Financial Review

Cookies, Milk, Cannoli

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-15-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…..Record high close for the Dow, again. Oil bounces despite glut. Retail sales up. Import prices up. Paris agreement “unstoppable”. UK has no plan for Brexit. Google and Facebook close the gate on fake news. Buffett buys airlines. Soros buys GOOG and NFLX. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-15-2016

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Groundwork for Fed Minutes

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-16-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHousing starts up. CPI up. Industrial production up. Is the Fed up for a rate hike? 13-F review – lots of shorts. Aetna quits ACA. EPA standards for trucks. Ford gives up the wheel. Knock, knock. It’s Google.   Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 08-16-2016 DOW – 84 = 18,552 SPX – 12 = 2178 NAS – 34 = 5227 10 Y + .02 = 1.57% OIL + .84 = 46.58 GOLD + 7.20 = 1346.80 Housing starts ran at a seasonally adjusted 1.21 million annual rate in July, a 2.1% increase over the June figure. Permits were at a 1.15 million annual rate in July, essentially flat from a revised June reading. Single-family starts edged up 0.5% to a 770,000 annual pace. Most of the strength in July came from multifamily starts, which popped 8.3% to a 433,000 annual rate. Overall housing starts are 5.6% higher compared to a year ago, and July’s figure was the second-best of the recovery.   The consumer price index rose 0.8% compared to a year ago. The Labor Department said core CPI, which strips out food and energy, rose 2.2%. The cost of food was unchanged in July, and has risen 0.2% over the past year, the smallest increase since the 12 months ending in March 2010. Energy prices declined 1.6% and are 10.9% lower for the year. (However, today, oil posted its fourth straight session …

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Financial Review

Worst Ever

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-01-07-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 01-07-2016 DOW – 392 = 16,514 SPX – 47 = 1943 NAS – 146 = 4689 10 Y – .02 = 2.15 OIL – .74 = 33.23 GOLD + 15.40 = 1110.20     The Chinese stock market was open for about 15 minutes; stocks dropped 5%, triggering circuit breakers, or rules that suspended trading. When trading resumed, it was all downhill and that triggered another level of circuit breakers, shutting down trading for the day; 29 minutes in total, the shortest session in Chinese market history. Circuit breakers are a new idea for Chinese markets; they have only been used since Monday, the start of the New Year. Trading was halted on Monday for 30 minutes. We have circuit breakers in place on Wall Street, and the idea is to allow a cooling off period when stocks are in freefall. In the US, trading is halted temporarily after declines of 7% and 13% in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, and only suspended for the rest of the day if losses reach 20%. In China, it only seems to make investors more nervous and they scramble to sell before getting locked out. After the trading halt, Chinese regulators decided to scrap the circuit breaker rule for the foreseeable future.   The Shanghai Composite Index finished down 7% at 3,125, bringing its losses over just four trading days to …

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Author Interviews

Anna Porter

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/ANNA_PORTER-08-14-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSinclair Noe audio interview with Anna Porter, author of “Buying a Better World: George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy”

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Financial Review

Justice Delayed is Par for the Course

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-18-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:17 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 17 = 18,029 SPX – 0.66 = 2099 NAS + 7 = 4906 10 YR YLD – .08 = 2.06% OIL – 2.56 = 50.97   The S&P 500 closed above 2,100 for the first time ever on Tuesday, delivering year-end target goals to Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Barclays nearly 11 months early.   Greece confirms that it plans to submit a request to the euro zone tomorrow to extend a “loan agreement” for up to six months, but EU paymaster Germany says Athens must stick to the terms of its existing international bailout. Greece wants to maintain a budget surplus before interest payments equal to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product; the current plan calls for a budget surplus equal to 4.5 percent of GDP. It’s still unclear what the terms of the extension will look like, as both Athens and its creditors seem determined not to compromise over the loan’s conditions.   The Federal Reserve released minutes from the January 27-28 Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The minutes reveal that “Many participants indicated that their assessment of the balance of risks associated with the timing of the beginning of policy normalization had inclined them toward keeping the federal funds rate at its effective lower bound for a longer time.” Allow me to translate; the Fed would like to put off raising interest rates because the economy …

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Theory and Instinct; Nobody Knows

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-19-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:14 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOver the weekend, the geopolitical hotspots did not explode. Kurdish forces made progress against ISIS militants in Iraq; Ukrainian forces made progress against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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Friday, April 19, 2013 – A Bizarre New Normal

