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Portuguese President Prepares To Accept Jose Socrates' Resignation; Government Collapse Imminent

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From Market News: "Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva is prepared to accept the
resignation of Prime Minister Jose Socrates and is getting ready to call
an election to choose a new government, Portuguese daily Jornal Publico
reported on its website Wednesday evening....The political instability that would ensue from a collapse of the
government, combined with market tensions that have pushed Portuguese
ten-year bond yields to a euro-era high above 8%, seem likely to
increase the pressure on Lisbon to seek a financial aid package from the
European Financial Stability Facility and the International Monetary
Look for Portuguese, Irish and all out toxic fallout (pardon the pun) to be bought with impunity by JC Trichet as the entire market goes bidless.

More from MNI:

The news comes as the Parliament nears the end of a debate on the minority Socialist government's proposed package of new austerity measures amid strong signs that the bill will be defeated. Rejection of the measures, which are strongly endorsed by Portugal's European Union partners, would amount to a vote of no confidence in Socrates' government.

Socrates is planning to meet with Silva at 19h00 GMT/1500 EDT, and it is widely anticipated that he will tender his resignation in that meeting if the parliamentary vote goes as is widely expected. Socrates is scheduled to address the nation at 20h00 GMT/1600 EDT this evening.

Never too late to load up on those Irish CDS. Just for heaven's sake do not use Citi, Bank of America, JPM, Goldman, Deutsche, RBS, Barclays or BNP as counterparties.


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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:40 | 1091388 John Law Lives
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That should be good for a +100 close on the Dow Jones.  If an asteroid hits the Earth, we could see +1,000.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:41 | 1091401 Id fight Gandhi
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Astroids have gold in them. That would drive down gold and put more money into Netflix.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1091461 snowball777
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Really? How much? Every one?


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 04:17 | 1094160 Yen Cross
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X oplanets.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:54 | 1091502 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""Astroids have gold in them. That would drive down gold and put more money into Netflix.""


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:57 | 1091511 bbq on whitehou...
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I dont know about astroids, but Mars, Mercury, Venus and even the Moon have some gold and silver.

We could finance a ship and crew for under 1 billon.  First come first serve.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:05 | 1091555 hedgeless_horseman
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What about Uranus?

The tola is an Indian unit of weight. The most popular gold tola bar is the 10 tola, equivalent to 3.75 oz or 116.64 g. Its gold purity is normally 99.9%. 10 tola bars are traded mainly in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.  10 tola bars are distinctive in two ways. They have smooth, rounded edges and, in the past, were an ideal size for smuggling, inside

a smuggler’s body, if necessary. Most have no serial numbers.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:05 | 1091570 A Man without Q...
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The most popular tola in India is made of Charas...


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:22 | 1091645 DosZap
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Well, god luck getting past the TSA X Ray machine that is emitting 100x's their posted dosage.

Gold up your ass or will see it.Even baggie stuffers are hard pressed now to get thru.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:16 | 1091559 hedgeless_horseman
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While you are checking Uranus, look for a string dangling out, as it may be attached to 1 or 2 Baht doughnut bars from Thailand. 

If you come up empty, check that Swiss guy in Hong Kong, the one with the ponytail who hangs out at the spas in Mongkok, as he looks to be a sure thing.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:19 | 1091639 WALLST8MY8BALL
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Thank you for finally explaining String Theory to me!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:47 | 1091786 PY-129-20
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Yes, and Gold can be produced. Just ask your local Alchemist. Transmutation of lead into gold? In 15 minutes.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:42 | 1091407 Fidel Sarcastro
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Indeed!  According to all of the Keynesian professors & analysts (and CnBS economists) a mega-asteriod would be quite bullish.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:51 | 1091485 youngman
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and housing would jump because of the need for new housing let along the new land available for building...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:59 | 1091524 bbq on whitehou...
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Thats great news!  We have one incoming in 2014.  Maybe we could snag it or maybe it will snag us :)

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:46 | 1091437 SheepDog-One
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Remember to put it in context though as the DOW is really a Chinese index.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:50 | 1091457 Dr. No
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Put your faith in the Tao

