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Federally Fueled Friday – Fed Speak Saves the Day (again)

Come on kids, let me tell you a story!  

It's the same story we tell you every time the market goes dark and you are worried about the economic monsters in your closet but it sure works to calm the investors down – EVERY TIME!  Yesterday the kids were really scared so they brought out all 4 of the Fed's master story-tellers to literally speak to kids at the New York Economic Club and boy, did that do the trick!    

NEW YORK—Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and three former Fed leaders sought to dispel worries the U.S. is heading back toward recession despite concerns about slow global growth and the expansion’s advancing age.

Ms. Yellen, joined Thursday in an unusual gathering in New York by former Fed Chairmen Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker, described an economy that is progressing without breeding obvious new financial bubbles that could derail growth.

“This is an economy on a solid course, not a bubble economy,” Ms. Yellen said. It has made “tremendous progress” from the damage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

See, everything is great – no monsters under your bed or in the closet, now go back to the store or the market and BUYBUYBUY!  And BUYBUYBUY investors did, reversing half of yesterday's losses overnight – EXACTLY what we predicted would happen yesterday morning and, how did we know?  Because we've heard this story 100 times at this point!  As I said to our Members:

I am simply in awe of the effort that is being put in by the G20

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Flip Flopin’ Thursday – Yellen, Bernanke, Greenspan and Volker Oh My!

Get ready for a quote-fest

All 4 living Fed Chairs will be speaking tonight in New York, ostensibly "for the kids" but really to have an excuse to spin the Hell out of yesterday's Fed Minutes, which had a nice, fake rally into the close but it's already reversed in the Futures as we're down about 0.5%.  For reference, here's each Chairperson organized by the value of the Dollar under their tenure – note the significant shrinkage which leads us to predict Peter Dinklage will die this season in Game of Thrones so he can be tapped to be the next Fed Chairman – you heard it here first!  

We reviewed the Fed Minutes live during yesterday's Trading Webinar and we used the volatility to make a quick $480 for our Members trading Oil (/CL) and the Russell (/TF) Futures (replay available here) and, into the close, at 3:31, my note to our Members in our Live Chat Room was:

Dow stopping at 17,600 again.  Lined up with 2,055, 4,525 and 1,105 so those are the current shorting lines (same rules but bear now).  /NKD at 15,730 so already on the weak side.  Dollar 94.45, as expected.  Oil $37.68 – as expected.  Gold $1,223, silver $15.05 – as usual!  

SPY 5 MINUTEAlthough the minutes were "doveish", the FUNDAMENTAL reason they were doveish is what concerned us as the economic situation has deteriorated considerably in the 3 weeks since the Fed meeting.  This was, of course, a reversal from our morning call to go long but we were already out of the longs ahead of the Fed and looking to short as the minutes only confirmed what we expected to happen.  

That's the nice thing about playing the Futures, you can take advantage of the market gyrations without having to get in and out of your long-term positions.  The Russell Futures (/TF) that we focused on yesterday opened below our 1,190 line and topped out at 1,105 for a $1,500 per contract gain, even better than Silver (/SI), which jumped $1,000 per contract or Gold, which is up $350 per contract at the moment.  …
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Which Way Wednesday – Waiting on the Fed Minutes

SPX WEEKLYWheeee, this is fun!

We nailed the top and, unfortunately, that means we're stuck in this nasty downtrend since last Summer with lower lows and lower highs on the bounces.  This leg desperately needs to break that pattern or by May it may be far too late to sell as everyone will have gone away already.  As noted by Dave Fry this morning – there are plenty of things worrying traders this week:  

  • A severely overbought market correcting 
  • Worries about a weak earnings
  • Greece crawling its way back to the forefront as the IMF and EU duke it out over another rescue
  • The Panama Papers revelations
  • Ongoing global economic weakness
  • Tuesday’s Trade Deficit indicated a downgrade to GDP ahead (the Atlanta Fed downgraded U.S. growth to only 0.4%)
  • Oil prices declined sharply for re-linking previous correlations to stock market declines
  • Dip-buying wasn’t seen for the first time in weeks

In fact, yesterday's pop in oil prices was the only bright spot that stopped things from getting worse overnight in the global markets and, fortunately, that was our long bet in yesterday's morning post, leading to a very nice $1,500 per contract gain on the /CL futures we picked long at $35.50 – not bad for a day's work!  

