Premature Escalation

As we suspected, Wednesday’s lows weren’t enough to generate a sustainable bounce. We’re seeing the aftermath of that premature technical bounce this morning. Our long held bearish position on EURUSD, for instance, is finally gathering a little momentum.The challenge for bears remains SPX’s 50-day moving average, currently at 5105. If VIX can remain below 18.50, … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Jan 19, 2024

Keep an eye on home sales, due out at 10am ET. Shelter has been one of the more problematic categories of inflation for the Fed, showing a 6.2% annual increase in December. Without a doubt, it remains the biggest impediment to getting inflation back down to 2%. Like yesterday, the overnight ramp has faded as … continue reading →

John Williams: “Not so Fast”

If Jay Powell’s comments were intended to spur the market to new highs, NY Fed President John Williams’ were intended to slow the roll.  On CNBC this morning: “We aren’t really talking about rate cuts right now…we’re very focused on the question in front of us, which as chair Powell said… is, have we gotten … continue reading →

Charts I’m Watching: Aug 24, 2023

Futures have broken out on a new VIX “breakdown” and the runup in NVDA shares – now the 4th largest component of the S&P500.This seems off to us, as Powell is likely to come out more hawkish than expected in his Jackson Hole comments. continued for members… … continue reading →

Earnings Suddenly Matter

Futures are off about 30 points on disappointing earnings from stocks such as TSLA, AXP, KEY, etc. and a continuing slump in oil and gas. VIX is even popping as we approach the open. If it holds, the rollover in equities will have officially begun. 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 →