The Long View

It’s times like these, when the markets are near all-time highs, that Wall Street loves to trot out the idea that “You Can’t Time the Market.”  In addition, we have seen that bull markets may run for seriously long periods of time while bear markets are rather short in comparison.  But you won’t see articles or books touting “Buy for the long haul.”  at market bottoms.  Sentiment “goes with the flow.”  That is why it takes so much time and study to master the market.  This chart is not attempting to predict anything.  However, if you believe Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.”  Then you may understand that everything runs in Cycles.

 

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April 15, 2024

8:40 am

Good Morning!

SPX futures have risen to 5158.90 thus far this morning.  The likely target may be Intermediate resistance at 5165.68.  The bounce is likely to be over this morning or early afternoon.  Should the SPX decline back toward the 50-deay, it may be poised for a panic decline either this afternoon or tomorrow.

Today’s options chain shows Maximum Investor pain at 5150.00.  Long gamma begins at 5165.00 while short gamma may start at 5140.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “Following the emotional rollercoaster of this weekend geopolitical “straight to DVD” soap opera, in which Iran pretended to retaliate to Israel’s embassy bombing with an attack that was meant to be a dud (and succeeded), which in turn was followed by an even more dramatic de-escalation by Israel in which after much saber rattling Netanyahu did…nothing, futures and yield are predictably higher, while oil is lower. That’s right: after digesting the weekend’s news and realizing that what just happened was one giant farce, global markets are broadly higher (except for Asia which is always a few steps behind), with European stocks ticking higher and US rebounding from Friday’s 1.5% selloff in the S&P 500. As of 7:30am, S&P futures were 0.5% higher with Nasdaq futs rising 0.6%; Treasuries slipped along with the dollar. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped below $85 a barrel, while base metals rallied with Aluminum at one point surging more than 9% after Russian supply was hit by US and UK sanctions. Gold reversed Friday’s losses to rise above $2,350 an ounce and bitcoin – which was the weekend’s only operating market and saw the initial risk-off reaction – reversed all losses and is back to unchanged. Today, the macro focus will be Retail Sales release. Feroli expects headline Retail Sales to print +0.3% vs. +0.4% survey vs. +0.6% prior. China will release key macro data at 10pm ET tonight.”

 

 

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April 12, 2024

3:05 pm

SPX appears to be declining through the 50-day Moving Average at 5102.22 today. There is still an opportunity for a bounce above that level.  However, a decline beneath that support may bring a waterfall event on Monday.

 

2:15 pm

Gold futures may have made their Master Cycle high this morning at 2448.75.  Since then it has fallen back to 2363.25.  This appears to be a Key Reversal, known to indicate a change in a major trend.  The blow-off top is known to to attract even the staunchest of investors, but seldom last forever.  Sell-side banks are all predicting higher gold prices.  

ZeroHedge remarks, “In investing, “Buy low, sell high” is among the most well-known sayings, and generally, it’s good advice. But with gold still holding near its historic all-time highs, central banks led by China are bucking the classic adage and smash-buying more, buying the top to fortify themselves against a global monetary and financial blow-up.

Last month marked the 17th in a row that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) continued stacking gold. Notably, the bank typically reports lower numbers than its actual buying volume and is now also introducing a digital yuan to facilitate cross-border gold settlements.”

 

9:39 am

BKX has been on a sell signal for the past week after is crossed beneath the trendline at 100.50.  Today it sits above the 50-day Moving Average at 98.18, the final support before the dam bursts.  A bad report from a smaller bank would have been expected.  However, a miss by JPM does not set a happy tone for banks across the board.

ZeroHedge comments, “Q1 earnings season officially opened moments ago when JPM became the first mega bank to reports results, and even though JPM beat on across the board – and even unexpectedly released reserves instead of setting money aside for yet another quarter – the stock is lower by ~3% after Jamie Dimon had some gloomy words about the bank’s net interest income (which dropped in Q1) and the bank’s NII outlook for 2024 missed estimates. But before we get to all that, let’s start with the Q1 historicals which were solid across the board:”

 

9:10 am

Good Morning!

