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Freak Out Friday

Mega Deals, Scandal, Terror – oh my! The great wheel of news is spinning like a top today and it will be great to see how the market takes it. We have, of course, the Sears Tower Plot – is it good that we caught guys or is it bad that there are guys to catch? We also have Anadarko buying KMG in a $22Bn deal that indicated the oil sector is hellishly undervalued plus we have an possible insider trading scandal at hedge fund Pequot which could rock that industry (I mean if your hedge fund can’t trade on inside information what is the point?). So we SHOULD have the oil sector rockin and rolling on this news – great for the XOM calls that we picked up right at the bottom in yesterday’s comments. With big terror back in the forefront, I am pretty confident in the oil calls but not much else today as any of those stories can be interpreted badly but I will be very excited if we pull an up day out of this mess. Even a flattish consolidation would be nice but it is possible that this news could be the catalyst the market needs for a huge sell-off that sends all the nervous types back to bonds. We still need to see the Dow close above 11.100 and avoid falling below 10,900.

The S&P is still in big trouble if it can’t get over 1,260 as that is still well below the Jan open. The Nasdaq, like I said the other day, is a lost cause until it crosses 2,230 – over 100 points away before we can say we are back on a positive track and even that would be 70 points below the year’s open. Asia is flat but had none of this news during their trading hours so there is no indication there but Europe is flat in early trading, probably waiting for the US to set some direction. If I had a few Billion under management I would certainly be waiting for at least the weekend before making any purchases as terror issues have killed the market time and again since 9/11 but also there have been great recoveries after most of those drops. So I am really rooting for a massive sell-off today that will finally put a floor in this market but I will still…
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Thursday Wrap-Up

Well that wasn’t so bad – it certainly could have been better but at least it wasn’t worse.

The Dow gave back 1/3 of yesterday’s gain and the Nasdaq and S&P lost about half but the candles were engulfed bullishly and I have decided to stop worrying about volume as it’s Summertime and it’s sort of normal.

We are waiting for Oracle earnings which is a very silly thing to watch as they are no longer the market maker they once were but old traders think so and they have all the money so we pay attention anyway.

I am alarmed at the movement of rates this week with the 10 and 30 year hitting 5.25ish ahead of next week’s Fed meeting. The Yen gained a point against the Dollar today so flat commodity pricing is a sign of weakening there.

I got out of my QQQQ puts this afternoon as I think we may get a little bounce into the weekend but, unfortunately, it will likely be led by the normal energy sector Friday bounce rather than by any new leadership.


GM is telling people things are getting better (only going to lose $1Bn this quarter?) and the lemmings went crazy, driving the stock up 4%.

Google is dumping it’s 2% BIDU position, knocking 5% off that price and they took a little hit themselves as it had been hoped they would get closer with China’s market leader – not have a breakup.

ADBE actually did improve upon it’s open but the $30s closed at $1.60 (up 165%), only .10 up from the open but the stock continues to look strong.

AAPL had a very strong day going against the grain. The Jan $55s are already $10.90 (up 15%) while the $60s have only gained .35 to $2.85. It is tempting to close this position now and pocket the $1.15 profit in this crazy market but I’m going to hold and possibly roll my sale into the $62.50s if all goes well.

Remember on Tuesday I said I didn’t like the McDonald’s deal in China? This is what happens to people who wait to read my column by mail!

BBY held up all right as it can’t be denied that people are still buying stuff. The $55s are right back where we started at $1.

MOT $20s lost 25% this week to .65 and I…
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Thursday Morning

Asia was up huge! The Hang Seng picked up 167 points and the Nikkei ran up 3.3% in one day for a 491 point gain. I watched this last night and I started to get excited but then I realized that this is what strong markets do, spectacular recoveries on huge volume – this is not what our market is doing. Also, if you look at what is working in Japan it is exporters and electronic firms and construction companies (remember we talked about the massive building in Asia). Effectively the Nikkei had a 1,250 point recovery (35%) in 6 sessions following a 3,500 point drop since May 9, very close to the Fibonacci expectation of 38%. The Dow has had a 470 point recovery (48%) in 6 sessions following a 972 point drop since 5/10.

We must have follow through today or we only confirming the market’s weakness. Europe is up about half a point across the board but there is a lot of grumbling that the Fed is overtightening and throwing us into a recession but the reality is they have no choice as the dollar continues to decline putting further pressure on commodity prices. Oil is up to almost $71 again not because of supply/demand or terror issues but because the dollar is falling apart again. Right now commodities are caught between a falling dollar and a long range outlook that we may be heading into an economic slowdown and rising commodity prices will damage profits and bring about that same slowdown so it’s a bad merry go round the Fed has gotten us on. I restate yesterday’s position that without the S&P making a firm cross over 1,260 this is no rally at all and I am looking more at shorting this week’s winners than jumping on the bandwagon at this point. Sorry if this is not a bright and sunny view but I’m really going to have to give this another day to see what happens.


