Archive - Jun 2009

June 30th

Cohen & Steers Funds Merge

Two odd press releases after the close today, both pertaining to our favorite REIT focused fund. According to the first, Cohen & Steers Advantage Income Realty Fund, Inc. ("RLF"), Cohen & Steers Worldwide Realty Income Fund, Inc. ("RWF"), Cohen and Steers Premium Income Realty Fund, Inc. ("RPF") and Cohen & Steers Quality Income Realty Fund, Inc. ("RQI") have all merged with and into RQI. It apeears that even despite the magical ramp of all REITs this quarter, those pesky "size matters" issues have reared their ugly heads for the 4 various closed-end funds.

Market Wrap 6.30.09

An unexpected drop in consumer confidence data saw equity indices fall on concerns the economic recovery will be slow. Lower WTI prices weighed on the major US averages after the release of consumer confidence sparked a flight to safety in the USD. In turn this saw Exxon (-0.95%) top the laggers table in the S&P 500 index. Following the initial downward move in equity indices, prices were range bound and trading sideways, though did move slightly higher after positive comments on the economy by Fed’s Bullard. Finally, at the closing bell DJI closed down 0.96% at 84447.53, S&P 500 closed down 0.85% at 919.34 and NASDAQ100 closed down 0.44% at 1477.25

May San Diego Home Sales Increase Revised From 89% to 6.5%

More and more economic data manipulation is coming to the fore, none of which as blatantly obvious as the California housing market. Some of it is palatable, but when home sales in San Diego get revised from 89% to 6.5% due to a "data glitch", it is no wonder that increasingly more Americans realize every single day they are being blatantly lied to by an Administration whose sole purpose in life is to give out 10 pair of rose-colored glasses to every possible voter in the next election.

The NYSE Responds to Zero Hedge

Zero Hedge is happy to present readers with the NYSE's response to the earlier post on dropping program trading data. I would love to see clarity on what it is that the NYSE classifies "account type indicator data" as opposed to old reliable DPTR. I imagine there will be significant statistical data adjustment post fact. Furthermore, in allowing the SLP program to go into effect on an expedited basis, the SEC said it did so because the program did not affect the protection of investors and impose any significant burden on competition.

Afternoon News Round Up

  • Fed's Outright Treasury Coupons Purchase for USD 7bln May. 2016 - May 2019, Offer/Cover 3.637 vs. Prev. auction of similar maturity 3.74
  • Prime-mortgage delinquencies climb to 2.9%
  • Russian banks require USD 20-80 bln in additional capital in 2009, says Fitch Ratings
  • IMF reports reserve currency assets for Q1 2009; USD's share of reserve assets rises to 65% vs. Prev. 64.1%
  • French finance minister Lagarde says French banks can withstand deeper economic slump
  • NYSE Halts Transparency, Feels Goldman Program Trading Disclosure Is Unnecessary

    In a move set to infuriate and send many Zero Hedge readers over the top, the NYSE has taken action to make sure that nobody will henceforth be able to keep track of the complete dominance that Goldman Sachs exerts over the New York Stock Exchange. This basically ends our weekly Program Trading updates disclosed every Thursday indicating that Goldman has singlehandedly captured all of NYSE's program trading.

    Just Whom Does Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Represent?

    It has been Zero Hedge's understanding that traditionally lobbies of any kind tend to at least make a tacit acknowledgment of their conflicts of interest. This is especially true when the "lobby" in particular is none other than Wall Street legal powerhouse Wachtell Lipton, which in a series of machine-gunned missives which Zero Hedge has recently obtained, did everything in its power to persuade the SEC to adopt every possible action that would essentially destroy short-sellers in the days after the Lehman collapse.

    Annotating Ben's Helicopteresque Mug

    Zero Hedge's favorite artist Geoffrey Raymond hits the streets and captures the creative process in action. Also, for all who want to share their thoughts first hand (and thus become a part of history) on the "giant vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money", the annotation of the "Big Lloyd 3 (The Root)" will occur this Friday behind ground zero (85 Broad) - not to be confused with "Big Lloyd 1 (,6 Billion)". Pens will be provided.