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Banks Under Assault

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-01-14-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 186 = 17,427 SPX – 11 = 2011 NAS – 22 = 4639 10 YR YLD – .05 = 1.84% OIL + .28 = 46.17 GOLD – 1.80 = 1230.10 SILV – .25 = 16.94 The roller coaster ride continues, with a 345 point swing in the Dow Industrials from the intraday high and low. A couple of economic reports set the stage this morning. First, retail sales in the US sank in December largely because of cheaper gasoline prices, but most stores posted surprisingly weak results during the busiest month of the shopping season. Sales at retailers dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.9% last month to mark the biggest decline in nearly a year. Excluding gas and car sales, retail sales fell 0.3%. It was the biggest decline for retail sales in 11 months. One month does not make a trend but this kind of puts a dent in the idea that consumers would save money at the gas station but spend elsewhere. Instead it looks like people are tightening purse strings, which is symptomatic of deleveraging and deflation; it might also be indicative of how much the economy has changed in terms of job stability, wage stagnation, and retirement prospects; all of which point to much greater pressures to save. The Federal Reserve then offered confirmation of a weak sales. The Fed’s Beige Book said most districts …

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More Jobs

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-12-03-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 33 = 17912 SPX + 7 =2074 NAS + 18 = 4774 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.29% OIL + .49 = 67.37 GOLD + 11.60 = 1211.10 SILV – .04 = 16.52 Record high for the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500. About 2 weeks before the Federal Reserve FOMC meets to determine monetary policy they gather together reports from across the nation on how the economy is doing; the Fed then binds those reports in a Beige folder, or what we call the Beige Book. As the name would imply, the Beige Book is not always a page turner, but it can provide some useful information as well as an indicator of what the Fed policymakers are thinking, and then there is the occasional surprise nugget of information. The Beige Book was released today and it shows the US economy holding up well despite global slowing; economic activity continued to expand in October and November, with lower gasoline prices boosting consumer spending. Despite a sharp drop in crude oil prices, drilling activity in shale production districts remained steady; oil and gas exploration activity decreased in North Dakota and increased in Montana relative to a month earlier; production remained at record levels. Lower oil prices have some oil companies concerned and closely monitoring prices, which are close to many firms’ breakeven price. Employment gains were widespread. …

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Third World Stuff

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-15-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 173 = 16,141 SPX – 15 = 1862 NAS – 11 = 4215 10 YR YLD – .11 = 2.09% OIL – .13 = 81.71 GOLD + 8.90 = 1242.10 SILV + .05 = 17.55 Go back a mere 18 trading sessions and the market was at all-time highs. The Dow hit an intraday high of 17,350 and a closing high of 17,279, on September 19th; that was 18 trading sessions in the past. For the Nasdaq composite we have seen a 10% correction from recent highs. That means this drop happened fast, and it also means the bear may have more room to run; this move is not mature in terms of duration or magnitude. The major indices have dropped under the 200 day moving average; we were waiting for confirmation; we got it. The S&P looked to bounce off a different trendline. If you draw a straight line across the S&P lows beginning with the lows from 2011, which is where we saw support and a bounce today, at the 1820 level; it is also very close to the support levels from April at about 1815, which we talked about on Monday. That is an intermediate level of support, but it held today, and you have to respect the line, unless or until it breaks down. Once we hit certain levels, people start to feel the pain and they …

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Another Glass of Kool-Aid

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-03-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 10  = 17,078 SPX – 1 =  2000 NAS – 25 = 4572 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.41% OIL – .36 = 95.18 GOLD + 3.50 = 1270.30 SILV + .02 = 19.27   The Commerce Department reports orders for goods produced in US factories rose 10.5% higher in July, mainly due to a big surge in contracts for commercial aircraft. Yet excluding transportation goods, factory orders fell 0.8% in July.   Meanwhile, auto sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.5 million in August, up from 16.5 million in July. Recalls finally caught up with General Motors and sales declined 1%; Chrysler sales were up 20%; Ford sales were up less than 1%; VW slipped 13%; Nissan sales were up 12%; and Toyota gained 6%.   Tesla is expected to announce tomorrow that it has selected Nevada to be the home of its gigafactory, which will build batteries. Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas were also in the running for the $5 billion plant, a key part of Tesla’s plan to scale up its production and launch a mass-market car in the next couple of years. The factory is expected to employ more than 6,000 people.   The Federal Reserve gathers information from its districts two weeks before they get together for the FOMC policy meetings. They publish the information in a beige folder, and it …

