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The Un-Taper? Stocks Up, Bonds Up, Gold Up, Oil Up, USD Down

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It seems Janet has some work to do on her "communications". Judging by today's follow-through on dismal retail sales data (and a miss for claims), stocks, bonds, and gold screamed higher (and the USD lower) suggesting an increasing crowd does not believe the QEeen's "stay the taper course" meme. The S&P 500 rallied 25pts off early lows - practically in a straight-line, dislocated from JPY-carry, dislocated from bonds, and coupled almost perfectly with gold after Europe close. Nasdaq is up 6 days in a row and back near multi-year highs (+1.5% in 2014) as "most shorted" stocks were ripped 2.5% higher intraday. Gold closed back above $1,300 (outperforming on the week and since Taper); Treasury yields tumbled 6-7bps; and the USD Index dropped 0.5% led by EUR and GDP strength. VIX traded under 14% briefly. Bad news is great news once again. This is the Nasdaq's best 6-day run in 27 months.


The Dow is holding around 16,000 and at a 50% retrace of the 2014 losses...


The Nasdaq bounced perfectly off its 100DMA and has rallied 6.8% in the last 6 days - its best run since December 2011...


This morning saw Nasdaq open right at unchanged for 2014 and found support...


As "most shorted" stocks were crushed higher...


QE-maven Materials and Discretionary and Homebuilders are leading the way off last week's lows as they anticipated Yellen printing to oblivion... but she didn't!!


But stocks decoupled from USDJPY and bonds - and found a new friend in gold...


Commodities all rallied today with Gold outperforming...


And Treasuries (espeially the long-end) have almost recovered all the post-Yellen losses...


FX markets were more volatile with EUR and GBP strength dragging the USD Index lower...



Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: The Dow was interesting as Dow futures just managed to tag yesterday's highs (run those stops) and then rolled over into and after the close...


Bonus Bonus Chart: The Nikkei 225 is at its cheapest in six months to the Dow...


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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:08 | 4433746 Say What Again
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I previously posted this on a different thread, but I have some aditional data to mention.

This has been one strange day in the "markets"

Every index has experienced a Ramp-a-palooza even after the dismal job numbers and retail report.  But there is something I found that I felt is worth sharing with Team-ZH.  I track the Average Trade Size (ATS) on a number of assets, but today ES has had some strange behavior.

Beginning at 13:50 the ATS for ES had a noticeable increase.  Then, at 14:37, the ATS abruptly went back to the daily average.  Note that, as of this writing, 13:50 was beginning of the Ramp-a-palooza, and ~14:15 was the end of the Ramp.

The $NDX has had the best 6 day run in over two years, breaking into a 12 year new-high (and we are getting with spitting distance of an All-Time High).  BUT -- The UP Volume was only 60% of TOT Volume for the NDX.  Doesn't look like a stampede to BTFATH.

Not sure what to make of this, but the data is there for everyone to see.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:11 | 4433790 Mr. Chairwoman
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After the federal funds rate reached its effective lower bound, close to zero, um, at the end of 2008, uh, the Federal Reserve was, um, forced to provide additional accommodation through tools that, um, were new and novel.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:16 | 4433806 spastic_colon
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hey mr. chairwoman.....was your non-appearance today planned way ahead of time?  Or did the weather muss your bowl cut?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:19 | 4433823 fonestar
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Gold was money for 5,000 years until Bitcoin came along.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:27 | 4433859 hobopants
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I think your biggest mistake with that stuff is assuming that people will understand it as well as you do. The psychological forces that will be at work after people are burned by intangible digital assets are going to keep them away from it, no matter how irrational it may be.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:43 | 4433923 TruthInSunshine
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"digital assets..."


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:50 | 4433949 hobopants
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Ya....paper is a misnomer, they dont even have that intrinsic value

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:03 | 4434180 X_mloclaM
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fuk dat.

nobodies expecting anyone to do the work. It's hype that's always moved sheep.

