Friday, April 26, 2013

Stocks End Week on Flat Note after 1Q GDP Miss

Stocks were in a general state of dizziness following the release of first quarter GDP, expected to come in at three percent (dreamers), but instead posted a disappointing 2.5%, most of it (2.24%) fueled by personal consumption expenditures (of which the majority was food, energy and clothing). Imports and Government were drags, showing declines of 0.9% and 0.8% respectively.

Those were offset by PCE, exports (0.4%), inventories (1.03%) and fixed investment (0.58%).

Noting that last number, thank Obamacare and general economic malaise for the lack of CapEx spending, which continues to disappoint and without which the USA will never escape the dregs of this low-growth environment. For the past ten quarters, GDP has grown at an annual rate of 1.9%. With inflation somewhere between two and four percent and the US population growth rate just a touch under one percent, the US economy is operating at stall speed.

With those numbers in tow, it was surprising that stocks did not decline sharply, but, as we know all too well, Wall Street believes that Bernanke has their back, to the tune of $85 billion in freshly minted cash every month.

Enjoy the weekend, because sooner or later, all the BS money-printing is going to bite the economy hard. We're doomed.

Dow 14,712.55, +11.75 (0.08%)
NASDAQ 3,279.26, -10.73 (0.33%)
S&P 500 1,582.24, -2.92 (0.18%)
NYSE Composite 9,169.89, -18.96 (0.21%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,599,216,625
NYSE Volume 3,436,212,250
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2495-3867
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 256-36
WTI crude oil: 93.00, -0.64
Gold: 1,453.60, -8.40
Silver: 23.76, -0.382

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