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Posted on 2/27/2009

Top Sectors 

MG113,Agricultural Chemicals

MG528,Medical Practitionersi
MG738,Auto Parts Stores
MG739,Catalog & Mail Order Houses
MG741,Sporting Goods Stores
MG852,Internet Information Providers
Bottom Sectors
MG328,Office Supplies
MG629,Textile Manufacturing
MG637,General Contractors
MG712,Resorts & Casinos

Breadth and other bullish tales

My morning reading...... 

Dollar Is Best Looker in Ugly-Currency Parade: Michael R. Sesit 

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Last month, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin labeled the world’s reliance on the dollar “dangerous” and called for an “irreversible switchover” to a system of multiple reserve currencies.

Dream on, Mr. Putin.

To end the dollar’s reserve currency role, you need a replacement. There is none. The euro is a multinational creation, belonging to no specific country and adopted by 16 nations, several of which are economic basket cases. The yen and the pound aren’t used enough in international trade and financial transactions. China’s yuan isn’t freely traded or exchangeable.

What’s more, bulging budget deficits, massive borrowing programs, runaway spending, a crippled economy, a dysfunctional banking system, and rock-bottom central-bank interest rates would ordinarily sound the death knell for a currency.

Not the dollar. Not this time. And certainly not because the greenback is a particularly good-looking investment. On the contrary, it is the least unattractive of the collection of ugly sisters that populate the world’s major currency markets.




The bullish case

Let's start with the notion that fresh and new bear market lows have been seen in the past week. This is not entirely true, believe it or not.
Not only is there one index that did not break below its Nov. 20 low, it just happens to be the most comprehensive of all stock market averages. I am referring to the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 index (97199001, which represents the combined market capitalizations of virtually all publicly traded stocks in the United States.
And at least according to this broadest of all stock market indexes, the low of the bear market that began 18 months ago occurred last Nov. 20. As of Thursday night, the total-return version of this index was 2.8% above that closing low of three months ago.
That's not a huge margin of safety, to be sure, especially given the stock market's extraordinary recent volatility. But, until and unless the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 index breaks below its Nov. 20 low, it remains at least plausible to argue that the bear market ended then.
How can it be that the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 has consistently remained ahead of its Nov. 20 level even while the Dow and the S&P 500 have dropped below it? The answer is that the smallest-cap issues have performed markedly better over the past three months than the largest-cap stocks.

It is time to check in with the market monitor breadth.  Here is the S&P 500.  Notice that we are not back down at the extreme depths of the market monitor breadth indicator, suggesting that there is some healing going on.  We are not out of the woods yet, but it will take something drastic for us to get a whole lot lower.

Reason to hope for stock market investors

It is easy to be sceptical about shares right now given their woeful performance, but the analysts who have just finished writing the 2009 Barclays Equity Gilt Study give reason for hope.

Firstly, the underperformance of shares has nothing to do with the asset class per se. Secondly, it says the macroeconomic environment has little influence on shares, which is a cheery thought given the deepening global recession.

Even corporate profitability, you might be surprised to learn, isn't the deciding factor on whether a share outperforms or not.

The study concludes that the "brutal" lesson will can learn from the past 10 years is that valuations are the core determinant of equity market returns.

Its research suggests that the reason shares have had such an abysmal ride over the past decade is that they were overvalued. Through the good times we were paying too much to get access to bumper profits.

"When the surge in growth ended abruptly in 2008, equity prices fell in line with the actual and expected decline in profits.

Expensive valuations therefore caused equity returns to underperform profits following the 2001 slowdown and then did the same during the ensuing boom, while finally failing to provide a cushion when the business cycle turned down," the study concludes.

You can probably guess where the Barclays mob are going with this, so if you are considering stuffing your spare cash under your mattress, keeping it in a savings account despite the dismal rates of interest, or even following the herd and piling into bonds, then bear this in mind.

The authors of the study believe that equity valuations will fall a little further and remain low for a while, before recovering late in the decade. Meanwhile, bonds' rising yields will "self-evidently" damage returns. The end result is that equities will outperform bonds over the next 10 years.


Beware prophets of doom – the numbers don't stack up

While the financial news may seem unremittingly bleak, medium- to long-term investors should remember that the experts who predict gloom today did not see the current crisis coming – and may not see the recovery, either.

The other day I was in the opticians for my annual check-up and in walked a former next-door neighbour, a builder who retired a few years ago. He wondered if I had retired too and was surprised I was still at work.

He wondered why. I said I wanted to see out the stockmarket recovery, in which my investments would grow significantly over the next three years. He said it wasn't just my eyes that needed testing.

According to him, everybody knows we won't see a recovery of economies or stockmarkets in our lifetimes. Obviously he believes the experts who pump out the bad news that surround us right now. These are the same experts who last summer advised us property was a key investment for our retirement savings.

