Afghanistan

Huffington Post has a huge Afghanistan section. No other news outlet even comes close. LINK

Steve Clemons has one of the best websites on issues facing America. He is both realistic and a relative moderate. He features a big Af/Pak Debate by some foreign policy experts LINK Title of debate “AMERICA CANNOT AND WILL NOT SUCCEED IN AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN.”

Today’s WashingtonNote.com , Clemons blog focus is Iran – “Imposing More Sanctions On Iran Will Not Work” Both these articles give some in depth analysis.

Bottom Line – Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries – I don’t want these countries to become havens to those who will attack America, but in no way do I want to continue  spend $100s of billions to nation build democracies around the worlds.  Our results in Iraq are a Shia government that is corrupt, best buddies with Ahmadinejad, and still a nation deep in poverty despite having huge oil reserves. Furthermore, while we focused on Iraq, Afghanistan/Pakistan deteriorated.

Just like in the colonial empires of the 20th century (from England to Russia) you’ll find that nation building has brought former dominate powers down. This is just history repeating itself. In the middle a recession for Main Street these funds should go to help Americans not nation building abroad.

STOCKS

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +1.37% up
NASDQ +1.71% up
S&P500 +1.37% up
Russell2000 +1.84% -

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

The Dollar is currently the #1 factor influencing stocks.  Yesterday’s significant move down created a major rally for stocks.  Earnings season which officially opens today (Alcoa reports) will be a fundamental driver of stocks, but the dollar will still be very important.  What investors are looking for is top line sales growth. Last quarter Inel Computer had some top line growth and that sparked a rally. INTC is obviously again a key factor.

Volume moved up, but only the NASDQ was above average. You might call this partial confirmation of the move higher.

Australia raised interest rates and this show signs of an improving worldwide economy. LINK The US is not going to raise rate for a while until the jobless situation turns.

Mortgage applications are at a 4 month high as rate falls is the headline on the major financial news channel LINKBullish news

Markets are overbought, and you should notice that huge amounts of $ are NOT entering the market

There are some strong technical resistance areas around the old S&P high of @ 1070, 1120 and 1200. (more later on this) These are areas I’d take some money off the table. Especially 1120 & 1200.  S&P or SPX is at 1055.

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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) .

The BDI is @ 46% 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 +79 points yesterday and closed the day at 2441 .   Longer term (since the June high) the rate of decline has softened, but its still going in the wrong direction. We seem to have started to reversed the longer term June move. We’ve had a rally 8 of the last 9 days from a low of 2166 .  Resistance level of 2491 (last months high) first major hurdle to cross – Bullish for stocks .

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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.

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

The dollar fell -0.51% yesterday. Three down days in has brought the Dollar to $76.31 less than 0.50 of its yearly closing low of $76.00 (major support level)

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

See yesterday’s update for a full outline of current positions. Sold XLF for +7% gain. Over the course of this year Investors411 has sold XLF (financials) for 23% gain (10% of portfolio) and twice for 7% gains (both 5% of portfolio)

Both GLD and EWZ are trading at new highs. Like US markets right now these stocks (GLD might be termed a commodity – gold) are over bought. Looking for a buy the dip opportunity .

Long Term Outlook = CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH

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

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