Showing posts with label JP Morgan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JP Morgan. Show all posts

Friday, February 21, 2020

JP Morgan Says No Recession This Year; Professional Handicappers Likely To Want Some of That Action

What catches the eye this morning is the headline on Yahoo! Finance, "Recession odds haven't been this low in 15 months."

That's remarkable for any number of reasons, chief among them the idea that somebody actually calculates odds on whether or not the US GDP is going to go negative for two consecutive quarters (the classic definition of a recession) and the idea that these odds are so low.

The article goes on to tell that it's JP Morgan making the odds, as their quantitative model of the US economy is in a very positive state. The firm makes odds at 3:1 that the US economy will enter a recession this year. So, anyone wishing to plunk down a shekel, drachma, euro, or yen on JP Morgan's table would get three back if the economy tanks. It would not be too much of an assumption to think that Morgan would hold the bet, put it in an interest-bearing account and make a few bucks in the interim as the earliest this could possibly pay out would be well after the end of the second quarter, like August, or, in the event that a recession occurred in the thrid and fourth quarter, the firm could be holding the dough until well into 2021.

Anyone of the belief that the US economy will not turn down, gets short-ended to the tune of 1:3, putting up three units to make one. Morgan would surely like that wager, being that they'd be holding - and investing - three times the amount of the potential payout. It's always good for the house that punters like favorites. It's also well known amongst the brotherhood of gamblers that favorites only pay out 1/3 of the time at race tracks and less than half the time on flat wagers on say, sporting events.

Unless one has a doom and gloom attitude toward investing, the favored play would be the short side, even though the payout will be minimal. According to the boys at Morgan, this is about as sure a thing as Muhammad Ali in a 15-rounder against a 120-pond nun.

We'll pass. Oddsmakers are notorious for being wrong. Just ask Joe Namath, quarterback of the 1969 Jets, who went into Super Bowl III as a 15-point underdog, guaranteed a victory and managed to beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts, 16-7. It's almost a sure thing that the analysts at JP Morgan are equally clueless about putting up ridiculous numbers on the chance of recession when the real issue is how long the continued depression will carry forward.

According to James Rickards, famous gold investor, the US economy has been in a depression at least since 2008, when the entire global economic structure came within 23 trillion dollars of complete meltdown. Those 23 trill were supplied after the fact by our friends at the Federal Reserve and their friends at other central banks. Rickards' assertion is that the US economy suffered a near-death experience in 2008 and economic activity, though not negative for long, has been sub-par, which qualifies, in his mind, as a depression.

He's got plenty of evidence to back up his claim, notably the Great Depression of the 1930s, in which GDP mostly grew year-over-year, but at a snails pace, not keeping up with population growth or inflation. Today's situation is different, in that population growth in the US is pretty much stagnant, but GDP growth since then has been bolstered by changes in definition and plenty of funny money printed up by the Fed. The 2-2.5 percent growth that has been the hallmark of the past 12 years has not kept pace with inflation, the official numbers be damned.

With evidence piling up that coronavirus will continue to spread and that industrial production and unemployment may have peaked, there's at least a distinct possibility that US GDP will slow to about 1.5 to 1.7 percent for 2020. While there may not be a recession, the economy is almost certain to struggle with slack demand caused by fear of catching something worse than the flu. People can't be blamed for not wanting to get sick or dying, but they will be, with certain segments of the population eschewing the occasional night out on the town, attending a sporting event or generally avoiding close human contact.

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) claims a few lives in the US, watch the panic. It's already well underway in China, with Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong about to be sharing the sentiment. The virus will plague the US and many other nations, particularly those in Europe, already on the brink of an actual recession, because quarantines have not been sufficiently enforced on most travel, particularly by air.

The virus has shown to have an incubation period of anywhere from five to 24 days, so there are likely multiple carriers everywhere. In a few weeks time, the number of reported cases will begin to spike in non-Asian countries and then it will be too late. The big hope is that warmer weather will slow the spread, as it usually does with these kinds of infectious diseases.

We'll see. But, if you're looking for better odds, better head to the race track. Long shots often arrive at the wire in time.

At the Close, Thursday, February 20, 2020:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 29,219.98, -128.05 (-0.44%)
NASDAQ: 9,750.96, -66.21 (-0.67%)
S&P 500: 3,373.23, -12.92 (-0.38%)
NYSE: 14,061.48, -25.65 (-0.18%)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bridgewater's Ray Dalio Thinks Coronavirus Fears Exaggerated; China Likely To Suffer Recession

Led by the NASDAQ's 1.13% rise, stocks on US indices ramped higher to open the week as fears of the spreading Wuhan Flu seemed diminished, at least in the Western Hemisphere.

Ray Dalio, founder of the world's biggest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, told an audience at a conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday that the impact from coronavirus (aka Wuhan Flu, WuFlu) is likely to be short-lived and won't have a lasting impact on the global economy.

Sorry, but Mr. Dalio sounds a little retarded here, telling people to be more concerned about wealth gaps and political gaps when most of China - the world's second-largest economy - has been shut down now for almost a month and will be for even longer. China is taking a huge gamble if they're going to send people back to work under these conditions, as the virus has yet to peak. All they'd need is an outbreak at an active factory and that would shut everything down for another month at least. Dalio is right to be concerned about gaps, like the ones in his thought process and the one between his ears. He's way off base here, probably talking this way to discourage a mass exodus out of his fund.

Dalio's fund lost money for the first time since 2000 last year, ironic, since US markets were up broadly, with the S&P sporting a 29% gain.

Let's try some math on Mr. Dalio's thesis. China is currently - how shall we put it - "screwed," which is probably the least-offensive descriptor. Consider that their GDP is probably going to come in at a zero at best for the first quarter of 2020, and probably come in as a negative number.

A third of the country is shut down and has been for more than two weeks, including all of Hubei province, a manufacturing hub. It's likely to remain that way for another month, with other cities and provinces falling under quarantine orders from now until April. That's going to put a severe dent in first quarter GDP. For instructional purposes, let's just say China's GDP for the first quarter of 2020 is going to be cut by a quarter, and that may be a generous assessment. That's a growth rate of -25%. Yes, that's right, minus twenty-five percent.

