Retail Sales’ Last Hurrah?

September retail sales sharply beat estimates, coming in at +1.9% versus 0.8% expected. With enhanced unemployment and virtually all other stimulus having dried up, however, this could be retail’s last hurrah. But, it’s enough to boost stock prices on this OPEX Friday 2 1/2 weeks before a presidential election. continued for members… … continue reading →

More Gimmicks, Higher Highs

More gimmicks, higher highs. It’s getting to be an old story. But, as long as voters and algos don’t know or care, it will continue. Futures were in danger of giving up Tuesday’s 3421.75 highs when VIX suddenly collapsed by 7% in a matter of seconds.When that didn’t immediately result in a sufficient boost, it … continue reading →

It’s Not Trump

It’s not Trump, it’s the algos. While the mainstream media focuses on rumors regarding Trump’s return to office, the algos are zeroed in on VIX’s latest failure push above its 200-DMA.This is a kitchen sink moment. Oil and gas are pitching in, with 4.5% and 5.5% pops respectively in the pre-market. And, even USDJPY is … 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 →

DXY Breaks Trend

VIX’s 10/20 cross held yesterday, meaning we almost got a lower low on the day. The overnight ramp job was good for 32 points before DXY started attracting attention. It has dropped below the falling trend line it was patiently following, meaning our forecasts in the currency space are accelerating – especially EURUSD and silver. … continue reading →

Thinking About…a Correction

Will the addition of another “thinking about” keep stocks aloft until the next FOMC meeting?  Futures aren’t looking so hot, perhaps because WTI has now joined RBOB in breaking trend, 10Y yields have gapped lower, and VIX broke out of its falling wedge. The algos are not happy. continued for members… … continue reading →