2014/08/29 TrendView VIDEO: Concise Highlights (early)
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TrendView VIDEO ANALYSIS & OUTLOOK: Friday, August 29, 2014 (early)
Invasion or no invasion? That is the question. As we note in the early phase of our analysis, any confusion as to whether Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine is moot. There are definitely Russian troops across the border, as Master Dissembler Putin is keeping on the pressure without needing to do anything quite so bold as invade. He is merely keeping his options open (and domestic popularity rating high) by maintaining the destabilization of eastern Ukraine to the degree necessary to exercise control.
Of course, this is all over the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the West on Russia being a reprobate throwback to the 19th century. Yet they are also not doing much else about it. Europe’s commercial ties to Russia (including that critical dependence on natural gas supplies) and the US aversion to any involvement anywhere (beyond the rhetorical and sanction pressure) means Putin can proceed as he’s planned. It is important to keep in mind that he doesn’t want to ‘own’ the Ukraine and its Brobdingnagian debts; he merely wants to control it; both resources in its east, and preventing NATO membership.
Why is all this important to the markets? Because it will be a drag on the already weak Euro-zone economy for one. And that plays right into the other factor that is a key right now: the equities return to a ‘bad news is good news’ psychology on recent central bank indications (even in spite of the slight shift toward center by Janet Yellen.) Anyone who doesn’t understand that shift is possibly in need of psychiatric care. While yesterday’s second look at US GDP was a bit stronger than expected, all of the overnight data elsewhere was somewhere between weak and abysmal. And yet, US equities are up in spite of even US Personal Spending coming in negative versus a positive expectation.
Video Timeline: It begins with macro (i.e. fundamental influences) discussion of some all the weak recent data in spite of Thursday’s stronger than expected Q2 GDP. However, even the KC Fed Manufacturing Index was weak, and almost all other important end of month economic data this morning from Asia and Europe was weak; and some cases very weak. It also mentions that we will be in on Monday in spite of the US Labor Day Holiday.
It moves on to the SEPTEMBER S&P 500 FUTURE short-term trend view at 03:30 and intermediate term at 06:37, OTHER EQUITIES from 08:10 and GOVVIES at 12:00 with SHORT MONEY FORWARDS from 17:20. FOREIGN EXCHANGE begins with the US DOLLAR INDEX at 20:00 only mention of the other currencies that are mostly steady as well (except for a bit more weakness in the fundamentally challenged Japanese yen) along with the cross rates, returning to SEPTEMBER S&P 500 FUTURE short-term trend view at 21:40 for a final look and additional perspective. We suggest using the timeline cursor to access the analysis most relevant for you.
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