Update on Currencies: Mar 2, 2021

Algos took their Sunday night ramp and ran with it yesterday. Unlike last week’s breakout, ES was careful this time to break out of and backtest the falling red channel – thanks largely to a 26% plunge in VIX.While all the attention is on stocks, we should note that currencies continue to play an important … continue reading →

The Bond Market Finally Woke Up

For months we’ve been warning about the coming inflation problem, wondering when the bond market would notice and/or care.  The immediate problem in a nutshell: One of the most highly correlated components of CPI with the headline rate is the price of energy, and gasoline in particular.  If prices were to remain where they are … continue reading →

Inflation: A Growing Chorus

After feeling like the lone inflation alarmist for the past few months, I find myself in the midst of a growing chorus which now recognizes the Fed’s conundrum. Building inflationary pressures are now obvious to all. What isn’t clear is whether the Fed’s nonchalance re rising rates is real or feigned. And, if feigned, at … continue reading →

Update on Energy Markets: Feb 16, 2021

Texas, the energy capital of the US, is running short of energy. The cold snap is breaking records throughout the state, with temperatures so low that many wind and water turbines are frozen and not able to produce energy. Refineries are shut down. As of last night, over 3.5 million Texans are without power. Not … continue reading →

500 Miles High

Thinking of the late great Chick Corea this morning as I survey the sky-high equities market…  Futures have regained about half their overnight losses, spurred by a timely dip in VIX and pop in 10Y yields (testing Monday’s highs.) continued for members… … continue reading →

Powell: Let’s Get This Party Started

Jerome Powell gave a good news/bad news speech to the Economic Club of New York. He noted that employment is still 10 million below February 2020 levels and that a broader range of unemployment would put the current rate at 10%, adding, “We are still very far from a strong labor market whose benefits are … continue reading →

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 →