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Welcome Janet: Worst February Start For Stocks In 32 Years

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The Nasdaq plunged by the most in over 8 months today and broke all the way back to unchanged from the December taper decision of the Fed. All major US equity indices are now negative from the time the Fed decided to slow its flow of free money. The Dow closed below its 200DMA for the first time since December 2012. The S&P 500 closed the furthest below its 100DMA since QE3 started. USDJPY was in charge and everything was higher or lower beta off of that as it broke 102 early then 101 later in the day (with the Nikkei -700 points from the day's highs). Treasuries rallied around 5bps to fresh 7-month low yields for 30Y. Gold and Silver surged, adding 1% on the day as the USD lost 0.25% on the day (led by the 1% strength in the JPY). VIX smashed to 14 month highs over 21%. Credit deteriorated but stocks are catching down.

Just 8 hours into her reign, QEeen Janet has some work to do...

"Not off the lows"



Summing up the JPY carry trade unwind... (h/t @StalingradandPoor)


This is the worst start to a month since 1982 for the Dow and S&P and the worst since records started on the Nasdaq.

The Dow Industrials slammed back under the 200DMA - lowest in over 3 months; down 3% since the taper and down over 7% in 2014

The Nasdaq is down 2.6% - its biggest drop in 8 months - its worst start to a month on record; testing the 100DMA and unchanged to Taper

The S&P dropped 2.2% - its biggest drop since June; lowest in over 3 months and well below its 100DMA - furthest below its 100DMA sicne Nov 2012.


Since the taper, major indices are all negative now...


And since the new year, they are in trouble...


USDJPY was in charge...


VIX has risen 64% on the last 2 weeks - its fastest rise since the US debt downgrade debacle in summer 2011...and the highest close since December 2012


It seems, once again, that credit investors smelled something long before the exuberant marginal stock buyer...


The USD weakened led by JPY and EUR strength...


Treasuries were well bid all day after the weak ISM data... 2s10s pushed to 228bps - its lowest in over 3 months


What is perhaps more worrisome is the surge in bill-yields around the debt-ceiling...


And commodities were very mixed with growthy oil and copper down and safe haven gold and silver up...


Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: The Nikkei is down 2300 points year to date (from 16,450 to 14,160) and the Dow is down over 1200 points year-to-date (from 16,540 at the close of 2013 to 15,316 lows today)


Bonus Bonus Chart: HerbaLOL...


Bonus Bonus Bonus Chart: FX Carry implies a major unwind of the spec VIX Futures short positions...


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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:07 | 4397206 RacerX
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ooh every day the buying opportunity gets better and better.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:08 | 4397211 Levadiakos
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Captain Kirk: This is an extremely primitive and paranoid culture. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:11 | 4397223 camaro68ss
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What a beautiful day, fuck you the bernake, I mean yellen!

 Margin call BITCHEZ!

Jump you fuck!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:16 | 4397243 JPM Hater001
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<---Today I feel Happy Hungry and Sleepy

<---Today I realized I fucked up listening to my broker

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:19 | 4397267 Occident Mortal
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Great news for me as I shorted the DOW at 16,000 and went long on gold at 1,220.

As posted on here.

Waited 5 years for the setup.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:27 | 4397302 Levadiakos
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Gold? HAhahaHhaAHAHAHA

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:33 | 4397322 Rick Blaine
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At least today's action was more exciting/entertaining than the Super Bowl last night.

Still, this is nothing - I still have my "oh shit" line at like Dow 12K...and we have a long, long way to go for that to happen.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:58 | 4397420 fuu
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Damnit, Janet, we're fucking screwed.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:18 | 4397501 Erudite Redneck
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John Ipstein on NPR said this morning Yellen is widely credited with predicting the housing crisis. LOL.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:21 | 4397505 long-shorty
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is it just me or does that picture of a deer seem to mark every bottom?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:49 | 4397647 Spastica Rex
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Oh, please.

Denver's performance mirrored that of stawks today.

Extremely entertaining.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:43 | 4397890 new game
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get the patient a morphine drip, everything will be fine. you won't feel a thing, i promise!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:29 | 4398105 DeadFred
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With current market rules you can't reach 12K until Wednesday morning.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:29 | 4397296 NoDebt
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"Reports from multiple workers at the Marriner Eccles building of Ben Bernanke laughing maniacally as he exited the building for the final time last week were today denied by the Federal Reserve."

