The market finally bounces from oversold conditions as volume ends mixed. Volume rose on the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges, but SPY and QQQ volume remained light. Retail sales jumped more than expected helping set the tone early on. Sellers got the upper hand on the NASDAQ, but were quickly turned away as stocks zoomed higher into the close. Price gains were solid and although we did not see the overwhelming volume associated with institutions supporting the market. Today was day one of a new attempted rally on the NASDAQ lead by banks.
Banks lead the market today on the back of Citbank's earnings with the stock gaining 5.5% during the market session. WFC continues to suffer from its earnings report, but other big banks continue to act well ahead of earnings. GS, BAC, and JPM continue to act well and are poised to move higher. When the Federal Reserve will be buying mortgage securities from Banks it is hard to fathom the Federal Reserve will pay anything but the highest price possible. So far, the only group to benefit from QE Forever will be the big money center banks selling mortgage securities back to the Federal Reserve.
We were bound to bounce from the selling we saw from last week. The NASDAQ was down 6 days straight and it is quite normal to see the market rebound. There is no way to know whether or not this will turn into a new uptrend or a one day wonder. We'll need to see confirmation of a move higher before we get excited over one day's action. We remain in neutral mode and until price action and leading stocks say anything different we'll remain neutral.
There is just 22 days left to the election is over and it cannot come soon enough. As soon as the election ends the fiscal cliff topic will be one in focus and one the market will grapple with and hopefully produce a trend. Today concluded day one of an attempted rally and we'll be waiting for confirmation one way or another.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.