Market Needed a Yellen Bump and Didn’t Get It.

Thursday, January 29, 9:25 a.m.

The market has been pulling back again, down for the year so far.

Europe’s markets got a bump from the ECB’s decision to launch a larger QE stimulus plan.

With the growing global concerns from so many directions, the U.S. market was hoping that at its FOMC meeting this week the U.S. central bank would provide a Yellen bump by hinting that it is leaning toward raising interest rates later rather than sooner.

But its statement after the meeting indicated no change in its plans to remain patient on raising rates while watching the data, and “If incoming information indicates faster progress toward the Committee’s employment and inflation objectives than the Committee now expects, then increases in the target range for the federal funds rate are likely to occur sooner than currently anticipated.”

That was not what the market wanted to hear, and it rolled over into another triple-digit decline by the Dow, with the rest of the market even more negative.

The Dow is down only 4.8% from its December peak, the S&P 500 down only 4.2%, still well within the parameters of just another brief pullback.

But, it did drop the major indexes back beneath their 50-day moving averages again, and at short-term trendline support levels that it would be better to see hold.

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That could happen, at least based on a market pattern that has a pretty good record.

The ‘monthly strength period’ (the last two days of the month and the first four trading days of the following month) is due to begin today and run through next week.

The market tends to make gains during the period thanks to the extra chunks of money that flow into the market at the end of each month, much of which flows automatically into the market. Those sources include monthly stock and mutual fund dividends, usually ear-marked for automatic re-investment, employers’ monthly contributions to employees’ 401k and IRA plans, investors following a dollar cost averaging monthly investment plan, etc.

So we shall see.


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Yesterday in the U.S. Market. 

An ugly day all around. The Dow closed down 195 points, or 1.1%. Most of the rest of the market was even more negative. And the market closed on its low, on fairly heavy volume of more than 0.8 billion shares traded on the NYSE.

The Dow closed down 195 points, or 1.1%. The S&P 500 closed down 1.4%. The NYSE Composite closed down 1.7%. The Nasdaq closed down 0.9%. The Nasdaq 100 closed down 0.6%. The Russell 2000 closed down 1.6%. The DJ Transportation Avg. closed down 1.5%. The DJ Utilities Avg closed down 1.0%.

Gold closed down $8 an ounce at $1,285 an ounce.

The U.S. dollar etf UUP closed up 0.6%.

Bonds (TLT) closed up 1.6%.


European Markets closed mixed yesterday.

The Europe Dow closed down 1.0%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE closed up 0.2%. The German DAX closed up 0.8%. France’s CAC closed down 0.3%. Belgium closed up 0.3%. Denmark closed up 0.9%. Finland closed up 1.2%. Greece plunged 9.2%.  Ireland closed down 0.6%. Italy closed down 0.8%. Netherlands closed down 0.5%. Norway closed up 0.2%. Portugal closed down 1.5%. Spain closed down 1.3%. Switzerland closed down 1.1%.

Asian Markets closed down last night.

The Asia Dow closed down 1.1%. Among individual countries:

Australia closed up 0.3%. China closed down 1.3%. Hong Kong closed down 1.1%. India closed up 0.4%. Indonesia closed down 0.2%. Japan closed down 1.1%. Malaysia closed down 0.6%. New Zealand closed down 0.6%. South Korea closed down 0.5%. Singapore closed unchanged. Taiwan closed down 0.9%. Thailand closed down 0.4%.


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Markets This Morning:

European markets are down this morning.

The Europe Dow is down 0.5%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE is down 0.6%. The German DAX is down 0.2%. France’s CAC is down 0.2%. Belgium is down 0.2%. Denmark is up 0.1%. Finland is down 1.3%. Greece is up 2.6%. Ireland is down 0.1%. Italy is down 0.1%. Netherlands is down 0.4%. Norway is down 0.6%. Portugal is down 0.7%. Spain is down 0.5%. Switzerland is up 0.9%.


This Morning in the U.S. Market:

Oil is up fractionally at $44.56 a barrel.

Gold is down $10 an ounce at $1,269 an ounce.


