Archive for April, 2015

Well That Hasn’t Happened Before – Exhibit 5

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

We have never, ever, seen more trades per second in stocks than at the peak of yesterday’s post-FOMC reaction…

One glance at this chart shows the ‘arms war’ under way in the so-called markets – this frequency of trading is 10 times higher than 2010 averages… and just keeps getting higher.

This burst of high-frequency-trading – 864,000 trades per second – coincided with the short-term top post-FOMC as the machines “gave it all they could, Cap’n” to prove The Fed has a bloody clue what it is doing now…

It appears the ‘oomph;’ of HFT is running out of gas.

Chart: Bloomberg and Nanex

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STTG Market Recap Apr 30, 2015

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Indexes continue to show weakness as the S&P 500 fell 1.01% and the NASDAQ 1.64%.  Data today showed that consumer spending in March posted the the biggest increase since November, while February’s gain was larger than previously estimated. Incomes were little changed reflecting a drop in dividend payments.

At this point that bearish outside reversal day we mentioned Monday as a potential short term top in the NASDAQ has actually led to follow through.  Sometimes you get surprised when old fashioned bearish indicators still work in these markets.   That index has now quickly fallen below its 50 day moving average after being in a parabolic state early Monday nowhere near even the 20 day moving average – things can change fast.  The S&P 500 never closed over our upper trend line which has not been the case during the past 9 months during rallies.  So it was a notable underachiever and is now well below that level.



The Russell 2000 – which had been an outperformer this year – really took it on the chin today. It sliced through the 50 day moving average and now is approaching the 100 day – what a quick move.  It is now near an old support level.  Remember the Russell 2000 companies were benefiting from the strong dollar as investors rotated into these names which don’t have much dollar exposure (i.e. exports).  But as we showed yesterday the dollar rally has ended and now we are seeing an almost perfect correlation out of the Russell 2000 – interesting.


The NYSE McClellan Oscillator is already fast approaching the initial stage of oversold – it has been a while since we saw these type of readings.


Apple (AAPL) was a big drag as the Wall Street Journal reported that supplies of the company’s Apple Watch were limited at the…
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Cost Obsessions Around the World

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Authored Raul via,

Google’s autocomplete function provides suggestions derived from common Google searches by other users. Comparing autocomplete results for searches on different countries reveals how certain places are perceived by people around the World.

It turns out that Google searches for the cost of something vary widely depending on the country of interest. For example, people are most interested in the cost of a passport or a patent in North America. As for Europe, many are concerned about practical things like the cost of living, studying, or buying a beer. Google users are interested in basic necessities such as food, livestock, and fuel in Africa. But if you look closely, you will find some more controversial search results, such as prostitution in Brazil, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Latvia; slaves in Mauritania; a kidney in Iran; in vitro fertilization in Australia; and rhinoplasty in Korea.

Intrigued by the results of our U.S. state-by-state analysis of Google autocomplete results, we decided to see what the worldwide results look like. We began by googling a simple question for each country:


The results were then recorded and put into an infographic to see how countries and continents compare. Here are the results by continent:


Life in North America appears relatively boring. So boring that Canadians are chiefly interested in the cost of a passport for leaving the country. Better to go to Mexico where everyone has great abs.



Panama hats are popular in Ecuador. Prostitution is of interest in Brazil and Uruguay. And in Chile, the price of coke is of prime importance … we’re not sure which kind.


Some quirky search results for Europe include Rolexes in Switzerland, mooring a yacht in Monaco, nose jobs in Albania, and flying a MiG (a Russian fighter aircraft) in Russia.



For Asia there is a wide range of results, reflecting the diversity of cultures within the continent. The biggest financial concern for people searching about Lebanon appears to be the cost of a PS3; for Kuwait it is Lamborghinis, carpets for Armenia, and watermelons for Japan.



Google users are mostly concerned about the necessities of life in Africa. But apparently in the case of Sierra Leone people are more…
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No More Greater Fools: Retail Traders Are “Pretty Fully Invested” In Stocks, TD CEO Says

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

“Margin loans at high levels, client cash at low levels and account holders at the firm logging in frequently.”

If you didn’t know any better, you might think the above is yet another example of someone describing one of the dynamics driving China’s self-feeding equity mania. After all, the country’s “world-beating” rally has everyone from housewives to banana vendors opening stock trading accounts by the millions while piling on margin debt and trading so often that the computers tracking volume literally give up and shut themselves down.

