08/22/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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There’s a great hedge fund manager by the name of Louis Bacon that decided to return billions of dollars to clients because, as he said – I can’t compete with politicians and central banks constantly interfering with the markets.

Meaning, when markets want to go down, they just open up their mouth and markets stop going down.

And, of course vice versa.

And he basically went onto echo everything that I’ve been telling you.

Today we got the minutes from the Fed meeting.

There’s hardly a day that goes by where they don’t leave markets alone. And let me be clear about something. They know what the heck they’re doing. They’re idiots, but they’re not big idiots. Well…I take that back.

So in the past couple of weeks, the bond market has been getting hit. What happens when bond prices come down? Yields go up. So we watch the 10-year yield go from about 1.4 and change to about 1.8 in change, which is still ridiculously low!

Conveniently, out of the Fed, in those minutes, were the Fed Heads discussing that maybe, just maybe, it would be a good idea to have more printing of money to buy bonds, which would take down long-term interest rates. Here’s what the said:

“Many participants expected that such a program could provide additional support for the economic recovery both by putting downward pressure on long-term interest rates by contributing to easier financial conditions more broadly.”

Well here is my answer to that.

You’re insane. Yes, you’re taking interest rates down, but there are repercussions longer-term just like everything you have ever done. In the short-term, you’re screwing the savers.

On top of that, we have never ever experienced such monetary easing. We’re not in a depression. We’re not in a recession. We still have GDP growth, yet they’re acting like it’s back to 2008 again when everything was following off the cliff. And we already know a couple of outcomes of massive, ridiculous over-the-top easing by the Fed:

  1. Led to the Nasdaq Bubble
  2. Completely and directly led to the Housing Bubble. There is no way, shape or form that Housing could get to the prices it got to without the Fed.

So the question is: What is this one going to lead to?

Today though, they got interests rates down a little bit. They interfered with the market again. And I’m starting to question whether the Fed is long Bond Futures. I wonder.

Of course it hit the dollar. And, of course, it rallied Gold again. But as far as the market goes…well it was much worse during the day and came back some – but still finished in the red at least in one of the areas.

The good news? Some good action in some leading names today. Some good action in Housing stocks today. Some good earnings out of Toll Brothers.

And, of course, they refuse to let the market correct.

Markets need to be able to go on their own. They need to have ebb and flow, based on the fear and greed of the people that are investing in it. And the dollars they are investing in it. The Federal Reserve refuses to let that dynamic happen. And there’s an old line that “If you throw sand into the wind, it’s going to come back eventually in to your face. The problem is that they’re not playing with their own money. They’re playing with invented money. They wouldn’t be doing this if it was their own money ladies and gentlemen.

I’m so sick and tired of watching this Fed continuing to interfere with the real market. The one that moves up and down based on the fear and greed of investors…not them. It’s a never ending yap-fest into order to manipulate and move things.

I just wonder at what point in time does the market take out its sword and starting cutting them back. Because eventually that will happen.

As I have told you, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia, Countrywide, Bear Stearns – they didn’t go out of business.  The markets put them out of business because ultimately the market is bigger and there’s only so many trillions you can invent to move those markets…at least I thought.

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08/21/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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Today, the market broke above resistance and then turned right back down. The market’s okay. Probably a little overbought, and ahead of itself. Probably going to pull back some more. And we’ll see how it goes.

Remember that September is not usually a thrilling month, but I don’t think the technical condition is bad enough that the market just turns right back down. You have to see distribution.

Today was a distribution day in the market. Churning and then sell-down. But it’s only one day and wouldn’t go further than that.

Gold Revisited

Yesterday, I had said to you that:

 …If Gold (GLD) breaks below 148, it’s going to find some serious technical selling. But it’s now above it…a little bit of a stair step up. And a move above 158 would potentially be bullish, meaning, it’s in an area of resistance where it can go higher. But after that you have 159 and change and then the 162 levels.

And by happenstance, Gold gapped up today on the gap up in the Euro. So it was up about 1.60 to almost 159.

