Archive for 2012

Weighing the Week Ahead: Here Come the Candidates!

Courtesy of Doug Short.

In a light week for economic data, we can expect more attention to elections both in Europe and the US.

Political activity provides both an opportunity and a trap for most investors. It is so easy to use our own electoral preferences in forming conclusions about economic and investment prospects.

Just as Democrats did when President Bush was in office, Republicans now want to make the economy seem as bad as possible — and hopeless unless Obama is defeated. This means super-spinning of every story. This week’s employment report is a good example. Read Derek Thompson’s fine article, The Official Guide to Spinning the April Jobs Report, to get your inoculation against the upcoming silly season.

Now that the Republican candidate is known this will get much worse. The Hill notes that for Obama, the gloves are coming off.

In the conclusion, I’ll offer some thoughts on how investors can take advantage of the political noise. First, let us do our regular review of last week’s news and data.

Background on “Weighing the Week Ahead”

There are many good sources for a list of upcoming events. In contrast, I single out what will be most important in the coming week. My theme is an expert guess about what we will be watching on TV and reading in the mainstream media. It is a focus on what I think is important for my trading and client portfolios.

This is unlike my other articles at “A Dash” where I develop a focused, logical argument with supporting data on a single theme. Here I am simply sharing my conclusions. Sometimes these are topics that I have already written about, and others are on my agenda. I am putting the news in context.

Readers often disagree with my conclusions. Do not be bashful. Join in and comment about what we should expect in the days ahead. This weekly piece emphasizes my opinions about what is really important and how to put the news in context. I have had great success with my approach, but feel free to disagree. That is what makes a market!

Last Week’s Data

Each week I break down events into good and bad. Often there is “ugly” and on rare occasion something really good. My working definition of “good” has two components:

  1. The news is market-friendly. Our


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Swing trading portfolio – week of May 7th, 2012

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Treasuries Plummet To 3 Month Low Yields As Equities Recouple

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

US Treasuries opened just over an hour ago and are now trading considerably lower in yield. 10Y yields are under 1.84%, their lowest since February 3rd and within a few bps of ther 1.7959% yield lows of mid-December which would all but guarantee a return to the September 2012 2011 low yields. More critically for all those QE-hopers, the massive divergence which we have been vociferously arguing as unsustainable between 10Y yields and the S&P 500 has how collapsed and converged perfectly. From last Tuesday’s Bernanke press-conference when he hinted (albeit hedged with chatter of recklessness) that QE was still on the table (which we argued meant that – should the entire world suddenly go pear-shaped, we will step in but until then we are on hold), US equities decided that they should forget fundamentals once again and simply bid the market on nominal price improvement based on fiat-debasement – which enabled a 50 point divergence from reality- which has now completely converged and in fact S&P futures are now 10-15points below the pre-Bernanke-week-hope lows.

10Y Yields are at 3-month lows…

As a reminder, not only are macro data serially disappointing (or simply Schrodinger-ing where impossible to fudge) but while earnings may be interpreted by many as good for Q1 they are merely reflexively biased from a reduced expectation going in and more critically (for those investors who don’t have a time-machine – everyone except Tilson), although these quarterly earnings look positive they have done nothing to change 2012 overall EPS estimates as the back-end remains heavily hoped hyped loaded.

 

 

Broadly-speaking, US equity futures, Treasuries, and FX markets have stabilized at somewhat convergent levels for now and as the Yuan depreciates (that’s the opposite of appreciates Senator Schumer) the most in 3 weeks, we await Europe’s open for the real derisking action to begin (especially as we remind readers of the drying-up of collateral for any new ECB funding shenanigans – most notably for the worst nations such as Spain as we noted here).

 

Charts: Bloomberg





The Dollar and Manipulation Control the Market

The Dollar and Manipulation Control the Market

Courtesy of Chris Vermeulen of The Technical Trader

Over the weekend I had an interesting conversation with a local trader. We typically meet a few times a year to share our market outlooks, new trading tools and techniques, and usually finish our session off in a debate about the US market manipulation and how to trade around it.

Talking about market manipulation always opens up a can of worms and sparks some interesting theories… And while everyone has their own views and opinion on this subject I thought I would briefly share the main points I pulled from our conversation.

