The "talking" began today and should continue throughout the week. Prepare yourself for more volatility, be patient, and watch your step.
Sometimes there's not a lot to write about, but I'm always comforted when the NAR [National Assn of Realtors] makes comments. David Lereah, their chief economist, must burn the candle late coming up with tidbits like:
- As expected, existing home sales appear to be stabilizing, fingers and toes crossed...
- Falling prices are a good thing.
- Inventories have stabilized.
- "That's a segment of the marketplace that's experiencing some pain." [Referring to unsold condos]
Chairman Bernanke chimed-in stating that things are going according to plan. The economy is slowing and excluding the ailing housing and auto sectors [gag], "economic activity has, on balance, been expanding at a solid pace."
On the other hand, Charles Plosser of the Philly Fed stated that current levels of inflation are unacceptable and that interest rates may need to be increased. These sentiments are tentatively dollar supportive and are part of a strategy to keep the dollar from falling out of bed.
"Turnaround Tuesday" was revived today as economic releases pressured stocks early but some well-timed program trades hit the markets after 10 AM to stem the selling and lift stocks. And as the day chugged toward the finish line more buy programs lifted stocks. It's not a big surprise since we're approaching end of month and a little window dressing is common. It's not like we undid Monday's big decline in any fashion, but using "realtor speak," prices have "stabilized" for today anyway.
Let's focus on issues that dominate investor's attention again -- the dollar, precious metals and commodities.
First, more money has been lost over the past year trading currencies than any other market and that includes investors like Buffett and Soros and typical hedge fund managers. So there's no "lock" on the notion that "this is it" and much money will be made in currency trading going forward. There are plenty of forces ready to take markets in a completely different direction.
Let's look at even more volatile markets.
This week will require investor patience as the market is probably at a more dangerous and volatile point since last summer. So "watch your step" but be patient at the same time. More potentially market moving "talk" from officialdom will take place. Further, Thursday is the last day of November so window dressing will continue barring other news.
Have a pleasant evening.
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