And man, I had people calling me in my office today on because I mentioned it yesterday. I don’t know if I explained well to you except to tell you:

Okay technically, you’re holding the 50-day moving average that has kinda sorta stopped going down.

You’ve pulled into it twice and it held.

And now at today’s close, you’ve broken above, by a smidge, the first area of resistance.

I don’t know how much conviction I have on it though.

I’m just letting you know.

I’m not saying that it doesn’t just keep on running from here.

I’m just not sure of this.

But technically, it is definitive bullish move in Gold.

Something like Royal Gold (RLGD), which is the strongest Gold stock actually looks pretty decent with the potential to break out. As for the rest of the Gold stocks, I just noticed that Newmont Mining (NEM) was up nicely and they just sold it off. I saw in Goldcorp (GG) and some of the others so I’m unclear on all of that.

Now Silver, which moved above a little resistance yesterday, also gapped up a little bit today. That’s above first resistance off the lows…and well see.

Just1 remember, when you’re in a bear market and you’re trying to turn things around, it’s not an event. It is a process over time.

Now some of the people that called me today asked, “Is this it?”

And I tried to play the sarcasm game and I said, “Yeah, this is it.”

But it just doesn’t work that way. You see it move above a certain area. You place your bets. You put on your stop. And you’re done if it doesn’t work.

If it keeps going up and builds stair steps up – potentially add.

But that’s as far as I can go.

You can tell I’m kinda sorta nonplussed on it now.

But I’m all for it, if Gold just wants to ramp up out of here.

I’m just not sure just yet.

My conviction is on the low side.

We’ll see how it plays out. 

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08/16/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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I really liked the action today in the markets. Whether or not it continues beats the heck out of me. But we can only hope that good continues.

In the past seven days, the market looked like they were sitting, doing nothing. Today, it looked like the same thing. An economic report came out that didn’t look very good.

But then they started talking again in Europe. And then the Euro rallied. And everything Euro based (anti-Dollar based) rallied also…names like IBM, 3M and the like – they’re dollar based. They started rally and, of course, the commodities rallied.

There are some definable things happening right now. Let’s hope it lasts.

Here’s the good news.

  1. The Euro is still rallying. That means the dollar is going south. So the dollar plays continue to work. That means that one of the best beneficiaries of a strong dollar is IBM. Go look at their financials. When the dollar weakens, they do better. Sales go up. Earnings go up. Same for other multi-nationals like the 3Ms and the like. Also, when the dollar is weak, commodities go up. We are seeing that right now.
  2. The past 8 days, the market stayed in contracted volatility. And I said to you that the next move will win — in the short run.
    • Just by way of example, the S&P edged above this little range that it has been in.
    • The Nasdaq-100 edged above the little range it has been in.
    • Dow the little range it has been in.
    • The weaker Russell 2000 did not break above early July’s highs, but it broke above the past 7 or 8 days…and that’s a start.
    • The Small Cap 600 broke above.
    • The Mid Cap 400 edged above.

…catching the drift?

IF THIS MOVE HOLDS, it gives the market impetus to higher from here. It’s simplistic as that.

Often breakouts fail. But we deal with as it they come.

The old high on the S&P was 1422. We’ll see what happens up there.

The old high on the Dow was 13338. Getting close.

The Nasdaq’s old high was 3134. Getting there.

The Russell 2000’s old high…got some work to do.

So I just wanted to make note that we’ve edged out of some ranges here. On top of that, the Financials (see the XLF and IYF), both edged out today just by a smidge.

But other things moved out. The XHB, The Standard & Poors Homebuilders Index moved out into new high ground.

If this moves stick…good.  But there is no rule of thumb that says it will hold.

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08/15/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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I’m letting you know that this second, a few of the leading growth names that I have been watching for myself, my money, as well as yours – are in setup mode here. Meaning they have some darn good patterns.

Now let’s hope they bust out of here.

Volume, however, continues to be on the lighter side. At least it feels very light, especially on the NYSE which is an absolute joke, as far as volume is concerned.

The potentially good news is that the past seven days, the market has sat tight as can be as far as the indices are concerned.

