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Complacency Abounds

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-14-2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS…..Dow, S&P, Russell close at record highs. Retail sales fell in June. CPI shows inflation flatline. Industrial production up. Consumer sentiment is strong now but the future sucks. Big 3 banks report earnings, topping profit estimates and dropping on the news. Waiting on a health care bill Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 07-14-2017

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Records Across the Board

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-01-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS…..Dow, S&P and Nasdaq close at record highs. ISM manufacturing ticks up. Construction spending down. ADP private jobs strong. Fed Beige Book points to tight labor market. Trump pulls out of Paris Accord. Illinois cut.   Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 06-01-2017

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Like a Bird on a Wire

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-11-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS…..Dow record high. Commodities, financials up. Bonds, tech and emerging markets down. Fed jawbones for higher rates. Trump transition takes shape. Trumpcare takes shape vaguely. Happy Singles Day. App judgment. Super moon rising. Veterans Day thanks. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 11-11-2016

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Milk and Cookies Redux

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-13-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMore record highs on Wall Street. Import goods inch up. Budget deficit grows as corps pay less. Beige Book, meh. Oil gluts return. May new PM. PC sales grow. New GM loses shield of Old GM. Something new under the sun – Mas Blue. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 07-13-2016

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Holy Grail

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-03-02-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 155 = 18,288 SPX + 12 = 2117 NAS + 44 = 5008 10 YR YLD + .08 = 2.08% OIL + .06 = 49.82 GOLD – 7.80 = 1206.90 SILV – .22 = 16.46   February was the best month for stocks since October 2011. The S&P 500 gained 5.5% in February. March is off to a fine start. The Dow Industrial Average closed at a record high. The S&P 500 closed at a record. The Nasdaq Composite hit 5000 for the first time in 15 years. And if you wonder why we celebrate when the indices hit records, it is because 15 years ago we didn’t know it would take 15 years to get back to these levels.   Earnings season is pretty much over and it wasn’t all that pretty. With 485 of 500 S&P 500 companies reporting, FactSet says the blended growth rate is only 3.7%. Without Apple that number shrinks to only 2% but then again if you take out energy, it balloons to nearly 7%. Estimates have been revised lower, which is typical; companies try to ratchet down expectations, but this is different. All sectors are showing expectation deterioration, not just energy.   Earnings growth has slowed, and valuations are a little on the pricey side, and expectations are down. So, why are stocks at record highs? Well, start with the idea that the …

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – The Greater Depression

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-27-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS08272014 Financial Review DOW + 15 = 17,122 SPX + 0.10 = 2000.12 (record) NAS – 1 = 4569 10 YR YLD – .03 = 2.36% OIL – .16 = 93.70 GOLD + 2.10 = 1283.70 SILV + .08 = 19.54 Any positive day for the S&P 500 means a new record high close; today was the 31st of the year. Volume was really, really light. This week the S&P 500 crossed above 2000, which would indicate the economy is strong; there are several economic indicators you could consider such as an abundance of corporate cash, a little more top line growth in the second quarter, and improved consumer confidence even if consumers haven’t found the cash to pay for things; but you also have the yield on the 10 year Treasury note dropping lower and lower, which would indicate the economy is weak. We are told the yield on Treasuries is low because of foreign buyers, and maybe Treasuries can be considered a global instrument; another possibility is that the deficit has been shrinking, meaning fewer new issuances…, still. Most divergences result in a reversion to the mean. So the big question is whether stocks come down or yields go up. The US budget picture will likely worsen in coming months as companies wait until next year to see what actions Congress will take on taxes. A report from the Congressional Budget Office says …

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Rarified Air

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-21-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS08212014 DOW + 60 = 17,039 SPX + 5 = 1992 NAS + 5 = 4532 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.40% OIL + .45 = 93.90 GOLD – 15.10 = 1277.30 SILV – .04 = 19.52 The S&P 500 broke two records during today’s session, climbing past its previous intraday all-time high of 1,991.39 and ending above its previous record close of 1,987.98. Both had been set on July 24. Family Dollar has rejected a $9 billion dollar buyout offer from Dollar General, opting instead for a smaller $8.5 billion dollar offer from Dollar Tree. The thinking is that a combination of the largest dollar store – Dollar General with the #2 Family Dollar, would be unlikely to win antitrust approval. Once upon a time, Sears was the largest retailer in the nation. Today, Sears Holdings announce it lost $975 million in the first half of the year; $573 million in the second quarter. This was the 9th consecutive quarter of losses, and the past quarter also marked the heaviest losses. Quarterly revenue dropped about 10%. The plan now is to close underperforming stores, or, in a classic example of corporate-speak “rationalizing our physical footprint.” The company successfully spun off Lands End earlier this year, to the benefit of shareholders. But its Sears Canada and Sears Automotive stores have been on the block for some time, indicating either a lack of interest on …

