The market rallied again yesterday, following reports that the
European Central Bank (ECB) was actively buying bonds issued by EU
members. It was the second consecutive day of triple-digit gains
and marks the best two-day performance for the market since
In addition to better news from Europe, better-than-expected
home sales caused homebuilder stocks to soar 4.7%. The National
Association of Realtors pending home sales index jumped 10.4% to
69.01. And several major retail stores including
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
), rose sharply on better-than-expected sales numbers.
Financial stocks were also strong yesterday, rising 2.6%. Banks
were the strongest sector in the group with KBW Bank Index up 3.9%
following an upgrade of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
The demand for Treasurys fell with the yield on the 10-year note
climbing to 3%. The euro rose to $1.3220 from $1.3141 late on
At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 106 points
to 11,362, the S&P 500 gained 15 points at 1,222, and the
Nasdaq gained 30 points at 2,579. The NYSE traded 1.1 billion
shares, and the Nasdaq crossed 548 million shares. On both
exchanges, advancers exceeded decliners by about 2-to-1.
Crude oil for January delivery rose $1.25 to $88 a barrel - a
two-year high. The
Energy Select Sector SPDR
) closed at $65.53, up 96 cents. February gold rose $1.30 to settle
at $1,390.60 an ounce, and the
PHLX Gold/Silver Sector Index
) rose 3.3 points to 220.83.
What the Markets Are Saying
The bulls finally crushed the S&P 500 resistance line at
1,210 yesterday, with a close that was 11 points higher than that
important number and just 4 points off of November's high water
mark. So the only remaining barrier for the indices is their
November highs, which for is 11,506 for the Dow and 2,593 for the
This week's sentiment numbers are curious in that the bulls are
still very much in the majority in both the American Association of
Individual Investors' (AAII) Sentiment Survey and the Investors
Intelligence (II) Advisors Sentiment review. AAII reports that
49.66% are bullish, up from 47.4% last week, and 40% the week
before. And II says that although the bullish number of advisors
has fallen, it is still at 55.4%, which is a very high bullish
number. The spread between bulls and bears is 33.6%. That is high,
but in October 2007 at the market's all-time high, the spread was
Our internal indicators are mixed with MACD on the verge of a
buy signal, the stochastic neutral, and momentum slightly
Well, the numbers are what they are, and they may be on target.
In a stock market that is balanced with a normal makeup of public,
institutional and trading members, I'd be cautioning that the
sentiment figures are telling us to slow down. But the makeup of
this market is abnormal with Fed and Treasury money skewing the
results. So whether I or Joe Granville think that the market is
overbought is irrelevant as long as stock prices keep
By the way, Joe is now predicting a major reversal and crash. On
Nov. 5, Joe said, "My climax indicator recorded a vertical fall
from +24 to -10 on what looked like its final advance. I said
(then) that the loss of upside momentum has written the final
chapter." He went on to say that this top "stands alone as possibly
the most significant in all of history."
Joe has called many tops in the past and is a great technician
and delightful speaker. I had Joe give a seminar to clients over 30
years ago, and folks still remind me of his pithy remarks. But for
now the market has spoken, and it is telling us that the bulls have
the ball and are well on their way to a score.
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