THINGS COULD BE WORSE!
Well, maybe not. D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) reports profits down 51%, but that beat estimates and boosted the stock nearly 10% squeezing shorts. But, if you read more about these earnings there still seems trouble ahead with inventory backlog and margin pressure. Like our escapee friend above, it's one thing to dig your way out of trouble; it's another to find the right reward. [Today, the end of the above great escape belonged to short sellers.]
Here's the deal folks: if you're on the "short stack," the guy with the "big stack" more often than not is going to win. Most of us little guys are on the "short stack" playing against hedge funds and trading desks that are firmly in control of this market. Please examine the 5 minute chart below and you'll see what's going on clearly.
Today the day begins with some impressive selling volume which dries up around 11 AM. Then all is quiet. "Da Boyz" with the "big stack" toss some chips in [buy orders] and start probing for any resistance. Finding none, they toss in some larger bets just before 1 PM. After meeting little selling, they make larger bets and then wait to see if any "short stack" sellers try to fade their play. Again there is none and they go "all in" around 2:45 PM causing a full blown short squeeze into the close.
Producer Prices [PPI] were lower than expected meaning no measurable inflation at least by this method. Bond prices rallied on the news and retail stocks were well bid despite lower retail sales data due to lower gasoline prices. [Think convenience stores.] Also, The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD) reported disappointing sales due to the housing slowdown. But the stock closed up over 4% on the day. It must be because they announced later that they were going to start selling flat screen TVs. Who knew!?!
The above covers just about every corner of the planet and you can readily see markets moving higher -- even those that may not seem to deserve so. But those are the realities of the trends. If you're on the "short stack", you'd be foolish to mess with "big stack" players DBA "Da Boyz." We just go with the flow.
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