Thursday, July 28, 2016

As Hope For Hillary Fades, So Will Prices of Stocks

Another listless day was had on the equity exchanges, as stocks slipped in early (rigged) trading, then magically gained ground all day, with the Dow ending in the red while the NASDAQ and S&P posted incremental gains.

Oil continued to slip further away from recent, month-ago highs of $50 per barrel, closing in NY just above $41/barrel, roughly a 20% decline in a very short time. Drivers should begin to see the effects at the gas pump, as soon as higher-priced inventories are extinguished. Expect gas prices to fall back to levels seen in early Spring. Many areas in the Midwest and South are already seeing prices below $2.00 per gallon, a level seen as a panacea for economy.

The highest prices in the country are undeniably in the West, especially California, where high taxes and regulations push the price of fuel far beyond its production and profit price. Once again, we have our beneficent government to thank for wasting our money.

Winding down tonight is the Democratic National Convention, where Hillary Clinton will accept her party's nomination for president of the United States, along with running mate Tim Kaine, whose speech on Wednesday night is being criticized as being dull and boring.

More and more, it appears that the national mood is not pleasant, a boon to the campaign of Republican Donald Trump, who advocates for change.

Expect more slippage in stock prices as the elite begins to realize that their days in power may truly be numbered. Clinton is a miserable candidate, and, while Trump is no darling of the right, he is at least forthright and hopeful.

Clinton isn't getting any bump in the polls through the convention, which is usually the case. That's a bad omen for the status quo and the left.

Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,456.35, -15.82 (-0.09%)

5,154.98, +15.17 (0.30%)

S&P 500
2,170.06, +3.48 (0.16%)

NYSE Composite
10,744.16, +4.40 (0.04%)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FOMC Laughably On Hold; Gold, Silver Take Off

Market conditions are becoming strained, as evidenced by the flatness of the past two sessions, each directly related to the two-day FOMC meeting concluded this afternoon.

As expected, the FOMC did nothing, save for bloviating on about macro economic conditions, hinting that they would be on track to raise interest rates to more "normal" levels at some point in the future, depending on the data they receive.

What the Fed, via their rate-setting governors at the FOMC is effectively saying is nothing, but if one watches markets closely enough and listens carefully, here's the real message:

The Fed is not going to raise interest rates to anything even approaching normal - that is, possibly a federal funds rate (overnight) of 2 1/2 to 3 percent, a prime rate of 6 percent and a deposit rate of savings accounts of 4 to 6 percent - at any time in the next four to seven years, unless things get really out of hand, like you worthless peasants and debt slaves rise up and actually elect that uncouth slob, Donald Trump, as president, continue to grow cryto markets like bitcoin and Steem, take your money out of banks and stat paying down debt, paying for things in cash, or, heaven forbid, barter amongst yourselves.

They get it at the Fed. All they're interested in is maintaining the status quo, meaning, you go to work for feeble wages, while they and their cronies sit on their fat rumps and collect huge checks for appearing to be in control of the economic situation.

They're not in control unless the people allow them to be. Once the people lose faith - confidence - in the fiat money system, they're toast.

Another few signs that the wheels have come off the global debt Ponzi scheme were the gains in gold and silver on the day, in two separate ramps, first, at the market open (9:30 am EDT) and at the rate policy announcement (2:00 pm EDT). Silver and gold reached levels last seen during the Brexit bounce, with Gold hitting $1340.00 the ounce and silver on fire to nearly $20.40, gaining more than 80 cents on the day.

The financial, political and social fabric are becoming increasingly intertwined and fraying at the same time. Along with grabbing up sole gold, silver, lead, brass, and bottled water, canned goods are also a cheap option for securing one's future, and also quite edible, something that can't be said of nearly any other asset class.

