territory. Prices dropped as the session wore on. Copper futures slid as much as 3 percent to the lowest level since July 2010 as signs of slowing economic growth in China sparked concern demand will slump. (We told you about that yesterday.) Yesterday we marked the 5 year anniversary of the bull market and the 14 year anniversary of the bear market. Today, we remember the date 3 years ago, when the ground shook and a wave washed over the eastern shore of Japan. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which exploded and underwent three core meltdowns, continues to spew radiation into the air and sea. Decommissioning is expected to take decades. Another earthquake could send radioactive fuel rods into another meltdown. There are still questions about whether to re-start other nuclear facilities in Japan that were idled following the disaster at Fukushima. Demonstrators have been marching by the thousands in Tokyo to mark the anniversary and to protest against nukes. Perhaps the most troubling thing is after three years there is no full explanation on what went wrong at Fukushima, and how to avoid a recurrence. The situation in Ukraine remains on the verge of a meltdown. Diplomatic …

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