by phil - August 8th, 2014 7:59 am
Iraq, Ukraine, Ebola…
PLENTY of things to worry about and we've ONLY corrected 10 points (7.5%) on the Russell – exactly what we predicted under our fabulous 5% Rule™! None of the other major indexes have fallen as far, so we continue to watch that line very closely for support.
This morning we played the S&P (/ES Futures) bullish in our Live Member Chat Room (you can join us here) off the 1,900 line and were rewarded with a quick 10-point gain (+$500 per contract) already (7:45) as our assessment of the Global situation (that it's not all that bad) seems to be playing out with Russia making a few conciliatory noises over in Ukraine though, of course, any good game of brinksmanship involves a bit of give and take – so it ain't over until it's over.
As you can see from our Big Chart, we're still down 3 of 5 Must Hold lines and, when the Must Hold lines don't hold – we stay bearish! Not too bearish, mind you, we've pretty much shifted to neutral in our Member Portfolios and our Long-Term Portfolio closed the day at $587,490 (up 17.5% for the year) while our Short-Term Porfolio finished at $132,314 (up 32.3% for the year) for a combined $720K up $1,000 for the week and down $4K on the day as we added more BULLISH positions (bottom fishing) into the weekend.
We'll quickly abandon our hopes for a bounce if the Dow fails to hold it's 200 dma at 16,343 and we're keeping an eye on the Transports, where IYT is testing it's 100 dma at 142, which Scott Murray's chart shows us has held firm for two years now.
Having well-balanced portfolios let's us quickly pivot to take advantage of changing conditions and this is an inflection point, so we have bullish and bearish trades ready to trigger – depending on how these lines play out.
While we're waiting, we have tons of fun with our Futures Trading. In yesterday's moring post, I mentioned that we were going short on /TF (Russell Futures) at…
by phil - August 7th, 2014 7:05 am
Victory in our time!
They said it couldn't be done, they said that people in a "Democracy" would never allow it to happen but, in the past 5 years we have actually taken 15% of the income AWAY from the bottom 90% of American wage-earners and re-distributed it to the top 10% and, since there are much less of them, it has boosted our top 10% incomes by 115% over the same period!
In the words of the great Winston Churchill (as redefined by the Conservative Bible): "Never was so much taken from so many for so few." As you can see from the chart above, the Reagan Revolution successfully reversed years of gains for the average American and began shoveling all of the economic progresss to the top 10% for the last 30 years but only in the last 5 has this policy gone into overdrive as we have begun to actively TAKE the money from the bottom 90%, Look how rich that makes us – no wonder we are all voting to keep this policy going!
As noted by Zero Hedge:
"Inequality in the U.S. today is near its historical highs, largely because the Federal Reserve’s policies have succeeded in achieving their aim: namely, higher asset prices (especially the prices of stocks, bonds and high-end real estate), which are generally owned by taxpayers in the upper-income brackets.
The Fed is doing all the work, because the President’s policies are growth-suppressive. In the absence of the Fed’s money printing and ZIRP, the economy would either be softer or actually in a new recession."
It's not just our Fed, of course, this morning we are getting more doveish noises from the ECB press conference as Draghi promises MORE FREE MONEY (for those of us with the credit scores or balance sheets to qualify) and that is already (8:30) pushing our Futures up half a point in pre-market trading. We're still watching our bounce levels (and shorting /TF at 1,130), as there…
by phil - August 6th, 2014 7:23 am
Well, same old, same old really. As the US and Europe ratchet up the sanctions, Putin has ordered "retaliatory measures" of an unspecified nature and has massed more troops along the Ukraine boarder:
"Political tools of economic pressure are unacceptable, they contradict all norms and rules," he said. "In that connection, the government of Russia has already proposed a series of retaliatory measures against the so-called sanctions of certain countries. I think that in current conditions, with the goal of protecting the interests of domestic producers, we could certainly think about that." he added.
In recent days, Russian regulators have banned shipments of some European fruits and vegetables and raised questions about the safety of products from MCD in Russia, threatening to ban their sale. Officials deny any political motivation for those moves.
