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  1. phil

    Good morning!  

    News was once again terrible this morning, especially out of China and I could have written a whole post on that but thought it was a good time for a macro point about why we should be concerned about the market in any event.  

    I'm getting into a lot of silly conversations with people about value lately and I'm being lectured on how value doesn't matter if the market doesn't agree and we should just follow the "wisdom" of the crowd.  This is exactly the kind of BS we often hear at market tops and I'm not against a little momentum trading BUT, when people do it too often for too long – they tend to get it mixed up with their long-term premise and then they tend to bend their minds around to justify their decisions after the fact.  As Wikipedia notes:  

    There are two self-justification strategies: internal self-justification (IS) and external self-justification (ES).[5]

    Internal self-justification refers to a change in the way people perceive their actions. It may be an attitude change, trivialization of the negative consequences or denial of the negative consequences. Internal self-justification helps make the negative outcomes more tolerable and is usually elicited by hedonistic dissonance. For example, the smoker may tell himself that smoking is not really that bad for his health.

    External self-justification refers to the use of external excuses to justify one's actions. The excuses can be a displacement of personal responsibility, lack of self-control or social pressures. External self-justification aims to diminish one's responsibility for a behavior and is usually elicited by moral dissonance. For example, the smoker might say that he only smokes socially and because other people expect him to.

    That's the crux of the crowd-following arguments.  Everyone is doing it, so how bad can it be?  Well, it can be 2008 bad, is my answer.  And I'm not trying to come across all doom and gloom but I do tend to get more negative when I feel our Members may be getting too  positive (and vice-versa when too gloomy) to try to inject a bit of balance into the conversation.  

    We are in no better shape today than we were when I called for cashing out long positions at the end of last month.  We're using the same bounce levels we set on the 6th, when we first bottomed out and EXPECTED a bounce.  The whole point of the bounce levels is that we're either going to have weak ones, which keep us bearish, or strong ones, which make us neutral until either the 50% lines cross or the weak bounce lines fail to hold up.  

    • Dow 15,108 (weak bounce) and 15,216 (strong bounce)
    • S&P 1,622 and 1,634
    • Nasdaq 3,420 and 3,440
    • NYSE 9,280 and 9,360
    • Russell 975 and 981.40

    As I noted yesterday, when things were looking up, we also have to cross our 50% lines at 15,270, 1,640, 3,460, 9,400 and 985 and, at noon yesterday, only the NYSE and the Dow were red.  Now, it's just the RUT that's green and the S&P is right on the line (so we'll watch 1,640 very closely).  

    Also, as noted in the morning's news reading, 80% of the 107 S&P companies that have provided guidance updates for Q2 have LOWERED their outlook.  That's vs 62% "normally" (as the main reason people do pre-announce is to warn, of course).  Materials (of course), IT and Industrials are hardest hit, which makes the Dow a good short again as it attempts to get back over 15,200.  

    On the other hand, expectations are now so low, they'll be hard to miss with the S&P 500 now averaging 1.1% earnings growth (below the rate of buy-backs!), down from 4.3% on 3/31.  Keep in mind that the overall market is up 4% since 4/1 so there's a pretty big disconnect between the run-up we've had and the reality we're running headlong into!

    Oil hit $98.50 again on the usual 9am pump and, of course, it's a short again.  That's on /CL by the way, which is now /CLQ3 (Aug) in TOS, the old /CLN3 contract (July) also hit $98.50 already and dropped like a rock to $98.15.  

    Copper is melting down at $3.15 as this China thing is SERIOUS (and it's also serious when there's so many bad things to talk about that I don't have time to go over them all in one day!).  Nat gas is $3.90, gasoline is $2.88, gold is $1,378 and silver is $21.70.  

    The Dollar is 81.05, Euro $1.335, Pound $1.558 and 95.50 Yen to the Dollar with the Nikkei flying at 13,400 – that's up 300 since the index closed flat for the day.  

    The VIX i8s at 16.69 and TLT is 112.75 so no one seems very worried – but I still am.  

    Rumors that Bernanke is stepping down are gathering steam.  He wasn't scheduled to go to Jackson Hole since last year (a big deal was made about it then but it's some sort of personal conflict) but that won't stop people from "discovering" it now.  

    Hopefully, the Fed will give us a bit of clarity tomorrow but, even as I write that, I'm laughing…

    At the open: Dow +0.2% to 15211. S&P +0.13% to 1641. Nasdaq +0.21% to 3459.

