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Testy Tuesday – Are We There Yet?

Once again CNBC has gone too far!

The futures were doing very well, up almost 1% until CNBC put together the tag-team guest spot of Mohamed El-Erian, the notorious bond pusher from Pimpco and "Doctor Doom" himself – Nouriel Roubini in a classic bear and bigger bear face-off that was timed right into the EU's lunch hour.  Roubini's new book is called "Crisis Economics" and there's nothing like a crisis to chase people into the loving arms of PIMCO, where El-Erian gets the fees.  It's odd that there's not even a simple disclosure statement from El-Erian to guide viewers like: "You know, I do well when the market does bad."    

This same gloom and doom tag-team was touring America in September of 2008 (see "Roubini, El-Erian – 'Things are Getting Worse'") and we're up about 20% since then but, to be fair, things did get worse first.  The boys teamed up again this February (12th) and their predicition of an additonal 20% drop off the February lows (also brought to you by the fear-mongers at CNBC) was completely wrong at the time but the boys dusted themselves off and took this show on the road again as noted in this May 28th article pairing the two's depressing outlook.   

Things were getting better yesterday until Moody's (the company Buffett owns a large stake in but has nothing to do with according to his testimony) downgraded Greece in the afternoon – something that was not at all unexpected but was treated as market-moving information on a slow news day.  Does CNBC push doom and gloom for ratings or are they trying to help their bosses at GE water down the financial regulation bill by making it seem like the average investor is against it or are they just trying to keep Cramer and the Fast Money team from looking clueless?  This is why we used to have LAWS that kept our news sources "fair and balanced" - the moment a news provider takes a side with one of their high profile shows or personalities – they then have a vested interest in MAKING the prediction come true – how can that not color their future editorial positions? 

As I said last week, Dr. Doom doesn't have to be in on a conspiracy – He's Doctor Doom!  The media
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Thrusting Thursday – Where’s Our Rocket Fuel?

This is NOT David Ristau's graduation party!We just cannot get this party started! 

Every rally is getting sold into, much the way every sell-off was bought into last year.  Is this a major change in sentiment as the "smart money" takes every opportunity to get out of the market or is this the "dumb money" being stampeded to the exits – once again at the bottom of the cycle? 

Fear is certainly permeating the air and, as I have to keep saying to make our position clear, we are generally aiming for 75% cash with 23% positions that are hedged by at least 20% and 2% in Disaster Hedges that pay 5:1 so we "bullish" but it’s bullish and guarding against a 30% drop – which is more bullish than we were in May, when we were guarding against a 40% drop on our buys.  Anyway, it’s VERY important to keep that in mind as we are picking up very long-term positions and we actually HOPE the market does go lower so we can buy more at low prices because it will be HARD to commit our cash to any rally that doesn’t get us over the April highs and we may have a LONG time to wait for that one. 

So, we are having fun with short-term trades and doing our bottom fishing and, as I mentioned yesterday, we are now taking some upside hedges that can give us 10:1 pay-offs if the market breaks UP on us.  That way, if we have 23% in positions that make 20% and even just 1% in positions that make 10%, at least we pick up about 15% if the market gets away from us.  If we were more bullish, we’d make a bigger commitment but heck, we STILL are not at our weak bounce levels yet so caution is the way to go. 

We need a catalyst to get us going just like the myth of infinite Chinese growth was the catalyst that got the markets through last year we need to sell the story of a US recovery overseas to now get those investors back in the water or we’ll be left swimming all alone with the sharks

Patience Art PrintI was happy with the Beige Book yesterday and we thought the sell-off in the afternoon was BS so our last trade idea of the day was to grab the QQQQ July $45 calls for $1.08 and those will get us…
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Forgotten Weekly Wrap-Up

Well, what a huge waste of time this week was!