Our Silver (/SI) trade was also a home run, going from $15.05 to $15.20, which doesn't sound like much but silver pays $50 per penny for $750 per contract and Gold (/YG) popped off our $1,230 line to just $1,237 but still good for $225 per contract ($33.20 per $1 move).  The nice thing about playing Gold Futures is the relatively low margin requirement of just $2,000 per contract vs $5,720 per contract playing /SI Futures.  

And, of course, all of our index lines came up winners and we can play them again today, following the same rules and, at the moment, the Russell is lagging the rest, just under 1,095 (our entry was 1,090 and you can see our buys triggering yesterday afternoon on the chart) and
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Told You So Tuesday – How Low Can the Markets Go?

Clearly you can't say I didn't tell you so! 

Just last Thursday, I titled the morning post "Rally Almost Out of Gas" and the next day we fell and I looked really smart but then we recovered and people said "see, you were wrong" and now we're down 1% in the Futures this morning and I'm right again.  The point, however, is not to be right or wrong on any given day but to PROTECT our portfolio with sensible hedges and THAT is what Thursday's post was all about.

We also did a Live Trading Webinar Thursday afternoon, where we discussed our idea to short the S&P (/ES Futures) at the 2,050 level and, as you can see from the chart, that led to a $500 per contract win at 2,040.  We also made $225 trading the Futures during the Webinar for our Members and that was our WORST performance for the month of March – when every Webinar was a winner.  We spoke extensively about using Futures and hedges to balance our portfolios near the end of the Webinar. 

That morning (Thursday), we added 100 SDS Sept $16 calls to our Short-Term Portfolio at $3.10, against which we sold the Sept $22 calls for 0.90, putting us in the $6 spread for net $2.50 with a $35,000 upside potential and we already have a July TZA spread for additional protection so we're essentially just amused by today's little pullback – nothing at all to panic about.  

In fact, we still haven't broken down enough to start taking our longs off the table, though we did sell a lot of calls against our existing positions to protect ourselves (and collect some CASH!!! while we wait).  CASH!!! is, by far, our favorite position at the moment and all 4 of our virtual tracking portfolios are stuffed with it.  In fact, our main Long-Term Portfolio has more cash ($890,000) than value ($878,000) thanks to all the short puts we sold.  

I already sent out an extensive market report early this morning so I'm not going to repeat myself analyzing today's move (it was also tweeted).  The most important parts are:

What a start, Europe is down

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Monday Market Movement – Earnings Preview and Trump’s Recession

Things are not that good.  

This weekend, respected business leader and leading GOP Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, warned that the US is heading into a "very massive recession" and that "a combination of high unemployment and an overvalued stock market had set the stage for another economic slump.  I think we’re sitting on an economic bubble. A financial bubble," the billionaire businessman said in an interview with The Washington Post published on Saturday.  The Donald says unemployment is much higher than 5% and the Government is lying to us.  

"We’re at an (unemployment) number that’s probably into the twenties if you look at the real number,” he said, adding that the official jobless figure is "statistically devised to make politicians — and in particular presidents — look good."  Trump said “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market."  

btnyrep.jpgDon't forget, whether you agree with him or not, 50% of Republican voters do and that's about 70M of our fellow Americans who believe we are heading into a VERY MASSIVE Recession – that's going to put somewhat of a damper on their long-term outlook and likely to affect their spending patterns.  Even worse, Stan Druckenmiller of Soros' Quantum Fund, one of the most successful hedge funds of all time (now closed/private) agrees with my Friday post and says:


"When I look at the current picture of expected tax revenues combined with benefits promised to future generations,this is the most unsustainable situation I have seen ever in my career."

Personally, I was trying to keep a bit more of a positive spin on things but Stan is…
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April Fools – Market Window Dressing is Over, Now What?

And now reality sets in.  

