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There was Little Reaction to the President’s Speech, a Rise in Crude Prices From an Eight Month Low and Weekly Jobless Claims that were Nominally Higher Than Expected.

There was little reaction to the President’s speech, a rise in crude prices from an eight month low and weekly jobless claims that were nominally higher than expected.  Will there be a reaction to today’s release of August’s retail sales data or University of Michigan Confidence survey?

All must remember confidence surveys are the ultimate feedback indicator as they only tells us where we have been not where we are going.  Some have attempted to correlate retail sales to such surveys but such correlations are inconsistent.

What will today’s data suggest?

To write the obvious, today many are edge. The reasons range from geopolitical anarchy, to government dysfunctionalism, to bearish fears because the lack of any meaningful correction for at least 2 years.

Reiterating I believe today’s massive levels of cash searching for a more efficient use and reduced leverage are major reasons as to why the odds of a significant market decline defined as greater than 12%-14% are low.

Last night the foreign markets were mixed.  London was up 0.26%, Paris down 0.01% and Frankfurt down 0.18%.  Japan was up 0.25% and Hang Sang down 0.27%.

The Dow should open little changed ahead of the retail sales data and confidence survey. The question at hand is if the data is a disappointment, will the markets advance under the pretext “bad is good” as it possibly delays the inevitable change of monetary policy?  The 10-year is off 5/32 to yield 2.57%.


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Ken Engelke

Chief Economic Strategist Managing Director

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