Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 07-18-2014
Premarkets were up +0.20% and rose on not-so-good morning financial's where the U of Mich came in at 81.3 down from 82.5 and the US leading Indicators dropped to 0.3% from 0.5%. Markets opened up at +0.30% with a sideways trend.
By 10:30 the averages were sea-sawing sideways with a very slight upwards trend which is not saying much because the markets closed down yesterday and need to consolidate.
The medium 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 and that is not enough for me to start shorting. The SP500 MACD has turned down, but remains above zero at 9.10. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period.
Barchart.com shows a 88 % buy. (Been at 88% for the last 6 sessions, I think their meter is broken) Investing.com members' sentiments are 57 % bearish and Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 66.7 % bullish with the status at Bear Correction. (Chart Here )
Chris Ciovacco says, "As long as the consumer discretionary ETF (NYSEARCA:XLY) holds above 67.06, all things being equal, it is a good sign for stocks and the U.S. economy." (Actually it looks to be 66.88)
By Bret Jensen
My own opinion is that the Federal Reserve should have taken off the "training wheels" some time ago. The economy would have taken a short-term hit, but I think we would be much further along in our recovery by taking our lumps earlier in the cycle before the Federal Reserve expanded their balance sheet to such a massive level.
So, going forward; Do you trust the Fed? There are myriad reasons I do not and I believe rough times are ahead in the market.
We would expect investors to be flocking toward stock-based investments if they were highly confident.
What do the facts say?
We can also gain some potential "bubble" insight by taking the pulse of investors in other developed, industrialized nations.
The Dow Jones has set a new record above 17,000.
The NFP came out with a stronger than expected number of 288,000 new jobs for June.
Wage growth remains low, well below the level the Fed would like to see.
The U.S. economic recovery is not on sure footing yet. There are foundation issues, especially in the housing market and with wages. The Fed should take into account these problems before raising rates. The Fed is in the middle of tapering its massive bond buying program, hoping to end it by end of October 2014. They have continued to keep short term rates near zero, amid speculation they will raise them soon. The Fed is correct in keeping them as is. It is still too early to raise rates. While 200K new jobs a month is a good thing, a print of 300K would point to a stronger economic recovery.
There are reasons to be concerned. While there is a feeling of euphoria over the Dow Jones hitting 17,000 and closing above it, do not expect it to stay at this level. There is no real economic growth supporting it.
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 minor correction could turn nasty in a heart beat. One significant signal would be daily losses in any of the major averages that go over the 'magic' 3 % and then you need to pay close attention to risk-off tactics. There hasn't been a 10% correction in several years and some investors are becoming increasingly concerned an imminent correction is on the way.
In Lance Roberts article he asks, Is The Market Consolidating Or Topping?
There are two ways to look at stagnation in the markets. It is either a consolidation process that works off an overbought condition which leads to further advances, OR it is a topping process that leads to a market decline. Discerning which process is currently "in play" is critical for investor decision making.
Let me be clear. I am not stating that the current consolidation process will absolutely collapse into a sharp correction in the months ahead. However, I am stating that the current environment is more similar to past markets which did correct, than not.
While it is certainly possible that the markets could ratchet higher from here due to the "psychological momentum" that currently exists, the likelihood of a runaway bull market from here is remote.
It is still possible that Mr. Market is not through playing with the averages and even newer historical highs are a distinct possibility. Historically, accordingly to Eric Parnell, "major bull markets have almost never reached their final peak in a sideways grinding pattern. Instead, they have almost always peaked with flourish including one final crescendo toward a new all-time high before finally rolling over and succumbing to the forces of the new bear market".
Charts and other technical tea reading exercises are, for the most part, not worth the effort to discern directions now that the Fed has refilled the sand box with gravel, rocks and old beer cans. That is just my view, but they have completely thrown a monkey wrench into the works and no one knows anything anymore with certainty.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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The DOW at 10:30 is at 17028 up 51 or 0.30%.
The SP500 is at 1966 up 8 or 0.40%.
SPY is at 196.53 up 0.82 or 0.42%.
The $RUT is at 1142 up 8 or 0.73%.
NASDAQ is at 4393 up 30 or 0.68%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 3902 up 24 or 0.63%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 13.45 down 1.10 or -7.57%. Neutral Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is positive, the past 5 sessions have been up and the current bias is elevated, sideways.
WTI oil is trading between 103.84 (resistance) and 102.58 (support) today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading down at 103.08.
Brent Crude is trading between 108.61 (resistance) and 107.65 (support) today. The session bias is trending down and is currently trading down at 108.10.
Gold fell from 1325.30 earlier to 1305.19 and is currently trading down at 1307.80. The current intra-session trend is negative.
Dr. Copper is at 3.181 falling from 3.204 earlier.
The US dollar is trading between 80.75 and 80.54 and is currently trading down at 80.65, the bias is currently negative.
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Written by Gary