Friday, August 19, 2011

Market comments for Aug. 19th, 2011: Options Expiration for August

It looks like another leg down at the open today as European markets are down 1-2% at this hour. Important day today as it is Options Expiration for August. Volume today should exceed yesterday's high volume. No other financial news here to announce this morning with the exception of J.P. Morgan's prediction lower growth of GDP in the 4th quarter of 2011 and first quarter of 2012. To quote Bloomberg news: "The U.S. economy may expand less than previously thought in the next two quarters as consumer sentiment drops and the housing market fails to gain momentum, JPMorgan Chase & Co. wrote in a report.

Gross domestic product will grow 1 percent in the fourth quarter rather than the 2.5 percent previously forecast and 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 instead of 1.5 percent, Michael Feroli, JPMorgan’s chief U.S. economist in New York, said in an e-mailed note to clients today."

I have included 4 charts this morning. Three of these 3 month charts are as follows: One of the Dow, one of the S&P 500, one of the German DAX Index. The other chart is of Germany's DAX Index over a 5 year period. In this last chart I have drawn several support levels which are now possible given the recent downward trend. This chart is very similar to our Dow chart for the same period, which I did not include. But the lows happened at the same time. Our low hit 6,400 before it finally turned up again. I believe we will ultimately have to test that level on the Dow, because the economic news looking forward does not look bright for all of 2012, not only for the US but for Germany as well and much of Europe. I wish I could tell you something else, but I don't believe a different scenario will occur. Let's just get through today and see where we are. next week, but at the first signs of a further new low in the Dow or S&P, consider the probability higher for this major decline to continue for the foreseeable future.

Come back over the weekend so I can show you some charts on the Dow/Gold ratio and where Gold may be headed. And also some data on the Gold/Silver Index.

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