Greece: Buy The Rumor, Sell The News?
The market is slightly lower in early trading despite rumors circulating that a deal has been made between Greece politicians on the austerity measures. I have to wonder if we will see the classic buy the rumor, sell the news reaction. By that I mean that the market has been running higher on the perception that a Greek deal was in the works. Now that we might actually have an official deal, the market could be ready to take a breather.
There was another large handful of earnings reports last night and this morning. Stocks trading higher after reporting earnings include: ALXN, V, AKAM, SCSS, and PM. Stocks trading lower on earnings reports are CSCO, NWSA, PRU, and PEP to name a few.
In economic news, weekly jobless claims fell to 358,000. This was an improvement vs. last week's tally of 370,000.
Asian markets were mixed overnight. A key inflation reading in China came in above expectations. Europe's markets were slightly higher on Greek rumors, and the euro is also higher.
Commodities are getting a boost from the weaker dollar today. Oil prices are higher near $99.60, gold prices are up to $1750, and copper and silver prices are higher also.
The 10-year yield is rallying further, now up to 2.04%. And the VIX is 3% higher so far to 18.70.
Trading comment: Interesting action in AAPL lately. I'm not sure why the steady flow of funds into the stock. Of course, AAPL has been undervalued on a PE basis for a long time. So it could be that investors are suddenly willing to give it its due and a higher multiple to boot. I don't like the recent parabolic action in the stock. Maybe that's just the nightmares I still have about YHOO in 2000. But I would like to see AAPL make a more constructive base, or at least show an ascent on the chart that isn't so steep. I bet that's the first time you ever heard a money manager complain about making money, huh?
KAM Advisors has long positions in: AAPL, ALXN, SCSS, PM