Traders Ignore Danger Signs...
7/21/2014 9:04:59 AM
Equities back up near all time highs...
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A significant gap up open was followed by more buying leaving gains across the board for equities and with the Dow and S&P-500 closing just below their all-time highs and with the NASDAQ-100 closing at a new multi-year high. This left all three major indexes closing above their 20-, 50-, and 200-Day Moving Averages (DMAs). The three canaries; Russell-2000 (IWM 114.23 +1.75), Bank Index (KBE 32.39 +0.27), and Regional Bank Index (KRE 38.95 +0.37) allowing the Rusell-2000 to close back above its 200-DMA but with the bank indexes posting only fractional gains, they were unable to get back above their 200-DMAs. All three are below their 20- and 50-DMAs and are in downtrend states. All three maintain a BULLISH BIAS but all three have warned of a potential change to a BEARISH BIAS. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 114.52 -0.37) posted a modest loss but maintains an uptrend state and a BULLISH BIAS. It remains above its 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. Trading volume increased but remains well below average with 754M shares traded on the NYSE. Trading volume on the NASDAQ diminished and is below average with 1.799B shares traded.
There were five economic reports of interest released:
• UofMichigan Consumer Sentiment (Jun) came in at 81.3 versus an expected 84.0
• Leading Economic Indicators (Jun) rose +0.3% versus an expected +0.5% reading
Both reports were released with the first half hour after the open.
Apple (AAPL 94.43 +1.34) 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 37.50 -0.67) lost most of two percent. The next target above remains $40.96, it's closing price on the last trading day of 2013. It is in an trading 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 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 and the Euro were unchanged with the dollar poised just below its 200-DMA.
The yield for the 10-year treasuries was unchanged at 2.48. The price of a barrel of crude oil fell six cents to close at $103.13.
The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 12.06 -2.48) plummeted seventeen percent! The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 13.40 -2.45) plummeted fifteen percent!
Market internals were bullish. Advancers led decliners better than 4:1 on both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. Up volume led down volume 7:2 on the NYSE and by 7:1 on the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio rose +0.33 to close at 1.11. The equity put/call ratio fell -0.11 to close at 0.56.
The market maintains a "buy the dip mindset." We are watching to potentially exit long trades. With the Dow and S&P-500 poised to close at new all time highs, you can not yet write the bull off. Stay tuned as we are day-to-day on maintaining our current long positions.
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