Craig Johnson’s

Financial Markets Summary

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

  • The U.S. dollar has fallen back into its recent consolidation area. The sideways action is taking place after the 25% move higher from October to early March. The dollar’s recent weakness has helped the larger capitalization stocks that are more likely to be multi-national businesses show strength against the smaller capitalization stocks during the past five or six weeks. The emerging market countries and stocks have also benefitted from  the recent dollar weakness.
  • On an intermediate term basis, the U.S. dollar remains in a positive trend.
  • The yield on the ten year U.S. Treasury note is struggling to get back above 2%, while significant declining resistance is pressuring the yield lower. The yield has now been below 2% for nearly five weeks. It has remained above 1.84% for eleven weeks.
  • Since the March low at $42.03 a barrel, oil has rebounded to the $58.60 a barrel area. The successful advance is approaching the first upside target near the high 50’s to low 60’s a barrel, before major resistance gets in the way of a further move higher. A break through that resistance would provide the next target in the high 60’s area. It closed yesterday below $57 a barrel.
  • Even though the short term picture has brightened for oil, the intermediate and long term downtrend remains solidly in place.
  • Unlike oil, gold continues to trend lower showing no pressure to sustain a move higher, but remaining above the November lows. Gold remains in a long term and intermediate term downtrend.
  • Real estate remains attractive.  

Sources:,,, Dow Jones News, Financial Times,, Investor's Business Daily,,, Thomson Reuters/First Call, U.S. Dept of Treasury, and individual company web sites and press releases.  

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