The Wednesday Effect:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,472.17, -1.58 (-0.01%)

5,139.81, +29.76 (0.58%)

S&P 500
2,166.58, -2.60 (-0.12%)

NYSE Composite
10,739.58, -33.41 (-0.31%)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All Quiet On The FOMC Front; Meanwhile, Rancor At The DNC

With the chance of a rate hike hovering between absolutely not and no chance at the two-day July meeting (today and Wednesday) stocks took something of a breather, finishing in mixed fashion and anticipating no rate movement from the FOMC, which will release its policy decision at 2:00 pm EDT tomorrow.

There was a sudden drop in equities across the board early in the day on Tuesday, sending the major indices into negative territory, a place they spent most of the remainder of the session.

Oil continued its relentless decline off ridiculously high levels reached last month. While today's drop was less than one percent, the price of WTI crude for September 2016 delivery fell to a three-month low as gasoline demand in the US and most other developed nations remains stubbornly low. The last traded price was in the $42.82 per barrel range.

The global glut in crude oil will continue into the foreseeable future, as production from OPEC nations continues at near capacity and US rig counts continue to creep slowly upward.

Precious metals posted small gains, but remain off their recent highs. This appears to be a time of price consolidation prior to the next leg upward, the four-year bear market now clearly in the rear view mirror and fading from view.

Besides the FOMC meeting, focus is clearly on the political front, as the Democratic National Convention enters the second of its four-day schedule. Much of the rancor over the leaked emails has subsided, though delegates and supporters of Bernie Sanders - the runner-up to Hillary Clinton in the primaries - continue to protest and clamor for their candidate.

Tonight's main event is the delegate roll-call, sure to be accompanied by loud cheers, jeers, assorted sign-waving, and yelping from the disaffected Sanders delegations. It is expected that Hillary Clinton will be awarded the delegates she needs to secure the Democratic nomination, though many Sanders supporters have not given up hope for a last-minute change of heart by some super delegates.

It's a long shot for Sanders, but he will continue his fight for social justice as a serious sideshow in the run-up to November's elections.

Tuesday's Tremble:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,473.75, -19.31 (-0.10%)

5,110.05, +12.42 (0.24%)

S&P 500
2,169.18, +0.70 (0.03%)

NYSE Composite
10,772.99, +20.56 (0.19%)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Blues: Stocks Fall; Is It The Trump, Clinton, Sanders or Putin Effect?

Over the weekend, the political climate became highly charged with the release of thousands of emails from the servers of the Democratic National Committee courtesy of Wikileaks and, as some presume, the assistance of Russian operatives. The propaganda nailing Russia as the bad guy was already underway as of the Sunday news shows. It's very likely to be completely spurious.

The leaked emails revealed a concerted effort to swing the primary vote toward the favored candidate, Hillary Clinton, and away from upstart radical, Bernie Sanders. To say the least, the emails were scandalous and disgusting, revealing just how deeply ingrained the status quo has become, and the lengths to which they will plumb in order to have public opinion bend to their will.

Suffering the most from the fallout was DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to announce her resignation as chair on Saturday. Ms. Schultz announced that she would gavel in the convention on Monday and gavel it out on Thursday.

Those plans fell completely apart on Monday as first, Ms. Schultz was shouted down as she attempted to address the Florida delegation, ironically, people from her own state. After being unceremoniously whisked from the stage, Ms. Schultz announced that she will not be associated with the convention in any way.

In two words: she's fired.

As has been mentioned on this blog in the past and as recently as the prior post which wrapped up last week, once the powers that be begin getting a whiff of a Donald Trump victory in November's presidential election, stocks will fall, leaving the Donald a mess not unlike what greeted Barack Obama in 2008.

So it is, when central banks and oligarchical politicians believe they can control not only markets, but the lives of the people investing in them.

The modern equivalent of torches and pitchforks are cellphone videos and anti-establishment signs.

Peace. It's a foreign concept in this period and the madness is swelling.