Let's assume they produce a miracle of some kind and get back to business in the second quarter. Will it be positive, compared to 2019. Unlikely, unless, as the Chinese are wont to do, they double and triple up production and totally kick butt. Let's give them a zero for the second quarter and an optimistic 5% gain in the third and 8% in the fourth, as they recover.

Add those up - -25, 0, +5, +8 - and you're still at -12, divided by four gives China a 2020 GDP growth rate of minus three percent (-3.0%). Again, that's just an example. Reality is likely to be worse than that. China will have a recession and a disruption of anywhere from two weeks to three months (maybe longer) in the global supply chain is going to produce adverse effects elsewhere. Some countries will be crushed, others just bruised, but, the overall picture is one with significant downside, not the roses and champagne scenario outlined by Ray Dalio.

Tracking other markets, crude oil futures continue their long descent as an outgrowth from reduced demand due to coronavirus in China. WTI crude fell below $50 per barrel on Monday. Despite renewed calls for production cuts from the OPEC+ nations, there seems to be little to stem the tide unless China gets a handle on their problem within days or weeks, a scenario that seems unlikely. If the virus spread in China is replicated elsewhere, oil, along with stocks and every other asset class, is likely to crater. Oil at anywhere from $45 to $35 a barrel is not out of the question.

Interest rates are also sounding an alarm, in deference to the sustained giddiness in stocks. The 10-year note dropped to 1.56% yield on Monday, just five basis points from its 2020 low of 1.51% (January 31), while the shortest-maturing bills all were higher, inverting the 1, 2, 3, and 6-month bills against the 10-year note. The 30-year bond is yielding 2.03%. Generally speaking, the yield curve is flat to inverted and looks like a complete, untamed disaster waiting to happen.

What looks to be a panacea for precious metals investors could be developing. Fear is rising, traders at JP Morgan Chase have been charged with rigging the gold and silver markets, and the effect from coronavirus is still unknown.

According to an article on FXStreet, not only have JP Morgan's traders been indicted, but the company itself is being probed, and the Justice Department is treating it as a criminal investigation, using RICO laws to investigate the bank as a criminal enterprise.

Coming days, weeks, and months appear to be headed toward more confusion, consternation, and discontent. The Democrat primary season is just heating up, and despite President Trump having just been cleared from impeachment by the Senate, there's little doubt Democrats in congress and even inside Trump's White House are still scheming against him.

Fed Chairman Powell is slated for a pair of engagements on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, he will face the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committees on Wednesday.

And, BTW, the words "retard" and "retarded" have been flagged in Yahoo Finance as unacceptable, despite one definition of the word retard is "to slow, delay." Peak Stupid has been achieved, again.

At the Close, Monday, February 10, 2020:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 29,276.82, +174.31 (+0.60%)
NASDAQ: 9,628.39, +107.88 (+1.13%)
S&P 500: 3,352.09, +24.38 (+0.73%)
NYSE: 13,984.48, +52.56 (+0.38%)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve "Not QE" Money Spigot

Monday, Monday, can't trust that day...

So said the Mamas and Papas back in the 60s. We can still hear the echoes of their lament on the highways to work, in the coffee drive-throughs, and back seats of car pools (some people still do this).

Papers scattered over desks, it's time to get down to business, earn the paycheck, do whatever it is you do to keep yourself afloat.

Monday mornings are a grind, unless, that is, you happen to be a big bank, a global systemically important bank, otherwise known around financial circles as a G-SIB. Then, Monday is just another day to goose your bottom line. And this Monday was a good one.

Thanks to algo-spiking headlines suggesting - for about the 20th time in the past six months - that a China-US trade deal was on the way to becoming reality, stocks roared out of the gate at the opening bell, sending the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ to all-time closing highs. All-time highs are all well and good, mind you, except when they're built on the back of a drama that never ends, like the ongoing US-China trade deal.

Since the US and China have been engaged in this delicate dance markets have soared every time a possible breakthrough is mentioned and fallen whenever snags are discovered. It's what happens when computers run markets instead of people, even though the computer algorithms were programmed, supposedly, by humans (ahem).

More interesting, however, is the lack of news surrounding the ongoing implosion in repo markets that began in late September and continued through October, now extending into November. It's a real crisis, but now it appears that all of this was triggered by the good people at JP Morgan, yes, that G-SIB bank at the top of the list in the up-article link.

According to the usual somewhat reliable folks at Zero Hedge, JPM was going about its work to keep the economy humming along by selling loans and buying long-dated bonds, according to rules laid out by none other than the Federal Reserve.

How tidy, for Morgan and CEO, Jamie Dimon, to have the incredible good fortune to be able to make more money selling loans than making them (not making this up; it's what happens when interest rates are too low). But, because of JPM's massive portfolio, it cause a not-insignificant disruption in the overnight lending market (repo), that prompted the Fed - hearing the wailing of cash-poor clients - to offer up some emergency TOMO (Temporary Open Market Operations) overnight auctions and eventually cede to POMO (Permanent) and "not QE," to quiet the troubled sector at the heart of the global economy.

So far, it seems to be working, though the general public doesn't even notice, probably because of the fabulous Dodd-Frank legislation that allows the Fed to do essentially bailouts on an ongoing basis without having to go to congress, as was the case in 2008 with TARP.

Jimmy Dore, with help from Dylan Ratigan explain in the 12-minute video below (worth the watch):



John Pepin chines in with pithy commentary from his incapp.org blog:
If the demand for debt exceeds the banks ability to loan then one of several things must happen. Either the interest rate rises, (and we all know that is unacceptable), or the banks have to take hidden loans from the federal Reserve to cover that demand for debt.

Monday, Monday, can't trust that day. Worry not, the week is just getting started.

At the Close, Monday, November 4, 2019:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 27,462.11, +114.75 (+0.42%)
NASDAQ: 8,433.20, +46.80 (+0.56%)
S&P 500: 3,078.27, +11.36 (+0.37%)
NYSE Composite: 13,355.44, +55.14 (+0.41%)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Stocks Stage Rebound; Cat-and-Mouse Game Continues Between Bulls and Bears

Is it a bull market? Is it a bear market?

