Let Them Eat Cake

“Marie Antoinette à la Rose”

Harry Ried and the Democratic Senators have come up with  a Health Care plan that insures an additional 31 million Americans and closes some coverage loopholes -  Even though this plan is far weaker than other plans that have been voted and kept in place by the voters of other civilized industrial democracies the left wing Huffington Post seems to be happy - LINK

Michael Moore and others call this a giveaway to the health insurance industry LINK

The Marie Antoinette crowd who would rather tell the children, those seeking employment and others to “let them eat cake” have come up with nothing to help even the uninsured.

Global Trends & KISS

(Keep It Simple Stupid)

Yesterday, Investors411 went over an obvious global trend - sex , from politics to economics, sells . Incidentally, all the stores I went too were sold out of the Newsweek  magazine with the hot Sarah Palin cover. It probably went as fast as the  Washingtonian magazine with the hot Barack Obama cover.

In the Overview Section LINK of the blog, written a year ago are outlined 4 major trends that that greatly influence economics and the stock market.

Relative to all the major investors out there, I’m for lack of a better word stupid . They know more, have armies of help and banks of computers. So I’ve identified 4 major mega trends that not only make YOU and me better investor, but helps understand or relates to all things from economics to politics. It’s worked for the last 5 years so there is probably something to it. In short they are -

  • Globalization
  • The shortage of commodities (Peak Oil)
  • Spread the Wealth
  • The Great Recession

Yes,the  Overview Section which covers this in more depth, should get revised or updated.

In a narrow sense, they are investment tools that have given Investor411 the ability to outperform the benchmark S&P 500. In a broader sense, they make the world more understandable.


For those of you whose eyes gloss over in the stock section I’ve tried to KISS it today, but I left a little in for those who want the deeper analysis


Index Percentage % Volume
Dow -0.11% up
NASDQ -0.48% up
S&P500 -0.05% up
Russell2000 -0.36%

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, Fundamentals & Analysis

Volume – Volume or how many people buy/sell a stock on a given day his usually the #1 confirmation factor of a price move. That’s why in the above chart the price and volume figures of the major US stock indexes are used. When lots of investors buy or sell the price move becomes more significant.  Kind of like a crowd that rushes through the front door (the door would be called technical support or resistance level in stock market terms) on the day of the big sale.

Today even though the volume was up from the previous day its NOT significant because it is still below the average volume.

If you get lost with a term or want to know more use Investopedia.com dictionary and other help programs or Stockcharts.com tutorial programs.

Why Stocks Are Moving Higher – There are several major reasons and lots of those reasons relate  to the 4 mega trends.

  • Many emerging markets like China never entered recession. They have managed or regulated capitalism, not our unregulated free market system.
  • Stimulus programs around the world in all the G 20 countries. Basically governments printing money, cutting taxes, low interest loans etc. Stimulus works best if you have lots of money saved (are a creditor nation) and badly if you are in debt. (you are a debtor nation)
  • While the financial meltdown caused by not regulating the US financial system  did spread and impact the world. Countries that bought into the US “free market” or “greed will regulate itself” system were hurt the most. Therefore, there are some heathy countries.
  • The US government/taxpayers socializing the risk of the shadow banks and let them remain in the shadows by eliminating mark to market accounting and has NOT offered any real solutions. The same bubble is building again and stocks ar rising.
  • Zero interest loans by US government creates a whole bunch of cash that has to go somewhere – Under the sofa, collateral for bad loans, and/or into the stock market.  So stocks look relatively cheap.

Now going to get a bit more technical

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


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) .

The BDI has broken out to new yearly high

The BDI rose a  HUGE +258 points yesterday and closed at 4643. Up 15 days in a row . Technically it broke out through its major resistance level 4291 (this year’s high)  The BDI has rallied about 2400 + points since late September.

The BDI is starting to go PARABOLIC – starting to move up too far too fast-inevitable result is a crash and burn. DANGER for Bulls


The Dollar is currently the #1 forecasting tool .

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

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

US dollar fell  -0.32% yesterday. The dollar closed at $75. 06. This is back above the major $75.00 support level. 

CAUTION – The first breakout (up or down) is often false. This happened two days ago Right now the momentum (since the long term trend is down) is with the Dollar bears and consequently stock bulls


$NYMO The NY Stock Exchange McClellan (EOD) Index measures how much the NYSE is oversold or overbought .

The index closed at +12.85 This indicates stocks are slightly overbought 

Even though the Dollar Rules consider overbought levels (60+) on this index a point to lighten up on stocks)

Key to chart – Zero  is roughly  neutral and roughly when you approach to @ +60 you are overbought and approaching -60 you are oversold . Buy at oversold and sell at overbought. Nothing is absolute in this chart. In fact using the moving averages as a central point is better than using zero. Nothing is absolute about the minus or plus 60 number either.

Oversold conditions = buy, Overbought positions = sell


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

Sorry have not had a chance to update Positions section in well over a week – see past updates

Investors – Folks who buy and want to hold for months/years.

Comments – NOT the time to buy or add to recommended positions. (FXI, EWZ, GLD Enjoy the rally. Shorter term investors may want to sell part of the 3 major positions while they are at highs.

Repeat – Clearly NOT the time to be adding long positions.  We’re close to new highs in major positions and the BDI looks like its started a parabolic run. (GLD might be an exception here and buying a small dip still makes sense)

MOO agriculture ETF has just broken out of its trading pattern to the upside and a minor position could be started. (more later) Still considering minor position in  VNM (Vietnam ETF – has dipped recently)

Obviously would like to buy more but waiting for a more oversold environment. Looks like we may be starting a correction.

Traders – Folks who day trade or are in and out of stocks within a month or two

AMZN & NVS positions are on hold right now. We’ve already sold 1/2 these positions.

Long Term Outlook – The dollar looks like it may break down through major support and the benchmark S&P 500 is on the verge of a yearly high – Outlook will change to CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH if/when this happens. But subject to further change back to neutral since breakout was weak.


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