It's becoming more and more clear that the stock market emperor has no clothes – and no earnings either and more and more people are starting to catch on.  To some extent, that's a good thing as the misallocation of capital can finally stop and we can get back to investing in productive things – not just instruments of financial engineering.  Unfortunately, it's likely to be a painful transition and we do expect a bit of a correction in the market, probably back to test 1,850 on the S&P next month, which hopefully will hold.  

For the past 5 years, Corporate America has been on a drunken binge of stock buybacks that have left them with mountains of debt, albeit at very low interest rates.  Spending $2Tn buying back their own stock instead of inventing new products and building new factories is what leads to the outsourcing of manufacturing to other countries, where they still believe in the basics.  In the short-term, it makes Corporate Profits LOOK better by reducing the share count but, in the long run, the debt rolls over at higher rates and the company, like our country, is saddled with massive debt payments that prevent it from being able to invest in the future.  

At the same time, we've already passed the peak of Corporate Profits in real terms, as noted on this Fed chart, and ONLY the reduction in share count engineered by Trillions in buybacks have prevented this from severely impacting the p/e ratios of the market – just as an M&A boom masked the underlying problems corporations were having ahead of the 2008 crisis.  

To some extent, these are normal business cycles as we moved from the Tech Boom of the 90s to the Housing Boom of the 00s to the stimulus boom of the 10s and now we're back in the bust phase so, as the great Clayton Williams would say: "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it."  

Baby Boomer franchise opportunitiesWhat's also inevitable is how screwed we are demographically as we
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Federally Fueled Thursday – Rally Almost Out of Gas

One BILLION Dollars!  

That's how much ADDITIONAL money the ECB begins pumping into the markets as of tomorrow morning per Draghi's 33% increase in QE.  That means, of course, he was already pumping $3Bn/day into the markets and that didn't help but, clearly, investors believe somehow that this is going to be the straw that puts the camels back back together – or whatever it is unrealistic people believe these days

Over in Asia, stocks are headed for their biggest monthly gain since October as our own Federal Reserve Chairwoman has indicated she is in no hurry to lift U.S. interest rates either and, of course, the FREE MONEY continues to flow in Japan and China – what could possibly go wrong? 

“A lot of the recent rebound has been down to the Fed back-tracking on rate hikes,” Mark Lister, head of private wealth research at Craigs Investment Partners in Wellington, which manages about $7.2 billion, said by phone. “We’ve seen a big rally but there are still some genuine worries out there. Markets had been overpricing some of the risks, whereas now they’re probably underpricing them.”

While Yellen’s dovish message from Tuesday continued to reverberate, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans signaled the central bank would tolerate above-target inflation for a “brief period” amid threats to American expansion from a slowing global economy. Futures now show no chance of the Fed altering monetary policy next month and only 45 percent odds of a rate increase by November.

Speaking of Futures, we took the money and ran yesterday on our Futures trades from last week's Live Trading Webinar.  In case you missed it (replay available here), we added Silver (/SI) at $15.2375 and got out yesterday at $15.395 for a $3,150 gain on the week and we also added Natural Gas (/NG) at $2.081 and took that money and ran at $2.212 for a $2,620 gain.  Add that to the $400 we made during the webinar session and that's +$6,170 gained in seven days after spending 90 minutes watching our Webinar!  

We're doing another one for our Members at
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Wednesday – When Fed Doves Cry, the Market Flies

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world so cold? (World so cold)
Maybe I'm just too demanding
Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She's never satisfied)
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

Janet Yellen could not have been more doveish yesterday.


In what was effectively a sharp rebuke of the recent speeches by Fed hawks, the Fed Chairwoman talked down the economy, pointed out global weakness and other potential dangers that will, if nothing else, keep the Fed on a very slow path towards raising rates.  Some Fed watchers thought Yellen's message was murkier than usual and raised doubts about the central bank's forecasts and monetary path.   

"Janet Yellen gave her audience limited lip service to 'baseline' projections and expectations for dual mandate improvement and rate normalization, but carpet-bombed her audience with possible downside caveats. In so doing, she created the distinct impression that she had little confidence in the Fed's baseline outlook," wrote Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies, in a note.

