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Low Nonfarm Payroll Number? Don’t Blame Demographic Shifts Only

The nonfarm payroll number is a statistic report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which accounts for approximately 80% of the workers who produce the entire gross domestic product of the United States. The nonfarm payroll number is reported on the first Friday of each month and is mainly used to help government policy makers and economists determine the current state of the economy, as well as predict future levels of economic activity.

Low Nonfarm Payroll Number for March 2013

On April 5, 2013, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonfarm payroll employment edged up in March (+88,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.6%. The market was disappointed with the nonfarm payroll number. However, Alan Krueger, chairman of White House Council of Economic Advisors, said that 500,000 people leaving the job hunt was happening because of demographic shifts:

 

The labor force participation rate peaked in 2000 because of demographics. We are getting older as a nation. Its an issue we face.

Demographics Shifts

The U.S. is indeed facing the problem of demographic shifts. Investors should be aware that the percentage of the population age 65 and older is expected to increase from 15% in 2015 to 19% in 2025 for the United States. The aging trend will continue and will only start to stabilize in 2040, as noted in my last article titled “Aging Population And Growing Demand For Low-PEG Stocks.”

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Optionity Quick Report 01/31/2013

Company Name / Ticker Closing Price (Gain/Loss) Low-High Volume/30 Day Average
Intel (INTC) 21.04 (-0.33) 21.02 – 21.32 36.52M/51.49M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.70 (-0.38) 149.60 – 150.37 25.06M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 24.40 (+0.13) 23.82 – 24.60 6.01M

INTC

INTC opened lower and closed lower with 1.54% loss. The volume of 34.14M was 29% less than the 30 day average of 51.49M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) continued show a bearish sign and the MACD Histogram increased to -0.089 from -0.084. RSI (14) decreased to 47.35 from 52.53 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.75 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.64.

SPY
SPY opened lower and closed lower with 0.25% loss. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram decreased to 0.036 from 0.125. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.71 and its 50-day MA of $144.03. RSI (14) decreased to 67.14 from 70.32 with a decreasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on January 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/30/2013

Company Name / Ticker Closing Price (Gain/Loss) Low-High Volume/30 Day Average
Intel (INTC) 21.37 (+0.09) 21.22 – 21.46 34.14M/51.49M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 150.08 (+0.59) 149.93 – 150.93 26.54M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 24.27 (+1.41) 23.11 – 24.33 8.57M

INTC

INTC opened slightly lower and closed with 0.42% gain. The volume of 34.14M was 33.70% less than the 30 day average of 51.49M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) continued show a bearish sign but the MACD Histogram decreased to -0.084 from -0.104. RSI (14) increased to 52.53 from 51.18 with an increasing buying momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.73 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.67.

SPY
SPY opened slightly lower and closed lower with 0.38% loss. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram decreased slightly to 0.125 from 0.192. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.64 and its 50-day MA of $143.74. RSI (14) decreased to 70.32 from 75.63 with a decreasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on January 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/25/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 20.96 (+0.01) 20.88 – 21.07 107.63M/45.57M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 439.88 (-10.62) 435.00 – 456.23 43.13M/20.71M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 150.25 (+0.83) 149.47 – 150.25 23.68M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 22.95 (+0.13) 22.45 – 23.39 6.14M

INTC

INTC opened slightly higher and closed nearly flat with 0.05% gain. The volume of 107.63M was 2.36x of the 30 day average of 45.57M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) continued show a bearish sign and the MACD Histogram decreased to -0.117 from -0.095 from -0.057. RSI (14) increased to 46.22 from 46.07 with a decreasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.66 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.76.

AAPL

AAPL opened slightly higher and closed lower again with 2.36% drop. The volume of 43.14M was 2.08x of the 30 day average of 20.71M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) showed a bearish sign with the MACD Histogram decreasing to -5.358 from -2.839. RSI (14) decreased to 28.47 from 30.28, indicating an increasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $532 and 200-day MA of $588.29.

SPY

SPY opened higher and closed higher with 0.56% gain. SPY reached a multi-year high of 150.25. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.226 from 0.209. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.40 and its 50-day MA of $142.85. RSI (14) increased to 75.40 from 72.83 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on January 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/24/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 20.95 (-0.16) 20.93 – 21.18 58.40M/44.53M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 450.50 (-63.51) 450.25 – 465.73 52.09M/19.72M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.42 (+0.05) 149.01 – 150.14 27.79M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 22.80 (+0.13) 22.46 – 24.10 9.63M

INTC

INTC opened slightly lower and closed lower with 0.76% loss. The volume of 58.40M is 31.15% more than the 30 day average of 44.53M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) continued show a bearish sign and the MACD Histogram decreased to -0.095 from -0.057. RSI (14) decreased to 46.07 from 48.07 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.66 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.79.

AAPL

AAPL opened strongly lower and closed with 12.35% drop due to weak earnings. The volume of 52.09M is 2.64x of the 30 day average of 19.72M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish sign with the MACD Histogram at -2.839. RSI (14) decreased to 30.28 from 46.88, indicating an increasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $534.05 and 200-day MA of $589.24.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed slightly higher with 0.03% gain. SPY reached a multi-year high of 150.14. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram decreased slightly to 0.209 from 0.228. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.33 and its 50-day MA of $142.59. RSI (14) increased to 72.83 from 72.71 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on January 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/23/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 21.11 (-0.06) 21.04 – 21.22 41.99M/44.50M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 514.01 (+9.24) 504.77 – 514.99 24.58M/19.63M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.37 (+0.27) 148.86 – 149.49 23.68M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 22.67 (-0.63) 22.55 – 23.37 5.84M

INTC

INTC opened slightly higher and closed lower with 0.28% loss. The volume of 41.99M is 5.64% less than the 30 day average of 44.50M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bearish sign with decreasing MACD Histogram at -0.057. RSI (14) decreased to 48.07 from 48.80 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.65 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.82.