I did talk about the dollar index last week, but the recent price action unfolding today is important so I’m going to recap on it again.

My Weekend Conversation Key Thoughts:

Point form thoughts supporting Lower Equity prices and a Higher Dollar:

-          Dollar index looks ready for a major rally (high dollar means lower stocks)

-          SP500 may have just formed a double top

-          SP500 closed strongly below the 20 day moving average

-          First week of May for the past two years have been intermediate market tops

Points supporting Higher Equity prices and a Lower Dollar:

-          Countries around the globe are trying to keep their currency value low including the United States.

-          Presidential cycle strongly favors higher stocks prices which means the dollar should not rally until Nov.

What do all these points mean? Let’s take a look at the dollar charts below…

 

4 Hour Dollar Index Chart:

This chart time frame allows us to see all intraday price action while being able to zoom out several months for patterns along with key support and resistance levels.

Over the past few months the dollar has been consolidating sideways. Within this consolidation it has formed two bullish falling wedges with the most recent breakout last week right on queue.

Using this 24 hour futures dollar index chart we can see where things are trading through the weekend. On Friday the dollar index closed around the 79.50 level. As you can see the dollar has surged Sunday night by more than half a penny breaking through its down trend line.

The next few weeks will continue to be exciting ones as strong moves in the dollar will create wild movements in stocks and commodities.

 


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Complete European Event Calendar: May, June Edition

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Two big events down, many, many others more left to go. Below is a full European event calendar for the rest of May and June. Just like in 2011, Europe got unhinged around this time and things peaked by November when only a coordinated global intervention saved the world courtesy of $1.3 trillion from the ECB, expanded FX swaps from the Fed and a PBOC rate cut. Only unlike in 2011, with Silvio and Sarko both now gone, the roster of political scapegoats is getting very, very thin. Whose head wil the vigilantes demand next? We will find out over the summer and fall, which promise to be even more exciting than last year.

Full events for the remainder of H1 via Deutsche Bank:

May

  • 6 May: Second round of the French presidential elections (see 22 April entry). The results of the 22 April first round suggest  that the Socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, is on course for victory.
  • 6 May: Greek general election. Polls close at 7pm local time, with exit polls released at the same time. Real-time results will start streaming approximately an hour later, and the first reliable country-wide estimate should be available around 10pm local time. If the results are a close call, the final outcome may not be known until the early hours of Monday. The last batch of polls was published on April 20th, ahead of the poll blackout period. These pointed to a picture that has remained remarkably consistent  throughout the last two months: a large number of undecideds (~20%), record-low support for the two traditional governmental parties (New Democracy and PASOK) and rising extremes on both the left and right. The ultimate result is sensitive to how the undecideds vote. Assuming a proportional allocation, New Democracy and PASOK should be able to secure a decent majority. Polls using a more sophisticated allocation technique point to an inability to form a government however. The bottom line is that the result is too close to call.
  • 6 May: German state election in Schleswig- Holstein. On recent opinion polls, the current conservative-liberal coalition will lose its majority despite the fact that the liberals will most likely exceed the 5% threshold to enter parliament again. A CDU/SPD grand coalition is a possible outcome. However, it is open which


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Is Gold Hinting At Imminent Coordinated Global Intervention?

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While it is still early in the overnight session, initial indications are for a full spectrum Risk Off market. In fact, S&P 500 futures (ES) have not fallen this fast over a two- or three-day period since the third week of November last year. As many may remember – a few days of drops like this took ES from 1260 to 1136 in a week but more importantly was followed very quickly by a massive and coordinated Central Bank intervention that ripped ES over 6% higher in an overnight session – sparking the entire rally of the last six months as it appeared the central bank put strike had been dragged higher. Admittedly the two-day fall so far (while the largest in almost six months) is still small in context, it would appear the world is waking up to the true event risks of a debt-saturated fiat system going through its death throes. Back of the envelope would suggest we need to drop to 1285 or so on the S&P before the same kind of hit-the-big-red-central-bank-panic-button kind of move comes into play. Sure enough, Gold is only very modestly lower (-$3 at $1640) so far in the face of a rip higher in USD and broad liquidation everywhere else – perhaps the patience of sound money will be paid off once again.

