Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Greece Deal Rumors Send Dollar Soaring

In a continuation of the news from yesterday ( please keep in mind what I said about key markets being completely NEWS-DRIVEN at the moment ), the market is reacting to the potential for a deal between Greece and its creditors.

When the only thing keeping the safe haven trades alive begins to fade in importance to traders, they will dump them like a bad habit. That is what they are now doing to gold, bonds, the yen, and you might as well throw silver into the mix.

Silver in particular seems to be the be the most vulnerable here because all of the other industrial metals have been getting beaten with an ugly stick while it has managed to stay afloat. With copper, platinum and palladium falling apart, there is no fundamental reason for silver to stage any sort of strong rally. Without Greece, it loses its support.

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Charles Biderman Explains His New ETF to Bob Pisani: TTFS, FCFI

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Buy The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:XLK)

Stocks are finally breaking out!
The Russell 2000 small-cap index? Check. Midcap stocks? Double check. Blistering biotechs? Triple check. In fact, The Biotech iShares continued to reach for new highs Monday after last week’s jolt.
There are still some weak spots out there, like utilities. But if you’re taking the time to zero-in on the strongest stocks in the strongest sectors, you’re absolutely thrashing the major averages this year.
And you don’t even have to be a great stock picker to beat this market. Those biotech iShares I just mentioned? They’re up 20% in just about 5 months. No stock picking genius required there. The S&P 500? Up about 5% over the same timeframe.
And the S&P 500 is playing catch-up to these early breakouts to start off the week. So it’s time to look for the stocks that could make the move from mediocre to market leader. And the best place to look is large-cap tech stocks…
So today we’re hitching our wagon to one of the strongest stocks in the biz. It’s been resting most of the year, but now this sleeping giant is storming back and could be on its way to record highs this summer…
Some of the most recognizable names in the tech space hit the snooze button back in the spring—and they still have yet to wake up from their naps. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:XLK) has bested the S&P 500 over the past five months or so. But it’s not setting the world on fire.
So if you’re looking for excitement this hasn’t been the place to find it…
Here are some of the biggest snoozers: Apple, the largest holding in XLK, has gone nowhere since March. Microsoft is flat on the year. Verizon is up a few bucks—but has fallen off over the past six weeks.
But not all of these big techies are playing Sleeping Beauty. In fact, it looks like some of these stocks are starting to wipe the crust out of their eyes. And Mr. Market is pouring a few of these lagging tech stocks a hot cup of coffee as I type…
How about Facebook? Yup, the ol’ Facebook is a major tech player now. And shares are looking strong, up 5% so far this month and quickly closing in on its highs. The social media landscape has already started to fracture. Traders are taking the weak names to the woodshed, while the best of the best (like Facebook) march higher. And it’s not the only tech stock waking from its slumber…
Google, the king of search, is also getting up off the mat. This stock is now up five days in a row and punching through a trading range it’s been trapped in since April.
I think Monday’s move higher is just the beginning of another push to new highs for Google. This stock has flat-lined for way too long. Even today it’s trading at prices we haven’t seen since October. And shares remain well below the all-time highs near $615 set more than a year ago…
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