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Draghi Put

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-12-05-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…..Italy votes “NO”, but no problem thanks to Draghi Put. Austria leans left. Carson for HUD. Dakota pipeline might have environmental impact – who knew? ISM services bump. James Bullard comes to Phoenix to tour productivity. Consolidated Comm-Fairpoint. Amazon Go to automate grocery shopping. Elon Musk most admired. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 12-05-2016.

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Pause

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-16-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…..Dow waits for assault on 19,000. PPI unchanged. Industrial production unchanged. Mortgage rates up. Fed ready to hike rates. Bill Gross isn’t buying the Trump Bump. Snapchat files to go public. Amazon goes after knockoffs. Twitter goes after trolls. EU will fine more banksters. SEC finally addresses Flash Crash. Ford still going to Mexico. Playstation Fiesta Bowl. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-16-2016

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Fed Jawbones Hawkish

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-24-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Fed talks hawkish, numbers don’t add up, Argentina skates, Puerto Rico under new colonial rule.

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Flip Flop Fedspeak

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-18-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 02-18-2016 DOW – 40 = 16,413 SPX – 8 = 1917 NAS – 46 = 4487 10 Y – .06 = 1.76% OIL – .12 = 30.54 GOLD + 22.30 = 1231.70 After spending 2015 calling for rate hikes St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Wednesday evening in a speech on monetary policy that it would be unwise for the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates given declining inflation expectations and recent equity market volatility. Bullard, who is a voting member of the Fed’s rate-setting committee this year, said he now feels key assumptions supporting higher rates have been undermined. Bullard’s big concern is inflation expectations, and inflation has been trending lower, and Bullard believes stock market expectations have a big impact on inflation. In contrast to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen or Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, Bullard doesn’t think labor market conditions have much impact on inflation as the traditional “Phillips curve” suggests.   Today, San Francisco Fed President John Williams gave a speech in LA, where he said the economy “is, all in all, looking pretty good.” Williams said his views of the economy haven’t changed much from December: “When I look at my December forecast and compare it with my outlook for unemployment and core inflation today, there’s virtually no change” Williams said he was aware of potential risks facing the economy but …

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What Puzzle?

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-20-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-20-2015 DOW + 91 = 17,823 SPX + 7 = 2089 NAS + 31 = 5104 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.26% OIL – .15 = 40.39 GOLD – 4.80 = 1078.00 SILV – .16 = 14.23     The S&P gained 3.3% for the week, its best showing since December. The Dow rose 3.4% for the week and the Nasdaq added 3.6%. And now we begin the Santa Claus rally on Wall Street, which kicks off with the Turkey Shoot. For 35 years prior to 1987, the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving combined were up 33 times. The only declines were in 1964 and 1965. Subsequently, this trend changed. In the 28 years since 1987, there have been 12 declines and 16 advances. As Thanksgiving bullishness lost steam in 1987, the rally afterwards occurred more frequently. Since 1987, DJIA has logged gains in 22 of 28 years from the close on Friday after Thanksgiving to yearend. The S&P 500 is up 0.5% in November and 1.5% thus far in 2015. There are 28 trading days remaining in 2015.  And going back to 1950, December is the best month of the year for the S&P 500 with the final 30 days of a year producing a mean gain of 2.36%. There could still be a black swan or some other exogenous event. This does not …

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While the Sun Shines

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-26-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 40 = 17,678 SPX – 4 = 2056 NAS – 13 = 4863 10 YR YLD + .09 = 2.01% OIL + 2.22 = 51.43 GOLD + 9.00 = 1205.10 SILV = .15 = 17.20 Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies started bombing targets in Yemen as the country slides closer toward civil war. A Saudi military spokesman said there were no immediate plans to launch ground operations in Yemen. Importers say the Saudi attack is not expected to disrupt oil supplies, but the threat of spreading war in the region could likely impact oil flows. Yemeni President Hadi reportedly fled the country yesterday. The White House says the US will provide “logistical and intelligence support.”   Yemen is a fairly small oil producer, but still the news helped push oil prices up almost 5% today, and there are several reasons. First, if things go wrong, this could turn into a proxy war between Shiite Iran, which is backing the rebels, and Saudi Arabia and other Sunni monarchies that supported the Yemeni regime.  The Saudi action could exacerbate tensions in Libya, Syria and Iraq; in other words, this could be part of a trend in the region.   Yemen is also geographically strategic, at the chokepoint of the Red Sea; so there might be the possibility the rebels could disrupt oil tanker traffic; 3.8 million barrels a day …

