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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:00 pm

The last thing the GOP has to hold on to for the midterms is the economy. Tax cuts and other plans didn't excite voters, and Bart O'Kavanaugh is already fading into the distance for Republican voters. By overheating the economy in a quest for growth, along with the tariffs, it's been predicted this could happen.

JPC, if you have a moment, what's your take on this for the midterms? Does this bounce back or are we looking at a rough October? Asking because if we start to see financial pain, that's going to cut the knees out from under the GOP. As a side note, do you think this is a buying opportunity or do we have further to go?
Dow plummets 800 points in worst drop since February, Amazon and tech shares lead the rout

Dow plummets 800 points in worst drop since February, Amazon and tech shares lead the rout

Dow plummets 800 points in worst drop since March, Amazon and tech shares lead the rout
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Published 10 Hours Ago Updated 8 Mins Ago
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Stocks sank on Wednesday as a steep decline in tech shares and worries of rapidly rising rates sent Wall Street on pace for its worst day in months.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 800 points lower as Intel and Microsoft fell more than 3 percent each. The Nasdaq Composite plummeted 3.5 percent.

The S&P 500 dropped 2.8 percent, with the tech sector underperforming. The broad index was also headed for a five-day losing streak — which would be its longest since late 2016 — and fell below its 50-day moving average, a widely followed technical level.

The Dow was on pace for its worst day since March, while the S&P 500 was tracking for its biggest decline since February.

Stocks have fallen sharply this month. For October, the S&P 500 and the Dow are down more than 3.6 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, has lost more than 6.5 percent.

Rising rate fears and a pivot out of technology stocks have made it a rough last few days. The Dow has dropped four of the last five sessions, losing nearly 900 points over that span.

Shares of Amazon declined nearly 4 percent on Wednesday, while Netflix slid 6.3 percent. Facebook and Apple also fell more than 2 percent each.

"People are getting out of the high-flying tech names right now," said Larry Benedict, CEO of The Opportunistic Trader. "I think people are under-hedged; there could be more pain ahead."

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/10/us-mark ... focus.html


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Post by bob » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:36 pm

Today was the third largest drop, numerically, for the DJIA. (As a percentage of the DJIA, it didn't merit top 20.)

2018 has seen six of the top 20 largest numerical drops, and three of the top 20 largest numerical gains.


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Post by tek » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:43 pm

AMZN led the rout?

DJT will be delighted.

That's about all his brain can process in one Big Mac.


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Post by Dan1100 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:17 pm

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"The Fed has gone crazy," President Trump tells reporters on Air Force One. Another moment that is unprecedented in the White House.


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Post by Mikedunford » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:29 pm

My speculation, which is undoubtedly nowhere near as sophisticated as what Gregg and John P. can provide:

1: The Fed is trying to apply the brakes to the economy, to keep many things under control.
2: The White House is mashing the gas pedal as hard as they can.

Too, also:
3: If Trump still has a lot of debt that he's servicing, he might not be thrilled at interest rates going up.


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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:43 pm

I think you're right Mike. Talk about timing, the GOP must be buying Depends.
There's more pain to come for stocks, according to analysts watching the charts
A sharp sell-off pushed the S&P 500 below key technical levels Wednesday.
"The selling is a result of selling the best performing stocks this year and it is difficult to time when that selling pressure will slow," says JC O'Hara of MKM Partners.
The steep decline raises red flags for top chart analysts, who think that more pain could lie ahead for equity investors.
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With the U.S. stock market in the midst of an October sell-off, Wall Street analysts who study charts for a living are worried the situation could get much worse. Among the reasons that have technical analysts concerned are a breakdown in the bull market leaders and a drop by the S&P 500 below its average price of the last 50 days.

The S&P 500 is down 2.5 percent for October and counting amid Wednesday's slide.

"The selling is a result of selling the best performing stocks this year and it is difficult to time when that selling pressure will slow," said JC O'Hara, chief market technician at MKM Partners, in a note. "The best-performing decile of S&P 500 stocks this year is lower by 6.6 percent in October. Today, that basket is lower by 1.7 percent (the worst of all 10 deciles)."

"Until we see some stabilization in that basket, we will continue to see weakness," O'Hara said.

Netflix dropped more than 6 percent, while Amazon fell 3.3 percent on Wednesday. Facebook and Apple, meanwhile, pulled back at least 1.5 percent each.

