RF's Financial News

RF's Financial News

Saturday, February 20, 2010

This week in Barrons - 2-21-10

This Week in Barrons – 2-21-10:

Our Thoughts:
A girl phoned me the other day and said: “Come on over, there's nobody home.” I went over – and there was Nobody home. … Rodney Dangerfield

Conspiracy Theory: It didn't take long to realize that the true ‘global warming’ agenda – and that was to tax people and have more control over lives. He who rules the energy, rules the people. Now that the entire scam has been exposed, from the leaked emails where the scientists hid data and "made up" theories, to scientists saying we haven't warmed at all since 1995 and are probably cooling, to high profile global warming advocates quitting in disgrace.

I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her. … Rodney Dangerfield

Last week in a fifteen minute time we had:
- the Head of the Greek Debt Office replaced by a former Goldman Sachs employee. That makes 18 x-Goldman people placed in government positions of authority around the world.
- a Pfizer – Merck researcher admits to faking dozens of research studies for over 13 years.
- a School give laptops to kids – and spies on them via webcam – an invasion of privacy like no other.
- the UN Climate Chief Yvo De Boer resigns
- the world’s biggest coal company brings U.S. government to court for climate fraud,
- 1.8M homes are about to flood the foreclosure market – that banks have been hiding in shadow inventory – this should really hit housing prices
- and on CNBC – Larry Levin – announced that “the market isn’t free, but controlled by government interventions.”

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow - He told me to wear a brown tie. … Rodney Dangerfield

And what about the famed Trilateral Commission – “which is international and is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of governments." Who is on this commission you ask? Larry Summers (former Secretary of the treasury), Timothy Geithner ( Current Treasury Secretary, was head of the NY Federal Reserve), Maurice R. Greenberg, (Chairman, CEO, American International Group (AIG) - who we bailed out and they funneled at least $13B back to Goldman), and Robert D. Hormats, (Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International). These are the guys that really pull the strings. So when you ask yourself "How could the bankers wreck the system and then get tens of billions in bonuses a year later?" Just look at the roster – it makes it all so very simple to understand. Your only other choice is to think that all this was on giant mistake, every fail safe failed, a monumental amount of good intentions simply "goofed up" and it was all by chance.

Now onto the market:
I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof. … Rodney Dangerfield

A very interesting week, eh? Gold was beginning to look pretty good. Gold had put in a correction and was just starting to make some gains that looked impressive. And just as it was starting to move, the IMG decided that it was going to sell 191 tons of Gold. Isn’t it odd how they didn't announce the sale until Gold had stopped falling and was starting to march higher? And what about those gigantic short positions held by three major institutions – do you think that announcement helped them out? And when that news really didn’t have the desired effect - out of nowhere Bernanke comes out on a Thursday night and says he's going to up the discount rate from fifty to seventy five basis points. That "should" have the effect of strengthening the dollar and knocking gold for a loop. Is this really a coincidence? Well interestingly gold shook off the IMF and the Bernanke rate hike and ended Friday UP $9.

I came from a real tough neighborhood. I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand. … Rodney Dangerfield

Now, when the Fed boosted the discount rate by 25 basis points (a quarter percent) – what does that mean? First, the Fed has been draining liquidity from the system for a while now. They know the pressure is on them from every angle as their own balance sheet has ballooned to unimaginable proportions, and people are giving them a ton of flack over the bailouts and bonuses – so they are trying to make it look like they are reigning in the system a bit. So, is this the first step towards a true hike in interest rates - technically yes, but practically NO. This move will only affect about $30B in funds, and the Fed knows quite well that there is NO WAY they can hike the true money policy rates – which would effectively erase any and all benefits they may see from the stimulus. This was symbolic in nature, a way to strengthen the dollar a bit after China actually SOLD treasuries last month and frightened the heck out of them. The Fed HAD to do something to try and show the world that they are still in charge and they have some sort of credibility.

I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender. … Rodney Dangerfield

Maybe we got lucky on Friday, but sure enough after a couple dips in the am, we came back to level and ended the day "flat" with the DOW up 9 points. Okay, so where do we go from here? It's our guess that we are in a bounce period and it could take us to the 10,600 level. Our feeling is that this bounce has a bit more legs and you should milk it for what you can get.

I have:
DIA’s at 100.66 hard stop at 103.4
CSCO at 24.03 hard stop at entry point
CTXS at 44.04 hard stop at 44.44

Now the question is, is the market going to continue to move higher next week, or roll back over? I think it goes higher and if it does, there's a few things we might want to look at.

Think about JOYG on a move over 50.50.
Watch CLNE – a move over 18 could take me in.
Watch QCOM - over 40.00 should be worth a few dollars.
Look at C – a move over 3.50 is a low risk play.

Until next week – be safe.

R.F. Culbertson

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