Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Two days of trading were lost due to the storm, but the aftermath for many remains a daunting task. We at Big Wave Trading hope those who were affected by Sandy return to a sense of normalcy soon. The Russell 2000 led all market gains today, but was the lone bright spot in the market. AAPL’s management shake up weighed heavily on the stock as it dragged down the technology heavy NASDAQ with it. At the open stocks enjoyed a lift, but it was a negative Chicago PMI figure that soured the mood of the market. PMI figures showed a contraction for the first time since late 2008 as many continue to fear the fiscal cliff. Big Wave Trading is still under a sell signal and today’s market did very little to help reverse our course of action. Price and volume are not favorable here and until it improves we’ll continue to operate under our sell signal. All eyes will be on the ADP and jobless claims report tomorrow. Friday’s non-farm payroll figure is set to be released and it will be an important to Romney and Obama. Gary Johnson the Libertarian candidate can too use this to show under freedom and his leadership we would be able to build a more stable system. For Romney and Obama it will be a fight over the same system we have in place today. Of course, the mainstream media will do its best to spin it positively for Obama while Fox News will do the same for Romney. In the end, we care about our leading stocks and market direction. As the market goes we shall go too. The leading sectors today were the utilities, consumer goods, and financials. Oil and gas along with Technology stocks were the groups weighing on the S&P 500. Financials continue to be the stocks leading this market and we aren’t surprised. How can you not do well when you have a buyer willing to pay top dollar for a junk asset? Continue to keep an eye out for emerging winners because this market can snap back on a dime. It is good to be back in the saddle. Cut your losses short.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Big Wave Trading portfolio remains under a SELL signal that was triggered on 10/19/12. It was another down week for the overall stock market and it was another above average weekly volume sell off for the Nasdaq composite. This now brings the total of above average volume weeks on the downside this year to 6 vs. 0 up weeks on above average volume. Despite the constant distribution that we have seen the past four years, it simply has not mattered as we are in a QEn environment. This means that despite the weak action in the overall market, and stocks following earnings lately, it would be unwise to assume that the next rally attempt, if it does come on lower volume, will fail. We have seen time and time again how higher volume sell offs are supported around the 200 day moving averages on lower volume and then the next thing you know we are hitting new highs on below average volume. Therefore, despite being under a SELL signal with short positions in the DJIA and SP500, we have an overall neutral/cash bias at Big Wave Trading across the board. We are prepared for the market to find support here and rally and we are ready for the magic bullet of QE to finally run out of firepower. Either way, we are ready. The most telling issue in this downtrend is two fold, for us. One, we still have long positions that were initiated in the previous uptrend that continue to trend higher above key short-term and long-term moving averages. If more of our longs were outright breaking down on huge volume, we would be more “worried” about falling prices. Second, we continue to receive zero extremely high reward/low risk ratio short signals. Without these “screaming” shorts, we find it best to stay neutral on the overall downtrend taking only the 50 DMA trend following signals in the market indexes. Since June we have not had a single stock produce what we would call a 10 out of 10 long or short signal. The new signals that generate, since June, have at best been a 7 or an 8 out of 10. This is not terribly surprising considering the magnitude of this artificial low volume stock market rally the past four years. However, it is annoying as it prevents us from making any substantial money to the upside. Until we receive these “near-perfect” signals, we will continue to operate on a shoestring basis giving preference to trend following signals in high priced stocks, extremely high quality CANSLIM stocks, and index ETFs that trade significant volume. If the market finds support around the 200 day moving averages of the major indexes and we can rally back above the 50 day moving average, obviously the SELL signal will be negated and we will be back looking to operate on the long side. However, until we start to rally on higher volume, sell off on lower volume and then rally on higher volume, on the market indexes, there is no way we will even think about increasing our size. That is unless that 