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The Morning Call--Enjoying The Ride.

Jul. 16, 2020 9:21 AM ETBLK, JNJ
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The Morning Call


The Market


The Averages (26870, 3226) had another good day, though volume was down (again) and stocks drew nearer to overbought territory. The Dow finished above its 200 DMA for a second day (now resistance; if it remains there through the close on Friday, it will revert to support). Until the reversion occurs, the indices will remain out of sync. But clearly this is a positive development. It also filled its ‘island top’ gap intraday, though it fell back at the close. Follow through is the key to judging the importance of this pin action. Bottom line, the indices charts are improving; but the Dow needs a little more fuel to revert its 200 DMA to support and confirm the filling of its ‘island top’.

Technically Speaking: "Golden Cross" Arrives, Are The Bulls Safe?

I am sticking with my assumption that the Market’s bias is to the upside---at least until/unless the Averages revert their DMA’s to resistance.

With the other indicators, gold was up, the long bond was down (but maintains strong upside momentum) and the dollar was down. This collective pin action is consistent with itself and with a weak economic outlook.

Gold timers have rarely been more bullish than they are today - that's a bad sign

Wednesday in the charts.

S&P Stalls At Critical Resistance Again Despite Massive Short-Squeeze



The economy

Yesterday’s data releases were positive: June industrial production, capacity utilization, the July NY Fed manufacturing index and weekly mortgage applications were above expectations while purchase applications declined.

Update on the big four economic indicators.

The Big Four Economic Indicators: Industrial Production Rose Again in June

In addition, the Fed released its latest Beige Book, whose main headline was that the economy is improving but has a long way to go to get back to prior levels.

Fed's Beige Book: "Economic activity increased in almost all Districts, but remained well below where it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Markets are walking a dangerous tightrope.


High inflation and currency devaluation (must read):


Overseas, the June Japanese trade balance was above estimates but June UK CPI and core CPI were hotter than anticipated.

The coronavirus

The misreporting of virus deaths.

Carefree Mis-Reporting of Virus Deaths From Alarmist Media

More details on Moderna’s just released vaccine trial.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Induced Adverse Reactions In "More Than Half" Of Trial Participants

The Fed

The Fed’s liquidity confusion.

The Fed's Liquidity Confusion

***overnight, the ECB met and, as expected, left rates and its bond purchase program unchanged.

ECB Keeps QE, Rates Unchanged

Bottom line. despite a less than positive news flow, stocks continue to advance and are a short hair away from a run at their February highs. If your portfolio does not have decent cash reserves (15% at a minimum; I am at 50%), now is the time to build them. Then set back and enjoy the rest of the ride.

The latest from Bill Gross.


News on Stocks in Our Portfolios

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) declares $3.63/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): Q2 Non-GAAP EPS of $1.67 beats by $0.16; GAAP EPS of $1.36 beats by $0.18.

Revenue of $18.34B (-10.8% Y/Y) beats by $610M.


This Week’s Data


Weekly jobless claims were 1,300,000 versus forecasts of 1,250,000.

Over 50 Million Americans Have Now Filed For First-Time Jobless Benefits Since Lockdowns Began

June industrial production rose 5.4% versus estimates of +4.3%; capacity utilization was 68.6 versus 67.7.

Industrial Production Increased 5.4 Percent in June; Still 10.8% Below Pre-Crisis Level

June retail sales rose 7.5% versus expectations of +5.0%; ex autos, they were up 7.3% versus +5.0%.

US Retail Sales Soar In June Led By Clothing Demand

The July Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index was reported at 24.1 versus projections of 20.0.


May UK unemployment came in at 3.9% versus consensus of 4.2%; average earnings fell 0.3% versus -0.4%.

June Chinese unemployment was 5.7%, in line; YoY industrial production was +4.8% versus 4.7%; YoY retail sales were -1.8% versus +0.3%; YoY fixed asset investment was -3.1% versus -3.3%; Q2 GDP rose 11.5% versus +9.6%.


Mortgage delinquencies soar.

It Starts: Mortgage Delinquencies Suddenly Soar At Record Pace

What I am reading today

The rising trend toward home schooling.

Back To School? "No Thanks" Say Millions Of Newly Homeschooling Parents

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