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:51 | 1091469 snowball777
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The Dow that can have faith put in it is not the true Dow.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:56 | 1091512 Dr. No
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You are right, put your faith in the Dow, not the Tao.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:50 | 1091792 Wynn
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The dow that can be told
is not the eternal Dow

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:55 | 1091499 moldygoat
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22 points away!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:06 | 1091565 mdwagner
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Computers would keep driving up the market even if all human beings were exterminated.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:08 | 1091577 Bazooka
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The many comments like yours where current events don't explain the current market movements....they are all based on a surprise that amidst bad news, the markets move up.

This is linear extrapoloation and the same will occur when markets will plunge with no bad news.

Social mood is what drives the markets and it's not linear nor statistical. Social mood is random but patterned.

If Wave C did end at S&P 1344, then the current onset will mean that huge plunges in the market lie ahead, many of these plunge days could be with no bad news.....

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:18 | 1091636 John Law Lives
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Thanks for the psychology lecture.

The stock market has been moving up because The Fed has gunned the M2 supply and speculators are taking advantage of the artificially created conditions.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:25 | 1091667 Catullus
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Market plunges are a linear extrapolation of selling?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:29 | 1091694 explodinghead
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Whatever Pretcher.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:37 | 1091724 SheepDog-One
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No assclown, Bens 'cntrl/print' key is what drives the markets. End of story case closed.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:29 | 1092047 Dr. No
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Not completely true.  When ben is blathering at a conference away from his computer, the Algos drive.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:31 | 1091693 Piranhanoia
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"Element 79" Fred Hoyle

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:41 | 1091755 Alea Iacta Est
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Go Long on Bruce Willis?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:41 | 1091394 Tortfeasor
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The fair is in town.  The carneys are selling Irish CDS for cheap. Counterparty risk seems on par with BoA.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:42 | 1091400 Duuude
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Where's Glaucon ?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:42 | 1091409 tickhound
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The perma-bulls have replaced the "eternal growth model" with "wreck and rebuild"

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:51 | 1091478 snowball777
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I was thinking "Wreck and Reinsure", like that nightclub owner with a bookie's enforcer on his tail and a bunch of matches.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:03 | 1091550 tickhound
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once again... vividly well put

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:44 | 1091410 vote_libertaria...
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Why is this a big deal.  The ECB will just throw some funny money at them and it's FIXED (well....for a few more months)


tink tink tink (the sound of another can being kicked)

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:45 | 1091421 Lord Welligton
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Let's hope Spain follows and the ECB/German madness ends.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1091439 long juan silver
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What? Are they pulling out of the Libyan collation also?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:44 | 1091422 John McCloy
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Markets surge on non payment of debt to bankers.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:02 | 1091546 AccreditedEYE
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Markets surge on more issuance of the ECB's Super CDO program. Who in their right mind buys this crap when you can buy the sovereign German or French paper instead? These institutions are exposing themselves to more risk, not less... (buying the entire union vs. just quality) while at the same time moving farther away from the direct repayment source. Such garbage.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:46 | 1091427 SheepDog-One
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'Better n expected' Im sure and certainly 'priced in' no doubt...good for 200 flash dash on the DOW? Heh heh, enjoy while the charade lasts, it wont be long.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:45 | 1091428 long juan silver
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Meanwhile the DJI is up 60.

No sign of intelligent life here.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:53 | 1091493 John Law Lives
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Yeah, I guess the lowest monthly total in new home sales on record (dating back ~50 years) is bullish.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:55 | 1091497 snowball777
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And the EUR/USD just...hoverglides.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 19:02 | 1092667 unununium
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Heaven only knows the mischief made by freshly printed EUR,JPY,USD.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:46 | 1091429 Caviar Emptor
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Excellent: more biflationary news! The ECB rescue package will simply reinforce what's already happening: raising the value of paper and deflating real economic activity. All those predictions I've made here on ZH have come true even here in the US: look at today's housing news in the face of surging oil and raw materials. Look for more of the same until the Jasmine Revolution spreads to the US. 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:50 | 1091458 SheepDog-One
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No revolution in the US until McDonalds discontinues food stamp acceptance on chikin Mcnuggets.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:55 | 1091495 Caviar Emptor
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Trouble is the price of 1 McNugget will be more than a weekly salary

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:04 | 1091567 primalplasma
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I didn't know that McDonalds accepts food stamps. I actually think that this is the future. ...McDonalds and Taco Bell as government sponsored food distributors.

