Financial Review

Merger Monday

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-28-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSConsumer spending barely budges, income inch higher, inflation is alive. The FBI learns how to hack Apple.

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Equally Divided

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-22-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWall Street’s muted response to terrorism, FBI to Apple – never mind, Google in the cloud, and the Supremes are equally divided.

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Mergers on a Modest Monday

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-21-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAnother day of modest gains on Wall Street but a busy day for mergers.

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I Want to Go Back to Bahia

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-18-2016_2_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStocks rally for fifth week. Brazil is knee-deep in corruption.

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Adriana Sanford – Apple and the FBI

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/ADRIANA_SANFORD-SEG_2-03-15-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:10 — 3.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSinclair Noe talks with Adrian Sanford, clinical associate professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and an expert in business ethics. More info at www.adrianasanford.com  

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Falling Knives

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-08-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 03-08-2016   DOW – 109 = 16,964 SPX – 22 = 1979 NAS -59 = 4648 10 Y – .07 = 1.83% OIL – 1.67 = 36.23 GOLD – 6.50 = 1261.50     Small business confidence declined further in February as lingering concerns about sales growth and profits hurt capital spending and hiring plans. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said its small business optimism index dropped one point to a reading of 92.9 last month, with none of the index’s components showing an increase. The index decreased 1.3 percentage points in January. Spending and hiring plans weakened a bit as expectations for growth in real sales volumes fell. Earnings trends worsened a bit as owners continued to report widespread gains in worker compensation while holding the line on price increases.   China’s February trade performance was far worse than economists had expected, days after top leaders at the National People’s Congress sought to reassure investors. Exports fell 25% from a year earlier, the biggest drop since May 2009, while imports slumped 13%, leaving a trade surplus of $32 billion. It’s easy to blame Chinese New Year distortions, but the numbers point to bigger economic problems.   Japan’s 10-year yield extended its push into negative territory, dropping to an all-time low of minus 0.12 percent, meaning almost three-quarters of Japanese government bonds currently offer yields at or below, zero percent. …

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Pendulums Swing Wide

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-07-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 03-07-2016 DOW + 67 = 17,073 SPX + 1 = 2001 NAS – 8 = 4708 10 Y + .02 = 1.90% OIL + 1.99 = 37.91 GOLD + 7.90 = 1268.00   The U.S. stock market posted its third consecutive weekly gains last week, following an impressive jobs report on Friday. Stocks pulled out small gains today, for the fifth consecutive session. The S&P 500 has now gained in 11 out of 16 sessions since its Feb. 11 low, and closed last week above its 100-day moving average for first time in 2016.   The Federal Reserve FOMC meets next week to determine monetary policy and the battle lines are being drawn. Fed Governor Lael Brainard, who has emerged as a leader of the Fed’s dovish faction, argued for “patience” in raising interest rates. Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer, who has consistently sounded more hawkish than many of his colleagues, warned that inflation is showing signs of accelerating; which would indicate his preference for raising rates. Adding to the mixed signals, the European Central Bank meets this week and is widely expected to expand its stimulus measures, which likely means they go more negative. The big questions being how big and in what form? And that would just make a Fed rate hike all the more awkward.   Negative rates have been spreading through important sectors of high …

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Moderate to Mixed

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-02-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 03-02-2016   DOW + 34 = 16,899 SPX + 8 = 1986 NAS + 13 = 4703 10 Y + .01 = 1.85 OIL + .40 = 34.80 GOLD + 7.80 = 1240.50   Today the equity markets were regaining their footing after a big move yesterday. Treasury yields rose as job market data reinforced the view that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this year. Crude fell below $35 a barrel after earlier hitting a two-month high. Government data showed inventories rose by 10.4 million barrels to 518 million in the week to Feb. 26, almost triple the 3.6 million-barrel increase expected by analysts. Asian stocks rose overnight to a two-month high with Japan’s and China’s main indexes both up more than 4 percent.   The European Central Bank will review its stimulus next week against a background of heightened economic risks and weaker-than-expected inflation. ECB President Mario Draghi sent a letter to European lawmakers underlining the bank’s readiness to use all its tools to drive up prices. The Eurozone slid back into deflation in February, driving the ECB further from its inflation target of just below 2%.   Moody’s Investors Service has lowered the outlook on China’s credit rating from stable to negative. Moody’s writes: “Without credible and efficient reforms, China’s GDP growth would slow more markedly as a high debt burden dampens business investment.” Moody’s current …

