Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 02-23-2015
WTI oil fell into the high 48’s last night and the premarkets followed suit fractionally declining down to -0.2%. Greece, Ukraine and the EU are still very much in focus as investors sour on too much ‘Hopium’ from last weeks robust and positive news coming in from abroad. Markets gaped down from Friday’s historical high closing and on ‘moderate’ volume continued to slip fractionally.
By 10 am the trend was down, volume falling off and a hint of sideways trading in the works IF oil doesn’t fall any further today. Gambling in the market casino might be hazardous to your pocketbook today.
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards Hold portfolio of non-performers at the opening and the session market direction meter (for day traders) is 51 % Bearish. 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 18.31.
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 68 % Bearish.
CNN’s Fear & Greed Index is 79. Above 50 = greed, below 50 = fear. (At ‘Extreme 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 24.57. (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 59.89 %. (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.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 20.75. (Chart Here) The Stock Market Is Just Noticing What The Bond Market Has Known For Months The all time low is 13.94 (11-2012).
Chris Ciovacco says, “As long as the consumer discretionary ETF (NYSEARCA:XLY) holds above [66.88], all things being equal, it is a good sign for stocks and the U.S. economy.” This chart clearly shows that dropping below 65.00 / 62.75 (and staying there) should be of a great concern to bullish investors.
StockChart.com NYSE Composite (Liquidity) Index ($NYA) is at 11,055. (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.
Just when you thought the U.S. economy was roaring back to health, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is here to tell you otherwise.
“The United States is doing better than anybody else, but we’re still not doing all that well,” Greenspan, 88, said today (12-30-2014) in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop” with Betty Liu. “We still have a very sluggish economy.”
Greenspan said the economy won’t fully recover until American companies invest more in productive assets and the housing market bounces back.
“Almost all of the weakness in the last four, five, six years has been in long-lived investments” in capital goods and real estate, Greenspan said. “Until these pick up, we’re not going to get the kind of vibrant growth that everyone is hoping for.”
The longer 6 month outlook is now 45-55 sell and will remain somewhat bearish until we can see what the effects are from the oil decline, the Euro collision with Greece and the U.S. Fed possibly triggering a deflationary slide. The markets are at a crossroad of sorts, indecision of which way to go, with a bias to the downside. Investors should employ the first thing one learns while in a foxhole; keep their head down.
Bill Gross wrote recently that the “Good Times Are Over” may be a bit premature, because looking out a year ahead, there is no recession foreseen for the next 12 months. Mr. Gross goes on to say, “When the year is done, there will be minus signs in front of returns for many asset classes,” Gross, 70, wrote in the outlook. “The good times are over.”
The DOW at 10:15 is at 18076 down 65 or -0.36%. (Historical High 18,144.29)
The SP500 is at 2104 down 6 or -0.28%. (Historical High 2,110.61)
SPY is at 210.70 down 0.57 or -0.27%.
The $RUT is at 1225 down 7 or -0.54%.
NASDAQ is at 4943 down 14 or -0.28%. (Historical High 5132.52)
NASDAQ 100 is at 4432 down 11 or -0.24%.
$VIX ‘Fear Index’ is at 15.37 up 1.07 or 7.48%. 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 positive and the current bias is depressed 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 50.98 (resistance) and 48.60 (support) today. The support currently is ~46.70 and the next resistance is ~54.00+. 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 trending down and is currently trading up at 49.63. (Chart Here)
Bank analysts are predicting the oil rally of recent weeks isn’t going to last. . . nothing in particular happened in these five weeks to cause this upturn . . . Investors are learning that rig counts have diminishing value as an indicator . . .
But the price of oil is another matter. That’s going to depend on the headlines that reflect those national interests and technological advances — or perhaps some new short term factors of the day. Traders rarely lack explanations for the numbers that skip across their screens.
Brent Crude is trading between 60.47 (resistance) and 58.37 (support) today. The support currently is ~50.40 and the next resistance is ~62.00. The session bias is negative and is currently trading up at 59.19. (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 rose from 1190.71 earlier to 1207.47 and is currently trading up at 1205.30. The current intra-session trend is positive. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 2.579 falling from 2.609 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 59.01 and 94.58 (highest levels since 2003 and ~93.69 is a very substantial support). U.S. dollar is currently trading down at 94.67, the bias is currently trending down. (Chart Here)
FRED USD chart. (Trade Weighted U.S. Dollar Index: Major Currencies)
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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Written by Gary