"He was just recalling a very funny joke he heard 18 years ago.  It had nothing to do with the state in which he left the world economy and financial system, said a spokesman for the Federal Reserve."

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:31 | 4397315 SoilMyselfRotten
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All you can eat Janet

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:42 | 4397355 LMAOLORI
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camaro 68ss "Jump you f*#@!"

                                                      Maybe they're being pushed...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:09 | 4397214 greatbeard
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>> the buying opportunity gets better and better.

Been that way with gold and silver for a couple of years.  It gets old after a while.



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:13 | 4397230 666
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BTFD = Big Time F***ing Drop.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:17 | 4397250 williambanzai7
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:19 | 4397269 camaro68ss
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A dike holding a dike, classic

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:55 | 4397399 Agent P
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She does have the Dutch boy haircut. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:24 | 4397286 MsCreant
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Too much liquidity. Nice.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:39 | 4397349 ThirdWorldDude
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Here comes the water...

All I knew and all I believed
are crumbling images

that no longer comfort me.
I scramble to reach higher ground,
some order and sanity,
or something to comfort me.

So I take what is mine,and hold what is mine,

suffocate what is mine, and bury what's mine.
Soon the water will come
and claim what is mine.
I must leave it behind,
and climb to a new place now.

This ground is not the rock I thought it to be.

Thought I was high, and free.
I thought I was there
divine destiny.

I was wrong.
This changes everything.

The water is rising up on me.
Thought the sun would come deliver me,
but the truth has come to punish me instead.

The ground is breaking down right under me.
Cleanse and purge me
in the water.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:39 | 4397348 firstdivision
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Janet was busy doing a practice run in NG

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:53 | 4397394 williambanzai7
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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 02:44 | 4399266 Colonel Klink
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You got Yellen's head on the wrong body William!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:59 | 4397957 stocktivity
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"Old Yellen" already has her hands full. QE4 coming any day now to buy stocks.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:09 | 4397208 Droel
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Time to break out the Dow 15,000 hats again?

Or the 10,000?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:15 | 4397235 Boston
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Time to break out the US 10yr 2.50% hats again?

Or the 2.0% hats?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:21 | 4397273 Levadiakos
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This isn't a taper, it's an amputation

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:42 | 4397338 HardlyZero
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operation BareBank...taking the backside off the world markets.  Too much fat.


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:00 | 4397423 Mentaliusanything
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Cue Monty Python and The Black Knight...Tis but a sctatch.. Tis but a flesh wound.. Right I'll do you for that.

Such is the state of this comedy

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:54 | 4397691 SAT 800
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Haw, Ha, Ha; Eat shit and die Stock Market Fools. I love the deer in the headlights. LOL.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:32 | 4397323 Papasmurf
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Soon it's time to replay the old Mark Haines video of dow 10,000.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:08 | 4397209 Droel
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:11 | 4397217 SillySalesmanQu...
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Good luck Mrs. Debtfire on getting all those stampeding sheep back. Maybe Ben will let you use his helicopter...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:40 | 4397357 HardlyZero
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Does Yellin' have the keys ?  to the copter or printer ?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:01 | 4398269 buckethead
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Mrs Debtfire. That has a ring to it.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:25 | 4398375 buckethead
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edit... double post

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:11 | 4397218 Make_Mine_A_Double
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Wait....the drugs and booze aren't working anymore....

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:17 | 4397254 Levadiakos
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I picked a bad day to stop my Skittles, Az ice tea w Robitussen habit. Glade Springtime Mist and a straw anyone?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:12 | 4397219 thismarketisrigged
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this is fucking awesome.


no more hearing these fuckers come on tv and talk about how great everything is, they all look so fucking sad and worried, and trying to come up with excuses as to why the markets keep tanking.


heck, they r already making excuses for a bad jobs report this friday, with what else, the weather to blame.


i only own gold and silver and no equity position whatsoever, i am not long, i am not short, i am out, yet i get such joy out of seeing this thing tank.


i hope its just the beginning.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:17 | 4397255 Pool Shark
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Making some extra popcorn; gonna watch me some "Market Limbo:"

"How low can ya go; how low can ya go; how low can ya go..."



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:20 | 4397262 F-Tipp
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"...and on further examining economic data, the Federal Reserve Board has decided to increase its asset purchases..."

