Written by Gary
Midday Market Commentary For 01-27-2015
The DOW was off 548 points since last Friday, nearly 400 point this morning alone on heavy volume. Maybe this marks a bottom?
By noon the averages had curtailed their plunge and were trading sideways as volume finally fell to low. The short-term indicators are indicating bullish movement ahead, however, the caution flags are still out.
I am hearing all kinds of reasons why the markets fell this morning, but the truth is, investors have been waiting for any excuse to jump ship. Anyone that has been watching Caterpillar and United Technologies should have NOT been surprised at their fourth quarter earnings report.
Foxnews reports, "U.S. equity markets plummeted on Tuesday after disappointing fourth-quarter earnings from Dow heavyweights Caterpillar, Microsoft, and United Technologies weighed on the index, while traders also eyed weaker-than-expected data."
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the midday and the session market direction meter (for day traders) is 0.42 % bullish. We remain mostly conservatively bullish, but with a bearish slant. I am very concerned any downtrend could get very aggressive in the short-term and any volatility may also promote sudden reversals that will only please the day traders. The SP500 MACD has turned up, but remains below zero at -1.15. I would advise caution in taking any position during this 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 see some leading indicators that are warning of a 'long-term' reversal within six months. I believe one is most likely to occur 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 43 % Bearish.
CNN's Fear & Greed Index is 26 falling from 31 this morning. Above 50 = greed, below 50 = fear. (At 'Fear') (Chart Here)
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at 31.83. (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 52.45 %. (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 $NYA all show rounding off the tops which in the past has lead to a downturn.
Also, the SP500 10 DMA has crossed over the 20 DMA (12-11-14) always indicating a 'correction' underway. The 50,100, 145 and 200 DMA are all going flat which is never a good omen for a continuing bull run. Watch for the 50 DMA to cross over the 100,145 and 200 DMA to indicate how deep the correction will be.
These are not 'leading' indicators as such, but depicting 'trends' in the making showing data accumulated over the past several months and needs to be watched.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 17.82. (Chart Here) The Stock Market Is Just Noticing What The Bond Market Has Known For Months
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 10,760. (Chart Here) Markets move inverse to institutional selling and this NYA Index is followed by Institutional Investors. It is a very important index for investors to watch. We are above the support (10,301) but is this a test of the next resistance (triple top) at ~11,000 to 11,108, watch to see if these numbers decline back down. Next stop down is 10600, 9750, then 9250, and 8500.
A lot of notable analysts are starting to tout the prospect of bearish scenarios and should be paid attention to. But that does not mean to start shorting and general selling - not just now at least.
The DOW at 12:30 is at 17369 down 309 or -1.75%. (Historical High 18,103.45)
The SP500 is at 2033 down 24 or -1.17%. (Historical High 2,093.55)
SPY is at 203.09 down 2 or -1.15%.
The $RUT is at 1196 down 5 or -0.38%.
NASDAQ is at 4700 down 72 or -1.50%. (Historical High 5132.52)
NASDAQ 100 is at 4188 down 88 or -2.05%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 17.40 up 1.86 or 11.98%. Neutral Movement
(Follow Real Time Market Averages at end of this article)
The longer trend is up, the past months trend is net neutral, the past 5 sessions have been net positive and the current bias is negative and trending up.
WTI oil is trading between 46.31 (resistance) and 44.81 (support) today. The resistance ceiling currently is ~46.70. The Iranians say they are comfortable with $25 and I'll bet the Saudi's will do everything possible to make it painful for them, meaning even lower prices to come. The session bias is volatile, trending up and is currently trading up at 46.27. (Chart Here)
Brent Crude is trading between 49.34 (resistance) and 47.69 (support) today. The resistance ceiling currently is ~50.30. The session bias is volatile, trending up and is currently trading down at 49.22. (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%. So far that is not the case.
Gold rose from 1278.07 earlier to 1298.48 and is currently trading down at 1290.90. The current intra-session trend is volatile and trending down. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 2.449 falling from 2.535 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 95.32 (highest since 2003 and ~92 is a very substantial support with 92.53 representing a triple top that has been broken) and 93.96. U.S. dollar is currently trading up at 94.40, the bias is currently trending up 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 level of ~92 is the current support and is substantial. Historical chart Here.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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Written by Gary