COVID-19: What to Expect

Updates are in reverse order, meaning the latest update is just below.   UPDATE:  June 24, 2020 Presented without comment…charts highlighting when each state below “re-opened.”   UPDATE:  June 17, 2020 On March 12, our local school district closed its doors after a fifth presumed case of coronavirus was detected in our Boston suburb of … continue reading →

PPI Disappoints

The producer price index missed this morning, coming in at -0.2% versus consensus and prior read of +0.4%. Core also missed at -0.3% versus consensus of +0.1%. Although the market has certainly staged a V-shaped recovery, someone forgot to check with the economy. Not to worry, because Gilead was quickly out with a press release … continue reading →

VIX’s Important Test

Futures are up sharply on a better than expected jobs report: up 4.8 million, and the unemployment rate dropping to 11.1%. Initial claims came in at 1.43 million, with continuing claims rising slightly to 19.3 million. The direction didn’t surprise anyone, but the numbers surprised most. The reopening of most of the country over the … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Jun 29, 2020

Futures are up modestly this morning as we glide into the quarter end on a holiday-shortened, low-volume week.  VIX’s triangle perfectly illustrates the technical picture: attempts to break out have been beaten back, while threats to break down have routinely been rebuffed. It’s exactly what one would expect when the goal is to maintain positive … continue reading →

Danger Ahead

Today is a very important day in the markets. The signals that prompted us to short on several days ago are still intact, and more have joined their ranks – the most notable being the breakdown in the 10Y flag pattern. ES snuck down and tagged our SMA200 target overnight. To put things simply: If … continue reading →