Showing posts with label Dow Theory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dow Theory. Show all posts

Friday, June 12, 2020

So Much for That V-Shaped Recovery as Dow Sheds 1861 Points, NASDAQ Drops 527

That rally - the one that started on right away on March 24 with a 2100-point gain, the day after the Dow bottomed out at 18,591.93 - is over. Smart traders made money. Anybody who was fretting about their retirement account and didn't exit, well, there's still time. The market giveth and taketh away. In this case, thanks to emergency measures by the Fed, the market gave almost everybody who didn't get out a gold opportunity to make for the hills.

If you're still in, you're either a day-trading maniac or just plain stuck on stupid. There are other asset classes. There's always cash. This second leg down is likely to be much more severe than the first because it will take months instead of days to wipe out trillions in invest dollars. Rest assured, at the end of the second leg, everybody's a loser.

Putting it all into perspective, after the major indices fell into bear market territory - defined as down more than 20% - the duration of the bear market was record for brevity: five weeks. Not that those five weeks in the doldrums will go down in the history books as a traditional bear market; they'll likely be remembered as the start of the Greatest Depression, spawn of the coronavirus, oil shock, and global plebeian protests because the stock market decline began again in earnest on Thursday, June 11.

The loss on the Dow was nearly seven percent, ranking it just outside the Top 20 in percentage terms, but number four in regards to points lost. It ranks behind three other losses, all from this year, which is about all one needs to know about stocks in the year 2020. The NASDAQ loss of 527.62 was also the fourth-highest, point-wise. Similarly, the three greatest point losses in NASDAQ history also occurred just this past March.

No, there will not be any v-shaped recovery as the market charts suggested. That was all a fantasy, spun out of whole cloth from the Federal Reserve. After all, how could stocks rally when unemployment was somewher in the neighborhood of 15%, people around the world were dying from a pandemic, whole nations and most states in the US were shut down for anywhere from a month to ten weeks, corporate earnings were in the toilet and second quarter results were still a month down the road?

The fairy tale rally never made any sense and never will except in regards to some very rich people making even more money without doing a damn thing. Rest assured, most of them were selling today or have either significantly trimmed their positions or added hedges, by which they'll enrich themselves even further on another downdraft.

There is likely to be a snapback on Friday. No telling which way it will eventually eventually turn, but recent market action offers a strong indication that a 1200-point swing to the upside on the Dow might be key to understanding the psychology of crazy. Anything less than that would leave the Dow just below its 200-day moving average.

Be mindful that despite the Dow's 9,000-point gain (yes, that's right, 9,000 points!) over the past 12 weeks, the current chart is one of a primary BULL market according to Dow Theory. The Industrials exceeded the December 2018 lows to the downside, and then erupted to the upside, cancelling out the bear reversal. Dow Transports confirmed the move, doing the same.

Nobody is betting on conformity with current market conditions. The Fed's emergency rescue facilities have only added to the overall distortion from QE, ZIRP, and other experiments in currency counterfeiting. Hanging one's hat on theories dating back to the early 20th century might engender more anguish than reward.

Some will call Thursday's pullback "healthy", but those are probably the perma-bulls in the room. Anybody who can say with a straight face that the US or global economy is healthy ought to be selling used cars rather than stocks.

WTI crude fell more than $3 on the day, from a range around $39 to $36. Gold and silver were unceremoniously smashed lower on futures markets, but, as has been a repeating theme, will likely bounce back quickly as premiums and shortages persist.

The long end of the treasury complex continued to rally, dropping yield in the 10-year note and 30-year bond from 0.91% and 1.68% last Friday to 0.66% and 1.41%, respectively.

Stay liquid.

At the Close, Thursday, June 11, 2020:
Dow: 25,128.17, -1,861.82 (-6.90%)
NASDAQ: 9,492.73, -527.62 (-5.27%)
S&P 500: 3,002.10, -188.04 (-5.89%)
NYSE: 11,659.17, -790.05 (-6.35%)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Stocks Rally On Trump Tariff Turnback; PMs Slammed, Bonds Not Buying It As Curve Inverts

Tuesday's miraculous stock market rally was fueled by the silliest of news.

The US Trade Representative (USTR), led by Robert E. Lighthizer, announced the delay of some of the proposed tariffs to be imposed upon China come September 1, rolling back the date on some consumer-sensitive items to December 15.

The government also mentioned that trade reps from both countries would speak by phone in the near future.

Thus, stocks were off to the races, having been given a big, fat one to knock out of the park.

Obviously, such news only makes for one-day wonders on Wall Street and an opportunity to smack down real money - gold and silver - in the process. Precious metals had extended their rallies and were soaring overnight. Traders in the futures complex felt best to sell, all at once, apparently.

Meanwhile, short-dated treasuries were being whipsawed, with the yield on the 2-year note rising from 1.58% to 1.66%, while the 10-year note gained a smaller amount, the yield rising from 1.65% to 1.68%.

Overnight, as Tuesday turned to Wednesday in the US, the two-year yield briefly surpassed that of the 10-year by one basis point. This marks the first time the 2s-10s have inverted since 2005. Because such an inversion almost always indicates imminent recession, this spurred headlines across the financial media, with Yahoo Finance screaming in all caps, YIELD CURVE INVERTS.

One shouldn't get too excited about this startling, yet widely-anticipated event. Each of the last seven recessions (dating back to 1969) were preceded by the 10-year falling below the 2-year, but in the most recent instance - December 27, 2005 - the recession didn't actually get underway until the third quarter of 2007, as precursor of the Great Financial Crisis (GFC). The last time there was an inverted 2s-10s yield curve was May 2007.

Naturally, haters of President Donald J. Trump are enthusiastically cheering for a recession prior to the 2020 elections, and they may get their wish. Stocks have been running on fumes for about 18 months, a bear market indicated by Dow Theory as far back as April 9, 2018.

The onset of recession, after the first instance of the 2s-10s inversion, normally occurs eight to 24 months hence.

With the hopes of Democrats taking back the White House riding on anything from Russian election interference to trade wars with China to recession, the leftists are pushing on various strings, hoping for something - anything - to trip up the celebrity president.

They have a 15-month lead time on recession, so their chances are about 50/50. If the recession occurs after the election, which Donald J. Trump will almost surely win, they may conclude that having a recession in ones' second term is an impeachable offense.

