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At the Close

by 4/26/2005 5:03 PM
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No...I didn't leave for the day, I was pulled into a meeting. While that might not seem helpful, it was for a greater good that hopefully will yield good things for you. But more on that another time...

Into the close...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

...the SPX continued to slide...Final figures and comments in a moment.


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Into the Close

by 4/26/2005 3:47 PM
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My apologies...Some days I just don't feel like I am hitting my stride in the blog and today is one of those days...

As we head into the close, here is what I am seeing...

  • The SMH has pulled back to breakeven after trying to overtake last week's highs
  • IBM is moving lower into the close as the share are now up less than one percent
  • Underperformance of small caps seems curious
  • The SPX is tagging yet another intraday low
  • Housing stocks popped on this morning's housing data but the housing index is now below breakeven

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Here are today's top and bottom performing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)...

Top Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • Biotech HOLDRS (BBH) = +2.34 percent
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) = +0.51 percent
  • iShares C&S Realty Majors (ICF) = +0.40 percent
  • Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) = +0.32 percent
  • Retail HOLDRS (RTH) = +0.28 percent
  • iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR) = +0.09 percent
  • iShares DJ US Financial Svcs (IYG) = +0.09 percent
  • iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) = +0.00 percent

Bottom Performing Sector Exchange Traded Funds:

  • iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) = -1.07 percent
  • iShares DJ US Industrial (IYJ) = -1.08 percent
  • Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) = -1.23 percent
  • iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index (IJR) = -1.29 percent
  • Internet HOLDRS (HHH) = -1.47 percent
  • iShares DJ US Basic Materials (IYM) = -1.54 percent
  • iShares DJ Transportation Average (IYT) = -1.62 percent
  • Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH) = -1.70 percent

Biotech takes the lead while the rest of the top performing list is more or less holding above breakeven. On the downside we an eclectic mix basic materials, oil services, transports, internet and small caps.

Note: If you are not familiar with ETFs, make sure you read the Education and FAQ sections in our ETF center.


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Sharlee says - "Take a look at a weekly chart of AMZN. Don't you just know they have done "swimmingly" this past quarter? We will find out tonight."

My response - (AMZN) heads into their earnings announcement with the shares near their annual low and an equity scorecard reading of four. The chart that caught my eye is the Internet HOLDRS (HHH)...

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The daily chart of the HHH shows the recent decline with the 50-day moving average. The weekly chart highlights the support near 50. Since he mentioned it I thought I should show the weekly chart of Amazon - which is not encouraging, and the chart of eBay for further perspective (and because I need to fill out my table).

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We emerge from lunchtime with the SPX tagging new lows for the session...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

I don't see much in the way of major headlines and most of the "reasons" I am seeing for the decline look more like after the fact rationalizations than catalysts. In other words, it seems more like random volatility than a reaction to one particular event...

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