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Market Recap – October 30, 2014
U.S. stock indexes rose on Thursday due to a positive GDP report. The S&P 500 rose 0.62%, NASDAQ gained 0.37%, the Russell added 0.82% and the Dow jumped 1.30%.
Bond prices were steady with the 10-Year Note yield at 2.31%, down one basis point. Crude oil prices reversed course with the spot price falling 1.13%. The US dollar rallied versus the Euro to $1.2609. Precious metals prices plunged due to the dollar rally. Spot gold fell 1.06% and spot silver plunged 3.69%.
Comment: A vicious short squeeze is still underway, initiated by Fed comments and supported by economic news and earnings reports, while all negative factors that caused the correction in the first place are now ignored. Although this was not the most impressive V-bottom, it nevertheless left no breathing room to shorts that saw prices rising every day with virtually no pullback. Expect statements from more bears soon that they are giving up. Note that now this market finds fuel to rise mainly from bears and when there will be no more it will fall, maybe hard, despite any statement of support by the Fed, which seem to come at the right time. Verbal intervention is good but at the end of the day actual short covering is required for the market to move up because most professionals are selling the rallies and they take the profits and run. At some point things will become clear but until then we may see another all time-high in S&P 500, possibly even today, as overnight the futures are rallying due to more stimulus from the BOJ. Fasten your seatbelts.
Short-term Technical and Quantitative Analysis
The short in GLD hit its profit target at the open of yesterday with a gain of $2.27/share and the long in SLV hit its stop also at the open with a loss of $1.06/share. The short position in GDX has an open profit of $1.89/share and although the stop is at 17.06, covering at the open if not hit may be a good move due to developing oversold conditions. No new setups today but there are already enough pending. Also, one setup was cancelled due to price action. The table below shows two open positions and eight pending setups in 9 ETFs: