Financial Review

Fade Summer

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-20-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…Longest bull market can’t shake the correction. China-US trade talk talk. Trump wants cheap money Fed. Greece finishes bailout era but not out of the austerity era.

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Show Me the Data

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-12-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-12-2015 DOW – 254 = 17,448 SPX – 29 = 2045 NAS – 61 = 5005 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.32% OIL – 1.28 = 41.65 GOLD – 1.70 = 1085.50 SILV – .11 = 14.34   Crude oil fell below $42 a barrel, its lowest price since August, while copper, gold and silver reached six-year lows. Energy, mining and metals companies fell. Caterpillar, Exxon Mobil and Chevron had the biggest losses in the Dow Jones Industrial average. The Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index are now negative for the year.   The Energy Information Administration just released its latest weekly look at the US oil market, and it shows that US crude stockpiles are just 3 million barrels off the record 490 million barrel record in April.  Crude stockpiles grew by 4.2 million barrels last week. A private report released Wednesday had shown an even larger increase. The biggest factors have been a slowdown in demand, and China’s slowdown is a big part of that equation. Meanwhile, oil producers just keep pumping; US shale production has slowed and will likely slow more, even though it remains stubbornly high; OPEC refuses to cut production and the more oil prices fall, the faster they pump.   Prices for copper and other commodities were slumping as investors anticipated that the dollar would become even stronger. The price …

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Slow Motion Domino

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-10-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:17 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-10-2015 DOW + 27 = 17,758 SPX + 3 = 2081 NAS – 12 = 5083 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.32% OIL + .22 = 44.09 GOLD – 2.50 = 1090.40 SILV – .14 = 14.54   Crude prices are set for a slow recovery, according to the latest report from the International Energy Agency, which warned against the deep investment cutbacks in the industry. In its World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s central scenario for oil prices forecast that the market would rebalance at around $50 to $80 per barrel in 2020, (a not very precise guess) “with further increases in price thereafter.” It also predicted that collectively, the U.S., EU and Japan would see their oil demand drop by around 10 million barrels a day by 2040.   Oil production from the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays in the U.S. has been falling since March. Total oil output from seven major U.S. shale regions is expected to fall by 118,000 barrels a day to about 4.95 million barrels a day in December. There is no evidence at current prices that rig drilling activity will recover any time this year, so we can expect ever lower production every month well into 2016. That doesn’t mean a quick increase in prices, in part because Iranian oil is expected to come online as sanctions are lifted, and also …

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Rockets and Rocks

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-23-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 119 = 17,731 SPX – 12 = 2102 NAS – 25 = 5146 10 YR YLD – .05 = 2.27% OIL – .74 = 48.45 GOLD – 3.60 = 1091.40 SILV – .14 = 14.76   Greece can begin bailout talks. Greece’s parliament approved new reforms that pave the way for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to begin negotiating his country’s third bailout. Parliament overwhelmingly approved the measures, but roughly a quarter of Tsipras’ Syriza party voted against the reforms. Now Greece and its creditors will begin working out the details of the latest bailout package, the third for Athens in the past five years. Nearly everyone agrees that Greek debt is unsustainably high, but that’s where the agreement ends. The IMF on July 14th issued a report calling for debt relief, a 180 turn from their earlier demands of austerity. The monetary fund recommended either a “very dramatic extension” of payment deadlines by up to 30 years or “deep upfront haircuts,” banker jargon for write-offs.   Lots of headlines flew out of Asia  overnight: Japan’s exports increased the most in five months in June, fueled by strengthening overseas demand, but imports remained subdued due to the effect of lower commodity prices. South Korea’s economy logged its weakest expansion in six years in Q2, recording just 0.3% growth from the previous quarter, as the country got battered by a MERS …

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Burn the Doors

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-13-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 217 = 17,977 SPX + 22 = 2099 NAS + 73 = 5071 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.43% OIL – .35 = 51.85 GOLD – 5.30 = 1158.50 SILV – .12 = 15.60   Greece and Eurozone creditors reached a tentative agreement that might unlock about $95 billion in new aid to Greece in exchange for new tough concessions by the Athens government, which included reforms to the pension system, higher taxes, and privatization. However, the €85 billion-euro deal is not official until the Greek parliament on Wednesday passes the deal; and that might be a tough ask given the “no” vote in the recent referendum. Before we get to a Wednesday vote in Athens, there are several Eurozone finance ministers that will have to approve a €12 billion-euro package of short-term bridge financing, to allow the Greek banks to reopen. If the new deal is approved, the bank “holiday” could be lifted as soon as Thursday. And then after that, the Euro Union countries would have to sign off on a deal, unanimously. So, it’s a very complicated deal with considerable risk. Wall Street has never been good at reading the fine print, and stocks moved higher today on the idea that the never-ending negotiations over Greek debt might finally be ending, when in fact, they are just kicking into another gear.   And …

