Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 09-16-2014
Premarkets were down -0.1% and were quiet for the most part. Markets opened down -0.1% and quickly started melting up on little to no news and smacks of manipulation. I would have guessed the markets would have been down and then zoom up tomorrow. The other explanation is 'someone' is getting a preview of the FMOC minutes and needs to drive the markets back up before tomorrow's announcement, which is scary.
By 10 am the averages were all in the green, but flat and climbing.
The medium term indicators are leaning towards the hold side at the opening and the short-term market direction meter is bullish. 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, but now I am very concerned. The SP500 MACD has turned down, but remains above zero at 6.25. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period although some technical indicators have starting to turn bearish.
Investing.com members' sentiments are 71 % Bearish and it seems to be a good sign for being bullish. The 'Sheeples' always seem to get it wrong.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 25.80. (Chart Here) Treasury Yield Curve Approaches Flattest Since 2009.
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at -62.16. (Chart Here) But anything below -30 / -40 is a concern of going deeper. Oversold conditions on the NYSE McClellan Oscillator usually bounce back at anything over -50 and reverse after reaching +40 oversold.
Chris Ciovacco says, "As long as the consumer discretionary ETF (NYSEARCA:XLY) holds above [66.88], all things being equal, it is a good sign for stocks and the U.S. economy." This chart clearly shows that dropping below 65.50 should be of a great concern to bullish investors. Wednesday, 9-3-2014, XLY edged up to 69.25 and was a signal that we might have another reversal as were are witnessing. Protect thyself!
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.
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.
Sometime in the future, there will be another three percent drop, only it will go to four, recover somewhat and the BTFDers will cry halleluiah and buy again. Only this time it doesn't recover fully like in the past and drops again, increasing the net drop to seven percent and so on.
Investors are currently unhappy, unenthusiastic, skittish and ready to jump ship every time it nudges against a small financial iceberg. They remain long for now unable to afford to sell and live off cash savings that have negative real rates thanks to the Feds. They feel in their guts, correctly, that a real 'correction' is coming and can't do anything about it until it is too late. Greed rules the day and investors should be very cautious.
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".
The DOW at 10:15 is at 17037 up 6 or 0.04%.
The SP500 is at 1989 up 5 or 0.23%.
SPY is at 199.47 up 0.48 or 0.25%.
The $RUT is at 1150 up 3 or 0.28%.
NASDAQ is at 4529 up 10 or 0.22%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 4040 up 9 or 0.23%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 13.89 down 0.23 or -1.63%. Bullish to Neutral Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is net positive, the past 5 sessions have been negative and the current bias is positive.
WTI oil is trading between 92.56 (resistance) and 91.52 (support) today. The session bias is positive and is currently trading up at 92.47. (Chart Here) There is a very large gap at 97.06 and these types of gaps are usually filled sooner rather than later. It would not surprise me to see the oils move back up in the very near future. (Chart Here)
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The general consensus is that gold prices will actually fall in the next twelve months (Sept to Aug. 2015). Goldman Sachs estimates that gold will fall to $1,050 an ounce, a drop of nearly 19%.
Gold fell from 1242.60 earlier to 1232.55 and is currently trading down at 1233.30. The current intra-session trend is negative. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 3.098 falling from 3.310 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 84.49 and 84.26 and is currently trading up at 84.35, the bias is currently neutral and decending. (Chart Here) >>>> There is a gap below between 83.92 and 83.79, watch out below as any rise is expected to be temporary.<<<<<<
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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Written by Gary