Equities Soar, Bond Prices Collapse...

By: Mark McMillan | Wed, Jul 2, 2014
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7/2/2014 8:54:19 AM

The bulls own the day...

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Equities saw a gap up open turn into a follow-on run higher through most of the session. Only in the final hour did equities give back some of those gains which happened mostly in the final forty-five minutes. Still, all equity indexes that we regularly monitor added strong fractional gains or gains of more than one percent. All equity indexes we regularly monitor closed above their 20-, 50-, and 200 Day Moving Averages (DMAs), are in uptrend states, and have a BULLISH BIAS. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 112.28 -0.66) posted a fractional loss, shifted to a trading state and closed just above its 20- and 50-DMAs. It has a NEUTRAL BIAS. Trading volume remained light with 560M shares traded on the NYSE. Trading volume on the NASDAQ remained average with 1.902B shares traded.

There were four economic reports of interest released:
• ISM Index (Jun) came in at 55.3 versus an expected 55.8
• Construction Spending (May) rose 0.1% versus an expected +0.4% rise
• Auto Sales (Jun) came in at 5.9M versus May's 5.7M
• Truck Sales (Jun) came in at 7.5M versus May's 7.7M
The first two reports were released a half hour into the session. The auto and truck reports actually trickle in through the entire day as different manufacturers report. They represent a summation.

Apple (AAPL 93.52 +0.59) added a fraction of one percent. It had been falling since a 7:1 stock split on June 8th but appears to be in rally mode now. AAPL constitutes about 20 percent of the NASDAQ-100 and nearly five percent of the S&P-500.

Seadrill Limited (SDRL 39.88 -0.07) posted a modest loss. The next target above remains $40.96, it's closing price on the last trading day of 2013. 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 rose almost imperceptibly. The Euro fell a tenth of one percent. The dollar continues to trade below its 200-DMA while the Euro closed even with its respective 200-DMA.

The yield for the 10-year treasuries rose four basis points to close at 2.56. The price of a barrel of crude oil fell three cents to close at $105.34.

The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 11.15 -0.42) fell nearly four percent. The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 11.98 -0.23) fell two percent to the lowest level ever recorded.

Market internals were bullish. Advancers led decliners 2:1 on the NYSE and by nearly 3:1 on the NASDAQ. Up volume led down volume 2:1 on the NYSE and by 4:1 on the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio fell -0.26 to close at 1.05 equity put/call ratio rose +0.01 to close at 0.51.


The bulls came out swinging and drove prices to record highs with the lowest implied volatility ever recorded for the NASDAQ-100. Even though volume was light to average, it appears that the bears can not put together a string of wins at this time. All equity indexes we regularly monitor are in uptrend states and the longer term bonds shifted from an uptrend state to a trading state. We continue to monitor the gold miners (GDX 26.24 -0.21) for a potential top here. We will remain long equities until we see signs of a reversal.


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