Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stocks Continue Slide through Sixth Straight Session

Another day, another decline on US stock markets.

One should not be at all surprised by the development that stocks have found the path of least resistance to be lower. After all, they were goosed the past two years by almost $2 tillion in Federal Reserve subsidies and slippery dealings by the major banks.

Once again, stocks started out near their highs of the day, and, through a choppy session, ended in a massive sell-off into the close. The NASDAQ took the brunt of the beating, never making it out of negative territory the entire day. Again, this is unsurprising, as most of the momentum stocks which drove the two-year rally are indexed on the NASDAQ.

The bigger picture involves risk of all sorts, much of which is unquantifiable, such as the level of interest in, or general terms of, the bailout of Greece and whether or not the congressional clowns can come to some agreement on lifting the debt ceiling or not. Absent reliable information on either of those issues, and adding to the fact that there's scant economic data upon which to trade, stocks took another leg down in what is fast becoming a summer of discontent.

Perhaps the government agents and Wall Street wizards should be just happy to take their lumps in money, lest the American public come after them hammer and tong. They have destroyed not only the general economy of the nation, but have misused the public trust to a point at which there no longer is any.

The path to Dow 10,000 or S&P 1000 is likely going to be paved with the corpses of the major banks, still insolvent in many regards, especially Bank of America (BAC), which hit another tw-year low today, losing 0.11 to 10.54. Wells-Fargo (WFC), JP Morgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) all took on water, though these stocks and the averages were all aided by a futile, though furious, late rally in the final fifteen minutes of trading.

Dow 12,048.48, -21.87 (0.18%)
NASDAQ 2,675.38, -26.18 (0.97%)
S&P 500 1,279.56, -5.38 (0.42%)
NYSE Composite 8,081.33, -50.34 (0.62%)

Despite the seemingly paltry losses, internals were crushed once again, and therein lies the problem with the markets. Almost everything is still overvalued and the reversal, by fear, extends to all equities. Declining issues hammered advancers, 4824-1767. On the NASDAQ, there were 22 new highs and 140 new lows, Over on the Big Board, 23 new highs, and 97 new lows, putting our totals at 45 new highs and 237 new lows, the fifth straight win for the lows, an expanding margin of difference and a sure sign the correction has further leg-stretching to do.

Volume perked up a bit from the previous two sessions, another indication that the selling pressure is intense and not about to abate.

NASDAQ Volume 2,038,875,125
NYSE Volume 4,442,987,500

Defying all logic, crude oil futures rose $1.65, to $100.74, as OPEC nations meet in Vienna, but came to no agreement on raising production quotas. It was another rough day from precious metals speculators, with gold down $6.90, to 1537.80, and silver off 17 cents, to $36.97.

Markets may get some relief from initial unemployment claims due out prior to the market open tomorrow, but counting on that is akin to betting the Cubs will make the playoffs. Not a sound bet.

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