Earnings Season Begins Stocks; Stocks Fall

For the most part, the major averages and leading stocks are beginning to weaken as investors continue to digest the slew of economic and earnings data being released each day. Until a clear picture can be formed as to how companies fared last quarter one could easily expect to see more of this sideways action to continue. The market just completed its 45th week since the March lows and the rally remains intact as long as the major averages continue trading above their respective 50-day moving average (DMA) lines. Until those levels are breached, the bulls deserve the benefit of the doubt.