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“Be The House, NOT THE Gambler!” Webinar – Encore Presentation

Traders and Investors,

Did you miss today’s training webinar with Phil Davis –“Be the House, NOT THE Gambler?”

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How the US Government Manipulates Inflation Data

The PCE bothered me yesterday.

The Government told us that the PCE core price index for December was 0% – no inflation at all.  I found that to be incredible – as in not credible at all and then Tuscadog asked me how long the Bernank could keep justifying his rampant money printing with fake government data, to which I responded: "I had many derogatory things to say about that but I was literally so sickened by that BS that I couldn’t bring myself to comment on it so I just left it alone but it’s a very sad joke that our government can tell us that there was no inflation in December while the whole planet is falling apart, isn’t it?"  

Fortunately, there was a helpful article in the WSJ by Brett Arends that pointed out that the way the government justifies their low inflation figures is through "substitution and hedonics," a topic expert Government BS detector, Barry Ritholtz had touched on as well.  As Barry says:

Hedonics asks the question: "How much of a product's price increase is a function of "inflation," and how much is quality improvement?" Thus, the entire late 1990's concept of Hedonics is premised upon a flawed assumption: that quality is static.  Hedonics is a variation of the old trick of comparing the present with the past, instead of the present. Measuring quality improvements is a distraction from the real measure of inflation: the purchasing power of a dollar.

 Hedonics opens the door to producing magical results: a lower inflation rate with generally rising prices, a higher growth rate although the economy may be weaker, and a higher productivity number, although productivity would have been declining without the hedonic imputations.

What BS, right?  Well, when I get mad, I do research and when my research uncovers something – I make an electronic puppet show

Forward this to your friends and Congresspeople – lets try to get our government to get real!  


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Will We Hold It Wednesday?

Lots of data today.

At 7:30 we get Challenger Job Cuts followed at 8:15 by the ADP Employment Report, Factory Orders and ISM at 10 am and Crude Inventories at 10:30 about which time Uncle Ben will be testifying to Congress.  Also today, we should be getting the EU's revised GDP (expected to be down 2.5%) and PPI, which is likely to be another negative number (deflation).  Of course we are focused on oil inventories, which are forecast to fall 1.4Mb but we have been playing for a BUILD in gasoline and a BUILD in distillates (not in crude as they are not shipping us any) despite the fact that MasterCard does show a 2.2% increase in gas demand from last year.

A 2.2% increase in demand after dropping gasoline prices from $3.90 last Memorial day to $2.40 (38%) this past holiday weekend is showing a demand INelasticity from the bottom.  Gasoline, which is consumed in the US to the tune of 390M gallons PER DAY, cost US consumers $3.50 or more ($1.36Bn/day) through October of last year and dropped as low as $1.59 ($620M/day) for the week of Dec 29th, giving US consumers $22Bn in extra spending money in December as they drove to the mall to shop.  Just 5 months later, gasoline is back to $2.50 a gallon nationally, a $129.5Bn annual INCREASE.  That's $1,295 for every single American household going up in smoke.

Why is it that conservative pundits are outraged if there is a penny tax put on something yet they stand mute when a $1,295 surcharge is placed on every American family by the energy cartel?  This is not a Dollar issue, the Dollar was 80 in December and has been higher than 80 until last week (now 78).  Even at 78, it's only down 2.5%, hardly justification for a 66% increase in gas prices.  And how is it possible that our conservative financial media doesn't see that spending whatever it takes to move to alternative energy that will keep gas spending at $1.50/gal ($213Bn/yr) is worth it compared to the possibility of $5 a gallon ($711Bn) being sucked out of the US economy?

The problem is, as I mentioned last week, that it's not 100% sucked out of the economy.  Before we send $711Bn in gasoline money (and that's half of what US consumers…
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Friday Already?

Man what a fun week, I can't believe it's ending so soon!

We are already on vacation, having followed our plan to cash out at the bottom yesterday anticipating some short covering today that would take up the markets.  Actually, we took some bullish plays into yesterday's close as it was such an obvious set-up for a stick save and there was so much bad news out already that we weren't too worried about more.  My hot streak continued as I posted to members at 11:13, with the Dow on the rise at 8,267: "OIH now at the 5% rule (94) and XLE at -4% (47.50 is 5%) and Nas at 2.5% rule (1,685) along with RUT (477) while S&P needs 880, Dow needs 8,220, and NYSE 5,725.  Those are the points that should hold and bounce us at least back to -2% but, after the way they behaved at 1.5%, we need to see them retake -1.25 before we’re even slightly safe."

