Friday, October 15, 2010

Falling bank stocks take markets lower

Stocks were under water all day, but never by very much.  Dow fell 31, decliners over advancers 3-2 & NAZ jumped 33 on favorable earnings reports.  Banks are market leaders & led the downdraft today on growing worries about the foreclosure mess but the Financial Index finished 1 point above its low.


Value 192.92 One-Year Chart for S&P 500 FINANCIALS INDEX (S5FINL:IND)
Change   -3.36  (-1.7%)

The MLP index fell ½, still in the 349s & remaining near record levels.  The REIT index was fractionally lower in the 219s essentially at yearly highs.  Junk bond funds were down a smidgen & Treasuries were weak.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose 8 basis points to 2.58%, still quite low. 

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U.S. 3-month
U.S. 2-year
U.S. 10-year

Alerian MLP Index   ---    YTD

Dow Jones REIT Index   ---    YTD

10-Year Treasury Yield Index   ---    YTD

Oil continued its 2 day slide but remains in the high end of its 2 year trading range (over 80).  Gold is taking a well deserved rest after its monster rally this week (starting slightly above 1300).

CLX10.NYM...Crude Oil Nov 10...81.25 ......Down 1.44  (1.7%)

GCV10.CMX...Gold Oct 10......1,364.70 ......Down 12.00 (0.9%)

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The gov posted a $1.294T (that's T as in Trillion!) deficit in the fiscal year ended Sep 30, its 2nd straight annual budget deficit in excess of $1T (the prior year total of $1.416T was the record).  The national debt totals more than $13T, exceeding the size of the economy, unadjusted for inflation.  The administration in Jul projected the deficit would be a record $1.47T during the 2010 fiscal year, but it was less bad than forecasted.  “We still have a long way to go to repair the damage to the economy and address the long-term deficits caused by the crisis,” said Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary.

U.S. Posts Second-Largest Annual Budget Deficit on Record

National debt ($T) - 1 year

One-Year Chart for Total Outstand (DEBTOUTD:IND)

Pimco (PTTRX) the world’s biggest bond fund, cut its holding of gov-related debt & bought more mortgages in Sep.  Gov debt was cut to 33% of its $252B in assets, from 36% the previous month while mortgages were boosted to 28%, from 21%.  This was the 3rd straight month that gov debt was reduced after accounting for 63% of assets in Jun, the highest since Oct 2009.  Pimco’s emerging-market debt climbed by one percentage point to 12%, the highest since at least Sep 2006 & high-yield holdings remained steady at 4%.The Total Return Fund has returned 11.81% in the past 12 months, beating 74% of its peers.

Pimco Reduced Holdings of Government Debt, Added to Mortgages Last Month

Pimco Total Return Fund - 1 year

1 year chart for PTTRX:US

Bank of America Corp (BAC), a Dow stock, is reviewing 102K foreclosure affidavits in 23 states requiring review by a judge & expects to halt 30K foreclosure sales during its self-imposed moratorium.  During the last few days, investors have been shaken by the prospect US banks could be forced to repurchase billions in soured mortgages from 3rd-party investors.  But BAC home loans chief Barbara Desoer said the potential costs from foreclosure problems have been "grossly overstated."  BAC currently has 14M mortgage customers & 86% are current.  But of the delinquent borrowers, 195K have failed to make a mortgage payment over the last 2 full years & 56K of those have moved out of the home.  This is a mess & the main question is how bad it will become.

BofA projects 30,000 foreclosures to stop at Reuters

Bank of America   ---  1 week

Even with selling in the last 2 days, Dow managed a modest gain for the week.  The first wave of earnings were reports were mixed but it looks like the ones from banks are going to cause problems.  Gold & MLPs are flying high while Treasuries are settling back from their best levels.  More earnings reports along with the mortgage foreclosure mess should be the main drivers of stock prices next week.

Dow Jones Industrials   ---    YTD

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Unknown said...

Markets may be fall on some day and rise another day. but one thing looks alike that the market will consolidate in coming days. we will see some good windfalls.

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