This story is developing, so watch something else.

[sarcasm noted]

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dow Theory: Primary Bear Market with Reactionary Bull in Effect

Dow Theory has been around for more than 100 years and even in today's lightning-fast markets, Fed interventions, multiple tasing platforms and indices, it still serves investors well in determining primary and secondary trends over medium and longer-term horizons.

Even as the NASDAQ and S&P 500 made new highs on Tuesday, April 23 - and scampered back from them on Wednesday, the 24th - the Dow Jones Industrial Average remains technically in a bear market which began in October of 2018 and was confirmed by the Dow Jones Transports later in the month when the Trannys slipped below 10,000, bounced back from there but were clobbered all of December (as were the Industrials), putting in a low right around Christmas.

Since then, stocks have been on a tear, but the Transports and Industrials have stubbornly resisted making new all-time highs dating back to September of 2018 for the Trannys and the first week of October for the Industrials.

As the momentum of the new year and the "Trump economy," with an able assist from the Federal Reserve - which stopped its insistence on hiking the federal funds rate 25 basis points every quarter and also suspended its balance sheet roll-off - both indices are within hailing distance of all-time highs once again. They are tantalizingly close to extending what many consider to be the longest bull market in US history, despite Dow Theory standing in the way, saying, "no, the primary trend has changed."

The issue for investors and chart-watchers is whether the Bear that emerged late last year will persist in the face of solid economic data and healthy performances by individual stocks or fall victim to excessive speculation and high valuations. The Shiller CAPE ratio remains elevated, above levels seen in 1929 and 2008, though below the spasmodic bubble highs of 2000.

Neither proposition - new all-time highs or another retreat - offers particular pleasure. New highs would confirm that the bubble economics put in place following the 08-09 financial crisis are still in play, and there's ample evidence to support that view. A systemic breakdown - first a correction (10%), followed by a massive sell-off similar to what was witnessed in December of last year - would please nobody other than the most ardent short-sellers (and maybe the Democrat party, Trump haters and the mainstream media).

Of course, the Industrial and Transportation indices are exceedingly narrow, though they are far from being outdated. The 30 stocks on the Industrial Average and the 20 on the Transportation Index still manage to provide a compelling snapshot of the US big business economy. Understanding their primary and secondary trends goes a long way towards gauging the overall health of the US economy.

This is a time to pay them extra attention, as the next major move should provide timely insight to the years ahead. Friday's first estimate of first quarter GDP may spur a move in one direction or another as estimates have ranged as low as +0.9 to +2.8.

Anything over +2.2 is likely to be viewed positively in the current risk-happy environment. a reading under +1.6 would fan the flames of the bear campfire. The estimate is due out on Friday, April 26, at 8:30 am ET.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Weekend Wrap: The Fed Never Had Control, And What They Now Have Is As Fake As Fake News

What a week it was for equity holders and speculators!

Friday's very minor declines snapped five-day winning streaks for the major indices, with the exception of the NYSE Composite, which continued gaining for a sixth straight session.

Solid for the past three weeks, the current rally has managed to relieve the stress from steep losses incurred in December though the majors still have plenty of distance to travel. For instance, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 4034.23 from December 4 through Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and has since gained 2203.75, nearly half of that amount regained the day after Christmas (Dec. 26), setting a one-day record by picking up 1086.25 points.

The other indices have exhibited similar patterns, with sudden acceleration in the final trading days of December and continuing smaller, albeit significant, positive closes on nine of the twelve sessions from December 26 through January 11.

Catalysts for the post-holiday rally continue to be diverse, the most significant strong data point coming from the BLS, which showed the economy adding 312,000 jobs for December in the most recent non-farm payroll report, released last Friday. So far beyond expectations was that number that it appeared to have kept sentiment positive for a full week after its release.

The week's most important data release was Friday's CPI number, which - thanks largely to the price of gasoline - declined 0.1% in December, and slowed to 1.9% in year-over-year measure. Core was +0.2% (mom) and +2.2% (yoy).

Slowing inflation, or perhaps, outright deflation, is anathema to the Federal Reserve, despite their all-too-frequent suggestions that they exist to keep inflation under check. The entire monetary scheme of the Fed and the global economy would disintegrate without inflation, thus the Fed will be diligent in regards to interest rates going forward. After hiking the federal funds rate at a pace of 25 basis points per quarter for the past two years, the Fed has received warnings aplenty, first from the cascading declines in the stock market, and second, from a squashing of inflation.

That CPI data, for all intents and purposes, killed any idea of a March rate hike, just as the market drop caused Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to frantically call in the Plunge Protection Team just before Christmas. The results from that plea for help have been grossly evident the past three weeks.

While the Fed believes it can control the economy, the truth is that it absolutely cannot. Bond prices and yields point that out in spades. The benchmark 10-year note yield dropped as low as 2.54% (1/3) in the face of all the recent rate hikes. As of Friday, the 2s-10s spread fell to 16 basis points. Already inverted are the 1-year and 2-year notes as related to the 5s. The 1-year closed on Friday with a yield of 2.58%; the 2-year at 2.55%; the 5-year at 2.52%, the 7-year at 2.60, and the 10-year at 2.60%.

The 2s-10s spread is the most cited and closely watched, but the 1s-7s are just two basis points from inversion, the cause, undeniably, the Fed's incessant pimping of the overnight rate.

If bond traders are acting in such a manner that they prefer short-dated maturities over the longer run, the signal is danger just ahead. Talk of an impending recession has tapered off in recent days, but the bond market's insistent buying patterns suggest that the Fed did indeed go too far, too fast with the rate hikes, spurring disinvestment and eventually, a recession.

What the Fed cannot control are human decisions. Noting the sentiment in bonds, the latest stock market gains have been contrived from the start and are certain to reverse course. As has been stated here countless times, bull markets do not last forever and Dow Theory has already signaled primary trend change twice in 2018 (in March-April and October).

The major indices have not escaped correction territory and all are trading below both their 50-and-200-day moving averages. Further those averages are upside-down, with the 200-day below the 50-day. The death crosses having already occurred, stocks will resume their reversion to the mean in the very near future.

