Written by Gary
Midday Market Commentary For 04-21-2014
The averages fell into the red (-0.10%) around 10:30 am and the $VIX melted up to the low 14's. Volume at the noontime reading is low and falling to anemic as the HFT computer appear to be melting the averages up or at least keeping them elevated for the time being. Looks like a classic 'pump-n-dump' occurred, but at least the traders are happy with increased volatility.
By noon many investors were taking a cautious view of the markets advancing today. The unrest situation in the Ukraine is one factor that is keeping the bulls in their pens. Market weakness is apparent, but unsure if Mr. Market is going to direct the averages upward today.
The short term indicators are leaning towards the hold side at the midday. The all important signs of reversal, up or down, have not been observed so we are mostly, at best, neutral and conservatively holding. The important DMA's, volume and a host of other studies have not turned, only a past 6% correction (and recovery) and that is not enough for me to start shorting. The MACD has turned up slightly, but remains near zero. I would advise caution in taking any position during this volatile transition period although Barchart.com shows a 24 % buy. (Remember this has been negative for weeks.)
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The DOW at 12:30 is at 16433 up 25 or 0.15%.
The SP500 is at 1868 up 3 or 0.17%.
SPY is at 186.70 up 0.31 or 0.17%.
The $RUT is at 1139 up 0.31 or 0.11%.
NASDAQ is at 4106 up 10 or 0.26%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 3545 up 11 or 0.30%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 13.43 up 0.07 or 0.52%. Neutral Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is sideways, the past 5 sessions have been positive and the current bias is sideways.
WTI oil is trading between 104.58 (resistance) and 102.96 (support) today. The session bias is positive and is currently trading down at 103.40.
Brent Crude is trading between 109.94 (resistance) and 108.91 (support) today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading down at 109.58.
Gold fell from 1301.12 earlier to 1282.05 and is currently trading up at 1286.70. The current intra-session trend is sideways.
Dr. Copper is at 3.044 falling from 3.054 earlier.
The US dollar is trading between 80.06 and 79.86 and is currently trading down at 80.04, the bias is currently positive.
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Written by Gary