Financial Review

Groping Along

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-30-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 263 = 17,976 SPX + 25 = 2086 NAS + 56 = 4947 10 YR YLD + .01 = 1.96% OIL – .19 = 48.68 GOLD – 13.40 = 1186.00 SILV – .28 = 16.79   The Commerce Department reports consumer spending rose just 0.1% in February; that follows a decline in January. The small increase in spending in February and outright decline in January suggest the economy failed in early 2015 to match the pace of growth at the end of last year. Gross domestic product is forecast to expand just 1.4% in the first quarter, down from 2.2% in the fourth quarter and 5% in the third quarter. Part of the problem might be harsh winter weather; if that is the case, we might expect a rebound in consumer spending in the spring.   Or maybe the American consumer is tired of spending, and is actually starting to save. The saving rate jumped in February to 5.8 percent, the highest since December 2012 and up from 4.4 percent just three months earlier. The savings rate slumped to as low as 1.9 percent in the run-up to the recession, a sign too many Americans were spending beyond their means. Since then, consumers have been trying to clean up their finances.   The National Association of Realtors said its pending-home-sales index rose 3.1% to 106.9 after …

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Friday, March 21, 2014 – Friday Wrap-up

Friday Wrap-up by Sinclair Noe DOW – 28 = 16,302SPX – 5 = 1866NAS – 42 = 427610 YR YLD – .02 = 2.75%OIL + .69 = 99.59GOLD + 6.20 = 1335.70SILV un = 20.38 The S&P 500 briefly climbed to a record high of 1,883.97, just over its previous record of 1,883.57. We hit resistance and didn’t break through. For the week, the Dow is up 1.8%, the S&P is up 1.6% and the Nasdaq is up 0.9%. The European Union has added a few more sanctions against Russia, adding 12 names to their list of Russians and Ukrainians facing asset freezes and travel bans. One EU commissioner said the goal is not sanctions, the goal is to get Putin to the negotiating table. The EU doesn’t want anything to rattle their already weak financial situation. In Europe they consider the Spanish “recovery” to be one of their success stories. GDP is projected at 1% growth, double last year’s 0.5% pace, and youth unemployment is still 55%; and this is considered good news. Spain, and several other EU nations are in no condition to fight a sanctions battle with Russia. A separate order signed by President Obama yesterday expanded sanctions and authorized potential future penalties. Yesterday’s sanction expansion included Bank Rossiya, not one of the largest Russian banks, but it starts to pull the financial sector into the equation. The EU cancelled a summit in Russia planned for June. US bankers are now considering whether they participate in a …

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Thursday, June 7, 2012 – Mr Bernanke Goes to Washington – by Sinclair Noe

DOW + 46 = 12460 SPX -0.14 = 1314NAS – 13 =283110 YR YLD unch = 1.65%OIL – 1.14 = 83.68GOLD -31.20 = 1589.50SILV -.84 = 28.69PLAT – 23.00 = 1447.00 The European Union released GDP was unchanged month to month and declined 0.1% from a year ago. Mari Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank announced that interest rates would stay at 1%. Draghi did not make a major policy announcement although it was widely anticipated that he would. However, he did state that the ECB would continue its main refinancing operations to provide liquidity to European banks. Fitch just cut its credit rating for Spain from A to BBB with a negative outlook. That’s the same credit rating as Kazakhstan. Fitch estimates the Spanish banking system will need between $60 and $120 billion in additional capital to cover potential losses on their domestic loan portfolios. Apparently the Grand Euro-plan is to maintain unbending monetary policy over multiple and diverse and increasingly frail economies with the justification that there is no gain without pain and suffering will eventually make you feel better, combined with a lack of unity and failure to cooperate on anything other than the destruction of democratic processes imbued with a hint of hubris that the technocrats are much smarter than the hoi polloi despite a seemingly non-stop rainstorm of random policy blunders and dogged consistency in remaining behind the curve. Yesterday I told you: “Still, the market was looking for the Fed to ride …

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January, Wednesday 11, 2012

DOW –13 = 12449SPX +0.4 = 1292NAS + 8 = 271010 YR YLD -.07 = 1.90OIL -.51 = 101.73GOLD +10.80 = 1644.00SILV + .03 = 30.07PLAT + 30.00 = 1500.00 Fitch Ratings Agency reminds us all that Europe isn’t in good shape. Fitch says the ECB should take a more active role in buying Eurozone debt to avert a cataclysmic collapse. Fitch said they’re not really predicting a collapse of the Euro; just that it is a concern. Meanwhile, Fitch downgraded Hungary to junk status. The euro hit a 16 month low of $1.27. Germany reported its economy shrank in the fourth quarter. European regulators will recommend blocking the deal that would have seen Germany’s largest stock exchange buy the New York Stock Exchange. France says they have not been informed of an imminent decision to cut the country’s credit rating.  In Italy, the banks stopped lending and organized crime has stepped in to fill the void for short-term lending, meaning the Mafia has become the number one bank in Italy.  And the rest of the Eurozone seems determined to grind Greece into the ground. Grecian formula austerity has seen unemployment jump from 13% to 19%. Rates of homelessness, suicide, crime, and HIV have skyrocketed; and public hospitals are facing severe shortages – they’ve run out of bandages and similar necessities. And Germany’s Angela Merkel and the IMF’s Christine LaGrande warn that Greece won’t get any more bailout money if they don’t pull themselves up by the bootstraps. So, it’s …

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