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March Durable Goods Implode, Plunge -5.7%; CapEx Recovery Put On Indefinite Hiatus

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So much for the great American CapEx recovery. Moments ago the Census department released the March Durable Goods report, thanks to which one can lay to rest any hope of a recovery in the US economy, with the headline number printing an absolutely abysmal -5.7%, an epic swing from the +5.7% (revised lower of course to 4.3%) in February, and confirming the recovery is dead and buried. This was the biggest miss in headline data and the biggest drop since August, and the second worst since January 2009.

Although we are confident the propaganda spin is just waiting to be unleashed: after all it is possible that March weather was both too hot and too cold, thereby making the number completely irrelevant - after all it is always the inclement weather's fault when the economy does not act as predicted by some economist's DSGE model of reality and stuff.

This headline number was obviously a huge miss to expectations of -3%, with the misses spreading to all sub headline categories too: Durables ex-transportation was down -1.4%, on expectations of a 0.5% rise, (previous revised from -0.5% to -1.7%). And so much for CapEx with Cap Goods nondefense ex aircraft up just 0.2% (0.3% exp) with the previous revised from -2.7% to -4.8%, while the nondefense orders shipped ex air missed expectations of a 0.8% rise, printing at 0.3%, and the February data revised from 1.9% to 1.2%. In brief, horrifying economic data however one looks at it, and proof that the great CapEx recovery never existed to begin with. So much for 3% Q1 GDP, which is about to be revised by everyone lower across the board.

Finally, if this economic collapse validation doesn't send the S&P limit up, nothing will.

The only two charts needed to show what is really going on in terms of capex and generally spending on core capex:




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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:48 | 3492213 Cassandra Syndrome
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But, but, but

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:50 | 3492218 cdntrader
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Kerosene for a new all-time high...

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:53 | 3492226 Acet
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I blame it all on Winter being cold!

(and on water being wet)

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:56 | 3492241 GetZeeGold
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Wonder if fire still burns?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:59 | 3492246 Dr. Engali
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No but ice is still cold.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:23 | 3492372 forwardho
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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:09 | 3492299 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:13 | 3492313 GetZeeGold
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Blame the gods of the copybook headings.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:19 | 3492353 max2205
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moar good news

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:52 | 3492225 midtowng
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I'm honestly curious how long the stock market can go the opposite direction of the real economy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:56 | 3492242 yogibear
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Indefinitely . Held up by Bubble Bernanke and the Fed's QE money.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:57 | 3492248 GetZeeGold
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If we lose a couple printers things could get a little dicey.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:14 | 3492318 onewayticket2
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does anyone keep an "implod-o meter"?  something like DEFCON, but with a 100 or 1000 point scale?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:00 | 3492251 Cassandra Syndrome
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4 Forces drive prices. Demand for the concerning entity, supply of the concerning entity, demand for money and the supply of money. The spigot taps of QE flow into the financial markets. The UK Sunday Times top 1,000 Rich List soared 23% in value for 2012, all thanks to the increase in equities and very little to do with traditional capitalism with the supply of goods and services we want or need. It's the classic Cantillon Effect, and when all this pent up supply of liquidity hits mainstreet, inflation will let rip.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:03 | 3492253 Winston Churchill
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Six months seems to be average from 40 years of watching 'market' behavior.

the market is a contrarian indicator and the players there are usually tht last

to grasp reality.This summer will be rough if they stick to their normal form.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:34 | 3493033 disabledvet
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"if you put a big dishof food in front of a dog he will salivate." that plate is an unlimited amount of liquidity before Wall Street and Washington. "since the dollar is rallying on the news" you tell me where the speed bump is goin to come from.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:59 | 3492262 Antifederalist
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Free money. No alternatives. (Except Au and Ag which MSM say are scary)

Stock market is a HUGE short.

This too will end badly.

Doom on you Bernank, And Krugman . You will regret this.....

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:54 | 3492515 gdogus erectus
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Until the last bear capitulates and puts his money in. Seriously, it's a mind game. It can go up as long as they want. Printing up a hundred billion per month doesn't even cause that much inflation since it creates no velocity.

Now, get some velocity going with someone (a sovereign) disorderly selling stocks or treasuries in a panic and then we'll finally see some excitement. And that's going to happen. But none of us will make money on that crash. With paper anyway.

Guess I need to finish with the obligatory: Silver, bitchez!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:16 | 3492605 disabledvet
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Unless and until zero hedge starts including money loaned out "in all matters of speculation" then simply put "your view of what is a capital expenditure" is hopelessly understated. "the fact that equities are continuing to surge" (let alone treasuries) "is proof positive cap ex is excessive."

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:19 | 3492627 ejmoosa
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When it does correct, it will be like the tide going out in the Bay of Fundy rather than the tide along the gulf coast......

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:16 | 3492335 Chaffinch
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Never mind these freak statistics - the Choco ration is up again comrades!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:21 | 3492355 forwardho
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No but, but, but, Cass.

