Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tickle Me Elmo Version Of Durable Goods Sends Stocks Soaring

Reactions to this morning's January Durable Goods report ran from the mildly surprised to grossly exuberant, with the most apropos metaphor being the one in which the stock market is Christmas, the traders are children (not far from the truth) and the report was a Tickle Me Elmo doll.

The doll was immediately unwrapped, hugged and unconditionally loved by all the kids, who seemed to wish that Christmas would never end, sending the major indices solidly higher and yields on bonds noticeably lower.

It was as though the year was hard, winter came early and any present would have sufficed to ease some of the woes, though this particular gift was simply perfection, wiping away the past six weeks of anguish and anger, tears, fears and jeers. Even oil gained 2 1/2%, finishing just over $33/bbl.

For the record, the rise in durable goods was 4.9%, the best move in 10 months.

According to a one-time reading of the stock market (today), there are no longer any issues regarding ultra-low interest rates, the slowdown in China (the SSE slipped by 6.41% overnight), chaos in Europe, or the ongoing wars in Syria and Ukraine.

We know this is untrue, but today's action would have one believe that a bull market was in full gear, GDP was booming at 5% and peace had broken out around the globe. Such are the vicissitudes in a market driven solely by headlines and not by fundamentals, because, in reality, the problems have not been resolved - not the ones from last week, last month, last year, or even from 2008. The issues remain, as do the fast-buck artists populating the trading stations and computer terminals of the markets.

Tomorrow should prove more prescient, with the second estimate of 2015 4th quarter GDP hitting the wires at 8:30 am, a good hour prior to ringing the opening bell.

But today was an undoubted victory for the bulls. Let them celebrate tonight and face the music as time presses forward. The Gold Bugs and Silver Eagles continue to be constrained, shackled, handcuffed, quarantined.

Best quote of the day: "Nobody will see it coming." They usually don't.

Tickle These, Elmo:
S&P 500: 1,951.70, +21.90 (1.13%)
Dow: 16,697.29, +212.30 (1.29%)
NASDAQ: 4,582.21, +39.60 (0.87%)

Crude Oil 33.06 +2.83% Gold 1,235.30 -0.31% EUR/USD 1.1028 +0.09% 10-Yr Bond 1.6970 -2.58% Corn 360.25 -1.17% Copper 2.08 -0.86% Silver 15.15 -0.93% Natural Gas 1.79 -2.56% Russell 2000 1,031.58 +0.93% VIX 19.11 -7.77% BATS 1000 20,677.17 0.00% GBP/USD 1.3964 +0.22% USD/JPY 112.8855

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