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Brutal Day For Stocks As Reality Recouples; Europe Now Negative For 2012

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Months of hope that the economy could finally start a 'virtuous cycle' were once dashed in a puff of smoke, after the jobs report came and cemented that the economy is now rolling over and picking up speed to the downside. Only this time, in a very ominous development for the permabulls, the MORE QE IS COMING, BUY ON DIPS crowd was nowhere to be seen. Why? Because for QE to be unleashed everything has to tumble first. And in a harbinger of what is coming to the US, just look at Europe: the EuroSTOXX 50 just turned negative for the year.


ES has now retraced the entire QE hope rally:

For once equity is ahead of credit to the downside:

Elsewhere, Treasurys continue their relentless move higher, with the 10 year now under 1.88% and at a 3 month low yield. So much for "that" Goldman call:

At this pace ES and the 10 Year will soon recouple, with credit once again having been correct.

The biggest causalty of the day was oil, in the aftermath of the CME doing what we fully expected it to do when Obama became the Margin Hiker-in-Chief and last night's CME hike for member to spec levels being as we predicted back in April. WTI is now just shy of its 200 DMA. When that support, a critical threshold for more QE, is taken out, watch out below.

In fact, post the last NFP and the Bernanke hope rally, gold, silver and oil have again recoupled:

But most importantly, for the first time in along while, gold has finally recoupled from the risk trade. If this is indicative of the future, watch out gold bears:

Bottom line: unreality is once again recoupling with reality... Just like it did back in 2011, and 2010, only for the central planners to step in and put everyone in their place. Will they do it again? Does the pope no longer bank with JPM?

charts: BBG

Bonus Chart: YTD performance of major asset classes - Oil red YTD and underperforming 30Y bonds now...

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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:11 | 2398033 HedgeAccordingly
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how about some kate upton dancing - cat daddy to lift our spirits? http://hedge.ly/gFWVSm 

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:17 | 2398070 Colombian Gringo
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Stinky F@cking Europeans are screwing it up for all of us. Good news is in 2 generations due to demographics, they won't matter. Even better for them, white whores will be able to charge more money due to a shortage of supply.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:30 | 2398142 NotApplicable
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Ooh, looks like all the planets are aligning for a grand celestial event. This should be fun!

*grabs popcorn*

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 17:05 | 2398282 CrashisOptimistic
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Brutal day for stocks?


We saw -2% and -3% days last year.  Lots of 'em.

Today was nothing.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 17:23 | 2398316 Michael
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The BLS throws a half a million or so workers in a black hole each month and says they no longer exist just to make their stupid percentage rate look like it's going down. Everyone is getting tired of the BLS shit.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 19:27 | 2398536 brettd
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BLS is run by Goebbles.

Go to the weekly IRS withholding filings and that defines how many people have a job.

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 03:18 | 2399007 Nobody For President
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On the other hand, it IS predictable and can be faded reasonably well - go to U6, double it, and that is probably somewhere in the realm of reality...

Revise NFP data upwards the instant you hear it and be in the ball park -

You know, standard compensation for gubbermint data...

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 17:51 | 2398381 Id fight Gandhi
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Yuck. The creepy guy old enough to be her dad has several sexual assault cases to deal with.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:10 | 2398035 Catch-22
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Sorry O/T… but let me ask this; how many aliases do we have for POTUS ?







Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:12 | 2398043 niktamere
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I like Telepimpter/totus

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 20:20 | 2398631 VisualCSharp
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Obama, Osama, Obama bin Lyin', Obummer, Barry Soetoro, Oblahblah, Zerobama, 0bama, The Kenyan, Purple Lips, The Community Organizer, TOTUS, POTUS

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 21:53 | 2398765 Banjo
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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:19 | 2398806 Ned Zeppelin
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You who blame all this on Obama are fools.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:20 | 2398809 WonderDawg
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I don't blame it on him, he doesn't make any big decisions, but he's certainly complicit.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:24 | 2398811 Ned Zeppelin
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I don't mean to ay Obama is not bad, he is, it's just that he is just as much a member of the squad in charge of this as Bush II, as Clinton, as Bush I, etc.  Once you get that, you understand that Romney and Obama are Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, no difference.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:33 | 2398822 WonderDawg
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Got it. Been singing that song for a while now, but most people won't listen, still playing the red team/blue team game.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:55 | 2398847 nmewn
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It is what it is.