Monday's Politically-Charged Changes:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,493.06, -77.79 (-0.42%)

5,097.63, -2.53 (-0.05%)

S&P 500
2,168.48, -6.55 (-0.30%)

NYSE Composite
10,752.43, -52.61 (-0.49%)

July 18-22: Stocks Level Out After Massive Gains

The huge run-up in stock prices appears to be running out of steam, or buyers, or both.

Since bottoming out post-Brexit, major US indices have ramped higher by nearly ten percent over just the past four weeks. The Dow, for instance, has gained over 1500 points while powering to new high after new high.

The most recent week, however, was the weakest in the last four, with the possible exception of the NASDAQ, which was up more than double its rivals in percentage terms.

This is not to say that the recent rally is over. Far from it, there is no sign of exhaustion in the ranks of central banks, especially the Fed, which will be pulling out all the stops to keep the narrative of an "improving economy" rolling through the week, highlighted by the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Following the Philly love-fest for Hillary Clinton (never mind the various email and other scandals surrounding the candidate and the rest of the Dems... they will be swept under the rug), the Fed will continue to pour money into stocks through their appointed agents right up until the election.

Setting up what could be one of the easiest buying opportunities in recent memory (though as memory serves, the past eight years haven't been too difficult for stock traders), stocks or index funds could be a very safe place over the coming three months.

A Trump victory in November would probably derail both the giddy narrative and the actual stock market rally, as the status quo would then find themselves on the defensive, with the White House in the hands of a non-politician, non-elitist, populist campaigner. Should Clinton capture the presidency, a slow decline might be the more likely scenario, as the wheels of industry continue their slow grind into mediocrity.

With so much uncertainty, investors have been seen hoarding hard assets. Paid-up real estate, precious metals, machinery and tools of trades can still be had at reasonable levels, and they should not lose much value over the longer term. In fact, they should appreciate quite nicely no matter what happens after November.

For The Week:
Dow: +54.30 (+0.2(%)
S&P 500: +13.29 (+0.61)
NASDAQ: +70.57 (+1.40)

NASDAQ Composite
5,100.16, +26.26 (0.52%)

Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,570.85, +53.62 (0.29%)

S&P 500
2,175.03, +9.86 (0.46%)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stocks Pause; Good Entry Point?

After setting new all-time highs for what seems to be the better part of the past two weeks, stocks finally cooled off on Thursday as somebody, ostensibly, took profits.

But, was that a wise move, or with the Republican National Convention winding down, might this not be a wise time to double down, knowing that the status quo will want to put the best lipstick on its little piggies, making every effort to make Hillary Rodham Clinton the 45th president of the United States of America.

Hillary is obviously the choice of rich bankers and well-oiled politicians who wish for nothing more than another four years of free money from the Fed, insane public policy from the politicians, and more fleecing of the soon-to-be-defunct middle class.

It would appear that with the presidency in her sights, Mrs. Clinton, for all her obvious faults, may be the best thing for equity investors since the FASB eliminated mark-to-market accounting back in 2009.

At least until late October or whenever it appears that nothing can or will stop Mr. Trump from elevating his posture into the White House, the Fed and its many backers will want to keep stocks flying high in hopes that Mrs. Clinton can lay claim to a vigorous economy (which, of course, is pure fiction, and which she had absolutely nothing to do with making it so).

Back up the truck and buy this dip. We could be looking at Dow 20,000 before long.

Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,517.23, -77.80 (-0.42%)

5,073.90, -16.03 (-0.31%)

S&P 500
2,165.17, -7.85 (-0.36%)

NYSE Composite
10,758.62, -34.48 (-0.32%)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, Tuesday... Minor Gains

Not much happening the first two days of the week...

Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,559.01, 25.96 (0.14%)

5,036.37, -19.41 (-0.38%)

S&P 500
2,163.78, -3.11 (-0.14%)

NYSE Composite
10,751.91, -41.26 (-0.38%)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weekend Edition: Historic Rally Stalls At End Of Week

Anticlimactic was Friday's market action after a sustained two-week, post-Brexit collapse rally sent the Dow and S&P 500 to new all-time highs.

