Archive for 2015

“Teflon” Trump Remains Double-Digit Leader In Post-Debate Poll

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Despite rumors, spin, Koch Brothers’ spending, and FOX News’ efforts, “Teflon” Donald Trump remains the clear leader in the first post-debate poll.

As NBC News reports,

According to the latest NBC News Online Poll conducted by SurveyMonkey, Trump is at the top of the list of GOP candidates that Republican primary voters would cast a ballot for if the primary were being held right now.

The overnight poll was conducted for 24 hours from Friday evening into Saturday. During that period, Donald Trump stayed in the headlines due to his negative comments about Kelly and was dis-invited from a major conservative gathering in Atlanta.

None of that stopped Trump from coming in at the top of the poll with 23 percent.

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Carly Fiorina has surged into 4th place after her undercard victory this week and perhaps most stunningly for the ‘establishment’, Jeb Bush has dropped out of the Top 5.





Late Recovery – But Is It Enough?

Courtesy of Declan.

After Thursday’s selling there was some follow through in the morning, but buyers stepped up to the plate to retake most of the losses by the close of business. Not all indices are in the same degree of trouble, and for some, range bound trading remains.



The Nasdaq closed above a former support level of 5,038, but with range support down at 4,900 what’s happening now is mostly noise. The Nasdaq is still a distance away from a 200-day MA test, and while certain indices are testing (or have lost) such support, Tech indices have left bulls with plenty of room for maneuver.





The S&P tagged the 200-day MA, and surpassed it a little, before it recovered. Technicals remain net negative, but Slow Stochastics are not oversold, a scenario which would offer bulls something more to work with on this test. However, the 200-day MA has already seen two tests in July, third time lucky for a break?




The Dow said ‘goodbye’ to its 200-day MA back in July, and it’s close to a ‘Death Cross’ between 50-day and 200-day MAs. Bulls make look to declining selling volume after a series of distribution days as seller exhaustion. Next support is down around 17000.




The Russell 2000 had a disappointing finish. While it recovered some of Friday’s loss it wasn’t enough to regain its 200-day MA. Technicals are weak too. If there is a bounce on Monday, watch how it reacts if its gets to its 200-day MA.




However, bulls are perhaps best to watch the Semiconductor Index. It’s sitting very nicely on wedge support and was one of the few sectors to post a gain on Friday.




For Monday, bears will be looking for continued expansion of weakness in the Dow and new losses in the Russell 2000. Bulls can watch the Semiconductor Index and the Tech indices.



You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.







Cop Acquitted In Murder Of Kelly Thomas Just Arrested For Domestic Violence

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Sydney Barakat via TheAntiMedia.org,

Manuel Ramos, 41, the former Fullerton police officer who was ultimately acquitted after being tried for the beating and killing of Kelly Thomas, has been arrested once more—this time for domestic violence.

Thomas—an unarmed, mentally-ill homeless man—was brutally beaten to death by Ramos and two fellow officers in the summer of 2011. Two of the officers—Ramos, as well as Jay Cicinelli—were tried and acquitted of the murder. From the beginning, the case received nationwide coverage. A slew of peaceful protests resulted from the several injustices that were committed in this gut-wrenching case of excessive violence and abuse of power.

Now, Ramos has been arrested again. As ABC7 news reported,

“Police respond[ed] to a report of a family disturbance [and] arrested Manuel Ramos on July 16 after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the 3600 block of W. Oak Avenue.”

 Ramos was then booked on the charge of misdemeanor domestic violence, but soon after posted bail and was released. According to the report, the case still remains under investigation.

This goes to show that when violent criminals are granted impunity, when they are let off the hook without even a slap on the wrist, they will continue their horrendous cycle of abuse of power and violence. When these murderers are exonerated without consequence, they are assisted in committing further assaults—in this case, domestic violence.

Manuel-Ramos-mugshots

Mugshots of former officer Manuel Ramos.

