Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Late Day Rally lifts Stocks off the Lows of the Session

The markets experienced a low volume session ahead of tomorrow’s economic data. ADP Employment and ISM Non-Manufacturing index are set to hit the wires tomorrow morning. For much of the day’s session sellers had control over the market as AAPL touched its 50 day moving average. While the market as not heading for a day of distribution price action was not looking too kind. A close at the lows would have been on the bearish side of things, but the late surge by buyers helped take the bearish tint off the market. This uptrend continues to remain intact and our current consolidation continues. Aside from tomorrow’s economic reports is the first of a few presidential debates. At the moment, according to InTrade Obama will be the next President of the United States. We can debate polls, but money speaks and it is saying Obama wins in November. Tomorrow night’s debate may very well solidify Obama’s lead or swing the vote to Romney and it will be interesting to see how the market trades off the debate. For those who believe a Romney victory will lead to a rally do not count your chickens before they hatch. Anything is possible and opinions are often wrong. Capping the week off will be Friday’s job report. Given the weak PMI figures and uninspiring economic data it is hard to believe the economy has grown enough jobs to make a difference. On the surface we’ll get a peak at what the government calls unemployment. Real unemployment is much too scary of a number to report so we get an adjusted figure from our government. The Federal Reserve has now pegged Quantitative Easing infinity to the jobless rate and now this figure has become even more watched. Is it important, perhaps, but to for our purposes it always boils down to price and leading stocks. The Federal Reserve is here to stay and print, but it all comes back to whether or not we are in an uptrend or downtrend. After a quiet two days to start the week perhaps we’ll get a bit more action tomorrow. Keep those losses small.

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