Last week, markets managed to push higher, propelled by the strength in the semiconductors and a late rally by the financials. Semiconductors have been drawing speculators searching for the next deal, ADI and MXIM being the latest in merger talks. SNDK remains on the radar as a takeover target.
Financials were sluggish to start the week, as earnings from JPM, WFC, and GS were not very inspiring. But, buyers came in in full force on Thursday. We caught most of that surge with our GS calls, which brought in profits as high as +43%. Our GLD calls also scored an intraday +48% gain! Here are the closed trades for the week:
For the week, the Dow was up +131.48 points; SPX added +18.22 points; Nasdaq gained +56.22 points. Gold continued to push higher, trading above $1170/ounce (see my latest analysis on gold). Oil was flat, trading above $47/barrel. At the time of this writing, Asian markets were mixed. Let's see where the US markets stood after Friday's close:
On Friday, SPX added +9.25 points to close at 2033.11. Its daily MAs and MACD went up.
Nasdaq gained +16.59 points to close at 4886.69. Its daily MAs and MACD also went higher.
Markets experienced some weakness on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, but, were able to finish higher with the help of a rally from the financials. For the new week, lots of earnings are coming in:
Monday: (AM) HAL, MS, VRX, HAS; (PM) IBM, STLD, RMBS
Tuesday: (AM) UTX, HOG, CP, SAP, ATI; (PM) CMG, YHOO, VMW, ILMN
Wednesday: (AM) BIIB, BA, KO, ABT, PII; (PM) EBAY, SNDK, ATI, TXN, TSCO, NOW, MLNX, CTXS, CA, ALGT
Thursday: (AM) UA, LUV, CAT, FCX, CY, UNP, ALK, MMM, NUE; (PM) AMZN, MSFT, GOOG, SKX, P, JNPR, SWN, QLIK
Friday: (AM) AAL, PG, COG, STT
Many in the metals and mining are reporting: STLD, ATI, CAT, NUE, FCX.
Airlines are also reporting: ALGT, ALK, LUV, AAL
The heavyweights are coming in on Thursday afternoon: AMZN, MSFT, and GOOG/GOOGL.
SPX has resistance between 2040 and 2060; support is at 2000.
XME (metals and mining)
XME was down last week. It is at support right now. STLD kicks things off on Monday afternoon. FCX has been weak on lower copper prices. CAT is not doing very well as a company.
XLE managed to close higher, even though the outlook from SLB was not so good. We'll continue to eyes on this sector. EOG, APA, APC, and OXY are neutral. CVX and XOM have been strong.
BTK has been working really hard to establish a bottom. It closed above its 10-day MA last week, and its MACD has turned bullish. BIIB reports on Wednesday morning. We'll also being watching CELG, AMGN, and GILD. Biotechs have have an overall effect on the broader market in recent months.
FDN gilded up last week. NFLX report was not received well. This week, YHOO will come up to the plate first on Tuesday afternoon, followed by EBAY on Wednesday afternoon, and the rest on Thursday. EBAY has been quite weak and is slowing fading into the background, as AMZN takes over the e-commerce scene. Both AMZN and GOOG have been strong, and the options are expensive. I don't see the need to take the risk ahead of the reports, even though their businesses seem to be doing really well.
Good night and HappyTrading! ™