SPX DAILYAs Dave Fry notes:  "Fed Chair Janet Yellen has it both ways—she continues to suggest U.S. economic growth is “solid” but says global growth is weak (China) hence, raising interest rates will be measured or slow.  This is mana for bulls which then means bulls can play and so too can other markets. Since growth is slow, even in the U.S., this is the cover the Fed has to please Wall Street, voters and bulls.

"Who is she kidding?   No matter the contrived BS bulls now can assume the recent recovery rally was well-known by insiders on Wall Street.  We have some substantial positions in stocks since tape action is the discipline we must follow even as we rage against obvious dishonesty and the machine.  The assurance of lower interest rates also benefits commodities with commodities overall especially gold but not crude oil, at least this day."

That's the page we were on in last
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Tricky Tuesday – Tell Us About It Janet!

Yellen speaks at 11:30.

That's all you need to know for the day.  Williams already failed to boost the Futures at 5:15, when he gave a speech on monetary policy in Singapore when the generally doveish Fed head said

“Despite recent financial market volatility, my overall outlook for both the U.S. and the global economy remains largely unchanged over the past few months.  We took the first small step with a modest rate hike in December, and the future pace will be, as we’ve said repeatedly, gradual and thoughtful.”

“I see continued growth in the U.S., and I don’t see the global situation as dire,” Williams said. “The ability of governments and central banks to respond to their own needs while navigating global conditions may not be a miracle cure, but it offers stability.”

Things were already off to a rough start this morning as China's Shanghai Composite Index fell back below 3,000 and Oil Futures dropped back to $38.50 (/CL), where we like playing them long for a bounce with tight stops below that line.  Just getting back to $39 would be good for $500 per contract – more than enough to pay for our breakfast!

We're not expecting Yellen to say anything that boosts the Dollar as she recently said that the shaky start to 2016 had not significantly changed the Fed's outlook and that outlook has since dimmed.   In fact, the Atlanta Fed's GDP Now forecast, which takes a constant pulse on the economy, has fallen off alarmingly for Q1 and, as you can see from the chart – most analysts still have their heads in the clouds (or up their asses!). 

gdpnow forecast evolution (2)

 $38.50 has been good support for oil and is close enough to the $37.50 bottom of our range (detailed in Thursday's post, when we were shorting it) that it's worth a poke – especially with the OPEC meeting just two weeks away (4/14).  

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Meaningless Monday Market Movement

Most markets are closed today.

For some reason, the US takes Good Friday off and not Monday, which is better, because then you get to come back to a short week, which feels like another vacation. Anyway, this is going to be a wild week as we have 5 scheduled Fed speakers and the Fed Minutes on Wednesday.

Not too much happened over the weekend, other than Microsoft unleashing an Artificially Intelligent ChatBot on Twitter that quickly turned into a racist Trump supporter before having its plug pulled after just 15 hours of freedom.  The other big news of the weekend was Bernie Sanders crushing Hillary in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, taking over 70% of the vote in each state.  Meanwhile, the GOP candidates continued to slander each others' wives.

Don't forget, we're heading into the end of the month/quarter, so we're expecting great efforts to be made propping up the markets into our Q1 earnings reports in April.  It's a pretty busy data week and, this morning, we got a good report on Chinese Industrial Profits which, unfortunately, makes no sense given the other data we've seen but, as I said, all the stops will be pulled out this week to give us a positive quarter to start the year.  

In addition to what you can see on the calendar, Charlie Evans speaks on Thursday afternoon but Lacker has the last word on Friday and he's all about raising the rates ,  so we'll be sticking with our hedges regardless this week.  On the whole, we are not expecting great things from earnings and the Central Banksters have Already played the stimulus card to save March – what's left to save April?  Perhaps the Fed Minutes will offer a clue.

California moved to make the minimum wage $15 over the weekend and that is fantastic news for workers – in 2022, when they finally take effect.  Well, if workers are lucky, we will have deflation over the next 6 years and  it will seem like real money.   That deflation is far more likely if we continue to delay paying our workers living wages.

