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It’s Just a Matter of Time

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-15-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 43 = 17,031 SPX – 1 = 1984 NAS – 48 = 4518 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.59% OIL – .17 = 92.75 GOLD + 4.40 = 1233.70 SILV + .04 = 18.76 The Nasdaq just went south today; it was the worst day since July. I’m not sure there is a good explanation, but some of the excuses were entertaining. One idea is the Alibaba IPO is causing traders to rotate from certain stocks in preparation. Yea, sure. The Federal Reserve FOMC is meeting this week to determine monetary policy. We know the Fed is headed toward the end of QE next month; they are on track to end their massive purchases of mortgage backed securities and Treasuries; they will probably issue some guidance, or hints about when they will raise the target on interest rates. The general expectation is that the federal funds rate will go from near zero to 3.5% by the end of 2017, with the first increases in about 6 to 9 months. The two day FOMC meeting concludes Wednesday; the FOMC will issue a statement and then Janet Yellen will hold a press conference. Also Wednesday, the Fed’s economic forecasts will for the first time offer estimates for growth, unemployment, inflation and interest rates in 2017. New projections will also be given for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The data will offer some …

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The Good, the Bad, and the Depressing

DOW + 129 = 16,956 SPX + 13 = 1973 NAS + 50 = 4458 10 YR YLD + .05 = 2.56% OIL – .13 = 105.24 GOLD – .80 = 1327.10 SILV + .02 = 21.08   Record high closes for the Dow and the S&P.   The record setting bull market run refuses to stumble. The S&P 500 has not seen a correction, a drop of 10%, for 1,002 days, and counting. This marks the fifth longest stretch without a correction since 1928. The average time between corrections is about 18 months; we’ve now gone 33 months without a 10% pullback.   The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index registered 55.3% in June, down slightly from May’s reading of 55.4%. Any number above 50% signals expansion. Separately, the research firm Markit said its final reading of US manufacturing conditions in June totaled 57.3, compared with a preliminary reading of 57.5; still the highest reading since May 2010. So the manufacturing sector has expanded for 13 consecutive months, but it wasn’t a month over month increase, and we have to remember that manufacturing was expanding in the first quarter as the broader economy was contracting by 2.9%. Today’s reports were decent news for manufacturing, but hardly great.   The Commerce Department reports construction spending increased 0.1% in May, following a 0.8% increase in April. Construction activity totaled $958 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in May, up 6.6% from a year ago. Single-family home construction was …

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 – The Good, the Bad, and the Depressing

The Good, the Bad, and the Depressing by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 129 = 16,956 SPX + 13 = 1973 NAS + 50 = 4458 10 YR YLD + .05 = 2.56% OIL – .13 = 105.24 GOLD – .80 = 1327.10 SILV + .02 = 21.08   Record high closes for the Dow and the S&P.   The record setting bull market run refuses to stumble. The S&P 500 has not seen a correction, a drop of 10%, for 1,002 days, and counting. This marks the fifth longest stretch without a correction since 1928. The average time between corrections is about 18 months; we’ve now gone 33 months without a 10% pullback.   The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index registered 55.3% in June, down slightly from May’s reading of 55.4%. Any number above 50% signals expansion. Separately, the research firm Markit said its final reading of US manufacturing conditions in June totaled 57.3, compared with a preliminary reading of 57.5; still the highest reading since May 2010. So the manufacturing sector has expanded for 13 consecutive months, but it wasn’t a month over month increase, and we have to remember that manufacturing was expanding in the first quarter as the broader economy was contracting by 2.9%. Today’s reports were decent news for manufacturing, but hardly great.   The Commerce Department reports construction spending increased 0.1% in May, following a 0.8% increase in April. Construction activity totaled $958 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in …

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Monday, June 30, 2014 – Narrow Decisions Leave the Doors Wide Open

Narrow Decisions Leave the Doors Wide Open by Sinclair Noe   DOW – 25 =  16,826 SPX – 0.73 = 1960 NAS + 10 = 4408 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.51% OIL – .23 = 105.51 GOLD + 11.80 = 1327.90 SILV + .09 = 21.06   Today’s session marked the end of trading for June as well as for the second quarter. After a run to record closes, the S&P 500 Index posted a quarterly gain of 4.7%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average had an increase of 2.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index had a quarterly gain of 4.9%. It marks the sixth straight quarterly gain for both the S&P and Nasdaq. With six straight quarterly gains, the Nasdaq has had its longest streak of advances since 2000, while the S&P 500 has had its best run since 1998. The Dow, meanwhile, posted its fifth positive quarter of the last six.   For the first half of 2014, the S&P 500 is up 6%, with the Dow industrials up 1.4%, and the Nasdaq up 5.4%. Airline, pharmaceutical, and utilities stocks led advancers during the period, which was marked by the impact of bad weather, and a 2.9% drop in first-quarter gross domestic product. Yields on Ten year Treasury notes started the year at 3.03%, dropped down to 2.71% at the end of the first quarter, then dropped to 2.45% at the start of June. The S&P 500 has scored 22 record closing highs so far this year, …

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014 – Murderers and Cheats

Murderers and Cheatsby Sinclair Noe DOW + 74 = 16,532SPX + 13 = 1885NAS + 69 = 426810 YR YLD + .04 = 2.76%OIL – 1.99 = 99.59GOLD – 5. 00 = 1280.80SILV un = 19,86 Congratulations Mary Barra, you’ve been named CEO of General Motors, one of the biggest companies in America; now head on over to Capitol Hill to take the blame for the people who used to run the company. Barra’s appearance before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee represented a significant new phase in the company’s crisis since it issued recalls that began in February for 2.6 million Cobalts and other vehicles. The problems with the cars involve faulty ignition switches; GM repeatedly failed to fix faulty ignition switches, despite conducting multiple internal studies of the problem since 2001, and 13 people died in the defective vehicles. Members of Congress and the families of people killed in GM cars are urging Barra to declare the cars unsafe to drive until new ignition switches are installed. So far, GM has said the vehicles are safe to operate as long as there are no objects attached to the ignition key.  GM conducted several internal investigations of the switch problems, dating back as far as 2001. Company engineers learned that the key in the ignition could be inadvertently bumped into the off or accessory position, causing the engine to lose power and disabling air bags. Documents show that GM approved the switch for installation in its …

