Friday, May 3, 2013

Non-Farm Payrolls for April Send Markets Screaming Higher

When the BLS posted the non-farm payroll data for April at 165,000 - well beyond even the most optimistic guesses (average 145,000) - it was just what the Wall Street syndicate needed to push the S&P over 1600 - a new all-time high - and send everyone home for the weekend a winner.

Never mind that the numbers are mostly a fabrication of modeling, birth-death adjustments, include part-time employees and that the average workweek fell by 0.1%, effectively eliminating most of the gain, or that the March figure was 50% off and raised to a new level, it worked wonders for the market, soullessly searching for any kind of news, good, bad or inconsequential.

Whether one believes these numbers are meaningful, truthful or indicative of anything, doesn't really matter. It's simply more fodder for the one-percenters with which to feed their insatiable greed.

Welcome to the new world dis-order. Enjoy the Kentucky Derby and the weekend. At least we believe the horse races to be honest gambling venues.

Dow 14,973.96, +142.38 (0.96%)
NASDAQ 3,378.63, +38.01 (1.14%)
S&P 500 1,614.42, +16.83 (1.05%)
NYSE Composite 9,340.37, +93.64 (1.01%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,671,711,875
NYSE Volume 3,914,186,250
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4734-1747
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 758-33 (beyond extreme: ridiculous)
WTI crude oil: 95.61, +1.62
Gold: 1,464.20, -3.40
Silver: 24.01, +0.184

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