July 13, 2022

10:40 am

Along with the food crisis, liquidity is also drying up.  The BKX is testing the Cycle Bottom support at 98.61 on day 252 of its Master Cycle.  In addition, there is an 18-month Head & Shoulders formation at 98.47.   Should it break through both supports, we may see another week of decline that could be devastating to liquidity.  Quarterly earnings season begins on Friday.


10:20 am

The food crisis may be developing new legs as the next, more powerful phase begins.  The Cycles Model suggests rising prices through mid-August.  The proposed Head & Shoulders formation suggests food prices may double over the next several months.

ZeroHedge comments, “The European Union has warned of a new wave of migration caused by a global food crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Aija Kalnaja, the newly appointed interim director, told reporters in Prague that the bloc was already prepared for refugees leaving Ukraine, but that the wider problem would likely be an influx of people from other areas of the world.

“We have to prepare also for refugees coming from other areas because of food security,” said Kalnaja.

“You probably know that grain transport from Ukraine is hampered and that will create waves of migration.”

Her warning follows the release of a 27-page internal EU report last month which highlighted the threat of “a catastrophic famine” facing North Africa.”


9:00 am

News of an overheated CPI has caused SPX futures to fall through support at 3810.00 to test minor support at 3750.00, where the next large cluster of (4366) put contracts lie.  There has been a bounce, but the damage may have already been done.  Short gamma may prevail today, sending stocks into a tailspin.

Zerohedge reports, “Well that wasn’t supposed to happen.

It seems ‘peak inflation’ is not here and markets are stunned.

Rate-hike expectations are soaring…

With the odds of a 100bps hike in July now at 30%…”


8:00 am

Good Morning!

SPX futures hit a morning high of 3835.50, remaining near that level until this point.  Traders await the CPI report, which may change the outlook on FOMC actions.

In today’s op-ex, Max Pain is at 3845.00 with calls dominating at 3850.00 and above.  Long gamma may prevail at 3900.00.   Puts hold sway at 3840.00 and below with short gamma coming in strong (7056 contracts) at 3800.00.

ZeroHedge reports, “After yesterday’s last hour stock market puke prompted by a fake CPI “leak” that showed inflation rising more than double digits in June which sent spoos just over 3,800, US index futures advanced ahead of a report that will show inflation hitting a fresh four-decade high according to Bloomberg consensus which expects headline inflation to print 8.8%, ensuring another 75bps rate hike. Contracts on the S&P 500 rose 0.3% by 7:15 a.m. ET after the underlying gauge declined over the past three days. Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.4% after the tech-heavy index shed 3% this week, reversing most of last week’s gains. The dollar dropped from a 2 year high, bitcoin rose but held below $20,000 and WTI crude oil stabilized at about $96 a barrel after a tumble.”



VIX futures dipped to 27.12 this morning, then recovered somewhat.  The Cycles Model suggests a period of strength may be about to begin, lasting through the weekend.  Although VIX is elevated above its historical norm, there seems to be little alarm about the upcoming FOMC moves and the dual prospect of a recession looming.

Today’s op-ex in VIX shows Max Pain precisely at 27.00 with short gamma at 26.00 and long gamma starting at 28.00.  A very tight spread between risk-on and risk-off.

Bloomberg comments, “Perceptions of risk are diverging in perplexing ways among asset classes.

Volatility in bonds is whipping up just as it trails off in stocks. The ICE BofA MOVE Index, a gauge of costs for Treasury options, rose in four of the last five weeks. A similar measure for equities, the Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, fell for three straight weeks. The MOVE’s premium over the VIX has widened this month to the most since 2009. ”


TNX remains beneath the 50-day Moving Average at 30.04, but a directional change may be imminent, as a period of strength appears about to begin which may boost TNX back above the 50-day.  The current Master Cycle has less than two weeks to go, with a potential target as high as the Cycle Top at 34.48.


The soaring CPI boosted TNX above its 50-day Moving Average as suggested earlier.  Higher rates may now be a real concern for the next two weeks.


USD futures rose to a new high  at 108.39 this morning.  With 4 more weeks to go in its current Master Cycle one may speculate whether it may exceed its prior all-time high at 121.21.  What many investors are unaware of is that money flowing out of stocks is more likely to be parked in the money market (USD) than any other asset.



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