Next day wins.

What do I mean by that? If it’s up nicely, we’ll get a move out of this range and attempt to get to the highs of the year. If we move down out of the range, we’ll have a little correction, of unknown price and time.

It’s pretty simple. Sometimes it gets to be that simple.

Thinks have quieted down on Wall Street. There’s still some economic numbers coming out, mostly not that great. There were some poor economic numbers coming out of Europe. I do know the retail numbers were better than expected. But that’s a fleeting number.

So we watch the tape. So as I’ve said to you, the good news is that there’s some names setting up. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that they all decide to bust out together, because if that occurs, we must definitely have another leg up on the market, of unknown time, price, and consequence.

The tape remains split around 50/50. About 50% of what I’m seeing that is in bad shape or in downtrend with things we don’t look at. Gun stocks look like they topped out and topped out badly.

We’ll take it one day at a time. As I’ve said to you, they’ not going to make it easy. It’s very important now to not let the news influence your decisions as markets will move up on what’s supposed to be bad news. Just like they will move down on what’s supposed to be good news.

I must tell you: Most of everything I read has the edge of bad news.

The economy.

Taxes.

The fiscal cliff.

Socialism.

Europe.

Afghanistan and Iraq imploding.

Iran trying to get Israel off the face of the Earth.

I can pretty much go on and on with these things I read on a daily basis. You have to be careful about all of this.

When the markets lifted off in 1982 into another glorious bull market, EVERY BIT OF NEWS WAS NEGATIVE.

So watch the market.

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08/13/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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We’re about 90 days from the election and I must address the latest news. As you know Mitt Romney has chosen my favorite person in Washington when it comes to you and your money, to be his Vice President.

As you know, I never used to talk politics on this show. Never.

I hardly talked about the Fed.

I never talked about Wall Street. In fact, I defended Wall Street, saying they’re not crooks.

I would like to say, slowly but surely, we got more interference, more corruption and more criminal activity – but it actually came pretty quickly. And we had to start talking about what was going on in Washington DC.

Back in the year 2000, in Bill Clinton’s last budget, the U.S. spent $1.8 trillion. And mind you, debt was piling on to the tune of trillions over a good period of time.

During Bill Clinton’s tenure, he got together with Republicans and they basically balanced the budget, which means spend what you take in.

What a freak’in concept! Balance your budget. And throughout history, we have heard Democrats and Republicans both say, “We need to balance the budget.”

So we walked into the George Bush era. I remember the economy went into a little recession, (nothing bad) when he took over. And we started a secular Bear Market because we had a big, gigantic bubble at the end of 1999.

Then 9-11 hit. And the economy went south. The airlines and the travel industry got hit. I remember going to Las Vegas just two weeks later and there was hardly anyone there. And George Bush lowered taxes and gave out some checks. I remember everybody got $300 or something like that.

And all we heard after that was: “George Bush is doing to destroy the country. Tax cuts to the wealthy. It’s terrible.”

People like Paul Krugman wanted to hang him.

And the deficits at that time on an annual basis were $200 to $300 billion.

But something funny happened. We were running the deficits, but income into the Treasury spiked higher in the mid-2000s. So what happened? They kept spending. The Republicans kept spending. And the war, which they left off budget, had to be put back on.

George Bush went his 8 years and after inheriting big debt (not deficits) on a yearly basis, he ran it up over $4 trillion over eight years. These are not exact numbers, but they’re close.

Which takes us to Barack Obama. During Barack Obama’s campaign he said he would not treat taxpayer dollars like Monopoly Money. He said he would go line by line through the budget and weed out the waste. It’s all on YouTube.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIPJCrSS7j0

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY4D-Yy97gg

And then he announces a stimulus of $800 billion. We were told that a ton of it’s going into infrastructure. We need to fix our highways and bridges.

We were told that. We were told that they they’d be careful with every dime. Efficient and effective.

And then something happened. George Bush’s last spending year was about $2.7 trillion…somewhere in there. Of course we had a TARP which was $800 billion. A “onetime” TARP.

