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Strong Durable Goods Headline Number, Very Weak Between The Lines: "Weak Start To 3Q" Bloomberg's Yamarone

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Once again we get a strong durable goods numbers report at the headline level, but far weaker when one actually reads it instead of just scanning it: with the July Durable goods printing well above expectations, at 4.0%, double expectations of 2.0%, and up from an upwardly revised -1.3%. Ex-transportation, the number was up 0.7%, beating the estimate of -0.5%, virtually unchanged with the previous upwardly revised 0.6%. What is, however, not good is that cap goods non-defense ex aircraft dropped by -1.5%, in line expectations, and a plunge from an upward revised 0.6%: this shows that actual CapEx is plunging. The bulk of the beat comes due to stronger than expected automotive-related production. Futures surge on the news because a continent wide liquidity squeeze is less important than the future channel stuffing of more unsellable cars.

Report sumary from Bloomberg:

  • July durable goods orders rose 0.4% vs est. 2% (range 1% drop to 7.5% gain); June revised to 1.3% drop from 2.1% decline.
  • Ex. transport rose 0.7% vs est. 0.5% drop (range 1.5% decline to 1% rise); prior revised to 0.6% gain from 0.1%
  • Capital goods orders, nondefense, ex. aircraft, parts, down 1.5% vs est. 1.6% decline (range 2.4% drop to 1% increase); prior revised to 0.6% gain from 0.4% drop
  • Weak shipments of non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft “suggests weak start to 3Q,” says Bloomberg economist Rich Yamarone
  • Above est. overall orders due to 43.4% rise in civilian aircraft, motor vehicles orders, says Bloomberg economist Joseph Brusuelas
  • Key question: whether demand for autos will continue through rest of the year given weak macroeconomic environment: Brusuelas

Answer: hell no


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Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:43 | 1594526 Aductor
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So this is bullish QE3, or how do I read the equity "market"?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:49 | 1594556 SheepDog-One
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+300 - +500 daily gains on the Dow....WHAT QE3? At this rate, the markets will be back over their all-time record highs in a few days, yet traders sit out there expecting Bernank to drop free bags of money to the 'poor ol equities'...for what reason?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:52 | 1594567 slaughterer
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It does not matter where equity markets are when the print button is pushed.   

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:14 | 1594668 SheepDog-One
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Huh whaaaaa?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:49 | 1594783 FEDbuster
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Price everything in gold.  Zimbabwe stock exchange (yes there is one) had 200%+ up days during it's hyperinflation, we will have ours, too.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:12 | 1594660 buzzsaw99
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good news is bad news, except if it is really bad news then that makes it good news. Got it? RALLY ON!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:43 | 1594529 HelluvaEngineer
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The algos seem to love it!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:45 | 1594532 Boilermaker
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Futures soar back to parity.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:44 | 1594537 DeadFred
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Hurrah for Government Motors! They saved us.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:45 | 1594539 Iriestx
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Boom!  +500 today or bust!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:45 | 1594541 rubearish10
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The Bernanke will look the stuffing data to help justify his magic words on Friday. Seems like that's the direction we're going. Yesterday's housing and RF numbers (bad), today good, but really bad. So, free it up bitchez. I mean Gold Bitchez, opportunity knocks!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:53 | 1594569 HelluvaEngineer
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Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:14 | 1594665 SheepDog-One
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They are, down in the beltway there are all new GM gov vehicles everywhere, I think .gov is buying as many as they can and giving them to the homeless at this point. Everywhere I look are new GM vehicles with a gov sticker on the door.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:17 | 1594677 HelluvaEngineer
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They will need quite a few more when the weekly Census begins

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:45 | 1594768 FEDbuster
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Maybe Sec. 8 housing should be expanded to provide a car with your free home?  So, you can get "FREE" house, utilities, car, health care, food stamps, cell phone, college education.  The only thing missing was a program to provide free clothing and gasoline (or maybe I just haven't heard of them?).  All of this provided by Uncle Suger from Obama's stash. 

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 13:09 | 1595721 RockyRacoon
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Wait til the dealers and GM come to the realization that cars in the pipeline are sunk costs.   Let the discounts begin!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:23 | 1594698 Larry Darrell
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Their economic guru Krugman has told them this is the best way to create demand.