10 out of 10 shows up but it is hard to believe they will when the overall market’s volume is artificial. Low volume rallies followed by heavy volume sell offs that are then followed by more low volume rallies do not produce the quality chart patterns that we require (along with growth in the fundamentals) before going heavily long in any one position. For now, we remain under a SELL signal and will operate accordingly. Cash is king, right now, for those with a time horizon longer than one day. Aloha and have a wonderful weekend everyone! Top Current Holdings – Percent Return – Date of Signal AVD long – 143% – 1/10/12 NTE long – 59% – 8/17/12 CAMP long – 56% – 4/26/12 VRNM short – 46% – 4/10/12 MAGS short – 30% – 4/18/12 HEB short – 29% – 9/24/12 CSU long – 29% – 9/4/12 SHF long – 28% – 8/1/12 TAYC long – 26% – 6/15/12 ASTM short – 26% – 7/17/12
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Another day and another rally attempt failing to hold the morning gains as stocks close just off the lows of the session. Oversold conditions can produce multi-day rallies, but today ahead of AAPL and AMZN the market was unable to hang onto gains. Jobless claims and new home sales weren’t overly inspiring, but weren’t awful either. During the session as stocks sold off a rumor surfaced Fitch was about to downgrade the United States, but was untrue. How this country will pay off this debt without making a sacrifice is beyond me. How any agency would have our debt rated AAA is baffling. At the end of the day the market as able to close in positive territory, but tomorrow’s GDP report looms over the market. During the after-hours session the two big stocks the market was looking at was AAPL and AMZN. Both stocks have taken a beating prior to their earnings report. First up was AMZN and at one point was down below 208 a share. It closed the after-hours session above 220. The move off the lows of the after-hours was quite interesting considering AMZN continues to disappoint. AAPL reported earnings and the reaction to the news was less dramatic than AMZN. Whether or not we feel the earnings was bad or good tomorrow’s reaction will be the most important piece for us. Tomorrow’s GDP report will be the highlight of CNBC’s morning. There will be no doubt an endless discussion on what it means for the market and of course the economy. Remember, one week from tomorrow we’ll get the October jobs report. Third quarter GDP is expected to be around 1.8% any number not reaching that potential will be a big disappointment. One can conclude a bad number would be bad for the market, but we know this may not be the case with the Federal Reserve printing money. How the market reacts tomorrow will be very important. As of late, earnings have not been too kind to many stocks and we continue to see a lot of Revenue misses. Earnings are easily “gamed” whereas revenues are not. There were many who were expecting big moves out of AAPL and AMZN. EXPE and PCLN made the big moves higher! Earnings continue to produce wild moves! Stay disciplined and have a great weekend.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
There wasn’t much anticipated from the Federal Reserve today, but there was hope something may hit the wires impressing the market. New Home sales were slightly better than expected reaching a new high. However, nothing impressed the market at all and was unable to hold the morning gains. It is pretty pathetic when the market is unable to hold gains for one day. We remain very weak and in a sell signal and technology earnings continue to disappoint. Despite Buffett’s cheer leading for buying on the dip we continue to remain in weak price action. The fiscal cliff is just one issue facing this country. Many will point to the spending cuts and tax increases causing short-term pain for a fragile economy. However, the short-term view versus long-term view should be discussed. How long can we kick the proverbial can down the road? At some point we’ll need to have revenues exceed expenditures to pay off the debt and it won’t be fun. Another issue is capital expenditures or CAPEX. CAPEX spending continues to decline as the view of the future continues to be clouded. Firms are not spending their cash because they have zero visibility due to the current market environment. The Consumer is still deleveraging and corporations aren’t spending will not spell out a pretty picture for profits. Volume ended the day higher on the NASDAQ as the index continues to struggle. On the bright side of things the index remains above its 200 day moving average. Tomorrow the index will have two big components report: AAPL and AMZN. Both stocks do not look healthy at the moment and have pulled back from recent highs. We are not about to guess how these two stocks will react, but we do know when they do will affect the NASDAQ in a big way. AAPL is one of the most over-owned stocks. Many mutual funds and portfolios in general have large positions in the stock (12-13%). The exit door will be mighty crowded if holders begin to flee. Tomorrow is a new day, but what we know now is a very weak market action in the 4th year of a bull market (March ’09 – Now). Cash is king.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
