Empire Manufacturing Index Prints At Lowest Since April 2009

Tyler Durden's picture

Today's horrible piece of news, which at least on the surface was supposed to send the market soaring, comes courtesy of the Empire Fed Manufacturing Index, which printed at -10.41, the lowest print since April 2009, down from -5.85, and well below expectations of -2.0. The Index print confirmed the biggest 6 month drop since records began. The components painted a dire picture for jobs, with the employment index sliding from 16.47 to 4.26, New Orders tumbling from -5.50 to -14.03, while, wait for it, prices rose, from 16.47 to 19.15. Re-stagflation here we come. Market for now seems confused - since QE is priced into infinity, it is unclear if this latest datapoint confirming a recessionary economy, QE can't be more-er infiniter. Best to not respond to this, or any other macro news at all, which is precisely what the market has done. For those who missed it, not only has Bernanke doomed the global economy to stagflation and imminent food riots, while making the richest 0.001% richer than ever, he has completely broken any linkage between the economy and the market.

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GetZeeGold's picture






Oh regional Indian's picture

Major mfg. in US is all Military, directly or other-wise. 

Labour rates + Red tape + corrupt unions (sell-out mafia controlled for the most part) killed US Mfg.

That is why US is MFugged.

we are all in the mfugging boat together anyways. Globally Coupled.


lizzy36's picture

Welcome to the recovery QE infinity edition.

GetZeeGold's picture



I'll gladly trade you a trillion dollar bill for a $20 gold certificate.


I know you can't trade them in anymore.....but still.

Cassandra Syndrome's picture


QE4 acoming bitchez!


Dr. No's picture

I agree.  The Bernak made a mistake with "Unlimited".  I would assume he is aware that one of his strongest weapons is rhetoric.  With "unlimited" used in his latest policy, how is he going to use rhetric to boost markets 6 months from now?  The thought of QE3 for two months gave us a 1000 points.  Will it be "double secret" QE4?  Like, "yeah, QE3 was unlimited, but QE4 is both unlimited and undirectional..."

Sheeple Shepard's picture

QE4 will be Benny in a wizards hat telling the FOMC that he can turn pure unmitigated terror into gold. Thats got to be good for another 1000 points, right?

Dr. No's picture

He will never use the word "gold" in his statement.  He will use "unmitigated terro*r into finacial stability through unfocused and randomized money throwing...."

Sheeple Shepard's picture

" I keep throwing this money in a randomised and unfocused fashion and it keeps ending up in the mega-banks commodities purchase funds, ain't that the darnedest?"

Dr. No's picture

So far it has not been random.  It has been focused on the pockets of the primary dealers and the big banks.  We all know the focus will stay there, but it is fun to think about him truely dumping cash from helicopters.

0z's picture

I wouldnt want to be called Mr.Bernanke in a revolutionary America!

Perhaps Marie-Antoinette thought she could get away in her horse carriage if things went bad.

Perhaps the Bernnake thinks he can fly out to some shack in the Andes just before the crowd burns his house down.

It will not be pretty. He should just run now. I would.

spastic_colon's picture

he is fully aware!  he knows that every bad econ report will now be equity bullish.....what happens when we get a truly good report?.....oh wait that is bullish too since he said ZIRP, NIRP QE etc will continue even after the recovery is mature

Rip van Wrinkle's picture

In other words....Benrnake's f*cked.

Obadiah's picture

is this why the benake released the kracken?

DeadFred's picture

There has to be some unseen reason for his insanity. His actions drove a stake through the Bernanke Put which gained its power from whispered rumors of 'new QE'. The next time the market corrects how will they turn it around? "I hear the Fed will do an extra MBS purchase next week", how does that turn psyches around. Their only defence is the PPT now.

Still have my short positions.

RSloane's picture

What insane person needs a reason for his insanity? If you mean the magical unicorn wage inflation argument, see manufacturing sector in third quarter contraction. He did drive a stake through the Bernanke put, which tells me he is desperate. Short positions are all we have left IMO. Long is risk-on bigtime.

Jason T's picture

Gas prices bitches.. staying home and not working cause can't afford the gas!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Ah, nothing like the smell of stagflation.  Time to cull the herd, again.

firstdivision's picture

Not to worry, that $40B of MBS purchases from the Fed will fix everything.  It's not like the banks would take the proceeds from the sales, and pump it into salaries and bounses. 

ptoemmes's picture

Employment index sliding...infinity and beyond.


WB7 - We REALLY need The Bernank in a Buzz Lightyear costume.

Racer's picture

Yeah Buzz Lightyear was deluded into thinking he could fly, just like the ChairSatan thinks he can create jobs with QE.

