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Fake, Flat, Final Thursday of Q2

Oh please!  

Do I really have to pretend it's some kind of coincidence that we have raced back to close the quarter just above where we started it in order not to be perceived as a conspiracy theorist?  It's not a theory when it happens all the time, is it?

And look at the volume, we gained 70 S&P points in two days on less than half the volume we had when we fell.  How does the market go up that much with so much less money coming in?  As I noted yesterday, it's a house of cards that can be easily toppled once today's window-dressing event is over.  Also, bulls should be very concerned that 2,076.50 is the 50-day moving average on the S&P and, if we can't get over that today – it's a technical failure anyway.  

This is not, by the way, sour grapes.  Though we believe the market is heading lower (still looking for 1,850 on the S&P over the summer), we are very much in neutral with our paired long and short-term portfolios.  On Tuesday we noted that our STP was up to $536,627 and our LTP was at $959,373 as of Mondays close at the lows (see post for strategy details).  70 S&P points later, our LTP has jumped to $1,004,321 and the STP as fallen to $510,062 and that's a combined $1,514,383 (up 152%) and that's UP $18,383 in two days (1.2%). 

So we made more money on the way down and we made more money on the way up.  Is it alchemy?  No, it's BALANCE!  We balance our portfolios into uncertain events and, although we have an overall neutral stance, because we are "Being the House - NOT the Gambler", we are still collecting those premiums – no matter which way the market goes.  I don't think you can have a better stress test of our system than we've had in the past few days!  

Learning how to Be the House and how to balance our portfolios allows us to make money in any kind of market conditions and, more importantly, it allows us to TAKE A VACATION.  I went to Florida last Thursday and came back on Tuesday


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Will We Hold It Wednesday – Strong Bounce Edition

Go kitty cat, go!  

On the right is the S&P chart and you can see the huge volume levels as we sold off with 553M shares traded on the S&P ETF (SPY) in two down days as the S&P fell from 2,113 on Thursday to 1,991 on Monday (122 points, 5.7%).  Yesterday, we popped back to 2,036, which is 45 points off the low but the volume on SPY was only 158M.

Let's say, for example, that you are re-building a 122-point wall that was knocked down and there were 550 bricks in the wall and you begin to re-build the wall and, as you are 45-points back up (37%), you realize you only used 158 bricks (29%).  Is that wall going to be weaker or stronger than the one that got knocked down?  Would you trust your family to be safe behind that wall?  Would you trust your investments to be safe?  

SPX WEEKLYYes, an 8% difference doesn't seem like a big deal but it's actually 158 out of 203 (37% of 550) that should have been used so we're 45 bricks short, so far, and that's 22.4% short.  So, going back to the market, we are getting to the same overbought levels but now with 22.4% less cash supporting the run than we had before.  That's really not good!  

The market was already a house of cards (as evidenced by our rapid collapse over the UK's vote to leave the EU within the next 2 years – ridiculous!) and now we've removed 22% of the cards yet there are still strong winds blowing in from China, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela (still rioting) and don't even get me started on how we're up again today, rallying over the bodies of 36 dead and 147 injured at the Istanbul Airport.  Is terrorism now a rally signal?  

Turkey is on it's way into the EU as the UK is on the way out but, for now, we can ignore this terror attack, just like we ignored 35 dead and injured on Jan 12th, 49 on the 13th, 7 on the 18th, 4 on the 27th, 99 in February, 329 in March, 160 in April, 67 in May and 384…
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Tuesday: Market Makes Weak Bounces off the Lows – So What?

Watch out for dead cats!  

I think we should at least get to our strong bounce lines (more on that later) but, for the moment, our 5% Rule™ warns us that, after a 5% drop, we EXPECT a 1% bounce (weak) and we're not impressed until we spend a full day above a 2% bounce (strong).  In Europe, where they dropped 10% in two days, +2% is a weak bounce and +4% would be strong – we're only at our weak bounces folks – don't get excited

Friday is the last trading day of the quarter so we can expect a lot of window-dressing and I would be much more concerned about a quick return to our highs – especially on low-volume, pre-market BS like we have today (see morning tweet) than if we grind along at the -5% line and form a serious base we can build off.  On the whole, this wasn't much of a correction – it didn't even trigger our long-term hedges — yet.  

