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Sweet Monday Mornings

Filed in AIG, BP, o, silver by on February 28, 2011 0 Comments

Remarkable isn’t it? It has almost become like clockwork – I’ve never seen a pattern continue like this at a 80%+ type of success rate. Another wonderful surge in futures between 6 AM and 9 AM on a Monday morning, for no particular reason (not ev…

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National Bank of Greece (NBG) Bid Rejected by Alpha Bank

Filed in Gold Bullion prices, National Bank of Greece, NBG, o by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments

The $3.8 billion unsolicited from National Bank of Greece SA (NYSE:NBG) for Alpha Bank SA, was rejected as an inadequate offer by Alpha’s board.National Bank of Greece SA is the largest in the country and Alpha Bank is the third-largest bank in Greece.When making the offer for Alpha on January 18, National Bank asked for Alpha to give the bid “serious consideration.” National Bank said the new

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Urban Magnets for Disaster

Filed in BP, deflation, economy, Ford, Gold, inflation, o, silver, ubs, US Dollar by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments

When it comes to bad stuff the sky’s the limit. It’s gonna happen, eventually…one way or another. And it could be real bad. And when bad stuff happens, you’re better off being somewhere else. Where? Generally, bad stuff seems to happen most often in cities. Why is that? Cities are where most people live. It is where governments are. And it is where the labor force is most specialized. There are no subsistence farmers living in cities. Nor do urban populations “live off the land.” Instead, they depend on complex networks of commerce. The typical city dweller produces neither food nor energy. He sits all day in an office — completely dependent on others to provide power and food. Then, he goes home — still completely dependent on the division of labor for his most important needs. Progress can be described as the elaboration of the division of labor. In man’s most primitive state, specialization is extremely limited. From what we’ve been told, the early man was the hunter. Early woman gathered…that’s about the extent of it. As the tribe grows larger, specialization increases. One person might tend the fire. Another might be in charge of making clothes or arrows. The advent of sedentary agriculture and towns caused a big leap forward in human progress and, not coincidentally, the division of labor. Some townspeople went out to tend the fields. Others began to focus on woodworking…or iron mongering…or making weapons…or clothes. Some played cards and hung around at bars. There was soon a homebuilding industry…and, not long after, merchants, prostitutes and bankers…and even shyster lawyers and tax collectors. As the division of labor expanded, the average person became richer…and more dependent on others. In order to eat, someone else had to plant…and till…and harvest…and hunt…and gather. And then, when agriculture became mechanized, he depended on faraway people who produced oil and gasoline…and people who built …

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Load up on Food ETFs…

Filed in BP, commodities, euro, GOld juniors, Gold Market, o by on February 9, 2011 0 Comments

It’s time to load up on more food ETFs, like the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO). The USDA just reported even more inventory cuts for agriculture commodities, including corn, wheat, soybeans, sugar and rice. Couple that with last week’s Food and Agriculture (FAO) of the UN Food Index report, and food-related ETFs are likely to rocket even more, according to Briefing.com. Just last week, the FAO reported that the food price index nailed new all-time highs for January. According to Briefing.com, “ The Index rose 3.4% from December, averaging 231 points in January. This is the highest level (both in real and nominal terms) since FAO started measuring food prices in 1990. Overall, prices of all monitored commodity groups registered strong gains in January, except for meat, which remained unchanged.” Even better… “Unusual weather in 2010 hit many areas of the world, including Russia, the U.S. and many parts of Europe, which has cut inventory levels in many agriculture commodities around the world to multi-year lows. Overall, many commodities have seen notable inventory reductions including corn, wheat, soybeans, soybean meal, soybean oil, sugar, rice and coffee. Palm oil and cooking oil inventories have also fallen notably. Overall, there are both supply and demand factors driving

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Crisis in Egypt Continues as Stocks Consolidate Above Key Levels

Filed in AIG, BP, Gold Investing, Gold Prices, o, silver by on February 3, 2011 0 Comments

ADP Employment index took center stage after the market received a jolt of buying on Tuesday.  Disappointing investors December’s ADP Employment index was revised down significantly throwing caution to the employment winds despite the index’s gains.  The day saw the NASDAQ hang in a relatively tight range with the S&P 500 keeping above its 1300

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Avery Dennison Beats on Revs – Analyst Blog

Filed in AIG, BP, EPS, Gold Investing, o, silver by on February 2, 2011 0 Comments

Avery Dennison reported 4Q10 adjusted EPS of 98 cents, matching the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

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Cummins Growth from Across Border – Analyst Blog

Filed in AIG, BP, Gold Investing, Gold Prices, o, silver by on February 2, 2011 0 Comments

Cummins Inc. posted a 34% increase in profit to $362 million or $1.84 per share in the fourth quarter of 2010 from $270 million or $1.36 per share

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Bambuser blocked in Egypt (Live video site)

Filed in Gold Spot Market, o, Yen by on January 27, 2011 0 Comments

The Swedish live video streaming site Bambuser says its service has been blocked in Egypt. The site, which provides live video from mobile phones and webcams, says the interruption began Tuesday, shortly after the start of unprecedented nationwide demonstratons against the 30 year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Måns Adler, who founded the site in 2007, tells AFP he is convinced the Egyptian government is behind the blockage. “The Internet provider is probably the one that can deny access to different websites and services,” he says, “but in this case we believe that the Egyptian government has asked the Internet providers to shut down a range of services.” The Swedish website is reportedly very popular in Egypt, where Egyptians use it to stream videos directly from their country. During the general elections there late last year, some 10,000 videos filmed in the country were posted on Bambuser It was earlier reported that the micro-blogging site Twitter has been blocked in Egypt. Social media were instrumental in the recent wave of protests in Tunisia.

