Klein Market Summary-November 19th, 2012
Klein Market Summary
November 19th, 2012
Current Market Facts:
|Technical Status||Market in Correction – Beginning Week 7|
|Other Observations||Continued broad selling has overtaken recent leadersAAPL’s is exerting its weight to the down side|
|Feel of the Market||Fiscal uncertainty is in focus|
Important Levels on Key Indices:
Last week’s headlines focused on Europe falling back into recession, initial and continuing jobless claims soared, and the market remained under pressure. With a Washington status quo, there is little uncertainty as to how or whether the parties will work together. Yet, the combination of domestic issues with global ones suggests a weak economic backdrop in near-term data. Still, a fiscal solution might yield a positive market trend.
Bellwether AAPL has been pounded for 8 weeks, undercutting the low of its prior base and resetting its base count. The nature of its selloff shows a change of trend. Also, AAPL’s recent earnings, sales, and profit margin deceleration suggests that it is time to observe whether another AAPL catharsis can lead to reacceleration, and another eventual uptrend. AAPL is important above and beyond most stocks, because as a leading stock, it is a pure indication of the most intelligent institutional investors, and therefore, perhaps, the best type of indicator of market strength.
By reference to historic models, there is an elevated probability that this correction may develop into a deeper, longer correction. Whether such action fits a technical definition of a Bear Market or not might be immaterial. Corrections serve the twin purposes of wearing investors out and scaring them out of the market. As we consider that the best leading stocks have topped, and the overall trend is late in its fourth year, there is little justification for aggressive investing, even if a confirmed uptrend evolves.
Coming weeks, and perhaps months, will reveal the answers to important questions about the market and the economy:
Are we entering a Bear Market?
Will America follow Europe into recession?
Has AAPL topped or will it reaccelerate and return as a leader?
What could be AAPL’s next catalyst?
Which stocks will become the next crop of leaders, eventually?
How will the fiscal cliff and tax increases be resolved and how will the market receive them?
These are some of the questions that want for answers. For now, we wait…
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