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5 Things To Ponder: Income Inequality

Courtesy of Doug Short.

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Since Easter is a time of family, compassion, forgiveness and resurrection I thought this would be a good weekend to think about the income inequality/wealth gap which will be part of the mid-term election debate. There are many questions that must be answered from not only “how” to solve the issue, but also “should” it be?

There is no historical evidence that wealth redistribution leads to stronger economic outcomes as it discourages “hard work.” However, there is also little argument that the current state of crony capitalism and corporate greed has gotten more than just a bit out of hand.

To start our thought process in this week?s things to ponder here is a study on the wealth inequality gap in America by Politizane:

1) Thomas Piketty, Whither The Bottom 90% by Scott Winship via Forbes

“Piketty?s book lays his cards on the table from the start. He titles it to evoke Marx and begins with an epigraph quoting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen to the effect that all inequality should be viewed as suspect. He poses the question in which he is interested as whether capitalism is fundamentally self-correcting in a way that prevents inequality from getting out of control or whether it will produce ever-rising inequality. While he allows that his answer is “imperfect and incomplete,” his modesty goes out the door before that paragraph ends. Piketty?s thesis, in his own words:

‘When the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of growth of output and income, as it did in the nineteenth century and seems quite likely to do again in the twenty-first, capitalism automatically generates arbitrary and unsustainable inequalities that radically undermine the meritocratic values on which democratic societies are based.’”

2) The War On Poverty Is Grounded In Paternalism by Scott Beaulier via Real Clear Markets

“The plight of the poor is about a lot more than getting a better education or finding a job. It’s about repairing the damage that has been done to their lives on a multitude of margins--broken families, stress and depression, fear of crime, drug use, etc. And, the plight varies from person to


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Getting Technical: Weekend Update

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Here’s the latest weekend update from Serge Perreault, a Chartered Professional Accountant and market technician located near Montreal, Canada. Serge has been following the U.S. market in a series of weekly charts. Here is his update on the S&P 500.


The S&P 500 resurfaced inside a previous sideways trading range (inside an uptrend), on above-average volume (adjusted for the short week) and on strong momentum.

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Note: For newcomers to technical analysis, here are brief explanations for the two key indicators that Serge features:

  • ROC (Price Rate of Change)
  • RSI (Relative Strength Index)

(c) Serge Perreault CPA Inc.

 

 

 

 





Peak “Greatest Fool”

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Confirming everything US "investors" already knew but were afraid to admit… earnings-less IPOs just hit peak greatest fool levels in the most uncomfortable deja vu moment of the 'recovery'…

 

 

We are sure, however, that Yellen and her compatriots will still not see any bubbles here…

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Case Study: IBM Stock Buybacks and Debt Issuance

Courtesy of Doug Short.

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There are a lot variables regarding IBM’s debt issuance, maturation, servicing, and rollover that I simply do not have time to fact check. The reason for the IBM case study is not to be wholly accurate, but to place IBM’s current stock buyback and debt issuance programs in context with abnormally low Fed fund rates today juxtaposed against a backdrop of higher future interest rates in 2017-2019 and the recent back up in Treasury yields at the short end of the yield curve as the Fed telegraphs a higher Fed funds rate sometime in 2015.

Why do this? Because we want to overlay IBM’s stock buyback and Debt Issuance with the NY Fed models assuming “excess high returns” for the US stock market through 2018 and the GMO (Grantham, Mayo, & Otterloo) 7 year expectancy models at 2013 year end assuming negative US equity returns through 2020 year end. I am going to postulate in what follows that both models can be right, and further that much of the “excess high returns” forecast by the NY Fed are already behind us. It is important to note that the NY Fed models were written in early 2013 before the US stock market rallied an additional +20%. The GMO 7-year expectancy models was generated after that 20%+ US stock market rally in 2013.

