Trading slowed which is typical before a long weekend without much news. Economic data featured the CPI (.2% vs .00% previous & 2.9% YOY which is above the Fed's target) and Leading Indicators (.4% vs .5% previous). Active stocks included Intel (INTC and linked to ETF SOXX); and earnings reports from Campbell's Soup (CPB) and Heniz (HNZ with both linked to ETF XLP) which were well-received. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was pushed higher by the usual heavier weighted stocks (IBM, MCD, CVX, UTX and so forth.) As they say, this is window dressing for the tourists. Sure enough, a recent headline read: "Dow Closes at Highest Level Since May 2008". That was the spring, remember the fall? The dollar was somewhat higher as investors hedged their bets against what should be an interesting Monday in the eurozone as a decision will be made about Greek deal...again. (How much Greek fatigue is there?) Speaking of defaults Americans and Europeans dissatisfied with bailing out banks and countries should examine what has happened with Iceland. The country defaulted, banks failed, bankers were prosecuted and jailed. This was in 2008 as you may recall. The country is now on the mend and Fitch just upgraded the country's credit rating to investment grade (BBB+) with a stable outlook. You see, you don't need bailouts and money printing. Iceland is the anti-Keynes Bernanke/Geithner/Paulson/Bush/Obama story. Gold prices were basically unchanged, base metals were somewhat softer, crude oil was higher (Iranian warships sailed thru the Suez and into the Mediterranean) and agricultural prices were higher. Bond prices were flat. Volume was light and breadth per the WSJ was mixed. Follow our pithy comments on twitter and join the banter with me facebook. SPY - The SPDR® S&P 500® ETF is a fund that, before expenses, generally corresponds to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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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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See more details JJC - The Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total ReturnService Mark is a sub-index of the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total ReturnService Mark and reflects the returns that are potentially available through an unleveraged investment in the futures contracts on physical commodities comprising the index plus the rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral invested in specified Treasury Bills.
See more details DJP - The iPath® Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total ReturnService Mark ETN is linked to the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total ReturnService Mark and reflects the returns that are potentially available through an unleveraged investment in the futures contracts on physical commodities comprising the index plus the rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral invested in specified Treasury Bills. The commodities represented in the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total ReturnService Mark are rebalanced annually; however, the weightings fluctuate between rebalancings due to changes in market prices.
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See more details EEM - The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets 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 emerging markets, as represented by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
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See more details 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