Friday, February 8, 2013

Dow Posts First Losing Week of Year

Despite opening and remaining on the upside for the entire session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average still posted its first losing week of 2013, though the losses are quite insignificant.

At the close today, the Dow was down 17 points from the previous Friday, the NASDAQ gained 14 points and the S&P picked up four-and-a-half points, both of the latter on Friday having made up for marginal losses earlier in the week.

Generally speaking, Friday was a fairly dull session in what turned out to be an overall dull week. The one piece of economic data that was positive was the US trade deficit falling to -$38.5B, the lowest in nearly three years.

The fact that stocks have held up so well through the first month of the new year and beyond is rather remarkable, considering the winds of trouble still swirling about. However, there may be reason to take a pause - or profits - as markets seem to have stalled at multi-year highs.

With the Dow and, especially, the S&P nearing all-time highs, a triple-top breakdown could be imminent. Additionally, Sunday marks Chinese New Year with the Year of the Snake designated according to the Chinese astrological calendar. Snake years are usually turbulent. 1941 (Pearl Harbor) and 2001 (September 11) were both Years of the Snake.

Finally, in the video below, Peter Eliades explains how we are on the cusp of a major turning point according to his 9244-day cycle, from his work at Stockmarket Cycles.

Dow 13,992.97, +48.92(0.35%)
NASDAQ 3,193.87, +28.74(0.91%)
S&P 500 1,517.93, +8.54(0.57%)
NYSE Composite 8,930.49, +36.74(0.41%)
NASDAQ Volume 1,776,898,880
NYSE Volume 3,008,696,500
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ Advance - Decline: 4251-2137
Combined NYSE & NASDAQ New highs - New lows: 474-20
WTI crude oil: 95.72, -0.11
Gold: 1,666.90, -4.40
Silver: 31.44, +0.038

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