Put your money on MCD!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:39 | 1091735 SheepDog-One
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Primalplasma theyve been accepting food stamps for quite a while, go in and see!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:23 | 1091664 WALLST8MY8BALL
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heads of state who ride and wrangle,
who look at your face from more than one angle,
can cut you from their bloated budgets
like sharpened knives through chicken mcNuggets.

now heads of state who ride and wrangle,
who look at your face from more than one angle,
can cut you from their bloated budgets
like sharpened knives through chicken mcNuggets.

shut the f*$k up.
shut the f*$k up.
right, right
learn to buck up.
shut the f*$k up.
now, now
learn to buck up.

now nimble fingers that dance on numbers
will eat your children and steal your thunder,
while heavy torsos that heave and hurl
who crunch like nuts in the mouths of squirrels.

now nimble fingers that dance on numbers
will eat your children and steal your thunder,
while heavy torsos that heave and hurl
who crunch like nuts in the mouths of squirrels.

shut the f*$k up.
shut the f*$k up.
right now
learn to buck up.
shut the f*$k up.
right, shut the f*$k up
yeah, yeah
learn to buck up.

now simple feet that flicker like fire
and burn like candles in smoky spires
do more to turn my joy to sadness
than somber thoughts of burning planets.

now clever feet that flicker like fire
and burn like candles in smoky spires
do more to turn my joy to sadness
than somber thoughts of burning planets.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:24 | 1091671 DosZap
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Or, they cannot find a way around using them for for booze, and cigawrecks.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:46 | 1091430 Dick Darlington
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Just for heaven's sake do not use Citi, Bank of America, JPM, Goldman, Deutsche, RBS, Barclays or BNP as counterparties.

Hahahahaa, punchline of the day. Thanks for the laughs Tyler!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1091442 hedgeless_horseman
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Mr. Market says, "I don't care any more..."

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:59 | 1091535 buzzsaw99
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There is no Portugal, there is only the Bernank.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1091444 NotAllowed
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All of the doom and gloom things are happening, and yet the world keeps going.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:50 | 1091473 SheepDog-One
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For this hour anyway. Americans are trained for an attention span perspective of no longer than 60 minutes, the avg TV time slot. Half hour is actually pushing it. 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:57 | 1091514 snowball777
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Thanks, Charlie. I think your hooker is waiting to be paid.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1091446 bob_dabolina
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TD -

It's not toxic fallout, it's "legacy" fallout.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:07 | 1091569 bbq on whitehou...
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Its not toxic its just in transition; whats a million years between geologists?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1091455 Rock N Roll Det...
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I will take Portugal falls into Atlantic for a 1000 Alex.... Irish and Portugal fall into the atlantic at the same time what is its name?.... What is .. Your Stewed... Alex..

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:07 | 1091572 Fenlander
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There's one of the Canary Islands that is basically a huge ancient volcano with a big split down the middle of it.  Half of it is poised to fall into the Atlantic once gravity and rainwater open the split just a little bit more, and if it does, the East Coast is going to be hit with a tsunami that would make Japan look like a wave in a paddling pool.  You've got to hope that that thing is fully wired with seismometers to give at least some warning, and that the local air surveillance radar has received the latest upgrade to be able to spot items as small as one regular sized black swan on short finals...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:44 | 1091764 cossack55
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Yes, La Palma. Why it has not been used as a weapon yet surprises me. It was mentioned in a couple of novels I think.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:50 | 1091476 hugovanderbubble
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SPain is in DEFAULT

ALL Real Estate Companies are in default and bank 80% are....too

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:52 | 1091483 GOSPLAN HERO
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Silver is above $37!