In general, airlines make great shorts today as British Airways lost 15% this morning on news of a scandal involving price fixing which is bound to ripple across the Atlantic. I’m going to wait a bit hoping these puts will come down in price as UBS picked today to give a general upgrade to the airline industry. CAL Aug $25 puts are $1.10 and won’t…
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Wednesday Wrap-Up

OK so I called the top of the Nasdaq 15 minutes early in comments – other than that it was a pretty good day…

The fact that I bought $39 QQQQ puts for .80 and again at .70 should tell you what I thought of today’s action. The S&P did not make 1,260, pulling back 50% of today’s gain by the close. The Dow could not hold 11,100 and the Nasdaq picked up “just” 30 points after a 10 point drop in the last hour.

Although the SOX had a good day they also banged off resistance at 460 pretty hard and the rally was the worst kind, led by Oil, commodities and financials – the same things that got us into the mess we were in last year.

MOT barely moved on its upgrade and GE couldn’t hold positive and Apple only gained .39 for the day – this is not a rally people!

Oil shot up to $70.33 and gold ran back to $590 on a declining dollar which hit resistance along the 50 dma. Failure of the dollar here can be a huge problem, another reason the Fed can’t afford to stop.

Oil inventories showed crude supplies at an 8 year high but demand was stronger than expected so everyone who sells oil is doing great. Now we have to stop wathcing supplies and start watching demand numbers because any sign of a cool summer, slowing economy or demand destruction will now have a lot more to do with sector performance than the price of oil.


MS had a heck of a day today but flatlined at $60 before pulling back to $59.48. Even if you didn’t take my advice and sell in the morning the $55s finished at $5 (up 50%).

After quite a jump on Monday and Tuesday, PLA pulled back to $9.09 (down .11) in an afternoon drop.

I really hope we get a follow through tomorrow but, on the other hand, I do have a bet against it but either way I think we may get an idea of true market sentiment tomorrow.

Watchful Wednesday

Asia was flat as the BOJ finally said they will, in fact, cancel their zero-interest rate policy “before the end of the summer.” It remains to be seen how devastating this will be to the global economy but the scale goes from bad to total economic meltdown – there is not even a spot for good as a possible outcome. The only rainbow I can see is that this move, like our own Fed, has been anticipated to the point where it may already be baked into the market prices and could even explain the global correction we’ve been having.

Europe is not taking the news well and is off about a point. Sentiment is so bad over there that AHO sold off this morning after reporting a Q1 profit increase of 76%, 15% ahead of estimates.

Sentiment is so negative on the semis that PHG should get a huge bump today on news that they are selling off their semi-conductor division!

If we are going to have a turn, today would almost have to be the day as further deterioration could lead to total capitulation by the bulls. Another day from the Dow that ends below 10,900 will certainly lead to another test of 10,700 in short order. The S&P is also more likely to test 1.220 again than it is to retake 1,260 and the Nasdaq could literally gain 50 points in one day and still be considered a lost cause.

FDX had great earnings but left guidance flat but flat is up 25% from last year so anything less than $112 today will be a major disappointment and yet another sign that there is no way to win in this market.

It’s oil inventory day and the reaction of the oil sector will probably set the tone for the markets after 10:30. I pointed out over the weekend how ethanol is actually adding .25 per gallon to the price of gas but it is now up to $5.75 per gallon, a 15% increase in just 2 days! That is the wholesale price!!! The wholesale price of gasoline is $1.94 a gallon, pre-tax, pre-mandatory ethanol blend – plus we subsidize the ethanol with our taxes so about .50 per gallon can now be blamed on idiotic policy makers.

The ethanol market is so out of control right now that you can buy it in Iowa (where there is…
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Tuesday Tear Down

Another day to stay out of the markets, luckily we called it right on the nose this morning as there was no money to be made with the indices finishing pretty much where they started after an exciting false start in the morning.

11,050 is becoming a problem spot for the Dow and the Nasdaq still can’t get out of it’s own way, dragged down by the SOX as usual.

Also as expected, the S&P mirrored the movement of the oil sector to the point where you could almost apply the valero rule to SPY. What has happened is that oil and other commodities have just grown to take up far too much of the S&P and it will take a long and painful correction before other sectors can regain a dominant position:

Oil is back to being manipulated as it went up .70 by 11:30, plunged over $1 to $68.75 by 1:00 before “recovering” back to a very false looking close at $69.35.

