Gasoline is up 20% (.24) in 8 days, merry Christmas!
I think/hope some of this nat gas buying is on speculation and short squeezing rather than on the reality that it now costs 150% more than it did last year to heat homes.
This will not affect today’s consumer sentiment reading but will be a major market bummer if it continues into next month.
Until the report at about 9:30-9:50, expect what will either be a dead market bounce or the start of a very nice Friday rally.
I am going to apologize to Sunoco, they may actually be a better buy than COP but Conoco has made more investments in production while SUN has focused on cutting costs on current production. While SUN may rise faster than COP, I still think COP is the stock for the future.
VLO is really primed to pop at the moment as are THE, SLB, CVX and PTEN. There is a great sale on BP today as the Kuwaiti government is selling $2Bn worth of the stock in Europe. Just like with GNW, you have to wait for the dust to settle but this will be a great buy very soon as well!
NFLX has reached a critical juncture right at $27.50. There is a lot of downward pressure on the stock but it has steadfastly refused to cross this line. They have done a great job bringing costs down and they have low churn despite their much vaunted competition.
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LLY is guiding up but, most importantly, they announced that they have no more patent expirations this decade! I really don’t think they could have said anything better outside of a cure for something popular. This coupled with the Merck collapse makes this my Trade of the Day!
I’m sorry I missed this earlier in the week but there is no time like the present. The stock dropped $1 yesterday on unfounded guidance fears so ignore the first dollar of today’s rally in the stock. We need to give them another quarter to run and also we will pay less of the jump with a longer call so I’m going for the April $50 at $5 (no more than a $2 premium) and I will look to offset it by selling the current $55 or, if we are lucky, $60 as soon as the premium hits…
Game on for gold and oil. From the WSJ : "According to a recent study by the World Gold Council, an industry association of the world’s leading gold-mining companies, investment demand for gold rose 56% in the third quarter and is expected to increase further." According to my "poker with the Saudis" scenario, we should get a pretty nice run to the $520 or so range followed by a sudden, viscous pullback. It snowed in NY this weekend so, of course, that means it has just occurred to many traders that we might use some oil this winter so our oil picks are back in play. PTEN, TDW and OII look ripe for a move and SLB may break $100 if the sector is strong (if VLO and XOM are up). I still love my COP $65s but they have not been loving me so I can’t recommend them. Now we know what’s up with BSX, they just made a bid for GDT, trying to steal it from cheapskate JNJ who had the deal locked but then demanded a discount of 15% from Guidant. Now Boston Scientific is offering back around the original price but I think JNJ was right and that BSX is overpaying so I am going to make make BSX my Trade of The Day as a put. Anything above the 50 dma of $25 will be a gift on this stock, there will be big volume, so that’s not an if – which means if it breaks $24.75 then the Jan $25 put will be a nice gamble as long as it is not for more than the 1.60 that the $27.50 was going for on Friday. BSX is a $22Bn company trying to swallow GDT at $25Bn and it is very, very likely that over the next few days, someone will have a problem with that! On the other side of this trade, any chance to buy GDT for less than $70 is also a gift as analysts will jump on the bandwagon to claim $72 is a fair price for the company. DELL has made a nice, slow rising consolodation and looks to be primed for a nice move. I think they are a very safe bet to stay at or above the 50 dma of $31. HPQ has doubled for the year and Dell has dropped 50%, anyone who buys computers knows that…
Too much mal-invested, Fed-fueled, hope-driven "if we build it, they will buy it" inventory... and not enough actual demand. This has never, ever, ended well in the past - so why is this time different?
At 1.32x, the December inventories/sales ratio is drasticallyhigher than at year-end 2014 and is back at levels that have always coincided with recessions...
And just in case you needed more convincing that all is not well - the current spread between sales and inventories is now at a record absolute high...
When assets reach prior highs, its time to pay attention from a Risk On & Risk Off basis.
The chart on the left is Silver, going back to the mid 1970’s. As you can see it reached $50 in the early 1980’s and then quickly reversed, losing over 90% of its value in the next 14-years. Then it embarked on a rally, starting in the early 1990’s. This rally took Silver back to the $50 level in 2011, which ended up being a “Double Top” nearly 30-years later. After hitting the $50 level again, buyers disappeared and sellers stepped forward....
It was another bloody week in the stock market (S&P 500 index dropped -3.1%), and any half-glass full data was interpreted as half-empty. The week was epitomized by a Citigroup report entitled “World Economy Trapped in a Death Spiral.” A sluggish monthly jobs report on Friday, which registered a less than anticipated addition of 151,000 jobs, painted a we...
Greg Ip had a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussing the debt burden in the USA and how low interest rates have “moved back” the “hands on the doomsday debt clock”. The article touches on the important topic of entitlement spending and whether it’s sustainable, but does so in a manner that misleads readers about why this might be a problem.
For instance, Ip says that “higher federal borrowing puts upward pressure on interest rates”. This is classic “crowding out”,...
Tech averages had the weakest start, Powerful gap downs had set things off, but buyers were able to make a comeback into the close. However, morning gaps remain. Volume climbed to register as distribution, which for the Nasdaq was the second day of distribution in a row.
The Nasdaq 100 is on the fiftth day of selling in a row. The August swing low wasn't fully tested. Bulls will be looking for a bullish 'morning star' where today's candlestick 'hammer' is followed by an opening gap, then a rally for the rest of the day. Should this emerge, then a move to test 4,300 is next. If there is a weak open, then any chance for a bullish 'hammer' based on today's action is signifi...
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Throughout the past 30 days of wild volatility, here’s what I didn’t do.
Panic. Worry. Sell.
In fact, the best I did was add to a couple of positions yesterday. The world was already in an uncertain state for the past 3+ years. It’s just that with the market rising, we pushed the issue to the back of our mind and ignored it.
A number of systemic, structural forces are intersecting in 2016. One is the rise of non-state, non-central-bank-issued crypto-currencies.
We all know money is created and distributed by governments and central banks. The reason is simple: control the money and you control everything.
The invention of the blockchain and crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have opened the door to non-state, non-central-bank currencies--money that is global and independent of any state or central bank, or indeed, any bank, as crypto-currencies are structurally peer-to-peer, meaning they don't require a bank to function: people can exchange crypto-currencies to pay for goods and services without a bank acting as a clearinghouse for all these transactions.
Last year, the S&P 500 large caps closed 2015 essentially flat on a total return basis, while the NASDAQ 100 showed a little better performance at +8.3% and the Russell 2000 small caps fell -5.9%. Overall, stocks disappointed even in the face of modest expectations, especially the small caps as market leadership was mostly limited to a handful of large and mega-cap darlings.
Notably, the full year chart for the S&P 500 looks very much like 2011. It got off to a good start, drifted sideways for...
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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).
Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself.
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