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A Bear Market In Stocks Began In May 2015

Technically, the move in the stock market that began in March 2009, when the stock market bottomed after the 2008 financial market de facto collapse, should not be termed a “bull market” because it required several trillions of Central Bank and Government intervention to move the stock market.   Definitionally the stock market is no longer a “market” – rather it’s an intervention.

Having said that, with the entire financial world – especially Wall Street analysts and financial  media boobs – focused on the S&P 500 and the Dow, the NYSE Composite, which covers every stock traded on the NYSE, has begun what is likely a bear market that started from its record high of 11,254 on May 21, 2015:

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As the graph above illustrates, the NYSE Composite index – every stock that trades on NYSE – is down close to 6% since May 2015.  The NYSE Comp is more representative of the stock and more reflective of the deteriorating conditions in the economy than are the SPX and Dow, which are used as propaganda tools by the financial market and political elitists.

In fact, as has been demonstrated in several places in the alternative media, as it turns out just a handful of the largest cap stocks are keeping the SPX and Dow in what appears to be a “bull market.”    This graph below sourced from Zerohedge shows the performance of the SPX with and without the infamous “FANG” stocks (FB, AMZN, NFLX, GOOG):

As you can see if you strip out the FANG stocks from the calculation of the SPX index, the index is flat going back to the beginning of 2015. Yet, the SPX hit an all-time high in August 2015. Qu’est-ce que c’est?  As explained in the ZH article:   The FANGS “have gained $570 billion of market cap or nearly 80% during the previous 19 months” [Jan 2015 – Aug 2016]…”if you subtract the FANGs from the S&P 500 market cap total, there had been virtually no gain in value at all.”

I wrote to my Short Seller Journal subscribers this past weekend:

NYA began diverging from the SPX and the Dow back then. It points to broad overall weakness in the stock market relative to the biggest stocks by market cap. This pattern in the broader stock market is also more reflective of the economic reality of a deteriorating economy. Small and mid-sized companies are experiencing deteriorating fundamentals which is translating into deteriorating market caps.  SSJ for October 16, 2016

The point here is that economic reality is diverging from the propaganda infused message that the Fed, Wall Street and politicians want us to buy into.  The housing market illustrates this perfectly.  I have been detailing in my blog the methodology by which the Government manipulates the new home sales statistics.  This morning it was reported that housing starts for September plunged 9% from August.  Of course the media puts its propaganda spin on this. For instance, Bloomberg attributes the drop to multifamily starts. But multifamily starts is the metric that gave the housing starts report any “legs” to begin with.  Marketwatch references a “durable recovery.”  But does this look like a durable recovery?

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New single family home sales – despite the trillions of dollars infused into the housing market by the Federal Reserve and Government – never got any higher than where they were in 2008 after the housing bubble popped and sales had already dropped by 66%. Before that, the last time single family home sales were at Marketwatch’s “durable recovery” level was in 1995!

And in truth the methodology used by the Government to present new  home sales (Seasonally adjusted annualized rate based on highly questionable Census Bureau data collecting) grossly overstates the true level of new home sales at any given time.  The same can be said for the NAR’s existing home sales.  Like everything else in our system, the housing market activity is primarily a product of the propaganda and not real economic activity.

The point here is that underlying economy is far weaker than the propaganda coming from the elitists would have us believe.  They can stimulate fraud and deception all they want but ultimately they can not force a shrinking middle class with rapidly shrinking disposable income from spending money.

More important, you can make money from this insight because most stocks in the stock market have been going lower since mid-2015.  This pattern in the broader stock market is also more reflective of the economic reality of a deteriorating economy. Small and mid-sized companies are experiencing deteriorating fundamentals which is translating into deteriorating deteriorating market caps (from the latest Short Sellers Journal)

Every week I provide proprietary insight into the economy and markets in the Short Seller’s Journal.  I also highlight at least two or three short-sell ideas.   Most of these ideas have been working now since early August (late Fed to late July was rough).  As an example, in the September 18th issue I presented Credit Acceptance Corp, a subprime auto loan finance company with a balance sheet that is a ticking time bomb, with the stock at $198.60.   It’s trading today at $183 – down 7.8% in less than 4 weeks – despite a largely flat SPX in that timeframe.  CACC will eventually be cut in half from here, at least.