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Friday, march 28, 2014 – Ukraine, Climate Change, and More

Ukraine, Oil, Climate Change, and More by Sinclair Noe DOW + 58 = 16323 SPX + 8 = 1857 NAS + 4 = 4155 10 YR YLD + .04 = 2.71% OIL  + .30 = 101.58 GOLD + 3.20 = 1295.90 SILV + .13 = 19.92 Consumer spending increased 0.3% in February, but the January reading on spending was revised lower to 0.2%. Disposable income, or the money left over after taxes, rose 0.3% after adjusting for inflation, the most since September. It climbed 2.1% from February 2013. Wages and salaries increased 0.2% after a 0.3% gain. This tells us a few things; consumers are spending what they earn, basically hand to mouth; also incomes and spending are not enough to lift the economy and we will be seeing first quarter GDP estimates revised lower. Today’s spending report showed purchases of durable goods, including automobiles, increased 0.1% after adjusting for inflation following a 0.4% drop in January. Purchases of non-durable goods, which include gasoline, gained 0.3%. Household outlays on services climbed 0.2% after adjusting for inflation. Today’s data also showed the core price measure, which excludes fuel and food, rose 1.1% from a year ago, the same as in January. Total prices, which are the ones tracked by Federal Reserve policy makers, were up 0.9% from February 2013, the smallest year-to-year gain since October. That remains well below the central bank’s 2% target. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index final reading for March came in at a four-month …

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – The Next 25 Years

The Next 25 Years by Sinclair Noe DOW – 11 = 16,340SPX + 0.57 = 1868NAS + 16 = 432310 YR YLD – .04 = 2.72%OIL – 1.96 = 98.07GOLD + 17.70 = 1368.20SILV + .43 = 21.42 Let’s run through some of the economic and business news and then we’ll get to today’s anniversary. Stocks were flat. People are still trying to make heads or tails of this mixed up world. The situation in Ukraine is not improving. The EU agreed a framework for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War. Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela; two more protesters were shot; dozens were injured. Riot police clashed with demonstrators in several Turkish cities for a second day as mourners buried a teenager wounded in protests last summer. The Senate Banking Committee announced an agreement on legislation to wind down the government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Share price cratered. Herbalife says the Federal Trade Commission has opened an inquiry into the company. The FTC confirms the inquiry, but not the nature of the inquiry. Share price cratered. Copper prices dropped to the lowest level in almost 4 years; this goes back to China, and is a canary in the coal mine for industrial demand. China is one of the metal’s biggest customers and there has been recent poor trade data out of China. Two Chinese solar companies have defaulted in the past week. The general risk from here is that this …

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Impossible Until It Is Done

Impossible Until It Is Done by Sinclair Noe DOW – 52 = 15,973SPX – 5 = 1802NAS – 8 = 4060 10 YR YLD – .06 = 2.79%OIL + 1.17 = 98.51GOLD + 21.60 = 1263.00SILV + .59 = 20.53 Today federal regulators voted to implement the Volcker Rule. It won’t actually be implemented until 2015, but the vote was today. The Volker Rule will lay out specific activities that banks can and can’t do. The final rules would prohibit proprietary trading by banking entities. As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the final rules would include exemptions for: Underwriting – this exemption would require that a bank act as an underwriter for a distribution of securities (including both public and private offerings) and that the trading desk’s underwriting position be related to that distribution. Market making-related activities – a market-making desk may hedge the risks of its market-making activity under this exemption. Risk-mitigating hedging – this exemption would require that hedging activity is identified specifically. Trading in certain government obligations banks could still trade in Treasuries and muni’s, and what the heck, foreign sovereign debt or its political subdivisions. The final Volker Rule would also clarify which activities are not considered proprietary trading, and it is looking like nothing is considered a proprietary trade with the possible exception of when a bank trader places a bet on the Yankees with his local bookie. You may recall that Jamie Dimon tried to claim that the London Whale was not involved in …

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 – Plan B, Plan S

Plan B, Plan S by Sinclair Noe DOW + 59 = 13,311SPX + 7 = 1443NAS + 6 = 305010 YR YLD un = 1.80%OIL -.03 = 89.95GOLD – 18.70 = 1648.20SILV – 1.06 = 30.02 I’m thinking we just go over the cliff. Why not? It looks more and more that they aren’t going to get anything done. They say they are close, they say it is possible, but really, I don’t have confidence. President Obama held a press conference. And he said he had gone at least halfway in meeting some of the Republican concerns. At least halfway? So he’s admitted that he’s already met them in the middle, and likely gone past the middle into Republican territory. And we’re still two weeks out from the fiscal cliff deadline, with Republicans sitting around waiting for the inevitable further concessions Obama will make. Why didn’t Obama say something like, “I made a more than fair deal. The GOP rejected it. So now I’m pulling the offer off the table and waiting to see what the GOP has to offer. Clock’s ticking!” Instead, the GOP will bank the concessions he’s already made, then demand more. Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Meanwhile, Speaker John Boehner is just playing with himself. He’s offered up a Plan B for a vote in the House. One of the touted benefits of “Plan B” is that it only raises taxes for those making $1 million or more. Eric Cantorsaid this morning, the plan would raise revenue “without …

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