MR PRESIDENT- YOU WERE PRESENTED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY!

BY GARY KALTBAUM- AUGUST 14, 2017

We all get opportunities in life. Some are small. Some are big. SOME ARE GIGANTIC. All presidents get a gigantic opportunity. There have only been 44 men to experience the opportunity. (Grover Cleveland had non-consecutive presidencies.) Only 44 men that have had a chance to change the world for the better. It’s what you do with those opportunities that define you.

President Donald Trump, as president, was given one hell of an opportunity this weekend, one that emerged out of tragedy, a woman’s murder as well as many other injuries. Donald Trump squandered the opportunity.

If I was president, I would have taken the opportunity to do something not many get the opportunity to do…and that is to take the opportunity to tell a world that listens to every word I say that nazis, white supremacists, the KKK and whoever else kisses the ass of anything Hitler…that you are scumbags, that you are dirt, that to be a fan of a man that murdered over 10 million people,  6 million of them Jews, will not be applauded but will be treated as a scourge, the worst kind of scourge. You want to believe in all this crap? You are lucky. This country allows you to believe in stupidity. You want to believe it and act on it? You want to commit violence? You will be indicted. You will be convicted and you will be put in a 6 by 9 cell for as long as the law allows. Believe it in your homes. Believe it while you are sitting on the john. Just leave the rest of us alone.

I have been to Auschwitz-Birkenau. I have been to Terezin. I have spoken to concentration camp survivors. To not make a SPECIFIC AND EMPHATIC STATEMENT NAMING THEM BY THEIR SCUMMY NAME when the opportunity presents itself disrespects all that have been affected by the horror of Hitler and the Holocaust.

Mr. President. The media is bashing you. The left is bashing you. But we do not give them any credibility because according to them, you caused the Chicago fire, San Francisco earthquake and the bubonic plague. No matter what you say or do, you will never be right in their eyes. They think you are nothing more than a racist. I don’t believe it. No, I  have never met you and do not know you. But somehow you went through 70 years of your life not being a racist.

But you blew it and now it is time to fix it. Get yourself front and center and immediately. No tweets. Television! No script.  Just words from the heart. Just you looking directly into the camera telling the world that this will not stand. Nazis, white supremacists, KKK, David Duke and the rest of these clowns do not represent who we are and what we are. Great opportunities. Mr. President. You still have one! It’s time to take this opportunity and make good on it.

ANOTHER JACK TO THE UPSIDE MONDAY

Is it me or are we seeing another mystery Monday gap to the upside? Either way, markets were oversold near-term coming in and the will be worked off on the open.

A FEW OTHER THOUGHTS:

Japan’s GDP comes in at a yearly 4% clip. If I was printing a trillion each year and keeping rates at -.5%, I would have GDP at 10%. Japan also buys up their markets.

The market is no better than a 50-50 market. Last week took down a few more names.

China markets, which were slammed past 2 days, biggest mover overnight.

TRANSPORTS will indeed be holding 200 day average for the 4th time since May. RUSSELL will bounce off it on this gap.

Some of these gaps have been reversed. To be watched.

OFF LAST WEEK’S UGLY, NEAR-TERM POSITIVES…BUT JUST NEAR-TERM

Our proprietary sentiment indicators are off the charts, shorter-term bearish…which is bullish. When too many get scared AFTER a drop, it usually gets us close to a bounce. But other things we are seeing may be at work:

Notice the TRANSPORTS again look to be holding the longer-term 200 day. TRANSPORTS are not leading but they look like they are holding and due ot bounce.

The NASDAQ/NDX is right on and at the 50 day average…and suspect we also bounce there…for now.

BIG FINANCIALS are now on the 50 day…but keep in mind, regionals and such (KRE) act awful.

While the RUSSELL is weak, it is also down to the 200 day, a place where it could bounce.

While we are not big on the VIX, let’s just say that spike to the upside is overbought.

Now onto the bigger picture which is less than thrilling:

Instead of it being a 60-40 market, we think it is now 50-50 at best. Last week’s action did more damage.

There continues to be an inordinate amount of blow-ups considering we are just off the highs.

New highs have been pitiful while new lows have expanded past new highs. Again, this is occurring just off the highs.

Underneath the surface, internals have worsened. At the very least, watch them bounces. We will be able to tell a lot more by how strong or weak the bounces will be.