Remind me next holiday to just take the whole surrounding two weeks off.  We had similar nonsense around Good Friday and do you remember that HUGE drop we had on Dec 31st that was completely erased on Jan 4th?  It was very similar to the big sell-off we had on Jan 15th that was reversed on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King day (although that was the last good day we had for 2 weeks as the Dow droppped 750 points).  Now I don't want to connect that sell-off with Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts and we didn't go short just because the Dems lost their ability to make changes - we had gone short a week earlier as I called the markets "shell-shocked" – too battered by bad news to take appropriate action.  

My new mantra is "I can't change the system – I can only tell you what they are going to do and how to make money on it."  This week that was really put to the test but no more so than yesterday, when we got all the highs and the lows and all the drama in a single 6.5-hour session.  As you can see from David Fry's Chart, we took a huge dip on the Spain downgrade at about 12:40, followed by a stick save at 2 and then a massive dump back near the lows into the close.  As I had noted in the morning post, we were already short but I pointed out to Members in Chat at 12:26: "CNBC trotting out the Steve Wynn story again?  That was two weeks ago…  Looks like we’re heading for a panic frenzy on CNBC again!"  This is why we watch CNBC, even though it's like waterboarding ourselves every day, we need to know what they are up to! 

I put up a nice TZA hedge for Members which pays 500% on a 20% drop in the Russell as we had noted copper's inability to hold our $3.15 target – the Spanish downgrade was just icing on the cake but also totally expected by us as I had just that morning put up a chart of the cascading cycle of failures and mentioned Spain was next.  As we…
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Thrill-Ride Thursday – Wednesday Never Happened, Now What?

Poor CNBC!  They are never going to get those chocolates

I joked with Members during yesterday's rally, after Fast Money's bullish "Half-Time Report": "Uh oh – All the Fast Money people said buy - make sure you have your disaster hedges in place!"  Indeed the market fell off a cliff almost the second they said it but we got out of our TZA calls (a little early) and did a little bottom fishing yesterday with our own buys on LYG ($3.13), Short EUO ($25.30), VZ ($27), FRO ($30.50), RIG ($58.50) and PFE ($15.10).  Maybe I'm just a paranoid conspiracy theorist but I said to Members at the close:

That was a sad little show at the end wasn’t it?   Nas was beaten with a stick into the close.  AAPL $243, BIDU $67.46, AMZN $123… Ugly stuff.   Not at all sure what they were trying to accomplish if not a flush…

Gap/RMM – Yes (we will gap) up.  I just didn’t see why we would sell off like that.  It seems that someone wanted to paint un ugly picture, maybe they didn’t get a good fill on Tuesday morning?  Maybe not gap up tomorrow, maybe another drop and THEN we take off but I’m thinking a fund that wants to make numbers on Friday would want to flush us today and buy the SPX overnight and pump us up for a big finish so they can get back to cash on Friday and book it.

Isn't it funny how that's pretty much exactly what's happening this morning?  A huge gap up into the open that's erasing the previous day's losses when no one is trading – just like yesterday (when I get on my knees and pray - we won't get fooled again).  Fast Money got fooled out of their bullish 1:50 positions by 5pm as suddenly they relized the market is controlled by evil computer programs – not exactly news to us and no reason to shake us out of our well-hedged positions.  We ignored rumors on China (and we always ignore Steve Ballmer) in chat and those seemed to be the major rumors moving the market lower yesterday. 

Cramer kept the rumor mill grinding, saying: "The Chinese reportedly are debating whether or not to sell their European bonds, and that’s what killed our upward momentum."  CNBC seems to have pulled the video so it's hard to tell
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Monday Monetary Meltdown – Sill the EwRo!

Oh what a World, what a World

It's funny how much damage a splash of cold water can do, isn't it?  Especially when that splash of cold water is reality and the witch is fiat currency.  You are very, very lucky because I do not have to rant on about this for 2 pages here because I already told people this was going to happen in March of 2007, when I warned that rising oil prices were indicating a serious issue with fiat currencies and would eventually undo our then-indestructible rally.  The title of that post was "Are We Heading for an Economic Tornado?