SPX futures have plummeted to a morning low of 5149.60 and threaten to go lower.  Remember that Intermediate support has been violated and SPX is on a selol signal, so this should be no surprise.  The next week should bring on an intensified decline with a possible waterfall panic.  This may be your last chance to exits longs, as the ensuing decline may be more than investors have been bargaining for.

Today’s options chain shows Maximum Investor Pain at 5200.00.  Long gamma starts at 5200.00 and intensifies at 5225.00.  Short gamma starts at 5175.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “Futures are tumbling this morning, hit by disappointing earnings and outllook from the largest US bank, JPMorgan whose stock is down around 3% in a soggy launch to Q1 earnings season, while growing fears of an imminent conflict between Israel and Iran have sent oil surging and futures sliding. As of 8:45am, S&P futures are down 0.7%, at session lows with Nasdaq also dumping after reports China has asked its telecom carriers to start phasing out foreign chips. The drop comes as we see safe having flows move capital into TSYs with bond yields sliding up to 10bps this morning. That said, the USD is higher again with the euro and cable sliding sharply. Commodities are mixed: oil and gold rally amid Middle East tension; base metals are lower amid lower-than-expected China exports (-7.5% vs. -1.9% survey vs. 5.6% prior), while the gold explosion documented last night continues, with gold futures trading just above $2,400 and spot trading just below. Today, the main focus will be banks earnings (C, JPM, WFC). We will also receive Univ. of Mich. Sentiment data.”

 

 

VIX futures have risen to a morning high at 16.28 and threatens to go much higher, as yesterday’s low began a new minor Cycle.  Particular Cyclical strength may show today and extend through the next week.

There is a battle going on in the options chain as 15.50 shows Maximum Pain for investors.  Short gamma is heavy beneath 15.00 while long gamma is gaining strength above 16.00.

 

TNX is making a slight correction as it surges toward its Cycle Top at 48.28.  Today may bring a supercharged surge of strength to yields as its nears the end of its Master Cycle.

ZeroHedge reports, “After two consecutive ugly auctions (and in the case of yesterday’s 10Y reopening, very ugly), moments ago the Treasury completed the week’s coupon issuance when, on the day when the BLS published a doctored PPI report to boost market sentiment, it sold $22 billion in 30Y paper in what was yet another ugly auction.

The high yield on today’s sale stopped at 4.671%, higher than last month’s 4.331% by 34 bps and also tailing the When Issued 4.661% by 1 basis point, the first tail for the 30Y tenor since last November.”

 

 

 

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April 11, 2024

8:00 am

Good Morning!

NDX futures have fallen to 17939.50 thus far this morning.  It has been on a confirmed sell signal since April 5 and may be poised to decline beneath its 50-day Moving Average at 17933.15 today.  Alternatively, should the 50-day Moving Average hold, NDX may bounce toward its Intermediate resistance at 18099.20, or possibly the trendline at 18500.0, since the Cycles Model pinpoints today as a day of strength.

Today’s options chain shows Maximum investor Pain at 18020.00-18125.00.  Long gamma may start at 18150.00 while short gamma is massively positioned at 18100.00.

Zerohedge reminisces, “‘Sell Mortimer, Sell!’

That is the message (our translation) from Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), who told Bloomberg today that they are taking profits from high-flying technology shares and putting the money into cheaper companies.”

 

SPX futures have dipped beneath Intermediate support at 5161.37.  Should they remain beneath that level, the next support is the 50-day Moving Average at 5092.80.  Beyond that, the 1987 trendline may be key support.  As with the NDX, today may be a day of trending strength, suggesting that, if SPX remains above Intermediate support, it may rally above 5200.00.

Today’s options chain shows Max Pain at 5175.00.  Long gamma starts at 52500.00, while short gamma may begin beneath 5150.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “Futures are weaker signaling further losses on Wall Street as stubborn inflation forces investors to reduce their expectations for Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts; tech stocks are underperforming following the significant surge in Treasuries yields which has continued today. As of 8:00am ET, S&P futures are down 0.5% and back to yesterday’s post-CPI session lows while Nasdaq futures are down 0.4%. Pre-mkt, Mag7 names are mixed, and small-caps set to underperform as yields move higher. Europe’s Stoxx 600 index also retreated, with most sectors in the red, as did Asian stocks. Treasury yields ticked higher again after the previous day’s surge, with the rate on the 10-year at 4.57%. Bonds in Europe dropped as traders trimmed their wagers on easing, with attention focused on the ECB’s policy announcement later; the USD is flat following its 1% surge yesterday, the strongest move since Mar 2023. Commodities are flattish with outperformance in base metals and crude.  Today’s macro focus is on PPI and the ECB.”

