November 20, 2018

The Nightcap

The Market: A very strong session which was led by the NASDAQ (QQQ) and Dow (DIA) which the S&P 500 (SPY) not far behind.  It was interesting to see the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight index lag the S&P pointing to the gains being in the higher weighted stocks in the S&P 500 index.  Additionally the Russell 2000 (IWM) underperformed posting half the gains of the SPY. In individual sectors the day session was led by the Industrials (XLI) followed closely by the Materials (XLB).  Also closing up over 2% on the session was Technology (XLK) and that move looks…

Pop off support as FOMC looms

The Market: A nice snap back rally today as the S&P 500 continues to hold the 200 day SMA.  We would not be surprised to see limited action overnight and in early trading tomorrow as traders wait to see what the Fed says at 2pm ET. Yesterday’s laggard, Energy (XLE), is today’s leader finishing up 2.86% followed closely by Transportation (IYT) which finished up 2.75%.  Also posting strong sessions was Materials (XLB), Industrials (XLI), and HeathCare (XLV) finishing up 2.09%, 1.94% and 1.81% respectively. FOMC statement tomorrow and remember we are still in the thick of earnings reports which will…

Low vol narrow holiday trading range

Index & Sector performance 11/25/14 The Market: Another uneventful holiday trading session across all 4 major indices on the WSC Scoreboard.  Action was also muted across the individual sectors with the exception of Energy (XLE) which lost 1.63%.  For XLE traders our take is that the lows may hold but we would either be looking for an opportunity to buy lower or on a break above $89.25. In Economic data, estimated 3rd quarter GDP growth came in better than previously reported while Consumer Confidence and the Richmond Manufacturing Index both missed expectations.  Tomorrow there is a slew of data including…

Tech leads quiet up session

Index & Sector performance 9/10/14 The Market: Administrative note: we will be traveling the remainder of the week so there will be no updates after tonight. A nice bounce back in the markets after yesterday’s late day sell off.  The leader in the broad indices was the NASDAQ (QQQ) keying, again, off Apple (AAPL) which finished the session up 3.07%. After being a relative outperformer yesterday in a bad tape, HeathCare (XLV) was the leader on the WSC Scoreboard today finishing the session up 0.70%.  Utilities (XLU), yesterday’s biggest loser, saw more downside follow-through finishing the session 0.44% lower.  Also…

Strong up day ahead of Jobs

Index & Sector performance 2/6/14 The Market:   In the News:     The following noteworthy companies are scheduled to report earnings before tomorrow’s open: CI, MCO, WYN, LH, BPL, APO, CBOE, MSG, FLIR   Analyst Comments:       The Game Plan:

Daily Wrap

DJIA -43.16 (-0.29%) to 14,676.30; S&P 500 +0.01 (+0.00%) to 1,578.79; NASDAQ -1.25 (-0.04%) to 2,834.12 Today was a consolidation day after yesterday’s strong move.  The action was general bouncing back and forth all day with not much to report except there was a late day rally which took the S&P to new highs for the day until roughly 3pm EST when it turned and sold off into the close. In economic data the only real surprise was US Durable Goods orders which came in much lower than expected with a -5.7% number when I had consensus estimates at a -2.9%.  Tomorrow we…

Daily Wrap

DJIA +62.90 (+0.42%) to 14,865.14; S&P 500 +5.64 (+0.36%) to 1,593.37; NASDAQ -0.14 (0.00%) to 2,859.07 A brief trip down for the day eventually became a moderate up day for the S&P 500 after having been on a tear.  Helping the cause was an Unemployment claims number which came in much better than expected at 346K when I had expectations around 362K.  While the highs of the day were made before noon EST, the remainder of the day’s action in the S&P seemed only like a consolidation and factoring in the strength of the recent rally and being at all time highs, I…