It's Earth Day which means Al Gore is likely so giddy that he is rolling around the back seat of his electric car while warming his globes to thoughts of Susan Solomon's ozone hole and Carmella Bing's flourescent bulbs. And sadly, while all of this is happening, somewhere a polar bear dies. Anyway, the market is trying to shake off a sluggish start thanks to poor earnings, the Greek economy's impending trip down the river Styx, and the release of a new Jennifer Lopez movie suggestively titled The Back-Up Plan (and yes, Money McBags would plan to back that up).
But all is not bad today as US macro news was largely positive. Existing home sales in March rose for the first time in four months climbing 6.8% thanks to government incentives, the weather, and buy one get one free Sundays. Also, new claims for unemployment were down 24k to 456k which was surprisingly pretty much inline with analyst guesses thus giving credence to the old adage that even a broken clock is right twice a day (as opposed to the new adage that even a broken cock can love Hanna Hilton twice a day). As always, 10MM people are still receving unemployment benefits, extended benefits, and for the really lucky ones, friends with benefits. Finally, Producer prices rose but only modestly above analyst guesses. The PPI was up .7% largely because of food costs which were up by the most in 26 years since the great Dorito shortage of 1984. The price of vegetables was up a remarkable 49%, which did wonders for Stephen Hawking's market value, but at some point those cost increases wil start being handed down to consumers. Excluding food and fuel though, PPI was flat, so once again, as long as you don't need to eat or go anywhere, your money should last a long time. The point is, no matter how long economists want to delude themselves by using core PPI, inflation is coming because the goverment fired up the money making machines to try to push our economic problems off on the next generation (so next generation, here's a big fuck you, but on the positive side, we did give you the NSFW Spankwire.com). Money McBags would call it the largest ponzi scheme in history, but it already has a name: Keynesian Economics.
In international news, apparently the Greek budget deficit was worse than originally thought and may top 14% of GDP which is a fuckload of dolma. The bigger problem is that there are many "uncertainites" about the quality of Greece's data including the currency swap noted fraudsters Goldman Sachs hid for them and the fact that they hired David Friehling to audit their books. As a result of all of this nonsense, premiums on Greek bonds continue to reach new heights like Enceladus going through puberty. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is caught between a rock and his nether regions upon viewing Greek sensation Julia Alexandratou's sex tape (which can be viewed in its entirety by searching for it on the aforementioned spankwire) as further austerity measures may crumble the spirit of the already striking Greek workers while doing nothing may hinder Greece's ability to get aid from the IMF and Eurozone. As always, Money McBags is going to assume this is much ado about nothing because the Euro countries are not going to let Greece fail and if the country survived the Trojan Wars and Criss Angel's career, a little debt is not going to hurt it.
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