 

 

VIX futures declined to 15.50 this morning, as it must complete a retracement before moving higher.  As an example, s 61.8% retracement may take the VIX down to its 50-day Moving Average at 14.06

Next Wednesday’s options chain shows Max Pain at 15.50.00.  Short gamma resides beneath 15.00 while long gamma starts at 16.00.

 

TNX futures declined from its high at 46.04 to a morning low at 45.19.The Cycles Model informs us that three of the six indicators of strength may be firing during the next week, suggesting that the Cycle Top may be within reach for the current Master Cycle.

ZeroHedge remarks, “The fourth hotter-than-expected core inflation report in a row got investors reevaluating expectations around the Fed’s first rate cut

Source: Bloomberg

Goldman’s Diana Asatryan noted that their Research group pushed its first rate cut forecast to July from June, expecting two cuts this year.

The market is now pricing in just 38bps (1.5 rate-cuts) in 2024…”

 

 

 

 

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April 10, 2024

7:45 am

Good Morning!

NDX futures have not sold off, suggesting a possible attempt at a new high near the Cycle Top at 18738.62.  Today is day 258 in the Cycles Model, an appropriate day for a reversal.  So, one of two things may happen.  Worst case first (for hedge funds who have been shorting), the NDX may make a run for a new all-time high above 18464.70.  What follows may be a Key Reversal in the next 24-48 hours.  That would move the March 21 top to the present.

The second action would be to break the trendline near 18000.00, immediately plunging stocks into a month-long decline.  The markets have taken the second option.

ZeroHedge observes, “Momentum wobble

The Momentum Factor sold off -3.7% yesterday, its worst pullback YTD. The bigger question here is of course if a wobble in the best performing theme of the year will have ripple effects into the overall market (ie, create a sell-off). We would say that if it continues for 1-2 more days it for sure will.

Source: Bloomberg

Biggest movers yesterday

Here is what drove the basket lower yesterday (by weight):

1. The best shall become the worst: NVDA -69%, LLY -25%, MA -8%, META -8%

2. The worst shall become the best: AAPL +28%, MSFT +20%, TSLA +17%”

 

SPX futures are near the breakout point at 8224.81.  Should SPX break out it may probe towards its Cycle Top at 5282.46.  Should a decline take place beneath the trendline at 5165.00, the decline may proceed as mentioned in the NDX.  Al await the CPI report for guidance.

Today’s options trading has become very crowded around 5200.00.  Long gamma may start at 5225.00 while short gamma may begin at 5190.00.

 

VIX futures traded down to 14.75 this morning as it awaits the CPI report.  The mid-Cycle support is at 14.74, where normal retracement usuaaally end.

 

 

 

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April 9, 2024

8:00 am

Good Morning!

SPX futures are being pressed into an ever-smaller formation, appearing to be flat, but in fact, revealing a Triangle Wave B.  Today’s Cycles Model suggests a brief spike to 5220.00-5225.00 before a strong reversal.  SPX is on a sell signal.

Today’s options chain reveals Maximum Investor Pain at 5205.00.  Long gamma may begin at 5225.00 while short gajmma lurks beneath 5200.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “US equity futures are trading in a narrow range, swinging between gains and losses as bonds climbed, clawing back some of Monday’s slump which sent yields to the highest since last November in the buildup to US CPI print tomorrow that is crucial to the Fed’s decision when it will start to cut interest rates; Government debt in the UK and Germany followed suit, with yields falling across the curve after a 20-year UK bond sale drew record demand from investors. As of 8:00am, S&P futures were up 0.1% but traded tightly around the unchanged line as they extended Monday’s flat close on Wall Street, when trading was the thinnest since Christmas. Nasdaq futures gained 0.2% while Europe’s Estoxx 50 was down about 0.5%, with technology and industrials leading to the downside. Commodity markets are higher lead by Energy and Metals, with Gold hitting a new record high, rising as much as $25 to $2,365 before paring gains. The macro picture is light today but keep an eye on the 3Y auction, which may give some cues to investor positioning ahead of the CPI.”

