Take Profits on Harsh Greek and European Realities

Greek crisis All is well with Europe, as the pro-euro and accepting of austerity Greek political party, New Democracy, garnered the majority of the second vote. Danger has been averted, so now Greece and Europe can return to the service of the devil we all know. The bounty of this victory is the same economic distress Europe was dealing with a month and a half ago, which while better than what might have been today, still sucks.

Greek reporterOur founder earned clients a 23% average annual return over five years as a stock analyst on Wall Street. "The Greek" has written for institutional newsletters, Businessweek, Real Money, Seeking Alpha and others, while also appearing across TV and radio. While writing for Wall Street Greek, Mr. Kaminis presciently warned of the financial crisis.

Greek Victory?

After a short burst for stocks on the win of the lesser devil, the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) was down fractionally in early morning trade; the PowerShares QQQ (Nasdaq: QQQ) and SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA) were mixed, reflecting market indecision. Spanish bond yields stuck stubbornly higher as investors took note of how close we stand to the abyss. Europe has turned downward into the morn, with the iShares S&P Europe 350 Index (NYSE: IEV) and the Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) down 1% and 0.6%, respectively at this hour. Poor Asian traders were lured into celebration by Sunday’s newswire, only to be trapped deep into the green by the close. The Nikkei 225 and Hang Seng closed higher by 1.8% and 1.0%, respectively. However, Asian tied securities trading in the States are reflecting a different likely open for Asia Tuesday, with the iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan (Nasdaq: AAXJ) trading shyly down fractionally.

The big foreign based international banks probably best reflect the election result market driver, and the shares of those and a U.S. representative here are decidedly lower:

CompanyIntraday Performance
Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) -2.1%
Banco Santander (NYSE: STD) -4.2%
Citigroup (NYSE: C) -1.3%
Credit Agricole (Paris: ACA.PA) -3.1%
UBS (NYSE: UBS) -1.5%
Societe Generale (Paris: GLE.PA) -3.6%
Lloyds (NYSE: LYG) -2.1%
Barclays (NYSE: BCS) -2.1%
Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS) -1.8%
ING Groep (NYSE: ING) -4.0%
National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) -3.9%

So what to do now?
Last week, I suggest investors look to a rally as I expected the PIIGS to escape slaughter. In the process, I also contemplated this market reflection of reality. The market is a selfish bitch with a what have you done for me lately mentality. So, as investors reflect on the still deteriorating economic situation in Europe and the deeply flawed focus on austerity, initiated at precisely the wrong moment, opportunities for capital gain are limited. That said, Southern Europeans should continue to get into better shape on starvation, and psychologists and social workers should continue to be swamped with booming business. What it means for us traders scraping for profit is the end of the election-tied long trade. Close it out if you haven’t yet, or get caught with a bag of worms. Let me reiterate though that for the long-term I still see a deteriorating global political and economic situation.

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