Thursday, November 17, 2011

Market Turns Down Again on Euro Worries, Super-Committee Stalemate

Leadership is an elusive quality, and the leadership of most of Europe's nations and the lack thereof in the US congress were the primary causes for the stock market's retreat today, yesterday and for many days before this.

Europe will never solve the debt problems of decades of funding pensions with nothing to back it, so too with the congressional super-committee that now has just six days to come up with an agreement on a combination of budget cuts and new taxes. The won't make it because they long have been a group with various leaders without following.

Most of the plans and ideas that have come out of congress the past fifteen to twenty years have been detrimental to the general population, so it should not be a surprise that they are at loggerheads and unable to craft a deal that would satisfy the people, not their individual parties and ideologies.

Because of the leadership void, the US - and to a large extent, the global - economy is in standstill mode and wil remain there until some change is made. If it takes a new election, so be it. (Note: Ron Paul is in a four-way dead heat in Iowa with three clowns who don't hold a candle to him, yet the mainstream media will not focus on him because he will make fundamental, needed changes, to the detriment of the status quo.)

Thus, stocks remain largely rangebound, despite record earnings and generally positive economic data. Our leaders have failed. Perhaps the Occupy Wall Street protesters have a point, and it is time to take back the nation, by whatever means necessary.

At least the crude oil traders saw the light today for a brief moment. Oil should return to the $75-85 range shortly.

Dow 11,770.73, -134.86 (1.13%)
NASDAQ 2,587.99, -51.62 (1.96%)
S&P 500 1,216.13, -20.78 (1.68%)
NYSE Composite 7,274.15, -117.87 (1.59%)
NASDAQ Volume 2,225,355,750
NYSE Volume 4,596,486,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 1292-4276
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 36-162 (we've turned again)
WTI crude oil: 98.82, -3.77
Gold: 1,720.20, -54.10
Silver: 31.50, -2.33

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