Dow Jones Industrial Average January Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
1/2/19 23,346.24 +18.78 +18.78
1/3/19 22,686.22 -660.02 -641.24
1/4/19 23,433.16 +746.94 +105.70
1/7/19 23,531.35 +98.19 +203.89
1/8/19 23,787.45 +256.10 +459.99
1/9/19 23,879.12 +91.67 +551.66
1/10/19 24,001.92 +122.80 +674.46
1/11/19 23,995.95 -5.97 +669.49

At the Close, Friday, January 11, 2019:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 23,995.95, -5.97 (-0.02%)
NASDAQ: 6,971.48, -14.59 (-0.21%)
S&P 500: 2,596.26, -0.38 (-0.01%)
NYSE Composite: 11,848.01, +8.70 (+0.07%)

For the Week:
Dow: +562.79 (+2.40%)
NASDAQ: +232.62 (+3.45%)
S&P 500: +64.32 (+2.54%)
NYSE Composite: +314.67 (+2.73%)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Seas of Red Ink; Global Collapse In Asset Pricing Underway; US Markets In Denial

Was Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), or Microsoft (MSFT) ever worth a trillion dollars?

All were, for a while, supposedly worth that high until the market considered the madness of such lofty valuations. Then, they were probably not.

A little quickie math is appropriate. For a company to be worth a trillion dollars, in rough terms, it would have to make a profit of $143 off every person on the planet (we're using 7 billion as an estimate) in a calendar year. Figuring a 15-year capitalization period, it's possible.

However, with the global median individual annual income at about $3000, it's unlikely. And for three companies to be worth that would mean every person on the planet, including babies and the elderly in nursing homes or hospices, would have to spend enough so that combined, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft would net a profit of $429. So, for three companies to have that kind of valuation simultaneously is something right out of science fiction, because these people would have to spend about $2000 (figuring a rough profit margin of 20%) on products from just those three companies. Were this to happen, a third of the planet would die off because they spent most of their money on smartphones, software and trinkets from Amazon (with much lower profit margins, BYW), instead of food.

And what about all the other companies on the planet? From the corner store to multi-national corporations like General Motors, Nestle, Samsung, etc.? How much money do they extract from every person in the world with these three biggies crowding out everybody else? It simply doesn't add up.

That's why asset prices are collapsing. Companies, or rather, the stock prices representing shares of these companies are not worth what they're selling for, the big money knows it, and they're selling their shares to people less informed or desperate to make their investments pay off in the global rat race.

Let's face facts. US Stocks have more than tripled in value over the past 10 years. That doesn't make any sense. Were Americans suddenly three times as wealthy as they were 10 years ago? No. No. And Hell No.

Today, as stock prices tumbled around the world, US markets barely suffered a scraped knee and a paper cut. The NIKKEI was down 459 points, or, 2.12%. Japan's economy shrank by 2.5% in the third quarter.

Stock markets in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada were all down between one and two-and-a-half percent, again, after weeks of declines. Many of these indices are in correction. Germany, South Korea, China, Japan, and others are in bear markets, down more than 20%. That's just a sampling. But the US carries on, though the Dow is less than 325 points away from correction territory. All the other US indices are in correction, down more than 10%.

Dow Industrials were down more than 500 points in the morning, but finished, magically (same as last Thursday) well off the lows, in fact, with a small gain. Magic! Denial! HFT Algorithms! Programmed Trading! Central Bank Intervention! It's only temporary.

US stocks have performed better than the rest of the world, so far, but they are trending in the same direction - lower. Brokers and dealers on Wall Street are living in a La-la Land that would put Hollywood to shame. Many in the financial sphere are in deep denial. They don't believe the US economy can contract, that stocks can be re-priced lower, down 20, 30 or 40 percent or more. It has happened in the past, many times, and it will happen again. It is happening right now.

But, but, but, we can't have a stock market crash during the Christmas season, can we? Maybe stocks will not exactly crash this month, but the performance has been - on a day-to-day basis - underwhelming. Winter is coming (Dec. 20).

According to Dow Theory, the Dow Jones Transportation Index confirmed the primary trend change - from bullish to bearish - that the Dow Jones Industrial Average signaled on November 23. That's the second time this year Dow Theory confirmed a primary trend change. The last was through March (Industrials signaled) and April (Transports confirmed), but stocks bounced back quickly through the spring and summer. By autumn, the bloom was off the rose, however, and the false rally began to unwind, and it continues to unwind.

And, with that, today's musical selection, "Turn, Turn, Turn," released October 1, 1965, written by Pete Seeger, performed by the Byrds.

Dow Jones Industrial Average December Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
12/3/18 25,826.43 +287.97 +287.97
12/4/18 25,027.07 -799.36 -511.39
12/6/18 24,947.67 -79.40 -590.79
12/7/18 24,388.95 -558.72 -1149.51
12/10/18 24,423.26 +34.31 -1115.20

At the Close, Monday, December 10, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 24,423.26, +34.31 (+0.14%)
NASDAQ: 7,020.52, +51.27 (+0.74%)
S&P 500: 2,637.72, +4.64 (+0.18%)
NYSE Composite: 11,889.29, -52.64 (-0.44%)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stocks Creamed At Opening, Rally For Minor Losses

As mentioned in the most recent post, stocks tested a variety of support levels on Tuesday and actually crashed right through them early in the session.

But, about 10:30 am ET, a rally began, first in fits and starts, but by noon, it was well underway, lifting stocks well off their lows and continuing until... until... well, no, the major indices didn't turn positive, not even for a fleeting instant. By 3:00 pm all of the "greater fools" had been had, the dip buyers had bought all the dips they could and stocks drifted slightly lower into the close.

What started with the Dow down nearly 550 points, the NASDAQ off by more than 200, the S&P losing more than 60 points and the NYSE Composite down 264, ended with merely pedestrian losses and investors wiping the sweat from their furrowed brows. Once again, as has happened so many times during the Fed-led bull market of the 2010s, stocks averted catastrophe and sailed through the day thanks to so-called bargain hunters, that rare breed of speculators who believe buying a stock that's three to five percent off its highs is some kind of grand deal.

This is more than likely the coordinated work of central banks, who are not ever audited, who can created limitless amounts of funny money with the push of a button, and who have done so regularly in order to keep alive the dreams of prosperity and financial security for millions, by inventing - and then investing - trillions.

