While everyone knows that GOOG is halted and may or may not resume trading before market close (and no, RRD merely reported the facts, if only early, and as everyone knows the market has a revulsion to reality peeking during trading hours), few are aware just why it is that everyone dumped the stock which soared to all time highs a few short weeks ago. Here it is, in its full visual splendor - Google's Operating Income, which was expected to come in at $3.536 billion printed at $2.736 billion, a 23% miss!
While GOOG is halted, the rest of the world goes on trading - with 165 hedge funds seeking protection somewhere... QQQ is trading lower, implying a $660 price for GOOG or down 12.5% on the day... so far...
Sorry, it's not the Iranian hackers' fault this time:
- #222222;">GOOGLE SAYS 8K FILED WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION
- #222222;">GOOGLE SAYS RR DONNELLEY FILED DRAFT 8K EARNINGS W/O AUTHORITY
Oops... The second most widely held company after AAPL just destroyed the quarter for 165 hedge funds.
Google is down over 8% as it reported earnings early and surprised to the downside...
- *GOOGLE 3Q REV. EX TAC $11.33B, EST. $11.83B :GOOG US
- *GOOGLE 3Q ADJ. EPS $9.03, EST. $10.65 :GOOG US
The unending efforts of our glorious central-banking planners to raise asset prices and encourage 'animal spirits' through the trickle-down of unicorn-tears via the wealth effect have side-effects. Unintended consequences of 'leaking liquidity' finding its way into hard assets and 'things that have relatively limited supply' have stalled hopes of a stimulus in China (food inflation) and caused refis to mysteriously lag on misplaced future rate expectations in the US (ZIRP). The biggest 'problem' the central-bankers face, however, is energy prices. The liquidity surges directly impact the price of oil (which is already under pressure from the ever-igniting fears of Middle-East flare-ups). Critically, as Goldman notes, once the price of Brent crude reaches $125, global economic growth becomes challenged and ultimately makes QE self-defeating. This means Bernanke and his cohorts are threading an ever-narrowing needle as crude's price range remains high enough to motivate supply, but not so high as to undermine the global economic recovery - and with a tight physical market, any disruption or 'anomaly' will be hard to jawbone us back from (SPR rumors aside).
Same old, same old from the country whose future is supposedly being decided at today's latest (we have now lost count) Eurosummit. Spoiler alert: nothing will be decided until after the US election. From AP: 'Violence has broken out at an anti-austerity demonstration in Athens during a 24-hour general strike, with youths pelting riot police with petrol bombs and rocks. Riot police responded with tear gas to disperse the troublemakers during the clashes Thursday in the capital's central Syntagma Square, as thousands of people marched through the streets. Greek workers are holding their second general strike in a month, protesting new austerity measures the government is negotiating with the debt-ridden country's international creditors." Too bad "rioter" is not a Full Time Equivalent employment position according to the Greek BLS. Or at least not yet.
Forget the day-to-day images of riots and protests, the truth on the ground in Greece is far harsher. Just as we warned numerous times, social unrest is escalating rapidly and the extremists are gaining strength and power. One of Greece's neo-nazi Golden Dawn party MPs says "there is already civil war, and Greek society is ready - even though no-one likes this - to have a fight." The BBC's Paul Mason reports on recent demonstrations surrounding the performance of a controversial play as tensions escalated and the Golden Dawn party "de-arresting" demonstrators - pulling them from police detention, as the police do nothing. The somewhat shocking clip below points out the incredible reality that is occurring on the streets of Greece - even as EU leaders claim Greece was not a topic at the EU Summit. The people ask "if we are in a democracy or a dictatorship?" and Golden Dawn (which has 18 seats in parliament) proclaims "On the one side there will be nationalists like us, and Greeks who want our country to be as it used to be; and on the other side illegal immigrants, anarchists and all those who have destroyed Athens several times." As Mason concludes: the social and political outcome of the IMF and EU austerity program, and of the implosion of mainstream politics in Greece, looks like a catastrophe for democracy. "Europe must do something if they don't want a revival of the Third Reich again"
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Today Europe awakes to yet another Eurozone summit, one at which such topics as Greece, Spain, the banking union project or a economic/budgetary union will have to gain further traction, if not resolution. In fact Greece could hardly wait and has already launched it latest 24 hour strike against austerity. The same Greece which demands a 2 year, €30 billion extension from Europe to comply with reform, a move which Europe has/has not agreed to as while the core have said yes to more time, all have refused to fund Greece with any more money. Alas the two are synonymous. As SocGen predicts unless there is some credible progress today, all the progress since the September ECB meeting, which has seen SPGB 10 Year yields decline from 690 bps to sub 550 bps, may simply drift away. And as everyone knows, there is never any progress at these meetings, except for lots of headlines, lots of promises (the Eurozone June summit's conclusions have yet to be implemented) and lots of bottom line profits by Belgian caterers. Elsewhere, Spain sold 3, 4 and 10 year bonds at declining yields on residual optimism from the pro forma bailed out country's paradoxical Investment Grade rating. In non-hopium based news, Spanish bad loans rose to a record 10.5% in August from 10.1% previously while the oldest bank in the world, Italy's Banka Monte dei Paschi was cut to junk status. All this is irrelevant though, as no negative news will ever matter again in a centrally-planned world. Finally the only real good news (at least until it is revised)came out of the UK, where retail sales posted a 0.4% increase on expectations of a 0.2% rise from -0.2%.
