Richard Russell wrote: I guess I should come clean and admit it. After reading all about Goldman Sachs and studying Paulson and Geithner and former NY Fed Chairman Friedman, I have become almost hopelessly cynical about the markets. Is anyone ethical? Is anyone honest? I’m starting to wonder. Where money is concerned, is there anything Wall Street or the bankers won’t try?
Rumors of manipulation have been around ever since I started writing Dow Theory Letters in 1958. I always pooh-poohed those rumors, believing that it was the losers who always blamed their losses on manipulation. But now I’m not so sure.
For instance, I watched yesterday’s close on the NYSE minute by minute. The Dow was fluctuating back and forth — up 5 points one minute, down 3 points the next minute. But with one minute to go, the Dow suddenly spurted 33 points higher. I stared at my computer screen in surprise, and I asked myself, “What the hell was that?” It seemed apparent that “somebody” wanted a noticeable higher Dow at the close.
The market can be manipulated on a daily basis or maybe for a week. But in the big picture, as to the primary trend, I don’t believe the stock market or the economy can be manipulated. Although heaven knows that Washington is trying — throwing unprecedented trillions of dollars at the US economy. It’s never been tried before, but won’t trillions of dollars be enough to manipulate the great tide or the primary trend of the market? Maybe for a few weeks or even a few months, but I still don’t believe that the primary trend can be halted or reversed, no matter who tries and no matter with how many Federal Reserve dollars.