Klein Market Summary-October 15th, 2012
Klein Market Summary
October 15th, 2012
Current Market Facts:
|Technical Status||Market in Correction Beginning Week 2|
|Other Observations||A critical level of Distribution has put the market into a correction
Many liquid leaders have undercut their 10 week MA
|Feel of the Market||Leaders like AAPL and AMZN have signaled the decisions of Intelligent Institutions|
Important Levels on Key Indices:
Important Levels on Key Indices:
The NASDAQ Composite has been overtaken by a substantial amount of Distribution in recent weeks. This included 3 gaps down, and recently 6 consecutive down days with the index closing the week below its 50 Day MA. The S&P 500 has fared quite a bit better, finding support at its 50 Day on Friday. Also, NYSE volume has shown slightly less Distribution than NASDAQ. Regardless of how you parse it, the indices have been under substantial pressure. Leadership has also signaled weakness.
With many stocks basing, especially liquid ones like AAPL, the Defense must take the field. Reduction of exposure is a key way to limit risk in correcting markets. This could also be a rotation out of tech stocks and into retail, medical, housing and basic goods and services. However, evidence still suggests that stocks are in a correction.
Owning stock in this market is hard to justify. If you are flat or underwater, stock should be sold. If you have some stock that is showing a substantial gain, often it should be sold as well.
AAPL remains the most widely owned stock among leading institutions. As such, it is perhaps the most important leading stock to watch. However, it is late in its overall move that began in 2004. Also, with the departure of Steve Jobs, and increasingly difficult comparisons, is AAPL losing its luster? Its move in the recent minor uptrend was fairly weak. It rose 13% from a pivot point in 8 weeks before stalling.
It is scheduled to announce a new iPad in 2 weeks, and is rumored to be working on a new approach to its Apple TV. However, recent news items seem like AAPL is having trouble executing the way it has in prior years. For example, the new maps feature fell short of expectations and promises. With a quarter of deceleration already on its books, AAPL should be watched closely.
A market correction here could signal a pause ahead of the election, or it could develop into a deeper, more protracted correction. For now, it is not possible to know. We must look at this start-and-stop market action as late stage Bull Market action for the uptrend that began in March of 2009. Late stage markets often produce short uptrends that end in a matter of weeks.
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