Mission Accomplished

In another obvious show of how easily this market can be manipulated, ES’ final bearish Head & Shoulders Pattern was busted in the final five minutes of trading yesterday. This morning, SPX’s H&S Pattern will also be busted with a burst higher in the wake of another disappointing jobs report. And all it took was … continue reading →

VIX: Just a Flesh Wound?

In Friday’s post VIX: Back From the Dead we noted that VIX had recovered from the breakdown below trend dating back to Nov 27. This morning, it’s testing overhead resistance from Jan 4 and, if it’s able to break through, will likely take on resistance from Dec 21 or even Oct 29. Bears might want … continue reading →

Update on Oil and Gas: Jan 13, 2021

The last time we were this bearish on oil and gas was on October 3, 2018 [see: VIX Takes the Plunge.]  Our reasoning at the time: CL and RB [have] not only reached overhead resistance by our measure, but must deal with inflation that’s too high, bearish API data, another round of Trump tweeting, and … continue reading →

Moment of Truth for Bonds

ZN broke down from its rising red channel back on the 6th. Since then, it has found support in a falling channel – from which it is now threatening to break down.This is a moment of truth for bonds and the many correlated assets such as GC, shown above.  Stocks might not be amused. continued … continue reading →

Collateral Damage

Maybe Warren Buffett can get through to Congress. In a CNBC interview aired this morning: “It’s so important that small businesses, which have become collateral damage in a war that our country needed to fight, but we, in effect, voluntarily had an induced shut down of parts of the economy, and it hit many types … continue reading →

The Yield Curve Model: Dec 8, 2020

One of my favorite market indicators is our yield curve model. It has warned us several times in advance of significant correctionsthis year. Warnings over the past few years have included: July 16, 2018: The Yield Curve Update – We were a little early. SPX closed at 2798 that day, rose to 2940 before crashing … continue reading →

Update on Bitcoin: Nov 17, 2020

Almost 8 months ago I posted our first outlook on BTC [see: FOMC Embraces MMT.]   We noted at the time that the FOMC was “officially in the short-squeeze business” after ES came within 19 points (trading was halted there) of our 2155 target and the Dow was set to test the Nov 8, 2016 (election … continue reading →

CPI: MIA

Futures remained slightly lower following lower than expected initial claims (709K vs 740K consensus) and CPI – which came in at 1.2% annual and 0.0% for October.  Note that it took a plug number outlier +1.2% pop in electricity to keep CPI from going negative. One would think if the economy were really all that … continue reading →

There Will be Typos

It’s a little known fact that if you’re trying to get over the pain of back-to-back knee replacements, you should have rotator cuff surgery. At least that’s what my horoscope said. As a result, my typing skills will be a little off this morning, which means my market insight might also be a bit off.  … continue reading →

The Latest Cringeworthy Rally

Sometimes I cringe when I place a target on a chart. Such was the case yesterday when ES reached our IH&S target at 3425. If it kept going, it was sure to backtest the intersection of the broken rising white channel at the falling channel top. Was that likely in the midst of election and … continue reading →