Friday, July 29, 2011

2nd Quarter GDP really disappoints!

This morning the Commerce Department released its numbers on the economy. Gross domestic product rose at a 1.3% annual rate in the second quarter following a 0.4% gain in the prior quarter that was less than previously estimated. What's even more striking to me than the 2nd quarter low number of 1.3% is the revision to 1st Quarter numbers. The 1st quarter numbers previously reported were 1.9% and now have been revised downward to 0.4%. That's a very large difference. In fact, for all practical purposes that's basically close to negative growth and if this quarter gets revised downward by Sept, it may have shown we are in a Recession right now.The official definition of a Recession is 2 consecutive quarters of negative growth.

If it smells like a recession, feels like a recession, and speaks like a recession, it most likely IS a recession!

In the mean time, the Futures markets are predicting today to be a significant stock market drop again. Hold on to your hats!

Consumer Sentiment data for July was also released and came in at a 63.7, which compares to a 63.8 reading for June. Again, not in the right direction for a recovery.

Watch the rise in those TZA Call Options today for October Expiration at a Strike price of $41. I said we could see $6.00 for those which you could have bought for $2.69 just last week.

UPDATE: 6:53am PST

The Chicago PMI came in at 58.8 this morning for July. The month of June came in previously at a 61.1 reading.

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