This week’s Economic Reports:

This week has been a very heavy week for important economic reports, including Durable Goods Orders, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence, the first report on 4th quarter GDP, etc. And of course the Fed’s next FOMC meeting. To see the full list and times click here, and look at the left side of the page it takes you to.

Monday’s report was that the Fed’s Dallas region Mfg Index fell to –4.4 in January, the result of the continuing plunge in oil prices and oil services activity in Texas.

Tuesday’s reports were the surprise that Durable Goods Orders unexpectedly fell 3.4% in December, widely missing the consensus forecast for a gain of 0.1%. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed U.S. Home Prices ticked down 0.2% in November. The PMI Service Sector Business Activity Index ticked up to 54.0 in January from 53.3 in December. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 102.9 in January from 93.1 in December, a seven year high. And New Home Sales jumped 11.6% in December. The Fed’s Richmond region Mfg Index slipped from 7.0 in January to 6.0 in January.

Yesterday’s report was the EIA Petroleum Report which showed U.S. domestic crude oil inventory rose by 9 million barrels last week to 407 million barrels, the highest level since the government began keeping records in 1982. And the Fed’s FOMC statement after its meeting ended, which may have disappointed investors in that there were no hints of waiting longer than June to begin raising rates.

This morning’s report was a positive surprise. New weekly unemployment claims plunged by 43,000 last week to 265,000, versus the consensus forecast for 296,000. It was the lowest weekly number in 14 years. An aberration? The four-week moving average fell by 8,250 to 298,500.

The pre-open indicators, barely positive before, turned more positive after the unemployment report.


Our Pre-open Indicators:

Our pre-open indicators are pointing to the Dow being up 50 points or so in the early going.


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U.S. Exchanges May Wish They Had Gotten a Snow Day Closure!

Tuesday, January 27, 9:25 a.m.

Here we go again. Volatility!

The market closed positive yesterday, having weathered the big concerns well, the actions by the Swiss and European central banks, the election in Greece, etc.

But now the focus has returned to 4th quarter earnings, and they’re not good.

The Dow was tanked 141 points on Friday by the disappointing report from UPS.

This morning it’s quite a list of major corporations either reporting disappointing sales or revenue, or issuing warnings about 2015, or both. They include Bristol Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, DuPont, Microsoft., Pfizer, 3M, Proctor & Gamble, United Technologies, and so on.

Those are big employers, important to the economy.

And at 8:30 this morning it was reported that Durable Goods Orders plunged 3.4% in December versus the consensus forecast for a gain of 0.1%, which probably explains the negative 4th quarter sales and earnings surprises from major corporations.

The next questions will be how big an impact the disappointing 4th quarter sales and earnings may have on 4th quarter GDP growth, which will be reported on Friday, and if will have an impact on the Fed’s decision at its FOMC meeting today and tomorrow on when it will begin to raise interest rates. Maybe not at all in 2015?

Put it all together and it’s shaping up to be an ugly market in the U.S. today. The exchanges may wish they had gotten a snow day closure today.

Meanwhile, we showed you on Saturday how extremely overbought European markets are short-term above 50-day moving averages, and they closed up again yesterday. This morning they are pulling back quite sharply from those 7 year highs.

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We will just continue to follow our technical indicators.


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Yesterday in the U.S. Market. 

A positive day, with the Dow lagging behind. Volume was just under 0.8 billion shares traded on the NYSE.

The Dow closed up 6 points, not measurable as a percentage. The S&P 500 closed up 0.3%. The NYSE Composite closed up 0.6%. The Nasdaq closed up 0.3%. The Nasdaq 100 closed down 0.1%. The Russell 2000 closed up 1.0%. The DJ Transportation Avg. closed up 0.7%. The DJ Utilities Avg closed up 0.1%.

Gold closed down $14 an ounce at $1,281 an ounce.

The U.S. dollar etf UUP closed down 0.2%.

Bonds (TLT) closed down 0.3%.


European Markets closed up again yesterday.

