Bears Win The Day But Bulls Fight Back...

By: Mark McMillan | Tue, Jul 22, 2014
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7/22/2014 8:34:49 AM

Bears loosen their grip...

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A gap down open was followed by a morning sell-off that never saw the major indexes off by as much as one percent before the bulls, once again, began buying. This left the major indexes and most other equity indexes closing above their 20-, 50-, and 200-Day Moving Averages (DMAs). The Semiconductor Index (SOX 645.02 +1.58) was able to post a modest gain while the Dow Jones Transports (IYT 149.62 -0.47) and the Finance Sector ETF (XLF 22.85 -0.06) posted losses. The three canaries; Russell-2000 (IWM 113.77 -0.46), Bank Index (KBE 32.30 -0.08), and Regional Bank Index (KRE 38.79 -0.16) closed lower remaining in downtrend states and shifting to a NEUTRAL BIAS. All three closed below their 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 115.09 +0.57) closed fractionally higher but posting a gravestone doji and looking like a top is being put in here. It maintains an uptrend state and a BULLISH BIAS. It remains above its 20-, 50-, and 200-DMAs. Trading volume was light with 541M shares traded on the NYSE. Trading volume on the NASDAQ was also light with 1.553B shares traded.

There were no economic reports of interest released. Instead, geopolitical concerns gave way to growing confidence that the bears did not have what it takes to move markets lower and the "buy the dip" crowd stepped in.

Apple (AAPL 93.94 -0.49) posted a fractional loss. AAPL constitutes about 20 percent of the NASDAQ-100 and nearly five percent of the S&P-500.

Seadrill Limited (SDRL 37.78 +0.28) 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 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 almost unchanged.

The yield for the 10-year treasuries fell a single basis point to clos at 2.47. The price of a barrel of crude oil rose +$1.46 to close at $104.59.

The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 12.81 +0.75) rose six percent. The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 14.17 +0.77) rose six percent as well.

Market internals were mixed. Decliners led advancers 7:4 on the NYSE and by 5:3 on the NASDAQ. Down volume led up volume 3:2 on the NYSE while up volume edged down volume on the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio fell -0.05 to close at 1.06. The equity put/call ratio rose +0.06 to close at 0.62.


Even though most equities reported losses on the day, the finish was much better than would be expected after the early sell-off. The ability to maintain a key support level on the S&P-500 allowed the "buy the dip" crowd to maintain control. This sets the equities markets to roar higher with a high probability of closing at new all time highs on Tuesday. If that does not occur, then we will re-think our currently held long positions.


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