Capitalogix Commentary for the Week of 04/19/10

At the end of the week, the markets were pretty much where they started.  So nothing happened, right?

Sometimes weeks like this are important.  The Japanese candlestick chart pattern this type of action produces is called a Doji.  After a long up-trend, this pattern often marks a turning-point.

Here, there is a Doji resting on the recent up-trend line (drawn with the red arrow) and the support-resistance level (noted with the orange dashed line).  This creates an easy decision-zone to watch.

100419 Dow Decision Zone

From my perspective, a little pull-back would be welcome here.

Earnings Season Is Here.

During the past few quarters, companies have shown that they can cut-back and save money.  Now may be the time investors want to see some sales growth. 

The results are not as important to me as the market's response.  Are people going to keep buying, or start selling the news?  Here are a few items that caught my eye this past week.

  • JPMorgan Earns $3.3 Billion in 1st Quarter, a 55% increase of Profits. (DealBook)
  • GM Posts $4.3 billion Loss, Says 2010 Profit Possible. (Reuters)
  • Intel Profits and Outlook Blow Past Expectations   (DailyFinance

Goldman_Sachs_logo Of course, the news that the government was suing Goldman Sachs also moved the market.  How it ultimately moves Goldman is still to be seen.  Again, though, what I'll be watching is whether this will become a buying opportunity or a trigger for further selling.  That will likely tell us how healthy the rally remains.

Banks Were Masking Risk Levels From the Public.

On a related topic, according to the WSJ, major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public.  Here is an interactive graphic to illustrate what happened.

100419 Banks Masked Risk From Public

More Banks Are Closing.

Also, Regulators shut down eight more banks last week; that makes 50 so far this year. Last year saw 140 bank failures, the highest annual number since the 1992 Savings & Loan crisis.  In comparison, only twenty-five banks failed in 2007 or 2008. Another chart to put this in perspective is here.

100419 Bank Failures Continue

Expect to
Hear A Lot More About the Need For More Regulation.

100419 Irrational Exuberance Cartoon

Business Posts Moving the
that I Found Interesting This Week

Lighter Ideas and
Fun Links

that I Found Interesting This Week

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