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Monday, September 14, 2009

part 2

3. Another news increasing the potential for a surgical strike on Iran as they paint the picture of urgency for a military strike - I doubt though that sensitive military tech of the latest generation can reach Iran that easily after the Patriot act they do listen to everyone making any move or noise so the NSA will be very aware of what is going on at all times. More intersting though is the notion that Russia takes a tough stance against any further sanction refering to Iran as they will play the situation to their advantage.

Iran Gains U.S. Military Technology Through Malaysia Middlemen

By Justin Blum

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Iran increasingly is obtaining U.S. military equipment and technology through shipments to Malaysian middlemen that illegally circumvent trade restrictions, according to American officials and analysts.

The U.S. has charged, convicted or sentenced defendants in at least six cases involving Malaysia since August 2008. The shipments have included parts for bombers and items sent to firms linked to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, according to court papers. More Malaysia shipments are under investigation, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The shipments illustrate how difficult it is for U.S. law enforcement to keep military secrets and equipment from reaching Iran, a country the U.S. accuses of developing nuclear weapons and sponsoring terrorism. The U.S. bans most trade with Iran.

Middlemen also have operated out of the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. Shipments through Malaysia increased after the U.A.E. cracked down on exports more than a year ago, said Steven Pelak, the principal deputy chief of the Justice Department’s counterespionage section in Washington.

“We’ve seen a lot more being now diverted through Malaysia in particular,” Pelak said in an interview. “We have seen Iranian front companies there and we’ve seen an increase there since there’s been a tightening in Dubai.”

Military goods also have been illegally shipped to China, which has been trying to obtain missile, imaging, semiconductor and submarine technology from the U.S., according to a Defense Department report this year. Espionage allegations against China are “unwarranted,” said Wang Baodong, a spokesman for the country’s embassy in Washington.

4. Sentiment picture is rather mixed but if we discriminate in a 10% potential and a 30% potential move both would be negative/neutral on the upside and positive for 10% , neutral for 30% on the downside. That means a 10% pullback is the most likely scenario. some of the indicators are the following but its important to see their dynamic as well to make a valid conclusion.


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High bullish readings in the Consensus stock index or in the Market Vane stock index usually are signs of Market tops; low ones, market bottoms.

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Bullish Consensus49%47%49%
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