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One Ounce Of Religious Non-Money Tradition = $1700

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

And while the world’s reserve currency, better known to various Chairsatans as “money” continues dropping to record lows courtesy of his dollarcidal tendencies, the “tradition” also known as a “barbarous relic” just passed $1,700. We will be sure to point out when it passes $1,800, $1,900 and $2,000 next.





One Ounce Of Religious Non-Money Tradition = $1700

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

And while the world’s reserve currency, better known to various Chairsatans as "money" continues dropping to record lows courtesy of his dollarcidal tendencies, the "tradition" also known as a "barbarous relic" just passed $1,700. We will be sure to point out when it passes $1,800, $1,900 and $2,000 next.





So Much For QE2: The Market Indexed For Dollar Devaluation Is Now Back To Jackson Hole Levels

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While the notional level of the market is still modestly higher than late August 2010, when indexed for that other component which everyone always forgets, yet which is an integral part of any net purchasing power calculation, the devaluation of the dollar, the S&P is now precisely at the levels at which Bernanke let QE2 loose with his Jackson Hole speech. Which means the time for QE3 has come. Of course, the notional value at the end will be that little bit higher, offset by yet another major drop in the value of the AA+ (outlook negative) US currency.





So Much For QE2: The Market Indexed For Dollar Devaluation Is Now Back To Jackson Hole Levels

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While the notional level of the market is still modestly higher than late August 2010, when indexed for that other component which everyone always forgets, yet which is an integral part of any net purchasing power calculation, the devaluation of the dollar, the S&P is now precisely at the levels at which Bernanke let QE2 loose with his Jackson Hole speech. Which means the time for QE3 has come. Of course, the notional value at the end will be that little bit higher, offset by yet another major drop in the value of the AA+ (outlook negative) US currency.





China Enters Bear Market

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That is all.





China Enters Bear Market

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

That is all.





The Farce Is (Again) Complete: Former Obama Budget Chief Orszag Says Official Economic Projections “Too Optimistic”

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

And so the comedy circle is complete yet again after none other than former White House budget chief Peter Orszag throws cold water in the face of the White House, the Treasury and everyone else who has so far been so stupid to continue to deflect blame for America’s horrendous fiscal situation purely on S&P and its “colossal $2 trillion mistake.” Because if the guy who up until a year ago personally came up with the White House’s voodoo numbers is telling you they are full of shit (the numbers, not the White House), perhaps it does put the administration’s claim that it is all S&P excel spreadsheet skills that are at fault, in a slightly different light.

  • ORSZAG: OFFICIAL U.S. ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS ‘TOO OPTIMISTIC’
  • PETER ORSZAG IS A FORMER WHITE HOUSE BUDGET CHIEF
  • CITIGROUP INC.’S PETER ORSZAG COMMENTS ON BLOOMBERG TELEVISION

In the meantime, as posted yesterday, enjoy the CBO’s far, far better predictive track record.





The Farce Is (Again) Complete: Former Obama Budget Chief Orszag Says Official Economic Projections “Too Optimistic”

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

And so the comedy circle is complete yet again after none other than former White House budget chief Peter Orszag throws cold water in the face of the White House, the Treasury and everyone else who has so far been so stupid to continue to deflect blame for America’s horrendous fiscal situation purely on S&P and its “colossal $2 trillion mistake.” Because if the guy who up until a year ago personally came up with the White House’s voodoo numbers is telling you they are full of shit (the numbers, not the White House), perhaps it does put the administration’s claim that it is all S&P excel spreadsheet skills that are at fault, in a slightly different light.

  • ORSZAG: OFFICIAL U.S. ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS ‘TOO OPTIMISTIC’
  • PETER ORSZAG IS A FORMER WHITE HOUSE BUDGET CHIEF
  • CITIGROUP INC.’S PETER ORSZAG COMMENTS ON BLOOMBERG TELEVISION

In the meantime, as posted yesterday, enjoy the CBO’s far, far better predictive track record.





Swing trading virtual portfolio – week of August 8th, 2011

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here

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Why The ECB’s Monetization Is Doomed In One Simple Chart

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

By now every Zero Hedge reader should be familiar with the two step process that is supposed to rescue Europe. First, the ECB will do more of the same whereby its SMP program will purchase billions in bonds, this time Italian and Spanish (after it already tried the same with Greek, Irish and Portuguese bonds) for temporary stabilization. Then, the EFSF will take over, and acquire up to the entire outstanding debt of all the PIIGS and whoever else afterward, with Germany ultimately footing the bill following the French downgrade from AAA which would make it an ineligible funder (and, hence, shortly thereafter: a drain). Well, the ECB is already pregnant to the tune of €74 billion. And shortly, this number will likely double, and taper out there in advance of the EFSF launch in 2 months. Yet as Bloomberg’s Michael McDonough demonstrates, the current ECB intervention has been nothing short of an abysmal disaster, with the ECB spending the abovementioned amount only to see average 10 Year peripheral rates double over the same time period. Alas, this is precisely what the chart will show once the SMP resumes and another €150 billion in worthless Italian and Spanish bonds is purchased (yes, none of our Centrally Planned leaders still get that IT.IS.ALL.ABOUT.CASH.FLOWS…. and far more importantly the lack thereof). Net result, spreads will likely double yet again, at which point Germany will say enough as the risk of cumulative 100% loss becomes non-trivial and the potential loss of up to 133% of its GDP forces Germany to close the curtains on the euro experiment. So prepare for a rip in bond yields tomorrow morning as the ECB goes hog-wild in secondary markets, only to be followed by a bleed wider in spreads first slowly, and then very, very fast.