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Zero Hedge

Islam Vs The West - Has A Neo-'Operation Gladio' Been Started?

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Via The Daily Bell,

How should France answer to the horror in Nice? The country is now deeply entrenched in a long-term war with few hopes of dodging future attacks. The anger of the French population is understandable. But booing a prime minister at the commemoration ceremony for the loss of innocent lives is not the smartest idea.   No intelligence service could have prevented the Nice attack as nothing in the profile of the lunatic who drove over 84 people ...

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What a City With Driverless Cars Will Look Like (In 10 Years or Less)

Courtesy of Mish.

My vision of driverless trucks and taxis within the time frame of six to eight years looks downright feeble to that of Chris Dixon, a partner at prestigious Silicon Valley investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Not only does Horowitz see things happening faster than I do, he envisions entire cities totally driverless within ten years.

Tech Insider reports A top Silicon Valley investor predicts what the world will look like in 10 years, when roads are full of self-driving cars.

Within ten years, roads will be full of driverless cars. Maybe within two, depending on where you’re driving.

That’s what Chris Dixon, a partner at...

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Chart School

Gann Angles on the Dow Jones Industrials

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

Let's review the Dow Jones Industrial with Gann Angles.

We have jump to the long Gann Angle sourced from the 2007 highs, this is major resistance. A charge to 19,000 is required to bust this line. However this blog suspects more of the same consolidation along the angle. If there sellers are in charge then this is were they start to unload.

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Financial Markets and Economy

Yellen Still Waiting for Overwhelming Evidence to Warrant Hike (Bloomberg)

For Federal Reserve officials, getting better never seems to rise to good enough.

Stock Investors Pay Up for Peace of Mind (Wall Street Journal)

Investors are pouring billions of dollars into funds that promise to minimize market swings, highlighting the anxiety that prevails after seven years of stock gains.


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Swing trading portfolio - week of July 25th, 2016

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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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Kimble Charting Solutions

Silver; Dangerous price point to slip from

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at a chart of Silver prices over the past 8-years. After declining sharply, Silver hit its 38% Fibonacci retracement level twice at (1). After failing to break above Fibonacci retracement resistance, selling pressure picked up and Silver fell hard.


Silver is now testing its 23% Fibonacci retracement level and falling resistance at (2), inside of a short-term rising wedge pattern.


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Relypsa Inc (RLYP) Soars On Galenica Bid

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Relypsa Inc (NDAQ:RLYP) — to be acquired by Galenica AG (VTX:GALN) for $32 per share in cash is soaring this morning up about 58 percent at the time of this writing in early morning. On the other hand shares of Galenica are down on the announcement by about 8 percent. What are the details of the deal? Here is what the sell side analysts are saying about the pharma news.

Relypsa Inc (NDAQ:RLYP) bid – analysts react

Cantor Fitzgerald

Relypsa will be acquired by Galenica for $32 per share, a 59% premium over the last closing price. We have thought that Relypsa would likely be acquired at some point, given the opportunity to grow Veltassa to be a significant commercial brand, ...

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Digital Currencies

Demystifying the blockchain: a basic user guide


Demystifying the blockchain: a basic user guide

By Philippa Ryan, University of Technology Sydney

Companies around the world are exploring blockchain, the technology underpinning digital currency bitcoin. In this Blockchain unleashed series, we investigate the many possible use cases for the blockchain, from the novel to the transformative.

Most people agree we do not need to know how a television works to enjoy using one. This is true of many existing and emerging technologies. Most of us happily drive cars, use mobile phones and send emails without knowing how they work. With this in mind, here is a tech-free user guide to the blockchain - the technology infrastructure behind bitcoin...

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Mapping The Market

No wonder Saudis are selling as much as they can!

Courtesy of Jean-Luc

We are getting much more energy efficient – no wonder Saudis are selling as much as they can! Who wants to be the one with trillions of dollars of oil in the ground unwanted:


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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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To learn more, sign up for David's free newsletter and receive the free report from All About Trends - "How To Outperform 90% Of Wall Street With Just $500 A Week." Tell David PSW sent you. - Ilene...

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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



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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