Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Government About to Shut Down; Somebody Turn Out the Lights

Even in advance of what looks like an almost sure government shutdown, the greed of Wall Street shines through. Stocks must go up. I have no words to properly express the absolute lunacy into which the entire world has been thrust by the banking/political elite.

Dow 12,426.75, +32.85 (0.27%)
NASDAQ 2,799.82, +8.63 (0.31%)
S&P 500 1,335.54, +2.91 (0.22%)
NYSE Composite 8,508.23, +19.84 (0.23%)

Advancers finished well ahead of declining issues, 3778-2714. On the NASDAQ, there were 211 new highs and 21 new lows, a ratio of 10:1. On the NYSE, that ratio was 33:1, with 301 new highs and 9 (nine) new lows. These are extremes, and, like all extremes, unsustainable under normal circumstances, which currently are not. Also normally unsustainable is a rising stock market on abysmally-low volume, as has been the case for well over two years.

NASDAQ Volume 1,982,290,875
NYSE Volume 4,404,181,000

If there's a breaking point, oil will find it. WTI crude lifted today another 49 cents, to another new 2 1/2 year high, at $108.83. The average cost of a gallon of gas in the United States is now $3.71. Alaska, Hawaii and California are already averaging over $4.00 per gallon for unleaded regular.

The precious metals became even more precious. Gold gained another $6.00, to reach another record high of $1,458.50. Silver was up 20 cents, to $39.39. Both metals were qouted considerably higher during the day before some profit-taking. In the event of a government shut-down, expect the metals to rocket even higher. A prolonged shutdown, of two weeks or longer, should produce fireworks the likes of which financial markets have never seen. Gold would likely gain $200-300, and silver would easily surpass $45 in short order.

On the flip side, the stock market might crash, making the implausible, reality, plus the added benefit of having the politicians as convenient scapegoats.

Nothing could be more predictable from the scum of Wall Street and Washington.

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