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Thirst for Innovation

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-24-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 104 = 18,011 SPX – 12 = 2091 NAS – 16 = 4994 10 YR YLD – .03 = 1.88% OIL + .06 = 47.51 GOLD + 3.90 = 1194.20 SILV – .04 = 17.04   The Labor Department reports the consumer price index climbed by a seasonally adjusted 0.2% last month. Gasoline prices rebounded in February. Higher costs for food, housing and new cars also contributed to the increase. Still, there’s been zero overall inflation in the last 12 months, mainly because of the big drop in gas prices. If food and energy are excluded, so-called core consumer inflation has risen at a 1.7% rate over the past 12 months.   In February energy prices rose 1%. Gasoline price are still down almost 33% in the past year. Food prices moved up 0.2% last month, bringing the increase over the past 12 months to 3%. Shelter costs also rose 3% in the past year. The cost of medical care fell in February for the first time since 1975, although overall health-care costs were unchanged.   Now, the reason the CPI number is important is because the Federal Reserve last week shifted from being patient about raising interest rates to being data dependent about hiking rates, and the data they are focusing on is inflation and jobs. Although the Fed uses a different index as its preferred …

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Strange Days in Energy

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-03-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 305 = 17,666 SPX + 29 = 2050 NAS + 51 = 4727 10 YR YLD + .10 = 1.78% OIL + 2.52 = 52.09 GOLD – 13.70 = 1261.10 SILV + .09 = 17.37 One year ago, the Dow Industrials dropped down to 15,356, which proved to be the low for 2014. Since then, up 16%, mas o menos. Corelogic reports home prices slipped 0.1% in December, to take the year-on-year rate to 5%. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia are at or within 10% of their peak; current prices in Arizona are still 29.5% below the peak. Colorado (8.4%), Texas (7.8%) and New York (7.6%) saw the fastest growth, while only three states — Maryland (-0.7%), Vermont (-0.9%) and Connecticut (-2.2%) — saw a decline on a year-on-year basis. New orders for factory-made goods in the U.S. sank 3.4% in December to mark the fifth straight decline. The latest drop suggests that manufacturers may have scaled back production owing to a stronger dollar and weak economic growth overseas that’s made it harder to sell American-made goods. Inventories also declined for the first time in 19 months, down 0.3%. Excluding transportation, new factory orders fell a smaller 2.3%. Earnings reporting season: Chipotle Mexican Grill said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 52% as sales benefited from stronger customer traffic, higher menu prices and new stores. It’s tough …

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Inflation or the Lack Thereof

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-22-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:21 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 153 = 16,461 SPX – 14 = 1927 NAS – 36 = 4382 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.23% OIL – 2.06 = 80.43 GOLD – 8.40 = 1242.00 SILV – .34 = 17.27 The major stock indices were higher this morning, then they dropped about the time were heard reports of a shooting in Ottawa Canada, near the parliament building. The shooting in the Canadian capital left a soldier dead and the city on lockdown. The Labor Department said the Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1% last month. In the 12 months through September, the CPI rose 1.7%. The core CPI, which strips out food and energy prices, ticked up 0.1% last month, while the year-on-year change held steady at 1.7%. Energy prices fell for a third straight month in September, with gasoline costs slipping 1.0% after dropping 4.1% in August. Food prices gained 0.3% in September and were up 3.0% from a year ago, the largest gain in nearly 2-1/2 years. Shelter costs increased 0.3% in September after rising 0.2% in August. The medical care index increased 0.2%, with prices for nonprescription drugs posting a record increase. Airline fares declined for a third straight month, while prices for new motor vehicles and apparel were unchanged. Prices for used cars and trucks fell for the fifth straight month. Wages remain stagnant. Average hourly earnings adjusted for inflation fell …

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Behind the Curtain

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-16-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 24 = 16,117 SPX + 0.27 = 1862 NAS + 2 = 4217 10 YR YLD + .06 = 2.15% OIL + 1.16 = 82.94 GOLD – 2.20 = 1239.90 SILV – .08 = 17.47 The Dow is down for a sixth consecutive session. We started the morning down almost 200 points, so there is that. Part of yesterday’s volatility is being blamed on mini-flash crashes; 179 to be precise. Basically the high frequency traders yank their bids, as their algorithms try to catch up with big moves. It isn’t really a flash crash so much as a lack of liquidity. Take a deep breath. Think about how you are invested. Consider whether you are diversified across asset classes. The market has not collapsed. It has gone down in a fairly fast and furious manner, but it has not collapsed. What will happen next? Will the market bounce back? Will it go sideways? Will the pullback continue and become really painful? You don’t know; I don’t know; the market doesn’t know; nobody knows. Take a deep breath, consider where you are and where you want to be in the future. The stock market is always a gamble. Maybe you want to gamble with a part of your money, and that’s fine. Maybe you are tired of gambling and want to find something safer; that’s cool, too. Just understand what you’re …