At this juncture, it's a good probability that neither the bull nor bear label is appropriate. At best, one could call the market transitional, or, at worst, confused.

The continuing tug-of-war escalated the past two days as the Dow took a 400-point ride in each direction, ending with a small, 70-point loss to kick off the second quarter.

If none of this makes sense, recall the oft-used quote:
The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.
Attributed to either legendary John Maynard Keynes or contemporary Gary Shilling, it's worth keeping in mind as markets gyrate. Here is an interesting discussion concerning the quote.

Perhaps John Pierpont Morgan said it best, when asked what the market would do:
It will fluctuate.
Dow Jones Industrial Average April Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
4/2/18 23,644.19 -458.92 -458.92
4/2/18 24,033.36 +389.17 -69.75

At the Close, Tuesday, April 3, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 24,033.36, +389.17 (+1.65%)
NASDAQ: 6,941.28, +71.16 (+1.04%)
S&P 500: 2,614.45, +32.57 (+1.26%)
NYSE Composite: 12,367.07, +150.36 (+1.23%)

Friday, February 3, 2017

What Wall Street Wants, Wall Street Gets; Trump Slashes Dodd-Frank

There's no better way to put it than to say that the Wall Street banks - Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and Citi - have Donald Trump's "get out of jail free" card in their back pockets.

Today's action by the President, an executive order slashing most of the regulations put on banks by the Dodd-Frank act under past-president Obama and the useless congress, paves the way for even looser regulations and more wild risk-taking by Wall Street.

And the celebration got underway right after the stupid BLS jobs report and the opening bell, boosting all major averages to within spitting distance of all-time highs.

Should anyone wonder if Mr. Trump knows anything about economics, one has only to look at his Treasury nominee, Steven Mnuchin, who led a group of investors in the take-out of IndyMac, later changing the name to OneWest while it became a serial abuser of mortgage financing and foreclosure laws.

While the former Goldman Sachs partner is not yet assured of passing muster in Senate confirmation, the appearance of yet another Goldman alumnus at the top finance job in the administration should be all one needs to know. Trump has long-standing associations with Wall Street, Goldman Sachs and financiers in general, so it isn't really a surprise.

Business will do business, whether or not it's moral, fiduciary, or based upon sound best practices. Wall Street retained control when Trump was elected, and would have even with Hillary as the president, so there's a bit of a silver lining in that at least the office of the president isn't occupied by a serial liar and psychopath. President Trump is better than the alternative, probably by more than anyone imagined.

After all the whipsaw activity of the past week, the major indices ended relatively unchanged. So, jobs data, the Fed, Trump, the EU, Japan, and the UK central bankers didn't actually add up to much at all.

Caveat Emptor

Carry on and Mind the Gap.


At the Close, Friday, February 3, 2017:

Dow: 20,071.46, +186.55 (0.94%)
NASDAQ: 5,666.77, +30.57 (0.54%)
S&P 500: 2,297.42, +16.57 (0.73%)
NYSE Composite: 11,311.74, +96.36 (0.86%)

For the Week:
Dow: -22.32 (-0.11%)
NASDAQ: +5.98 (0.11%)
S&P 500: +2.72 (0.12%)
NYSE Composite: +27.52 (+0.24%)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Silver Pops Above $17/oz.; Intel Slashes 11,000 Jobs; Markets Steady

...and the beat goes on.

How long will it take before the majority of traders realize they've been fed a pack of lies in non-GAAP earnings reports, loaded with non-recurring, one-time charges, which oddly keep cropping up every other quarter, and profits that are the result of stock buybacks (fewer shares equals higher EPS)?

For most, the answer is "too long." Since Wall Street can only make money if stocks appear to be good investments - and that concept is quickly fleeing the coop - and have the confidence of investors, the con game of lowered expectations and "beats" will keep the dancers dancing well past midnight and into the wee hours of the morning.

When the party does finally end, there are going to be a lot of long faces, hung-over losers and poor explanations for why the market simply didn't keep going up forever and ever and ever. Central bankers the world over will be falling over each other before that happens, though, because where goes Wall Street, so goes central bank - and thus, fiat money - credibility, and that must be maintained at all costs, which just might include printing trillions and trillions more dollars, euros and yen before the money finds its justifiable price, that being the cost of ink on paper, or, essentially, nothing.

So, when pensioners find their nest eggs shattered and barren, and are being told that the paper promises are not going to be honored, it will be too late for the masses.

Only those free of debt, with some reasonable amount of hard assets - land, building, machinery, tools, art, gemstones, silver, and gold - will be whole and beholding to nobody. The rest will have to fend for themselves and their families as best as they can.

It is against this backdrop that the recent rise in the value of silver becomes important. Gold's little brother has risen from an even $14/ounce to close today just under 17 dollars an ounce, making it the best-performing asset of the year, passing by gold in the process.

There are numerous reasons that silver has been set afire in recent days. Less than a week ago, Deustche Bank agreed to settle lawsuits claiming the bank had engaged in price manipulation of silver as well as gold. This admission really put the afterburners to an already hopped-up commodity. Gold has been slower to respond, likely because silver had been manipulated much lower for much longer.

Traditionally, silver had been valued in relation to gold at anywhere from 16 to 20 ounces of silver to one ounce of gold. Earlier this year, the gold:silver ratio screamed above 80, signifying that silver was likely undervalued by a magnitude of four. In other words, the true value of silver must come back to historical norms, either by the price of gold falling dramatically, or the price of silver rising astronomically (i.e., silver, at a 16:1 ratio to gold, would be selling for $78/ounce, with gold at $1250, where it currently resides).

What is a more plausible outcome is that - and this process could take several years, maybe as many as ten - both gold and silver will rise, though silver will rise at a much faster pace, eventually coming in line at 20:1 per ounce of gold. Both precious metals will see enormous advances in coming years as currencies depreciate and eventually die, paramount among them the Japanese Yen, the Euro, and the US Dollar, since the currencies of the most developed nations are also the most at risk, due to many factors, not the least of which being the excessive levels of debt held by the general public and government.