They're the same ones who confidently told us the US dollar would plummet. And who predicted gold, when it was at £1,000 an ounce, would double over the next 12 months. As oil hit over $145 a barrel, the same experts predicted it was heading to $200 and higher with continuing prices in hard and soft commodities.

Every one of these predictions ended up wide of the mark. History tells us that when all the experts are agreed, it's time to take a different view. It tells us to be afraid when things look too good and to be optimistic when things look too bad.


The world's strangest laws

In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.


In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk

In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.

In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.

In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

 In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.

 In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

No follow through

Posted on 2/26/2009
  • Market could not put a second day of rally together. After a morning gap down, there was a brief attempt at a rally. But it failed in last hour.
  • Market continues to be news driven. The uncertainty surrounding bank rescue package is creating wild swings. 
  • There is lot of chatter about timid Tim. Most mark participants seems to be losing confidence in Timothy Geithner. Bloomberg had a long aticle about him yesterday.
  • If you look at the sector trends, the top sectors  are:
    • MG513,Drugs-Generic
    • MG528,Medical Practitioners
    • MG725,Broadcasting-Radio
    • MG738,Auto Parts Stores
    • MG739,Catalog & Mail Order Houses
    • MG741,Sporting Goods Stores
    • MG852,Internet Information Providers
  • Stocks out of these showing some life are :
    • MYL
    • WPI
    • GOOG
    • PCLN
    • AKAM
    • SOHU
    • AZO
    • AAP
    • ORLY
    • AMZN
    • CAB
  • The technology sector has been relatively outperforming the broad market for sometime.
  • The bottom sector are:
    • MG313,Housewares & Accessories
    • MG325,Paper & Paper Products
    • MG328,Office Supplies
    • MG444,Reit-Hotel/Motel
    • MG629,Textile Manufacturing
    • MG712,Resorts & Casinos
    • MG771,Major Airlines

Reflex bounce

Posted on 2/25/2009
  • As expected market bounced back strong today after multi day down move. Volume on the move was higher than Monday volume.
  • It was a good set up for a reflex bounce. Market was going down for almost 10 days without respite. Most mean reversion systems were signaling a buy. 
  • When market go down a lot and general mood becomes pessimistic and those late to short selling start becoming bold, then market has one of these reflex bounce. Heavily shorted and beaten down sectors tend to rally in such bounces.
  • 12 sectors were up 10% or more
  1. MG412,Regional-Northeast Banks
  2. MG413,Regional-Mid Atlantic Banks
  3. MG414,Regional-Southeast Banks
  4. MG415,Regional-Midwest Banks
  5. MG423,Asset Management
  6. MG425,Credit Services
  7. MG442,Reit-Office
  8. MG444,Reit-Hotel/Motel
  9. MG631,Residential Construction
  10. MG712,Resorts & Casinos
  11. MG742,Toy & Hobby Stores
  12. MG832,Semiconductor-Memory Chips
  • If you look at them, all most all are beaten down sectors.
  • As expected the Gold and Silver sector were the two sectors down more than 5% today. These kind of defensive sectors are always vulnerable to pullback in such reflex bounces.

Have you seen Timothy Geithner

Posted on 2/24/2009
Since his debut speech which was widely panned he has been AWOL.

These are difficult times for economic policy makers, especially given what the new Administration inherited. But after five weeks of watching the repeated muffs of the Obama financial team, we're inclined to recall Casey Stengel's famous crack about the 1962 New York Mets: "Can't anyone here play this game?"
The latest example came yesterday, when equity markets showed early strength after a dreadful week when they had fallen nearly 6%. Then investors started to absorb a three-paragraph morning statement from five branches of the Obama financial regulatory team asserting that the government "stands firmly behind the banking system during this period of financial strain to ensure it will be able to perform its key function of providing credit to households and businesses." Stocks headed south around 10 a.m. and didn't stop until they'd lost another 3.4% or so. The nearby chart of the Dow since Election Day is a running tally of ebbing confidence in the new Administration.

Yesterday's statement continued the Obama Treasury's pattern of promising undefined "help" at a time when people are as frightened of the government as they are of anything else. Amid the continuing gloom, the message that investors hear when all five regulators line up as a phalanx is: Uh, oh, things must be worse than we thought. All the more so when those same regulators still aren't offering any specific plans for moving ahead, much less any vision for where they want the financial system to end up.

10% Below 21 day average

Research shows that when Dow Jones goes 10% below its 21 day MA, it tends to produce a reflex bounce. These kind of occurences are rare.Such occurences on DJ and happen only during major bear markets. They tend to produce reflex bounces. Or bear markets end after such occurrences.We are in a once in a generation bear market so all such past research is not very helpful. But a reflex bounce is a possibility here.