    Treasurys: 30-year -0.23%. 10-yr -0.15%. 5-yr -0.1%.

    Commodities: Crude +0.39% to $98.41. Gold -0.73% to $1372.95.

    Currencies: Euro -0.06% vs. dollar. Yen +1.13%. Pound +0.91%.

    Market preview: U.S. stock futures and European shares are flat-to-higher after U.S. CPI comes in slightly below expectations and as the FOMC meets on the first day of a two-day policy meeting. The S&P Mini is flat. "Today should be quiet, as people are only asking about tomorrow," says economic strategist Andrew Wilkinson. Sony is +4.25% after Dan Loeb ups the ante over a spin-off for the company's entertainment division. Ongoing: Paris Air Show 

    "The biggest contrarian play in the market today is assets linked to China (FXICAF)," says Michael Hartnett, summarizing BAML's latest Fund Manager Survey, which shows money flowing out of commodities (DBC) and emerging markets (EEMDEMVWO). Where's the money going? The eurozone and the U.S. Where it's not going is fixed-income (AGGBND) – 50% of managers say they're now underweight bonds as opposed to 38% last month.

    May Housing Starts: 914K vs. 950K forecast, 856K previous (revised from 853K).

    More on Housing Starts: Total starts were up 6.8% from April, up 28.6% from a year ago. Single family starts in were about flat M/M. Total building permits of 974K fell 3.1% M/M, and gained 20.8% Y/Y. Single family permits rise 1.3% M/M. (full report) 

    May Consumer Price Index: +0.1%;vs. +0.2% expected, -0.4% prior. Core CPI +0.2%; in-line with expectations, +0.1% prior.

    The FOMC will be able to chew on inflation data for May when it meets today, with the reading due out this morning.Economists expect that CPI rose 0.2% on month after sliding 0.4% in April, driven up by slightly higher food and gasoline costs. "Inflation is low in the U.S. at the moment, giving the Fed more room to wait for improvement in employment before it starts tapering," say analysts at Danske Daily.

    ICSC Retail Store Sales: +0.3% W/W, vs. -2.7% last week.+2.5% Y/Y vs. +2.2% last week. 

    More on ICSC Retail Sales: The retail sector put in a mixed week with department stores, electronics store chains ([[RSH[[, BBY), and drug stores (CVSWAG, RAD]]) strong for the period, but sales at dollar stores (DGDLTRFIVEFDO) and wholesale clubs (COST,PSMT) notably weak. After last week's drop in sales cut into forward progress, the year-over-year gain in retail chain store sales stands 2.5% higher after threatening a 3% pace earlier in the year. 

    Redbook Chain Store Sales: +2.9% Y/Y vs. +2.8% last week. 

    MSCI's reclassification of Greece to emerging market is a yawner as far as ETFs go, writes Dennis Hudachek, as the country's presence in the EFA is less than 0.10%. With Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCHBF.PK) no longer part of the MSCI Greek Index, the country's addition to the EEM will be of minimal effect. 

    China's determination to reign in the rapid growth of credit is being tested by a short-term credit squeeze at banks, with rates in the interbank funding market soaring and foreign-capital inflows slowing. The banks want the People's Bank of China to inject liquidity by cutting the reserve-requirement ratio, but so far the PBOC is holding firm and maintaining the tight conditions. 

    nasty bout of late-session selling sends Thai shares (THD-3.4%) plunging nearly 3%, bucking a generally positive regional trend. Philippine stocks (EPHE +2.3%) rise 2.83% in Manila while shares in Indonesia (IDX +1%) and Singapore (EWS +0.9%) post solid gains.

    FU Oppenheimer!  Oppenheimer lifts its price target on SodaStream (SODA) to $85 following the company's intriguing deal with Whirlpool to jointly develop a home carbonation system. SODA +1.5% premarket to $72.05. 

    The rumored iWatch will be more "hobby" than major product line for Apple (AAPL), says Jefferies' Peter Misek. Likely not having a cellular chip, the iWatch would need to be paired with an iPhone for full functionality. Starting with some pricing assumptions and then slapping a 5% penetration on the installed iPhone base of 250M would move the EPS needle by only about 1%. 





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A Two-State Solution... For The West?

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Erico Matias Tavares via Sinclair & Co.,

There's a cold war raging.

No, not the one between the US and Russia. That’s old news.

