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Well the first day of the summit to solve the European debt crisis didn’t go so well. The ECB cut rates but only by .25. Some radical economists thought that a bold cut by .75 was in order while many would have been satisfied by .50. Then Mario Draghi, after 15 summits in 23 months, said that he was misinterpreted last week and that the ECB will not or cannot be the buyer of last resort. This really caught the market in the chops and the tumble was on. This evening we also learn that the ECB will send money, 200 billion to the IMF and that a fiscal union or compact has been reached by 17, not the full 27 nations in the union. ECB will manage rescue funds. The financial transaction tax is off the table for the moment thanks to the British. This tax would have crippled the City. Also, the key banks will have to raise 115 billion in capital by mid-2012 (from where exactly?). As mentioned yesterday, the result of the summit would be a “sort of agreement” that would allow everyone to navigate year end and make it through the holidays ( a.k.a as muddle through) but not much else and that the agreement would disappoint the markets which were will eager to entertain “shock and awe” measures.
Week of December 05 - December 09
|Dec||07:00||MBA Mortgage Index||12/03||NA||NA||-11.7%|
Numbers are good up until the close of business today. These are strictly technical in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.
U is Up
D is Down
PRD is Potential Reversal Day
S2 is Weekly strong support
S1 is Weekly good support
DS is Daily Support
DR is Daily Resistance
R1 is Weekly Good Resistance
R2 is Weekly Strong Resistance
Levels are for the most active futures contract
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