Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NASDAQ Continues Short-Term Slide; Bond Yields Soar

Happy Independence Day!

While plenty of Americans were celebrating the founding of their nation, drinking cold ones and grilling hot ones, the elitist scum that wants to control everybody's lives couldn't take the hint - and a four-day weekend - returning to the trading desks Monday for another round of Sell That Tech Stock.

The major indices were all rising, with the notable exception of the NASDAQ, upon which the most speculative stocks are traded, closing down just shy of 1/2 percent on the day.

Closing below its 50-day moving average for the third straight session, the NASDAQ is exhibiting a unitary weakness, unshared by its cohorts. The last time the NASDAQ made such a breach was at the very end of December, 2016. Six months have passed since the end-of-year scare, so it is notable, but the index is only down 3.66% since the 6341.70 top on June 9.

The selling seems to not be abating any time soon. The NASDAQ has closed lower 11 of the last 17 sessions, inclusive of the June 9 FAANG debacle.

Obviously, a multi-day decline of less than four percent is alarming to almost nobody, though closer analysis does give one reason to pause and possibly for many to liquidate out of high-multiple, overpriced equities into the safety of dividend-paying plays such as those readily found on the Dow or within the higher echelons of the S&P.

Divergence of the NASDAQ from its close peers bears notice, as has been mentioned here at Money Daily on a number of occasions over the past few weeks. Since it is easily the most bloated of the indices, it is most vulnerable to sprees of selling, or, as may be the case, cyclical rotation.

With that in mind, it may be amusing to some that the Dow posted an all-time intra-day high on Monday, but closed below the record closing high, though that mark may be surpassed on Wednesday, with traders flush with renewed animal spirits.

Otherwise, the eight-year-old bull market seems to be running on fumes, badly in need of something other than fresh fiat from central banks, which has been the primary fuel for the record rise over the long span.

Also worthy of notice is the continued sell-off in the 10-year note, sending yields as high as 2.35. The condition has prevailed since just after the latest interest rate hike on June 14, putting the federal funds rate at a multi-year high of 1.00-1.25%. It's also a marvel that the FOMC of the Fed has changed the game somewhat, targeting the rate in a range rather than offering a solid number. It gives the fakery some wiggle room, though bond brokers seem to be reacting as the Fed would wish, even though rising rates in a declining economy - of which the signs of are lurking everywhere - is a classic misalignment.

Hang on, diversify, or get off. Those are the current choices, though for specs, the last of those choices seems to currently be the most favored plan.

At the Close, 7/3/17:
Dow: 21,479.27, +129.64 (0.61%)
NASDAQ: 6,110.06, -30.36 (-0.49%)
S&P 500: 2,429.01, +5.60 (0.23%)
NYSE Composite: 11,835.72, +74.02 (0.63%)

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