The Europe Dow closed up 0.6%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE closed up 0.3%. The German DAX closed up 1.4%. France’s CAC closed up 0.7%. Belgium closed up 1.3%. Denmark closed up 1.6%. Finland closed up 1.1%. Greece closed down 3.2%.  Ireland closed up 0.3%. Italy closed up 1.1%. Netherlands closed up 1.0%. Norway closed down 0.2%. Portugal closed up 1.1%. Spain closed up 1.1%. Switzerland closed up 1.7%.

Asian Markets closed up last night.

The Asia Dow closed up 0.7%. Among individual countries:

Australia closed up 0.8%. China closed down 0.9%. Hong Kong closed down 0.4%. India closed up 1.0%. Indonesia closed up 0.3%. Japan closed up 1.7%. Malaysia closed up 0.2%. New Zealand closed up 0.7%. South Korea closed up 0.9%. Singapore closed up 0.4%. Taiwan closed up 0.5%. Thailand closed up 0.1%.


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Markets This Morning:

European markets are down this morning, pulling back from 7 year highs.

The Europe Dow is down 0.2%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE is down 0.9%. The German DAX is down 1.4%. France’s CAC is down 1.3%. Belgium is down 0.6%. Denmark is down 0.5%. Finland is down 1.4%. Greece is plunging 4.6%. Ireland is down 0.6%. Italy is down 0.8%. Netherlands is down 1.3%. Norway is down 0.9%. Portugal is down 1.3%. Spain is down 1.1%. Switzerland is up 0.3%.


This Morning in the U.S. Market:

Oil is up 0.5% at $45.39.

Gold is up $6 an ounce at $1,287 an ounce.


This week’s Economic Reports:

This week will be a very heavy week for important economic reports, including Durable Goods Orders, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence, the first report on 4th quarter GDP, etc. And of course the Fed’s next FOMC meeting. To see the full list and times click here, and look at the left side of the page it takes you to.

Yesterday’s report was that the Fed’s Dallas region Mfg Index fell to –4.4 in January, the result of the continuing plunge in oil prices and oil services activity.

This morning reports so far are that Durable Goods Orders unexpectedly fell 3.4% in December, widely missing the consensus forecast for a gain of 0.1%. And the Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed U.S. Home Prices ticked down 0.2% in November.

Still to come are the PMI Service Sector Index at 9:45 a.m., New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence, and the Fed’s Richmond Region Mfg Index, all to be released at 10 a.m.

As noted above, the pre-open indicators are very ugly in reaction to the disappointing earnings reports and then the pile-on of the Durable Goods Orders report.


Our Pre-open Indicators:

Our pre-open indicators are pointing to the Dow being down 280 points or so in the early going.


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Unusual Spikes in Markets Assure Continued Volatility!

Saturday, January 24, 12 noon.

Market reactions to the major happenings of the week were encouraging.

Oil prices continued to fall. The central bank of Switzerland created turmoil in currency markets by taking surprise action to remove the cap on its currency without any advance hints or warnings to markets. Concerns about the threat of global deflation increased. Fourth quarter U.S. earnings continued to be mixed, with disappointing reports sending the offending stocks to the woodshed.

But the ECB came through finally with QE stimulus for the crumbling euro-zone. And that’s all that mattered. Markets rose in advance of the meeting, particularly in Europe, and continued their enthusiasm when the ECB came through.

Great stuff. But the enthusiasm has many global markets outside the U.S. spiked up to very overbought short-term conditions above their 50-day moving averages.

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Such extreme overbought conditions usually result in pullbacks to alleviate the overbought condition.

The situation almost guarantees that brutal short-term volatility will continue.

Yet, it isn’t all countries that are overbought. You have to differentiate.

Some markets are still struggling with the potential resistance at their 50-day m.a.’s.

For instance:

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Other Voices.

Economic historian Barry Eichengreen, MarketWatch interview: “The Swiss National Bank is a small central bank of a small country in the grand scheme of things. If [the SNB] making a surprise move can wrong foot the market so dramatically, imagine what could happen if a big central bank pulled a surprise. . . . . . The cost of a recession in Switzerland and deflation in Switzerland, the SNB having made a serious mistake, has reminded us that financial markets are not as liquid as they have been in the past, and there can be very big market moves as a result of a central bank surprise.”

