Low volume, lack of interest, investors are picking up their marbles and going home. What was expected to be a more or less sideways trading day has turned out to be one that is trending down. WTI oil is trading below its interim support, the U.S. dollar is testing its support aggressively as the standoff continued between Greece and its creditors sours U.S. investors.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed. The Bovespa is higher by 0.46%, while the S&P 500 is leading the IPC lower. They are down 0.35% and 0.03% respectively.
$NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
ATHENS/KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) - Greece proclaimed a new willingness to compromise with its international creditors on Monday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that time was running out for an reform-for-aid deal to keep the country in the euro.
An election in southern Mexico had to be called off after voters took their ballot papers out on the streets and set fire to them. Authorities in the State of Guerrero have been under intense public pressure since the disappearance and alleged massacre of 43 students last year. Protesters, including parents of the victims, say there will be no election until the case is resolved.
In "This Is What Happens When A Millennial Tries To Get A Job," we highlighted 1) high youth unemployment (U-6 at nearly 14%) and 2) the failure of America's university system to prepare new entrants for the job market, on the way to painting a rather grim picture for America's newly-minted college graduates.
We've also been keen to emphasize the fact that the "strong" labor market is anything but, as wage growth is essentially non-existent and upside "surprises" benefit from the now ubiquitous "vanishing worker." Given this, it's no surprise that many of America's best and brightest find themselves serving food and drinks after graduation even as they owe an average of $35,000 in student loans, debt which is curtailing homeownership â€" or at least delaying the process.
Given the above, it's not surprising that in many large US cities, buying a home is simply out of the question for most millennials, even assuming they have saved up 20% for a down payment. Bloomberg has more:
Millennials have been priced out of some of the biggest U.S. cities, with residential real estate prices rising even as wage growth remains elusive.
The good news is that out of 50 metropolitan areas, 37 are actually affordable for the typical 18-34 year-old.
The bad news is that the areas that often most appeal to young adults are also the ones where homeownership is the most out of reach..
Last year I penned "Who Are The Three Biggest Data Companies In the World? 1) Google 2) the Fed 3) JP Morgan/ECB" in an attempt to illustrate what many C-suite professionals seem to be missing. That is banks are essentially in direct competition with GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon - the pre-eminent data companies of our time). Banks are only just now starting to catch on to this, but the problem is they are catching on in the wrong way... again. It appears as if banks are concerned that GAFA will gain control the user by sitting in between the heaving regulated service (banking) and the user/user interface/user experience. Apple Pay is a very strong example of such. Now, don't get me wrong - that's a very valid concern. It's just that it's a concern born out of a gross misunderstanding of how the new "money" technologies work and what they are capable of. In all due respect to banking management, they are not the only one's who may not fully grasp this concept. I've notice many very smart investors and regulators may be missing the point as well. I glean this as I go on my mini-roadshow to raise capital for Veritaseum. The problem for the bankers is that they are the one's who will be affected the most. Investors may miss out on the next big thing. Regulators may pass inefficient regulation that may need to be re-written. Bankers face relegation to that of base utility companies with capped profits and margins, literally shielded from both the public view and minds ...
Submitted by Anthony Saunders via Confounded Interest blog,
The Failed Middle Class Housing Recovery In One Chart (Maybe A Few More)
True, house prices have been rising across the USA since the housing bubble burst. But the "recovery" has not been equal across income levels. The wealthiest Americans are doing quite well, but America's middle class has not recovered.
Something happened in late 2008 that has skewed the recovery towards the wealthiest Americans. In part, it was the massive, monetary intervention policies of The Federal Reserve. In addition, there has been a philosophy in Washington DC of managing the economy through regulation and non-growth policies. For example. the Brookings Institute has a study documenting the decline in business start-ups.
The result of The Fed's massive intervention in financial markets coupled with government policies favoring one group versus another (see George Stigler's regulatory capture) has resulted in corporate profits after tax growing substantially since 2009 while wage growth is less than half of corporate profit growth.
One of the recurring stories on Zero Hedge has been the increasingly more blatant fabrication of corporate bottom line "earnings" with the explicit blessing of both accountants and regulators, in the form of non-GAAP results. Our most recent observation conducted two months ago showed that the variation between GAAP and non-GAAP EPS has stretched to the widest degree since the financial crisis.
The chart below shows total S&P non-GAAP EPS with the GAAP component broken out in Green.
Specifically, the data revealed that the amount of non-GAAP addbacks and various other accounting and financial engineering gimmicks has been higher just once in history: in Q4 of 2008.
Furthermore, as we have shown every single quarter, nobody has fabricated their bottom line more than Alcoa:
Steve Liesman is quaking in his reporter's boots this morning as the SF Fed & BEA's credibility-crushing "double-seasonal-adjustment" thesis is crushed into statistical neverland by the The NY Fed. A study by economists at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve did not find significant statistical evidence for such distortions on the aggregate GDP level, despite meteoroconomist Joe Lavorgna's assertion that Q1 grew 1.2% thanks to the magic of made-up numbers. As The NY Fed concludes, in a tone that suggests "sigh, again, "it will not be surprising if the question of residual seasonality comes up again next year when first-quarter growth numbers are announced."
The SF Fed and further The BEA did their best to provide evidence of growth to justify rate hikes (despite macro data's collapse) thanks to the very-smart-sounding "residual seasonality"...
Although the agency adjusts its figures for seasonal variations, growth in any given first quarter still tends to be weaker than in the remaining three, economists have found, a sign there may be some bias in the data. It's a phenomenon economists call "residual seasonality."
(Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp reported a smaller first-quarter loss as it cut advertising and other costs, but sales continued to tumble, underscoring the need for a big cash injection that the struggling retailer said would materialize next month.
Following OPEC's decision not to cut production at its June 5, 2015 meeting in Vienna, oil prices should likely continue their descent that began in early May (Figure 1). Prices may fall into the $50+ per barrel range since there is no tangible reason for their rise from January's $46 low.
Figure 1. Brent crude oil spot price May 1- June 1, 2015: Source: EIA and Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc.
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Saudi Arabia's longer view of demand and market share dominated the decision not to cut.
World oil production has undergone a structural shift from supply dominated by relatively inexpensive conventional production to increasingly more supply coming from expensive deep-water and unconventional production. Most conventional oil is located in the Arabian, Siberian and North Caspian basins (Figure 2) while deep-water and unconventional production is focused along the margins of the Atlantic Ocean and in North America.
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