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Market Snapshot: What A Day!

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We have seen several days in recent weeks that beggar belief in terms of intraday range and velocity but today was very impressive indeed. After rallying over 2.6% from overnight lows, ES then dropped almost 3.2% before managing a 2.2% rally off intraday lows in the last hour to regain VWAP. A massive volume at the close (especially compared to the rest of the day) was also notable but once again we note the significant pickup in relative volume as we sold off versus the rally.

 

Credit followed a similar path but with significantly less intraday range though HY ended up modestly outperforming IG at the very end of the day. The pattern of index outperforming single-names remained all day as skews compressed (taking away from the overall positivity of the green close in credit) and we note some quite significant deterioration from open to close among many credits. Most notable was further exaggeration of the discussion we had at the European close with regard Financials bond net-buying versus CDS protection buying as we point out BAC widened 15bps from open-to-close, MS 12bps, C 12bps, GS 9bps, and JPM 3bps. This should be intriguing for those who see the 2.8% up day in XLF today.

We pointed out at the earlier close how equities were leading risk assets in general today when they pushed down and that was the case but remarkably, the broad risk-asset-based CONTEXT basket maintained sense of decorum while all about it abandoned ship and by the close ES had pulled all the way back up to 'fair-value'.

TSYs had a relatively quiet day after the auction seemed well received as the belly continued its trend from earlier of underperforming relative to the short- and long-ends (as the 30Y was the only maturity to manage a gain, with its yield dropping 2bps on the day).

The USD leaked higher for much fo the middle of the day until ES decided it was time to rip and DXY went from almost unch on the day to -0.3% - hardly a huge move. We do note that when ES started to really accelerate in the last hour that it was CAD and SEK that moved the most relative to the USD.

Precious metals and oil/commodities also rallied as ES ripped (and USD dipped) - all of them gaining around 1% in the last hour in a wondrous Birinyi's ruler straight-line fashion. We do note that gold is leaking lower after-hours - though only mildly.

All-in-all, a very 'special' day for many traders and we can only hope, for the sakes of people's margin accounts, that getting through the month-/ quarter-end will at least calm intraday craziness a little. However, we fear that the longer it takes to bite the bullet in Europe, the more volatile we get as Greece's deadlines loom and scenarios become fewer and more disparate.

 

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:44 | 1723687 AladdinSaneGirl
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All i can say is, i tend to prefer risky shares, and it's a total bloodbath. Worse today than ever :(

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:01 | 1723759 DormRoom
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kind of shows that retail & daytraders are out.. And only robots are moving markets.  Algos are bidding/selling against each other.  Skynet is in full control.

And next week will be more deleveraging from hedgefunds  liquidating to meet redemptions, or close shop.

 gold & silver bugs better hope busted hedgefunds don't sell off SLV & GLD all at once.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:10 | 1723794 trampstamp
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slingshot trade on ES  240 minute chart. I took it using TNA and road it out. This trade gets it's name when you have a leg down, X to A, then retraces between 50% - 6.18% (A to B), then drops to the 6.18% (B to C) and then buyers load up. At this point the slingshot has been streched back and released. Usually see an explosion up. Of course this trade works the other way around, which btw was in play to the down side on the 60 minute chart earlier in the day. 

 Of course on the leg down (X to A) you have to be below 20 on the RSI to make it a valid trade. Hope to take profit around 1210-1213.

Who the fuck knows, i many never see that target tomorrow lol!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:29 | 1723875 Soul Train
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all that slingshot strategy and execution, it's OK when you're young, ---  but watch out, sounds like a set up pattern for future suffering from rapid cycling manic depression later in life.

Like jerking off too much, it can drive you insane.

Not kidding., Anyway, glad to hear you made money and good luck.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:33 | 1723918 trampstamp
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I think i jerked off too much already. I'm a crazy old bastard that can't shoot straight.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:22 | 1724044 NoClueSneaker
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Never mind- here another old bastard, thick as a brick, enjoying yer insights ....

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:34 | 1723919 Mike2756
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agreed, looks like it's setting up another waterfall decline to 1k spx.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:43 | 1723947 augie
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wait, wait, serious question... what constitutes "too much"?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:48 | 1723960 trampstamp
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Enough to the point where i'm jerking off my dog. Wait.... uhmmm.. that's a joke

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:44 | 1724086 AdahPrice
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deleted

 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:43 | 1724540 Manthong
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Who wants to bet that the reports on the radio when you get up tomorrow will say “overnight futures trading has the market opening sharply lower this morning”?”

