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Quarter’s End

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-31-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe first quarter ends with gains – go figure – but the vultures are circling, again.

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Fed Jawbones Hawkish

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-24-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Fed talks hawkish, numbers don’t add up, Argentina skates, Puerto Rico under new colonial rule.

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The Vultures Eat

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-29-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-29-2016   DOW – 123 = 16,516 SPX – 15 = 1932 NAS – 32 = 4557 10 Y – .02 = 1.74% OIL + 1.12 = 33.90 GOLD + 16.50 = 1239.30   If you missed the past month, you might think things were calm on Wall Street for the month of February. For the month, the Dow rose 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.4 percent and the Nasdaq lost 1.2 percent. This marks the first time since 2011 that major indexes posted three consecutive monthly declines.   Chinese shares closed at one-month lows. China cut the amount of cash banks must hold as reserves for the fifth time since last February. The yuan hit a three week low. China expects to lay off 1.8 million coal and steel workers.    A weekend meeting of G20 finance chiefs ended without a plan to spur global growth. The G20 issued a statement which basically said the global economy is not as bad as the doomsayers think. G20 finance ministers agreed to use “all policy tools – monetary, fiscal and structural – individually and collectively” to reach the group’s economic goals; but there was no plan for coordinated stimulus. Participants also repeated previous pledges not to engage in competitive currency devaluations and promised to “consult closely” on exchange markets. Those pledges might not last long, and the Euro Union …

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Honey for Bears

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-08-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-08-2016 DOW – 177 = 16,027 SPX – 26 = 1853 NAS – 79 = 4283 10 Y – .11 = 1.74% OIL – .80 = 30.09 GOLD + 15.50 = 1190.00   This was just an ugly session from the start. The Dow opened about 200 points down and then trickled lower; at one point down more than 300 points. The S&P 500 index broke down through the key level of support at 1860 that I warned you about in January and again last week, taking out the August 2015 lows and the October 2014 lows. The S&P 500 not only took out support from January, but now we look to minor support at 1815, and then, well there isn’t really any support. In other words, the charts look very dangerous here.   And if you prefer fundamentals over technicals; this is what FactSet had to say in its recent report: “For Q4 2015, the blended earnings decline is -3.8%. If the index reports a decline in earnings for Q4, it will mark the first time the index has seen three consecutive quarters of year-over-year declines in earnings since Q1 2009 through Q3 2009.” The difference this time versus 2009 is that valuations are much higher. FactSet data show expectations for first-quarter per-share earnings have collapsed to a decline of 5.5% as of today. Back in September, that forecast …

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Friday, June 27, 2014 – Biscuits on the Table

Biscuits on the Table by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 5 = 16,851 SPX + 3 = 1960 NAS + 18 = 4397 10 YR YLD  + .01 = 2.53% OIL – .10 = 105.74 GOLD – 1.80 = 1316.10 SILV – .25 = 20.97   The major stock indices traded lower for most of the day, and only in the final minutes turned to positive territory. For the week, the Dow slipped 0.6 percent and the S&P 500 declined 0.1 percent, while the Nasdaq gained 0.7 percent. Volume spike today as the Russell Indices were reconstituted.   The Russell Indices are compiled by Russell Investments. The Russell 3000 is an index of the 3000 largest stocks in the US. The Russell 2000 is the 2000 smallest stocks in the Russell 3000. Once a year, the Russell indices are reconstituted, to reflect changes such as acquisitions, bankruptcies, or just changes in the size of the companies listed in the index. The reconstitution probably explains the increase in volume and the last minute increase in prices today.   Some things we need to know heading into the weekend; including Ukraine, Iraq, and Argentina. We’ll start with the situation in Ukraine. The European Union signed a free-trade pact with Ukraine today and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday. Georgia and Moldova signed similar deals, holding out the prospect of deep economic integration and …

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Forecasts Are Subject to Change