That or they need to increase the power of HAARP since it didn't provide enough damage yesterday to stimulate massive re-building.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:47 | 1594544 jkruffin
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Awww,  Now Bernanke can't announce his QE3,  say goodnight to stocks and Euro as they plunge into the abyss...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:47 | 1594546 MoneyWise
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Catch your Gold below, pumpers.. :)

After all you should be happy to get it cheaper.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:48 | 1594550 somethingelse
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oh joy,   we're headed for another skittle-shitting rainbow-riding unicorn day 

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:15 | 1594670 slaughterer
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the unicorn today is shitting gold and silver and riding on an iPad

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:49 | 1594552 MoneyWise
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Don't need no QE3, too much liquidity already,
FED has lots of other options on the table,
perhaps intervene (stimulate) Housing market.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:56 | 1594584 Johnny Lawrence
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Do you enjoy seeing what's happening to our country due to fiscal and monetary policy?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:23 | 1594701 SheepDog-One
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No, I dont enjoy seeing the country destroyed on purpose at all! But no one will or has listened anyway since start of TARP, everyone said it was great and would work. But now Im supposed to feel GUILTY or something? Hey I was the one warning about it all along.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:04 | 1594624 centerline
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Stimulate the housing market?  You mean QE3 disguised as a bailout for main street.  LOL.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:49 | 1594554 RobotTrader
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Wow, gold and silver getting destroyed again.

Amazing how paper rules over physical once again.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:53 | 1594570 WineSorbet
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C'mon Robo, as our resident contrarian, you are getting pretty monotonous with your comments.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:07 | 1594638 John Law Lives
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Robo hasn't had anything original to say in a long time.  After he stopped posting the nice photos, his posts became bland.  If ZH had an ignore button, Robo would fade away.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:54 | 1594574 SheepDog-One
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Paper whore unicorn boy back again....still a bit short of your 'Im all in long here at DOW 12,700 for the 'debt ceiling passage' massive rally' though.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:17 | 1594674 slaughterer
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SH-1, again, you rub Robo's nose in his one fatal call.  It's ok, because we know it is your way of showing your love and admiration for Robo. 

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:21 | 1594689 SheepDog-One
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ONE 'fatal call'? LOL I can name 50 others easily from his pool of momo picks that have fallen flat! This is just the most recent!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 13:12 | 1595736 RockyRacoon
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Let's hope this call is actually fatal.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:54 | 1594575 Johnny Lawrence
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Gold down 0.5%.  "Destruction"

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:55 | 1594578 Snidley Whipsnae
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Yeah... and we miss the hot chick photos that you used to post...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:56 | 1594585 firstdivision
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Which leads me to believe that QE3 is not happening, but buy the dips anyway.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:59 | 1594829 e_goldstein
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No biggie. The price of silver and gold always goes down before options expire and the bernank gets on its podium. If one can find PM's, it's probably a hell of a buying opportunity.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:50 | 1594557 props2009
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Gold shorts hit their first target 1830. Check premium trade from yesterday "short Gold 1888 target 1820-30 stop 1913".

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:54 | 1594573 slaughterer
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Having a leveraged gold short on during a $100 drop is doing wonders for my paper portfolio.  

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 13:14 | 1595745 RockyRacoon
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Ah, the magic word: "Paper"  Don't you know you can't eat paper?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:50 | 1594558 youngman
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GM should jump to its IPO price right.......
Gold is still a good buy....high or low...look at Europe...
its going to be very quiet this week...they have to have ti very MSM will dig deep into anything......

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:51 | 1594564 DefiantSurf
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More irrational markets, screw this crap, I'm going to play Socom, can somebody text me when its over?


Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:52 | 1594565 WineSorbet
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No QE3 for you!  Come back, one year.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:58 | 1594596 SheepDog-One
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Ben's got himself so cornered, its ridiculous.

On the one hand, every bit of horrible economic news since January has been met with 'bullish for QE3 $2.5 trillion minimum' rally bad news.

On the other hand, now way can Ben let markets tumble now for QE3 fear and panic creation, because any huge drops would set off world wide chain reactions...out of control in a minute.

So markets have baked in a couple trillion QE, and it wont be delivered Friday, no way. Enjoy holding paper over the weekend when the algos fry.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:44 | 1594765 John Law Lives
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Also keep in mind that Bernanke surely wants to be reappointed.  He just had 3 voting members vote against him re. extending near-ZIRP through 2013.  If he proposes a huge QE3 and creates more dissent, he is hanging himself out to dry.

