Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Turn-Around Tuesday: Stocks Gain Early, Finish Red

There isn't really much to this stock story. The Bulls and Bears went to the wall today and guess what?

The Bears won.

It's a holiday-shortened week, loaded with economic data, not the least of which are tomorrow's ADP June employment report and Friday's BLS Non-Farm payroll issue. Turmoil in Egypt is causing consternation and earnings releases are right around the corner.

For the short-timers, the payroll data is paramount, but the trend keeps biasing to the downside. It's mid-summer, stocks are expected to report weaker earnings, all the while the US dollar is gaining against almost all other currencies as the cleanest shirt in the laundry bin.

Lots of headwinds and most astute players have already established positions. The only matter may be how far down stocks must dive to flush out the more-hardened holders.

Even though tomorrow is a short session, closing at 1:00 pm EDT, there should be fireworks ahead. Keep a close eye on the 14,850 level on the Dow as key support.

Dow 14,932.41, -42.55 (0.28%)
NASDAQ 3,433.40, -1.09 (0.03%)
S&P 500 1,614.08, -0.88 (0.05%)
NYSE Composite 9,144.59, -23.30 (0.25%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,645,609,250
NYSE Volume 3,621,029,000
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 2778-3734
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 301-48
WTI crude oil: 99.60, +1.61
Gold: 1,243.40, -12.30
Silver: 19.31, -0.269

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