You KNEW what was coming, you just could'nt see it.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15 | 3492603 Groundhog Day
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The spinmeister's on Bloomberg radio are spinning the information as "not that important, since the numbers you want to focus on are the housing numbers"

They are really struggling to keep spinning the news

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15 | 3492604 Groundhog Day
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The spinmeister's on Bloomberg radio are spinning the information as "not that important, since the numbers you want to focus on are the housing numbers"

They are really struggling to keep spinning the news

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:48 | 3492215 spastic_colon
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Wow just wow, of course Europe can always take their gains today and buy American (indexes).

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:50 | 3492217 Stonedog
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So this is bullish, right? [/sarcasm]

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:54 | 3492232 Bearwagon
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Any other proposals? No? So, in that case: Yes, it's bullish.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:21 | 3492354 Alpo for Granny
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This is good for about 150 on the Dow today, PM's will sell off, bond yields will plummet, unemployment will drop, housing will report record new starts, and the Fed will order 1.4 billion toner cartridges.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:50 | 3492220 Cognitive Dissonance
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I always enjoy the show Boeing puts on with their magical "order" stick saves to the US CapEx numbers. That is why these charts ex aircraft orders and deliveries are so telling.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:56 | 3492235 LawsofPhysics
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Indeed.  Boeing planning on making planes for the BRICs now?  I don't think so.  Victims of their own successful "partnerships".  Fucking cronies.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:52 | 3492223 jubber
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of course its bullish both Dow and S&P are up

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:53 | 3492224 fonzannoon
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Has anybody bothered to ask the Bernak what is so important that he can't manage to rechedule so he can attend his famous once a year conference?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:55 | 3492230 101 years and c...
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im not kidding when i say for him, the only thing more important would be he expects to be in the grave by then.  we can only hope.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:56 | 3492233 Dr. Engali
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There is  a little boys conference he wants to attend.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:56 | 3492227 Dr. Engali
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When everything is made in China and designed to throw away, is there really such a thing as durable goods? How about if we call them temporary goods? Or better yet temporary pieces of shit?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:59 | 3492250 Bearwagon
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I recently upgraded the design of my monitor to 'very durable' by changing a few capacitors. The rest seems to work fine. So, in some way, there still are such goods, if you are willing to help it ....

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:12 | 3492304 Cognitive Dissonance
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Temporarily durable goods?

Permanently temporary durable goods?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:16 | 3492340 scatterbrains
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for realz nigga I feel ya...  quick someone throw some intangibles up in that piece.. quit playin.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:55 | 3492229 TumblingDice
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The only people that believe the economy is recovering are morons. In fact, this may be very difficult to adjust to, but we will never again see the endless summer of the 90's. Everyone expecting the economy to recover just because it has always recovered are all children of summer. Now is the fall and winter is coming. 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15 | 3492599 e-recep
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fall was from 1980 to 2000. we are still in winter now.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 15:40 | 3494177 TumblingDice
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You'll know winter when it gets here. So far, people aren't ready to accept the harsh reality of this social/economic/political decline. When they do, proably because there's no other options left or to put it differently, when the duct tape runs out, then it will be winter.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:55 | 3492236 firstdivision
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:57 | 3492237 Gutenberg
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Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:57 | 3492238 Navymugsy
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March was excessively "Marchy". Everybody knows this and I'm sure the statisticians at Census compensated for this fact so could we please stop ragging on the Gov't?  All in all it's still quite bullish.



Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:03 | 3492275 The Second Rule
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But it wasn't excessively Ides-y, now was it?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:59 | 3492239 Yen Cross
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     This market is stuck on 'autopilot'. The only thing bringing it down will be when it runs out of(Fed) fuel.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:59 | 3492249 MiltonFriedmans...
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Agreed, YC.....the question is, when, not if, is the kill switch hit?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:16 | 3492330 Yen Cross
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     I think the only thing that will stop the Fed. is when the cost of living gets so unbearable that crowds of people are standing with pitch forks on 'Maiden Lane' demanding 'Chair Satans' head.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:59 | 3492255 yogibear
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It's where the Fed's QE money goes to hold up the pension funds.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:58 | 3492243 Jason T
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hunker down bitchez

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:58 | 3492245 tarsubil
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I once went on this big roller coaster that had this huge plunge to start. You spent what seemed minutes clicking up this huge first hill. Then over the hump we go. Everyone put their hands up and scream. Enjoy the ride.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:00 | 3492256 billwilson
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Can we start a new comparison model. Let's compare initial reads to initial reads - screw the revisions (which are alwasy in the direction that makes the initial to revised number look better than it should.) If there are systemic issues in the initial numbers then the corect comparison is initial to initial.

So today we should have had the intial compared to the intial for Feb (not the revised down revised number). Therefore the drop would have been even bigger.


Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:03 | 3492273 Kina
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This is going to mean ...more stimulous...more printing....aka Japan hyper know it will work.



Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:06 | 3492284 kw2012
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Yes because the solution to too much spending is more spending.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:06 | 3492283 kw2012
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Thank God the Fed is pumping 85 Billion a month in to the stock market.... errr I mean banks. Otherwise Suzie six pack might have a hissy fit about how poorly her "investments" are doing.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:05 | 3492285 dcohen
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Bernanke, do your thing.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:05 | 3492286 rsnoble
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I'm gona make my own digital zeros today.  In fact I have thousands of them floating around in cyberspace it's a great sense of security. LOL.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:07 | 3492295 Kina
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Don't worry another 2000 points on the Dow will create a recovery.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:09 | 3492296 Yen Cross
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     Turned on CNBS to catch the news release and that ' Human PEZ dispenser' Cramer was yapping. I don't miss watching that crapola station one single bit!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:09 | 3492297 Smuckers
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No more farts coming from the corpse....recovery over.


Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:10 | 3492302 monopoly
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The 64,000 dollar question is....When does it start to make a difference to the markets? 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:19 | 3492348 yogibear
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Not a bit anymore. The bots are not interested.

The bots have plenty of Bernanke and the Fed's QE money.

The bots get a little hyper when they read the white house was bombed and react, although slightly.


Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:25 | 3492370 WTF_247
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$2 dollar answer is - it wont.

Funds are all in algo land.  Ben gives them money to drive the market.  Big funds are the only ones that can actually back the market off when they sell.  If they view the world as riskless then they will not.  Most backoffs in the market are driven by selling futures and buying VIX, not selling stocks.  Until this does not protect them the scam will continue.

This is also why most selling only lasts a few hours.  Stocks are only following the index through arb, not through actual selling by funds.  Once risk is back on they unwind the ES hedge and the markets rocket higher.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:10 | 3492303 The Second Rule
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It all has to end sometime....

Stellar Desideration:

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:13 | 3492311 MFLTucson
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What did you people expect when you elected Barack Obama? 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:23 | 3492369 tarsubil
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If only we had elected the other sock puppet! I told you guys but noooOOOOoooo.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:55 | 3492521 Umh
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Always vote them out of office. It takes a little while for them to rotate players and we get a brief break in the insanity.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:13 | 3492319 ekm
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Low Energy Prices = Recovery

High Energy Prices = Piece of shit


Crude oil has been in hyperinflation since 2003 when it jumped from $30 to $120 in 2008 and so far with a small relief in 2009, which ...cause some recovery.


As a reminder, scientists have not come up with technology yet to convert QE into Fuel and Energy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:13 | 3492320 FreeNewEnergy
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Sale on kitchen appliances (these are durable, we promise) at Sears and JC Penny. Do your part to help support our failing economy. BUY! BUY! BUY! Buy often! Buy things you don't need! Destroy your good stuff so you can BUY MOAR! Sell your gold and silver and buy stocks.

Buy moar, bitchez!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:39 | 3492449 Manipuflation
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There, I just shoved the refrigerator off the third floor balcony!  Now I need to go buy a new one on credit that I will eventually default on.  That should help for a little while.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:20 | 3492351 orangegeek
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This may not be true.


Ben and Barry haven't ordered a revised report yet.


Once this report is revised, the recovery/growth economy will be back on!!


Isn't lying/deception/fraud a wonderful thing?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:21 | 3492358 WTF_247
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Since we no longer need earnings or anything related such as GDP, orders or actual demand to drive stock prices this should send the SP500 through 1600.  After all, one can look forward a few years and say it will likely be better.  Who cares about now.  Who cares about 6 months or a year.  Look forward 5 or 10 years - its all good.  Do not sell - just buy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:22 | 3492363 Jim B
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Green shoots! 

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:10 | 3492588 Winston Churchill
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Green sharts.

Fixed it for ya.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:31 | 3492405 Manipuflation
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Not to worry though because I am sure that we are adequately supporting a sector of the non-durable goods markets...


from wikipedia


"Examples of nondurable goods include fast moving consumer goods such as cosmetics and cleaning products, food, fuel, beer, cigarettes, medication, office supplies, packaging and containers, paper and paper products, personal products, rubber, plastics, textiles, clothing and footwear."

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:32 | 3492411 ISEEIT
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No worries. This is a good thing you see. After all the sequester imposed upon the American people is clearly to blame. The solution? Why that of course is to return the gavel to Ms. Pelosi so to as insure that the great leap FORWARD can be finalized (so to speak).

2014 here we come!!!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:35 | 3492423 WTF_247
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Off to the races.  ES starts with a 3pt spike straight up out of the gate on this good news.  Should be 1600 by EOW easy.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:37 | 3492433 orangegeek
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Shit news. Shit data.  Shit economy.


Companies buying back their shares like mad to hit EPS targets and stuffing distribution channels with product no one wants.


Dow Jones opens up 20 - sounds about right.

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:02 | 3492549 thismarketisrigged
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and of course the futures went green with this news, and markets are still green/flat.


its like no matter how bad the news continues to get, the markets can not go down.


even when its not highly green, it just stays flat, it can never tank, unless of course there is a tweet

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:03 | 3492559 20834A
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OT: is offline?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:44 | 3492760 venturen
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Haven't looked is the maket up?

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:10 | 3492886 sbenard
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Who needs an economy? We have PRINTED prosperity now!

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:05 | 3493708 Agent 440
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Durable goods is so 19th century. Buy intangibles! Is there an intangibles etf?

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