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80% Of The World's Industrial Activity Is Now Contracting

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Tomorrow's NFP may or may not beat expectations, following some modestly better than expected employment-related data points (then again last month NFP was again supposed to come in solidly above 100K only to cross below the critical threshold), but keep one thing in mind: with the average June seasonal adjustment being a deduction of over 1 million jobs, several tens of thousands in marginal absolute job numbers + or - will be nothing but statistical noise. Furthermore, with seasonality playing such a huge role tomorrow, it is quite likely that merely the ongoing seasonal giveback will result in June being yet another subpar month. And that does not even take into account the quality assessment of the job number, which if recent trends are any indication, will be another record in part-time jobs at the expense of full-time jobs. Yet no matter where the NFP data ends up, the following chart from David Rosenberg puts a few thousand job into perspective, showing that regardless of how many part-time jobs the US service industry has added, there is a far greater problem currently developing in the world: "We now have 80% of the world posting a contraction in industrial activity." This is the second worst since the great financial crisis and only matched by last fall, when in response Europe launched a $1.3 trillion LTRO and the Fed commenced Operation Twist. Now except the occasional rate drop out of the PBOC or modest QE expansion out of the BOE (not to mention the Bank of Kenya's rate cut earlier), there is no real, unsterilized flow of money coming from central bank CTRL-P macros to stabilize the global economy. Which leaves open the question: just where will the latest spark to rekindle global growth come from? And no, 10 hours a week waitressing jobs in Topeka just won't cut it.

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Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:01 | 2589798 orangedrinkandchips
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Why do I get the feeling the number tomorrow will be fixed and create a big short squeeze.


It's common know that things suck balls


Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:06 | 2589813 nobusiness
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because we have seen it time and again out of these data manipulating scum.  When times get tough you need to lie

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:34 | 2589917 Stock Tips Inve...
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In the coming months, the European authorities and the Fed will do its "best efforts" to show a global economic situation in good shape. Save time. That seems to be the goal at this time. How long? ... for what? just to try to invent something else that allows them to earn a little more time. Do not forget that reality, at the end of the day, always prevails.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:36 | 2589924 Manthong
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Well, at least with their 35 hour work week, six weeks of annual vacation, and retirement at 60, the French will be able to relax through this next little downturn.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:51 | 2589969 Kitler
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"We now have 80% of the world posting a contraction in industrial activity."

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Looks like the joke is on all those nations we outsourced all our industrial production to. Sucks to be them.

Now all we need is for Ben to print us up some more GDP so we can leave these clowns in the dust.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 21:54 | 2590745 dexter bland
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Yep. This is a much bigger problem for China than the US. Overcapacity which they are still adding to and can't generate the domestic demand to support it. They will run out of space to stockpile all this stuff.

"just where will the latest spark to rekindle global growth come from? And no, 10 hours a week waitressing jobs in Topeka just won't cut it."

A demeaning definition of the service sector, you might include IT, communications, finance, education, media, tourism, healthcare, retail, wholesale, transport, legal, arts/recreation/culture, government, pharmaceuticals, engineering, armed forces etc. Mining, ag and construction are also included in the non-mfg ISM survey. Manufacturing is less than 9% of the US work-force these days. Machines are better at making stuff, but they give a lousy hand-job.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 05:08 | 2591090 jeff montanye
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they do now, but technology advances.  don't be such a luddite.


Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:01 | 2590023 Gief Gold Plox
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Your post got me thinking and it seems to me that a full out financial collapse would be best orchestrated in the middle of Northern hemisphere's winter. Several reasons. Snow, wind and low temperatures deter the masses from protesting, the effect of empty grocery shelfs is amplified by the fact that no food can be grown locally en mass, people in metropolitan area are extremely dependant on infrastructure and will chill-the-fuck-out as soon as they're presented with a few warnings in the form of black-outs and heating reductions. Late December would be perfect as the banks can be "closed" for seasonal holidays without much suspicion.

What the hell, indulge a few nut-jobs and do it on the 21st.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:19 | 2590088 hettygreen
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If it's anything like last winter (what winter?) your thesis might be in trouble.

As long as power reaches the tv set things should be okay.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 17:24 | 2590222 Skateboarder
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Winter 2011/2012 was like a continuation of Fall 2011. I was thoroughly disappointed with the weather machine.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 05:11 | 2591092 jeff montanye
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g gold p: your idea is intriguing but what tptb are now doing is looking less and less like orchestrating. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 11:52 | 2592123 Abitdodgie
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The Feds charter is up on the 21 of Dec 2012, they will want there money back , hope you dont have a mortgage.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:16 | 2589863 slaughterer
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I have a sick feeling in my stomache that--with either a gigantic miss or a gigantic beat--the market will squeeze above ES 1400 tomorrow on some "big bang" tit headline. 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:18 | 2589869 Village Smithy
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My sentiments exactly but you beat me to it.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:43 | 2589951 Paul Atreides
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Groundhog day Bichez!!!!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:36 | 2590134 hettygreen
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Apart from entertainment value (and that's no reason to have an upset stomach) who fucking cares? Shorting this market, given the absence of retail, absence of any real panic engendering fear (yet) and extremely tilted playing field and you deserve an ass pounding. None of these ETF short bets have a chance greater than a lottery ticket of paying off in this type of environment anyway. Want to see true price discovery? Long or short, just pick up your marbles and go home...unless someone is forcing you to be in this totally rigged market I say fuck it and the government coddled HFT horse it rode in on.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:17 | 2589867 Village Smithy
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But this market is so FUBAR'd who knows what would cause a short squeeze, a miss or a beat?

