Snow Day Monday
January 26, 2015

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It seems that a big snow day affecting less than 10% of the country is heralded as the reason markets are slow Monday.

Maybe but most traders are fully-equipped to trade from anywhere these days.

I guess fly-over country matters much to the east coast based media.

Nevertheless stocks traded along uninspired by much of anything. What would have been a negative Greek election outcome saw little reaction from the EU since ECB QE trumps such a puny member.

This will become a busy week of earnings and economic data anyway given the Fed Meeting results Wednesday. The only economic report was a negative reading from the Dallas Fed Survey which fell sharply to -4.4% vs 4% expected & prior revised lower to 3.5%. This didn’t seem to worry bulls much.

Despite crude oil prices dropping once again, supposed value buyers were buying the energy sector Monday.

Leading market sectors higher included: Energy (XLE), Oil & Gas Equipment (XES), Banks (KBE), Gold Miners (GDX), Small Caps (IWM), Transports (IYT), REITs (IYR), Homebuilders (ITB), Biotech (IBB), Small Cap Value (XBK), India (EPI), Japan (EWJ), Hedged Europe (HEDJ), Germany (EWG), Europe Pacific (VEA), Sweden (EWD), Belgium (EWK), Europe (VGK), Solar (TAN) and Base Metals (DBB).

Leading market sectors lower included: Volatility (VIX), Brazil (EWZ), Brazil Small Caps (BRF), Indonesia (IDX), Israel (EIS), Russia (EIS), Gold (GLD), Silver (SLV), Crude Oil (USO), Platinum (PPLT), and Natural Gas (UNG).  

The top 20 market movers by percentage change in volume whether rising or falling is available daily.

Volume was quite light and breadth per the WSJ was positive.

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Charts of the Day

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    The NYMO is a market breadth indicator that is based on the difference between the number of advancing and declining issues on the NYSE. When readings are +60/-60 markets are extended short-term.





    The McClellan Summation Index is a long-term version of the McClellan Oscillator. It is a market breadth indicator, and interpretation is similar to that of the McClellan Oscillator, except that it is more suited to major trends. I believe readings of +1000/-1000 reveal markets as much extended.




    The VIX is a widely used measure of market risk and is often referred to as the "investor fear gauge". Our own interpretation is highlighted in the chart above. The VIX measures the level of put option activity over a 30-day period. Greater buying of put options (protection) causes the index to rise.

There’s not much to write about Monday and the action isn’t worth a lengthy commentary.

Tuesday should get more interesting as Durable Goods Orders, S&P Case Shiller HPI, PMI Services Flash, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence and the Richmond Fed Mfg Index will be in view not to mention more earnings reports.

Microsoft (MSFT) reported earnings after the close today that disappointed and the stock fell 3% on the news. Also Untied Technology (UTX) reported disappointments and shares dropped 2% in after-hours trading. And lastly Texas Instruments (TXN) reported earnings that beat lowered estimates but still the stock fell 1% after the news.

Let’s see what happens.


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Market Summary
NYSE Composite Index S&P 500 Index Nasdaq Composite Index Russell 2000 Small Cap Index NYSE Composite Index S&P 500 Index Nasdaq Composite Index Russell 2000 Small Cap Index 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Gold Bugs Index Morgan Stanley High Tech 35 Index Market Chart
Commodity Quote Change Change % NY
Gold1,295.5013.201.03 % 11:39
WTI Crude Futr45.430.280.62 % 11:07
Index Quotes Change Change % Local
CRB216.520.480.22 % 11:27
US Dollar94.21-1.07-1.13 %11:23
Index Quotes Change Change % Local
VIX18.042.5216.24 % 11:08
MSCI Value Daily MTD YTD
Brazil1827.897-0.82 %-0.24 %-0.24 %
Russia429.100-5.26 %5.97 % 5.97 %
India543.4210.00 %9.47 % 9.47 %
China69.549-0.01 %5.32 % 5.32 %