Stocks Rise On April 27 Despite Mounting Risk Factors
Stocks rose again, and on some days, it seems like they may be the only risk asset that is rising. Nah, couldn't be.

Stocks Rise On April 27 Despite Mounting Risk Factors

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Mike’s Reading The Markets Premium Content from 4.27.20: 

Yeah, that actually was all just from today. I guess it is a lot, but nobody complains 🙂


Stocks had a good day, and there isn’t much to find in today’s trading action that is “bearish,” the setup appears to be more bullish at this point. Sometimes markets can stray from the underlying fundamentals, and some time markets can lead fundamentals. I still happen to be the camp that the market is getting ahead of itself here, but who am I to judge. The index is attempting to break the trading range we have been in since the start of April, and with earnings quickly approaching from the most significant companies, things could easily move one way or the other.  Interestingly, the S&P 500 managed to close below 2,880, which isn’t anything magical, but it was the prior high on April 17. Mostly, we continue to just move sideways within this range.

S&P 500, spx

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The broader market continues to ignore many of the risks that other parts of the market are reflecting, but what do I know? I am only a mere mortal.

I guess all that fiscal stimulus and QE can only be reinvested into equities; maybe there was clause hidden in the underwriting agreements. Does anyone else find it odd that other risk assets like oil and copper don’t rally?  If the economy was thought to be improving, I would have thought these two risk assets would rise too.  Right I get it, there is just to much supply and nowhere to store it, so why would the price be rising. It has nothing to do with a lack of demand. 


Copper has been looking pretty weak too. 

copper, copper

Iron ore, we certainly don’t use that in anything. 

iron ore


Tesla (TSLA)

Moving on, Tesla rose sharply today ahead of results later this week. It still seems possible for it to get to $850. Remember the phrasing that was used in the fourth quarter letter around deliveries. It said comfortably exceed. So does that mean 500k units or 505k units, it could be 700k units for all we know. Remember last year, when the stock fell to $180 because everyone was sure that Musk would cut delivery guidance and didn’t? Ok, well, I do. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t cut guidance again.

It is kind of strange for a guy (ME) to be negative on the economy, and yet positive on a luxury car company. Yeah, but people still need to buy cars, and Tesla can continue to take share.

The lease on my car is due soon, and you’d be surprised how hard it is to do that right now. I really would get a Model Y; my only problem is that I need something sooner than when the Model Y will likely be released.


Amazon (AMZN)

Amazon’s stock did not rally today, failing again at $2440. The RSI just continues to trend lower, $2180 still seems possible. Imagine the irony if the company reports a weaker than expected EPS because they decided to spend more. As long revenue is better, that’s all that matters, right?

amzn, amazon

Netflix (NFLX)

Netflix is forming a descending triangle, and that seems pretty clear now. Watch for that drop to $386.

netflix, nflx

Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft is now trending lower. Even worse, I saw a bunch of bearish put buying today. Ugh! The RSI is trending lower now too. Did I mention the gap is filled too?  Premium content – Traders Are Betting Microsoft Falls After Earnings

microsoft, msft


AMD has that same negative trend line on the RSI that all the other stocks seem to face. It also has a strong level of resistance at $59.

nxpi, nxp

anyway, have a good one


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