(The Latest) Moment of Truth

As we’ve discussed several times over the past month, VIX’s trend line from Jan 24 was overdue for a revisit. Now that we’ve got it, will VIX nosedive as usual or are we in for something decidedly less bullish? The algos are geared up for a bounce. continued for members… … continue reading →

Another Head and Shoulders Pattern

Another ugly open for markets as ES, down about 1.25%, completed its H&S Pattern we’ve been watching take shape. More grist for the bearish mill…as though we needed any more. continued for members… … continue reading →

Inflation Rises

August CPI came in hot, rising 0.1% in August instead of the consensus 0.1% decline. Core was even worse: 0.6% versus 0.3% consensus. The annual print also disappointed, coming in at 8.3% versus expectations of 8.0% or less.Having slightly overshot our 4153 target overnight, ES is now reversing sharply.continued for  members… … continue reading →

More Where That Came From

Yesterday marked the second day in a row of sharp declines in the equity markets following the 200-day moving average backtest and the passing of OPEX.There’s more where that came from. continued for members… … continue reading →

Housing Continues to Disappoint

Housing starts missed again this morning, underscoring the NAHB’s assessment that the housing industry is in a recession. Starts came in 100K below consensus and 9.5% below June’s report. Futures, still laser focused on OPEX, didn’t budge. The NAHB posted the 8th monthly decline in a row yesterday, reporting the lowest reading since May 2020.  … continue reading →

FOMC Day: Jul 27, 2022

Futures have ramped almost 1% overnight – a common occurrence lately, especially in advance of a Fed decision. Even the durable goods orders beat (a miss if you’re looking for the Fed to slow their rate hikes) did nothing to thwart the algo-driven meltup. continued for members… … continue reading →

Waiting in the Wings

This morning feels a whole lot like yesterday morning, with futures ramping higher on the latest smackdown in VIX. Of course, these maneuvers can be an effort to force a breakout in stocks. But, they can also be an effort to put a little more air under stocks in advance of a downturn.  With plenty … continue reading →

OPEX Strikes Again

Futures are up sharply… …as VIX is being crushed in order to provide cover for about $2 trillion in options expiring today. We’ve been seeing this all week, with multiple downturns reversed by late-session assaults on VIX even as earnings and economic data have argued for lower stock prices. Chase this rally at your own … continue reading →