Thursday, December 9, 2010

12/10 Almanac

On Friday, Dec. 10: International trade, budget deficit.

There are 8 days before the December options expire, 43 the January and 71 the February.

On the jump, market stats, econ reports, and the trading calendar . . .


Blue chip stocks (SPY) closed the latest regular session up 0.4% from the prior close. During the day SPY traversed 0.7% in a net move down of 0.2%.

The day's extremes: Open $123.97, high $124.02, low $123.15, close $123.76.

SPY traded above the DeMark pivots before closing within their range. The next DeMark pivots are $123.02-$123.89.

In total, 2.7 billion shares were traded on the three major U.S. stock exchange, 5% fewer than on the prior trading day.

Five-year bond yields imply inflation at 1.83%, down 1 basis point from the prior trading day.

Econ reports:

The international trade report, what is sometimes called the balance of payments, will be out at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

Also, import and export prices at 8:30 a.m., consumer sentiment at 9:55 a.m., and the Treasury budget (think deficit) at 2 p.m.

Trading Calendar:

By my rules, at this point in the cycle I can trade January vertical and calendar spreads, and February straddles, calls and puts. And of course, shares are good at any time.

What I'm looking for:
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