ES fell with a similar velocity in mid November (red rectangle) – soon after (green oval) the central banks of the world went crazy…

and sure enough – while the world is selling off pretty hard this evening, gold is – well – not…

Of course with Treasuries yet to open – perhaps Gold is the only safe place (especially with AAPL having collapsed in on itself in recent days).

Charts: Bloomberg





Real Time Greek Government Tracker; Goldman’s Bearish Take

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

While clearly dramatic, the outcome of the French presidential election was very much anticipated and at this point the only real question is how many promises will Hollande reneg on before the week is over: if Berlusconi is any indication, all it will take is for OAT yields to spike by 20-30% and all shall be well for the status quo. Greece, on the other hand, where as we said the people have lost everything so are free to do anything, just did more or less that, and have shocked Europe with an outcome which as we warned could result in the lack of a pro-bailout coalition government, which means no IMF aid, which means “no bailout for the Greek people”, which means no bailout for European banks under the guise of a Greek DIP loan. And with 63% of precincts reporting, ND + Pasok have 153 as of this moment which is enough for a majority although paradoxically the anti-bailout parties will have among them nearly 60% of the finaly vote which means they could form an anti-bailout coalition if they buried their diferences. Finally, there is still time, so for all those curious if the two Greek parties will be able to form an all important coalition government, can keep track of the vote count in real time at the link below.

Finally, while much of what happens next will be as we expected last night, here again is Goldman with their just released largely bearish piece on why futures are currently having an epileptic fit.

Greece Elections: Higher Risk for An Interruption of the Adjustment Program

According to the first official results, the election outcome in Greece creates significant uncertainty ahead for the country primarily and the broader spectrum of Euro-area assets. There is still a margin of error around the results and it is likely that they change throughout the night. But according to the official results at hand:

  1. It is unclear whether the first party New Democracy and (what appears to be the third party) PASOK occupy enough seats in the parliament to form a majority (jointly accounting for roughly 35.5% of the vote).
  2. Even if they do, they will do so with a marginal vote share and they may need more parties to join


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Sunday evening pain Trade

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by thetrader.





NetEase ($NTES) Ready to Break?

Courtesy of Declan Fallon

While events in Europe will cloud trading action this week, NetEase is nicely positioned to break resistance.  There are a couple of support levels to use for stop placement; these include $59, 20-day MA, rising support for April swing lows, then 50-day MA.  Earnings are May 16th which will an offer an event trigger assuming it doesn’t break before.  My fundamental take is available on the Motley Fool.





US Equities Plunge To 2-Month Lows

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

S&P 500 e-mini futures (ES) just opened down over 11pts from Friday’s close and have traded below the 4/10 and 4/23 lows to trade back to their lowest since 3/8 taking out the 1350 stops. The EUR is at its lowest against the GBP since Nov 2008, closing in in the first sub-1.30 print since 4/16 with a little more pain taking us to 4-month lows in EURUSD. Gold and Silver (spot) are modestly lower relative to the 0.4% raise in the USD. Treasuries are not open yet but broad risk assets imply a considerably lower print for ES in the mid-1320s at current prices.

In CONTEXT (based on the medium-term correlation of a broad basket of risk-assets), ES should be notably lower…

 

and sure enough – EURUSD just broke down through 1.30 to its 3 month lows…Feb 16-> 1.2974 and near 4-month lows. Notably, EUR-USD swap-spreads have been pointing to a lower spot rate for a week or so now and as the chart below shows – indicate 50-60pips more downside before we get really excited…

 

 

Chart: Bloomberg





 
 
 

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Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers Face $1 Billion Suit For Infecting Guatemalan Hookers With Syphilis 

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A federal judge in Maryland said Johns Hopkins University, pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a top-secret program in the 1940s ran by the US government that injected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis, reported Reuters.

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Stock declines did not break 9-year support, says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

We often hear “Stocks take an escalator up and an elevator down!” No doubt stocks did experience a swift decline from the September highs to the Christmas eve lows. Looks like the “elevator” part of the phrase came true as 2018 was coming to an end.

The first part of the “stocks take an escalator up” seems to still be in play as well despite the swift decline of late.

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Weekly Market Recap Jan 13, 2019

Courtesy of Blain.

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 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. 

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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