Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nice Gains on No News is Not Good?

Today's spectacular run by US equities will be viewed by most as a positive, though there are probably many who believe it's a chimera, that like most rallies, it is only temporary.

Problems and imbalances persist throughout the global financial space, but that does not preclude traders and brokers from doing their jobs, one of which apparently was to push the S&P through it's 200-day moving average. Mission accomplished.

What will be more interesting to watch is whether the averages continue to rally and stay above the magic 200-day MA level. It surely will be tested for support in the near future. Not much to read into one day's data, as normal, though the case for a counter-trend has developed.

Dow 10,404.77, +213.88 (2.10%)
NASDAQ 2,305.88, +61.92 (2.76%)
S&P 500 1,115.23, +25.60 (2.35%)
NYSE Composite 6,989.88, +171.91 (2.52%)

Advancers led decliners, 5413-1177. New highs overarched new lows, 149-55. Volume was in the high end of moderate.

NYSE Volume 5,299,700,500
NASDAQ Volume 2,257,801,750

Oil was up $1.82, to $76.94. As much as I hate to admit it, the view is for oil to remain in this range throughout the summer months. $85 should prove a high side of the range, though gas prices over $3.00 are a drag on productivity, a tax on the middle class. Gold rebounded $9.90, to $1,233.20. Silver galloped ahead, up another 17 cents, to $18.57.

The mid-week void in news was helpful to equity markets, especially considering that nothing new occurred to shake things to the downside. With the news cycle so contrived and difficult to believe at times, there's little doubt that more issues will emerge to drive confidence into the ground. Economic numbers, such as tomorrow's housing starts and PPI, both due out at 8:30 am, may have a chilling effect. Producer prices should be flat to down, a real bummer for the inflationist camp, and for stocks.

Deflation does, on the other hand, offer some benefit for US consumers, most of whom haven't had a rise in income over the past decade or longer. Purchasing power is firmly in the grips of the consumer, but they're actually using it prudently, another cog in the deflation wheel.

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