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Mandarin Monday – China’s $200Bn Manipulation Not Enough – Now What?

It's the last day of the month and windows have been dressed

Our own markets have made a "remarkable" turnaround into the end of the month thanks to China's 400-point (14%) move off the bottom last week – but at what cost?  According to the Financial Times, Beijing has already spent $200Bn propping up the equity markets and, despite that, we're still down 38% from the top and 200 points lower (5.8%) lower than we were when the Government officially stepped in to prop up the markets.  

“The problem they have now is that they’ve spent as much as $400bn supporting the currency and stock market and they are now worse off than when they started,” said one person with close ties to the PBoC. “I think they got overconfident and underestimated how strong the global reaction would be to the devaluation.”

That other $200Bn of currency intervention is also our problem as the PBOC, in order to play this game, has been selling about $10Bn per day for the last 20 trading days.  That has depressed the Dollar's value (more Dollar supply on the market) and given us some poor results at recent treasury auctions as China is competing to sell our notes.  

China is supposedly propping up the markets ahead of Thursday's 70th Anniversary Parade in honor of the “victory of the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression,” which is what they call WWII.  The Chinese government has also officially begun prosecuting 22 cases of "insider trading, market manipulation and “spreading market rumours” as it is now technically illegal to short the Chinese markets.  In Tuesday's drop alone, 11 people were detained for "illegal securities trading" including 8 managers of Citic Securities, one of China's largest brokerages and 4 others.  

In a worrying signal for global investors with a presence in China, some officials have argued strongly for a crackdown on “foreign forces”, which they say have intentionally unsettled the market.

“If our own people have collaborated with foreign forces to attack the soft underbelly of


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The Fat Pitch: Weekly Market Summary

 

Weekly Market Summary

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Summary: Waterfall events like the current one tend to most often reverberate into the weeks ahead. Indices will often jump 10% or more higher and also attempt to retest the lows.  Volatility will likely remain elevated for several months. But the fall in equity prices, which has knocked investor sentiment to its knees, opens up an attractive risk/reward opportunity for investors. Further weakness, which is quite possible, is an opportunity to accumulate with an eye toward year-end. However, a quick, uncorrected rally in the next week or two would likely fail.

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Equities ended the week higher: SPY and DJIA rose 1% and NDX rose over 3%. Outside the US, Europe gained 1% and EEM gained 3%. The biggest mover was oil, which gained 12%.

The last two weeks have been remarkable. On August 17, SPY closed less than 1% from its all-time closing high. A week later it had lost 11%. And then three days later it had regained half of those loses, jumping 6%.

A drop that much, that quickly, is very rare. According to David Bianco, it has happened only 9 times in the more than 20,000 trading days in the past 80 years. All of these occurrences were precipitated by (perceived or real) political or economic crises.
 

That was the case now as well. Since the Chinese Yuan depreciation began through the low in equities on Monday, 92% of the fall in SPY occurred overnight. Cash hours were nearly flat. The fall in equities had very little to do with domestic earnings or economic reports. It was a reaction to events overseas.

Our view has been that the Yuan depreciation (just 3% to date) is unlikely to have a long lasting affect on the US stock market or its fundamentals. Exports to China account for less than 1% of US GDP. Only 2% of revenues for S&P companies is directly derived from China (data from Barrons).
 

Moreover, the current situation is nothing like the Asian financial crisis in 1997. We detailed this last week with the conclusion that even that…
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Phil’s Stock World Trading Webinar 8-25-15

This week's major topics: 5% Rule, Short-term and Butterfly Portfolios, Trade Ideas, MSFT, NASDAQ, SPX, S&P, AMZN, WMT, BBY, AAPL, China, and Global Implications