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:32 | 1723915 YesWeKahn
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chinese stocks got a fair treatment: BIDU, SINA: -10%.

They will soon drop down to the earth.

Buy some protection these days. People are getting insane.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:45 | 1723690 RobotTrader
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Banks are acting the best.

GNW, MS, KEY, HIG, etc. all up 6% - 7%, well off their lows from last week.

Bears need to slam this group ASAP, otherwise, the bottom might be in.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:49 | 1723964 rocker
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Did you look at a ten day chart on your famous CMA, ZION, AXP, COF and RF.   Hmmmm

Not with my money and no mark to market.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:56 | 1724271 newstreet
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Robo, I still think you are the new Alan Abelson.  Guess the Trade on Fire crowd thinks differently.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:05 | 1724129 SwingForce
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You said it last week about XLF, nice call. Don't overlook PNC- no mortgage probs, no Euro crap, biggest 2nd tier.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:40 | 1724400 DropOutEconomist
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No Mortgage Problems?! They bought National City which was funding all sorts of crap...Neg Am, 10% stated income construction loans and 100% stated income HELOCS..but I am sure its all marked correctly on the books...I would not worry about it too much. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:45 | 1723691 Fips_OnTheSpot
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Can we see VIX > 45 tomorrow?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:53 | 1723741 Id fight Gandhi
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They're sayin this is all due to the Jew holiday. And quarter ending whatever, just bots going full retard.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:59 | 1723768 TheLooza
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its not the holiday.  any jew who is serious about trading found  a way.  This Jew did.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:26 | 1724051 NoClueSneaker
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Hehehe, mazeltov - no clue who junked you ....

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:54 | 1724107 Conax
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Jews that didn't get to trade?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:45 | 1723695 stocksugg
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Just in Hedge fund Blow up

With the massive downdraft in momentum stocks today there has been speculation of a hedge fund blow-up. Those rumors now appear to be centered on John Thaler's JAT Capital. While we cannot verity if these rumors are true, the fund owns many of today's worst performers.

Some of his biggest positions includes:

Sina Corp (Nasdaq: SINA) down 10%
Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) down 6%
Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) down 10%
Wynn Resorts (Nasdaq: WYNN) down 10%
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR) down 9%
NetFlix (Nasdaq: NFLX) down 12%
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) down 5%.

You can see the entire portfolio here.

News Provided by Acquire Media Corporation

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:49 | 1723714 junkyardjack
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There'll be much more of this

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:49 | 1723715 caerus
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the momos were taken out back and shot...when the old leaders die it's the beginning of the end

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:54 | 1723726 anynonmous
Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:09 | 1723806 TheLooza
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OH MY FREAKING LORD.  Dude, whoever put together that ridiculous MOMO portfolio needs to get hired by UBS STAT -- they have an open position, i heard.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:29 | 1723894 ghostfaceinvestah
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These guys must be bummed Groupon hasn't gone public yet.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:31 | 1723905 TheLooza
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litt le disappointed that they didn;t have the good sense to round this out with some  salesforce.com (CRM) and LinkedIn (LNKD).

 

Nice to see that they caught some RIG though. They paid a dividend, you know.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:55 | 1723752 bogey4
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Well, he must have been done selling @ 12.30 (pacitic time) because all those stocks ripped higher starting a half hour before the close.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:04 | 1723753 Reform1776
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Saw that too, have been shorting one of these POS's mentioned so had wondered what was pushing it further green today.

http://www.streetinsider.com/Hedge+Funds/Hedge+Fund+Blow-Up+Rumors+Focus...

Also interesting, from Aug 10:

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-thalers-jat-capital-and-chase-colema...

And:

http://www.businessinsider.com/jat-capital-receives-subpoena-2011-2

 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:16 | 1724321 Freddie
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Those all look like "safe" names. 

This guy must read IBD each day and loads up.  If he had any leverage (all hedgies do) then he is toast. 

"I love the smell of naplam in the morning....it smells like...victory."

Winning!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 22:54 | 1724676 ThirdCoastSurfer
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If you haven't registered at mffais.com, which allows you to look at the recent activity of firms like JAT, then you're missing a great opportunity to see just what went wrong. 

