Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 04-24-2014
Premarkets were up +0.55% earlier mostly due to the better than expected US financial, Apple, GM and Caterpillar reports this morning. At the opening SP500 gaped up almost 9 points followed by heavy red volume keeping the rise in check. By the 15 minute mark the averages had fallen on a steep decent and were solidly in the red on heavy volume.
By 10 am the averages had reached flat status appearing to want to melt upwards, but the bears would have none of that and pushed the averages back into the red. I would be careful as the volatility may not be over.
I warned yesterday about today being a pump-n-dump session and sure enough there were many 'sheeples' caught in this one. Like a rubber band the averages did snap back up to yesterday's closing numbers, but the BTFDers tried to reverse the tide to no avail.
Gold is getting some life back. Futures for June delivery are up 0.7% to $1,293.80 an ounce.
The apparent reason? News reports that Russia will start military drills along Ukraine border.
The short term indicators are leaning towards the hold side at the opening. 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 SP500 MACD has turned up, but remains above zero at 3.95. 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.) Investing.com members' sentiments are 71% bearish.
In looking at the 50 DMA, the current SP500 opened above that line and the small caps remain just above the 100 DMA. I can not see, as of right now where those MA's are rolling over to indicate any permanent bear run but the failing small caps are a real worry.
We have seen similar action at the beginning of Feb, 2014 when the SP500 went below the 100 DMA and actually touched the 145 DMA and then rebounded to set new historic highs in the beginning of this month.
Bottom line here is that I have not seen any serious bears jumping out of the woods just yet, although I am VERY concerned that ANY correction could turn nasty in a heart beat.
I still believe that Mr. Market is STILL not through playing with us and even newer historical highs are a distinct possibility beyond what we have seen, mainly because the amount of bond buying the Fed still does on a monthly basis. For those who are hell-bent bears, this article, 5 Reasons Your Simple Bear Market Plans Could Backfire, should be required reading.
The longer 6 month outlook is now 35-65 sell and will remain bearish until we can see what the effects are in the Fed's 'Tapering' game plan and Russia's annexing game playing. Again, I would also take chart and other technical indicators with a lessor degree of reliability for the time being and watch what the Janet Yellen's Fed does over the next couple of months. The margin debt is very high and has been setting historic highs and as of Monday, 4-7-2014, it stands at $466 billion.
It is its ending of QE that worries me the most as many financial institution and emerging markets can not continue to push forward or upwards without the Fed's 'Market Viagra'. Even if the Fed reduces its purchases by $10 billion every month for the rest of 2014, the Fed will have acquired $320 billion more for its portfolio. Note, that in 2013, the Fed added more than $1.0 trillion in securities to its portfolio. The debt stands at 4 trillion and will be at 5 trillion by the time the taper is completed and that is one hell of a debt that 'someone' has to pay.
Several notes of negativity is that the margin debt for stock purchases is at an all time high and investors are worried about issues directly related to the Fed's tapering. They are considering this factor along with the Argentine Peso, South African Rand and Japan. And of course, China's defaulting businesses are dropping like flies. And now the Second Chinese Bond Company Defaults, First High Yield Bond Issuer. And now Another Chinese High Yield Bond Issuer Declares Bankruptcy.
The real story behind the current weakness is the US weak housing, layoffs and poor employment data, inventory reductions and soft economic outlook including a mediocre sales outlook. Just can not buy the optimism of the bullish pundits when it comes to politicians and our economy. We may never know how 'dark' our shadow banking is and there are too many lurking 'Black Swans' on the horizon to be as confident as some are.
The Best Stock Market Indicator Update says the market is Un-tradable. The OEXA200R is well above 65%, currently at 75%. However, all three secondary indicators are negative:
Of the three secondary indicators:
- RSI is POSITIVE (below 50).
- MACD is POSITIVE (black line below red).
- Slow STO is POSITIVE (black line below red).
Is the Bull finally over? That's what a lot of traders are beginning to ask themselves right now. Two Bull / Bear indicators that I keep an eye on are the bank index (represented by $BKX) and NYSE Margin Debt, both shown below.
When people start missing payments on car loans and mortgages it indicates a serious underlying problem with the economy. Twice in the recent past, Feb. 5, 2007 and Jan. 31, 2011, a drop by the banks preceded a significant drop in the S&P by several months. The same occurred with Margin Debt in March 2000 and July 2007 (the caveat here is that Margin Debt data is always a month old).
My feeling is that we're entering the final euphoria phase of the five-year stock market bull, and I'll be watching warily for major resistance points in the coming months. One in particular will be when the Nasdaq reaches 5000, the same top as in year 2000, maybe by this June or July. I'm very surprised at how large this bubble has grown, fueled by the Fed's single-minded determination to support Wall Street. (. . . and I agree )
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The DOW at 10:15 is at 16470 down 31 or -0.19%.
The SP500 is at 1874 down 1.60 or -0.09%.
SPY is at 187.35 down 0.12 or -0.06%.
The $RUT is at 1139 down 8 or -0.73%.
NASDAQ is at 4121 down 5 or -0.13%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 3566 up 10 or 0.30%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 13.92 up 0.65 or 4.52%. Bullish 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 negative.
WTI oil is trading between 102.22 (resistance) and 101.42 (support) today. The session bias is mixed and volatile and is currently trading up at 102.01.
Brent Crude is trading between 110.05 (resistance) and 109.07 (support) today. The session bias is positive and is currently trading down at 109.83.
Gold rose from 1268.73 earlier to 1298.06 and is currently trading up at 1294.60. The current intra-session trend is positive.
Dr. Copper is at 3.104 rising from 3.055 earlier.
The US dollar is trading between 80.05 and 79.81 and is currently trading down at 79.88, the bias is currently negative and volatile.
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Written by Gary