PRE MARKET

Futures are flattish after being down much of the evening.

Who said this?

“IF THEY EVEN USED THEM (NORTH KOREA AND THEIR NUCLEAR WANTS), IT WOULD BE THE END OF THEIR COUNTRY!”

Who said this?

“WE COULD DESTROY YOU! (NORTH KOREA)”

Wrong…it was not Donald Trump. It was Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. So when you watch the corrupt media crapping in their pants over Trump’s harsh rhetoric. realize they are full of crap. If Trump was soft, they would complain he was soft. If he is harsh, that’s bad to. As much as we are not thrilled with Trump as of now, he can never win with this media. Please get your facts straight and construct opinions based on what you think…not what they think. The facts are the last 3 presidents massively failed with North Korea. Diplomacy failed. Talks failed. Negotiations failed. Rhetoric failed. North Korea had one goal and they are now laughing at everyone who sat and watched.

We said  all we need to say in last night’s report. Markets worsened yesterday after being a 60-40 market but. We try not to rationalize why but know the North Korea issue not helping. We want to see a couple more cards coming out of the deck before we say the end of the world is at hand. (sarcasm)

SNAP down near $12. As we stated when the company came public…”If SNAP was selling steel, it would be a $5 stock!” The only reason they were able to come out with an outrageous valuation is because of the industry they are in. But business slowing, losses mounting and even at these levels, valuations are a joke.

JCP going the way of the dodo bird. Down 22% this morning on more losses. Leader NVDA also down $11 even though they had strong earnings and guided higher. TTD up nicely on strong numbers.

THE UGLY CLOSE

Before today:

It was a 60-40 market with 60% of the market in good shape while 40% (retail, energy,autos…) was in bad shape. This is a piss poor number for indices that keep going higher but indices have been acting well nevertheless.

In the past 3 weeks, we have seen a ton of earnings blow-ups. In fact, it got us to say recently that these type and number of blow-ups usually happen in bear markets, not bull markets.

Complacency has been off the charts with some measurements at 30 year highs. Everyone on their comfy couch passively investing thinking bearish markets never happen.

New highs vs new lows have been pitiful with indices working so well.

Small caps continue to under-perform large caps.

Transports acting like the Mets…just holding on to the long term 200 day average.

Growth has been working well. Notwithstanding the recent gaps to the dowsnide in AMZN, GOOGL, PCLN and a few others, growth has been working.

Real good action in a bunch of DOW names led by the moonshot in BA.

Semiconductors had a monstrous run but lately trading in a wide and loose range…which is not a bad thing unless….

Strong emerging markets.

Strong action in China. Weak action in Germany but world markets remaining if darn good shape.

But the past couple days and particularly today:

Junk bonds cracking badly. (We have been yelling the biggest bubble is here! Tesla able to do a junk bond at 5.25%!)

BIOTECH tops.

SEMIS break the 50 day.

INDUSTRIALS break the 50 day.

The TRANSPORTS finish below the long term 200 day.

HEALTHCARE breaks the 50 day.

REGIONAL BANKS roll over and break the 200 day.

The S&P, NASDAQ, NDX finish below the 50 day.

EMERGING MARKETS look like they are topping.

RUSSELL 2000 all the way down to the 200 day.

A bunch more blow-ups.

Growth/beta was smoked today. For the most part, it was acting just fine.

The VIX skyrocketed. Of course it did.

Just a smidge off of highs, new highs in the market…70…new lows…273. That rates a big wow.

Oh…and GOLD popped up a bit.

We are just reporting the news. What was a leaky market that had termites even though major indices were at highs, weakened a lot today. Many saying this is all because of North Korea. We think the termites were already eating away. North Korea was just the catalyst. Stay tuned.

PRE MARKET

Futures are down again as all the talk moves to North Korea. The media continues to put out the mantra that it is Trump who is the threat and not Kim Jung Un. I do not know what happened here. I know they don’t like him. I know he has antagonized them but that goes both ways. They have excused the last 3 president’s ineptitude to get us to this point but it is all about Trump’s rhetoric. Why do I think if Obama came out with harsh rhetoric, he would be praised for his toughness. The hypocrisy is over the top.