Obama comes in and raises spending from about $2.7 trillion to $3.7 trillion straight up, without any increase in money taken by the government. That meant that every dime of increased spending, was deficit spending. People would have to loan that money to us and we’d have to pay it back.

In other words…a tax. Because who pays it back? You and I and the business world. It’s a tax on corporations and individuals. It’s a tax. A deficit is a tax.

In only 3 1/2 years, Barrack Obama has brought on more debt than George Bush in his whole eight years.

But we are told that it is not his fault. That the debt ballooned on George Bush’s watch even though anybody can go to the web and see, it’s all in plain sight.

And then we get a healthcare bill that was sold to us on the premise that it will only cost us over a 10-year period, $800 billion. But we’ll get it back in savings.

But now that number’s $1.7 trillion!

Now they use the word “cost.”

No. It’s a tax. A cost to government is a tax to you and me. So as of this second, this country is running on a yearly basis anywhere basis anywhere from a $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion (not including the new health care bill) that comes out of you and me.

A tax. To where we’re now $16 trillion in debt.

Paul Ryan

So I find a gentleman by the name of Paul Ryan that I had no idea about a couple years ago.

And I listened to him and I watched him. And he said we have to cut the spending and the deficits.

Or else.

And frankly, he was just repeating what so many other politicians have been yelling about for 15 years. They can talk until they’re blue in face because in the past 10 seconds our debt just went up $400,000. For the next 10 years, if there’s nothing done we will run $1 to $2 trillion deficits as far as the eye can see. And that’s tax increases on you and me and that comes out of the economy.

That’s all I care about.

So you have one man with the grapefruits to actually come out and say we’ve got to cut spending and get deficits under control. That’s all he’s saying!

He’s saying, “Barack Obama, you took spending from $2.7 trillion to $3.7 trillion overnight. What’s changed from four years ago that we can’t go back to $2.7 trillion? Let’s cut it half!”

Are they replying: “I’m glad you care about fiscal health and well-being of this country… let’s sit down and look at this?”

No! They call him a racist, an extremist, a radical who doesn’t care about the elderly.  You want to talk food off the table of children. You hope the elderly die so that we don’t have to pay for their healthcare. You hate Hispanics.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you want is extreme. It’s spending $1.3 trillion a year that you’re not taking in! And then lying about! And then blaming it on others!

You’ve had two years of unfettered power and another year a half to do something about it…and now you don’t even pretend to care about it.

There’s no talk about fixing deficits from this administration. The only talk from this administration is how do we raise taxes to pay for this sham of spending that was supposed to go to our roads and bridges and never did.

Where is that trillion dollars a year going? Where is the list?

I’d like to know. But no. It’s bad to try and fix the deficits.

GOD FOBID WE CAN’T DO THAT!

Ladies and gentlemen, they’re taunting the markets. They’re taunting you. They’re screwing you. The have raided the Treasury for the next six years and they have no plans for changing it. And I don’t know what works and what doesn’t. What I do know is that if you take in $2.5 trillion, you can’t spend $3.8 trillion.

Yet that’s what they’re doing. But they ain’t talking about it.

But those that do and who want to cut that down to size are called extremists and radicals. There’s only one group that’s extremist and radical. It’s the group that’s spending $1.3 trillion that they don’t have.

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08/03/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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Another wicked week on the market.

The big news today was that there was an employment number.

We’ve got to separate reality here at Investors Edge. We’ve got to deal with reality because what you’re reading and what you’re hearing is a lot of B.S.

Seriously.

Some of the headlines I have heard recently and some of the things I’ve seen on the tube recently – I think that just make it up as they go along. Today, I watched somebody say that the market was up big today because of the employment number.

What? Huh?

Ladies and gentlemen, before you start listening to people who just make it up as they go along, what you need to know was that the futures market, before even 8:30am when the employment number came out, was up a good 125 to 150. So it was already up big because the Euro was soaring after some of the things that were announced yesterday got flip-flopped today…and that’s it.

