The Thin Blue Line Between Hopium And Reality

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If there was one unique datapoint that confirms beyond a reasonable doubt the perpetual upside bias of "analysts" and other snake oil salesmen (after all, one is far more likely to buy the stuff another is selling if one has a smile on his face, a wink in the eye, and is optimistically inclined, even if that optimism is completely unfounded), it is the following chart from UBS which shows the progression of consensus bottom-up EPS growth estimates for Europe: "consensus estimates for 2012 EPS growth have fallen from double digits at the end of last year to 0.7% currently." Observe the straight thin blue line below: it begins in the land of Hopium, and ends in Reality.

Of course, there are 5 more months in the year. By the time 2012 is actually done, the YoY change will actually be negative.

That, however has not prevented the same analysts who have been so massively wrong on 2012 to keep their 2013 forecast at its highs, and rising, and forecast a 12.1% EPS growth next year.

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Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:24 | 2673270 GMan_
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well the ANAL-ysts have to do something. They're paid to pump up stocks.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:28 | 2673290 Brother Sebastian
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And they espouse "value investing," the art of buying low and selling lower.  When I had a broker, I often told him that's what he made me.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:09 | 2673446 The trend is yo...
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can anyone explain why the vix is trading down? 

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:18 | 2673490 mirac
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ZH had an article on the Vix, last week I think - that explains that there is this arb trade involving vix, but it was a bit over my head...esentially derivative games to keep markets up.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 02:10 | 2674986 jeff montanye
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perhaps this is a comment too general to be shown here, but, last i heard the russian dude that started this site was hit for something over a thousand dollars of "inside trading".  

bet they wish they had waved that one by.

p.s. thanks for keeping us at least part with our constitution.  oh the enlightenment.  catherine the great had virtues well beyond the inter species.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:02 | 2673420 spastic_colon
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Think of all the earnings "beats" still to come! /sarc on

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:21 | 2673503 El Oregonian
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The chart can also show "The Thin Blue Line" as law enforcement going from Order to Chaos...

Remember, not everyone will not agree on everything but we can agree on a couple of core principles against Banksters, unresponsive politicians, Federal law/military enforcement agencies. Shoulder to shoulder we must stand up to tyranny...

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:07 | 2673439 LeonardoFibonacci
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Skynet going live in   3,,,,2,,,,,1

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:24 | 2673271 vinu02
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Its bubble of hope, it has to burst either way.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:05 | 2673429 HarryM
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Don't you just love when the D dops 120 and VIX drops .77 ?


Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:24 | 2673273 bigdumbnugly
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That, however has not prevented the same analysts who have been so massively wrong on 2012 to keep their 2013 forecast at its highs, and rising, and forecast a 12.1% EPS growth next year.


that's because they think the mayans said there won't be a 2013 anyway.

no accountability bitchez

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:21 | 2673504 mirac
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There will be a 2013 and it will be an awful year, for markets and everything else

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:25 | 2673274 doc_in_the_house
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= STUPID CBS-MW "REPORTER"...he told you to buy FB @ $27....he rode to $33 and rode to $19 (still riding) and he bought more @ $23..NOW he tells you to buy AAPL @ $600 = UNFREAKINBELIABLE !!

he has said on previous articles that he was "trained by the best" = jim crank-a-holic cramer...ok i can see why...crank says: buy aapl @ $620, nflx @ $300, slv @ $45, gold @ 1800 (after tanking from 1900) = me shooOOOOORT !!


making $$$$$ in the casino = soooo easy..just KEEP TRACK of the shoe shine boys and BET AGAINST THEM !!!

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:30 | 2673296 doc_in_the_house
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i bought FB

@ 26 and DUMPED @ $30...did not chase to $33...

and recently short covered my 1386 shorts from last fri @ 1360 today...waiting for pump to 1380+ to reshort and final pop before sub 1300.

also waiting for EUR pop to 1.225+ to reshort.

waiting in cash...can wait days...NO PROBLEM !!

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:43 | 2673351 Itch
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Have you ever heard of the Harptones man...they rock.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 02:20 | 2674994 jeff montanye
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i keep waiting for them to pick it up and mention sh boom.


Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:44 | 2673356 doc_in_the_house
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is that you thumbing me down??? ROFLMAO !!! LOL !!! remember that it was your LIE-beral stance that got me booted off mw...i told u guys you idiots were a bunchof DEMON-RATic odummernomics, RAPE the peasants with INFLATION and DEBT to "saaaaave" the fat cat's casino and that apparently did not "conform" with the "communitie's guidlines" = LOL !!

i love zero hedge !!!

