Midday Market Commentary For 08-08-2013
Markets slid lower in a fake out that took the bears by surprise when the BTFD folks jumped in and started to snatch up the ‘bargains’. As of 12:15 the numbers are increasing steadily on moderate volume that suggest the bull are not quite done yet.
Not sure who or what is manipulating today’s session, but I am not convinced that this melt-up is a solid as it might appear to some investors.
I do believe the small caps have some ways to go, but the large caps are running out of steam and it is only a matter of time when we see a correction.
The DailyFX says the stock market rally isn’t over yet and I agree to a point.
Trading crowds remain incredibly short the SPX500, which tracks the fair value of the S&P 500 futures price.
The confused looks on traders faces is the “Taper-On” reaction in stocks (after celeberating last night’s false Chinese trade data) as the USD loses steam.
Critically, the USD weakness (more usually associated with Taper-off (print-moar-on) is indicative of the ongoing collapse in the JPY-carry trade once again that is gaining momentum as data (and technicals) prompt a Taper sooner than later.
US equities are starting to catch down to foreign stocks (and domestic credit), Treasuries are bid (but the Taper?) on safe-haven buying, and gold and silver are spiking as the USD comes under attack.
The DOW at 12:15 is at 15495 up 24 or 0.15%.
The SP500 is at 1697 up 6 or 0.35%.
SPY is at 169.78 up 0.61 or 0.35%.
The $RUT is at 1049 up 5 or 0.47%.
NASDAQ is at 3673 up 19 or 0.52%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 3134 up 15 or 0.49%.
The longer trend is up, the past months trend is bullish, the past 5 sessions have been slipping and the current bias is bullish.
WTI oil is trading between 104.96 and 102.28 today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading down at 102.70.
Brent crude is trading between 107.85 and 105.85 today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading down at 106.17.
Gold rose from 1286.95 earlier to 1313.37 and is currently trading up at 1312.10.
Dr. Copper is at 3.270 rising from 3.174 earlier.
The US dollar is trading between 81.40 and 80.93 and is currently trading down at 80.95, the bias is currently bearish.
More on HFT Computers. The question is when will the SEC do something here and start controlling the Dark Pools?
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