For example, holding 2 million shares of SINA, they added 700k while selling all of their position in Schlumberger. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:45 | 1723696 nyse
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Love Capital Context.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:46 | 1723700 dcb
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ok, just chart the deescendig channell we are in. three days  lower lows and lower highs. very bearish. but until the channel breaks just trade it as a computer, I refer to the s and p

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:54 | 1723745 dcb
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so your top tomm should be about 1665, I'd expect a drop and then late afternoon rebound so we close in the green, but hey you never know, go long when breaking the pior days high. I find I make my best trades doing this if I have in fact programmed the computer before it happens.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:03 | 1723787 dcb
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I also like to set the stop for the day before. meaning my stop loss tomm would be about 1150

when you hig the stop (if it was todays low, it will usually drop below and close above. make it very hard to get a good trade. It's the freaking algo's, and they could do this for months.

in contrast the ddaily macd is going up from the downside, (so we are a bit oversold on the daily side. I expect another run at 1200, or a bit above before another real short

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:48 | 1723705 anynonmous
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the good ol' days of the 3pm (sometimes 3:30) ramp job

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:49 | 1723712 TheLooza
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made some horrible trades to start today, beautiful trades in the middle, ass raped at the close.

 

up 200 dollars (with over 3 million going through the cages). 

 

I only wish I had caught the fancy to spank to some first class ukrainian porn in that last hour rather than blow my freaking load all over my (what had been substantial) trading gains for the day.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:52 | 1723729 nyse
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You are hilarious.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:18 | 1723843 walküre
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Schmuck! LOL.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:31 | 1724063 NoClueSneaker
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+ 1000

Describing the way the things r.

Me no clue - GLOBEX rape ?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:40 | 1724080 YesWeKahn
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SPY chart looks terrible. I just closed a few long positions after hour. I will match the emerging markets for direction.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:51 | 1723721 Josh Randall
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When will CNBC hire Miss Teen South Carolina to answer to the Gold is not backed by anything gal ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQdhMSEqhfg

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:00 | 1723774 Never_Put_Down
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The "...Gold is not backed by anything gal" is from a Canadian TV news station (CTV Calgary)

 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:51 | 1723724 Snakeeyes
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But, but, Freddie Mac announced historic low mortgage rates? How can that NOT stimulate homeownership?

"Freddie Mac announces 4% mortgage rates, doesn’t announce that spreads between 30 yr mtg and 10 yr Treasuries rising to recession levels. Look at the VIX!"

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:44 | 1724232 SwingForce
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Announce it, but they are not the ones who ORIGINATE the loans, the Cartel does, and as I heard, they do not want to part with their income stream of higher rate mortgages. And no refi's either. What makes matters worse is , people got suckered in once before by low interest rate mortgages- gotta make the points 1) FIXED RATE 2) NO TEASERS 3) PAYMENT FIXED for life of loan. Otherwise, nobody interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI2FolId6CA

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:52 | 1723731 LongSoupLine
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rational and balanced price discovery.

horseshit.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:54 | 1723742 buzzsaw99
Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:55 | 1723751 caerus
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ha!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:11 | 1723811 s2man
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why didn't they prop up my IAU at the close?  don't ETFs count? 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:12 | 1723818 monopoly
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And your friendly Friendly's for those of you on the East Coast, going to file for bankruptcy. There goes the ice cream.

And, I have stopped trading long ago. No way I can beat this market with day trading. This kind of volatility is not for me. Gonna sit and watch the pros get slaughtered.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:45 | 1724094 New_Meat
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Dang: Friendlys gone?  Why, when I was a very young piglet, after earning $3 of a Sunday afternoon, I'd go into the local Friendly's and order "Mint Chocolate Chip" so the young lassie would have to reach waaaaaay back into the corner of the freezer and I could have, well, additional entertainment value for my $1.75.

- Ned

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:47 | 1724238 SwingForce
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And there, ladies & gentlemen, is the Origination of Double Dip. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:20 | 1723853 ZeroPower
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we note the significant pickup in relative volume as we sold off versus the rally.

 

That huge volume bar is still on the rally candles, not at the last closing print for the day on ES

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:34 | 1723859 walküre
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They will have to do some serious convincing tomorrow. Everyone inside knows the routine for quarter end. The question is, can they be patient until 4pm tomorrow or will they fold early? Come Monday, their chances to sell to the next greater fool are alot less.

