Financial Review

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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Double Irish With a Side of Knowledge Box

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-14-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:17 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 5 = 16,315 SPX + 2 = 1877 NAS + 13 = 4227 10 YR YLD – .08 = 2.20% OIL – 3.76 = 81.98 GOLD – 4.90 = 1233.20 SILV – .11 = 17.49 The Dow was down slightly, while the S&P and Nasdaq snapped a 3 day slide, but this was almost a quiet day; call it neutral. A follow-up on yesterday’s discussion of the 200 day moving average. The S&P 500 dropped down to the 200 day moving average on Friday (right around 1905), and then fell right through the trend line yesterday. We talked about the possibility of a bounce; and I don’t think today’s minor move qualifies as a bounce, even though it was a positive move. So, we are still waiting for a possible bounce. The 200 day moving average is a lagging indicator, and so for now, the trend line is still moving higher; which increases the prospects for a bounce. When the price drops below a declining 200 day moving average, it is considered extremely bearish and the probability of a bounce is very low. So, we wait for confirmation. It is earnings reporting season, and today’s reports feature the banks. We start with JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets, reporting third quarter net income of $5.6 billion, or $1.36 per share, a big improvement from the same period last …

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Forget Complacency

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-13-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 223 = 16,321 SPX – 31 = 1874 NAS – 62 = 4213 10 YR YLD closed 2.28% OIL – .69 = 85.05 GOLD + 14.10 = 1238.10 SILV + .10 = 17.60 The major indices were up and then down; small moves earlier in the session; then, in the final hour stocks slipped and kept falling. The S&P 500 has fallen 6.8 percent from its Sept. 18 record, making this the worst pullback in two-and-a-half years. The Russell 2000 sank 4.7 percent last week. The small-cap index entered a correction after sliding more than 10 percent from an all-time high in March. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 5.5 percent from its record last month, while the Nasdaq Composite Index has slumped 8.3 percent from a 14-year high reached in September. The Volatility Index, or VIX, rose 13 percent today to 24, the highest level since June 2012. Forget complacency. The final hour collapse coincided with a report that an Emirates Airline plane in Boston was surrounded by medical crews and they removed five passengers over concerns about Ebola. But there is more to today’s trading than an Ebola scare. Oil prices continued to slide. Saudi Arabia is saying they are comfortable with oil prices in the sub-$90 range. The Saudis don’t necessarily want prices to slide further, but they are unwilling to shoulder production cuts unilaterally and …

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Send Thank You Notes to Janet

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-08-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 274 = 16,994 SPX + 33 = 1968 NAS + 83 = 4468 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.33% OIL – 1.23 = 87.62 GOLD + 13.20 = 1222.50 SILV + .19 = 17.48 Volatility has kicked into high gear. Yesterday the VIX, the Volatility Index was up 11%, and today it dropped 12%. The Dow has had moves of 200 points or more five times in the last 10 days. There have only been 10 other days this year when the index has made moves of that magnitude. Yesterday was an ugly decline and today, stocks started drifting lower, and then suddenly, dramatically, jumped higher; by the closing bell it was the best day of the year. Send your thank you notes to Janet Yellen. Pause for just a moment and think about what has been driving the markets for the past 5 years. Certainly, there are many factors but a big factor would have to be Federal Reserve monetary policy. Yesterday stocks looked like they were going to hell in a hand basket, and today the Fed’s FOMC minutes were released and the markets were revived as if they’d been given a big old hypodermic full of adrenaline straight to the heart. We all know the Fed is ending its bond buying crusade this month, and the open question has been when they will raise interest rates. …

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Strange Days Indeed

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-02-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 3 = 16,801 SPX + 0.01 = 1946 NAS + 8 = 4430 10 YR YLD + .03 = 2.43% OIL + .59 = 91.32 GOLD + 1.30 = 1215.30 SILV – .08 = 17.20 The Dow Industrial dropped about 130 points in early trading, but then recovered, mainly In economic news: The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000. Separate data showed small businesses hiring workers at the fastest pace in 8 months. The National Federation of Independent Business said its monthly survey of its members found they added an average of 0.24 workers per firm last month, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Tomorrow the government will report on non-farm payrolls for September; we’re looking for about 220,000 net new jobs and the unemployment rate to hold near 6.1%. A report from the Commerce Department showed new orders for factory goods posted their biggest decline on record in August. Factory orders dropped 10.1%, following a 10.5% increase in July; the wild swings are attributed to orders for airplanes. Stripping out transportation orders, new orders were down a more modest 0.1%. Since June, the European Central Bank has lowered the interest rate on bank deposits parked at the ECB to negative territory, a first for this central bank, and added new lending and private-asset purchase programs. Today, the …

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Fluctuations

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-01-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 238 = 16,804 SPX – 26 = 1946 NAS – 71 = 4422 10 YR YLD – .10 = 2.40% OIL – .43 = 90.73 GOLD + 4.30 = 1214.00 SILV + .20 = 17.28 Yesterday, we talked about third quarter results. Most of the stock indices were down in September but still slightly positive for the third quarter. Today wiped out the third quarter gains. Why? Well, that’s always fun; the headlines offer a plethora of reasons, including “global worries” or maybe it’s a “market top” or “geopolitical hotspots” or “commodity crash” or maybe it’s just the start of a “rocky October”. I don’t claim to know why the markets dropped today, or any given day. I can read a chart, and I can identify patterns, but there are no guarantees. We follow macroeconomics and we analyze company P&Ls, but there are no guarantees. We do not get stuck in cheerleader mode like the talking heads on TV business shows, nor do we follow the perma-bears. Markets fluctuate; to paraphrase a line from J.P. Morgan, or maybe John Rockefeller. “Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.” That’s a quote from Warrant Buffet. We don’t yet know whether this is folly or a trend. We’ll just have to listen to the markets. The Institute for Supply Management’s index …

