Slow Ascent for Market Continues: Dave's Daily



Jobless Claims (358K vs 370K expected) continued to show some improvement but inside the numbers was one standout data point--there was no gain in "new hires". So we're still just seeing people falling off the roles. Greece was back in the news with an announcement of an agreement. Later in the day came some grumbling about a lack of details with some saying things won't get sorted-out for another 15 days. (Per the AP: "German Finance Minister Schaeuble. Greek deal on spending cuts appears to not yet fulfill bailout conditions.") The final outcome (for this round) theoretically comes on the March 20 th drop dead date. But here's the calendar for what's ahead in the euro zone.  

Now the mortgage fraud settlement which everyone is supposed to feel good about presents itself; but, in fact (thank God for bloggers!) the deal is not what it seems as outlined by Naked Capitalism.

Earnings results featured poor results from banks Credit Suisse (CSGN) and ING Groep N.V. (ING both constituents in KBE) as they took big write downs from losses in the region. Pepsi (PEP a constituent in XLY) also featured disappointing results and will lay-off 8K workers globally. Tech remained the primary leader with Apple (AAPL, the heaviest weight in QQQ and XLK) still dominating markets overall as firms (Needham & Co and Canaccord Genuity) raised price targets to $620 and $655 respectively. Also Akamai Technologies (AKAM, a constituent in FDN) was sharply higher on earnings while investors didn't like guidance for Cisco (CSCO, a constituent in IGN) or the report from Groupon (GRPN) but later cheered the late report from LinkedIn (LNDK both constituents in SOCL).

Gold prices were flat as the dollar see-sawed between gains and losses. Oil settled higher (USO) as did base metals like copper (JJC) while bond prices (IEF) fell.

Volume continues on the light side and breadth per the WSJ was mildly positive to mixed overall. We're still much overbought.

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IWM - The iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the small capitalization sector of the U.S. equity market as represented by the Russell 2000 Index. The index represents the approximately 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index.
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FDN -  The First Trust Dow Jones Internet IndexSM Fund is an exchange-traded index fund. The investment objective of the fund is to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield of the Dow Jones Internet IndexSM. For a stock to be included in the selection universe for the index, a company must generate at least 50% of its annual sales/revenues from the Internet.
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IEF - The iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund seeks to approximate the total rate of return of the intermediate-term sector of the United States Treasury market as defined by the Barclays Capital U.S. 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Index.
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UGA - The United States Gasoline Fund LP (UGA) is an exchange traded security that is designed to track in percentage terms the movements of gasoline prices.
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ILF - The iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of companies in the Mexican and South American equity markets as represented by the Standard & Poor's Latin America 40 Index.
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EWW - The iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Market Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Mexican market, as measured by the MSCI Mexico Investable Market Index.
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THD - The iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index.
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EWG - The iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the German market, as measured by the MSCI Germany Index.
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EWU - The iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the British market, as measured by the MSCI United Kingdom Index.
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GXC - The SPDR® S&P® China ETF, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the total return performance of the S&P China BMI Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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EPI - WisdomTree India Earnings Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree India Earnings Index.
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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.

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Consumer Sentiment data will be released Friday but remember it's heavily influenced by stock prices.

Let's see what happens.

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