Forecasts Are Subject to Change by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 98 = 16,906 SPX + 14 = 1956 NAS + 25 = 4362 10 YR YLD – .04 = 2.61% OIL – .15 = 105.72 GOLD + 5.80 = 1278.50 SILV + .14 = 20.00   The Federal Reserve FOMC meeting wrapped up today. The Fed issued a statement that was almost a carbon copy of the April statement. The Fed said that growth “has rebounded in recent months” and the labor market indicators “generally showed further improvement.” The central bankers noted that business fixed investment had “resumed its advance” after saying that it “edged down” in April. The only negative comment was that the housing sector “remained slow.”   The Fed will hold interest rates steady for now, and probably well into next year; and they will continue to cut back on their large scale asset purchase program by another $10 billion per month. So, starting in July, the Fed will only buy $35 billion in Treasuries and mortgage backed securities.   The Fed statement was generally upbeat: “Economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labor market conditions will continue to improve gradually. Household spending appears to be rising moderately and business fixed investment resumed its advance.”   Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen held a press conference and the topic of inflation was brought up. The feeling is that the Fed wants to see solid signs of recovery, and inflation isn’t a concern; those inflation numbers are …

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Monday, June 16, 2014 – Manic Monday

Manic Monday by Sinclair Noe DOW + 5 = 16,781 SPX + 1 = 1937 NAS + 10 = 4321 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.59% OIL – .12 = 106.79 GOLD – 4.20 = 1272.70 SILV un = 19.77   It’s Monday, and that means mergers. Today’s acquisition news comes from Medtronics, the medical device maker, announcing it will acquire Covidien for nearly $43 billion. Medtronics was founded in a garage in Minneapolis in 1949, but they will change their headquarters to Ireland, which is where Covidien has been headquartered since 2009. Covidien is actually a Massachusetts company, and they operate out of Massachusetts. Medtronics will continue to operate out of Minneapolis; the whole deal is about a lower tax rate, and for Medtronics, the ability to repatriate $20 billion in offshore profits, without paying tax.   Meanwhile, the IPO market remains white hot, and 14 companies will come to market this week. So far this year 124 companies have priced in the US, up 57% from a year ago. Total proceeds raised come to $25.8 billion, up almost 41% from 2013. Data today showed industrial production climbed more than forecast in May. Output at factories, mines and utilities rose 0.6% after a revised 0.3% drop in April that was smaller than previously estimated. In a separate report, the New York Fed’s Empire manufacturing report rose to 19.28, better than expectations.   The Fed FOMC meets later this week to determine monetary policy. After their meeting concludes Wednesday, …

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Stake your Claim

Stake your Claim by Sinclair Noe DOW – 89 = 16,040SPX – 12 = 1828NAS – 34 = 423710 YR YLD + .02 = 2.73%OIL + .81 = 102.91GOLD – 11.40 = 1311.90SILV – .43 = 21.64 This winter has been brutally cold for much of the country, the worst in 20 years. The harsh weather makes an easy scapegoat for slow economic growth and sickly earnings. Every bad bit of economic data and all ugly earnings reports can be buried under the snow and ice. Many companies and sectors aren’t really affected by the weather; while others were definitely slammed. This is true of new construction. The Commerce Department reports housing starts dropped 16% to 880,000 in January from 1.05 million in December. For all of 2013, builders began work on 926,700 homes, up the most since 2007’s 1.36 million. The good news is that the weather related downturns will eventually melt away like so much ice on a warm sidewalk. Another report today showed producer prices increased 0.2% in January, led by gains in goods such as food and pharmaceuticals. This follows a 0.1% increase in the PPI in December. Today’s data mark the debut of the PPI after its first major overhaul since 1978, which more than doubles its reach of the economy by including prices received for goods, services, government purchases, exports, and construction. The revamped PPI encompasses 75% of the economy, up from a third of all production for the old index, which reflected the …

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Friday, January 24, 2014 – Bulls, Bears, and Bonuses