Because I got news for you…the employment number stunk. It’s fake. It’s made up. Supposedly 160,000 jobs were created, but unemployment rate goes up. Ladies and gentlemen, get with it. They’re full of it.

For the past four years, they have been taking millions of people off the supposed list of people looking for jobs. As you take those people off, the unemployment rate goes down without anything happening. Every month I email the Labor Department and ask them to send me the list of people that have left the workforce. I’ve get to get an answer because there isn’t any list.

They make it up!

Anyway…the market today was up simply because yesterday, the President of the European Central bank who all but promised last week to make some moves this week to do what the Fed has done. I completely disagree with that because it’s conjuring up money to buy bonds in order to lower interest rates…whatever.

Well, yesterday he said there’s fierce German opposition, so the market tanked yesterday.

Before the market opened today, guess what?

It was announced that a lot people in Angela Merkel’s (Chancellor of Germany) circle believe that it is sound policy and that they are going to go along with it. And boom, the futures shot up. That’s what happened. The Euro was really strong. The Dollar sunk big time. When that occurs, there are certain areas of the market that roll.

For months I’ve told you to stay away from commodities and the reason why was that the Euro kept dropping and the Dollar kept soaring. On top of that, I told you to be careful of any Dollar plays. Strong Dollars hurt our multinationals here. And I used the poster child of IBM.

IBM was sinking as the Dollar was rising.

IBM is now rallying as the Dollar is weakening.

That is why you’re seeing the market doing a little bit better.  And as I’ve told in you recent days, the oils have a bid and some of the other commodities have a little bit of a better bid. Oils are the best commodity, but even the lowly steels were coming off the lows.

And the Semis have done the same.

So when the worst areas come off the lows, the market comes off the lows.

That’s all. The market had nothing to do with the unemployment figures today. Do not listen to these people.

The Market

It’s going to continue to be not easy. You’re getting gaps to the upside and gaps to the downside. When we gap up, three days later we give it all back. You gap down and three days later, you’re back up.

Even with 217 points today, the market finished basically flat this week.

The short sellers got emboldened yesterday. The woke this morning vomiting.

And that’s how the market goes right now.

Just keep in mind, they’re not going to make it easy.

But right now, all the worst areas have come up off their lows. That’s all the Commodities, Semiconductors, the Commodity countries, the Oils…all these worst areas have come up—helping the market. 

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08/02/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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Last week the market was breaking down. The Fed planted a story about the things they’re going to do going forward.

And then the Fed did nothing.

The European Central Bank (ECB) came out with “shock and awe” in fixing Europe. And they said they’d be buying up bonds to keep interest rates down. And the market gaps up 250 and goes up another 200 on those words.

In the past, I would tell you that nobody’s words could really move the markets.

I can’t tell you that anymore. So the market goes up that much and now it’s kinda coming down that much.

Why?

The same person who yapped last week about everything’s that going to get done, did absolutely nothing today.

The amazing part of the equation is that the same people read newspapers.

He knows the markets are waiting.

And he never even was in the game.

So the Russell 2000 has given back that whole move of last week.

The Midcap 400, just about all of that move.

Some of the other markets up a little bit.

But I gotta tell you…it’s just a pain in the rear.

Why?

Because I’m a big believer that markets need to move on their own. And right now they are not.

There’s not a day that goes by where somebody’s not yapping. And I don’t know how we got to the point where the market cares so much about it. But it is what it is. And I think all these people know it and still keep doing what they’re doing.

For the president of the European Central Bank to come out and talk about how “We are going to do everything in our power,” knowing that market is waiting on him today – and then he does absolutely nothing – it’s sickening.

Of course, the market was down pretty decently today, though it did come back towards the end of the day…somewhat.

So all I can do is keep telling you where I think leadership is, what areas you should stay away from, and what I’m doing.

I’m not committing a lot of funds. Why would I? And I’m using close stops and the 50-day/10-week moving average most of the time. I will commit a ton of funds when we get a big gigantic fat pitch.

And all we have been getting is whip-saw city based on a bunch of nonsense. The economy and the markets would be so much better without these central banks.

How can that be?