 
 
 

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Why The US Consumer Is About To be Crushed: The Obamacare Inflationary Deluge Arrives

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

For the past three years, the biggest argument supporters of Obamacare would trot out every single time when faced with opposition to the mandatory tax, would be that despite widespread predictions of soaring prices, US medical care service costs had remained low and even, on occasion, declined (we leave aside the lack of discussion about soaring deductibles which are recurring "one-time" charges incurred whenever anyone does need medical care, and whose weighted impact on overall medical outlays is dramatic).

A big reason for this delayed increase in prices is that many insurers were unable to gauge the full base-effect impact of Obamacare on their P&L: after all, effective...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

King Dollar & Crude Oil reversing ST trends, says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

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King Dollar and Crude Oil have been have had little correlation over the past year, as each has traded in pretty much opposite directions.

Over the past 9 months King Dollar has had a historical rally and the opposite is true for Crude Oil.

Of late Crude hit its 23% Fibonacci resistance line, based upon last summers weekly closing highs and weekly closing low on 3/13/15.

Joe Friday just the facts….Crude oil is making an attempt to break short-term steep rising support this week and King Dollar is attempting to break short-term steep falling resistance.

Crude oil just experienced its 7th largest 2-month rally in its...



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Chart School

The Big Four Economic Indicators: Real Retail Sales

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Note: This commentary has been updated to include the April data for Real Retail Sales.

Official recession calls are the responsibility of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee, which is understandably vague about the specific indicators on which they base their decisions. This committee statement is about as close as they get to identifying their method.

There is, however, a general belief that there are four big indicators that the committee weighs heavily in their cycle identification process. They are:

  • Industrial Production
  • Real Personal Income (excluding Transfer Receipts)
  • Nonfarm Employment
  • Real Retail Sales
  • ...

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    Another US Foreign Policy Success: Isis Controls Half of Syria after Palmyra Seizure

    Courtesy of Mish.

    Congratulations are in order for team Bush and team Obama for another stunning US foreign policy success: Isis Controls Half of Syria after Palmyra Seizure. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have seized the Syrian city of Palmyra, home to a Unesco world heritage site, putting nearly half of Syrian territory in the jihadi group’s hands and sparking fears that treasured antiquities may be destroyed.

    Isis announced it had “complete control” of the city on Thursday, and state television said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had withdrawn from the city, which is known to most Syrians by its Arabic name Tadmur.

    Ancient Palmyra is known to the world for its iconic avenue ...



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    All About Trends

    Mid-Day Update

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    Insider Scoop

    Salesforce Fair Value Now $76/Share

    Courtesy of Benzinga.

    Related CRM 10 Must Watch Stocks for Today Williams-Sonoma, Salesforce.com, Deckers Outdoor Lead Wednesday's After-Hours Movers Wall Street Breakfast: PMI Data Weighs On Global Markets (Seeking Alpha)

    In a report published Thursday, Brean Capital analysts maintained a Hold rating on salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: ...



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    Pharmboy

    Big Pharma's Business Model is Changing

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    Understanding the new normal of a business model is key to the success of any company.  The managment of companies need to adapt to the changing demand, but first they must recognize what changes are taking place.  Big Pharma's business model is changing rapidly, and much like the airline industry, there will be but a handful of pharma companies left at the end of this path.

    Most Big Pharma companies have traditionally done everything from research and development (R&D) through to commercialisation themselves. Research was proprietary, and diseases were cherry picked on the back of academic research that was done using NIH grants.  This was in the heyday of research, where multiple companies had drugs for the same target (Mevocor, Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor), and could reap the rewards on multiple scales.  However, in the c...



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    Sabrient

    Sector Detector: Bullish technical picture appears to trump cautious fundamentals

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    Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

    By Scott Martindale

    Stocks closed last week on a strong note, with the S&P 500 notching a new high, despite lackluster economic data and growth. I have been suggesting in previous articles that stocks appeared to be coiling for a significant move but that the ingredients were not yet in place for either a major breakout or a corrective selloff. However, bulls appear to be losing patience awaiting their next definitive catalyst, and the higher-likelihood upside move may now be underway. Yet despite the bullish technical picture, this week’s fundamentals-based Outlook rankings look even more defensive.

    In this weekly update, I give ...



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    Swing trading portfolio - week of May 18th, 2015

    Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

     

    This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

    We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

    Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

    To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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    Digital Currencies

    Nasdaq's bitcoin plan will provide a real test of bitcoin hype

     

    Nasdaq's bitcoin plan will provide a real test of bitcoin hype

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    Bitcoin, the virtual digital currency, has been called the future of banking, a dangerous fad, and almost everything in between, but we're finally about to get some solid data to help settle the debate.

    On Monday, the Nasdaq (NDAQ) stock exchange said it would ...



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    Market Shadows

    Kimble Charts: US Dollar

    Which way from here?

    Chris Kimble likes the idea of shorting the US dollar if it bounces higher. Phil's likes the dollar better long here. These views are not inconsistent, actually, the dollar could bounce and drop again. We'll be watching. 

     

    Phil writes:  If the Fed begins to tighten OR if Greece defaults OR if China begins to fall apart OR if Japan begins to unwind, then the Dollar could move 10% higher.  Without any of those things happening – you still have the Fed pursuing a relatively stronger currency policy than the rest of the G8.  So, if anything, I think the pressure should be up, not down.  

     

    UNLESS that 95 line does ultimately fail (as opposed to this being bullish consolidation at the prior breakout point), then I'd prefer to sell the UUP Jan $25 puts for $0.85 and buy the Sept $24 call...



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    Mapping The Market

    An update on oil proxies

    Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

    Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 

    Since...



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    The replay is now available on BNN's website. For the three part series, click on the links below. 

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    Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

    "Hello PSW Members –

    This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

    Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

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