The Fed, the ECB and the BOJ will print to infinity, eventually bankrupting their counties and their currencies. Holders of gold and silver will be rewarded for both their vision and their patience.

The process has begun, but only those willing to hold an asset that offers no interest or rate of return, but also does not carry any counter-party risk, will prosper. Dollars, Yen and Euro will eventually devalue and finally default.

In the words of James Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, spoken in 1912, a year before he helped launch the Federal Reserve:

Gold is Money. Everything Else is Credit.

Today's closing figures:
S&P 500: 2,100.80, +6.46 (0.31%)
Dow: 18,053.60, +49.44 (0.27%)
NASDAQ: 4,940.33, -19.69 (0.40%)

Crude Oil 42.46 +3.08% Gold 1,251.80 +1.36% EUR/USD 1.1359 +0.41% 10-Yr Bond 1.78 +0.56% Corn 383.50 +0.66% Copper 2.23 +2.84% Silver 16.96 +4.35% Natural Gas 2.09 +7.63% Russell 2000 1,140.23 +0.08% VIX 13.24 -0.82% BATS 1000 20,682.61 0.00% GBP/USD 1.4394 +0.82% USD/JPY 109.1975 +0.33%

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Whoops. That's Why We Don't Offer Specific Investment Advice

What happened?

We thought the government was giving Wall Street the "all clear" signal to send the stock market upward and onward to all-time highs. That's why we - somewhat tongue-in-cheek - suggested buying stocks all the way through Christmas. Maybe we were getting a little ahead of ourselves.

Well, a few, not-so-funny things happened on the way to laughing all the way to the bank.

Momentum stocks are beginning to take on water as high-profile investors like Carl Icahn start cashing out of investments like Netflix. Speculative stocks like Chipolte Mexican Grill, Tesla, Facebook, LinkedIn and others have soared by more than 100% in the past year. Many came under heavy selling pressure yesterday and today.

China's largest banks tripled their debt write-offs, bracing for a full-blown implosion of their over-leveraged, over-inflated real estate market, much like the housing crash in the US from 2007 onward.

JP Morgan is close to settling another lawsuit over bad home loans (really? who cudda guessed?), this one for a mere $6 billion.

Late in the day, Bank of America was found liable for fraud on claims related to defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit.

Soooooooo, the major averages finished in the red. Of course, this is only one day, and it will take many more down days and confirmation of a failed rally for Money Daily to proclaim a bear market which will precipitate a crash, eventually. Timing is everything, and the final, fatal blow to the abhorrent US stock markets may not come for months or years, though 2014 is beginning to look pretty ugly.

One thing which is a positive, yet unexplained, is the collapse in the price of crude oil, which has dropped more than $10 in the past two months and about $7 in the past 10 days. With lower oil prices come - naturally - lower gas prices. It could be seasonal, though we're hoping the decline is more of a permanent one. Lord knows, car owners need a break at the pump.

Also, bonds have been rallying hard since the government got back to work, sending yields on the ten-year note down 25 bips in just the past week.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, it might be a good idea to begin getting scared in advance, thus, the frightful future of the US economy, according to John Williams of shadowstats.com in this revealing, startling interview by Greg Hunter:



BTW: We're still screwed.

Dow 15,413.33, -54.33 (0.35%)
Nasdaq 3,907.07, -22.49 (0.57%)
S&P 500 1,746.38, -8.29 (0.47%)
10-Yr Bond 2.49% 0.03
NYSE Volume 3,695,265,000
Nasdaq Volume 1,866,661,875
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2382-3210
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 300-32
WTI crude oil: 96.86, -1.44
Gold: 1,334.00, -8.60
Silver: 22.62, -0.173
Corn: 442.75, +4.50

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Syria Euphoria Sends Stocks Higher; Trading Volume Hits 15-Year Low

The Dow added more than 250 points over the past two days and the NASDAQ hit fresh 13-year highs, meaning only one thing: we're officially in vapor-land as S&P equity trading volume hits fresh 15-year lows.

Meanwhile, the Syria story gets more and more confusing and confounding, the President's address tonight at 9:00 pm EDT (we do hope he'll be on time for once) probably just adding more layers of confusion to this twisted international story presaging World War III, which is bound to happen anyway, one way or another, the crux of the argument being Iran's nuclear ambitions and the US (and Israel's) attempts to defuse them.

So, how's that 401K looking? Pretty peachy, huh? Well, that's until the authorities come to confiscate it as happened in Poland last week.

A major financial disruption is just weeks away, be it the default of Deutsche Bank on some of their massive, unregulated CDS, Italian bank defaults or maybe, just maybe a big resounding thud from the likes of JP Morgan, or, our favorite, Bank of America.

The system is completely stressed out, trading on razor-thin volume while Peace President O-Bomber gets an itchy finger over Syria and a false-flag operation that hasn't convinced anybody of anything. What could possibly go wrong?

Russia's Vladimir Putin is playing Obama like a banjo, plucking his strings with the talent of a virtuoso. Other outlets have compared the recent developments over Syria as Putin playing chess while OBozo struggles with checkers.

We think the analogy is apropos. The US government will soon be on its knees, begging forgiveness from a broken-hearted world and US population. There will be no mercy given to the betrayers of the constitution.

And, by the way, the NSA is FOS.

Dow 15,191.06, +127.94 (0.85%)
Nasdaq 3,729.02, +22.84 (0.62%)
S&P 500 1,683.99, +12.28 (0.73%)
10-Yr Bond 2.96%, +0.06
NYSE Volume 3,911,199,000
Nasdaq Volume 1,767,686,125
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4249-2265
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 403-52
WTI crude oil: 107.39, -2.13
Gold: 1,364.00, -22.70
Silver: 23.02, -0.701

Thursday, April 18, 2013

'A Little Off the Top, Please': Stocks Get Trimmed Again; Gold, Silver Shortages Occurring Worldwide

The weirdness engendered by the recent gold and silver smash-down will not relent. While the paper price represented by the gold and silver ETFs (GLD and SLV) is unrelenting. As soon as the central banks sent the paper prices of precious metals reeling, regular people (and reportedly some not-so-regular people) worldwide have headed to their coin shops and online outlets to purchase as much physical in coins and bars as possible, at prices 20-40% over the paper price.

