Seeking Alpha

Joshua Hayes'  Instablog

Joshua Hayes
Send Message
Joshua "MauiTrader" Hayes is CEO, President and founder of Big Wave Trading Inc., a Maui, Hawaii-based stock market advisory service. Hayes is a well-respected stock trader who combines fundamentals, technicals, psychology and money management to trade professionally for his personal,... More
My company:
Big Wave Trading
My blog:
Big Wave Trading
  • Stocks And Volume End Mixed As Consumer Confidence Dips 0 comments
    Aug 29, 2012 8:40 AM

    A positive Case-Shiller housing report was over-shadowed by a disappointing drop in consumer confidence. Volume ended mixed on the day, but did not trigger any distribution. The market appears to be waiting word from the Federal Reserve head Ben Bernanke on Friday. We did see support coming into the market just after the consumer confidence debacle, but we didn't see the market follow-through on the buying. The final hour did see a push, but was quickly met with sellers. Summer trading continues and it will conclude with Bernanke's presentation Friday.

    Tomorrow we'll get another read on GDP and the market is expecting the economy grew at a 1.7% pace. My best guess is GDP figure comes in line with estimates and it won't really matter to the market. Bernanke's speech at this point is probably overshadowing any economic release including GDP. In the end it boils down to price and we'll keep our attention to what matters most.

    It is a shame the United States can't generate growth beyond 1.7%. We are a double digit trillion dollar economy and growing at a solid 4 or 5% clip would be difficult. The law of large numbers comes into play here, but it would be nice to get more growth out of this country. Remember Iceland and Estonia? Iceland didn't bailout its banks, it prosecuted its bankers. Estonia cut spending and took its medicine, but is growing at a great clip. Perhaps we should take some notes on what works and implement that.

    There isn't much else going on in this market until the big boys come back after Labor Day. NTE running again today and we'll take a few more profits on this bad boy. A few other stocks continue to move higher, but we aren't seeing any explosive moves. They will come back and we'll be ready. The question is are you ready?

    Disclosure: I am long NTE.

Back To Joshua Hayes' Instablog HomePage »

Instablogs are blogs which are instantly set up and networked within the Seeking Alpha community. Instablog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors, in contrast to contributors' articles.

Comments (0)
Track new comments
Be the first to comment
Full index of posts »
Latest Followers

StockTalks

More »

Latest Comments


Posts by Themes
Instablogs are Seeking Alpha's free blogging platform customized for finance, with instant set up and exposure to millions of readers interested in the financial markets. Publish your own instablog in minutes.