Associated Press, Jonathan Fahey:  “For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon for gasoline. Just three months ago experts were shocked when it fell under $3. “It’s crazy," says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech University who studies oil and gasoline prices. "But for consumers it’s very, very good."

Reuters, Tim McLaughlin and Svea Herbst-Bayliss: Venezuela’s deepening economic troubles, and in particular the weakness of the bolivar and restrictive currency controls, have hurt U.S. corporate profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 and are set to inflict further pain this year. In a likely sign of things to come from a number of companies this results reporting season, Ford Motor Co on Friday said it was taking a pre-tax charge of $800 million for its Venezuela business.”


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U.S. market yesterday.

Blame it on UPS. A mixed, mostly negative day, most of the loss taking place in the blue chips and Transportation Avg due to the big plunge in UPS stock. Volume was just under 0.8 billion shares traded on the NYSE.

The Dow closed down 141 points, or 0.8%. The S&P 500 closed down 0.6%. The NYSE Composite closed down 0.7%. The Nasdaq closed up 0.2%. The Nasdaq 100 closed up 0.2%. The Russell 2000 closed down 0.1%. The DJ Transportation Avg. plunged 1.8%. The DJ Utilities Avg closed up 0.3%.

Gold closed down $6 an ounce at $1,295 an ounce.

The U.S. dollar etf UUP closed up 0.9%.

Bonds (TLT) closed up 1.4%.

Asian markets closed up in their last session of the week.

The Asia Dow closed up 1.5%. Among individual countries:

Australia closed up 1.4%. China closed up 0.3%. Hong Kong closed up 1.3%. India closed up 0.9%. Indonesia closed up 0.9%. Japan closed up 1.0%. Malaysia closed up 1.0%. New Zealand closed up 0.5%. Singapore closed up 1.2%. South Korea closed up 0.8%. Taiwan closed up 1.1%. Thailand closed up 2.4%.

European markets closed up sharply again yesterday.

The Stoxx Europe 600 closed up 1.7%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE closed up 0.5%. The German DAX closed up 2.0%. France’s CAC closed up 1.9%. Belgium closed up 1.4%. Denmark closed up 1.2%. Finland closed up 2.3%. Greece closed up 6.2%.  Ireland closed up 2.1%. Italy closed up 0.2%. Netherlands closed up 1.5%. Norway closed up 0.6%. Portugal closed up 0.5%. Spain closed up 0.7%. Switzerland closed up 2.0%.


Global markets for the week. 

A positive week after three straight down weeks, about how it’s been going for the last year or so, a couple of weeks up, followed by a couple of weeks down, followed by – - – - -.

Big gains in Europe for second straight week, first in anticipation of ECB action, and then in response to it after it happened.

THIS WEEK (Jan. 23)
DJIA 17672 +0.9%
S&P 500 2051 +1.6%
NYSE 10788 +1.2%
NASDAQ 4757 +2.7%
NASD 100 4278 +3.3%
Russ 2000 1188 +1.0%
DJTransprts 8981 +2.5%
DJ Utilities 648 +1.1%
XOI Oils 1,319 +3.0%
Gold bull. 1,295 +1.4%
GoldStcks 78.33 -1.5%
Canada 14779 +3.3%
London 6832 +4.3%
Germany 10649 +4.7%
France 4640 +6.0%
Hong Kong 24,850 + 3.1%
Japan 17511 +3.8%
Australia 5468 +3.6%
S. Korea 1936 +2.5%
India 29278 +4.1%
Indonesia 5323 +3.4%
Brazil 48775 -0.5%
Mexico 42649 +3.0%
China 3512 -0.7%
LAST WEEK (Jan. 16)
DJIA 17511 -1.3%
S&P 500 2019 -1.2%
NYSE 10660 -0.5%
NASDAQ 4634 -1.5%
NASD 100 4142 -1.7%
Russ 2000 1176 -0.8%
DJTransprts 8764 -1.1%
DJ Utilities 640 +2.8%
XOI Oils 1,281 - 1.6%
Gold bull. 1,277 +4.4%
GoldStcks 79.52 +4.4%
Canada 14309 -0.5%
London 6550 +0.8%
Germany 10167 +5.4%
France 4379 +4.8%
Hong Kong 24,103 + 0.8%
Japan 16864 -1.9%
Australia 5278 -3.0%
S. Korea 1888 -1.9%
India 28121 +2.4%
Indonesia 5148 - 1.3%
Brazil 49,016 +0.4%
Mexico 41,402 -2.3%
China 3538 +2.8%
PREVIOUS WEEK (Jan. 9)
DJIA 17737 -0.5%
S&P 500 2044 -0..7%
NYSE 10711 -1.1%
NASDAQ 4704 -0.5%
NASD 100 4213 -0.4%
Russ 2000 1185 -1.1%
DJTransprts 8858 -2.6%
DJ Utilities 623 +0.3%
XOI Oils 1,302 - 3.5%
Gold bull. 1,223 +2.9%
GoldStcks 76.17 +8.0%
Canada 14384 -2.5%
London 6501 -0.7%
Germany 9648 -1.2%
France 4179 -1.7%
Hong Kong 23919 + 0.3%
Japan 17197 -1.5%
Australia 5440 +0.5%
S. Korea 1924 -0.1%
India 27458 -1.5%
Indonesia 5216 - 0.5%
Brazil 48840 +0.7%
Mexico 42384 +0.6%
China 3442 +1.6%


