The Averages (28859, 3283) bounced yesterday, but remained below the lower boundary of their very short term uptrends. The Dow voided that trend on Monday and the S&P yesterday. That resyncs the indices (voiding their very short term uptrends and closing Monday’s huge gap down open). However, they still ended above both MA’s and in short, intermediate and long term uptrends. So, there has hardly been a loss in long term momentum.
On the other hand, really significant support doesn’t exist until the Averages reach their 100 DMA [27661/3098] and the lower boundaries of their short term uptrends [24696/3058].
Volume was rose, breadth improved. The VIX fell 5 ½%, but still finished above both DMA’s (now support). The recent reversions are reinforcing the loss of short term upside momentum in the indices’ pin action.
The long bond was up two cents, continuing its ongoing directional momentum change to the upside. Although there are two gap up opens below that need to be filled.
The dollar was down 3/8%. Intraday, it touched its 200 DMA (now resistance) but fell back, remaining below both MA’s, in a short term downtrend and is still the ugliest chart on the block. While it is attempting to close that big gap down open from 12/23, my assumption remains that the dollar will continue to weaken.
Gold was up one cent, closing within very short term and short term uptrends and above both MA’s.
TLT, GLD and UUP continue to trade like the economy is not near any kind of ‘lift off’. The Averages are leaning in that direction but are not quite there yet.
Thursday in the charts.
Yesterday’s data was mixed. The initial Q4 GDP growth estimate was in line though all of the price indicators were below estimates. Weekly jobless claims fell less than anticipated.
GDP per capita
US recession probability track.
The stats were slightly weighed to the upside overseas. December EU unemployment, January EU economic sentiment and industrial sentiment were better than expected while January EU business confidence and services sentiment were less and EU consumer confidence and January German CPI were in line.
Powell paves the way for a change in monetary strategy.
WHO declares coronavirus ‘global pandemic’.
***overnight update on coronavirus.
Bottom line. It would appear that ‘global pandemic’, mediocre economic growth, falling price pressures or any other negative headline are no match for free money. The Market may be experiencing a minor case of the willies short term. But the driving force behind equity prices remains NotQE.
The ETF problem.
In my regular quarterly review, Caterpillar failed to meet the minimum quality criteria for inclusion in the Dividend Growth and High Yield Universes. Accordingly, at the Market open, both Portfolios will Sell their positions in CAT.
News on Stocks in Our Portfolios
Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM): Q3 Non-GAAP EPS of $0.41 misses by $0.04; GAAP EPS of $1.33 beats by $0.79.
Donaldson (NYSE:DCI) declares $0.21/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
This Week’s Data
December personal income was up 0.2% versus estimates of up 0.3%; personal spending rose 0.3%, in line.
December Japanese YOY construction orders were up 21.4% versus forecasts of 02%; housing starts YoY were down 7.9% versus -11.5%; industrial production was up 1.3% versus +0.7%; the unemployment rate was 2.2% versus 2.3%; retail sales were up 0.2% versus -4.5%; January CPI was +0.6% versus +0.9%.
January UK consumer confidence was -9, in line.
The January Chinese manufacturing PMI was 50, in line; the nonmanufacturing index was 54.1 versus consensus of 53.3.
December German retail sales fell 3.3% versus expectations of -0.5%.
Q4 EU flash GDP growth was +0.1% versus projections of +0.2%; YoY CPI was 1.4%, in line; YoY core CPI was 1.1% versus 1.2%.
Brexit is here; now things really get complicated.
Bloomberg’s consumer comfort index rises to highest level since Dot com bust.
Did the US just concede defeat in the China tech war?
What I am reading today
How to load a dishwasher correctly.
Nigel Farage bids farewell to the EU.
When it is better to claim social security benefits early.
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