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Drifting

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-06-05-2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 7.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…..Quiet day. ISM non-manufacturing slips lower. Productivity revised higher to zero. Factory orders dip. Thursday brings election in UK. Plus, Comey testifies before Senate. Qatar on the diplomatic ropes. Trump wants to privatize air traffic control. SCOTUS rules for Wall Street; looks into 4th Amendment digital case. Winners and losers on Wall Street. FAANG still rules. Hey Siri, wake me when Apple does something cool. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 06-05-2017

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Hack Attack

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-12-29-2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…..Russia sanctioned for hacks. Unemployment claims down. Trade deficit up. Sprint’s not-so-big job announcement. SEC in-house courts won’t fly. Alere has problems with Medicare billing. Sears continues a long, slow descent. Toshiba continues a fast, sharp descent. Airpods on backorder. Madrid minus cars. A tipping point for solar. Financial Review by Sinclair Noe for 12-29-2016

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Déjà vu All Over Again

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-23-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 09-23-2015   DOW – 50 = 16,279 SPX – 3 = 1938 NAS – 3 = 4752 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.14% OIL – 1.67 = 44.69 GOLD + 5.70 = 1131.40 SILV + .03 = 14.89   Pope Francis visited the White House this morning. Speaking from the South Lawn before a crowd of about 15,000, the Pope said “climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history”; this was also a reference to his encyclical published in May, “Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home”, which addressed climate change. Francis has been a frequent critic of the damage caused to the world’s poor and the environment by capitalism’s excesses.   He also urged more attention be paid to the millions in poverty now overlooked by society, quoting Martin Luther King that “we have defaulted on a promissory note and now it is time to honor it.” Pope Francis said he will encourage Congress to guide the U.S. in fidelity to its founding principles including religious liberty. He referred briefly to the issue of immigration, and called on the U.S. to build a “truly tolerant and inclusive” society. Francis described himself as the son of an immigrant Italian family …

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Never the Twain Shall Meet

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-22-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:17 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 09-22-2015 DOW – 179 = 16,330 SPX – 24 = 1942 NAS – 72 = 4756 10 YR YLD – .09 = 2.12% OIL – .85 = 45.83 GOLD – 8.70 = 1125.70 SILV – .45 = 14.87   Pope Francis is in Washington. The Pope will visit Washington, New York City and Philadelphia as part of his first-ever trip to the U.S., a six-day, five-night trip which will feature a couple of masses that are expected to draw huge crowds. The Pope will address a joint session of Congress Thursday; he may make points that challenge both parties, particularly if he repeats his remarks against what he sees as the excesses of globalization and capitalism. And he may discomfort both the White House and Congress if he urges them to do more to help Syrian refugees flooding through Europe. Then he will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he will also conduct mass at Madison Square Garden on Friday.   China’s President Xi Jinping touched down in Seattle today to meet American business leaders before heading to Washington on Thursday to speak with President Obama. The two will discuss several thorny issues, including cybersecurity, the South China Sea, North Korea’s nuclear threat, human rights and a widening trade deficit. President Xi will tour the Boeing aircraft plant near Seattle. Not much new to see …

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Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-08-05-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe for 08-05-2015 DOW – 10 = 17,540 SPX + 6 = 2099 NAS + 34 = 5139 10 YR YLD + .06 = 2.27% OIL – .59 = 45.15 GOLD – 3.00 = 1085.50 SILV + .02 = 14.69   Private-sector hiring slowed in July. Employers added 185,000 private-sector jobs in July, down from 229,000 jobs in June, and below the average pace for the past six months. Gains slowed across all size-firms except large firms in July. Manufacturing employment has slowed sharply since the beginning of the year. The ADP report sometimes offers a hint of what we might expect from the monthly government report on jobs, which will be released Friday. Strength or weakness in the labor market is thought to be a key factor in the Federal Reserve’s decision to possibly hike interest rates in September.   The Institute for Supply Management said its services index surged to 60.3% from a 56% reading in June. Any reading above 50% indicates expansion. It was the highest reading since 2005. The business activity and new orders components both were over 60%, and the employment index increased 6.9 percentage points to 59.6%. We’ll have more details on the ISM report in our next segment.   Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said it would take “significant deterioration” in the U.S. economy for him to not support a rate hike in …

