Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Wall Street

Have Oil Prices Hit Bottom?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 21, 2016:

The 40 percent increase in the price of crude oil just since the end of January prompts two questions: Have investors seen the bottom in oil prices, and have drivers seen the lows in gas prices?

Todd Garner, the managing partner at Protec Energy Partners hedge fund, thinks so:

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Revolving Credit Lines to Oil Industry Pose New Hazards to Banks

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 12, 2016:  

One Wells Fargo Center – Charlotte, North Caro...

One Wells Fargo Center – Charlotte, North Carolina

As earnings season on Wall Street starts, investors in the big banks are just now learning about unfunded revolving lines of credit (revolvers) that those banks extended to oil and energy related companies when times were better.

Ten of the largest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo, just disclosed that they have $147 billion in unfunded revolvers, which are likely to expand their exposure to the energy industry just when they would rather reduce it.

Those banks have been setting aside loan loss reserves amounting to billions in anticipation of the inevitable:

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The Best Evidence Yet of a US Recession This Year

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 14, 2016:  

The best evidence comes from the US Treasury with its daily report of tax receipts from wages and salaries. It’s pure, it’s timely, and it’s free of massaging and/or manipulation. And it’s ugly.

John Williams, the skilled and capable economic statistician whom the establishment economists love to hate, author of ShadowStats.com, has built a graph (see source below) showing

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Wall Street Pouring Billions Into Oil Companies

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 8, 2016:  

English: Logo of the Hess Corporation

Wall Street investors have started pouring billions into the energy sector, persuaded that prices not only of crude oil but stocks of energy companies have hit bottom. They just might be premature.

Pioneer Natural Resources has sold $1.6 billion in new stock since the first of the year, while Devon Energy has sold $1.5 billion. Hess Corporation and Marathon Oil have each enjoyed an influx of

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Will the South Carolina Primary Spell the End for Jeb Bush?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 17, 2016:  

In South Carolina, where George H.W. Bush (1988) and George W. Bush (2000) sealed the deal for their presidencies, younger son John Ellis Bush (JEB) is failing and flailing. The average of all polls published by Real Clear Politics shows Bush

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Jawboning Higher Oil Prices

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 17, 2016:  

The art of jawboning has gotten such a bad reputation that even the Securities and Exchange Commission website decries it:

We deride “jawboning” as (a) government wagging a finger at business and labor to act with restraint, while government acts without restraint; or (b) government asking labor and business to do what is against their self-interest and in the public interest, which is usually ineffective, and when it works it rewards the greedy and penalizes the patriotic.

It used to work by issuing an implicit threat to accomplish a desired end. And on Tuesday, in the first few minutes of trading, traders of both stocks and oil bought the threat, causing prices to bounce higher at the open but then fade afterwards.

The threat was this, issued by the Russian Ministry of Energy following a brief meeting of worthies from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela:

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ObamaCare is Failing, Just as It was Designed to Do

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 12, 2016: 

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...

Barack Obama signing ObamaCare into law.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must be proud. The health insurers behind ObamaCare are losing money and some are considering leaving the monstrosity altogether. Many of the co-ops that sprang up during the rollout have closed their doors, despite receiving millions in government aid.

Harry knew exactly what he was going when he built it. In an interview at “Nevada Week in Review” in 2013, before the rollout, Reid said:

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Straight-line Thinking in a Curvilinear World: Natural Gas and Aubrey McClendon

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 10, 2016:  

Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic

It’s now apparent that Aubrey McClendon didn’t see the bumper sticker that appeared on cars following the last energy crash: “Please, God, give me one more boom and I promise not to screw it up.”

McClendon, along with a partner, $50,000, and 10 employees, started Chesapeake Energy in 1989. The company grew exponentially as the fracking revolution took off and up until recently the company employed 5,500 people and had annual revenues of $11 billion. Its stock (CHK) soared,

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Chesapeake Energy Claims It’s NOT Declaring Bankruptcy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 9, 2016:  

On Monday, at 11:18 a.m., the second-largest natural gas company in the country issued this terse statement:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has served as one of Chesapeake’s counsel since 2010 and continues to advise the company as it seeks to further strengthen its balance sheet following its recent debt exchange. Chesapeake currently has no plans to pursue bankruptcy and is aggressively seeking to maximize value for all shareholders.

Ominously, when Timothy Puko of the Wall Street Journal asked for clarification, he wrote “A Chesapeake spokesman declined to elaborate further.”

The company has been in survival mode since

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Puerto Rico Stiffs Bond Investors on Monday

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 4, 2015:  

Coat of Arms of Puertor Rico

Coat of Arms of Puertor Rico

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OPEC Ignores Crude Oil Glut, Vows to Continue Pumping Flat Out

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 7, 2015:  

Following a contentious six-hour meeting on Friday, OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna announced that nothing will change: They will continue to pump at maximum rates despite the growing glut of oil in the world. Predictably, crude oil prices dropped, along with wholesale gasoline prices.

The fragile cartel’s members are pumping close to 31.5 mbd (million barrels per day) and would pump more if they could. They are already above the mythical “ceiling” of 30 mbd. When Iran, which currently provides 2.7 mbd to that number, recovers from U.S.-imposed sanctions, it expects to pump four mbd by next summer, adding further downside pressure on crude oil prices.

At these prices nearly every barrel OPEC members sell to the world market is sold at a loss. But the ministers are persuaded that,

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U.S. Attorney for New York is Swimming in a Sea of Opportunity

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 2, 2015:  

English: New York State Assembly Speaker Sheld...