Stocks finished with one of their their weakest performances of the month, though it may just be a pause in an otherwise relentless advance led by central bank buying.

Yes, you're reading that correctly; central banks were the leading participants in the post-Brexit rally, preventing what may have turned into a widespread financial panic had the BOJ and ECB not intervened with either direct purchases of stocks or the same via proxies.

This leads to a time-worn dilemma in market confidence otherwise bandied about as moral hazard.

It's the same as fixing horse races or weighting the balls on a roulette wheel. Rigged financial markets will sooner or later be found to be lacking in both stability and longevity, which, when dealing with life-spanning investments touted by the major brokerages, are - or should be - two major pillars of strength.

If central banks continue to play fast and loose with not only monetary policy and begin to dabble in fiscal policy (well underway) and overtly entering trading markets (also pretty obvious), it may be only a matter of time before the curtain is rolled back and the man in the booth behind the controls is revealed as a faker, a fraud, a charlatan, and the foolishly following investors taken in by the scheme.

In simple terms, caution continues to be the best friend of anyone with reasonable means. Hard assets appear once again to be not only safe, but sure.

Many in the financial arena thought that the world was ending in 2008, though afterthought now is clear that an era of unbridled intervention by central banks was only just beginning.

How and when it ends are open questions, but certainly, valuations are stretched to extremes, data - along with stock prices - is being manipulated, and individuals investors have long ago headed for safer havens.

The game may go on for years more, which is likely the path of least resistance since there's so much riding on a continuation of current politics and economics. The thought that the larger the debt and fraud (and both are enormous), the greater the fall may or may not be a truism.

What's working now may be reversed in the near future. One glance at YTD charts of either gold or silver tells you that a paradigm shift may be already underway.

Friday's Closing Numbers:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,516.55, +10.14 (0.05%)

5,029.59, -4.47 (-0.09%)

S&P 500
2,161.74, -2.01 (-0.09%)

NYSE Composite
10,773.12, -13.51 (-0.13%)

For the Week:
Dow: +369.81 (+2.04%)
S&P 500: +31.84 (+1.49%)
NASDAQ: +72.83 (+1.47%)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dow, S&P Post New Highs Again, But, Who's Doing The Buying?

In a market that more often resembles a three-ring circus than an amalgamation of the best corporate entities vying for favoritism among investors via increased earnings, revenue and expectations, the recent melt-up in US equities has more than just a few analysts scratching their quickly-balding heads.

It's widely known that equity mutual fund outflows have been more or less continuous for the better part of the past four months, a trend that doesn't seem to be abating, despite the recent runaway rally.

So, with mutuals (institutional investors) out of the picture - and they're a huge part of the landscape - and individuals mostly too scared to tread too deeply into the Wall Street morass since the devastation of the 2008 washout, there aren't many places from which the money to buy up all these loose assets can come, except, of course, if you're the operator of a central bank, such as the Bank of Japan, the ECB or the almighty Fed.

For verification of the central bank buying conspiracy theory (now fact), we turn to the erudite and educated Zero Hedge, which puts the matter to rest in no uncertain terms in his recent post, "Mystery Of Surging Stocks Solved—-It’s The Central Banks, Stupid!"

The Hedge cites Citi's Matt King, who publishes a must-see chart of rolling central bank asset purchases, and there for all the world to see are egregiously large buys by Japan and the ECB.

Yep! Those shifty Asians and super-smart Europeans are buying up US equities at valuations measured at a median rate of 24X. Good for them! When they awaken from their Keynesian stupor somebody must announce to them - they being economists, not investors - that the goal is to buy low and sell high, not the other way around.

Their rude awakening will coincide with the complete financial and societal implosion of their economies and their sovereignty, which, in the case of Europe, has been questionable for at least a couple of decades, and, for Japan, is only a matter of time before demographics and deflation tear the country to shreds.

