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 →

Update on XLF: Nov 17, 2020

After being stuck in a textbook triangle pattern for almost six months, XLF finally broke out last week. We noted its having reached overhead resistance a few weeks ago [see: Yield Curve Model – Correction Imminent.] At the time, the 2s10s was threatening a breakout which, per our model, suggested a downturn for equities in … 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 →

Election Aftermath

Futures were all over the map last night, with ES’ 113-pt range dictated almost entirely by factors as opposed to election results – which, contrary to Trump’s declaration, are still AWOL. Note that ES tagged our IH&S neckline (also the former H&S neckline) target where it is currently running out of gas. As expected, the … continue reading →

Rally Faces Another Test

Futures have given up all of Friday’s rebound gains and then some, again testing the IH&S neckline and the bottom of the rising white channel from last March. At the risk of sounding dramatic, a failure of the channel would mark the end of the current rally and usher in the correction suggested by our … continue reading →

CPI: Putting the Brakes On

CPI rose 0.2% MoM in September, half the August rate. It rose 1.4% YoY, slightly higher than September’s 1.3%. Without the outsized gains in used cars and the minor gains in energy (conflicting with the official EIA data), MoM CPI would likely have been negative. This is hardly supportive of the reflation narrative driving equity … continue reading →