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Into the Ditch

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-07-21-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  Financial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW -181 = 17,919 SPX – 9 = 2119 NAS -10 = 5208 10 YR YLD – 3 = 2.34% OIL + .21 = 50.36 GOLD + 3.30 = 1102.00 SILV + .18 = 14.95     Earnings reporting season continues with about one-quarter of S&P 500 companies scheduled to report this week. Among the gainers: Harley Davidson posted second quarter earnings and revenue that topped expectations, Travelers posted a second-quarter profit that was better than expected, due to fewer losses from catastrophes. Among the decliners: United Technologies issued a profit warning and announced that its aerospace and elevator units will be below expectations due to a strong dollar and China’s economic slump, IBM’s second quarter earnings fell 17% and revenue dropped 13%, Verizon posted better than expected earnings but revenue missed estimates, Lexmark swung to a loss and announced it will cut 500 jobs.   The big news in earnings came from some of the biggest names: Apple and Microsoft. Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones, a 35 percent gain, in the period that ended in June. Analysts had anticipated 48.8 million shipments. Net income in the fiscal third quarter, which ended in June, was $10.7 billion, or $1.85 a share, while revenue rose 33 percent to $49.6 billion. Analysts on average had forecast third-quarter profit of $1.81 a share on sales of $49.4 billion. The gross margin was 39.7 percent, …

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Trending

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-04-28-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 72 = 18,110 SPX + 5 = 2114 NAS – 4 = 5055 10 YR YLD + .05 = 1.97% OIL – .06 = 56.93 GOLD + 10.10 =  1212.80 SILV + .21 = 16.71   House prices picked up in February, rising 0.5%, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index. After seasonal adjustments, home prices rose 0.9% in February, matching January’s gain. Compared with February 2014, prices for the 20-city index were up 5%, the fastest growth in half a year. Home prices in Phoenix gained 0.3% for the month and 2.9% for the 12 month period.   The Commerce Department reports home ownership slipped to a 25 year low of 63.8% in the first quarter. The home ownership rate peaked at 69.4% in 2004. Household formation increased by 1.5 million in the first quarter. More people, starting more households, but they aren’t buying homes. With many Americans still showing an aversion to homeownership, the gains in household formation largely are being driven by renters.   Consumer confidence declined in April to a four-month low as Americans’ views of the labor market and the outlook on the economy deteriorated. The Conference Board’s index dropped to 95.2 from a revised 101.4 reading in March. The report showed fewer respondents said jobs were plentiful in April and income expectations cooled, signaling consumers will remain guarded about spending. The …

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Who’s Buying Whom

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-04-02-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 65 = 17,763 SPX + 7 = 2066 NAS + 6 = 4886 10 YR YLD + .03 = 1.90% OIL – .81 = 49.28 GOLD – 1.10 = 1203.00 SILV – .18 = 16.86   Iran and six world powers, including the US, has agreed to a framework for a final deal on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. The understanding still needs to work out some details but it paves the way for the start of a final phase of talks that aims to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of June. The agreement concludes weeks of intense negotiations and comes two days beyond the initial March 31 deadline for an outline deal.   Iran has accepted limitations on its enrichment capacity that include retaining only one enrichment facility. Europe and the United States will end nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions on Iran under the future deal after the United Nations’ nuclear agency confirms Tehran’s compliance with the deal.   The standoff over Iran’s nuclear program has dragged on for more than a decade. In November 2013, both sides concluded a preliminary agreement that froze some of Iran’s most sensitive nuclear activities in return for limited sanctions relief. The parties also agreed to reach a conclusive deal by June 2015.   Shortly after the agreement was announced, President Obama read a statement in the Rose Garden of the …