Here is the potential good news about this little blip (so far) to the downside. I am already seeing a large amount of bears coming out of the woods exclaiming this is it. This is the big drop. Look out. Our motto: we will let the market decide. We still see a 60-40 tape where 60% remains in good stead with 40% in their own private bear market. If that changes, we will let you know.

We would continue to avoid transports as they remain weak. Only thing going for them is they continue to hold the longer term 200 day average. Small caps continue to under-perform large caps as the RUSSELL is below the 50 day average again.

GOLD/SILVER getting a bid off of the saber-rattling. Also, DEFENSE stocks for obvious reasons.

Gaps to downside today: NTES, DDS and a few smaller gaps.

Gaps to upside are PRGO, YY and a few smaller ones.

Apple goes ex-dividend today…so 63 cents come off the top. Hey…you asked.

And lastly, we have been telling you that THIS Republican leadership are ineffective, inept and should not be running the show. They are unfortunately, proving me right.

 

NORTH KOREA AND THE GENIUS PUNDITS

“NORTH KOREA AND THE GENIUSES!”

By Gary Kaltbaum- August 9, 2017

Disclaimer: Expect a couple of expletives. Could not help it. Serenity now!

Disclaimer: I continue to give Donald Trump about a 3-4 out of 10. I do not like his lack of presidential acumen. I do not like the many “untruths!” I do not like that the big stuff has not got done. (Though we give lots of that blame on the house and senate) I do like his full-throated backing of men and women in uniform. I do like his business-friendly actions. I do like his rolling back of onerous regulations. I am hopeful that he grows into the job. Time will tell. But:

What in blue hell is going on here? I woke up early to get the lay of the land on all this North Korea noise. I actually was expecting, for a change, a conversation on how we got here. A conversation on how Clinton’s deal did not work…a conversation on Bush’s 8 years paying attention to Iraq while North Korea continued its nuclear program…a conversation on Obama’s “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” foreign policy. NO! We are getting none of that. Would you like to know what we are getting?

We are getting THE SAME PUNDITS AND THE SAME POLITICIANS WHO HAVE WATCHED, WHO DID NOTHING, WHO SAID NOTHING, WHO ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING with North Korea over the past 20 years leading us to this point where we now maybe, possibly, could be, we really actually have to worry about North Korea. And what are they saying? “How dare Donald Trump talk tough?” All morning long, a parade of people who have been mute on North Korea, who have been wrong on North Korea, who have sat on the sidelines on North Korea now having loud voices on North Korea and not on what a dick Kim Jung Un is, not on how bad a human Kim Jong Un is, not on how we got here, not on how the North Korean people are inches smaller than the norm because they are starved, not on the murders of his own family, the hostage taking, the kidnapping, the depressive, repressive state of North Korea…BUT RIPPING DONALD TRUMP FOR HIS TOUGH TALK! All morning long…”look what he said,” “terrible thing to say,” “will only fan the fires,”…BLAH BLAH BLAH!

So, we get politicians like  Schumer, Feinstein, McCain. We get the spectators from the NY Times and the Washington Post with last names like Ignatius.  We get people from the past 3 administrations. We get all the geniuses, all the usual suspects  who were in position to get in front of North Korea, do something about North Korea, who have sat on their ass for 20 years saying nothing, reporting nothing and missing everything on North Korea…are ripping Trump…for his words.  And as usual, outlets (they are not media outlets any more) like CNN and MSNBC drive the bus. One is worse than the other.

We continue to be amazed how these media-types have one agenda every minute of every day. “Donald Trump sucks!” We can only imagine the production meetings every morning:

“So…what can we say bad about Trump today?”

“Well, yesterday he ate his pasta the wrong way! That should make Italian/Americans mad at him!”

“Hmm! Not sure that will fly. Do you have anything better?”

” He said he was a Mets fan but we have video from 1997 saying he was a Yankees fan?”

” Hmmm…too concentrated. We won’t piss off enough people!”

” Russia, Russia, Russia!”

“Forgot about that! It’s only been 1 hour! It’s a winner!”

We repeat…the same politicians and pundits that have been a party to and brought us $20 trillion of debt, massive deficits, a gargantuan welfare state, a lied about failing healthcare system, infrastructure issues, an out of control central bank  and now North Korea…are now whining and complaining about words and are now telling us what to do and what needs to be done. Do these people even know how stupid and hypocritical they look? Doubt it! Feel better now!