S&P 500 FINANCIALS INDEX
The Alerian MLP Index tried for a rebound today, but gave up early gains, ending with a fractional gain to 355. The REIT index finished with a gain of almost 2 to 211. Junk bond funds found buyers & were up 1-2%. Treasuries had a tough time finding buyers even though the Federal Reserve was in the market to buy. The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose 2 basis points to 2.86%, remaining about 50 basis points above its recent low.
Alerian MLP Index --- YTD
Dow Jones REIT Index --- YTD
10-Year Treasury Yield Index --- YTD
Oil declined for a 4th day on speculation that China will raise interest rates, slowing economic growth. Gold is resting after its fall from record highs above 1400.
|CLZ10.NYM||...Crude Oil Dec 10...||80.48 ||.... 1.86||(2.3%)|
|GCX10.CMX||...Gold Nov 10||.....1,341.80 ||... 3.50||(0.3%)|
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Last week Cisco (CSCO), a Dow stock, reported an outlook which took the stock down $5 & back to the levels of Aug 2009. In the last week it has been learning to live at lower, sub 20, levels. Today it's down 3¢ to 19.40. Attached is an article discussing recent results for high profile tech companies.
A look at recent tech-industry earningsAP
Cisco --- 2 years
Bank of America (BAC), another Dow stock, has been under pressure all year, mirroring the Financial Index trudging along but in contrast to the rising stock averages. The stock had a nice bounce off its very depressed levels around 4, but has only returned to where it was in the middle of 2009 highlighted by 6 months of a continual slide
Bank of America --- 2 years
Citigroup (C) had a nice bounce off its depressed lows of 1 at the start of 2009 but has been pretty much trading sideways near 4 in the last 6 months. However its modest rise in recent months is impressive when the the flat performance of the Finance Index & the Treasury's sale of billions of shares are kept in mind. For the very brave, its bulls see the shares doubling from these levels.
Citigroup --- 1 year
Speaking of the very brave, Apple (AAPL), with the 2nd largest market cap in the world, has been one of the best performing stocks in the last year. But after reporting great earnings last month & a host of new products, its has slipped back. Today it fell 1+ to just above 300 (what could be a very significant technical support level) & down 19 from its highs last month. AAPL is a darling of the bulls. When it falls back, that becomes worrisome for their argument.
Apple --- 1 year
Markets huffed & puffed but couldn't climb the mountain today. Dow is only 7 above the important 11K support line with selling (even though it was minor) into the close. Markets have to cope with questioning about the QE2 decision, sovereign bank loan problems in Europe & a possible slowdown in Asian economies. This has the making of another difficult week for the markets.
Dow Jones Industrials --- YTD
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