Just scanning through the German coverage on Merkel's important victory and the vote that guarantees Euro to live another day, literally.

Greece is not welcoming the Troika visit. Greece doesn't want the Euro anymore and a Greek default is still very much in the cards if the payment doesn't get authorized.

The vote in Germany today was a pre-emptive measure. To expand the TARP facility IN CASE that credit markets seize up completely over the next weeks.

You know if they're going to that extent to have that vote and risk all political capital IN ADVANCE, then THEY KNOW it's going to get ugly.

This wasn't a BAILOUT vote to fix something after the fact. This was a TARP vote to make sure society can function in the very likely event of a Greek default.

That makes sense.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:50 | 1724251 SwingForce
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Like we say at the pool in Boca, "We don't care how you did it in New Yawk".

Likewise we don't give a fuck about Europe either. Oh, and 28 of 30 Dow stocks pay more than the 10 yr Tnote.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI2FolId6CA

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:48 | 1723961 oogs66
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i'm going to vegas, its about as predictable and there are hot chicks

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:36 | 1724073 YesWeKahn
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The hot chicks carry AIDS, but stocks carry Bernanke.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:47 | 1724421 Justaman
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Don't you mean the Bernank carries stocks? 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 17:54 | 1723978 HedgeAccordingly
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completely rational price action.. yeah. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:19 | 1724036 billwilson
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Gold had to leak lower after hours. It was right at the downward trend line. Had it not leaked lower it would have crossed over (which does not happen in after hours - it will take a bit more volume). Watch early Asian trading. A move over 1620 will trigger some stops.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:29 | 1724056 Grimbert
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Can someone please tell me what ES stands for?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:44 | 1724092 caerus
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ES is the CME group's symbol for the e-mini s&p 500 futures contract

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:57 | 1724276 SwingForce
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And does the price correspond to the Big Contract? Month by month? Seriously, I don't see it does and I don't know why (maybe just due to delayed quotes). It should be noted that the E's trade electronically (no pit) and 24/5 .  Thanks.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 23:30 | 1724709 caerus
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the big K is crap...watch the mini...

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:55 | 1724108 NoClueSneaker
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S&P 500 futures ...

 

Me dumb, but here :-)

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:07 | 1724137 SwingForce
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"MAY THE SWINGFORCE BE WITH YOU"

3rd Quarter ends tomw, plenty of options to expire too. Hedge Funds need to live, so what will they do?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:13 | 1724148 chump666
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And there is still a sell off of emerging economies FX + still widening of their credit markets + the 10yr Italian spread is blowing out to the Bund = that is very bearish.

Markets are still confused and volatile, all eyes should be on Asia open.  That is the cue, Europe is mess, but the commodity selling continues and equity weakness = Asia is slowing down. That the case.  US markets will get hit hard, at the moment they seem to be ignoring the slowdown in Asia.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:18 | 1724155 chump666
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Oh also, Germany has just sealed it's EU fate.  The 'leveraged' EFSF passed without it being called one, means the German people were totally conned...they are going to be taxed to hell mixed with their main customer (China) probably crashing.

Yeah, pure f*cking genius scheme...what a joke.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:19 | 1724156 chump666
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ha! NZ just got a credit downgrade (on wires) Aust gets one next. Bang! China is done and dusted.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:27 | 1724181 The Fonz...befo...
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Ever see the final convulsions of a dying patient?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:56 | 1724274 Buffet's Jet
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If debt levels in nearly every developed country are out of control and unsustainable then why is it not a good idea to own US companies with solid balance sheets as opposed to countries with bad balance sheets (by being in cash or bonds)? and gold of course

Under the mattress ain't necessarily safe either especially when the printing oresses are running

 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:00 | 1724282 SwingForce
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Great point, those companies won't be subject to austerity measures, or any other measures. And if they don't like the policies of the USA? Well, they just KEEP their cash hoards offshore. Watch out, banks will be buying those stocks with the money The FED gives them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI2FolId6CA

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:43 | 1724410 slewie the pi-rat
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what a day!

what's next?  risk off? 

tyler's volatility play via cheap straddles seems like ongoing fun as enquiring minds want to know:  was archduke ferdinand popped during a Fourth Turning? 

and as the month and quarter are drawn & quartered, people who faded slewie's PM call of a month ago are now set for early retirement! 

kum ba yah, BiCheZ!  kum ba yah!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:22 | 1724505 chump666
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whats next?  Total EZ chaos, once the Germans realize that they just allowed themselves to underwrite a Greek 100yr bond (google it was on wires).

