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Money Flow for March Week Four

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Further to my last Weekly Market Update, this week’s update will look at:

  • 6 Major Indices
  • 9 Major Sectors
  • 30-Year Bonds
  • U.S. $
  • Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) and BRIC Indices & ETF (BKF)
  • Germany, France, and the PIIGS Indices

6 Major Indices

As shown on the Weekly charts and the percentage gained/lost graph below of the Major Indices, the largest gains this past week were in the Dow Utilities, followed by Dow Transports, Nasdaq 100, S&P 500, Dow 30, and Russell 2000.

The Indices remain (technically) in overbought territory on their Weekly and Monthly timeframes, which may be viewed as overvalued to some and bullish to others.

9 Major Sectors

As shown on the Weekly charts and the percentage gained/lost graph below of the Major Sectors, the largest gains were made in Health Care, followed by Utilities, Consumer Staples, Cyclicals, Energy, Industrials, Technology, Financials, and Materials. There was a bigger appetite for the ‘Defensive’ Sectors as the S&P 500 approached and finally closed above its all-time closing high.

The Sectors also remain (technically) in overbought territory on their Weekly and Monthly timeframes, which may be viewed as overvalued to some and bullish to others.

30-Year Bonds

The 5-Year Weekly chart below of 30-Year Bonds shows that price continued its bounce from the prior two weeks and is sitting just below major resistance. A break and hold above resistance may coincide with profit-taking in the Major Indices/Sectors…something I’ll be watching for in the coming week(s). I’d need to see major support below broken and held on increasing volumes before I’d suggest that perhaps big money is finally flowing out of Bonds to be deployed into equities, and/or commodities, currencies, other instruments. However, there may be some drifting out within this current range (in between support and resistance) that is not so apparent because of Fed intervention.

U.S. $

As shown on the 5-Year Weekly chart below of the U.S. $, price closed (once again) above an important convergence of two 60% Golden Fibonacci ratio levels. A break and hold above its recent highs may also coincide with some profit-taking in the equity markets, or serve as a hedge on any further equity rally.

Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) & BRIC Indices & ETF (BKF)

As shown on the 5-Year Weekly chart below of EEM, price is retesting major resistance. A break and hold above may positively influence the ‘riskier’ Sectors, while a break and hold below major support [the confluence zone of the 50% Fibonacci level, 50 and 200 smas (note the bearish ‘Death Cross’ formation on this timeframe as price is still subject to its bearish influences), Volume Profile POC, and lower Bollinger Band] could produce a drag on any further equity rally…an important ETF to watch going forward.

You can see on the Daily thumbnail charts below of the BRIC countries and ETFs, that those Indices/ETFs are attempting to rally from or near to a support level of one form or another.

 

The following graph shows gains/losses made year-to-date for these countries and ETFs. You can see that Brazil has been battered the most, followed by Russia, and India, while China is basically flat on the year…ones to watch as further weakness in these countries may finally negatively affect U.S. equities.

Germany, France, and the PIIGS Indices

The Daily thumbnail charts below show that Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain have broken their uptrend lines, while Germany, France, and Ireland are in the process of testing theirs. Greece looks particularly vulnerable at the moment, as does Italy.

The following graph shows gains/losses made year-to-date for these countries. Italy, Greece, and Spain have suffered the most losses, so far this year, while Ireland has gained the most, followed by France, Portugal, and Germany. Unless the other countries, particularly the southern European countries pick up the pace, I doubt whether Ireland can carry Europe on its own for the rest of the year…also ones to watch, as continuing weakness may produce a drag on U.S. equities.

Summary

In summary, as I pointed out here, the Dow 30 and Russell 2000 have made a new all-time high and closing high, while the S&P 500 made an all-time closing high on Friday (however, its all-time intraday high of 1576.09 remains unbroken and is still serving as major resistance at a formidable triple-top formation and represents an opportunity for some cannibalization, as I wrote about here. The Nasdaq 100 has lagged the other three Major Indices, so far this year, and is hampered by major resistance. However, all four remain in a strong uptrending channel on the 4-Hour timeframe, as I mentioned here and will likely need to be broken convincingly before the trend changes. We’ll see whether the longer-term resistance scenario holds for the SPX to turn it back, or whether the shorter-term uptrend continues to push it up and over major resistance.