For those not familiar with this kind of activity, it's known as decoupling, disintermediation or dislocation. The paper price, represented by the traded funds, has decoupled from the reality of the physical price, and, that's a very important, if not disruptive, development.

What it means is that buyers are now not satisfied with the published prices and the market will determine for what one buys or sells gold and silver. That's the premium, and stories are running rampant on the internet of buyers lined up in droves outside coin shops. On ebay, the current price for an ounce of silver is now closer to $30, rather than the smacked-down price of around $23. Gold, though dearer, is seeing similar premiums for physical delivery and shortages are developing worldwide.

What's at the bottom of all this - and the reason for the price smash-down in the first place - is liquidity, or, if you will, supply, and, money velocity.

Simply put, the COMEX and JP Morgan, were facing imminent supply issues, i.e., they could not stand for delivery on contracts which wished to be paid in physical metal. Rumor has it that the long-standing practice of these two titans of trade was to settle in cash, with a premium. Beyond their shortages, this is a central banking issue of liquidity and trust. In particular, the US central bank - the Federal Reserve - cannot allow the price of gold, in particular, and its cousin, silver to erode confidence in the dollar, thus the smack-down, using naked shorts, to the tune of 400 million tonnes.

A few things the Fed, the COMEX and JP Morgan did not anticipate - the unintended consequences - were a run on physical demand rather than panic selling, which actually was the first thing that happened in the paper markets, where the heavily-hedged big players were forced to cover margin calls, thus selling their shares (not their physical metals, of which they owned exactly zero) and forcing the price down further.

The rush to physical was completely unforeseen, obviously, since now, the price for paper assets are far less than that of the physical (the premium effect). So, anybody looking to settle contracts on the COMEX in physical assets will get far less, but the COMEX will have to pay more to purchase the physical asset to settle up, which, if the math is correct (and it always is), means that the COMEX will eventually default on obligations to settle in physical assets and instead pay in cash. Buyers will be quite unhappy to receive cash rather than metal, and, ka-boom, down goes the COMEX, maybe JP Morgan, and maybe even the Fed. We are witnessing the beginning of the end of the craven, evil, debt-is-money fiat system backed by nothing and the rise of real money, gold and silver.

Expect the paper price - the price quoted by the ETFs or the COMEX to become increasingly irrelevant and also expect the CFTC to do what they always do: nothing. Prices of the precious metals have been manipulated by the large players with the help of central banks for decades, and the jig is finally up. This drama will play out over the next three to nine months, but the fallout will be devastating to the global financial system, whose proponents only know how to print, print and print more to solve liquidity and solvency problems.

It can't work, won't work and has never worked, especially now that people have awakened to the rapacious ways of the money-lenders and bankers and are demanding honest currency with no counter-party risk: gold and silver and other hard assets. The global financial system is close to implosion.

This impending implosion is being reflected in stocks, which have taken it on the chin three of four days this week, and the direction of trade is beginning to seriously head in the other direction. Illiquid and insolvent banks backing companies with fudged balance sheets and earnings reports via cost-cutting, wage-shorting and stock repurchasing are beginning to appear unattractive in terms of risk. The reality is that equity investors hold nothing but paper and promises to be paid, nothing more, and those "assets" are looking shakier and shakier as the global economy grinds inexorably to a halt.

Dow 14,537.14, -81.45 (0.56%)
NASDAQ 3,166.36, -38.31 (1.20%)
S&P 500 1,541.61, -10.40 (0.67%)
NYSE Composite 8,921.18, -27.18 (0.30%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,771,593,625.00
NYSE Volume 4,382,134,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2662-3651
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 103-128
WTI crude oil: 87.73, +1.05
Gold: 1,392.50, +9.80
Silver: 23.24, -0.062

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wall Street to Washington, the Clown Show Continues

OK, it's finally gotten officially stupid to invest any money at all in stocks, though judging by the massive outflows from stock-related mutual funds to bond funds, it seems that may be preaching to the choir as far as retail investors are concerned.

Today saw more ridiculous posturing and pontification by various US public office-holders, first by House Speaker John Boehner (who seems to relish in the publicity and his new-found super-power, capable of moving stock indices with a single phrase) who, after meeting with the president's chief negotiator - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner - said that there had been no substantive progress on the fiscal cliff issues in two weeks (no kidding!) and that the president needs to put his cards on the table.

Apparently, Geithner is stone-walling for Obama, insisting on allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on the wealthiest taxpayers - those earning over $250,000 - while allowing them to remain in place for everyone else, but Boehner is likely still insisting on concrete spending cuts. Both have good ideas, though the probability of a realistic compromise appears to be still a ways off.

So, Boehner steps to the microphone a few minutes after 11:30 am ET, says a few words and the Dow loses 50 points in about a minute. A little while later, Senate Leader Harry Reid takes his turn and stocks recover a bit. Maybe Harry has a gentler touch? But stocks went up even more when NY Senator Chuck (I represent Israel) Schumer took to the podium and said a deal was almost a certainty by Christmas, once again, overstating the obvious. Senator Schumer probably had an options straddle working, needed a few extra points on the SPY and he got them.

Nancy Pelosi threatened to speak nearing the close, but held off until after the final bell. Apparently, Mrs. Pelosi plays the futures markets. It's all so absurd, the great Saul Bellow could not have penned a more abstract, obtuse script.

Other than the fiscal cliff bad theater, existing home sales in October were reported to have increased by 5.2% percent over the previous month, third quarter GDP was revised upward from 2.0% to 2.7%, which the market had expected, though most of the gains came from government spending, inventory additions and hedonic adjustments.

Retail Sales for November were reported by a number of chain stores, showing an overall gain of 1.7%, well below the happy forecast of a 4-5% jump. Naturally, Hurricane Sandy was blamed for much of the shortfall, though actual sales declines at Kohl's (down 5.6%), Macy's and Nordstom's were more likely due to a combination of competition, poor marketing and overall sluggish demand by consumers, who can only buy so many 42-inch flat screens, iPods and clothes on limited budgets.

