Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Phil Flynn: Arab Spring Sprung

Ah another sign of spring. No, not the weather but the Arab spring. While oil got slammed yesterday on European Sovereign debt woes and fears that France may get a downgrade, the focus today may be on a new round of sanctions on Iran and another revolution in Egypt.

Oh sure it helps too that the rating agencies reaffirmed the US credit ratings after the Super Committee seemed to lose its super powers. Reuters News said, "rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's said there will no immediate downgrade of their credit ratings on the United States due to the failure of a congressional "super committee" to reach an agreement on debt reduction. But Fitch, the third leading ratings agency, which currently has the most positive rating of the three on U.S. debt, said it could cut the outlook on its triple-A" rating, with a downgrade an outside possibility."

Yet while gold and silver plummeted, oil prices fought back off the lows despite the pressure in the outside markets as pictures of violence in Egypt flashed across the TV screen. Word that protesters were demanding an end to the military rule that has been in place since Hosni Mubarak was deposed caused the country's interim cabinet to resign. Yet the masses in the second Egyptian revolution don't seem to be buying it and appear even more determined than some of the "Occupy Wall Street" folks......Read Phil's entire article.


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