This morning, two market leading restaurant stocks are selling off sharply lower. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG), and Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ:PNRA) have both been major winners in 2012, however, today these stocks are falling significantly lower. When stock market leading stocks decline traders should always take note as these stocks are often falling out of favor with investors.
Today, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG) is declining lower by $18.75 to $396.54 a share. Short term traders should watch for intra-day support around the $392.00, $389.00, and $384.50 levels. The daily chart of CMG stock will have support around the $380.00 levels.
Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ:PNRA) is trading lower by $4.35 to $139.13 a share. This stock topped out in late March 2012 at $166.00 a share. Short term traders can watch for intra-day support around the $138.00, and $135.50 levels. The daily chart for PNRA stock will have support around the $130.00 area.
Some other leading restaurant stocks that are trading lower include Tim Hortons Inc (NYSE:THI), and Pizza Inn Inc (NASDAQ:PZZI). Most other stocks in the restaurant sector are holding up rather well today. This tells us that CMG, and PNRA are isolated stocks and most other stocks in the sector are not falling in sympathy.
If you ever wonder what type of day it is going to be in the stock market you can simply follow three stocks. When these three stocks trade higher on the session together the markets are likely going to finish positive. The opposite is true when these three stocks trade lower on the session, the major stock indexes will usually finish in negative territory. When these stocks are mixed then the markets are usually going to finish slightly higher or lower. The three most important stocks in the market are J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM), Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM), and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL).
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) is the most important financial stock in the United States and possibly the most important financial stock in the world at this time. This stock is still the leading financial stock despite its recent trading loss that is be highly publicized. When JPM stock moves the markets listen. Today, JPM stock is trading higher by 0.08 cents to $34.39 a share.
Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) is the largest energy company in the world. The company has the second largest market capitalization in the entire stock universe at $377 billion. This stock is a major component of the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Today, XOM stock is trading higher by 0.56 cents to $81.19 a share. Short term traders should watch for intra-day resistance around the $81.37, and $81.75 levels.
Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the leading technology stock in the world. This company's growth has been responsible for putting companies such as Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM), and Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) into a possible bankruptcy. AAPL stock also moves the markets when it trades higher or lower as it is a huge part of the NASDAQ 100 and the S&P 500 Index. Every trader and investor must follow the action in AAPL stock as it is the largest stock by market capitalization in the world. Today, AAPL stock is trading lower by $1.41 to $570.75 a share. Short term traders can watch for intra-day support around the $569.40, and $564.00 levels.
Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI), Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE:PCX) and James River Coal Company (NASDAQ:JRCC). James River Coal is trading at $2.05, +0.11 (5.67%) and close to a bounce. Once these three stocks have reversal days and close flat or trade higher; this could setup for a great swing trade. [more]
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE:NAV) will come into resistance on the 50 moving average and pivot low from June 6th, 2012. Note the Chart Below. [more]
As we all know by now, the problems in the European Union are starting to increase by the moment. Many investors are now talking about a complete breakup of the European Union as we know it. The debt problems in all of these nations is simply becoming to much to for the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to handle. In other words, debt can only bail out debt for so long. Has the debt society as we know it finally come to an end?
In this weeks report, we will examine three of most important European banking stocks in the stocks market. After all, the problems in Europe and around the world are really a banking crisis and not just a sovereign debt crisis. Austerity measures in Europe have been implemented and the banks continue to struggle. It appears that the one way the European banks could be saved in Europe is by the ECB printing money. However, at this time, the ECB can not print money. Therefore, we shall see if that rule is changed by the end of the year. I suspect in time it will, making the ECB more like the Federal Reserve.
Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB) is a Germany-based global investment bank. This stock plunged lower by 3.10 percent on Friday, June 1, 2012. The stock will have some short term daily chart support around the $28.00 area, this is the weekly chart low from September 12, 2011. The weekly chart could be signaling a decline to the $19.00 area if this downside momentum continues over the next few months. Either way, unless some surprise resolution arises out of the European Union in the near term DB stock looks to be headed lower.
Banco Santander, S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:STD) is a Spanish based financial institution primarily engaged in retail banking. The stock chart of STD looks very similar to the Deutsche Bank chart. This tells us that the European banks are trading in tandem with each other and the banking crisis is systemic. Traders should watch for near term support around the $4.85 area which is also the March 9, 2009 low. Should the stock continue to decline below this support area the next support level on the chart is really anyone's guess. Simply put, the stock looks dreadful on the charts at this time.
Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS) is another leading European financial giant that has been under serious selling pressure in 2012. This leading financial stock made a new 52 week low last week and is also currently trading at the March 2009 low level. The next important support levels for the stock are around the 2003 and 2002 lows. The low in 2003 was at $15.53, this would be short term support for the stock. The 2002 low for CS stock was $13.25. This level will be the last line of defense before fresh all time lows are made for the stock.
Please remember, all of the stocks mentioned today are short term oversold on the daily charts at this time. The trend remains down in all of these stocks and that tells us that any bounces in the near term could be short lived. This year is going to be very challenging for the European bank stocks.