Calm Before the Storm?

There are many parallels between yesterday and Jan 26, 2018 – the calm before a vicious 10-day 11.8% storm.  The obvious one is that SPX is back to the top of the large yellow channel dating back to the 2009 lows.  Then, as now, this occurred shortly after SPX had bulled its way through a … continue reading →

Known Unknowns Strike Again

I’ve glanced wistfully over the years at announcements of runs I’ve enjoyed in the past: countless 5Ks, 10Ks and a handful of marathons. Together with high school football, college rugby and too many pickup basketball games to count, they had bestowed me with the knees of a senior citizen well before any gray hair clocked … continue reading →

Algos to Stocks: “We Got This”

It’s a light volume day leading up to a holiday weekend – the market’s favorite time to take a shot at important resistance. Though SPX tagged its 3.618 Fibonacci extension several weeks ago, ES has fallen short time after time. The disappointing employment data due out at 8:30 wasn’t going to help, so VIX jumped … continue reading →

Stocks to Algos: “Don’t Let Me Down”

On top of the world, with an adoring crowd gathered below and indifferent law enforcement milling about…there is a bit of a parallel between a famous rooftop concert and the current market. As stocks slink into the end of Q1 amidst a bevy of perils, there’s a sense of calm before the storm. Then again, … continue reading →

USDJPY’s Turn

Members will recall that one critical component of our oil/gas decline scenario is USDJPY’s breakout from the falling channel from 2017 shown below.  Guess what? The yen carry trade is a tried and true method of goading the algos into buying equities – even overpriced ones. It works especially well as a counterweight to falling … continue reading →

What Were They Thinking?

The massive Ever Given container ship has been freed from the Suez Canal’s mud just in time for the market’s open. While positive for global trade, stocks are arguably more focused on the ambit of the latest Wall Street scandal – this one involving the Reddit-style goings-on of Archegos Capital and the banks which apparently … continue reading →

The Usual Suspects

There’s a well-known scene at the end of the classic film Casablanca where Captain Renault (Claude Reins), having seen Rick (Humphrey Bogart) shoot a Nazi in order to enable Ilsa and Lazlo to escape, tells his men to “round up the usual suspects.” It saves Rick, Ilsa and Lazlo’s collective bacon (though I suspect it … continue reading →

Update on Gold and Silver: Mar 25, 2021

We have multiple targets being reached this morning, and several more in the works. We’ll start with ES, which just tagged our SMA50 target in a backtest of the falling white channel from which it broke out two weeks ago. The one we’ve been waiting on for what feels like forever, though, is silver. SI … continue reading →

Don’t Fight the BoJ

I know what you’re thinking: it’s “don’t fight the Fed.” While that’s generally true, too, the Bank of Japan is the central bank which most conspicuously wears its balance sheet on its sleeve. When my charts are a farrago of bearish indicators, but the Nikkei pushes up through resistance? I’ve learned to ignore the indicators … continue reading →