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 – Buffers and Filibusters

Buffers and Filibusters by Sinclair Noe   DOW – 21 = 16,846 SPX – 2 = 1957 NAS – 0.71 = 4379 10 YR YLD – .03 = 2.52% OIL – .80 = 105.70 GOLD  – .70 = 1317.90 SILV + .10 = 21.22   Yesterday, the Commerce Department downgraded the first quarter gross domestic product to a negative 2.9%, meaning the economy shrank by 2.9%. Today, St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard says it’s likely an aberration; the weak report for the first quarter was likely distorted by inventories, weather, and by the challenges of accounting for health-care spending under the new law. Bullard says he isn’t worried, “the market’s right to shake this off. Looking forward over the next four quarter, most forecasters have 3% growth.”   Well, that’s good. No worries. Nothing to see hear, move along, move along.   It’s just that the fall was so nasty, it’s hard not to look and linger over the carnage. It really was ugly. And while we can blame it on the weather, that doesn’t seem right. We always have weather. Minneapolis is underwater today. Bad weather is a fairly constant aberration. We should be past the point of excuses; we are 5 years into a recovery; granted it has been a stealth recovery.   I wonder if Mr. Bullard is confusing the stock market with the economy. A down day in the bull market would just be a blip on the tape, but the stock market is …

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Monday, June 09, 2014 – Record Highs and a Few Crumbs

Record Highs and a Few Crumbs by Sinclair Noe DOW + 18 = 16,943 SPX + 1 = 1951 NAS + 14 = 4336 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.61% OIL + 1.73 = 104.39 GOLD – .30 = 1253.00 SILV + .05 = 19.16   The major indices are now up for 4 consecutive sessions. The Dow Industrials hit a record high close for the 10th time this year. The S&P is now up 14 of the last 17 trading sessions. The last time the Dow experienced a 10% correction was back in October 2011; since then, the Dow has gained almost 60% over 32 months without a 10% correction. Typically, you can expect a correction about every 12 months on average. The longest period without at least a 10% pullback was an 82 month run from 1990-1997. The S&P 500 hit a record high close for the 19th time this year. The S&P bull market is now at 62 months and counting, the best run since 1994 to 2000.   The CBOE Volatility Index moved a little higher today to 11.34. On Friday, the VIX hit a low of 10.73, the lowest level since January 2007. The VIX can go low and stay low for an extended period of time. In 2007, after hitting a low, the VIX steadily rose for the remainder of the year but stock prices didn’t peak until the end of 2007. The VIX measures options trades, but does it really mean investors …

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Monday, December 09, 2013 – Corrupt Practices

Corrupt Practices by Sinclair Noe DOW + 5 = 16,025SPX + 3 = 1808NAS + 6 = 406810 YR YLD + .01 = 2.75%OIL – .41 = 97.24GOLD + 9.70 = 1241.40SILV + .30 = 19.94 Next week the Fed FOMC will meet to determine policy. Today, three Fed big wigs gave speeches. We start with James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank; Bullard says: “A small taper might recognize labor market improvement while still providing the [Fed] the opportunity to carefully monitor inflation during the first half of 2014,” and if inflation doesn’t return to something approaching a target of 2%, well the Fed could pause the taper. In separate remarks, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said that the central bankers would discuss pulling back the pace of its asset purchase program but gave no indication of how the discussion could go.  Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to scale back its bond-buying “at the earliest opportunity,” because, “Money is cheap and liquidity is abundant. Indeed, it is coursing over the gunwales of the ship of our economy, placing us at risk of being submerged in financial shenanigans rather than in conducting business based on fundamentals.” The taper talk spooked Wall Street traders but it’s unlikely the Fed will taper at the December meeting. There is little harm in postponing the decision till the new year, particularly compared to the risks of pulling back too soon. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve reports …

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Monday, November 04, 2013 – SAC Chairs Avoid Hard Time

SAC Chairs Avoid Hard Time by Sinclair Noe DOW + 23 = 15,639SPX + 6 = 1767NAS + 14 = 393610 YR YLD – .02 = 2.62%OIL – .12 = 94.49GOLD – 1.20 = 1315.60SILV – .21 = 21.76 Stock markets finished October in fine fashion. Remember there was a brief rally in September when the Fed did not taper QE; then there was a rough patch as the government shutdown and tiptoed to the edge of not paying its bills, but that’s all behind us now, at least for a month or so. December is now the next foreseeable turning point in the Washington budget battles. That’s when a report is due from a joint congressional budget conference. Corporate earnings have been generally positive, even as guidance has been less than exuberant, but that’s the game of earnings expectations: under-promise and out-perform. The S&P 500, the Dow industrials, and the small cap Russell 2000 saw new all-time highs last month; absent a big collapse, the Russell is on track for one of its best years of performance ever. The Nasdaq Comp, is still a long way from records but the petal is to the metal. Since the start of the year through the end of October, the Russell and the Nasdaq are up more than 29%; the S&P 500 is up over 23%, and the Dow has added 18%. Looking forward to this week, a slew of economic data will be released, including: factory orders, the ISM non-manufacturing index, …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – Apple Gimmicks