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No

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-06-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 46 = 17,683 SPX – 8 = 2068 NAS – 17 = 4991 10 YR YLD – .11 = 2.29% OIL – 4.40 = 52.53 GOLD + 4.10 = 1170.80 SILV + .06 = 15.85   Perhaps you have heard about the big vote in Greece over the weekend. Greeks voted to pay off all of their debt; they put the money in a big wooden horse. They left the horse on the doorstep of the European Central Bank in Brussels. Problem solved. Actually, Greeks voted ‘No’ in a referendum asking them to accept an international creditor proposal that would have included more austerity reforms. The final tally showed 61% voted “no”; so it was a bit of a landslide. Both the Greek people and their government want to remain within the euro, and it isn’t clear that there is a legal mechanism to kick Greece out of the Eurozone, at least not any time soon.  Of course a Greek exit might not be so bad. If you are an unemployed Greek worker, it really doesn’t matter if you are not being paid in euros or drachmas. Actually, the idea of printing their own currency, even if it is greatly devalued, is probably easier to swallow than the boot to the throat that is austerity. The question is whether the Greeks must leave the euro to have …

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Reg A On

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-19-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 101 = 18,014 SPX – 11 = 2109 NAS – 15 = 5117 10 YR YLD – 08 = 2.27% OIL – .98 = 59.47 GOLD – 1.70 = 1201.30 SILV – .07 = 16.18   For the week, the Dow was up about 0.9% and the S&P 500 gained 1%. The Nasdaq jumped 1.4% as it hit new all-time highs yesterday.   Eurozone leaders will try to find a bailout deal for Greece at an emergency summit Monday.  News reports said a European Central Bank official warned Eurozone finance ministers that the Greek banks might not be able to open come Monday. The big risk now is that a report about the fear of a bank run will serve to spur a bank run. Greeks pulled more than €1-billion euro out of their banks today. European Central Bank policymakers have agreed to supply extra emergency cash to avert a bank run.   The Associated Press reports Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has traveled to Russia, likely looking for loans. Russia and Greece signed a deal today to build an extension of a prospective gas pipeline that would carry Russian gas to Europe through Turkey. Russia promised Greece hundreds of millions of dollars in transit payments yearly if it agreed to build the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline is expected to start next year and be completed …

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Author Interviews

Mark Blyth – Extended Interview

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/MARK_BLYTH_06-01-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:49 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSinclair Noe audio interview with Mark Blyth, author of: “Austerity: the History of a Dangerous Idea”

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Mark Blyth

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/MARK_BLYTH-SEG_2-03-10-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:10 — 3.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSListen to the audio interview with Mark Blyth and Sinclair Noe. For more information, click the banner. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

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Financial Review

Gulliver’s Travels

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-24-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 92 = 18,209 SPX + 5 = 2115 NAS + 7 = 4968 10 YR YLD – .07 = 1.99% OIL – .29 = 49.16 GOLD – .50 = 1202.30 SILV – .01 = 16.41   The Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 hit record high closes. The Nasdaq rose for the tenth straight session, its longest streak since July 2009. The Russell 2000 Index of small cap stocks closed at a record 1233.   Fed Chair Janet Yellen testified today before the Senate banking committee in her semi-annual report on monetary policy. Yellen said the Fed is preparing to consider interest rate hikes “on a meeting-by-meeting basis.” Yellen described how the Fed’s rate-setting policy committee will likely proceed in coming months: first by removing the word “patient” in describing its approach to rate hikes, then entering a phase in which rate hikes are possible at any meeting. That approach could open the door to an interest rate increase as early as June, but short-term rate futures contracts showed traders had shifted their expectations of an initial rate hike from September to October. And the yield on the ten year Treasury note slipped down below 2%. So, the markets players are placing their bets.   Yellen said she felt labor markets and other key economic indicators “have been increasing at a solid rate.” However, she said she still feels the …

