Market Commentary: Markets Ease Up Fractionally From The Opening Along With WTI Oil, Averages Trade Sideways
Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 02 Mar, 2015
Morning Markets started melting up from the get-go on surprising moderate volume. The WTI oil also eased upwards while remaining in the 25 day sideways trading funk and the U.S. Dollar keeps trying to push into the 96 region.
The German DAX finally squeezed into the green fractionally while the FTSE and French CAD remain in the opposite spectrum.
It seems that bad news is good news, but one has to wonder when the chickens are going to come home and roost?
The first column is what was reported this morning. The second column is what analysts were expecting and the third is the last report.
With numbers like this how can the markets continue to push upwards?
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards Hold portfolio of non-performers and the session market direction meter (for day traders) is 49 % Bullish and rising. 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 flat, but remains above zero at 18.84.
Having some cash on hand now is not a bad strategy as negative market changes are happening everyday. Many investors are starting to take in some profits from 'high-fliers' as a precaution and to build a better cash base for the 'dips'.
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. If you are not worried, then at least be cautious.
Brett Arends described the U.S. stock market as "one of the most dangerous in the world ," based on the research of Wellershoff & Partners, and suggested it may be a good idea to diversify with some international or emerging markets funds.
Investing.com members' sentiments are 76 % Bearish.
CNN's Fear & Greed Index is 72. Above 50 = greed, below 50 = fear. (At 'Greed') (Chart Here) The number of stocks hitting 52-week highs exceeds the number hitting lows and is at the upper end of its range, indicating extreme greed.
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at +8.76. (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 60.81 %. (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.
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 11,079. (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.
It is still possible that Mr. Market is not through playing with the averages and even newer historical highs are a possibility. Historically, accordingly to Eric Parnell, "major bull markets have almost never reached their final peak in a sideways grinding pattern (which we are in). 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".
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.
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The DOW at 11:15 is at 18246 up 111 or 0.61%. (Historical High 18,244.38)
The SP500 is at 2112 up 7 or 0.36%. (Historical High 2,119.59)
SPY is at 211.53 up 0.85 or 0.41%.
The $RUT is at 1240 up 6 or 0.53%.
NASDAQ is at 4995 up 31 or 0.63%. (Historical High 5132.52)
NASDAQ 100 is at 4470 up 29 or 0.64%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 13.33 down 0.01 or -0.00%. Bullish to Neutral Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is positive, the past 5 sessions have been elevated and sideways and the current bias is elevated and sideways.
The recent surge in oil prices is just a "head-fake," and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report . . . Despite global declines in spending that have driven up oil prices in recent weeks, oil production in the U.S. is still rising, wrote Edward Morse, Citigroup's global head of commodity research. Brazil and Russia are pumping oil at record levels, and Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran have been fighting to maintain their market share by cutting prices to Asia. The market is oversupplied, and storage tanks are topping out. Read More >>
WTI oil is trading between 51.00 (resistance) and 48.71 (support) today. The support currently is ~49.00, then ~45.06 and the next resistance is ~54.40+. 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 much lower prices to come. The session bias is positive and is currently trading up at 50.84. (Chart Here)
Some believe Saudi Arabia is ready to call 'uncle' and cut oil production which would raise prices. But that would be in the face of NOT achieving their goals of financially hurting Iran or Russia. Kevin Kerr, president of Kerr Trading International is positive that "the Saudi's [will] announce a production cut" is a bit premature.
I am betting that the emergency meeting was more about what can they do to make oil fall further and faster, but that is just my opinion of course.
Markets Open Fractionally
Brent Crude is trading between 62.30 (resistance) and 60.77 (support) today. The support currently is ~58.60, next ~58.13 and the next resistance is ~62.00. The session bias is down and is currently trading sideways at 61.35. (Chart Here)
Citi reduced its annual forecast for Brent crude for the second time in 2015. Prices in the $45-$55 range are unsustainable and will trigger "disinvestment from oil" and a fourth-quarter rebound to $75 a barrel, according to the report. "Prices this year will likely average $54 a barrel".
The general consensus is that gold prices will actually fall in the next twelve months (Sept. 2014 to Aug. 2015). Goldman Sachs estimates that gold will fall to $1,050 an ounce, a drop of nearly 19%.
Gold fell from 1223.05 earlier to 1206.90 and is currently trading up at 1208.60. The current intra-session trend is negative. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 2.698 rising from 2.677 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 95.53 and 95.09 (highest levels since 2003 and ~93.69 is a very substantial support). U.S. dollar is currently trading up at 95.44, 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 level of ~93 is the current support and is substantial. The ~95 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!
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