Financial Review

And Its Discontents

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-09-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…Wall Street rallies. Waiting on earnings. Consumer borrowing spikes. Buybacks spike. US-China trade war, history suggests pain. Soft v hard Brexit triggers resignations. The state of oil. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 07-09-2018

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Backstep

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-26-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…Stocks rebound a little. Backstepping on trade. Crude pops over $70. Financials stumble. Creeping toward inversion. Consumers optimistic. SCOTUS upholds travel ban because it’s not as bad as it was. Fiduciary rule dies. AMLO odds-on. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 06-26-2018

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Deep Purple

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-28-2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS….Harvey hits Houston, oil refiners, commodities, and the economy. An ounce of prevention vs a pound of cure. Day One, Amazon-Whole Foods. North Korea fires a missile over Japan. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 08-28-2017

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Take 64

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-05-04-2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…..House of Reps votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, it’s the Senate’s problem now. Bad day for oil. And metals. Earnings roll on. Viacom beats but more homes cut the cable. CBS beats. Kelloggs double good. Shake Shack sinks. Cities can sue big banks for predatory lending. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 05-04-2017

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2015 Financial Review

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-12-31-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 12-31-2015 DOW – 178 = 17,425 SPX – 19 = 2043 NAS – 58 = 5007 10 Y – .03 = 2.27% OIL + .45 = 37.05 GOLD + .40 = 1060.20 SILV – .03 = 13.81   This is the final day of the year, and so it is appropriate to review where the markets stand; generally, it was ugly. We’ll take a look at stocks, bonds, the dollar and commodities. It was not an easy year for investors. Nearly 70% of investors lost money this year, according to Openfolio, an app that allows people to track their investment performance and compare their portfolio with other users. Warren Buffett is seeing his worst year since 2008, with Berkshire Hathaway shares down more than 11% year to date. Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital sent a letter to investors in December that said 2015 may be the fund’s worst year since it was founded in 2004. 2008 was a terrible year in the stock market, but bonds were up 22%. But this year, not one major asset class had a good year.   If you went to sleep on December 31, 2014 and you just woke up today, you might think nothing happened in 2015. The S&P 500 index started the year at 2058, and closed at 2043, for a loss of 15 points or about 0.7%; with dividends …

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Knock On

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-16-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-16-2015 DOW + 237 = 17,483 SPX + 30 = 2053 NAS + 56 = 4984 10 YR YLD – .01 = 2.27% OIL + 1.32 = 42.06 GOLD – 1.80 = 1083.10 SILV – .03 = 14.35   World leaders wrapped up G-20 meetings in Turkey with a vow to boost intelligence-sharing, cut off terrorist funding and strengthen border security in Europe, as they sought to show resolve and unity following the deadly terror attacks in Paris. This year’s G-20 agenda also included efforts to hasten global economic growth, with a particular focus on addressing the effects of China’s economic slowdown. French warplanes launched an assault on ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria. Meanwhile, the authorities in France announced that they had conducted sweeping police raids around the country overnight, detaining two dozen people.   ISIS released a video today saying they will strike Washington. The Department of Homeland Safety said it had no “specific credible information of an attack on the U.S. homeland.” CIA Director John Brennan said he would be surprised if the group doesn’t have additional attacks in preparation.   Markets across the globe are still processing the weekend’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. Asian exchanges traded lower overnight. European shares reversed early losses and closed in positive territory. The euro dropped, as investors scrambled for safe-havens like the U.S. dollar.   French President Hollande declared …

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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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More Jobs

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-12-03-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 33 = 17912 SPX + 7 =2074 NAS + 18 = 4774 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.29% OIL + .49 = 67.37 GOLD + 11.60 = 1211.10 SILV – .04 = 16.52 Record high for the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500. About 2 weeks before the Federal Reserve FOMC meets to determine monetary policy they gather together reports from across the nation on how the economy is doing; the Fed then binds those reports in a Beige folder, or what we call the Beige Book. As the name would imply, the Beige Book is not always a page turner, but it can provide some useful information as well as an indicator of what the Fed policymakers are thinking, and then there is the occasional surprise nugget of information. The Beige Book was released today and it shows the US economy holding up well despite global slowing; economic activity continued to expand in October and November, with lower gasoline prices boosting consumer spending. Despite a sharp drop in crude oil prices, drilling activity in shale production districts remained steady; oil and gas exploration activity decreased in North Dakota and increased in Montana relative to a month earlier; production remained at record levels. Lower oil prices have some oil companies concerned and closely monitoring prices, which are close to many firms’ breakeven price. Employment gains were …

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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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Monday, September 24, 2012 – Counting Fingers

Counting Fingers by Sinclair Noe DOW – 20 = 13,558SPX – 3 = 1456NAS – 19 = 316010 YR YLD -.04 = 1.72%OIL +.14 = 92.07GOLD – 8.50 = 1765.50SILV – .55 = 34.07PLAT – 16.00 = 1626.00 Goldman Sachs is out with some research. I always feel more than a little skepticism when reading Goldman research. It’s tough to believe a research report from a company you know would bet against you. You want to count your fingers after shaking hands. Goldman Sachs strategists expect the “fiscal cliff” to push the market lower in the fourth quarter, and they recommend investors sell the stocks that have lagged so far this year. Goldman chief U.S. equity strategist David Kostin writes that the S&P 500 should fall sharply after the election when investors finally realize that there is a possibility that the fiscal cliff will not be resolved smoothly. He says the majority of investors expect to see the fiscal cliff avoided in the lame duck session of Congress, but Goldman sees a one-in-three chance that Congress will fail to address the issue. Goldman says a catch-up strategy could be to sell stocks that have had the worst performance year-to-date. In the 23 years that the S&P was positive in the first nine months, a sector-neutral basket of underperforming stocks continued underperforming by an average 291 basis points during the fourth quarter, giving the strategy a 65 percent outperformance rate. In a separate report, Goldman forecasts an 18.2 percent return on …

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