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Maybe GM Is Too Damn Stupid To Exist

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-12-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 259 = 17,895 SPX + 25 = 2065 NAS + 43 = 4893 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.10% OIL – 1.14 = 47.03 Tuesday was one of the worst days for Wall Street in months; today we saw the biggest rally in a month. Go figure. The Dow and the S&P were up nearly 1.5%; the Nasdaq less of a gain as Intel warned that first-quarter sales would be below its previous outlook, given weaker-than-expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower inventory levels in the PC supply chain. Another day, another central bank jumps on the easing bandwagon.  South Korea joined twenty four countries across the globe by easing monetary policy in 2015. Taking advantage of low inflation, the Bank of Korea cut its base rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.75%. South Korea also previously cut its forecast for this year’s economic growth to 3.4% in January from 3.9%, and they are widely expected to lower it again next month as China’s growth continues to slow and much of Europe flounders.   The IMF has approved a bigger bailout for Ukraine, giving Kiev immediate access to $5 billion of the $17.5 billion in emergency funding to keep the country afloat. Kiev’s conflict with pro-Russian separatists has put the country’s economy into a tailspin with a plunging currency, the highest interest …

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – The Greater Depression

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-27-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS08272014 Financial Review DOW + 15 = 17,122 SPX + 0.10 = 2000.12 (record) NAS – 1 = 4569 10 YR YLD – .03 = 2.36% OIL – .16 = 93.70 GOLD + 2.10 = 1283.70 SILV + .08 = 19.54 Any positive day for the S&P 500 means a new record high close; today was the 31st of the year. Volume was really, really light. This week the S&P 500 crossed above 2000, which would indicate the economy is strong; there are several economic indicators you could consider such as an abundance of corporate cash, a little more top line growth in the second quarter, and improved consumer confidence even if consumers haven’t found the cash to pay for things; but you also have the yield on the 10 year Treasury note dropping lower and lower, which would indicate the economy is weak. We are told the yield on Treasuries is low because of foreign buyers, and maybe Treasuries can be considered a global instrument; another possibility is that the deficit has been shrinking, meaning fewer new issuances…, still. Most divergences result in a reversion to the mean. So the big question is whether stocks come down or yields go up. The US budget picture will likely worsen in coming months as companies wait until next year to see what actions Congress will take on taxes. A report from the Congressional Budget Office …

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Monday, March 18, 2013 – Cyprus Extraction

Cyprus Extraction by Sinclair Noe DOW – 62 = 14452SPX – 8 = 1552NAS – 11 = 323710 YR yLD – .04 = 1.96% OIL +.42 = 93.87GOLD + 12.90 = 1606.80SILV+.13 = 29.00 We start with some traditional Cypriot music plaing in the background. It seemed like a good idea, until we learned there was a levy of almost 10% Last Friday, we weren’t even thinking about Cyprus, a tiny island country, south of Turkey, east of Greece, roughly 900,000 people. Maybe you knew about their financial problems: a credit downgrade to junk status, a 4 billion-euro bailout for the Cypriot banks. Maybe you remember that it started with the Greek breakdown and how the Greek bondholders got haircuts on Greek bonds, and Cyprus does business with Greece. And then we all forgot about Cyprus. Until this weekend. The Cyprus banks are on the verge of failure and they need a 10 billion-euro bailout. The IMF and the ECB came up with a plan over the weekend, but it wasn’t a bailout; they call it a bail in. The idea they concocted was to tax bank deposits: 6.5% on bank accounts up to 100 thousand-euros and 9.9% on bank accounts over 100 thousand-euros. Not really a tax; a levy; or maybe a haircut. Actually, they are going to steal the money. Cyprus will receive a loan of about half the requested size under the usual austerity conditions. And in the unlikely event that all goes well, the government of …

