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You can see at a glance, from the chart grid below, which of the Dow 30 stocks are outperforming (AAPL, AXP, BA, CAT, JPM, KO, MCD, MSFT, NKE, TRV, UNH, V and WMT) and which ones are underperforming (GE, IBM and XOM).
We’ll see if the laggards (and ones not mentioned above) turn around anytime soon to continue to drive the Dow to new highs, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, or whether the leaders suddenly weaken…and, if so, with what force.
It has been a dull summer week, and of SPX, NDX and RUT, only RUT has managed a lower low this week. RUT has now made it, albeit rather lethargically, almost back to channel resistance, now in the 1416 area, and I’ve noted that this may be the right shoulder of an H&S pattern forming. RUT 60min chart:
Interesting morning so far – – gold is getting its shiny bottom kicked, and equities are (as usual) drifting higher. I came into the day short Brazil by way of EWZ, and unlike US markets, Brazil is actually slipping right now. Of particular interest to me, besides the enormous multi-year drift down, is this highlighted pattern……..
A solid jobs report, and an unemployment rate of 4.3%, is giving the markets some much-needed direction (how about that……..95.7% are working! Although some might say it’s more like 63%…….but I digress). This is strengthening the dollar, as I’ve been hoping it would…..and like I wrote about two days ago.