Bulls Step Up to Buy on Light Trading Volume...

By: Mark McMillan | Mon, Jun 16, 2014
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6/16/2014 9:00:05 AM

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Equities saw a gap up open that resulted in fractional gains for the major indexes by the close as prices didn't close far from their open levels. The Dow Jones Transports (IYT 144.39 +1.14) added most of one percent to close even with its 20-DMA. The Semiconductor Index (SOX 627.48 +6.13) to standout as the strongest of all equity indexes we regularly monitor and is the only equity index we track to be in an uptrend state. The Russell-2000 (IWM 115.59 +0.20) added a modest gain. The Bank Index (KBE 33.07 -0.04) and the Regional Bank Index (KRE 39.83 -0.10) posted fractional losses and shifted to trading states. The Finance Sector ETF (XLF 22.61 +0.01) closed flat. With the exception of the transports, all equity indexes are currently trading above their 20-, 50-, and 200-Day Moving Averages (DMAs) and all have a BULLISH BIAS. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 112.15 -0.06) closed flat to close not far below its 20-DMA and above its 50- and 200-DMAs. It maintains a trading state but has indicated a possible change to a BEARISH BIAS. Trading volume decreased to a very light 543M shares traded on the NYSE. Trading volume on the NASDAQ also decreased to a light 1.731B shares traded.
There were three economic reports of interest released:

The first two reports were released an hour before the open. The final report came out twenty-five minutes into trading.

We are watching gold for a potential reversal in the Gold Miners Index (GDX 24.11 +0.08) added a fractional gain to close even with its 200-DMA as the price of Gold (GLD 122.96 +0.32) added a modest gain and closed above its 20-DMA.

Apple (AAPL 91.28 -1.01) slipped a bit 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 39.42 +0.62) added more than one percent to close just below its 200-DMA. It has regained all but thirteen cents of its recent high, and just paid a one dollar dividend so has really just achieved a new multi-month high. It is in an uptrend state. We sold March 2014 $35.00 put contracts for $150 at the open on Feb 18th,2014 and bought shares at $35.43. The stock is now trading ex-dividend for $0.98 and one dollar for total dividends issued of $1.98. The stock fell back to just below its 200-DMA. 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 closed flat below its 200-DMA. The Euro fell two tenths of one percent and closed well below its 200-DMA.

The yield for the 10-year treasuries rose a basis point to close at 2.60. The price of a barrel of crude oil rose thirty-eight cents to close at $106.91.

The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 12.18 -0.38) fell three percent. The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 13.61 -0.24) fell most of two percent. Both remain below their 200-DMAs.

Market internals were bullish. Advancers led decliners 4:3 on the NYSE and by a narrow margin on the NASDAQ. Up volume led down volume 2:1 on both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio fell -0.08 to close at 0.67. The equity put/call ratio rose +0.05 to close at 0.56.


For the most part, equities added modest gains and the transports regained their 20-DMA. The exception was the financial sector which closed flat and the two bank indexes which closed modestly lower. With all equity indexes that we regularly monitor now in trading states (with the exception of the uptrending semiconductor index), caution is warranted. We will remain long, for now. It may be that the bulls will lose their resolve soon and then we might finally shift to net short.


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