Daily Market Update – February 2, 2016 (Close)

 

 

 

Daily Market Update – February 2, 2016 (Close)

Yesterday was a pretty nice day on a couple of levels.

Making a trade of any sort was not among those levels, though.

What was nice was that there was actually a small gain on the day and that represented a nice comeback from a sharp decline early in the trading.

What was especially good, however, is that while oil prices were plunging yet again, they didn’t take the market along for the ride.

Even that early decline in the indexes wasn’t anywhere near where it could have been, given oil’s descent and the way the market had been reacting to those kind of declines for the past few months.

So I did get at least one day of the stability that I had been hoping for, but there’s still not enough to really have much in the way of confidence when it comes to putting new money on the line.

But that was yesterday.

This morning the futures were again weak and the day just got worse and worse as oil went lower and lower.

Now, with 3 days left for the week, there’s not much in the way of direction until Friday’s Employment Situation Report is released.

Based on last week’s reaction to the weak GDP, there’s reason to believe that the market would be happy with weak Employment numbers maybe in the hope that then the FOMC wouldn’t go ahead and increase the interest rate any time soon.

Ultimately, that can’t be a recipe for success going forward, but it may be all that the market can really hope for, as earnings by Facebook and Google aren’t going to make up for weak earnings numbers coming from just about everything else and those oil company earnings are very sobering.

Right now, there isn’t really a single sector of the market that is performing well or can inspire any kind of confidence. What started out as less bleak this morning became very bleak in the snap of the finger.

No matter how good Facebook and Google may be, they just don’t reflect anything in the economy, at all. Today brought that lesson home.

This morning’s early futures performance was likely to lead to yet another day of just watching and waiting for some kind of a sign that a bottom is developing and maybe then being prepared to dip a toe. The way the day developed there was still no reason to think that it was yet safe to do anything.

Now we just sit and await Friday and scratch our heads trying to figure out just what investors want.


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Daily Market Update – February 2, 2016

 

 

 

Daily Market Update – February 2, 2016 (7:30 AM)

Yesterday was a pretty nice day on a couple of levels.

Making a trade of any sort was not among those levels, though.

What was nice was that there was actually a small gain on the day and that represented a nice comeback from a sharp decline early in the trading.

What was especially good, however, is that while oil prices were plunging yet again, they didn’t take the market along for the ride.

Even that early decline in the indexes wasn’t anywhere near where it could have been, given oil’s descent and the way the market had been reacting to those kind of declines for the past few months.

So I did get at least one day of the stability that I had been hoping for, but there’s still not enough to really have much in the way of confidence when it comes to putting new money on the line.

This morning the futures are again weak and there may not be much in the way of direction until Friday’s Employment Situation Report is released.

Based on last week’s reaction to the weak GDP, there’s reason to believe that the market would be happy with weak Employment numbers maybe in the hope that then the FOMC wouldn’t go ahead and increase the interest rate any time soon.

Ultimately, that can’t be a recipe for success going forward, but it may be all that the market can really hope for, as earnings by Facebook and Google aren’t going to make up for weak earnings numbers coming from just about everything else.

Right now, there isn’t really a single sector of the market that is performing well or can inspire any kind of confidence.

No matter how good Facebook and Google may be, they just don’t reflect anything in the economy, at all.

This morning’s early futures performance is likely to lead to yet another day of just watching and waiting for some kind of a sign that a bottom is developing and maybe then being prepared to dip a toe.


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Daily Market Update – February 1, 2016 (Close)

 

 

 

Daily Market Update – February 1, 2016 (Close)

There’s no doubt that the finish to last week was a nice one, but you do have to question the reasons for the market’s gain.

Sometimes following a big loss the market just has some sort of reflexive rebound. We’ve been having some of those over the past two months, but most of those have been pretty anemic.

The other reason that the market has gone higher on some rare occasions has been because oil prices moved higher.

That’s not a very good reason to move higher and at some point the market will realize that it may be a reason to move lower.

But it seems that the reason the market may have moved higher on Thursday and Friday was related to news of weakening global economies.

Why else would the Bank of Japan lower their interest rate to below zero?

In your wildest dreams did you ever imagine that you would get paid to borrow money?

But in addition to that came news that the GDP in the United States grew at what could also only be called an anemic pace.

The market looks as if it had gotten back to the belief that a weak economy would mean that the Federal Reserve would be pumping away in support of the economy and then indirectly support of stocks and to the detriment of bonds.

