Obama’s Brain Freeze

Obama is seeking to Freeze many Domestic programs headlines the NYT today. Also check out Bob S’s & Mama Jama’s recent comment on right side of blog.  We have the answer as to what Obama would cut - domestic programs.

Here we are with a 10% jobless rate and well over 16% jobless rate if you count those no longer on the rolls. US Corporations from IBM to Apple  are growing because they are growing their investments (now well over 50%) overseas. Housing numbers still hurting, banking mess not fixed and the vast majority of US workers and unemployed believe we are in a recession and Obama freezes domestic spending.

It’s a huge flip flop Stimulate the economy to create jobs – now a year later he cut domestic spending and guess what’s going to happen to jobs & the economy.  Job loss has decreased from -700,000 to about -50,000 per month. Not bad . However, we are still NOT anywhere close to creating the kinds or number of jobs (+250,000 a month) it takes to stimulate a jobs recovery. Take $300 billion of the stimulus away in domestic cuts and hopes of a recovery will evaporate.

When the jobs picture flattens or worsens and Obama asks for more $ to stimulate it you will have a flip flop flip

So maybe this will buy Obama a few points of popularity this week, but it is just what Herbert Hoover did and FDR did. They took away the stimulus too soon and in both cases the depression got a whole lot worse. Bob S first mentioned the FireDogLake site but it has an excellent compilation of criticism on Obama’s move

We the Corporation

Common Cause and Talking Point Memo are both reporting that the recent Supreme Court decision (see past few investors411) opens the way for Foreign Investors/governments who own chunks of US corporations or whose companies are registered in the USA to contribute to US campaigns.

Example  A Saudi Prince or wealthy Chinese investor (really their government) who owns say @ 5% of a US shadow bank will have a lot more power to intimidate or influence any candidate than.  Foreign investors have over the last decade bought huge hunks of American companies and are very influential in corporate board rooms. You the far less wealthy  taxpayer and voter will soon have even less power in YOUR democracy than rich Communists or Arab dictators

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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Index Percentage Volume
Dow +0.23% down
NASDQ +0.25% down
S&P500 +0.46% down
Russell2000- +0.16% -

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500 and almost all major US indexes

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

See Positions , Strategy , and Overview for changes made over weekend.

Stocks rallied a bit in decreased volume. Volume,our #1 confirmation factor of price move, is still very Bearish. We’ve had at least 3 significant falls in BIG increased volume. This is enough distribution (major players moving to sidelines) to turn a market.

AAPL reported after markets close d. This is one of the stocks whose results can move markets. Last evening there was no change in price after its report. Lots of news surrounding a new Apple product Wednesday

Fed meets over next two days – expect little/NO change.

Bernanke reconfirmation vote – Looks like he will get reconfirmed and that should help stocks. But two problems –

  1. he/the Fed will be weakened because the Fed chair usually almost unanimous
  2. The Fed is like everything else from the Supreme Court on down an almost totally political organization. Any appearance of his independence was shattered by him lobbying senators for his appointment.

State of the Union – Markets are worried about what Obama will do about shadow banks. See Sunday’s and Monday’s Investors411 for more on this. We need to fix the too big to fail systemic problem – this will hurt stocks, especially financials in the short term – but stocks, our democracy and our country will be better off in the long term .

Significant indexes

  • McClellan Index at -64.84 =  still significantly oversold.  (see Sunday’s Investors411 for more)


The  Positions Section (also at top of blog) has the latest buys and sells (Usually updated over weekends)

These are positions I actually own


Did not pull trigger on any longer term ETF investments. Waiting for state of the Union address to see what Obama does about Shadow banks.

YOUR Stock watch list

NB – I feel much more confident with ETF’s because they reflect global trends than individual stock. Too many things can go wrong with individual stocks.

  • SEED In a buy the dip position directly above 50 day moving average
  • AAPL obviously a market mover who again is sitting on its 50 day.
  • AMZN Lower highs lower lows on chart – removed from list
  • HMIN - Failed breakout . China play. Will recover when  China does.  Will drop from list soon
  • CAAS CAAS hanging in there 50 day moving average.
  • PCLN Fell below 50 day moving average, but no big volume on downside move. A potential buy in any market reversal.
  • F Now less over extended.
  • DRWI New – Big exporter to China -  Was too overextended to buy, and now only a bit overextended. No big volume as stock dropped= good sign. Potential buy the dip.
  • ENOC New – Reduces costs for utilities – No big volume behind its recent fall. Potential but the dip when it hits 50 day.
  • ATHN New - Software reduces costs for health care - Broke its longer term bullish trend in big  volume – Will drop from list soon.
  • IMAX Great long term chart – falling back to its 50 day moving average. Still a buy the dip opportunity

All these are better buys in an oversold market. That condition exists NOW.

The problem is not knowing how aggressive Obama is going to be about shadow banks/too big to fail institutions.  We should have a good idea by state of the Union – Wednesday night.  You could gamble either way.

Caution – I have continually overestimated Obama when it comes to almost everything. He may be all talk about business accountability and the Paul Volker/Elizabeth Warren faction within his government will loose.

See POSITIONS (scroll down) for details on this and what’s under consideration for 2010. Sorry have not had a chance to work on this last weekend.

Long Term Outlook = NEUTRAL


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