No Repeat Depression

Two highly respected Economist have completed  a major study saying, “A Second Great Depression was averted” for the following reasons. Quote -

  • the Wall Street bailout,
  • the bank stress tests,
  • the emergency lending and asset purchases by the Federal Reserve
  • the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus program

Without this GDP would be 6.5% lower this year and there would be 8,500,00o fewer jobs.

Most economists usual use cautious approaches in quantitative models. They forget – the panic of  banks collapsing, fed by an over hyping media would have cause a far more serious problem.

Investors411 and many of you have been beating the drums on this for 2 years, and its good finally to see a major study come out. Especially one that supports our thesis. Now besides Greenspan, Paulson, Bernanke, Geithner , etc., telling us we would have gone over the cliff, we have some academic support.

Alan Binder Princeton Prof. & former Vice Chair of Fed

Mark Zandi – Chief economist Moody’s Analytic

Smoking Hot Debate

If you’ve missed the comments section of Investors411 you’ve missed the some of the best thing this blog offers – Information and debate on stocks & politics. Right now Jsovjani & Popeye are going toe to toe. Hard to tell if they agree or agree to disagree.

Jsovjani has produced a set of statistics that show the concentration of wealth before Ronald Reagan took office of the richest 1% of Americans was @ 20% and when he left office it was @ 36%. Popeye believes that he has finally found some common ground with Jsovjani our resident “deficit hawk.” The rich getting richer coupled with the fact that President Reagan raised the deficit by over 400% makes “Ronald Reagan, economically one of the worst presidents we ever had.”

What will Jsovjani reply?

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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


Index Percentage Volume
Dow +0.12% up
NASDQ -0.36% down
S&P 500 -0.10% up
Russell 2000 -0.46% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500

Mantra for week -The Black Box/High Frequency Traders BB/HFT control the vast majority of trades.

Another typical light volume day which saw rotation (a bullish thing) out of high beta stocks into more mundane stocks. Overall things were flat.

There was one big bearish sign out there - crude oil – took a big hit right at its resistance level.

Earning continue.

Significant Indexes-

  • McClellan Oscillator (MO) fell  to +75.69 [+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. Yesterday’s close = 75.69BEARISH But, the MO fell 21+ points and major indexes were flat. Plus its 50 DMA is crossing its 200DMA, and the chart shows a series of higher lows and higher highs. Best read of tea leaves is we are now looking like the MO will drop more on flat days and get us out of overbought territory. Then rally as stocks go higher.
  • US Dollar –  The dollar  rose slightly  +0.12% yesterday [Anything over +/- @0.50 is significant.] The dollar/stocks relationship is strong – Dollar up = stocks down and visa versa. Dollar just broke a major downside support level two days ago = Bullish
  • BDI - The  Baltic Dry Index (Measures cost of shipping – Higher costs good = more being shipped = Bullish. Also, good proxy of China.) BDI was in free fall from a high of @4200 to 1700 . This was a huge -60% drop in 8 weeks is very bearish Often a leading indicator for stocks. Here’s a 3 year chart of BDI for context. The BDI has staged a 7 day+10% rally and is at 1869 = Bullish

Reading Tea Leaves-

The highly overbought position of US equities eased yesterday. We are just overbought now. See MO above. Another day/two of easing will give the bulls another chance to charge. There is so much bullish momentum behind the move higher, its hard to see it all stop now. At least retail investors should buy the dip. If we continue to fall out of overbought positions with stocks remaining flat – This would be a signal to go long.

However, Black Box/High Frequency Traders rule, and they may think its time to take profits from this rally. If you’re a trader what to look for (probably on the SPX daily chart) is that every time the SPX rises to a certain level it gets sold into by BB/HFT’s


The  Positions Section link to latest & former buys and sells  - These are positions I actually own

Updated over weekends Investors411 holds ONE small position in SDS at this time

Sticking with overall strategy on short ETF’s. However, Probably selling 1/2 of SDS today. Reasons stated above under MO.

EWZ (Brazil – chart on side of blog)) an ETF Investors411 owned for years is again outperforming and is a buy the dip opportunity.

GLD – (Gold) has come down off its high. But a big dip in big/above average volume is a signal to wait.

Going to try to put together YOUR Stock List with Paul R (if he has the time) before I leave for trip.

S&P 500 at 1113. Breakout point to turn Long Term Outlook to CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH is 1131

Long Term Outlook – NEUTRAL


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