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Next week’s Economic Reports:

Next week will be a very heavy week for important economic reports, including Durable Goods Orders, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence, the first report on 4th quarter GDP, etc. And of course the Fed’s next FOMC meeting. To see the full list and times click here, and look at the left side of the page it takes you to.


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In addition to the charts and analysis in the subscribers area of this blog, the new issue of the newsletter from Wednesday is in your secure area of the Street Smart Report website. There will be an in-depth ‘Gold, Bonds, Dollar, Inflation/Deflation’ report there on Monday.


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The ECB Came Through on Stimulus for the Eurozone.

Tuesday, January 22, 9:25 a.m.

In last Saturday’s blog I said this week will be important in defining whether this is just another short-term pullback, whether it may have already ended, or whether it is possibly the beginning of something more serious.

So far it’s been encouraging.

And global markets, particularly in Europe, have been anticipating that it would be.

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So far this week:

China’s market has bounced back fully from its 7.7% mini-crash Sunday night.

There has been little further fallout from the surprise decision last week by Switzerland’s central bank to remove the cap from its currency.

And now we have the highly anticipated decision this morning from the European Central Bank to launch a new round of QE stimulus. And it did come through.

The expectation had grown in recent days that the program would be 50 billion euros of QE purchases per month beginning in March. The announced program is for 60 billion euros a month beginning in March and continuing through September of 2016.

Markets don’t seem to know quite how to react. Pre-open indicators in the U.S. shot up to an anticipated 160 point rise by the Dow, and then pulled back to being up 50 points, about where they were prior to the announcement, and then back up into triple-digits.

Europe’s market reaction has been positive but quite subdued.

There has also been little reaction by gold.

There is a question of whether it is the positive surprise the headline number of 60 billion a month indicates, since the number apparently is the total of QE purchases, including those that were already underway in previous ECB actions.


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Yesterday in the U.S. Market. 

A positive day with some minor volatility. Volume on the high side of average with 0.75 billion shares traded on the NYSE.

The Dow closed up 39 points, or 0.2%. The S&P 500 closed up 0.5%. The NYSE Composite closed up 0.6%. The Nasdaq closed up 0.3%. The Nasdaq 100 closed up 0.5%. The Russell 2000 closed down 0.3%. The DJ Transportation Avg. closed up 0.5%. The DJ Utilities Avg closed up 0.9%.

Gold closed down $1 an ounce at $1,293 an ounce.

The U.S. dollar etf UUP closed down 0.3%.

Bonds (TLT) closed down 1.2%.

European Markets closed up again yesterday.

