Daily Market Update – September 27, 2016 (Close)

 

 

Daily Market Update – September 27, 2016 (Close)


Markets looked as if they were going to open on the calm side this morning after posting two consecutive triple digit losses for the first time since the Brexit vote.

There wasn’t much of a reason for either of the past two declining days, just as there’s not too much reason for any significant moves for the rest of the week, except perhaps Friday.

Of course, when there’s no reason, there’s reason to suspect just the opposite and that was again the case today, but this time in a different direction.

Today, it looked as if the markets may have taken their cue from Asian markets, but the buying accelerated as oil began falling, on news that it wasn’t too likely that anyone could agree on production cut backs.

That, at least, was nice to see.

Finally, a normal response to a supply side glut of oil.

With that done, maybe the market will gravitate toward calmness until Friday. That’s when the GDP is released and a surprising number could really move markets that are now expecting that there will be an interest rate increase in December. That would probably require some positive economic news and the GDP is a good place to start, especially if there are some upward revisions.

In the meantime, there are still lots of Federal reserve members set to speak this week and any of them has the power to move markets, even if only for a few hours until a counter-position is voiced.

With a purchase of shares yesterday that happened to be ex-dividend today, I don’t expect to be spending much more money this week, unless it looks as if I will be able to realize some new cash from those positions whose short option contracts expire this week.

There’s little reason to expect any sustained move higher while we await December, but with earnings about to start again in 2 weeks, it will be interesting to see whether or not companies are seeing anything hopeful ahead.

Any optimistic guidance would be welcomed enthusiastically by markets, as it has been a really long time since companies have pointed toward better times ahead.

With corporate earnings less buoyed by buybacks, sooner or later investors are going to demand earnings that are actually real earnings and those investors are very likely to reward real earnings improvements.

You would think that if the FOMC projects that the economy should be able to warrant a small increase in interest rates that there would be some good corporate earnings news ahead, as well.

But that still remains to be seen and I think that may still be another quarter into the future before companies start going out on a limb and say that the future looks better.


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Daily Market Update – September 27, 2016

 

 

Daily Market Update – September 27, 2016 (7:30 AM)


Markets look as if they’re going to open on the calm side this morning after posting two consecutive triple digit losses for the first time since the Brexit vote.

There wasn’t much of a reason for either of the past two declining days, just as there’s not too much reason for any significant moves for the rest of the week, except perhaps Friday.

That’s when the GDP is released and a surprising number could really move markets that are now expecting that there will be an interest rate increase in December. That would probably require some positive economic news and the GDP is a good place to start, especially if there are some upward revisions.

In the meantime, there are still lots of Federal reserve members set to speak this week and any of them has the power to move markets, even if only for a few hours until a counter-position is voiced.

With a purchase of shares yesterday that happened to be ex-dividend today, I don’t expect to be spending much more money this week, unless it looks as if I will be able to realize some new cash from those positions whose short option contracts expire this week.

There’s little reason to expect any sustained move higher while we await December, but with earnings about to start again in 2 weeks, it will be interesting to see whether or not companies are seeing anything hopeful ahead.

Any optimistic guidance would be welcomed enthusiastically by markets, as it has been a really long time since companies have pointed toward better times ahead.

With corporate earnings less buoyed by buybacks, sooner or later investors are going to demand earnings that are actually real earnings and those investors are very likely to reward real earnings improvements.

You would think that if the FOMC projects that the economy should be able to warrant a small increase in interest rates that there would be some good corporate earnings news ahead, as well.

But that still remains to be seen and I think that may still be another quarter into the future before companies start going out on a limb and say that the future looks better.


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Daily Market Update – September 26, 2016 (Close)

 

 

Daily Market Update – September 26, 2016 (Close)


There really isn’t very much happening this week.

Earnings are just about over and the FOMC Statement has now been released.

What we do have is the release of the GDP on Friday and that may offer the first bit of proof that perhaps an interest rate increase may be warranted.