The Nas bottomed out at 1,678 at 2:45 but came back 20 points to -1.89%, the Russell hit 474 at the same time but finishe down 1.66%, the S&P hit 880 on the nose at 2:53 before recovering to -1.68%, the Dow hit 8,224 at 2:52 but rallied back to down 1.54% and the NYSE bottomed out at 5,728 at 2:58 before making it back to -1.53.  Now I know there are lots of stock services that can tell you exactly what the market will do for the day 3 days in a row and I'm certain that there's no way to profit from that kind of information anyway so, whatever you do – don't sign up for this service (see, we are cleverly experimenting with reverse psychology!).  We took quick profits on our DIA calls into the close but left our DDM (ultra-long Dow) calls on for fun and they should get a nice pop this morning.  We also couldn't resist some great buy opportunities during that sell-off and we picked up new, hedged positions in HMY, FIG, DRYS, RF, DAL and UYG in addition to our Dow plays.  As we also sold the Dow puts to cover our longer covers – we ended up pretty darned bullish after being 100% bearish at the open.  We are flexible if nothing else!

Our futures are looking pretty good this morning despite BKUNA being siezed by
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Stress-Free Investing In Stress-Tested Banks

Finally the official results are in!

Oddly enough, it was MUCH worse than the original indication that started this leg of our rally when we were told that every bank passed the stress test but the results were skillfully leaked in dribs and drabs interspersed with rumors that things were much worse in such a way that there is a general sense of relief that "only" $75BBn of additional capital must be raised and almost half of that by Bank of America, where $34Bn represents just 2% of their assets (although it is 40% of their current market cap). 

 

While that level of dillution will keep us out of BAC for now, there's no reason to not invest in C, who "only" need $5.5Bn against their $2Tn in assets although that is still 25% of their current market cap.  For the banks that do need capital, they have until June 8th to present a plan for raising it and until November 9th to implement the plan, which must maintain the target capital ratios through December 2010 after which we can assume they will again be allowed to run wild.  The banks are all coming up with various schemes to raise cash but the ones on the left need none at all.

Rather than go into a huge explanation about each pick, I'll just say that I'm favoring banks that I feel have room to run and have not already been overbought.   I discussed with members yesterday that it is ridiculous to assume that banks will get back to their 2007 levels as those earnings came under unique and ideal market conditions which are not likely to be repeated in the next decade so I was disgusted with Cramers BUYBUYBUY rant on the banks last night and I'm looking for a far more conservative play and we will be shorting some of the high flyers as Cramer herds his sheeple into overvalued positions.

[Commentary]We got out of our bullish bank plays this week and our $100K Hedged Virtual Portfolio, which was focused on financials in round 1, made huge gains and we (contrary to Cramer's advice) took them off the table.  Now that we have FACTS, we can reinvest with more confidence.  I am not advocating jumping into all of these…
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Friday – Workers of the World Unite!

Happy May Day!

I remember when Russia used to parade their nukes down Red Square and we used to do "duck and cover" drills in the schools during one of the greatest bull market runs in history.  Now we have turned into such wimps that we panic out of our stock holding over fear of germs!  Chrysler workers of the world united yesterday as the failed capitalist corporation filed for bankruptcy and agreed to give control (55%) to it's workers.  I am thrilled with this outcome as it's going to be a fascinating socioeconomic experiment to see what decisions the workers make regarding Chrysler's major long-term issues like retirement benefits and health care.  I'm sure the administration is happy too to have a petri dish in which to watch the issues that plague this whole nation long-term play out in microcosm.  If we're lucky, we will even be able to blame the Italians (Fiat) for anything that goes wrong.

File:Haymarketnewspaper.jpgMany global markets are closed today for various celebrations and, ironically, many countries around the world still honor a US labor incident that this country has swept under the rug - the 1886 Haymarket Affair, which took place in our President's hometown of Chicago when a workers strike for an 8-hour workday got out of hand and about 50 people died (4 police, the rest strikers).  8 Strike organizers were tried as anarchists and seven wer hung and if you thought the NYTimes was always a liberal paper, read 1886's "Anarchy's Red Hand: Rioting and Bloodshed in the Streets of Chicago" and compare that to the more balanced Wikipedia account of the incident.  Anyway, that's why we don't celebrate May Day in America even though the American Haymarket Affair is the one that inspired this memorial holiday in the rest of the world.