What the world is witnessing (or not, depending upon how many people are playing Pokemon Go at present) is the beginning of the final phase of complete totalitarian financialization by central banks and their appointed henchmen, which will result in hemorrhaged debt defaults by individuals, corporations, and eventually (but maybe initially) governments.

Unlike people and companies, governments have a unique advantage in that they can run deficits and debt in piles as high as the moon without recourse for the most part, until, that is, the general public and business people have enough of higher taxes, worsening living conditions and runaway inflation.

Central banks are even better off, being the enabler of all debt and fiat folly via their ability to print endless scads of fiat money literally out of thin air.

Both groups, the money-makers and the politicians, are parasites, and they are killing the host, that being the good-will and capital of citizens and businesses, burying them in debt that will never be repaid.

Hope for a debt jubilee has reached new heights with the latest round of stupidity, but it is far from over.

The shackles which bind the citizenry and businesses to debt and drudgery, taxes and regulations, will tighten before they are broken.

New all-time highs are great when people and funds are doing the buying. That's a sign of a growing, robust economy. When it's central banks doing the heavy lifting, it reeks of desperation and failure.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

-- Fearless Rick

New Highs! Get 'em while you can!
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,506.41, +134.29 (0.73%)

5,034.06, +28.33 (0.57%)

S&P 500
2,163.75, +11.32 (0.53%)

NYSE Composite
10,786.63, +52.43 (0.49%)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The World According To Morons

Noting the popularity of the new smart phone game, "Pokemon Go," and its coincident release with fresh all-time highs on the S&P 500 and Dow Industrial Average, it can be safely assured that the civilized nations of planet earth have entered the final stage of self-destruction, in which morons - not zombies - take over the planet.

In some ways, the process of moron-izing the population is already well underway.

We are led to believe that voting for representatives in government actually is an expression of our freedom within a working democracy. When these representatives, from the president and members of congress on down to the local code enforcement officer, are proven to be solely interested in either re-election, amassing a fortune, or advancing their career paths and not working in the public interest we are called cynical or pessimistic.

Year after year, school budgets are increased while the quality of education is diminished. Normally intelligent-looking people vote to pay more in taxes to support a system that fails on a regular basis.

We pay good money for cable TV or other entertainment delivered to our homes or workplaces to watch people who are vastly overpaid do stupid things or play sports.

Investment professionals routinely lose money on investments with our hard-earned money and yet are hailed as experts within the financial community.

The vast majority of people can't raise a decent garden, hammer a nail or turn a screw. Still, they all complain that the infrastructure of the country is falling apart.

These are but a few examples of the lunacy that has nearly completely gripped our nation. The truth is that the people running things - politicians, bankers, CEOs - aren't all that bright. In fact, most of them are morons, versed only in maximizing their incomes, pensions and perks, but we follow them and aren't too overly distraught that they make 50-70 or 500 times what we do.

We should be, but it's getting a little late in the game to do anything about it. Besides, most of your contemporaries are morons with their noses stuck on their "smart" phones, playing the latest game app.

What can be done? Plenty.

Stand up, do something you haven't tried. Fix something that's broken. Pay less for things you usually buy, or just change your buying habits a little. Save the money, a little at a time, which will grow over time into something more substantial.

Stop voting. Period. Just stop. It only encourages bad behavior by the winners and losers alike.

Spending on frivolities is maybe a favorite of yours. As you grow older, you'll discover that spending money - often money you don't already have (credit) - is a behavior to be avoided. Spending on things you don't need, but only want, can be destructive to your finances.

A way to combat the incessant need to spend, foisted upon us by the media, commerce and ad industry, is to institute no-spend days. This can start as an experiment, as in a "No-Spend Sunday," and expanded to multiple days. It's pretty easy to do. Just buy what you'll need for a few days, and then don't spend any money over the next few.

(I'm currently in the midst of a three-out-of-four no-spend days. After a successful no-spend Saturday and Sunday, I realized I needed beer and ice on Monday, so I reluctantly spent $12.76. Today, Tuesday is a no-spend no-brainer).