Does Ramos lack so much compassion that he must beat the defenseless? First a mentally-ill man who was small in stature, then a woman.

What is more ridiculous is that journalists and live-streamers who covered the Kelly Thomas case are being dragged through a long and tedious court ordeal. They are facing charges, trials, and time in prison for simply filming and documenting the protests that occurred as result of the officers’ acquittals. Our own Patti Beers—also known as “P.M.” on her social media accounts—is facing such absurd charges for filming the acquittal protests. Patti’s trial has been covered by the Anti-Media, The Fifth Column, OC Weekly, AnonHQ, and more.

This case of police brutality and major injustices committed by law enforcement force us to ask:

when will


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Never Forget – “Worthlessness” Happens

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

It could never happen here, right? Again…

h/t @Not_Jim_Cramer





Luxury Goods And Status Symbols In Trouble In China

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man blog,

A friend recently mailed us an article from the Hong Kong Standard which describes how extremely high retail shop rents in Hong Kong can no longer be paid even by retailers of luxury brands.

Not only is this testament to the fact that Hong Kong’s real estate bubble has gotten out of hand quite a bit, but the waning demand for luxury goods is also highly interesting from a sociological and economic perspective. As the Standard reports:

Business is getting tougher for Hong Kong’s retailers with the value of total retail sales dipping 1.6 percent in the first half of 2015 from a year back, according to the Census and Statistics Department’s latest data.

Valuable gifts, including jewelry, watches and luxury goods, were hardest hit, with sales falling for 10 consecutive months. Sales value slumped 10.4 percent in June compared with a year earlier, despite efforts by several luxury brands – including Italian fashion house Prada – to boost sales by cutting prices. Squeezed by slimmer pickings in Hong Kong and the mainland market, top global luxury brands are looking to renegotiate store rents to cut costs.

The latest to plead for landlords’ mercy was French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. Revenue from its signature brand Louis Vuitton slumped 10 percent year- on-year in Hong Kong, Macau and China for the first half while Europe and the United States saw stronger sales of fashion and leather goods. It is also planning to close a directly operated shop of its biggest watch brand, Tag Heuer, in Causeway Bay.

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British high-end fashion house Burberry, which has 16 shops in the SAR, said it may trim its local store network and negotiate for lower rents after the Hong Kong market, which accounts for about one-tenth of the brand’s total sales, saw a double-digit percentage fall in sales over the period.

Meanwhile, Gucci owner Kering said it will consider closing its Hong Kong and Macau outlets if rents stay high.

[…]

Waning sales and whopping rents have sent Italian fashion label Baldinini packing. It shut its first and only flagship boutique in Hong Kong after just four months in operation, ending its three- year contract.

In June, visitor arrivals from the mainland were down 1.8 percent year- on-year. Adding to the woes


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Bob Olstein Is Heavily Bullish On GM And DDS

By Benzinga. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Bob Olstein Is Heavily Bullish On GM And DDS by Ritesh Anan, Benzinga

H/T Dataroma

Renowned value investor, chairman and CIO of Olstein Capital Management, Robert “Bob” Olstein, will feature on this Sunday’s edition of Wall Street Week.

In this excerpt from that interview, Bob Olstein talks about the two stocks that he is currently bullish on – General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Dillard’s – explains the reasons for his bullishness.

General Motors

“Well, we are buying companies like General Motors, okay?” Bob Olstein said. “We know the cars are down in China; we understand they are going to have a bad quarter. The company’s balance sheet is shaped up after their bankruptcy. They have earnings power, free cash flow in excess to $3 a share. In essence, I am paying $30.”

Olstein was asked if the reason he is bullish on General Motors is that vehicle sales in America are at a high and continuing to grow. He replied, “Who cares? This company has $3 a share. I can clip my coupon every year. I remember sitting here and we were talking about Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) back in 2000, and they continued to march on. And they tripled their revenues and you lost half of your money in Cisco.

