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Dignity

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-26-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 56= 17,946 SPX – 0.82 = 2101 NAS – 31 = 5080 10 YR YLD + .08 = 2.48% OIL – .07 = 59.63 GOLD + 1.30 = 1175.20 SILV – .09 = 15.85   For the week, both the Dow and S&P 500 fell 0.4 percent while the Nasdaq fell 0.7 percent. Nike rose 4.3 percent to $109.71 and was the biggest boost to the Dow after reporting a better-than-expected quarterly profit, lifted as it sold more high-margin shoes and apparel at higher prices.   Micron Technology sank 18 percent to $19.66 a day after forecasting a further decline in prices of chips used in personal computers. It also gave a revenue outlook for the current quarter that was well below market estimates. The PHLX Semiconductor index (SOX) fell 2.4 percent.   The Supreme Court has ruled that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide. Voting 5-4, the justices said states lack any legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. The ruling in support of marriage equality was widely expected, given the Supreme Court’s previous ruling on the issue. In June 2014, the Supreme Court overturned the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, opening up federal benefits to same-sex married couples. It heard two cases: Hollingsworth v. Perry, the successful challenge to California’s Proposition 8 measure, a 2008 ballot initiative that …

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Applesauce

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-25-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 75 = 17,890 SPX – 6 = 2102 NAS – 10 = 5112 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.39% OIL – .57 = 59.70 GOLD – 2.10 = 1173.90 SILV – .04 = 15.94   The Supreme Court ruled to save subsidies for as many as 8 million people under the Affordable Care Act. In the case of King v. Burwell, justices determined that the subsidies should be available in states that don’t have their own exchanges. The court determined that the broader context of the ACA allows subsidies to all those under the Obamacare program. Justices voted 6-3 in favor of upholding the subsidies with Chief Justice John Roberts and swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the majority.   Obamacare, technically titled The Affordable Care Act, gave states the option to build their own healthcare marketplaces or simply use one operated by the federal government. In all, 34 states decided to rely on the federal “exchange.” And about 8 million low- to moderate-income Americans are now receiving subsidies of on average $260 a month through the federal exchange. But in a lawsuit challenging the law, critics insisted the federal government is not allowed to subsidize insurance in states that rejected their own exchange for the federal system. Those critics based their argument on a single phrase in Obamacare that refers only to participants enrolled through …

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King v Burwell Plan B

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-09-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 2 = 17,764 SPX + 0.87 = 2080 NAS – 7 = 5013 10 YR YLD + .04 = 2.42% OIL + 1.81 = 59.95   Each month the Labor Department reports on nonfarm payrolls, usually that report comes out on the first Friday of the month; a few days later they release the JOLT survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover from the prior month. Job openings at US workplaces rose to 5.3 million in April from 5.1 million in March. That’s the most job openings in 14 years, and those job openings were spread among industries, including health care, retailers and providers of professional services. Now, keep in mind that this is the Job Openings from April, and we just saw the May Jobs report, which showed that the unemployment rate ticked up from 5.4% in April to 5.5% in May; and the reason the unemployment rate was higher is because more people entered the labor pool. Most of the nearly 400,000 new job seekers were under the age of 25.   While the number of job openings soared, employers are still taking their time filling them. Total hiring in April fell to 5 million from 5.1 million. The disparity between more openings and flat hiring suggests employers are being picky about new hires. Many companies say they are having difficulty finding qualified workers. They may …

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Financial Review

Sometimes Brazenly

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-04-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:14 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 106 = 18,096 SPX – 9 = 2098 NAS – 12 = 4967 10 YR YLD un = 2.12% OIL + 1.26 = 51.78 Private-sector employment gains continued in February but at a slower pace than in the prior month. Automatic Data Processing Inc. reported Wednesday that employers added 212,000 jobs last month. On Friday, we’ll get the non-farm payroll report for February; it is expected the economy added about 235,000 jobs last month.   The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Treasury Department will exhaust its capacity to borrow in October or November if the debt limit isn’t raised. The debt limit is suspended until March 15. After that date, so-called extraordinary measures available to the Treasury to keep borrowing include deferring new investments in federal retirement and disability funds.   The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the fate of Obamacare for the second time in three years, weighing an attack on tax credits designed to help millions of people afford insurance. The Court heard arguments today in the case of King v. Burwell, an appeal by four Virginia residents who would block the subsidies in at least 34 states. The fight centers on a four-word phrase that has become a linchpin of the law. The measure says people qualify for tax credits when they buy insurance on an online marketplace “established by the state.” The challengers …

