- My short term target for PPC is $1.48/share. Howard thinks it could be a zero.
Here are three points he makes that should not and cannot be ignored:
1. "There is no panic on Main Street and in sound financial institutions. The problems are in high risk financial institutions and on Wall Street"
2. "Protecting the banking system, which is fundamentally controlled by the Federal Reserve, is an established government function. It is completely unclear why the government needs to or should bail out insurance companies, investment banks, hedge funds, and foreign companies"
3. "Treasury is totally dominated by Wall Street investment bankers. They do not have knowledge of the commercial banking industry. Therefore they cannot be relied upon to objectively assess all the implications of government policy on all financial intermediaries."
John Allison doesn’t need a short selling ban in BBT. He’s getting the job done.
One reality is this chart's output. The 1st cut in a cycle doesn’t call the bottom in stocks. Quite the opposite actually - look back at the rate cut cycle in 2000.
This morning Taiwan cut rates for the 1st time since 2002. They unexpectedly cut their benchmark rate to 3.5%, and the stock market sold off on the news, closing down -1.2% on the day.
After we get through this domestic tsunami of economic issues in the US, the masses will be forced to get back to business and realize that it is global this time, indeed.
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Notwithstanding the disclosure in the report (that the government attributes 63,000 of the claims to hurricanes), the number is the number, and it takes the 4 week moving average up yet again to 463,000.
This week, next week, and the weeks after that, the proverbial hurricanes in the US Financial Services industry will have to be accounted for as well don’t forget.
Come "bailout day", there is an economic cycle underneath this financial crisis that will not stop trending in its current direction. Conversely, it will worsen throughout Q4. The September employment report looms next week (after the short sellers are allowed back into the game).
My Perspective: PFCB - I don’t think they are doing enough to offset the macro.
Keith’s Trading Call: SNS looks nothing like CHUX or RT... Looks like it is going to discover the cure for something actually
My Perspective: SNS - The market wants to believe the new CEO (aka boy wonder) can save this ship.
Keith’s Trading Call: RT looks like one of their remodels; bad... and people not coming back
My Perspective: RT - The banks are going to need to step up and save the day.
Keith’s Trading Call: PNRA feels like watching a WWF cage match, broke its nose today off the turnbuckle, but remains conscious
My Perspective: PNRA - In 2009, YOY wheat and gas prices should be favorable, but the consumer is an issue.
Keith’s Trading Call: CHUX looks like it had a shot on the zero line
My Perspective: CHUX - A third tier company in an unforgiving market.
Keith’s Trading Call: DPZ trading with TED spreads b/c of their debt ... nuts, but reality; stock breaking down
My Perspective: DPZ – A good operating model, with a leveraged balance sheet.
Keith’s Trading Call: BWLD - tough day, but hangin' tough... bullish still using a 37.83 line of support
My Perspective: BWLD - Well positioned concept, but I don’t like the move into Las Vegas.
Keith’s Trading Call: GMCR finally broke my line today, $31.36 target
My Perspective: GMCR - The acquisition of Tully’s will buy them time, but long term margin trends don’t look good.
If successful in forming a functioning coalition, Livini will be prime minister of a nation facing multiple challenges beyond the mounting tension over Iranian nuclear ambitions. The Israeli economy, largely dependent on the tech sector and other high value added industries, has begun to feel the impact of a cooling global market with Q2 GDP coming in lower than expected at 4.41% growth year over year. With CPI up 5% for the last 12 months Stanley Fischer, governor if the Bank of Israel, chose to raise the benchmark rate by 25 basis points for 4 consecutive months before pausing at 4.25%.
During the most recent monthly public meeting. Israeli bank leaders have made much noise regarding their limited exposure to toxic US mortgage markets to little avail as investors sold off financials on the Tel Aviv exchange in sympathy with Europe and the US.
The taxpayer bailout of the US financial system is beyond Ms. Livini’s control, but if she can successfully form a functioning government she may help Israeli stocks find their footing as investors decide that the glass is half full after all.
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