The Dow was just above 12,000 at the time but, to an old fundamentalist like me, it seemed a little pricey and my dire warning at the end of the article sounds more like a recap of the last 3 years now when I said:

If we manage to topple the entire house of cards that is commodity pricing, perhaps we won’t need sub-prime mortgages to buy ourselves affordable housing at realistic interest rates.  There is certainly a storm brewing as a vacuum of money has been left in our heartland as the Broker/Commodity/Financial triumvirate has funneled $6T away from you and the things you enjoy (consumer goods) to force you to spend it to maintain the things you need (cars, tractors, appliances).  They’ve created a storm that threatens to tear the global economy apart.

As I've said many times, I don't have the power to fix things (but, if appointed dictator for life, I will serve) – I can only tell you what's going to happen and how to profit from it.  At the time we were buyers of gold, looking to ward off a probable slide in the dollar and what looked like inevitable inflation.  Now we are sellers of gold because, in this post-crash Gobal economy – who can afford it?  Sure speculators can afford it but just like houses or oil (or tulips for that matter) – eventually they have to find a real buyer.  Did you know gold demand is plunging in Asia?  What?   They didn't tell you that in any of the 100 TV commercials?  I am shocked… 

Actually, I can tell you the easiest way to time the gold market – count the number of commercials from people who want to buy your gold vs the…
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Wild Weekly Wrap-Up – The Madness of the Markets (Part II)

Well this is a first.

For some reason I keep getting an error trying to continue the previous post so I'm just going to continue here.  Sorry about that but it's too early on a Sunday to wake up the programmers.  So, where were we?  Oh yes, we had just finished getting full circle back to last weekend's post, where we reiterated bearish positions.  My target for this week kept falling from 10,700, to 10,500 to 10,200 as we lost all confidence in the ability of our indexes to recover and, of course, Europe fell quickly apart:

Monday Monetary Madness – Ewwwwro! 

It's amazing how quickly people can lose faith in one of the World's 3 major currencies.  So amazing that I can't believe you can sleep at night!  Have I mentioned how much I like TBT lately?  The Euro dropped from $1.51 in November to a low of $1.21 on Tuesday, that's our 20% rule, by the way and a retrace to $1.27 (20% of the drop) is not going to be very impressive until we're well over it. 

Unless you are an exporter (and who in America does that anymore?) then a strong dollar is kind of nice but the dollar isn't actually strong, we're down 6% against the Yen this month, it's just the Euro is very weak.  Unfortunately for Japan – everyone there is an exporter because their own people stopped spending money in 1990, when their market fell off a cliff and Japan's people lost all faith in investing schemes and sham financing deals – you know, the stuff that pretty much drives the US economy…  

 

The Media talks about Japan's lost decade, but this is the start of decade 3 of their deflationary cycle as the Nikkei has dropped from 40,000 in 1990 to 20,000 in 2000 to 10,000 in 2010.  Remember when Japan was the next big thing and they were going to take over the World and US executives were learning Japanese and US firms were rushing to tie up business in Japan etc., etc?  Thank goodness we're too smart to fall into a trap like that again! 

Nonetheless, I called a top at $25 on EUO and…
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Turnaround Tuesday – Crisis? What Crisis?

Wheeee!  Isn’t this fun?

We were so giddy with excitement on yesterday’s dip that we went with 12 new long positions while the markets were heading down and the people who didn’t read my morning post were panicking.  Things could not have gone better for us as we had a great spike down that let us lighten up on our many successful short plays and turn around and put that cash to work establishing what we hope will be some nice long-term positions, even though long-term in this market has been "more than a month" this year

Fundamentally, nothing has changed and we’re not letting go of our disaster hedges (in fact we added one yesterday too) but we are happy to do a little bargain hunting from our mainly cash positions as our Discount Stock Buying Strategy gives us a built-in 20% cushion in our first round.   That takes us all the way down to 8,500 on the Dow before we even have to worry about dollar-cost averaging, which also helps us sleep at nights – a nice bonus!

