Tuesday, March 05, 2013 – Milk and Cookies

Milk and Cookies by Sinclair Noe DOW + 125 = 14,253.77SPX + 14 = 1539NAS + 42 = 3224 10 YR YLD + .02 = 1.89%OIL + . 50 = 90.62GOLD + .80 = 1576.40SILV + .16 = 28.80 The Dow has recovered all of its losses from the financial crisis and the small”d”depression, gaining 119 percent from its low in March 2009, making this the third-strongest bull market for the Dow since World War II. Though the Dow has erased its memories of the crisis, many households aren’t so lucky: Neither jobs nor wages have regained their pre-crisis highs. Home prices are still nearly 26 percent below their level when the Dow last peaked, and about 14 million homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages. The job market has recovered only 5.5 million of the 8.7 million jobs lost during the downturn. With the job market weak, worker wages have stagnated. Inflation-adjusted average income is 8 percent lower than in 2007, when the Dow was at its previous high. A chart of the stock market points to the upper right hand corner, while a chart of hourly earnings is just a flat line. Higher stock prices do tend to benefit the more affluent. This might eventually provide a lift for the broader economy, or it might just be enough to sucker Mom and Pop investors into the market again; you remember those folks who were clobbered, twice in the past 13 years; those folks who were steamrolled by the …