In some more good news, payroll data for July and August were revised upward by 99.000. Remember that horrible payroll number from August were we added a big fat 0 jobs? Well, it was wrong. Everybody panicked over that number but it turns out the US economy isn't as bad as the market thinks. The economic data we have been getting recently are consistent with an economy that is slowly growing and not an economy going into a recession.
Stocks have reacted well to the news with the DJIA up 75 points in the early going as of 7:47 AM PST. The other major averages are mixed. European bourses are all higher by more than 1% and the Asian indexes closed green as well with the Hang Seng up almost 10% in the past two days.
Stocks ended the day in negative territory today after a choppy session that saw the Dow as high as 100 points up and as low as 70 points down. In the middle of the day Fitch announced that they had downgraded Spanish and Italian debt. This did not move the markets very much as the Dow shot up for awhile then finished down 20 points for the day.
It seems there was profit taking today after a huge three day runup that saw the SNP 500 gain 100 points. We were bumping up against trendline resistance on a lot of charts so some profit taking was to be expected. I am not quite sure if it is the end of the rally but no one ever went broke taking profits. I would be inclined to hold on to long positions here if you have them and see what next week brings.
Cocktail Napkin Charting
How about some rudimentary technical analysis? One chart I have been looking at is XLE which is an ETF that represents a broad swath of Energy stocks. XLE fell back from resistance today.
The SPY chart looks better as we broke through trendline resistance today creating a higher high for this move which is still bullish for me. We finished right at trendline resistance and within a whisper of the 50 day moving average at 117.99 which is the blue line sloping downward. That should be our next stop.
I will do one more chart for DWei who was asking about AAPL. AAPL was down about 2% today and has been underperforming recently. I think this underperformance is related to the JP Morgan analyst report from last week which said they ordered less parts for the iPad so people think they are selling less iPads because of the slowing economy. AAPL lost some of it's mojo at that point. AAPL is stuck between the 50 day and 200 day moving averages which are represented by the blue lines. I believe AAPL is on its way to retesting the 200 day moving average that it bounced off of nicely 3 days ago. AAPL's weakness is concerning to me and I would not be buying it here but I would wait for a retest of the 200 day moving average around 354 and then put a buy order down there if it bounces off the 200 day again. AAPL still has one of the strongest charts around so it is still a buy on weakness.
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