Also, this graphic caught some attention. It shows how former Goldman Sachs executives are now the central bankers of most of Europe. No wonder they're doing so well over there.

Gold was up sharply, as was oil and silver, a day after being belted down by unseen forces. Silver, in particular, is at a two-month high, and looks like its about to break out, though that's been said and seen before, with no follow-through, thanks to the suppressive work constantly being done at JP Morgan.

The big tent will open for the circus promptly at 9:30 am ET tomorrow.

Dow 13,021.82, +36.71 (0.28%)
NASDAQ 3,012.03, +20.25 (0.68%)
S&P 500 1,415.95, +6.02 (0.43%)
NYSE Composite, 8,256.07, +48.71 (0.59%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,758,355,875.00
NYSE Volume 3,337,720,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3963-1531
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 233-30
WTI crude oil: 88.07, +1.58
Gold: 1,727.20, +10.70
Silver: 34.35, +0.664

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stocks End Week with Gains (as usual); Do Weekly Options Drive the Markets?

Stocks finished the week with outsize gains on a virtually dead news day, which makes one turn to head-scratching and contemplation over not only the general direction of the market, but why stocks perform better on Fridays as opposed to, say, Mondays, which, of late have been among the worst days on a week-by-week basis.

It might have something to do with the advent of weekly options contracts - a relatively new market development - in which "bets" are placed on the direction of everything from stocks, to EFTs, to entire indices.

Since Wall Street is such a crooked, rigged casino type of operation, the club of insiders which invent such derivatives cooked up weekly options - which expire every Friday - as yet another way to skin the hapless rubes who aren't content with the usual durations of one, two, three, four months or longer.

Weekly options are nothing but pure, unadulterated gambling on direction, just about the same as betting red or black at a roulette wheel, but, a peek at direction on Mondays (when positions are initiated) and Fridays (when they are closed) over the past ten weeks reveals an unsettling pattern.

Using the Dow Jones Industrials as our test case, beginning with the 18th of June (a Monday) and continuing the series through today, the tally is remarkably consistent:

Mondays: 1 Up; 9 Down
Fridays: 8 Up; 2 Down

Amazing! Isn't it? If one can count on Mondays and Fridays being the only significant market moving days, trading - especially in options contracts - becomes almost a predetermined routine, something that could be gamed by a relatively simple algorithm.

Oops! Did we let the cat out of the bag? Since algos, via HFTs perform between 75 and 90% of all trading in the markets, could it be that the Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch's of the world are doing exactly that from the comfort of their prop desks? One can only imagine the traders, feet propped up neatly on their desks every Monday morning, programming in massive sell orders on various stocks while simultaneously sending the algos out to buy calls on the very same equities.

If that's the case, these traders are probably spending most of the midweek out on the golf course or the yacht or partying with their rich buddies in the Hamptons or other secret enclaves of the privileged class. Why work, when you have concocted such a simple trading regimen that only needs your attention twice a week? Even better, these prop jockeys are probably initiating positions and closing out trades with commands from their cell phones while sipping mai tais by the pool or at the beach.

Life just can't get any better, can it?

The worst part about this story is not how the rich enjoy their lives without working, but the idea that there's likely a kernel of truth to it.

Almost as good as farming, where the common wisdom is that farmers plant in the spring, harvest and sell in the fall and vacation all winter, these prop traders are just taking loafing to an all new level of expertise and functionality.

Life is so easy! BTW: Silver closed at a 3 1/2 month high today. Thank you, Blythe Masters and JP Morgan.

In keeping with our ongoing, sporadic tradition of musical thematic revivalism, perhaps the Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want, from their 1969 album Let It Bleed is appropriate.

Have a great weekend and remember to be selling on Monday.

This is the original cut from Keith, Mick and the boys. It doesn't get any better.



Dow 13,157.97, +100.51 (0.77%)
NASDAQ 3,069.79, +16.39 (0.54%)
S&P 500 1,411.13, +9.05 (0.65%)
NYSE Composite 8,047.48, +36.04 (0.45%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,326,204,750
NYSE Volume 2,581,308,750
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 3459-1968
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 113-48
WTI crude oil: 96.15, -0.12
Gold: 1,672.90, +0.10
Silver: 30.62, +0.17

Friday, August 10, 2012

Our Dysfunctional Economy Won't Be Repaired Until Bankers Go to Jail

The popular phrase, "it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness," was once spoken in public by Peter Benenson, the English lawyer and founder of Amnesty International, at a Human Rights Day ceremony on 10th December 1961. There are disputes over the origin of this nugget of wisdom, some attributing it as an "ancient Chinese proverb."

Whatever the case, Mr. Benenson, and the American Christopher Society, which adopted the phrase as its motto, certainly had meritorious intentions in keeping to the spirit of the words.

When it comes to our current economic climate and the out-of-control, corrupt worldwide banking and political liaison, the cabal of bankers and politicians are the darkness, and, as much as one tries to be at all times civil, they need to be cursed.

Market manipulations aside, this week could well have been the utter, disgusting end of years of rigging, price, fixing, fraud and associated crimes, none of which having been prosecuted.

It's been mentioned in this space before that the end of manipulation is eventual failure or stagnation and this week was a prime example. Sure, it's summer and the height of vacation season, but the entire range of trade over the past five days on the Dow Jones Industrials was 115 points. On the NASDAQ, 45 points, while the S&P 500 vacillated between a low of 1391 and a high of 1406, which, incidentally, was close to where it closed on Friday. The S&P finished higher every day this week, though the biggest gain was a whopping seven points.

By the way, all of todays gains were made in the final 40 minutes of trading and the day's volume was embarrassing. Free and fair markets - that's what we used to have in the United States. What we have now is a dangerous, insider-controlled contrivance.

Were there a way to "light a candle" amidst the fraud that has enveloped our financial, political and media systems, it would probably be blown out in an instant. We the people are seemingly bred to watch, listen, obey and not ask questions. The banking elite, however, can do no wrong, as evidenced by a number of stories which emerged from the flotsam of the week that wasn't.

