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Posted on 01/19/2016 10:27:02 AM PST by RetiredArmy
Welcome To The New Normal: The Dow Crashes Another 390 Points And Wal-Mart Closes 269 Stores
Did you know that 15 trillion dollars of global stock market wealth has been wiped out since last June? The worldwide financial crisis that began in the middle of last year is starting to spin wildly out of control. On Friday, the Dow plunged another 390 points, and it is now down a total of 1,437 points since the beginning of this calendar year. Never before in U.S. history have stocks ever started a year this badly. The same thing can be said in Europe, where stocks have now officially entered bear market territory. As I discussed yesterday, the economic slowdown and financial unraveling that we are witnessing are truly global in scope. Banks are failing all over the continent, and I expect major European banks to start making some huge headlines not too long from now. And of course let us not forget about China. On Friday the Shanghai Composite declined another 3.6 percent, and overall it is now down more than 20 percent from its December high. Much of this chaos has been driven by the continuing crash of the price of oil. As I write this article, it has dipped below 30 dollars a barrel, and many of the big banks are projecting that it still has much farther to fall.
The other night, Barack Obama got up in front of the American people and proclaimed that anyone that was saying that the economy was not recovering was peddling fiction. Well, if the U.S. economy is doing so great, then why in the world has Wal-Mart decided to shut down 269 stores?
Walmart (WMT) will close 269 stores around the world in a strategic move to focus more on its supercenters and e-commerce business, the company said Friday.
The closures include 154 U.S. locations, encompassing Walmartâs entire fleet of 102 âExpressâ format stores, its smallest stores that have been in pilot testing since 2011. Some supercenters, Samâs Club locations and Neighborhood Markets will also close, plus 115 stores in Latin American markets. The closures were decided based on financial performance and how well the locations fit with Walmartâs broader strategy, says Greg Hitt, a company spokesman.
We have grown accustomed to other major retailers shutting down stores, but this is Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart doesnât retreat. For decades, Wal-Mart has been on a relentless march forward. They have been an unstoppable juggernaut that has expanded extremely aggressively and that has ruthlessly crushed the competition.
I was absolutely stunned when I saw that they were going to close down 269 stores. If you want to know if your local store is in danger, you can view the full list right here.
Overall, 10,000 Wal-Mart employees will be affected. I could understand closing down a few underperforming stores, but if the U.S. economy truly is in great shape then it wouldnât make any sense at all to shut down hundreds of stores.
What in the name of Sam Walton is going on out there?
The truth, of course, is that the U.S. economy is in great danger. We have now entered the next great crisis, but most communities around the country never even recovered from the last one. In fact, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that a whopping 93 percent of all counties in the United States âhave failed to fully recoverâ from the last recession:
More than six years after the economic expansion began, 93% of counties in the U.S. have failed to fully recover from the blow they suffered during the recession.
Nationwide, 214 counties, or 7% of 3,069, had recovered last year to prerecession levels on four indicators: total employment, the unemployment rate, size of the economy and home values, a study from the National Association of Counties released Tuesday found.
The next few weeks are going to be very interesting to watch. The economic fundamentals continue to deteriorate, and the financial markets are finally starting to catch up with economic reality.
As the collapse on Wall Street accelerates, we are going to increasingly see panic selling and forced liquidations. In the past, it was mostly humans that had their hands on the controls during market crashes, but today the machines are making more of the decisions than ever before. The following comes from CNBC:
The new market age is decidedly different: Rather than that seething cacophony, aggressive corrections like the current ones are directed by a faceless metronome of computer-generated orders, triggering irresistible momentum and trillions in losses.
Amid it all, market veterans are left to ponder when the script will flip and market direction will turn not by newfound optimism among traders in the pits, but rather by algorithms that generate âbuyâ rather than âsellâ signals.
âIt feels like sell program after sell program,â said Michael Cohn, chief market strategist at Atlantis Asset Management, a boutique firm in New York. âIt seems to happen first thing in the morning, and then however the market transpires during the day is how they close it. If it looks like itâs coming back, theyâll take it at the end. If if looks like itâs heading lower, theyâll slam it at the end of the day.â
Earlier today, an article authored by Michael Pento entitledâA recession worse than 2008 is comingâ was posted on CNBC. Here is a short excerpt:
But a recession has occurred in the U.S. about every five years, on average, since the end of WWII; and it has been seven years since the last one â we are overdue.
