Market Commentary: New High Again for SP500, Averages Make Steady Gains On Falling Volume

July 24th, 2014
in Gary's blogging, midday post

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Midday Market Commentary For 07-24-2014

By 10:30 the session lows were history as the averages started methodically melting higher moving the SP500 to a new high (1991.39). The small caps remained below morning highs, the DOW traded mostly sideways and the volume is falling to anemic levels as most investors are through for the day.

By noon the averages were repeating yesterday's of staying high and trading in a narrow band. The caution sign is out again as we watch for sudden reversals.

Follow up:

The 'shorts' are getting it in the pants once again. The bulls are totally we are at the top and want to the first to jump in and get the high fliers and yes, that can push the averages higher.

Marketwide Short Squeeze 5th Day In A Row

For the 5th day in a row, US equity markets have been ignoted higher at the open by a sudden and extreme short squeeze among the weakest balance sheet companies.

"Most Shorted" stocks have surged 3% in the last 5 days (double the S&P) but have only just managed to get back to unchanged for 2014 (against a 7.7% gain in the S&P).

The medium 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 and that is not enough for me to start shorting. The SP500 MACD has turned down, but remains above zero at 10.75. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period. shows a 88 % buy. (Been at 88% for the last 8 sessions, I think their meter is broken) members' sentiments are 57 % bearish and Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 66.9 % bullish with the status at Bear Correction. (Chart Here ) NYSE Bullish Percent Index ($BPNYA) is at 71.65. (Chart Here) S&P 500 Bullish Percent Index ($BPSPX) is at 82.60. (Chart Here) Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY) is at 67.70. (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 the support looks to be in the 66.88 range)

The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!

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The DOW at 12:00 is at 17104 up 18 or 0.11%.

The SP500 is at 1991 up 4 or 0.20%.

SPY is at 198.97 up 0.33 or 0.17%.

The $RUT is at 1162 up 4 or 0.36%.

NASDAQ is at 4485 up 11 or 0.24%.

NASDAQ 100 is at 3993 up 7 or 0.18%.

$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 11.69 up 0.18 or 1.56%. Neutral, but volatile Movements

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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is positive, the past 5 sessions have been sideways and the current bias is positive.

How Oil Really Gets Priced

WTI oil is trading between 103.29 (resistance) and 102.28 (support) today. The session bias is negative and volatile and is currently trading up at 102.30.

Brent Crude is trading between 108.24 (resistance) and 107.05 (support) today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading up at 107.14.

Gold Choppiness Continues

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Gold fell from 1306.48 earlier to 1288.09 and is currently trading down at 1290.40. The current intra-session trend is negative.

Dr. Copper is at 3.265 rising from 3.201 earlier.

The US dollar is trading between 80.98 and 80.81 and is currently trading down at 80.94, the bias is currently neutral and volatile.

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