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Trumped Up Tuesday – Let the Impeachment Begin!

Image result for trump impeachment cartoonImpeachment begins in earnest this week.

It may end just as quickly as the GOP-controlled Senate is looking to acquit Trump as soon as possible, preferably without hearing from any witnesses or reviewing any evidence.  This farce will be overseen by Chief Justice John Roberts – which is very sad for our rule of law, of course, as it legitimizes this behavior and sets a precedent for future dictators to rule our country by.  Nonetheless, at least it will be interesting.  

Trump, like Carlos Goshn, has already fled the country and is in Davos for the World Economic Forum, where he just gave the first keynote address in the 50-year history of Davos that did not mention the World at all – except to say how much better Ameirca is than the rest of it.  As noted by the NY Times:

In his 30-minute address in front of a global audience, Mr. Trump did not mention the impeachment trial back home. But he delivered what amounted to a version of his campaign speech minus the red meat to his base, speaking little of international alliances other than touting America’s supremacy in the world.

The president also took a swipe at people demanding action on climate change, the lead agenda item at this year’s conference. Mr. Trump announced that the United States would join the 1 trillion trees initiative launched at the World Economic Forum. But he also declared that “we must reject the perennial prophets of doom.”

The message at Davos was very clear to all but Mr. Trump.  So clear in fact that it was written on the roof of the building:

“Act on Climate” could be read in the snow near Davos as Mr. Trump arrived on Tuesday.

Global warming and climate change top the agenda items for the conference. A star speaker on Tuesday, alongside Mr. Trump, is the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has said she wouldn’t “waste her time” speaking to Mr. Trump about climate change.  Trump has withdrawn America from the
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Baltic Dry Continues Epic Plunge As IMF Slashes Global GDP Forecast

Courtesy of ZeroHedge

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index hit a nine-month low on Monday, dragged down by falling rates of capesize and panamax segments as world trade continues to slump. 

The Baltic Dry Index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities across the world, dropped 25 points, or 3.3%, to 729 (according to Refinitiv data), the lowest level since April 2019:

  • The capesize index .BACI dropped 119 points, or 16.7%, to 593 – its lowest since April 23.The index registered its 27th straight session of losses, and also its largest daily percentage loss since early April.

  • Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes including iron ore and coal, fell $592 to $7,760.

  • The panamax index .BPNI lost 4 points, or 0.5%, to 866.

  • Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, declined $39 to $7,791.

  • The supramax index .BSIS remained unchanged at 560 points.

We've noted how the "front-loading" effect ahead of tariff deadlines ended in late 3Q19 when the first signs of a trade resolution emerged between the U.S. and China. In the last four months, the Baltic index has crashed 70%, the most since 2008, and has confirmed our slowbalisation thoughts.

The chart below makes clear that the spike in shipping rates was a one-off event spurred by importers front-running tariffs in 2019, now that is over, shipping rates are plunging as a manufacturing recession in the U.S. deepens and across the world. 

And it was no surprise to us Monday that the IMF slashed the global economic outlook for 2019 to 2.9% in October, the lowest since…
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Happy Martin Luther King Day!

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.It's Martin Luther King day so the markets are closed.

It's a good day to read his "I Have a Dream" speech – really is amazing when you think of the great social change in this nation that was set in motion by one man with a vision.  Here's a great video of the actual event.

It is a testament to the power and effectiveness of Dr. King's movement that, even to those of us who were alive at the time, it seems like it must have been another world where a man had to speak out against such injustice as if it wasn't obvious to the majority of people that segragation, whether by law or by practice, was an outrage.

Sadly, many of the lessons he taught us have already been forgotten, some great quotes:

  • Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
  • Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
  • It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
  • The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
  • Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.   
  • Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
  • We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  • The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
  • A nation that


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Oil Glut Overshadows Geopolitical Risk In 2020

Courtesy of Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com

The risk of oil supply disruptions from around the world has diminished, and rising non-OPEC production provides a “solid base from which to react to any escalation in geopolitical tension.”

In its January Oil Market Report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said that there is plenty of oil sloshing around, despite the U.S. and Iran nearly going to war.

“We cannot know how the geopolitical situation will play out over time, but for now the risk of a major threat to oil supplies appears to have receded,” the IEA said.

“As was the case following the attacks on Saudi Arabia in September, once the initial fears of a sustained supply shock subsided, the Brent price rapidly gave up its $4/bbl spike.”

Oil inventories held in OECD countries is 9 million barrels above the five-year average, and there are also plenty of strategic stockpiles to call upon in the event of an outage, the agency said.