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  • 00:00 Disclosure
  • 2:40 Butterfly portfolio, review positions, MSFT, WMT trade ideas
  • 17:28 Hedges
  • 24:50 Short-term portfolio, review positions, hedging
  • 35:00 NASDAQ, AAPL, S&P, AMZN, WMT, McDonald's, Uber trade Ideas
  • 58:00 MSFT, IBM, HP, trade ideas
  • 1:09:20 Hedge SPX trade ideas, review positions
  • 1:21:15 BBY, AMZN, AAPL, trade ideas
  • 1:33:10 NASDAQ 15% drop, 5% rule
  • 1:43:58 China, global implications
  • 1:53:26 Richmond Fed, Home sales, S&P Home Price index, FHFA Housing index




Dumb Money Redux

 

Dumb Money Redux

Courtesy of Joshua Brown

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Cartoon by XKCD

Responses are pouring in from my post Computers are the new Dumb Money. A few of the quants I know told me the link was hitting their inboxes all day from friends and colleagues around the industry. A few desk traders I talk to had some anecdotes backing my assumptions up. One guy, a “data scientist”, was furiously angry, meaning he probably blew himself up this week or has some other deep-rooted insecurity about what he’s trying to do and needed to vent.

If you haven’t read it yet, go here: Computers are the new Dumb Money (TRB)

One thing worth keeping in mind about algorithmic trading is that there will always be some strategies that are better executed than others and many that will thrive while their competitors are chopped to pieces. In this respect, they’re no different than any other traders or funds.

For example, the quant funds that were probably most injured this week were those who were in the business of selling volatility or gamma. If they’re short gamma, they end up having to dump a ton of stock when volatility breaks out and prices dive. This kind of action is what exacerbates declines and makes a down-2% day into a down-4% day – especially when everyone is doing the same thing (see ‘portfolio insurance, 1987’). If they’re short vol, then they could be running one of those fabled strategies that picks up nickels fairly consistently until the steamroller flattens them – taking in options premiums in small, yet reliable amounts, and then a crisis forces them to actually make good on all that insurance they’ve been writing.

This has happened before, it will happen again. It doesn’t mean that all quant or algorithmic trading is foolish. It just means that the alchemy still isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Sunrise, sunset. 

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The Data Still Says “Go”

 

The Data Still Says “Go”

Courtesy of Joshua Brown

Ethan Harris, US economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, put this out to clients two days ago:

As the markets continue to sell-off, an increasingly popular view among investors is that the Fed won’t hike until next year. Global growth is weak, Chinese policy mistakes have destabilized their markets and the US equity market has finally succumbed to the pressure, with a roughly 10% correction. Thus far only a handful of economics teams at major houses have shifted their Fed call to next year, but both market pricing and most clients we talk to see a significant delay in Fed tightening.

We think some delay is possible, but a big delay is unlikely. It is always dangerous to make big forecast changes during periods of turmoil in markets. It is a bit like going food shopping right before dinner—your gut, instead of your mind, starts driving your decisions. Yes, if the Fed met today, they would very likely take a wait and see attitude and delay hiking. Why create further market volatility? Why not wait to see whether this is an economically important shock? However, there are three weeks before the Fed decides. If the markets stabilize, the Fed outlook will feel a lot different.

In the 48 hours since this note, the US economic data has continued to come in stronger than expected. Yesterday’s 3.7% revised print for 2Q GDP growth was the obvious highlight, along with some new data this morning on consumption and personal income.

WSJ:

Personal spending, measuring how much Americans paid for everything from home rent to dental care, rose 0.3% in July from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Friday. Consumption climbed 0.3% in June and 0.8% in May.

Personal income, reflecting Americans’ pretax earnings from salaries and investments, climbed 0.4%, replicating the gains of the prior three months. Within that category, workers’ wages and salaries climbed at the fastest pace since last November, as did their disposable income.

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TGIF – Yesterday’s Fake GDP Number Allow Windows to Be Dressed

Oops, sorry, I'm not supposed to do this.  

