Courtesy of John Nyaradi
Sabres were rattling on the Korean Penninsula today while Europe’s troubles percolated on the back burner and U.S. markets meandered in lighter than average pre-Christmas volume.
South Korea conducted its drills in spite of dire North Korean warnings but the ripples of the conflict spread across the region as the Shanghai Composite (SSEC) dropped -1.4%, bringing its decline from early November perilously close to the -10% marker for an official “correction.”
On the other side of the world, Europe continued struggling with its debt problems as Moody’s downgraded Anglo Irish Bank to junk status and Portugal and Greece continue attracting the negative attention of the ratings agencies. In France, the cost of insuring debt rose to record highs while the Euro declined over concerns of the ongoing banking stress in the Union.
At home, all was quiet on the Western Front as the dollar (UUP) gained, the long bond(TLT) declined and the Dow (DIA) slipped into the red while the S&P 500 (SPY) remaisn near two year highs.
On the technical side of market analysis, we remain in a sideways consolidation, unable to break higher while finding solid support just below current levels. Momentum continues to wane and the action in China could have bearish implications as the Shanghai Composite is being seen by more and more analysts as a leading indicator as that country’s global economic clout continues to grow.
At Wall Street Sector Selector, we remain in the “Yellow Flag” mode, expecting choppy to lower prices ahead.
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