More selling hits the street despite yesterday’s end of day rally. The 200 day provided the NASDAQ with some support, but the index failed to put in a big turn around day. Earnings continue to pour in and are only helping a few stocks. FB reported after-hours and is seeing a rush of buyers into the stock, but FB is not the norm. Volatility spiked closing above its 200 day moving average for the first time since the beginning of June when our most recent rally began. Fear has once again crept back into the market, but we lack the panic we normally see in a market bottom. Price action continues to be weak with volume still big on the downside and we remain in sell mode. Earnings season has crushed many growth stocks, but they continue to pile up. BWLD is just another victim to the earnings disaster. FB and PNRA are two bright spots, but they are the exception to the rule. NFLX was hit hard again in after-hours as the company failed to reach its user target. The stock had seen some life, but for a little over a year has been taken to the woodshed. CMG is in the same camp. The ultimate growth stock AAPL reports on Thursday and after failing to rally after its announcement of the iPad mini Thursday’s report will be important to the stock. AAPL has touched its 200 day, but has yet to top out since the 2009 bottom. More than 3 years later the stock has had a tremendous run and Thursday we’ll see if the stock can find the juice to resume hitting new highs. Commodities continue to pull back as crude oil briefly hit an 85 handle on the day. Gold and silver continue to pullback after their run up from the announcement of QE 3 or what we call QE forever. The market has now pulled back roughly 6% (NASDAQ) from the QE announcement. The market dropped roughly 3.5% from its peak from the QE2 announcement. At the moment we have support at the 200 day for the NASDAQ while the S&P 500 has yet to reach its 200 day. The election is two weeks away and it is bound to have an affect on the market. The most recent pullback has not been kind to leading stocks and it appears we’ll see this continue given the reaction to earnings as of now. Have a plan and trade. Cut losses and ride your winners. Volatility is finally showing some fear in the market and will at some point signal a possible bottom. Cash is king for now.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
THE COLUMN BELOW WAS A PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP COLUMN PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY FOR BIG WAVE TRADING MEMBERS. ANALYSIS SPECIFIC TO TRADING POSITIONS HAS BEEN REMOVED. Happy anniversary of the October 19, 1987 crash everyone!! Well, well, well. It sure was an interesting day to say the least. Today’s option expiration was nothing short of exciting as stocks sold off on heavy above-average higher-than-the-day-before volume. Stocks and stock indexes didn’t just sell off, they cratered. The weakness in the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 finally spread over today into the SP 500 and DJIA thrusting all four major indexes into a SELL signal on our market trending model. The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 were currently under a NEUTRAL signal and the SP 500 and DJIA were under a BUY signal but today’s sell off was confirmed everyone thus switching everything into a SELL. It doesn’t matter where you look. The indexes, futures, the options chain, ETFs, or inverse ETFs. Wherever you look, volume exploded higher. What didn’t explode higher but finally moved was VIX. VIX has finally begun moving in the direction those of us at Big Wave Trading believed it should have started moving in on 9/25. While the move came on convincing volume, and the CBOE reported the highest weekly trading volume ever in VIX futures, a BUY signal was not triggered in VXX/UVXY/TVIX. [MEMBERS CONTENT ONLY]. [MEMBERS CONTENT ONLY]. Getting back to the overall market, it was the fifth time this year that the Nasdaq has closed lower for the week on above average 50-week volume. As just mentioned, this now makes it five times that this has happened versus 0 times the Nasdaq has closed higher on above average 50-week volume. 