Russia's Vedomosti newspaper reported Tuesday that the government was considering a partial or total ban on overflights of Siberia by European airlines, which use the route to shorten trips from Europe to Asia.
European markets are already suffering with Italy dropping 2.9% this morning on news that it has officially slipped back into a Recession with GDP falling 0.2% in Q2 – a far cry from the +0.2% predicted by leading economorons. The IMF has cut their optimistic growth estimate for Italy to 0.3% in 2014 and dropped Spain to 1.3%. Spanish markets are down 2% today as well.
We decided this was a good time to buy this morning and, at 6:58 this morning, I put up this chart for Members in our Live Chat Room, saying:
Check this out – all hitting the S1 lines so far:
It's certainly worth playing for a small bounce at
by phil - August 5th, 2014 7:40 am
Actually it's a rule of thumb at PSW that dip buyers need to get burned 3 times before they wise up to a proper correction, so they still have at least another try in them before they finally walk away from this crazy market. As you can see from Oppenheimer's S&P chart, 56% of the S&P has plunged back below their 50 dma in the past 30 days.
This is EXACTLY what I've been warning you about. At the same time the indexes LOOKED like they were rallying, MOST stocks were actually being dumped while a few (AAPL, for expample) were kept aloft to maintain the ILLUSION that the market was still strong. That's how they keep the retail buyers moving in while the institutional investors head for the hills. Yesterday's action was nothing but another low-volume bounce – the kind we teach our Members to ignore:
Short-term, we're certainly oversold but we'll be very critical of a low-volume recovery until we see those 50 dmas retaken on the indexes. Those are way up at 16,877 on the Dow, 1,954 on the S&P, 4,368 on the Nasdaq, 10,912 on the NYSE and 1,160 on the Russell. Anything less than that and there's nothing to be particularly bullish about.
That doesn't stop us, of course, from picking individual short-term longs. On Wednesday, for example, I was on TV on Money Talk and we featured this play on GTAT as my "Options Play of the Month." Last night, GTAT knocked it out of the park on earnings and the stock shot up over 10% to $15+ already in pre-market trading. That will put us well on track to the full $14,000 return on this spread and a 1,650% gain on cash ($13,200 profit on the $800 we invested)! Not bad for a few day's work, right?
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by phil - August 4th, 2014 7:56 am
Wheeeeee, what a ride!
As you can see from our Big Chart, we took a dive with some conviction last week, giving up all of June AND July's gains in just a few days. Just like a roller coaster – it takes a long ride to get to the top but then it's a really quick ride back down as gravity takes it's toll.
This is why I urged people to hedge to the downside and get to more CASH!!! on TV last Wednesday as our expectations were (and are) for a 5-10% correction. The SQQQ Dec $40/50 bull call spread we suggested at $2.25 have already popped 20% to $2.71 on that little 1.5% drop in the Nasdaq, which is a perfect hedge as we like to get 10 times the drop on our insurance plays. With the offsetting LULU puts (see broadcast), the net $400 credit now pays another $400 for a 200% gain on each unit of the spread – an excellent hedge overall and still another potential $19,600 to be made if the Nasadq keeps falling this year and, if not – then we didn't need the hedge!
As is often the case with Monday's, we're not going to be reading much into the action today, especially if the volume is light after last week's heavy selling volume poured in. As you can see from the above chart from KimbleChartingSolutions, we may still need the next 4,900% of upside potential on our SQQQ hedges to combat a potential downtrend in the markets.
As you can see from these views on the Russell and Mid-Caps, we're experiencing a technical breakdown that hasn't occurred in many years and maybe it's telling us something of maybe it isn't but, as we were discussing in Member Chat over the weekend (per Jeff Mackie):
“… This isn't a time for over thinking. It's a time for taking a measure of your emotions. If you're scared now you'll be more frightened later. Control your risk. If you didn't sleep last night you're too long stocks. If you're afraid of your statements it's because a little
by phil - August 1st, 2014 7:07 am
What fun this is! Well, it's fun for us because we were playing for this drop and not only did our bearish Short-Term Portfolio pop 10% yesterday but our bullish Long-Term Portfolio crossed over the 20% line for the first time this year. How is that possible? Because we are using our "Be the House – Not the Gambler™" strategy to SELL premium to suckers who think they know what the market is going to do!
