Despite Dismal Jobs Report, "This" Is What Just Sent Equities Higher

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Ugly jobs report in which not even the spin brigade could find anything to cheer, after even the BLS said the atrocious December print was not due to the weather when it did not revise the December number? No worries: here is what the market is using as a goalseeked justification to send the futures off its post report plunge lows to a level higher than where it was before the report. See if you can spot it:

That's right - after years of ignoring the impact of the labor force participation rate, suddenly the market trading algos are so concerned about LFP they took the "surge" from the 35 year lows of 62.8% to 63.0% as the all clear signal that they can ignore all the other data in the NFP report and buy.

Another way of seeing this, is the number of people not in the labor force, which declined from an all time record 91,808 to 91,455 - just below the second highest ever.

Of course, both these trends will revert to their historic deteriorating progression, but for now it is all about finding the narrative that allows the market to explain why someone just reactivated the USDJPY 102 tractor beam which is sending everything soaring.


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Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:58 | 4411356 HedgeAccordingly
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`Benign’ number lol

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:00 | 4411365 Cult_of_Reason
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Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03 | 4411374 Levadiakos
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The "surge" in the LFP rate is surely weather related. How did Mark zandi miss this? Because he is no more than a carnival barker.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:10 | 4411399 TruthInSunshine
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Mark Zandi, Steve Liesman, Brian Wesbury & Barry "Butterbean" Ritholtz will be cnBS to explain how & why these numbers are actually a reflection of a robustly growing economy in 5...4....3...

Embrace the fraud.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:10 | 4411424 Sean7k
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The central banks just dumped huge amounts into equities. See the movement in european markets. The PPT is alive and well.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:14 | 4411426 GetZeeGold
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We shall go on to the end, we shall pump in France,
we shall pump on the seas and oceans,
we shall pump with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our market, whatever the cost may be,
we shall pump on the beaches,
we shall pump on the landing grounds,
we shall pump in the fields and in the streets,
we shall pump in the hills;
we shall never surrender...

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:21 | 4411467 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Since when did the markets care about real people on the streets? Markets are going up on dead cat bounce over the next few weeks. Bank on it!

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:40 | 4411730 bigkahuna
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pump pump pump - get it get it

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:47 | 4411444 Cult_of_Reason
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They hit USD/TRY and VIX down, and the correlation algos went nuts buying everything.

IMHO. The ramp has nothing to do with LFP.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:01 | 4412067 SAT 800
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Well, the important thing is the stock market is nice and high again; so everything must be normal and good and I can go back t o sleep.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:14 | 4411433 Headbanger
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Looks like the PPT is going full blast with the futures pre-market now.

But how the hell can anybody expect equities to not sell off with shitty jobs numbers saying the ship is sinking fast!?

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:25 | 4411486 drendebe10
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Nah, the ship not be sinking. Just ask prez fudgepacker and he'll tell u everyting be hunky dory so he be going to play golf.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:05 | 4411395 Rainman
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LOL...353 long term unemployed found a job....and bullish !

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:04 | 4411384 LawsofPhysics
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Bullshit, drop a few of those "1%-ers" in south central if you want to see them get "pummeled" motherfucker.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:34 | 4412255 Nick Jihad
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Speaking of bullshit, I live in south-central Los Angeles. You appear to have obtained your knowledge of it, from hip-hop music videos. Suggest you use Detroit, Baltimore or Philly, to avoid sounding silly.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:17 | 4411452 The Dunce
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LFP is rising?  Good news, indeed.  More foodstamps for me, bitches.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:02 | 4411360 Silverhog
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Gold should have had a $25 pop. Maybe Blythe's new desk is on the 30th floor by a window. 

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:04 | 4411380 Levadiakos
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Carmer is bullish on the number? Wow! BUY BUY BUY. He's been preparing the weather excuse for weeks

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:10 | 4411415 SafelyGraze
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blythe levett?

mussus danny masters?

*that* blythe?


Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:11 | 4411419 HyBrasilian
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It NEVER stops snowing on Wall St.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:19 | 4411465 jbvtme
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"blight" the reptile. look at those shapeshifting eyes...

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:59 | 4411362 depression
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FOWARD Komrads !

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:59 | 4411363 RebelDevil
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But then what drives the JPYUSD rate?

