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Well, the results of the stress tests were revealed this past week.  It turned out to be much ado about nothing.  In fact, most of the banking stocks went up on the news.  It does leave the question as to what the Obama Administration is really trying to accomplish through a process that didn’t make much sense.  For now, we will leave speculation for speculation’s sake.

I found it interesting as to the criteria that was used in stress testing the banks.  They were looking for how the banks would react to the worst case economic situation.  Over the weekend, Alan Abelson wrote about the criteria in his article in Barrons:

“The “worst-case scenario,” as the cliché goes, that the Fed crew was able to dream up was one in which the unemployment rate, already a hair under 9%, would rise to 10.3% next year, housing prices would fall another 22%, and the economy — which has been shrinking at more than a 6% annual rate the past two quarters — would contract at a 3.3% pace.”

Well, I think that we could easily see 10.3% in unemployment.  Of course, that is dependent on how aggressive the Government gets with their monthly job “estimate.”  A decline in growth of 3.3% is also not unlikely.  That scenario would produce 599 billion dollars of loss for the banking system.  Now can you imagine the armageddon outlook if you were to come up with a realistic worst case scenario?  

Then there were the unemployment numbers.  I wrote about the numbers in detail on the Prudent Money Blog this morning.  It is funny that no one is writing about the creation of the 226,000 jobs out of thin air estimated by the Government in the jobs report.  Can the Obama Administration really pull off this illusion making everyone think that everything really isn’t that bad?

Well, the stock market certainly thinks so.  The market continued the rally this past week.  Thus far, the S&P 500 is up 40% from the price level of 666.  This falls right in line with what happened in the 1929 bear market.  The major stock market rally in that bear market was up 46%.  Keep in mind that even with this stock market rally, we are still a little bit over -40% from the highs in October 2007. 

I put together a very detailed analysis in my recent letter to my clients.  After going through that process, I have some very strong technical evidence that this is nothing more than a bear market rally and its days are numbered. 

Keep in mind that everything gets exaggerated in this type of bear market.  The moves both up and down are much bigger.  Guard your risk very closely!

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Bob is out of the office today, but Monday May 11, 2009 he will cover in full detail the results of the stress test and the unemployment numbers.

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Hello, my name is Bob Brooks, and I am a gloom and doomer. 

Well, sometimes I feel like I need to go to a 12 step group.  While everyone is popping the champagne bottles on Wall Street and the market puts in yet another strong day, I still stick to my guns about what is occurring.  So, let me give you a few possibilities in the near-term.

1)  The market falls apart on some pretty bad news and heads back down to the March lows. 

2)  The market declines for a period of time.  However, it does so constructively and then continues the bear market rally to new highs.  This could end up taking a few months, but it would ultimately return back to the bear market.  Of course, no one will even entertain that notion.  However, that is what a bear market does.

3)  We are in a new bull market, never to return to the bear market decline.  The worst is behind us. 

The market is not only at a dangerous spot right now but it faces some very big news.  We have an unemployment report this Friday and then we have the results of the stress test.  I am going to make an off the wall prediction.  I think that the Government will tinker with the unemployment numbers to actually make them look very good in order to offset the bombshell that they will drop with the stress results.  They keep changing the date of the release of this information which makes one wonder what is actually occurring.  Why in the world would they release this information the same day as the unemployment report?  Once again, it doesn’t make sense.

This morning pending home sales came out pretty strong and all of the sudden the real estate crisis is over with.  I wouldn’t jump on that party wagon just yet.  Bryan Rogers, who does all of the wonderful graphics and artwork for Prudent Money, made an interesting statement to me.  He said you have to take all of the technical analysis that you follow and add in the deceptive media element. 

I might turn out looking pretty foolish with my negative outlook.   However, I did not feel different in August and September of 2007.  Everything is not always what it seems!

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