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Bruised And Battered Stocks Wave Bye Bye Ben

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Asset-gatherers and talking-heads are in full panic mode. Stocks tumbled ince again today and there was very little "off the lows" talk. The "turmoil" panic in the hearts and minds of every Wall Street strategist palpable as the Fed failed to save us from another down day. Trannies, Russell, and the Dow are down around 5.5% from their highs; the S&P down around 4%; and the Nasdaq around 4.5% from its multi-year highs last week. Today's plunge of over 35 points the S&P futures from the "where are all the sellers, EM is fixed" post-Turkey highs at 1801 is a very sizable outside range day. Of course it was all about the ongong unwind of levered JPY carry trades as 102 becomes crucial to any bounce in stocks. VIX rose 1.7 vols to 17.5%; credit spreads popped notably wider post FOMC; EM FX turmoiled considerably lower and while the USD was stable (there was plenty of puking in AUD and JPY). Treasury yields tumbled to fresh 10 week lows (10Y -8bps at 2.66% at the lows). Gold and silver rallied post-FOMC and recovered yesterday's monkey-hammering losses.


Spot the Diffference - JPY crosses vs S&P 500


Most major indices have now lost post-December taper gains...


As yesterday morning's short squeeze meant we needed to auction back down...


Only Healthcare and Utilities remain in the green among the S&P 500 sectors from the Dec Taper... (with Consumer sectors crushed)


Gold and silver recovered yesterday's slam down...


EM FX was crushed off Turkey highs...


Treasury yields jumped 6bps higher on the Turkey news at their open and then just collapsed all night and accelerated lower post FOMC...


Since the December taper, it appears (once again) that stocks were the last ones to get the joke...


Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: Wondering how Fed asset "flows" and investor sentiment (and thus buying/leverage pressure) is related? @Not_Jim_Cramer shows this wonderful chart of investor exuberance getting ahead of itself as Fed asset growth rates slow...


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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18 | 4381626 FuzzyDunlop21
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Last time there was a taper stocks popped a boner. Not so much this time bitchez! Where is your god now?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:22 | 4381642 THX 1178
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hoo hoo hoo! Its crunch time bitchez!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:25 | 4381659 Dr. Richard Head
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God I hope.  There are some that I know that are bringing cash out of the bank finally, expecting the the fan to spray some feces around very shrotly.  Ones who thought I was nuts a few years ago. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:27 | 4381674 kaiserhoff
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Ben Shalom kapute ist.

   Now how do we get rid of Barry the Fairy?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:10 | 4381862 aVileRat
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Goodbye ben.


Time to see if the computer funds of today are smarter than the funds in 1987 * 1998.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:24 | 4381666 TruthInSunshine
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The stock markets could decline!!! This would be the end of free market capitalism & hurl the world into a new dark age!!!!!

What will be do without financial engineering, derivatives, speculators & the churn & burn mechanism that actually produces nothing of tangible value and merely serves to shift fiat money from one pocket to another that is called Wall Street?!!!!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:44 | 4381769 CheapBastard
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"Stock prices never drop," my realtor told me.

...oh, wait a sec.....

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:51 | 4382376 Osmium
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There hase NEVER, EVER been a better time to buy.  EVER.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 20:28 | 4382525 Freddie
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What free market?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:44 | 4382032 slaughterer
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ES has a date with its 100DMA before any bounce can take place.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:17 | 4381629 TeamDepends
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:21 | 4381639 Charles Nelson ...
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Only the good die young? Or in this case a horrible fed induced correction.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:47 | 4381788 walküre
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About time this baby learns how to walk on its own two feet.

This recovery is so real, stocks will reach new highs by EOY.

Either that or we start carrying toilet paper to the butcher in exchange for some meat.

one way or another no middle ground

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 20:54 | 4382602 HardlyZero
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Reality bites the FED in the tuchus.

BTW does anyone have any sexy/hot non-photoshopped pix of the FED head ? 

This may come in handy when SHTF...seeing a Yellin' Prune every day might nausiate the markets and cause a disturbance in the farce.   Hot Yellin' pix...  that might be worth their weight in Gold.  heh.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:22 | 4381655 madcows
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It was a dark and stormy night...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:31 | 4381693 Carpenter1
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As fun as this is to watch, it's FED created, therefore i dont believe its the real deal. Does anyone believe the FED will intentionally crash the market? 

Market= Economy(for the voting sheep) 

Anyone able toexplain why the FED would tell the market its not buying anymore?l

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:02 | 4381856 negative rates
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I think the Fed tries all the time, but since it is alway wrong, but never in doubt, they fail every time at doing so.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:03 | 4382630 HardlyZero
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If they want to...if they want to.