Still, while geopolitical risk has “faded,” it has not gone away entirely. The Trump administration may have refrained from all-out war against Iran, but the assassination of General Soleimani took the confrontation to new heights.

While Trump’s speech earlier this month was widely interpreted as one of “de-escalation,” he also prefaced his comments by saying Iran would never have a nuclear weapon. But, sanctions, “maximum pressure,” and the assassination of one of its top leaders will obviously provoke a response. With little left to lose, Tehran is backing out of most of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, a deal that the U.S. already exited nearly two years ago.

All of which is to say the countries are seemingly locked on a collision course. The world breathed a sigh of relief when the two countries backed away from the brink, but there are decent odds that the conflict flares up again in the not-so-distant future. There are few pathways for actual de-escalation, absent an overhaul of U.S. policy.

At the same time, Iran has already lost much of its oil supply due to sanctions. So, the additional supply risk is concentrated in Iraq,


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Is This As Good As It Gets For the Stock Market?

 

Is This As Good As It Gets For the Stock Market?

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Josh and I spoke recently  about the slow grind higher, the lack of volatility, and all the recent stock market records. The very first response in the comment section was, “market overdue for a pullback.”

This seems to be the prevailing narrative and I gotta be honest, I agree. I’m just as surprised as anyone that the market keeps grinding higher.

Here are a few data points, by way of the S&P 500.

  • The index has closed within 2% of the all-time high for 68 straight days
  • The index has gone 70 days without a 1% decline, the sixth longest streak over the last 20 years.
  • 87% of stocks are above their 200-day moving average
  • The S&P 500 is currently 11% above its 200-day moving average.

Rather than relying on our collective intuition that we’re due for a pullback, I wanted to look at what the data said. For this analysis, as a measurement of stocks being over extended, we looked at the S&P 500 when it was 10% above its 200-day moving average.

Before we go any further, there is nothing particularly special about the 200-day. We (Nick) also looked at the 50 and 100-day and they all told the same story. The chart below shows when the S&P 500 has been more than 10% above its 200-day moving average.

You’ll notice a few things right off the bat. This sort of thing, when stocks are extended, tends to happen at all-time highs and in deep drawdowns. The latter might be counter intuitive but think about huge bounces off the lows, like the GFC for example. By September 2009, the S&P 500 was 20% above its 200-day moving average even as it was sat 32% below all-time highs.

Since 1950, when the S&P 500 is at least 10% above its 200-day moving average, 59% of the time it was within 2% of its all-time high, and 13% of the time it was in a greater than 20% drawdown.

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400 Point Friday – Another Week, Another Record High

Will this rally ever stop – or even pause?

We've already added 400 points this week and, as you can see from the chart, almost the entire move came at the open yesterday and Wednesday and this morning the Dow (/YM) Futures are up another 66.6 points (0.25%), capping off a 1.5% move higher for the week (if we hold it).  It's a bold move into earnings season, as it will be very hard to justify these price increases for the average component but we'll just have to wait and see as this rally shows no signs of slowing – despite all logic

I know no one wants to hear about boring old macros but, while we were sleeping, China announced that their economy was growing at a 30-year low 6.1% as Trade, Investment, Consumer Spending and Business Confidence all come under pressure.  The country also faces longer-term stresses like an aging population, which was highlighted by Friday data showing births had fallen to their lowest level since 1961.  Nomura economists calculate the trade war, coupled with slower global growth, shaved one percentage point off China’s 2019 GDP figure. 

Nontrade factors, too, weighed on sentiment, including mass protests that roiled next-door Hong Kong for more than half a year, clouding the business outlook and drawing global attention to the risk of social unrest in the authoritarian nation. Shenzhen’s celebrated technology sector, including hometown companies like telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. and drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co., is facing new scrutiny from the U.S. and elsewhere.

Despite the slowing growth, trade issues and 6 months of protests in Hong Kong, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 22% last year because – why not? – everyone else is ignoring the macros, why shouldn't Chinese Traders too?

Increasingly, Chinese industrial prices have also headed downhill in a sign of weak demand, and producer prices overall last year fell 0.3%. Car sales slumped 8.2% in 2019, while consumers – whose incomes expanded slower than the economy at 5.8% – were squeezed by pricey pork and an upward creep in crude oil.  In cities like Shenzhen and Shanghai, office vacancy rates are solidly in the double-digit percentage points as companies quietly downsize. Property is a
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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 01-15-2020

 

For LIVE access on Wednesday afternoons, join us at Phil's Stock World – click here.