Behind the scene presented to the unsuspecting, unprofessional investing class - those people with retirements and life savings locked into 401k and other accounts - there was real damage. One index that did not recover very well at all was the Dow Jones Transportation Index, which slipped 199 points, to 10,237.02, a loss of 1.90%, sending it well below the key level of 10,397.23, its most recent low, from October 11, while also descending into correction territory for a second time this month, below 10,413.

With the transports falling like a bowling ball off a cliff, the importance of transportation to the rest of the economy has to be put into question. If nothing's moving, or, at least moving with less alacrity and determination, how strong is the whole economy? With their relevance to the Industrials via Dow Theory and in real life practice, the transports are the answer in search of a question, the question being how long can the slip-slide-recover charade continue before the bottom falls completely out?

The other fly in the financial ointment is, and has been, oil. WTI crude lost ground again today, sliding more than four percent into the low-$66 range, well off the $76/barrel high recently achieved. Not to offer a punnish perception, but oil greases the skids of industry and transportation. Lower pricing for the world's most vital commodity can mean one of three things: 1) lack of demand, 2) oversupply, 3) global recession. Of course, a combination of all three might be the correct analysis, though the implications of such a paroxysm might trigger a more virile reaction amongst the monied class.

Considering the ramifications of the major indices falling straight through support levels and then rebounding to more respectable levels, plus the demise of oil and the transports, one can easily conclude that the October volatility that has been apparent since the start of the month is nowhere near abatement. Even the mediocre losses today add to somebody's misery, though the pain felt is being doled out in small units, much like Chinese water torture, rather than having investors suffer the quick blade of the guillotine in a sudden crash (that may be saved for closer to the mid-term elections).

Stating the very, very obvious, this is far from over.

Dow Jones Industrial Average October Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
10/1/18 26,651.21 +192.90 +192.90
10/2/18 26,773.94 +122.73 +315.63
10/3/18 26,828.39 +54.45 +370.08
10/4/18 26,627.48 -200.91 +169.17
10/5/18 26,447.05 -180.43 -11.26
10/8/18 26,486.78 +39.73 +28.47
10/9/18 26,430.57 -56.21 -27.74
10/10/18 25,598.74 -831.83 -859.57
10/11/18 25,052.83 -545.91 -1,405.48
10/12/18 25,339.99 +287.16 -1,118.32
10/15/18 25,250.55 -89.44 -1,207.76
10/16/18 25,798.42 +547.87 -659.89
10/17/18 25,706.68 -91.74 -751.63
10/18/18 25,379.45 -327.23 -1,078.86
10/19/18 25,444.34 +64.89 -1,013.97
10/22/18 25,317.41 -126.93 -1,140.90
10/23/18 25,191.43 -125.98 -1,265.88

At the Close, Tuesday, October 23, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 25,191.43, -125.98 (-0.50%)
NASDAQ: 7,437.54, -31.09 (-0.42%)
S&P 500: 2,740.69, -15.19 (-0.55%)
NYSE Composite: 12,287.44, -87.33 (-0.71%)

WARNING: Stocks Tumble Again, Key Levels About To Be Tested; Corporate Bag-Holders

As noted in the most recent WEEKEND WRAP, major US indices have been stretched lower to plumb their 200-day moving averages, with the NYSE Composite already having broken well below its 200-day.

While Monday's declines were not extraordinary, they were - with the obvious defection of the NASDAQ - uniform. Lock-step movement of the majors is usually cause for alarm, either to the upside or down, and, in this case, the S&P, Dow and Composite have been displaying the kind of cascading losses indicative that the move is not contained within a few select sectors, but rather, is broadly-based.

US stocks are not the only issues facing lower pricing. Stock indices around the world have been under severe pressure for most of October, extending back into August and September for most of Europe. Emerging markets, suffering losses most of the year - in the case of China, the decline began in 2015 - show no signs of recovering, their slide relentless and often violent.

Overnight, Hong Kong's Hang Send and Japan's NIKKEI indices were battered, the Hang Sent down, 3.06%, the NIKKEI off 2.67%. China's SSE Composite, already a basket case down more than 50% since 2015, fell another 2.26%.

Early on Tuesday, all European stock markets were lower. As has been the case for the past eight weeks, Germany's DAX was leading the way down.

When markets open in the US on Tuesday, the expectation if for further declines, as futures predict a very rough opening. S&P futures were off by as much as 37 points, NASDAQ futures were down more than 125 points, and Dow futures had fallen by more than 400 points by 8:00 am ET.

The immediate key levels for the major indices are obvious ones, as markets close in on the October 11 interim bottoms. The Dow is looking at its close of 25,051.55 on that date. Any intra-day move below that level would likely trigger even more selling pressure, as once again, Dow Theory rears its head, predicating a primary trend change from bullish to bearish.

Confirmation would come from the Transportation Index, which closed on October 11 at 10,397.23 and Monday at 10,435.76. Monday's loss of just three points on the transports was a shallow shadow of what's been an ugly performance since mid-September. Any close below 10,413 would put the index in correction territory, which was not reported on the October 11 flush.

As the S&P approaches its October 11 low of 2728.37, it is still three to four percentage points above correction (-10%), but the index has been hammered down of late with lower closing prices in 11 of the last 13 trading sessions.

The aforementioned NYSE Composite needs a close of 12,273 to qualify for correction mode. Its high dates all the way back to January 26, when it closed at an all-time high of 13,637.02. The composite is down more than nine percent from the highs and is down 3.6% year-to-date.

NASDAQ watchers will be eyeing the level of 7329.06, the October 11 closing low, after the index reached an all-time high of 8109.54 on August 31. A close of 7298 would be a 10% decline from that level.

Since October is traditionally the most volatile month, companies and investors will be seeking scapegoats and already some corporate types have singled out the threat or imposition of tariffs by President Trump as the primary cause for poor third quarter results.

Some analysts have touted the recent selloff as technical in nature, without important underlying rationale. Taking the case further afield, a recent note by JP Morgan analysts infers that the selling is not only technical in nature, but driven by the lack of corporate stock buybacks, typically halted or blacked out during earnings seasons.

The MarketWatch article which references the analysis is fascinating and full of charts and figures comparing the October breakdown to February's quickly-accelerating descent.

