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  1. phil

    SPY 5 MINUTEGood morning!  

    Big Wheee! on oil overnight to $96.37 with the old contract at $96.11.  If it weren't a scam, then why would the August contract fall just because July is expiring today.  In fact, wouldn't the Aug contract be more in demand from rolling while the July is selling off?  But no, they go down together to make sure the NYMEX boys can do those rolls as cheaply as possible to keep the scam going another month.  

    Sorry to go on about this but I've decided to make more people aware of what's going in in the hopes that, someday, one of you will happen to talk to someone who matters and something actually gets done about this stuff.  In fact, my article yesterday was refused by SeekingAlpha.  That has only happened once before and also when I was critical of the oil scam.  They're owned by VCs now and who knows what their agenda is.  Just another example of the top 1% taking control of the media while the sheeple have the illusion that they're reading a "free" press.  

    After being down around 1.5% yesterday, the Futures are down 0.75% this morning and a decelerating decline is not so bad so we'll see if we can escape with this minor correction but I'm pretty confident in my Dow 15,000 prediction for today – the Futures have already failed it at 14,957.   14,950 should be some support, as should 1,610 on the S&P and 975 on the RUT but the Nas has already failed to hold 2,937, which was S1 in the Futures.  If they don't get it together by the open, that could indicate another 1.5% drop today. 

    SPY DAILYAsia, which we were already concerned about, is down 2.5% across the board.  Keep in mind, that's the 5% Rule as it's very hard for major indexes to fall more than that in a day and they were, generally, saved by the bell.  

    Europe's majors are all down 2% at the open and any time you have lock-synch moves like this you know someone(s) very big simply hit the SELLSELLSELL button on their TradeBots and we're having what they HOPE is a controlled descent.  That's why you see these cute little stepping patterns on the way down – that's how computers sell.  God help us if those programs aren't getting us out fast enough and the humans start selling – those guys are prone to panic! 

    The Dollar is way up at 81.2, from 80.50 pre-Bernanke so that's about 1% of the damage caused by the Dollar so, again, this sell-off is not as bad as it looks and, so far, controlled by Bots.  The Euro fell back to $1.32 but held that so far and the Pound bounced off $1.54 but that was 2% down from $1.57 pre-Fed.  Somehow, the Yen managed to get weaker and is near 98 

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    The Nikkei itself officially fell 230 points and closed at 13,014 but, after hours, the Futures jumped back to 13,400 in that giant charade they call the Japanese stock market.  This is a new thing so I'm not quite sure what to make of it but it does seem to indicate that we're not likely to go too much lower without some new shocker. 

    Keep in mind, Bernanke didn't touch QE, he only answered a question and essentially said that, yes, if the economy rapidly improves more than expected then it is possible to end QE earlier than expected and that's what spooked the markets which, as we well know, are only this high BECAUSE of  QE.   Dave Fry sums it up nicely:

    Today’s Bernanke presentation was confusing and could be a movie like Bedknobs & Broomsticks. What he acknowledged was that QE’s got to end sometime. As he indicated, there are “thresholds” that need to be crossed which “could” lead to “triggers” which would then begin to taper QE. His stated view was that tapering could begin in the last quarter of 2013 and QE could end by the middle of 2014. This is all dependent of course on general economic data as the Fed wants lower unemployment at 6.5% or lower, and inflation higher at the 2% level. In any event, the Fed does not expect to raise the Fed Funds Rate, currently .25%, before 2015.

    6-19-2013 5-45-24 PM ben

    Since the last week of May, the idea the Fed would start tapering or reducing QE sooner rather than later had already affected bond markets by raising overall yields. Bond vigilantes ignored Bernanke's message and sold bonds even harder on Wednesday after the announcement. Ultimately the Fed can fix their rates at .25% but bond vigilantes in the open market can take charge and push yields higher. Then the Fed loses control.

    That’s about all I can make of it now.

    Can't argue with that.  

    As long as the Dollar is over 82, it's not a good spot to be bullish but oil over $96.50 is now playable bullish but with very tight stops under (/CL) and gold has collapsed to $1,306 and that $1,300 line is an obvious place to go lone (/YG) and, because AAPL is down at $420 and should be bouncy there, I like /NQ long off that 2,937 support but all of these with very tight stops until we see the Dollar break back down or Europe perking up (not likely before their lunch in another hour). 

    Keep in mind we're only long here to lock in the nice gains we have being short in our regular positions.  





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