The Europe Dow closed up 0.9%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE closed up 1.6%. The German DAX closed up 0.4%. France’s CAC closed up 0.9%. Belgium closed up 0.6%. Denmark closed up 0.2%. Finland closed up 1.1%. Greece closed down 2.4%.  Ireland closed up 1.1%. Italy closed up 1.6%. Netherlands closed up 0.7%. Norway closed up 1.0%. Portugal closed up 2.0%. Spain closed up 0.5%. Switzerland closed down 2.1%.

Asian Markets closed up some last night.

The Asia Dow closed up 0.2%. Among individual countries:

Australia closed up 0.4%. China closed up 0.8%. Hong Kong closed up 0.7%. India closed up 0.4%. Indonesia closed up 0.7%. Japan closed up 0.3%. Malaysia closed up 0.9%. New Zealand closed down 0.5%. South Korea closed down 0.1%. Singapore closed up 0.5%. Taiwan closed up 0.5%. Thailand closed up 1.5%.


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Markets This Morning:

European markets are positive this morning.

The Europe Dow is up 0.4%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE is up 0.5%. The German DAX is up 0.6%. France’s CAC is up 1.3%. Belgium is down 0.1%. Denmark is down 0.2%. Finland is up 1.2%. Greece is up 0.1%. Ireland is up 0.3%. Italy is up 1.9%. Netherlands is up 0.5%. Norway is up 0.4%. Portugal is up 1.0%. Spain is up 1.8%. Switzerland is down 1.5%.


This Morning in the U.S. Market:

Gold is up $6 an ounce at $1,299 an ounce.


This week’s Economic Reports:

This week is a holiday shortened week and a light week for important economic reports, but they will include Housing Starts, Existing Home Sales, etc. To see the full list and times click here, and look at the left side of the page it takes you to.

There were no reports on the holiday Monday.

Tuesday’s only report was the Housing Market Index, measuring the sentiment of home-builders. It ticked down fractionally from 58 in December to 57 in January.

Yesterday’s only report was that new housing starts were up 4.4% in December, lifting the starts for the full year of 2014 to 1.01 million, the best year since 2007.

This morning’s reports are that new weekly unemployment claims fell by 10,000 last week to 307,000. The four-week moving average rose by 6,500 to 306,500. Still to come is the PMI Mfg Index, which will be released at 9:45 am.

And from Europe the ECB came through with the expected massive QE stimulus package. The expectation had grown in recent days that the program would be 50 billion euros per month for the next year. The announced program is for 60 billion euros. It has markets in Europe and pre-open futures moving higher in the U.S., more so in the U.S. than in Europe.

Our pre-open indicators were somewhat positive and have become somewhat more so.


Our Pre-open Indicators:

Our pre-open indicators are pointing to the Dow being up 70 points or so in the early going.


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Pressure Increases on ECB.

Tuesday, January 20, 9:25 a.m.

In a recent newspaper column I said The ECB Will Be a Big Factor in 2015′s First Half.

The pressure on the ECB to provide a massive QE stimulus program for the 18-nation euro-zone received a further boost this morning with another downward revision of its forecasts for global economic growth by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

And China reported this morning that the world’s second largest economy grew only 7.4% in 2014, its slowest growth in 24 years.

I said on Saturday’s blog that this week will be important in defining whether this is just another short-term pullback in the U.S. market, whether it may have already ended, or whether it is possibly the beginning of something more serious.

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Most importantly,

1. We’ll find out more about the fallout from the Swiss shock to currency markets when it unexpectedly lifted the cap on its currency last week.

2. Whether the ECB will launch a massive QE stimulus package for the euro-zone, and if so how large it will be, and how markets will react to it.

3. Whether the pause in the oil price plunge last week was just a pause, or perhaps a sign of a bottom.

4. And 4th quarter earnings reports will continue.

So far:

1. There seems to be little additional fallout from the action of Switzerland’s central bank.

2. There has been further evidence, making it almost a sure thing that the ECB will announce a massive QE type stimulus package for the euro-zone at its meeting on Thursday. Expectations are for a 550 billion euro program. The question now seems to be whether markets will consider that enough. And if they are disappointed, will the ECB come back quickly with more.

