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Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein in front of congress

A Second Global Meltdown?

“Clearly the World Needs More Regulation” - Lloyd Blankfein CEO of Goldman Sachs

Well, its at least gratifying to see Blankfein join former Feed Chair Greenspan in the realization that Capitalism can’t regulate itself. Goldman’s CEO and executives testified in front of congress yesterday. Meanwhile across the pond Greek derivative debt crisis was expanding. (See more analysis under KISS StocksTF&A below)

Goldman’s is taking it on the PR chin from the clowns in congress who deregulated the financial industry. The Democrats have a weak financial reform bill and are getting pressured by everyone from Republicans to Warren Buffett (see yesterday’s Investors411) to water it down.

You add the Greek derivative meltdown, & the fact that this is likely to spread to most of the countries that bought into the over leveraged unregulated American capitalist system = a possibility of a second meltdown. Countries facing same kind of unresolved problems include PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece & Spain, plus most former Russian satellite countries.  That would be one massive default if it comes to fruition.

Look at what it took to bail out the USA and the world from the first meltdown.  Remember fear spreads about twice as fast as greed according to behavioral economics.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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Index Percentage Volume
Dow -1.90% up
NASDQ -2.04% up
S&P 500 -2.34% up
Russell 2000 -2.38% -

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500 and almost all major US indexes

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

See Positions for changes made each weekend

Big time toasting in big time volume for stocks across the board. All major indexes moved @ 1/2 way back toward their 50 Day Moving Averages (see charts on right side of blog for 50DMA)

Financial Pandemic is spreading.  This is centered on Greek debt and seems to be spreading to the PIIGS (Portugal Ireland, Italy, Greece & Spain) The whole world will be impacted if it gets out of hand.  Last week Investors411 expected this crisis to explode. The call was just a bit premature. How this is going to impact markets and the world from CNBC & NYT & Seeking Alpha

The last of the above links also focus on Goldman Sachs which is starting to unravel some more in front of congress. Title of this editorial should give investors pause  - As Scary as it Seems, Greek Debt Crisis Won’t Spawn Second Global Meltdown His stock solution for investors is buy if Greece defaults – But what if all the PIIGS & all the former Russian satellite countries also default? = A Second Global meltdown!?

Fed announcement on interest rates today at 2:15 EST -Will they in some nuanced way change the language of their statement on interest rates? Best read of tea leaves NO = Bullish Will this make us forget the problems across the pond or our own messNO = Bearish

Best read of tea leaves - Yesterday’ stock drop was a bit of a short term over reaction to a much more serious long term problem. For US & markets markets outside Europe the key technical indicator is the dollar (% other currencies outside Europe) keeps going up our goods will cost more to exports and profits will shrink.

All of this is in directly and indirectly related to Goldman Sachs.

  • Directly – GS is involved in trading derivatives on Greek debt
  • The whole issue of transparency & corruption evolved from American shadow banks and is a huge factor in Greece and the USA’s fiscal viability.

Significant Indexes

  • McClellan Oscillator fell dramatically to  -33.55 yesterday.  [+60 or above = Overbought = sell. -60 or below = Oversold = buy]. StockCharts has a better version of the McClellan chart ($NYMO)LINK. - This is  NEUTRAL territory, but we are approaching oversold.
  • US Dollar – had the largest gain of the year (maybe #2 -I’m eyeballing a chart) +0.93% yesterday. [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.] Mantra - right now The Dollar Rules. Is very important. Remember, dollar down almost always = stocks up and visa versa. Bottom Line – Dollar gain was HUGE and we are now just below breakout levels for a new yearly high. If this breakout level falls and the dollar soars stocks will take it on the chin.


The  Positions Section = latest buys and sells – (Revised positions last weekend) - These are positions I actually own

Check the Positions section for changes in longer term trades. As mentioned yesterday TEVA had broken support so was sold.

Investors 411 is still long IMAX, EWZ, ESRX & CNK

Investors – Be HappyIf we get a meltdown and the McClellan reaches oversold – its time to buy again.



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