Friday, December 3, 2010

Major Payroll Miss Slows Rally

Truly, the headline should have been worse, but the efforts of our beloved Federal Reserve, relentlessly supplying free cash flow to the entire banking and finance system through QE2, turned what, in ordinary times, should have been a major drop in the indices into a small gain. Obviously, these are not ordinary times, as the Fed's policies and government inabilities have completely distorted equity and bond markets, though, bonds, admittedly, are a little less affected.

The culprit in this case was a woeful reading from the BLS on November non-farm payrolls. Expected to come in at 150,000 new jobs, the miss was massive, registering at only a gain of 39,000 for the month. The unemployment rate was also hiked to 9.8%. A miss of this magnitude should have caused a major sell-off of something along the lines of 200 points on the Dow, but the smiley-face, feel-good "recovery" posture foisted upon an unsuspecting public by the charlatans who call themselves the "financial media" on CNBC and elsewhere, in perfect Orwellian doublespeak, turned this negative into a positive, suggesting that the lack of jobs in America is a good sign that the Bush tax cuts, QE2 and unemployment insurance will be extended.

Suddenly, like magic, the fact that there's only one job for every five applicants in America - during the height of the holiday season, no less - is a very good thing indeed! On the other side of the coin, since most everything emanating from our nation's capitol and Wall Street are complete fabrications and half-truths, at best, perhaps the doltish politicians running the circus thought a little depression might be good for what ails us.

Washington is so completely corrupt and bankrupt it's appalling, even to below-average fifth graders, who are likely to be able to see right through the politics of fraud. Nothing matters to these people except stock prices and elections. Half of the Southern states are starved for funds, as are most of the Northeastern ones along with California, but that's not anything that concerns them. They'll mindlessly dawdle over minutia like 3% tax cuts instead of actually handling matters of national importance. Thank goodness for Wikileaks and the internet, for displaying the true level of corruption and ineptitude that has brought the country to its knees.

Dow 11,382.09, +19.68 (0.17%)
NASDAQ 2,591.46, +12.11 (0.47%)
S&P 500 1,224.71, +3.18 (0.26%)
NYSE Composite 7,751.58, +39.33 (0.51%)

Amazingly, advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a substantial margin, 4029-2364. New highs again beat back new lows, 497-39, entirely similar to the past two days. Yes, siree! The same stocks, being endlessly pumped to infinity. The best news is that volume was down, meaning Goldman Sachs probably turned off one of its Cray XE6's for the weekend.

NASDAQ Volume 1,836,885,000
NYSE Volume 4,307,858,000

Oil futures reached a 2010 high, up $1.19, to $89.19. Precious metals and grains were also sharply higher. Gold ramped up $16.90, to $1,406.20; silver gained 70 cents, to $29.27. The silver and gold bugs would like to applaud Fed Chairman Bernanke for making them rich beyond their wildest dreams. The best part is that his failed policies will continue for many more months and be copied by our counterparts in the Eurozone, meaning the prices today will look like chickenfeed in a few years.

Of course, along with the precious metals go other commodities, like food and oil, so while the hoarders of gold and silver will be wealthy, they'll eventually have to hock that shiny stuff for gasoline, a loaf of bread and cans of tuna. At least they'll be able to get around and eat. The remainder of the immobilized masses will be starving to death.

We are deserving of all this, however, for electing spineless politicians and allowing the corruption and wantonness to go unchecked for so long. In another time, the wall of congress would be ringing with gunfire and bankers hung from the nearest lampposts, but the American public has been dumbed-down, satiated and nourished with the fruits of food stamps disguised as debit cards.

There will be no revolution, no wide public outcry. We will suffer quietly until the best of us all are gone and our children reduced to slaves. Bread and circuses is what we want and exactly what we will get.

Ponder these words, lest you fall into the trap of the status quo:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
-- Thomas Jefferson

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