Your 'psychological forces wthat will be at work after people are burned by intangible digital assets" ... are easily unloading their 401k, SS, banks, right outtada ATM or teller, nooo prob, no HSBC, nope, you are right. People just will not trust a digital fiat currency. or a decentralized-oligopoly-prone-ledger as the fonestars like to say of BTC.. right,

The biggest mistake is you, your 'people need to understand you' shit. Fuck that . people will get theirs. everyone does what they can, and owes you nothing, your bullshit attitude that others have some obligation to explain ... to your satisfaction misses the point you attempt to make otherwise:

Psychological forces indeed move masses into MintChip, BTC, one-world-currency trial balloons, with Fed white papers opining on what it takes to move along the natural process of centralizing what starts as tantilizingly decentralized, modern, global, GUI'ed, and make it right for those (Visa/MC/Amex) who fall underline those with ample asset today (Central banks/nations) to control the timing and means of mass introduction and push. No one is opposed to iterating on dat fabian front. Today we set the framework, the legislation, we get bored, weak-on-the-work modernistas to proclaim transcation public permanence is kosha

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:35 | 4434760 hobopants
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Tell me how you really feel, don't hold back. I have no dog in this fight. I think bitcoin is a cool concept, but I also think the reaction to this mess is going to be fear, not faith in things the average Joe isn't going to understand. Scared people flock to what they know, they don't experiment, and to the uninformed bitcoin is going to look exactly like the fiat that just burned them. But shit, buy all the bitbucks you want and the best of luck to you, you incoherent nut.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:27 | 4433862 Say What Again
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What would I rather have -- an ounce of gold, or some "virtual" amount of fiat in a "bitcoin wallet."

You make the call

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:34 | 4433879 fonestar
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Who ya gonna call? 


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:33 | 4433884 asteroids
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Very strange day. Just before 3PM, it looked like something bad happened and right after 4PM there appeared to be massive amounts of selling.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:41 | 4433894 skwid vacuous
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  1. it's all good, mkt shits the bed at 4:01 pm... nothing to see here - move along
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:43 | 4433918 akarc
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My bet, I can walk down the street to the local watering hole and offer to sell a bit coin and people will go WTF is a bitcoin

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:03 | 4434001 automaton
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I said the same about the hill people of Appalachia.  They would accept payment in cans of Coke over bitcoin.  But, fonestar assured me that the people of Appalachia, amongst the poorest in this nation, would accept bitcoin.   

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:09 | 4434025 B.J. Worthy
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You're like ZH's version of the Farmville-invite guy.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:14 | 4433794 disabledvet
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the what? "the data"?

that not only says we're going to hell in handbasket....but we've actually been there for sometime now.

i mean...bad news as good news is one thing...
but bad news as GREAT news!???
"just get used to the idea that's all wrong to begin with."

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:22 | 4433843 TheRideNeverEnds
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The market is just trying to price in the un-taper and increase in QE that we all know is coming.  Will she up QE to 100,200,500 billion a month?  higher? 


Nobody knows for sure but one thing is certain, keep buying because we are going sharply higher from here; from current levels we should have another 50% of upside at least in the major indexes till we start getting over extended.


I expect SPX 1900 by the end of this month. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:48 | 4433938 RaceToTheBottom
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"Will she up QE to 100,200,500 billion a month?  higher? "

QE to infinity and beyond.....

QE Argentina

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:46 | 4434156 ArkansasAngie
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I agree.  The tell is the dollar.  The bet is the US will devalue compared to the Euro.  Boy howdy defending the 102 yen must hurt some times.

Trite but true ... the race to the bottom is unfolding before our very eyes.


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:13 | 4433801 NOTaREALmerican
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We have a code release this week.

Maybe the trading algos were updated with some new code.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:16 | 4433820 spastic_colon
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and yet yesterday the CCMP was UP 10 pts and all those names (amzn, aapl, goog etc) were DOWN....I'll ask again, somebody pls explain how a cap weighted index like the CCMP is actually calculated! Tyler??