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Another interesting report out last was China’s exports for September, which were down 10% year over year in September vs. -3.3 expected. The US and Europe are China’s largest export markets. If China’s overall exports dropped 10%, it’s mathematically probable that US and EU imports from China were down more than 10% in September. It also implies and reinforces the thesis that US consumer spending is contracting (of course, if this drop in exports from China translates into a narrowed trade deficit for the US, that will be spun as a positive by the financial media!)

Jim Cramer Needs To Be Shut Down And Investigated For Illegal Stock Promotion

“No! No! No! Bear Stearns is not in trouble. If anything, they’re more likely to be taken over. Don’t move your money from Bear.”  –  Jim Cramer on CNBC’s “Mad Money” on March 11, 2008.

Three days later, on March 14, Bear Stearns stock plunged 92% after it was taken “under” by JP Morgan.

Today Cramer has made the claim on CNBC that “a lot of the bear markets have ended since February 10.”  According to Cramer, apparel, restaurants, iron ore and machinery groups are now in bull markets.  “C’mon in retail  stock trading minnows, the water is nice and warm.”

This assertion is just ludicrous.  For starters, we know from hard industry data released a little over a week ago – LINK – that the service sector – i.e. restaurants and retail-oriented businesses – are now shedding employees.  If a new bull market in consumption were born, service businesses that rely on middle class disposable income expenditures would be hiring, not firing.

Clearly Cramer completely neglects the fiduciary duty to conduct appropriate due diligence before issuing investment advice.   Because if he actually rolled up his sleave and did some work, he would have found the middle class is sinking in a sea of debt.  Sorry Jim, imminent personal bankruptcy is not conducive to disposable income-based consumption.

Currently a proposed rule issued by the Department of Labor would raise the bar on the investment advisory industry’s standards of fiduciary duty. “Fiduciary duty” is a legal duty to act solely in another parties’ interests.  Naturally Congress, funded by CNBC and Suze Orman, Inc are working overtime to oppose this rule.

Using the Bear Stearns case as an example, Cramer was advising his viewers to hold their Bear Stearns stock.  But was he acting in the viewers’ interests?   More likely, Cramer’s hedge fund cronies were busy unloading their positions in Bear Stearns as quickly as possible before that Titanic hit the iceberg.

I did an analysis of Bear Stearns in January 2008 and concluded that Bear was technically insolvent.  I shorted the stock in the low $80’s and managed to cover in the $30’s.  Cramer is a complete idiot if he truly thought Bear Stearns was a viable going concern.  In the absence of a willingness to believe that Cramer is a moron given his educational background,  the obvious conclusion is that Cramer is exceedingly corrupt.

What will it take for the Justice Department to investigate Cramer and all of his off-CNBC dealings?  My colleagues and I have known for well over a decade that Cramer is little more than a front for the hedge fund community.  Cramer is the Wall Street version of Hillary Clinton.  He’s gotten away with committing egregious crimes for so long that he likely  is unable to differentiate between legal and illegal.  Rule of Law, what’s that?   Cramer should not be on CNBC issuing pump and dump recommendations, many of which end up badly impaling retail stock investors.  Instead, Cramer should be busy defending himself from a bona fide SEC/Dept of Justice inquiry into his operations.

Cramer also pumped up the infamous “FANGS”  today.  He singled out AMZN just because Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo both said AMZN was “doing much better than people think?” Based on what, Jim?   “Fiduciary duty” is not defined as parroting comments issued by retail brokerage firms who’s business is predicated on selling overvalued stocks to retail pigeons.

AMZN stock has been up as much as $9 today because of Cramer’s pump and dump call plus the fact that AMZN debuted its online streaming fashion show to promote its new clothing line.  Hey there’s an original idea, use the broadcast media to stage a mock fashion show in order to sell clothing.  Why didn’t QVC and Home Shopping Network think of that?

If AMZN’s clothing line business is like nearly every other business line of AMZN’s, it will sell it’s clothing for less than the cost of producing and delivering the product to the end-user.  QVC trades at a 13 p/e.  If AMZN does not make money on its clothing business, at what multiple of zero should AMZN’s clothing business be worth?  Currently AMZN’s $9 Cramer spike has melted into a loss of 23 cents.  Did you get some of your buddies out on that, Jim?

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