“And if you bought John Deere, which is similar to General Motors, it also tripled its revenues, but you made a four bagger, you know why? Because it wasn’t priced right. GM is not priced right.”

Dillard’s

On why he is bullish on Dillard’s, Bob Olstein said, “Here is a company that has free cash flow of 10 percent yield. It has excess depreciation; there’s non-cash depreciation over its capex. They have got real estate underneath it. We think this stock is worth as much as $140 a share, and it’s selling at a $100 a share.”

Bob Olstein

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Shots Fired In Ferguson On Brown Death Anniversary, Day After Hillary Says “Police Bias Is Clear”

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Four days after we showed a video in which Nation of Islam leader urged black Americans to “rise up and kill those who kill us”, two days after we reported that “Black-White Race Relations Under Obama are the Worst In The 21st Century“, shots were fired, according to Reuters, on Sunday during a march in Ferguson, Missouri to mark the one year anniversary of the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, police said.

It was unclear who fired the shots or the extent of any injuries, a police spokesman told reporters, but initial reports suggested they were not aimed at the marchers. About six shots were heard as 300 people made their way to a church on the outskirts of Ferguson as part of events to mark the death of Brown at the hands of a white police officer one year ago.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he was angry that a shooting had marred the weekend’s events in Ferguson, which have so far gone off without major incidents or arrests.

“These are the exact kind of events we try to avoid. I think it’s unfortunate. We are trying to keep everybody as safe as we can,” Belmar told reporters.

More troubling is that none other than the potential future president of the US was adding gasoline to the fire yesterday, when in an interview with Al Sharpton – her second national broadcast interview since she declared her candidacy in April – Hillary Clinton discussed “criminal justice reform” and said the following:

If you compare arrest records in, you know, charging of crimes, in convicting of crimes, in sentencing of crimes, you compare African-American men to white men. It is unfortunately clear as it could be that there is a bias in favor of white men…

The exchange takes place around 25 minutes 40 seconds into the video recording below:

Well, yes, there are certainly problem cases such as the “Police Officer Caught On Tape Discussing “Ways To Kill A Black Man And Cover It Up.” However, when a presidential candidate goes openly on record to state that she implicitly backs all those who say all the US police is problematic, is it any wonder Louis Farrakhan will that “if the…
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Summer Jobs Disappear; Lazy Teens, Immigrants Blamed

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Back in May, we highlighted a report which showed that across OECD countries, 35 million people between the ages of 16 and 29 are jobless. “Overall, young people are twice as likely as prime-age workers to be unemployed,” the OECD said. 

As anyone who follows the slow motion trainwreck that is the EMU knows, youth joblessness across the periphery is a disaster, with unemployment rates between 40% and 50%. And things aren’t great in America either. As nonprofit Generation Opportunity recently noted, “the effective (U-6) unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds, which adjusts for labor force participation by including those who have given up looking for work, is 13.8 percent (NSA).”

Against this backdrop, consider the following from Bloomberg, who bemoans the demise of the legendary “summer job” in America and offers three explanations for its disappearance. 

Via Bloomberg:

At 41.3 percent, the July labor force participation rate of teens was the lowest for the month in the post-World War II period.

The teenage summer job has been going the way of telephone booths and the cassette tape for decades. The length of the downward trend has been masked by the fact that it’s hard to tease apart teen summer jobs from teen employment more generally.

Looking at the jump in the labor-force participation of teens in July over the average for the school months, it’s clear that summer jobs peaked in the mid-1960s and have been sliding since.

What gives?

1. This generation is lazy

Or, as Northeastern University labor economist Alicia Modestino puts it: “Some teens are doing other stuff” like coding camp, foreign travel or beaching it.

2. Typical teen jobs are drying up

“Think Blockbuster,” said Modestino. 

3. Teens face competition

Modestino and other labor economists believe that the single-biggest explanation for the decline is that teenagers face stiff competition for what were once summer jobs from other workers, especially immigrants.

