Lower Open Leads To a Rally...

By: Mark McMillan | Tue, May 20, 2014
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5/20/2014 8:56:46 AM

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Equities saw a gap down open with buying coming in immediately, strong for the first fifteen minutes then modestly the rest of the morning. The lunch hour saw some modest selling but buyers stepped up yet again in the final hour to ensure equity indexes had positive closes. In fact, the Dow only closed up one tenth of one percent while the other major indexes posted stronger fractional closes. This left the Dow still below its 20-Day Moving Average (DMA) while both the S&P-500 and NASDAQ-100 are above their 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. All three are in trading states as are all the other equity indexes we regularly report on with the exception of the Dow Jones Transports (IYT 141.69 +1.14) which is in an uptrend state and sits above its 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. The Semiconductor Index (SOX 582.05 +6.04) added more than one percent and now sits above its 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. The The Russell-2000 (IWM 110.75 +1.18) added more than one percent as it tickled the underside of its 200-DMA before closing below that important level. It also remains below its 20- and 50-DMAs. It maintains a BEARISH BIAS. The Bank Index (KBE 31.47 +0.44) added a gain or more than one percent and the Regional Bank Index (KRE 37.90 +0.60) added most of two percent. Both remain below their respective 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs but shifted to trading states and maintain a BEARISH BIAS. The Finance Sector ETF (XLF 21.86 +0.11) added a fractional gain closing just under its 20-DMA, still under its 50-DMA and above its 200-DMA. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 112.70 -0.84) appears to have topped, which is what we suggested two sessions ago. It saw a gap up open result in selling through the session and it shifted to a trading state. It still closed above its 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. Trading volume was very light with 584M shares traded on the NYSE. Trading volume on the NASDAQ was also very light with 1.581B shares traded.

There were no economic reports of interest released and none are schedule until Wednesday.

We are watching gold for a potential reversal in the Gold Miners Index (GDX 23.41 -0.01) was essentially unchanged as was the price of Gold (GLD 124.58 +0.08). Both closed below their 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs.

Apple (AAPL 604.59 +7.08) again added more than one percent. AAPL constitutes about 20 percent of the NASDAQ-100 and nearly five percent of the S&P-500.

Seadrill Limited (SDRL 35.53 +0.23) added a strong fractional gain. It remains above the support of its 20- and 50-DMAs with the 20-DMA crossing up through the 50-DMA last Thursday. We sold March 2014 $35.00 put contracts for $150 at the open on Feb 18th and bought shares at $35.43. The stock is now trading ex-dividend for $0.98. The shares were put to us at $35.00 less the $1.50 per share we were paid for the puts, so we have an effective price of $33.50.

The U.S. dollar was unchanged while the Euro rose less than one tenth of one percent.

The yield for the 10-year treasuries rose three basis points to close at 2.55. The price of a barrel of crude oil rose fifty-nine cents to close at $102.61.

The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 12.42 -0.02) was essentially unchanged remaining well below its 200-DMA. The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 15.10 -0.15) slipped one percent and remains below its 200-DMA. With implied volatility closing below the 200-DMAs, complacency is high. We will be watching for the next spike in volatility but it has not yet been signaled.

Market internals were bullish with advancers leading decliners 2:1 on both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. Up volume led down volume 3:2 on the NYSE and by 3:1 on the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio rose +0.26 to close at 1.15. The equity put/call ratio fell -0.14 to close at 0.54.


Monday saw the expected continued rise. All three canaries (IWM, KBE, KRE) moved up aggressively as did all the leading indexes. This market has been very choppy of late and has not been able to consistently move in the same direction for three days in a row. While we still believe the bulls will eventually win out, we are not confident, yet, that Tuesday will be a bullish day. The Russell-2000 and the two bank indexes still closed below their respective 200-DMAs but the Russell-2000 is very close. All three shifted to trading states so the bears have lost the downside momentum. We will maintain our long positions for now.


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