5 – 0. For the year, the NYSE is actually up 1 vs. 0 times down. But the NYSE is not where you find your dynamic exciting technology based growth stocks. Those are found on the Nasdaq and Russell 2000. When you consider the volume pattern of the Nasdaq and then take a look at the recent slope of the Relative Strength line of the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 compared to the SP 500 you can see that we have a potential problem brewing here. The Relative Strength line of the Nasdaq is simply imploding here nearing the December 2011 levels. Meanwhile, price is nowhere near those lows. If this trend continues, watch out! The Nasdaq and Russell 2000, in healthy uptrends, lead the market. The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 start to lag the NYSE when a rally is on its last legs. The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 lead the market down when a downtrend is starting in the stock market. What stage are we in now? You are correct. This obviously means that now is the time to be cautious. This is especially the case when you look at the recent action in AAPL, GOOG, AMZN, PCLN, and LULU. After taking a look at those, take a look at the big giant bellweathers like IBM, INTC, MSFT, SBUX, MCD, and GE. Notice the same bearish action? Then take a look at your leading biotech stocks like ALXN, BIIB, VRTX, and PCYC. Is there anything surviving? Of course. The bank stocks like GS, BAC, and JPM are acting like there is nothing wrong and of course for the master criminals that run these banks and the USA there is not. On top of that, they need to make sure real estate prices go up so that all their real estate holdings continue to make them wealthier and wealthier (If these sociopaths CREATED their own businesses this would not be a problem. They didn’t.) on the backs of the middle class. On that note the XHB is fine. HOV, TOL, PHM, BZH, MTH, MHO, LEN, KBH, etc. all look like they were completely oblivious to the carnage gripping the market today. If you see the big banks (KBE) and home builders (XHB) start to roll over, then you can be sure this uptrend is finished. To me, it already is, as I follow the Nasdaq/Russell 2000 as market leaders. However, if these stocks continue to rally, show no damage, and we begin to find a floor to this selling, I would expect that the uptrend could definitely continue. I mean, it is a Fed based QE driven stock market. When stocks sell off, they step up to make sure their jobs are safe for now. I am sure one day this will stop working. Until then, the theme don’t fight the fed still rings loud and true. No one can predict the future in the stock market. I will not try to either. While it looks like we are about to crack wide open, we could easily find support and rally higher on no volume. Hell, we did it in 2009, we did it in 2010, we did it in 2011, and we did it earlier this year in 2012. Why not a fifth time? [MEMBERS CONTENT ONLY]. [MEMBERS CONTENT ONLY]. It looks ugly but it has looked ugly before. Let’s see what happens next week. Have a great weekend everyone. Aloha. [MEMBERS CONTENT ONLY]. Top Current Holdings – Percent Gain – Date of Signal AVD long – 139% – 1/10/12 NTE long – 62% – 8/17/12 CAMP long – 59% – 4/26/12 CLGX long – 52% – 6/19/12 SVNT long – 44% – 9/10/12 VRNM short – 39% – 4/10/12 CSU long – 32% – 9/4/12 MAGS short – 31% – 4/18/12 SHF long – 28% – 8/1/12 ASTM short – 26% – 7/17/12 HEB short – 25% – 9/24/12
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
IBM weighed heavily on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today helping keep the index in negative territory while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ close in the green. Volume on the exchanges was heavier across the board thanks to earnings trading from INTC and IBM. Both stocks were able to find buyers, but failed to get back into positive territory. More trouble for leading growth stocks in the after-hours session with MLNX and ALGN disappointing the street. Banks and homebuilders continue to be the leading sectors of this market in our new uptrend. We have mentioned before with the Federal Reserve propping up the mortgage market thru its mortgage backed QE forever program it is going to help the banks and homebuilders. While this may be good for banks and homebuilders leading growth stocks continue to get hurt. MLNX and ALGN are just two examples where growth stocks are simply not in favor in this market. AAPL a bellwether growth stock remains below its 50 day moving average. A new iPad Mini may help sales, but for now buyers aren’t jumping head over heels for the stock. QE trading is supposed to lift all boats, but for now just the banks are benefiting from the program. Today marked day 3 of an attempted rally. BWT Model is back in buy mode after Monday and Tuesday’s action, but for those who follow IBD methods we have yet to confirm a new uptrend. Thursday will mark Day 4 when we would see the market confirm a new rally. We’ll need to see volume swell above the previous day and strong price action. Despite the lack of IBD confirmation we are paying close attention to the stocks that are leading. Leading growth stocks are having their trouble here and it is a sign slower growth is upon us. Stick with stocks that are leading.