IBMs stock buyback program began well before Q1 2012, so the information conveyed by ZH below is incomplete (For instance, IBM’s Cash Flow statement shows 12.6b stock buybacks in 2011 vs 12.8b stock buybacks in 2013) . Nor do we know much about its debt issuance program before Q1 2012. In particular, we don’t know when this new debt issuance will need to be rolled over. But, we do see a lot of 5 year corporate debt issuance. Assuming a 5 yr rollover, beginning in 2017 and extending through 2019, IBM will need to rollover about 31b in debt just from the 2012-2013 time series. The bulk of that new debt will likely need to be rolled over at end of 2018-2019. This will be rolled over at higher rates, as the FOMC believes the path trajectory for the Fed funds rate will climb to 150bps by end of 2016. Beginning in…
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A New Look at the Total Return Roller Coaster

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Note from dshort: I received a recent email requesting an update to my Total Return Roller Coaster series. I’ve now updated the charts below based on monthly data through the March close.


Here’s an interesting set of charts that will especially resonate with those of us who follow economic and market cycles.

Imagine that five years ago you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500. How much would it be worth today, with dividends reinvested but adjusted for inflation?

The purchasing power of your investment has increased to $26,567 for an annualized real return of 19.70%.


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Had I posed the same question in March 2009, the answer would have been a depressing $5,521. The -5.93% real return would have cut the purchasing power of your initial investment nearly in half.

Fun Runs of the Roller Coaster

Let’s increase the timeframe to 10 years. Strangely enough, the annualized return is slightly worse. Your $10K has grown to a little over $16K adjusted for inflation, an annualized real return of 4.87%.

 

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The 15-year timeframe is quite disappointing. Your one-and-a-half decade investment of $10K has only grown to about 13.4K adjusted for inflation for a measly annualized real return of 1.94%.

 

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If we extend our investment horizon to 20 years, the roller coaster is less volatile with higher lows and lower highs.

 

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Joe Friday: This took place in 1987, 2000 and Now

Courtesy of Doug Short.

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The lower section of the chart below measures five-year rolling performance of the S&P 500. This great chart comes from Shortsideoflong.com.

In the past 50-years, five-year rallies of 170% or more have only taken place in 1987 and 2000.


 

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Joe Friday: “The five-year rolling performance is hitting this line for the third time in 50 years at the same time it is hitting some resistance lines tied to key price points dating back 30 years.”


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Australian stock market warning

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

australian-stock-market-warningThe Aussie golden canary is looking mighty crook, time for profit taking.UPDATED

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Australia to enter a very sad period

COMMENTS: Investing in the Aussie stocks, is chasing dimes in front of a rolling bull dozzer, time to find a better place to make a buck.

History may not repeat, but it sure can rhyme. The previous two A-B-C (circled) is what to expect, also notice with the second A-B-C the second ‘B’ double top, very similar to the current pattern.

(See full chart via link referenced above)

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NOTE: readtheticker.com does allow users to load objects and text on charts, however some annotations are by a free third party image tool named Paint.net

Investing Quote…

..”Success in trading means excess of profits over losses. If anyone tells you they can almost be invariably successful, put him down as trying to impose on your credulity.”..

Richard D Wyckoff


..”The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule”

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Historical Market Comparisons Are Meaningless

Courtesy of Doug Short.

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As Chief Strategist for STA Wealth Management, I start each and every day by consuming copious amounts of a heavily caffeinated beverage and a data feed from a litany of web and blog sites. Over the last couple of days in particular, they have been numerous articles on whether the market is currently in a bubble. Here are a few as an example that I just grabbed from RealClearMarkets.com:


Is This a Bubble Market? There’s One Way to Tell

Is Financial Media Warding Off Stock ‘Bubble’?

The Upside of Speculative Market ‘Bubbles’

Yellen: Bubbles? What Bubbles?