English: New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver holding a press conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preet Bharara’s resume is impressive. Born in India and raised in Eatontown, New Jersey, he graduated from Ranney School, an independent, highly-regarded college preparatory school, in 1986 as valedictorian of his class. From there he went to Harvard College, graduating magna com laude (with great honor) four years later. He received his J.D. (juris doctor) in 1993 from Columbia Law School where he served on the Columbia Law Review.

After a stint as Sen. Chuck Schumer’s chief counsel, he served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Manhattan for five years, successfully prosecuting bosses of the Gambino and Columbo crime families.

When he was nominated for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York by President Obama in 2009, he breezed through Senate confirmation with no dissents.

Since that time he has scored impressive victories, prosecuting successfully more than

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Albany Assembly Speaker’s Prosecution Is Just Beginning

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 1, 2015:  

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The prosecution of Democrat politician and former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver is just beginning. His ties to other Albany insiders reach all the way to the top. In other words, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, the chief prosecutor in the case, is just getting warmed up.

Since 2000 more than 30 New York lawmakers have left office facing criminal charges or allegations of ethical misconduct, but Silver is, up until now, the biggest catch in Bharara’s net. He was charged with

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Democratic Debate: a Kabuki dance with Alice in Wonderland

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 14, 2015:  

Last night’s “debate” had one winner and six losers in showcasing the Democratic Party’s potential nominees for president in 2016: Hillary Clinton, according to all liberal commentators, was the winner going away.

The losers were everyone else on stage — Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee — plus Joe Biden, and the American taxpayer.

It was all Kabuki dance:

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China Has Its Own Plunge Protection Team

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 31, 2015: 

China has its own Plunge Protection Team. Its efforts were in evidence last Wednesday as the Shanghai and the Shenzhen indexes, both of which had been flat most of the day, leaped up three percent and four percent, respectively, in the last 30 minutes of the trading session.

Jacky Zhang, an analyst at BOC International, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of China, exclaimed:

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Chinese Plunge Protection Team Failing to Stem Stock Market Declines

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 30, 2015:  

A historical chart of the Shanghai (SSE) Compo...

A graph of the Shanghai Index showing the first bubble in 2006-2008

In the last 30 minutes of trading on Wednesday, the Shanghai Composite Index jumped more than three percent, while the smaller Shenzhen Composite (equivalent to the U.S. Nasdaq index) leaped more than four percent. That this was the result of actions taken by China’s unofficial “plunge protection team” was obvious to Jacky Zhang, an analyst at BOC International: “Clearly it is government intervention again.”

China’s plunge protection team (PPT), equivalent to the U.S. stock market’s “Working Group on Financial Markets” set up under President Reagan following Black Monday in October 1987, has moved heaven and earth to keep its stock markets from collapsing. The team, made up of China’s Securities Finance Corporation and the China Securities Regulatory Commission, along with top officials from the country’s 21 largest brokerages and the Chinese central bank, has implemented an entire panoply of measures to stem the tide, including:

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Pressure Increasing to Reopen Export-Import Bank

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 15, 2015:

It’s been just two weeks since the Export-Import Bank’s charter lapsed — that “fund of corporate welfare” as criticized by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 before reality set in — and two predictable things have occurred: The world continues to turn without it, and K-Street lobbyists are busy trying to resurrect it.

With massive radio advertising and extensive help from the media publishing op-eds in its favor, the chances are increasing that the zombie will come back to life.

The deceased bank, touted as offering loan guarantees to small businesses wanting to do business overseas but unable to obtain financing in the regular way, was turned into a slush fund of free money to the country’s largest corporations:

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HSBC Downsizing to Core Business: Money Laundering, Terror Funding

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 10, 2015: 

Officially, London’s Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), the world’s third-largest banking firm, is cutting costs to improve profits. The intended moves are for the benefit of the shareholders, asserted Stuart Gulliver, the bank’s chief executive on Tuesday: “We recognize that the world has changed and we need to change with it. I am confident that our actions will allow us to capture expected future growth opportunities and deliver further value to our shareholders.”

Unofficially, HSBC is going to ply its underground wares and provide its vast money-laundering services where its customers are mostly likely to reside in the years ahead:

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U.S. Economy Goes Negative in the First Quarter

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 29, 2015: 

The Commerce Department reported on Friday that the U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.7 percent, a sharp downward revision from its previous tepid estimate that it would grow by 0.2 percent.

It caught most mainstream economists off guard once again, with many predicting positive growth right up until Friday, and more remaining doggedly optimistic that growth will return. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal just 10 days ago were holding to a 3-percent growth rate in the economy for 2015, while analysts polled by the AP just prior to the release on Friday were still predicting growth of between 2 and 2.5 percent for the year.

Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, is waiting for evidence that growth will return in the second quarter:

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Mainstream Economists, the Herd Instinct, and GDP

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 20, 2015:

It’s no surprise, really. Most mainstream economists look at the world through Keynesian lenses, they attend the same conferences, read the same reports, are employed by companies in the same industry, hold degrees from the same universities, and are rewarded for having a view that doesn’t stray from the norm, even if that view is wrong. It’s a perfect reflection of the herd mentality: the impulse or tendency toward “clustering,” reflecting the need for conformity. It’s how economists make weathermen look good.

If their view turns out to be wrong, they adjust, slowly. If they are challenged or threatened,

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