Market Commentary: Markets Remain Down Fractionally As Averages Sea-Saw On Low Volume

February 9th, 2015
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Midday Market Commentary For 02-09-2015

Crude oil tested its resistance once again today and once again backed off and is trending down while gold and the U.S. Dollar remain elevated. Morning trading has remained fractionally higher than where it opened, but still in the red on low volume.

By noon the markets are apparently going into a quiet mode as volume sinks to anemic and volatility in the commodities has fallen and trading is becoming spotty. Placing long bets now is extremely risky as sudden drops are expected.

Follow up:

The Chinese and Greece are still in the news and are playing a role in today's trading. For me I am VERY close paying attention to oil as that is where the next major market move will come from. China, Greece and the EU will have their day, but first they will be 'lubricated' before they slide into oblivion, so to speak.

US stocks move lower following weak Chinese trade data and more worries over Greece bailout

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are moving lower, following declines in overseas markets on weak Chinese trade data and more worries about Greece's finances. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 48 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,776 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,053. The Nasdaq composite fell three points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,741. McDonald's fell 1 percent after the company reported that a key measure of global sales shrank last month. Energy stocks rose as the price of oil jumped 3 percent.

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 44 % 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 above zero at +2.51. 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. members' sentiments are 48 % Bearish.

CNN's Fear & Greed Index is 52. Above 50 = greed, below 50 = fear. (At 'Neutral') (Chart Here)

Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 56.5 % bullish with the status at Bear Correction. (Chart Here ) I expect a market reversal at or before ~25.0 should the markets start to descend. Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at +16.75. (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 54.52 %. (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.

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.

For example on XLY it has made a double top and $NYA there are higher lows and lower highs forming a triangle that at some point breaks out to the top or the bottom. Which way will it goes and that is where you the investor have to follow World events and get your 'gut feeling' in check. NYSE Bullish Percent Index ($BPNYA) is at 60.71. (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 ($BPSPX) is at 68.40. (Chart Here) In support zone and rising. ~62, ~57, ~45 at which the markets are in a full-blown correction. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 19.39. (Chart Here) The Stock Market Is Just Noticing What The Bond Market Has Known For Months The all time low is 13.94 (11-2012) and we are trending there. Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY) is at 72.66. (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 10,850. (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 support down is 10600, 9750, then 9250, and 8500.

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The DOW at 12:15 is at 17774 down 49 or -0.27%. (Historical High 18,103.45)

The SP500 is at 2053 down 2 or -0.10%. (Historical High 2,093.55)

SPY is at 205.24 down 0.31 or -0.15%.

The $RUT is at 1205 down 0.35 or -0.03%.

Don't Invest In The Russell 2000

NASDAQ is at 4742 down 3 or -0.06%. (Historical High 5132.52)

NASDAQ 100 is at 4226 down 3 or -0.06%.

How the Popular 'VIX' Gauge Works

$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 18.48 up 1.21 or 7.00%. Bearish to neutral Movement

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

The longer trend is up, the past months trend is neutral, the past 5 sessions have been net positive and the current bias is down and sideways.

WTI oil is trading between 53.64 (resistance) and 51.65 (support) today. The support currently is ~46.70 and the next resistance is ~53.60. 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 elevated, testing resistance and is currently trading up at 53.28. (Chart Here)

Brent Crude is trading between 59.90 (resistance) and 58.31 (support) today. The support currently is ~50.40 and the next resistance is ~59.90. The session bias is elevated, testing resistance and is currently trading up at 59.47. (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 fell from 1243.58 earlier to 1236.12 and is currently trading down at 1239.30. The current intra-session trend is neutral. (Chart Here)

Dr. Copper in Need of Some Medicine?

Dr. Copper is at 2.581 rising from 2.562 earlier. (Chart Here)

The Consequences Of A Strengthening U.S. Dollar

Will 2015 be the Year of the Greenback?

The US dollar is trading between 95.03 (highest since 2003 and ~92 is a very substantial support with 92.53 representing a triple top that has been broken) and 94.52. U.S. dollar is currently trading down at 94.71, the bias is currently range bound and consolidating. (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. The ~94.25 area appears to be a minor resistance for those interested. Historical chart Here.


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

"Investors should Hinge Kir Businessremember 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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