Homework favors the wealthy. This is the position that the increasingly imbecilic President of France is taking in proposing a ban on homework as part of a series of educational reforms. As ABC reports, Hollande sees "education as a priority" but work should be done during school hours rather than at home "in order to establish equal opportunities." But before the children of France rejoice, Hollande is unlikely to garner their future votes, as his proposal also looks to extend the French school week to nine half-days a week to be spread over four, five, or six days (as opposed to the current four days a week with Wednesdays off). Though we may sneer at this oh-so-socialist ideal of 'sharing' the homework load into the school-day, it is perhaps noteworthy that the US still lags France in Math (US 31st in the world vs France 22nd).
What few seem willing to acknowledge is the solipsistic, narcissistic nature of this reliance on public display of consumerist fantasy for self-identity. All consumerist fashion is based on superficiality and self-indulgence, of course; but if we look at the energy, money and attention "invested" in fashion lifestyles in Japan, we might conclude it is strong evidence that there is plenty of "money and time to burn" in Japan. While that is certainly true, this reliance on consumerist excess for self-identity and pastime is also evidence of a deeply troubled economy and society. Young people have money and time to burn on outlandish costumes because few earn enough to have their own families or flats. They work part-time for low wages and live at home or in tiny one-room apartments. Few own cars because they 1) don't earn enough to support a car and 2) they're uninterested in acquiring status symbols or prestige signifiers. This is not just a generational shift: it reflects a realistic understanding that opportunities for secure, high-paying employment have diminished over the past 20 years. There are plenty of low-level jobs, but few with the guarantees that their parents took for granted.
we reported that the first unintended but perfectly expected consequence of the French socialist revolution, was the plunge in Paris luxury real estate prices as in the aftermath of Hollande's plan for a 75% millionaire tax, the wealthy promptly decided it is time to seek greener pastures and have launched a housing firesale, flooding the market with expensive (but getting cheaper by the day) housing. Now, we find that another consequence of Hollande's creeping government-enforced subsidies to uncompetitive sectors (coming soon to an insolvent country near you) may be none other than the French internet, as the world's biggest agregator of content, Google, is threatening to boycott French media websites if France demands it start paying for linked content.
“faith based initiative” is misplaced, as liquidity and faith are driving the boat and derelict accounting is providing the fuel. The United States, having moved far past the “safety net” that has always been in place, are faced with a very real choice between Socialism and Capitalism. In Europe the problems are also of a fundamental nature as the definition of “More Europe” in Germany is decidedly different than the definition in Spain. But the fantastical belief that the Central Bank will wave it magic wand and make everything all good again is the stuff of Mommy kissing the boo-boo and everything will be just fine.
The ridiculous economic data continues. Those looking at the headline Philly Fed, which jumped from -1.9 to 5.7, trouncing expectations of 1.0, such as the NY Fed's Simon Potter are pushing buy buttons left and right. And yet anyone who takes the 2 minutes to look at the internals, such as the collapse in the Number of Employees Sub-Index, which tumbled from -7.3 to -10.7 (the lowest since September 2009), the decline in the Average Employee Workweek, or the surge in Prices Paid from 8 to 19, double the change in Prices Received which means plunging corporate profits, or the ever critical New Orders which declined from 1.0 to -0.6, and one can see why this is a report only an Econ Ph.D-cum-Central Planner can love. Finally adding insult to injury, is the 6 month forecast, which unlike all other regional Fed diffusion indices, collapsed by half, from 41.2 to 21.6, as the Hopium at least in the city of brotherly mugging appears to be running out. Stocks kneejerk in every possible direction hoping the Fed will provide a direction.
