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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Retail Sales’ Last Hurrah?

September retail sales sharply beat estimates, coming in at +1.9% versus 0.8% expected. With enhanced unemployment and virtually all other stimulus having dried up, however, this could be retail’s last hurrah. But, it’s enough to boost stock prices on this OPEX Friday 2 1/2 weeks before a presidential election. continued for members… … continue reading →