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Faith, Hope, And Draghi

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What can we say? From the better than expected GDP this morning Gold and the USD (and Treasury yields) diverged from the QE hope trade - but stocks didn't. Then came the statement of the entirely sublime obvious from someone somewhere about Draghi's normal pre-meeting meetings and we were off to the races to test recent highs. Treasuries exploded higher in yield, Gold popped, USD weakened (as EUR popped), and stocks ripped. But...Treasuries reverted back to pre-Draghi-levels, EUR tumbled and the USD ended near the highs of the day, Gold gave back most of its spike gains and closed in the middle of its day's range as stocks just wouldn't give up the dream. For a 2% rally in S&P 500 e-mini futures, VIX fell only modestly by 0.9 vos to 16.7% - which is above last week's close (while stocks end almost 2% above last week's close). Amid the heaviest volume in over a month and the largest average trade size in over a week, ES closed at almost 3-month highs. It appears to us that unless Draghi and Bernanke - who now seem engrossed deep in the inter-continental thermonuclear currency war - both do their bit next week (which the market has now more than fully priced in given the dismal fundamentals) then this is becoming farcical but as Maria B said "a rally is a rally, right?" Ask the ZNGA and FB buyers of the rally on IPO day. Stocks ended the day notably decoupled from risk-assets amid Treasuries worst day in 9 months.


Gold has overtaken the Long-Bond year-to-date now (only the 4th close this year) as stocks just go about their business at 3-month highs...


The S&P 500 e-mini rallied strongly to its uptrendline but once we broke an intermediate trendline there was heavy block trading into the highs (h/t @eminiwatch) - does make us wonder exactly who was chasing this into that second top of the day...


10y Treasury yield soared (on a percentage basis) the most in over nine months...tracing back to their 50DMA... (and as an aside the spread between 30Y mortgages and 10Y TSYs is at a six-month tight)...


Equities and Treasuries recoupled as did Gold and the USD - though the disagreement was clear...


as Treasuries in general have retraced most of their gains from pre-EU-Summit...


as despite today's U-Turn in the EUR, the USD ends the week -1%...


I guess that is the price stability Draghi is looking for..but compared to capital structure (rates/vol/credit - left) and broad-risk-assets (right) we disconnected - especially in te last few hours of retest...

Charts: Bloomberg and Capital Context


Bonus Chart: Spot The Odd Market Out... This chart shows inverted stocks (black) against VIX, implied correlation, and VIX futures... can you see which one has gone full retard?


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Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment deejo
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considering that the market has priced in 100% + for QE3 . . . is it a safe assumption that we'll see some pullback next week, regardless of what the FED actually announces ?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:40 | Link to Comment Beam Me Up Scotty
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Every Monday has been a loser for the last 8 or 9 weeks, by triple digits if I am not mistaken. 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:52 | Link to Comment Muppet of the U...
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Correction.  almost every Sunday night.  Long vix short dow / s&p. 

Long charting, long fuck you bernank, long gold.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:37 | Link to Comment Muppet of the U...
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We need to lynch (insert name) if he money bombs the market.  I mean how f'ing stupid can you be?  Launching a bomb like that at 13000 in the market.

Bombs like that should be launched once so as to save markets and prevent sudden hyperinflation.  Launching them, like the us does scuds, to wipe out bears?  is f'ing stupid.

That's like chasing flies with a sledge hammer...


I call bullshit, there is no qe, just an obedient market that will fall for fucking anything.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:19 | Link to Comment The Monkey
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There is a lot of money sitting and waiting for a good chance of a positive return. You have the money managers, funds, pensions and retail all looking for a ray of sunshine. So whenever it's cloudy and grey, you might want to expect sun instead of rain. All things being equal, the central banks will make it so.

