The large gap opening lower was fully expected given the situation globally and especially in Europe. The German stock market has fallen over 8% in the past week and is in bear market territory. (You might just change the names of the characters in the lead image to "Hanz & Franz".) Clearly there's a lot going across the pond. Greek two-year notes hit 89% Tuesday making a default certain. The Bernank chimed-in stating a Greek default was "manageable" -- meaning between he and Jean Claude they have plenty of paper and ink to take care of things with (cough) the exception of contagion. Oh, but that reminds me Italy made for negative headlines most of the day.
The big news early was the Swiss National Bank (SNB) threw in the towel on more conventional currency debasement strategies and decided to peg the franc to the euro at 120. This means they'll be printing a lot of francs to buy euros to make it all work. This initially threw gold for a loop which had been making fresh highs. After falling on the SNB news, gold rallied back to nearly unchanged only to fall again in the U.S. on profit-taking and a rising dollar. We closed our gold positions at the opening based on more DeMark readings. (Yeah, it's funny how these work sometimes, if only temporarily.)
Economic data from the ISM Services Sector was better than expected at 53.3 versus 51 expected. However, inside the numbers orders were weak and comments negative which didn't help stocks much.Stocks were weak overall but came well off their lows around mid-day as HFTs entered and launched buy programs. Bulls in the financial media will ignore this and only complain when they're active on the downside. Bonds were well bid once again, the dollar was higher overall and commodities were mixed at best. Volume remains high while breadth per the WSJ remains negative as perhaps we're getting short-term oversold. You can follow our pithy comments on twitter and join the conversation with me on facebook. Continue to U.S. Sector, Stocks & Bond ETFs