Markets have character. Our job is to spot it. Sometimes they are deceptive and sometimes they are very revealing. This is the objective of technical analysis, and it differs with a statistical analysis, which strives precisely to preclude any unscientific interpretation.
Analysts cannot say that one is better than the other at predicting the future course of events. In fact, neither is particularly good at this endeavor. You and I may be, but these tools are just that. We use them in order to help us figure out what to do next. Others use them to try and help you figure out what they want you to.
But statistical analysis is particularly difficult to apply to capital markets because few events are like the other. In fact, the only way they may be similar is in the way the market behaves in their presence.
What does the positive contango between the Nov '01 / Feb '02 contract mean?
GLOBAL MARKET REVIEW
|Aug 24 - Sep 26||LAST||CHANGE||% CHANGE|
|Nasdaq Comp||1464||- 453||23.6%|
|TSE 300||6655||- 975||12.8%|
|Euro Top 100||245||- 47||16.1%|
|FTSE 100||4682||- 790||14.4%|
|Best Performing U.S. Equity Sectors|
|XAU Gold Miners Index||57.77||- 0.49||0.8%|
|Telecom Index (XTC)||825.65||- 46.18||5.3%|
|Insurance Index||676.23||- 43.09||6.0%|
|Pharmaceuticals / Drug Stocks||374.30||- 24.93||6.2%|
|Hospitals Index||331.25||- 25.32||7.1%|
|10 yr US Yields||4.64%||- 0.27||5.6%|
|30 yr US Yields||5.50%||+ 0.06||1.1%|
|West Texas Intermediate Crude||21.81||- 5.09||18.9%|
|Gold (vs dollar)||291||+ 18||6.6%|
|US Dollar Index||112.26||- 1.07||0.9%|
|Dollar / Euro||1.085||- 0.013||1.2%|
|Dollar / Yen||117.20||- 1.67||1.4%|
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