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US pledges aid as Swat crisis grows
The United Nations' refugee agency has warned that fighting between Pakistan's military and Taliban militants is uprooting people faster than probably any other conflict since the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s
Three vie for GM's European divisions
RHJ, Fiat and Magna expected to make formal offers for a stake in General Motors' Opel-Vauxhall units, but additional bids from private equity and sovereign wealth investors still possible
Investors rebel over Shell executive pay
In one of the biggest investor rebellions over directors' pay, about 59 per cent of the oil multi­national's shareholders voted down the company's remuneration report
Dimon rails against foreign worker rules
Rules preventing US banks from hiring foreigners are a 'complete and utter disgrace' and could prompt overseas governments to retaliate against American expatriates, Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, warned
Guantánamo panel calls for US to take Chinese Uighurs
The task force on Guantánamo Bay detainees set up by Barack Obama has recommended the release into the US of two Chinese Uighurs held at the prison, the Financial Times has learned
MGM Mirage warned over Macao JV
State authorities in NJ withhold blessing from $1.25bn MGM Grand Macau operation in Chinese territory
British MPs turn on their protector
Michael Martin said he would resign as Common Speaker after losing the confidence of many MPs and party leaders over his handling of the Westminster expenses furore
Fed looks to supply for pointer on rates
The Federal Reserve is turning its attention to the impact of the crisis on the productive capacity of the US economy – an issue central to any assessment of when it might start tightening monetary policy again
Obama unveils fuel efficiency alliance
The Obama administration announced a grand bargain on fuel efficiency and emissions with the global car industry, drawing together an unlikely alliance of carmakers, trade unions and environmentalists
Porsche chief woos Mideast investors
The corporate saga surrounding Volkswagen and its largest shareholder, Porsche, took another twist when it emerged that the sports car makers' chief executive was wooing Middle East investors

Financial Times - US homepage
Home Depot chief warns on US housing
Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, said its first quarter sales fell 9.7 per cent, and warned that its customers were "still under pressure" from the economy
Schwarzenegger setback expected on budget
California voters were expected to reject a series of special ballot measures aimed at addressing a widening state budget deficit in a blow to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Financial Times - UK Homepage
Overseas workers more able to keep jobs
Analysis of official statistics shows that the number of British-born workers in employment fell by 451,000, or 1.8 per cent, in the first quarter of this year compared with a year ago.
M&S chief reticent on choice of successor
Sir Stuart Rose said a search to find a successor for him would not begin until next year as the CEO of the UK retailer reported a 37 per cent fall in full-year pre-tax profits and a 33 per cent cut in dividend payouts
Lufthansa seeks BMI cash fillip
Lufthansa has warned it could walk away from the planned takeover of BMI British Midland unless the airline's controlling shareholder injects more capital into the struggling UK carrier
Financial regulation plan faces UK obstacles
Proposals for a radical overhaul of financial supervision in Europe, due to be published soon, are likely to put Brussels on a collision course with the UK
Oil recovery ignores fundamentals
A surge in the West Texas benchmark – jumped to a six-month high of $60.48 a barrel, up 85 per cent from February's low of $32.7 –has left some bullish and others concerned

A moribund Chinese bond market springs to life
Why the crisis is good for China's Pearl River Delta
A blog pause
China's land-rights reform is vital but not enough
How real is the threat of social unrest from China's army of unemployed?

