Trading has a few simple rules - do the opposite of Goldman's Thomas Stolper; don't fight the Fed; and buy low, sell high. However, as this series of charts from Nanex shows, it is the latter rule that is the easiest to comprehend and yet - thanks to massive and obvious HFT manipulation - is an extremely difficult thing to do. As Nanex's Eric Hunsader notes, high frequency trading algos do not get much clearer than this as the machines buy low (from you) and sell high (to you) each and every millisecond of the trading day.
A Roundup of What's REALLY Going On ...
Bravo again to Jim for his expert work in helping people make money, just not the people he claims, not his viewers, another P.T. Barnum Show folks. Good thing this one hasn't shown he is running a business taking subsidies from the Conneticut government based on the number of employees he has, hat's off to you too Keith Mccullough.
This is no time to be complacent. Massive economic problems are erupting all over the globe, but most people seem to believe that everything is going to be just fine. In fact, a whole bunch of recent polls and surveys show that the American people are starting to feel much better about how the U.S. economy is performing. Unfortunately, the false prosperity that we are currently enjoying is not going to last much longer. Unfortunately, the majority appear to be purposely ignoring the economic horror that is breaking out all over the globe.
Last week, the state of California claimed that its version of Obamacare’s health insurance exchange would actually reduce premiums. But, as Forbes reports, the data that the executive director of California's 'exchange' released tells a different story: Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent. The exuberance that Peter Lee exclaimed over the 'savings' is a misleading comparison. He was comparing apples - the plans that Californians buy today for themselves in a robust individual market-and oranges - the highly regulated plans that small employers purchase for their workers as a group. If you're a 25 year old male non-smoker, buying insurance for yourself, the cheapest plan on Obamacare’s exchanges is the catastrophic plan, which costs an average of $184 a month; but in 2013, on eHealthInsurance.com, Forbes explains, the median cost of the five cheapest plans was only $92. In other words, for the typical 25-year-old male non-smoking Californian, Obamacare will drive premiums up by between 100 and 123 percent. The desperate spin of the PR disaster is incredible as talk of a 'rate shock' is now very prescient, "these extraordinary increases are up to 15 times faster than inflation and threaten to make health care unaffordable for hundreds of thousands of Californians."
As Barron's notes in this recent interview, Marc Faber view the world with a skeptical eye, and never hesitates to speak his mind when things don't look quite right. In other words, he would be the first in a crowd to tell you the emperor has no clothes, and has done so early, often, and aptly in the case of numerous investment bubbles. With even the world's bankers now concerned at 'unsustainable bubbles', it is therefore unsurprising that in the discussion below, Faber explains, among other things, the fallacy of the Fed's help "the problem is the money doesn't flow into the system evenly, how with money-printing "the majority loses, and the minority wins," and how, thanks to the further misallocation of capital, "people with assets are all doomed, because prices are grossly inflated globally for stocks and bonds." Faber says he buys gold every month, adding that "I want to have some assets that aren't in the banking system. When the asset bubble bursts, financial assets will be particularly vulnerable."
- 550,000 SPY shares
- 10,000 June 2013 eMini futures contracts
- 1,400 Nasdaq 100 futures contracts
- 800 Dow Jones futures contracts
- 350 Russell 2000 futures contracts
- 125 S&P 400 Midcap futures contracts
- 300 Crude Oil futures contracts
- 900 Dollar Index futures contracts
- 800 Gold futures contracts
- 10,000 10yr T-Note futures contracts
- 2,500 5yr T-Note futures contracts
- 3,500 T-Bond futures contracts
- 5,000 Eurodollar futures contracts
- 750 Japanese Yen futures contracts
- 600 Euro futures contracts
- Japan’s Stocks Correction Raises Stakes for Abe’s Growth Plan (BBG)
- China Failure to Grow With $1 Trillion Is Warning to Li (BBG)
- Blankfein Leads Bank CEO Pay With $26 Million Deemed Overpaid (BBG)
- IMF says ‘no evidence yet’ of Abenomics hurting other economies (FT)
- Europe Seeks CFTC Delay in Imposing Swaps Rules on Banks (BBG)
- Fed's Rosengren: 'Modest' QE3 cut may make sense in a few months (Reuters)
- Who’s who of Obama lobbyists pushes Keystone pipeline (FT)
- China to Study Joining U.S.-Led Trade Accord After Japan Added (BBG)
So the Fed is essentially handcuffed at this point. Increasing QE in any way risks a Japan-bond market style rout.
The Nikkei dropped by 7.3% at the end of the day and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dipped by 2.5%. Shanghai maintained a moderate fall at just 1.2% (if you believe that data now!). The Asian markets are down.
There appears to be only three words that matter any more and they all begin with the letter 'T' - Tepper, Tuesdays, and Tapering. It seems today, the apparent start of Bernanke's gentle communication policy that he might possibly maybe one day will remove the punchbowl is being modestly priced out of stocks. The S&P and Nasdaq are now down 1% from post-Bernanke 'Moar' euphoria.
Silver’s recovery yesterday from being 10% lower at one stage to recouping these losses and then rising over 2% was very positive technically. The key reversal is leading some to postulate that we may have seen the bottom or are close to a bottom.
As has been rumored for months, and known for days, the official purchase of Tumblr by Yahoo is now in the books. For $1.1 billion, Yahoo is the proud owner of a whole lot of user-generated porn sites if not that much (read any) revenue. We cant wait to see how it monetizes them. And in a press release, apparently aimed squarely at hipsters, Yahoo promises "not to screw it up." It's cool to be hip and edgy: surely it's worth at least 15% in stock premium. As for profits... ah, it's an Amazon world after all.
Several moments ago, TSLA (hardly) surprised the world when it filed an open-ended S-3 (Shelf) statement, as many had expected it was only a matter of time before the company used the recent surge in its stock price to sell shares. Then, a few moments later, TSLA once again (hardly) surprised the world when it announced a joint $450 million convertible bond and 2.7 million share common stock offering. And because a dilution is not a dilution if the founder is participating in the common offering (buying his own equity at an unprecedented price to "anchor" it as a benchmark- sure why not - after all he is making much on all the other equity he has in the firm that he is not buying, as a result), the stock is trading up after hours.
Up 195% from the Nov 2008 lows, the Nasdaq-100 has now broken back above the magical 3000 level. A level first seen in Nov 1999 (back then it took 4 more weeks to hit 4000). How long until CNBC adds a countdown timer to the Nasdaq all-time high?