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – Use Your Library Card at a Copy Shop for a Horseback Ride to the Moon

Use Your Library Card at a Copy Shop for a Horseback Ride to the Moon by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 49 = 16,867 SPX + 9 = 1959 NAS + 29 = 4379 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.56% OIL + .74 = 106.77 GOLD – .60 = 1319.40 SILV + .09 = 21.12 One of the jobs of the Commerce Department is to calculate the gross domestic product of the country; clearly it is a difficult task to figure out the value of all the goods and services produced, and so they tend to revise the numbers as they gather information. In April the Commerce Department figured the economy grew, just barely, 0.1% in the first quarter; last month they revised their GDP numbers to negative1.0%; today they revised GDP even lower. The economy shrank by 2.9%.   To understand the big move, you first have to realize that the GDP number is supposed to measure everything; construction and demolition, marriages and divorces, broccoli sales and cigarette sales, yoga classes and cancer treatments. One of the big reasons for the negative number is that the cost of healthcare dropped significantly.   The US spent $6.4 billion less on health care in the first quarter than in the last quarter of 2013. Government statisticians initially forecast a 9.9% increase in health-care spending, and what we got was a 1.4% decline. Considering all the millions of previously uninsured people who are gaining access to health insurance under the Affordable …

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – Render to Caesar

Render to Caesar by Sinclair Noe DOW – 98 = 16,268SPX – 13 = 1852NAS – 60 = 417310 YR YLD – .03 = 2.70%OIL + 1.03 = 100.22GOLD – 5.90 = 1306.80SILV – .27 = 19.84 Durable goods orders increased 2.2% in February, ending 2 straight months of declines. Durable goods are items like refrigerators, cars, and airplanes that are built to last for several years. But we need to dig into this report just a little; orders for non-defense goods, excluding aircraft, were actually down 1.3%. This might also indicate that first quarter business investment is weak. The US Census Bureau began releasing data from its 2012 Economic Census, a survey of American businesses taken every 5 years. The enormous boom in domestic oil and gas production helped make the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction industry one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. The number of businesses rose 26% from 2007 to 2012, employment in the sector rose 24% and revenue surged 34%. Meanwhile, from 2007 to 2012 manufacturing lost 2.1 million jobs, now down to just 11.3 million people employed in manufacturing. The finance and insurance sector shed 390,000 jobs between 2007 and 2012 and industry revenue fell by $137 billion, nearly 4%. But revenues in 2012 were still up 61% from 15 years earlier. There were one million retail stores operating in 2012. But the retail trade sector shed 65,000 establishments and nearly 778,000 jobs from five years earlier. Internet-based selling …

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014 – Another Perfect Day

Another Perfect Day by Sinclair Noe DOW – 5 = 15,440SPX – 3 = 1751NAS – 19 = 401110 YR YLD + .04 = 2.67%OIL + .11 = 97.30GOLD + 3.20 = 1258.60SILV + .39 = 20.00 Yesterday on the Review we talked about the Congressional Budget office report. For a while this morning, the Internet was hopping with job-killing hype, when in fact the truth was vastly different. Obamacare’s impact, the CBO concluded, would lessen the supply of labor by encouraging certain folks not to work: “The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked. . . .” That’s different than what most of the media was saying today. And then a funny thing happened; some reporters actually read the report, and the headlines changed just a little:  Wall Street Journal earlier: Health-Care Law Expected to Take Greater Toll on Workforce Wall Street Journal now: Health Law Seen Leading to Some Loss of Labor Talk Radio News Service earlier: Obamacare Will Cost 2.5 Million Jobs: Report Talk Radio News Service now: 2.5 Million Will Exit Work Force Because Of Obamacare National Review earlier: The CBO Just Nuked Obamacare National Review now: The CBO Just Nuked Obamacare The CBO never, ever reported that Obamacare would somehow or other kill more than …