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The Day They Burned the Price Chopper

Filed in BP, commodities, currencies, Ford, Gold, GOld juniors, Gold Market, inflation, o, target by on January 17, 2011 0 Comments
The Day They Burned the Price Chopper

There are food riots going on around the world. People are burning stores in India, Chili, China, Egypt, and Algeria. One man was forced to stop selling fruit along a Tunisian roadside because he didn’t have a permit. When he lit himself on fire, the ensuing riots ended a multi-decade-long dictatorship. People will put up with a lot — corruption, nepotism, cruel laws, and barbaric prisons — but they tend to lose it when they can’t afford food. This is especially true when they blame the ruling class for their misery… Food riots have ended reigns in France, Russia, and British India. Today the Egyptian stock market sold off on fears the riots might spread. Food prices hit fresh highs According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), its food price index hit a new high above the previous record in 2008. Soaring sugar, cereal, and oil seed prices were the main drivers. In one month— from November to December — sugar was up 6.7%, cereals were up 6.4%, and oils were up 8%. This is on top of a relentless 80% climb in prices over the past ten years. Wheat, in particular, has been hit hard. Wildfires in Russia shut down 11% of global exports from the country. Add to this the recent floods in Australia, which also makes up 11% of global exports, and you start to have a real problem… In the United States, the limit for corn-based ethanol has been raised, which drove up the price of cereal. There were also La Nia-driven droughts in Argentina, the second biggest exporter of corn after the U.S. If we get one more natural disaster — say, the Mississippi River has another hundred-year flood — the world would be in serious trouble. Food inflation: Wheat 10-year chart The forecast for 2011 is too early to tell with any clarity, but most of what I’ve been reading is that the world’s supply and demand balance for cereals is expected to tighten, with total consumption eclipsing world production for 2010/2011. This will require a six percent dip into stockpiles. ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ Hoarding The real worry is hoarding. When countries start to shut down exports — like Russia did after its historic fires, or India, Bangladesh, and others did in 2008 — those who need to buy agricultural commodities will chase the price higher. You will see the results on your store shelves. Here is a chart that shows U.S. food stamp participation: As you can tell, it’s been a hard…

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Under the Sun of That Dream

Filed in BP, deflation, Lear, o, silver, US Dollar by on January 17, 2011 0 Comments

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King Jr. My father grew up at the bottom of a hill. My mother lived at the top of that same hill, in Washington Heights, New York City, in the 1950s and 1960s. Both were the products of refugee families. My mother’s father, an avid reader of the news, left Germany just as the Nazis began to hang signs railing against “Juden!” My dad came to America in 1954, literally on a banana boat, leaving in the middle of the night, fleeing a coup that would be followed by decades of bloody war in Guatemala. My dad’s father was a well-known journalist with connections in government. They left my grandmother and my two aunts behind to be sent for six months later. My dad was 6 years old. For years, they lived at the bottom of the hill in New York. It was a slum, and it still is. My grandfather worked at a plastic factory, from which, my dad tells me, he would come home at the end of the day and peel off bits of plastic that had melted onto his face before bed. The top of the hill, only blocks away, wasn’t so bad. Despite opposition from some family members, my parents married, and there I was raised. Growing up as a child of a mixed marriage comes to my mind this Martin Luther King Day. Today, as I do most days, I drove to the office on a congested MLK Boulevard. Over lunch, I walked past the downtown library, where flyers promote upcoming meetings offering “An Honest Discussion of Race” — a topic promised again and again everywhere. I stopped attending these lectures years ago when I realized that these talks weren’t all that “honest” and that they were not attended by anyone actually interested in discussing anything. Among my fondest childhood memories are our Sunday trips down the hill, amazingly steep it seemed, to have lunch at my grandparents’ apartment. There, my grandfather and I would eat a snack on the fire escape and watch young hoodlums in the street below messing with parked cars, harassing passing girls and generally looking for trouble. My grandmother in the kitchen would attempt to pan fry hamburgers for her American grandsons. Bottles of beer — not cans: Sunday was a special day — went around…

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The Big Picture for the Week of January 16, 2011

Filed in BP, o, silver by on January 15, 2011 0 Comments

The US market is off to a strange start in 2011 continuing a nice run that started months ago. At the same time the economic data seems to point more toward malaise in terms of jobless claims, retail sales, certain components of the CPI and just about …

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