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:53 | 4397397 El Vaquero
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Not so fast!  It's pushing treasury yields down.  People are running to "safety."  Which is more important, interest rates, or stocks?  They just have to pull this off without cratering a megabank somewhere, and it'll extend things a little while longer.  Then they can start stealing retirement accounts when this wears off.  At some point, yes, they'll have to start printing again, but is it really now?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:04 | 4397432 fonzannoon
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It's soon. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:08 | 4397449 El Vaquero
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The thing that scares me, is that if they can put off the printing with stealing retirement accounts for a while, the un-taper will be that much larger and more violent.  $85bn/mo?  Pfft, that'll be for pikers.  The other thing is, even if they do print, there's a good chance they'll still steal the retirement accounts.  The printing will be to stop the shadow banking system from imploding, and the theft will be to keep interest rates down and the government funded.  They're cunts, the lot of 'em.  Nasty, stinky diseased cunts. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:37 | 4397866 gatorengineer
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Fonz, the market hasnt seen these levels since mid October....... of 13

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:54 | 4397928 new game
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mathematically lower rates are of the utmost importance. the train gets fresh fuel and stays on the tracks.

the script is over yonder in the radiation zone...

besides, even some bond purchases, although less, are supportive of their ponzi scheme.

i don't think you will see 3 handle on tens for fucking ever.

17 going 18 trillion in a sinking economy.

get real with a calculator and figure it out.

just numbers...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:10 | 4397220 TheLooza
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I must have a death wish, but I'm playing a February bounce as of an hour ago...The situation is not out of control just yet.  I think we will see some overnight intervention.  Ol' Yellen needs to show she has a steady hand.....Calls will be made.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:19 | 4397251 camaro68ss
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good luck with that dude

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:34 | 4397327 NoDebt
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I wouldn't try to time it that tight.  Wait until the Fed decides NOT to take the next anticipated $10B/mo. taper step.... then buy with both hands.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:25 | 4397283 ghostzapper
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Pretty risky but entirely possible.  We will see a bounce within the next 1-2 cash sessions in all likelihood regardless of lawboning/new scam announcement and some jawboning could even blast past 1772-1773 to 1812ish depending on who it comes from and what they say.  That said, yikes not much support until 1646ish so if the rips are sold fairly quickly (look for stalling action at 1746 and 1760) then it prolly goes back to the current short and intermediate term trend which is down.  4 distribution days in the last 7 sessions for NYSE and 5 of last 8 for the Daq.  

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:36 | 4397336 TheLooza
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Those numbers jive with what I'm seeing. I like to think my risks are calculated, but this one does feel like more of a gamble than I would typically make.  Just think that all the sad faces and fear make this a nice potential entry point.  People were buying spy puts like mad today. March 175 puts were the most actively trade spy option today. Vol was over 80k contracts. Anyways...50 contracts/2.69 cost basis.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:40 | 4397358 TheLooza
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50 Feb 22 175 SPY calls to be clear.  If it bounces, I'll either close or calendar spread on the weeklies.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:53 | 4397392 ghostzapper
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Good luck and I am not being sarcastic I hope you get something from it.  FWIW I plan to strongly consider a meaningful long position in SPY and IWM if we get to my 1646ish zone and I see a few things happen with my very own "not tainted by an MBA" eyes.

1646ish to 2150.  Yup it looks and sounds crazy but if we get there and move off of it a certain way then I am projecting that . . . . . . and then maybe what very well could be the final crash.   

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:47 | 4397638 walküre
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Gambling, that's all this is.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:21 | 4398072 DebtSlaveZombie
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I'm questioning the timing of this move.  This seems very orchestrated and presents a trifecta or perfect storm of events.  We have debt ceiling coming up, Bernanke tapers upon exit another 10 billion/month and the Yen trade is blowing up in everyone's face and the 10 year moving toward 2.50%.  Once again, this will be used politically to increase the debt limit until August, right before midterm elections.  But I can't decide how the market will react if Japan or the US starts acting.  If Japan moves in to weaken the Yen I'm afraid its gonna blow up in their face and not work at all.  Then, the dollar run will be on.  Because if the Yen starts a parabolic move it will crush everything.  what's the move here?  Let the market find footing somewhere around 1650/1660 or is there so much leverage in the market that the Yen trade will go stop hunting and run us all the way down to S&P 1500.  That would put us at a 19% pullback from the highs and staring into the abyss.  Because below 1500 is limit down.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:01 | 4398272 TheLooza
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It's a good point DebtSlave.  My ultimate reasons for the trade are simple, if not simplistic.... January was a shit show, it's a fresh month + they don't want Yellen to get off to a rocky start. Combine it with the fear and the put buying that's really picked up, I think we have the making of a retrace back to the 1780-1800 range in the next few days.  The end of the carry trade certainly appears to matter. The debt ceiling bullshit does not -- or at least every trading strategy I used in the past attempting to profit based on market chaos failed. Made more money when I ignored it entirely....