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 – Adjust Accordingly

Adjust Accordingly by Sinclair Noe DOW + 72 = 15,445SPX + 13 = 1755NAS + 34 = 403110 YR YLD + .04 = 2.62%OIL + 1.16 = 97.59 GOLD – 2.70 = 1255.40SILV + .17 = 19.61 Here come the bears; they tend to come out of the woods when the Dow has a day like yesterday, and they tend to growl. The latest noise is in the form of a couple of projections and predictions that the market will drop 40%. Perhaps we’re just going through a period of pricing discovery as the markets digest information. Maybe this will pass or maybe not. The typical bear market lasts 2 to 4 years and the average drop is about 40%, so it isn’t unreasonable to guess. And bear markets come around with regularity. The median duration for a bull market is 50 months and the average duration for a bull market is 67 months. The current bull market dates back to March 2009, which is right at 58 months. The idea of a bear coming along right about now should not shock anybody. We’re not there yet; a bear market would be a 20% correction; so we’re not there yet. Of course you might not want to just sit around and wait to get mauled by a bear. So, let’s consider where we are right now. Here’s the rundown: China’s GDP is slowing and their manufacturing sector is contracting and their shadow banking system may be harboring a few entities …

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Thursday, January 02, 2014 – Back in the Groove

Back in the Groove by Sinclair Noe DOW – 135 = 16,441SPX – 16 = 1831NAS – 33 = 414310 YR YLD – .04 = 2.99%OIL – 2.93 = 95.49GOLD + 17.50 = 1224.00SILV + .57 = 20.11 I’m back. We’ll try to settle into the groove here, starting with a look at the daily economic news. Financial data firm Markit said its final US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 55.0 last month, beating November’s 54.7 reading. So, manufacturing ended the year on a high note, growing in December at the fastest pace in 11 months. Signs of strength in both the manufacturing and services sector as well as stronger job growth across the economy contributed to the Federal Reserve’s decision in December to begin tapering, slowing its monthly bond purchases. I had expected the Fed would wait to begin the taper. I was wrong. It wasn’t really a shocking development because we knew they would eventually taper, it was just a matter of timing. The taper hasn’t actually started yet, it’s only been announced. One area where we’re starting to see some impact is in mortgage rates, now at the highest levels since September. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.53% this week, up from 4.48%. And Freddie Mac also reports the average 15-year fixed rate climbed to 3.55% from 3.52%. While a jump in mortgage rates has slowed demand, buyers continued to push prices higher. According to the most recent S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, …

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – Cues for Yellen from Abe

Cues for Yellen from Abe by Sinclair Noe DOW + 70 = 15821SPX + 14 = 1782NAS + 45 = 396510 YR YLD – .07 = 2.70%OIL + .84 = 93.88GOLD + 16.10 = 1283.30SILV – .09 = 20.71 Record high close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Record high close for the S&P 500 Index. Janet Yellen starts her confirmation process tomorrow. Yesterday, a couple of Fed presidents, Dennis Lockhart of the Atlanta Fed, and and Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota both suggested that the current state of the economy still warrants aggressive monetary policy action. Yellen is well known for her meticulous preparation, but it will be interesting to see how she handles questions from politicians looking for cheap shots and easy points. Political theatrics aside, Yellen is highly qualified with a very solid academic foundation, extensive policy experience, sound judgment over many years and the most effective researcher at the Fed. Her policy moves will likely be incremental and well communicated. Markets can look to a continuation of the Fed’s current policy stance for now. When the time for taper comes, as it inevitably will, the central bank would partially compensate through more aggressive forward policy guidance. None of that means much of a change and no guarantee the Fed can do much more than it is doing to help the economy break out of the doldrums of the past few years. Of course the Fed could do much more; adding $4 trillion to their balance sheet …

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