Markets are repeating the February/March decline and bounce.
Aside from Russian conditions there’s not much difference in the news and reactions to it. China data continues to be weak and most economic data elsewhere isn’t inspiring. Even while Chinese authorities indicate there will be no stimulus, bulls continue to believe they will do so. China data today reported housing construction down 25% amid tighter credit and GDP estimates reported at 7.4% which is weak by their standards.
But Yellen tried again to regain credibility and seems to have managed a more credible presentation making bulls happy.
Housing Starts rose but missed at 945K vs 965K expected & prior 920K. Industrial Production beat expectations but declined at the same time to 0.7% vs 0.4% expected & prior 1.2%. The Fed’s Beige Book didn’t show much new although weather was repeatedly cited as a factor for any weakness. Overall growth was modest and consumer spending accelerated post weather restraints.
As indicated previously markets rose on dip buying just as they did in late winter. Russian activities in Ukraine don’t seem to bother Europeans or U.S. markets much. Bad earnings from Bank of America (BAC) were shrugged-off by bulls while good news from Yahoo (YHOO) was headlined and cheered. Earnings beats based on much reduced analysts’ forecast are ubiquitous once again as that WS game continues to sell soap.
After the close of trading, earnings reports will feature Dow heavyweights International Business Machines (IBM), American Express (AXP) and tech stalwart Google (GOOG).
To sum up, we’re back to the “bad news is good and good news is better” can’t lose narrative.
Leading market sectors higher included: Materials (XLB), Industrials (XLI), Transports (IYT), Tech (XLK), Biotech (IBB), Internet (FDN), Broker/Dealers (IEI), Energy (XLE), Consumer Discretionary (XLY), Emerging Markets (EEM), China (FXI), Australia (EWA), Brazil (EWZ), Germany (EWG), Europe (VGK), Solar (TAN), Shipping (SEA), Thailand (THD), Japan (EWJ), Russia (RSX) and Italy (EWI).
Leading market sectors lower included: Semiconductors (SMH), Gold Miners (GDX), Natural Gas (UNG), Silver Miners (SIL), Vietnam (VNM), Brazil Real (BZF), Agriculture (DBA), Grains (JJG) and Bonds (IEF).
Chart of the Day:
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is displayed on this daily chart. The few bears still alive may take a desperate shot suggesting a potential bearish Head & Shoulders top formation is almost present. I’m not a great believer in these (er, until I am) as being effective. But, given the din of bullish commentary available I’d just point this out just for entertainment purposes.
The top 20 market movers by percentage change in volume whether rising or falling is available daily.
Volume has become light once again with buying and breadth per the WSJ was positive.
The big three (IBM, Google & American Express) all missed earnings estimates in one way or another.
This “may” slow the rally down somewhat but don’t count on it since bulls will find something else that beats to mitigate disappointments elsewhere.
Thursday reveals Jobless Claims and Philly Fed Survey once again.
Earnings features Auto Nation (AN), where if you have a pulse you can buy a car, Baker Hughes (BHI), BlackRock (BLK), Blackstone Group (BX), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), DuPont (DD), Dover (DOV), Fith Third Bank (FITB), General Electric (GE), Morgan Stanley (MS), Schlumberger (SLB), Pepsi (PEP), SAP AG (SAP) and Union Pacific (UNP).
Let’s see what happens.
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|US Dollar||79.90||-0.01||-0.01 %||16:59|
|Brazil||2305.023||1.10 %||1.91 %||3.92 %|
|Russia||631.279||1.08 %||-6.23 %||-19.78 %|
|India||434.143||-1.33 %||-1.16 %||6.59 %|
|China||59.605||0.03 %||0.34 %||-5.54 %|