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:19 | 4433837 Max Damage
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So NY FED was pumping between 13:50 and 14:15 then. They must not let the chart follow the 1929 one at any cost.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:08 | 4434028 Phat Stax
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There is that last gap to fill before heading down or sideways.  Must.  Fill.  The.  Gap.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:02 | 4434433 Honey Badger
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Thnaks for all of that. The dollar down has me confused.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:06 | 4433755 thismarketisrigged
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tyler, i love the work u do, but i think now on u should start ur writeups early morning, because we all know the bullshit that will take place on a daily basis by days end.


fb, goog, twtr, nflx, aapl, im seriously fucking puking,


this shit is so fucking insane, nothing matters anymore, jobs,retail numbers, gdp, who gives a fuck, as long as fuckshit is up on a daily basis and the nasdaq always finishes up 0.80- 1 percent on a daily basis, all is good.


these fuckers will go on and on about how well the economy is improving, or how well earnings r doing, its fucking bullshit.


i know you guys prob wouldnt do this, but i feel one of the tylers should go on tv and fucking speak the truth, because no one else will. expose these fuckers for what they r. these bastards continue to get away with saying how well the economy is improving and all is good, i think its time for some peole to expose these fucks.


o and thank god janet yellens testimony was ppd today, now we get another day next week for this bitch to pump up markets again. god i hate that fucking cunt

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:12 | 4433782 fonzannoon
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no once believes the economy is improving. That is exactly why those momo names you mention are leading the market higher. 

Here is the question you have to ask. If they build a rigged market that only goes up. Would the masses sit there and bitch, or jump on for the ride? Once you have your answer you can be at peace with this insanity.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:15 | 4433793 spastic_colon
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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:18 | 4433828 eclectic syncretist
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You can't have a double top or a head-and-shoulders top without more than one top.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:10 | 4433944 TheRideNeverEnds
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There are zero indications of a top, nada, none, zilch.   We had a modest correction which is totally normal and have already broken out to new highs on the NQ with the rest soon to follow.  Today was just day one of the breakout.


The bottom is in, new highs in the ES TF and YM are a given, I don't understand why people are you not buying them here, are you waiting to buy the highs? 


Even if you missed the dip last week thats OK just BTFATH, some greater fool will surely come along and buy them from you later on at higher prices, until they don't, but you can't bet on them not coming for em at higher price; on a 60 month basis buying the dip has worked 100% of the time, its a no brainer.


What are you going to do, sell them here and hope they go down?  When are you going to throw in the towel, 1900, 2000, 2200, 2500, 3000?  You really gonna hold short e-minis as they go hundreds of points against you hoping someday maybe by the grace of god you will be able to scratch them?  


I mean seriously, the FED has been telling you in no uncertain terms for years now they they are going to print money to infinity and will never again let markets decline, they know they cannot let that happen ever again as it would cause the entire system to collapse in a way which there would be no coming back from.


You are lucky we even got 5% down, you should have been buying with both hands; that was probably the biggest correction you will see till we back off of the 2000 level before we push through it sometime around OCT 14.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:52 | 4434392 playnstocks
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Drop the kool-aide before you OD

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:22 | 4434500 new game
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the head got chopped off and the sholders tilted so as to point to dow 20000 and qqqq 5000

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:07 | 4434455 LooseLee
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My vote for who is the 'greater fool' is you, TheRideNeverEnds

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:16 | 4433814 thismarketisrigged
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lol, i hear what you are saying, although i do not think i will ever be able to be at peace with this insanity, not possible.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:28 | 4433864 philosophers bone
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"Would the masses sit there and bitch, or jump on for the ride".

Well, one trend that happened over the past couple of decades is that the "masses" no longer control their own finances.  The financial firms have taken the decision making away from the individual client and their broker and handed over "discretionary trading" to their firm sponsored "asset management programs".  Clients complete a piece of shit questionairre and then the "computer" kicks out an "objective" and "optimal" asset allocation based on the client's "preferences", "objectives" and "risk tolerances".