Sometimes we know things in advance and we are not allowed to talk about them until the data is release and Personal Income and Spending reports don't come out until 8:30 but we already know Personal Income and Spending are heading lower, not higher as expected, because it's right in yesterday's GDP Report, which shows Real Annualized Per Capita Disposable Income at $37,843, which is down $3 from the last estimate, not up at all.

Overall Gross Domestic Income (GDI), which includes our Corporate Masters, increased just 0.6% in the 2nd quarter, compared to 0.4% in the first half.  This does not seem like the kind of number that would lead us to have a MASSIVE upward revision in GDP – from 2.3% to 3.7% in the second estimate and up 3.1% (400%) from Q1's anemic 0.6% growth rate.  

Category Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
GDP 3.7% 0.6% 2.1% 4.3% 4.6%


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Computers are the new Dumb Money

 

Computers are the new Dumb Money

Courtesy of Joshua M. Brown, The Reformed Broker

You want the box score on this latest weekly battle in the stock market?

No problem: Humans 1, Machines 0

Because if you think it was human beings executing sales of Starbucks (SBUX) down 22% on Monday’s open, you’re dreaming. And if you believe that it was thinking, sentient people blowing out of Vanguard’s Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) at a one-day loss of 26% at 9:30 am, you’ve got another thing coming.

By and large, people did the right thing this week. They recognized that JPMorgan and Facebook and Netflix should not have printed at prices down 15 to 20% within the first few minutes of trading and they reacted with buy orders, not sales. They processed the news about the 1200+ individual issue circuit-breakers and they let the system clear itself.

Rational, experienced people understood that an ETF with holdings that were down an average of 5% should not have a share price down 30%.

Conversely, machines can only do what they’ve been programmed to do. There’s no art, there’s no philosophy and there’s no common sense involved. And volatility-shy trading programs have been programmed to de-risk when prices get wild and wooly, period. Their programmers can’t afford to have an algo blow-up so the algos are set up to pull their own plug, regardless of any qualitative assessment during a special situation that is obvious to the rest of the marketplace.

Warren Buffett once explained that “Paradoxically, when ‘dumb’ money acknowledges its limitations, it ceases to be dumb.” Ordinary investors, in the aggregate, have learned their limitations the hard way over the last few decades. This is why 25% of all invested assets are in passive investment vehicles and Vanguard is now the largest fund family on the planet. Retail players gave up on the fever dream of Mad Money long ago; Mom and Pop are now investing in the missionary position from here on out.

Software, on the other hand, has not learned this lesson. The problem with computers is that they can’t be…
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Shanghai Surprise Pops China 5% – Is Everything Awesome Again?

Embedded image permalinkWheeee, what a ride!  

From a new low at 2,920 (down 42%) all the way back to 3,083 in 45 minutes was the close of the Shanghai Composite this morning as China’s government resumed its intervention in the stock market this morning.  China had halted its stock-market intervention in the first two days of this week as policy makers debated the merits of an unprecedented rescue, according to people familiar with the situation.

Even though the move was clearly fake, Fake, FAKE, it was still enough to excite investors as Asian and European markets followed China's lead higher and now EVERYTHING IS AWESOME again and the US Futures are up another 1% on top of yesterday's spectacular move.  

While we were looking for a bounce off Tuesday's drop back to test 1,950 on the S&P 500, this is not the way we like to make our Strong Bounce lines (faked with stimulus and loose money talk).  Still, fake or not, we'll take it as it only enhances our performance.  In yesterday's post, we had long trade ideas for Apple (AAPL), which popped 5.75%, Baker Hughes (BHI), which popped 3% and Sotheby's (BID), which gained 1%.  

We discussed our 5% Rule and our bounce lines yesterday on BNN's Money Talk and it's a real black swan event for me to spend 10 minutes talking technicals, so you might want to watch it.   Meanwhile, the Russell hit our weak bounce line EXACTLY and the Nasdaq hit our strong bounce line EXACTLY with the Dow and the S&P in between and the NYSE woefully short – indicating this rally hasn't been to broad-based.  

