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  • Rally off and running again...

    In This Issue:

    Rally off and running again...
    Leaders on hold
    Earnings still in the tank
    Home prices still falling but sales off the lows
    Next weekly newsletter June 14...

    Quote of the week
    "There's consternation in the stock market. If we see a pick-up in long-term yields, an economic recovery will be much more difficult. That concern could be enough to halt the recent stock rally."
    - Russ Koesterich Barclays Global Investors, San Francisco

    Rally off and running again...
    Stocks rallied strongly on Tuesday following the Memorial Day holiday based on a strong showing in the Conference Board's consumer confidence indicator which is interesting - we have found this metric to be of little trading value. However, investors chose to ignore the most recent Case-Shiller home price index that showed home prices continue falling at an accelerating rate....
  • Consolidation continues

    In This Issue:

    Rally on hold...
    Leaders move up
    Earnings still weakening
    Builders get more optimistic but no support from data
    Elliott Wave SPX Perspective

    Quote of the week
    "I used to take $300 for the week -- that was walking- around money. Now I take $100 for the week. Forget about ordering sushi for lunch." Former Bear Stearns trader Guy Irace.

    Rally on hold...
    Now ten-weeks old, the rally spent a second consecutive week consolidating, with the standout exception of the emerging market ETF which moved more than 5% higher. Up more than 30% from its March 6 low, the S&P500 index is still 4% above its 50-day moving average....
  • Standing In Front Of A Train

    In This Issue:

    Rally blasts up...
    Leaders fall behind...
    An earnings-deficient recovery?
    Construction spending, ISM and jobs improve
    Last hurrah, then seven lean years?
    Elliott Wave SPX Perspective

    Quote of the week
    "In the U.S., the total market value of housing, commercial real estate, and stocks was about $50 trillion at the peak and fell below $30 trillion at the low.  The original $50 trillion of perceived wealth supported $25 trillion of debt.  This loss of $20-$23 trillion of perceived wealth in the U.S. alone is still enough to deliver a life-changing shock for hundreds of millions of people." 
    - Jeremy Grantham in the GMO Quarterly Newsletter May 2009

    Rally blasts up...
    This rally re-ignited to finish its ninth week of gains pushing the S&P500 up 36% from its March 6 low. More interesting perhaps is the fact that the SPX is showing its first gains for 2009. And stocks are even more overbought than there were last week....
  • Rally takes a breather?

    In This Issue

    Rally takes a breather?
    Leaders bounce back again...
    Earnings forecasts show signs of hope
    Existing and new home sales fall
    Waiting for Case-Shiller
    Treasury demand surges as spending soars

    Quote of the week
    'Tax receipts are just collapsing. [The need to sell more debt] is a big issue in the Treasury market and it is ongoing. The surging budget deficit is the primary cause.' Head Stamford UBS Securities interest-rate strategist Chris Ahrens.

    Rally takes a break?
    It has now been seven weeks since this rally began and this week stocks took a break. Since hitting its low in the first week of March, the S&P500 is up nearly 28%. Last week we mentioned that the S&P500 index was 9.6% above its 50-DMA and that is about where it stayed this week (9.5%) so stocks remain overbought. But indexes are also still banging up against key resistance areas that taken together with how overbought stocks are across the board, increases the chances for a correction. And now this rally is losing momentum. If prices hold up it will show that investor demand and interest in stocks is increasing despite the technicals pointing to a drop. But that must be considered a long shot....
  • Rally now six weeks young...

    In This Issue:

    Rally six weeks old...
    Leaders down... no there back up again...
    Earnings, still not real signs of improvement
    Treasury sales still falling, so are housing permits and starts

    Quote of the week
    "Anyone who is doing anything sensible right now is either losing money or is out of the market entirely," Quant trader "who is seeing something scary in the capital markets" in article by Tyler Durham.

    Rally now six weeks young...
    This rally marked its sixth-week birthday this week. Since hitting its low in the first week of March, the S&P500 is up 28% with Financials leading the pack. But that being said, this and most other major indexes are getting really stretched (overbought) and 89% of the stocks in the SPX index are above their 50-day moving averages (DMA), which is the highest level since mid-2006 according to Bespoke. Last week we mentioned that the index was 8% above its 50-DMA and that extended to 9.6% this week. Another challenge that faces stocks this week is that major indexes are getting close to bumping up against key resistance areas that taken together with how overbought stocks are across the board, increases the chances for a correction....
  • Fifth up week in a row

    In This Issue:

    Rally five weeks old...
    Leaders jump out
    Falling consumer spending in the spotlight
    Still in sell mode but...

    Quote of the week
    "When we look at the systematic financial system we're in, and it affects every country in the world including Canada, I think staying bearish is the route to go," Economist Nouriel Roubini.

    Rally finishes fifth week...
    Stocks finished their fifth consecutive week of gains. Given the weak performances Monday and Tuesday with the S&P500 dropping more than 3%, Thursday's strong close with a gain of nearly 4% was a pleasant surprise for the bulls for a number of reasons. It came on the last trading day of a holiday shortened week and a strong close on the last trading day is a bullish sign. It means that investors are confident enough to hold over the weekend and a long one at that. However, weekly volume was below average and that should be a concern....