by Andrew Hoffman, Miles Franklin:
On Thursday morning, whilst taping this week’s Audioblog, I discussed how overnight, the PMI Manufacturing reports in China, Japan and essentially all of Europe were not only miserable but well below expectations. Heck, even the PMI report in the United States of Economic Lies came in at just 54.7, down from 56.2 last month and well below expectations of an increase to 56.5. In fact, it was the lowest print in ten months, validating with this week’s slew of 4Q GDP estimate downgrades. Which, by the way, were predicated on myriad factors from weak exports, to declining capital investment and even “Polar Vortex 2.0.” In other words, a broad mosaic of data suggesting America is succumbing to its terminal debt addiction, amidst global economic weakness not inappropriately compared to the Depression.
Consequently, the 10-year Treasury yield was on the verge of breaching the Fed’s current “line in the sand” at 2.30% yet again, whilst stocks were in danger of actually declining; and, for the third time this week, gold was about to take out $1,200/oz. (after having been turned back by “Cartel Herald” algorithms the prior two days, at exactly 6:00 AM EST).
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