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Bond King Exits

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-26-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 167 = 17,113 SPX + 16 = 1982 NAS + 45 = 4512 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.53% OIL + .53 = 91.83 GOLD – 2.50 = 1220.40 SILV + .16 = 17.76 This week proved quite a roller coaster ride for the major indices. The Dow Industrial Average moved by at least 100 points in each of the five sessions, and finished the week down 1%. The S&P 500 climbed above its 50-day moving average today after dropping below the level yesterday for the first time since August. The S&P 500 was 1.4% lower on the week, and the Nasdaq lost 1.5% for the week. The Russell 2000 Index of smaller companies extended its September loss to 5.5 percent yesterday after dropping 6.1 percent in July. The Gross Domestic Product increased at a rate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter, according to third and final revision on GDP; up from the earlier estimate of 4.2% growth, and up from 2.5% growth in the same period a year ago. It represents the fastest rate of growth since the last three months of 2011. Spending on personal consumption increased 2.5 percent in the second quarter, up from 1.2 percent in the first. Durable goods, such as cars, homes and electronics jumped 14.1 percent, compared with an increase of 3.2 percent in the last quarter. The latest revision of …

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Thursday, June 05, 2014 – The European Central Bank Has Done Something

The European Central Bank Has Done Something by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 98 = 16,836 SPX + 12 = 1940 NAS + 44 = 4296 10 YR YLD – .02 = 2.58% OIL – .18 = 102.46 GOLD + 9.60 = 1254.20 SILV + .24 = 19.04   The Dow and the S&P finished with record high closes.   We start in Europe. The European Central Bank has done something. No, I’m serious, they did something; not just talked about doing “whatever it takes”, they actually took some action; nothing terribly bold; probably not enough, but something. Specifically, the ECB cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.15% from 0.25%, and the deposit rate to minus 0.10% from zero. The rate cuts will take effect next week, on June 11. They are trying the  negative interest rate, which has never been tried on a large scale, in a bid to push down the value of the euro and encourage banks to invest excess cash rather than hoard it in central bank vaults.   The ECB will also begin offering four-year loans to banks at the benchmark interest rates, under conditions meant to ensure that lenders use the money to issue loans to businesses. The loans are designed so that they can’t just borrow the money from the ECB at 0.15% and toss it into government bonds.   Also, the ECB will start buying packages of loans, or asset-backed securities; another measure designed to push lending to small businesses; right now …

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014 – An Airtight Defense

An Airtight Defense by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 15 = 16,737 SPX + 3 = 1927 (record close) NAS + 17 = 4251 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.60% OIL – .27 = 102.39 GOLD – 1.30 = 1244.60 SILV – .01 = 18.90   Eight times a year the Federal Reserve gathers economic updates from the 12 districts and publishes the information about two weeks before its FOMC meetings. The data is published in a beige folder, and that is why it is called the Beige Book, although it might actually refer to the writing style. Anyway, economic activity expanded all across the country, with most districts reporting moderate or modest growth. Consumer spending expanded across almost all districts. Tourism was another bright spot and manufacturing activity expanded across the country. Home sales were described as “mixed across the country” even as home prices continue to rise. Labor markets were described as steady. Inflation was tame, with a slight exception for higher food prices in some areas.   In other words, when the Fed meets in a couple of weeks, there won’t be any big changes in monetary policy.   The Institute for Supply Management said its services index rose to 56.3%, its highest level since August, from 55.2% in April. That’s the number and they’re sticking with it.   The US trade deficit grew to $47 billion in April, up from $44 billion in March. Exports slowed in April, down slightly to $193 billion. Imports, meanwhile, …

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Financial Review for Monday, May 05, 2014 – Riggers’ Propaganda

