The markets and commodities are at a crossroad and need to be watched carefully. Oil is trading sideways near its resistance at high 39's refusing to go higher, the U.S. dollar has rejected falling below its support, low 93's, and is moving sharply upwards. Markets are trading sideways and short term indicators are very bullish for this session, but look like just a transition before reversing.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed. The S&P 500 is higher by 2.17%, while the IPC is leading the Bovespa lower. They are down 1.69% and 0.84% respectively.
The large and small caps remain solidly below the 200 DMA and the BTFDers jumped in yesterday, but remain strangely elusive today as savvy investors sit on their collective hands determined to wait this one out. This session is looking more and more like a 'relief' pause for a trending bear correction that is still not defined, but at least one more test of current lows is expected.
$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.
Submitted by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog,
The CNBC bubble headed bimbos and brainless stock touting twits will be in ecstasy today as the ever predictable rebound is under way. The market will soar by over 500 points at the opening as the excuse of the day is China's desperate interest rate cut to try and stem their downward spiraling economy and markets. The Wall Street captured boob tube brigade will tell their almost non-existent viewership that all is well. The terrifying plunge is in the past. The economy is great. Housing is strong. Stocks are now a bargain. It's the best time to buy.
Now for some factoids. Six of the ten largest point gains in the history of the stock market occurred between September 2008 and March 2009. That's right.
During one of the greatest market collapses in history, the market soared by 5% to 11% in one day, six times. Here are the data points:
Do you think these factoids will be shared with the public today on the stock bubble networks? Not a chance.
The mindset of the arrogant clueless investor is that by the end of today they will have recovered over 50% of their losses incurred in the last week. Even if they t ...
(Reuters) - U.S. stocks posted their sharpest rally of the year on Tuesday, as investors sought out bargains a day after Wall Street's worst performance in four years on fears China's economy was slowing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. single-family home sales rebounded in July and consumer confidence increased to a seven-month high in August, pointing to underlying strength in the economy that could still allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. budget deficit is likely to fall by $60 billion in 2015 due to strong revenue gains, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, enabling the government to stave off default without a debt limit hike perhaps through early December.
Late last week, we reported that as of mid-August hedge funds are set to record their seventh consecutive years of market underperformance (unless the S&P crashes into year end, the Fed does not lose control, and hedge funds actually end up being "hedged").
Perhaps the main reason for this has been that over the past several years hedge funds have largely lost their stock-picker creativity (after all in a centrally-planned world the best returns come from levered beta, not targeted alpha) and courtesy of non-stop idea dinners (extensively swept for bugs beforehand) have made the same handful of stocks their top holdings. We presented the 50 most popular hedge fund stocks last week:
And while this "hedge fund" hotel strategy works on the way up, when everyone makes roughly the same profits, it is on the way down when these hedge fund hotels become "Hotel California" - hedge funds can check out, and sometimes they can even leave... with massive losses.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, said the firm believes the next big move by the U.S. Federal Reserve will be to loosen monetary policy, not tighten it.
It doesn't happen too often, but occasionally we witness a true stock market "washout". That is, a selloff marked by extremely one-sided (to the downside) trading action. Such days are exhibited by market participants that just want out at any price. The result is a day in which all market statistics are overwhelming skewed negatively. Such was the case yesterday, August 24.
Here are but a few examples from the New York Stock Exchange:
Yesterday saw the 4th lowest % of NYSE Advancing Issues - 4.1% - since 1965. Each of the other 13 occurrences with less than 6% Advancing Issues saw the market form at least a short-term bottom within a day - except for one: the fall of 2008. That selloff, while not much longer in duration, did suffer extensive damage in subsequent days.
Yesterday saw just 2.38% of the volume on the NYSE go into Advancing Issues. Since 1965, there have been just 20 days with less than 6% Advancing Volume. Again, the market bottomed almost instantly (if temporarily, at times) following most such readings.
New 52-Week Lows Minus New Highs accounted for 40% of all issues on the NYSE. Readings that high have only occurred 15 t ...
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved to 101.5 from the 99.8 reported last month. The market expected (from Bloomberg) this index to come in at 90.8 to 96.8 (consensus 94.0) versus the 101.5 reported.
The 3-month bounce in the Richmond Fed Manufacturing survey... is dead. From 13 in July, August saw it collapse to 0 (massivley missing expectations of a 10 print). This is the biggest absolute drop in the index since May 2006. Across the board, underlying factors crashed with Shipments plunging, New Orders cliff-diving, order backlogs disappearing and Capacity Utilization plunging. This is exactly what we would expect after a massive inventory build up that was not accompanied by a surge in sales... but the pundits stil proclaim "no signs of an imminent US recession."
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