Protesters in New York City oppose the plans for building a mosque near ground zero. | AP Photo

Photo from Politico of all white Tea Party activists – Queston should the USA have the same level of tolerance as Saudi Arabia or are we better than that?

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Mainstream media (CNN & others)has chosen to give priority to right wing groups that believe we should ban all  mosques in the USA. Yankee Bob has returned to the comments section with a rebuttal -

Exactly right!

Fear is the Mind Killer! Prejudice is born of ignorance! We fear that which we do not know or understand! Enlightenment is much harder to attain. It’s easy to be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. That’s easy. Seeking the truth is hard!

Think of what prejudice has cost the world. How many Genocides? How many victims of Genocides, Enslavements, Victims of Prejudice  were denied their human rights. What does that mean as a social cost? Suppose Einstein had been murdered  in  a Pogrom before he gave the world his Theories. Suppose he had been denied his eduction because of a quota on student seats for Jews! How many potential Einstein’s were lost at Auswitz? Suppose Drs. Salk were denied becoming Drs because they were Jewish! The Dr that developed the procedure for blood transfusions that has saved the lives of countless millions,died after being in a car crash and was denied a transfusion because he was Black! What if he was in that crash before he developed his discovery. We have lost so much as a society because of the fear that ignorance inspires!”

Yankee Bob

JS has a lot more valuable information on covered calls in the comments section. Also Dave & Jim J (bonds) have some added information Kudos to JS for initiating and leading the discussion on an alternative method of investment

If you don’t watch the comments section each day your missing out on some of the best investment ideas and most passionate editorials.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

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

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage Volume
Dow +1.01% up
NASDQ +1.26% up
S&P 500 +1.22% up
Russell 2000 +1.28% -

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

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

Mantra for the month - The 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.

Weak volume rally is typical US for the BB/HFT.  Although volume did pick up a bit as short positions scrambled to cover. Weaker dollar & rally abroad played a part in this.

NBThe US markets are , for the most part are being engineered by the BB/HFT and now the Fed has taken an even more direct role. Investors411 has beat the drum over the BB/HFT’s, so lets do the FED.

The FED – It was perhaps no accident markets moved higher when the Fed at 10:15 AM EST yesterday opened its window to start to buy Treasuries. Lower treasury rates pushes investors seeking higher yields into stocks. More important Zerohedge.com does a good job describing what happens when cash is given to potential traders. Future auction that inject cash to major traders will occur 8/19,24,26 & 9/1. So stocks should have an artificial boost on those days. At Zerohedge read anything with symbol POMO – Permanent Open Market Operation.

Bottom Line - You’re not getting the Fed’s money and we could see a little juice added to stock on the above dates. Plus the day before traders may rally in anticipation of new cash.

Cash rich companies are also buying back shares – they certainly are NOT hiring American workers.

Significant Indexes

  • The Dollar (USD)  [Anything price move over +/- 0.50 is significant] The dollar fell -0.38% yesterday. For stocks = Bullish
  • The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) [measures cost of world trade/proxie for China & emerging markets] Rally +1.09% yesterday. Has broken up through 50 day moving average. 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 rose to +3.14 Neutral

Reading Tea Leaves

Emerging markets due for a consolidation after a nice 3/4 day run. MO in neural and the FED injections of cash through 9/1 should keep the nasty Hindenberg Omen at bay at least for a while.

Positions

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

Current positions – EWZ & EWS

Each time we have a MO below 40 and a dip, I plan to buy.  First nibbles and the lower we go the more riskier ETF’s.

Same strategy – Will sell 1/2 ETF at @3 to 5% gain/loss and let the rest ride till the MO moves higher. Sold 1/2 of EWZ at 70.88 for @ +3% gain. Both EWZ & EWS opened and closed near the same levels. In the language of technical analysis this usually means at least a short term trend reversal.

Long Term Outlook – NEUTRAL

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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