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Back-to-back Accumulation Days has the Big Wave Trading model switch back to BUY mode. The NASDAQ still remains below the 50 day moving average, but the S&P 500 continues to act strong on the back of bank earnings. Technology earnings are now in focus and during the after-hours session INTC and IBM reported earnings disappointing the street. Both stocks will be putting pressure on the market during tomorrow’s action and it will be important to see how both stocks respond tomorrow. Given the past few days price action is strong and what we needed to see this market to move back higher. Tomorrow can bring on a different market and it is why we have a stop loss strategy. We cannot blindly go long or short without knowing our exits. Risk control is a must as tomorrow may bring on intense selling, but there is no way for anyone to know what tomorrow will bring. Of course there are many opinions, but are these opinions always right? What happens when your opinions are wrong? A disciplined mechanical approach to the market is far better than forming an opinion and trading by the seat of your pants. Earnings season continues to benefit banks and with support from the Federal Reserve it shouldn’t surprise those many banks are reporting good earnings. INTC and IBM were hit hard today along with APOL and ISRG. INTC had previously warned and it couldn’t impress the street with the previous warning. As we move forward with earnings expect a bit more volatility as companies report. Be aware of when your stocks are set to report. Know where your exits are and make sure you are using proper position sizing. Cut your losses short and we’ll see if this market can build upon Monday and Tuesday’s action.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The market finally bounces from oversold conditions as volume ends mixed. Volume rose on the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges, but SPY and QQQ volume remained light. Retail sales jumped more than expected helping set the tone early on. Sellers got the upper hand on the NASDAQ, but were quickly turned away as stocks zoomed higher into the close. Price gains were solid and although we did not see the overwhelming volume associated with institutions supporting the market. Today was day one of a new attempted rally on the NASDAQ lead by banks. Banks lead the market today on the back of Citbank’s earnings with the stock gaining 5.5% during the market session. WFC continues to suffer from its earnings report, but other big banks continue to act well ahead of earnings. GS, BAC, and JPM continue to act well and are poised to move higher. When the Federal Reserve will be buying mortgage securities from Banks it is hard to fathom the Federal Reserve will pay anything but the highest price possible. So far, the only group to benefit from QE Forever will be the big money center banks selling mortgage securities back to the Federal Reserve. We were bound to bounce from the selling we saw from last week. The NASDAQ was down 6 days straight and it is quite normal to see the market rebound. There is no way to know whether or not this will turn into a new uptrend or a one day wonder. We’ll need to see confirmation of a move higher before we get excited over one day’s action. We remain in neutral mode and until price action and leading stocks say anything different we’ll remain neutral. There is just 22 days left to the election is over and it cannot come soon enough. As soon as the election ends the fiscal cliff topic will be one in focus and one the market will grapple with and hopefully produce a trend. Today concluded day one of an attempted rally and we’ll be waiting for confirmation one way or another.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Big Wave Trading Portfolio is currently under a NEUTRAL condition. The model switched from BUY to NEUTRAL on Tuesday due to the Nasdaq closing below the 50 day moving average on average volume. Our model expected this switch to occur after Apple (AAPL) closed below the 50 day moving average on strong volume on Friday October 5th. On September 24th Apple began to sell off on above average volume and continued to do so for another four sessions before finally breaking down on October 5th. Another problem we started to also notice was the overall lagging of the Nasdaq’s Relative Strength line compared to the SP-500′s Relative Strength line. While the Nasdaq was breaking out to new highs in September, its RS line was severely lagging no where near its previous March highs. In recent weeks we have seen the Nasdaq’s RS line simply implode compared to the overall market. This RS lag is even more severe in the Russell 2000 full of vibrant young growth stocks. This RS lag is overall problematic for a variety of reasons. You normally want to see new exciting growth companies and revolutionary technology companies lead a market. Not stodgy old safe dividend producing large capitalization stocks. While a trend is a trend, the strength of a trend is directly correlated to what type of stocks are leading a market. Another problem we have