Whenever the manipulators need to boost the markets, they just crash the Dollar.
And what a dive we've had! As you can see from Dave Fry's Chart, the Dollar is down 7% since last summer and down 2.5% this year and that keeps stocks and commodities 2.5% higher – because we buy them with Dollars.
Keep in mind, at the same time you are buying IBM shares for $200, someone is buying the same shares for 20,400 Yen and another guy is buying them for 340 British Pounds and yet another guy is buying them for 280 Euros.
It's obvious that, if the value of the Pound or the Yen or the Euro changes, the price of IBM in those currencies will change to reflect the currrency valuation but Americans tend not to realize the same thing happens when the Dollar gets stronger or weaker too. Once you do realize this – you have a huge advantage in trading the Futures (and we have a Live Futures Workshop this afternoon at 1pm).
The Fed's easy-money policies keep the Dollar weak (because we're printing another Trillion of them each year and, in this economy, no one is using them – ie. no demand) and that has goosed the market by 7% since last summer, when the S&P was about 1,650 – about 10% lower than it is now.
That means that 75% of the gains in the S&P since last summer have been the result of a weak currency and have noting to do with a "strong" economy. Now THAT makes sense, doesn't it?
"THEY" had to tank the Dollar to get us over the 1,600 level, which was a very key technical off our consolidated bottom at 800 during the crash. It's no coincidence that we were hitting resistance there in May and pulling back to 1,560 and looking weak in July when, suddenly, the Fed went into a new round of crazy, which led to 6 months of fairly steady value erosion for every single Dollar you have worked for and saved your entire life.
It's kind of a tax on you – the Government has reduced the value (in International Terms) of EVERYTHING you have by 7% in order to transfer market wealth to the top 1%, who own 85% of all equities and, of course, who control pretty much 100% of all corporations, who are able to use their inflated stock prices as collateral to sell or borrow against (or acquire other companies). It's a fantastic game – if you're the one on the top of it!
It's also a great way for the Government to reduce their debt, which is mainly owed to foreign Governments like Japan and China. A weaker Dollar means our debt, which is priced in fixed Dollars can be paid back with less Yuan, Yen, Pounds and Euros. It's not that simple of course – Japan is racing us to the bottom as they try to devalue the Yen to reduce their own 200% debt to GDP ratio.
It is, however, a fantastic way for our Multinational Corporate Masters to cut our pay by 3.5%, since half of the S&P 500's revenues come from overseas, which means paying us in US dollars that have dropped 7% saves them half of that reduction on their balance sheets and that makes their earnings seem 3.5% higher (depending on how many US employees, of course) than they would be otherwise.
It's amazing how we villify Putin for essentially doing the exact same thing in Russia as the top 0.01% are doing to America – the only difference is, we haven't invaded Canada yet for their resources – but don't worry, there will be hostile takeovers down the road – look how quickly Blackberry was destroyed. Now we are messing with their oil and gas revenues with our "drill baby, drill" and pipeline policy – just like Putin did with the Ukraine before he invaded (allegedly). Maybe we'll just get the French Canadians to declare themselves a state and then we'll run in to support their right to choose…
As I said above, being aware of currency fluctuations makes us much better Futures Traders. This morining, for example, in our early morning Member Chat, we did a chart review and we had a good discussion about the 5% Rule™ and I pointed out to our Members that the Dollar was down 0.5% this morning and breaking below support, saying:
Dollar down to 79.19 is down 0.5% so I guess that's the big, BS news that's propping up the market. Nikkei hasn't reacted much to it yet, still 14,350 so shortable on that line (/NKD) but out if the Dollar bounces.
Overall, I'd say yesterday was low volume BS and we should see more downside today. S&P 1,880 (/ES) is still a good shorting line as is /NQ 3,600 and Dow 16,450 confirmed by /TF below 1,120. If we can't move up on a 0.5% Dollar drop – thats' not a good sign!
Already, as I'm writing this at 8:30, the Dollar is down to 79.10 but that's not stopping the slide in the Futures with the Nikkei at 14,275 (up $375 per contract), S&P Futures (/ES) 1,873 (up $350 per contract), Nasdaq 3,586 (up $280 per contract) and Dow 16,425 (up $125 per contract). That, as we like to say, pays for the Egg McMuffins this morning and that is what I will be teaching you how to do in our Live Futures Trading Workshop at 1pm today.
If you already made $1,130 trading 4 contracts in less than two hours this morning – by all means don't bother – I'm sure you have some shopping to do!
