Portugal Ready for Center Stage

Portugal is Europe’s next big problem. According to the Globe and Mail:

Greece has been the debt crisis headline hog for months. This is unfair to Portugal, whose own financial nervous breakdown is getting uglier by the day, to the point that many economists and bond investors think a second bailout, a bond restructuring or outright exodus from the euro zone is inevitable. Most of Portugal’s key economic indicators are going in the wrong direction.

Things are not going well in Spain either. From the Globe and Mail:

Spain’s economy contracted by 0.3 per cent during the fourth quarter, according to official figures, edging the country closer to a new recession as it deals with huge levels of unemployment and painful austerity cuts. The economy is expected to slide further through March, placing Spain back in its second recession in less than three years.

As far as the U.S. markets go, not much has changed. We still have conditions in place for some type of reversal/top. An S&P 500 close below 1,314.65 would bolster the bearish case.

Potential areas of support to watch include 1,285, 1,275, 1,260, 1,213, and 1,192. A weak bounce between 1,298 and 1,303 would fit well into the reversal case (a move with weak RSI).

About Chris Ciovacco 73 Articles

Affiliation: Ciovacco Capital Management

Chris began his investment career with Morgan Stanley in Atlanta in 1994. With a focus on global macro investing, Chris uses both fundamental and technical analysis to assist in managing risk while looking for growth opportunities around the world in all asset classes.

Chris graduated from Georgia Tech with Highest Honors earning a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1990.

He is now the Chief Investment Officer at Ciovacco Capital Management.

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