A weeklong rout in stocks deepened, with U.S. benchmark indexes losing the most in more than a year, as reports cast doubts about the strength of the economic recovery and European leaders struggled to contain the region’s debt crisis. Commodities plunged and Treasuries soared.The market is discounting for a double dip recession in the U.S. and the possible collapse of the EU in the near future.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index plunged 3.9 percent to 1,071.59 at 4 p.m. in New York, its biggest drop since April 2009. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 2.2 percent and the S&P GSCI Index of commodities tumbled to the lowest since October. The losses accelerated even as the euro rallied as much as 1.5 percent to $1.2598 after earlier flirting with a four-year low. Ten-year Treasury yields sank to the lowest level of the year, down 15 basis points at 3.22 percent. The yen rallied against all 16 major counterparts.
Tomorrow’s expiration of U.S. stock options and progress on a financial-reform bill may have added to volatility after U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly increased to 471,000 last week and the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators posted a surprise drop of 0.1 percent. The slide came a day before the German parliament votes on the country’s share of a $1 trillion bailout to halt a worsening sovereign debt crisis.
“Put your helmets on if you are long risk here,” Nicolas Lenoir, chief market strategist at ICAP Futures LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey, said in a note to clients before markets opened today. “A lot of stops have been triggered when the S&P future crossed 1,100 and anybody still long will probably have to bail out and head for cover.”
And all the while, The One is focused on ignoring the illegal immigration problem, trashing Arizona, punishing banks and pushing his socialist agenda.
I see absolutely nothing coming from Washington at this time that would encourage economic growth. Yet one way out of the growing debt crisis is to have rapid economic growth and dwarf the debt with rising incomes and revenue generation.
However, that is beyond the grasp of your modern socialist.
So get ready for nil economic growth, constant high unemployment and a falling standard of living as long as Obama's current polices are being implemented.
That is the new "normal" with Obama in the White House.