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10 Things You Need To Know That Are Going On This Weekend

SPECIAL EDITION: 10 Things You Need To Know That Are Going On This Weekend

Courtesy of Joe Weisenthal, at Clusterstock 

It’s a Saturday, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it, because there’s a heck of a lot going on. 

Here’s what you need to be paying attention to this May Day.

  • Greece/IMF/EU talks continue. According to Greek government officials, some kind of announcement may be made today. The market is hoping to hear something that’s orders of magnitude stronger than any bailout announcement we’ve gotten so far, or otherwise the feeling will be that it can and will fall through again.
  • Of course, there are fresh violent, anti-austerity protests going on today in Athens. The fact that it’s May Day, a day for celebrating anti-capitalism only adds to the tension.
  • New reports suggest the criminal probe into Goldman Sachs is not just a perfunctory follow-on to the SEC charges, but rather a truly separate thing that’s wider than Abacus, and that started before the SEC’s investigation. HUGE.
  • With just five days before the election, UK’s The Guardian has endorsed the Liberal Democrats, the country’s biggest third party. Its leader, Nick Clegg, has surged thanks to a string of strong debate performances, Gordon Brown’s disastrous campaigning, and a lingering sense of unease with the conservatives.


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    Federal Prosecutors Conducting CRIMINAL Probe Of Goldman Sachs

    Federal Prosecutors Conducting CRIMINAL Probe Of Goldman Sachs

    Courtesy of Joe Weisenthal at Clusterstock 

    Banking CEO's Testify Before House On Use Of TARP Funds

    Following the SEC’s fraud charges against the firm, prosecutors have opened up a criminal probe of Goldman Sachs (GS), the WSJ is reporting this evening.

    There are several things to note here, particularly the fact that an initial probe is no guarantee that charges will actually filed. In fact, such initial probes are common after civil charges are brought.

    Although the ramifications of such a case would be enormous, the significant weaknesses and ambiguities that have emerged in the SEC’s case may make prosecutors gun-shy.

    Lady justice with scales

    Why else?

    Notes WSJ:

    But the Goldman probe presents a significant challenge for the government. Prosecutors in the Brooklyn office of the U.S. Attorney last year lost a high-profile fraud case against two former Bear Stearns Cos. executives, in the first major criminal case linked to the financial meltdown.

    Prosecutors had accused the Bear Stearns employees of lying to investors in 2007 about the health of two funds that eventually collapsed. The case centered on what the government viewed as incriminating emails indicating the traders knew the mortgage market would fall but didn’t disclose that view to investors.

    To bring any criminal charges in the Goldman matter, prosecutors would need to believe they had gathered evidence that showed that the firm or its employees knowingly committed fraud in their mortgage business. Proving such intent to break the law typically is the toughest hurdle for prosecutors to clear.

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    China Rescue Fails To Save EU, US Markets - Banks, Builders, & Bud Stocks Battered

    Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

    What did China do...

    Of course, everyone is talking about Chinese stocks - CHINEXT is up 10% in two days... if you fall for this manipulated idiocy, you deserve all you get. This was the biggest 2-day jump since the rescue of Chinese stocks after August 2015's devaluation crashed stocks...

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    The environment has been changing but it’s only really become part of the investor consciousness within the last two weeks: Suddenly, cash has a cost. Money isn’t free. Not every business model makes sense. Not every hurdle for investment is sitting an inch or so off the ground.

    It’s this normalization of interest rates which, despite it being in effect for three years now, that has all of a sudden gotten some attention.

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    Morgan Stanley Downgrades A Fleet Of Freight Stocks

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    Kimble Charting Solutions

    Stock Market Crash Deja Vu? Keep An Eye On This Pattern!

    Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

    Just over 3 weeks ago, I shared a chart looking at the divergence that has been brewing under the surface of the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY). Since that post, the S&P 500 finds itself in a deep pullback, with other key stock market indices hitting correction territory at their lows.

    Today we provide another look at the divergence and highlight why it’s time for investors to pay closer attention. In the chart below, we compare today’s setup to 2000 and 2007 and the market crashes that followed.  Note, though, that we have NOT broken trend support yet.

    Similar to today, in 2000 and 2007 the S&P 500 made a...



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    Chart School

    History Rhymes with the Dow

    Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

    The next 10 years, or even the next 2 years will not be like any of the years in the past 10. Risk is moving closer and closer to the surface.

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    Market risks coming to the surface:

    1) Higher interest rates.

    2) US Congress control.

    3) China vs USA in trade.

    4) World wide Leverage.

    5) World wide liquidity issues.

    6) US Pensions.

    7) Corporate bond market....



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    Digital Currencies

    Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

     

    Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

    Five people died and more than 200 got sick during a 2018 E. coli outbreak, the largest in more than a decade. The bacteria was traced to contaminated romaine lettuce. (Shutterstock)

    Courtesy of Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University

    In the wake of this year’s large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019.

    Walmart, one of the world’s largest retailers, has be...



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    ValueWalk

    Vilas Fund Up 55% In Q3; 3Q18 Letter: A Bull Market In Bearish Forecasts

    By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

    The Vilas Fund, LP letter for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018; titled, “A Bull Market in Bearish Forecasts.”

    Ever since the financial crisis, there has been a huge fascination with predictions of the next “big crash” right around the next corner. Whether it is Greece, Italy, Chinese debt, the “overvalued” stock market, the Shiller Ratio, Puerto Rico, underfunded pensions in Illinois and New Jersey, the Fed (both for QE a few years ago and now for removing QE), rising interest rates, Federal budget deficits, peaking profit margins, etc...



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    Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

     

    This is very good; it's about "firehosing", a type of propaganda, and how it works.

    Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

    A 2016 report described Russian propaganda as:
    • high in volume
    • rapid, continuous and repetitive
    • having no commitment to objective reality
    • lacking consistency

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    Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

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    Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

    Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA. ibreakstock/Shutterstock.com

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    Mapping The Market

    Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

    Via Jean-Luc:

    Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

    Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

    One that stands out for me:

    Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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    OpTrader

    Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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

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

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

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



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