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

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Barack The Barbarian

Picked up my copy of “Barack the Barbarian” with my grandson at the local comic book store yesterday. “You betcha” I choose the copy with the scantily clad Red Sarah on the cover. Opening scene – A  better than buff with loin cloth and boots Obama riding a blue donkey - “into a place where the interest of a wealthy few were placed before the interests of the needful many.”

For more including bigger photos click here

The CIA Lied

Leon Panetta

This should come as no shock. CIA director Leon Panetta has admitted that the CIA lied to Congress about the war in Iran. More here

No surprise here. The whole Cheney/Bush continually lied about the “unjust” Iran war (“unjust” was the term used by the Sec. General of the UN and pretty much the rest of the world)

Californification – Why Referendum’s Suck.

By far California has the deepest fiscal problem of any state . Californian’s are pointing and blaming a whole lot of people from the “Governator” on down.  But they have only themselves to blame or more specifically their referendum system. I’m not specifically singling out people in California, because most people will vote their self interest in any referendum and few look at the big picture.

Just a few example of how California went broke through referendums.

  • Prop 13 – Your property is valued at the time you bought it – So, two simialar houses one bought 30 years ago is worth sometimes 80% less than the  similar property bought today = Huge shortfall in revenue.
  • State legislators need a 2/3 vote to make any changes in taxes. (one of two states with this law)
  • All residence are given tuition free admission to state colleges.

Actually this is strikingly similar to the US government. Over the last ten years our federal government similarly voted to let capitalism have almost  no regulations, ran trillions dollar wars, created huge trade deficits, and instituted new spending programs while reducing taxes.

Iran

photo from Truthdig

Another day of demonstrations in Iraq.  Protestors shouting Allah Acbar from rooftops at night in defiance of the government.  Nico Pitney at Huffington Post & Andrew Sullivan (scroll down) at Atlantic carry lots of videos.

STOCKS

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Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +0.06% down
NASDQ +0.31% down
S&P500 +0.35% down
Russell2000 -0.09% -

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

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

Technicals and Fundamentals

As predicted at the beginning of the week we are already challenging the major support level. We did stay above the mega 875 support level on the benchmark S&P 500 yesterday. Technically – a short term bullish sign.

Earnings season around the corner.

Another major forecasting tool is how markets/stocks react to news.

  • Yesterday the first company to report was Alcoa Aluminum with better than expected news.
  • The Dollar fell dramatically
  • Unemployment figure for the week fell dramatically.

This was a lot of good news and US stock markets went nowhere. = Bear’s Rule

Significant forecasting tools/Indexes for stock markets

Note - Repeated statements in brown.

The BDI has become the best of these three forecasting tools .

BDI The Baltic Dry Index measures the flow of goods (world trade) . BDI fell for the 7th day in a row .  Clearly established  bears rule trading pattern of lower highs and now lower lows over the last month.   WARNING The breakdown in trade is very significant to any worldwide recovery . BEARS RULE

The BDI is now the first chart I look at each day. – Globalization has greatly added to the interconnectedness of the world’s economies. It’s a worldwide recession, and if trade prices break down so will individual economies.

Here’s a bit more descriptive look at the BDI. Again you can adjust the chart’s time period.

$USD - The Dollar fell dramatically yesterday -0.98% The strong inverse correlation between the dollar and stocks has existed for many moons. Dollar up = markets down.

Just like that the dollar went from close to the top of its consolidation pattern to close to the bottom (see recent Investors411). This should have given stocks a real boost higher.  It didn’t. Bad news in short term for stocks Long term Bearish pattern for Dollar = bullish for stocks

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Reading the Tea Leaves

Forget adding to any positions right now. Until the BDI starts to turn up adding to long positions are way too risky. The fact that US markets did not move higher on yesterday’s good economic news is another bad sign.

Warning – Sure looks like the major support level of 875 on the S&P 500 is still in trouble. Expect a major attack today. If 875 goes down we could see a quick 2 to 5% loss on the S&P 500. Next major support around 830 .

Our Positions (For more see Positions section of Investors 411-scroll down)

Cutting back on the last 2.5% of GEX seems prudent at this time. We will reenter alternative energy using PBW (a more liquid alternative energy). Hopefully at a lower price than it is now.

Why – Oil prices are tumbling and energy is tied to oil. It will be a while before cap and trade makes its way through congress.  Technically even though oil prices paused in their decline there is probably another leg down and this will take alternative energy with it.

Short Term Bottom Line – Investors are waiting to see how earnings season develops. Alcoa’s better than expected earnings failed to move markets. Some or the giants report next week. If they too have better than expected earnings and investors fail to buy we’re in trouble.

Still look at a dip below 875 as a “buy the dip” opportunity.

Long Term Outlook = CAUTIOUSLY BEARISH

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