 

 

VIX futures rose to 15.51 this morning, even as the SPX futures probe higher.  There is a possibility of the VIX declining to the mid-Cycle support at 14.73 today.  It may be looked upon as a buying/hedging opportunity.

Wednesday’s options chain reveals Max Pain near 15.00  Short gamma resides at 14.00 while long gamma begins at 17.00 and remains strong to 25.00.

 

TNX futures have been easing lower to 43.79 after Monday’s spike high.  It appears that Stock Charts may have a data feed issue since the charts have not been updated since Friday.  Today’s Treasury Auction shows  $65 billion in 42-day bills and $58 billion of 3-year notes.  Tomorrow shows $39 billion of the 9-year 10-month notes being offered.

 

USD futures are sagging down to 103..73 thus far.  Both Intermediate support at the 50-day Moving Average are at 103.70.  It would do well to see if these supports hold.

 

Gold futures rose to an overnight high of 2384.35 on day 253 of the Master Cycle.  The odds of a reversal by the end of the week are high.  cAUTION IS ADVISED.

ZeroHedge remarks, “April 8th: Bullion Bank (Citi) raises short term price targets for Gold and Silver 9% and 16% respectively, increasing price targets to $2400 and $28 over the next 3 months. with topside price spikes of $3,000 and $32.00 this year now on the table.”

 

 

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April 8, 2024

8 :15 am

Good Morning!

NDX futures have been consolidating inside Friday’s trading range over the weekend thus far.  There appears to be an attempt to hold the trendline at 18100.00 with a backup support at the intermediate level at 18053.00.  The Cycles Model shows today as a day of strength.  Should NDX remain above its Intermediate support, we may see an attempt to bounce above Friday’s high at 18202.96.  However, a reversal beneath Intermediate support may produce a waterfall event.

Today’s options chain shows Maximum Investor Pain at 18100.00.  Long gamma may begin immediately above that level, while short gamma emerges beneath 18050.00.

ZeroHedge observes, “Best of times

Buybacks + inflows have stepped up and created a very supportive flow dynamic. It has been the best of times and extreme from a historical standpoint (if you disregard the post-COVID bump).

Source: Deutsche

 

We are running out of equities

Global equity supply the most negative it has been since 1999. Year to date, global public equity supply has declined by $120 billion. This is three times higher than the $40 billion decline that occurred in 2023. We are also on track for a third straight year of declines for the first time in history.”

 

SPX futures are consolidating around 5200.00 this morning.  The Diagonal trendline provides overhead resistance near 5225.00.  In the meantime, Intermediate support comes in at 5143.43, where the sell signal is confirmed.  The Cycles Model indicates a show of strength may be at hand.  That indicates the trendline (5225.00-5235.00)may be tested again.  A breakdown at the trendline may produce a waterfall event.

Today’s op-ex shows Max Pain at 5205.00.  Long gamma starts at 5220.00 while short gamma begins abruptly beneath 5200.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “US equity futures are flat, trading around 5,252, having rebounded from session lows even as 10Y yields extend their ascent and the USD strengthens as traders further pare expectations for interest-rate cuts in the face of resilient readings on the US economy. As of 8:00am, S&P and Nasdaq fuitures are both unchnaged while major European markets are mostly higher with only Spain/UK in the red. Treasury yields rose to their highest levels of the year across the curve, with the 10-year climbing above 4.45%. Interest-rate swaps imply around 60 basis points of US monetary easing this year, making two cuts the most likely outcome. On Friday, the chance of a third cut was still above 50%. European bond yields are also higher, but yield curves are not moving in tandem. Commodities are mixed with Energy lower, Metals higher, and Ags mixed. Crude oil turned lower after last week’s strong gains after Israel said it will pull some troops from Gaza. Brent futures briefly dropped below $90-handle before reversing losses. Gold also reversed early losses and printed a fresh record above $2,350 before paring gains. Looking at the calendar, Mon/Tues are light macro days ahead of Wednesday’s CPI print, Thurs’ ECB mtg, and Fri’s Bank earnings which launch Q1 earnings season; we algo get at least 7x Fedspeakers where investors will see if a hawkish pivot is building if CPI prints hotter than expected. While the market is trimming rate hike estimates both Goldman and JPM still see at least 3x rate cuts.”