I don't believe a massive QE3 (in the form of large scale asset purchases) will happen just yet.  We would need a bigger market collapse to generate enough public support for another major round of LSAP.  Another LSAP = surging food and energy prices - which are political killers.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:53 | 1594568 Snidley Whipsnae
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Options expiry tomorrow plus Ben talks on Friday...

What is happening in the paper PMs markets is exactly what I expected to happen given the 2 events above...

Monday PMs soar again, shorts get creamed... buying opportunity now...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:55 | 1594577 slaughterer
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Don't you think gold shorts are smart enough to cover before Monday? 

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:57 | 1594593 Snidley Whipsnae
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Some will, some won't...

If all did the same thing what use would mkts be? If all bet the same horse why would we have horse races?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:09 | 1594652 MoneyWise
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What shorts? You think it's a wise Idea to take profit
after 20% run in just 2 weeks?
That's what it is,
besides Big guys need to make money, so they'll trim
positions and take profits, then re-enter lower.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:25 | 1594708 slaughterer
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Yes, I think it is wise, I took profits, and I take profits on them taking profits as well. 

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 13:28 | 1595805 RockyRacoon
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Paper Trading.   You all deserve what you get.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:53 | 1594572 John Law Lives
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So much fun.  The markets surge yesterday on the heels of dismal economic data.  Today, the futures surge on "good" economic data.

Battle Bots: A market out of control.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:55 | 1594579 firstdivision
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Well there went the excuse for QE3. They need to generate a crisis in the next two days. Something big has to hit the markets, or QE3 is but a dream.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:00 | 1594609 SheepDog-One
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Hardly anyone seeing the big picture here, paper euphoria blinding them to the obvious. Ben cant deliver the QE that has been baked in. Uh oh.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:56 | 1594586 slaughterer
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QE3 is coming to a neighborhood near you on Friday, August 26th!  It is Bernanke's mandate!  He has to stop the Great Depression 2.0 from progressing further!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:59 | 1594599 Snidley Whipsnae
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five will get you ten that Ben does not announce QE3...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:10 | 1594653 SheepDog-One
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Pump for big JH let down when Ben says 'Yea we'll keep ZIRP and monitor the 10 yr and stand by with our tools in our hands...have a good day bagholder sheeple Ive got caviar stuffed lobster to eat.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:22 | 1594694 slaughterer
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SH-1, you are projecting a ZH-cultivated cynical screen personality onto BB.  In reality, he is entirely sincere in his willingness to "help" the economy.  Remember, all we have is a text from him at JH, and any twist or turn of language in the direction of easing will fire off a Tepper 2.0 "Balls to the Wall" Earthquake, Richter Scale 7.0.  The "JH will disappoint" trade, loaded to the brim with SPY 108 and 110 puts, will unwind at light speed and, in the process, blow a hole in the earth from Wall Street to San Clemente in 15 minutes.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:09 | 1594856 Village Smithy
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Wow, that was fun to read!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:19 | 1594680 SheepDog-One
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What Great Depression 2.0? DOW is up +300 daily now....looks like all is well to me!   

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:56 | 1594587 LoneStarHog
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Since no one believes government reports, I believe this one, WHY?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:57 | 1594592 PaperBear
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“far weaker when one actually reads it instead of just scanning it”

(sarc) Actually reads something ? Who does something as silly as that ?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:02 | 1594618 SheepDog-One
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Computers dont have time to read things.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:02 | 1594610 Village Smithy
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There will be no QE3 on Friday. Voters do not understand QE. In the best case scenario, if it worked, which it won't, POTUS would get no credit because his teleprompter could not explain to the country what exactly it was he did that improved things. They won't spend billions more on something that will a) backfire and re-ramp the price of oil and push inflation higher and b) won't get votes. Obama will be going back to the "shovel ready" plans. Infact if the market gets too carried away over the next couple of days I am expecting the Fed to interfere with some news to dampen things a little. BB does not want a big cliff dive when he disappoints all the QE3 disciples on Friday.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:07 | 1594639 SheepDog-One
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QE has no more Mojo left as it did the first time when the DXY was at 90' any talk of printing trillions out of thin air just blows the Keynesian hoopdie to smithereens. 

