COVID-19: What to Expect

Updates are in reverse order, meaning the latest update is just below. UPDATE:  September 2, 2020 This is an excellent summary of where we are and why. More importantly, it offers simple, clear solutions to America’s coronavirus disaster.  Reprinted from The New Yorker, September 2, 2020. We Can Solve the Coronavirus-Test Mess Now – If … continue reading →

The Pandemic is Still With Us

ES is now off 9.3% from its recent top (-7.8% from our Correction Warning), nailing our 3253 target overnight.  The decline has broadened from the overpriced tech stocks to include banks, energy and cyclicals. The factors we’ve been watching for the past three weeks are all bearish now, and bulls are starting to acknowledge the … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Sep 15, 2020

The great thing about channels is that they tell you quite precisely when a trend change has occurred. The falling white channel seen on ES was tested just prior to the open yesterday. A simple smackdown on VIX and it was off to the races. As we noted at the time, ES’ 10-DMA had dropped … continue reading →

Inflation Tops Estimates…Again

Let’s talk about inflation. At 0.4%, both headline and core handily beat consensus of 0.3% and 0.2%. Why? This morning’s CPI release is a treasure trove of information regarding price action in the general economy.  On an annual basis, energy tanked and food soared. MoM, food was still strong while energy and used cars soared … continue reading →

Core PPI Tops Estimates

Maybe the Fed had it right, leaving the door open to higher inflation. Though August headline PPI came in slightly higher than expected at 0.3% vs 0.2%, core PPI rose 0.4% versus 0.2% expected. S&P futures sold off 8 points on the news, but the algos had other ideas. As is often the case, “someone” … continue reading →