It may be a while before the next opportunity shows up for a low risk short. Prices need to move higher.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 01:35 | Link to Comment Nachdenken
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Du du du a quick walk on the wild side.. til Tuesdays hangover.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 02:34 | Link to Comment 1000pips
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Euro bottomed this week, engulfed Big time on the weekly-get ;long and these Eurocrats teach the world a thing or two about media manipulation and currency war.  USD has to get weaker for US GDP to rise on exports-that will happen.  Obama and Ben, along with Merkel have already let it start...

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 03:20 | Link to Comment French Frog
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I was looking forward to see the 'Context' chart again and wondering by how much ES would be 'rich' again compared to their basket of risk assets .... it didn't disappoint although I expected more than 11-12 points. ES back below 1370 come Tuesday again anyway?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:45 | Link to Comment in4mayshun
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A very pro-easing move next week could push the SPY towards 1400 but beyond that, they'll need some heavy artillery to push much past the 2008 highs. But who knows, anything is possible in this Alice-in-Wonderland market.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:54 | Link to Comment Frastric
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Relax the Dow may just sniff 15000, anything higher and Bernanke has lost control of the printing press...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:24 | Link to Comment The Monkey
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Imagine if the market cleared the 2007 highs. I think those technicals from Citi alluded to an expanding triangle terminating as late as October.

Would take a lot of gas to get us there, but central banks could do it. They have many times in the past.

Keep your mind open. As sick as the underbelly of the world ecomomy is, this sucker may push a lot higher.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Hype Alert
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Some clown will DVR Draghi's comments and replay them Monday morning for another 200 point pop, just watch.


Seriously, how many times can they price in something?  Push for 200% of NEW QE?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:48 | Link to Comment IMA5U
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then get long

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 23:16 | Link to Comment El Hosel
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.... Is it safe?   LOL! 

Yeah its safe alright, if you are part of the machine. ..... otherwise put on some clean underwear before you are squashed like a bug.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 21:48 | Link to Comment ACP
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Faith, Hope and Draghi? Sounds like a threesome.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment gjp
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Every time I think the depravity and insanity has reached a maximum, I am surprised again.  What's the saying about fool me once, fool me twice?  I just can't believe how casually the PTB are willing to throw our currency system to the dogs.  Dogs is what we'll all be when this is done.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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King dollar!!!

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:19 | Link to Comment crkennedymd
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Dogs are what we'll be eating. I guess then I'll have one thing in common with our Dear Leader

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:40 | Link to Comment LooseLee
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......."I just can't believe how casually the PTB are willing to throw our currency system to the dogs".

And how those conformist, fascist, socialist lap-dogging POS 'brothers & sisters' we call fellow Americans aide and abet them! You know who you are are you know your day is coming...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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And while Tyler focuses on Draghi's words, Ben uses the PWG to fractionally reserve dollars and buy equity.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:35 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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What a shitshow today was.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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[next "risk0ff" starts?]

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:41 | Link to Comment Vincent Vega
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FOMC meeting Wed.   just sayin'

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:46 | Link to Comment fuu
Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:24 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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and wednesday has stormy eyes. [/mangled lyrics]

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:38 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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 "Hey Wednesday Tuesday... What are u doing Saturday"?

~Fred Flintstone

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:19 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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we should ask robo_T? 

did you see where tyler put up earlier that QE3 was something like 110% priced in? 

send tyler some socialist money for his bar tabs, BiCheZ! 


Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:32 | Link to Comment ZeroAvatar
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>>TUESDAY's on the phone to me. L0L!!!


I see what you did there!

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 22:58 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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You only give me your funny paper...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:58 | Link to Comment Hype Alert
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The way I see it, Monday is Hilsenrath's turn. Draghi pulled a fast one and hit the ball twice, so now it's up to Jon or Ben to return volley.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:20 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Sunday gap down. The ACB's> ( Asian Central Banks), ( will love buying dollars) after this $ selloff.  What's up Slewie?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:56 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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hey, Y/C!



Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:09 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Just checking in Slewie.  I'm like the rest of us. " Milk Shake" looking for a roller coaster!

  Nice to hear from you.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:39 | Link to Comment Squid Vicious
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Welcome my son, welcome to the Machine ...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:41 | Link to Comment HD
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Rick Santelli said on closing bell "I'd never short stocks" it was the cherry on top a shit sundae for me...

Maybe later today Cramer can come by my house and repeatedly kick me in the balls while Pisani chants in the background "decoupled...decoupled...decoupled".



Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:56 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Who's da Man?  I would friend ya on Faceplant'e'   , HD .  Unfortunately, (fortunately) Neither of us has a profile.

  Gotta love Santelli!

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 22:31 | Link to Comment HD
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How's life treating you Yen?

 Now don't get me wrong - I'll set up a Facebook profile as soon as FB hits its inevitable price the pink sheets.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 23:03 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Now now...$5-6 would be more than fair for a company with the infrastructure to keep millions of rabid teenagers posting pictures of things they shouldn't without going tango unifom (*cough* Twitter *cough* ) and they've got some very slick ajax caching tech and a huge datamine (just think of the carefully selected inbox content they could be sitting on to bury electoral hopefuls with for a moment).

And who can pass up the opportunity to provide status updates and check-ins for "Satan's Penis"?

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 01:48 | Link to Comment HD
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You're right - $5 a share is more than fair just for the endless mountain of "free" content FB users provide to Zuckerberg.

"You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service..."

One wonders how many billions of dollars DHS, CIA, FBI and the NSA spend to monitor prepubescent Justin Beiber fans and soccer moms discussing who should be cast in the "Shades of Grey" movie.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 02:11 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Placating me? I'm looking to form a team I doubt you are up to this one. That " Bond"  cassino is open!












  i LOVE YA GUYS.   Money doesn't sleep! I got 8 hours of sleep over 5 working days!


                        I like being aware.

i/c SHIT IN WAYS that would confound you!

































                                                     [  hasta mania]

  GMadScientist      nice work!







  Helicopter port is slightly South of Avalon. 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:41 | Link to Comment Meesohaawnee
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well no maria you hopeless hosebag.. its your job as a journalist to point out the obvious maniuplation. Dont lead us to believe that fundamentals matter. Nobody needs CNBC in a computer game. Its like the old johnny carson Carnac act. You have the answer in the envelope.  .what does ben want the finsish to print at .. you have to guess whats in the envelope. Thats all.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Squid Vicious
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lol - she's about as much of a "journalist" as barney fwank is a public servant... those two deserve each other's company more often

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:04 | Link to Comment HD
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If Barney is okay with Maria's penis being larger than his...than yes, they could probably be fast friends.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment wagthetails
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And this is why timing the market is impossible.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:39 | Link to Comment Lazlo Toth
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Monday down. Tuesday up. Wednesday up and down. Thursday........ Ooohhh.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:50 | Link to Comment GernB
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A few days ago I bought ESU12 around 1330 with a stop at 1319, on the fact there's been heavy resistance above that level. I just sold at 1383, because there's likely to be a pullback, even if it pushes higher.

You can't time markets based on news. it won't work. By the time you hear the news it's too late, and you have to really know what people in the market think because you have to trade on what the news actually was relative to what was expected.

