Europe: Big Problems Remain For Markets

By: Chris Ciovacco | Fri, May 11, 2012
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In December 2011, the European Central Bank (ECB) attempted to paper over the debt crisis. As noted by the Wall Street Journal on April 18, "Europe's bold program to defuse its financial crisis by injecting cash into the banking system is running out of steam".

Since the credit markets in Spain and Italy have shown renewed signs of strain, the timing for elections in France and Greece was less than ideal for policymakers. On Friday morning, there were rumblings from Europe giving some basis for optimism to the post-election situation in Greece.

From the BBC:

The leader of Greece's main socialist party, Evangelos Venizelos, is holding a series of talks on forming a coalition to deal with the debt crisis. Mr Venizelos is the third party head to try and reach a deal since Sunday's election produced a hung parliament. Earlier, observers said there was some hope of a deal after Mr Venizelos met the head of a smaller, left-wing party.

The political rhetoric in Greece has centered around the renegotiation of the country's bailout terms. Just to make sure the story remains tense and unsettling for the markets, Germany weighed in on Friday, something that we knew was only a matter of time. From the Vancouver Sun:

Germany told Greece on Friday that staying in the euro zone was its own choice and that it must not stray from austerity if it expects to get international cash. In a speech to parliament, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Germany wanted to help Greece stay in the euro zone but made clear the EU-IMF loans needed to stave off bankruptcy hinged on continued spending cuts and tax hikes.

Our market risk model has moved out of bullish territory and firmly into neutral mode. The chart of the German stock market below highlights the weakening trends. The black line is the German stock index. The thin colored lines are moving averages, which are used to filter out volatility enabling us to more clearly see the underlying trend in stock prices.

$DAX (German DAX Composite (EOD)) DEUT

U.S. investors have taken note of renewed tensions in Europe, both in the credit markets and between Greece and Germany. As we noted before the open on May 7, stocks have very little room for error from a technical perspective (charts, trends, VIX, etc.).

$SPX (S&P 500 Large Cap Index0 INDX

This chart shows some areas we will be watching should the weakness in stock prices persist. While markets can reverse at any time, it is not hard to envision the S&P 500 revisiting 1,280 sometime in the coming weeks. We have a high cash position and we are not adverse to raising more cash should stocks be unable to regain their balance soon.

In terms of a possible buying opportunity, notice stocks established a strong uptrend after the ECB intervened in the credit markets with printed money. The ECB-induced reversal in December 2011 is not unlike the reversal in summer 2010 after Ben Bernanke's Jackson Hole speech, in which the Fed Chairman signaled another round of money printing was on the way. If the markets continue to fall in the present day, the odds are good central bankers will crank up the printing presses again. A good risk-reward entry point may arise immediately after the central bankers tip their hand.

 


 

Chris Ciovacco

Author: Chris Ciovacco

Chris Ciovacco
Ciovacco Capital Management

Chris Ciovacco

Chris Ciovacco is the Chief Investment Officer for Ciovacco Capital Management, LLC. More on the web at www.ciovaccocapital.com.

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