Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Ever since the 2008 meltdown Investors411 has stated financial and economic conditions are “far far far far far bigger than first imagined.” This statement that has been made many times and is still bolded in the position section of the blog.

Poll after poll (except among Tea Party supporters) have said “To Hell with the Deficit, Its Job, Jobs, Jobs.“ See yesterday’s Investors411 for  a list of historians and economists who make the same case less colorful language.

Immediate Help

  • Extend unemployment benefits its “the human thing to do.” Republican Billionaire Mort Zukerman
  • Extend unemployment because (the average American unemployment check was under $300 a week in 2009) it will stimulate the economy. These people will SPEND the money and we all benefit because money flows.
  • Republican’s know that the longer they can delay a vote on this the less money will flow and consequently the more people unemployment will grow before the November elections. Every day they delay = the more votes they get in November, because they can blame Obama for unemployment.
  • It’s certainly hypocritical to endorse the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy. Next vote for unnessesary war funding outside the budget for over 10 years. Then play politics because our own American families of former workers are going hungry.

Longer Term Help

  • Infrastructure projects get you the most bang for the buck according to Mort Zukerman (who I usually don’t agree with) and most economists.
  • We need an Independent Infrastructure Bank Not one where a powerful Senator like Democrat Harry Reid can take $350 million for a high speed train from LA to his home state of (Los Vegas)Nevada.

Bottom LineAndy Grove, Intel’s CEO had it right – Globalization has created a major “scaling” problem in the USA. Unless we somehow change that direction the ultimate result is going to be very negative economically for the USA.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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


Index Percentage Volume
Dow +0.56% down
NASDQ +0.88% down
S&P 500 +0.60% down
Russell 2000 +0.44% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

The High Frequency/Black Box traders (that are focused on the here and now) pushed the markets higher in weak trading. This has been the typical headline for many moons in what’s been a falling market since April. – Lower price highs and lower lows.

IBM was the earnings report of most interest and its down @-4% in pre market trading = Bearish

APPL – Both Monitor and Paul R have warned about today’s earnings report at close.

YOU have pretty much reached consensus that holding a stock, especially in a declining economic environment, is highly risky before its earning report. If you are an insane lover of risk (short term trader) and AAPL continues to drop before earnings – it does take some of the downside risk away.

Ruptured oil well leaking again and possible leaks on oil on ocean floor related to BP oil spill. Best site for this is The Oil Drum = Bearish

Significant Indexes-

  • McClellan Oscillator (MO) rose to +21.91 [+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 +0.04% [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. Earning have trumped this indicator for now & we have consolidated for last two days. = NEUTRAL
  • 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 the BDI rose Friday & +0.70% 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-

Don’t think the negative fundamentals of the BDI (Trade and China) & Europe have been fully integrated into stock prices yet. Sure fells like we are going to have a negative day. But, with Black boxes in control (almost everyone else has fled to safer investments of bonds and treasuries) – you never know.


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

From YesterdaySH – 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. 1/2 of SH was sold for 53.02 for +3% profit.  Letting the rest ride and will sell when conditions on MO near oversold.

No other positions long or short are contemplated in immediate future because MO is neutral. Sorry, there is little to do but sit tight,  be happy you’re almost all in cash, and wait till we get oversold or overbought.

One exception is GLD or DGL (@200% GLD). Its dipping and if it falls to its 200 DMA – would consider buying on fundamentals.

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