A Bizarre New Normal by Sinclair Noe DOW + 10 = 14,547SPX + 13 = 1555NAS + 39 = 320610 YR YLD +.02 = 1.70%OIL =.27 = 88.00GOLD + 14.40 = 1407.50SILV + .01 = 23.39 You’ve probably heard the stories out of Boston today. Late yesterday police released a photo of two young men; it turns out to be two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzohkhar Tasarnaev; originally from Chechnya and living in Boston for the past 10 years. Last night the two brothers tried to flee; they robbed a convenience store. The two men then fatally shot an MIT campus police officer and carjacked a sport-utility vehicle at gunpoint, keeping the vehicle’s owner hostage for about a half-hour. The owner was released at a gas station in Cambridge. He wasn’t injured. As police pursued the vehicle, explosive devices were thrown from the car. There was an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspects. A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer was wounded during the exchange. Hundreds of police officers descended on the Cambridge and Watertown areas as the violence unfolded Thursday night. The older of the suspects was shot by police; the younger brother, still in a car, managed to drive away. At some point he abandoned the vehicle, and he is still at large, believed to be in the Boston neighborhood of Watertown. Police had locked down Boston. It is a voluntary lockdown. Millions of Bostonians are asked to stay in their homes. Streets are empty, trains are not …

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – Big Bank Complexity, Debate Drinking Games, Food Supplies Not a Game

Big Bank Complexity, Debate Drinking Games, Food Supplies Not a Game -by Sinclair Noe DOW + 127 = 13,551SPX + 14 = 1454NAS + 36 = 310110 YR YLD +.06 = 1.72%OIL + .11 = 91.96GOLD + 10.90 = 1749.30SILV + .26 = 33.06PLAT + 5.00 = 1650.00 (audio at MoneyRadio.com) Today was the biggest gain for the stock markets since early September. What was behind the move? Was it a debate day rally? Was it a Vikram Pandit exit? Was it great earnings reports from some such company? Who knows? It’s rarely any one item that moves the market significantly. It is more likely that trading has reached a certain level or a particular moment in time, and the news events catch up with the charts. Yesterday, the earnings news centered around Citigroup which reported something I still can’t figure out; lots of debt that is counted as profit. Today, Vikram Pandit, the CEO of Citi, is gone. Pandit says he left voluntarily; others think he was forced out in a disagreement with the board of directors. The strange part is that Citi has seen a rebound of about 22% in the past 12 months. Pandit has been on the job for about 5 years; he took the job as the credit crisis was about to send the economy into the abyss; now, he walks away when the company has learned to turn debt into profit and appears to be finding stable ground. Citi shares have dropped 90% under …

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 – Just Waiting and Being Productive

Just Waiting and Being Productive -by Sinclair Noe DOW + 11 = 13,047SPX – 1 = 1403NAS – 5 = 306910 YR YLD +.01 = 1.59%OIL +.44 = 97.72GOLD – 2.80 = 1694.40SILV – .09 = 32.37PLAT + 2.00 = 1577.00 We wait for the ECB and as we wait we try to remain productive.  Three months ago, George Soros said the powers that be in the euro-zone, which is another way of saying Germany, could still correct their mistakes and reverse the trend and make things right, and they had a three month window to get their act together. Soros delivered the speech on June 2nd. The European Central Bank meets tomorrow and there is a rumor floating around that that ECB President Mario Draghi is ready to announce a plan to buy unlimited sovereign debt of countries that formally request assistance and agree to be bound to fiscal compliance.  So far, it is just a rumor but we have seen Italian and Spanish bond yields have dropped sharply. The German Constitutional Court is ruling on whether the ESM is constitutional, and German manufacturing is contracting; so the timing presents some challenges. The German Finance Minister today said people should lower their expectations. I don’t know what that means. Maybe Draghi has managed to cobble a deal to allow unlimited bond purchases; we won’t know until Thursday night, Friday morning; if a deal is in place it is a big deal. If a deal is not announced, it won’t …

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – I’ve Never Been to Spain and I’ve Never Seen a Flash Flamenco

I’ve Never Been to Spain and I’ve Never Seen a Flash Flamenco– by Sinclair Noe DOW – 7 = 13,164SPX  + 1 = 1405NAS + 13 = 303010 YR YLD +.08 = 1.80%OIL -.07 = 94.26GOLD + 4.10 = 1604.10SILV un = 27.93PLAT un = 1400.00 JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, UBS,  Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Holdings, and Lloyd’s are the seven banks subpoenaed in the past week in New York and Connecticut’s investigation into alleged manipulation of Libor. Citigroup and UBS received subpoenas earlier this year as part of the investigation. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen are jointly investigating alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor.  Meanwhile, HSBC has handed over details of current and former employees to the US authorities as part of a tax probe that almost sank rival bank UBS in 2009. As a result, the bank may be sued by the former employees claiming banks infringed the criminal code and Swiss privacy laws. HSBC claims it has avoided breaching strict Swiss banking secrecy laws by redacting from the documents any information that could lead to the identification of clients. Yesterday, I told you that Standard Chartered had reached a settlement with New York State regulators. There will be no criminal prosecutions as a result of the settlement, mainly because the New York state regulator doesn’t have prosecutorial powers. You may also recall that when this story broke last week, one of the first things …

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