Gee, did we already forget all the horrible debt problem, downgrades, so long ago almost 2 weeks! 

But those problems are now in our rear view mirror and we're free to resume printfest? Nope. Not in reality anyway.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:32 | 1594732 Larry Darrell
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"They won't spend billions more on something that.........won't get votes."

I completely concur. 

Who really expects Bernake to announce QE3 and steal Obummers thunder???

Obummer has already told the world he is coming in after vacation to announce his "bold new plans" and big porkulus packages.  That wins him the votes.

If the markets rocket higher due to Bernake printing money and main street morons realize that the TOTUS really is a puppet who has no power, that doesn't help keep the ponzi alive.

The Chairprinter will sit this one out, let markets go through a couple of sessions of massive withdrawal, and then let the current white house puppet get some glory.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:01 | 1594614 centerline
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A long time ago I postulated that QE3 could only be done if sold as the Bailout for Main Street instead of another bailout for Wall Street.  And if done properly, at the right time, most sheeple would welcome it with open arms.

Today, I see an article on Yahoo Finance with some "expert" saying the next round of stimulus should be from the Government and directed at housing.


I then went to read some posts, which lately have been very aggressive against Fed action.  There were some - enough to be concerned - that appeared to be taking the bait.


Watch out folks.  The next stage of this mess is likely going to be blamed on the politicians - and ultimately the people themselves.  

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:04 | 1594625 SheepDog-One
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Well theyve blamed the people all along....youre just not SPENDING enough! THATS the only problem in an otherwise perfect Keynesian world!

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:07 | 1594641 centerline
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Or in Krugmans world, maybe I should burn my house down because of the stimulus it would create for the local economy in rebuilding it.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:16 | 1594671 SheepDog-One
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Yep! Or a really stimulus-y type war with space aliens! 

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:05 | 1594631 PulauHantu29
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This is one of my favorite reports. Capital investment and trade deficits are the two I most value.



Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:53 | 1594799 John Law Lives
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"Capital investment and trade deficits are the two I most value."

The US has run a net trade deficit (goods and services combined) every single month since January of 1992.

Amazingly, the elites in the US defend and promote Free Trade at every opportunity.  One has to wonder what their real agenda is...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:43 | 1594683 virgilcaine
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Sheep is right QE 3 was zirp indefinitely. No new stimulus coming.

Buzz lightyear.. zirp to infinity and beyond.  

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:28 | 1594722 JohnF
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If you read further in that report, inventories are at the highest levels since 1992. Not good: it means that any impetus that appears will be eaten up by reducing inventories, rather than increasing capacity utilization. Besides, the new orders in July for non-defense aircraft are seriously distorted by order from the Paris Air Show, and desperately need to be seasonally adjusted for that.

In other words, things still suck and flogging will continue until morale improves. If the inventories had fallen, there might be a shimmer of recovery; as such, it is merely a chimera of recovery...

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:30 | 1594953 adr
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There is no incenti e to prduce less since the massive corps can just write off the usold inventory to reduce thier tax burden at the end of the year.

The bulls can keep on saying, how can the economy be terrible if corporations keep buying so much inventory. Obviously they expect economic conditions to be better soon, translation bullish.

As long as the government backstops losses then the market insanity will continue.The only thing that wil truly unhinge this market is letting a major bank fail.

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:36 | 1594979 slewie the pi-rat
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when i was at the casino yest, i  watched TV for a few minutes *hang dog look*.  one of the screens was (as usual) turned to chinese market news.  one of my chinese buddies sees me and picks up his chips from the baccarat table where he is just abt felted for guessing wrong 3X in a row and is fleeing from self-disgust and a big bowl of tapioca, and sez:  "slewie!  &tc."

after abt 4 tries, i realize he is trying to tell me about "big bux big bux" b/c some round-eyed announcer got shanghaied to china to do a show in english, and they are gonna pay him hugely!  altho i still haven't figure out who the hell he is talking abt

"rilly"? "YES! slewie!"  so i give him a little fist pump & my trademark "origami, BiChez!"reply

he is one of the smartest guys i know

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 11:03 | 1595134 El Viejo
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Are you telling me they raised the debt ceiling for nothin?  Oh the angst.  Oh the humanity!

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