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  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    An aside on Zero Hedge provided two potential reason for today's pop... Bad news that the Japanese economy is about to stumble led algos to believe that more BOJ QE is imminent... it is suggested that this was the reason for the S&P surge by over 30 points in the span of a few hours this afternoon. No idea about the correctness of this...

    I also note that Putin had a talk with Merkel, apparently by-passing the ... well you know who, on the Ukraine gas issue, and that might also be the reason for the pop. I don't think it was proximity to the 200 day MA.

    Not so sure if the pop will hold. What are your thoughts…
    Apr 15 08:09 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    Near the 200 day MA on Nasdaq... about 3,960.
    Apr 15 12:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu AND Medical News Concentrator April 8, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    Ahhh good points Doc! The ramifications are quite scary.
    Apr 14 11:20 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swine Flu AND Medical News Concentrator April 8, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    April 13, 2014 From WSJ.
    Deadly Virus's Spread Raises Alarms in Mideast
    (You can read the whole article in the WSJ by Goggling the title).

    Saudis Defend Approach to MERS Outbreak, Even as Cases Increase
    Saudi Arabia on Sunday confirmed a surge of cases of a deadly virus in the kingdom over the past two weeks "I'm not pretty sure that they are actually seeing how big this thing is," a Saudi doctor said on Sunday at King Fahd General Hospital, the large public hospital in Jeddah that has been hardest hit by a spike in the city this month.

    The hospital recently closed and than reopened its emergency room on Friday for what authorities said was disinfection measures against MERS. But patients were avoiding the hospital, and health workers were "very worried" after the MERS death of one colleague and sickness in another, the doctor said. "What I really wish for is to shut the whole hospital down" until the spread subsides, she said.

    Last week marked the biggest number of cases since the outbreak began, Dr. Ian M. Mackay, an Australian epidemiologist who has tracked the outbreak, wrote on Sunday. About 50 of the overall cases have been in health-care workers, a strong warning sign about the efficacy of measures used to control the outbreak. "As far as we know, MERS does not spread easily from person-to-person, so these clusters suggest a breakdown in infection prevention and control."

    Meanwhile over the weekend in the UAE they announced six newly confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [MERS] among paramedics, one of whom died of the illness. The high number of cases among medical workers raised questions about how effective Arab Gulf governments have been in controlling the 1½-year-old outbreak.

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    Obvious Questions: If there are that many infections among health workers, how many infections are their in the underlying population? I suspect what is happening is that the infections being reported are lab confirmed, and the people they are lab testing are mostly health professionals. If this is true, it suggests the size of the infection in the underlying population is being substantially under-reported by Saudi authorities’. I wonder why this obvious conclusion is not raised by the WSJ.

    By the way, in June 2013 (NVAX) announced it had successfully produced a vaccine candidate designed to provide protection against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus [MERS].
    Apr 14 08:29 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    May not! Scoff Scoff Who do they think they are kidding?
    Apr 13 01:18 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    More likely the zone will be out in the back by the trash cans.
    Apr 13 01:16 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    Do you think the NASDAQ will drop below its 200 day MA?
    Apr 11 08:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    See if your eye stays dry and your jaw drops to the ground listening to this… A Motzartian gift...

    http://tinyurl.com/kcm...
    Apr 11 04:26 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union (23) January 1, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    The sale of the five year bonds by the Greek government was eight times over subscribed!

    Why are markets relatively comfortable with lending to Greece? Because they are assuming that the EU, i.e., EU taxpayers, will back the loan rather than allow a default.

    Of course, the EU taxpayers don't know they are backing this new Greek debt. The EU taxpayers just get the risk, while the profits go to the banks and EU government officials through various types of direct and indirect payoffs.

    An indirect payoff would be someone placed in a position to make a decision. Their payoff is their salary, power, and various other perks. They may say they are not taking any payoffs, but in fact, the positions they hold are the payoff.

    They use those positions to parlay into other high paid positions which they are now qualified for. And they will get those new positions so long as they remember who gave them their 'qualifications'.

    And there is nothing we can do about it… this is the way the stinking graft and corruption system works. We pay the bills and they get rich… Sorry for the rant…
    Apr 10 08:30 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    Hillary has a shoe thrown at her...
    http://tinyurl.com/nt2...
    Apr 10 08:08 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union (23) January 1, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    Exactly Jon. The banks are taking high risks because there are no consequences. There are no consequences because the banks that effectively OWN the governments have their high risk bets backed up by the taxpayers.
    Apr 10 08:00 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union (23) January 1, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    Greece is ready to enter the public bond market. Greece’s agency for managing public debt and the Finance Ministry made the announcement on April 9 and said it would be subject to British law but didn’t provide details on the amount or expected interest rate.

    However, Reuters, citing three unidentified sources, said the bond will be a five-year issue for up to 2.5 billion euros, ($3.44 billion). One said there is the expectation of strong interest even though private investors two years ago were stiffed with 74 percent losses.

    With the five-year bond sale, Greece returns to the capital markets for the first time since it was bailed out by international lenders in 2010. On Wednesday, the 10-year yield fell below 6% for the first time since 2010.

    Greece is still rated nine notches below investment grade at Caa3 by Moody’s. Standard and Poor’s and Fitch rank Greece six notches below investment grade at B-. Moody’s recently said it would delay another rating until August. http://tinyurl.com/n44...
    Apr 10 03:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • REE/Strategic Minerals Concentrator, March 18, 2014 [View instapost]
    Star Minerals Group?
    Apr 9 11:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #270, April 2, 2014 [View instapost]
    hehehe is that "furor" or "Führer" guns?
    Apr 9 02:54 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union (23) January 1, 2014 To ??? [View instapost]
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Greece is planning to issue a long-term bond on Wednesday.

    The paper reported that the Greek government “is likely to sell around 2 billion euros in five-year debt,” and that Deutsche Bank AG and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co have undertaken the bond’s issuance.

    Greek government bondholders suffered a principal loss of roughly 69% over the last two years. But according to Alessandro Giansanti, senior rates strategist at ING Bank now its time to move forward and the market is positive on Greek government bounds. http://tinyurl.com/kcf...

    The ten year is at 6.1%...
    Apr 8 08:05 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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