Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Germany Goes All In; Wall St. Waits on the Fed

Today was Europe's turn. Tomorrow will be America's.

Before most Americans were even awake, Europeans were rejoicing the German Constitutional Court's ruling that the ESM (Emergency Stabilization Fund), used to bail out failing sovereign governments was, according to German law, constitutional, and the ECB could go forward with its plans to bail out Greece and Portugal, and, possibly Spain and Italy, if need be.

The court did add one stipulation, however, that the German portion of the funding would have to be approved by parliament if there wer any increases to the size of the fund.

Thus, Europe and the Euro were saved, once again, by the alchemy of Ponzi-economics, for now.

The ESM, along with other emergency funding mechanisms from the ECB, should "stabilize" the Eurozone for another year to 18 months. Then, well, who knows?


In the US, markets hung close to the flat line in anticipation of the FOMC interest rate policy announcement, where the Federal Reserve may or may not announce another round of Quantitative Easing, better known as QE, and, in this case, since it would be the third (or fourth, if you count operation twist) round of easing, QE3.

Three cheers.

The announcement will be delivered around 2:15 pm EDT on Thursday, unless, of course, like the German court ruling, it is leaked to the press first.

Some day, investors will want to know about individual stocks, but not these days.

Dow 13,333.35, +9.99(0.07%)
NASDAQ 3,114.31, +9.78(0.32%)
S&P 500 1,436.56, +3.00(0.21%)
NYSE Composite 8,267.16, +21.01(0.25%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,680,020,000
NYSE Volume 3,555,939,250
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3429-2094
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 336-30
WTI crude oil: 97.01, -0.16
Gold: 1,733.70, -1.20
Silver: 33.29, 10.27

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