CPI: Still Transitory?

Will the Fed be able to stick to their “inflation is transitory” shtick this morning?  If the financial media is any guide, there are plenty of adherents among money managers. And, why not? After all, there isn’t exactly a clear definition of what transitory inflation means. Is it elevated for 3 months? Six? A year? … continue reading →

Is the Snoozefest Over?

You know when the market is in a holding pattern by how VIX behaves. For the most of the past three weeks, we’ve seen sudden collapses in VIX just ahead of the cash open. It doesn’t always last, but it’s very effective in reminding algos to smack the snooze button, “fixing” any overnight declines and … continue reading →

Bad News is Good Again

If yesterday’s better than expected ADP jobs data was bad news, then it stands to reason that today’s worse than expected DOL NFP print would be good for the market.  Well, that, and the 13% pounding VIX has taken… As it was hammered back below its SMA10, ES was ramped up above its SMA10. Funny … continue reading →

The Fed’s Failure to Communicate

We’ve heard the Fed’s pitches about inflation being transitory, the overriding need to keep stimulus flowing and interest rates at all-time lows, etc. But, as we witness the ongoing Gamestopification of the market, will investors be able to ignore next week’s evidence of persistent inflation that the Fed’s own actions has produced? I think they … continue reading →

Not So Fast!

You could argue that the annual PCE print of 3.6%, the hottest since 1992, is merely a function of the base effect – last year’s crash in inflation.But that argument falls flat when you consider that MoM Core PCE, which is completely unaffected by the base effect, soared by a record 0.7%. Naturally, both stocks … continue reading →

What’s the Holdup?

The Dow, the most easily and commonly manipulated index, has gone nowhere since failing to hold its 3.618 Fib extension at 34,430. It begs the question: what’s the holdup? Usually, when a closely followed index goes sideways for a while, it’s because an important moving average is moving into position for a backtest. But, is … continue reading →