Debt Deadline; To Be, Or Not To Be?

Monday, July 25, 2011
Stock Market Commentary:

Stocks opened lower due to the ongoing debt saga in Washington D.C. However, the bulls showed up and quelled the bearish pressure after Republicans and Democrats prepared separate plans to raise the debt limit before the August 2, 2011 deadline. It was very encouraging to see the Nasdaq 100 break out of its current multi month base and hit new 2011 high on Friday! Technically, it is encouraging to see the major average find support and bounce off their respective 50 DMA lines in the middle of July. Looking forward, the next level of support are the 2011 lows/the 200 DMA lines and the next level of resistance are the 2011 highs.

Debt Deadline, Greek Debt Cut (Again), & Earnings Continue In Droves!

On Monday, news spread that both Republicans and Democrats prepared separate plans to raise the debt limit and to avoid a technical default by next Tuesday. In Europe, Moody’s, the popular rating agency, cut Greece’s debt rating further into junk territory which added to the downward pressure in equity markets across much of the developed world. As the political drama continues to unfold, a slew of companies are slated to released their Q2 results this week. So far, over +80% of the S&P 500 companies that reported earnings topped estimates which bodes well for the ongoing economic recovery. Here is a short list of some of the high ranked/high profile companies slated to release Q2 results this week: BIDU, AMZN, NFLX, GMCR, WFM, ACOM, POT, DECK, JAZZ, CRR, CLF, SRCL, BIIB, & TNAV. As always, in addition to analyzing the actual numbers we tend to focus on how a company (and the market) reacts to data.

Market Outlook- Confirmed Rally

The last week of June’s strong action suggests the market is back in a confirmed rally. As our longstanding clients/readers know, we like to filter out the noise and focus on what matters most: market action. That said, the recent action suggests the rally is back in a confirmed rally as all the major averages are now flirting with fresh 2011 highs. Until all the major averages violate their respective 50 DMA lines on a closing basis, the market deserves the bullish benefit of the doubt. If you are looking for specific help navigating this market, please contact us for more information.

 

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