NASDAQ closes at a new all time record level

Now erases 203 point decline and close higher for the 1st time in 4 days

The major US stock indices are closing the day near highs for the day.

  • The NASDAQ closed at a record high surpassing the previous high of at 10020.35
  • The NASDAQ has closed at a record low for the 20th time in 2020
  • Apple closes at record high
  • Dow industrial average erased a 203 point decline
  • NASDAQ post longest win streak of 2020 (7 trading days)
  • NASDAQ is up around 12% on the year
  • Dow close higher for the 1st time 4 days
The final numbers are showing:
  • S&P index rose 20.45 points or 0.66% at 3118.19
  • NASDAQ index rose 110.35 points or 1.11% at 10056.42
  • Dow industrial average close up 150.81 points or 0.59% at 26024.23

The Federal Reserve decision is Wednesday: Three things to watch for

The Fed has executed the pump; watch out for the dump

The Fed has executed the pump; watch out for the dump
The Federal Reserve decision is on June 10 and it’s shaping up to be a bigger event than anticipated a week ago because of surprising strength in jobs and equity markets.
We’ve quickly moved from a paradigm of Fed action supporting equity markets to the unwinding of Fed action sapping equity markets.
Here is what to watch:

The Main Street Lending facility

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S&P and NASDAQ snap 4-day winning streak ahead of US jobs report today

Dow industrial average ekes out a small gain

the S&P and NASDAQ index snapped a 4 day winning streak ahead of the US jobs report released tomorrow at 8:30 AM ET. The Dow industrial average up the trend by closing higher on the day but just barely.

The final numbers are showing:
  • S&P index, -10.52 points or -0.34% at 3112.35
  • NASDAQ index -67.098 points or 0.69% at 9615.81
  • Dow industrial average up 11.93 points or 0.05% at 26281.82.
Below are the percentage changes and high low percentages for the major indices in North America and Europe. European shares end the day modestly lower after the sharp gains over the first 3 days of the trading week.
Dow industrial average ekes out a small gain_

Major US indices close near session highs

Dow industrial average rising by over 1%. Posts 2 day win streak

the US major indices are closing near session highs. The Dow industrial average led the index is charged with a 1.05% gain. S&P and NASDAQ posts the 6th gain in 7 trading days. The NASDAQ index is closing lesson 3% from the record high set in February.

The final numbers are showing:
  • S&P index up 25.09 points or 0.82% at 3080.82. The high price reached 3081.07. The low price extended to 3051.64
  • NASDAQ index rose 56.326 points or 0.59% at 9608.37. The high price reached 9611.22. The low price extended to 9472.08
  • Dow industrial average rose by 267.63 points or 1.05% at 25742.65. The high price reached 25743.13. The low extended to 25523.74.
Some winners today included:
  • Chewy, +9.6%
  • Square Inc., +6.3%
  • Qualcomm, +6.2%
  • Alcoa, +4.53%
  • General Electric, +4.29%
  • Alibaba, +3.79%
  • FedEx +3.42%
  • Slack, +3.2%
  • Citigroup, +2.79%
  • Broadcom, +2.76%
  • Southwest Airline, +2.56%
  • American Express, +2.36%
Some losers today included:
  • LYFT, -2.85%
  • Wynn Resorts, -2.73%
  • Beyond Meat, -2.61%
  • Gilead, -2.53%
  • Tesla, -1.87%
  • Amgen, -1.43%
  • Raytheon technologies, -1.28%
  • Northrop Grumman, -1.16%
  • Intuit, -1.03%
  • Booking.com -1.0%
  • Starbucks, -0.69%
  • Costco, -0.39%

EXPLANATIONS OF COMMON TRADING PROBLEMS

Why Traders Naturally Cannot Follow Their Trading Plan

  • The brain automatically engages “distinct mechanisms” to handle these two scenarios differently: (i) risky situation where the probabilities are known, and (ii) ambiguous situation with incomplete information where historical probabilities provide only a clue. For the latter, there will be a “uncertainty circuit” that will raise a red flag to say “more information needed”.
  • This results in traders trying to do exactly what they planned while their brain fights them to find more information or to scramble in the face of a clear, but maybe only subconsciously perceived, threat.
  • Just because you decided on taking a long or short trading position, your “brain on uncertainty” doesn’t change how it goes about making judgment calls in uncertain circumstances. The basic process steps through the context-belief-perception cycle because it can’t help it.
  • Uncertainty means — at least to part of your neural and white matter networks — that a black bear, ready to eat all your apples (and you with them) could be just around the corner. The more uncertainty, the more you can realize how much you are relying on contextual clues in order to make sense of the situation.