Well, you get the idea. First of all, bubbles only occur when no one is looking for them. Bubbles form when greed runs rampant and there is a mass hypnotic state that the current ride will never end. The shear fact that multitudes of articles are being written about “market bubbles” is a sign that we are likely not there, yet. (Read: Too Much Bubble Talk)

However, as a shot of caffeine hits my brain, I read with interest a recent piece on Bloomberg entitled 5 Reasons We’re Not In a 2000 Bubble Redux, which I have summarized for you:

  1. Volume of IPO’s is less than half of the first quarter of 2000.
  2. First-day returns of IPO’s are just 1/5th of the first 1st quarter of 2000.
  3. Speculative companies carried a 43% higher valuation to dividend paying companies in 2000 versus just 26% today.
  4. Cash derived from equity issuance was 20% in 2000 versus just 11% today.
  5. Share turnover in 2000 was an annualized 89% rate versus 58% today.

While these are certainly some interesting arguments, the comparison between now and the turn of the century peak is virtually meaningless. Why? Because no two major market peaks (speculative bubble or otherwise) have ever been the same. Let me explain.

In late October of 2007, I gave a seminar to about 300 investors discussing why I believed that we were rapidly approaching the end of the bull market and that 2008 would likely be bad, really bad. Part of that discussion focused on market bubbles and what caused them. The following two slides…
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S&P 500 Snapshot: Best Weekly Gain Since July of Last Year

Courtesy of Doug Short.

The pre-market announcement of new jobless claims continues to beat expectations with its four-week moving average now the lowest since early October of 2007, two months before the last recession. Despite the good claims number, the S&P 500 opened fractionally lower with some options expiration volume and sold off to its modest -0.30% intraday low 25 minutes later. The index slowly recovered to its 0.39% intraday high early in the final hour of trading. It closed with a trimmed gain of 0.14%, the fourth day of gains and a hefty 2.71% advance for the holiday-shortened week — the best weekly since the week after Independence Day in 2013.

The yield on the 10-year note finished at 2.73%, up 8 bps from yesterday’s close and 13 bps off the 2014 low of 2.60%.

Here is a snapshot of the four-day week.

Here is a daily chart of the SPY ETF. Although many commentators have warned of growing market exuberance, a look at the volume bars shows that trading has generally been much higher on declines.

The S&P 500 is now up 0.89% for 2014.

Here is a longer perspective, starting with the all-time high prior to the Great Recession.

 

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For a better sense of how these declines figure into a larger historical context, here’s a long-term view of secular bull and bear markets in the S&P Composite since 1871.

 

 

 

 





If The Smart Money Is Selling, Who’s Buying?

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Based on Bloomberg's Smart Money Flow indicator, there is a very significant amount of distribution going on… the question is just who is soaking up the smart money selling? Company buybacks, Johnny 5, or a greater-fool retail investor?

 

 

Perhaps this chart from Lance Roberts at STA Wealth provides some color for who?

 

However, the idea that individual investors are still "out of the market" should be taken with a bit of caution. The chart below is data compiled by the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) which surveys it membership on portfolio allocation.  The data is compiled and released monthly. 

 

 

With cash hovering at the lowest levels since the "Tech Wreck," and equity exposure at the highest, investors are more than just "warming up" to equities. They are effectively "all in" with respect to the financial markets.

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Insider Scoop

Apache Agrees To Sell Western Canada Assets For US$374M

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) and its subsidiaries today announced an agreement to sell producing oil and gas assets in the Deep Basin area of western Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, for $374 million.

Incremental to Apache's earlier $2 billion share re-purchase announcement, the company plans to use the proceeds of this transaction to buy back Apache common shares under the 30-million-share repurchase program that was authorized by Apache's Board of Directors in 2013.

Apache is selling primarily dry gas-producing properties comprising 622,600 gross acres (328,400 net acres) in the Ojay, Noel and Wapiti areas in Alberta and British Columbia. In the Wapiti area, Apache will retain 100 percent of its working interest in horizons below the Cre...



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What Happened To The Middle Class? The Infographic

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling, while high end dining is flourishing. At GE, demand for high-end dishwashers is racing ahead of sales growth for mass-market models. The increased wealth of highly skilled workers, the insane wealth of those with capital, and the outsourcing of lower skilled jobs have left us all asking, “what happened to the middle class?

