NEW YORK (
) -- Warren Buffett, CEO of
and head public relations executive for the U.S. economy, found himself in the headlines again last week when he proclaimed that there won't be any double dip recession. Buffett was unequivocal in his words, saying that it was "night and day" for the U.S economy now versus a year or year and a half ago. What's more, Buffett didn't just say he didn't think a double dip recession is coming; he said it isn't coming, end of story. There was no mincing of words or hedging of bets from the Oracle of Omaha.
comments put him at odds with not just many economists , but the ominous-sounding Hindenburg Omen, the obscure technical market indicator that became a media sensation in August when it signaled a market crash, and worse yet, seemed to have a decent historical track record of making such a bearish claim about the economy's short-term trajectory.
The Hindenburg Omen captured the zeitgeist of the moment in August. The Hindenburg Omen was also helped by the fact that September and October are historically the worst months for the market. Just putting the word "October" in the same sentence with the words "stock market" is enough to send investors to the exits. Additionally, the mid-point of the presidential election cycle also has shown a high correlation to stock market slumps, if not outright market crashes.
It seemed as if September was shaping up to be a rocky month for investors, but it hasn't turned out that way, at least not yet. The Hindenburg Omen has given way to a September rally, and those investors who dismissed the references to the doomed German airship as nothing but hot air have turned out to place their bets wisely over the past few weeks, with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index gaining ground since hitting a short-term low at the end of August.
Warren Buffett timed his bullish words right, and the Berkshire Hathaway CEO and don of old school American capitalism has had the power to restore faith in the markets previously. The trading desks of New York still give thanks to Buffett every time his investment in
at the low point in the financial crisis is cited. Whereas Buffett described his purchase of railroad
famously as a bet on the U.S. economy, traders still talk about the Buffett investment in Goldman Sachs as a sign of faith in the U.S. economy at a time of investor desperation.
So are Buffett's words once again poised to give the markets a little push? Trading at the end of last week didn't suggest that Buffett's endorsement of the U.S. economy and dismissal of double-dip recession fears was enough to change the game, and the game is being played by jittery investors.