witnessed during this switch to NEUTRAL is that we have not seen a rotation from the leading growth stocks that have come under some intense recent selling into new leading growth stocks. On top of that, we noticed that WFC and JPM are putting in low-volume breakout high-volume fakeout reversal moves. GS and BAC appear to want to do this too. As the rulers of the world go, so will go the stock market. If the Lords of Finance sell off, the market is going to sell off. So we have a market under heavy distribution, leading stocks like AAPL and PCLN possibly rolling over, banks (KBE KRE) putting in breakout fakeout moves, and an extremely low VIX on top of all of this. What does all this point to? A high probability that we will enter into a SELL signal at some point and will begin to rework the short side/long put side of the market. However! However. There is always the Fed and Ben Bernanke. They have already intervened during every single one of the last market pullbacks. What is to say this will not be any different? They have already screwed the poor and middle class over with their “zero-percent-CDs-forever-policy,” allowing the folks that do not have time to invest in the markets no chance what-so-ever to get ahead. They have already bailed out failing corporations effectively killing free markets. They have continued to print worthless dollar bills at the push of a button for years now, effectively destroying its purchasing power thus causing massive inflation that hurts the folks that can’t save money in the first place due to the low interest rates. So do we think that an actual prolonged downtrend will start thus allowing a new fresh crisp batch of leaders to rise from the ashes when the market is ready to move higher again? Nope. We sure don’t. We can only hope that one day the Fed decides to let the market do what the market needs to do but we are not going to hold our breaths. The first area of support we are looking at is the 200 day moving averages on all leading market indexes. The bottom line, for right now, and I mean right now, is that we are NEUTRAL. We will take long and short signals as they arise. We are extremely picky here and if it is not perfect or near perfect for the reason we want to conduct the trade, we will not take the trade. On a final note, speaking of perfect, we did not have one technical/fundamental or even technical alone “perfect” chart setup during the entire uptrend from June to September. This was the first time since the 2009 uptrend which only produced CANSLIM quality long signals and zero “perfect” CANSLIM/”perfect” chart signals. To me that tells me all I need to know about the quality of the uptrend itself. Aloha everyone and have a wonderful and profitable week. Top Current Holdings – Percent Return- Date of Signal AVD long – 136% – 1/10/12 CAMP long – 61% – 4/26/12 NTE long – 57% – 8/17/12 SVNT long – 53% – 9/10/12 CLGX long – 53% – 6/19/12 VRNM short – 39% – 4/10/12 PRXI short – 37% – 3/30/12 SHF long – 35% – 8/1/12 MAGS short – 31% – 4/18/12 CSU long – 30% – 9/4/12 ASTM short – 25% – 7/17/12
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A much better jobless claims figure helped set the early tone of the market. Unfortunately, it would not last as sellers continued their relentless pursuit. It certainly didn’t help that reports of the jobless claim figure being falsified by a large state not reporting its quarterly figures. At any rate what is important is how this market is acting and how weak leaders are performing. Is it finally AAPL’s time to undergo a big correction? Time will tell, but what we are seeing now is some big league weakness. Heading into the weekend it will be interesting to see how we close this troubling week. AAPL is a big concern due to its overall size in the market not to mention its weighting in mutual funds. Growth funds have feasted on AAPL and who can blame them with its ability to produce. However, with the stock over-owned and a LARGE part of numerous portfolios any correction could bring on disaster for those left holding onto AAPL. While the company may be cheap to growth when sellers want out the flood gates will open and when they do look out. The VIX continues to remain suppressed showing the market really isn’t fearful here. Perhaps many still believe QE forever will save stocks. This is where we get SOS – Save Our Stocks program from the Federal Reserve. There are still many market pundits hoping for the S&P 500 to finish the year above 1500 topping out at 1550 for the year. Bullishness among II survey respondents continues to be very high and with bears nearly extinct. It is easy to see why the VIX remains around the 16 level as market participants are very bullish without fear. We are no longer in an uptrend and must be vigilant by staying nimble and cash heavy. If this market turns around we’ll go with it, but for now we are in dangerous territory. Have a great ending to this week and enjoy the weekend!