 

VIX futures rose to 16.49 as tensions arise.  The elevated VIX over the weekend shows that trending strength has been in play and may make a greater showing in the cash market this week.

Wednesday’s op-ex shows Max pain at 15.00.  There is a small contingent of short gamma at 14.00.  Long gamma starts at 17.00 and builds to 25.00.

 

TNX futures have risen to 44.67 this morning before moderating a bit.  The data feed to Stock Charts does not appear to be working, so I will replace the current chart with a new one as it becomes available.  The Cycles Model suggests another two weeks of rising yields, indicating a possible rally to the Cycle Top resistance at 48.28.

ZeroHedge remarks, “Survey data shows that outright shorts in US Treasuries are near lows. But investors are missing a trick as inflation risks point to higher bond volatility and yields.

JP Morgan’s Treasury Survey tracks their clients’ positioning in Treasuries, asking them whether they are long, neutral or short. The net of the positions is close to flat, but outright shorts are unusually low, with the number of clients saying they are positioned that way near the nadir for the 20-year history of the survey.

 

 

 

 

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April 5, 2024

9:52 am

Good Morning!

Yesterday was noteworthy in the fact that the Cycle Top, at 5264.65, formerly support for the past two months, became resistance in the SPX.  Once that was tested, SPX declined sharply to Intermediate support at 5140.62, where it bounced.  SPX may now test the trendline near 5200.00, although it may reverse short of that target.  The next level of support is the 50-day Moving Average, at 5074.05.  Beneath that lies the 1987 trendline and the 100-day Moving Average, at 4875.02.  The Cycles Model suggests a possible month of decline ahead.  Trending strength may switch to the downside early next week.

Today’s options chain shows Max Pain at a very crowded 5200 for both puts and calls.  While clls occupy a small majority above that level, puts now dominate the options chain beneath 5200.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “US futures rebounded from yesterday’s late day rout even as European stocks slumped the most in almost two months and Asian markets tumbled the most in a month, tracking Thursday’s broad market retreat as oil prices held near five-month highs above $90 and investors braced for today’s jobs report where the whisper is of a hotter than expected print. As of 7:30am, S&P futures rose 0.3% after tumbling 1.4% yesterday; even with the modest gain the index is on track for its biggest weekly decline since mid-February.  Europe’s Stoxx 600 slid more than 1%, following the previous session’s sharp retreat on Wall Street and losses in Asia earlier on Friday. US and euro-area bond yields inched higher as fears of an escalation in the Middle Eastern conflict kept Brent crude futures near $91 a barrel, fanning inflation concerns. The USD is stronger, bitcoin has resumed selling, commodities are higher led by Energy products and base metals. From a macro perspective, NFP is the focus, survey is +214k survey vs. BBG whisper +230k; both are down from the +275k prior.

 

 

VIX is consolidating near the upper end of yesterday’s trading range.  The Cycles Model suggests that a burst of trending strength may be imminent.  The February high is likely to be overcome.

Wednesday’s op-ex shows Maximum Investor Pain at 14.00.  Negative gamma beneath that level is scarce, while positive gamma is building near the October high.

ZeroHedge observes, “What started to be a rather stable and uneventful session, ended in some turbulence after a sharp reversal lower triggered by Middle East geopolitical headlines (a spike in oil) and hawkish fed speak.

All sectors finished in the red, with 430 S&P names finished lower (NVDA, GOOG/L, AMD, and AMZN contributed to 30% of move lower). Momentum, AI & New Technology, and Retail Favorites were among the hardest hit all down -2%. NDX broke through its 50dma (17,903…keep an eye on 100dma = 17,134).”

 

TNX may be consolidating, although at a higher level today.  The Cycles Model suggfests trending strength building over the next two weeks.  The Cycle Top at 48.28 appears to be an appropriate target.