Wednesday's Russell Ultra-Short ETF (TZA) hedge was only $1 yesterday morning but finished the day at $2.05 – up 105% for the day on the 3.3% drop in the Russell and THAT is how we hedge!  30 contracts purchased for $2,550 (0.85/option, $85 per contract) ended the day at $6,300 for a $3,750 (147%) gain but it will be easy come, easy go this morning as much of that is given back and we didn't take them off the table yet.  

A hedge is there to prevent us from losing money on our long positions – it's insurance, not a bet – don't confuse the two!  If the market went lower, the hedge could pay up to $12,450 to offset our losses but, as it was, we haven't really needed the offset so far and our portfolios have weathered the storm with hardly a scratch.  

While our 100% bullish Long-Term Portfolio dropped back to $959,805 (up 92%) yesterday, our Short-Term Portfolio (where the hedges are) blasted up to $536,627 (up 436%) for $1.496M, up almost $900,000 (150%) from our $600,000 start for our paired portfolios.…
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Monday Market Meltdown – Thriving on Chaos

This is the end 
My only friend, the end 

Of our elaborate plans, the end 
Of everything that stands, the end 
No safety or surprise, the end 

Well, we couldn't be happier.

I'm sorry if you're reading this and you are losing money in this downturn – clearly you're not one of our Members as we had a very happy Friday in our Live Member Chat Room talking about all those juicy opportunities as we watched the herd of market gazells panic into the canyon, where we have them completely surrounded.  

We cashed out the last of our risk on June 7th and I discussed it in our morning post on June 8th, while the Dow was hitting 18,000 and everyting still seemed awesome.  My comment at the time was:

That's right, the Dow hit 18,000 and we took the money and ran, closing out over half of our uncovered Long-Term Portfolio positions, pretty much everything that was up 40% or more, getting our CASH!!! off the table just in time to take a 2-week trading vacation ahead of the June 23rd Brexit vote.  It's so much easier to take your money off the table while things are still going up – you get much better prices from all the suckers who are still buying (they are called "bagholders" by market professionals).

If you are one of those bagholders, I am truly sorry but not for my lack of warning you as we had been talking about Brexit and the potential repercussions for a good month before that yet the market kept on rallying but we expected a market correction regardless for solid, FUNDAMENTAL reasons and, as I said at the time:

SOMETHING is going to hit the fan this summer.  After the Brexit vote, even if the UK remains, then we will turn our attention to Brazil with 6 weeks to the Olympics (Aug 5th) that country and their disastrous economy (World's 5th largest) will be in the news constantly – as will fears of the Zika virus, which is bad enough that 150 experts petitioned the World Health Organization to postpone or move the Olympics to avoid a possible global pandemic


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T (Told You So) GIF – Brexit Victory Rocks the Market

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. He said a new leader will be in place by October.Wheeeeeee – what fun! 

What do you want me to say?  I could not possibly have warned you more, I couldn't possibly have said CASH!!! or "Cashy and Cautious" one more time without sounding like an idiot and I could not have given out more hedging ideas or better shorting lines on the Futures to save you from being "surprised" by the vote by the UK to leave the EU and the market repercussions we're seeing today.  In fact, right in yesterday's morning post I told you:  

Nice test of 2,100 on /ES, which is a good shorting line along with 17,8000 on /YM, 4,450 on /NQ and 1,160 on /TF and 16,600 on /NKD is ridiculous since the Dollar is down half a point (93.23) but safer to short the US indexes since the Dollar coming back would be good for /NKD.

This morning I called longs on our indexes in a 3:38 am Alert to our Members and we caught a nice move up and I'm not even going to talk about how profitable yesterday's Futures shorting ideas were since it seems like crazy, unrealistic money when you catch a 5% correction and, anyway, if you missed it – it's not like these happen every day, week, month or year.

That's why I was making such a big deal about it – how often are we able to get ourselves ahead of a major market correction?  As I have been saying, the RISK of the market making new highs and us regretting missing a bit of a move higher were/are nothing compared to the REWARD we now have from flipping short and moving to CASH!!!, where we now get to go bargain-hunting on all those stocks people are panicking out of.