Sunday, October 07, 2012
There will not be a weekend update this week. We apologize for the inconvenience. Top Current Holdings – Percent Return – Date of Signal AVD long – 145% – 1/10/12 CAMP long – 72% – 4/26/12 SVNT long – 61% – 9/10/12 NTE long – 60% – 8/17/12 CLGX long – 58% – 6/19/12 VRNM short – 36% – 4/10/12 PRXI short – 36% – 3/30/12 SHF long – 35% – 8/1/12 CSU long – 30% – 9/4/12 MAGS short – 28% – 4/18/12
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Stocks got a positive boost off the first Presidential debate, but for technology stocks it wouldn’t’ be enough. Financials continue to be leading stocks in this market and today once again the group leads the market. But, once again the market is looking ahead to Friday’s job market. In the final hour buyers stepped up and began to push the market above the morning lows. Unfortunately for longs it wouldn’t last as stocks pulled back into the close. Tomorrow’s Non-Farm Payrolls will be the talk of the town and how the market reacts will be what we’ll be focused on. Volume ended the day mixed with volume on the NASDAQ coming in lower. Technology stocks continue to lag the broader market despite GOOG hitting another fresh new high. Banks have been the leading stocks as they will be the greatest beneficiary from the Federal Reserve’s mortgage-backed security purchase program. The Federal Reserve will be purchasing less than high quality securities from Banks improving the quality of assets on balance sheets. It is almost a no-brainer these stocks will benefit from the program. While we would love for the NASDAQ to lead this market given the situation we’ll more than likely to see the S&P 500 as our leader. Stick on leadership and leave the laggards for the birds. Tomorrow will likely be a big day for the markets. Let the fireworks begin at 8:30am EST! Have a great weekend.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Heading into the first debate of the 2012 Presidential Campaign was led by the NASDAQ despite a faltering Semi-Conductor sector. Small cap stocks struggled as well with the Russell 2000 closing down 20 basis points. Volume expanded on the day, but with back to back days of subpar volume on Monday and Tuesday it was inevitable volume was going to increase. This morning’s ADP Employment change report showed 162,000 jobs were add in the month of September coming in slightly above expectations. In addition to the ADP report, a better than expected ISM Non-Manufacturing reading showed the service sector expanding in September. Not terrible news from the economy, but focusing on the price action we saw the market notch a day of accumulation. We still have not broken out from our recent trading range, but price action continues to be favorable to bulls in this uptrend. It appears the market is waiting on the debate tonight and Friday’s job report. Friday’s jobs report will more than likely disappoint not because of we don’t like the current administration, but the past few reports have been disappointing. In any instance other than the unemployment rate falling below 7% the Federal Reserve stock market put will more than likely dampen any bearishness related to the report. Anything is possible in QE trading. Look at crude falling more than four points today. Commodities are perceived as a good investment with the Federal Reserve printing presses running at full tilt. So while conventional thinking is a fun cocktail party discussion only price matters in the market. Whatever the market will bring we are going to be prepared. Tomorrow at 2 pm we’ll get the minutes from the latest FOMC meeting where Ben Bernanke announced QE3. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to what the FOMC discussed during the meeting. Tomorrow should be a fun day with the market reacting to the first debate as well as the FOMC meeting minutes. Who knows we may even get a Spain bailout rumor. There is always something the chew on when it comes down to this market. Actions however, are governed by the price movement of our stocks. Enjoy the debates, but remember to cut your losses and there are other candidates then just Obama and Romney.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
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.
Monday, October 01, 2012
NASDAQ 100 stocks lagged the broader market lead by MSFT and AAPL as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Russell 2000 were able to close in the green. Volume ended the day lower than Friday’s inflated figures from end-of-the-month rebalancing. Overall the session wasn’t that inspiring, but it wasn’t entirely awful. Early on in the session optimism ran high with positive news from the ISM Manufacturing Index report showing the sector expanded when expectations were for it to slow. Price paid were a bit higher, but weren’t alarmingly higher. The close was decent with buyers stepping up and lifting the markets avoiding closing on the lows. Our uptrend remains with very little distribution piling up despite the bearish opinions of the market. Today’s reversal is not what you want to see from the market. Last year, however, the first day of October was not that great either. Even the second day, 10/4/2011 at 3pm looked dire until we got a rumor of a new bailout for Europe. While things may look dire now you just never know what the market will hand you the next day. Guessing where the market will be next is not a recipe for success and continues to keep traders from maximizing potential gains. Stick to a disciplined approach and play the odds rather than simply guessing. The election is not far a way at all! It will be nice to get away from the constant stream of political ads and banter. However, for this market it does appear we are looking like an Obama victory. We can debate polling tactics and have yet to have a debate, but there is one thing that is certain: no one knows where the market is going. Will Obama help the US avoid the mandatory spending cuts and tax hikes? Will Romney? Will either candidate get our fiscal house in order? It is very doubtful either candidate will resist the urge to spend and inflate the deficit higher. Then again, the Federal Reserve is pumping $40 billion a month into mortgage backed securities and it won’t matter. In the end, focusing on leading stocks and their price action is the way to go. Leave the guess work to others. We aren’t off to the best start to the quarter, but it could be far worse. Cut those losses.