Reminds me of these lyrics, Cities, David Byrne.

Think of London, a small city

It's dark, dark in the daytime
The people sleep, sleep in the daytime
If they want to, if they want to


I'm checking them out
I'm checking them out
I got it figured out
I got it figured out
There's good points and bad points
Find a city
Find myself a city to live in.

With the 10-year stuck going higher...its probably the right time...if they want to.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:32 | 4381706 replaceme
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<- it was the best of times

<-it was the worst of times

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18 | 4381631 Winston Churchill
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Margin calls, bitchez.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:20 | 4381636 SheepDog-One
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Only takes a -5% drop for there to be real pain when everything is leveraged 30:1.... but alas we're about to have the min wage/unemployed sop in to bail out our debt...yea that sould work real well.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:21 | 4381647 Spastica Rex
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Is the 30:1 descriptive, or hyperbolic?

I'm asking because I don't know.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:24 | 4381665 SheepDog-One
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From what I've gathered from the banks and funds leverage is probably more like 40 in order to skim a dime off the top.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:32 | 4381710 kaiserhoff
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Yes, often on the high end in bonds, because they are so safe;)

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:47 | 4381794 CheapBastard
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The recent postal rate increase was the final straw for the poor small business sap down the street. His retail biz just went Deep Six'd.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:34 | 4381696 kaiserhoff
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Supposedly not unusual in Hedge Funds or the craziest banks like Deutsche, but they don't publish data in enough detail to really know.  Anyway, it changes constantly.  The really bizarre thing is that hedge funds are rarely hedged in any useful way.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:06 | 4381871 Carl Popper
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They really should be called unhedged funds

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:21 | 4381637 fuu
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Bullish for typos.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:27 | 4381672 EmmittFitzhume
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It's hard to get good Copy out fast enough...Unless you're Hilsenrath

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:21 | 4381638 buzzsaw99
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nice fake market

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:28 | 4381678 Rainman
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... it's a good thing I stopped Mrs. Rainman from shitcanning my Dow 10k hat !

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:28 | 4381688 buzzsaw99
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:23 | 4381652 SheepDog-One
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QUICK! Uncouple from JPY!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:22 | 4381654 Pareto
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"good afternoon everybody, its 4 o'clock on Wall Street - do you know where your money is?"  Why yes Maria, IF by money you mean gold - yes Maria ......I know exactly where it is.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:24 | 4381657 nasa
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Let's see some serious blood in the streets.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:25 | 4381669 SheepDog-One
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Hopefull in the form of Wall St bankters raining down from the sky.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:08 | 4382647 HardlyZero
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Two top American Bankers commit suicide in London as one jumps 500ft from JP Morgan skyscraper and another hangs in home.

In last few days in the Daily Mail.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:47 | 4383053 PoliticalRefuge...
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..well, it's a start.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:27 | 4381660 highly debtful
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I've got a question for the more economically advanced than me (that's about 99 % of you lot on this site, I suppose).

What's the deal with the Fed now doubling its stakes on tapering just when the EM's are starting to burn? Isn't this going to be a popcorn moment, because it'll be like throwing high grade fuel on the bonfire?  

What am I missing? Throw me a bone here, people.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:28 | 4381680 buzzsaw99
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you can't look at it from the outside and make sense of it. if you could look at jpm's and gs's derivative positions then it would become clear to you.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:27 | 4381681 Winston Churchill
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They are saving themselves ,and the USD , by throwing the rest of

the world under the bus.

Or trying to.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:45 | 4381779 kaiserhoff
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Yes, it buys them time, until the next disaster.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:20 | 4382672 HardlyZero
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Its a jobs magnet !

they are breakin' lots of windows now.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:30 | 4381695 Rainman
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You are missing the $4.1 T Fed balance sheet full of crap....and growing.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:36 | 4381724 SheepDog-One
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But soon the min wage/unemployed americans will be scrambling in to take the reins of the FED $4.1 trillion balance sheet, as directed by Dear Leader.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:25 | 4381906 Overfed
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Muffuggers ain't gettin' a single worthless zinc penny of my munney. Fuck O'bomb-a, he can take his MyRA and shove it right up his ass.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:21 | 4382675 HardlyZero
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and Prune Yellin'

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:32 | 4381700 SheepDog-One
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Then they can finaly get their world economic chaos and panic and bring in their endgame 1 world Goldman Sachs bank and 1 world currency. People used to think such talk was crazy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:36 | 4381726 Miffed Microbio...
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I don't get it either. With HFT and all their other manipulations I can't understand how this faux market can ever plummet. Unless it's an intentional reaping.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:46 | 4381765 gwar5
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:46 | 4381768 gwar5
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I'm not an economist with a PhD but I spent the night in at Holiday in Express. 