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:35 | 4397328 Papasmurf
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has a steady hand.....Calls will be made.

Calls will be sold.  Short.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:36 | 4397333 Stoploss
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Well, it's about to come true according to Fisher..

Cause his decision is based on the real economy, not the stock market, LOL!!!

He say moar taper..

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:11 | 4397222 Hindenburg...Oh Man
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I thought that gold and the miners were looking good this morning, really taking on the role of a fear trade, but then they really got hammered down throughout the day and went nowhere. Clearly gold (and thereby miners) got hit by a fucking mac truck between 245pm and 315.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:16 | 4397245 superflex
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A $3 dip between 2pm and 4 pm is getting hammered?

Spare me the drama, queenie.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:34 | 4397325 Hindenburg...Oh Man
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Ok, not hammered, but turned a nice gain into nada. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:38 | 4397340 Skateboarder
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> $5 is grounds for monkey hammering.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:18 | 4397258 petolo
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Same thing happened in 2008. After a few weeks they assumed their proper value. It takes a while for fact to sink into the tungsten heads.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:11 | 4397224 Dr. Engali
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You New Yorkers be careful walking around. Watch out for falling bankers.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:16 | 4397249 FredFlintstone
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It's rainin' men hallelujah. I love that song and I not gay, not that there is anything wrong with that.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:21 | 4397275 MsCreant
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It's raining men, hallelujah!


The thing is, it won't rain one sociopath (unless he is thrown).

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:25 | 4397282 Winston Churchill
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Its the deep frozen bankersicles that really leave a mark.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:38 | 4397344 Papasmurf
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Maybe some will join the 1/4 mile high club.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:13 | 4397225 Number 156
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If she is the one responsible for holding fast to the taper, she will deserve my appreciation. (not likely though, she a product of the puppet farm)

Either way, nice to see some semblance to 'Price Discovery'.


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:16 | 4397226 ebworthen
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The rationalizations and soothing words are starting.

"Weather" or "buy and hold" or "invest for the long term" or "the FED will stop tapering".

Un-fucking believable.  Well, believable since we are down the rabbit hole.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:12 | 4397227 RebelDevil
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S&P 500 Closed below 1750.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:13 | 4397237 ebworthen
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Yeah, and NASDAQ broke below 4,000.

C'mon S&P 666 true valuation!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:13 | 4397228 Hulk
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:55 | 4397931 noob
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Hey Hulk, quit Yellin'!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:12 | 4397231 yogibear
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Janet Yellen = Captain Crash.

What a way to start out you career as the Fed Head.

Good thing you aren't steering a ship.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:54 | 4397675 walküre
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She can't come to the rescue when stocks are at all time highs.

Crash then inflate.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:13 | 4397234 beegle
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why are the gold miners down ?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:30 | 4397316 Bastiat
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Because they go down If EITHER: stocks are down OR gold is DOWN.  Sometimes they just go down anyway.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:43 | 4397364 Winston of Oceania
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You have to dig down for gold you know... /sarc

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:20 | 4397509 css1971
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Isn't a gold mine just a great big hole in the ground with a guy standing beside it making promises?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:15 | 4397236 EuropeanBankster
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Guns, Campbell´s and Bomb shelters.. Bitchez

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:25 | 4397281 Levadiakos
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Whatchu gonna do w Glen "Wicita Lineman" Campbell?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:27 | 4397297 ebworthen
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Steal his booze?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:14 | 4397239 Irene
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Welcome Janet? 

Translation of Janet: Hebrew: Gift from God   English: God has been gracious 

God must have one helluva sense of humor. /

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:17 | 4397253 adr
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Now we know why all the insiders were selling every share they had.

Now the best trade is to watch the insider activity for signs of buying. When that happens you know a giant Fed orgasm is near. The insiders control the market and it will do what they want until they finally lose control. As long as they can control the market with HFT, this thing is in a permanent state of manipulation. 

