Of Black Swans, Market Meltdowns and ETF Hedges

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” --  Winston Churchill

The markets are standing firmly on some shaky ground. Read more about ETF Periscope: Of Black Swans, Market Meltdowns and ETF Hedges

Last week I wrote about the market’s impressive run off the March 2009 V-bottom. But since then, the bottom has fallen out, led by the Technology sector. Those of you who read this column regularly know that I have been opining that the rally has been pretty much manufactured by the Fed and their quantitative easing initiatives, but more recently the signs of economic recovery have been taking shape without much inflation. Read more about Sector Detector: Tech Leads Market Down Amid Global Crises

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Sheik, Rattle and Roil: Markets at a Crossroads

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” --  Henry David Thoreau

It has taken a force of nature to knock the geo-political turmoil of the Mideast from the forefront of the financial community’s radar screen. Read more about ETF Periscope: Sheik, Rattle and Roil: Markets at a Crossroads

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the V-bottom that launched an impressive bull market. Since then, the SPY large cap is up about 95%, while MDY mid cap and IWM small cap are up about 135%. Leading sectors include Basic Materials, Industrials, and Financials, which are each up at least 150%. Pretty impressive. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls Pause to Celebrate 2-year Anniversary

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Rude Crude and the Fear Index

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~  Dale Carnegie Read more about ETF Periscope: Rude Crude and the Fear Index

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This month marks the first time since July 1 that the first trading day of the month wasn’t an up day. That’s 8 months in a row of money pouring in on the first trading day. Furthermore, recall that July 1 marked a low for the SPY at 101.13 that ended a 2-month correction to the 13-month rally off the March 2009 V-bottom, and launched a new 8-month rally. Is the fun over now? Read more about Sector Detector: Market Shifts into Neutral

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It’s a nice change of pace to talk about something other than the stock market’s persistent uptrend getting more and more overbought. This week has brought some excitement indeed. As I said the last two weeks, it will pay to be cautious with long positions because such a market can reverse and fall quite quickly. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls' Dam Springs a Leak

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Bulls on Wall Street continue to call the shots and have their way. Bears who dare try to venture out of hibernation are smacked back into the cave before they’ve barely seen the light of day. The unshakably bullish action and buy-the-dip mentality has many market observers wondering if it can be sustained, given the struggling economy, moribund housing market, rising food and energy prices, skyrocketing deficit, and persistent unemployment. Read more about Sector Detector: QE2, the Rising Market, and Now the 2011 Federal Budget – Three’s a Crowd?

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The market reeked of late-day manipulation today as a last-minute push managed to get the Dow back into positive territory, but the S&P500 and Nasdaq couldn’t quite make it. The bulls have staked out their claim and won’t allow anyone to spoil their party...and they have powerful friends. Read more about Sector Detector: Technology Leads Rankings, while Energy Finds All-Weather Support

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The past few days have given us a wild ride in the markets, thanks primarily to unrest in the Middle East. After this extended run since December 1, I have been waiting for the market to decide between either pulling back to consolidate gains and find a strong support point from which to launch on a renewed bullish run ... losing critical support and turning bearish. Read more about Sector Detector: Basic Materials Surges in Rankings

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