Written by Gary
Midday Market Commentary For 07-25-2014
So what the markets are down nearly 1%, they will bounce back up on Tuesday won't they? Have to admit this looks like another BTFD day having seen this countless number of times over the past several years. So far the BTFDers have been right, but I am afraid their day of reckoning is near.
By noon the markets were down, volume moderate, the $VIX is climbing and it is almost time for my afternoon nap.
Nothing to see here, keep moving. . .
Curious why Brent just spiked by over 1% (and the S&P500 took a leg lower)? The reason is headlines from Reuters citing Europe's [unelected] dictator, Van Rompuy who has said that sanctions should include Oil technology.
However, in a hilarious twist, the [unelected Muppet] of Europe's insolvent banks, hopes to get his sanctions, cake and snort Russia's gas too, adding that Europe's sanctions should exclude the gas sector.
LETTER FROM EU COUNCIL HEAD VAN ROMPUY TO MEMBER STATES SAYS RESTRICTIONS ON SUPPLYING TECHNOLOGY TO RUSSIA SHOULD INCLUDE OIL, BUT EXCLUDE GAS SECTOR-EU SOURCES
Here it appears that Europe's unelected leaders are somehow deluding themselves that if faced with escalating sanctions, Russia will not unilaterally cut off the gas to Europe.
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 9.80. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period.
Barchart.com shows a 88 % buy. (Been at 88% for the last 8 sessions, I think their meter is broken) Investing.com members' sentiments are 58 % bearish and Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 67.1 % 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 the support looks to be in the 66.88 range) We have crossed the support, let's see where this goes from here.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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The DOW at 12:00 is at 16948 down 136 or -0.80%.
The SP500 is at 1978 down 10 or -0.50%.
SPY is at 197.70 down 0.96 or -0.48%.
The $RUT is at 1145 down 11 or -0.95%.
NASDAQ is at 4444 down 28 or -0.63%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 3957 down 26 or -0.65%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 12.33 up 0.49 or 4.14%. Bearish Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is positive, the past 5 sessions have been net positive and the current bias is negative.
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WTI oil is trading between 102.49 (resistance) and 101.00 (support) today. The session bias is neutral, volatile and is currently trading down at 101.65.
Brent Crude is trading between 108.20 (resistance) and 106.74 (support) today. The session bias is positive, volatile and is currently trading down at 107.81.
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Gold rose from 1291.19 earlier to 1299.36 and is currently trading down at 1298.30. The current intra-session trend is positive and volatile.
Dr. Copper is at 3.241 falling from 3.277 earlier.
The US dollar is trading between 81.14 and 80.90 and is currently trading up at 81.13, the bias is currently positive and volatile.
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Written by Gary