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Monday, November 25, 2013 – A Record High, Barely

A Record High, Barely by Sinclair Noe DOW + 7 = 16,072SPX – 2 = 1802NAS + 2 = 399410 YR YLD – .01 = 2.73%OIL – .75 = 94.09GOLD + 7.90 = 1252.60SILV + .38 = 20.31 The Dow and the S&P 500 indices have posted 7 weeks of gains. Today was flat, with the Dow up a few points and the S&P down a little. We’ll have a holiday shortened week, with the market closed on Thursday (something retailers should consider). Over the weekend, the big news was a nuclear agreement, of sorts between the US and Iran. The basic idea of the agreement is that we would lift some sanctions against Iran and they would not expand their nuclear program. The deal frees up some Iranian oil revenue that had been frozen in foreign banks. It’s unlikely Iran will add much in oil exports in the six months covered by the agreement. Iran has been exporting oil to China, India, South Korea, and Japan; those countries were granted waivers on sanctions because they really wanted the oil. The main benefit of the weekend’s deal with Iran may be the psychological impact on the market, which has long been propped up by fears of a supply disruption resulting from the standoff between Iran and the United States and its allies. Also, Iran may benefit from access to investment in oil infrastructure and equipment; but again, this is a 6 month deal for now. Many Middle Eastern countries have …

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Monday, September 09, 2013 – The Problem Is We Do Get It

The Problem Is We Do Get It by Sinclair Noe DOW + 140 = 15,063SPX + 16 = 1671NAS + 46 = 370610 YR YLD – .04 = 2.90%OIL – 1.56 = 108.97GOLD – 2.30 = 1387.50SILV – .13 = 23.82 The war hasn’t started…, yet. A funny thing happened today; for a few moments the constant drumbeats for war were quieted, and there was talk of a diplomatic solution; fleeting, nothing concrete, hypothetical, could disintegrate in the flicker of a butterfly’s wing. Russia jumped on a remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said Syria should save itself by handing over its chemical weapons. Kerry was quick to dismiss as hypothetical his own comment that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avert U.S. strikes by surrendering his chemical arsenal to international control. But Assad’s ally Russia quickly turned it into a firm proposal that was “welcomed” by Damascus and echoed by the UN chief Ban Ki-moon. The White House said it was “seriously skeptical” but would take a “hard look” at the proposal. Russia’s foreign minister said he would push Assad to place Syria’s stockpile of nerve gases, blister agents and other chemical agents under UN supervision for eventual destruction. He said Russia also would push Syria to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention, the international treaty that prohibits use of poison gas. The Syrian government quickly put out a statement saying it would cooperate. Can you trust Russia to broker a peace deal? Hell no. Over the last weeks, …

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Thursday, September 05, 2013 – Mustering Support

Mustering Support by Sinclair Noe DOW + 6 = 14,937SPX + 2 = 1655NAS + 9 = 365810 YR YLD + .08 = 2.98%OIL + 1.23 = 108.46GOLD – 23.90 = 1368.70SILV – .25 = 23.31 The war hasn’t started, yet. President Obama is in St. Petersburg Russia for the G-20 summit, he received a cordial but cool greeting from Russian President Vlad Putin, however Putin had harsh words for Secretary of State John Kerry, calling him flat out a “liar”, referring to his testimony regarding Syria, a close ally of Russia.The United States has given up trying to work with the U.N. Security Council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding the council hostage. Russia, backed by China, has used its veto power three times to block council resolutions condemning Assad’s government and threatening it with sanctions.  Yesterday, a Senate panel authorized military action in a “limited and specified manner”. A full vote is expected next week. Syria is dominating a summit with an official agenda focused on economic growth, monetary policy and global banking and tax rules. Obama began meeting with other leaders of the Group of 20 nations, trying to persuade allies to give the US a measure of political cover even if they withhold military support. Obama has already met with Shinzo Abe of Japan, Francois Hollande of France – who may be the only US ally taking part in a strike against Syria, and also a meeting with Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. Brazil won’t be part …

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – What Could Go Wrong?

What Could Go Wrong? by Sinclair Noe DOW + 48 = 14,824 SPX + 4 = 1634NAS + 14 = 359310 YR YLD + .05 = 2.76%OIL + 1.09 = 110.10GOLD + 1.80 = 1418.80SILV – .13 = 24.49 It is now almost certain that the United States, and an as yet unspecified number of its allies, will launch an airstrike against Syria and the forces of Bashar al-Assad. Let’s look at how this might happen. We know that it is highly unlikely that US troops will be on the ground in Syria; that would be highly risky, very expensive, and extremely unpopular. The White House has said there will not be boots on the ground. While the US is trying to cobble together a coalition of the willing to give some legal cover for attacking Syria, American military planners are fine-tuning a playbook that will likely focus on missile attacks and possibly bombing runs. Right now, there are four Navy destroyers waiting in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is expected they will lob cruise missiles toward Syrian targets; likely starting the missile barrage at night in order to limit civilian casualties. In the light of day they will assess damage and start the next round of attacks; if they need to hit harder, they’ll call in the big bombers, the B-2s, which are capable of flying round trip from their base in Missouri. The idea is to attack the command posts, communication nodes, troop and delivery systems, things like missile …

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