Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stocks Fail on Stormy Tuesday; The Misinformation Age

Well, it's not Monday, but it is the first day of the workweek, so stocks must go down. And they did, with the exception of the NASDAQ, which went from the worst-performing index to the best in a matter of 40 minutes - from roughly 2:00 pm to 2:40 pm EDT, going from a loss of 10 points to a gain of 15.

The Dow and S%P tagged along somewhat, but that drove the NAZ higher was none other than Apple (AAPL), which recorded almost half of its 9.73-point gain during that time period.

So, why then does CNBC report that the surge in stocks - the Dow was down nearly 115 points at the lows of the day, the NASDAQ off more than 26 - was due to a tweet by PIMCO's Bill Gross, who, mentioning that Mario Draghi, head of the ECB, willingness to offer 1, 2, and 3-year "loans" (bond purchases) to sovereign nations in the Eurozone, was reflationary and that investors should buy GOLD, TIPS AND REAL ASSETS.

Note that Gross did not say "STOCKS," though CNBC, the masters of misinformation, wishes the assembled masses of hoe viewers would believe that Mr. Gross is a perma-bull, when the exact opposite is true.

Welcome to the age of heightened misinformation.

There was a story today out of Stanford about organic foods not being any better than mass-produced, GMO, pesticide-riddled crap that drives US corporate agribusiness.

Two studies of children consuming organic and conventional diets did find lower levels of pesticide residues in the urine of children on organic diets, though the significance of these findings on child health is unclear, noted the researchers.

I'll take lower levels of pesticides in my urine for $400, Alex.

Just guessing, but could the major contributors to these Stanford researchers possibly be Monsanto and the US Dept. of Agriculture?

Other misinformation predominates what passes for news and journalism these days. For instance, according to the ECB's Mario Draghi, buying 1, 2, and 3-year bonds from sovereign nations does not violate the EU's basic treaty, which forbids such actions... OK. Obama and Romney sound like they differ widely on policies, when both, in fact, are nothing but shills for wealthy individuals and corporations which fund their campaigns. Facebook has lost 50% of market value since its IPO four short months ago, but it's still a solid company.

Trading volume, which was supposed to rebound as soon as all the Wall Street heavy hitters returned after Labor Day, was only a little better today than during July and August. US markets are so thinly-traded that manipulation by a group of well-timed players or even the PPT is easier than ever.

Keep an eye on gold and silver, maybe especially silver, which has exploded over the past three weeks. Gold's being suppressed below $1700, though it seems the central banking cartel cannot hold that level much longer. The Dow fell below 13,000 today, but was pumped back above it, ditto the S&P at 1400. These trades and ranges are due to break down soon.

Today's ISM reading of 49.6 was the third in a row showing contraction, though now, according to Steve Liesman of CNBC. the number to watch is 42.6, which would show contraction for the entire economy. Pure bunk.

Construction spending was off 0.9% in July. That a sizable decline, and why stocks fell out after the two reports at 10:00 am EDT.

Just to refresh one's memory, here's a nifty video of why we're where we are.

Dow 13,035.94, -54.90 (0.42%)
NASDAQ 3,075.06, +8.10 (0.26%)
S&P 500 1,404.94, -1.64 (0.12%)
NYSE Composite 8,002.31, -12.61 (0.16%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,505,270,625
NYSE Volume 3,086,772,250
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3319-2194
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 288-64
WTI crude oil: 95.30, -1.17
Gold: 1,698.40, +10.80
Silver: 32.41, +0.97

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