Volatile Month Finally Ends!

Market Outlook- Confirmed Rally!

The major averages confirmed their latest rally attempt on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 which was the 11th day of their latest rally attempt. It is important to note that all major rallies in history began with a FTD however not every FTD leads to a new rally (i.e. several FTDs fail). In addition, it is important to note that the major averages still are under pressure as they are all trading below their longer and shorter term moving averages (50 and 200 DMA lines) and are all still negative year-to-date. Our longstanding clients/readers know, we like to filter out the noise and focus on what matters most: market action. This rally will fail if/when August’s lows are breached. Until then, the bulls deserve the benefit of the doubt. If you are looking for specific help navigating this market, please contact us for more information.

Stocks Quiet After ADP Report

Market Action- Rally Under Pressure; Week 27

It was encouraging to see the bulls show up and defend the major averages’ respective 50 DMA lines in November, January, and late February. From our point of view, the market remains in rally-mode until those levels are breached. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite and small-cap Russell 2000 indexes continue to lead evidenced by their shallow correction and strong recovery. However, it is important to note that stocks were a bit extended in recent months and this pullback (back to the 50 DMA lines) is very healthy as it shakes out the weaker hands and restores the the longer term health of this bull market. If you are looking for specific high ranked ideas, please contact us for more information.

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Stocks End Mixed On Lackluster Economic Data

Stocks remain strong as investors digested the latest round of weaker than expected economic data. Friday’s jobs report will likely set the stage for the next move in the market. Until then, expect investors to avoid putting on excessive risk as they await the jobs report for a better reading on the economy.