Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 12-09-2014
Premarket numbers were down -1% and the bottom feeders were ready when the markets opened. The BTFDers took advantage soon after the averages started to fall and stopped the large caps fro exceeding -0.8% with some very heavy buying. But by the 10 minute mark the BTFDers couldn't save the day and the averages continued to fall and pausing at the -1% down level.
By 10 am the opening 'bottom' was halted, at least temporally, as the bulls decided this was train to hop onto before it left the station. Not so sure I agree.
The averages are trending back up after a beating at the opening today, but investor fears of continuing global weakness are dampening prospects of a Santa Claus Rally.
German October imports slid 3.1% from a month earlier, while exports fell 0.5%. Snapping a world-beating rally, highly volatile Chinese stocks tumbled the most since August 2009, with the Shanghai Composite Index closing down 5.4% at 2,856.27 after earlier gains of as much as 2.4%.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening sharply lower, following a slump in global markets. European markets were sliding Tuesday, led by a plunge in Greece on concerns that a political crisis there might jeopardize the country's finances.
Stocks also sank in China, snapping a months-long boom, after regulators there tightened rules for lending. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 164 points, or 0.9 percent, to 17,690 as of 9:45 a.m. Eastern time.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 19 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,041. The Nasdaq composite lost 49 points, or 1 percent, to 4,692.
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the opening and the short-term market direction meter is fractionally bearish. We remain mostly conservatively bullish, neutral in other words. Right now now I am getting very concerned any downtrend could get very aggressive in the short-term and any volatility may also promote sudden reversals. The SP500 MACD has turned down, but remains above zero at 16.43. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period and I hope you have returned your 'dogs' to the pound.
Having some cash on hand now is not a bad strategy as market changes are happening everyday. As of now, I do not see any leading indicators that are warning of a 'long-term' reversal in the near-term. There may be one later in 2015, but any market fluctuations we see now are more of a internal market rectification than a bear market.
Investing.com members' sentiments are 64 % Bearish.
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at -29.20. (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.
This $NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
StockChart.com NYSE % of stocks above 200 DMA Index ($NYA200R) is at 51.35 %. (Chart Here) The next support is ~37.00, ~25.00 and ~15.00 below that. December, 2011 was the last time we saw numbers in the 20's.
Many indicators are showing markets leveling off or rounding indicating market softness that could lead to lower values and investor's should watch carefully. The SP500 MACD, $BPNYA, $BPSPX, $TNX and the $NYA all show rounding off the tops which in the past has lead to a downturn.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 22.16. (Chart Here) Flattening Yield Curve Signaling Slowing Economic Growth?
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 65.00 / 62.75 (and staying there) should be of a great concern to bullish investors.
StockChart.com NYSE Composite (Liquidity) Index ($NYA) is at 10,771. (Chart Here) Markets move inverse to institutional selling. We are above the resistance (10,301) but is this a test of the next resistance (triple top) at ~11,109, watch to see if these numbers decline back down. Next stop down is 10600, 9750, then 9250, and 8500.
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".
[I] find it difficult to see good upside risk/reward from this point. When I saw lack of strength turn into outright weakness in mid-September, my bullish chips came off the table.
Now I find myself in a similar mode. Could ECB or the Fed come to the market's rescue and inject fresh catalytic strength into stocks? Absolutely. Could investors pour money into stocks and chase late December seasonal strength? Of course. I am confident those developments will show up quickly in my buying/selling strength measures and I will report them duly.
Right here, right now, however, I see global signs of disinflation and economic weakness; a Fed that has been talking about exiting QE; low equity put/call ratios; and persistent relative weakness in high yield bonds (HYG).
It will take a fresh catalyst--and fresh evidence of buying interest--to get my chips back on the bull's table.
The longer 6 month outlook is now 45-55 sell and will remain neutral until we can see what the effects are in the ECB's game plan. Investors should employ the first thing one learns while in a foxhole; keep their head down.
The DOW at 10:15 is at 17676 down 175 or -0.98%. (Historical High 17,991.19)
The SP500 is at 2041 down 20 or -0.96%. (Historical High 2,079.47)
SPY is at 204.65 down 2 or -0.95%.
The $RUT is at 1160 down 7 or -0.63%.
NASDAQ is at 4693 down 48 or -1.00%. (Historical High 5132.52)
NASDAQ 100 is at 4234 down 44 or -1.03%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 16.15 up 1.94 or 13.65%. Bearish Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is up, the past 5 sessions have been net positive and the current bias is negative.
WTI oil is trading between 64.08 (resistance) and 62.29 (support) today. The session bias is neutral, volatile and is currently trading up at 63.50. (Chart Here)
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 rose from 1199.52 earlier to 1231.28 and is currently trading up at 1231.00. The current intra-session trend is positive. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 2.942 rising from 2.865 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 89.28 (highest since 2009) and 88.22 and is currently trading down at 88.27, the bias is currently negative and volatile. (Chart Here) Resistance made in Aug., 2013 (~85.00) has been broken and now is support. This support has gotten much stronger since August, 2014 and isn't likely to fall easily. The next resistance/support ??? is at ~88.72 set in June, 2010.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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Written by Gary