Fundamentals - whether they be in individual stocks or the macro economy - have not mattered for a long time, but today's crash and dash was an epic.
Stocks fell out of bed at the open, with the major indices down one to 1 1/2 percent, and then gained for the remainder of the session ending marginally in the green.
On Friday, the second revision to fourth quarter 2015 GDP will be issued, after the first estimate was a gain of a paltry 0.7%. With proper accounting in place, the US economy likely shrank by 1.25%, but it's unlikely the correct data will show that. The criminal enterprise of government - from local to federal - is about to be hit by a typhoon otherwise known as an unhappy citizenry with a new hero in Donald Trump.
The status quo is about to become status done. It may not happen this week, or next, or for six months, but, rest assured, by this time next year (probably sooner) the United States is going to look very different from the mess the banks and politicians and Wall Street has produced.
S&P 500: 1,929.80, +8.53 (0.44%)
Dow: 16,484.99, +53.21 (0.32%)
NASDAQ: 4,542.61, +39.02 (0.87%)
Crude Oil 32.26 +1.22% Gold 1,230.20 +0.62% EUR/USD 1.1011 -0.08% 10-Yr Bond 1.7420 -0.17% Corn 364.75 -0.55% Copper 2.12 +0.45% Silver 15.26 +0.10% Natural Gas 1.83 +0.27% Russell 2000 1,022.08 +0.98% VIX 20.72 -1.24% BATS 1000 20,677.17 0.00% GBP/USD 1.3925 -0.71% USD/JPY 112.1830 +0.14%