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014 – An Airtight Defense

An Airtight Defense by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 15 = 16,737 SPX + 3 = 1927 (record close) NAS + 17 = 4251 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.60% OIL – .27 = 102.39 GOLD – 1.30 = 1244.60 SILV – .01 = 18.90   Eight times a year the Federal Reserve gathers economic updates from the 12 districts and publishes the information about two weeks before its FOMC meetings. The data is published in a beige folder, and that is why it is called the Beige Book, although it might actually refer to the writing style. Anyway, economic activity expanded all across the country, with most districts reporting moderate or modest growth. Consumer spending expanded across almost all districts. Tourism was another bright spot and manufacturing activity expanded across the country. Home sales were described as “mixed across the country” even as home prices continue to rise. Labor markets were described as steady. Inflation was tame, with a slight exception for higher food prices in some areas.   In other words, when the Fed meets in a couple of weeks, there won’t be any big changes in monetary policy.   The Institute for Supply Management said its services index rose to 56.3%, its highest level since August, from 55.2% in April. That’s the number and they’re sticking with it.   The US trade deficit grew to $47 billion in April, up from $44 billion in March. Exports slowed in April, down slightly to $193 billion. Imports, meanwhile, …

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – What is Really Plausible

What is Really Plausible by Sinclair Noe DOW + 162 = 16,424SPX + 19 = 1862NAS + 52 = 408610 YR YLD + .01 = 2.63%OIL + .05 = 103.81GOLD – .20 = 1303.20SILV + .07 = 19.73 Let’s start with some earnings news and then we’ll move over to economic data. Google posted $3.4 billion in net income, or $5.04 per share, in the three months ended March 31, compared to $3.3 billion, or $4.97 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 19% to $15.4 billion, but analysts had estimated $15.5 billion, and the shares were getting clobbered in late trades. IBM reported its lowest quarterly revenue in five years; IBM reported revenue of $21.7 billion for the quarter, but that marks the eighth consecutive decline in quarterly revenue. The company has been restructuring its business by cutting jobs and selling its low-end server business. This is not what you would call a growth model. Also, from the faulty business model file: Bank of America posted a $276 million loss for the most recent quarter. The financial results included a pre-tax expense of $6 billion, or approximately 40 cents a share after tax, to cover litigation costs as the bank moved to resolve mortgage-related litigation fallout from the financial crisis that began in 2007 and other issues; far worse than the $3.7 billion investors had braced for. The bank today agreed to a $584 million settlement of litigation over nine residential mortgage-backed securitizations insured by the Financial Guaranty …

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014 – Not Much Change

Not Much Change by Sinclair Noe DOW – 35 = 16,360SPX – 0.1 = 1873NAS + 6 = 435710 YR YLD + .01 = 2.70%OIL – 2.40 = 100.93GOLD + 2.40 = 1337.80SILV + .02 = 21.26 ADP, a payroll processing company, reports its own monthly jobs estimate each month, just before the government comes out with its monthly jobs report. Today, ADP said the economy added 139,000 new jobs in February; they revised the January number down to 127,000 from the previously reported 175,000. When the Labor Department reports on jobs Friday morning the best guess is about 150,000 jobs and the unemployment rate holding at 6.6%. So, the ADP report is reasonably close. Separately, initial jobless claims for the past week did not point to any improvement in the labor market with initial claims up 14,000 in the February 22 week to a 348,000 level. In other news, the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index slipped to 53.5 in February from 54 the previous month. This afternoon the Federal Reserve published its Beige Book, which is a compilation of reports and observations from the 12 Fed districts. Growth slowed in Chicago and activity was stable in Kansas City. While the other eight districts reported growth, the Fed said it was characterized as “modest to moderate” in most cases, an overall downgrade from its last report on January 15, which showed “moderate” growth in nine regions. Business contacts were still upbeat, and real estate activity picked up in some …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – A Few Pages of Pork