Reality Storms Back As Initial Claims Explode Higher By 46K From Last Week's Upward Revised Aberration
So much for last week's aberration initial claims print of 339K (revised higher of course to 342K). With expectations of an increase to 365K, the DOL just came out with a whopper of a miss, the largest in three months, at 388K, an increase of 46K in one week, which was also the highest print in three months. Remember: this number will be revised to 391K next week. So much for single print indicative of a recovery. As the chart below shows, the rate of change was a 13.45% from last week: the highest in five years! So far, there has been no explanation from the BLS or DOL for last week's outlier print. And no, last week's print was not due to California, which the DOL reported just decreased by 4,979 in the week ended Oct 6, not the required 49K. What is however worse, is that it is becoming increasingly clear that nobody at the DOL knows what is actually going on following a statement by the Labor Dept that "it appeared that state-level administrative issues were distorting the data", and numbers are simply picked out of thin air. Finally, in truly amusing news, those on Extended Benefits have once again started to rise, after dropping to virtually 0 following expiration of state benefits.
It just refuses to get any better in Spain, whose banks are now aggressively marking down real estate to something resembling fair value. Last month we reported that Spanish bad loans jumped by the most ever, rising by over 1% to just under 10%. Today, last month's number was revised even higher to 10.1%. But the worst news is that the August bad loan total just hit a fresh record of €178.6 billion, or 10.5% of the total €1,698.7 billion in bank loans. Making things worse is that the primary bank funding lifeline - deposits - continues to flow out. That both Spain, and its banking sector are utterly insolvent, is clear to anyone but Oliver Wyman and those who have bought SPGBs (although granted the latter are merely hoping for a quick flip). And the ECB of course. Indicatively, as a % of GDP, this would be equivalent to roughly $2.7 trillion in US bank loans going sour (for more on the collapse of Spanish banking, and the laughable stress test whose worst case has already become the baseline, read here). The chart summarizing this staggering statistic is below.
Wall Street is doing some wild and wacky things. UBS has just launched a 16-times-leveraged MBS ETN. The ETN, called the ETRACS Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Mortgage REIT, offers double the return of the Market Vectors Global Mortgage REITs Index – itself an investment vehicle 8x leveraged to mortgage-backed securities. The idea appears to be that with the Fed acting as a buyer-of-last-resort that prices will take a smooth upward trajectory and that 16:1 leverage makes sense for retail investors as a bet on a sure thing.
- Germany will pay Greek aid (Spiegel)
- Spain Banks Face More Pain as Worst-Case Scenario Turns Real (Bloomberg)
- China’s Growth Continues to Slow (WSJ)
- Executives Lack Confidence in U.S. Competitiveness (WSJ)
- Poor Market Conditions will See 180 Solar Manufacturers Fail by 2015 (OilPrice)
- Wen upbeat on China’s economy (FT)
- Gold remains popular, despite the doubts of economists (Economist)
- Armstrong Stands to Lose $30 Million as Sponsors Flee (Bloomberg)
- IMF urges aid for Italy, Spain but Rome baulking (Reuters)
- EU Summit Highlights Financial Divide (WSJ)
- FOMC Straying on Price Target, Former Fed Officials Say (Bloomberg)
- Putin defiant over weapons sales (FT)
Special Operations Teams on Standby for Libya Revenge Strike
Debate Fact Check
1. Romney misstated his position on auto bailouts.
2. Romney made misleading statements on job creation.
3. Obama understated tax savings proposed by Romney.
4. Obama lied about the $3,600 in middle-class tax cuts.
Even if voters did hear what they wanted, they now need to find out “Was it accurate?”
U.S. Suffers a Huge Gold Deficit
Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years.
Top 10 Stories Under-Reported by the Mainstream Media
1. FBI agents responsible for terrorist plots.
2. 22,000 American infants are dead because of Fukushima.
3. NATO war crimes in Libya against innocent men, women and children.
4. What the hell is going on Louisiana with sinkholes and explosions?
25 Signs Of Extreme Social Decay
1. People have come to accept, as normal, security goons being allowed to touch private parts of children in the name of national security.
2. Sex trafficking has become a raging epidemic in America.
3. Racial hatred is rising to distressing new heights in this country.
26 Things to Get Done before the Global Debt Collapse
1. Get hard-copy books.
2. Bury your gold and silver.
3. Pay off as many assets as soon as you can.
4. Make color copies of all your important documents.
5. Learn and practice basic gardening skills.
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