Riggers’ Propaganda by Sinclair Noe DOW + 17 = 16,530SPX + 3 = 1884NAS + 14 = 413810 YR YLD + .02 = 2.61%OIL – .38 = 99.38GOLD + 9.10 = 1310.70SILV + .13 = 19.69 Last week we told you about prosecutors and regulators preparing to criminally prosecute Credit Suisse and maybe BNP Paribas, and the slap on the wrist enforcement efforts of the past decade, and especially under the mis-guidance of Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Too Big to Jail” policy. The Swiss finance minister met Holder on Friday to discuss a US probe into Swiss banks that allegedly helped Americans evade US taxes, which includes Credit Suisse. Today, Holder posted a video on the Justice Department website saying that the DOJ is pursuing criminal investigations of financial institutions that could result in action in the coming weeks and months, and adding that no company was “too big to jail.” A criminal conviction of an entity regulated in the United States could lead authorities to potentially revoke a charter, essentially a death sentence for a bank. In his video, Holder said prosecutors are working closely with regulators to address the issues before taking action, “Rather than wall off banks from prosecution, the potential for such severe consequences simply means that federal prosecutors conducting these investigations must go the extra mile to coordinate closely with the regulators that oversee these institutions’ day-to-day operations.” It’s starting to sound like Holder is going after criminal charges without the consequences of criminal charges; …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Rally Fizzles

Rally Fizzles by Sinclair Noe DOW – 54 = 15,413SPX – 8 = 1746NAS – 22 = 390710 YR YLD – .03 = 2.48%OIL – 1.05 = 97.25GOLD – 7.50 = 1334.70SILV – .15 = 22.66 So, after a five day rally we finally got the fizzle. The markets don’t go straight up and the market had run quite a bit. The S&P 500 advanced 23 percent this year through yesterday, pulling within a half percentage point of the 23.5 percent gain in 2009. The S&P 500 was valued at 15.9 times estimated earnings as of yesterday, the highest since December 2009. While that’s up 16 percent this year and starting to feel a bit frothy, it’s still below the multiples at the market’s two previous peaks, when the ratio reached 16.5 in October 2007 and 25.7 in March 2000. Of the 169 S&P 500 companies that have reported results this season, 76 percent exceeded analysts’ predictions for profit, while 54 percent beat sales estimates. And 87% of stocks in the S&P 500 traded above their average prices from the past 50 days. Today, though 7 out of 10 main industries in the S&P 500 declined, with commodity, consumer-discretionary and financial companies dropping at least 0.6 percent to lead the retreat. Treasury yields fell to their lowest in three months on more bets that the Federal Reserve will maintain its stimulus efforts until next year. The Fed is kind of handcuffed from doing any tapering; the consensus is pushing it …

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013 – Dog Days

Dog Days by Sinclair Noe DOW – 93 = 15,518SPX – 9 = 1697NAS – 27 = 366510 YR YLD + .02 2.63%OIL – .86 = 105.70GOLD – 21.20 = 1283.60SILV – .23 = 19.58 If the markets are boring you this summer, you just aren’t paying attention. August trading in this post-financial crisis landscape has been anything but boring. For the past four years, the market has offered tremendous gains and harrowing losses during the month of August. The boring, flat market many of us have grown to expect just hasn’t materialized. Investors were treated to big gains in August 2009 and August 2012. But in August 2010 and 2011, the broad market coughed up about 5%. In 2010, August ended up marking the final lows of a summer correction. In 2011, the eurozone crisis pulled stocks underwater by as much as 12% during the month of August, only to claw their way back from the brink of a new bear market. So much for the dog days of summer. This time around, nothing should surprise you.  The US trade deficit declined in June to its lowest level in more than 3-1/2 years as imports fell and exports touched a record high. The Commerce Department says the trade gap fell 22.4 percent to $34.2 billion, the smallest since October 2009. The percentage decline was the largest since February 2009. May’s shortfall on the trade balance was revised to $44.1 billion from the previously reported $45.0 billion. Exports of goods …

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 – To Not Trade in Principles

