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Thursday, September 05, 2013 – Mustering Support

Mustering Support by Sinclair Noe DOW + 6 = 14,937SPX + 2 = 1655NAS + 9 = 365810 YR YLD + .08 = 2.98%OIL + 1.23 = 108.46GOLD – 23.90 = 1368.70SILV – .25 = 23.31 The war hasn’t started, yet. President Obama is in St. Petersburg Russia for the G-20 summit, he received a cordial but cool greeting from Russian President Vlad Putin, however Putin had harsh words for Secretary of State John Kerry, calling him flat out a “liar”, referring to his testimony regarding Syria, a close ally of Russia.The United States has given up trying to work with the U.N. Security Council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding the council hostage. Russia, backed by China, has used its veto power three times to block council resolutions condemning Assad’s government and threatening it with sanctions.  Yesterday, a Senate panel authorized military action in a “limited and specified manner”. A full vote is expected next week. Syria is dominating a summit with an official agenda focused on economic growth, monetary policy and global banking and tax rules. Obama began meeting with other leaders of the Group of 20 nations, trying to persuade allies to give the US a measure of political cover even if they withhold military support. Obama has already met with Shinzo Abe of Japan, Francois Hollande of France – who may be the only US ally taking part in a strike against Syria, and also a meeting with Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. Brazil won’t be part …

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Thursday, August 01, 2013 – From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love by Sinclair Noe DOW + 128 = 15,628SPX + 21 = 1706NAS + 49 = 367510 YR YLD + .13 = 2.72%OIL – .08 = 107.81GOLD – 14.30 = 1309.90SILV – .18 = 19.73 Record highs for the Dow and the S&P 500 indices. Economic data today from the Institute for Supply Management; its index of national factory activity rose to 55.4 last month from 50.9 in June, with increases in new orders and production. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector, which hit a soft patch in the spring. The pick-up in manufacturing was also corroborated by financial data firm Markit, which said its U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to a four-month high in its final July reading. Measures of factory jobs rose in both reports, with the ISM employment index reaching its highest since June last year. The improvement in employment is in line with a separate report from the Labor Department showing initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 last week, the lowest since January 2008. In another report, consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas said planned layoffs at U.S. firms fell 4.2 percent in July. Tomorrow morning we’ll get the government’s monthly jobs report. The government is expected to report nonfarm payrolls increased 185,000 last month after rising 195,000 in June. And the unemployment rate might inch down to 7.5%. Overall job gains in the second quarter averaged 196,300 per month. A federal court …

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Friday, June 07, 2013 – The Ministry of Truth is Now Accepting Job Applications

The Ministry of Truth is Now Accepting Job Applications by Sinclair Noe DOW + 207 = 15,248SPX + 20 = 1643NAS + 45 = 3469 10 YR YLD + .08 = 2.16%OIL + 1.17 = 95.93GOLD – 29.10 = 1385.60SILV – .90 = 21.79 It’s the first Friday of the month and so today we start with the jobs report. The economy added 175,000 net new jobs in May. The unemployment rate moved up to 7.6% from 7.5%. I’ll explain how that works in just a moment. The March and April jobs numbers were revised slightly, and the final numbers are 12,000 less than previously reported. The headline number was slightly above expectations of 165,000 jobs added. So, another month of moderate job growth, why did the unemployment rate go up? More people jumped into the labor pool, looking for work. The participation rate increased to 63.4% in May from 63.3% in April. This is a measure of the working age population in the labor force, and historically this number is closer to 66%; some of the decline is due to people who have dropped out of the labor pool, but some of the decline is due to demographics. About 420,000 people got back into the market for a job and 319,000 found a job, but the additional 101,000 who are now in the market for a job and did not find work – that pushed the unemployment rate higher. There are still 7.9 million involuntary part time workers, basically …

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