Until someone with a viable chance of upsetting the apple cart comes along...the choices are what they are. I think Romney is a fresh tampon somehow preferable to the soiled one.

Seen it comin a mile away...blue blooded ex-Massachusetts governor, interconnected with Wall Street cronyism hack, completely unknowing of the common mans desires and aspirations against a narcissistic Marxist know it all know nothing with illusions of granduer.

Nice set up...as usual...choose wisely ;-)

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 00:18 | 2398925 bigkahuna
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The wise choice is to get ready. The propaganda from the MSM and .gov is blatant. BLS figures do not mean a thing and the rigged stock market has been on a tear - I have never observed so much bs on a day to day basis. I know there are sudden and spoadic bursts of bs and propaganda that come from .gov such as nine eleven and and TWA 800 to name a couple - but lately, there is nothing but a thick and richly slathered constant stream of bs coming out.

That being said, look at the two assholes running for the big parties nomination for president. We are in for it. The wise choice is to get ready.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:42 | 2398835 Charles Wilson
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So tell us, Ned, real HONEST like.  When you get into the sacred toilet voting booth, WHO YER VOTIN' FOR?

TELL THE TRUTH!! Usually, when we hear someone bring up political equivalence AFTER a complaint made about Obama, we know that there is a grand probability that said commentariat is voting the Democratic/Socialist line.

As was said yesterday in a post, there is a BIG difference between Right and Left.  Both sides may be a little STOOPIT, but there is a difference.


C'mon, Ned, Butch up.  who's it gonna be?



Fri, 05/04/2012 - 23:09 | 2398866 WonderDawg
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Wrong. The differences are small and inconsequential. The issues they distract you with are the luxury issues of a healthy society, which we are not. The real issues are kept hidden from view, despite the efforts of honest men like Ron Paul to shine the light of truth on them. If you think the differences between left and right are BIG, you're either naive or delusional.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:20 | 2398807 WonderDawg
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Hopey the Clown

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:15 | 2398055 EclecticParrot
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Gratified that equity shorts could finally sit tight ‘til noon without the typical reversal squeeze.

To quote a famous investor :  “GRRRrrrr...eat !!!”     

( ‘Tony the Tiger’ stares in rapt wonder at the upward fanning display of emerald candlesticks on his 15-min FAZ chart, Pynchonian rockets that hover atop the Keltner channel as the Badinerie to Bach’s 2nd Orchestral Suite chugs insistently on a Victrola.

Looking up the ten-candle grouping in Steve Nison’s book, he confirms a rare but classic Japanese pattern known affectionately as “New Morning Puffy-Clouded Whale-Spouting Total Fucking Blowout.”

He takes profits, using the proceeds to buy a more favorable ‘Nutritional Facts’ section for his new ‘Frosted Fakes’ cereal, in which 100% sugar takes on a pleasantly chewy, wheat-like form, from key contacts at the FDA.  The masses view this sweet bomb as undervalued, and ravenously add it to their Roth IRAs  . . .   )

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 03:21 | 2399008 Nobody For President
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Damn, greenie for a great Friday afternoon post - I'll have what you're drinkin'...

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 06:57 | 2399074 EclecticParrot
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Parrots just drink water -- but I'll tell you who damn likely was drinking this afternoon:  the MIT alumni algos and the cowardly Goldman trading desk dorks that melt up the financials and Russell index each afternoon, fucking the shorts on low volume.  For them it's like taking candy from a baby seal (while clubbing it with a truncheon, of course), but not today !

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:14 | 2398056 mayhem_korner
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Ride a painted pony let the spinning wheel turn...

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:16 | 2398057 battle axe
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"In order for QE to happen there has to be a big fall", pick one of the triggers A) IRAN/ISRAEL/USA WAR B) Europe Blows up C) China has a hard hard landing D) US Economy blows apart E) All of the above. 

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:34 | 2398171 NotApplicable
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But wait, there's more!

India/Pakistan War

Turkey/Kurdistan War

Syria/Martian War

Dictator X nationalizing Foreign Corp Y

CME/Wall St. Implosion

and on and on...

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:43 | 2398203 Randall Cabot
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F) Fukashima SFP 4 taking a hit from another temblor or any kind of coolant leak. 

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:18 | 2398069 Vamp-Squid
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Massive multi-year head and shoulders patterns.

Canadian stocks:


British stocks:


Funny how two exchanges not using the USD or the Euro are displaying the same pattern.