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Financial Review

Super Tuesday

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-01-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 03-01-2016   DOW + 348 = 16,865 SPX + 46 = 1978 NAS + 131 = 4689 10 Y + .09 = 1.83% OIL + .14 = 33.89 GOLD – 6.60 = 1232.70   It was the best one-day percentage gain for the S&P 500 and the Dow since Jan. 29. The Nasdaq Composite saw its biggest one day gain since August. The S&P 500’s rally today leaves it lower by just 3% year-to-date, and the Nasdaq’s advance brings its loss for the year to 6.4%. Biotechnology, which underperformed by a huge margin yesterday, came to life today with the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index ETF (IBB) surging 4.4%. The small cap Russel 2000 broke through its own 50 day moving average for the first time since December 9. However, it rose 2.0% vs. the S&P 500’s 2.4% gain. Elsewhere, regional banks, cybersecurity, high-yield bond ETFs, and energy names also impressed. The Utilities sector, which is hurt by higher rates, was by far the worst performing S&P sector today.   Today is Super Tuesday. The polls will begin closing at 7 PM eastern time. A total of 595 Republican delegates are up for grabs in 11 states of the 1,237 needed to clinch the GOP nomination in 11 states; Donald Trump is expected to win 10 of the 11 states, with a close race in Texas, where Ted Cruz holds the lead. Sanders and Clinton are facing …

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If You Build It

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-25-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-25-2016 DOW + 212 = 16,697 SPX + 21 = 1951 NAS + 39 = 4582 10 Y – .05 = 1.70% OIL + .93 = 33.08 GOLD + 4.30 = 1233.70 The Shanghai Composite in China dropped 6.4% today, extending its fall this year to 22%, as surging money-market rates signaled tighter liquidity and the offshore yuan weakened for a fifth day, while the country’s vice finance minister warned of pressure on exports. The plunge comes as world leaders gather for a G20 meeting in Shanghai, where current market turmoil and a global economic slowdown are expected to be key topics of discussion. European shares bounced after two days of falls, and sterling steadied after having been pounded all week by ‘Brexit’ fears.  The S&P 500 Index closed at a seven-week high, right at a major level of resistance, and just barely breaking above the 50 day moving average.   Meanwhile, the IMF is calling for urgent and bold action to combat the slowing world economy ahead of the gathering of G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs. The IMF report says: “The G20 must plan now for coordinated demand support using available fiscal space to boost public investment.” The calls for an organized stimulus program followed warnings that China’s slowdown, financial market turbulence and the collapse in commodity prices were major headwinds that could derail a global …

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No Sense in Wasting Our Time

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-23-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-23-2016 DOW – 188 = 16,431 SPX – 24 = 1921 NAS – 67 = 4503 10 Y – .02 = 1.75 OIL – 2.09 = 31.30 GOLD + 17.10 = 1226.40   The G20 is meeting this weekend in Shanghai. The US will call on G20 countries later to use fiscal policy in order to boost global demand.  American officials will also urge all members to refrain from manipulating exchange rates for competitive purposes, in line with existing G20 commitments.   The world’s oil giants were meeting today. At a conference in Houston, Saudi oil minister Ali Al-Naimi, considered the world’s most powerful energy policymaker, said production cuts will not happen. Last week, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela proposed a freeze that would cap production at January levels. But Naimi said: “Freeze is the beginning of a process, and that means if we can get all the major producers to agree not to add additional balance, then this high inventory we have now will probably decline in due time. It’s going to take time. It is not like cutting production. That is not going to happen because not many countries are going to deliver even if they say they will cut production, they will not deliver. So there is no sense in wasting our time seeking production cuts.” Global production is projected to be 95 million barrels a day …

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The I File

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-19-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-19-2016 DOW – 21 = 16,391 SPX – .05 = 1917 NAS + 16 = 4504 10 Y – .01 = 1.74% OIL – 1.00 = 29.74 GOLD – 4.70 = 1227.00   So, stocks were basically flat today but it was a good week. Big gains on Tuesday and Wednesday lifted the major indexes to their best weekly performances this year, with the Nasdaq gained 3.9% for the week, its strongest week since July. The S&P 500 gained 2.8% for the week.   Crude gained sharply earlier this week as major oil producers proposed a joint production freeze, but investors remain cautious whether the cap will actually materialize and worry about building U.S. crude inventories. Late yesterday the Energy Information Administration said crude stockpiles rose 2.1 million barrels last week, to a peak of 504.1 million barrels in the third week of hitting record highs in the past month. The EIA also cited record high gasoline inventories. Oil and stocks have been trading in lockstep, sort of. Oil down, stocks down. Oil up, stocks up. Not exactly, not a perfect correlation, but stocks can’t seem to get out of the shadow of oil.   In earnings news: Applied Materials posted a strong profit and revenue forecast for the current quarter. Nordstrom shares dropped 6.7 percent after the department store operator’s quarterly profit and revenue missed expectations and they …

