Stock Market Blog -Jan 22nd

Stocks rallied again this week as we closed out January Option leaps for 2012. Not sure how much longer the rally will hold up though, since we've been in rally mode since Dec 19th. Bonds also fell as stocks rallied. Silver popped up on Friday.

New all time highs: CMG, INTU, MCD, NKE, PNRA, SBUX, TJX, UNP, WYN, YUM

All time lows: UNG, SDS, QID, TZA

Pops & Drops: GOOG dropped $57 on earnings! Also ISRG.
IBM and MSFT popped on earnings. SHLD also popped.

Weekly Unemployment claims

Next week: Economic reports    Fed meeting next week, along with more earnings from the following companies:

Mon: HAL
Wed: COP
Fri:  CVX, F, PG

Market Commentary

The rally continued into options expiration week, despite disappointing earnings from a few companies. The indexes are overextended at this level though, so expect a pullback; maybe the Fed will be the catalyst, maybe Europe. I would hesitate to put on any 'new' long positions here, and would wait for a pullback instead. AAPL reports earnings on Tuesday and could have a positive impact on the NASDAQ if the stock rallies.

This week's charts:
SPY -overextended (RSI over 80)
QQQ -at the top of the 2011 range (5th time!)

Commodities (charts):
Oil prices dropped, closing just under $98.33
Natural Gas plummeted, again, closing near $2.34
Gold rallied, closing near $1664
The 30 year Bond futures dropped, closing near $141.88
The US Dollar dropped, closing near 80.41

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Key Earnings Reports Next Week
A Deeper Dive Into The Whopping Surge Behind Sears’ Stock

Iran oil to be sanctioned by Europe Monday

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