It's a rewarding habit, as you end up with more cash in your pocket and a sense of accomplishment, when you actually accomplished little, other than not buying anything.

But, of course, morons won't understand this simple concept.

Until next time,

-- Fearless Rick

Today's markets were horribly dull, likely the result of central banks doing most of the trading over the past few weeks, months, years(?). They decided to not goose the markets any more, since they got over the desired all-time highs, for now. That should work until the next financial non-event, like Brexit, scares out the weak hands or causes some Alphas in the herd to take profits.

The S&P traded in a 10-point range over the entire session; the Dow, 75 points; the NASDAQ range was 33 points.


At the close:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,372.12, +24.45 (0.13%)

NASDAQ Composite
5,005.73, -17.09 (-0.34%)

S&P 500
2,152.43, +0.29 (0.01%)

NYSE Composite
10,734.16, +7.38 (0.07%)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How Now, Dow? New All-Time Highs on DJIA, SPX

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) added 120.74 points, or 0.7%, to close at 18,347.67, making a fresh closing all-time high, surpassing the previous closing high when it finished at 18,312.39 on May 19, 2015. The blue-chip gauge briefly hit an intra-day top at 18,371.95.

Additionally, the S&P tacked on nearly 15 points, setting another record closing high.

Continued strength in the markets may be a sow's ear, however, since the Fed might choose to tap on the brakes with a rate hike if such outlandish behavior continues. On the other hand, since the Fed is a major buyer of equities these days, the FOMC may just back away from the rate hike mania and allow markets to simply go where they will with super low interest rates backstopped by a shaky core economy and a presidential election.

There has been no sense in fighting the Fed, since they have unlimited power to print as much as they like, though the natural questions have to be "where will it end, when does it end, how does it end?"

Nobody has the answers, and nearly the same amount is asking. There's too much money sloshing around for anybody to take a step back and take a critical view of fundamental valuations, which are becoming expensive.

Signals have been shown by the markets, but, as has happened throughout history, the signals are being ignored as long as the champagne and money are flowing.

S&P 500: 2,152.14, +14.98 (0.70%)
Dow: 18,347.67, +120.74 (0.66%)
NASDAQ: 5,022.82, +34.18 (0.69%)

Monday, July 11, 2016

No Fear: S&P 500 Makes New All-Time High

Words cannot express...

Monday Mayhem:
S&P 500: 2,137.16, +7.26 (0.34%)
Dow 30: 18,226.93, +80.19 (0.44%)
NASDAQ: 4,988.64, +31.88 (0.64%)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

SPX Near All-Time Highs On June Jobs Euphoria

On May 20, 2015, the S&P 500 index (SPX) reached an all-time intra-day high of 2,134.72. The following session, May 21, it set a closing record at 2,130.82.

This Friday, the S&P closed at 2,190.90, settling off the day's high of 2,131.71, so, no records were set in the first full trading week of July (when nobody's paying particular attention), but the major indices are now poised to run beyond their previous highs, set more than a year ago.

Thus, the banking and global finance cartel - which is in complete and unbreakable control of all "trading" markets - has waived any consideration that the third-longest equity bull market in the history of US stock markets was coming to an end.

Bears, those sadly depressed members of the pessimism society (this blog included) are never going to be satisfied it seems. Drops on the major indices of 10% or more (corrections) are not tolerated. 20% declines - bear markets by definition - are not open for discussion within the megalithic construct of global central bank monetarism.

Expect new all-time highs on the S&P promptly Monday morning, with the Dow soon to follow (all time highs of 18,351.36 intra-day and 18,312.39 closing, both on May 19, 2015). The NASDAQ has a bit further to travel, having made its all-time closing high of 5,153.97 on June 22, 2015, reaching its zenith two days later with an intra-day value of 5,164.36.

