End of the Line?

The market has frustrated both bulls and bears lately, vacillating between sharp downturns and even sharper recoveries. But, a close examination of the charts shows two very obvious patterns that suggest the tide is about to turn – not in a good way. continued for members… … continue reading →

Retail Sales Slip, VIX Warns

March retail sales came in at -1.0% versus -0.4% expected and -0.2% previous. Core slipped 0.3%.  Early reaction is that the drop wasn’t enough to forestall another rate hike in May.  So far, the futures have taken the news in stride.But, it remains to be seen whether the algos will view the setup as positively.  … continue reading →

PPI Echoes CPI

After closing below its 10-day SMA for the first time in a month, ES is backtesting it……on the back of PPI data that essentially echoed yesterday’s CPI print. Headline PPI crashed to 2.7% YoY and -0.5% MoM. Though stripping out food and energy, core PPI fell only 0.1% MoM and increased 3.4% YoY. As we … continue reading →

Core Tops Headline CPI

For the first time in over two years, core CPI topped headline.  Core, which ignores food and gas prices, climbed 0.4% MoM and 5.6% YoY, while headline came in at 0.1% MoM and 5.0% YoY. Not surprisingly, futures jumped at the news that headline CPI had dropped. But, our charts still show an important risk … continue reading →

FOMC Day: Mar 22, 2023

The situation is pretty clear. By raising rates, the FOMC could continue to fight inflation but would also exacerbate the banking crisis. By pausing, the FOMC could give banks a little relief but would loosen financial conditions – thereby making it tougher to reduce inflation to target. The seldom discussed situation is what impact the … continue reading →

Contagion

How bad will it get? That’s the question slamming markets this morning as Credit Suisse is again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: The Saudi National Bank has cut them off from further financial assistance. The CDS have soared and the stock is getting ever closer to zero. Futures were essentially flat after … continue reading →