But what we really have this week are 12 speeches by voting and non-voting members of the FOMC.

Each of those will believe that he or she holds proprietary rights to the truth, but the real truth is that only the final speaker, Janet Yellen, will matter.

The further truth, though, is that she may matter a little bit less, as everyone is just getting more vocal and of their own minds,

With 6 of the speeches coming from voting members and the majority of those coming from interest rate hawks, it may be an interesting week of back and forths as the speakers jockey for their spot in the sun.

Today, however, what really weighed upon markets were foreign banks, specifically news that Deutsche Bank may not be in line to get any help from the German government in the event that it is short on capital. That weighed heavily on our own banking stocks and it is hard for US markets to move ahead if the financial sector isn’t feeling up to it.

That explains some of what we saw today, as the market closed on its lows, never really making any sincere effort to do anything better than a triple digit loss.

I have a couple of ex-dividend positions this week and a couple of expiring positions and cash in my pocket.

I didn’t feel a great sense of urgency to spend any of that money, but I knew that i could easily get pulled in.

And I did, but mostly for more dividend.

At the moment, my hope is that the expiring positions end up adding to my cash reserve and making up for the decision to actually spend some money today.

I wouldn’t mind a little bit more of a sell-off this week, as long as those 2 positions can still continue to do something worthwhile.

Both were hit in today’s sell off, but not to the degree that the market was hit, so we’re still in the running for something.

I don’t expect to be doing much of anything this week other than watching the markets possibly gyrate as we wonder when the 0.25% hammer will finally come down on us.

0.25%.

That’s what potential panic is all based upon.

How strange this market continues to be.


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Daily Market Update – September 26, 2016

 

 

Daily Market Update – September 26, 2016 (8:30 AM)


There really isn’t very much happening this week.

Earnings are just about over and the FOMC Statement has now been released.

What we do have is the release of the GDP on Friday and that may offer the first bit of proof that perhaps an interest rate increase may be warranted.

But what we really have this week are 12 speeches by voting and non-voting members of the FOMC.

Each of those will believe that he or she holds proprietary rights to the truth, but the real truth is that only the final speaker, Janet Yellen, will matter.

The further truth, though, is that she may matter a little bit less, as everyone is just getting more vocal and of their own minds,

With 6 of the speeches coming from voting members and the majority of those coming from interest rate hawks, it may be an interesting week of back and forths as the speakers jockey for their spot in the sun.

I have a couple of ex-dividend positions this week and a couple of expiring positions and cash in my pocket.

I don’t feel a great sense of urgency to spend any of that money, but I could easily get pulled in.

At the moment, my hope is that the expiring positions end up adding to my cash reserve.

I wouldn’t mind a little bit of a sell-off this week, as long as those 2 positions can still continue to do something worthwhile.

I don’t expect to be doing much of anything this week other than watching the markets possibly gyrate as we wonder when the 0.25% hammer will finally come down on us.

0.25%.

That’s what potential panic is all based upon.

How strange this market continues to be.


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Dashboard – September 26 – 30, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTIONS

MONDAY:   Lots of Federal reserve talking going on this week and a GDP release, which could offer the first really strong justification for the expected interest rate hike

TUESDAY:   Markets look to be calm to start the morning after two consecutive triple digit losses for the first time in 3 months

WEDNESDAY: Big down day to start the week and a big up day to follow. That made it 3 big days in a row. Today may be the breather, but we still have GDP on Friday to possibly shake things up again

THURSDAY:  Busy, busy day today. No less than 6 Federal reserve speakers today, including Janet Yellen and the GDP, following the fourth consecutive triple digit move. This morning, though, is completely flat, as oil ruled yesterday after not doing so the previous day

FRIDAY:. Lots of ups and downs this week as oil has suddenly taken center stage again as talk about interest rates seems to have waned.


 

 



 

                                                                                                                                           

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