 

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00:01:54 – Checking on the Market
00:03:22 – Petroleum Status Report
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Fallback Thursday – Tesla (TSLA) Down 10% Already – Where Will Reality Strike Next?

Wheee, what a ride!  

Tesla stock hit peak stupidity Tuesday at $550 per share in mid-day action but it finished the day at $530 and, this morning, we're down to $500 after I ranted about it in our Weekly Webinar (we are short TSLA).  No, I don't think I caused it – I think Tesla, having kissed a $100Bn market cap, had a run-in with reality two weeks ahead of an earnings report that will theoretically show them making $150M for the Quarter (though I think they miss), which is still a run rate of $600M for 2020 or 1/166.6 of $100Bn.  

Even if you assume amazing growth on the top and bottom line, it will be 2025 before you could concievably be close to justifying $100Bn – even if every Musk fanboy's wildest fantasies come true.  I REALITY though, there ARE real, live other car companies and real, live other battery companies and real, live other solar panel makers who run real, live businesses with real, live profits and NONE of them come close to the kind of valuations given to TSLA who, so far, have proven to LOSE money in all 3 of those ventures. 

See – I'm still ranting.  These guys just annoy me!  

Related imageI mean, seriously, TSLA is delivering about 100,000 cars in Q4 and about 350,000 cars for the year while Nissan delivers 350,000 cares PER QUARTER – and they are in 5th place in US Sales (where Tesla only sold 36,000 cars as the rest are global sales).  This is part of the problem traders have as they don't differentiate numbers when they hear about Tesla's "amazing" market share.  It's not amazing at all – it's only slightly better than Volvo in the US and, internationally, Volvo kicks their ass!

Yet TSLA is now valued twice as high as all of them, except Toyota (TM) at $200Bn, perhaps because they sell more than 50 TIMES more cars than TSLA in the US and 100 TIMES more cars than TSLA world-wide or maybe it's because TM MAKES $20Bn a year while TSLA loses $1Bn.  JUST the Prius sold 500,00 units in 2019 – mostly to Uber drivers...

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Apple’s share price has doubled, but there is a crunch coming – investors should watch out

 

Apple's share price has doubled, but there is a crunch coming – investors should watch out

Core blimey. Supergilr Justfly

Courtesy of Arturo Bris, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

Apple shareholders must be extremely happy with the company’s performance in the past 12 months. The stock price is up 111% since the end of 2018, not to mention the US$3 (£2.31) per share that the company has paid in dividends over the period. While Apple’s full-year 2019 results will not be released until later in January, it generated operating income of US$15.6 billion in the third quarter of the year. That translates to about US$60 billion a year, or about the same size as the economy of Luxembourg.

If you had invested US$100 in Apple at the beginning of 2019, you would have more than doubled your money in just one year. But we also need to look at this from the other side of the market. New investors must now pay over double the price they would have paid for Apple shares one year ago.

This depends on what I call the stupid investor theory. This states that for a short-term investor to profit from buying these shares at the start of 2019, they must be able to sell their shares to a “stupid” investor now that they have appreciated in value. This buyer will be forward-looking, probably short-termist as well, trading on the expectation that they will find a third “stupid” investor later willing to pay an even higher price.

The important thing to take away is that this cannot go on indefinitely. And as we shall see, there is a reason why it probably can’t go on for much longer at all.

Shooting stock, profits plunging

To see how long this pattern can hold, we need to assess whether Apple’s performance is sustainable. When you compare the last four quarters’ operating income – from fourth quarter 2018 to third quarter 2019 – with the previous four, you’re looking at a fall of 10%. Over the same period, the company’s revenues dropped by more than 5%. The main culprits were falling sales of iPhones, in a…
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Working it Out Wednesday – Is the Trade Deal the Beginning or End of the Rally?

Image result for trump trade deal cartoonToday is the day!  

Trump will sign a deal today (11:30) with China that puts off the new tariffs he threatened them with until "after the election" and China agrees to buy $200Bn in US Goods and Services over 2 years, which is double their normal pace so, in theory, it could add 0.5% ($100Bn) to our GDP, assuming we actually produce more Goods and Services and don't just end up selling China things we would have sold to someone else.  Boeing (BA) has several hundred grounded 737s China can have – that's a good start!

It's onlly a start though as the deal does not address Cybersecurity or China’s tight controls over how companies handle data and Cloud Computing.  China rejected American demands to include promises to refrain from hacking American firms in the text, insisting it was not a trade issue.  The Chinese have also rebuffed requests for broader changes to the structure of their economy. That includes a pattern of subsidizing and supporting key industries, like solar and steel, that American firms say have allowed China to dump cheap products it makes into the United States.