It looks like we also picked the right day to go long on oil and the Euro and short on gold but those are more directional plays and we will be taking money and running as those run out of momentum since we do not have 20% cushions on those entries.  We still have our technicals to get through and despite our amazing V-shaped recovery yesterday, Asia was not all that thrilled and only managed weak bounces with the Hang Seng failing to retake 20,000 (19,944) and the BSE still below 17,000 (16,875) while the Nikkei barely held their critical 10,200 line (10,242) in today’s trading and the Shanghai is still languishing at 2,594 but at least has averted a total disaster below 2,500 so far (300 on StockCharts). 

There’s no need to annotate these charts – our foreign friends are in deep trouble until they get back over those "death-crossed" 20 dmas (blue lines) and will not be impressive at all until they get over the red 50 dmas.  Europe is up about 1% this morning for no particular reason and that’s not reflected in the charts but we’ll be watching the DAX closely this morning to see if they can stay above that critical 6,100 line, which they’ll have to do if the FTSE and CAC are
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Monday Monetary Madness – Ewwwwro!

Wow, nobody wants thos Euros!

Of course, that kind of makes me want them as the Euro collapsed to $1.223 last night and we moved into "crazy oversold" territory.  Just 3 years ago supermodel Gisele Bundchen (left) INSISTED on being paid only in Euros (classic sign of a top!).  It’s not like we’re going to run in and buy Euros but I think $25 is plenty on EUO so we’re done with those for now and they are up another $2 from when we were already thrilled with them on May 5th.  That was the same post in which I said about oil "that bubble may be popping too" and we’re down from $85 then to $72 this morning and we touched $70 this morning which is our 20% retrace from our April $87 highs.

Unfortunately, I can only tell you what is going to happen and how to profit from it, I can’t fix things (well I could but they don’t listen to me) although I may be attending next month’s New York Forum, where business leaders, hedge fund managers, sovereign wealth fund managers and private equity funds (in other words "THEY") will get together and decide "YOUR" future.  I am not selling out, this is not really the same "THEY" as the Gang of 12, this is the bottom 90% of the top 0.1% trying to make an actual difference in that very unique way that pushy New Yorkers are able to do (did you see how we’re taking over the Supreme Court by the way?).  

So I spent the weekend talking to people about how to FIX the problems that plague this planet and I am encouraged by the fact that there are, in fact, ways to improve our situation but, of course, we are held back by lack of government willpower to make the hard choices and do the right things instead of this global "chicken in every pot" nonsense that predominates global politics.  There are good people who are trying to do good things and some of those people even work in Washington, surprisingly enough, but that town is in the worst gridlock since Newt’s revolution back in 1995, which ended 40 years of tyrannical Democratic Rule and prosperity

Back then the Republican "Contract with America" promised us term limits, job creation and wage enhancements, a balanced budget law, and restrictions on American military activity in foreign wars.  That helped to usher in a decade of Republican rule and I don’t even have
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Weak Weekly Wrap-Up – Charting Uncertain Waters

I’m just doing a quick wrap-up this week because, surprisingly, it MIGHT be time for a new Buy List!

I had said to Members on Cinco de Mayo, in our 5% Rule Review, that if we broke below 1,155 we would retrace all the way to 1,100 with our 5% Rule resistance points around 1,100 at 1,155, 1,114, 1,100, 1,073 and 1,045.   We actually spiked as low as 1,066 on Thursday but finished the week at a very sad 1,110 as we watched for that "weak bounce" zone to be broken all day.  This does not bode technically well for the markets next week but I told Members we would have to give the markets a pass for the day.  Based on the uncertainty of the weekend, we can’t expect a lot of capital commitments ahead of the EU decision.  After all, we’re in cash – why shouldn’t other smart funds be too?

When I predicted we’d hit 1,000 on Wednesday, I did not think it would be on Thursday!  The markets are now negative for the year and the S&P has spiked almost to the Feb low of 1,044 (and our lowest close was 1,056).  That’s right, these 5% Rule numbers are the SAME ones we used back then and it’s the same series we used to measure our winter run at the end of last year.  We expect a bounce here, hopefully at least a test of 1,155 on a relief rally if Greece is "fixed" yet again on Monday but we’re not going to be too impressed until we’re over that line. 

