Stocks Inching Along on Light Volume: Dave's Daily

Economic data wasn't that inspiring either way Friday as Consumer Sentiment increased (75.3 vs 72.5 previous & expected 73) which may be pre-gas spike data. And, new home sales were static (321K vs 324K previous and 315K expected).

Earnings from JC Penney (JCP) were much in view but a trained financial archeologist would have a hard time figuring it out given all the write downs and adjustments. The net result is a loss and hopes that their new pricing strategy will work. It's the chance the company is taking.

The retail sector (XRT) overall is still caught between better confidence data but mixed results. Newmont Mining (NEM) reported a loss based on a write down of a single large mining project. However, the company's reserves increased by 5.6% and they're carrying the reserves at only $1,200 per ounce for gold. Nevertheless, as opposed to JCP, NEM got sold hard as gold prices were also weaker Friday which also negatively affected gold miners (GDX) overall.

The dollar was quite weak which is usually bullish for stocks (Industrial and Multinational) and gold. There remains some tentativeness regarding both. Remember commodities are priced in dollars, and a weaker dollar then feeds inflation. Apart from Iran, this is also affecting oil and ultimately prices at the pump. Also watch food prices and other "stuff" as the weak dollar makes costs higher no matter how authorities reconfigure/present the data.

Tech (QQQ, XLK) continues to keep markets propped higher especially due to Apple's (AAPL) heavy weighting. At some point this weighting could be a problem. After all outsized performance for one stock could mask weakness in markets overall.

Stocks limped to the finish line Friday and were rather uninspired by much of anything. Bond prices were a little higher and that's about it.

Volume remains in a new era--ultra-light whether on bullish or bearish trading days. Breadth per the WSJ was mixed overall.

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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

That concludes a well-managed week from my perspective. Next week will feature the all important employment report. Lingering over everyone's head is Iran where anything can happen.

Let's see what happens.

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