Friday, February 6, 2009

The Kirk Report

The Kirk Report

Horseshoes & Handgrenades

Posted: 06 Feb 2009 03:56 PM CST

After the worst January ever for the market, hope returned this week that Obama & Congress will soon fly to the rescue.

S&P 500: This Week

This week the S&P 500 gained +5.17%, Dow +3.50%, Nasdaq +7.81%, and the Russell 2000 +6.12. To win big this week you needed to be long the market and especially technology (like semiconductors), basic materials (like steel), home construction, and metals & mining. It would also be helpful to be long both China & Brazil.

Monday certainly points to an interesting day as bailouts and stimulus are revealed. Clearly, the market seems to think that good things are ahead while the skeptics will be looking for another sell the news reaction to unfold yet again while you already know my view.

Have a great weekend!


Posted: 06 Feb 2009 01:40 PM CST

Before we close out another week, I'd like to take some time to answer a few questions on the following topics:

  • Gearing Up For A Monster Rally

  • Final Hour Strength & Smart Money

  • Screening Out Earnings Risk

  • An ETF That Is Socially Responsible

  • A Tool For Setting Trading Alerts

  • Stock Turnover Within My Stock Screen Machine

  • Chart Pattern Setups No Longer Working

  • Looking For Tells Within The Financials

  • A Plethora of Inverse Head & Shoulder Patterns

  • Awaiting Confirmation In A Shipping Stock

  • Speculation Over Government Bans & Restrictions On Ultra Short ETFs

  • Tax Time For Traders: Preparing Schedule D

  • RIMM's Reversal Of Fortune

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U.S. January Payrolls: -598K

Posted: 06 Feb 2009 07:53 AM CST

Good morning. U.S. January payrolls fell a more than expected 598,000 and the jobless rate increased to 7.6%. Job losses were widespread across nearly all major industry sectors. However, premarket futures are climbing into positive territory in response and indicate a positive open.

Beyond the fixation on today's employment data, corporate headlines are relatively light this morning with continued focus on next week's bank bailout plans. It also appears Congress will try again today to pass their $937 billion dollar stimulus plan. Have a great Friday!