Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Who Goosed the Stock Market? The PPT Did, That's Who

The more one endeavors to make sense of the movements of the major equity indices, the more one becomes convinced that there is major manipulation going on behind the scenes and today was just another prime example to throw into the conspiracy hopper.

While the Dow gained 78 points today, all of the gains were produced in roughly a one hour period, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am ET, on extremely light volume. The Dow moved from barely unchanged (12,760) to a gain of nearly eighty points (12,340), which just so happened to be roughly where it closed.

Did Greece's private debt holders agree to a deal at that hour? No.

Did ADP report a gain of 216,000 net private job gains for February. Sorry, that happened at 8:15 am, and the response was pretty muted.

So... let's see. Low volume (if today wasn't the lowest volume of the year, it was certainly close), stocks sliding back near unchanged right after a major selloff the previous session... like the calvary riding to the rescue in a cliche old time Western movie, the PPT - otherwise known as the Plunge Protection Team and officially known as the President's Working Group on Financial Markets has been hard at work ever since 1988, keeping US stock indices safe from free-falling collapses and lately, from even slight declines that might make the markets appear to be as weak as they really are and boosting stock prices when the trading activity all but dries up.

While Joe and Jane Sixpack reads just the headlines and understands nothing except, "honey, our retirement pension fund is up again!" out in the real world its endless money printing and insider stock manipulations that keep the American Dream alive and well.

It's become so blatant and obvious that it is rarely commented upon by even the most suspicious bloggers and underground financial writers. The mainstream press never mentions that the PPT has offices right in New York's financial district - the easier to send orders flying into the fray - or that said offices are owned by the NY Fed.

So, forget everything you just read and move along. You are not supposed to think, analyze or ask any questions. There's nothing to see here, or at least nothing you're supposed to see. In ten seconds your computer will automatically destroy this posting, and your brain will be wiped clean of the heretical commentary presented.


Dow 12,837.33, +78.18 (0.61%)
NASDAQ 2,935.69, +25.37 (0.87%)
S&P 500 1,352.63, +9.27 (0.69%)
NYSE Composite 7,979.83, +59.69 (0.75%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,560,044,000
NYSE Volume 3,515,704,500
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4287-1316
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 93-43
WTI crude oil: 106.16, +1.46
Gold: 1,683.90, +11.80
Silver: 33.58, +0.80

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