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:21 | 2589881 slaughterer
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Either/or: it does not matter anymore.  It will be the Europeans taking their deposits out of the ECB to buy AAPL and NFLX tomorrow. 

Miss: QE3, fuck yeah!

Beat: Recovery, fuck yeah!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:06 | 2590039 J 457
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Told ya, smoooothe sailing thru mid to late August.  Earnings will be "better than expected" later this month and EU will cool down, as will Iran and Syria.  SPX 1,400, or maybe a bit higher, then the trap door opens with another US debt downgrade and more budget impass as the Repubs make one last effort to sink Obama in Nov.  Revist 1,150 before Ben steps in mid-late Sept.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:19 | 2589876 N. B. Forrest
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Got to get our communist dear leader re-elected.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:07 | 2589812 Quinvarius
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The bankers got theirs.  Everyone else can suck it.  All you have to know is that the Fed has two mandates:  1.  Bank profits.  2.  Government spending.  The economy that they wreck in the process of supporting their dual mandate is of no concern to them.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:11 | 2589836 Shizzmoney
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And bad Gov't spending at that.

The US Government continues to be the worst investor in the history of the world.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:08 | 2589819 q99x2
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But it is different this time because the stock market keeps climbing higher--as if all by itself.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 17:05 | 2590184 SAT 800
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It always climbs "all by itself"; and it's always a surprise when it starts down. What you don't understand is that your various mental models and schemes and "understanding" of the news don't model anything; they are just human psychological machinery idling. People have to have an "explanation" for things, and if you can pretend that your "explanation" is "right"; then you get to feel "smart", which is sort of an extra bonus, but it's all nonsense.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:09 | 2589824 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:10 | 2589834 francis_sawyer
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If someone handed me $1 million right now in an electronic trading account & said...

"Here... Make a bet with this based on the NFP number tomorrow... If you make a profit, we'll skim 50% off of that to fund 'false flag' operations in the ME & you keep the rest... If you LOSE, you won't have to pay anything, but the amount of your loss would get entered into a ledger & heaped on the national debt to be taxed out of peeps later..."


I'd say "FUCK YOU"...


Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:14 | 2589848 Quinvarius
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We have established you are not Jamie Dimon.  He would have taken that bet and asked for another 10 million so it could be bigger.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:16 | 2589859 azzhatter
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Dimon would leverage it x 50 and bet

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:19 | 2589873 LawsofPhysics
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Dimon would leverage it as much as he could, far more than 50x.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:49 | 2589902 francis_sawyer
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& probably lose... (but based on the arrows ~ I guess that makes him a HERO)...

Oh well, the little people can pay...

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:14 | 2589853 Sudden Debt
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I WOULDN'T! sure I'd take the money!
everybody would!
But it's up to the govenrment to NOT ALLOW IT!
don't walk in front of a bear with a honey pot! he'll just take it. it's in his nature. just like greed is in the nature of humans.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:16 | 2589860 LawsofPhysics
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My response would be, which primary dealer do you represent asshole?

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 17:11 | 2590197 SAT 800
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If you don't have anything sensible to say, you can always remain silent. He merely reminded us of the nature of reality; hardly a justification for being called an asshole.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 19:34 | 2590508 SeattleBruce
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I think he was referring to the hypothetical presented, not the poster...

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:11 | 2589835 Sudden Debt
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look at unemployment numbers that are down....
Kids summerjobs that went to grownups who need a income and are taking kids jobs... 2012.... nice...
it also means that gadget sales will be down in the comming months.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:14 | 2589844 Shizzmoney
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Eh, the gadgets will be fine.  That shit continues to deflate, especially if the cell company can get you to renew the contract.

It's the rent that I worry about......

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:18 | 2589870 slaughterer
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Rent and landlords no longer matter with all those thingamajigs keeping the homeless happy.  

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:30 | 2589908 AlaricBalth
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I like my IPad with some fava beans and a nice Chianti!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 17:08 | 2590187 SAT 800
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"The gadgets will be fine" People who are worried about then rent, buy less gadgets. Try think sometime, it no gon broke the head, bro.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:12 | 2589840 MrBoompi
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When all else fails, lower your expections to the point where the numbers always come in better.  Have you ever seen a dumber way to evaluate anything?



Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:26 | 2589896 Citxmech
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Hey, if it taking the Titanic 4hrs to sink, and you project it will take three - just work your projections a few more times and she'll float - problem solved!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:14 | 2589852 S474NtheD3v1L
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Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:15 | 2589856 Village Smithy
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Obviously the author didn't get the memo indicating that an "adjustment " to the seasonal adjustment was being made and this month  only 100,000 jobs would be deducted.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:16 | 2589862 reader2010
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Nice porn! It looks like everyone needs to jerk off by now.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:17 | 2589864 Debugas
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classic Karl Marx's desribed phenomenon - capitalism overproduction crisis which in reality is a lack of payable demand crisis due to deficit of money

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:17 | 2589868 LawsofPhysics
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So infinite growth and production isn't possible after all. Say it isn't so.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:20 | 2589877 RobotTrader
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Dow should be at 8,000, not 13,000


What happens when things improve?

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:23 | 2589887 slaughterer
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When things improve, the Fed raises rates, the US goes bankrupt, the market plunges.  Easy as that. 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 15:57 | 2590008 oddjob
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Speaking of Netflix, its up today 13%...only another $225 per share and you'll be even steven.

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