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The Bar is Set Low

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-17-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 28 = 18,047 SPX + 3 = 2100 NAS + 5 = 4899 10 YR YLD + .12 = 2.14% OIL + .27 = 53.05 Another record high close for the S&P 500 index and the Russell 2000 index. As of February 11, 356 S&P 500 companies have reported and 71.3% beat earnings expectations. Total revenues are up +1.5% with 55.6% beating top-line estimates. Earnings growth with little or no revenue growth means companies are cutting costs or repurchasing shares to boost earnings. The Health Care and Telecom Services sectors were the best performers on the quarter. The energy sector was badly beaten down. The 12-month forward P/E currently sits around 16, putting it well above the 10-year average of 14; a little pricey but not excessive. Guidance has been disappointing but the game is to set the bar very low and then stop over it.   Eurozone officials and the new government in Greece have been playing hardball. Greece is running out of money. A report from JPMorgan shows Greek banks were losing deposits at the rate of €2 billion a week. The Greek government has so far insisted that budget cuts and economic overhauls mandated by the current €240 billion bailout are hurting its economy and society and that the currency union’s finance ministers haven’t offered sufficient leeway on implementing those measures. Yesterday, Eurozone ministers gave the …

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Financial Review

A Grain of Salt

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-05-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:17 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 211 = 17,884 SPX + 21 = 2062 NAS + 48 = 4765 10 YR YLD + .02 = 1.82% OIL + 2.26 = 50.71 GOLD – 4.40 = 1265.50 SILV – .11 = 17.32   More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth. The Labor Department says that weekly applications rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 6,500 to 292,750. That average has plunged 15 percent over the past 12 months.   Worker productivity declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, while labor costs increased. Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, fell at 1.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter after rising at a 3.7 percent rate in the third quarter. Labor costs increased at a 2.7 percent rate in the fourth quarter after having fallen at a 2.3 percent rate in the third quarter. The drop in productivity and rise in labor costs are reflected in the fact that the growth in overall output slowed in the fourth quarter.   The U.S. trade deficit jumped 17.1% in December to a two-year high. The nation’s trade gap jumped to a seasonally adjusted $46 billion in December from a revised $39 billion in the prior month.   If Anthem is your …

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Financial Review

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-04-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 17 = 17,383 SPX – 5 = 2012 NAS – 15 = 4623 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.34% OIL – 1.31 = 77.47 GOLD + 2.90 = 1169.20 SILV – .11 = 16.13 Election Day 2014! We should all be very, very happy. Forget about red and blue, we can all count our blessings because the campaign ads on radio and TV are going away. There is one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over in a few hours. Say hallelujah! Or you could say that it’s amazing that anyone bothers to vote given that our choices are between tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber. Still, I went to the polls today, early, and I cast my ballot. I was the only voter voting. In a few hours we’ll get the results. And the most likely result is that not much will change, despite the drama and despite hundreds of millions to persuade you. It takes a fortune for a politician to get beat these days, but most of the money isn’t real, it’s magic money that doesn’t belong to anybody, or at least nobody is willing to admit they spend money on politics. We’ve got the best politicians money can buy. The present split Congress is the least-productive in US history. Regardless of the election’s outcome, the 114th Congress is unlikely to be any more …

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Forget Complacency

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-13-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 223 = 16,321 SPX – 31 = 1874 NAS – 62 = 4213 10 YR YLD closed 2.28% OIL – .69 = 85.05 GOLD + 14.10 = 1238.10 SILV + .10 = 17.60 The major indices were up and then down; small moves earlier in the session; then, in the final hour stocks slipped and kept falling. The S&P 500 has fallen 6.8 percent from its Sept. 18 record, making this the worst pullback in two-and-a-half years. The Russell 2000 sank 4.7 percent last week. The small-cap index entered a correction after sliding more than 10 percent from an all-time high in March. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 5.5 percent from its record last month, while the Nasdaq Composite Index has slumped 8.3 percent from a 14-year high reached in September. The Volatility Index, or VIX, rose 13 percent today to 24, the highest level since June 2012. Forget complacency. The final hour collapse coincided with a report that an Emirates Airline plane in Boston was surrounded by medical crews and they removed five passengers over concerns about Ebola. But there is more to today’s trading than an Ebola scare. Oil prices continued to slide. Saudi Arabia is saying they are comfortable with oil prices in the sub-$90 range. The Saudis don’t necessarily want prices to slide further, but they are unwilling to shoulder production cuts unilaterally and …