Soros on Soros: Staying Ahead of the Curve

This book is comprised of a series of edited interviews with George Soros, and is broken up into 3 parts. The first part is about his investing. He talks about his family history, investment philosophies and theories, his early times as an analyst on Wall Street, and the Quantum Fund. He talk about how his theories were related to some of his real trades, specifically the Japanese stock market, the Mexican market, and the British Pound.

The second section deals with his views on (and participation in) politics. He talks about philanthropy, the geopolitics of Europe, diplomacy, and open societies. The third section of the book deals with philosophy and talks about some of his personal writings.

This book was fun for me to read since it was about hedge funds back when hedge funds were pure – before they were contaminated by Wall Street. Since this book is about Soros the person, and not Soros the investor, a significant portion of the book is devoted to politics and philosophy, and not investing. Although these topics are not out of place, most people will be less interested in this stuff since they are more interested in his investments.

Since Soros talks about his theories (specifically his theory of reflexivity), this book could be considered a more philosophical version of Alchemy of Finance. Hence, this book will appeal to traders/investors looking to ponder their personal investing philosophies. Although Soros tries too hard at times to make every statement sound profound, the timeless philosophical topics he brings up lends the book substantial (as well as lasting) value. This is due to the fact that a majority of traders will always lose money. When novice traders are unable to achieve success, it is best for them to step back and ask fundamental questions, like “why do I trade?”. But most don’t do this, and this book can help with that.

Consequently, the most important lesson that can be extracted from Soros’s market philosophies is that it is important to HAVE market philosophies. When I wrote my “How to Become a Trader” checklist, I said that one of the first things you should do is to write down your philosophies about the markets. This catches some prospective traders off guard since it is something that they’ve never thought about.

S&P and Dow close at session lows

NASDAQ are on the day but off the session highs

the S&P index and Dow industrial average are both closing at/near session lows. The NASDAQ index remained higher on the day but well off its high levels.
The final numbers are showing
  • S&P index -20.02 points or -0.70% at 2848.42. The high percentage was 0.79%
  • NASDAQ index +45.266 points or +0.51% at 8854.38. The high percentage was 1.41%.
  • Dow industrial average -218.45 points or -0.91% at 23664.64.  The high percentage was up 0.72%.

US Indices take a Friday fall to finish the week slightly lower

On the day:
  • S&P 500 down 2.8%
  • DJIA -2.6%
  • Nasdaq -3.2%
  • TSX -1.0%
On the week:
  • S&P 500 down down 0.2%
  • DJIA -0.2%
  • Nasdaq -0.3%
  • TSX +1.4%

Here is a look at the weekly S&P 500 chart. That latest candle isn’t a pretty one:

A look at US and Canadian markets

European shares end with solid gains as risk on sentiment increases

Hopes f him him him rom Gilead news propel European shares higher.

European indices are ending the session with solid gains on hopes from the Gilead remdesivir drug,
  • German DAX, +3.0%
  • France’s CAC, +2.32%
  • UK’s FTSE 100, +2.77%
  • Spain’s Ibex, +3.24%
In the European 10 year note sector are mostly lower with the exception of Italy (their credit rating was lowered by Fitch after the close yesterday)
Hopes f him him him _rom Gilead news propel European shares higher.

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Major US stock indices rocket higher into the close

Indices all close with gains of over 7%

The major US stock indices rocketed higher into the close.  Reports that another $1.5 trillion of stimulus was leaked to Wall Street executives may have been a catalyst. The major indices are closing with oversized gains with the S&P bringing up the rear with a impressive 7.03% rise
The final numbers are showing:
  • S&P index up 175.03 points or 7.03% to 2663.68
  • NASDAQ index rose 540.15 points or 7.33% to 7913.23
  • Dow rose 1627.46 points or 7.73% to 2679.99

All 30 Dow stocks rose on the day led by:

  • Boeing +19.26%
  • Raytheon Technologies, +15.28%
  • American Express, +13.91%
  • Visa, +11.46%
  • DuPont, +11.0%
  • McDonald’s, +10.4%
The laggards in the Dow 30 include:
  • Procter & Gamble, +2.25%
  • Pfizer, +2.62%
  • Exxon Mobil, +3.09%
  • Verizon, +3.25%
  • Johnson & Johnson, +4.03%