This still doesn't feel like a panic selloff and there is a long way to go just to erase the insanity of 2013. Until Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Amazon and the rest of the ludicrous stocks lose at least 50% of thier value this market is still in lala land.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:37 | 4397343 financialrealist
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Panic no...but we need to start somewhere.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:13 | 4397469 Mr Pink
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What we need right now is a good old fashioned bank failure

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:22 | 4397513 Dr. Engali
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And by bank failure you mean of the central kind right?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:20 | 4397256 Yen Cross
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     How many bankers does it take to pave 'Wall Street'?

     It depends on how thin you slice them...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:37 | 4397347 Deathrips
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Fractionalized bankers? Im long!


Damn it, Janet, Youre a dude....



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:20 | 4397263 BiteMeBO
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Turn those machines back on!



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:19 | 4397265 TheRideNeverEnds
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If you like your bull market, you can keep your bull market! 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:21 | 4397266 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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This is a test for yellen to see how big his balls really are.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:34 | 4397331 Frank N. Beans
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he's going to have to grow a pair


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:22 | 4397277 Droel
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Fedheads this week-"untaper"

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:25 | 4397285 besnook
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and on a pomo day. i guess that trick doesn't work except to add liquidity for sellers.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:26 | 4397290 ebworthen
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The Herbalife ramp was based on their Q4 guidance.

So if I become a distributor and get 10 friends and they get 100 friends I'll be rich.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:30 | 4397307 Droel
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buybacks. (those are like barebacks for the sheeple)

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:33 | 4397321 HardlyZero
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the BareBanks are coming soon.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:29 | 4397303 MsCreant
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Roasted mutton.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:28 | 4397306 Save_America1st
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DOW = Day of Wrath

it's coming, bitchez...this is just s teaser...

keep stackin' the phyzz!!!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:36 | 4397335 financialrealist
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I hope you're big market clear...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:29 | 4397311 Smuckers
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Looks like someone is throwing in the spiderman towel.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:36 | 4397588 tocointhephrase
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You can bankia on it

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:51 | 4397656 The Shootist
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Ah, hadn't heard it tossed around lately. But the new film is coming out soon...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:37 | 4397341 HpDeskjet
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What a great day, hope many more will follow. FED cares (mostly) about rates/spreads, equities are less important. As long as the economic data, rates and spreads are "ok", taper will continue

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:38 | 4397351 Winston of Oceania
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LMAO sheeple at the gate, a bit late to be getting out for the leveraged, is that a margin call?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:52 | 4397663 The Shootist
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Good luck to them passing the eye of the needle. May the odds be ever in their favor.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:40 | 4397352 Smegley Wanxalot
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I thought the rule was when the NFC wins the superbowl the market rises.  Clearly someone is fucking with us ...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:29 | 4397835 stant
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Fundamentals only work in a real market lol

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:40 | 4397354 graneros
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Next stop QE 4,5,6,7,8...  The taper will be reeled in and the old presses will be traded in for the new super duper heavy duty ones that pump out a few hundred billion a month.  Of course we will be told that our last efforts just weren't enough and that Janet has one upped Ben by employing a whole fleet of helicopters. Spring is just around the corner and the pundits will be howling about the green shoots everywhere and how  the Summer of 2014 is most definetly the "Summer of recovery."  But then again we may just have a big ole world war to take care of everything. As always when the hole is this deep there are only those 2 options.  So which door will they choose?  Personally I think they'll choose door number one.  There is still enough oomph out there for at least another couple of QE's and blood is such a messy option.

Yes I know Abe is failing miserably at just such a thing but when has failure ever stopped TPTB from repeating the same mistakes over and over and over...  After all we have just instituted a program, socialized medicine, here in the States that has failed in every country every time it has been tried.  Surely it will work perfectly this time. Get those choppers in the air.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:46 | 4397374 Winston of Oceania
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Trade wars are front and center now as the currency wars are failing and trust is erroding. Before you can stoke the fires of war you must first blame an enemy for your own misfortune and stoke the fires of hate. Watch for trade enemies in the news.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:43 | 4397365 blakeist
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Ben stepped off the hamster wheel for 5 seconds and look what happens. Too bad ol' Yeller decided she didnt need to run as fast. QUICK give that old hag an epinephrine shot! MOAR PAPER

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:48 | 4397380 ejmoosa
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It's because the markets are sexist and they do not trust a female at the helm of the Fed.  It's the ONLY excuse allowed.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:51 | 4397386 Jackagain
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Janet says not to panic.... (hic)



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:54 | 4397405 kchrisc
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I will bet that, before she "returns," Ms. Yellen gets used to the taste of the undercarriage of a bus.


"If constructed with an extra half-beam, a guillotine can be dual-purposed as a gallows."

