|3rd Quarter and Year to Date Index Performance Results
Since the previous edition of the Sterling Weekly the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 277.31 points or approximately 2.48% to 10,913.38 As we have been commenting on in our Daily Blog, I believe the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as well as the overall market, is in a sideways pattern with a downward bias. I am now starting to believe we may be seeing a net set of downward trendlines form that may foreshadow a steep selloff to come. I’ll do some more work on this over the course of the next week and we can see how things develop.
Last Friday was the end of the 3rd quarter for 2011. I thought I would take a look and see how the various indices I track performed for the quarter and year to date. The results were worse than I thought. With the exception of 2 sectors which were mixed, every sector of the market I track was down for the quarter. The best performing sectors were the Gold/Silver and Utilities; both of which had mixed index performance for the quarter. I’ve posted the results below for everyone to review. It’s worth noting that the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost approximately 1,500 points for 12.1% in the 3rd quarter, and the Dow Jones Transportation Average lost approximately 1,234 points for 22.76% in the quarter as well. For those who follow the Dow Theory, this is a clear signal of a bear market; and in my opinion an indication that we will be back in a recession within the next 6 months.
The year to date numbers were only slightly less depressing. For the year to date, the Utility Sector is up almost 7%, while everything else is down; only just not as bad as the quarterly numbers. Year to date the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down approximately 664 pointy for a 5.74% decline, while the Dow Jones Transportation Average is down approximately 917 point for an 18% decline. Again, a clear signal of a bear market and a recession.
I really wish the numbers and results were better, but they are not. Over regulation continues to be a weight around the neck of our economy that is dragging it down like a drowning man trying to swim with an anchor tied to his foot. Unfortunately I do not see this situation changing anytime soon. My expectations are that we will continue to see a decline in the economy, and thus the market, through the 2012 election cycle. While things might change start to improve sooner if it looks early on like there is going to be a landslide that creates a change in Washington DC; however with the partisan nature of today’s politics I doubt that will happen. So, until things do change, I’ll probably spend a big chunk of my time looking for downside support levels.
Finally, it should be noted that the unemployment rate is scheduled to be released on Friday. This has the potential to be a major mover for the market.
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