Good theory, but the Federal Reserve may not have quite the same ammunition it had when it first started in its efforts to save markets and the economy about 8 years ago.

This Friday brings the Employment Situation Report and it will be very interesting to see if there are downward adjustments, especially after last month’s blow away number.

In the current frame of mind the market looks as if it would embrace any bad news, just like it had done for much of the last few years.

For the briefest of times it looked as if we were finally growing up and were going to revel in good news, but that may no longer be the case.

This week may be the third successive week with no personal trades.

I’m not hoping for that to be the case, but as there is some weakness in the futures to start the week, I’m not very excited about jumping aboard after the large gains that came to end the previous week.

I was in a frame of mind to not mind seeing some flatness today. Although the day did finish flat, it looked as if it might be yet another sell-off as oil started to plunge again.

But there was a nice recovery in the market, maybe further signaling that the price of oil and the stock market are going to go back to a more normal kind of co-existence.

I hope the flatness continues tomorrow, but is listless all through the day and not just on a net basis  I’d much rather see that than another in a series of large declines or even large gains

I’m not looking for deeper discounts on share price, but rather some reason to believe that a bottom is at least in the formation process.

The gains of Thursday and Friday were a little too much and too fast for very much comfort, so today was just another in that recently familiar stance of just watching.

That may change soon if there’s any evidence of stability, even for just a few days or so.


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Daily Market Update – February 1, 2016

 

 

 

Daily Market Update – February 1, 2016 (9:00 AM)

There’s no doubt that the finish to last week was a nice one, but you do have to question the reasons for the market’s gain.

Sometimes following a big loss the market just has some sort of reflexive rebound. We’ve been having some of those over the past two months, but most of those have been pretty anemic.

The other reason that the market has gone higher on some rare occasions has been because oil prices moved higher.

That’s not a very good reason to move higher and at some point the market will realize that it may be a reason to move lower.

But it seems that the reason the market may have moved higher on Thursday and Friday was related to news of weakening global economies.

Why else would the Bank of Japan lower their interest rate to below zero?

In your wildest dreams did you ever imagine that you would get paid to borrow money?

But in addition to that came news that the GDP in the United States grew at what could also only be called an anemic pace.

The market looks as if it had gotten back to the belief that a weak economy would mean that the Federal Reserve would be pumping away in support of the economy and then indirectly support of stocks and to the detriment of bonds.

Good theory, but the Federal Reserve may not have quite the same ammunition it had when it first started in its efforts to save markets and the economy about 8 years ago.

This Friday brings the Employment Situation Report and it will be very interesting to see if there are downward adjustments, especially after last month’s blow away number.

In the current frame of mind the market looks as if it would embrace any bad news, just like it had done for much of the last few years.

For the briefest of times it looked as if we were finally growing up and were going to revel in good news, but that may no longer be the case.

This week may be the third successive week with no personal trades.

I’m not hoping for that to be the case, but as there is some weakness in the futures to start the week, I’m not very excited about jumping aboard after the large gains that came to end the previous week.

I wouldn’t mind seeing some flatness today and maybe tomorrow, as well. I’d much rather see that than another in a series of large declines.

I’m not looking for deeper discounts on share price, but rather some reason to believe that a bottom is at least in the formation process.

The gains of Thursday and Friday were a little too much and too fast for very much comfort, so today may be another in that recently familiar stance of just watching.


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Dashboard – February 1 – 5, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTIONS

MONDAY:   After 2 consecutive gains on Friday on bad news, looks like oil is back and taking markets lower, but not by too much to start the new month.

TUESDAY:   A gain yesterday, actually made it 3 in a row, was even more impressive given the market’s comeback and against another oil slide. This morning doesn’t look as if it will build on strength, though.

WEDNESDAY:  Another large loss, once again following oil lower has us prepared for another lackluster day today. If a bounce is in store, at least it won’t need to be a big one to bring the week to a break-even point

THURSDAY:  The market made a nice late day recovery yesterday following oil higher. So what else is new. Today the futures are suggesting that there may still be some legs to the gain.

FRIDAY:. The flat early futures trading may mean nothing as the Employment Situation Report is released an hour before the morning bell is set to ring. It’s anyone’s guess how the news will be greeted, but indications are the bad news will be seen as being good.

 

 

 

 

 



 

                                                                                                                                           

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