Because markets would fix themselves over time

That’s what is known as supply and demand. The free market. What a concept.

And if something has to drop or something has to go bankrupt, so be it. Somebody else will take the place.

You remember all those banks and brokerages going out of business.

The end of the world coming?

No!

They’re gone and others flourished because of their stupidity.

That’s how it works. In the world of supply and demand, companies that took their eye off the ball like Research in Motion and Nokia, have their stock prices drown.

While companies who took advantage of the marketplace like Apple do well.

Supply and demand…what a concept.

Hopefully, we get back to that point in the markets because I gotta tell you, volume and interest continues to drip away. But I’m never going to lose interest. Because once we get down to those valuations, and past this cycle, we’re going to have another monster 15 year market.

So stay in gear. I’ll keep whining and complaining. Maybe somebody in power will listen.

There will be great companies, great stocks, great markets and sectors – the future. We just don’t know when. But we will see their characteristics when they show up. So when everybody else gets discouraged, start chomping at the bit.

1982 to 2000 was good.

And we’ll get that again.

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08/01/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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They’re Working on the Market

Everybody waited with bated breath about what the Fed was going to do. And they basically said that economic growth has slowed down. We had no idea. And they said blah, blah, blah and this, that and the other thing.

And they said they would look at things and then act accordingly.

And what do they mean by “act accordingly” ladies and gentlemen?

Answer: They print money to buy bonds in order keep bringing interest rates down. They say that they’re trying to help the economy. But I know better. They’re working on the market.

They know they can’t help the economy. They’re already at zero percent interest rates. Listen to this. The yield on the 10-year is 1.53. That is tied to a lot of loans, specifically in mortgages. That means that mortgage rates have come down markedly. Loan rates have come down markedly. And it still hasn’t worked.

So they’re working on the market. And in an accident of truth, Bernanke in the past had mentioned that if we get the market up, we’ll get people feeling wealthy – and they may spend.

So that’s the story. You can go read what the Fed said.

I must tell you that I don’t watch financial television because I don’t want to hear other peoples’ opinions. But I turned it on and you know what they were talking about? The Fed’s language.

Ooh…they said “this” instead of “the.”

The said “it’s” instead of “it is.”

Must mean something.

I have not seen more juvenile, more imbecilic thought processes in my life.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Fed is printing money. Has been printing money. And will continue to print money, regardless of what they tell you. Ad infinitum. Or until the market stops them. That’s it. Don’t believe anything else. Right now, they’re in this “Operation Twist.” And I’m not even going to get into what it is.

The market really didn’t react that much. That makes me happy.

I hear that tomorrow, there is some kind of meeting or announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB) at 8:30 am. So we’ll get an idea from that.

And then, of course, on Friday is the Fake Jobs Number. To be blunt, they will fake the number as much as they can into the election – if they can.

ADP numbers yesterday were better than expected so maybe the number will be better. I heard that expectation was on the measly creation of 80,000 jobs. Just remember what I think: It’s all a bunch of B.S.

As I’ve told you on my radio show, they have taken millions of people, in the past few years, out of the workforce, which makes the unemployment rate come down. If you add them back in, it would be much higher. And, of course, I have asked, “Give me the list of people.”

There’s no list. They make it up. I’m not kidding you. They make these all-important numbers up.

The Market…Playing It Close to the Vest

Frankly, there really wasn’t a lot of range in the market today. The big loser of the day were the Transports which were down 101. That has to be watched closely. Conway (CNW) was the culprit, down 5 or 6 and change. If you look at the Transports, you will see that it’s been range bound for the better part of 9 or 10 months. The upper range happened from January into May. The lower range from May into July. And now we’re back into that lower range again…and you do not want to see the Transports break down ladies and gentlemen. That would not be good news at all.

The SOX was flat.

Oils stocks had some strength today.

After that…a lot of red. Housing…red. Gold…red. A bunch of growth stocks…red.

And a lot of other things…mixed.

They ain’t going to be easy. I’m playing it close to the vest.

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07/31/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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Media Bias

The government is doing $1.3 trillion in debt per year.

