Monthly Archives: May 2011

74% of SPY Gap Open Filled!

A quick update on our earlier post on today’s S&P500 gap open.  The SPY made an  intraday low of $133.84 after its 0.93 percent gap up at the open at $134.77.  This closed 74 percent of the gap, consistent with … Continue reading

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When Apple Leads, the Market Catches Fire

Apple was up over $10 today in a rare 3 percent plus move not related to an earnings release and its biggest gain since the 3.28 percent January 24th bounce after the post earnings sell-off.   The stock was bolstered by … Continue reading

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Fading the Open

The overnight markets are all lathered up and maybe offside on the Greece bailout news (haven’t we seen this picture before?)  so we thought we’d take a quick look at gap up opens in the SPY (S&P500) ETF.   Since … Continue reading

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Week in Review: Hamburger Capital Management

The global equity markets continued their poor performance on very low volume.  All the U.S. equity indices were able to capture their 50-day moving average on the low volume end of the week rally.  All, however, made lower highs and … Continue reading

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Global Trend Indicators

(click here if table is not observable)

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The Weekend Read: Bikini Wax Indicator

If you’re getting a bikini wax in Brazil, you’ll likely find that the cost is rising. And if you’re an economic policy maker, you’ll likely see that as a problem, since the bikini wax is one of the items the … Continue reading

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U.S. Regional Unemployment Rates

An informative chart from the BLS showing the unemployment rate by region.  Last month,  the highest regional unemployment rate in the United States was in the West at 10.4 percent. The Northeast and Midwest had the lowest rates, 8.0 and … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Stock Markets)

We take a look at how a couple of the global equity markets we track are trading this week. The Good: After  hitting its lowest level since last July on Monday, the Brazilian BOVESPA has staged a nice 4-day rally … Continue reading

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Chanos: “Not bearish enough on China”

Wonder what the Goldie commodity traders think when they listen to Jim Chanos?  Or do they?  Think or listen? (click here if video is not observable)

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Chart of the Day: U.S. Federal Spending

Great chart from Deutsche Bank showing a times series of U.S. Federal spending.  Note the “peace dividend” and decline in defense spending during the 1990’s, which was partially responsible for the Clinton surpluses.  The chart also illustrates where the reform … Continue reading

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