 

BKX is pressing down on its 4.5-month trendline at 100.00 this morning.  Loss of upward support will be critical and lead to a confirmed sell signal.  This is also a clear sign that liquidity is drying up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 4, 2024

8:15 am

Good Morning!

NDX futures rose to an overnight high of 18279.30, nearly making the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 18292.00.  The Cycles Model suggests a probable brief retracement high this morning prior to resuming the decline. Intermediate support and the Diagonal Trendline lie at 18043.19, beneath which a confirmed sell signal may be made.

This morning’s options chain shows Maximum Pain for investors at 18160.00.  Long gamma may start at 18170.00 while short gamma may begin at 18150.00.

 

SPX futures have risen to an overnight high of 5234.80 thus far, a near-61.8% retracement.  There may be a brief probe to a new retracement high at the trendline in the cash market followed by a likely resumption of the decline.  This may fulfil the trending strength indicated by the Cycles Model yesterday.  Remember, the trend is still “higher” at this juncture although a reversal may have been made.

Today’s op-ex shows Max pain at 5220.00.  Long gamma may begin at 5225.00 while short gamma may start at 5215.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “US equity futures are higher with both Tech and small-caps outperforming, while the dollar is lower even as yields are higher from Wednesday’s close. As of 7:50am, S&P futures were 0.3% higher and Nasdaq futs rose 0.4%, boosted by Powell’s comments that recent inflation figures did not “materially change” the overall picture while the latest ISM Services print was far less inflationary than the ISM Manufacturing print, in fact bizarrely so. In Europe, major markets are also all higher as part of a global risk-on tone.  Bond yields are +1-2 bps, even as Bloomberg’s dollar index extended its slide for a third day, following its biggest one-day fall in nearly four weeks.  In commodities, energy is a tad lower with Brent trading just below $90, metals are mixed, and Ags are stronger; copper – which as we noted previously could be the first “AI commodity” is the notable outperformer. Today’s macro data focus is on jobless claims but likely will be ignored with the jobs report tomorrow; we also get seven Fed speakers today.”

 

 

VIX futures sagged to a low of 14.03 this morning, near the 50% retracement level at 13.92.   It is odd that the retracement percentage in the VIX is lower than that of the SPX.  The Cycles MOdel shows the VIX gaining in trending strength by this weekend.

Next Wednesday’s op-ex shows Max Investor Pain at 14.50.  Short gamma has moved up to 14.00, while long gamma begins at 16.00.  There seems to be no rush to buy protection.

 

TNX has pulled back from its breakout high made yesterday.  The rally may resume, in strength, after a brief consolidation.

ZeroHedge observes, “MOVE inching higher

MOVE closed marginally higher yesterday. The latest “bounce” in rates volatility has actually been one of the bigger moves higher in a while. From recent lows, but still…”

 

 

 

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April 3, 2024

10:27 am

BKX is slowly losing its grip on the retracement rally.  It made an early Master Cycle high March 28, on day 248 and may need another week to prove the high.   In the meantime, critical support lies at the trendline at 101.00-101.50.  Beneath that level is a sell signal with confirmation at Intermediate support at 98.83.  A breakdown may lead to a broader sell-off in nearly all assets, as investors flee to cash.

ZeroHedge remarks, “There are more dormant office towers in the United States than at any point since 1979, according to a new report from Moody’s Analytics, which began tracking office leasing vacancies that year.

The rising supply of office space is due to a combination of surging remote and hybrid work that forces companies to reduce corporate footprints. Also, companies are exiting imploding progressive cities and high-taxed blue states for red ones while downsizing space.

In the report, office tower vacancies rose to a record 19.8%, up from 19.6% in the fourth quarter of 2023.”

 

8:25 am

Good Morning!

NDX futures retraced to 18132.30 before slipping back toward the trendline and Intermediate support at 18027.00.  It is on an aggressive sell signal which may be confirmed beneath the abovementioned trendline.  NDX marked its high on March 21.  SPX made its high on March 28.  Should those highs remain intact, the trend may be down until mid-May.

Today’s options chain shows Maximum Investor Pain at 18150.00.  Long gamma may begin at 18200.00, while short gamma may start at 18100.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the leading contract chipmaker for Apple Inc. and Nvidia Corp., shuttered some of its chipmaking capacity and evacuated plants after the biggest earthquake in 25 years rocked the island nation, just east of mainland China.