To Not Trade in Principles by Sinclair Noe DOW + 114 = 15,024SPX + 9 = 1613NAS + 25 = 340110 YR YLD – .05 = 2.48%OIL + 1.35 = 96.85GOLD – 24.40 = 1201.80SILV – .01 = 18.61 First some economic news, then we’ll head to Ecuador. Consumer spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in May, reversing a 0.3% decline in April. So, for the past 2 months, it’s a wash. Adjusted for inflation, the numbers are slightly lower. Consumers bought more cars and trucks in May and spent a bit more on gasoline, reflecting higher prices at the pump. They also ate outside the home more often and shelled out extra cash for housing, financial advice, insurance and recreational activities. Since incomes rose faster than spending in May, the savings rate of Americans climbed to 3.2% from 3%. That’s the highest level since December and well above the 2013 low of 2.2%. In a separate report, the Labor Department reported a 9,000 drop in first-time jobless claims for the last week. The National Association of Realtors reports pending home sales jumped in May to reach a six-year high, The NAR’s pending home sales index climbed 6.7% to 112.3 in May, from a downwardly revised 105.2 in April. The index was up 12.1% from May 2012 levels.  Freddy Mac reports the average rate for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.46% in the week ending June 27, the highest rate in a couple of years, and up from 3.93% in the …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2016 – Don’t Fight It

Don’t Fight It by Sinclair Noe DOW – 206 = 15,112 SPX – 22 = 1628NAS – 38 = 344310 YR YLD + .13 = 2.31%OIL – .52 = 98.15GOLD – 17.00 = 1352.30SILV – .34 = 21.45 One of the best known adages in the financial world is “Don’t fight the Fed”. Marty Zweig is credited with that sage wisdom. Zweig was a professor of finance, and a financial analyst; he went on to become a hedge fund manager and he wrote a newsletter. He famously bet that the market would go down in 1987, and by October of that year he was short the market and made a big profit while most other money managers were getting clobbered. “Don’t fight the Fed”; that meant, according to Zweig’s theory, that if interest rates were going down, stocks would go up, and vice versa. He also claimed the way to make money was to be risk-averse, rather than taking chances on the upside. He said he was a big poker player while at Wharton, but had stopped playing when he became a money manager because he hated losing. In addition to “Don’t fight the Fed”, Zweig is credited with the adage, “Don’t fight the tape”; in other words, the market will have the last word, and complaining that the market is wrong is an excellent way to lose money. Zweig had a third rule: “Never relax”. Today the Federal Reserve concluded their Federal Open Market Committee meeting; they issued a …

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Friday, March 22, 2013 – And the Award Goes to…

And the Award Goes to… by Sinclair Noe DOW + 90 = 14,512SPX + 11 = 1556NAS + 22 = 324510 YR YLD – .02 = 1.91%OIL + 1.35 = 93.80GOLD – 5.60 = 1610.20SILV – .42 = 28.86 For the second time this year, the S&P 500 was down on the week, slipping 0.2% over the past five trading sessions. The Dow and the Nasdaq Comp also ended just a smidge lower for the week. Cyprus has been a big concern this week. It is a tiny little island in the Mediterranean, and it is just a blip on the overall Euro-economy, but it could have big implications for the Euro-zone; which is something like the Hotel California; you can check in any time you please, but you can never leave. If Cyprus does leave, or get kicked out of the Euro, others may follow suit. If Spain or Italy leaves the Euro, there is no more Euro. It has also not helped confidence in the euro that the Cypriot crisis has erupted at a time when other troubling problems are now raising their ugly heads in Europe. Less than a month ago, the electorate in Italy, the euro area’s third largest economy and a country with around 2 trillion-euro in public debt, voted overwhelmingly against austerity and structural reform. Imposing fiscal austerity on the periphery in those circumstances only seems to drive the periphery ever deeper into economic recession. Actually, depression may be more descriptive. In Greece and …

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Monday, November 26, 2012 – Shopping, Cliffs, Greece, Two-Tiered Justice, Doha, Infrastructure