A fist full of silver dollars is absolutely orgasmic!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:53 | 1091496 A Man without Q...
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"All for the best in the best possible of worlds."

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:55 | 1091510 Alienated Serf
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totally off topic-  great HFT article.  colocation bitchez

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:59 | 1091529 snowball777
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Optical switches and wormholes to the rescue!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:55 | 1091516 Caviar Emptor
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The cycle of bailouts continues (and may be accelerating). With housing starts at lowest level since The Kennedy Administration, will QE3 be far behind? Implication for banks buying MBS from the Fed is dire

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:57 | 1091520 GOSPLAN HERO
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I believe a 100 mega ton nuclear explosion would take us to Dow 14,000.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:20 | 1091629 bbq on whitehou...
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I 100 megaton "nuke" would put less pu in the air then, is burning now in Japan. Nukes turn part of their matter into "pure" energy. E=mc2.

So its less destructive, less deadly and less bad, then what is happening in Japan.

* as far as, harm to future generations. 1000-10,000 year danger zones are not good for the generations to come.

** Given small rock and heavy toxic environment.

100 megaton "nuke" vs 4 reactor meltdown.  Tough call my money is on the reactor being "worse".


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:58 | 1091522 Johnny Lawrence
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So the government is collapsing because lawmakers won't agree to austerity measures?  Sounds like Portugal really wants to get their finances in order.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:59 | 1091532 snowball777
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So....about that debt ceiling.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:00 | 1091547 Captain Kink
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But they'll manage to float their next debt issue without problem... ridiculous!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 14:59 | 1091542 ml8ml8
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I picture a bunch of mountain climbers, roped together, climbing a mountain called "debt."  Germany, France, and the UK are in the lead and pulling along the rest of the rope team.  Greece and Portugal are at the back and have slipped and fallen.  Ireland is third from the end and is desperately trying to cut the rope.  It isn't going to end well.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:02 | 1091548 ml8ml8
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I forgot to mention, just ahead of Ireland, there's a really fat guy named Spain. 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:49 | 1091787 cossack55
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...and at the top of the mountain with a banner emblazoned with the single word LIBERTY, stands the proud Icelandic hero.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:00 | 1091844 snowball777
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I think you've got the climbers in backwards order.

The guy holding the most debt is the one at the end of this rope and the fat bastard Italians and Spaniards are causing it to fray.

France and Germany are at the bottom, yelling to the fatties to take the offer of the guy at the top (IMF) who has a knife behind his back and is haggling with them about the price of more rope.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:07 | 1091549 John McCloy
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Dow looking for 100

I bet Obama is sorry he ever agreed in that meeting back in March of 09 to let Ben use taxpayer money to buy stocks.

Ben: I promise..I will get you reelected if you just let me unleash the Fed on the markets.

By now everyone sees through the ruse.

1. No banks are selling stocks EVER

2. All market gains are reliant upon trying to lure in shorts to steal money from

3. The market is trying to ignore commodity input costs and still run this mother higher

Bottom Line is that with all the leverage being used to ramp fake prices to trick a populace the markets are ripe for a takedown by those who are not PD's and will gather together to make a fortune going short. 2 years later now of free money , propaganda and BS and home prices are still falling..QE is ending in June..Metals are parabolic and there are no jobs.

  If this all does not end in with what comes to be called the Jackson Hole(Nuremberg) trials I would be amazed. After 2012 elections a new fresh blood of Americans are headed into power removing the cronys.

And it all ends with begging for the largest bailout package ever assembled for bankers.