Taiwan plays a significant role in manufacturing advanced chips for artificial intelligence, smartphones, computers, and electric vehicles. The country is estimated to produce 80% to 90% of the highest-end chips.”

 

SPX futures back-tested the trading channel trendline at 5220.00, but failed to overcome it.  Futures are lower but have not declined beneath short-term support at 5189.00.  SPX made its all-time high on March 28 (day 245) and has not challenged that level since then.  Intermediate support lies at 5126.28 and may provide support for a bounce.

Today’s op-ex shows Max Pain at 5210.00.  Long gamma starts at 5225.00 while short gamma emerges beneath 5200.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “US futures are down small with Tech underperforming and small-caps flat, as rates held at 4 month highs, and Brent is about to rise above $90. As of 8:00am, both S&P and Nasdaq futures are down -0.2%, with yields higher pre-market ahead of Powell’s 12.10pm ET speech; despite his dovish rhetoric at the Mar 20 Fed Meeting press conference investors are nervous of a hawkish pivot according to JPM. This comes amid a surge a commodity prices and a spike in geopolitical tensions; pre-market all 3 commodity complexes are higher with gold the notable laggard despite USD being flat (although gold lagging these days means it hasn’t hit a new all time high in the past 15 minutes). Today’s macro focus is on ADP (has not been predictive of the brutally manipulated NFP print), ISM Services and 2x Fedspeakers, including Powell.”

 

 

VIX futures appear to be consolidating above the mid-Cycle support at 14.70.  Trending strength is growing with a possible peak over the weekend and each successive weekend through the month of April.  This may not be a coincidence, as the Fed has been attempting to downplay and delay the reports of bank problems until the close on Friday.

Today’s op-ex shows Max Pain at 14.50-15.00.  Short gamma appears at 14.00, but long gamma begins at 16.00 shows strength at 23.00.

ZeroHedge notes, “5200 matters

This is where the lower part of the perfect Madoff channel comes in, as well as the 21 day moving average. 5200 is the make or break level.”

Source: Refinitiv

 

TNX continues to show strength as it advance above this year’s previous highs.  The rally may last another 2-3 weeks, according to the Cycles Model.

ZeroHedge remarks, “Positioning in US Treasuries is becoming less long as the risk of persistently higher yields increases from a cyclically strong US and global economy.

Leading data have been vindicated in projecting a US and global cyclical upturn that coincident data are now unequivocally confirming. Monday’s release of the March ISM showed the index is back into expansion territory, matching the message from the manufacturing PMI.

The US manufacturing ISM is not only the best cyclical barometer of US growth, it is also the best single gauge of global growth given the sector’s outsized importance to the world economy.”

 

USD futures appear to be consolidating after yesterday’s potential Master cycle high on day 259.  Should it take hold, the reversal may test the mid-Cycle support at 103.76.  Should support hold, USD may be considerably higher by the end of May.

 

Gold futures have risen to a new all-time high at 2308.85 on day 247 of its master Cycle.  Vigilance should be the by word as gold may reverse at any time in the next week.  The decline may be greater than most would imagine.

ZeroHedge comments, “The rally in the gold price has left me non-plussed … who is behind it and why ? Rather like an Agatha Christie murder-mystery novel, with evidence thin, the culprit or cause may be deduced by excluding what it is not … and what remains, is.

Spoiler alert … I am really not sure of the answer, but follow me … it’s fun anyway. ”

 

Crude oil futures have advanced to a morning high at 86.08 as it continues its rally to the Cycle Top resistance at 90.44.  There may be approximately 3 weeks left in this rally, so it may be doable.  However, there may be a structural resistance near 86.60 that may impact the rally.  Given that information, it is likely that a pullback toward mid-Cycle support at 79.75 may be in order before pressing higher.

ZeroHedge remarks, “US crude futures pierced $85 for the first time since October, the latest milestone in a rally driven by OPEC+ production cuts, strong demand and heightened geopolitical risks.

As Bloomberg reports, oil has jumped this week as tensions rise in the Middle East, with Iran vowing revenge on Israel for an airstrike on its embassy in Syria that killed a top military commander.