Shopping, Cliffs, Greece, Two-Tiered Justice, Doha, Infrastructureby Sinclair Noe DOW – 42 = 12,967SPX – 2 = 1406NAS + 9 = 297610 YR YLD -.03 = 1.66%OIL + 1.22 = 86.67GOLD – 2.50 = 1750.40SILV + .05 = 34.28 Well, I survived Black Friday, which actually creeped into Black Thursday; I made it through Shop Small Saturday, and I’ve arrived at Cyber Monday. Tomorrow will be Buyers’ Remorse Tuesday. Don’t forget Credit Card Shock January. I have not and will not go into debt for the holidays. Consumer debt is the worst. A rebound in housing and the job market, along with a drop in household debt, has led additional consumers to say they’ll buy more this holiday. A new survey from the Credit Union National Association and the Consumer Federation of America shows 12 percent said they would boost spending, the highest level since 15 percent in 2007, while 38 percent said they would spend less. According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales for the weekend are up about 13% from a year ago. Online shopping on Black Friday rose 26 percent to exceed $1 billion for the first time. Spending in stores and online rose to $59 billion in the four days starting Nov. 22. Customers spent $423 on average this weekend, up 6.3 percent from last year. The 13 percent jump in total spending suggests that some sales were pulled ahead from December and that retailers will have to keep up the promotions to avoid a …

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Monday, August 13, 2012 – The World Slows Down but Refuses to Admit or Deny Slowing

The World Slows Down but Refuses to Admit or Deny Slowing– by Sinclair Noe DOW – 38 = 13,169SPX – 1 = 1404NAS + 1 = 302210 YR YLD +.01 = 1.65%OIL +.01 = 92.74GOLD – 10.60 = 1610.90SILV – .30 = 27.93PLAT – 13.00 = 1391.00 The S&P 500 closed slightly negative, but the interesting part was the volume, or the lack thereof on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the lowest non-holiday-trading day volume in over a decade; only 380 million shares changed hands. You’ve got to wonder if the problems with Knight Capital last week have exposed a problem. Clearly something broke with Knight’s algorithm software glitch. Could it be that the volume on the exchange has been artificially inflated? Yep. And what did we get for having a company like Knight Capital scalping with High Frequency trades? We all lost a little.  The S&P 500 and Dow have risen every week for the past five weeks. The S&P 500 last wrapped up a five-week climb in mid-March. The Dow hasn’t done so since last October. The Dow has fallen for 10 out of the past 11 Mondays, and the S&P 500 has finished down five of the last six. Japan’s economy grew in the second quarter at a 1.4 percent annual rate, slower than expected. Last week, China released dismal figures on retail sales and exports in July. There was some speculation Beijing would roll out stimulus measures over the weekend. That did not happen. …

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 – To Your Health; Spanish Junk; Barclays Bad; Falcone Flunks; Bhopal Veggie Garden; Goodnight Stockton

To Your Health; Spanish Junk; Barclays Bad; Falcone Flunks; Bhopal Veggie Garden; Goodnight Stockton – by Sinclair NoeDOW + 92 = 12,627SPX + 11 = 1331NAS + 21 = 287510 YR YLD -.01 = 1.62%OIL +.27 = 80.48GOLD + 1.60 = 1575.20SILV – .17 = 27.04PLAT – 18.00 = 1415.00According to the Centers for  Medicare and Medicaid Services, health spending accounts for about 18% of the GDP of the United States. So, tomorrow’s ruling by the Supreme Court on President Obama’s health care plan is pretty important, but so far the economists can’t seem to figure out the implications. This is not to say I have any advance info on the Supreme Court decision. They might say the Act is fine as it is, they might say they will eliminate the mandate but leave the rest unchanged, they might throw out the whole thing.  If they vote against Obamacare it will be seen as a highly partisan act. What better way to show the Court’s impartiality than to affirm the constitutionality of legislation that may be unpopular? That might be a stretch; I think I’ll stick with the idea that we’ll have to wait till tomorrow.The only safe bet is that there will be unintended consequences. For example, what if the Supremes strike down the mandate portion but leave the rest intact? The Obama administration put a mandate in the Affordable Care Act because the law requires insurers to charge the same premium regardless of health status. Without a mandate, it would …

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