A Few Pages of Pork by Sinclair Noe DOW + 108 = 16,481SPX + 9 = 1848.38NAS + 31 = 4214 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.88%OIL + 1.75 = 94.34GOLD – 3.00 = 1243.00SILV – .05 = 20.30 The S&P 500 hit a record high close, just a few pennies better than December 31st. The market has had a weak start to January but we’re still at elevated levels. The Dow Industrials are about another day like today away from records; that close was 16,576 on New Year’s Eve. A $1.1 trillion compromise spending bill that funds the government through September won approval today from the House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate for consideration. The Senate is expected to also pass the so-called “omnibus” bill and send it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The 1,582-page bill eases most of the automatic spending cuts that were part of the sequester and keeps the federal government funded through Sept. 30. The budget bill calls for 1% increases in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, the first raises in three years for most agency workers. The spending measure also would protect disabled veterans and some military spouses from a pension cut set to go into effect in 2015.The bill would provide nearly $92 billion for US military operations abroad, mostly in Afghanistan, plus about $7 billion for disasters and other emergencies. That was just slightly less than last year’s war spending but …

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013 – The Defining Challenge

The Defining Challenge by Sinclair Noe DOW – 24 = 15,889SPX – 2 = 1792NAS +0.80 = 403810 YR YLD + .05 = 2.83%OIL + 1.25 = 97.29GOLD + 19.00 = 1244.30SILV + .54 = 19.82 December can be a cold, cold month. At least that’s how the equity markets are starting the month; four losing sessions. Part of this might be the big institutional investors, the big hedge funds and money managers, looking around and realizing the market is up 30% or so, and that would be a good year, so why no lock in a few profits. No need to worry about the budget battle in Washington; no need to worry about the Federal Reserve surprising people with a premature taper; no need to worry about a strong jobs report on Friday. In this crazy market where good economic news gets traders worried about the Fed taking away the punch bowl, today we had some reasonably decent economic news and another drop in the markets. Let’s start with the economic reports. ADP, the payroll processing firm, has a monthly report on private jobs; they issue the report just before the monthly official government report on jobs, the BLS non-farm payroll report. The ADP report is not great at predicting the government report, but its one of the better guidelines we have. Today, ADP reported companies added to their payrolls by a net 215,000 in November, and they revised the October number higher to 184,000. Manufacturers, builders and other …

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – Good Markets, Bad Economy

Good Markets, Bad Economy by Sinclair Noe DOW + 18 = 15,470SPX + 4 = 1680NAS + 11 = 361010 YR YLD – .04 = 2.49%OIL + .59 = 106.59GOLD – 16.90 = 1275.60SILV – .72 = 19.29 Let’s start today with a quick rundown of a few earnings reports. Intel reported second quarter net income of $2 billion, down from $2.8 billion a year ago. Revenue was $12.8 billion, and they expect third quarter revenue around $13.5 billion, both revenue numbers and guidance were below current estimates. IBM posted earnings of $4.3 billion on revenue of $24.9 billion. Earnings were up slightly from a year ago, while revenue was down slightly. Bank of America reports net income rose 63 percent, to $4 billion from $2.5 billion in the period a year earlier, while revenue increased to $22.7 billion from $22 billion. The bank benefited from higher revenue from equities sales and trading and a reduction in expenses, but its mortgage unit continued to struggle. This seems to be a recurring trend for the big banks; more profits from the Wall Street business side, less revenue from the old fashioned loan business, less money set aside for reserves. The concerns are that trading performance tends to be uneven over time, and cutting costs can only go so far, it doesn’t increase revenue. June housing starts fell 9.9% to an annualized rate of 836,000—the lowest level since August 2012. The drop in housing starts was led by a decline in multifamily …

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