What the analysts fail to point out in their notes is that stocks rose dramatically during second quarter earnings season, from the end of June to near the end of July, putting the lie to their thesis. Stock buybacks have been the main driver of stocks since the aftermath of the 2008-09 crash, and are poised this year to reach a record above $900 billion.

At least, when stocks rebound near the end of the month (as the analysis suggests), we can finally proclaim to know just who those infamous buy the dip punters have been. If indications of a bear market continue to emerge, America's finest corporations, led by the best and brightest managers, will be the ultimate bag-holders, repurchasing their own stock at grossly elevated prices.

Only in America...

Dow Jones Industrial Average October Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
10/1/18 26,651.21 +192.90 +192.90
10/2/18 26,773.94 +122.73 +315.63
10/3/18 26,828.39 +54.45 +370.08
10/4/18 26,627.48 -200.91 +169.17
10/5/18 26,447.05 -180.43 -11.26
10/8/18 26,486.78 +39.73 +28.47
10/9/18 26,430.57 -56.21 -27.74
10/10/18 25,598.74 -831.83 -859.57
10/11/18 25,052.83 -545.91 -1,405.48
10/12/18 25,339.99 +287.16 -1,118.32
10/15/18 25,250.55 -89.44 -1,207.76
10/16/18 25,798.42 +547.87 -659.89
10/17/18 25,706.68 -91.74 -751.63
10/18/18 25,379.45 -327.23 -1,078.86
10/19/18 25,444.34 +64.89 -1,013.97
10/22/18 25,317.41 -126.93 -1,140.90

At the Close, Monday, October 22, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 25,317.41, -126.93 (-0.50%)
NASDAQ: 7,468.63, +19.60 (+0.26%)
S&P 500: 2,755.88: -11.90 (-0.43%)
NYSE Composite: 12,374.76, -82.51 (-0.66%)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Dow Theory Thwarted; Bulls Back In Charge As Industrials Register New All-Time High

In what has to be regarded as a false signal from the Dow Theory tracking primary trends, the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a new all-time closing high on Thursday, finishing the session at 26,656.98, eclipsing the previous record close of 26,616.71 reached on January 26, 2108.

In the interim, the Dow suffered through a shallow correction in February and March, gradually regaining its momentum in the second quarter, gaining 158.97 points for all of April, May, and June. During that period, however, other indices were exhibiting strength, especially the NASDAQ, which soared to record highs in June, followed by more all-time highs in July and August.

The S&P 500 took longer to recover, finally reaching a new apex on August 24, though the index showed considerable resilience and strength from April though the summer. It too finished at a record, gaining 22.80 points, it's best single-day gain in nearly two months.

The bear market, primary trend reversal signal sent via Dow Theory was initially triggered when the industrial average made a new short-term low on March 23, at 23,533.20, and confirmed on April 9, when the Transportation Index also closed at a new recent low of 10,119.35.

Skeptics noted that the transports, immediately after reaching that critical low, immediately rebounded with a 650-point rally over the next seven sessions. The aftermath from the signal forward didn't appear to be anything even remotely resembling a bear market, and if it was, the signal was too late and not useful for trading purposes. In fact, had one paid heed to the primary trend signal, one would have missed out on some sizable gains from April though the present.

The transportation index made a fresh record close at 11,436.35, on August 21 and has since finished higher than that on a tuber of occasions. The new high close on the Dow Jones Transportation Index was the first signal that the primary market trend was about to reverse again. It was just a matter of time and playing catch-up for the Dow to achieve a new record.

Whatever the market rationale - be it the Trump effect, animal spirits, or simply the general attractiveness of US markets caused by the recent strong dollar - stocks continue to be the best investments available to the general public and the larger institutional investing community.

Where the market goes from here is, as always, an open question, though it appears that the longest bull market in history will continue apace. Nothing, not even regular, quarterly interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, has been able to slow down the US equity express.

On the heels of solid performances in July and August, the Dow is poised to post the best quarterly results of the year when the third quarter concludes in just one week, September 28. The Dow added 1143.78 points in July, 557.29 in August, and has racked up a gain of 692.16 in September.

Dow Jones Industrial Average September Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
9/4/18 25,952.48 -12.34 -12.34
9/5/18 25,974.99 +22.51 +10.17
9/6/18 25,995.87 +20.88 +31.05
9/7/18 25,916.54 -79.33 -48.28
9/10/18 25,857.07 -59.47 -107.75
9/11/18 25,971.06 +113.99 +6.24
9/12/18 25,998.92 +27.86 +34.10
9/13/18 26,145.99 +147.07 +181.17
9/14/18 26,154.67 +8.68 +189.85
9/17/18 26,062.12 -92.55 +97.30
9/18/18 26,246.96 +184.84 +282.14
9/19/18 26,405.76 +158.80 +440.94
9/20/18 26,656.98 +251.22 +692.16

At the Close, Thursday, September 20, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 26,656.98, +251.22 (+0.95%)
NASDAQ: 8,028.23, +78.19 (+0.98%)
S&P 500: 2,930.75, +22.80 (+0.78%)
NYSE Composite: 13,225.11, +103.14 (+0.79%)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Of The Long Bull Run And The Short Bear

Today, the S&P 500 set a new mark as the longest bull run in stock market history, surpassing the bull market record that ran from October 1990 to March 2000.

On Wednesday, the bull market that began on April 8, 2009, reached 3,453 days. The nearly 9 1/2 year run without a decline of 20% has seen the S&P rise from its low of 815.55 on April 7, 2009, to yesterday's closing high of 2,862.96, a gain of 2047.41, an average annual return of 26.4%. It's been quite a decade for Wall Street after the financial crisis had put the world on edge.

Unlike anything seen before, excepting possibly the expansion during the 1990s dotcom boom, investors have been showered with profits from virtually all sectors. There is no denying that the bull market of the 20-teens will go down in economic history as one of the more bizarre experiences ever, fueled by unlimited free-spending by central banks in global coordination, slashing interest rates at times, in some countries, to negative yields.

Adding to the hyper activity in the markets were stock buybacks by nearly every major corporation, financed by ultra-low interest rates. Buybacks reduced the number of shares outstanding, thus boosting earnings-per-share calculations beyond normal ranges.

