Bulls Win in Holiday Shortened Trading...

By: Mark McMillan | Mon, Jul 7, 2014
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7/7/2014 8:47:39 AM

Early close before Fourth of July brings record closes...

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Equities gapped up at the open, traded mostly sideways for the first hour then headed higher the rest of the holiday shortened session, with the exception of the final fifteen minutes which was some selling action. Still, it was enough for all the major indexes to record fractional gains with the Dow and S&P-500 closing at new all time highs and the NASDAQ-100 at a multi-year high. All equity indexes we regularly monitor closed above their 20-, 50-, and 200-Day Moving Averages (DMAs). All have a BULLISH BIAS and are in uptrend states. All posted gains. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 110.68 -0.40) posted a fractional loss and shifted to a downtrend state. It closed below its 20- and 50-DMAs and maintains a NEUTRAL BIAS. Trading volume was very light with 402M shares traded on the NYSE and trading volume on the NASDAQ also fell to very light with 986M shares traded due to an early close ahead of the Fourth of July U.S. holiday.

There were ten economic reports of interest released:
• Challenger Job Cuts (Jun) fell -20.2% versus May's +45.5%
• Non-farm Payrolls (Jun) came in at 288K versus an expected 210K
• Non-farm Private Payrolls (Jun) came in at 262K versus an expected 213K
• Unemployment Rate (Jun) came in at 6.1% versus an expected 6.3%
• Hourly Earnings (Jun) rose +0.2% as expected
• Average Workweek (Jun) came in at 34.5 hours as expected
• Initial Jobless Claims for last week came in at 315K as expected
• Continuing Jobless Claims for last week came in at 2.579M versus an expected 2.580M
• Trade Balance (May) came in at -$44.4B versus an expected -$45.2B
• ISM Services (Jun) came in at 56.0 versus an expected 56.5
All but the last report were released an hour or more before the open. ISM Services came out a half hour into the session.

Apple (AAPL 94.03 +0.55) posted a fractional gain. AAPL constitutes about 20 percent of the NASDAQ-100 and nearly five percent of the S&P-500.

Seadrill Limited (SDRL 40.22 +0.27) posted a fractional gain. 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 four tenths of one percent while the Euro fell a like amount. The dollar continues to trade below its 200-DMA while the Euro failed to break up through its 200-DMA.

The yield for the 10-year treasuries rose two basis points to close at 2.65. The price of a barrel of crude oil fell forty-two cents to close at $104.06. The U.S. government reported a draw down of -3.155M barrels of crude oil last week.

The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 10.32 -0.50) fell nearly five percent to a multi-year low. The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 11.36 -0.23) fell two percent to a new all time low.

Market internals were bullis. Advancers led decliners 4:3 on the NYSE and by 2:1 on the NASDAQ. Up volume led down volume better than 2:1 on both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio rose +0.35 to close at 1.39 equity put/call ratio fell -0.08 to close at 0.49.


Holiday shortened trading prior to the Fourth of July holiday is always light and this session was no exception. Still, market internals were all bullish as equity indexes mostly hit all time or multi-year highs. This market is still the bulls to lose. Longer term bond prices continued breaking down. Gold miners (GDX 26.50 +0.02) closed flat while we advocated shorting at $26.38. We believe in this trade but will exit the trade on a move higher than $26.90, which would result in a two percent loss on the trade. We will remain long equities until we see signs of a reversal.


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