I thnk the FED knows their QE is not working. By untapering, they shift the consequences of QE to the equity markets and EM's, short term. Insiders know what's coming and how to protect themselves. An equity crash will help the FED unload their UST on dupes with MyIRAs believing they are more safe. The EM turmoil is schadenfreude for the FED because they have been conspiring against the FED's fiat USD by moving towards an alternative currency. 


That's how I see it, if there is a rational explanation for what is going on. I wish other commentators more keen than me would chime in on this. 


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:54 | 4383081 PoliticalRefuge...
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Sounds logical , if they create a false bottom to give a green light to the desperate side money to climb on to the back of the next upswing, they can wring what they can and buy more time- except it's really more smoke and mirrors.

..eventually the real numbers win.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:31 | 4382268 stocktivity
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They spent all 2011 buying $45 Billion a month. Raised that to $85 Billion a month. Now they lowered it to $65 billion a month. Taper my ass!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:26 | 4381671 gwar5
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Killing the "wealth effect" will scare the sheep into treasuries and MyIRAs.

Making people buy UST was discussed during the 2008 crises, whereby they'd use the crises to coerce people into buying Treasuries. FED happy to create a new crises to herd the bagholders.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:31 | 4381705 spankthebernank
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Still don't know why you'd buy anything with a negative real rate of return.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:40 | 4381751 kaiserhoff
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Maybe because you fear a worse alternative, like forced bail ins.

It's hard for retail traders to understand that the big boys have few options and lousy liquidity.  If you manage a few billion in an insurance pool, you can't hang out in silver, gold, and ammo like we can. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:42 | 4381755 B.J. Worthy
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Because Obama.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:45 | 4381777 i_call_you_my_base
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If you hold cash it's a negative return.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:02 | 4382123 lakecity55
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If you stash your cash in a can under grandma's garden, at least the bankster can't steal it.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:57 | 4381837 gwar5
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Exactly, you wouldn't! 


That's why the the term 'bagholder' implies they are stupid and dupes if they get herded into this voluntarily. Not only are UST a negative rate of return, but when the interest rates do get hiked back up to reality they will be devastated. But the rats will be trapped. 

When enough dupes figure out that it is a trap, they will no longer do it voluntarily, then it will become mandatory. 




Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:32 | 4381697 monopoly
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I know we have a long way to go as the last 18 months have been tough on us real investors. But so far this year gold and miners have been right at the top of performance. Now if we can just get Mr. Silver moving along with us.

Patience all. This will work out just fine.  I have all my positions set for at least the next year. Enjoy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:34 | 4381723 gatorengineer
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It sure looks like the JPY cross is a lagging indicator....

Point 2 with the way bonds and gold behaved today. I am starting to believe its real this time.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:17 | 4382189 Ness.
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Starting to notice that the rips are being clipped.  The low volume ramps are running out of steam and the big volume moves are to the downside (rightly so). 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:42 | 4381752 ebworthen
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I see a plan forming where the FED, under orders from their bankster masters, continue to taper to crush the equities markets.

It will lower Treasury rates (cost of debt servicing) while pushing people to buy Treasuries.

The banks will be one step or two steps ahead of the sheeple, ringing up profits all the way down.

And guess what?  When people sell their equities they will have profits from the ramp that will be taxed.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:05 | 4381866 falak pema
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If you crush the equities market you crush the oligarchy wealth.

The fight has always been about maintaining WS assets. A S&P at 1000 and its game over for the FED, what ever the bond market does. 

You kill the goose of the oligarchs.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:43 | 4381758 ncdirtdigger
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I missed my chance to BTFATH! What now?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:47 | 4381787 Winston Churchill
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Sell The Dip. STP.

Your welcome.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:54 | 4381817 TheRideNeverEnds
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oh no you didn't, just go BTFH in nat gas, at $5.50 they are practically GIVING it away plus it has been going up 10% per day; you can't lose! 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:26 | 4381956 ncdirtdigger
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nat gas going up? What the hell? I thought that was fracking fixed.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:27 | 4382691 HardlyZero
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With Prune Yellin' the gas levels will be rising.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:50 | 4381809 assistedliving
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Yellen shall be tested says Mr. Wall St.  Never worked a day in her life.  problem is first time they no likee taking one up the backside...until they do.

newbie BOHICA.  