While many still argue that this bull market was mostly smoke and mirrors, enhanced by the Federal Reserve and of benefit to only the richest one percent of the population, anybody who invested during this period made money. That's an undeniable fact that serves to silence even the grizzliest of bears.

Shortest Bear Market?

Adherents to Dow Theory (Money Daily being of that disposition) saw the end of the bull market earlier this year, when the Dow dropped precipitously from its January 26 all-time high close of 26,616.71 to 23,533.20 on March 23. The primary trend change (bull to bear) was confirmed when the Transportation Index closed on 10,119.36 on April 9. Since then, the Dow has come back, though it has not surpassed its previous high, which would signal another primary trend change from bear to bull. However, yesterday, August 21, the Transports set a new record closing high, finishing the session at 11,436.36 and well beyond its previous record close of 11,373.38, reached on January 12, 2018.

While the Transports have been leading (without much notice) the charge to new highs, it will take another spurt higher of nearly 900 by the Dow Industrials to surpass its own all-time high. If that scenario develops, the Dow will confirm the trend change that the Transportation Index has suggested. According to Dow Theory, the two have to react in tandem, confirming the primary trend direction.

The Dow demands close scrutiny in the weeks and possibly months ahead, because, despite the larger universe of pundits and analysts celebrating the longest bull run ever, until the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 26,616.71, theoretically, this is still a bear market and the recent activity since late March of this year has been nothing but speculation and noise.

For all the hoopla over the bull market record, today's action was noticeably subdued. Of the four major indices, only the NASDAQ returned a winner, as investors waded back into the tech-soaked speculative morass.

Dow Jones Industrial Average August Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
8/1/18 25,333.82 -81.37 -81.37
8/2/18 25,326.16 -7.66 -89.03
8/3/18 25,462.58 +136.42 +55.05
8/6/18 25,502.18 +39.60 +94.65
8/7/18 25,628.91 +126.73 +221.38
8/8/18 25,583.75 -45.16 +176.22
8/9/18 25,509.23 -74.52 +101.70
8/10/18 25,313.14 -196.09 -94.39
8/13/18 25,187.70 -125.44 -219.83
8/14/18 25,299.92 +112.22 -107.61
8/15/18 25,162.41 -137.51 -245.12
8/16/18 25,558.73 +396.32 +151.20
8/17/18 25,669.32 +110.59 +261.79
8/20/18 25,758.69 +89.37 +351.16
8/21/18 25,822.29 +63.60 +414.76
8/22/18 25,733.60 -88.69 +326.07

At the Close, Wednesday, August 22, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 25,733.60, -88.69 (-0.34%)
NASDAQ: 7,889.10, +29.92 (+0.38%)
S&P 500: 2,861.82, -1.14 (-0.04%)
NYSE Composite: 12,992.05, -4.71 (-0.04%)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trends Take Time; Why Tuesday's Sharp Gains Should Be Discounted

Less than 24 hours after making the bold proclamation that the bull market was over, Wall Street traders seem to disagree, sending the Dow Industrials up nearly 400 points at the open, with the Transportation Index cruising 130 points to the upside when the bell rang to start trading.

Days like this are precisely why investing is a longer-term proposition. Markets can turn on a dime, on a word from some prominent investor (see: Warren Buffett), a Fed President, a presidential tweet or even something more innocuous, like the trade balance (a new record, ignored), or jobs data (a bad miss on Friday, not ignored).

It's imperative to maintain perspective and not question what your own eyes told you a day ago, a week ago a month ago. In fact, for the Dow Theory components to finally trigger a sell signal took nearly three months from start to finish, all that time merely suggesting something ominous, before finally saying, "yes, here it is."

Tuesday's massive bounce contained no earth-shattering qualities in and of itself. The way the markets have been performing of late, one could hypothesize an equally violent downturn on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, though it appears the bulls are discounting the Dow Theory as a false flag for now. One wonders what the perma-bulls will be eating come June - steak tartar or boiled crow?

Instead of taking a short-term approach and admitting one was/is wrong, it's likely a better plan to look back at the charts and see exactly where the Dow Jones Industrial Average has to go before making a judgement on the efficaciousness of Dow Theory. I's a simple number: 26,616.71, the high from January 26, and the Transportation Index would have to close above 11,373.38, the all-time high from January 12.

Those numbers are far away, so the test will come over the coming weeks of earnings releases, when Wall Street and the financial news-speakers on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Financial Network will be falling over each other to proclaim the greatness of the latest "beat." Bear in mind that all of these funny numbers coming out over the next three weeks, especially the EPS (earnings per share) figures, have all been manipulated by stock buybacks, diluting the number of shares outstanding, and in many cases, by lowered expectations by analysts. The true comparisons can be found from year-ago EPS (i.e., growth) and gross revenue numbers.

So, despite the snorting of the bull for a day, reserving judgement on a dead-cat, one-day wonder of a rally may be not only prudent, but prescient.

Dow Jones Industrial Average April Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
4/2/18 23,644.19 -458.92 -458.92
4/3/18 24,033.36 +389.17 -69.75
4/4/18 24,264.30 +230.94 +161.19
4/5/18 24,505.22 +240.92 +402.11
4/6/18 23,932.76 -572.46 -170.35
4/9/18 23,979.10 +46.34 -134.01
4/10/18 24,407.86 +428.76 +294.66

At the Close, Tuesday, April 10, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 24,407.86, +428.76 (+1.79%)
NASDAQ: 7,094.30, +143.96 (+2.07%)
S&P 500: 2,656.85, +43.69 (+1.67%)
NYSE Composite: 12,575.63, +195.08 (+1.58%)

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's OVER! Dow Transports Confirm Dow Theory Primary Trend Change Bull to Bear

Right off the bat, here's the theme for today's trading: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 1964 hit, "Dawn."

For the uninformed, today's epic pump-and-dump collapse on all the major indices was more than just "the usual." It was, simply put, a day to be marked in financial history, the day the most phony, contrived and manipulated bull market that ever existed, died an overdue death and gave birth to a bona fide bear market, something most of today's millennial day-trading demons have never experienced.

Why would the death of a bull market and the beginning of a bear market be something suitable for celebration?

Good question.