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:09 | 4411401 Dr. Engali
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The carry trade is what sets that rate. Traders borrow in Yen at 0% then convert them to dollars to buy bonds here and book the spread. As long as the exchange rate remains stable it's an easy trade.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:01 | 4411364 Temporalist
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ZH/Tylers please just make a common thread section titled "Missed It By That Much"

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:00 | 4411370 Jahbulon
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Wow!  This is just odd......

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:00 | 4411373 Dr. Engali
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Everything is bullish. BTFD.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03 | 4411375 jtz5
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No way...are you just picking any # that is going up and saying that is the new correlation as to why the market is going up?  Enough already.  TPTB want the market higher, that's it.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03 | 4411376 rsnoble
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Didn't take long to get back to bad news is good news or doesn't matter.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:04 | 4411381 orangedrinkandchips
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companies and the Fed HATE....ABHOR declines.....bear markets, shorts....are like vermin. 


It's more than obvious where we are headed but when AAPLs main concern is BUYING BACK SHARES TO SQUEEZE SHORTS....



Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:05 | 4411382 firstdivision
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Someone needs to inform the algos that there has been no extenstion to the extended ue benifits, so expect retail sales to continue their slide.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03 | 4411383 DebtSlaveZombie
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HAHAHAHAHA!!! This market is a joke isnt it??  How can anyone seriously trade this market and not be on five different types of medication and not have a drinking problem and coke habit.  Unreal. 

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:08 | 4411414 disabledvet
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again...if that price of gold collapses then you'll really start to see some "fireworks."

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:18 | 4411458 Nutflush60
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I think intraday trading is OK. You are nuts though to be very long overnight, with China ready to implode at anytime.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:41 | 4412291 Nick Jihad
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That makes sense, but it's odd that you don't see evidence that traders are cashing out their positions at the end of the session. Indeed, the traditional "3:30 ramp into the close" suggests that somebody out there is doing just that - paying a premium to be long overnight.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03 | 4411387 Nutflush60
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Wow, futures at day high. Made some money pre-hours buying XIV on the dip, but left a lot on the table.

The amount of complacency on CNBC remains stunning. David Faber is the only non-cheerleader left.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03 | 4411388 Aknownymouse
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I think reason for ramp is taper off hope

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:21 | 4411475 Oldwood
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I think the reason for the ramp is that is how they make money...big money. BTFD, buy before you miss out and when its going down, cut their throats. Makin money is all it is. I would assume for the markets to go up, someone must be buying...who? Big players with deep pockets that can seek out anything the claim to be a buying opportunity and then proceed to buy and push prices up, hoping to suck the muppets in, as always relying on their greed to over ride their rationality. They can turn around and do the opposite, touting something negative (which is never hard to do) and start selling, watching prices fall after they initiate the avalanche, only to become the buyer of last resort. When you hold most of the cards and own the casino, how can you possibly lose?

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:05 | 4411389 101 years and c...
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i figured it was central printers just shorting yen.  afterall, the only thing that matters is destroying yen to boost stocks because artificial wealth is the only thing that matters in this ponzi world.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:05 | 4411390 The Axe
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true.....true.....why explain  it...its fucking broke

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:06 | 4411392 Great Unwashed
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The news is smoke and doesn't matter. It never did.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:04 | 4411394 Tsar Pointless
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Fun da mentals.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:06 | 4411396 sudzee
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No prob. Yellen loading up the broomstick for an (outright) OQe drop on wall street at 1:30.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:06 | 4411397 orangedrinkandchips
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All due respect ZH.....but it doenst matter of an excuse.....let the programs run and SQUEEZE CITY......



Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:04 | 4411400 venturen
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Can't the FED just put them on the payroll as their pretend economy knows no bounds!

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:06 | 4411406 Stoploss
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This means higher utility rates. Yay.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:08 | 4411407 sbenard
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Who needs reality? We have PRINTED prosperity now!

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:08 | 4411409 papaswamp
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Except the NSA numbers all degraded badly. 900,000 new unemployed ( NSA). Participation rate declined again even in the face of a declining workforce size.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:08 | 4411410 Ness.
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The sheep at home don't pay attention to the details.  They'll see the DOW was up and consider all is well.  

Happy hour and purple hooter shooters for the bar... on me.









Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:11 | 4411427 Woodhippie
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