|Weekly Newsletter 07/15/06|
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The middle-east crisis increases the potential for disruption to energy supplies and the commodities markets reacted accordingly with crude oil futures reaching record heights this week. While higher oil prices have not yet had a significant impact on the economy, sooner or later higher energy costs will reduce consumer disposable income and hurt economic growth. Reduced consumer demand could itself be a brake on inflation, but if higher energy costs are passed on through the cost of goods and services, inflation will rise and the Fed will be forced to take further fiscal tightening measures because with the underpinnings of the economy dependant on debt financing from overseas, the Fed cannot afford to relinquish its strong anti-inflationary stance. There was evidence that consumer spending is already being impacted as retail sales for July came in below expectations on Friday and consumer confidence dipped. The markets recognized these realities this week and closed sharply down for the second successive week. The DJI lost 3.17%, the NASDAQ Composite plummeted 4.35% and the S&P 500 dipped 2.31%. Only the DJI remains in positive territory for the year with a gain of just 0.2% while the S&P 500 has lost 0.97% and the NASDAQ has given up 7.62%.
We recommended going to cash on May 10 and since the open on May 11 the DJI has lost 8%, the S&P 500 has lost 7% and the NASDAQ has dropped 14%. The rally that began on June 14 is now definitely over for the NASDAQ while the DJI and S&P 500 are still above the intraday low of that date.
The DJI broke through the neckline of a head and shoulders pattern on Wednesday as the following chart shows. This is a bearish pattern and the expectation is that the decline will continue from the point where the neckline was broken by an amount equal to the height of the head above the neckline. As the head was 3.5% above the headline, that gives us a target level for the DJI of 3.5% below 11013 which is 10628, or 70 points below the June 14 intraday low. That would correspond to a 9% decline from May's high but 5% above last November's low and qualify as a correction but would be well short of confirming a bear market.
There were 16 successful breakouts this week which made an average intraday gain of 4.11%. The best performer was FIZ which gained 11.35% before closing the week for a gain of 7.13%.
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Coinciding with our new service name of CANTATA, we have added a 'Timeliness' section to the evaluation.
We are in the process of amending our site to incorporate this new feature and new service name and this should be completed over the weekend.
|This Week's Top Tip||Tips for getting the most out of our site|
There's no Top Tip this week as we are actively working on recognition of head-and-shoulders chart petterns. These are a highly effective selector of shorting candidates. We hope to have a preliminary version ready next week.
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|Market Summary||Overview of market direction and industry rotation|
|Weekly Breakout Report||How confirmed breakouts performed this week|
2This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at its intraday high.
3This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at the most recent close.
|Top Breakout Choices||Stocks on our Cup-and-Handle list with best expected gain if they breakout|
|Top Second Chances||Stocks that broke out this week and are still in buyable range|
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