The U.S. $ has strengthened, while the Euro has slumped, as I wrote about here. Foreign (and U.S.) markets have been trading erratically, as I wrote about hereherehere, and here. As I’ve mentioned above, they will need to strengthen considerably (otherwise I’d be looking for the ‘Canaries’ to drop, with the others following suit) if a convincing case is to be made that all is well in the U.S. and that now is the right time to be buying stocks, particularly at their current (technically) Weekly and Monthly overbought levels. Brent Crude Oil and WTIC have begun to rally (no doubt in taking advantage of the recent banking and fiscal upheaval in Europe), and I’m watching Brent to see if the spread begins to widen again in favour of Brent, as I wrote about here and here.

 

Next Friday we have a few data releases, including Non-Farm Employment Change, Trade Balance, Unemployment Rate, and Average Hourly Earnings. Inasmuch as the first three are hinting at some slight economic improvements, wages have yet to make a comeback to the pre-2009 financial crisis levels, as shown on the following graphs. Without seeing much improvement in wages this year, the average consumer may not be so inclined to keep piling on debt as product prices continue upward (which they will do as companies look for ways to keep improving profits, while lowering costs). In that regard, we may see a slow and choppy growth for 2013 on the earnings and economic front…whether the stock market accurately reflects that is another matter, particularly with the Fed pouring gasoline on the fire.

Happy Easter and good luck next week!

Those Were People Who…..

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This Sunday for many is the most important day of the year. Of course I’m speaking of Easter. For many others it’s just a holiday celebrated with no time off of work. Then there are others who bristle at such a thing and go out of their way to not pay attention to anything religion based. Fair enough, it’s a free country which I believe is one of our great strengths when put into proper perspectives. Only people comfortable with who they are can tolerate or accept others for who they are. At least that’s how I see it.

Regardless if your observance of Easter is religious or not. One thing is irrefutable. This Sunday is based on a death, and what that death means to us. I believe even for the most religious avoiding person alive there have been people we knew, loved, and more that were here today – then gone leaving us wondering why? (more…)

GME – Short Squeeze on a Company Destined to Fail

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Hi Slopers – Real life had kept me from blogging for a while, but this woke me out of the slumber.

Gamestop (GME) – for those of you who aren’t familiar, is a retailer that sells video games and video game accessories. That’s it. If Hank Hill sold technology, this would be his gig.

I’ve worked with retailers for 22 years. I know shoppers habbits and understand certain items almost always require a trip to the store – Apparel, Food and Jewelry are great examples of items that need to be seen /touched / tried on in person rather than over a computer screen.

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GLD Versus SPY: An Interesting Divergence

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Hey Fellow Slopers,

I’m still digging into the new Slope, which looks pretty impressive so far. Just thought I’d take a moment to share something that caught my eye about SPY and GLD. Happy Easter to Tim and the Slope community.

GLD versus SPY in Q1

The SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY) dramatically outperformed the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) in the first quarter of 2013, as the chart below illustrates, but, interestingly, GLD is considerably less expensive to hedge over the next several months.

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Q1 2013 Market Wrap-Up (by Strawberry Blonde)

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Each candle on the following charts of the 4 Major Indices represents One Quarter. The last candle represents Q1 of 2013 and closed today (March 28th, since the markets are closed tomorrow for Good Friday of the Easter long weekend.

You can see at a glance that the Nasdaq 100 has lagged the other three all year, so far, and is hampered by major resistance. The Dow 30 and Russell 2000 have made a new all-time high and closing high, while the S&P 500 made an all-time closing high today (however, its all-time intraday high of 1576.09 remains unbroken and is still serving as major resistance at a formidable triple-top formation and represents an opportunity for some cannibalization to occur, as I wrote about here.).

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So Far, So Good…….

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Hi Everyone,

Well, we are a few hours into the new Slope, and things are going pretty smoothly. We’ve had a couple of tiny glitches, but those have been fixed. I’ve got some “real” posts waiting in the wings, but before we get to those, I wanted to say a couple of things.

First, one bug we had was that comments were not saving their preferred order; I think we have that fixed now. Please use the settings I am recommending below for the Optimal Comment Enjoying Experience.

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Also, for you Slope+ users out there, I will be emailing you today about your subscription. If you try to look at Slope+ stuff right now, it’ll probably tell you to buzz off, because I need to entitle your account. Like I said, you’ll be hearing from me today so we can get that done; thanks.

Finally, if you see any errors, please email me. I’m reading comments, but I’m not going to catch every little thing in the comment stream. Just drop me a line if you see anything broken.

 

 

So What’s New?

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Welcome Slopers, one and all, to the new Slope of Hope!

Since the vast majority of you are well-acquainted with the old blog, let me point out some important differences. I’m going to leave this post up for a good long while so lots of people see it.

(1) The Slope and SocialTrade user databases have been merged into one, and to log in, just use your email address and your password. I say again: your old username has no meaning to the new database. Use your email address from now on.

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