  • Dow 16,200 (weak) and 16,650 (strong) 
  • S&P 1,900 (weak) and 1,950 (strong) 


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Smoke and Mirrors

 

Smoke and Mirrors

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Market Crash Aug 25 2015

Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash,” TRNN, August 25, 2015.

Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks – August 25, 2015.

SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: This is the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore.

The Dow Jones trading took a deep drive this morning, dropping over 1,000 points in the first 20 minutes of trading. It is now slowly reversing itself, but it was the greatest loss in trading since the 2010 crash. Here to discuss all of this,we’re joined by Michael Hudson. Michael Hudson is a distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His latest book, which we promise to unpack in detail very soon, is Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy. You can get a digital download of it at Counterpunch.

Michael, thank you so much for joining us.

MICHAEL HUDSON, PROF. OF ECONOMICS, UMKC: Good to be here. And the hard print will be out in another two weeks from Amazon.

PERIES: Look forward to it, Michael. So Michael, some mainstream news outlets are saying that this is the China contagion. They need someone to blame. What’s causing all of this?

HUDSON: Not China. China’s simply back to the level that it was earlier in the year. One of the problems with the Chinese market that is quite different from the American and European market is that a lot of the big Chinese banks have lent to small lenders, sort of small wholesale lenders, that in turn have lent to retail people. And a lot of Chinese are trying to get ahead by borrowing money to buy real estate or to buy stocks. So there are these intermediaries, these non-bank intermediaries, sort of like real estate brokers, who borrowed big money from banks and lent it out


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Jim Grant Warns “The Fed Turned The Stock Market Into A ‘Hall Of Mirrors’”

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

The question we appear to be getting answered this week is, as Grant's Interest Rate Observer's Jim Grant so poetically explains, "how much of this paper moon market is real, and how much is governmental whipped cream?" In this brief but, as usual, perfectly to the point interview with Reason.com's Matt Welch, Grant asks (and answers), "are prices meant to be imposed from on high, or discovered by individuals acting spontaneously in markets?" noting that, while many readers here may know the answer, "they’re regrettably in the minority." The always entertaining Grant then goes on to discuss the underlying causes of the recent market turbulence, why we don’t really "have interest rates anymore."

"One thing to recall is that markets are meant to be two-way propositions – they go up, they go down – but it has been almost four years since we have seen a 10% correction… what's unusual is not the occasional down day but The Great Sedation that preceded."

"Confoundingly to me, people have come to be quite accepting of the value attached by fiat to these pieces of paper we call currency."

Well worth the price of admission during a week when financial markets start to show their true colors…

 





 
 
 

OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of August 31st, 2015

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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.

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Zero Hedge

Key Economic Events Of The Coming Busy Week: ISM, ADP, Trade, Producttivity And Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

It's a busy week for the market, and not to mention the Dow Jones-dependent Fed, which will have to parse through reports on Chicago PMI, Construction Spending, ISM (Mfg and Services), ADP, Productivity and Labor Costs, Factory Orders, Trade Balance, and the weekly highlight: Friday's Jobs reports.

  • The key event US this afternoon is the August Chicago PMI along with the ISM Milwaukee and Dallas Fed manufacturing activity reading.
  • It’s a busy early session in Asia on Tuesday with August PMI readings for China and Japan, along with capex spending and vehicles sales data in the latter. The RBA decision is also due in Australia. In Europe on Tuesday...


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Kimble Charting Solutions

Forget the S&P 500, keep your eyes on this leader!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

We live in a highly correlated world when it comes to stock market trends!

Last week as the Dow was falling 1,000 points a week ago today, the Power of the Pattern reflected that many of the key markets around the world were hitting 4-year rising channel support at the same time.

I shared on 8/26, that the “Global bull market was still intact!” ( See Post Here)  

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The Real Refugee Crisis Is In The Future

Courtesy of The Automatic Earth.


