Market Commentary: First Session Of The Year Closes Flat And Lackluster

January 2nd, 2015
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Closing Market Commentary For 01-02-2015

The afternoon session had a positive trending upwards until 3:45 when the gains were trimmed and the averages closed mixed, but mostly flat.

By 4 pm the DOW was left standing in the green at +0.06% while the other major averages were in the red.

Follow up:

Not a good way to start off the new year as Seeking Alpha reports below:

Stocks finish flat to kick off new year

  • Stocks pared losses in the final hour of trading, with the Dow eking out a tiny gain and the S&P falling just short of breakeven, in light volume.

  • Stocks were weighed down early by weaker than expected manufacturing data from the U.S. and overseas, which helped boost Treasury prices; the yield on the benchmark 10-year note fell 5 bps to 2.12%.

  • The discretionary sector suffered from broad weakness, with home builders and retailers at the bottom of the leaderboard; techs also were weak, with a 1% decline in Apple contributing to the Nasdaq's underperformance.

  • Dollar strength helped the energy sector turn in a positive session even while crude oil continued its retreat, dropping 1.6% to $52.57/bbl.

Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the close and the session market direction meter is 52 % 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 10.24. 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 warnings 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. members' sentiments are 56 % Bearish.

Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 54.7 % bullish with the status at Bear Confirmed. (Chart Here ) I expect a market reversal at or before ~25.0 should the markets start to descend. Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at +3.16. (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.

This $NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages. NYSE % of stocks above 200 DMA Index ($NYA200R) is at 52.96 %. (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.

Also, the SP500 10 DMA has crossed over the 20 DMA (12-11-14) always indicating a 'correction' underway. The 50,100, 145 and 200 DMA are all going flat which is never a good omen for a continuing bull run. Watch for the 50 DMA to cross over the 100,145 and 200 DMA to indicate how deep the correction will be.

These are not 'leading' indicators as such, but depicting 'trends' in the making showing data accumulated over the past several months, but needs to be watched. NYSE Bullish Percent Index ($BPNYA) is at 59.99. (Chart Here) Next stop down is ~57, then ~44, below that is where we will most likely see the markets crash. S&P 500 Bullish Percent Index ($BPSPX) is at 75.80. (Chart Here) In support zone and rising. ~62, ~57, ~45 at which the markets are in a full-blown correction. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 21.23. (Chart Here) Flattening Yield Curve Signaling Slowing Economic Growth? Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY) is at 71.55. (Chart Here)

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. NYSE Composite (Liquidity) Index ($NYA) is at 10,831. (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 ~11,900, watch to see if these numbers decline back down. Next stop down is 10600, 9750, then 9250, and 8500.

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The DOW at 4:00 is at 17833 up 10 or 0.06%. (Historical High 18,103.45)

The SP500 is at 2058 down 0.70 or -0.03%. (Historical High 2,093.55)

SPY is at 205.00 down 0.11 or -0.05%.

The $RUT is at 1199 down 6 or -0.49%.

NASDAQ is at 4727 down 9 or -0.20%. (Historical High 5132.52)

NASDAQ 100 is at 4230 down 6 or -0.14%.

How the Popular 'VIX' Gauge Works

$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 17.79 down 1.41 or -7.34%. Bullish Movement

(Follow Real Time Market Averages at end of this article)

The longer trend is up, the past months trend is net positive, the past 5 sessions have been net negative and the current bias is down and mixed to flat.

Gundlach: Rates not going anywhere; oil headed lower

Everything You Need To Know About The Geopolitics Surrounding Crude Oil

WTI oil is trading between 54.85 (resistance) and 52.04 (support) today. The session bias is trending sideways and is currently trading down at 52.58. (Chart Here)

Brent Crude is trading between 58.53 (resistance) and 55.47 (support) today. The session bias is trending sideways and is currently trading up at 56.32. (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 1167.70 earlier to 1189.20 and is currently trading down at 1187.90. The current intra-session trend is sideways. (Chart Here)

Can Dr. Copper Heal Thyself

Dr. Copper is at 2.518 falling from 2.840 earlier. (Chart Here)

The Consequences Of A Strengthening U.S. Dollar

The Most Important Price: The Value Of The United States Dollar

The US dollar is trading between 91.45 (highest since 2005 and ~91 is a very substantial resistance) and 90.64 and is currently trading up at 91.43, the bias is currently positive. (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 current level (~91 / 92) is the resistance (substantial) and could be a triple top of sorts. Historical chart Here.


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

"Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation inequities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful." - Warren Buffett

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