Can there be any further doubt that the Federal Reserve is intervening - i.e., trading - in the equity markets?
Let's ask that again.
Is the Fed buying stocks?
Once again, today, the Dow pierced the 17,500 mark to the downside in early trading, and, has become the normal pattern, stocks took a steady advance off the lows to finish higher, and well away from the bottom of the trading range (17,500-18,000) that has persisted for three months.
Clearly, the Fed has no clue what to do except issue press releases and threaten to raise rates, all in an economic environment that is screaming stagnation and portending a nasty recession.
Also evident is the continuing manipulation of the precious metals markets. Gold and silver were both sharply higher early in the day, but were slaughtered in the afternoon for no apparent reason (other than being competition to all forms of fake fiat money). Silver fell from a high of $17.80 to under $17.20 in the course of six hours, a move of more than four percent. Gold, which had pierced the $1300 mark, was also dispatched, dropping to $1280 from a high of $1315, a $35 move, nearly four percent to the downside.
Everything is completely fake and markets (and maybe people) will only withstand the onslaught of intervention and manipulation for only so long.
When everything has gone to hell in a hand basket.
Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake!
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Dow: 17,733.10, +92.93 (0.53%)
NASDAQ: 4,844.92, +9.98 (0.21%)
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