See, this is exactly what's wrong with U.S. capitalism, that companies view themselves not as organizations to benefit society by providing jobs to people, but only as profit entities. This is not how it is in Germany or Holland, yet those countries thrive, whereas the U.S. is going down the toilet because of how U.S. companies have turned their backs on American workers and because of the influx of skill-less immigrants, who offer nothing to society, but only take.
Apple should be the most hated company for its outsourcing. Steve Jobs was a greedy parasite to setup all the manufacturing in China, thumbing his nose at American workers. Had he cared about the American worker, he would have died beloved rather than the ego-maniacal scoundrel he was.
Until now, earnings have largely held up. Now that picture is crumbling because of stronger dollar and higher input costs. No cost savings left to be had after companies streamlining since 08. Blaming the weather and currency only works for so long.
The nail on the coffin of the this market is the outflows. No amount of intervention is going to forestall a sell-off, if everyone is pulling out.
Facebook doesn't do anything. None of it is real. The whole business is based on purposeless activity and so is the stock price. It's a company for fools.
What fabricated measures are you referring to?
Facebook is dying. People use it for a little while and then stop using, because it's not very interesting.