Alas, the quote featured above is actually from TD Ameritrade CEO Fred Tomczyk and he’s describing America’s own legion of day-trading BTFDers who are apparently all-in at just the wrong time:

A broad look at the 6.5 million customer accounts at TD Ameritrade indicates that retail investors are “pretty fully invested” in stocks, the online brokerage’s CEO said Thursday.

Fred Tomczyk cited several signs of this: margin loans at high levels, client cash at low levels and account holders at the firm logging in frequently. “It’s usually a good indication that people are very engaged in the markets and watching their investments closely,” he said on CNBC’s ” Squawk Box .”

But Tomczyk acknowledged the potential pitfalls of these trends and what they may portend for stocks. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a correction here. We’ve had six [or] 6½ years of up markets here.”

Ultimately then, the greater fool theory of investing whereby it doesn’t matter how much you pay as long as the next guy is willing to pay more — the same greater fool theory of investing that China’s regulators have warned has taken hold in Chinese stocks — may have just run out of fools, but we suspect that’s fine as long as price-insensitive corporate management teams can issue new debt and plow the proceeds back into their own stock.

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Courtesy of Tim Knight from Slope of Hope

I hate tech bubbles.

No, that's not the secret. Everyone knows that. The secret I am referring to is a company named, literally, Secret. And the existence of this company, as well as the easy $6 million its co-founders pocketed when they shuttered the place, is absolutely symptomatic of this bubble-of-bubbles we are living in (the third one of the past fifteen years, incredibly).

I didn't even know Secret existed, because I'm too old to spend my time worrying about every new little app that comes along that lets teenagers engage in cyber-bullying and exchange  dick pics. It's just not my cup of tea. But I happened to stumble across this article yesterday, which was headlined:


Now a startup shutting down isn't any bigger news than someone finishing a satisfying lunch somewhere, but the "Ferrari" mention intrigued me, so I read further.

Turns out a chap named David Byttow (whose profile picture looks exactly like the sort of person who would do such a thing) started the company way, way, way back in October 2013. He was able to get $35 million – - that's $35,000,000 - – in funding for his app. The elevator pitch for this thing was: "Share anonymously with friends, co-workers and people nearby. Find out what your friends are really thinking and feeling."


I dunno, but when I want to know what my friends are thinking and feeling………I ask them. But, then again, I didn't raise $35 million, so who am I to judge?

The media had some pretty ugly things to say about Secret, but in the Silicon Valley, which is where I live, stupid apps getting tens of millions in funding with no prospect of profits is commonplace. What got my attention was that, as the app's popularity was cratering, the co-founders managed to raise more cash and – – astonishly – - pocket $6 million from selling a portion of their own holdings to these new investors.

During this time (when, in retrospect, it is obvious that the app was a flash in the pan, and users had lost interest), the message from the company was that it might "pivot", which is Silicon-Valley-speak for a product that has…
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25 Years Of US Monetary Policy Explained (In 1 Cartoon)

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While Bernanke claims that “Fed actions didn’t favor Wall Street over Main Street,” we suspect the following chart clarifies the effect of his and his predecessors actions on the average American…

h/t @FedPorn

LInkedIn Crashes 25% After Missing Revenues, Cutting Outlook

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

LNKD has collapsed 27% on the back of missed revenues and lowered outlooks for Q2 and 2015 drastically. What is most dramatic – just as was seen with YELP and TWTR is the velocity of repricing which indicates just how far expectations for growth in the tech sector are from reality… and strongly suggests all is not well as El-Erian’s “wedge” between markets and fundamentals snaps shut…

Just totally ugly:

  • *LINKEDIN SEES 2Q REV. $670M-$675M, EST. $718.3M
  • *LINKEDIN SEES 2015 ADJ. EPS ABOUT $1.90, EST. $3.03

The result…

Which means LNKD has done nothing for over 2 years…

and th elatest exuberance is all as margin debt soars.