If you recall, in September 2012 when the U.S. Fed announced QE3, the initial program was to run only for the four months until the end of 2012. The market was disappointed and sold off some. The Fed then came back with much more on December 12, 2012, with its $trillion a year ‘QE to infinity’ program of $85 billion a month to run through 2013, and perhaps longer. And then the market was satisfied and took off.

It was encouraging that European markets were up Friday and yesterday, and are up again today, indicating they are satisfied so far with the expectations for the ECB plan.

3. Unfortunately, last week’s pause in the oil price plunge seems to have been short-lived with oil prices down again so far this week.

4. The pace of fourth quarter earnings releases will pick up this week.

It still remains that this will be an important week, but so far so good.

Meanwhile, we will just continue to follow our intermediate-term indicators.

Other Voices. 

Felix Zulauf, quoted from Barron’s annual roundtable: ‘2015 Will Be A Trader’s Dream, But an Investor’s Hell’. The U.S. stock market hasn’t declined by 10% for the past three and a half years. Extreme readings of investor sentiment reflect a lot of complacency, which usually makes a market vulnerable. A lot of multinational growth stocks are extended on the upside, and cyclicals are extended on the downside. Usually, this situation ends in a big correction. I expect a decline of 15% or so moving into the spring. It could be worldwide, and probably triggered by earnings disappointments in the U.S., due to the strong dollar. I assume central-bank monetary policy will get even easier in the face of this decline.”

Wall Street Journal: “Fed Officials Still on Track to Raise Rates Later This Year. Federal Reserve officials are staying on track to start raising short-term interest rates later this year, even though long-term rates are going in the other direction amid new investor worries about weak global growth, falling oil prices and slowing consumer price inflation.”


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Yesterday in the U.S. Market. 

The U.S. stock market was closed yesterday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

European Markets closed up again yesterday.

The Europe Dow closed up 1.4%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE closed up 0.5%. The German DAX closed up 0.7%. France’s CAC closed up 0.4%. Belgium closed up 0.8%. Denmark closed up 2.4%. Finland closed up 1.8%. Greece closed up 2.7%.  Ireland closed up 0.9%. Italy closed up 1.2%. Netherlands closed up 0.5%. Norway closed up 2.1%. Portugal closed up 0.8%. Spain closed up 1.2%. Switzerland closed up 3.2%.

Asian Markets closed up last night.

The Asia Dow closed up 0.8%. Among individual countries:

Australia closed down 0.1%. China closed up 1.5%. Hong Kong closed up 0.9%. India closed up 1.9%. Indonesia closed up 0.3%. Japan closed up 1.8%. Malaysia closed down 0.1%. New Zealand closed down 0.1%. South Korea closed up 0.8%. Singapore closed up 0.8%. Taiwan closed up 0.9%. Thailand closed down 0.1%.


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Markets This Morning:

European markets are up again this morning.

The Europe Dow is up 0.9%. Among individual countries:

The London FTSE is up 0.7%. The German DAX is up 0.1%. France’s CAC is up 1.4%. Belgium is up 0.5%. Denmark is up 0.5%. Finland is up 0.8%. Greece is down 0.1%. Ireland is up 0.2%. Italy is up 1.2%. Netherlands is up 0.9%. Norway is up 0.1%. Portugal is up 0.5%. Spain is up 1.7%. Switzerland is up 1.0%.


This Morning in the U.S. Market:

Oil is down 4.0% at $446.72.

Gold is up $10 an ounce at $1,287 an ounce.


This week’s Economic Reports:

This week will is a holiday shortened week and a light week for important economic reports, but they will include Housing Starts, Existing Home Sales, etc. To see the full list and times click here, and look at the left side of the page it takes you to.

There were no reports on the holiday Monday.

The only report this morning will be the Housing Market Index, measuring the sentiment of home-builders. It will be released at 10 a.m.

Our pre-open indicators are positive.


Our Pre-open Indicators:

Our pre-open indicators are pointing to the Dow being up 50 points or so in the early going.


To read my weekend newspaper column click here: Gold Rally Has Technical And Fundamental Support

Subscribers to Street Smart Report:

In addition to the charts and analysis in the subscribers area of this blog, the new issue of the newsletter will be out tomorrow (in your secure area of the Street Smart Report website. )


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