In the interim, the remaining tariffs will continue to inflict financial pain on American businesses that rely on Chinese imports and the consumers who buy their products.  Is that going to be good enough to continue to boost the market or will the reality of the trade deal's mediocrity begin to weigh on forward-looking sentiment.  Pay close attention to Corporate Guidance, now that they are taking the signed deal into account.  

Earnings have been going well so far but Goldman Sachs (GS) missed this morning by almost 20% – that was a surprise.  BAC, BLK, PNC, USB and UNH all beat along with WAFD last night and only WFC screwed up yesterday so it's so good, so far in the Financial Sector but, of course, shouldn't it be with the market up about 30% in 2019 and up another 2% in the first two weeks of 2020?

The Producer Price Index came in weak this morning at 0.1%, half of what was expected and that indicates that, despite "strong" retail sales, the Consumers are unwilling…
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Silicon Valley's latest fad is dopamine fasting - and that may not be as crazy as it sounds

 

Silicon Valley's latest fad is dopamine fasting – and that may not be as crazy as it sounds

Dopamine fasting, the newest fad to hit Silicon Valley, is being used as a way to get over addictive habits. SewCream/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of A. Trevor Sutton, Concordia Seminary

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The 'Golden Age Of Plastic'? Banks Are Quietly Raising Credit Limits For Freespending Borrowers

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Credit-card lenders are calling it the 'Golden Age of Plastic'. But that's mostly because they're the ones hoarding all the gold.

Gloom-and-doom economists who have portended the imminent collapse of the American consumer (we don't want to name names) might have a reason to put off their calls for a downturn of epic proportions just a little bit longer. Because at a t...



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The Wuhan Wipeout - Could It Happen?

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News is traveling fast about the Corona Virus that originated in Wuhan, China. Two new confirmed cases in the US, one in Europe and hundreds in China. As we learn more about thispotential pandemic outbreak, we are learning that China did very little to contain this problem from the start. Now, quarantining two cities and trying to control the potential
outbreak, may become a futile effort.

In most of Asia, the Chinese New Year is already in full swing.  Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, India and a host of other countries are already starting to celebrate the 7 to 10 day long New Year.  Millions of people have already traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to visit family...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

Bad News For Crude Oil Should Come From This Pattern, Says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

It’s a good idea for investors to be aware of key indicators and inter-market relationships.

Perhaps it’s watching the US Dollar as an indicator for precious metals or emerging markets. Or watching interest rates for the economy. Experience, history, and relationships matter. And it’s good to simply add these to our tool-kit.

Today, we look at another relationship that has signaled numerous stock market tops and bottoms over the years, and especially the past several months, Crude Oil.

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Insider Scoop

5 Software-Application Stocks Moving In Thursday's After-Market Session

Courtesy of Benzinga

Gainers

Atlassian Corporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:TEAM) stock surged 9.7% to $145.50 during Thursday's after-market session. According to the most recent rating by Morgan Stanley, on January 13, the current rating is at Overweight.

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. (NYSE:DBD) shares increased by 8.1% to $11.48. The most recent rating by DA Davidson, on December 13, is at Buy, with a price target of $17.00.

Telaria, Inc. (NYSE:TLRA) stock rose 4...



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Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China

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Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China

Chinese cobra (Naja atra) with hood spread. Briston/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA

Haitao Guo, University of Pittsburgh; Guangxiang “George” Luo, Univers...



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Comment: This chart says SP500 should go back to 2016 levels (overshoot will occur of course)



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The War on All Fact People

 

David Brin shares an excerpt from his new book on the relentless war against democracy and how we can fight back. You can also read the first, second and final chapters of Polemical Judo at David's blog Contrary Brin.

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Why Blaming the Repo Market is Like Blaming the Australian Bush Fires

 

Why Blaming the Repo Market is Like Blaming the Australian Bush Fires

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The repo market problem isn’t the problem. It’s a sideshow, a diversion, and a joke. It’s a symptom of the problem.

Today, I got a note from Liquidity Trader subscriber David, a professional investor, and it got me to thinking. Here’s what David wrote:

Lee,

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Cryptos Have Surged Since Soleimani Death, Bitcoin Tops $8,000

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Bitcoin is up over 15% since the assassination of Iran General Soleimani...

Source: Bloomberg

...topping $8,000 for the first time since before Thanksgiving...

Source: Bloomberg

Testing its key 100-day moving-average for the first time since October...

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Funny but probably true:

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