After last week’s surprise crude build and big jump in stocks at the Cushing hub, traders were looking for a slowing build…”

 

 

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April 2, 2024

10:22 am

SPX has fallen beneath its Diagonal Trendline at 5220.00, giving a sell signal.  It has also challenged its Short-term support at 5189.00.   A further confirmation lies beneath Intermediate support at 5129.32.  Of critical concern is the 1987 trendline near 4900.00, beneath which lies the possibility of a greater decline.

 

8:15 am

Good Morning!

NDX futures have declined to 18132.60 thus far this morning as the uptrend weakens.  Critical support lies at the trendline and Intermediate support at 18019.69, beneath which lies a sell signal.  Further confirmation lies beneath the 50-day Moving Average at 17822.27.  Once the reversal is confirmed, the Cycles Model suggests a potential decline lasting until mid-May.  Of critical importance to the uptrend is the 1987 trendline which lies just beneath 14000.00.

Today’s options chain shows Maximum Investor Pain at 18275.00.  Long gamma may begin at 18300.00 while short gamma may proceed beneath 18250.00.

RealInvestmentAdvice comments, “During running bull markets, much commentary is written on why this time is different and why investors should not worry about market corrections. One such piece was written recently by Fisher Investments. To wit:

“After the S&P 500’s 26% return last year and this year’s strong start, many investors are worried – understandably – that this bull run is getting ahead of itself. “‘”

 

SPX futures have slipped beneath the Cycle Top support at 5231.00 for the first time since February when it also rose above the 1987 trendline.  This may justify an aggressive sell signal, although a trendline sell signal lies just beneath 5200.00 where SPX is closing in.    Intermediate support lies at 5120.97, giving further confirmation to the sell signal.  Confirmation of the larger uptrendlies at the 1987 trendline at 4900.00.

Today’s op-ex shows Max Pain at 5245.00.  Long gamma may begin at 5250.00 while short gamma may reside beneath 5225.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “US equity futures are sliding as bond yields spike to 4.36%, the highest level since November, and the price of Brent crude rises to a new five-month high above $89 driven mostly by supply/demand dynamics but a geopolitical fear premium over the brewing Israel-Iran conflict begins to build, and as fears that the Fed may not cut rates in June start to percolate. The rest of the commodities complex is also pushing higher with strength in metals notable as Ags come from sale and gold jumps right back to all time highs despite the recent strength in the dollar.  As of 7:50am, S&P and Nasdaq futures drop 0.4%, as health insurance stocks tumbled after regulators didn’t boost payments for private Medicare plans like the industry had come to expect; Mag7 names are mixed with Semis up small despite NVDA sliding. In Europe, most markets are mostly higher after reopening after the Easter holiday with only Spain in the red: energy, AI, and semis the best performing segments with additional support from banks, as regional curves bear steepen. The risk-on tone in APAC where HK showed significant outperformance. The yield curve is steeper, and the Bloomberg dollar index dropped. Bitcoin slumped after several sharp sell orders hit futures during Asian trading. Today’s macro data focus is on JOLTS and 3x Fedspeakers.”

 

VIX futures have risen to 14.54, giving a buy signal.  The Cycles Model suggest growing strength, especially on weekends through mid-May.  This may be due to authorities hiding bad news until the weekends, hoping that it will blow over by Monday.  The unusually low stretch of volatility may be about to end.

Tomorrow’s op-ex shows Max Pain at 14.00  Short gamma may reside at 13.00-13.50 while long gamma starts at 15.00 with outliers at 18.00 and 40.00.

 

TNX has broken above its February high, confirming the buy signal given last Thursday.  The Cycles Model suggests the rally may extend to the week of April 15.  A natural target may be the Cycle Top at 48.28…or higher.  Our lawmakers don’t know how to control their spending. 

 

Gold futurtes hit a nominal new high this morning at 2287.35 on day 246 of the current Master Cycle.  Gold may be in its final probe to all-time highs before a major correction.  Thus far there is no weakening of the uptrend.  Once the decline manifests, the nearest suport at which a signal may be given is the Cycle Top at 2167.62, approximately 5% beneath its current high.   Be aware that a change in trend may happen rather quickly.

 

 

 

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