How Declining Market Breadth Delivered A Beating On Stocks – Above the 40 (July 16, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The stock chickens have come to roost on declining market breadth. The stock market indices still generally appear fine, but an ever growing swath of individual stocks have fallen further and further behind. Last week in particular, sellers delivered an extended beating on individual stocks. The signs of waning confidence in the … Read more

Back to the Regularly Scheduled Stock Market Melt-Up – Above the 40 (July 10, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The stock market melt-up took a one day break. The signs of trouble were ever more clear ahead of the break. Something was wrong with the picture in the stock market. Yet, sellers could barely follow through. The S&P 500 stumbled with a gap down, but buyers stepped right back in at … Read more

A Stock Market Melt-Up With Shrinking Participation – Above the 40 (July 2, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary A stock market melt-up is in full effect. Investopedia defines a melt-up as “…a sustained and often unexpected improvement in the investment performance of an asset or asset class, driven partly by a stampede of investors who don’t want to miss out on its rise, rather than by fundamental improvements in the economy.” … Read more

Lennar Corp Throws Another Save for the Trade On Home Builders

The Downgrade Zelman & Associates gut-punched home builder stocks with a major downgrade of the sector on June 10th. Zelman used a survey of builders to conclude that soaring housing prices are reducing demand. The survey also revealed “a fourth straight month of weaker-than-seasonal order activity in May”. (I have covered this dynamic as “normalization” … Read more

Follow-Through Trades: The S&P 500 Left Churning Stocks Behind

The Follow-Through: Churning Stocks and Indices Covered S&P 500 (SPY) Nasdaq (COMPQX) iShares Trust Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM) volatility index (VIX) Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Australian dollar vesus Japanese yen (AUD/JPY) Boise Cascade L.L.C. (BCC) Carmax (KMX) Caterpillar Inc (CAT) Celsius Holdings (CELH) Corning Incorporated (GLW) Etsy (ETSY) Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) … Read more

A Strong Market Rebound that Failed to Heal All Wounds – Above the 40 (June 25, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary Even the Federal Reserve must sit back and marvel as the S&P 500 (SPY) refuses to rest for long. Post-Fed handwringing sent the stock market into a period of doubt over previous assumptions of inflation fears. The previous week even ended with oversold conditions looming. However, as is the case with so … Read more

Follow-Through Trades: Another Bounce from “Oversold Enough”

The Follow-Through Intro Stocks and Indices Covered S&P 500 (SPY) Nasdaq (COMPQX) iShares Trust Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM) volatility index (VIX) AGNC Investment Corp (AGNC) Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Applied Materials (AMAT) Australian dollar vs Japanese yen (AUD/JPY) Best Buy (BBY) BHP Group Limited (BHP) Corning Incorporated (GLW) DoorDash (DASH) Financial Select Sector SPDR … Read more

A Rare Stumble for the Stock Market As Oversold Conditions Loom – Above the 40 (June 18, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The Federal Reserve seemed to change the rules of the game. To-date, easy money policies and stubborn dovishness in the face of rising inflation was a formula for higher asset prices, reflation and inflation-friendly trades, and even rising fears of an over-heating economy. Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell shifted the … Read more

Powell Served Up the Ball On Inflation, Bullard Delivered the Slam Dunk

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell served up the alley-oop and James Bullard delivered the slam dunk. While the latest statement on monetary policy had nothing to say about a hawkish turn at the Fed, Powell served up notice during the press conference. Powell noted growth and inflation prospects that exceeded prior expectations, which in turn … Read more

Follow-Through Trades: Housing Drags, Tech Brags

The Follow-Through Intro Stocks and Indices Covered S&P 500 (SPY) Nasdaq (COMPQX) iShares Trust Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM) volatility index (VIX) Alphabet (GOOG) Brinker International (EAT) Caterpillar Inc (CAT) NASDAQ (COMPQX) Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP) Citigroup (C) Deere & Company (DE) Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV) iShares 20+ Year … Read more