It’s about 98 days until the election. Just remember, neither you nor I caused the deficits. It’s all them: George Bush…Barrack Obama and their people.

Before George Bush, deficits were under control. And then, the deficits went out of control and nobody did anything about it. John Boehner did nothing while George Bush was over overseeing it. And now John Boehner is the loudest voice while Obama does it. Well Obama’s making George Bush look like a piker. And he doesn’t care.

The Market: Here’s My Little Worry

Last Tuesday, the Dow was down 200. And then it rallied up a hundred points because a planted story to the media got out. Let me be clear. It WAS planted. That stuff doesn’t get out there by happenstance. And the plant was basically about how the Fed could be closer to doing something new, like printing more money. And then Wednesday was a non-event. Thursday morning the futures were down a little bit. The Bernanke’s compatriot, Draghi, announced that they were ready to do the same thing that our Fed’s doing.

The market gapped up 250 points on Thursday and then closed up around 200. And then Friday, the people from Italy, Germany and France all came and talked about what they’re going to do to defend the Euro to get things better. And then about 1:30p, bond buying was announced – which is printing of money. They’re going to print money and buy up bonds in order to drive interest rates down. The reason is that interest rates are skyrocketing because the real market said to Spain and Italy, “We’re not funding you anymore.”

So what’s my worry?

  1. That every move up in the market is because of what a Central Bank says or does.
  2. That it was the end of the month window dressing.

So we’re entering August.

The Fed is meeting and Wednesday they’re going to come out and announce whatever they’re going to do or not do. I have absolutely no idea what they’re going to do or what they’re going to say. And I have no idea how the markets going to react to it. The fact is they have been printing and easing and will continue no matter what they said.

But…

My thought process is that the market is so set up for the Fed to do something that – what happens if they don’t do something?

And what if they do something that the market reacts negatively to?

And of course, you have the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on Thursday.

Then…Friday you have the “Fake Employment Numbers.”

And, of course, they’re fake. 8.2 unemployment? Supposedly, millions of people have left the job market in the past 3 ½ – 4 years. You add those people back and we’re at 11%. You add half of those people back, you’re still at 9 point something.

And I’ve written the Labor Department and asked them for the list of people that supposedly have left the workforce in order to make the unemployment rate look better. No answer.

So we’re going to get a lot of fun stuff over the next three days.

We’ll see how the market reacts.

Me? I’ve been playing this nauseating whipsawing news-driven trading range very lightly. I have not been anywhere near fully invested, because it doesn’t pay to be. That’s how I’m playing it. My stops are the usual. Breaking below the 50-day moving average. Or even before that.

And I’ll wait for a big fat pitch in the market. And the big fat pitch certainly ain’t a 250 point gap from the lows of a range, off of what somebody said. If we start to really get going and get progress, then we’re talking.

I’m not sure we’re there yet. But I’m open to anything.

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07/26/2012: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

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Facebook (FB) reported in the aftermarket.

I didn’t say anything to you about this earning’s report because I didnt want to sway you…but you have known before the IPO what I thought of the over-the top valuation on this deal.

I was actually thinking that there was no way the investment bankers could be so dumb to bring something out at such a valuation on a company where business may have already peaked. I was thinking, maybe hoping, that maybe, just maybe, they were sandbagging and holding back numbers before going public and then produce big numbers after going public. In other words…do the Apple sandbag.

But no.

So one of the biggest IPOs in history continues to be a disaster.This is a black mark on the investment bankers. But they don’t give a crap. They got their fees. They don’t care about you, the retail investor. You’re a nobody.

I told you on my radio show that they did this throughout 1999…and they are doing it now. Hopefully, you were listening because we begged you not to touch Groupon, Facebook, Zynga, Pandora, Renren and all this other stuff they foisted upon you at ridiculous valuations.

Facebook: Let’s Start From the Beginning

Facebook’s growth…monumental.

Went from nothing to $4 billion in revenues.

Went from a few people at Harvard signing on to a billion people.

But here’s the problem.

