Big Picture: June 11, 2012

This morning’s hunch to fade the futures’ ramp was a good one [see: Mixed Signals.]

“There’s a channel line just overhead at 1337.30 or so that should limit the current rally.  Given the way the futures behaved overnight in equities, the dollar and the euro, I’m going to fade this ramped up opening and see if it settles back down.”

The market not only reversed within minutes of the open, but it got all the way back down to our target range of 1303.47-1308.88, putting in a low of 1307.73 and closing at 1308.93.  Mind you, I hadn’t expected it to happen only six hours later, but I’ll take it thank-you-very-much.

Although we got to the right trade in time, it was the result of a great deal of brain-racking and teeth-gnashing.  Had I bothered to look at the emini’s, the decision would have taken all of five seconds.

All-together, SPX reversed over 28 points.  But, that was dwarfed by the e-minis reversal from +19 points to -23 points — a daily range of 42.25 points.  This was the single biggest red candle since 2011’s crash.

As noted in last night’s update on the dollar [The Dollar: Currents, See?]:

“I suspect the euphoria over the Spanish bailout will be relatively short-lived.   Putting the rest of the eurozone in harm’s way seems like a better way to get them downgraded than it does Spain upgraded.”

Sure enough, there was plenty of talk about downgrades today — as doomers got the upper hand for a change.  The argument — a good one — is that there simply isn’t enough firepower in the ES, ESFS and IMF to bolster the creditworthiness of all the countries currently circling the drain — let alone those that aren’t yet in the headlines (Italy and France are on deck.)

In the end, it will be up to Germany, the US and China to decide how much to contribute — a matter for another post.  Returning to the markets, there are several important take-aways from the ES chart above.



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