Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 04-25-2014
Premarkets were down -0.30%, oils and the US dollar were off prior to the opening. Ukraine tensions are still on the investors front burner along with some disappointing 1st quarter results.
Markets opened down gathering steam by the 15 minute mark on moderate volume. By 10 am the averages were starting the familiar sea-saw action, trending down (-0.50%) on falling volume.
The blue-chip index had been clinging to a weekly gain, but it’s now negative for the week. Keep an eye open for a heads and shoulder pattern on the SP500 and breaking through the neck on or about May 5th.
Markit’s US Services PMI dropped and missed expectations input and output prices soared, employment tumbled, and business activity slowed.
Staffing levels increaed at the slowest pace since June 2012 and the latest expansion of new business was only slightly faster than the 18-month low seen in March, and weaker than recorded at any time in 2013.
So much for that post-weather pent-up-demand surge…
The short term indicators are leaning towards the hold side at the opening. The all important signs of reversal, up or down, have not been observed so we are mostly, at best, neutral and conservatively holding. The important DMA’s, volume and a host of other studies have not turned, only a past 6% correction (and recovery) and that is not enough for me to start shorting. The SP500 MACD has turned up, but remains above zero at 4.48. I would advise caution in taking any position during this volatile transition period although Barchart.com shows a 8 % sell. (Remember this has been negative for weeks.) Investing.com members’ sentiments are 69 % bearish.
In looking at the 50 DMA, the current SP500 opened above that line and the small caps remain above the 145 DMA. I can not see, as of right now where those MA’s are rolling over to indicate any permanent bear run but the failing small caps are a real worry.
We have seen similar action at the beginning of Feb, 2014 when the SP500 went below the 100 DMA and actually touched the 145 DMA and then rebounded to set new historic highs in the beginning of this month.
Bottom line here is that I have not seen any serious bears jumping out of the woods just yet, although I am VERY concerned that ANY correction could turn nasty in a heart beat.
I still believe that Mr. Market is STILL not through playing with us and even newer historical highs are a distinct possibility beyond what we have seen, mainly because the amount of bond buying the Fed still does on a monthly basis. For those who are hell-bent bears, this article, 5 Reasons Your Simple Bear Market Plans Could Backfire, should be required reading.
The longer 6 month outlook is now 35–65 sell and will remain bearish until we can see what the effects are in the Fed’s ‘Tapering’ game plan and Russia’s annexing game playing. Again, I would also take chart and other technical indicators with a lessor degree of reliability for the time being and watch what the Janet Yellen’s Fed does over the next couple of months. The margin debt is very high and has been setting historic highs and as of Monday, 4-7-2014, it stands at $466 billion.
It is its ending of QE that worries me the most as many financial institution and emerging markets can not continue to push forward or upwards without the Fed’s ‘Market Viagra’. Even if the Fed reduces its purchases by $10 billion every month for the rest of 2014, the Fed will have acquired $320 billion more for its portfolio. Note, that in 2013, the Fed added more than $1.0 trillion in securities to its portfolio. The debt stands at 4 trillion and will be at 5 trillion by the time the taper is completed and that is one hell of a debt that ‘someone’ has to pay.
Several notes of negativity is that the margin debt for stock purchases is at an all time high and investors are worried about issues directly related to the Fed’s tapering. They are considering this factor along with the Argentine Peso, South African Rand and Japan. And of course, China’s defaulting businesses are dropping like flies. And now the Second Chinese Bond Company Defaults, First High Yield Bond Issuer. And now Another Chinese High Yield Bond Issuer Declares Bankruptcy.
The real story behind the current weakness is the US weak housing, layoffs and poor employment data, inventory reductions and soft economic outlook including a mediocre sales outlook. Just can not buy the optimism of the bullish pundits when it comes to politicians and our economy. We may never know how ‘dark’ our shadow banking is and there are too many lurking ‘Black Swans’ on the horizon to be as confident as some are.
The Best Stock Market Indicator Update says the market is Un-tradable. The OEXA200R is well above 65%, currently at 75%. However, all three secondary indicators are negative:
Of the three secondary indicators:
RSI is POSITIVE (below 50).
MACD is POSITIVE (black line below red).
Slow STO is POSITIVE (black line below red).
Is the Bull finally over? That’s what a lot of traders are beginning to ask themselves right now. Two Bull / Bear indicators that I keep an eye on are the bank index (represented by $BKX) and NYSE Margin Debt, both shown below.
When people start missing payments on car loans and mortgages it indicates a serious underlying problem with the economy. Twice in the recent past, Feb. 5, 2007 and Jan. 31, 2011, a drop by the banks preceded a significant drop in the S&P by several months. The same occurred with Margin Debt in March 2000 and July 2007 (the caveat here is that Margin Debt data is always a month old).
My feeling is that we’re entering the final euphoria phase of the five-year stock market bull, and I’ll be watching warily for major resistance points in the coming months. One in particular will be when the Nasdaq reaches 5000, the same top as in year 2000, maybe by this June or July. I’m very surprised at how large this bubble has grown, fueled by the Fed’s single-minded determination to support Wall Street. (. . . and I agree )
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The DOW at 10:15 is at 16401 down 101 or -0.61%.
The SP500 is at 1869 down 9 or -0.49%.
SPY is at 186.87 down 0.91 or -0.48%.
The $RUT is at 1135 down 9 or -0.79%.
NASDAQ is at 4106 down 42 or -1.02%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 3554 down 36 or -1.00%.
$VIX ‘Fear Index’ is at 14.18 up 0.84 or 6.31%. Bearish Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is sideways, the past 5 sessions have been positive and the current bias is negative.
WTI oil is trading between 102.04 (resistance) and 100.52 (support) today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading up at 100.88.
Brent Crude is trading between 110.61 (resistance) and 109.75 (support) today. The session bias is volatile and is currently trading up at 109.97.
Gold rose from 1290.42 earlier to 1302.96 and is currently trading down at 1301.30. The current intra-session trend is elevated, but sideways.
Dr. Copper is at 3.123 rising from 3.105 earlier.
The US dollar is trading between 79.87 and 79.74 and is currently trading up at 79.77, the bias is currently slightly negative.
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Written by Gary