Once the money managers have full control, they can justify doing whatever the hell they want - hey, FB or TWT are better than no return on government bonds, right.  OK, then they go "all in" with the money of the "masses" and send a quarterly piece of shit "portfolio analysis" with a bunch of pie charts, accompanied by the latest spew from their "independent analyst" giving their considered advice behind the "Chinese Well" after speaking directly with the corporate executives who promise underwriting gigs for the firm is the analyst's recommedation is to their liking.

The "masses" - actually they don't have much to do with it.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:34 | 4433889 fonzannoon
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I'm not talking about who decides what. I mean the masses give the money to the asset managers, either through retirement plan contributions, or just non qualified assets. All the stuff you mention is just a part of the masses handing over their dough. .


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:46 | 4433924 philosophers bone
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No argument with you.   I just don't know how to answer your question about the masses when by and large they are not only "tuned out" but worse most have handed over control, whether it be voluntary or unvoluntary.  For example, if someone's money is with a broker and they want to pull it out to buy physical gold, they end up getting talked into GLD or some ETF or mining company.  And if they want to invest in a rental property that they will own directly, the broker convinces them to buy a REIT.  Things won't change until the "masses" call their broker, money manager and banks and state "DON'T ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS, JUST GIVE ME MY FUCKING MONEY BACK.  I'M DOING SOMETHING WITH IT.  FUCK YOU".  It's hard.  Many ZHers have done it.  The "masses" - not so much......

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:50 | 4433937 fonzannoon
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yeah man no worries, I agree with that completely.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:53 | 4433962 RaceToTheBottom
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Banks are now required to ask questions about any withdrawal over 4K.....


"Whores and Blow, Whores and Blow", is the only acceptable answer for a ZH'er


PS. Females can replace Whores with Strippers, if they feel so inclined.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:06 | 4434006 philosophers bone
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Can we hang out?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:21 | 4434985 RaceToTheBottom
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Just to clarify, big boy, I was saying what their response should be.  That still leaves other actual uses of the money, say PM purchases.  Also see boat accidents

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:10 | 4434464 Honey Badger
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You are right. We don't crash until retail is all in. Unfortunately, we have a ways to go I think.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:16 | 4433816 hobopants
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Maybe this is the market calling janet's bluff? She will have to show her cards soon...

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:31 | 4433871 skwid vacuous
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apparently -you don't understand the new economy... 20 and 30 somethings living in mom's spare room but their click thru's are worth trillions...

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:06 | 4433758 ...out of space
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this is vital info


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:31 | 4434095 DrunkenMonkey
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Awesome !

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:09 | 4433765 fuu
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All that and a $101,186,000,000 TOMO.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:10 | 4433767 Its Only Rock N Roll
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William has already made us $15,000....

You want me to break something else?


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:10 | 4433769 TaperProof
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Everybody knows the bad economic data will keep coming and Yellen will be yelled at to turn yellow and untaper.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:09 | 4433776 Obama_4_Dictator
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I've got to say I'm totally confused.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:09 | 4433780 TaperProof
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We're damned no matter what, trust nobody, buy gold.  :)

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:34 | 4433887 Droid Fuel
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what do i do with my Au Tokens when gold peaks?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:02 | 4433992 Obama_4_Dictator
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I think a lot of people are planning on buying real estate when that bottoms.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:12 | 4433783 skwid vacuous
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it's a full on recovery, masked by polar vortex- stay-in-your-trailer park weather, everyone will be back at the mall soon no doubt

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:20 | 4433788 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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One thing about yellen; She is going to be Gold's best friend.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:15 | 4433798 i_call_you_my_base
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Check this out from Greece:

"Pensioners and salary workers who make as little as one euro in annual revenues from properties or freelancing will have to pay a tax deposit equal to 55 percent of their income for the following year, according to officials at the Finance Ministry."

