By Dave Fry, founder and publisher of
and author of the best-selling book
April 22, 2010
STOCK MARKET GROUNDHOG DAY
Markets were down hard early today only to reverse course with more style than even yesterday's "stick save". Most observers were at a loss to explain the rebound with one saying: "It has paid to buy pullbacks, since the market has done pretty well." Duh! He continued to comment when Greek troubles came up and answered: "It's like high oil prices, some days you walk in and it doesn't matter." Whew! I'm not worried now.
The bottom line remains Fed monetary policy and the after effects of bailouts, also known as "the punchbowl" are still the bull's motivation. While this is still in place trading desks know what to do -- ignore bad news, cherry pick good news and buy. So, move along cowboy, nothing to see here.
Volume did increase on an up day for a change and breadth was positive especially on the Nasdaq per WSJ data below:
The NYMO is a market breadth indicator that is based on the difference between the number of advancing and declining issues on the NYSE. When readings are +60/-60 markets are extended short-term.
Per Investopedia: The McClellan Summation Index is a long-term version of the McClellan Oscillator. It is a market breadth indicator, and interpretation is similar to that of the McClellan Oscillator, except that it is more suited to major trends. I believe readings of +1000/-1000 reveal markets as much extended.
Per Investopedia: The VIX is a widely used measure of market risk and is often referred to as the "investor fear gauge". Our own interpretation is highlighted in the chart above. The VIX measures the level of put option activity over a 30-day period. Greater buying of put options (protection) causes the index to rise.
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The stock market is in bubble-land and has been since the fall of last year. This is why you read such lame comments as those cited in the intro.
The last time I saw rallies this powerful and sustainable was during the dot.com boom. Then, all technical indicators and common sense were blown away. The housing bubble that followed shared the same common stimulus, the Fed and other government policies. In this environment logic and even lengthy experience must give way to the tape. The one true thing remains unreasonably low interest rates and the after effects of bailouts and other stimulants. The trading desks are on crack and having a great time. Other institutions with captive assets generating fees are content and 401K assets are performing well making consumers feel better. This is the intent. What will follow is something truly ugly, but until then, party on dudes!
In after hours trading per MarketWatch you can see how poorly some big names are doing after reporting earnings. This bodes poorly for tomorrow but was the same look and worse last night for other companies.
Friday will feature economic data from Durable Goods and more housing data. In addition a smaller array of earnings reports from companies like Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, Schlumberger and Travelers will be released.
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