Apple Gimmicks by Sinclair Noe DOW + 52 = 15,387SPX + 2 = 1669NAS + 5 = 350210 YR YLD – .02 = 1.94%OIL – .98 = 95.95GOLD – 18.10 = 1377.00SILV – .49 = 22.53 It’s Tuesday. The markets moved higher. It’s almost inevitable. The Dow Industrials have closed higher every Tuesday this year, with the exception of January 8th; 19 consecutive Tuesdays. No, I don’t know why. Well, today, part of the reason could be traced to the Federal Reserve. A couple of Fed heads were talking up easy money. New York Fed President William Dudley said he cannot be sure whether policymakers will next reduce or increase the amount of purchases, due to the “uncertain” economic outlook. The QE taper may end up being a QE expansion. Dudley worries about investor over-reaction to a “normalization” of policy and suggests the FOMC may need to update what it needs to see to move in that direction. Earlier, James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, urged the European Central Bank to consider employing a US style quantitative easing program to counter slowing inflation and recession in the euro zone. Tomorrow, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak before a congressional panel, the Joint Economic Committee. The minutes of the Fed’s latest policy-setting meeting will be released on Wednesday afternoon. When the Fed showers liquidity, the money flows to the markets, but I can’t give a good reason for the Tuesday winning streak. There is a certain …

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 – No QE? Step Away From the Crack Pipe

No QE? Step Away From the Crack Pipe-by Sinclair Noe DOW – 115 = 13,057SPX – 11 = 1402NAS – 20 = 3053 10 YR YLD -.05 = 1.67%OIL – 1.05 = 97.69GOLD + 17.00 = 1672.10SILV + .75 = 30.68PLAT + 6.00 = 1548.00 The Federal Reserve FOMC minutes were released yesterday and the interpretation called for monetary accommodation sooner rather than later; so we’ll see QE3 August 31 at Jackson Hole on September 13 at the next FOMC meeting. They might not call it QE3, they might do some variation on the theme but the promise was that there will be big time accommodation unless the economy shows a strong and sustainable improvement. And if the Fed fails to deliver on QE3, you can expect a severely negative response from Wall Street; expect a move that would make today’s 115 point drop look small; the economy would tank and the Fed would be forced to step in with QE3, only in crisis mode.  So, this morning on CNBC, James Bullard, president of the Fed’s St. Louis bank, said the minutes from the July 31-Aug. 1 meeting were “stale” because the economy had picked up since then. If it becomes “a bit stronger,” he said, the Fed will hold off. And then he went back to smoking  his crack pipe.  What do the economic reports suggest? The HSBC Flash China manufacturing purchasing managers index, a preliminary reading that provides an early peek at data for August,  fell this month to …

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Friday, May 25, 2012 – It’s Better Than It Looks, Striving For Happiness Amidst the Cow Pies – by Sinclair Noe

DOW – 74 = 12,454SPX – 2= 1317NAS – 1 = 283710 YR YLD – .01 = 1.75%OIL -.06 = 90.60GOLD + 15.90 = 1574.70SILV +.21 = 28.63PLAT + 14.00 = 1436.00 For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.7 percent.  I’m of the opinion that life is better than it appears. We look around sometimes and the world can seem scary. Sometimes we have to look a little deeper to find the good, the decent, the delightful and the potentially pluperfect. And that brings us to today’s topic on the possibility of the Federal Reserve pumping money into the banking system through asset purchases, in other words, Quantitative Easing Part 3. Inflation expectations are falling, if you consider Treasury bonds as a gauge of inflation. The lower outlook for inflation gives the Fed wiggle room to stimulate the economy. Although, right now the Dow looks like a better QE indicator, and it is not indicating QE. The banks can always make a case for QE, but what about the Fed officials who make the actual decisions? St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard says he expects the U.S. economy to perform better than many forecasters anticipate and that the Fed will therefore need to raise interest rates in late 2013, not late 2014 as its policy committee is currently indicating. Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Narayana Kocherlakota thinks the current labor market performance is much closer to maximum employment than the data alone would suggest. A few weeks back, Kocherlakota …

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