Bulls Fight Back ...

By: Mark McMillan | Tue, Aug 5, 2014
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A gap up open was followed by initial buying, then selling from the top of the hour for an hour took many equity indexes into negative territory but most of the rest of the day the bulls took prices higher. Weakness late in the session wasn't enough to erase gains from all the equity indexes we regularly track, with the exception of the Regional Bank Index (KRE 37.79 -0.07). It was the only index that moved lower while the Russell-2000 (IWM 111.66 +0.98) gained nearly one percent and the Bank Index (KBE 31.51 +0.02) closed relatively flat. All the major indexes added fractionals as did the rest of the indexes we regularly monitor. All three major indexes closed below their 20- and 50-Day Moving Averages (DMAs) but remain above their respective 200-DMAs. All equity indexes we regularly monitor are in downtrend states but only the Canaries have a BEARISH BIAS at this time. Longer Term Bonds (TLT 114.26 -0.30) posted a relatively modest loss. It remains in a trading state closing above its 20-, 50- and 200-DMAs. Trading volume fell to light with 676M shares traded on the NYSE. Trading volume on the NASDAQ decreased to light with 1.661B shares traded.

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Apple (AAPL 95.59 -1.51) fell about 1.5% giving up Friday's gains. AAPL constitutes about 20 percent of the NASDAQ-100 and nearly five percent of the S&P-500.

Seadrill Limited (SDRL 35.95 -0.23) fell fractionally as it attempts to find a bottom. It is in a downtrend 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 marched in place.

The yield for the 10-year treasuries fell a single basis point to close at 2.50. The price of a barrel of crude oil closed up forty-one cents to close at $98.29.

The implied volatility for the S&P-500 (VIX 15.12 -1.93) fell eleven percent. The implied volatility for the NASDAQ-100 (VXN 16.08 -1.18) fell seven percent. Both remain above their 200-DMAs.

Market internals were BULLISH. Advancers led decliners 5:3 on both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. Up volume led down volume 2:1 on both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The index put/call ratio rose +0.42 to close at 1.54. The equity put/call ratio fell -0.41 to close at 0.63. The smart money is hedging for a decline while the other money has already shifted back to bullish.


While most equities moved higher on Monday, volume was light. On recent down days, volume has been heavier than seen on Monday. That suggests that the bears may not be done with their attempts to move the market lower. We are interested in re-entered a long position in QQQ when it is clear that the bulls are ready to take equities higher. Until then, those funds sit in cash. In terms of our open long positions, we are mindful that we are losing some of our gains as the markets pull back but we are not yet convinced that this move will continue in the long term. If we had more of a bounce and equities were struggling at a resistance level, we would close them. As it is, we need to monitor trading daily to determine what we will do next. Stay tuned.


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