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Day Traders Diary

6/26/15

The stock market ended the week on a mixed note with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.3%) posting a modest gain while the Nasdaq Composite (-0.6%) spent the day in negative territory. For its part, the S&P 500 ended flat, locking in a 0.4% decline for the week to end ahead of the Nasdaq (-0.7% week-to-date).

 

To little surprise, the trading day began with more rhetoric but little tangible progress between Greek leaders and the country's creditors. With that in mind, the talks are set to enter the eleventh hour with both sides sticking to their own proposals. This morning, Germany's Handelsblatt reported that creditors have offered Greece EUR15.50 billion in bailout funds over the next five months if Greek representatives can agree to the requested reforms; however, that offer was turned down by the Greek delegation. European markets appeared unconcerned with the lack of progress as France's CAC, Germany's DAX, and Italy's MIB spiked between 4.0% and 4.8% for the week. Not to be outdone, Greece's Athens General Composite surged 13.8% for the week, returning into the middle of this year's range.

 

Domestically, investors appeared to suffer from a case of Grexhaustion, showing little concern about the possibility of a Graccident as it now becomes imperative to reach a deal on Saturday if Greece is to make the June 30 debt payment to the International Monetary Fund. Failing to meet that deadline would put the 'Grexit' talk back on the table. That being said, U.S. Treasuries retreated into the afternoon with the 10-yr yield spiking eight basis points to 2.48%. Also of note, selling in the long bond ran the 30-yr yield higher by ten basis points to 3.25%, representing the highest level since September.

 

Six of ten sectors registered gains, but daylong weakness in the technology sector (-0.8%) was today's main story and the primary reason for Nasdaq's underperformance. Specifically, it was the high-beta chipmaker industry group that suffered from widespread losses after Micron (MU 19.66, -4.36) reported disappointing results and issued uninspiring guidance. Shares of MU plunged 18.2% to levels not seen since late 2013 while the PHLX Semiconductor Index lost 2.4% with all 30 components ending in the red.

 

That significant weakness weighed on the technology sector while the Nasdaq also had to contend with losses among biotechnology names. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB 372.70, -3.13) lost 0.8% while the health care sector (-0.1%) spent the day near its flat line with hospital names offsetting the weakness in biotechnology.

 

Similar to the health care sector, the S&P 500 spent the day near its unchanged level. The index benefited from relative strength in just about every sector other than technology. Most notably, financials (+0.3%), consumer discretionary (+0.4%), and industrials (+0.2%) kept the benchmark index little changed throughout the day.

 

Of the three influential groups, the discretionary sector was underpinned by apparel retailers after Finish Line (FINL 28.25, +1.25) and Dow component Nike (NKE 109.71, +4.49) reported better than expected results. The two names gained 4.6% and 4.3%, respectively.

 

Elsewhere, the industrial sector rallied behind Deere (DE 96.44, +3.04), which spiked 3.3%, breaking out to a four-year high. There was no news to account for the move and other manufacturers of heavy machinery ended little changed. As for transport stocks, the Dow Jones Transportation Average (+0.1%) eked out a slim gain for the day, but not before notching a fresh eight-month low during morning action.

 

Today's participation was well above average as rebalancing of the Russell indices led to increased churn. As a result, nearly two billion shares changed hands at the NYSE floor.

 

Economic data was limited to the final reading of the Michigan Sentiment Index for June, which was revised up to 96.1 from a preliminary reading of 94.6 while the Briefing.com consensus expected no change. The June reading was up from 90.7 in May, representing the highest level for the index since hitting 98.1 in January.

 

Monday's data will be limited to the 10:00 ET release of the Pending Home Sales report for May.

 

Nasdaq Composite +6.8% YTD

Russell 2000 +5.9% YTD

S&P 500 +2.0% YTD

Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.7% YTD

Week in Review: All Eyes Remain on Greece

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