The investment bankers on Wall Street are #@%@&. Time and time again, they have shown that they do not care about you, the retail public. They never think longer-term about reputation. It’s always about “short-term and fees.”

In 1999 they brought a bunch of crap public. You’re to blame for 50% of that because you bought it! They recognized that they were in a bubble and  anything that they would foist upon you, you would take.

They were able to bring companies public that had no revenues. Did you hear that? No revenues! And they would give it a $500 million market cap.

And guess what? Because of your buying, it would double and triple…until, of course, the curtains came down and it all went to zero.

They brought companies public THAT DELIVERED FOOD…BASED ON THE FACT THAT YOU ORDERED THE FOOD OVER THE INTERNET! What a concept!

They knew better. They brought a company public that sold you stuff on the web and lost money on purpose in order to get you to the site so that THEY COULD SELL ADVERTISING!

I could go on and on.

Fast forward to the past year, when I started to notice they were at it again…bringing companies public at ridiculous over the top prices where only one thing’s going to happen: You are going to be buried.

They bring Pandora out.

A great idea?. Personalized streaming music…like there’s no other place you can get that from.

The company does not make money. They brought it out with something like a $3 billion market cap, with $100 million in revenues.

The stock hit a high of 26 and it’s now 9.

Do I have to do Renren?

It hit a high of 20 and it’s now 3.

How about Groupon?

Accounting irregularities before they go public. It’s well known that merchants get paid back much slower than most other companies, and they are going to have to change that and that will impact them.

They still bring it public at 20, giving it a $12 billion market cap.

They hype it. It’s 31 the first day…close at 26.

It’s now 6.

They bring Zynga out like they are curing cancer.

It’s games! It’s just games. They bring it out at 10, hyped it up to 16.

It’s now 3…down 70% from IPO!

And it’s still got a $2.3 billion market cap.

So then Facebook.

Over the past four quarters, Facebook’s earnings have decelerated. Their revenues have decelerated. It is well known that people are using it less.

It’s the tiring out effect. There’s so many times that somebody’s going to go on Facebook and say, “I went to Publix and bought some lettuce and it was very green.”

I’m not saying this thing’s not going to be big. Frankly, the potential is huge.

But what did the investment bankers do?

They bring the company public with $4 billion in revenues…with a $100 billion market cap…with decelerating numbers.

So what I simply said to you was “pick your poison.”

I told you, my radio audience as well as on my tv appearances on Fox Business that  if I had to value this company and I was the investment banker, I would have brought it out at $15 and with less shares. Which means on price, I would have brought it out at 10…or less.

No, they bring it out at 38 like it’s the 2nd Coming. You guys open it up at $42. Thankfully, you recognize it and it closed at 38.

It’s 26.85 today.

And now in the aftermarket it’s under 24.

Everybody who has invested in this has lost money. Most of the secondary people who got it before the IPO are losing money.

This must be a lesson to you about price as well as on these investment bankers who never ever learn from their mistakes. Without another massive bubble, this was a gimmee to be a disaster.

How do I know this? Because they did the same thing in 1999. Fast forward, they’re trying to do it again.

And just so happens that Facebook is a biggie.

And I’m sitting here looking at Zynga trading at 3, down from 10. Groupon at 6 1/2, down from 20.

I want to throw up. Not for me because I don’t own any, but for you guys who may have been jumping on these things.

And I use Facebook. I love Facebook. I go on it. I’ve got a page. I found some old friends from college and high school there. Nothing I am saying here has to do with the company. It has everything to do with price.

These investment bankers screwed you…and they knew it. They knew you were getting screwed at the price they were bringing it out at. They were in hopes another bubble was being created. There were some analysts that had the nerve to talk positively of the stock…which was absolutely nuts.

Anyway…back to my point. Pick your poison and do some homework. Just a short glance at the numbers would have kept you out. Facebook, even at these levels is still at about a $55 billion market cap. Just ask yourself whether right now you would pay $55 billion for this company. Again, this is not an indictment on Facebook the company. It is an indictment on whoever priced it at this number where no one had a chance. 

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