Bulls, Bears, and Bonuses by Sinclair Noe DOW – 318 = 15,879SPX – 38 = 1790NAS – 90 = 412810 YR YLD – .04 = 2.73%OIL – .41 = 96.91GOLD + 4.40 = 1270.00SILV – .11 = 20.01 The Dow has fallen every day this week, leaving it down more than 3%. That decline is the Dow’s worst weekly performance since mid-May 2012. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is down 2.5% since last Friday. That’s the index’s worst weekly slide since early November 2012. All of the sudden, everybody seemed concerned about political and economic problems in Turkey, Argentina, and of course, China. The Turkish lira hit a record low and the South African rand fell to five-year low against the dollar. The Argentine peso had its sharpest decline in 12 years, going back to the 2002 financial crisis in that country; and the government abandoned its long standing policy of intervening to support the peso currency. Such moves are crucial factors for big, institutional foreign investors because exchange rate losses can easily wipe out any gains in stocks and bonds of emerging countries. Right now, the losses haven’t turned into a rout, but there is concern that the turn may push big institutional investors to cut losses and run as the effect of falling currencies becomes too painful to bear. Every emerging market crisis is first-and-foremost a currency crisis. For example, South African government debt was slightly positive in rand terms in 2013. But in dollars terms, it lost more …

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Monday, October 07, 2013 – Already Bankrupt

Already Bankrupt by Sinclair Noe DOW – 136 = 14, 936 SPX – 14 = 1676NAS – 37 = 377010 YR YLD – .02 = 2.63%OIL – .67 = 103.17GOLD + 11.20 = 1323.40SILV + .61 = 22.45 The markets gave up Friday’s gains. The political dysfunction is hurting; right now it’s just the economic uncertainty; that’s a phrase I hate because businesses always face uncertainty but the shutdown and the looming debt ceiling are significant uncertainties. Let’s start with the debt ceiling. Businessweek is describing it as “an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen.” Here’s the not so rosy scenario: “Failure by the world’s largest borrower to pay its debt — unprecedented in modern history — will devastate stock markets from Brazil to Zurich, halt a $5 trillion lending mechanism for investors who rely on Treasuries, blow up borrowing costs for billions of people and companies, ravage the dollar and throw the U.S. and world economies into a recession that probably would become a depression. Among the dozens of money managers, economists, bankers, traders and former government officials interviewed for this story, few view a U.S. default as anything but a financial apocalypse. “ Sure, if the US misses a payment it would be much bigger than 2008 because the US government is so much bigger and more interconnected than Lehman Brothers; and after the collapse of Lehman, the government stepped in to clean up the mess. Who cleans up the mess when the mess is …

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Twelve Years After

Twelve Years After by Sinclair Noe DOW + 135 = 15,326SPX + 5 = 1689NAS – 4 = 372510 YR YLD – .04 = 2.92%OIL – .08 = 107.31GOLD + 2.50 = 1366.80SILV + .25 = 23.32 The war hasn’t started…, yet. The war with Syria hasn’t started yet. We’re still at war; troops still in Afghanistan, slowly exiting; but, we’re still at war, 12 years after. The Dow Industrials have climbed for 6 out of the last 7 sessions, which coincides with the announcement by Obama to seek a Congressional vote on Syria. The Dow has added over 500 points since then. The price of oil hit highs for the year in the buildup to war. We’ve grown averse to war. Even on Wall Street, the idea of not going to war is a good thing. Maybe that is something we’ve learned from the last 12 years. War is bad; not going to war is good. And so last night we listened to the president trying to sell the necessity of more war, this time in Syria. He called it military intervention, but whenever you drop bombs on another country, it is war. I’m still not sure what the objective would be. I’m not sure what the cost would be, but the cost of the past 12 years has been much higher than anyone thought at the time. And then, halfway through the speech last night, we heard the possibility of a diplomatic solution. Today, diplomatic efforts intensified. France …

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