So basically, the excuses for the demise of the summer job are i) laziness, ii) lack of available employment, and iii) immigrant competition. 

Come to think of it, those three excuses are a pretty good explanation for all joblessness in America. 





The Canaries Continue To Drop Like Flies

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submited by Mark St.Cyr,

One would think as “canary” after “canary” falls silent either sickened with laryngitis, or worse – completely comatose, that those on Wall Street as well as the financial media itself would not only have seen, but heard, many of the warning calls that have been obvious for quite some time. Yet, history always shows; not only do they not see, but more often than not – they don’t want to see, nor hear the warning calls.

Even when all the warning signs are screaming danger – not only are they ignored, they’re explained away as if those which saw or heard them, should be ignored as they’ll contend not only did one not see; but couldn’t see.

What they’ll propose is: “That was not a “canary” but rather a  “dodo.”  After all, with a Fed that’s as interactive as this one currently is, surely what they believe they heard, or saw is impossible. For people say they’ve spotted warning signs in these ‘markets’ for years, and none have yet produced a crisis because – they’re now extinct! ” Yet, the wheezing sounds of many a Wall Street songbird has been apparent for quite a while. Again: If only one would care to look or listen.

Back in April of 2014 in an article titled “The Scarlet Absence Of A Letter of Credit” I opined a few scenarios as to why this seemingly dismissed revelation by the so-called “smart crowd” should not go unnoticed. For the implications may very well portend far greater reasons too worry in the coming future. Below is an excerpt. And let’s not forget this is some 16 months ago. When the financial media et al were still reciting in unison the wonders to which, “China will be the economy that leads us out of this current malaise.”

“Over the last few years since the financial melt down of 2008, we have seen what many have believed are precursors that may tip the hand of markets as to show just how unhealthy this levitating act fueled by free money has become.

And yes there are always false indicators, and we all know correlation doesn’t equal causation. And even more may shrug and think, “No letter of credit, so what.” However, if there were ever a canary in


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“We Should Admit This Isn’t Going To Work”: One Country’s Grim Assessment Of Greece’s Future

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

On Saturday, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that Greece’s creditors – the “quadriga” as it were – had agreed on the terms to be imposed on Athens in return for an ESM rescue package worth some €86 billion. The 27-page draft MOU is “substantial and far reaching,” and includes cuts to defense spending and subsidies for farmers, Bloomberg says, summarizing the FAZ report. 

Greece desperately needs to close the deal next week. If the new program isn’t formally in place by August 20, a €3.2 billion payment to the ECB won’t be possible – a default to the central bank would likely be catastrophic, as Greece’s banking sector would collapse entirely in the absence of the ELA liquidity drip.

Once Greek officials agree to the conditions, the draft will be circulated to EMU member countries for approval and Alexis Tsipras will need to go once more to parliament where he hopes the Syriza rebellion which imperiled the first two votes on bailout prior actions will have died down in the wake of a dramatic party meeting late last month in which the Greek Premier insisted that for the time being, “opposing voices must stop.” Here’s Reuters:

Greece is on track to complete a draft deal on a third bailout by Tuesday and possibly get a first disbursement by Aug. 20 to meet a key payment, sources familiar with a conference call of senior EU finance officials late on Friday said.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tried to force the pace of the talks, keen to wrap up agreement on sensitive economic reforms by mid-August, while many Greeks are on holiday, and receive an initial aid disbursement by Aug. 20 in time to make a bond payment to the European Central Bank.

If a draft memorandum of understanding and an updated debt sustainability analysis are ready as planned on Tuesday, the Greek government and parliament would be expected to approve them by Thursday.

And more from Kathimerini:

Greece will aim to finalize an agreement with lenders next week in the hope of being in a position to pass the deal through Parliament by next Thursday.

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What kind of Brexit will Britain now 'get done' after Boris Johnson's thumping election win?

 

What kind of Brexit will Britain now ‘get done’ after Boris Johnson’s thumping election win?