Ben has been trying to excuse away all past crashes with, "If everyone didnt panic we would have been better off"

  Well Ben there is a reason Panic is hardwired into every living creature and it is to survive. Printing presses do not become salvation and only a false sense of security compounding the end result.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:15 | 1091616 John Law Lives
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It would appear that there is an agreement among banks not to sell stocks.  Think how insidious this all appears:

1. Banks dole out easy-to-get loans to people to finance overvalued assets.

2. Banks get bailouts at taxpayer expense when the housing bubble pops.

3. The Fed guns the money supply and gives TBTF banks access to nearly free $$$.

4. The Fed guns the stock market and enriches the banks while much the world chokes on surging food and energy costs.

Does it get any more evil?  I think Satan would blush.  Calling The Ben Bernank the Chairsatan is an insult to Satan...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:30 | 1091698 Josh Randall
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You forgot to mention the Food Stamp program that benefits the banks, and the CFTC and other regulatory agencies that don't enforce areas of safety for people to flee to from this cataclysm. 

Its like a government charging you money to get into a fallout shelter after the bomb has been dropped 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:36 | 1091721 John McCloy
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What does JPM make on the EBT cards again? 

6 billion a year. Makes me wanna do something unfit for human ears.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:30 | 1091700 shushup
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Completely agree.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:31 | 1091708 bbq on whitehou...
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Since you dont have to sell or touch assets, that "money" is locked up.  Like a fat guy screaming in a closet.   Untill you give him a mic, he has no impact on others.

One day those assets will need to be priced.



Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:42 | 1091759 John McCloy
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That is the disgust factor of the PPT. We will give you all free money BUTTTT you have to upgrade each other, not sell and put presste iure on contacts to stay in the markets and be bullish on air.

Oh..and want your TARP and PD advertisements?? Always talk up the markets.

This is cheating and stealing from the Republic for personal enrichment and deceit is rewarded. Whomever ever said hate is too strong a word is wrong. Nothing short of life in prison is acceptable. Our citzens are suffering to benefit a few and those who caused this and are continuing to make this worse are being rewarded because of their political contacts.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:03 | 1091551 GOSPLAN HERO
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The socialist comrades seized power in Portugal in 1975. 

Portugal is screwed.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:41 | 1091744 alien-IQ
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I always find it amusing to see people being fucked senseless by Fascism rising up against Socialism.

Divide and Conquer should be marketed by Hasbro and sold to kids as a game so that they can understand the world they are about to grow into.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:06 | 1091895 snowball777
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You never played with GI Joe? ;)

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:03 | 1091552 NotAllowed
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Unreal.......PPT must have dawned there superman underwear today.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:08 | 1091582 Kaiser Sousa
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yeah...the ones loaded with bullshit...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:10 | 1091584 hugovanderbubble
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Silver rocketing....

Hard Assets Age¡

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:28 | 1091690 Kaiser Sousa
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agreed...banks aint got no fucking metal.....

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:32 | 1091587 redpill
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Jose Socrates? How appropriate.  I wonder if Juan Hemlock will be his successor.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:09 | 1091593 TradingJoe
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In the meantime DOW and rest of the "Market" is "climbing :)))!

This may go on for as long as they can print, at some point it will be obsolete

because it simply wont help anymore, there wont be anything left to loot!

I would really like to see what happens then, but for safety reasons I'll pass!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:13 | 1091606 Dr. Porkchop
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I would have thought that dissolving an incompetent government and calling new elections would be a positive step.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:12 | 1091609 Dick Darlington
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I hope Finland will say NO! Seems that a lot of Finns have had it with the europonzi and the endless bail outs.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:12 | 1091610 Johnny Lawrence
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This market is unbelievable.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:21 | 1091641 alien-IQ
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Obviously this is quite bullish news for the stock market...along with a nuclear disaster, tsunami and earthquake in the third largest economy in the world, the start of a third war, a new low in home sales, oil over 105 per barrel, record and relentless unemployment and state and federal government in debt to the point of insolvent. Clearly...the only way to see this accumulation of news is as bullish.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:26 | 1091679 LawsofPhysics
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Bring on the asteroid and let's get this market to 36,000!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:29 | 1091688 shushup
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:08 | 1091902 snowball777
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...and I got a boil on my ass that could kill...but, you know me, I can't complain.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:18 | 1091633 What_Me_Worry
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Happy BTFD day!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:43 | 1091757 Captain Kink
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(Every Day.)