Most importantly, the average market drop during the peak to trough of the last 6 recessions has been 37 percent. That would take the S&P 500 down to 1,300; if this next recession were to be just of the average variety.
But this one will be worse.
If stocks do drop a total of 37 percent, that would just bring them back to levels that would be considered ânormalâ or âaverageâ by historical standards. There is certainly the possibility that they could fall much farther than that.
And of course the markets are so incredibly fragile at this point that any sort of a âtrigger eventâ could cause a collapse of epic proportions.
All it is going to take is a major disaster or emergency of some sort.
Do you have a feeling that something really bad is about to happen? This is something that I have been hearing from people that I respect, and I would like to know if it is a phenomenon that is more widespread. If you have been feeling something like this, please feel free to share it with us by posting a comment below.
Article reposted with permission from The Economic Collapse Blog, the opinions and views shared do not necessarily reflect the views of Sons of Liberty Media.
People are realizing the soviet-style Federal Reserve manipulation of the money supply for political reasons has completely failed.
They are closing the Express stores which were a really bad idea.
Dow is up 30 points today
If you used Amazon as the barometer of this country's economic performance over the last few years, you'd get a very different story.
Do you have a feeling that something really bad is about to happen?...
Not for me as I have no stake in the Market. Personally I hope for the best and PREPARE for the worst:-)
The one store that is opening all over the place here in my corner of Alabama is the Dollar General. They are popping up all over the place. Starting out just like Wal Mart did in the beginning with all those small stores all over the place. I was in Germany when Wal Mart first came to our areas here and when I came home all these new stores were around. I asked my mother when those opened and she said last year and the guy who owned them lived in Arkansas. I had never heard of the company until I returned from Germany.
“Did you know that 15 trillion dollars of global stock market wealth has been wiped out since last June?”
Really, factories, office buildings, and electrical generating plants have vanished into thin air? Nope, they’re still there. They are just selling for a slightly different price on the stock market. If you wait a while, you might get a better price....or maybe not.
You wanna laugh? 5/2014 The U.S. economy is within sight of the Federal Reserve’s inflation and EMPLOYMENT goals, and is expected to grow at a “robust” pace for the rest of the year, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said on Friday.
It’s just Obama working to flesh out his “legacy.” We need to be praying that our country gets through the next 12 months and one day!
I think America is about one terrorist event from crashing the economy and the one in the WH declaring martial law. If a terrorist attack happened at some huge mall or sporting even, it would cause people to stop going to stores, afraid of another attack and the economy simply cannot take it. I think the economy is a house of cards. Held up with chewing gum and it is about to fall. Just one big event could cause a collapse of the economy. We simply are just too in debt to take it. But, this what the left wants. Tear America down and rebuild it like the Soviet Union or worse Babylon of Nimrod’s time. That is ultimately where the world is heading, the One World Government. The Bible makes that CLEAR!
Walmarts loss is Amazon’s gain. Change happens. Writer scare is scare monger.
bho is happy that American Capitalism is crumbling.
Those office building are empty because we have plenty around here along with the stores and shops that have closed down. Don’t care if the buildings are worth millions, if no one is in them using them then they are worthless to me. I am paying for the buildings and getting no rent back and clearly no one is expanding to buy them.
The markets are flat today.
I agree, those Express stores didn’t fit.
But they did close a SuperCenter in Fairfield, Alabama.
Your opinion. I don’t agree with you. If you think the country is hunky dorrie, that is your opinion and I completely disagree. All I have to do is take a peek at my wife’s 401k and see that.
USA - the "safe haven."
I've been very disappointed at how the Wal-Mart story has been incorrectly reported. They are "retooling" those stores, to adapt to changes in buying habits. Even Rush made it sound like 16,000 will be laid off. Some jobs may be cut, but most will transfer to other stores.
I posted it on my alumni forum, just to see who would jump on it like red meat. I wasn't disappointed: the libs could only talk about how evil Wal-mart is.
What is a WalMart “express store?”
Is that what WalMart “neighborhood markets” are called?
We have a WM neighborhood market in our area, and a semi-super store a mile away.
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