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:52 | 4381815 Cursive
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Dear Ben BernanQE,

Careful, if you slip on Greedspawn's banana peel and a watermelon goes up your ass.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:55 | 4381829 falak pema
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hey, hey hey, they aren't as buised and battered as all that! 

We'll see how low will the WS spike go now that the taper is minus 20 B.

Another 65 to go...

Some time around second semester the FED slate should be clean of QE...and then we'll see where the rates stand.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:59 | 4381847 Carl Popper
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Gold hamster may be right lol.

We may just see gold hit 3 digits and silver hit 15

I am a buyer at this level and would be delighted if I get an even better price in the future.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:07 | 4381878 shanearthur
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Can someone tell me this? Why did the Hang Seng go up 180 and the Nanex go up 225 today? How (does) this relate to the Fed news? Newby question for sure.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:09 | 4381881 dragoneyes74
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Very happy with the gold action.  It's by far the best setup.  Now that the Fed is out of the way and it has a nice bid underneath it, and sitting beneath the neckline of a perfect inverse head and shoulder pattern on the daily with the 20-day about to cross up thru the 50-day, I think there is zero chance it doesn't break out and run at least to $1335-$1350 area.  Zero is pretty small.  This has been agonizing in setting up.  Worst foreplay ever.  

Technically, there is room for a small version of the monday tuesday weakness, but I started a small long position after the Fed just in case the breakout happens overnight and I will feel very good about it unless it loses the 20-day on a closing basis (which is at today's low print of $1247).  It would make me very happy if silver would get its act together, and even better if the dollar would roll over (which makes no sense to me at all), but this is one of those setups where if it freakishly reverses and doesn't work, I will take the loss knowing it's worth the risk and I would take this trade every time. I feel like I'm being very disciplined about staying small until the breakout happens, so if there is any chance the trading gods can intervene and make the breakout happen during the morning session I will totally help old ladies cross the street for at least two months.   Jus sayin'.   

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:09 | 4381886 falak pema
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how come the delta between 10 year US vs Italy is only 1% and between France and US its -0.3 %?

Respectively 2.7% ; 3.7% and 2.4 %.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:16 | 4381917 Dan Duncan
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Yo Tyler, you should bring this chart back up from a couple of months ago which might just be one helluva call on this correction. Damn near called it to the day.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:57 | 4382076 lakecity55
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This sad news does not affect those who do not wish to play the market lottery. PMs, barter, productive land, other hard assets are more important and valuable these days than paper instruments. I do hold on to my miners however. If the markets really tank, I want to BTFD on natgas or oil....

But, to those of you in pure paper, carry on. I worked very hard for the little I do have, and paper can and does come and go.

Ah, to have the best of both worlds, but that would be greedy.

ZH shouldl have a deer picture day of the market, 1-5 photos of deers or dead kermit the frogs. "This was a 3-deer day, ZHers, as trannies and durables tanked badly."

Keep Stackin!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:34 | 4382285 CultiVader
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I just stacked and I'm ready to stack again...silver sub 20 bitchezzz

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:50 | 4382368 lakecity55
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Sub-20 Ag is delicious!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:26 | 4382689 HardlyZero
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Keep doin' it.  (stacking)

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:12 | 4382173 Hindenburg...Oh Man
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Nice day for the miners. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:25 | 4382195 fuu
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Hey look, the NY Fed is permitted to continue reverse repo operations through January 2015. Additionally daily size was increased to $5,000,000,000 per counterparty per day

All your taper are belong to us.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:27 | 4382252 chump666
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Three days of POMO at 4+billion 31st Jan to the 3rd Feb. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:54 | 4382395 fuu
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Some back of the napkin math:


Since 12/2/2013 $2,061,547,000,000 has been accepted in RRP transactions. 

December 2013 Total: $729,048,000,000.

January 2014 Total: $1,332,499,000,000.

$215,749,000,000 at 0.05 prior to 12/21/13.

$1,845,798,000,000 at 0.03 after 12/21/13.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:20 | 4382221 chump666
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As a reminder, this is not a substantial correction as yet.  Any contentious 2% drops to a 15 to 20% will be alarming to the FED as liquidity and margin calls start to shake Wall Streets foundations.  This sell off is no big deal at all.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:25 | 4382684 HardlyZero
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Maybe its a new ACA Healthcare campaign ?  Lots of people dying from a worldwide collapse might incentivize people to get health insurance ?  Copper, Silver, Gold ?   (it might just work !)   heh.

It could be that sinister ?.

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