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:22 | 1091647 HelluvaEngineer
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So let me get this straight - the S&P is about to punch through 1300.  Is anyone trading today except for Traderbot 2000 vs Traderbot 3000?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:27 | 1091683 shushup
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Yes and all the money is going into PCLN, NFLX and BIDU. Great huh? 3 stocks can  take all of the volume and hold up the entire US market.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:42 | 1091749 SheepDog-One
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The S&P? You mean that German market?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:24 | 1091654 LawsofPhysics
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Just playing devil's advocate here, but, could this be a good thing?  Imagine a country coming to together and saying "fuck it, it will be tough, be we will find out who is worth a shit one way or the other and we will get through this.  We know that the debt is fraudulent, so fuck it, here are the keys to the country, come get it mother fuckers."

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:37 | 1091720 downwiththebanks
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That's what Argentina did in 2000.  Since then, they've sold out again, but for a while the Argentinians were calling the shot rather than the banker-gangsters for a change.

Worth trying again - maybe in Egypt, too.

Or in New York.  Meanwhile, tax fucking derivatives to the moon.  FAKE debt crisis solved.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:10 | 1091917 snowball777
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Usually people in leadership positions that take those stances end up having uncomfortable confrontations with projectiles or gravity.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:21 | 1091993 LawsofPhysics
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:25 | 1091674 shushup
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Yea! More money for the US markets - Rally city!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:28 | 1091685 Subprime JD
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Yeah yeah keeping printing fiat digital you motherfuckers. Silver says it all as it breaks through $37. Biaatchezzz

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:32 | 1091704 Sheriff Douchen...
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Here in Canada the opposition socialists & separatists are going to bring the govt down just for the sake of it, for another election in order to try and get their hands on taxpayer money. This while Canada has done pretty well vs the PIGS, US, etc...

We are all doomed.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:33 | 1091713 downwiththebanks
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Replacing Socrates will be tough.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:35 | 1091715 Highrev
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And if the USD goes on a daily buy today as I have it possibly doing?

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:38 | 1091727 alexdg
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Most foreigners and news services don't understand what's going on in Portugal and that's why they think that the fall of the portuguese Government is a bad thing. But the truth is so far from it. The truth is that today will mark the first day of hope of getting our fiscal and budget act in place. 


The Socialist Party (PS) has been running the show for 13 of the last 16 years. The current Sócrates (the Prime Minister) government has been in office for the last 6 and a half years, his greatest single achievement was to DOUBLE the amount of debt, currently at about 100% of GDP.  This government has come up with 4 plans to "save the economy" in the last 12 months, all of which were imposed by the EU that wanted the deficit to be reigned in. All of these plans (called PEC in portuguese) never even scratched the surface on cutting spending but ALWAYS focused on reducing the deficit by raising taxes or cutting public servant wages or pensions. But every time Prime Minister Sócrates announced a new PEC, he would always say it would be the last one, that things were great and no foreign aid would ever be necessary. Meanwhile Portugal got downgraded, and outlooks were always negative.


Recently the Government was informed by the EU and ECB that there was an accounting issue of 1.4 billion euros in the 2010 budget and that it would have to be corrected for 2011 and following years. The Government (a minority one, may i recall) unilaterally decided to "promise" the EU additional measures, which is now called PEC4, at the EU summit 2 weeks ago. This caught the parliament, opposition, President, and portuguese citizens off-guard since no one knew of this new PEC and why it was necessary in the first place since things supposedly going great.  Sócrates used his habitual bluff tactics and basically thought he would corner the largest opposition party (PSD, center right ideology) in approving his measures, since there was really no time to discuss things since they had already been committed to the EU; he also threatened if PSD were not to approve the PEC, he would step down from office. 


