The Center for Public Integrity


Center For Public Integrity

The two top groups of journalists out there doing investigative journalism in the public interest are the Center for Public Integrity. and - Center for Responsive Politics

Both groups aren’t afraid to go after the polls and power brokers/lobbyists whoever they are. Stories like-

The main focus of YOUR comments over the last few days has been on BP. These two sources above will help. The Huffington Post today echos what YOU said yesterday British Petroleum’s is Worth More Dead than Alive. Yesterday’s -15% drop in BP stock price, if continued, means that YOU – the Tax payer could end up paying for this disaster because BP may soon become bankrupt.

Rolling Stone, sorry Obama fans, front page story is The Spill,the Scandal & the President The Spill is clearly BP’s fault, and Cheney/Bush put the lobbyist and former business executives in place in far more than the energy industry. But, Obama has failed to clean house. Not the change we can believe in

Big Political Shift?

The lead NYT story today focuses on what Investors411 mentioned yesterday – California’s overwhelming passage of Prop 14 -

“traditional party primaries will be replaced in 2011 with wide-open elections. The top two vote-getters — whatever their party, or if they have no party at all — will face off in the general election.”

There are positives and negatives in this legislation. But overall it seems to give more power to moderate voters or have candidates appeal to a broader base in order to win. There are lots of variables, but its certainly a change.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at dictionary


Index Percentage Volume
Dow -0.41% down
NASDQ -0.54% down
S&P 500 -0.59% down
Russell 2000 +0.10% -

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

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Stocks are dancing on the cliff’s edge. Last few Investors411 have focused on how close the major indexes, especially the benchmark S&P 500 are from breaking their last major support level. The S&P (SPX) yesterday closed at 1055 and that edge is at @ 1040.

Major indexes are down @-13 % from their highs. Two different talking heads on the financial channels have mentioned -15% down is a significant figure. Because if its reached over 80% of the time it means -20% or an official bear market will follow.

When you combine this with the fact that we are close to this years low/support level its like dancing on the edge of the cliff.

Good news is stocks fell in decreased, below average volume = Bullish

Bad news volume increased as stocks fell & we ended the days near the low= Bearish

Bernanke spoke to the markets and created a bright picture in the AM. He emphasized “Don’t Cut Spending.” and our recovery while slowly progressing was still “fragile.”

Besides the dollars decline from highs what Yankee Bob brought up – BP - was behind the late day selling. Of course its impossible to exactly know since perhaps 80% of the trading is done by the huge sophisticated computers of mega institutions and their proprietary algorithms.

Futures are up dramatically this AM = Bullish

Significant Indexes

  • McClellan Oscillator rose a bit yesterday to -21.25 [+60 or above = Overbought = sell. -60 or below = Oversold = buy]. StockCharts has a better version of the McClellan chart ($NYMO) LINK. –  & Investopedia on –  How the MO works. We are a smidge overbought, but basically = NEUTRAL
  • US Dollar –  The dollar fell about the same amount for second day in a row -0.35% [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.] Mantra - right now The Dollar Rules is very important. The dollar had fallen @ 1.00% but rallied in mid afternoon, sending stocks lower. NB – The currency markets dwarf the stock markets in size.

Reading the Tea Leaves – The dollar will probably dominate stocks till earning season. That’s along time for a lot to go wrong or other shoes to drop in Europe. If you want to get really depressed here’s The Black Swan author Nassim Taleb on Debt, Spreading Like a Cancer

Hopefully you don’t share his gloom and doom, I’m more optimistic. But he makes some relevant points.

Traders – Rally day that gets sold into because few want to hold longs over weekend. Watch for news out of Europe.


The  Positions Section = latest buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own – Updated over weekend.

Investors -It’s simply NOT a time to be in stocks. The long Term Outlook is negative – CAUTIOUSLY BEARISH. Why invest when it looks like stock will be lower over the next 6 months.  The single largest positive we have is stocks become so oversold they stage a counter rally and over the period of perhaps a week to a month you can make profits going long.

The second way to score (make money) is to use the ETF’s that are short the market like SDS (2X short S&P 500), UUP – that is an investment in a rising dollar and/or GLD. The strategy remains the same – buy the dip.

One reason to invest so that you make $ if the markets fall is a hedge. Your income may suffer, so at least on the other end you’ll make money.

Investors411 opened a 2% position in UUP (ETF tracks the dollar)at @25.60 (Have to double check this figure) Will buy more on dips.

Still holding very minor positions in VCI, ESRX & SDS



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