Courtesy of Tom Quinn, University of Essex

The Conservatives’ victory in the UK general election is at once a decisive moment of clarity and a harbinger of uncertainty. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the election with a pledge to “get Brexit done”, and with his newly-won parliamentary majority, he is now in a position to do just that.

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Bianco: Mom-And-Pop Aren't The Ones Getting Suckered By FOMO

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Authored by Jim Bianco via Bloomberg.com,

The current bull market is historic. According to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., it’s been 10.7 years since the last 20% correction, the longest such run in more than 120 years. In 2019 alone, the S&P 500 Index has surged more than 25%, with recent gains being attributed in part to investors chasin...



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Euro Breakout In Play? Gold Bulls Sure Hope So!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

The Euro has spent much of the past 2 years trading in a down-trend.

Though precious metals like Gold have fared well, this has been a bit of a headwind because it means that the US Dollar has remained firm.

Big Test In Play for the Euro

The Euro is testing a confluence of important support just as the downtrend is narrowing and ready for a “break”. That support includes lower falling wedge support and the Euro’s long term up-trend support line (see points 1 and 2).

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8 Healthcare Stocks Moving In Friday's Pre-Market Session

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Gainers
  • Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRPT) stock surged 36.4% to $137.00 during Friday's pre-market session. The market value of their outstanding shares is at $6.1 billion. The most recent rating by Janney Capital, on December 13, is at Buy, with a price target of $175.00.
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. (NYSE: GSK) shares surged 1.1% to $46.44. The market value of their outstanding shares is at $112.9 billion. According to the most recent rating by UBS, on November 21, the current rating is at Buy.
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Three Men Arrested In NJ For Running Alleged $722 Million Crypto Ponzi Scheme

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United States authorities in New Jersey have announced the arrest of three men who are accused of defrauding investors of over $722 million as part of alleged crypto ponzie scheme BitClub Network, per a Dec. 10 announcement from the Dep...



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Chart Shows the Fed Ramping Up Not QE - Funding Almost All Treasury Issuance

 

Chart Shows the Fed Ramping Up Not QE – Funding Almost All Treasury Issuance

Courtesy of Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner 

The Fed is ramping up “Not QE” .

The Fed bought $2.2 billion in notes today in its POMO, “not QE,” operations. Actually $2.15 billion because they sold back a whole $50 million. Must have been a little glitch in the force.

This brings the Fed’s total outright purchases of Treasuries to $170 billion since it started Not QE, on September 17.

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Silver stock taking the sector higher

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

As the US economy begins to show late cycle characteristics like: GDP slowing, higher inflation, higher wage costs, CEO confidence slump. 
Previous Post: Gold Stocks Review

The big players in the market are looking for the next swing off good value lows. This means more money is finding it way into the gold and silver sector, and it is said gold and silver stocks actually lead the metal prices. The cycle below shows prices are ready to move in the months ahead (older chart re posted).




 

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Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

 

Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

By Matt Wilstein

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Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the International Leadership Award at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never is Now summit on anti-Semitism and hate Thursday. And the comedian and actor used his keynote speech to single out the one Jewish-American who he believes is doing the most to facilitate “hate and violence” in America: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

He began with a joke at the Trump administration’s expense. “Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry,” Baron Cohen said, according to his prepared...



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VIX Warns Of Imminent Market Correction

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The VIX is warning that a market peak may be setting up in the global markets and that investors should be cautious of the extremely low price in the VIX. These extremely low prices in the VIX are typically followed by some type of increased volatility in the markets.

The US Federal Reserve continues to push an easy money policy and has recently begun acquiring more dept allowing a deeper move towards a Quantitative Easing stance. This move, along with investor confidence in the US markets, has prompted early warning signs that the market has reached near extreme levels/peaks. 

Vix Value Drops Before Monthly Expiration

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Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

A vial of insulin. Prices for the drug, crucial for those with diabetes, have soared in recent years. Oleksandr Nagaiets/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Jeffrey Bennett, Vanderbilt University

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