Monday Morning Chartology
Stocks clearly want to go higher. They have lots of support from the moving averages as well the trend lines. However, as I have noted repeatedly, volume has been low and breadth not so hot. Plus there remains the nagging concern about volatility in bonds, gold, oil, the dollar and the VIX.
The long Treasury tried to break out of its developing pennant formation on Friday---but failed. The attempt was to the upside; and had it been successful, technicians would argue that there would be a further move higher---meaning lower interest rates and suggesting more economic weakness. I await further developments. In the meantime, TLT closed well over its 100 day moving average and in uptrends across all timeframes.
GLD looks like it could be topping out. It couldn’t get through a key Fibonacci level and negated its very short term uptrend. That has me concerned about our GDX holding; I have a very short fuse.
The VIX seems to have finally set its course; and it is down. That is good news for stocks---at least short term. However, it is not that far from the lower boundary of its intermediate term trading range. Given the difficulty the VIX had breaking its short term trend, then it could be even harder to reset the intermediate term trend to down.
***overnight, Japanese second quarter GDP and corporate investment were below forecast.
What Japanese QE hath wrought (medium):
The stock price of Aflac (AFL-$72) has risen above the upper boundary of its Buy Value Range. Hence, it is being Removed from the Dividend Growth Buy List. The Dividend Growth Portfolio never established a position in AFL.
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