Nothin’ spells lovin’ for nuclear war like G-O-L-D and the Korean missile news was just enough for that market to make a nice recovery, also from a morning dip. $560 is forming somewhat of a base and is close enough to my target that I’m looking at miners again. Also, GOLD (the stock) has really started to become a great leading indicator. You could have used its turns for a buy and sell signal on GG or AU today and done very well:

As expected, GG outperformed the sector with a 3.5% gain on the day but slumping oil prices may put a small brake on a gold rally so we need to wait for inventories to clear out. NEM is lagging right now. NAK has been rolling quietly along throughout the gold drop and has radically outperformed since my mid-may pick!


CAT was thankfully a don’t short at the open above $70 as they had a great day today, gaining 1.5%.

AAPL threatened but fell back and today would have been a perfect day to enter our income producing position.

ADBE continues to try to ignore the rest of the market but I’m not sure they can keep it up. The $30s ran up to $1 (up 66%) before pulling back to .90 at the close.

The LVS Sept $60 puts did come down to…
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Tuesday Morning

Yesterday was a day I was glad I stayed away from. I’ve taken on a major project as the market is less fun than it was so I may not be making 2 posts a day, especially on a day when nothing happens worth discussing.

4 times in a row, Monday is a very bad day for the markets.

The temptation to short was overwhelming but the market may have bottomed in the afternoon with another one of those little bounces. The Dow came off the 200 dma of 10,900 but finished below 11,000 while the Nasdaq seemed to pause around 2,110 and the S&P decided 1,240 was far enough for one day. Even the NYSE broke below its 200 dma of 7,920 so that’s a level to watch on the upside.

We are back on Dow watch as it has to hold 10,900 to avoid a total meltdown while the S&P has a big climb back to 1,260 and the Nasdaq is OVER 100 points away from the 200 dma of 2,230!

In short, although we expect a bounce we are still clearly underwater and the ice above looks pretty thick and things look grim indeed.

The panic of the week is North Korea announcing they are going to test a missle that can reach the US so we have that to worry about now and, as usual, Condi is on TV warning about “serious consequences.” I think the US is starting to sound like that old man who’s always yelling at kids to stay off his nuclear lawn. He says it all the time and they do it all the time.

Another nail in the coffin of the markets was a terrible housing report that revived fears of a housing collapse and sent builders all the way back to last weeks open, erasing what little gains they made Thursday and Friday. The fact is that housing starts were actually up 5% last month although permits have dropped slightly so we don’t have quite the oversupply people fear.

Asia moved down again with the Nikkei losing 200 points and the Hang Seng dropping 160 points Europe is slightly down this morning, acting very wary of the US open (as should we all!).

It will be hard to get anything going ahead of next week’s Fed meeting and, at this point, we really need a nice healthy 700 point drop…
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Monday Morning

Just got back from the weekend so I will wrap up last week by saying good riddance!

There, now that that’s taken care of, let’s see where we are…

Asia traded down a bit as the US markets have confused them as well. China is making moves to slow growth by tightening the money supply. Europe had a good open but is selling off into our open as everyone is wondering what will happen in the US now that the expirations are over and there are just 10 trading days left in the quarter.

Intel got another upgrade as geniuns analysts come to realize that perhaps they shouldn’t have lost 40% of their market value this year. We will see how much it helps to guage the temperature of the market in general.

Let’s not forget that the S&P failed to get back to 1,260 last week so until we are firmly over that mark I won’t be buying a thing outside of a day trade. The Nasdaq is still a mile below anything that can be classified as a recovery and any downward motion there will get me shorting last weeks “recoveries.” We don’t care what the Dow does as money flowing in there could just be a “flight to quality” as investors look for somewhere safe to park their money.

It goes without saying that the Dow dropping below 11,100 would be disastrous.

There was too much of a commodity boost in last week’s rally and the same stocks could lead us the other way this week. It’s still all about the SOX and hopefully Intel can lead a recovery there but if 460 forms a barrier there, then the Nasdaq will suffer.

Oil is down right around $69 as yet another weekend goes by without the world ending – can we keep the streak going? Tune in next Monday to find out (or not as the case may be). Rhetoric alone is just not cutting it anymore as Iran has made inflamatory statements but no one seems to care anymore.

Gold is also off as the world makes it to another Monday but I think the dollar is running out of steam so look for gold to follow oil whichever way it goes on a roughly 10:1 ratio. Mining stocks are still way oversold but I want to see gold firmly over $585 before even considering it.…
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