"Tax deposits" on next year's taxes!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:17 | 4433812 akarc
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"IF" markets are predictive

And if gold and oil reacts to inflation

and dollar is definately not on fire

Are we fixing to see stealth inflation drop it's cloak and go ballistic?


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:21 | 4433842 jtz5
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Question (may be a dumb one): if somehow we had proof that the Federal Reserve was forcing the large banks to support and ramp the market higher, is that in and of itself, criminal activity?  I honestly don't know, just curious what the law is.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:00 | 4433984 RaceToTheBottom
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Someone posted here the exact words but the FED has in its purvey the right to do whatever it feels necessary to defend the dollar, when it wants to defend the dollar.

This would explain a lot including repothicating Gold, fractional selling gold, goosing the market.....  Any-friggin-thing it wants to do

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:18 | 4434057 Savyindallas
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ALL THE POWER BROKER ELITES (and their stooges) DAILY ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ON A MASSIVE SCALE   --"criminal activity" is what they say it is- and when. We are NOT a nation of law. Forget what you learned in school. it's bullshit

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:23 | 4433844 Flakmeister
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I thought all that new Bakken supply was supposed to bring the price of oil down?

Could it be that someone wasn't completely honest with us?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:44 | 4433880 FreeMktFisherMN
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that would be the effect of inflation. Supply/demand idiosyncrasies exist for all commodities but what they are paid for is in fiat that is increasing exponentially. And the marxist TOTUS also hates anything un-'green' and refuses to allow pipelines that would create jobs and improve supplies/refinement and lessen prices.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:55 | 4433961 lakecity55
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'green' is just an underhanded way to get moar communism...

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:02 | 4433995 FreeMktFisherMN
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yep. I also think the PC beta males out there like driving Priuses.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:09 | 4434246 Flakmeister
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Cost push inflation driving oil? yeah, but that isn't what you had in mind. was it?

If you are correct why have the prices of most commodities gone down except for oil, simply look at copper, iron, aluminum, silver etc...

But other than that your post is full of discredited canards and unverifiable claptrap about Keystone...

Keystone is all about getting heavy sour crude to the Gulf Coast so it can be refined and exported so as to exploit Tax Free trade zones....  

You really should learn to get your talking points from someone besides the API....

Thanks for playing...

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:24 | 4433853 Iam Yue2
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It that is has now been established that women are better forecasters; please note (per WSJ blog):

Five others expected the Fed to slow the pace of reductions in response to a weakening economy. “The Fed wants to get out of bond purchases, but has a habit of overestimating growth,” observed Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial.

Julia Coronado, chief economist for North America at BNP Paribas, said if the core PCE price index falls below 1% it could cause the Fed to halt reductions. Her team doesn’t expect that to happen, but they see further disinflation was a real risk since the index “has been bumping between 1.1 and 1.2 for about a year,” having fallen from a peak of 2% in 2010. “Low and falling core inflation would be a reflection underlying weakness in the economy and we think the Fed would respond.”

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:05 | 4434014 fijisailor
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Hooray.  Yellen is in charge.  We are all saved

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:34 | 4433878 HpDeskjet
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People who believe Yellen will untaper in the coming months are simply retarded. The FED has very little credibility left, but unless we will get negative NFP numbers (very very unlikely), the balance sheet is at its top in 2014 for probably the next decades. Why? The FED cares about rates, not about equities. Rates have decreased since taper is announced, i.e. the "proof" for the FED that they can stop QE. Question is when will the morons buying stocks at 40% overvaluation finally realize that the period of easy money is over.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:14 | 4434047 Wait What
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while you're right about overvaluation, i don't think you realize how overconfident the Fed is in its ability to use its balance sheet to fight 'deflation', however the hell it defines it. you and i may think they are devoid of credibility, but those 17 people around the FOMC table certainly don't act like it.

someone posted this quote from Twain on ZH a while back, and it always comes to mind when thinking about the Fed: "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure"

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:20 | 4434058 Clowns on Acid
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Agreed DJ - The Fed has finally realized (being the arrogant dumb fucks that they are) owning 40% of the lowest section of the World's capital structure can really screw up the system like in the repo market for example. So..the desperate dumb fucks decide to "taper" after buying $4.5 Trillion of bonds and MBS because the TBTF banks balance sheets are now clensed of the real stinking MBS slime.