(I know he is only benefitting the banks really and just another covered up bailout for his pals)

Cursive's picture

At this rate, we will have long grocery lines.  The groceries will cost too much and EBT cards will slow down the check-out lanes (only 2 open to keep labor costs down).  Security will be posted at the check-outs to deter theft, but most of the problem will be spoilage from items that are left at check-out because the EBT card didn't have the required funds.

fonzannoon's picture

Some rifle association group put out a piece on what would happen if the ebt card system was thrown off line, even temporarily. Someone posted the link here a week or two ago. Holy scary crap.

centerline's picture

Exactly.  S will HTF if the EBT systems were even to burp.  Is really a scary thought.

caimen garou's picture

ebt cards,it's the new american express! don't leave home with out it! apply now and get a free case of beer and cig

Sheeple Shepard's picture

Looking at the chart, shouldn't it be lowest since 2010?

caimen garou's picture

Quick turn on the Buffet light to signal him to turn this news bullish!BUY,BUY,BUY, stocks,I pads,and big screen tv's! oh yes we can! ha,ha,ha,

Racer's picture

Poverty and fewer jobs for the 99%

Well done ChairSatan...

You evil sadistic, genocidal criminal you

GetZeeGold's picture



Wouldn't know about that...I'm part of the 45%......and we're not too happy about this crap.


Peter Pan's picture

Society is increasingly becoming dysfunctional because the level of debt on one hand and the level of expectations on the other are about to exceed the threshold of sustainability in a very visible and ugly manner. Those with massive financial assets need to take a write-off and those with ever increasing wants need to pull away from the government's teet and downsize their expectations.

centerline's picture

Unfortunately, neither will happen.  In fact, the opposite is what will occur.  Is why a crash is inevitable.  This time global - with a very fragile supply chain - and populations that have been brainwashed like never before.

buzzsaw99's picture

they should have asked about their prospects for bigger bonuses and larger stock options instead. [/bitchez]

Schmuck Raker's picture

Isn't there a "3X Inverse General Biz Conditions/Future General Biz Conditions Spread" ETF?

My Bloomberg terminal is only showing 16oz of data right now.... for some reason.

apberusdisvet's picture

The sheeple are asleep.  But when gas goes above $5 (irrespective of war), there may be an awakening.  It will be interesting to see how the MSM spins this.

insanelysane's picture

Bloomberg wrote something like "well the economy won't be getting help from this sector."  Must be betting on some BS housing numbers and how well the TBTF banks are doing.

centerline's picture

Already in motion.  Damn that middle east turmoil!  And those evil speculators.

TheProphet's picture

They will believe who they are told to believe. And the media will tell the poor slobs that the cause of their $5 gas and $7 milk is "Big Oil" or "The Koch Brothers" or "The Associated Milk Producers" mafia, and the poor slobs will believe it.

HD's picture

Where is this story on the CNBC site?

insanelysane's picture

It's a central bank world now.  Manufacturing numbers in the US, Europe, or China do not matter any more.  You might as well as where the article for the NHL lockout is.  Not relevant.

HD's picture

"Not relevant" Indeed. Still not on their site as far as I can see. Usually it's reported as breaking news with a red banner...it's not on the home page yet.

Update: Up on CNBC site 9:14am is the time stamp on the article. A full 30 minutes after listed on ZH.

insanelysane's picture

On at 9:14.  Me thinks they are trying to write algo positive articles.  All of the negative numbers are written with the word minus instead of a - sign.  Apparently algos don't understand the word minus as being synonymous to negative.

HD's picture

You beat me to it.

Not bullish enough to report. Now if the new iPhone where to suddenly be available in a new color they would stop the world to report it.

Winston Churchill's picture

CNBC releases are written by Algo's.

Did someone forget to put them on charge overnight ?

insanelysane's picture

This QE nob goes to ELEVEN!

GetZeeGold's picture



QE11......that's just crazy talk there.


john_connor's picture

the clown show can lower interest paid on excess reserves, which paradoxically will not force banks to lend but rather cause more volatility in the casino.


 wow we are screwed.

separately, I picked up some extra water, salt, flour, rice, and vegetable oil this weekend.

centerline's picture

Yeah, I have cycled through my inventory pretty good from late last year till recently.  Now building it back up again in earnest.  Same stuff.


Shizzmoney's picture

I don't know what you guys are so worried about?  "The jobs are coming", obviously.

John Law Lives's picture

"Today's horrible piece of news, which at least on the surface was supposed to send the market soaring,..."

What better way is there to start a new week than by watching the global economic structure continue to unravel...

100% FUBAR.

Monedas's picture

"The Innocence of Mormons !" , a film by Barack Obama !  Playing now in MENA camp theatres everywhere !