Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Begins With Continued Market Weakness

The 'Helicopter Economics Investing Guide' is meant to help educate people on how to make profitable investing choices in the current economic environment. We have coined this term to describe the current monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, which involve unprecedented money printing. This is the official blog of the New York Investing meetup.

After a sharp drop on the open, U.S. stocks mounted a rally and remained positive for most of the day. Selling toward the close, a classic bear-trading pattern, clocked the rally however. Small caps were hit particularly hard.

Healthy markets are strong in the beginning of the month. Trading days before major holidays, like Memorial Day, also tend to be positive. Last Friday was a down day however as was the first of June. Bull markets also tend to be weaker in the morning and stronger at the close, when professionals control the market. The market's attempt to follow this pattern failed miserably yesterday. It was also not the first time lately that strong selling occurred toward the end of trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.1% or 113 points. It barely held the key 10,000 level, with the low of the day at 10,014. As of June 1st, the Dow has spent time below its 200-day simple moving average for eight days in a row, as has the S&P 500. The S&P was hit harder than the Dow, falling 1.8% or 19 points. Nasdaq, which tends to be more volatile, lost only 1.6% or 35 points. Nasdaq had been trading completely above its 200-day at the end of May, but closed a tinge below it yesterday (this can only be considered bearish). Small caps experienced the biggest damage by far though, with a loss of 3.2% or 21 points on the Russell 2000. Nevertheless, the Russell held above its 200-day line and is still technically in the best shape of all the major U.S. stock indices.

The euro (FXE), which has been the driver for market behavior for months now, moved mostly with the markets yesterday.  Sharp selling on the open and quick recovery just like stocks, but then a slow fade for the rest of the trading day. The euro's loss of momentum was an early warning that stocks would be doing the same later on. The euro closed at 122.03 with an intraday low of 121.51. Its low in the sell off so far has been 121.27. There is support around the 120 level. The trade-weighted U.S. dollar on the other hand has resistance around 88 and closed just above 86.75. During the 2008 Credit Crisis, the euro spent seven weeks around the 125 level and then had an explosive relief rally. We should be seeing just such a rally again sometime during the summer. It will likely fade right back to the low after a number of weeks, as was the case in early 2009. This time the euro may even go lower.

Disclosure: None

Daryl Montgomery
Organizer, New York Investing meetup

This posting is editorial opinion. Like all other postings for this blog, there is no intention to endorse the purchase or sale of any security.

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