Courtesy of Phil of Phil’s Stock World
Where’s my party hat? Where’s everybody’s party hat? Why are we not throwing a parade for Barack Obama, who came into office on January 20th, 2009, with the S&P 500 at 831. But, to be fair, it was in free fall and it wasn’t his fault it hit 666 on March 9. Since then, the market has climbed back 1,040 point as of yesterday’s close – a gain of 156% off the lows, making Barack Hussain Obama America’s Greatest Economic President (as Forbes already crowned him in March).
I know, if I were the President, I’d be having a Press Conference about the stock market. Unless, of course, I was worried it was actually on the verge of collapse and I didn’t want to make a big deal about a bubble top that was forming under my watch. Just something to think about with the deafening silence regarding the stock market – especially after Bush, who took credit for every upward flutter in the S&P and, in fact, used to say it was the number one indicator that proved what a great job he was doing.
As I’ve been warning Members since we topped out in May, the “experts” never see these things coming – only the crackpots.
“When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.” —Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
I could be wrong. HOPE I’m wrong – but I’m more worried about being right, that we’re heading into a correction, than about being wrong. If we hold 1,700 for 2 consecutive days, all we have to do is construct a few trade ideas that make 300% if the S&P holds 1,700 and set a stop below 1,700. Then we’re bullish. Not complicated…
Like in May, I’d rather miss the next 5% leg up and be in cash than stupidly hold stocks at record highs and let those gains wash away. It’s not that we don’t have plenty of bullish trade ideas – as I noted in Monday morning’s post:
I highlighted our most recent “5 Trade Ideas that can Make 500% in a Rising Market” for our Members in chat this weekend (along with very good strategy discussions, one of which I tweeted) and Stock World Weekly featured bullish plays on FCX and CROX, as well as a speculative short position on Facebook – assuming they’ll pull back a bit off that huge pop last week. With GDP and the Fed highlighting the data on Wednesday, it’s going to be an interesting week, to say the least.
We’ll be rolling out 5 more upside plays over the weekend if the S&P holds today but so far, so wrong with our short plays and our Short-Term Portfolio is down 10% as we’ve been betting on a correction that isn’t coming (so far).
As you can see from Dave Fry’s chart (Dave’s charts above), interest rates have been flying higher (causing TLT to drop below key resistance) and rising rates are a big problem for a country that’s $16Tn in debt, no matter what games they play with the GDP. A 1% rise in our borrowing rate costs us $160Bn a year – adding $1.6Tn to the deficit over 10 years!
But those are just silly fundamentals and we shouldn’t worry about that because, LOOK – S&P 1,700!!!
Now, where were we? Oh yes, looking for bullish plays so we can run with the herd. There’s nothing wrong with running with the herd – especially when we have such a clearly defined electric fence like S&P 1,700 to stay away from. We’d like it better if it were confirmed by Dow 16,000 and NYSE 10,000 but that’s too nit-picky to worry about if the S&P holds 1,700 – ALL PRAISE BE TO OBAMA!!!
I’m kidding my Conservative pals but you can’t have it both ways. If the market is great and real then you have to give some credit to the guy in charge and his policies, including: slashing tax breaks, extending unemployment benefits, bailing out auto companies, boosting SEC enforcement (Dodd-Frank), getting banks out of Student Loan Programs, ending the war, clean energy tax credits, Green Energy Loans (Solyndra, Tesla), raising CAFE standards, cracking down on carbon emissions, credit card reforms, Health Care Reform, tripling AmeriCorps, regulating tobacco, cutting military spending (killing the F22), pushing for better school nutrition, stem cell research grants… You know – everything the GOP says they will reverse as soon as they have the chance.
I have no doubt that the GOP can almost fully reverse the entirety of Obama’s 1,140-point gain in the S&P if given a chance. Heck, Bush already proved it could be done!
Meanwhile, Non-Farm Payrolls came in light at 162,000 jobs and, even worse, they shaved 24,000 jobs off last month too. Even worse, unemployment is down, which means you can’t pretend the Fed will boost stimulus off this number as they benchmark the rate of unemployment, not the number of jobs.
Will this be enough to take a little air out of the market balloon or is this going to be just another negative data point we shrug off? As I mentioned above, we already got super-short yesterday in our Short Term Portfolio and this morning we went long on silver (/SI) at $19.25 and short on oil at $108, and already we have $107 oil and $20 silver for gains of $1,000 per contract on oil and $3,750 per contract ($50 per penny) on silver.
Usually we don’t play silver, because it’s so violent, but that was an easy one to call. Sadly, we used LOGIC to make that call and it worked – and that makes it harder for us to throw logic out the window and run with the bulls. Maybe, just maybe, the market will have an attack of sanity today and head lower – sparing us the angst over the weekend. Either way, I recommend a lot of drinking ahead of next week!
Have a great weekend,