Thursday, November 21, 2013

Stocks Pop on Bad News from Philly Fed

Well, bad news for the economy is apparently good news for Wall Street once again.

The Philadelphia Fed's Index of business activity in the Mid-Atlantic region slowed significantly, according to the report issued today, which showed the index falling from 19.8 in October, to 6.5 in November, a drop that exceeded even the most pessimistic estimates.

The consensus was for the index to come in with a reading of 15.0, but the number was well below that. The convoluted thinking dominating the financial world today must have seen this as yet another sign of slowing economic activity, making it next to impossible for the Federal Reserve to begin slowing its monthly bond purchases from their current $85 billion per month.

Stocks, which were already showing healthy gains before the 10:00 am ET release, chopped their way higher throughout the session, with the Dow Jones Industrials ending the day at an all-time closing high.

With an eroding base economy and billions of created-out-of-thin-air dollars flooding the coffers of the primary dealers via the Fed, the market pricing mechanism is as broken as it has ever been in the history of economics.

Fantasy accounting, assets marked to nothing or anything, and all the other central bank meddling and criminality undertaken by Wall Street and global banking interests will eventually find its way back into the real world. The result may not be to the liking of anybody.

DOW 16,009.99, +109.17 (+0.69%)
NASDAQ 3,969.15, +47.88 (+1.22%)
S&P 1,795.85, +14.48 (+0.81%)
10-Yr Note 99.65, +0.48 (+0.49%)
NASDAQ Volume 1.64 Bil.
NYSE Volume 3.25 Bil.
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4246-1420
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 327-102
WTI crude oil: 95.44, +1.59
Gold: 1,243.60, -14.40
Silver: 19.93, -0.124
Corn: 429.50, +4.25

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