Thursday, January 19, 2012
Stock Market Commentary:
Euro Rallies, Earnings & Economic Data Help Stocks
The news on the economic front was mostly positive. Weekly jobless claims plunged last week which bodes well for the broader economy and the ailing jobs market. The Labor Department said weekly jobless claims tanked by 50,000 to 352,000 which was the lowest reading since April 2008. Moreover, the four-week average, which is used to give smoother readings, plunged to 379,000 which is the second-lowest reading in more than 3 years. The Commerce Department said housing starts slid -4.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000 units. Finally, the consumer price index (CPI) was unchanged last month which helped allay inflation woes. This was the second consecutive monthly decline for the headline number while core prices (which exclude food and energy) edged up +0.1%.
Market Outlook- New Rally Confirmed
Risk assets (stocks, FX, and commodities) have been acting better since the latter half of December. Now that the major U.S. averages scored a proper follow-through day the path of least resistance is higher. Looking forward, one can err on the long side as long as the benchmark S&P 500 remains above support (1260). Leadership is beginning to improve which is another healthy sign. Now that the 200 DMA line was taken out it will be important to see how long the market can stay above this important level. If you are looking for specific help navigating this market, feel free to contact us for more information. That’s what we are here for!