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary by Sinclair Noe DOW + 12 = 13,494SPX + 5 = 1450NAS + 15 = 313510 YR YLD +.01 = 1.62%OIL – 3.86 = 88.03GOLD + 4.60 = 1780.00SILV +.02 = 34.74PLAT + 10.00 = 1692.00 So, how are we doing? Well, we’re seeing some stronger employment figures, a surge in refinancing applications, and expansion in the services sector. The Institute for Supply Management’s service sector index rose to 55.1 from 53.7 last month – well ahead of expectations for a small decline. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest weekly survey showed mortgage applications jumped 20 per cent over the previous seven days to the highest level since April 2009. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.53 per cent from 3.63 per cent last week, a new historic low. The increase in mortgage applications comes on top of already strong refinancing activity. We’ve seen 10 months of improving existing home sales and prices. The Federal Reserve stepped in with QE to Infinity and Beyond; maybe the Fed is leading this parade; maybe the Fed just jumped on the bandwagon; we’ll see in a couple of months. The big monthly jobs report is Friday. Economists are expecting an increase in payrolls in the neighborhood of 115,000 to 130,000 but also a rise in the overall unemployment rate to 8.2 per cent. Today, the payroll processing company ADP reported private companies added 162,000 jobs in September. That sounds good but the ADP numbers are not a …

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Monday, June 25, 2012 – Spain and Cyprus Fall – US Banks Insure Bets – Goldman Behaves Badly – Congressional Insider Trading – by Sinclair Noe

DOW – 138 = 12,502SPX – 21 = 1313NAS – 56 = 283610 YR YLD -.06 = 1.61%OIL -.06 = 79.15GOLD + 13.00 = 1585.30SILV +.64 = 27.64PLAT + 9.00 = 1450.00So, the good news is that the Dow only dropped 138.It could have been worse; or better, depending on your perspective. Back in April we advised heeding the old advice to sell in May and stay away. May was a horrible month. The first couple of weeks in June, we bounced back just a little, then we continue the declines.This Euro-problem just never dies. There will be another emergency two day Euro-summit starting Thursday.  This appears to be the one area of relentless growth in Europe – the emergency summit business. I’m guessing that the caterers and event planners in Brussels are posting nifty profits. Expectations are low after Germany resisted pressure for common euro zone bonds or a flexible use of Europe’s rescue funds at a meeting of the region’s four biggest economies last week. Austerity measures pushed forward by Germany have tested the patience of the Greeks. The Greek government had to begin a search for a new finance minister after the nominee for the post said he could not serve because of health reasons. The situation in Greece sometimes seems it is never-ending. Cyprus announced it was seeking a bailout for its banks and its budget. Cyprus joins Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain in seeking EU rescue funds, meaning more than a quarter of the 17 euro …

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Monday, April 30, 2012 – The Euro is Actually Kind of Important – Corporate Campaign Bribery – OWS Comes out of Hibernation

DOW – 14 = 13,213SPX – 5 = 1397NAS – 22 = 304610 YR YLD – .02 = 1.91%OIL -.07 = 104.80GOLD + 1.50 = 1665.30SILV – .26 = 31.11PLAT – 4.00 = 1574.00 A sharp drop in an index of Midwestern manufacturing and a slowdown in U.S. consumer spending last month added to worries that the U.S. economy is slowing down. Weaker earnings reports from health insurer Humana and the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext. The losses were broad. Nine of the ten industry groups in the S&P 500 fell, led by materials. Only telecoms rose. The Spanish government said that country’s economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first three months of the year, the second straight quarter of contraction. Spain is the fourth-largest economy among the 17 countries that use the euro. The worry is that Europe’s bailout funds won’t be big enough to rescue Spain if it needs help. Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded Spain’s government debt to just three notches above junk Friday. Earlier today, S&P lowered its rating for 11 Spanish banks, which are loaded with bad debt from a collapsed housing market. The good news is the euro hasn’t collapse, at least not yet. Somehow, the countries of the European Union continue to overcome their varied self-interest and they seem to do just enough to avoid catastrophe, at least for now. One reason the Euro still exists is because it is more than a monetary union, it is also …

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