WAITING FOR NEWS
The week wraps-up with all the major news investors are keen to see: jobs data, consumer sentiment, personal income and ISM Manufacturing Index. Will there be any surprises, or is this just part of the drill?
The momentum is with bulls [an obvious statement], but with many market indexes again overbought any negatives in the reports could bring out some sellers. However, most negative news items have been quickly dismissed as the positive aspects of acquisitions continue to overwhelm any attempts by bears.
Notwithstanding tomorrow's action, bonds could garner some attention as thoughts of Fed easing wax and wane. The negative action in bonds is something we've been pointing out for several weeks now. Tomorrow's data could push yields sharply one way or another.
The supply/demand picture seems bearish for gold, but some folks aren't impressed.
PSST! Hurricane season begins tomorrow.
We could repost all the charts, but Friday could change "weekly" charts in a major way. There wasn't much change in either conditions or comments anyway.
May closes-out with good returns as window-dressers have done their job. Now we'll see if the "sell in May and go away crowd" got it right -- to sell on the last trading day of the month.
Individual investors, claimed as often wrong, seemed to be sellers.
Trading desks and hedge funds are dominating activity just by a cursory view of program trading data reflecting one of every three trades to be part of a program.
Have a pleasant weekend.