On Tuesday, the CFTC shut down a four-year-long investigation into silver market manipulation, focusing on JP Morgan and HSBC, saying there was insufficient evidence to bring any charges.

Thursday, the US Department of Justice decided not to pursue criminal charges against Goldman Sachs or any of its employees on mortgage securities fraud, concluding "that the burden of proof to bring a criminal case could not be met based on the law and facts as they exist at this time.” The investigation, which took over a year, was prompted by Goldman Sach's CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifying to a congressional panel that the firm actually took the opposite sides of trades that they sold to their clients. But, that's not sufficient for the bought-and-paid-for invisible man, Eric Holder, to bring a case forward. (Here's an idea: to help balance the budget, why not just shut down the DoJ? They apparently aren't interested in prosecuting anybody connected with the financial industry for anything. Big savings there.)

Thursday night, CBS ran, as the second story on their nightly national "news" broadcast, that the housing market was finally recovering (this probably was the sixth or seventh time over the past two years the shills at CBS had run such a story). Why then does Gary Shilling suggest that existing home prices could fall another 20%?

Flood of Foreclosures Could Cause Home Prices to Drop 20%: Gary Shilling

So, make up your own mind. Is the banking system, government oversight and the media working for you and your fellow citizens? Or are there two levels of justice in the USA (and probably everywhere else): one for rich bankers and one for the rest of us? Can we really trust our leaders to do the right things for the people? Or are we caught up in a fascist corporotocracy that feeds upon individuals for the benefit of the rich and powerful?

Go ahead and curse the darkness, because it needs to be cursed. Then light a candle. Take care of your family and friends and do something for yourself, like buying some raw land, growing some of your own vegetables, or investing in physical gold or silver.

To close out the week, or, if you're in need of additional reinforced rancor over the weekend, check out the latest Keiser Report, with Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, below:


Dow 13,207.95, +42.76 (0.32%)
NASDAQ 3,020.86, +2.22 (0.07%)
S&P 500 1,405.86, +3.06 (0.22%)
NYSE Composite 8,042.59, +17.58 (0.22%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,568,909,750
NYSE Volume 2,586,105,500
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2753-2759
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 153-43
WTI crude oil: 92.87, -0.49
Gold: 1,622.80, +2.60
Silver: 28.06, -0.04

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fed Minutes Leave Kleptocrats with Less Hope of QE3

There was so much in the news today affecting markets, just headlines (with links) seemed appropriate:


Against the backdrop of a constant stream of news that goes against the "all's well" narrative so enjoyed by the media elite and sheeple of the world, when the Fed's FOMC minutes from the June meeting appeared at 2:00 pm EDT, what was a sleepy, little decline became a bit more pronounced, with all of the major averages taking on losses.

Traders, zealots, cheaters and stock manipulators of all stripes were shocked and horrified that the super-secretive FOMC minutes did not offer any more insight into more easing by the Fed, despite the near-unanimous conclusion that the US economy was beginning to deteriorate in the prior months.

In other words, even though current economic conditions in the US stink, Wall Street wants things to get even uglier, so that they can continue to feed at the trough of the Federal Reserve's unlimited free money supply and speculate even greater amounts, with more leverage on overpriced equities.

At the lows, the Dow was down 119 points, the NASDAQ off 35, but, as is often the case in the Ponzi-schemed markets, the indices erased most of the declines in the final half hour of trading, actually pushing the S&P briefly back into positive territory and hiking the NYSE Composite to a small gain.

Volume was rather tame, but the Dow and S&P have traded lower for five straight sessions, the Dow having now given up all but two points of the massive June 29 gain spurred by the false "everything is fixed in Europe" summit statement.

Despite the continuing losses, the new highs-new lows indicator is still leaning heavily toward the bullish case, though the number of new highs is falling, while the new lows continue to build.

Markets continue to be uneasy, but the correct catalyst could produce a significant move in either direction, even though one would have to be deaf and blind to not see the inordinate pressures building around the world.

Dow 12,604.53, -48.59 (0.38%)
NASDAQ 2,887.98, -14.35 (0.49%)
S&P 500 1,341.45, -0.02 (0.00%)
NYSE Composite 7,685.32, +17.75 (0.23%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,543,879,125
NYSE Volume 3,391,219,750
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2869-2673
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 171-80
WTI crude oil: 85.81, +1.90
Gold: 1,575.70, -4.10
Silver: 27.02, -0.14

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wall street's Week of Worry Ends With JP Morgan Mea Culpa

In a week that will be remembered as one in which the Euro crisis came front and center, Wall Street turned its eyes upon an unlikely victim Friday, that being JP Morgan Chase.

The bank known for its "fortress" balance sheet (pure baloney) confessed to have had made a terribly wrong bet on a risk hedge - a la MF Global? - and poof went $2 billion. CEO Jamie Dimon explained how badly the bank had mistaken the markets in a conference call with journalists Thursday night after the close.

Details were sketchy, though it was widely assumed that there would be other victims in the trade involving a British trader known quaintly as "the Whale." The issue points up that even the brightest of the bright can make mistakes - and big ones at that.

While JPM's misplaced risk hedge sent futures into the tank pre-open (as if they needed any help with that), stocks initially sank, then rallied sharply into positive ground in the morning session, though all gains were ephemeral and summarily whisked away by the close, ending Wall Street's worst week in more than seven months.

Even though losses were tiny - and the NASDAQ managed to close positive by 0.18 points - signs of calamity were everywhere, from German citizens daring Greece to default and leave the Euro, to massive misapprehension over the proposed "Volker Rule" in light of the Morgan fiasco, to spiking Spanish bonds, slowing growth in China and a deflating PPI, which came in under expectations at -0.2% for April.

As the session ended with everybody closing positions in case some new, terrifying developments took place over the weekend, the once mighty, banker-run trading casino closed out the week with players seeking solace and probably more than a few strong drinks to soothe their jangled nerves.

Nobody can tell how events will play out exactly during the coming weeks, though, from the tenor of the trade this week, it seems pretty likely that conditions are not going to materially improve any time soon.