This allows us to make money in any market direction while remaining well-hedged for the downturns. It also allows us to put up these spectacular gains while using less than 50% of our cash – keeping it on the sidelines and ready to deploy when we catch a good bargain on one of our Buy Lists to add to our virtual portfolios. We had not one but two special Live Trading Webinars yesterday for our Members, where we cashed out the XOM puts I mentioned FOR FREE last Friday for a 300% gain.
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Last Friday I also suggested our SCO (ultra-short oil) longs and that $1,200 position in our Short-Term Portfolio closed yesterday at $3,400 – up a very nice 183% and the SQQQ trade I aslo put up in last Friday's morning post for a net $400 credit (also featured on TV on this Wednesday's Money Show) finished yesterday's session at $1,060 – up $1,400 (350%) in less than a week!
Another hedge we discussed were the TZA Aug $14 calls which were $1.67 on Wednesday (more FREE picks in the morning post), which was already up 153% from 0.66 when I first mentioned them (outside of our Live Member Chat Room) in our July 8th post. As of yesterday's close, they were $2.51 – up 50% from Wednesday and up 280% overall.
by phil - July 31st, 2014 8:05 am
I warned you about Argentina!
We discussed them way back in December as they faked their own GDP data, that it was nothing more than window-dressing to keep them from LOOKING like they were in default – even though they were clearly heading that way.
So it should come as no surprise that, as the deadline finally comes, there is no surprising rescue for the World's 26th largest economy ($477Bn vs $499Bn for Norway, $394Bn for Austria, $385Bn for Thailand and $248Bn for Greece). Since it's not a surprise, we took the opportunity this morning to go long in the Futures, as the 1% dip around 4am seemed overdone. I sent out a special Alert to all of our Members, saying:
Still, I like /TF for a bullish over the 1,130 line (testing now) and /YM at 16,700 and /ES 1,950 for bounces but VERY TIGHT STOPS if any of them fail.
Fortunately, they did not fail and already (8am) we have /TF 1,135 (up $500 per contract), /YM 16,732 (up $160 per contract) and /ES 1,955 (up $250 per contract) and our Egg McMuffins are paid for and those trades are now off the table (tight stops at least), as we expect more selling at the open!
It's nice to play the Futures to offset bearish bets, like the SQQQ (ultra-short Nasdaq) trade we discussed in yesterday's morning post and the QQQ weekly $96 puts we added for .22 in yesterday's live Member Chat ahead of the Fed – as we expected the statement would disappoint. Those should come out well this morning and going long on the Futures locks in those potential gains for us.
Now, getting back to Argentina, ARGT is UP 32% this year and that is just silly so ARGT makes a nice short at $23.20 and you can, in fact, buy the Oct $23 puts for $1.45 and, if they give back that 32%, they'll be back to $19 and you'll have $4+ for a $2.55 gain (175%) – that's a fun way to play it.
by phil - July 30th, 2014 8:02 am
Yesterday went as expected.
As I told you in the morning post, the "rally" was nothing more than a prop job to allow a full day of selling right into the close. Now that the markets are closed, the S&P is being propped back up – 0.3% as of 7:30 am. May the farce be with you!
Of course, this morning, there may actually be something to get excited about as the 2nd Quarter GDP Report will come out at 8:30 and economorons are expecting a full reversal of Q1s 2.9% dive with a 2.9% gain forecast for Q2.
I don't know what numbers they are looking at (assuming they even bother – from their usual performance, they would be better off using darts) but I'm not seeing a big resurgance in Consumer Spending, which is 70% of the US economy. I don't see how our Trade numbers improved, although we did import less oil (to create artificial shortages and drive up prices for the consumers).
Business Investment seems to be up a bit and Inventories are a real wild card where a build will be a huge plus – even though, to me, it sort of indicates they are not selling anything and it's piling up on the shelf.