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Roger Wiegand: On the Cusp of a Significant Rise in Gold Tuesday, 19 May 2009 The 'Sell in May' situation could arrive right on time this year, according Roger Wiegand of Trader Tracks, who anticipates the next larger, extended rally in gold this fall. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Roger suggests some alternate market plays for the lean summer months and explains why he believes "the deck is stacked against the stock market" and $1,375 gold appears in the cards. The Gold Report: Roger, last week in your newsletter you talked about seeing two "flying wedges" in the Dow in the technical charts. Do these wedges have anything to do with the proverbial "Sell in May and go away"? Roger Wiegand: Those two little wedges can be either continuation triangles, which go straight sideways, or they can be bull flags, which occur when the end of the pennant points in an upward direction. As I recall, the two wedges we saw were pretty much straight sideways. What had happened is the NASDAQ, the S&P 100, the S&P 500, and a couple of other related indicators all signaled stocks were in a bull situation, and they should continue to climb in price. Then they stopped and prices came back a little bit and we saw one of these wedge-shaped patterns. It was over rather quickly. It was only within a matter of a few days that I expected prices to either take-off again immediately in a new rally or, fall. It fell a little bit but, instead of continuing to sell, it started in another new wedge. This is a highly unusual chart pattern signaling manipulation, in my opinion. What that said to me was we have a technical continuation of the first wedge. In other words, the chart is levitating and prices are peaking. It's wanting to sell, but I suspect there's artificial buying holding it up. Now the other thing that happened in the middle of the second wedge last week was the bank stress tests were announced, which in my view were just a lot of public relations. Looking forward, there are some key dates coming up during the last 10 days of May, starting roughly around May 20. We think from that date forward toward the end of May we'll encounter that "Sell in May" situation. So, after all the machinations and moving around on these prices and the Obama bounce being delayed and so on, it now appears there's a chance that the "Sell in May" situation could arrive right on time. TGR: You said earlier that you're expecting a Dow rise in the fall, but a major selling event in September? RW: Yes, we are looking for a rise in the fall. Right around the first two weeks of September, I think we'll see fresh buying for Dow and index shares. Investors and traders return to work after Labor Day and vacations. Usually when that happens, they begin to buy. Unless there's some really bad news we can't forecast out there right now, I suspect the first few days of this could be strong. However, during the last week of September, moving into October, I think we're looking for a major selling event. That one could be a real attention-getter. TGR: How far do you think it will drop at that point? Will it be testing our 2008 loads? RW: I suspect we could go back as far as Dow 6,500 or 5,600. That's probably the worst case for the fall. I believe the deck is stacked against the stock market and I would be very cautious and expect hard selling at the end of September or, into the first two weeks of October. TGR: What are you suggesting investors do between now and September? Is there a way to play the market before it takes its trip down? RW: I think there is. From a trader's viewpoint, if, in fact, we're correct on the Sell in May event, you could purchase June put options on the S&P minis or, you can trade the S&P mini futures short. We're planning to trade the S&P mini futures short and we'll price those options. Those two trades, held during a quickly falling sell-off, could earn quite a bit of money in a short period of time. TGR: You're recommending some bond plays. Are there any other interesting plays, what you would call "no-brainer plays"? RW: None of them are no-brainers because we can always be surprised. The other trade I find attractive is the Canadian dollar long. We can trade these using ETF shares and buying currency futures. The good news on the Canadian dollar, from what I can see, is that it might rally from 86.00 (on the index) all the way up to 1.00—and perhaps even higher. Now why is that going to happen? I think it could happen because the Canadian dollar is a mining and natural resources currency. Consequently, it's related to most all miners including precious metals, base metals and other commodities. Base metals are not as strong, but they've stabilized. The Canadian dollar is also related to the massive energy sector. So the Canadian dollar should be a very good trade, indeed. TGR: You mentioned earlier in our conversation that a good thing for some investors to do would be to take some profits and to sell into the strength of the market. If we're selling-off our current stocks, where should we put our money? RW: We like grain. Grain has the potential to have another record year. We've had open positions since March on a soybean spread and the first leg of that trade is now up almost 100%. Typically, the way we trade spreads is to take half off the table when we've got 100% or, better in an effort to recoup our initial trade investment holding the balance for higher prices. So far, that trade has gone very well. This is our fourth year on these and they have all been annual winners. Share traders and investors will have several new opportunities buying shares in grain and other food-related stocks. We've recommended some before and will have more of them this year. Shortages and other fundamentals forecast higher grain and food prices. We continue to like gold spreads for December, 2009. Our spread has been in place for weeks now, so I'd have to re-price it in the market for newer entries. We like gold long for December because we have been predicting a forecast price of $1,260 with a newer, higher projection announced six weeks ago to a potential $1,375 on December, 2009 futures. Gold might return to $850 before we settle down here and rally in the next leg, but on a cyclical basis gold has another chance to rally mildly this spring after a minor pullback. TGR: Doesn't gold usually kind of go down or sideways during the summer? RW: Yes, it travels sideways for most of the summer. I would say that's probably our trading action in the next two to four weeks. If gold sells down again, and I think it will, you could see a base-bottom somewhere between $850 and $885 and then a lot of chop and mild rallies. These channeled markets are difficult to trade. And, then into the fall we're looking for the next larger, extended rally. I suspect other markets will have a negative influence on several things and, as a result of that, gold should rise significantly in the fall. I know manipulators will be trying to cap it and keep the lid on, but one of the keys could be a rally price break through $1,007—the former high. Then gold could run away to $1,150 and more, easily up to $1,260. Now the other event, depending upon manipulation, is the chance gold could rise as high as $1,375 on the December futures contract. That remains to be seen. If it happens, we should see several markets' with new pivot moves depending on key events. But, technically, from where we are today and where we've been, $1,375 appears in the cards. TGR: That would be good news for a lot of those junior miners. RW: Absolutely. TGR: Thanks, Roger, as usual, this has been very interesting and informative.