Chipmaker stocks also fell sharply, with the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) falling 2.7 percent, on pace for its fifth straight day of losses. Nvidia and Micron are both down at least 4 percent.
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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:51 pm

:twisted: I'm sure it's all Obamas fault :lol:



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Post by PaulG » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:55 pm

I hate the "points in a day" measure. One day doesn't mean much to me; it's the points lost in a week that really hurts. The first week of February the Dow lost something like 2700 points and it has taken most of the rest of year to get it back. If it drops 800 points today and then "only" loses 100 points a day for the next two weeks are the headlines going to say Dow crashes 2200 points? Or are they going to say Dow lost 100 points yesterday. God I hope this isn't the beginning of another crash.



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Post by Northland10 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:55 pm

It's quite simple. Trump is causing the market to drop in order to destabilize the globalists and create confusion before implementing the mass arrests of the deep state cabal.

Who need JPC when the Qists can explain it all without the fakery economic language.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:01 pm

Mikedunford wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:29 pm
My speculation, which is undoubtedly nowhere near as sophisticated as what Gregg and John P. can provide:

1: The Fed is trying to apply the brakes to the economy, to keep many things under control.
2: The White House is mashing the gas pedal as hard as they can.

Too, also:
3: If Trump still has a lot of debt that he's servicing, he might not be thrilled at interest rates going up.
Trump services his debt? Is that what ignoring it is called now?


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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:48 am

These things can change on a dime, but as of 2:45am EDT here's CNBC Pre Market:

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Post by Lani » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:40 am

Fake news!!!!11#@!!!


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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:27 pm

Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit has absolutely no idea what he's talking about, it's shockingly ignorant. But he publishes it on his conspiracy blog and ignorant Trumpers eat it up. I'm including all of it, it's just ridiculous. Jim doesn't realize Donald appointed Powell? Did Jim forget Bush 43 and his team nearly destroyed the economy? :brickwallsmall:
POWELL CRASHES TRUMP ECONOMIC BOOM! Raises Rates **AGAIN** on Trump — DOW DIVES 1,501 POINTS IN ONE WEEK! (Must Read)
by Jim Hoft October 11, 2018

President Trump enjoyed his 102nd stock market record last week.
Then Fed Chairman Jerome Powell raised the interests rates AGAIN under President Trump.
Now the Dow Jones is down 1500 1,743 1,501 points in the last week.

President Trump said the “Fed is crazy.” He’s right. Trump has been saying for the past year, with Stocks at all-time highs and unemployment at 50-year lows, the Fed’s interest rate increases show a far-left liberal bias. Right after Barack Obama was elected President, on December 16, 2008, the Federal Reserve (The Fed) lowered the Fed Funds rate by an entire percent, from 1% down to 0% .

The Fed had not lowered the Fed Funds rate by such a large amount (1% ) since at least before 1990, if ever. The Fed kept this 0% rate for most of Obama’s eight years in office. CNBC reported in December 2015 that President Obama oversaw “seven years of the most accommodative monetary policy in U.S. history” (from the Fed). The Fed Funds rate was at zero for most of Obama’s time in office. Finally, in December 2015 after the Fed announced its first increase in the Fed Funds rate during the Obama Presidency.

The only Fed Funds Rate increases since 2015 were after President Trump was elected President. The Fed increased the Fed Funds Rate now seven times. The Fed Funds Rate greatly impacts the economy:

Lower interest rates usually spur the economy by making corporate and consumer borrowing easier. Higher interest rates are intended to slow down the economy by making borrowing harder.

Increases in the Fed Funds Rate increase the cost of borrowing and the largest borrower in the world is the US government. With $20 trillion in debt, a 2% increase in interest payments equals $400 billion in annual interest payment increases or nearly a half a trillion dollars!

President Obama benefited from the lowest possible interest rates possible for seven of his eight years and in spite of this, nearly doubled the US Debt from $10 trillion to nearly $20 trillion. With no rate increases in interest rates, President Trump would arguably have a balanced budget to date. (Although the short term implications may not dictate this, the long term implications are clear.)

President Trump knows this and he previously stated that he is not happy with the Fed raising interest rates and killing the economy.
Last week with the DOW reached all-time highs, consumer confidence hit all time highs and unemployment hit its lowest rate in 50 years. The Fed then announced they would raise rates some more!
The Fed’s Jerome Powell said at a meeting in Boston:

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday he sees no need to drop the central bank’s current gradual approach to raising interest rates.

