Iran Gets Caught Red Handed

Ahmadinejad

Perhaps this is one reason why the Russian President came out and said sanctions are inevitable.

Breaking news – Iran has been caught by US, Ger., Eng. and Fr. secretly trying to enrich Uranium . This news should dominate news cycle. Holocaust denying, illegitimate President Ahmadinejad (photo above) announced he got caught with his hand in the nuclear cookie jar. LINK

Obama’s Bill to triple non military aid to Pakistan passes Senate. LINK

These two news items are interconnected .

The US obviously has limited resources. We should NOT be trying to spend trillions (Nobel prize winner Joe Stigletz put this cost at $2 to $3 trillion) nation build in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other countries.  What we need to focus on is the nuclear problem especially in Iran and Pakistan.  If we can increase stability in Pakistan now (the $1.5 billion in aid is still too little)  we could prevent spending trillions there later.

Obama directly addressed cutting nuclear weapons at the UN Here’s al Jazeera’s interview of Jordan’s Queen Noor. Remember al Jazeera is basically a Sunni arab news outlet and Iran is Shia and Persian. No love lost between the two. LINK

Alternative Energy (+ and -)

Tom Friedman is back writing about alternative energy or lack of alternative energy manufacturers in the USA. Also there is  in the comment section of the blog an insightful reference to a Newsweek story “Big Oil Goes Green For RealLINK

Last week Friedman bemoaned the fact that the 14 new solar energy plants (one significant component of alternative energy) has all been built outside the USA. LINK

G 20

The G 20 countries are meeting in Pittsburgh and if corporate media let’s us get buy protests you can find some substance. The NT hits the nail on the head. The G 20 nations with a lot of stimulus packages and other measures have averted a worldwide economic meltdown. Now the tough part begins – Getting past self interests and coming up with some global regulatory solutions and avoiding protectionism LINK

STOCKS

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage % Volume
Dow -0,42 % down
NASDQ -1.12% down
S&P500 -0.95% flat
Russell2000 -1.89% -

Investors411 record – 4 1/2 years of beating benchmark S&P 500

(see results for last 1/2 year – click  6/25 & scroll down)

  • Brown = repeat statements
  • Green = usually bullish statements
  • Red = Usually bearish statements

Technicals and Fundamentals

There hasn’t been big volume behind this current short term dip, but it has been moderate.  The NASDQ (tech’s have lead) the retreat and has had the biggest volume.  A second day of losses usually acts as confirmation of the first days turn, especially if volume rises.  So we get a kind of partial confirmation.

One of the internet darlings and AAPL competitor, RIMM got toasted in an early earnings report – down 10+% – Bearish news for techs

A Fed Governor Kevin Warsh has said that we may have to raise interest rates sooner than later.  Stocks love a 0% interest rates and rising interest rates means other ways of making $ become more viable than stocks. WaPo editorial LINK = Bearish Fundamental

Earnings season is around the corner.

G 20 summit taking place in Pittsburgh.

BDI seems to be turning higher = Bullish

Iran has a secret uranium enrichment program just announced by US government = Bearish news

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Significant forecasting tools/Indexes for stock markets

(Besides #1 Volume & #2 Reaction to News)

BDI The Baltic Dry Index measures the flow of goods by price (world trade) .

2388 is support level/number to watch Yesterday BDI fell -10 t o close at 2165. Major support level has been broken and the rate of fall is dramatically intensifying – From @ -70 to -10 Short term Bullish for stocks

The BDI is @49% off its high (early June) Before that it gained almost over 630% from its all time low of 663 in Dec. of 2008 (April 2009 high of 4291 ) A 50% retracement from highs is a major support level. Therefore some stabilization is understandable.

What this means World trade is in trouble – lots of ships are sitting in ports empty.  To some degree, China has stopped buying raw materials and/or the US consumer is not buying as rapidly as earlier in the year. Braking a support level is significant, but 2250 (current level) is still a long way from the Dec. 2008 663 low. = Storm clouds gathering

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$USD - Check out the 6 month chart (to the left) or a multi year chart of the US dollar of the US dollar.

As predicted the $76 support level held.

Mantra Dollar up = US stocks down & Dollar down = US stocks up

The dollar rose a very significant + 0.76% yesterday and closed at $76.91. Technically this is a new short term high from a few days ago = Bullish for dollar and bearish for stocks

Last year’s low was around $71, so there is a long way to go before the next major support level.

Positions

The  Positions Section (top of blog) to see all the latest buys and sells

Sold all of 10% stake in XLF (financials) at 15.01 for a 7+% profit.  Reasoning – if markets do have a 5 to 10% correction higher beta (those stocks that are most volatile) names will get hit.  There’s a lot of talk about a consumer protection agency passing congress with financials as its focus. LINK

I keep waiting for some sort of regulation to be voted on so the same kind of meltdown does not happen again and Democrats, who are in control, keep disappointing.

Again just like selling AAPL, not being greedy sometimes hurts.  As a trader I do play with ETF’s that do 3x financials both long and short (FAS &FAZ)

Plan to add to EWZ (Brazil) on a dip.

Long Term Outlook = CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH

See Changes in STRATEGY, POSITIONS, & OVERVIEW sections of blog

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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