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:06 | 2673437 pods
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Dude, put down the pipe.


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 02:23 | 2674996 jeff montanye
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anyone who thinks the u.s. political parties are more real than professional wrestling or (going farther back) the harlem globetrotters vs. the washington generals has not been paying attention lately.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:35 | 2673320 oddjob
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gayest excuse ever for watching CNBC.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:58 | 2673406 Dr. Engali
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Your lack of "tolerance" will not be tolerated. Off to the education camps for sensitivity training with you.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 02:26 | 2674997 jeff montanye
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getting caught up in the divisive shit much?

look at it selfishly.  gay men will not steal pussy from you.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:51 | 2673382 ObungaBoy
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what makes CODY WILLARD different than all other MarketWatch jewish liars

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:30 | 2673277 Abraxas
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I trust even the weathermen more than I trust any of the so-called analysts.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:34 | 2673318 buzzsaw99
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i use a stock rock. whatever the rock tells me to buy i buy. so far nothing.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:25 | 2673278 Yardstick of Ci...
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Long VIX seems like such a no brainer play here . . . . 

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:28 | 2673289 fonzannoon
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Yardstick that thought has thrust many to the front of the line for a free kick in the balls for a long time now.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:27 | 2673283 Everybodys All ...
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If the president gets re-elected that hope line will do the death cross on the reality line for sure.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:35 | 2673322 Abraxas
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What will happen if he doesn't get re-elected? Perhaps GWB and BO should alternate indefinately to bring us prosperity. 

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:42 | 2673346 akak
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Perhaps GWB and BO should alternate indefinately

And the difference between the two would be ......?

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:49 | 2673373 kito
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one is the bankers left leg, the other is the bankers right leg.......both are needed for them to stand...........

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:03 | 2673416 Abraxas
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And the difference between the two would be ......?

It's a difference in style:

GWB & Co. stole from us and raped us and our brothers and sisters and looked us in the eye while doing so and smiled his evil smile and told us that it's all our fault.

BO flirted with us, promised the moon and vacation in Paris, and we laid in bed with him. Tomorrow morning the bastard was gone with our money. 

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 19:43 | 2674388 WAMO556
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So, you like getting ass raped gently and getting the kiss, followed by the words "I love you and will never lie to you"?????!!!!!

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 19:40 | 2674382 WAMO556
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The initials R or D. That is about it.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:49 | 2673374 SheepDog-One
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So theyre doing everything they can for The One's re-election thingy, with the knowledge that if He does get back in then we;re really fucked. Ok its all makin sense now.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:55 | 2673402 kito
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hey sheepie, bernanke didnt propose yesterday............sigh........poor girl, he keeps promising, and she keeps hoping..........will she ever get that marriage proposal???????????

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:27 | 2673284 fonzannoon
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Is there any volume today? Will I be hearing "we are well off the lows" in a half hour?

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 15:29 | 2673542 RSloane
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Here it comes.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:27 | 2673285 rsnoble
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One fucking disaster after another. If we were more technologically advanced(thank god we aren't based on what it's done so far) people would not only be fleeing the banks with cash but getting the fuck off this planet. One huge time bomb. I don't know how anyone could one bit of faith in any of this shit anymore.

Fuck 'em all 2012. Get the rope.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:32 | 2673286 Dr. Engali
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It's a good thing that I'm in high dividend paying stawks, just imagine the cash flow the companies will have this time next year.


Sarc/...the disclaimer is for those not bright enough to get know who you are.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:32 | 2673302 bdc63
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12.1%?!??  Holy mother of God ...

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:40 | 2673342 RSloane
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I think they meant in a different solar system.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:32 | 2673304 Jlmadyson
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Woe is unto us.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:33 | 2673308 Bohm Squad
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They'll move with the herd.  One should pay very close attention when all the analysts say we're doomed.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:34 | 2673312 Clark80
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Yeah, but it's 12% off a lower base! Not to worry.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:34 | 2673313 timbo_em
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Our EPS estimates of 2013 are sponsored by EASTON Hockey Equipment proud partner of Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:48 | 2673370 SheepDog-One
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Illegal banana curves on those hockey sticks.

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:35 | 2673321 Disenchanted
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Looks like it's time for the 1430 ramp attempt...

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