Health Care

Robert Reich – fromer Sec. of Labor

Frankly Abby Gold (see comments on right) says it all on health care .  This country used to care. There was a bond between neighbors. Now the rich get socialism whenever they are in trouble and the poor and working class average Americans get ground into the ground. This is a mega trend in the USA that’s spiraling in the wrong direction.

Economist Robert Reich has an editorial on – What happened to the public option. LINK

Mexico & Afghanistan

(to be continued over weekend)

KISS & STOCKS

Keep It Simple Stupid

For those of you whose eyes gloss over in the stock section I’ve tried to KISS it today, but I left a little in for those who want the deeper analysis

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage % Volume
Dow -0.90% up
NASDQ -1.66% up
S&P500 -1.34% up
Russell2000 -2.41%
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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

Volume – Volume  rising (see above chart) is important, but it saw still below average. So there is no real big forecasting signal.

Something called Options expiring (3rd Friday of each month – today) is probably what’s behind all this volume. The more sophisticated short term traders are forced to cover some of their bets at the last minute before they have to buy or sell a stock they have an option on.

If you get lost with a term or want to know more use Investopedia.com dictionary and other help programs or Stockcharts.com tutorial programs.

Why Stocks Move Lower – Yesterday we did Higher and probably the #1 reason is the government shoveling so much money into the economy at almost zero interest rate forces people into stocks. The alternative is a measly couple points in a bank savings account or add another point for a bond. So here’s the downside -

  • Job, Job, Jobs – Companies fired workers and now first will  first hire overseas where it cost less and the growth is greater.
  • American’s middle class went overboard into debt and is now saving more. Our consumers are saving more, therefore, not buying. Good to save more, but bad for economic growth
  • Trust – The rich (shadow financials & others) get risk socialized by the government and the middle class gets capitalism. Folks know their getting screwed – they/we are angry.
  • Foreclosures – still happening at a far too big a rate despite stimulus.

The best case scenario for economy – All those who made huge money in the stock market or trading credit derivatives this year buy and eventually this will “trickle down” to the middle class.

Important to remember – Stocks can move in one direction and the economy in another.  Perversely, in the short term, if job loss stays high interest rates will stay low to act as a counter balance.  Stocks historically always rise in low interest rate environments.

Now going to get a bit more technical

If you don’t understand a term look in up at Investopedia.com dictionary LINK

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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 has broken out to new yearly high

The BDI rose a n insignificant  +18 points yesterday and closed at 4661. Up 16 days in a row . Technically it broke out through its major resistance level 4291 (this year’s high)  The BDI has rallied about 2400 + points since late September.

The BDI is starting to go PARABOLIC – starting to move up too far too fast-inevitable result is a crash and burn.  We seem to be at the top of the parabola. DANGER for Bulls

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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 rose  +0.31% yesterday. The dollar closed at $75. 29 . This is back above the major $75.00 support level. 

CAUTION – The first breakout (up or down) is often false. This happened two days ago . Dollar back in trading range. The top of that range is the falling 50 day moving ave. now at $76.02

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$NYMO The NY Stock Exchange McClellan (EOD) Index measures how much the NYSE is oversold or overbought .

The index closed at-22.67 This indicates stocks are slightly oversold and momentum for bears is growing

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

Positions

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.

Long Term Outlook - We are on the cusp of change between CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH and NEUTRAL for stocks.

Bottom Line – As Investors411 warned US equities are turning negative.  The point to add to positions will NOT come till we reach oversold positions on the McClellan Oscillator

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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