Iran

Iran

What was supposed to be demonstrations marking the 29th anniversary of the Iranian revolution turned into a night and day that members of the Green Revolution let their voices ring out. Professor Juan Cole’s website has details and video. Its heatening to see so many protest (“huge crowds”) despite those that have disappeared into Ahmadinejad’s Iranian prison system. LINK

Vietnam & Iraq/Afghanistan – Optimism

Even though many including this blog have focused on the negatives surrounding the “unjustified” invasion of Iraq and long term consequences,there are some major reason for long term optimism.

In Vietnam we used chemical weapons (agent orange) carpet bombing and even resistance was slow to organize. These weapons were not used in Iraq. Democracy was insisted on by Sistani (the #1 Shia religious leaders) and after a year of demonstrations the US relented. In Afghanistan the poll numbers have already turned negative LINK This poll was before the election debacle.

In no way does this excuse our growing nation building disaster in the Mideast under Bush and Obama. But, it is a long term ray of sunlight in an otherwise dark cloud.

US Elections

Republicans won two governorships in NJ and VA formerly held by Dems. The Dems won a congressional seat in NY – formerly heavy Republican district.  Overall a better night for Republicans and bottom line is about the economy.  Three out of mainstream observations

  • NJ Democrat Gov. candidate was a mucky muck at Goldman Sachs.  GS & Wall Street are loved about as much on Main Street as the New York Yankees outside NY metro area.
  • The “conservative” running in NY congressional race considered radical right wing FOX commentator Glenn Beck “his hero.”  He had huge support from the “tea bagger” or dominant wing of the Republican party.
  • Long time incumbents spent huge money and had difficulty getting elected – example mayors Bloomberg in NYC and Menino in Boston.


STOCKS

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage % Volume
Dow -0.18% down
NASDQ +0.40% down
S&P500 +0.24% down
Russell2000 +1.46%
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Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

This is the last post for the week

Friday’s jobs report is the news for the week .  What we have is an oversold market going nowhere. Wall Street term for this is “churning.” Because we are so oversold a good jobs number (loss less than 200,000) would probably move market higher.  Oversold also limits downside risk.

Best Read of Tea Leaves – We will not get a sub 200,000 number.

For traders – A high unemployment figure means the stimulus will keep flowing  and I’d buy the dip. Even though everyone is watching Friday’s employment figure – keep an eye on the dollar. If we have a significant break through of the resistance level expect a meltdown in stocks as the dollar rises.

In Asia and Europe oversold markets rallied last night, so this could carry a positive bias to the USA today.

FOMC meets to day – expect no change.  Any changes in wording would be negative and a shock.

The Dollar War - (Part 2) The big news of the day was India buying $6.7 billion dollars worth of gold from the International Monetary Fund. This is an investment in gold not dollars. Still, obviously central banks did buy enough dollars to halt any dollar decline yesterday.

FYI - Best 25 preforming stocks since Obama’s election 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 is @ 24% 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 +62 points yesterday and closed at 3247. The rate of change is diminishing slightly. A higher high price on its chart pattern has been confirmed The BDI has rallied almost 1100 points since late September. =  Bullish for stocks & world trade right now

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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 a modest -0.12% yesterday. The dollar closed at $76.33 . The dollar did briefly rise above its 50 day moving average.  The dollar is technically doing what prices do in front of major resistance/support levels – hesitating. The longer it hesitates the better the chances for reversal.

From yesterday – The next important resistance level for the dollar is the falling 50 day moving average (blue line on chart). This is at $76.67 this AM . So dollar is only 0.34% away from major resistance. It’s the line in the sand – Best read of the tea leaves is that it will hold. In fact, Investors411 will add to some positions  as we get close to this resistance level.

Positions

The  Positions Section (top of blog) to see all the latest buys and sells

Our major core positions into weekend. (See Monitor’s post in comments section)

NB  – These core positions have been long term positions for years and are STILL OUTPERFORMING the benchmark S&P 500 – For more see overview section

GLD – Gold rose a significant 2.41% and broke out to a new all time high in huge volume. This was based on the news of India buying a huge hunk of the shinny yellow stuff. (buy the dip)

EWZ – Brazil – has gone up too far too fast and was overdue for a correction. (see past updates)It had about a 10% correction (see chart) and its 50 day moving average is acting as strong support.  Think those of you who bought the dip will be rewarded in the long run.

FXI – China -  too recetly had almost had a 10% correction, another buy the dip opportunity.

Both China and Brazil could go lower if the jobs number is bad or the dollar rises too high. They go down faster than US markets, but rise much faster than US markets. The BDI recent move higher is favorable for both.

Considering diversifying into Indonesia & Vietnam ETF’s Also, for traders as an individual stock AMZN – great technicals& fundamentals, but also a swine flu play. If the flu ends up keeping folks housebound AMZN should profit. (more on Monday) It is currently dipping.

Concerns – 10 even 20% corrections are healthy for FXI and EWZ in the long term. Yes, these and other emmerging markets are recovering fundamentally far faster than the USA. But anything that goes up to too fast forms a bubble and they burst.

SPX – Selling entire position as soonas I get back from art show – taking profits and freeing $ for other investments.


Long Term Outlook = NEUTRAL

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AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!


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