Charts: Bloomberg

16 Signs That The Economy Has Stalled Out And The Next Economic Downturn Is Here

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

If U.S. economic growth falls any lower, we are officially going to be in recession territory.  On Wednesday, we learned that U.S. GDP grew at a 0.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2015.  That was much lower than all of the “experts” were projecting.  And of course there are all sorts of questions whether the GDP numbers the government feeds us are legitimate anyway.  According to John Williams of, if honest numbers were used they would show that U.S. GDP growth has been continuously negative since 2005.  But even if we consider the number that the government has given us to be the “real” number, it still shows that the U.S. economy has stalled out.  It is almost as if we have hit a “turning point”, and there are many out there (including myself) that believe that the next major economic downturn is dead ahead.  As you will see in this article, a whole bunch of things are happening right now that we would expect to see if a recession was beginning.  The following are 16 signs that the economy has stalled out and the next economic downturn is here…

#1 We just learned that U.S. GDP grew at an anemic 0.2 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2015…

The gross domestic product grew between January and March at an annualized rate of 0.2 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said, adding to the picture of an economy braking sharply after accelerating for much of last year. The pace fell well shy of the 1 percent mark anticipated by analysts and marked the weakest quarter in a year.

#2 If you strip a very unusual inventory buildup out of the GDP number, U.S. GDP would have actually fallen at a -2.5 percent annual rate during the first quarter…

The only good news: the massive inventory build, the largest since 2010, boosted GDP by nearly 3.0%. Without this epic stockpiling of non-farm inventory which will have to be liquidated at some point (and at a very low price) Q1 GDP would have been -2.5%.

#3 Our trade…
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Dollar-nado Sparks Market Turmoil In April

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

If you were long AAPL, Bonds, Small Caps, Trannies, or Silver in April (or The Dow since 2014)…. this is for you…

Great news today on wage costs sparked the initial wave of liquidity-addicted selling which then accelerated this afternoon as headlines from Iran hit…

By the close, Small Caps were worst on the day from The FOMC statement…

And on the week… Small Caps are ugly, Dow and S&P down but holding on for now…

And for April…

Biotechs buggered… (closed below its 100DMA to Feb lows) – down 14.3% from highs 5 daya ago!

Apple anxiety… (closed below its 50DMA) dow over 8% from highs..

Twitter Twatted… -24% from pre-earnings early release…

The dollar dropped, led by more EUR strength (back over 1.1250 today!)…

Treasuries blew higher in yield early on as it seemed the "rate hike meme" trade was back and everything was sold. But once stock selling accelerated, bonds rallied and ended close to unchanged…

All commodities are up on the week still but gold and silver were clubbed like baby seals around the data release this morning…

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For the month of April:

  • The dollar ended a 9 month streak with a 3.5% drop in April (most since April 2011)
  • The Euro is up 4.3% in April (most sicne April 2011) ending that 9-month streak
  • Biotechs ended a 6 month streak with a 7.3% plunge in April (most since April 2014 – Yellen warning)
  • WTI Crude rose 24.8% in April (the most since May 2009)

Notable selling in Treasuries and curve steepening with the long-end around 23bps higher in April…

The dollar had its worst month in 4 years – led by EUR strength following Draghi's dare…

And despite the dollar weakness, gold ended flat, silver down but copper jumped on China QE and oil just went up because everything's normal again…

Finally for 2015, The Dow dropped back into the red and Trannies hit new lows for the year…

Everything has recoupled as Oil soars…

Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: Yellen is Stallone; Obama is the guy in the chopper; Everyone on CNBC is the lady hanging from the rope…

The New New New Normal – US wages rising

The New New New Normal – US wages rising

Courtesy of Joshua Brown, the Reformed Broker

This morning the markets are shocked thanks to a year-over-year gain in US salaries and wages of 2.6%. The ten-year Treasury yield is now up almost 10% over the last four days.

I was at a BlackRock iShares conference last week where Morgan Stanley’s economist Ellen Zentner predicted almost this exact number and reaction:

Bonds are selling off hard on the news and stocks don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Here’s the chart via Quartz:


Josh here – obviously this stands in sharp contrast to the malaise depicted in Q1’s abysmal GDP release. Now of course, there’s no reason to believe that this is the start of a more meaningful trend. Every economist will tell you that the hallmark of the post-crisis period is the “growth scare” where it looks momentarily like we’re breaking into escape velocity. All big bets on this sort of thing have ended in tears so far.


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Explosion Hits Russia's Largest Virus Lab Which Houses Plague, Smallpox, Ebola And Other Deadly Viruses

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A sudden explosion at a Siberian virus research center on Monday reportedly left the facility engulfed in flames, according to several Russian news outlets. 