However, there are clearly forces at work in the markets that cause it to sometimes behave in predictable ways. If it has gone up when it fell to the 1320s twice in a row, it's not a terrible bet that it might happen again, that whoever is buying at that level will fend off the decline by snatching up shares at what they think is a bargain. When they buy up enough there are no more sellers and the price goes back up. The push to 1380s was beyond the recent trend. So it just pushed through a resistance level. Whoever was selling at those levels got tapped out. If I were more of a gambler I would bet it is going a bit higher from here based on that fact alone. I'm not that brave, so I just decided to take the money and run.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 00:03 | Link to Comment fourchan
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id rather put my life savings on red.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment kaa1016
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This is the same exact thing that happened this time last year almost to the tee. I think we will se at least, a 10% pullback in the S&P over 2 week period post Bernanke/Draghi. There is no way they can deliver on the lofty expectations.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:46 | Link to Comment deejo
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yeh... it seems like a no brainer.. but i'm 0 for 4 on attempts at timing uvxy or vxx for short plays correctly.  perhaps I should just stare at my hard assets and leave it at that. euphemism not intended.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 01:02 | Link to Comment indianajohns04
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haha i told myself no more uvxy after doubling down three times to break even but i caved and bought 4,200 after hours today. One of these times it will work!

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:47 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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""a rally is a rally, right?"

Yep... so was summer of '29.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:48 | Link to Comment SqueekyFromm
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I just did an Irish Poem on Draghi on another thread here, but it fits better into this post, sooo please excuse the duplication:


There once was a fellow named "Draghi"

Who jumped when Frau Merkel said "froggie."

He went up so high,

Way up in the sky,

That the rarefied air made him groggy.


Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment deejo
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nice :-)

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:54 | Link to Comment Renewable Life
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This market is more staged and rigged then the WWE!!!  

Did anyone actually think that they would hold the 30th Olympic Games in the heart of Western Europe, and let the whole system flush down the toliet???

Its all show, its all manipulated, and this is the biggest couple weeks of pomp and circumstance that Europe will enjoy for decades to come, they sure as hell weren't going to have any currency crisis, rain on their parade!!

I mean all the central bankers, politicians, and corporate scum will be converging on London for a little sport, $100,000 a plate charity dinners, and god knows what else, this was so predictable, its not even fun anymore!!


Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:00 | Link to Comment Lazlo Toth
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WWE IS RIGGED???!!!???

First markets where people make verbal sacrifices to appease SkyNet and now WWE is rigged??????


Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:54 | Link to Comment Meesohaawnee
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and we have the nerve to knock the Chinese that everything is a fraud,fake cover up.. Yep and you wonder why people hate us. Hypocrite nation we are.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:02 | Link to Comment deejo
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"China still coo ! You pay latah, LATAH ! "

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:02 | Link to Comment debtor of last ...
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ZH, you are f'cking unbelievable, nothing goes in my house anymore before checking ZH if it's true.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:07 | Link to Comment deejo
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a" friend" sent me a link to that noah smith post a few weeks ago and I felt as if my own child was being picked on.  livid I was.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:15 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Charts are nice but if that's a German bond bubble as we discussed here just one week ago "where do I go for safety?" gold...of course...but folks need income...and if you don't mind an equity kicker that's stocks. Banks had a VERY good week. Methinks Dodd/Frank is officially dead. Silly season is the name of the game...and this is President "Win the War" Roosevelt who's in charge.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:27 | Link to Comment Big Ben
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Draghi may be corrupt, but you must admit that he is also very clever. The higher the markets are allowed to rise on the basis of his uncontested pronouncements, the more they will fall when Frau Merkel returns from vacation and 'resets expectations'. And then she will get the blame for crashing the markets.

While the cat's away, the rats will play. Free cheese, anyone?

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:52 | Link to Comment miker
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Do not underestimate the resolve of the Central Banks when things get bad.  Even though all choices are bad, they will always pick the best of the worst.  Letting the European economy and American, Chinese, etc. collapse is the worse choice.  Inflating away bad debts in a gradual process is the best they can do. 

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:13 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 Draghi, what an appropriate last name. Draghing along until the last minute , and throwing the markets into manic chaos!

 I'm sure Draghi will be spending a lot of time at the synchronized swimming events in London over the weekend. He needs all the help he can get, to keep his HOPIUM den filled next week!

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:29 | Link to Comment ekm
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Yen Cross

Good afternoon.


I think it is well calculated.

