Both Intel Corp. (INTC) and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) beat analyst estimates as well as Whisper Number expectations last week. Both companies also traded lower on Friday with heavy volume. This negative response to “positive” news suggests negative sentiment among traders, both professional and retail, and is in line with my expectation and forecast that this earnings season will bring the markets closer to reality.
Citigroup Inc. (C) and IBM (IBM) report Tuesday. Worse than expected results will provide more ammunition for the bears and potentially the first 2 day loss for the indices since early December .
 INTC $0.30 Analyst Estimate vs. $0.33 Whisper Number Expectation vs. $0.40 Actual
JPM $0.62 Analyst Estimate vs. $0.66 Whisper Number Expectation vs. $0.74 Actual
 INTC traded on 1.31 times previous day’s volume, JPM traded on 1.84 times previous day’s volume
 December 7 and December 8
Intel Corp. (INTC) will report after market close today. Intraday INTC is up about 2%. Analyst estimate $0.31 EPS compared to a slightly higher Whisper Number. If earnings are in-line with analyst estimates, I expect to see a decent sell-off. A broad market sell-off will follow tomorrow if comfort cannot be found in J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) earnings results.
INTC Last 6 month
 +$0.45 (2.13%) to $21.42 at 2:26 EST
 Whisper Number can be found at http://www.whispernumber.com
Yesterday’s decline was very misleading to a lot people. The market dropped hard and every sector felt the fallout. Because no sector was left unscathed, the effects were magnified. This distortion caused some people to load up on short positions in certain sectors, particularly the financials. However, today’s rally was led by the same financials. Right now the financial sector is the strongest and most influenced by manipulation (term many bears use to describe the government regulation). Please do not fight this trend, the government has made it clear they will do everything in their power, including implementing legislation to benefit the banks. The name of the game is the banks win. On April 24, banks may receive preliminary results from the stress tests and the Federal Reserve is expected to release the methodology for the assessment. Final results are expected May 4.
Today the Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, implied that the stress test results will indicate that most of the 19 biggest U.S. banks will have enough capital. The banks that require further funds are expected to get a mix of converted government preference shares and private money. It is no coincidence that the following this announcement the markets rallied, and were led by the financials. The three largest banks (Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America), by market capitalization, receiving bailout money all advanced at least 9%.
From a technical standpoint, if the SPX can close above the 877 resistance level, the next technical target is 1,008. Closing above 880 and forming a base will be bullish as it will create a new floor about 50 points higher than the previous (830 range). If the markets can consolidate around this level without any significant retracement or without retesting previous levels, we will see SPX 1000 in the near future. Near future here does not mean next week or even next month, but rather implies the SPX will see 1000 before it sees 800. The SPX is still trading within the uptrending channel, and with each passing day, the top of the channel is increasing.
In a shorter time frame Citigroup is making a bullish flag pattern. According to the technicals, no breakout to confirm this pattern has occurred. In this chart, today’s candle was almost a bullish engulfing candle pattern. I understand that “almost” is worthless, but the price action reveals bullish momentum. Citigroup also bounced off of its 50 day moving average this morning, which is also bullish. If Citigroup closes above the $4.00 resistance level for consecutive days, a breakout to $5.00 would be immanent. I can see Citi reaching the upside resistance of $7.00 around the time the SPX is approaching 1000. I continue to see huge upside potential in the financial sector. I expect today’s trend of the financials leading the market higher. It should be noted that this is not as bad as some (Art Cashin) make it out to be. For many experienced traders, the consensus is that the sector that led into the recession will not lead out. While I will agree with this statement, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the financial crisis was a direct result of the housing bubble bursting. The financials are perceived as the sector that led the markets lower, but this is only because they are larger and received more media coverage. The financials can and will lead us out of this economic downturn. They will not be the only sector as I expect tech and small caps to excel as well.
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