Still that means it’s time to at least lay out a new Watch List, which is the prelude to a Buy List – giving us a list of stocks we’d like to get into at lower prices.  Our last Member Watch List was back in December and by Feb 6th we had our famous Buy List, which we triggered at Dow 10,058 for a very successful run through March 18th ("Bye Bye Buy List!"), when we closed 2/3 of the positions and we have since cashed out the rest as I got more and more worried about the rally, finally calling for all cash last week.  

Speaking of last week, for those of you who say I don’t pick enough straight stocks – I listed 33 short trade ideas from my unofficial "Sell Listlast Friday (4/30) when the Dow was way up at 11,167…
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Mish's Rule of Progress

Courtesy of Mish.

No matter what your point of view or which side of the political aisle you are on, it’s a certainty that progress is being made.

Obamacare provides a perfect example.

On Tuesday, President Trump called a meeting of Republican senators to discuss Obamacare.

Heading into the meeting there were four Republican senators against the replacement bill.

Progress Delayed is Progress Made

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Watch These 7 Huge Put Purchases In Wednesday Trade

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Rapid rise of Chinese debt

By Dan Steinbock. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Despite seemingly mixed messages, China’s great shift from easing to tightening has begun. While growth will continue to decelerate, it can still remain on the deceleration track, even as deleveraging has begun.
In May, Moody’s Investor Service downgraded China’s credit rating. But it took less than a day for Chinese financial markets to recover from the downgrade. Recently, index giant MSCI announced the partial inclusion of China-traded A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Market Index. After all, China is currently under-represented in global equity indices relative to its economic influence. The inclusion is predicated on a long and gradual move.
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The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years

Courtesy of Jean-Luc

This would be excellent news for AAPL and GOOG to a lesser extent although not inconsequential:

The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years 

In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. What explains the growth? More people are spending more time and -- crucially -- more money in apps. While on average people aren't downloading many more apps, App Annie expects global app usership to nearly double to 6.3 billion people in the next five years while the time spent in apps will more than double. And, it expects the...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of June 26th, 2017

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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. 

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Seattle Min Wage Hikes Crushing The Poor: 6,700 Jobs Lost, Annual Wages Down $1,500 - UofW Study

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Just last week we noted that McDonalds launched plans to replace 2,500 human cashiers with digital kiosks like the ones below (see: McDonalds Is Replacing 2,500 Human Cashiers With Digital Kiosks: Here Is Its Math):

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Kelly Heros Sgt. OddBall philosophy to read stock charts

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Sgt OddBall said these famous words "Don’t hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning!".



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readtheticker.com PnF charts allows the chart reader the judge price waves of both positive and negative.

Waves are judged 3 (power), 2 (significant), 1 (above average). Blue is up, Red is down.

For each PnF wave you should judge: breaking into new ground or not, thrust, volume, net volume, strength (3, 2 or 1).

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We have a vaccine for six cancers; why are less than half of kids getting it?

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We have a vaccine for six cancers; why are less than half of kids getting it?

Courtesy of Electra D. Paskett, The Ohio State University

Early in our careers, few of us imagined a vaccine could one day prevent cancer. Now there is a vaccine that keeps the risk of developing six Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers at bay, but adoption of it has been slow and surprising low.

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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin Buyer Beware

Courtesy of Zero Hedge

Entrepreneurs have a new trick to raise money quickly, and it all takes place online, free from the constraints of banks and regulators. As Axios reports, since the beginning of 2017, 65 startups have raised $522 million using initial coin offerings — trading a digital coin (essentially an investment in their company) for a digital currency, like Bitcoin or Ether.

One recent example, as NYT reports, saw Bay Area coders earn $35 million in less than 30 seconds during an online fund-raising event...



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Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

Interesting discussion of what affects our behavior. 

Description: "How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors."

Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

Filmed April 2017 at TED 2017

 

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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.

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EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

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