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Let Slip the Cats of War

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-28-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS08282014 Financial Review for Thursday LISTEN HERE DOW – 42 = 17,079 SPX – 3 = 1996 NAS – 11 = 4557 10 YR YLD – .03 = 2.33% OIL + .57 = 94.45 GOLD + 6.50 = 1290.20 SILV + .05 = 19.58 Since falling to a near three-month low on Aug. 7, the S&P 500 index had risen for 11 of the prior 14 sessions, pushing it above 2,000 for the previous two days. However, the new highs came on some of the lightest trading volume of the year. Markets don’t go up in a straight line. However, the big round numbers are usually bullish. Two weeks after the passing of such a big, round number, the S&P 500 averages a 1% gain and is positive 79% of the time. Three months later, the index averages a 3.6% gain and is positive 89% of the time. When the S&P 500 surpassed 1900 back in May, it rallied for another five straight days and nine of the next 10. This time, the sight of the big, round 2,000 mark got traders so excite, they just screwed it up right away. The Commerce Department has released its first revision of the second quarter GDP. Gross domestic product grew 4.2%, up from the initial reading of 4%. First quarter GDP was negative; the economy contracted by 2.1%. So, part of the second quarter growth reflects …

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – Use Your Library Card at a Copy Shop for a Horseback Ride to the Moon

Use Your Library Card at a Copy Shop for a Horseback Ride to the Moon by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 49 = 16,867 SPX + 9 = 1959 NAS + 29 = 4379 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.56% OIL + .74 = 106.77 GOLD – .60 = 1319.40 SILV + .09 = 21.12 One of the jobs of the Commerce Department is to calculate the gross domestic product of the country; clearly it is a difficult task to figure out the value of all the goods and services produced, and so they tend to revise the numbers as they gather information. In April the Commerce Department figured the economy grew, just barely, 0.1% in the first quarter; last month they revised their GDP numbers to negative1.0%; today they revised GDP even lower. The economy shrank by 2.9%.   To understand the big move, you first have to realize that the GDP number is supposed to measure everything; construction and demolition, marriages and divorces, broccoli sales and cigarette sales, yoga classes and cancer treatments. One of the big reasons for the negative number is that the cost of healthcare dropped significantly.   The US spent $6.4 billion less on health care in the first quarter than in the last quarter of 2013. Government statisticians initially forecast a 9.9% increase in health-care spending, and what we got was a 1.4% decline. Considering all the millions of previously uninsured people who are gaining access to health insurance under the Affordable …

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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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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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Thrusday, January 16, 2014 – The “It Could Be Worse” Victory Lap

The “It Could Be Worse” Victory Lap by Sinclair Noe DOW – 64 = 16,417SPX – 2 = 1845NAS + 3 = 421810 YR YLD – .04 = 2.84%OIL – .07 = 94.10GOLD + .70 = 1243.70SILV – .11 = 20.20 The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for the second consecutive week last week; down 2,000 to 326,000. This might suggest that the December jobs report, which was a weak 74,000 jobs added, maybe that report was just a temporary slowdown. In a separate report, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose to 9.4 points this month from 6.4 in December. Any reading above zero indicates manufacturing expansion in the region. In another report, the Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% after being flat in November. In the 12 months to December, consumer prices accelerated 1.5%. A 3.1% increase in gasoline prices was mostly behind the spike in inflation last month. The increase in gasoline was the largest since June and followed a 1.6% fall in November. Food prices rose 0.1% for a third month. There is no wage inflation. Average hourly earnings adjusted for inflation fell 0.3% in December; and with the weakness in the labor market, there is very little chance of wage growth for quite some time. The Fed targets 2 percent inflation, although it tracks a gauge that tends to run a bit below CPI. And outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says inflation is …

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014 – No Place Else To Go

No Place Else To Go by Sinclair Noe DOW + 105 = 16,530SPX + 11 = 1837NAS + 39 = 415310 YR YLD – .02 = 2.93%OIL + .46 = 93.89 GOLD – 6.00 = 1232.80SILV – .32 = 19.95 Had to happen, eventually I suppose; an up day on Wall Street. Traders waded through the snow and decided to buy something. No place else to go. You can look for a better explanation, but I think that sums it up: no place else to go. Maybe some folks think we’re in bubble territory in stocks. I don’t know. A couple of weeks ago, economist Robert Shiller wrote an article in the New York Times claiming we were near a bubble in housing. Being near a bubble and being in a bubble are very different. Shiller has a formula for stock valuations known as CAPE, which stands for cyclically adjusted price earnings ratio. For the past 60 years or so, the CAPE ratio has been around 18.3. If CAPE moves above this estimate of the mean, eventually it will “regress to the mean” and return to the long-term average. If CAPE rises excessively above the mean, then one can argue that a bubble exists in the stock market. Right now, CAPE is estimated to be 25. Maybe there will be a reversion to the mean by way of prices dropping or maybe there will be a reversion to the mean by way of earnings rising. Either way, the prices of …

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