 

Source: BestMSWPrograms.com

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Getting Technical: Weekend Update

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Here's the latest weekend update from Serge Perreault, a Chartered Professional Accountant and market technician located near Montreal, Canada. Serge has been following the U.S. market in a series of weekly charts. Here is his update on the S&P 500.

The S&P 500 resurfaced inside a previous sideways trading range (inside an uptrend), on above-average volume (adjusted for the short week) and on strong momentum.


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"Insatiable" Idiocy from the Economist on What to Do About Russia; Warmongers Can't Think

Courtesy of Mish.

In "Insatiable" the Economist says "The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing".

Economist: Mr Putin has used the Ukrainian crisis to establish some dangerous precedents. He has claimed a duty to intervene to protect Russian-speakers wherever they are. He has staged a referendum and annexation, in defiance of Ukrainian law. And he has abrogated a commitment to respect Ukraine’s borders, which Russia signed in 1994 when Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons. Throughout, Mr Putin has shown that truth and the law are whatever happens to suit him at the time.

Mish: What a bunch of one-sided hypocritical nonsense. The ...



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Canary In the Yen Shaft: $10 trillion JGBs; No Bids!

Two guest authors, David Stockman and long-time contributor John Rubino, write about the current state of Abenomics. 

Canary In the Yen Shaft: $10 trillion JGBs; No Bids!

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This one matters a lot. Abenomics was predicated on a lunatic notion—namely, that the economic ills from Japan’s massive debt overhang could be cured by a central bank bond buying spree that was designed to be nearly 3X larger relative to its GDP than that of the Fed. Yet anyone with a modicum of common sense and market...



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Wild Ride For Chipotle

Shares in Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (Ticker: CMG) opened higher on Thursday morning, rising more than 6.0% to $589.00, after the restaurant operator reported better than expected first-quarter sales ahead of the opening bell. But, the stock began to falter just before lunchtime on concerns the burrito-maker will increase menu prices for the first time in three years. The price of Chipotle’s shares have since fallen into negative territory and currently trade down 3.5% on the session at $532.89 as of 1:50 p.m. ET.

Chart – Shares in Chipotle cool by lunchtime

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Mid-Day Update

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Sabrient

What the Market Wants: Positive News and Stocks at Bargain Prices

Courtesy of David Brown, Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Last week’s market performance was nasty again, especially for the Small-cap Growth style/cap, down 4%.  Large-caps faired the best, losing only 2.7%.  That’s ugly and today’s market seemed likely to be uglier today with escalating tensions over the weekend in Ukraine. 

But once again, positive economic trumped the beating of the war drums. Retail Sales jumped up 1.1% over a projected 0.8% and last month’s tepid 0.3%, which was revised up to 0.7%.  While autos led, sales were up solidly overall.  Business inventories were about as expected with a positive tone.  Citigroup (C) handily beat estimates to add to the morning’s surprises.  As a result, the market was positive through most of the day, led by the DJI, up 0.91%, and the S&P 500, up 0.82%.  NASDAQ had a less...



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Digital Currencies

Facebook Takes Life Seriously and Moves To Create Its Own Virtual Currency, Increases UltraCoin Valuation Significantly

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Reggie Middleton.

The Financial Times reports:

[Facebook] The social network is only weeks away from obtaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service that would allow its users to store money on Facebook and use it to pay and exchange money with others, according to several people involved in the process. 

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Swing trading portfolio - week of April 14th 2014

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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. 

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Here We Go Again - Pharma & Biotechs 2014

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Ladies and Gentlemen, hobos and tramps,
Cross-eyed mosquitoes, and Bow-legged ants,
I come before you, To stand behind you,
To tell you something, I know nothing about.

And so the circus begins in Union Square, San Francisco for this weeks JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.  Will the momentum from 2013, which carried the S&P Spider Biotech ETF to all time highs, carry on in 2014?  The Biotech ETF beat the S&P by better than 3 points.

As I noted in my previous post, Biotechs Galore - IPOs and More, biotechs were rushing to IPOs so that venture capitalists could unwind their holdings (funds are usually 5-7 years), as well as take advantage of the opportune moment...



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