But now the Fed has the Equity market to be concerned about, because the wealth effect has to be the catalyst for inflation, where inflation alows the feckin' thieves at the Fed to pay off their balance sheet woth depreciated USD.

The Fed's plan is so amateur and convoluted, its almost as immoral and ineffctive as ObamaCare, but the stge the are at now the Stalingrad and Poorsky 500 futures and raise all boats. That is the Quarterly plan... could change at any moment.

Taper the bond buying, Top up on the equities. Feckin' Clowns !    

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:09 | 4434236 X_mloclaM
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"People who believe Yellen will untaper in the coming months are simply retarded.

The FED has very little credibility left, but unless we will get negative NFP numbers (very very unlikely), the balance sheet is at its top in 2014 for probably the next decades. Why?

The FED cares about rates, not about equities."

yep, and they'd prolly really like to shake that 'all the Fed cares about is equites, and MainStreet dont own no equities,' cept lil 401ks'

yep, and banks can flip bets on market directions, but own bonds as assets, which held at banks for sale are still hurtin since the crisis



Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:33 | 4433883 lasvegaspersona
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or......there is secret funding....nah.......

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:56 | 4433928 GooseShtepping Moron
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Is it Yellen running the bulls, or are the bulls running Yellen? Maybe we're seeing the advent of the "stock vigilantes."

My guess is, there just wasn't any place else for the money to go today. Asia was skid row; Europe was mostly down; commodities are always a good play when the nation's getting creamed by a Nor'easter. All it took was a few intrepid souls (or algos) to nibble at the Dow, and it was all momentum chasing from there.

Traders are building the right shoulder for what's turning out to be a rather ominous, juggernaut-looking top. After that, look out.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:33 | 4434109 John Law Lives
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History indicates that the price of many items bought and sold in a marketplace (even if the market is rigged for a period of time) eventually revert to some level considered "historically normal" (assuming that sufficient supply of said item exists such that a perpetual shortage situation doesn't occur).  Let the sack-o-shite shyster villains keep pumping these phony markets higher as they try to suck in every last lemming.  Sooner or later, the "smart trade" will be to short equities back down to a more "historically normal" level.  I have little doubt that we will hear cries o'plenty of "economic terrorism" as the shorts have their day in the sun.


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:23 | 4434507 LooseLee
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......."stock vigilantes." Sadly, no such intelligent creature exista...Bulltards are MORONS by definition...and that includes BULLTARDS of ALL Asset classes.....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:50 | 4433946 Wait What
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it seems so quaint to read headlines speculating on the 'untaper' when anyone who wasn't born in 2013 knows what happens every times QE comes to an end. at this point if you don't think bad data is great for asset markets, and worse data even great-er, then welcome to the new normal. the threat of 'untaper' is the Fed's real weapon, and has been since its shift from calendar based to data based, against the boogie man of markets repricing risk to reflect reality. ATH by the end of the week, bank on it.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:55 | 4433970 NaiLib
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All of this just points to inflation. And with no growth it is the come back of stagflation. Nice world with centrally planned price fixing.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:13 | 4434045 MagicMoney
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Well I imagine it's kind of hard to believe the little lady when she contradicts herself. First she says the economy is in recovery, then says she will raise interest rates when the economy recovers...Confused??? Maybe.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:30 | 4434100 Rising Sun
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RottenBox and DingleBarry are firing up the printers again.


Fucking assholes!!!!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:09 | 4434920 BullyBearish
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REITS, housing up...what do they know?  Correcting market creates the safe haven trade, buying down yields for another go'round for the spring housing market...OR...taper off and get the 10-year below 2%??

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