TGIF, indeed.

Of note, the Dollar Index advanced for the tenth straight day, explaining why precious metals have been pounded down so roughly over the past two weeks; and, new lows bettered new highs for the fifth day in the past six.

Dow 12,820.60, -34.44 (0.27%)
NASDAQ 2,933.82, +0.18 (0.01%)
S&P 500 1,353.39, -4.60 (0.34%)
NYSE Composite 7,816.48, -36.27 (0.46%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,692,045,125
NYSE Volume 3,727,488,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2225-3322
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 107-131
WTI crude oil: 96.13, -0.95
Gold: 1,584.00, -11.50
Silver: 28.89, -0.29

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Can This Fairy Tale Market Be Believed? Fed Stress Tests; Jaime Dimon Pumps JP Morgan

Just a day after the lowest volume session in the last ten years or so, stocks jumped out of the gate and skyrocketed after the usual FOMC we're-doing-nothing release and JP Morgan's announcement of a quarterly dividend hike of $0.05 (from 25 to 30 cents) and a $15 billion stock buyback program.

Apparently Jaime Dimon, Morgan's CEO, thinks his company's stock is too cheap and could not contain his excitement as he jumped the shark, upstaging the Fed's bank stress test announcements which were released just after the close. Hard to figure, since JPM was already up (at yesterday's close) more than 43% since it bottomed out at a close of 28.18 on November 23, just about 3 1/2 months ago. Apparently, Jaime subscribes to the banker's creed, "math is so overrated."

Morgan's timing was appropriate, coming right after the Fed-speak, precisely at 3:00 pm ET, which everyone knows is the "magic hour" for stocks and whirring HFTs. The algos really cranked up hard in the final hour of trading, sending the Dow up by more than 100 points and the NASDAQ shooting past 3000 at the close for the first time since 2000.

As to those stress tests, 15 of 19 banks tested passed with flying colors, of course, being - according to the Fed - sufficiently capitalized to sustain conditions such as 13% unemployment, a 21% decline in housing prices and probably Lindsay Lohan failing another sobriety check. Among those which failed were Citigroup, Sun Trust, Met Life and Ally Financial. It's simply ludicrous to believe in test results administered to subjects which are wholly funded, pampered and coddled by the test-giver.

The Fed's stress tests were supposed to have been released at 4:30 pm ET on Thursday, but apparently some bright economist at the Fed realized that most of America would be occupied with first round games of the NCAA tournament at that juncture, so they, without announcement, sent them out to the rabid financial press corps today, right after the closing bell. Nothing like a little pile on to get the new out on what would have otherwise been a fairly uneventful Tuesday afternoon.

The whole afternoon was such a departure into overt silliness that it can hardly be believed that it's anything more than pure pumping by the financial entities which now own the entire market, from opening trade to closing casino-sounding bells and whistles.

Since individual investors have been pouring out of stocks at a record pace since 2008, the message is pretty clear. Despite all the jolly good news, nobody believes it and nobody is going to be buying it, especially at these new nose-bleed levels.

Join the club. Get completely out of stocks and just watch the stupid party. US euity markets are not real anymore. Since everything is going so swimmingly, who needs stocks? We'll all be millionaires several times over with all the money sloshing around these days. And, even if the markets are completely contrived and meaningless, it's all about perception, anyhow, no?

Dow 13,177.68, +217.97 (1.68%)
NASDAQ 3,039.88, +56.22 (1.88%)
S&P 500 1,395.96, +24.87 (1.81%)
NYSE Composite 8,234.48, +148.20 (1.83%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,681,104,625
NYSE Volume 4,329,381,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4496-1184
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 375-27 (Zounds!)
WTI crude oil: 106.71, +0.37
Gold: 1,694.20, -5.60
Silver: 33.58, +0.17


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stocks Scream Higher on Positive Economic Data

This one will practically write itself.

Stocks were buoyed today by falling initial unemployment claims (down to 348,000 after 361,000 last week), rising housing starts (699K) and building permits (676K), and a very tame PPI number of 0.01. The Phialdelphia Fed's survey of regional economic activity was also up, to 10.2 in February from 7.3 in January.

All of this good news - and the absence of anything untoward from Europe - sent stocks on a day long rally that just kept rising steadily throughout the session. Naturally, the Euro was higher, as that correlation remains wholly intact.

Whether or not one agrees with the numbers, Wall Street made sure to boost stocks one day before options expiry, which may have been the plan all along, since there aren't enough individual investors or opinions other than those espoused by the powers that be, to matter.

Never mind what I said yesterday about the possibility of a nasty correction and repeat after me: "the market must go higher."

The original JP Morgan would be flummoxed. Once, when hounded by rabid reporters asking what the market would do, Morgan casually tossed out an all-time classic. "The market will fluctuate," he said.

We sure could use a dose of Mr. Morgan's common sense, or, at least a few of the silver dollars named after him.

Keep in mind that this is an election year, so that whatever outcome has already been determined, the markets will provide the proper narrative. It appears that Barack Obama is their guy, so it should surprise nobody if unemployment is at 7.3% come November 2nd and the GDP is growing at 3 1/2 - 4%, no matter how convoluted the exercise to get to those numbers.

Which leads to another great quote: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." The phrase was popularized by Mark Twain, who attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli, though the quote never appears in any of Disraeli's published works.

Could Twain have made it up himself? After all, his real name was Samuel Clemens.

And, by the way, since the US seems intent on making Iran a whipping boy, $4/gallon gas is coming, sooner, not later, just in time to eat up the payroll tax cut extension which the congress agreed to this morning and will likely pass on Friday. No free lunch, kiddies.

Dow 12,904.08, +123.13 (0.96%)
NASDAQ 2,959.85, +44.02 (1.51%)
S&P 500 1,358.04, +14.81 (1.10%)
NYSE Composite 8,092.61, +93.96 (1.17%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,890,777,750
NYSE Volume 4,022,471,250
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4275-1405
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 230-16
WTI crude oil: 102.31, +0.51
Gold: 1,728.40, +0.30
Silver: 33.37, -0.04