Whether these prices and averages are justified by fundamental measures of valuation is debatable. By many measures stocks are overpriced. The trading prices of some of the more popular stocks - especially those focused in the technology area (Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple to name a few) - currently trade at nose-bleed valuations.

According to the financial press, what prompted the sudden jerk higher of US stock markets was Friday's non-farm payroll figures from June.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said non-farm payrolls rose to a seasonally adjusted 287K, from 11K in May, that figure revised lower, from 38K.

Analysts had expected U.S. non-farm payrolls to rise 175K last month, so the surprise factor was enormous. Muddying the waters beyond the mystifying May numbers as compared to June - the largest net gain in eight months, is that the BLS numbers are largely massaged, maneuvered, and mangled into whatever pretzel-logical outcome is desired at the moment.

In a word, the BLS numbers are untrustworthy.

David Rosenberg suggests that the month of June did not in fact show a massive gain, but employment actually declined by 119,000 during the month.

When the Household survey is put on the same comparable footing as the payroll series (the payroll and population-concept adjusted number), employment fell 119,000 in June — again calling into question the veracity of the actual payroll report — and is down 517,000 through this span. The six-month trend has dipped below the zero-line and this has happened but two other times during this seven-year expansion.

Here is another article (from February 2016) that breaks down the faulty, misleading methodology employed by the BLS.

David Stockman opines that the monthly BLS survey is mostly noise and needs to be veiwed over longer periods in order to offer convincing trends and that the May and June tallies, taken together, amount to nothing more than statistical numbness.

Effectively, the BLS survey figures move markets as the algos respond entirely to the headlines, which were out-of-the-park awesome in June. The details were more nuanced, but such does not have influence on stocks.

In any case, since, the Brexit vote, central banks and central planners have returned in force to control the narrative, which, in their view, must continue to be nothing but positive.

For an alternative view, look at the response of gold, silver and especially, government bonds, the 10-year note and 30-year bond in particular, both of which continued to make all-time lows this week.

For the week:
Dow: +197.37 (+1.10%)
S&P 500: +26.95 (+1.28%)
NASDAQ: +94.19 (+1.94%)

Friday's Fantasy:
S&P 500: 2,129.90, +32.00 (1.53%)
Dow: 18,146.74, +250.86 (1.40%)
NASDAQ: 4,956.76, +79.95 (1.64%)

Crude Oil 45.12 -0.04% Gold 1,367.40 +0.39% EUR/USD 1.1051 -0.09% 10-Yr Bond 1.37 -1.51% Corn 361.25 +3.66% Copper 2.12 +0.02% Silver 20.35 +2.58% Natural Gas 2.82 +1.44% Russell 2000 1,177.36 +2.40% VIX 13.20 -10.57% BATS 1000 20,677.17 0.00% GBP/USD 1.2952 +0.30% USD/JPY 100.4600 -0.27%

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Banker Cartel Exercising Control Post-Brexit

Editor's Note: Summer is in full swing, and publisher, Fearless Rick, is busy working on his tan, among other various duties, so Money Daily may not be quite so daily for the next six to eight weeks. We urge all readers to get out and enjoy the good weather.

Markets have calmed considerably since the craziness of the past two weeks. Over the past two trading sessions (Wednesday and Thursday), US exchanges were very slightly elevated, but still stuck in the range they've been assigned by the banking cartel since mid-March.

Friday's non-farm payroll report for June is due out at 8:30 am EDT, though it will likely have little effect on trading as Wall Street generally slumbers through summer.

Gold and silver received their usual smack-downs, but there's little doubt that more and more people are looking for safety in precious metals and other non-financial assets.

