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Hottest 6 Months Ever

The last 6 months have been the hottest ever on the planet. The record breaking heat waves of the East Coast are part of this

“The record temperatures we’re seeing now are especially impressive because we’ve been in “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.” It now appears to be over.”

This NASA news should have been the headline of every major paper. Instead the top link I found was the following minor site. If you want some science data on greenhouse gasses, global warming & how it works see National Reasearch Council of National Acadamy of Sciences

Alternative you can laugh with the Drudge Report or Fox News when they headline a goup of climatologists meet and it snows. Or read when they healine a couple climatologist who have seemingly fudged data, but are later exonerted. They, of course ignore or bury the NASA data.

“We’re getting a dramatic taste of the kind of weather we are on course to bequeath to our grandchildren,” says Tom Peterson, Chief Scientist for NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.”

Reboot America

16 of America’s Leading Economists/Historians have come together to fight the Tea Party/Fox/CNBC/ Libmbaugh/Bachmann/Palin (Thanks to Popeye for his Bachmann comment) message of cut the deficit NOW. They realize that Jobs is the #1 priority NOW.  Their conclusion-

The urgent need is for government to replace the lost purchasing power of the unemployed and their families and to employ other tax-cut and spending programs to boost demand. Making deficit reduction the first target, without addressing the chronic underlying deficiency of demand, is exactly the error of the 1930s. It will prolong the great recession, harm the social cohesion of the country, and continue inflicting unnecessary hardship on millions of Americans

Obama’s Address

Republican’s have been blocking aid to small business and unemployment compensation for weeks. Here’s Obama’s weekly address.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at Investopedia.com dictionary

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage Volume
Dow -2.52% up
NASDQ -3.11% up
S&P 500 -2.88% up
Russell 2000 -2.82% -

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500 and almost all major US indexes

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Economic fundamentals, some bad earnings report, and an options expiration Friday seemed to have made the Black Box/High Frequency Traders dive for cover.

Volume was a bit above average for the older DOW & S&P 500. Still it was NOT the kind of volume you’d associate with a major stock meltdown, but more the kind of volume you’d expect when options expire (The 3rd Friday of the month) Translation – Black Box traders clearly in charge of markets.

Almost 3% decline – Bearish

Earning come out big time week.

You can check pre market trading hereJust type in ticker symbol

Significant Indexes-

  • McClellan Oscillator (MO) fell to +7.53 [+60 or above = Overbought = sell. -60 or below = Oversold = buy]. StockCharts has a better version of the McClellan chart ($NYMO) LINK. –  & Investopedia on –  How the MO works. = NEUTRAL
  • US Dollar –  The dollar Friday was basically flat -0.09% [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.] The dollar is important  to stocks – Dollar up = stocks down and visa versa. The Black Box traders, have used the inverse relationship of the dollar as a key part of their trading system. This inverse relationship is part of their algorithmic system. There was a delayed reaction the last time the dollar fell over 1.00% – The next day we had an almost 3% rise in stocks.  For stocks =BULLISH
  • BDI The  Baltic Dry Index (Measures cost of shipping – Higher costs good = more being shipped = Bullish. Also good proxy of China.) BDI is in free fall from a high of @4200 to 1700 yesterday. This is a huge -60% drop 8 weeks.  Often a leading indicator for stocks. Here’s a 3 year chart of BDI for context. The BDI rose for the first time in 8 weeks Friday +1.18% yesterday. At long last the BDI finding a bottom – a bullish sign, but too early to tell. Fundamentally the -60% drop is very BEARISH

Reading Tea Leaves - I haven’t figured out the algorithms associated with High Frequency Trading. So its near impossible to make an accurate predictions of what they will do. However the majority do seem generally to follow the basic +/- 60 indicator on the MO.

Answering The Critic - (see comments section of blog)

  • The Good – Yea with a little luck did call the top and the last bottom. This came about by using both the meltdown in the BDI and MO reaching oversold.
  • The Bad – Why not invest more? I did set up a probable group of trades (short ETF’s) if the major indexes became more oversold Wednesday and/or Thursday.  Bottom Line – Its not the old time stock market any more. – Phony capitalism rules along with High Frequency Trades. Those ETF’s you mentioned are impacted by phony capitalism and HFT’s so you have to be more cautious. My trades tend to be more conservative (example SH last week instead of SDS) YOU can be more aggressive.
  • The Ugly – Fixing High Frequency trades (or phony capitalism) Most of the trades in the 1000 point meltdown were cancelled. However HFT and phony capitalism (example-shadow banks) banks are a reality. In the USA (the leading GDP capitalist country), if the moneyed class keeps getting richer and the middle class poorer market fundamentals will continue to deteriorate.

Positions

The  Positions Section link to latest & former buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own

Updated over weekends Investors411 holds ONE position at this time

SH – The ETF that shorts the S&P 500 was bought at 51.45. It’s up over 3% now. 1/2 will be sold at 3% profit and a stop/loss has been put in place at what it was bought for.

I’m not so sure Friday’s meltdown was as bad as it looks. It may have been something exaggerate by HFT and Options experation.

No other positions long or short are contimplated in immediate future because MO is neutral.


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