Here's an even better answer: because the bull market, which started March 9, 2009 - nine years and one month, to the day - was one built on fumes and Fed happy talk, endless fiat money printing, rounds and rounds of Quantitative Easing (QE), artificially low interest rates approaching zero (ZIRP) and corporate stock buybacks of unprecedented quantity. Almost nowhere was there a single sign of real growth; much of the gains in stocks were due to buyback manipulation as gross revenue stagnated for nearly a decade.

It was a decade of fakery, of spoofing and high frequency trading as GDP never reached three percent until nearing the end, and never actually did for a full year, including 2017, the last. Almost all of the supposed growth in the "recovery" was due to inflation, nothing else. A false sense of security was promoted by the governors and presidents of the Federal Reserve System and their regional banks and the public gobbled it up.

Meanwhile, in the real world, mark to market had been replaced by mark to fantasy, and price discovery was banished from the equity world.

According to Dow Theory - a nearly infallible projecting tool - as the Dow Transportation Index closed today below the February 9 low of 10,136.61, at 10,119.36, confirming the primary trend change, the bull market can be properly buried and a bear market born.

For anyone unfamiliar with Dow Theory, the primary trend change goes like this:
New Closing Low
Interim High, Below Previous High
New Low Below Previous Low.

This simple pattern must occur on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Dow Jones Transportation Index (confirmation), and here's how it happened.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average made a new all-time high on January 26, 2018 (26,616.71).
On February 8, it closed at 23,860.46 (new low).
On February 26, it closed at 25,709.27 (interim high, lower than previous high).
On March 23, the Industrials closed at 23,533.20 (new low, lower than previous low).

For confirmation, the Dow Jones Transportation Index had made it's new high on January 12, 2018 (11,373.38).
On February 8, it closed at 10,136.61 (new low)
On February 26, it closed at 10,769.84 (interim high, lower than previous high)
On April 9, the Transportation Index closed at 10,119.36 (new low, lower than previous low = primary trend change, bull becomes bear).

Why is this good?

This is good because markets in a stable, trustworthy financial system must have a mechanism to clear mal-investment. Otherwise, stupid money must be purged from the system in order to create real value.

For instance, Facebook, Google, and many other stocks should not be trading as high as they currently are. They are overvalued, promoted by shysters and traded up by fools, one fool greater than the previous one. In other words, this is money chasing an unrealistic return. In order to get back to a realistic, fair, honest market, these stocks must lose value. Some companies will achieve their true value, which is zero. Others will lose 20, 30, maybe even more than 50%. The market will sort out the winners (there will be a few) from the losers (there will be many).

In the end, stocks will be properly valued, but when that time is to come, nobody knows. The perma-bulls out there can take heart that bear markets generally last 14-18 months, some like the one during the Great Depression which began with the stock market collapse in 1929, last much longer. How deep this one will be depends on how quickly stocks revert to an undervalued position, because the market always overshoots on the upside and the downside. There will be a bottom, when it will be wise to buy stocks. The only winning position presently is to sell stocks at a profit, park the money in bonds or money markets and wait for the bottom, which, just like the primary change from bull to bear, will be repeated - in reverse - according to Dow Theory.

For those wishing for the good old days of January 26, a return to those levels may take four to seven years, possibly longer, and, judging by the general insanity plaguing the human race presently, one should prepare for the much longer period. There are mountains of bad investments and onerous debts to be flushed from the system, since they were not flushed out in 2008-09, only papered over by TARP, QE, and ZIRP.

If you must, cry in your beer over the death of the bull. The rest of us will be having a cold one with the new-born bear.

Dow Jones Industrial Average April Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
4/2/18 23,644.19 -458.92 -458.92
4/3/18 24,033.36 +389.17 -69.75
4/4/18 24,264.30 +230.94 +161.19
4/5/18 24,505.22 +240.92 +402.11
4/6/18 23,932.76 -572.46 -170.35
4/9/18 23,979.10 +46.34 -134.01

At the Close, Monday, April 9, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 23,979.10, +46.34 (+0.19%)
NASDAQ: 6,950.34, +35.23 (+0.51%)
S&P 500: 2,613.16, +8.69 (+0.33%)
NYSE Composite: 12,380.55, +31.44 (+0.25%)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Warning on Dow Theory Primary Trend: Watch the Dow Jones Transportation Index

This is a special note to followers of Dow Theory.

Presently, one must pay attention to the Dow Jones Transportation Index (^DJT). It has to close below 10,136.61, the Feb. 9 close, to confirm a change in the primary trend from Bull to Bear.

The Industrials already made the move this Friday past, but, according to Dow Theory (which is like 95% accurate - or better - when it comes to signaling primary directional changes), the Transports must confirm.

If it happens today (currently around 10,190) or tomorrow, bear in mind that markets are closed Friday (commemorating the day Jesus was crucified) and Sunday, the day Jesus rose from the dead, according to the Bible.

Far from bible-thumping, chronic venial sinners should bear in mind that Jesus may have risen from the dead, but the stock market probably won't.

Anyhow, when the transports confirm, then you'll have the answer to whether or not this is/was a turning point in the stock market.

Added, 10:48 am EDT: Transports have fallen below the target close for the second time today. The first fall was all the way down to 10,112.05, shortly after the opening bell. The most current drop has apparently bottomed (for now) at 10,121.22. Current conditions warrant monitoring the Transportation Index into the close.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Rally in Stocks Continues Despite Global Headwinds

If you understand anything about Socionomics, the widely-misunderstood study of people and markets which has Elliott Wave principles at its roots, you'd understand that the current, prolonged rally is nothing more than part of a corrective phase.

For Dow Theorists, the rally represents a bull move inside of of a secular bear market, or primary trend.

Either of those theories would be sufficient to explain away the outstanding gains of the past 13 months, but, it appears to be getting long in the tooth (though I've been saying that since January, so I'll take my forty lashes now, thank you), especially as 1st quarter earnings season approaches forthwith.

Much of the earnings expectations for stocks has already been "baked into the cake," so to speak, and, if that's the case, both the Dow Theorists and Elliott Wavers will be proven right over the next three weeks. However, nobody knows the future and nobody has yet invented a fool-proof predictive tool for markets, so we look upon this week's and todays gains as something of a marvel of modern media. Either that or there's a serious short squeeze going on out there.

For the second straight session, stocks have started slowly and gained momentum, finishing at or near their highs, usually a solid sign for the bulls, but today's reversion to low volume puts a less-optimistic spin on the day's trading.