We're talking about the NEW cold war: the one for the soul of the West.

On one corner we have the globalists, basically political and financial elites who after the disasters of World War II decided that eliminating borders was the way to ensure a peaceful future. Increasingly diverse (multicultural) societies would now be governed by suprana...



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Hacksaw Ridge Deserves an Oscar for Redefining Heroism

By The Foundation for Economic Education. Originally published at ValueWalk.

For perhaps only the second or third time in 30 years, I care what movie is bestowed with the Academy’s “Best Picture” award this weekend. My unqualified vote goes to Mel Gibson’s biographical war drama, ...



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Proudly Permabullish

Maybe Joshua Brown's quite period is over? He did at least emerge from his vacation to post Proudly Permabullish, which is a reminder to look at the stock market between reading depressing news articles from me. (5-year S&P 500 chart from Yahoo.)

Proudly Permabullish

Courtesy of 

It’s become fashionable in the age of social media to derisively sneer at our fellow investors who are too optimistic and refer to them as “permabulls.” This sort of thi...



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Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds

Courtesy of Jean Luc

Good article about facts and why we reject them:

WHY FACTS DON’T CHANGE OUR MINDS

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

By Elizabeth Kolbert

In “Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us” (Oxford), Jack Gorman, a psychiatrist, and his daughter, Sara Gorman, a public-health specialist, probe the gap between what science tells us and what we tell ourselves. Their concern is with those persistent beliefs which are not just demonstrably false but also potentially deadly, like the conviction that vaccines are hazardous. Of course, what’s hazardous is not being vaccinated; that’s why vaccines were created in the first place. “Immunization is one of the triumphs of modern medicine,” the Gormans no...



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Breaking News And Best Of The Web

Courtesy of John Rubino.

US stocks finish at record high. Gold and silver at multi-week highs. Bitcoin near all-time high. Trump national security adviser scandal evolving, EPA chief controversy ramping up after email release. Debate over Putin and fake news intensifies.  

Best Of The Web

It’s bubble time! – Peak Prosperity

Dazed & confused… Treasury buying vs. asset valuations? – Econimica

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Digital Currencies

As Bitcoin Surges To Record High, China Prepares Its Own Digital Currency

Courtesy of Mike Shedlock (Mish)

Bitcoin hit an all-time high over $1200 today.

Traders are happy because the SEC is expected to rule on a Bitcoin ETF by March 11.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports China Is Developing its Own Digital Currency.
 

After assembling a research team in 2014, the People’s Bank of China has done trial runs of its prototype cryptocurrency. That’s taking it a step closer to becoming one of the first major central...

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Crude Oil; Energy stocks suggesting its about to fall, says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below takes a look at the price action of Crude Oil, Energy ETF (XLE) and Oil & Gas Exploration ETF (XOP) over the past three years.

Could Energy stocks be suggesting the next big move in Crude Oil again? Which direction are they suggesting?

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The Manchurian President

 

The Manchurian President

Courtesy of  at BillMoyers.com

As the Trump presidency unravels, unraveling the country along with it, there is no real political antecedent, no lessons from American history on which to draw and provide guidance. We are in entirely uncharted waters.

But there is an antecedent in our popular culture that provides a prism through which to view the contemporary calamity, especially the alleged collusion between Trump’s henchmen and Russian intelligence to deny Hillary Clinton the presidency. I am not the first observer who has ...



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Chart School

Good Recovery

Courtesy of Declan.

In early morning action it was a clear swing to sellers after yesterday's non-event. However, buyers came back and were able to make a good chunk of these losses into today's close.

Large Caps remained the most attractive as defensive stocks often are during times of doubt. The S&P registered higher volume accumulation as intraday action proved to be relatively tight.

The Nasdaq suffered larger losses, but there was no distribution to go with it. Technicals were relatively immune to today's action.

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Swing trading portfolio - week of February 20th, 2017

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Join us for the Phil's Stock World's Conference in Las Vegas!

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Biotech

The Medicines Company: Insider Buying

Reminder: Pharmboy and Ilene are available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

I'm seeing huge insider buying in the biotech company The Medicines Company (MDCO). The price has already moved up around 7%, but these buys are significant, in the millions of dollars range. ~ Ilene

 

 

 

Insider transaction table and buying vs. selling graphic above from insidercow.com.

Chart below from Yahoo.com

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Mid-Day Update

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