Jobless Claims Pile On

Job cuts rose to 228K (vs 200K expected) last week. It will officially register as a drop, however, as the previous week was revised from 198K to 246K.  When viewed through the prism of new highs in bankruptcies and an earnings implosion… …it’s not too surprising that futures are drifting lower. continued for members… … continue reading →

On the Bubble

Our yield curve model sounded the alarm on Friday. But, by the end of the day, it had backed off and cooler heads prevailed. It’s important to recognize, however, that it remains on the bubble, with only a few basis points standing between a rally and another leg down. From a fundamental standpoint, there seems … continue reading →

Powell’s Testimony

Bottom line, a 50 bps rate hike is back on the table. We got the backtest we expected, and even a little bit more. This morning’s ADP employment report further underscores the need to put the brakes on the economy. It will be interesting to see whether Powell’s tone becomes any less hawkish in light … continue reading →

Japan’s Runaway Inflation

Japan’s inflation hit a 40-year high in October, driven by a policy of placing stock market gains above all else. When Japan first adopted negative interest rates, the argument was that it would help end the country’s deflationary spiral and return inflation to a 2% goal. Now that inflation is nearly twice as high as … continue reading →

PPI Lower Than Expected

October PPI came in at 8% annually and 0.2% monthly versus expectations of 8.3% and 0.4%. Core PPI remained unchanged at 6.7%. Futures popped up to our 4050 IH&S target on the news, but had already ramped over 40 points prior to the print. continued for members… … continue reading →

VIX Sliding Away

Seemingly on a rail, VIX’s bump took it only to the top of the falling red channel in place for over a month. A failure to break out means ES can top its 361.8 Fib extension and reach its IH&S targets. continued for members… … continue reading →

VIX at a Crossroads

For months, VIX has facilitated higher equity prices – plumbing new lows, breaking down, refusing to rise in cases of obvious market distress. Today, it reached a trend line off the previous highs, all of which corresponded with sizeable bounces in the equity markets. It’s an extremely important test for bulls. 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 →