Financial Review

The Sun Might Come Out in 2Q

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-04-29-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 74 = 18,035 SPX – 7 = 2106 NAS – 31 = 5023 10 YR YLD + .06 = 2.04% OIL + 1.47 = 58.53 GOLD – 7.20 = 1205.60 SILV – .07 = 16.64   Economic growth slowed in the first quarter.  Gross domestic product expanded by 0.2%, down from 2.2% growth in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department reports consumer spending rose by 1.9%, but economic activity was constrained by bad weather in many areas, the West Coast port closures, a drop in exports (in part due to a stronger dollar), and a big decline in business spending. It is widely expected that the economy will rebound in the second quarter, much like what happened in 2014, when first quarter GDP contracted by 2.1% only to bounce back with a second quarter gain of 4.6%. Exports sank 7.2% in the first quarter, while imports edged up 1.8%. The plunge in oil prices, meanwhile, forced a resurgent U.S. energy industry to retrench. Overall, business investment on “structures” sank 23.1% in the first quarter, the biggest drop in four years. Companies did boost investment on equipment, but just barely so. Equipment spending rose a scant 0.1%.   For all of last year the economy grew at a 3% pace and that dropped down to just 0.2% in the first quarter. We can break it down to three …

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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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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – Status Quo

Status Quo by Sinclair Noe DOW – 312 = 12,932SPX – 33 = 1394NAS – 74 = 293710 YR YLD -.11 = 1.63%OIL – 4.11 = 84.60GOLD + .40 = 1718.30 SILV – .18 = 31.94 Technically speaking, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Senate Democrats were Election Day’s big winners. But that’s only if you believe something called the election results. Who were the night’s real winners? The policy wonks and demographic statisticians were big time winners. They were able to data mine and focus like a laser on key counties and precincts, and they played it to perfection. The Republican presidential primary candidates, who are no longer lonely. Chris Christie, because whatever his chances for 2016, he got to meet the Boss (Springsteen, not Obama). Tim Geithner, who now gets to land a cushy job as director of such and such bank or a big endorsement deal from TurboTax. Governor Jerry Brown because he doesn’t have to go back to the drawing board. That guy from fivethirtyeight, who nailed the prognosticating. And Barack Obama had an okay night. The losers would have to include all the lawyers who were itching for a recount. The state of Florida which showed they are incapable of a count. All those dudes in Colorado who will have to listen to all those jokes about Rocky Mountain High. Kid Rock, just because. Twitter, just because. And Barack Obama because he still has 4 more years. The good news is that the age of big …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – I Remain Optimistically Antiquated

I Remain Optimistically Antiquated -by Sinclair Noe DOW +9.99 = 13,333SPX + 3 = 1436NAS + 9 = 311410 YR YLD +.07 = 1.76%OIL – .16 = 96.85GOLD – 1.10 = 1732.40SILV -.17 = 33.41PLAT +42.00 = 1653.00 As we get down to FOMC crunch time, the skeptics come out of the woodwork. The Murdoch Street Journal ran a story saying that economists doubt the benefits of another round of bond-buying by the Federal Reserve. They surveyed 47 people, we don’t know how many were just walking through the newsroom, and they generally expect the Fed to start another round of large-scale asset purchases, known as quantitative easing, at its September policy-setting meeting. Another seven expect a move later this year, but not tomorrow. Just five respondents don’t believe the Fed will take action this year. And then there are others who say the economy is horrendous and jobs are not coming back and housing is still weak and all that, but the Fed doesn’t necessarily need to do anything to help support the markets. Some economists don’t see a large impact from a large bond-buying program. On average, they estimate that $500 billion in purchases would only reduce the unemployment rate by 0.1 percentage points and increase gross domestic product by 0.2 points over a one-year period. They estimate such a program would lift the inflation rate by 0.2 percentage points over 12 months. Others argue that QE1&2 didn’t really get the job done, and QE3 would just extend …

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – JPMorgan is Scary, the California Budget is Easy – by Sinclair Noe

05152012 Script DOW – 63 = 12,632SPX – 7 = 1330NAS – 8 = 289310 YR YLD =.01 = 1.78% OIL – .57 = 93.41GOLD – 12.20 = 1545.30SILV -.46 = 27.82PLAT – 5.00 = 1437.00 So, JPMorgan shareholders held their annual meeting. They decided to pay Jamie Dimon $23 million. They can still afford it; despite a $2 billion dollar loss, JPMorgan is still the largest publicly traded company, the largest bank in the US, and the largest derivatives dealer in the world. JPMorgan invented credit default swaps, they wrote the legislation to reform the derivatives markets, and when JPMorgan went insolvent in the 1980s and in 2007, they were bailed out by taxpayers.A $2 billion dollar loss is not the end of the world, JPMorgan is not in imminent danger, but I don’t think this will end well. The really scary part isn’t the loss, but that it only represents one-tenth of the annualized profit. What are they doing to make that kind of money? And if these are supposed to be the best and brightest bankers, what does it say about the others? The FBI has opened an investigation into the trading losses. We don’t know what the FBI is looking at and I won’t hold my breath waiting. The SEC has opened an inquiry into JPMorgan’s disclosures and accounting practices. JP Morgan maintains that the purpose of the trades that resulted in the $2 billion loss was to hedge exposure elsewhere, as opposed to being proprietary …

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Monday, May 14, 2012 – Problems in Greece, Euro, California, and JPMorgan – No Surprise

DOW – 125 = 12,695SPX – 15 = 1338NAS – 31 = 290210 YR YLD -.05 = 1.79%OIL – .70 = 94.08GOLD – 23.80 = 1557.50SILV – .71 = 28.28PLAT – 29.00 = 1442.00 Back in early April I started telling you to heed the old market maxim: “Sell in May and Stay Away”. You are welcome. The Dow Industrial Average has now dropped 8 out of the last 9 sessions; no surprise. Of course, we had the weekend to think about the shenanigans of JPMorgan Chase; a too big to fail bank acting irresponsibly while simultaneously demanding less regulation; no surprise. Today’s declines started in Europe; no surprise. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union Party suffered more losses in a local election for the second straight week. Merkel’s CDU party received just 26% of the vote while a coalition of left-leaning Social Democrats and Green party candidates received over 50%. In light of the recent French elections, we are starting to see a trend. In Greece, the various leaders of the various political parties failed to form a coalition government over the weekend; no surprise. The Greeks will likely need to call another election. And the fate of Greece hangs over the markets just as the possibility of exiting the Euro-Union hangs over the heads of the Greeks. And I think that is the correct application of the metaphor, with Angela Merkel in the role of Dionysius and the Greeks in the role of Damocles. I don’t know …

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