We're in no hurry to do anything, however – let the chips fall where they may over the weekend and we'll see how sentiment is running over the weekend.  Our morning longs have already stopped out and, on the whole, the S&P
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O Brexit Day! Callooh! Callay!

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'

  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.  All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.

Yep, that's about how much sense the morning run makes as the UK heads to the polls on Brexit day.  Early exit polls show the Remain camp with a slight lead and our indexes have rocketed back to their highs, where we've taken the opportunity to short them this morning.  My note to our Members in our Live Chat Room was:

Nice test of 2,100 on /ES, which is a good shorting line along with 17,8000 on /YM, 4,450 on /NQ and 1,160 on /TF and 16,600 on /NKD is ridiculous since the Dollar is down half a point (93.23) but safer to short the US indexes since the Dollar coming back would be good for /NKD.

For our Futures, we're shorting at the 1% lines and expecting at least a small pullback off the EU's 2.5% lines to pull us back a bit.  /NKD is happy because it's the Euro and Pound driving down the Yen, not the Dollar..

It's very easy to play the Futures.  We had a Live Trading Webinar yesterday and we made $475 in 30 minutes just demonstrating it (we were long Oil (/CL) and Gasoline (/RB) Futures at the time, now short oil at $50 with tight stops above).  

Why are we shorting?  Aside from the obvious technical reason, the initial reaction is often an over-reaction and there is NO WAY that they can be certain of the vote since they haven't even begun to count yet.  In fact, per this chart of the UK announcements, we won't hear the first official count until 5pm EST, as the polls don't even close until 10pm in the UK and it won't be until 5am UK (midnight EST) that 75% of the votes are counted…
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Which Way Wednesday – Waiting on Yellen and Brexit

What a boring week so far.  

As you can see from the UK's FTSE chart, we are just squeezing into tomorrow's Brexit decision and it's the same in all the World's markets as we await the decision of British voters whether they will leave the sinking ship that is the European Union or whether they will risk it striking out on their own – a tough call given the very turbulent economic waters the Global Economy is in at the moment

This morning, Credit Suisse (CS) becomes the umpteenth Bankster to issue a dire warning of the potential consequences of a Brexit, predicting 2,000 on the S&P if the Brexit goes through.  Of course, we're only at 2,088 so -4% doesn't seem all that dire to me and their target is 2,150 without the Brexit so +/- 4% puts them right in-line with our Big Chart prediction – and we didn't need no stinkin' Brexit to hit our numbers!  

Speaking of numbers, our Options Opportunity Portfolio exploded, jumping $13,626 (13.6%) this week as our ship came in on TLT (we were short), USO (long), FCX (long), TGT (long), UNG (long), AAPL (long), HOV (long), LL (long), TASR (long) and UCO (long).  While this was going on our hedges (TZA, SQQQ, SJB) did not suffer much damage so it's been all good this week and we are now miles ahead of our goal of making 5% per month as we began this portfolio Aug 8th of last year.  

Of course it's easy come, easy go in the markets but I think we're well-balanced enough to let it ride as we're well-hedged for the Brexit and it doesn't seem too likely it will happen and, if not, we'll be loving our longs – none of which seem too overbought.  UNG, of course, is our Trade of the Year and we made a very heavy play in February, playing for a July high of $8 – that trade alone is going to return $10,000 on a $1,700 bet for an $8,300 profit (488%) since our February 26th entry.  



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Tuesday Testimony – Soros on Brexit, Yellen on the Hill

"Day after day, Head in a cloud
The man of a thousand voices
Talking perfectly loud

"But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he's just a fool
And he never gives an answer" 
- Beatles

As we wait for Janet Yellen's semi-annual testimony before Congress, the UK Government is pulling out all the stops for the Remain camp, including well-known currency manipulator, George Soros and well-known ball manipulator, David Beckham.  Many people will analyze Soros' BS so let's concentrate on what a really handsome, rich guy has to say:

I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people.

We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone.

See, Europeans are nice, we should play with them!  Of course, I'm not sure if reminding British Soccer Fans about other European teams is the best way to promote love and brotherhood…  As usual, the Remain camp pushes the "safe" and "comfortable" angle because they have already lost the factual, economic and political arguments.  The Remain campaign is all about fear of the unknown – even though the unknown, in this case, is simply going back to the way things were, pre-EU.