We're expecting more downside because, as noted on Dave Fry's SPY chart, yesterday's volume was ridiculously low and Monday's are always to be taken with a grain of salt, so we're throwing out the chart and focusing on the data and the data (earnings, etc) is not any better than it was on Friday, when we decided to move back to more cash – in anticipation of a bigger drop than the 1.25% we hit at yesterday's brief low.
We're not betting heavily to the downside – we've been burned too often to gamble on that. What we have done is cash out our non-hedged, directional longs at what we're pretty sure was an interim top and we'll see how things go from here. Meanwhile, playing the Futures is one of the many fun things we can do with CASH!!!
Futures allow us to make quick in and out trades with low friction and often we can make a few hundred Dollars very quickly. Occasionally, we get big winners, like last Thursday's call to short the Nikkei (/NKD) Futures at 14,500 and this morning, just 3 sessions later, we're already testing 14,250. At $5 per point, per contract, that's $1,250 for each contract in just 3 days. The call was there, for free, right in the morning post – don't say I never gave you nothin'….
We were also shorting oil at $100 that day and we have had a couple of rides down to $99 and, this morning, we're testing $100 again (/CL). Needless to say we're shorting it again as well. You can play along – it's a free trade idea – maybe you can buy a Membership with the winnings!
We're still looking for follow-through to the downside. Watch the Russell closely for a breakdown below the 200 dma (1,114) or the S&P below 1,865, which would be $450 per contract on our Futures play!
Phil- This is not an IRA account! It is a standard TDAmeritrade/TOS margin account. So, is this not normally what should be happening? I guess I need to give my account rep a call. As for my IRA, it is an inherited IRA which is a very long story, but saved it from being seized by Feds when they went after my wife's (innocent mostly)family years ago. I agree with you it's all a scam where fees are collected everywhere you look, but does offer protection from seizure, civil actions, etc..
SLW/wombat – yes the short puts of course! not in ira, not covered. but if like Burrben you have a penchant for zero cost (or better) spreads, try this one: Sell Jan16 $20 put, buy Jan 16 22/30 BCS for net credit $68. To cover in an IRA (I play this way too) I sell verticals, but I don't see a spread with the SLW Jan16 puts I like at the moment. I like to find a minimum of 25% annualized return on the LEAP spreads, and can often find closer to 40%. In any case, the SLW $20 puts are the fat strike in 2016.
phil/FSLR, an earnings play?
Lunar – when the webinar is going, the rest of us might as well be on the Moon.. 😉
I don't do no stinkin futures and the RUT is falling nicely and I don't see the bottom yet!
shadowfax / RUT I'm watchign it too. Looking for $109.5 on IWM and then I'm going to sell my TZA calls and open a TNA position.
FSLR/lunar – JKS reported today and after a 5% pop has come back down to even with last few days. SPWR was a beat 10 days ago but no great pop for the shares. SUNE and FSLR both seem to be waiting with anticipation, and only ones showing any substance. rest of names in sector I glanced at all seem a bit weak, trending down.
I have that same line but will unload 1/2 at 109.8 because that was a couple recent bottoms.
I kinda love the idea of Soldiers as Tax collectors. Very medieval but would do the trick if a load of Jarheads arrived on the 48th floor demanding payment or they would start taking the art. Plus the Air force could fly the Jets to the pound!
Hmm…just got an IWM bounce at 109.99
But it stayed below the 50 SMA and only 2 minutes over the 20SMA, 110 could be LOD.
Consensus Estimate – 0.11
Whisper Number – 0.12
Average Move – 6.7%
Priced into Options – 6.36%
Consensus Estimate – (0.07)
Whisper Number – N/A
Average Move – 17.3%
Priced into Options – 12.55%
Consensus Estimate – 0.55
Whisper Number – 0.57
Average Move – 12.3%
Priced into Options – 7.92%
Consensus Estimate – 0.97
Whisper Number – 1.01
Average Move – 4.4%
Priced into Options – 3.19%
Consensus Estimate – 0.41
Whisper Number – 0.41
Average Move – 6.9%
Priced into Options – 6.4%
Consensus Estimate – 0.5
Whisper Number – N/A
Average Move – 13.4%
Priced into Options – 7.7%
Based on Whisper's stats, TRIP and DIS have a strong upward bias, GRPN a downward bias and the other ones are neutral or so.
Come on 99.50!
OK, I'm back!
I amm going to 1/2 next dip, then decide to hold or bail out.
Phil – What is the API tonight? The EIA is tomorrow of course. American Petro Inst?
Also, what is "with conviction"? Will you be short with wide stops? More contracts? I'm short from 100.04 down to 99.63, and I just set a .10 trailing stop since I can't be in front of the computer all the time. Best I can do at the hospital. But I'd love to hear in detail you're plan.