So it all comes to this day, on the eve of another EU summit, PEC4 is to be voted in parliament. PSD will vote a sound and strong NO; it had already warned in previous PEC's it would not approve any more tax increases or pension cuts without thoroughly going thru every possible cut in spending first. For example:  several state owned companies and institutions that have little or no use for the economy and are a haven for political nominations and jobs, stated owned TV channel which in 2010 swallowed up to 580 million euros from taxpayers money, a state owned airliner that every single year has a loss but also has the most well payed pilots in Europe, a new airport for the Lisbon region when the current one can still withstand the expected growth for the next 6 to 8 years, or the new High-Speed railway from Lisbon to Madrid which has been proven over and over to be a money losing investment for as long the eye can see, the list goes on and on and on. Even today many see this day in parliament as an opportunity that set up by the Prime Minister himself so he can leave office days before he is obliged by the EU to call for aid from the ESEF and later run again for office and victimize himself as having been ousted unfairly.


Portuguese citizens seem to have finally understood that the only thing this Government delivered was propaganda. PSD didn't lie about the way the economy was and how hard times were coming back in the elections of September 2008, and that's why they lost; PS was so more effective in marketing and propaganda.  People understand that the good times have gone by and the debt situation is unsustainable and we must get our act together and work ourselves out of this, but the State has to get thinner and more productive and spend much less. With the current Government this hasn't happened at all (specially taken into account that they actually managed to balloon spending and created thousands of useless public institutions to foster political friends and followers) and the private sector is being penalized with higher and higher taxes in a useless attempt in sustaining a public sector that is bankrupting the country. In a sense Portugal is different from Ireland, probably making it more similar to Greece but at least we acknowledge we have to change the public sector. We don't have a banking crisis, we have a State spending and fiscal crisis, but portuguese citizens as emigrants have shown to adapt and work soundly and excel, it can also be done at home; a new government is needed as quick as possible.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:55 | 1091826 bank guy in Brussels
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Indeed, Portuguese people do adapt and do well in other countries. Would be nice if Portugal could make a successful go of it ... a great place to live, according to many, an under-appreciated, friendly sunny paradise despite the economic & governmental issues.

A question involving a wider canvas, is whether some of the Portuguese debt also needs to be defaulted after the haircut clippers come out for Ireland and Greece.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:37 | 1091729 ebworthen
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"This ship is unsinkable."


"The appearence of safety was mistaken for safety itself."

The PIIGS are yachts and schooners, the U.S.A. is the Titanic.


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:37 | 1091732 RobotTrader
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Looks like all "Risk Assets" are being bought on the news of government collapses, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns, etc.

Talk about a "Wall of Worry"...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:43 | 1091758 SheepDog-One
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Youre the ONLY one in any stock RainbowTrader, besides Ben! Good luck assclown!

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:46 | 1091763 ebworthen
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 Yes, and if the FED wasn't debt printing database dollars and buying the markets reality might actually enter into the picture.

Not to mention individual rights dating back to the Magna Carta being trampled and prostituted out for municipal ca$h and cocktails.

No doubt there were high times in the speculative bubbles of the past that seemed to last forever...until...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:42 | 1091760 gigeze787
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For once CNBC reports the truth....I wonder why?

Screen shot: "Moment of Truth for Europe"

Events in Europe 'Coming to a Head': Bond Manager

Published: Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 12:57 PM ET
Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:57 | 1091823 Dick Darlington
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And so the story in Spain's cajas continues. Ahh, it was so easy on paper and "the market" bought it and loved it. But hey, if banker smells free tax payer fiat around the corner, why make the effort.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:58 | 1091840 Zina
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Can't wait for the day the debt ceiling will be reached in the US...

I'm preparing the popcorn to watch the fireworks...

I guess we have less than one month to go...


Wed, 03/23/2011 - 15:59 | 1091843 damijan
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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:00 | 1091846 Ari Gold
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Euro just dropped 20 or so very quickly... news must be percolating...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:00 | 1091848 Korbin Dallas
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Hey, if you're named after a dead greek scarecrow you shouldn't be running a PIG.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:11 | 1091916 Frank Redner
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ponzinomics are running full steam and everyone is wondering why companies stock values are not collapsing? They will increase in any senario and S&P 1550 is a no brainer in my opinion. Its like complaining not to have bought anything and sitting on cash waiting. I will read the same stuff here in 6 month and same comments.

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