The Second Maine Militia

Author Carolyn Chute holding her dog, Margaret, stands with her husband, Michael Chute at the end of their driveway by their home in Parsonsfield, Maine

Second Maine Militia leaders from Time Magazine

There are three excellent comments that you should read to the right. Let’s focus on Popeye’s reference to the forming of the Second Maine Militia . – They open their yearly meeting by blasting fake TV with smiley faces and phony slogans painted on them with AK 47′s and old cannons. Article from Time magazine  LINK

They get it.  They share the view that the US government has lost its moral authority. The problem is not right vs. left, Democrats vs. Republican , but “up vs. down.” Money quote – both political parties have degenerated” “into whores for wealth and arbiters of empire.”

Something the Maine 2nd militia would be up in arms about is how Tim Geithner as NY Fed chair (now Obama’s Sec. of Treasury) sold out the taxpayers by over compensating the shadow banks (or in Maine Second Militia terms “whores for wealth”) in the AIG bailout. Lead story in NYT business section LINK



Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +1.33% up
NASDQ +1.38% up
S&P500 +1.45% up
Russell2000 +2.83%

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

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid The dollar rules

Dollar broke down through its $75.00 support level and the benchmark S&P 500 broke out to new yearly highs.

Volume our usual #1 confirmation factor was up, but still below average . Volume, therefore, did NOT confirm the price move. In fact over the long term the rise in stocks and decline in volume almost always signals a major reversal. But, for the last few months the Dollar rules and little else matters.

Bernanke spoke yesterday and overall he was very negative on the US economy. This is bad for Main Street and Jobs. But good for Wall Street because interest rates will remain low for a long time (Lots more on this, but limited time this AM)


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 is @ 1+% 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 )

The BDI rose a  significant +109 points yesterday and closed at 4220. Up 13 days in a row . The BDI’s growth did slow down a little as it approaches its major resistance level at 4291 . (This years high)  The BDI has rallied about 2000 points since late September. =  Bullish for stocks & world trade right now. Especially good for our positions in FXI & EWZ


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 was down a  significant  -0.47% yesterday. The dollar closed at $74.88 . The $75 support level has fallen . If the dollar closes below $75 today it will confirm the breakdown

Which ever side the Dollar breaks out through will set the momentum for it and the opposite will happen for US ( and most world) equities.

CAUTION – The first breakout (up or down) is often false. 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 +35.50 . This indicates stocks are overbought and The McC rose +28.62 yesterday  If we get another rally this big stocks will be clearly overbought and its definitely time for long term investors to take some profits.  No one should be adding to long positions now. Traders and shorter term investors should be considering taking profits sooner.

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


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.

Traders (short term plays) These are not ETFs, but individual stocks

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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