Phil when you state that you are shorting with conviction tonight,can you be more specific for us newer members so we can follow along and watch it? What time will you take a position and what will you be looking for to exit? Thanks.
LGH/Phil: So I know LGF is in the LTP (above). I have still not entered and we can enter now for about a $1.00 credit. (Jan16 25 put for 4.40, and Jan16 25/35 Bull call for 3.35) Has anything changed in your view about the company. I spent about 30 minutes trying to find your comments at trade open but had no luck.
Ignore the API question. Google saves the day again.
TASR – how low will it go?
TOS/Craigs – No, not at all. That makes no sense in a regular account. I guess civil protection is a good thing if you are often involved in that kind of thing. Also, if people match funds – of course that makes it a no-brainer.
Buy BOTS are trying but the seller is winning, TLT rising again!
WOHA! 10 year buyer got a Yellen to start sellin.
Power Rectifiers/Phil – anecdotal: last one I ordered from Mouser (to replace a blown one in an old generator) was a Vishay (VSH). As I recall, their catalog for power rectifiers was all IRF or VSH.
That is a afirmative at Mouser! Vishay is over priced! I avoid them.
How many investors are gonna retire from Twtr?
Unfair comment Vishay resistors are worth it.
Moon/Scott – Why aren't you on the Webinar?
Collections/Malsg – So many ways we could improve things if they put us in charge.
Indexes looking weak into the close still.
Earnings/StJ – FSLR is my favorite of the group. TRIP should do well and DIS. WFM probably has margin pressure but already down quite a bit on that assumption.
API/Burr – You can't take the API seriously but it does give you moves in the Futures – a .50 dip and I'd be very happy. I think the big deal is tomorrow at 10:30 where a net build over 2M should probably send us to $98.50 or lower (unless Putin marches into Kiev).
Conviction/Craigs – I took an entry on oil short at $99.62 as a demo and I said I'd leave it with conviction, which means I'd DD at $100 and average $99.81 on 2x and I'd stop those out at $100.06 (down $500) and then get back in at $100.20 (for 2 at average $99.95 average) and DD at $100.90 for 4x at $100.43 with a stop at $101.06 and a possible loss of $2,520. Of course, if one of our DD gets us even on a pullback, we get right back to one contract to reduce the exposure and reset the cycle.
LGF/Jbur – Divergent did not live up to the Hunger Games expectations and people acted like it was a failure but it was a small budget movie and did just fine. People who buy studio stocks are real idiots for the most part and have no concept of how the business works. You have to ride out this stuff to play and yes, I still like them as a new entry. LGF flatlined for 4 weeks after Hunger Games came out because that didn't get great reviews – then it popped 50% into the end of the year. They are on track to earn $1 per share this year but next year, $1.60 is expected and that would make the p/e 16 – very low for a movie company.
TASR/Scott – Hopefully a lot lower so we can buy some more cheaply.
Those short Dow futures just went green again!
VSH/Scott – Worth looking at, thanks.
TWTR/Invest – Bound to be a huge amount of selling for a week at least.
10 Surefire Trading rules from Josh – tongue in cheek obviously!
Invest in infrastructure companies:
TLT at $112.48 – they have lots of notes to sell this week so market down and TLT up is just what the Fed wants to see.
Too bad I didn't go all in up about 75% on the position and out. Now please drop the DOW tomorrow so thos DXD calls don't suck so much.
Webinar/Phil – I can better watch the replay.
Sadly, StJ, those repairs have been needed for the last 10 years – it's just getting worse and worse as no one does anything about it. Maybe we should just invest in survival gear…
Replay/Scott – Apparently about 10x more people watch the replay than participate live. I guess a lot of people work but I would think it's better to watch it live.
WFM drops a quick 10%. FSLR $69+, GRPN up about 3%. EA did well. TRIP down 5%.
Phil or anyone: What is the link for the replay of the Webinar? Thanks.
STJ- Great stuff. Unfortunately, a couple of them sound familiar, esp the one about doing the research to prove you're right when you are in a losing position. 😎
Do you have losing positions Albo? Amateur…
Infrastructure / Phil – The chart shows about $55T needed by 2030. Out of these, I am guessing the $10T or so in telecom infrastructure have a better chance of getting done because they are mostly done by private businesses. The question is then – where will that happen? Emerging markets, China, India, Africa? What are the big players in the world for that – Siemens, Nokia, Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent, all the big router companies – CSCO, JNPR and many others. That's a big chunk of change for any of them.
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