And of course Dr. Copper:


Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:19 | 2398076 Seafarer57
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I finally found an asset allocation that I can live with:


30% dehydrated food

10% MRE's

40% ammo

10% antibiotics

10% silver coins

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:28 | 2398135 Quinvarius
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How does one aquire anti-biotics?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:37 | 2398181 CvlDobd
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Brick meets window

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 17:02 | 2398269 tmosley
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Aquire a chemistry degree.

Or move out of the country to one that doesn't have a stick up its ass about medicine.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 17:08 | 2398290 Seafarer57
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one way is to buy from vet supply companies (penicillin,amocyicillin, ampicillin) like www.calvetsupply.com

Food-grade but cheap and no prescription needed to treat goldfish and rabbits - same stuff we use but a fraction of the cost.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 18:36 | 2398472 CPL
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Vet supplies are pharma grade on a goldfish budget.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 18:24 | 2398452 LawsofPhysics
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eat some fungus or mold.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 19:32 | 2398545 brettd
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Will a nice Stilton cheese do?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 21:56 | 2398769 Banjo
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Go to the doctor complain about some flu or other crap. Get medicine. Stock. Rinse n Repeat

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 03:27 | 2399011 shuckster
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You know in Ireland, they require pharma companies to install "swallowing" testers in the pills so that the government can tell if you took your pills or threw them away. It's a case of big brother like no other

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 03:50 | 2399030 mjk0259
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Hard to believe. How could such a device work? You would have to have a radio emitting microchip in each pill...

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 03:53 | 2399031 mjk0259
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You can buy them for almost nothing from India over the internet , about $10 per hundred plus $30 shipping. Cheaper than US with most medical insurance. it costs me close to $100 to go to doctor and get prescription in US with insurance and takes half a day. Buy them in advance and you don't need to do that.


Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:19 | 2398084 Doubleguns
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Still need position limits to go with the margin hikes on oil to make it really effective.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:28 | 2398131 AccreditedEYE
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Beautiful charts... and wild moves today as REAL assets were bid and everything else was sold off. MLP's, utilities and gold gave the financial aristocracy the middle finger. Whoever that monkey was selling gold indiscriminately this week got a pole rammed up his/her ass today. Have we at last come to it? The Great Deleveraging of our time? haha

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:43 | 2398199 SheepDog-One
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Like the buyer of the Scream painting said, he wants out of paper and into 'things'. Good idea. Multi million dollar paintings are not my bag, but other 'things' sure are.

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 09:16 | 2399133 grid-b-gone
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In the long run, the market always wins, but this has been a great run for the printers and manipulators.

Law firm Dewey warns


More evidence that the market forces pendulum is slowing to reverse?

Still, the dollar, primary dealers, and the Fed have not yet been so weakened that they can't ramp stocks any day back above support. It is safer to bet heavily on the bounce than the fall.

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:40 | 2398179 SheepDog-One
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Oh this must be zee stabileeteee?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:44 | 2398197 Conman
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Funny that brutal day here is still less than a 2% drop on the ES.. Still so complacent its scary. Where were those awesome 300 point daily swings on the dow?

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 23:38 | 2398892 sof_hannibal
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Fri, 05/04/2012 - 16:51 | 2398231 kill switch
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A brutal day would be a 700 to a 1000 point drop. Fucking thing is still over 13k follwed by another 500 to 600 plunge, now that would be brutal,,,oh Tuesday? another 700 points down, NOW WHERE GETTING INTO THE REALITY BRACKET..

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 03:34 | 2399015 shuckster
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I think when the day comes, we'll see 5000 point swing days - of course, the circuit breakers will trigger but that's anticipated and people will react accordingly. of course, the IRA people will be the last ones out the door as Wall St cashes out entire trillions of dollars over night. The morning will come and the market will be nothing but red and many zeros. Assets will go to zero, zip zilch. Stocks will become invisible toilet paper. Gold will skyrocket. Companies will their shareholders to bug off and then the riots will start. They do not have enough cops to prevent it, and the military will have no part of it. And if the military steps in and cools things off, it still won't matter because people will have sworn off all financial products by this point and there will be no winning them back. They will demand their foreclosed homes back from the bank, they will demand payment in assets for the bank deposits, whether in the form of mansions, or whatever else. And then they will go home and put on their guns and prepare for war. Someone will step up to lead this country, and it's going to be hell for anyone who stands in his way. The bankers and criminals will have nowhere to hide. Any country that harbors them will become public enemy number 1. We have their names written down, we will hunt them down and bring them to justice

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