The deficit, the war, and the oil spill are still in the news. While this cartoon jokes about how America achieves greatness, I suspect it is a topic that will get more attention.
The Fed left rates unchanged, citing overseas threats and "developments abroad." Do you see that as a sign that cooperation is waning? Likewise, despite seeking further stimulus at the G20 Meetings this week in Toronto, the US found that world leaders were more concerned with trimming deficits.
Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the BBC that the US can 'no longer drive global growth'; and the world "cannot depend as much on the US as it did in the past". Instead, he said that other major economies would have to grow more for the global economy to prosper.
With that in mind, there are three big bearish macroeconomic stories hanging over the market:
- The sovereign debt issue in Europe.
- The slowing Chinese economy.
- The second leg down in housing.
The big question is - to what extent is the bad news already priced-in to the market?
Let's Look at the Charts.
The weekly chart of the S&P 500 Index shows that we are still beneath the down-trend that started in late 2007. While price has held above the 1040 support zone (marked by the green highlight), last week's pattern (marked by the orange circle) is considered bearish. The week started higher, yet closed lower, than the prior week's range (this is called a Bearish Engulfing Pattern); and often signals a trend change.
A Leading Indicator of Economic Activity is Dying-Up.
If you are looking for insight into global supply and demand trends, the Baltic Dry Index is one of the purest leading indicators of economic activity. It offers a real-time glimpse at global raw material and infrastructure demand, as well as the supply of ships available to move this type of cargo.Since making a short-term peak in late May (about a month after equity markets peaked), the index has declined 38%, and has just dropped below its February lows.
Business Posts Moving the Markets that I Found Interesting This Week:
- The Caution of the Fed Comes With a Risk. Will It Spur Growth? (NYTimes)
- Overview of the Gangs Shaping Economic Policy and Dialog. (ReformedBroker)
- New-Home Sales Plummet 18.3% in May - A Record Low. (LATimes)
- Legendary Trader Victor Niederhoffer on Being Wrong. (Leavitt Brothers)
- Cold War Over: Russia Drops Capital Gains Tax to Attract Investment. (BBC)
- More Posts Moving the Markets.
Lighter Ideas and Fun Links that I Found Interesting This Week
- Why N Korea Seeks $75 Trillion In Compensation From U.S.? (Australian News)
- Runaway General: the Rolling Stone Article That Took Down McChrystal. (RS)
- Texas Red-Light Camera Revenue Becoming Big Business. (TexasTribune)
- Congress To Debate Cellphone Tracking. They Know Where You Are. (Forbes)
- Learn to Talk Like Yoda: Enjoy this, you will. Fun, it is. (YodaSpeak)
- More Posts with Lighter Ideas and Fun Links.