Speaking of our government sweeping things under the rug, it's incredible that people are buying this nonsense that Chrysler will have a quick and painless bankruptcy.  If you think the trial of the union organizers as anarchists was a farce, imagine the joke of a court proceeding that we'll have to have in order to steamroll billions of dollars of debtholders into submission.  It was less than 2 years ago, August 2007, when Cerberus Capital took a majority stake in Chrysler and the company quickly turned around and borrowed
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Thrilling Thursday Morning

8,200!

Finally we make the target we discussed since the beginning of the month but, sadly, it took another shot of Federal stimulus to get us there.  Now what?  I did say at the time that I thought it would be a short-term top as 8,200 is the 5% rule bottom of the 8,650 mid-range (8,217 to be exact) that we expected to get back to in May but we didn't expect to get there without a pullback test of 7,632.  Heck, we haven't even tested 7,900 properly since our very brief visit to 7,699 on the 21st.   I didn't count that as a test as it was brief and 1% off our mark but, since then, the market sure has acted like it aced the test and is ready to move up to the next set of levels.

As we can see from David Fry's chart of the S&P, the S&P is hitting very serious resistance at about the 885 mark and that ties right in with Dow 8,250 and Nas 1,717, which is our first US index to hit the 40% mark.  Our other 40% levels will take some work as we're looking for Dow 8,413, S&P 946, NYSE 6,232 and Russell 514.  The Dow and the Russell have the best chance of getting there but we'll have to see as, at the moment, the Nasdaq is more of an outlier at the moment.  We need to keep an eye on the Nasdaq leadership:  GOOG, AAPL, RIMM, AMZN, EBAY, ORCL, INTC…  for signs of weakness.  If they can't keep it going, the entire market rally may falter here.

XOM missed by .03 this morning but still earned .92 per share and seem to be forgiven for it.  While profits are down 58% from last year, last year was $10.9Bn so $4.6Bn may be disappointing but oil back over $50 does allow the company to project better times ahead (gee, maybe that's WHY oil is at $51.50 this morning).  I wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole as they did beat revenue forecasts by 20% ($64Bn vs $54Bn) which indicates the company is doing a lousy job of controlling costs and may face disaster if the economy doesn't improve or if oil collapses. 

While earnings have been pretty good, expectations have been really low.  This is like getting all excited about
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Artificial intelligence will make you smarter

 

Artificial intelligence will make you smarter

People plus machines will surpass the capabilities of either element alone. metamorworks/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Terrence Sejnowski, University of California San Diego

The future won’t be made by either humans or machines alone – but by both, working together. Technologies modeled on how human brains work are already augmenting people’s abilities, and will only get more influential as society gets used to these increasingly capable machines.

Technology optimists have envisione...



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Zero Hedge

Israel's Defense Chief Says "No Choice But War" As Forces Build Along Gaza Border

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

We reported over the weekend that Israel has mustered its largest build-up of tanks and armored personnel carriers since 2014 at a deployment area along the border with Gaza and that "all-out war" looks inevitable after weeks of heightened tensions with Hamas. This after special UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov late last week warned the UN Secur...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

Short the S&P 500 and Go Long Gold Miners Time?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The precious metals sector continues to be a “grind”, offering a few trades but mostly sideways to lower action. Gold prices have slogged along and this had held the Gold Miners (NYSEARCA:GDX) back… until recently.  The Gold Miners (GDX) and the broader Gold & Silver Miners Index (XAU) came to life in September and October.

The miners are in a multi-year down trend, however there is a potential bullish setup in place. See the chart below where we highlight the ratio of the Mining Index (XAU) to the S&P 500 (SPY). The ratio, which Gold Bugs want to see rising, looks to have created a bullish reversal last month at the 2016 lows at point (1).

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Insider Scoop

Wedbush: Unlike Many Retail Peers, RH Is 'Thriving'

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related RH Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For October 23, 2018 RH's Retail Strategy, Recent Pullback Turn Stifel Bu...

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Chart School

Weekly Market Recap Oct 21, 2018

Courtesy of Blain.

After the heavy selling the week prior there was sure to be an oversold bounce and indeed last Tuesday brought much of that.  It is always interesting to see what happens after that bounce – often in this bull market, once the indexes turn back up they move like a freight train.  This time – thus far at least – the action has been less aggressive.  Selling on Thursday took the S&P 500 right back down to the 200 day moving average and rally attempts Friday were fruitless.  In whole the S&P 500 barely budged for the week.

Yields on the 10 year have thus far held their own “breakout” level:

The Chinese market had an interesting Friday with an “...



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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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Members' Corner

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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Biotech

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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In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

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Mid-Day Update

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