Afghanistan Escalation

Photo – Huffington Post

US launches major escalation in opium rich province in Afghanistan. BBC story here

By getting side tracked with an "unjust" war in Iraq we have created or ignored a whole host of other problems – Our decline in credibility, loss of allies, Iran’s moving to fascism, Pakistan destabilizing, the rise of Hamas & Hezbollah, Lack of focus on N. Korea and deterioration in Afghanistan are just some of the problems that have emerged.

Health Care

  • Wal Mart according to CNBC now backs Obama’s concept of a public health  insurance program here
  • AMA (American Medical Association) now "open" to public health insurance program. This group can’t make up its mind. Story here
  • While the two above indicate momentum toward a public heath plan program the major obstacle continues to be the huge amount of money the lobbyists against the bill give senators and congress. (see past Investors411)

Boycott EXXON

While other major energy companies are  running ads that encourage conservation and alternative fuels  Exxon is still funding groups that are putting out false and misleading info on climate change here

Many of you in the past have sent me boycott Exxon emails. Sometimes this was over high oil prices, sometimes they’re leading opposition to climate change. I still boycott EXXON

Employment Numbers for June

8:30AM EST – Job loss grows from 9.4% to 9.5% with greater than expected -467,000 jobs lost last month. .  Manufacturing was way down – probably duein large part to auto bankruptcies. Markets are going to take a  hit today because of this.

This report was @ -100,000 worse than May, but +100,000 better than the months before May. Jobs are a lagging indicator, but quite important if you have one. More here


STOCKS

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING

Index Percentage % Volume
Dow +0.68% down
NASDQ +0.58 % down
S&P500 +0.44% down
Russell2000 +1.81% -

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Technicals and Fundamentals

All eyes on Unemployment numbers this AM Results =

Prices rallies, but volume dropped significantly/moderately for all major indexes. This is a bearish sign

Significant forecasting tools/Indexes for stock markets

Note - Repeated statements in brown.

These are important forecasting tolls, but secondary to volume .

BDI The Baltic Dry Index measures the flow of goods (world trade) . BDI fell yesterday.  This index is winding up like a spring, within a consolidation pattern. Watch out! Long term Bullish rise from bottom, but coiling right now for next move .

$USD - The Dollar fell -0.64 % . The strong inverse correlation between the dollar and stocks has existed for many moons. Market. Dollar down = markets up. We are in a month long consolidating pattern after a multi month fall Long term Bearish pattern for Dollar that is consolidating pattern now (neutral) = Bullish for stocks This strong correlation may break down in future. (see yesterday’s update.

VIX Measures Volatility in S&P 500.   The less volatility means the better investors are feeling. Yesterday the VIX fell a meager - o.49% yesterday.  Longer term 4 month trend down and we are near Sept. 08 lows. Bullish long term trend for stocks

Our Positions . -  Over the holiday weekend I’ll try to give you an in depth outlook for our positions, especially the new positions.

Long Term Outlook = NEUTRAL

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

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING

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