Brexit has been a fun distraction for the past month but it's not the only reason we cashed out many of our long positions on the 8th.  Yellen had spoken that Monday (6th) and the market ran back to the highs and we took our money off the table, avoiding the subsequent drop – very clever in retrospect.  As I noted in
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Manic Monday Market Movement – Brexit Down, Europe Up

A 5% bounce!  

That's what we're seeing in Europs since Thursday's lows as the Brexiteers retreat in the polls and we're having a HUGE rally across the board with a gap up into the open but kind of flat since, which does make me worry that this low-volume Monday action may reverse once again.

But, for now, let's just sit back and enjoy the show.  Remember, this all turned around due to the assassination of a British Member of Parliament, which froze the campaign and reversed the momentum that the Leave camp was making just in time for the Remain crowd to run another huge campaign over the weekend – all coincidental I have been assured and who am I to argue with people who might be arranging political assassinations to further their agenda, right?  

Of course, in the bigger picture (like this weekly chart of the same index), a 5% bounce is what we'd expect after a 1,000-point (27%) drop in European stocks since last summer and, using our 5% Rule™, that's what we call a weak bounce and we're not actually going to be impressed until we see the 3,200 line taken and held for more than a week.  

Until then, we'll keep a close eye on our local indexes, especially the S&P 500, which has to show us the money above 2,100 before we're going to believe this time is actually different.  You can see on the chart below, how often we have been teased up here and, right after the Brexit vote, which won't be final until Friday morning's count, we are heading right into earnings season and already this week we hear from ACN, ADBE, BBBY, BKS,  FDX, KBH, KMX, LEN, LZB, RHT, SONC and WGO – so we'll have an early picture on a few sectors for Q2.

Today's action is mainly the short squeeze that began last Thursday and we're on the wrong side of this as well – as we added hedges last week and cashed out a lot of longs but we cashed out over 2,100 on the S&P, so we're not missing anything as long as we're still below that line and I'm certainly not going to chase any longs with
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TGIF – Quad Witching Leads to Afternoon Market Sell-Off

Ooops, sorry, that headline is supposed to be at the end of the day. 

I guess we'll leave it and see how the day goes but I was just interviewed by Reuters and that's what we decided would happen today, though you'll have to wait for the official headline until the close.  At the moment, our Futures are down slightly after a nice rally into yesterday's close saved us from DOOM!  The S&P Futures (/ES) ran all the way up to 2,070 and that was up 10 points for a $500 per contract gain from my morning call along with similar gains on the other indexes.

Before we went up, we went down hard yesterday and, as I said in the morning post "Probably have to wait for the Dollar to be done rallying – it should stop before 95."  As you can see from this Dollar chart, we went a bit further than I thought and the Dollar topped out at 95.50 around 10:45 but the effect was as expected on the indexes once it ran out of steam:

If you're going to trade the Futures, or be any kind of day-trader, you HAVE to learn to understand the relationship between currency, commodity and equity pricing.  That's why I talk about all those other, boring things every day – our system is based on the philosophy that, if you give a man a fish – you feed him for a day but, if you teach a man to fish – you feed him for life!   We teach our Members HOW the market work so they understand how to make adjustments without having to rely on other people to tell them what to do.

Still, we do have our Live Member Chat room and we discuss the nuances during the trading day (and you can get an idea of how that works from this week's Live Trading Webinar) and, at 10:17, as things were bottoming, I said to our Members:

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Zero Hedge

Austrian Court Orders Rerun Of Presidential Election After Finding "Widespread" Voting Fraud

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

In yet another slap in the face for an already reeling Europe, moments ago Austria's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that the presidential runoff election must be held again, handing the Freedom Party's narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first right-wing head of state in the European Union. Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration FPO lost the May 22 vote to former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen by less than one percentage point, or around 31,000 votes, all due to mailed-in ballots.

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Diving Into Deutsche Bank's "Passion to Perform" Balance Sheet

Courtesy of Mish.

Deutsche Bank shares have collapsed to lows deep under crisis lows and collapse of Lehman in the Great Financial Crisis. What’s going on?