Dow 10,997.35, +70.28 (0.64%)
NASDAQ 2,454.05, +17.24 (0.71%)
S&P 500 1,194.37, +7.94 (0.67%)
NYSE Composite 7,628.99, +63.66 (0.84%)

Advancing issues out-muscled decliners, 4028-2392; new highs jumped again, to 686; new lows were up as well, but only to 61. Volume fell back into its dull habits. Once again, stocks are being driven higher by speculation, not fundamentals, and, even though social mood may be improving, the overall dynamics of the global economy remain challenging. Greece comes to mind, as does California and New York states.

NYSE Volume 4,972,624,000
NASDAQ Volume 2,056,057,875

Commodities were mixed once more, with oil down for the third straight day, off 49 cents, to $84.92, though gold was higher by $8.90, to $1,161.10 and silver picked up 22 cents, to finish the week at $18.34. Gold is at a 3-month high, while silver has made its thrid foray above the $18 mark since November. It has not been able to continue rallies past the $18.25-18.55 range.

What this all means for stocks, money and your personal economy depends entirely on your allocation and how long you intend to remain invested. Cash appears to be less of a choice right now, which is as good a reason as any to build cash reserves. when nobody else is doing it, it's usually the perfect time.

In the coming weeks, we'll determine how prescient that idea is.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fed Slows Rally; Re-Examining Dow Theory

Those of us over 30 years of age remember the stock market before the advent of internet trading. If you're over 40, you can recall what the stock market was like prior to CNBC. If you're over 50, like me (disclosure: I turn 56 in December, God willing), you can recall much of what the market was like in the 1960s and 1970s, when investing was done mostly by a well-heeled, upper crusty wealthy class of people.

First there were mutual funds, which brought the average Jane and Joe into the stock trading mix, followed about a decade later by IRAs and 401k retirement plans which got more people into the game, circa 1974. Now, as they like to say in poker rooms, we're "all in" the stock market, thus the 24-hour coverage, unlimited internet access to trading, insight, chat rooms, etc., and the requisite madness that ensues when large funds jump in or out of positions.

With everyone (well, 60-70% of the adult population) now focused daily on what the stock market does, the indices have become less predictive and more reactionary. Witness today's release at 2:00 pm of the Fed's Beige Book, which outlines the economic landscape in the twelve districts of the Federal Reserve Bank. All the indices were sporting healthy gains (the Dow was up more than 60 points) when the data was released, but by 2:20 most of those had evaporated into thin air. After 3:00, however, investors saw more optimism than at first blush and moved the averages higher for the 4th straight session with the 9500 level on the Dow serving as support.

The Fed governors were not very enthusiastic in their assessment of the economic situation as of the end of August, but it was a rather measured account, with many of the regions showing increased activity in manufacturing and some stabilizing of prices in residential real estate. Consumer sales, however, were slow, and commercial real estate continues to slump. Overall, it was a pretty bland, mixed report, with little news and investors took it in stride.

Today's actions gets us back to our core argument: that the markets have become more reactionary rather than predictive. Little jolts of news bites over CNBC rattle traders in one direction or the other, with little to do with fundamentals. It's almost as though a third-grade mentality has permeated the caverns of commerce.

Nonetheless, the markets droned on today, stopping short of the Dow 2009 high (9580), which brings into play another burning question: are we in a new bull market or is this a bear market rally?

A few weeks back, I looked over the data from the past two years and determined that stocks may have to move higher - especially the Dow Jones Transports - to declare a new bull, but after closer inspection, I am going to make the call that we are already in a new bull market. Now, if I am wrong, recall that Richard Russell, the publisher of the "Dow Theory Letters" and a man for whom I have tremendous respect and admiration, actually made a bad call in 2007, declaring that we were not entering a bear market. It took a year, but the evidence was more than convincing that Russell was wrong. So, should my call prove to be off, be reminded that even the most astute and brightest people sometimes err.

To save everyone from the boring details of my analysis, here are the facts:

9034.69 was the recovery high for the Down Jones Industrials on January 2, 2009. 3717.26 was the January 2nd, 2009 recovery high for the Dow Jones Transports. Both of these numbers came after the second wave of the bear market, the most tumultuous part, from September to November, 2008. The initial phase was from October 2008 to September 2009, and the final leg was from November, 2008 to March, 2009. Anyone still thinking a double-dip downturn is in our immediate future better pay more attention to details. The third leg of the bear ended March 9. Today is the 6-month anniversary of that turning point. The Dow Jones Industrials entered bull market territory on July 23, when it closed at 9069.29. The Transportation Average confirmed when it finished business at 3749.58 on August 7. So, we've been in a confirmed bull market for more than a month already. My apologies for getting it right so late, but at least I now have it on the money.

Dow 9,547.22, +49.88 (0.53%)
Nasdaq 2,060.39, +22.62 (1.11%)
S&P 500 1,033.37, +7.98 (0.78%)
NYSE Composite 6,772.40, +46.33 (0.69%)

Our simple indicators are now screaming BUY. Advancers beat back decliners, 4556-1863, and new highs bested new lows, 316-62, the largest margin in two years. Volume turned up strongly after the Beige Book release, though most of it was on the NASDAQ. Much of that sell-off was likely repositioning, and traders got right back in later in the session, albeit in different stocks, shifting mostly from energy and consumer discretionary into materials, industrials and financials, though all twelve sectors showed gains.

NYSE Volume 1,329,853,000
Nasdaq Volume 2,524,738,000

Commodities took the worst of it as crude oil gave back larger gains to finish at $71.31, up a mere 21 cents. The level between $68 and $75 has maintained for weeks now, and that may be regarded as a benchmark pricing point. There is still simply too much slack demand for any further price appreciation in oil. Natural gas is also stuck below $3.00 and should remain there for at least another 6 months. There's nothing better than cheap fuel to hasten a recovery and prices should remain muted. So too with gold, which lost $2.70, to finish at $997.10, and silver, off 4 cents, to $16.47.

Those new high-new low figures are simply stunning. One should expect a major breakout any day with a quick run to Dow 10,000 by no later than October 10. All of the elements are lining up for a solid recovery. Dow Theory has confirmed, simple indicators have confirmed. What else need I say?