AAPL

AAPL opened higher closed higher with 1.83% gain. After the market close, the stock dropped 6.36% after revenue miss. The volume of 24.86M is 26.64% more than the 30 day average of 19.63M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bullish and the MACD Histogram increased to 0.501. RSI (14) increased to 46.88 from 42.63, indicating a decreasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $535.99 and 200-day MA of $590.13.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed higher with 0.18% gain. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.228. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.27 and its 50-day MA of $142.35. RSI (14) increased to 72.71 from 71.98 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on Jan 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/22/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 21.17 (-0.08) 21.03 – 21.29 51.03M/41.08M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 504.77 (+4.77) 496.63 – 507.88 16.38M/21.17M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.10 (+0.77) 147.98 – 149.12 27.45M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 23.30 (-0.68) 23.18 – 24.45 6.08M

INTC

INTC opened lower and closed lower with 0.38% loss. The volume of 51.03M is 24.22% more than the 30 day average of 41.08M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bearish sign with MACD Histogram at -0.011. RSI (14) decreased to 48.80 from 49.75 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.65 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.85.

AAPL

AAPL opened higher, hit the intra-day low of $496.63, and closed at $504.77 with 0.95% gain. The volume of 16.38M is 22.63% less than the 30 day average of 21.17M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish and the MACD Histogram increased to -0.528. RSI (14) increased to 42.63 from 40.35, indicating a decreasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $536.46 and 200-day MA of $590.65.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed higher with 0.52% gain. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.219. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.21 and its 50-day MA of $142.10. RSI (14) increased to 71.98 from 69.48 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on Jan 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/18/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 21.25 (-1.43) 21.03 – 21.44 143.75M/41.08M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 500.00 (-2.68) 496.40 – 502.22 16.89M/21.17M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 148.33 (+0.36) 147.43 – 148.49 28.63M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 23.98 (-1.65) 23.88 – 25.53 7.95M

INTC

INTC opened lower and closed strongly lower with 6.31% drop due to weak earnings with gloomy outlook. The volume of 143.75M is 3.50x of the 30 day average of 41.08M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bullish sign on December 4 and the MACD Histogram decreased to 0.053. RSI (14) decreased to 49.75 from 73.34with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.64 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.88.

AAPL

AAPL opened lower and closed lower with 0.53% loss. The volume of 16.89M is 20.22% less than the 30 day average of 21.17M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish trend on Tuesday and the MACD Histogram increased to -1.030. RSI (14) decreased to 40.35 from 41.20, indicating an increasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $537.52 and 200-day MA of $591.25.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed higher with 0.24% gain. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.189. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.16 and its 50-day MA of $141.90. RSI (14) increased to 69.48 from 68.39 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on Thursday.

Optionity Quick Report 01/17/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 22.68 (+0.57) 22.11 – 23.06 100.80M/39.64M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 502.68 (-3.41) 502.03 – 510.75 16.17M/21.29M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 147.97 (+0.92) 147.23 – 148.42 32.47M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 25.63 (+0.14) 25.05 – 25.63 4.75M

INTC

INTC opened higher and closed strongly higher with 2.58% gain. The volume of 100.80M is 2.54x of the 30 day average of 40.11M due to the earnings report. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bullish sign on December 4 and the MACD Histogram increased to 0.137. RSI (14) increased to 73.34 from 67.66 with an increasing buying momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.65 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.91.

AAPL

AAPL opened higher and closed lower with 0.67% loss. The volume of 16.17M is 24% less than the 30 day average of 21.29M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish trend on Tuesday and the MACD Histogram increased to -1.106. RSI (14) decreased to 41.20 from 42.26, indicating an increasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $539.13 and 200-day MA of $591.81.

SPY

SPY opened higher and closed higher with 0.63% gain. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.187. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.12 and its 50-day MA of $141.77. RSI (14) increased to 68.39 from 65.08 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point.

Optionity Quick Report 01/16/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 22.11 (+0.23) 21.85 – 22.20 36.76M/40.11M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 506.09 (+20.17) 492.50 – 509.44 24.63M/20.90M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 147.05 (-0.02) 146.61 – 147.28 20.65M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 25.49 (-0.55) 25.23 – 25.97 5.07M

INTC

INTC opened flat and closed higher with 1.05% gain. The volume of 36.76M is 8.35% less than the 30 day average of 40.11M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bullish sign on December 4 but the MACD Histogram continued to decrease to 0.110. RSI (14) increased to 67.66 from 64.86 with an increasing buying momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.64 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.94.

AAPL

AAPL opened higher and closed strongly higher with 4.15% gain. The volume of 24.63M is 17.85% more than the 30 day average of 20.90M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish trend on Tuesday and the MACD Histogram stayed at -1.261. RSI (14) increased to 42.26 from 32.76, indicating a decreasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $540.71 and 200-day MA of $592.27.

SPY

SPY opened lower and closed nearly flat with 0.01% drop. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram decreased to 0.181. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.07 and its 50-day MA of $141.63. RSI (14) decreased to 65.08 from 65.22 with a decreasing buying momentum. The next major resistance will be $147.29, the R2 pivot point.