In the chart below green spikes indicate where DJ is 10% below the 21 day MA.

Green Spike= (C / AVGC21)<=.90

Anatomy of the bear: Lessons from Wall Street's Four Great Bottoms

Posted on 2/20/2009
  • We are in a once in a lifetime bear market. Since 1825 this is the only second time market has fallen so much. You can look at it as a big problem or big opportunity. If you hold your nerves and preserve capital, you may have one of the biggest booms coming few years down the line. 
  • I have been reading the book Anatomy of the Bear: Lessons from Wall Street's Four Great Bottoms. In 1931  the market dropped 43%. 1932 was a very interesting year with  stomach churning moves. 
  • YearReturn
  • The 8 % drop in 1932 does not show you the drama behind the move. The market dropped 57% before recovering complete move. Everyone talks about the 1932 drop of 43%, but no one talks about the 33% plus gains in 1933, 1935 and 1936. It is human nature to focus on bearish periods and misery. 

Stocks down 50% plus in a month

AMR,Amr Corporation (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
APPY,AspenBio Pharma Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
BANR,Banner Corporation (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CENX,Century Aluminum Company (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
COF,Capital One Financial Cp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CSB,Colonial Bancgroup Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
DRYS,Dryships (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
FFCH,First Financial Holdings Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
FITB,Fifth Third Bancorp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MWA,Mueller Water Products Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
NARA,Nara Bancorp Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
NCX,Nova Chemicals (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
NSIT,Insight Enterprises Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
PACR,Pacer International Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
STI,Suntrust Banks Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
THMD,Thermadyne Hldgs Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
UCBI,United Community Banks (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
VPHM,Viropharma Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
WBS,Webster Financial Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart

Stocks up 50% plus in a month

AGQ,Proshares Ultra Silver (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
DROOY,DRD Gold Ltd Adr (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
IPCS,iPCS Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
ITMN,Intermune Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
JRJC,China Finance Online Co Ltd (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MAPP,MAP Pharmaceuticals (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MWE,Markwest Energy Partners Lp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
TRA,Terra Industries Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart

Rush for ships feeds hope of revival in commodities

Posted on 2/09/2009

A surge in shipping rates for bulk carriers, used to transport cargoes of wheat, coal and iron ore, has created a frisson of excitement about signs of recovery in trade with China.
The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of freight rates for dry bulk vessels, gained 10 per cent in value yesterday after a 50 per cent increase last week as mining companies scrambled to hire ships to deliver iron ore to China.
The burst of upward momentum follows last year's collapse as Chinese mills and factories shut down. Many fleet owners faced bankruptcy as rates plunged below the economic cost of their vessels and the Dry Index fell 90 per cent over six months. However, there is some evidence that China's stockpiles of iron ore are shrinking and the Baltic Exchange reports that importers are taking advantage of better iron prices to buy spot cargoes.
Rates for the largest Capesize vessels have doubled from $17,270 per day at the end of January to more than $34,000 per day and the cost of shipping coal from South Africa to Rotterdam has leapt from $7 per tonne in January to $10 per tonne.

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Stocks up 50% plus in a month (6)

CVTX,Cv Therapeutics Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
EYE,Advanced Medical Optics (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
GERN,Geron Corporation (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
ITMN,Intermune Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
LINC,Lincoln Educational Services Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MAPP,MAP Pharmaceuticals (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart

Stocks down 50% plus in a month (39)

ACAS,American Capital Ltd (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
AFL,Aflac Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
AHD,Atlas Pipeline Holdings LP (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
AMR,Amr Corporation (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
APPY,AspenBio Pharma Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
BAC,Bank Of America Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
BANR,Banner Corporation (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
BBX,Bankatlantic Bancorp A (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
BNE,Bowne & Co Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
BPOP,Popular Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CACB,Cascade Bancorp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CENX,Century Aluminum Company (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CETV,Central European Media (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
COF,Capital One Financial Cp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CSB,Colonial Bancgroup Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
CTBK,City Bank (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
DRYS,Dryships (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
FFCH,First Financial Holdings Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
FITB,Fifth Third Bancorp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
FOE,Ferro Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
HBAN,Huntington Bancshares (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MGM,MGM MIRAGE Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MI,Marshall & Ilsley Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MOD,Modine Manufacturing Co (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
MWA,Mueller Water Products Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
NCX,Nova Chemicals (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
RBS,The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
RMBS,Rambus Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
SAY,Satyam Computer Services Ltd ADS (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
SEH,Spartech Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
STI,Suntrust Banks Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
STSA,Sterling Financial Cp Wa (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
THMD,Thermadyne Hldgs Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
TXT,Textron Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
UCBH,Ucbh Holdings Inc (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
UCBI,United Community Banks (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
WBS,Webster Financial Corp (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
WCBO,West Coast Bancorp Ore (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart
XPRT,Lecg Corporation (Google  Yahoo  Earnings  Chart