- Lure the Traders in to Civil War

- Crash the market

- Blame the greedy traders for the crash.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:14 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 It's hard to have a civil war , when the markets are so skewed to one side! It's great to hear from you "ekm". I hope the markets didn't tear your face off this week. I went flat late Tues night, after Nowotny dropped the first tape bomb, and blew up my aud/jpy short!

  Although I'm dabbling a bit with eur/aud , with tight trailing stops. That vacuous eur/usd plunge earlier, was nasty.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:27 | Link to Comment ekm
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It used to be that Traders would lure Retail Investors as Suckers, but the House were the central banks. The Professional Traders were just renting the place.

Since all retail have been already robbed of their money, the House found another way to control the situation: Lure Professional Traders as Suckers and have them fight against each other.



Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment brace_brace_brace
Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment Chartist
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I am not at all surprised by this move...I was in Bob Janjuah's camp that one more ramp was coming....Too many bears I guess....I don't see the SPX breaking above 1410....I sold my SSO position and swapped into SDS midday Friday....A bit early I suppose.....I'm staying short now into Q1, 2013.....SPX 1050 here we come....I am not as bearish as Janjuah, I don't see SPX 800, ever.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:48 | Link to Comment ZeroAvatar
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I think this rally fits the 'blow-off top' definition. 


Draghi can huff and puff, and blow our house down.  But there's only one problem:  The market IS bigger than any one man.  That, and the tendency for black swans to show up uninvited, assures us that the day of reckoning WILL come, Draghi's hot air or any others', for that matter, notwithstanding.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:53 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Banksters have to put all their stolen money somewhere. Mayswell put it in the market and vaporize that crap.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:44 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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 They put it into their " Bunga Bunga" parties, and call it job creation.  Then they put all the participants , on a defined health plan, so as to slow the spread of Eurosis!       ) symptoms ; Jawboning, general denial, sterilized] currency hallucinations, .Ect...

 If infected drench head in cold "toilet water" , to slow spread of pathogen.

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:42 | Link to Comment IMA5U
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play the cards on the table


and not what you thnk the market should be


we have the olympics. a perfect backdrop for the european central planners to give the appearnce they are getting their act together on a world stage

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:02 | Link to Comment Father Lucifer
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Even with all the excitement yesterday and today, in the big picture the technical's suck. It's gonna take a massive amount of printing to push this market to new highs and if they do that I condemn them all to burn in HELL.$NYSI&p=D&yr=6&mn=0&dy=0&id=p76567860789&a=243663365

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 00:33 | Link to Comment gridlocked
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Ignore the bad data - he will act.


House of cards.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 01:33 | Link to Comment Nachdenken
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Keep on pumping. 

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 04:34 | Link to Comment smart girl
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Coincidentally, the Troika was visiting Greece on Thursday/Friday. They have temporarily granted some recapitalization of the private banks - but nothing further?. Could they be pushing a "a fiscal union, a financial union, an economic union and a political union" now? It's worth reading Mr. Draghi's actual speech.


Sat, 07/28/2012 - 04:48 | Link to Comment genr8n
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It may not look like it but this is it ... this is the last stop on the bus route to complete disintegration ... Spain asks for E300 in bailout and the reality hits Draghi in the face. Discuss the bailout and we're all screwed...because Italy will have to follow as willl France once Italy and Spain go. Buying bonds makes sense politically in a limited way as the alternative is far worse. So the real question is whether the the market will sense that the bond purchases are actually the last death roll before complete disaster. 

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 10:21 | Link to Comment Peterey
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Have you also had the impression that this week rant by mr Draghi (Enter the Draghi, ... the first part of the video on mr Draghi is fun), was a bit over-done and emotional and resembled the rant by former Greek finance minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou warning short sellers that they will be crushed? When I saw mr. Draghi, I thought that, if Central Bank policy communication becomes open reprimand, this might signal a weakness and not a strength on their part. Let me know what you think...

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