Thursday's Tremblings:
S&P 500: 2,097.90, -1.83 (0.09%)
Dow: 17,895.88, -22.74 (0.13%)
NASDAQ: 4,876.81, +17.65 (0.36%)

Crude Oil 45.19 -4.72% Gold 1,361.00 -0.45% EUR/USD 1.1064 -0.27% 10-Yr Bond 1.39 +0.14% Corn 348.50 +0.07% Copper 2.12 -1.44% Silver 19.72 -2.39% Natural Gas 2.76 -0.83% Russell 2000 1,149.76 +0.21% VIX 14.76 -1.34% BATS 1000 20,677.17 0.00% GBP/USD 1.2910 -0.13% USD/JPY 100.7710 -0.60%

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Markets Becoming More Volatile By The Day; Italian Banks, British Real Estate Hit Hard

It's getting a little scary out there in finance-land.

Following the epic exercise in individual democracy in Great Britain, the world's elitist bankers and political forces have been scampering from one impaired asset class to another, the latest and most prominent being Italian banks and British Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

Since Monday, three separate REITs in Britain have shut down redemptions in the wake of panicked outflows since the Brexit vote.
On Tuesday, Standard Life and Aviva both halted redemptions in their U.K.-focused property funds, which are pooled investments that hold real estate, similar to a REIT. Later in the day, M&G Investments joined them.

As for the Italian banking sector (recall that Mario Draghi, current head of the ECB, mismanaged most of Italy's financial escapades a decade ago), FUGGEDABOUTIT!

Just today, short-selling was banned in shares of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy's third-largest bank. Other banks in Italy are in crisis mode, with a huge amount of non-performing loans hanging over a weakening economic picture.

Here in the new world, stocks were slammed as investors suddenly noticed that the major indices were once again closing in on all-time highs. Realizing that the fundamentals didn't support such extreme valuations, it was risk off all day, with the three biggies spending the entire session in the red.

Silver continued its impressive run, closing at 19.91 in New York (where the manipulation occurs, though lately isn't working), but gunning up as trading opened in the Far East.

Here are the results, suckers:
S&P 500: 2,088.55, -14.40 (0.68%)
Dow: 17,840.62, -108.75 (0.61%)
NASDAQ: 4,822.90, -39.67 (0.82%)

Crude Oil 46.65 +0.11% Gold 1,364.10 +0.40% EUR/USD 1.1061 -0.05% 10-Yr Bond 1.37 -6.11% Corn 356.75 -0.35% Copper 2.18 -0.21% Silver 20.28 +1.87% Natural Gas 2.78 +0.43% Russell 2000 1,139.45 -1.50% VIX 15.58 +5.48% BATS 1000 20,677.17 0.00% GBP/USD 1.2961 -0.45% USD/JPY 101.1910 -0.51%

Brexit Losses Erased; SIlver Soars To Near $20 Per Ounce

From Friday, July 1:

U.S. Treasuries advanced accompanied by a stimulus-fueled rally in European debt that pressured regional yields to new record lows. Treasuries were not far behind with demand pressuring the 30-yr yield to a fresh record low of 2.189% while the 10-yr yield hit 1.382%, pausing just above an all-time low of 1.381% that was notched four years ago. The 2-yr note posted a slight loss while the 5-yr note ended flat.

Silver closed in NY at 19.75 (+11.25% - best week since Aug 2013).

For the Week Ended 7/1:

Dow: +548.62 (+3.15%)
S&P 500: +65.54 (+3.22%)
NASDAQ: +154.59 (+3.25%)

Friday's Results:
S&P 500: 2,102.95, +4.09 (0.19%)
Dow: 17,949.37, +19.38 (0.11%)
NASDAQ: 4,862.57, +19.89 (0.41%)

Crude Oil 49.28 +1.97% Gold 1,344.90 +1.84% EUR/USD 1.1135 +0.35% 10-Yr Bond 1.46 -2.15% Corn 368.00 -0.88% Copper 2.22 +1.18% Silver 19.85 +6.62% Natural Gas 2.99 +2.12% Russell 2000 1,156.77 +0.42% VIX 14.77 -5.50% BATS 1000 20,677.17 0.00% GBP/USD 1.3269 -0.10% USD/JPY 102.5180 -0.80%