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Energy Stocks Lead The Market Lower: SPX, Nasdaq, AA, APA, IOC, EOG, HES, WLT, CLF, BTU, MCP, REE, RVBD, FFIV, CRM, VMW, JPM

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Energy stocks started to sell off yesterday afternoon, as I alerted in the Trading Room yesterday:
April 11, 2011 11:46 AM
energy stocks selling off...

Last night, AA reported earnings that missed sales estimates.  AA shares fell more than 6% today.  Today, Goldman Sachs called a top on the recent rising oil.  Energy stocks gapped down at open and swooped further as the day went.  IOC was downgraded today and tumbled 5% on top of yesterday's 4.2% drop!  APA (-3.05%), EOG (-3.05%), HES (-1.8%) also continued to fall.  Coal stocks pulled back substantially as well:  WLT -3.22% (down more than $10 in 2 days), CLF -3.75%, BTU -3.15%.  On the other hand, rare earth metals managed to stay strong.  REE closed up +4.17% and MCP stayed above $71.

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After the market, RVBD pre-announced its earnings to the up-side.  It shares popped +13.8% this evening.  Related stocks, such as CRM, VMW, FFIV, also went up.

The Dow was down 117.53 points; SPX fell 10.30 points; Nasdaq dropped 26.72 points:

XME (metals and mining) was down 2.18%.  OIH (oil services) fell 2.79%.  USO (oil) dropped 3.07%.  XLE (energy) tumbled 3.09%.  SOXX (semiconductors) lost 2.09%.  FXI (Chinese ADRs) slipped 1.16%.


SPX fell 10.3 points to close at 1314.16.  Its daily MAs flattened and the MACD curved down.


Nasdaq lost 26.72 points to close at 2744.79.  It closed above its 30-day MA.  The MACD went down.

Both SPX and Nasdaq fell fast, but, both managed to stay above their respective 30-day MAs.  VIX tested 18, but, only barely closed above 17.  As discussed in Market Forecast this weekend, dip-buyers are still ready to jump in on quick pullbacks.  Tomorrow morning, JPM will report its earnings, which is expected to be good.  With RVBD's upbeat pre-announcement, cloud-computing stocks should see some buyers rushing in.  VMW has been particularly strong these past few days.  We should see some bounces tomorrow morning, especially if JPM delivers a good report.

Good night and HappyTrading! ™

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