15 October 2019

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Hope Floats - Stock Option Expiration on Friday

"Among the items of interest in JPMorgan Chase’s written [earnings] presentation was that it spent $6.7 billion in this past third quarter buying up its own stock and thus boosting its stock price artificially beyond outside investor demand. The third quarter buybacks of its stock came on top of spending $5 billion in the second quarter and $4.7 billion in the first quarter, bringing its net repurchases of its own stock just so far this year to a whopping $16.4 billion — money that could have otherwise gone to loans to small businesses to kickstart innovation and job growth in America.

The [House Financial Services'] Subcommittee notes that buybacks have skyrocketed from less than $200 billion in 2000 to a record $811 billion last year. The mega banks on Wall Street are responsible for a big chunk of those dollars.

Another unprecedented and totally crazy aspect of today’s banking scene is that criminal felony charges no longer matter. You can be a bank like JPMorgan Chase, holding $1.6 billion in deposits for risk-adverse savers, while also being regularly charged with crimes."

Pam and Russ Martens, Capping the Craziest Banking Era in US History

Stocks were off to the races today, on optimism for both a US-China trade deal and a Brexit deal.

The usual Banks (JP Morgan Chase, BofA, Citi, Barclays, Deutsche Bank) have been accused of long term collusion and criminal practices in rigging the bond market in Mexico. Ho hum.

There will be a stock market option expiration on Friday.

Have a pleasant evening.