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:59 | 4397424 viator
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Yellen's plump pink finger is hovering above the print button.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:07 | 4397445 gnomon
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Yellen, the bagged bag lady?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:07 | 4397447 thismarketisrigged
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the markets r becoming cheaper i must admit.


entering the new year, the dow and s&p and nasdaq were very overvalued.


now the dow is only overvalued by 15, 372 pts, the s&p is overvalued by 1,741.89 pts, and the nasdaq by 3.996.9 pts.


much cheaper than a few weeks ago.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:20 | 4397502 homiegot
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Deer in the headlights! Yes!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:29 | 4397550 css1971
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Hey maybe my crash protection will finally go green.

Oh and the gold/silver ratio is 65:1 which says you should probably prefer silver over gold at the moment. (this doesn't apply to those of us in Europe who have to pay VAT on the stuff)

Like the sheep pic.

and -2% now that's what i'm talking about with the deer pic.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:44 | 4397625 tocointhephrase
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Vat on newly minted silver. Picked up silver maples from a local dealer in London second hand, looked like mint condition to me, for 17 pounds. The price equivalent of 40 cigarettes, you just can't make it up. Welcome to the twilight zone

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:30 | 4397551 soopy
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Well if they ever wanted to make a woman in charge look incompetent, this was a good start. Oh, and you're quoting a B-list actor opining on the markets why?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:31 | 4397555 Bryan
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Quick, print something.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:33 | 4397565 disabledvet
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Here's your big winner on the day:
with a little sugar with that as well apparently.

"these aren't people selling stocks. these are people buying food."

Good luck with that trade.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:45 | 4397627 Jackagain
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My EEV & EDZ has been working out pretty good too...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:46 | 4397630 q99x2
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End the FED. Arrest Janet Yellen for treason.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:48 | 4397645 sink critically
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For those of us who lament the "normalcy bias" I offer the next pitfall, the oh-so-helpful "abnormalcy bias". If I have learned one thing on zerohedge it is that the ptb can and will buy themselves as much time as possible. What would you do with a bunch of electronic balances that cost you nothing and will soon be worth nothing than protect your way of life? The ruebenesque matron has not quite yet orated mellifluously. Protect yourself, but beware of those who say today is TEOTWAWKI.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:53 | 4397681 yogibear
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FOMC = crash dummies.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:55 | 4397684 Baldrick
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Tyler, I had to give you a five just for the graphics. lol. Looks like the deer may have competition.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:01 | 4397711 Wait What
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why does it feel like as soon as I joined ZH the markets started collapsing? 'correlation is not causation' but it damn sure feels like it.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:02 | 4397721 Debt Slave
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Yeah but... I thought Wall Street had total confidence in Janet Yellen...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:04 | 4397742 Spungo
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Pair trade of the week: short the NASDAQ (QQQ) to buy gold miners (GDX). I love the NASDAQ because it's such an easy target. Look how much bullshit it has:
Tesla Motors - no profits
Twitter - no profits
Facebook - 105 PE
Starbucks - 530 PE
Amazon - 590 PE

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:11 | 4397768 walküre
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Sell off due to an imminent attack in Sochi. We've seen this before. The next big terror attack is a game changer like 9/11 was.


Liquidity problems but where? Argentina, India, China or Turkey? Could be any of those and banks trying to fill holes. Then cascading sell offs triggered when crucial support limits are breached.

This CRASH has legs.

Correction is when all players are safe and sound, nothing to worry about and assets correct from a hyped up value just because. Correction is NOT when the Fed reduces its asset buying program further and further due to whatever their real reasoning is.

That is a crash landing and everyone will want to leave the casino before the word is spreading. Is that even possible?

Whatever happens, I'm glad I'm out 100%.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:40 | 4400182 Winston of Oceania
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liquidity trap

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:19 | 4397802 css1971
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Course... Now is the point the chairman of the fed gets up on stage and begins tap dancing, the various media whores get rolled out etc and TADAAAA everything bounces like a pavlovian rubber ball.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:26 | 4398004 22winmag
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This paradigm is circling the drain and about to be flushed down the shithole of history for good.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:53 | 4398246 q99x2
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Fuck Yellen. Bitch cut my FAFSA by a buck for Spring semester.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:28 | 4398780 BeerMe
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300 is nothing.  Give me 700.  This isn't frontpage stuff yet...  Probably just an excuse to print more.

Definitely will continue watching because it will affect customers' perceptions.

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