An investigation of Deutsche Bank’s “Passion to Perform” balance sheet provides the clues.

The above clip from Deutsche Bank’s First Quarter 2016 Statement.

Details in red from page 61 (PDF page 63) of the 126 page report.

Key Liabilities

  • €559 billion deposits
  • €562 billion negative derivatives
  • €151 billion long term debt
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Market News

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Financial Markets and Economy

The world’s losers are revolting, and Brexit is only the beginning (Washington Post)

The world has enjoyed an unprecedented run of peace, prosperity and cooperation the last 25 years, but now that might be over. At least when it comes to those last two.

A Sober Economy Can Handle the Brexit Hit (Bloomberg View)

One of the main signs of the health of the global and U.S. economies is its ability to absorb a blow, and shake it off. At least tha...



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Chart School

Regression to Trend: The Latest Look at Long-Term Market Performance

Courtesy of Doug Short's Advisor Perspectives.

Quick take: At the end of June the inflation-adjusted S&P 500 index price was 82% above its long-term trend, up slightly from 81% the previous month.

About the only certainty in the stock market is that, over the long haul, over performance turns into under performance and vice versa. Is there a pattern to this movement? Let's apply some simple regression analysis (see footnote below) to the question.

Below is a chart of the S&P Composite stretching back to 1871 based on the real (inflation-adjusted) monthly average of daily closes. We're using a semi-log scale to equalize vertical distances for the same percentage change regardless of the index price range.

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ValueWalk

John DeVoy, Former Baupost Director Hired By Loomis Sayles

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

John DeVoy, a long time analyst at Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group has left the hedge fund for a position at Loomis Sayles. Devoy formerly worked at Loomis before spending close to ten years at the Boston based hedge fund. The news was announced via a press release from Loomis.  The statement says that DeVoy will be returning to the company “as a dedicated credit strategist for the flagship full discretion team.”

Also see Will Baupost Follow Its Own “North Star”

Baupost Group’s Seth Klarman Sees ’50 Shades of Value’

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Follow this leading indicator closely, resistance test in play

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below compares the prices of Crude Oil and the New York Stock Exchange Index (NYSE) over the past couple of years.

Once Crude peaked in 2014, the NYSE Index make little upward movement after than, even though the trend for the prior few years was clearly up.

Over the past year (black rectangle box), the correlation has been quite high.

CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE

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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - Week of June 27th, 2016

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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Mapping The Market

Thoughts on Brexit

I have mixed feelings about Brexit today. Clearly the European institution need reforming. The addition of so many countries in the last 20 years has created a top heavy administration. The Euro adds more complexities to the equation as the ECB policies cannot fit every country's problem. On the other hand, a unified Europe has advantages as well – some countries have benefited from the integration.

For Britain, it's hard to say what the final price will be. My guess is that Scotland might now vote for independence as they supported staying in Europe overwhelmingly. Northern Ireland might be tempted to leave as well so possibly RIP UK in the long run. I was talking to some French people and they were saying that now there might be no incentive for France to stop immigrants from crossing over to the UK like they do now and simply allow for travel there and let the UK deal with them. The end game is not clear to anyone at the moment....



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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin Tumbles 10%

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

One week ago, when bitcoin first crossed above $700 on the seemingly insatiable Chinese buying which we forecast last September (when bitcoin was trading at $230) would take place as a result of China's capital controls (to much pushback by the "mainstream" financial media), we tried to predict what may happen next. We said that "it could go much higher. That said, anyone who bought last September when the digital currency was trading at $230 may be advised to take some profits, and at least make...



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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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

Click here for the full report.




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Biotech

This Is Why Biotech Stocks May Explode Again

Reminder: Pharmboy and Ilene are available to chat with Members.

Here's an interesting article from Investor's Business Daily arguing that biotech stocks are beginning to recover from their recent declines, notwithstanding current weakness.

This Is Why Biotech Stocks May Explode Again

By 

Excerpt:

After a three-year bull run that more than quadrupled its value by its peak last July, IBD’s Medical-Biomed/Biotech Industry Group plunged 50% by early February, hurt by backlashes against high drug prices and mergers that seek to lower corporate taxes.

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This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

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