A large zeppelin, next to a skeletal tower, burns violently in midair with a fireball larger than the zeppelin itself rising from the zeppelin's rear third.

See Stocks Below for Hindenburg Omen

Pakistan Disaster

“The magnitude of the problem; the world has never seen such a disaster. It’s much beyond anybody’s imagination,” – Pakistan flood where over 7 million are homeless UN President Ki-Moon.

When Bush/Americans sent Tsunami relief to Indonesia American popularity soared. Today America has far better relationship with the world’s largest Muslim democracy. Indonesia is not without problems, but it’s a whole hell of a lot harder to Islamic Jihadist to recruit where the population is pro American rather than one that hates Americans.

Someone is going to step into the vacuum created by Pakistan’s economic disaster in the world’s second largest Muslim country and  Democracy (@170 million people) Will it be the Islamic Jihadist’s or Americans? Obviously, right wing politicians are absorbed with trying to limit religious freedoms of all Muslims and fear monger political advantage. Its hard to be tollerant when so many on all sides are shouting hatred and fear. Also many of you want the $ to stay at home (unemployment and/or the deficit)

In this case not only will you be helping those in need, but you’ll also make it a whole hell of a lot harder for the lunatic Islamic jihadist to gain support. Here’s a list of places you can donate or simply donate by texting “SWAT” to 50555 to donate $10

Bombing Iran

Intrade puts the odds of the US or Israel bombing Iran at @22% by the end of 2011. Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg says odds are much higher (50+%) & In Asian Times Gareth Porter says Goldberg’s wrong.

Investment Bottom Line –  Stocks would obviously take a huge hit on this event.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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


Index Percentage Volume
Dow -0.16% down
NASDQ -0.77% down
S&P 500 -0.40% down
Russell 2000 -1.21% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

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

Mantra for the monthThe Black Box/High Frequency Traders BB/HFT control the majority of trades. Paul R in the comments section has found a great source describing the BB/HFT traders and consequences of what they do.

Emerging Markets [EEM] turned positive on Friday while US Indexes took a hit in extremely low volume. Emerging markets are once agin outperforming major US indexes and the trades/country ETF’s that Investors411 has used seems to be working again. = Bullish

If you look at the DOW Transports (Friday -0.83) instead of Dow Industrials (-o.16) you’ll find even a gloomy senerio than in last week’s losses. = Bearish

The Hindenburg Omen

Named after the blimp that crashed in 1937, The Hindenburg Omen, is a somewhat accurate predictor technical analysts use to forecast a market crash using the McClellan Oscillator. The WSJ and many other financial outlets picked up on the fact that we had a Hindenburg Omen last week. Here’s the bottom line from the above Wikipedia source. Within the next 40 days the chances of the following happen (using back testing) are -

  • a 5% loss = 77%
  • panic sellout = 41% & stock crash = 24%
  • every NYSE crash since 1985 has been preceded by a Hindenburg Omen

Since we just had Friday the 13th, September is historically the worst month for stocks, you know how susceptible American’s are to fear mongering, I thought I’d let you know what’s in the back of the minds of every technical analyst including those who run the BB/HFT’s.

Significant Indexes

  • The Dollar (USD)  [Anything price move over +/- 0.50 is significant] The dollar rose +0.38% Friday. This confirmed Dollar on a week long bull run. For US stocks = Bearish
  • The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) [measures cost of world trade/proxie for China & emerging markets] Rally +1.27% Friday. Has broken up through 50 day moving average. But upside momentum slowing shows possible trend reversal. Overall trend still = Bullish
  • McClellan Index – (MO) [The rough guideline is over +60 = overbought market = sell positions or short stocks, & -60 = oversold market = buy stocks.] MO fell to -40.98 Approaching oversold, but still = Neutral

Reading Tea Leaves

No mater what help we get from emerging markets, the dollar is still key to stock prices and  has shown no signs of slowing down. Closest resistance level is about $1.00 away (50DMA). Monday’s recently have been the best day of the week and Chinese markets were up +2.11% overnight.

However, dollar bulls & stock bears rule,  the MO has yet to reach -60, and the BDI rally is slowing down. Bulls seem safely locked in the corral.


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

Current positions - NONE

NBThe whole Positions Section was updated over the weekend. (see top of blog of link here.) I’ve listed many emerging market and foreign ETF’s with links that are again outperforming US markets. Also, references to ETF’s that do +/- 2 & 3 time US indexes and links to YOUR stock list.

More aggressive traders could start to buy/nibble the dip. Longer term investors may want to wait for stocks to move lower. The MO is at -41 and ideally you’d like to see at least -60 before buying. It has reach @-120 in the past. None of these figures are written in stone.

Long Term Outlook – NEUTRAL


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