Wednesday’s recap: What a way to begin the new quarter … down by triple digits at open and up by over 150 points by close!! Some sense of optimism is slowly building about the economic recovery. Today’s dismal opening was attributed to a couple of factors. News from Asia were not good. China’s manufacturing index came in lower than expected, and Japan’s business sentiment among big manufacturing firms came in at a record low. Further, prior to markets opened, the ADP report indicated a dismal private sector employment condition, a drop by 742,000 in March. This figure was higher than anticipated. So, the markets opened in deep red.
As the day progressed, small doses of good news trickled in, and the markets responded. The next economic reports came in showed a rebound in pending home sales and improving manufacturing activity. Despite massive public protests, there’s some good news out of G-20 meeting. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the G20 was close to agreeing on global reforms for the financial system. This was not expected.
The Dow rose 153 points or 2%, to 7762. The S&P 500 index gained 13.2 points or 1.7% to close at 811 and the Nasdaq picked up 23 points or 1.5 percent, to close at 1552. Crude oil fell $1.27 to settle at $48.39 a barrel. Gold prices rose by $2.70 to $927.70 an ounce. The dollar was mixed – slightly weaker against the yen, but was stronger against the euro and pound.
Chemicals, gold miners, banking, and technology stocks had a stellar day. TaurusTrader had an OK day. No big gain or losses. No position was stopped out. However, it was a decent day for day trading. Had a nice success with TNA and FAS among the picks.
I also initiated small positions in MS ($22.30) and WFC ($13.75) at the open today ahead of FASB’s decision on mark to market scheduled for tomorrow. I wrote about it in my yesterday’s blog.
Stock Picks for Thursday, April 2: There are good news coming in small doses. The worst is not over, yet. The pain is still there, but there is some optimism building that the pain from recession is beginning to recede. If FASB modifies the mark to market rule tomorrow in favor of banks, it should bode well not only for the banking sector, but also to the whole market in general. The markets may have already baked in for a slight disappointment in Friday’s jobless data. Unless it comes out real bad and out of whack, the markets should do fine. But, any improvement in employment numbers, however unlikely, should help vault markets higher …. Omen!!
I would like to add the following stocks to TaurusTrader swing portfolio:
- EXP – Buy above $25.50, stop at $22.75, target $28.50 (volatility is high)
- WDC – Buy above $20.01, stop at $17.98, target $23.00
- HSP – Buy above $31.41, stop at $28.60, target $35.50
- TNA – Buy above 18.60, stop at $15.75, target 21.50 (very volatile and risky)
Chemical sector is showing some momentum. If you have additional capital to commit, I would suggest looking at DD and DOW. Both these picks also have strong ag portfolio that compliment their chemical business.
I’ll not day trade tomorrow as I’ll be away on my other business interest that I detailed in my earlier post on Wednesday. However, if interested, the financials may again provide some opportunities for profitable trades. My favorite ones are – WFC, FAS, and MS.
MON is scheduled to report earnings prior to open on Thursday. Expect high volatility in ag and fertilizer stocks in sympathy.
If there are questions or comments, please do post.
Best regards, and happy trading ….