Powell said the combination of steady, low inflation and very low unemployment shows the country is going through “extraordinary times.”
The markets almost immediately responded and in spite of the great news on the stock markets and jobs, the markets declined. Another Trump rally – another Fed interest rate block! Yesterday as the market shed over 800 points, President Trump said the Fed has “Gone Crazy”. He really disagrees with what the Fed is doing.

The Deep State and the Fed don’t care about the American worker or taxpayer. It’s all about power. If they can tank the economy, decrease American’s 401ks and increase interest payments on the massive Obama debt, then they win. The only thing stopping President Trump from balancing the US Budget and keeping the economy on fire is the Fed’s rising rates. Trump’s right again and again – the Fed’s actions show it favors the left. The Fed has gone crazy!
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Post by JohnPCapitalist » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:44 pm

Orlylicious wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:00 pm
The last thing the GOP has to hold on to for the midterms is the economy. Tax cuts and other plans didn't excite voters, and Bart O'Kavanaugh is already fading into the distance for Republican voters. By overheating the economy in a quest for growth, along with the tariffs, it's been predicted this could happen.

JPC, if you have a moment, what's your take on this for the midterms? Does this bounce back or are we looking at a rough October? Asking because if we start to see financial pain, that's going to cut the knees out from under the GOP. As a side note, do you think this is a buying opportunity or do we have further to go?
Sorry I didn't see this until just now.

We're always looking at a rough October. It may be partly grounded in reality, but it's certainly a superstition as well... Mark Twain said this over 100 years ago: "October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February." (from "Puddnhead Wilson.")

Yes, there were a couple of pretty rough days but the market does appear to be rallying strongly. I think what's significant is that this is a major break in market momentum. It'll be weighing psychologically on people. If it happens again at least once before the midterms, then it could have an effect, especially if it takes the market into negative returns (as measured by the S&P 500) for the year -- we're relatively close to round-tripping now. While the average Trump fan almost certainly doesn't own individual stocks and most probably don't have any significant money in a 401k, it will certainly hit the suburban voter who has gotten fat on 8 years of an Obama recovery plus 1.5 years of continuing momentum in the Trump administration. That could drive more suburban voters away from the GOP, a pheonomenon that's already occurring.

Long term, the problem I have with current corporate operations is that there are very few places where money can go to work effectively -- stagnant household income (just starting to thaw in middle to upper income, not so much with the lower half of the curve) prevents people from going out and spending. Revenue growth for companies lags well below profit growth. So the market values profits almost exclusively.

The cut of corporate tax rates means companies have little incentive to do anything other than continue to cut costs (read: mostly labor, since they can't control prices of materials) and keep salting away cash. A higher corporate tax rate plus targeted tax credits would allow the government to come in and reward companies that give raises to workers instead of just trying to accumulate cash. No single company will give raises to workers if the playing field is not level because they'll drop their profits and others won't feel pressed to follow suit. Note, BTW, that Amazon's recent much-publicized move to $15 an hour for all warehouse staff is smoke and mirrors, as they've taken away stock awards and other incentives and many employees will see a drop in total comp as a result. If government gives some sort of tax credit so that all employers will give a higher % of sales in salaries to lower-paid workers, it gets money circulating back into the economy faster than waiting for unemployment to drop and drive wages up... BTW, we're at the lowest unemployment in decades, and wage growth is lagging way behind what historical models would predict, so companies are still hesitating to pay more even when conditions warrant.

But the tariffs from this utterly pointless and completely preventable series of trade wars that Trump has sparked will siphon a couple points of consumer spending (while not actually bringing jobs back to the US). That will slow sales growth but will likely have a bigger effect on profits. Most companies have fixed costs so that, at least in the short term, if sales go down 2% in a couple months, profits will go down by 5% or 10%. And that could lead to stock market losses of 15% to 20% because not only are profits dropping, but investors are less willing to pay a high multiple for each dollar of profits their shares entitles them to. That's called "multiple compression" and it's not a good thing, because it will damp out a market rebound on the other side, even if financial results from companies start to improve.



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Post by Jez » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:56 pm

JPC - May I say thank you for explaining all of this stuff in plain English? Even I, a total ignoramus about markets and economics (beyond the very lowest basics), can understand when you explain it like this. :)

Thank you. :) :thumbs:


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Post by NotaPerson » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:10 pm

Yeah, I actually follow financial and stock market news fairly closely, and almost no one write about this stuff as clearly as JPC!


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