WHAT’S UP? – Three influential  personalities are shaping future trends - Jesse “the body” Ventura; Jim “mad money” Cramer ; Arianna “she’s everywhere” Huffington.  Their views on the future of capitalism and American morality will impact your money and your lives; Investors411 just took +23%, +16% and +26% profits in 3 different areas – Was it a mistake?


Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura

Jesse’s been a Navy Seal, a World Wrestling Federation Champ and the Governor of Minnisota. Last week he came up with the following quote on why we should prosecute Dick Cheney for torture-

“You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.”

Jim Cramer

photo – Time mag.

Jim Cramer

Our government and others are flooding the world with printed money. We all know deficits are bad and can lead to crippling inflation. Cramer’s answer (see yesterday’s blog for more)

That’s exactly what they were worried about in 1929 to 1931. Hoover was very worried about tremendous inflation, so he did his best to avoid that, and we had the greatest depression in history. So perhaps we learn from history and worry about inflation after we worry about taking a Great Depression off the table. 

Arianna Huffington

Web entrepreneur, Arianna Huffington has not only turned the Huffington Post into the #1 news source for hundreds of thousands of people, she catapulted this into a media presence on everything from the financial news channel to late night TV. Some of her insightfull comments on the future of capitalism. (Time pg. 54)

“…there has to be a moral component…What happened is that capitalism was reduced to Ayn Rand-ian selfishness

…the agreement among serious economist that we’re doing the wrong thing by trying to protect the Wall Street Oligarchy. What’s amazing is that we’re not having enough of a populist outrage about that.”






Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +2.85% down
NASDQ +3.11% down
S&P500 +3.58% down
Russell2000 +3.98% -


Technicals & Fundamentals

From yesterday – Let’s stick with the same prediction, for this week as last. More consolidation with a downside bias. After 9 up weeks in a row a consolidation is good for bulls. Going too far too fast creates bubbles. 

Major US and world markets couldn’t wait for a consolidation and instead on the India news (See yesterday’s Investors411) IFN India  ETF was up +21.5%exploded higher. A relatively positive earnings forecast from Lowe’s (home building/remodeling supplies) helped. Competitor Home Depot had basically the same report this AM.

There is one ingredient missing - VOLUME - The #1 confirmation factor of any rally did not show up yesterday. Below average declining volume indicates that the huge amount of money on the sidelines stayed there. 

XLF - The ETF that tracks financials (mostly shadow banks ) exploded higher yesterday  +6.59% in below average declining volume. Volume is NOT confirming the price move. Of course, they again outperformed.

Market’s Major Mantra - Again – “If Shadow Banks go up – so will stocks. If Shadow banks go down so will stocks” 

WTIC - Oil prices fell from the $60+ high last week and have established a range between $54 and $60. Up Monday +4.54% to $59.59. This is directly below the the major $60 resistance level.  Hard to tell if stocks are pulling oil prices or visa versa. Both seems to be signaling a rebound in the economy. 

BDI - The Baltic Dry Index that measures world trade  broke through resistance last week and is at a new 6 month high. The BDI broke through a major resistance early last week and rose another +2.4% yesterday.  World trade is critical, because if protectionism/nationalism between countries grows over trade the recovery is doomed. Very Bullish indicator for world economics and stocks

Reading this weeks tea leaves From yesterdayLets hope and predict a consolidation with a downside bias this week in weak volume. BDI and India are both long term  positives. If 877 support holds on (Mon, Tues. & Wed.) the S&P 500, we could see  the nine week stampede of bulls continue later this week. 877 is the number to watch.

Looks like I was wrong – or I let hope of a consolidation cloud my judgement. The stampeding bulls did NOT wait till the end of the week to get the stampede started.  When bulls stampede they just blindly move. Today they’ll look around and wonder why their fellow bulls did not show up.

We’ve had 3 days in a row of declining volume as markets went south. Then a major reversal in still less volume.

Certainly looks like only short term traders are putting their money down. Benchmark S&P 500 closed at @ 910 and last week its high was @930. We could reach or even surpass that 930 resistance level. But without volume after another short term push higher expect a fall.

Reasons to rally-

  • Markets are moving higher on good news
  • BDI has broken out and moving higher
  • Rising Oil prices reflect an economic rebound
  • Financial analysts keep mentioning “green shoots” sprouting up all over.
  • Obama is one good salesman.
  • Shadow banks have government support

Why are the giant institutions and massive amounts of cash staying on the sidelines? Not having VOLUME confirm the rally is maddening and therefore definitive longer term calls are suspect. However, the mojo is back with the bulls.

Was it a mistake to get out of certain positions too early? +23%, +16% & +26% (See Positions section of blog) Perhaps, and will buy back into EWZ (Brazil) on dip.  Would buy back into XLF (financials) as longer term investment on dip -A smaller position than before. Also looking for a dip to buy some more GLD

However still short term trading FAS and UYG (ultra financials)on dips.

NO major long term  moves now – Be patient - But a tradable market.

Long Term Outlook = NEUTRAL

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


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