This is the fantasy chart for the GDP that is making the rounds this morning. Notice it's from the Commerce Department (aka MiniTru) and, like our Chinese Masters – they are able to make those numbers dance when they want to and, believe me, they REALLY WANT TO this Q as two down quarters in a row = the "R" word.
So we'll see if the GDP can get the rally back on track and, if not, it will be up to the Fed this afternoon (2pm) to pump up the jam and get the party going again with their statement. It's very possible the Fed timed their announcement on the afternoon of the GDP release BECAUSE they know they'll have to make a save in the afternoon. Also, it's no coincidence that Treasury is pushing $44Bn of 2-year and 7-year notes between GDP and the Fed – just in time to…
by phil - July 29th, 2014 8:28 am
Some of the people all of the time.
That's the basis for this rally – or what's left of it – as we see this pattern almost daily: A big(comparatively) volume sell-off followed by a "rally" on 1/3 to 1/4 of the volume that sold and then, once we hit a pre-programmed peak (about where we got to in the no-volume Futures), we have a bit of volume selling into the close.
This is how you can see those charts that show all the "smart money" running out of the market, even as the market goes higher. Why would they leave? Why would anyone leave this exciting market? The answer is, because those fund managers are well aware that, at some point, the music will stop and there will be no buyers to save them then. Best to get out now and avoid the rush.
That time was also "different," wasn't it? We had invented the Internet (well, Al Gore did) and easy monetary policy led to bank mergers and NAFTA ushered in an era of free trade that send tens of millions of jobs overseas, causing profits for US Corporations to soar and those good times were never going to end – until they did.
It's very hard to say when a rally like this will finally run out of gas but, when we stop making new highs and we have these BS daily, manipulative run-ups to cover the selling – that's probably a good time to get more cautious.
As noted on Dave Fry's S&P chart, it's ALL about the Fed and how much FREE MONEY the Fed will pump in and how long they will keep pumping it in, etc. You would think we'd be tired of the same old song and dance but why should we, when we GET PAID to join in?
Yesterday, for example, in our Live Member Chat Room, I called for a bottom on the Russell Futures (/TF), saying:
/TF below 1,130! One would hope that's it. Playable for a bounce over that line
by phil - July 28th, 2014 7:30 am
Shanghai popped 2.5% this morning.
The index flew back to it's highest level since Dec 16th as official Chinese data (ie questionable, at best) showed profits at China's largest Industrial Firms rose 17.9% in June from "just" 8.9% in May.
Despite the "stellar performance" of large-cap companies, the main reason the market is flying is because of a general consensus that Beijing may soon allow the banks to bring in more private of foreign strategic investors. Industrial and Commmercial Bank kicked the ball off by announcing a plan to raise $12.9Bn through the sale of preferred shares.
It's hard to reconcile this "good" news with the fact of the Baltic Dry Index (bulk shipping of raw materials) dropping back to 3-year lows in early July. Who then, is China selling to? Even the WSJ notes that major steel foundries like Tianjin have turned off their smelters – indicating a tremendous pullback in construction activity.
How is China achieving 7.5% growth if it is powering down steel plants and letting copper stockpiles build up? With debt. Despite official instructions to banks to curtail lending to overstretched developers and municipalities, loans are still increasing at rates twice as fast as the economy—and those numbers exclude a so-called shadow-banking lending system estimated at more than $5 trillion, or 80% of gross domestic product.
A big question is what happens to bad debts when the treadmill comes to a halt? Despite rhetoric about opening up the financial system to market pressures, there is clearly reluctance in Beijing to let lenders suffer losses. On Wednesday, for example, construction company Huatong Road & Bridge Co. somehow found the funds to make a bond payment that it had earlier warned it would miss.
Perhaps this is why the global reaction to the blazing Shanghai market is subdued at best. As you can see from the above chart, the Chinese market has been flying on this sort of "enthusiasm" since the start of Q2 but, as was made obvious last week, the other Global Markets are running out of steam.