Wednesday will begin an avalanche of important news events and data that will last all week culminating with the Employment Report Friday. Tuesday’s news was no slouch as S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index fell to a seasonally adjusted miss of -0.3% vs 0.4% expected & prior 0.2%. However, Consumer Confidence leaped higher to 90.9 vs 85.5 expected & prior 85.2—a real positive. This was the highest this index has been since October 2007 and we know what happened after that.
Last night it seems China is getting with the QE routine as the PBOC announced it would give CNY one trillion in Pledged Support Lending to the China Development Bank. This was the news investors there had been expecting.
There are some signs that one of the hotter real estate markets, San Francisco, is starting to see their housing bubble decline as the chart below reveals.
There are some dramatic occurrences which include, among many other things: the sharpest drop in homeownership in 18 years, per AP 35% or 77M Americans are now badgered by debt collectors per the Urban Institute, median household income continues to decline, according to the Russell Sage Foundation the median American household has lost 1/3 of their wealth over the past 10 years, auto and student loan debt have never been greater, while unemployment is improving we still have problems with many who’ve disappeared from the labor force, while stock markets are much higher since 2007 this has been due to the disappearing effect of QE and now ZIRP sustains markets given cheap interest rates allowing for stock buybacks reducing float, the world hasn’t been this violent is quite some time and so forth.
The stock market continued to move higher setting record after record as investors don’t know what else to do with their money given low alternative yields. However Tuesday markets seemed a little more on edge as so much data will be coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Some are blaming proposed sanctions on Russia but many regard these as light.
Leading market sectors higher included: Healthcare (XLV), Biotech (IBB), Metals & Mining (XME), Telecom (IYZ), Global Telecommications (IXP),South Korea (EWY), Hong Kong (EWH), Coal Producers (KOL), Natural Gas (UNG), Dollar (UUP) and Bonds (TLT).
Leading market sectors lower included: Financials (XLF), Gold Miners (GDX), Materials (XLB), Industrials (XLI), Utilities (XLU), Consumer Staples (XLP), REITS (IYR), Emerging Markets (EEM), Thailand (THD), Turkey (TUR), Brazil (EWZ), Russia (RSX), Solar (TAN), Crude Oil (USO) and Base Metals (DBB).
The top 20 market movers by percentage change in volume whether rising or falling is available daily.
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Volume picked up a little from Monday on afternoon selling. Breadth per the WSJ was negative. (Note: The McClellan Summation Oscillator has shown markets in correction mode for some time now.)
Wednesday leads to ADP Payroll Report, GDP and Fed meeting outcome, Thursday is Jobless Claims Employment Cost Index, and Chicago PMI and Friday Employment Report, Personal Income and Spending, PMI Manufacturing Index, Consumer Sentiment, ISM Mfg Index and Construction Spending.
All the aforementioned data plus earnings and whatever geopolitical events may occur, should fill anyone’s need for economic information.
After the close Twitter (TWTR) reported results which led to the stock climbing nearly 30%.
Let’s see what happens.
Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest and has been covering U.S. and global ETFs since 2001.
He is the author of "Create Your own ETF Hedge Fund: A Do-It-Yourself Strategy for Private Wealth Management" published by Wiley Finance and "The Best ETFs: U.S. Equities, A Companion Guide to Building Your ETF Portfolio".
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|WTI Crude Futr||101.28||0.31||0.31 %||06:30|
|US Dollar||81.31||0.00||0.00 %||17:00|
|Brazil||2532.089||-0.78 %||5.93 %||14.15 %|
|Russia||657.873||-0.28 %||-11.02 %||-16.40 %|
|India||500.739||0.00 %||1.65 %||22.94 %|
|China||66.075||0.45 %||7.45 %||4.71 %|