The Greeks are going to try and pull a swift one on the bond markets.  This BS stops once Germany goes into a politcal meltdown.

Social/economic hell-storm brewing.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:26 | 1724514 chump666
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you can't make this sh*t up...

This leaks to the Germans/Dutch taxpayers...turmoil.

NEW YORK, September 29 (IFR) - Greece may be looking into kicking the can into the next century. One of the options the sovereign is looking at is offering a 100-year bond in return for outstanding short-term debt, said a banker at one of the institutions advising Greece who said he saw the plans being studied.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:44 | 1724541 walküre
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Endgame.

Kredtianstalt moment.

 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 22:17 | 1724607 slewie the pi-rat
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hey, if you're gonna kick the can, kick it!!!

i think if you can tell the germans there is no inflation. you can lease their wives and daughters @ 0.5% for three years...

angela delivers!  here's the plan: 

  1. buy up the old paper with new paper
  2. issue more new paper to youselves
  3. enjoy!
Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:50 | 1724425 Justaman
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When the banks finish selling their intermediate Ts to the banks (and run out of cheap proceeds to put into the stock markets), the bets are all off. 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 21:22 | 1724500 Shizzmoney
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The market should see a slight uptick til the end of the year, especially whren retail and internet forecasts come out for the holidays.  Video game stocks usually uptick 2-4 mths before Xmas, for example.

 

The real fun begins in January-March 2012, when the Greece default, BAC stock drop, AND retail reality (they wont meet those forecasts b/c of shattered consumer spending) all happen in a lulzy collapse that we have all known has been coming for quite sometime now.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 22:01 | 1724570 Outlaw Of The W...
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In communist amerikwa, you don't trade the stock market, stock market trades against you (open interest 24/7).

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 22:20 | 1724612 rhinotrader
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Wow, I thought all the HFT bots were Jewish.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 22:56 | 1724680 wannabe traitor
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ATD is short some very interesting stocks....

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 01:49 | 1724913 Nobody For President
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I started the day on the other side of the street from trampstamp, with a larger load of TZA than I was happy with. Things improved through the morning, and when RUT started breaking down around 1330, I began unloading dear ole Tizzy until I could sleep tonight - which turned out to be real close to the high for the day - it appears I can't screw up Every Single Damn Day after all...

So I've got one eyball on the TZA 3 minute chart (I'm a long-term trader, don't cha know) and the major averages, and the other eye on the other monitor, where I'm frivoling away my time reading the threads on ZH <sarc god dammit> - where the lads are predicating a last half hour of HFT rear-ending. 

Lo - it came to pass -  in spades. At 1521, the first TZA volume spiked red, and the Dow crossed from red to green. "Startin' a little early, ain't you, boys?" sez I to the monitor with all the snark and sarc I could muster. {I have GOT to stop talking to the damn trading screen.} Each 3 minute segment after saw another red spike, mostly higher than the last, with one 2 penny green  exception. The last 3 minutes the volume went over six hundred fucking thousand - and red, of course. The Dow and S&P had finished their 2 1/2 percent run in less than an hour, and I was left to contemplate:

What the hell is it like to be able to plug in your HFT machines and command "Jack the Dow 100 points positive in the next half hour, bitchez!"; then have a glass of champagne with your trophy wife on the balcony as the peons 'occupy Wall Street' on the street below? They must feel like little gods, 'Masters of their Universe'; secure and snug in their realm. Good luck with that...

I started in the market with my own real money in 1964, when there was still such a thing as 'fundamentals' that mattered, and you could read Engel's How to Buy Stocks, take it to heart, and get rich slowly. Sigh...Now it is mostly inorganic high speed casino, and I'm a minnow swimming with sharks - very, very fast sharks.

But at least I'll be able to sleep tonight, Asia is showing a decent amount of red, and tomorrow is another day. An end-of-month, end-of-quarter day. I think I wanna be all bailed on my short side by 1515 - bet the ramp tomorrow will make today's craziness look moderate.

 

 

 

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