Yesterday's oversold bounce was just that and now we're getting oversold again. The dollar's sharp rally Wednesday took most commodities, except precious metals, to the woodshed. So why would the dollar rally with a trifecta of lousy economic data? It's more likely repatriation and a flight to safety as risk avoidance remains job one. And, the data was horrible led by the Empire State Manufacturing data (-7.8 vs 14 expected), Industrial Production (.1% vs .2% expected) and the Housing Index (13 vs 16 previous) which combined to hit stocks hard. Yesterday's theme, "not as bad as feared" was quickly forgotten for the spin it was. Sure, folks are worried about Greece but it's a small country. Nevertheless, it's symbolic of the debt crisis contagion moving around the developed world from PIIGS to as far as Madison, Wisconsin. Political leaders must confront realities born of this growing cancer. It won't by pretty, it won't be fun but it must be done. Where's the leadership?! What's next? If you care, there's Jobless Claims Thursday (Care to guess? Most experts are just picking numbers out of the air now); Housing Starts and the Philly Fed Survey. Volume Thursday was again much higher on selling than the previous rally. Breadth was quite negative and approaches another 10/90 day. 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
The market has two very large days ahead of it. First is the economic data Thursday and then quad-witching on Friday. Once behind us, we'll see exactly where we go. There's a lot of smoke and mirrors from those with soap to sell so be very careful. Most of our portfolios, away from Lazy Portfolios, are overwhelmingly in cash. 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: SH, PSQ, 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 .