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Howard Miller's afternoon Report: From Global Bullion Trading Group

Good afternoon everyone, The metals complex ended the New York trading day higher across the board on weaker than expected U.S housing data and the corresponding lower Dollar.....Traders were hoping to see some signs of improvement in housing starts and building permits, but got another disappointment....Permits fell to 494,000 and Housing Starts to 494,000 ....Both substantially below Wall Street estimates.....Currency traders correctly suspected as much hammering the Dollar in advance of the release.....The Euro remains firmly higher against our Greenback at $1.3625 up a full cent .......Silver rose 40 cents to $14.20......Gold gained $6.00 to $926.00......Palladium closed at $236.00 up $4.00......Platinum was up $10.00 to end the day at $1140.00.....Silver got an added boost from today's sharply higher copper prices......Volume was moderate at best...While the Dow rallied at the open; it has since gone into a roller coaster mode trading between plus and minus 25...With two left in the trading day the Dow sits at 8511 up 7 points.......As for tomorrow; the calendar will be slow with only the release of the last Fed meeting minutes....On the non economic front we will also get the Weekly Oil Inventories....Speaking of Oil it remains higher by 63 cents at $59.66 per barrel........That's about it......Howard

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Howard Miller's Morning Report: From Global Bullion Trading Group

Good morning everyone, Metals are trading steady to a shade higher over in London and in advance of today's U.S. housing data.....Silver is up 12 cents at $13.92.....Gold is $922.00 up $2.00 per ounce.....Palladium is $2.00 higher at $234.00.....Platinum is $1144.00 having gained another $12.00 since yesterday's wrap up levels.....In currency trading the Euro has surged by 1.07 cents despite expectations of stronger U.S housing data....Last trade $1.3632...Speaking of the data; April Housing Starts are expected to clock in at 527,000 versus March's 510,000... Building Permits which turn into housing starts are estimated to come in at 530,000 compared to 510,000.....At the risk of sounding like a broken record; bad but better.....This " bad but better" news has been fueling the recent stock market surge.....The Dow soared by 235 points yesterday and appears to be headed for a 59 point higher open today....Crude oil continues to follow the enthusiasm of the stock market .....Yesterday we saw Oil gain $2.69 per barrel....Part of the rise came in response to a Pennsylvania oil refinery fire and militant problems in the Nigerian Oil producing sector of the country.........Today we find Crude up another 87 cents at $59.90......Gasoline has experienced a sharp jump in price over the past month and appears to be headed higher with the summer driving season about to kick off.....In global matters the Indian stock market surged 17% yesterday after communist candidates were overwhelmingly defeated in national elections.....That's about it.....Howard

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