Morning markets opened higher, but immediately began to melt downward to where they are sea-sawing at the lows of the day. Earlier the short term indicators were very bullish but have turned neutral in the face of WTI oil starting to tumble off its morning highs closing in on its key support.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed today. The IPC is up 0.71% while the Bovespa gains 0.06%. The S&P 500 is off 0.26%.
$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.
On Monday morning, before the latest series of optimistic rumors and realistic denials was unleashed, Latvia's outgoing President Andris Berzins had a surprisingly accurate observation in an interview with Latvian Independent TV when he said that "this [Greek] debt is so big that everyone understands that it won't be repaid."
We find this statement to be amazing because this may be the very first time an official has actually told the truth about not only Europe's but the global debt crisis, in recent history. Granted, it does miss one key distinction, namely that all the risk exposure to Greece has been shifted from European private banks to the all too public European taxpayer, but that's a story for another day.
Berzins had some further observations that were likewise amazing, adding that "loans to Greece have just bought time so that those in power don't have to take decisions. This is like a game: who can hold out longer by not showing that this money has been lost? This burden has become bigger and there obviously is no possibility to repay."
He concluded that the "debt writedown of Greek debt will come after bankruptcy of state."
Well that, or hyperinflation. But that can only occur in local currency, i.e., New Drachma, terms.
So if a "No" vote wins on Sunday, Greece will basically end up with precisely the outcome that everyone has been terrified to mention: a clean balance sheet and the hope of a ...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.
Two short months ago, Yelp's share price collapsed following dismal earnings. Within days the company had an idea for pumping its stock back up - announce the investigation of a possible sale... Now weeks later, the CEO has been forced to admit: YELP CEO SAID TO DECIDE AGAINST FINDING A BUYER FOR NOW. We are sure there was just so much demand and that the company had so much organic growth ahead that he decided against it... traders are not amused - Yelp is down 8% and halted.
*YELP SALE PROCESS SAID TO STALL
After the halt, Yelp is down 11%...
As Bloomberg reports,
Yelp Inc., which hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to find a buyer, has temporarily decided not to pursue a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.
The consumer-review website has had several interested suitors but isn't pursuing a transaction in the immediate future, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. San Francisco-based Yelp may pursue a deal again if co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Stoppelman changes his mind, one of the people said.
Yelp has a market capitalization of about $3.1 billion. The company's shares have slumped 17 percent since May 8, the day after Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported Yelp was working with a bank to explore a sale. Yelp hired Goldman Sachs after receiving takeover interest, one of the people said.
ATHENS (Reuters) - As Greece heads to a referendum on Sunday that could decide its future in the euro zone, long queues at cash machines have become the most potent symbol of the cost of the deadlock between the left-wing government and its international lenders.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV misled U.S. auto safety regulators about recall notifications to the owners of vehicles equipped with defective Takata Corp air bags, a U.S. safety recall analysts said on Thursday.
While Carl Icahn's latest ramblings have brought attention to the 'bubble' in high-yield debt, we would note that the HY market has already dramatically diverged from the ongoing bubble in US equities and as we have been discussing for the past year, this is exactly the pattern we saw in 2008. However there is another aspect of the HY market that is flashing red, High yield debt downgrades are the highest since Lehman and the upgrade/downgrade ratio has tumbled to its lowest since the crisis...
"Price" has broken...
High yield debt downgrades are the highest since Lehman and the upgrade/downgrade ratio has tumbled to its lowest since the crisis...
The last time this happened, Bernanke unleashed QE3 - are we about to see the same in a massive surprise to markets?
There has not been this many downgrades since the crisis....
Brazil's antitrust agency is investigating banking giants HSBC Holdings PLC, Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and others on suspicion of forming a cartel to manipulate the exchange rate of the Brazilian currency, the real.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil antitrust watchdog Cade opened on Thursday an investigation over alleged currency rigging by a group of 15 global banks, the first of its kind in one of the world's busiest foreign exchange markets.
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp has had its first meetings with competitor Anthem Inc after it rebuffed Anthem's $47 billion merger proposal last month, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
(Reuters) - U.S. mattress maker Serta said it would not renew its licensing agreement with the Trump Organization, the latest company to distance itself from real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump, after his comments insulting Mexicans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV went on offense ahead of a hearing before federal regulators to blunt criticism of its plan to install trailer hitches on 1.5 million Jeep Cherokee and Liberty SUVs to avert a more costly fix to reduce the risk that fuel tanks could rupture and catch fire in rear-end collisions.
While "Greece doesn't matter," the comments by The IMF that Greece needs its debt restructured and thus the creditors' proposals should be implicitly said "Oxi" to, has spooked US equity markets on this quiet illiquid day...
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