Firefighters and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the "Vector Institute" located several miles from Novosibirsk - an emergency which was upgraded "from an ordinary emergency to a major incident," a...

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The future of work will still include plenty of jobs


The future of work will still include plenty of jobs

Even though the future is unknown, Canada’s employment rate has risen steadily from 53 per cent in 1946 to more than 61 per cent today. (Shutterstock)

Courtesy of Wayne Simpson, University of Manitoba

There is now widespread anxiety over the future of work, often accompanied by calls for a basic income to protect those displaced by automation and other technological changes.

As a labour economis...

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Is The Drone Strike a Black Swan?

Courtesy of Lee Adler

Pundits are calling yesterday’s drone strke a “black swan.” Can a drone strike on a Saudi oil facility, be a “black swan.”

According to Investopedia:

A black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences. Black swan events are characterized by their extreme rarity, their severe impact, and the practice of explaining widespread failure to predict them as simple folly in hindsight.

I seriously doubt that no one expected or could have predicted a drone strike on a Saudi oil facility.

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New Relic Cuts 2020 Sales Guidance, Announces Changes In Management

Courtesy of Benzinga

New Relic (NYSE: NEWR) has reaffirmed its second-quarter guidance and cut its sales guidance for fiscal year 2020 from $600 million-$607 million to $586 million-$593 million.

The company’s chief technology officer, Jim Gochee, and chief revenue officer, Erica Schultz, have resigned. New Relic also named board member Michael Christenson as its chief operating officer. Christenson joins from his ... more from Insider

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Metals are following downside sell off prediction before the next rally

Courtesy of Technical Traders

It is absolutely amazing how the precious metals markets have followed our October 2018 predictions almost like clockwork.  Our call for an April 21~24 momentum base below $1300 followed by an extensive rally to levels above $1550 has been playing out almost like we scripted these future price moves.

Now that the $1550 level has been reached, we are expecting a rotation to levels that may reach just below the $1490~1500 level before attempting to set up another momentum base/bottom formation.  And just like clockwork, Gold has followed our predictions and price is falling as we expected. Just look at our October 2018 chart where we forecasted the price of gold...

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Crude Oil Cycle Bottom aligns with Saudi Oil Attack

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

Do the cycles know? Funny how cycle lows attract the need for higher prices, no matter what the news is!

These are the questions before markets on on Monday 16th Aug 2019:

1) A much higher oil price in quick time can not be tolerated by the consumer, as it gives birth to much higher inflation and a tax on the average Joe disposable income. This is recessionary pressure.

2) With (1) above the real issue will be the higher interest rate and US dollar effect on the SP500 near all time highs.

3) A moderately higher oil price is likely to be absorbed and be bullish as it creates income for struggling energy companies and the inflation shock may be muted. 

We shall see. 


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Bond Yields Due For Rally After Declining More Than 1987 Stock Crash

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

U.S. Treasury Bond Yields – 2, 5, 10, 30 Year Durations

The past year has seen treasury bond yields decline sharply, yet in an orderly fashion.

This has spurred recession concerns for much of 2019. Needless to say, it’s a confusing time for investors.

In today’s chart of the day, we look at a longer-term view of the 2, 5, 10, and 30-year treasury bond yields.

Short to long term bond yields are all testing 7 to 10-year support levels as momentum is at the lowest levels in a decade.

A yield rally is likely due across the board after a recent decline that was bigger than the stock crash in 1987!

If yields fail to ral...

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Digital Currencies

China Crypto Miners Wiped Out By Flood; Bitcoin Hash Rate Hits ATHs

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Last week, a devastating rainstorm in China's Sichuan province triggered mudslides, forcing local hydropower plants and cryptocurrency miners to halt operations, reported CoinDesk.

Torrential rains flooded some parts of Sichuan's mountainous Aba prefecture last Monday, with mudslides seen across 17 counties in the area, according to local government posts on Weibo. 

One of the worst-hit areas was Wenchuan county, ...

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

As evidence of cannabis’ many benefits mounts, so does the interest from the global pharmaceutical industry, known as Big Pharma. The entrance of such behemoths will radically transform the cannabis industry—once heavily stigmatized, it is now a potentially game-changing source of growth for countless co...

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Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

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