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Jesus’ Colt 45

Louisiana Governor Republican Bobby Jindal just signed into law that it was legal to carry guns into church. My how religion has changed in the USA.

Deficits

What to do about the deficit? The Center for Economic Progress and Research using non partisan Congressional Budget Office data has come up with some concepts and their impact on the deficit. Thanks to Sherwehe for the site recommendation and Jsovjani for the below insightful  comments on this data

“Very interesting; fin. spec tax raises the most. My question is impact on jobs. However, things I want, like means testing ss and medicare are not included. Gas tax interesting, but I do not trust gov’t to use it for deficit reduction. History has not proven that they would keep their promises. I think trust in gov’t  is major issue to reform. Till then,  spend less (personally) and maybe buy gold. I am not hopeful in healing US till maybe a real depression and massive public riots. Does sound very negative, doesn’t it. I’m very concerned.”

Check out the site and you can see dozens of different possibilities

Jobs Now…Deficits Soon

Like Andy Grove, Matt Miller in the WaPo has some definitive solutions. Miller has a relatively coherent vision but admittedly it would be very hard to accomplish what he calls for politically. Here’s his main point.

That means cutting payroll and corporate taxes now — and offsetting this with phased-in tax hikes on dirty energy and consumption, to take effect only once jobs and growth are back on track.


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 +2.82% up
NASDQ +3.13% flat
S&P 500 +3.13% up
Russell 2000 +3.67% -

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

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Mantra for week - Fundamentals rule. Old fashion fundamental earnings analysis dominates as earnings season kicks off big time next week. ”Double dip recession” has become an investment mantra starting in Europe and now echos worldwide.

Old Wall Street Axiom - The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent

Yesterday stocks staged a mega rally on virtually no news and on well below (only slightly increased) average volume. Irrational, to anyone who believes fundamentals matter. The Black Boxes (giant institutions that speed trade using algorithms & make up to 80% of the trades) made these seemingly irrational trades yesterday.

Yes, the US markets were oversold and due for the predictable rebound (see Tuesday’s Investors TF&A section) But what happens is Black Boxes magnify what should have been a more mellow rally. Almost no investors returned from the sidelines or you would have seen volume spike higher. That left the Black Boxes on their own.

What’s this all meansWe have to adapt to what’s happening & adjust how we make both long term investments and short term trades. In discussing Black Box trades on CNBC (the financial channel) they said that 99 stocks yesterday made up 50.1% of all trades. Also Black Box institutions were using Sector and Index ETF’s as one of their primary trades.

  • Everything happens at hyper speed
  • Everything is more technically based
  • Moves are exaggerated both up and down
  • Lots of the old rules that governed the markets are not functioning because of the hyper speed.

In the long run fundamentals are going to have their say. The BDI cannot keep falling 4 & 5% each day without consequences. The cost of shipping goods falling 52% worldwide in almost 7 weeks should be sending off at least some alarms. = Bearish

Earnings Season starts next week.

Perhaps the most important leading sector was financial stocks yesterday XLF (ETF for financials) up +4.33%. Mega shadow banks JPM up +5.01% & BAC +4.62% Perhaps a message on how weak financial reform is in the USA.

Significant Indexes -

  • McClellan Oscillator (MO) rose a very significantly to -1.45 [+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..= Now squarely in the middle or NEUTRAL
  • US Dollar –  The dollar fell -0.32% Friday [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.]  Right now is important  to stocks – Dollar up = stocks down and visa versa. The Black Box traders, that make up to 80% of all trades, have used the inverse relationship of the dollar as a key part of their trading system. For some reason they have changed and the dollar is now = Less Relevant
  • 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  2018 yesterday. This is a huge -52% drop in 7 weeks.  Often a leading indicator for stocks. Here’s a 3 year chart of BDI for context. The BDI fell a massive and increased -5.13% yesterday. Rate of decline increased as it broke through its support level. = BEARISH

Positions

The  Positions Section = latest buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own - Updated over weekends – Investors411 holds one position at this time. (see below)

Short Term Traders – I opened a 2% of portfolio position in SDS near the close yesterday. SDS is an ETF that double shorts the S&P 500. Price 35.40.  The enormous size of the rally made me hesitate.  A better entry would be in a rally today.

Investors – Keep powder dry and wait for a clear signal from MO. Perhaps we should have gone long when the MO got not quite to -60 (oversold territory), but -54. There are no absolutes in defining oversold. This market is far too wild and Black Box dominated. Better safe than sorry.

Long Term Outlook =CAUTIOUSLY BEARISH

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING

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