Dorothea Lange Farm family fleeing OK drought for CA, car broken down, abandoned Aug 1936

Perhaps Angela Merkel thought we didn’t yet know how full of it she is. Perhaps that’s why she said yesterday with regards to Europe’s refugee crisis that “Everything must move quickly,” only to call an EU meeting a full two weeks later. That announcement show one thing: Merkel doesn’t see this as a crisis. If she did, she would have called for such a meeting a long time ago, and not some point far into the future.

With the death toll approaching 20,000, not counting those who died entirely anonymously, we can now try to calculate and predict how many more will perish in those two weeks before that meeting w...



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Chart School

Rally Stalls Out

Courtesy of Declan.

After all the volatility during the week, Friday's action was a little reprieve. Markets sit a point where shorts will fancy their chances, although further upside should not be viewed as surprising given the level of volatility markets experienced last week. If there is an indication bears are going to come back with a vengeance, it's that buying volume has been well down on prior selling.

The Nasdaq finished on former trading range support, turned resistance. Watch for a short squeeze from this level, up to the 200-day MA.


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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Market News

News You Can Use From Phil's Stock World

 

Financial Markets and Economy

After all that, the stock market finished the week higher (Business Insider)

The stock market had a wild ride this week. And it ultimately ended up even better than it started. 

This week we saw a 1,000 point drop in the Dow in minutes, another drop of around 600 points in an hour of trading, and another day that saw one of the largest single-day point gains for the Dow in history.

Worried about your investments? Here’s the best advice (Market Watch)

The market is on a ...



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Sabrient

Sector Detector: Finally, market capitulation gives bulls a real test of conviction, plus perhaps a buying opportunity

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

The dark veil around China is creating a little too much uncertainty for investors, with the usual fear mongers piling on and sending the vast buy-the-dip crowd running for the sidelines until the smoke clears. Furthermore, Sabrient’s fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings have been flashing near-term defensive signals. The end result is a long overdue capitulation event that has left no market segment unscathed in its mass carnage. The historically long technical consolidation finally came to the point of having to break one way or the other, and it decided to break hard to the downside, actually testing the lows from last ...



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ValueWalk

Some Hedge Funds "Hedged" During Stock Market Sell Off, Others Not As Risk Focused

By Mark Melin. Originally published at ValueWalk.

With the VIX index jumping 120 percent on a weekly basis, the most in its history, and with the index measuring volatility or "fear" up near 47 percent on the day, one might think professional investors might be concerned. While the sell off did surprise some, certain hedge fund managers have started to dip their toes in the water to buy stocks they have on their accumulation list, while other algorithmic strategies are actually prospering in this volatile but generally consistently trending market.

Stock market sell off surprises some while others were prepared and are hedged prospering

While so...



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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin Battered After "Governance Coup"

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Naysyers are warning that the recent plunge in Bitcoin prices - from almost $318 at its peak during the Greek crisis, to $221 yesterday - is due to growing power struggle over the future of the cryptocurrency that is dividing its lead developers. On Saturday, a rival version of the current software was released by two bitcoin big guns. As Reuters reports, Bitcoin XT would increase the block size to 8 megabytes enabling more transactions to be processed every second. Those who oppose Bitcoin XT say the bigger block size jeopardizes the vision of a decentralized payments system that bitcoin is built on with some believing ...



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Pharmboy

Baxter's Spinoff

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

The Baxalta Spinoff

By Ilene with Trevor of Lowenthal Capital Partners and Paul Price

In its recent filing with the SEC, Baxter provides:

“This information statement is being ...



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Mapping The Market

An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 

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Kim Parlee interviews Phil on Money Talk. Be sure to watch the replays if you missed the show live on Wednesday night (it was recorded on Monday). As usual, Phil provides an excellent program packed with macro analysis, important lessons and trading ideas. ~ Ilene

 

The replay is now available on BNN's website. For the three part series, click on the links below. 

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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.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

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