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Sneaking Through the Backdoor

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-17-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-17-2016   DOW + 257 = 16,453 SPX + 31 = 1926 NAS + 98 = 4534 10 Y + .04 = 1.82% OIL + 2.35 = 31.39 GOLD + 8.10 = 1209.40   Three in a row; three up days, and good moves at that. If you believe the old adage that every stock market advance is short covering, you have some evidence to back your position. The most shorted stocks among Russell 3000 members gained 6.5% over just two trading days, Friday and Tuesday, while the least shorted issues trailed the Russell’s 4.6% advance over the same period. And while it looks like last Thursday’s lows provided some support in the short-term, it is too soon to see if that support will hold. Anyone who is calling a bottom in the market is just making stuff up. I don’t know, you don’t know. What we know is the markets have been all over the map in the past 2 months, flitting from one crisis to the next. The good news is that nothing has blown up yet. The bad news is that everything is volatile.   Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela announced an agreement Tuesday to freeze oil production in an effort to ease the oil glut. On Wednesday, Iran said it wouldn’t join the effort, as its production just came back online following years of …

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Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-01-26-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 01-26-2016 DOW + 282 = 16,167 SPX + 26 = 1903 NAS + 49 = 4567 10 Y – .03 = 1.99% OIL + .11 = 30.45 GOLD + 11.80 = 1120.70   The Federal Reserve had always planned to pause after raising interest rates in December, but the question now is how long that break will last. Initial expectations were that the FOMC would raise rates again this March, but a downturn in the equity markets, a stronger dollar and weak inflation have led some to predict that another move may be months away. Investors may get some more insight as Fed officials gather today for a two-day session, their first policy-making meeting of 2016. For now, the Fed can simply say that they are data dependent and the 25 basis point increase in December has not had an effect on the economy. They might say that everything is basically good in the economy and the markets, if they get any mention at all, are just not looking at the right data.   In a recent speech, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley summed up the situation: “In terms of the economic outlook, the situation does not appear to have changed much since the last [Federal Open Market Committee] meeting. Some recent activity indicators have been on the softer side, pointing to a relatively weak fourth quarter …

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Might Sound Crazy

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-01-22-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 01-22-2016 DOW + 210 = 16,093 SPX + 37 = 1906 NAS + 119 = 4591 10 Y + .03 =  2.05% OIL + 2.57 = 32.10 GOLD – 3.60 = 1098.80   Stock markets all over the world are in rally mode. European shares enjoyed the biggest two-day rally since 2011, while the euro approached a two-week low on the European Central Bank’s signal that it may bolster economic support as soon as March. Asian stocks climbed the most since September on speculation Japan and China may also take steps to calm markets.  Japan’s Nikkei (+5.9%) paced the gains in Asia as it posted its biggest gain in 4 1/2 months. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 3.5%, and the Shanghai in China was up 1.25%. In Europe, France’s CAC (+3.1%) leads the charge. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 3.1 percent, rallying 5.1 percent in two days.   The Dow posted its first weekly gain in a month; not much, just 105 points, or 0.6%. After dropping earlier this week to 2014 lows, the S&P 500 has recovered in the past two sessions to end the week 1.4-percent higher. But the index is still down 7 percent in 2016 and remains at levels touched last August.   The 2016 Treasuries rally slowed this week on concern yields that fell to within about half a percentage point from a record low made …

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Barn Cleaning

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-27-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 10-27-2015 DOW – 41 = 17,581 SPX – 5 = 2065 NAS – 4 = 5030 10 YR YLD – .03 = 2.03% OIL – .78 = 43.20 GOLD + 4.10 = 1168.00 SILV + .03 = 15.97   Congressional leaders have reached a tentative budget deal with the White House in a breakthrough that would set government funding levels for the next two years and extend the nation’s debt limit through 2017. The bill would raise the spending caps set in place in 2011 that would result in deep cuts to both defense and non-defense spending, called sequestration.  This deal would provide $80 billion in sequester relief.   The bipartisan agreement would include long-term entitlement reforms to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, the first major reform to Social Security since 1983.  The Social Security Disability Insurance program would be amended, in part to tighten and standardize eligibility requirements that now vary by state. That change was projected to save the government $5 billion. It also prevents a spike in Medicare B premiums for millions of seniors. The increases would have been caused by the rare absence of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits, because of unusually low inflation.   The deal still needs Congressional approval, but for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner this was a matter of wrapping up unfinished business before his departure, …