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Equity Party in the Wormhole

Equity Party in the Wormhole by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 2 = 16,945 SPX – 0.48 = 1950 NAS + 1 = 4338 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.63% OIL – .22 = 104.19 GOLD + 7.90 = 1260.90 SILV + .13 = 19.29   The Dow Industrial Average hit another record high close; the fourth consecutive record. How did the Dow manage to move higher? Who knows? It wasn’t a big move but any positive results in a new record. How now Dow? Maybe it has something to do with the Federal Reserve and the other central bankers vacuuming up all the toxic detritus from the world of finance, pushing rates to sub-zero; leaving investors with little choice but a move to equities. Maybe global corporations have found a way to squeeze extra value out of a bone dry economy. Maybe the major indices have entered a cosmic wormhole devoid of common sense.   Today’s case in point is Uber, which is an app designed to connect riders with cars and drivers; which sounds a lot like hailing a taxi, but this is different because you can hail the taxi and pay the taxi with your smartphone; which means it’s software that eats taxis. Uber is different mainly because it is worth about $18 billion; which means it is worth more than most of the companies in the S&P 500 index. It’s an equity party, and for now at least, nobody is turning out the lights. Friday’s …

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – The Best Question

The Best Question by Sinclair Noe DOW + 0.26 = 16,072SPX + 0.27 = 1802NAS + 23 = 401710 YR YLD – .02 = 2.71%OIL – .60 = 93.49GOLD – 9.60 = 1243.00SILV – .39 = 19.92 Today we celebrate the Nasdaq. Yes, the Dow is at record highs, again, but the milk and cookies thing is getting old, kind of sickly sweet. Some might argue that you can never have too many cookies; that any day with milk and cookies is a good day. It’s hard to dispute this argument. Still, it bears notice that the Nasdaq has closed above 4,000 for the first time in 13 years. The Nasdaq is up about 33% year to date, and counting. So, today we celebrate with chips and salsa. If you’re thinking the Nasdaq has had quite a run and it’s starting to feel like 1999, you could be forgiven, but when you put it in perspective it’s not quite the same. P/E ratios are around 19, compared with 29 just before the millennium. Price to book is now 2.6 compared to 5.1 back then. Basically, back in 1999, the Nasdaq was extremely overvalued. You can argue that it’s overvalued today, but it isn’t nearly to the old extremes. Two economic reports on the housing market today. Permits for future home construction hit a near 5-½ year-high in October and prices for single-family homes showed big gains in September, suggesting a run-up in mortgage interest rates has not derailed the housing …

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Friday, November 15, 2013 – Stuck in the Monetary Tar Pit

Stuck in the Monetary Tar Pit by Sinclair Noe DOW + 85 = 15,961 SPX + 7 = 1798 NAS + 13 = 3985 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.70%OIL – .04 = 93.72GOLD + 3.10 = 1291.40SILV + .04 = 20.88 Record highs for the Dow and the S&P 500; with the Dow closing in on 16,000, and the S&P closing in on 1800 or maybe 2000 if you blink. The Nasdaq is nowhere near record highs but it is close to 4,000 and that’s a 13 year high. It’s rare that the Attorney General discusses an active investigation, but the New York Times reports Eric Holder is talking about the currency markets and how some of the biggest banks may have rigged trading in the largest and least regulated market in the financial world. Holder said: “The manipulation we’ve seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg. We’ve recognized that this is potentially an extremely consequential investigation.” The investigation still seems to be in the early stages; no one has been accused of wrongdoing, yet. The DOJ apparently has at least one trader who is providing evidence, and they have gathered a whole bunch of emails, instant messages, chat-room conversations, and other documents. Nine of the largest banks in currency trading have announced they are facing inquiries. The banks placed about a dozen traders on leave pending the outcome of the inquiry. And several banks are considering limiting the ability of their traders to …

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