Stock markets are getting sloppy and appear rolling over. I've posted plenty of warnings about this given "normally" reliable DeMark monthly chart readings. Coincidentally it's curious these indicators present themselves as the Fed is winding down QE2 ("they say") next month and when the "sell in May and go away" maxim is present. Previous stock market rallies have been propelled higher on ultra-light volume following heavy Fed liquidity injections (POMO) to Primary Dealers. These rallies have been met by comparatively higher volume sell-offs masking deteriorating conditions. Evidently, the weaker dollar combined with liquidity injections has been bullish as multinational company earnings swell as a result. Brief dollar rallies, such as Friday, have caused sell-offs. Higher risk sectors, whether commodities or emerging markets have paid the heaviest price given intraweek volatility. Some signs of a rollover are present with talk of stagflation and increased volatility in commodity markets. The latter have been especially manipulated to suit some purpose known only to insiders since the statement from the CME below is baloney: "Margins are set as part of the neutral risk management services we provide. They aren't a means to move a market one way or another, or to encourage or discourage participation from one kind of market participant or another. Rather, margin is one of many risk management tools that help us assess overall portfolio risk to protect market participants and the market as a whole." Kim Taylor, CME We suspect the phrase "protect market participants" includes, in this instance, some large banks heavily short silver that were being squeezed. And, that's just the beginning of the potential suspects. Despite all the volatility most market sectors closed the week flat which reinforces the notion that it truly is, even excluding congress, the greatest show on earth. Stock sectors with the highest betas or volatility (EMs, BRICs, Small Caps and so forth) experienced the greatest losses on Friday while stodgier sectors (Consumer Staples) were less affected. Volume was a little heavier than on recent days but still lower than Thursday. I guess some of Day Boyz headed to the Hamptons early. Breadth per the WSJ was quite negative. You can follow our pithy comments on twitter and join the conversation with me on facebook. Continue to U.S. Sector, Stocks & Bond ETFs
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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. 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. 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. Continue to Concluding Remarks
Well, that about does it for this Friday the 13 th. I suppose there will be a dozen or so horror movies on HBO et al tonight. As for markets, things are becoming a day-to-day crapshoot marked by high volatility. Many indicators are either breaking down or not showing confirmation. It's strange how bulls loved such a weak dollar. I certainly didn't since it makes things expensive for all of us. But, let's remember who the Fed and Treasury serve despite talk to the contrary--large multinational companies. With the exception of our Lazy Portfolios and even our Hedged Lazy Portfolios we're nearly 85% in cash. That means some days we feel like dopes and the next smart. It's no secret I don't like markets (could ya tell?) but we remain systematic. Let's see what happens. Disclaimer: The ETF Digest maintains active ETF trading portfolio and a wide selection of ETFs away from portfolios in an independent listing. Current positions if any are embedded within charts. Our Lazy & Hedged Lazy Portfolios maintain the follow positions: VT, MGV, BND, BSV, VGT, VWO, VNO, IAU, DJCI, DJP, VMBS, VIG, ILF, EWA, IEV, EWC, EWJ, EWG, EWU, BWD, GXG, THD, AFK, BRAQ, CHIQ, TUR, & VNM. The charts and comments are only the author's view of market activity and aren't recommendations to buy or sell any security. Market sectors and related ETFs are selected based on his opinion as to their importance in providing the viewer a comprehensive summary of market conditions for the featured period. Chart annotations aren't predictive of any future market action rather they only demonstrate the author's opinion as to a range of possibilities going forward. More detailed information, including actionable alerts, are available to subscribers at www.etfdigest.com .