Growth in China slows

The growth of China’s non-manufacturing sector slowed sharply in November, as indicated by a plunge in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said Saturday.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-12/03/c_131285904.htm

Earlier in the week:

China’s factory sector shrank in November for the first time in nearly three years, an official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed on Thursday.

Buying more time?

The global central banks move merely bought time for European leaders and doesn’t solve the euro zone’s fundamental debt problems.

The plane is on approach and the fire trucks have been moved into place.  How rough will the landing be?

OECD on world trade

THE latest Economic Outlook from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that the global economy has deteriorated significantly and warns that international trade growth has weakened.The organisation’s latest forecast sees trade growth for 2012 slowing.

Home Prices, US

Home prices dropped 0.6% in September to rise just 0.1% for the third quarter, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index released Tuesday. The home price slide was 3.6%, year-on-year.

Options

A number of new (and old)  stock picking services are brought to our attention most every week.  We coined the term “wreck-o-mendations” because of the severe portfolio damage they can do.

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In any event, we are following a number of put selling trade recommendations with Dec 2011 expirations started last week. EVERY one is already in-the-money and we aren’t even in December yet!

As a reminder, selling naked puts is effectively being long the market and therefore comes with substantial risk especially in a down market that many believe has crash potential.