Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Stock Market Commentary:
Stocks were closed in the U.S. on Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. However, overseas, stocks were smacked as a new round of fears spread concerning the ongoing EU debt saga and the health of the global economy. Stocks were smacked on Tuesday as the U.S. markets played catch up and fear spread that the U.S. and global economy would fall into a double dip recession. At this point, the current rally is under pressure evidenced by several distribution days (heavy volume declines) since the latest FTD. It is important to note that even with the latest FTD, the major averages are still trading below several key technical levels which means this rally may fade if the bears show up and quell the bulls’ efforts.
Monday-Tuesday’s Action: Global Jitters Smack Stocks
U.S. stocks were closed on Monday for the the holiday however equity futures were open and fell hard as European markets plunged to fresh 2011 lows in heavy volume. In recent weeks, European markets, specifically Germany’s DAX, tends to lead the U.S. markets (both higher and lower). Therefore, the fact that several European markets are at new 2011 lows bodes poorly for U.S markets. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its service-sector index rose to +53.3% last month from +52.7% in July. This topped the Street’s expectation for +51% and topped the boom/bust level of 50.