The Bulls retake the mother of all support/resistance levels. Are the Bailout Banks lying? Why Pakistan’s lawyers matter to you. Obama’s gets earmarked. Why you should date and not marry stocks and who got clobbered last night in the Jim Cramer (CNBC/financial channel) vs. Jon Stewart (comedy central) Showdown.

Jim Cramer, Jon Stewart
CNBC Photo/Giovanni Rufino; Kevin Fitzsimons/Comedy Central

Opening a Can of Whup Ass

Jim Cramer and the financial channel got roasted, toasted and devoured last night by Jon Stewart.  Even Cramer on his 6:00 PM EST Mad Money show fessed up to the whuping that eviscerated financial reporting on CNBC.  The #1 financial channel has for years been little more than the head cheerleader of the unregulated capitalism and debt.   For more see E news story or video at Comedy Central

Are Bailout Banks Lying? 

(See comment section comments by Robert H)

The old joke applies – How do you know a banker’s lying? -His/Her lips are moving
Answer – Yes and No.  It all depends on the accounting method. These bailout banks are borrowing money from the taxpayers and Fed for nothing and making a killing every time they loan the money out.  However, most have huge amounts of growing over leverage toxic assets that they do not want counted on the books. By standard mark to market accounting most major banks, like Lehman Brother, and AIG are insolvent.
 Looks like Congress (major hearing yesterday on this) will “relax” mark to market accounting. Full story from Financial Times

Pakistan’s Lawyers March


Afghan/Pakistan is the center of Islamic terrorism. It has been that way for over a decade. Many brave lawyers are marching from all over Pakistan to protest the government not reinstating the Supreme Court that was dismissed under the dictatorship. Aljazeera reports on the long march for justice.

Obama get Earmarked


Barack blew it when he approved a budget that contained almost 2% earmarks.  OK some of these earmarks are relevant, but the focus was suppose to be on creating jobs jobs, jobs then energy, health care and education, not congressional members pet projects. Story from MN Star Tribune.




Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +3.46% down
NASDQ +3.97% up
S&P500 +4.07% down
Russell2000 +6.50% -


Technicals & Fundamentals

US and many world markets rallied again.  This time volume did NOT confirm the rally.

The Mother of All Resistance/Support Levels Falls Again -

Benchmark S&P 500 area @ 741 was retaken by the bulls. SPX closed at 752. (see Investos411 posts for end of Feb for more on this critical  technical support level) Remember its called support on the way down and resistance on the way up.

This is very significant , especially in the long term.  We broke down through the 2003 support level for about two weeks. When you think in terms of months or years the last two weeks is just a crack.

The longer we can trade above 741 the better it is for the bulls. If we can hold above this level for a week, the long term Outlook will be upgraded to Cautiously Bearish

Why You Should Date and Not Marry Stock Markets

One word – Voilitilaty.  

What’s happened is an oversold market rally. We’ve had two rallies that have gone up @20% since October. This one is a little over 1/2 way to that 20%.  The falling volume yesterday is a technical reason to worry.

But short term bullish signs are abundant -

  1. GE’s bond rating was cut yet GE was up 12%. Major companies and markets moving higher on bad news is very bullish. 
  2. Even more important is the willingness of congress to drop Mark to Market rules (see above). XLF the financial sector ETF (up 10+% yesterday) is on fire because banks will NOT have to show or mark to market their toxic assets. 
  3. The breaking of the benchmark S&P 500 – 741 resistance/support level

CAUTION: All the old problems still exist.  Technically ,retesting the bottom (an ominous 666 on the SPX) is more likely than not.

But right now ride the wave. Two days ago Investors411 suggested it was time to “nibble” again (for investors with large cash positions)  

Best Guess – flat day and rally continues next week. But, if volume continues to fall duck and cover.

Ben Bernanke will be on TV show 60 Minutes this weekend


Long Term Outlook = BEARS RULE

See STRATEGY, POSITIONS, OVERVIEW  & ARCHIVES sections of blog for more


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