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An Inexplicable Force

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-20-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for  10-20-2015 DOW – 13 = 17,217 SPX – 2 = 2030 NAS – 24 = 4880 10 YR YLD + .04 = 2.07% OIL – .34 =45.56 GOLD + 5.20 = 1176.80 SILV + .07 = 16.00 Housing starts rose in September as builders ramped up construction of apartments. Construction of new homes increased 6.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units in September. After two months of declines, the gain in September brings starts back to just below June’s level, which was an eight-year high. In September, starts for single-family homes, which accounts for the largest share of the market, rose 0.3% to a 740,000 unit pace.   Earnings reports will likely be a big driver for stocks this week. IBM shares dropped 5.5% after announcing revenues that missed even the most pessimistic expectations and issuing weaker-than-expected guidance for the year.   Verizon posted better than expected earnings and revenue, in large part due to the release of the new Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in September. The company net added 1.3 million wireless retail postpaid subscribers in the quarter compared with 1.1 million in the second quarter. Net income rose to just over $4 billion, or 99 cents per share on revenue of just over $33 billion.   United Technologies reported a drop in third-quarter profit that still beat analyst expectations, and its chief executive said …

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Canoe Trips on Mars

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-28-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 09-28-2015   DOW – 312 = 16,001 SPX – 49 = 1881 NAS – 142 = 4543 10 YR YLD – .07 = 2.09% OIL – .03 = 44.40 GOLD – 14.20 = 1133.10 SILV – .53 = 14.70   Well, this was just ugly. All three major indices traded in correction territory today or more than 10 percent below their 52-week highs. For the Nasdaq Composite, the 50 day moving average crossed the 200 day moving average, forming a pattern that goes by the catchy name “death cross”. The Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF closed down 6.3%, following a 5% drop on Friday.   Shares in mining and trading company Glencore fell almost 30 percent and closed at a record low, wiping out more than $5 billion in market valuation. The fall followed publication of a note by analysts at investment bank Investec which raised doubts about Glencore’s valuation if spot metal prices do not improve. The note pointed to high debt levels and a need for deeper restructuring. The analysts wrote: “If major commodity prices remain at current levels, our analysis implies that, in the absence of substantial restructuring, nearly all the equity value of both Glencore and Anglo American could evaporate.” Glencore, a Swiss based company, has said it will suspend dividends, sell assets and raise cash with a $2.5 billion share placement, among other measures, to cut its …

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Busy Day

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-25-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 09-25-2015   DOW + 113 = 16,314 SPX – 0.9 = 1931 NAS – 47 = 4686 10 YR YLD + .05 = 2.17% OIL + .64 = 45.55 GOLD – 7.70 = 1147.40 SILV – .05 = 15.20   For the week, the Dow was down 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 was down 1.4 percent and the Nasdaq was down 2.9 percent.   Yesterday afternoon we told you about Janet Yellen’s speech in Massachusetts; Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen says that an initial rate hike is likely to be appropriate this year. Yellen said she expects inflation will return to 2% over the next few years as temporary factors currently holding it down will wane. Signs of weak growth overseas won’t prove large enough to have a significant impact on policy. Yellen said: “Most FOMC participants, including myself, currently anticipate…an initial increase in the federal funds rate later this year, followed by a gradual pace of tightening thereafter.”   Near the end of her speech, Yellen kind of froze up; she went silent for a while, stumbled over her words, and seemed to be having a hard time. After the speech paramedics checked her out and gave her a clean bill of health. Later attributed the incident to dehydration. She was back at work today.   This morning we heard reports House Speaker John Boehner would resign his position as Speaker of …

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Confidently Waiting

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-14-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 09-14-2015   DOW – 62 = 16,370 SPX – 8 = 1953 NAS + 26 = 4822 10 YR YLD un = 2.18% OIL – .49 = 44.14 GOLD – .30 = 1109.40 SILV – .21 = 14.51   The story that will be leading markets throughout this week will be Thursday’s Federal Reserve interest rate decision. While market expectations of an increase in rates have fallen to 28 percent, down from over 50 percent a few weeks ago, economists insist the decision is still too close to call. The Fed has been saying they will hike interest rates; this may be one of the most telegraphed rate hikes in the Fed’s history, but circumstances keep changing. Since the last Fed meeting, oil prices have dropped by 15%, the dollar has strengthened, China has slowed, emerging markets have softened, and there is little to no sign of inflation despite a Fed target of 2%. By the way, we’ll get one more report on inflation Wednesday, with the release of the CPI, or consumer price index. So, there are many reasons why the Fed might not raise rates, but then if they do stand pat, they risk coming across as timid, or worried that the recovery is in trouble. If they hike rates they can give the impression they are confident, and confidence begets confidence. And so some clever folks think …

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