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Monday Market Madness – New Highs Amid More Turmoil

What will it take to stop this market?

Like Rasputin, the market has been Poisoned (by bad earnings), Shot (by Brexit), Stabbed (by negative economic reports including 50% reductions in GDP forecasts) and is clearly Drowning in debt – yet it will not die!!!  What is up with that?  Not even the threat of Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is enough to spook the bulls – so far.

This morning the Asian markets were flying, led by Japan gaining 2.5% off the strong US jobs report that led to a strong Dollar and a weak Yen, which makes all the Japanese exporters happy, for as long as that lasts, anyway.  Also lifting the markets are fresh rumors of an OPEC production cut, which had oil (/CL) hitting $42.50 along with $45 on Brent (/BZ) this morning and had us getting back on the Futures shorts in our Live Member Chat Room earlier

We're also shorting the Futures at Dow (/YM) 18,500, S&P (/ES) 2,180, Nasdaq (/NQ) 4,800, Russell (/TF) 1,230 and Nikkei (/NKD) 16,700 but only if 3 of 5 cross under in which case we short the next one to cross and that's then confirmed by the 5th cross under and then we stop out if ANY of them cross back over – very simple and it stops you from losing much money while letting a winner run wild.

If you are bullish you can play it the other way but I'm not and neither are:

  • Stan Druckenmiller (May 4th at the Ira Sohn Conference): “Get out of the stock market.”
  • George Soros (June 9th, as reported in the Wall Street Journal): “The billionaire hedge fund founder and philanthropist recently directed a series of big, bearish investments, according to people close to the matter.”
  • Carl Icahn (June 9th, on CNBC): “I don’t think you can have (near) zero interest rates for much longer without having these bubbles explode on you” while also saying it’s difficult to assess when exactly that might occur.
  • Jeff Gundlach (last Friday, in an interview with Reuters): “Sell everything. Nothing here looks good.”
  • Bill Gross (in his monthly investment letter, released last week): “I don’t like bonds. I don’t like most stocks. I don’t like private equity.”

Still, so far, so wrong but this runaway market has blasted our bullish Long-Term Portfolio to 113% gains while our Options Opportunity Portfolio, which turns one year-old this very day, is up 81.3% – so our cautious outlook isn't killing us and we are well-hedged for a potential downturn – if such a thing is even possible anymore. 

We still have plenty of earnings reports to play with but, so far, not only have the 2nd quarter earnings been down 3.5% from last year (when the S&P was at 2,100 and collapsed to 1,850 in August), but it's projected to be down 1.7% in Q3 led, of course, by the energy sector.  

None of this matters, of course, as long as the free money keeps flowing and companies are able to buy back their own stock, reducing the share count that their lower earnings are being divided by to give investors the impression that all is well.  Because, after all, it's all about the way things look on the surface in this very superficial decade, isn't it?  In reality (and, believe me, you DON'T want to go there) actual S&P earnings growth has slipped from a 6% rate at the start of the year to -0.3% as of the August 5th measure.  BUYBUYBUY???

This is MADNESS folks, when a market doesn't make sense, I feel better staying on the sidelines than "giving up" and playing the trend and, given the nightmare we had last August, when the Dow fell 2,000 points in 5 days – you'll have to forgive me for continuing to be a little cautious – even as we put on new highs.  

This is the last big week for earnings and, now that we've gotten plenty of sector reports, we can look for potential winners and losers to play with – certainly we have plenty of cash in our portfolios – we may as well put some of it to work:

It's a very light data week until Friday's Retail Sales Report, so we'll be concentrating on earnings.  I'll be live on the floor of the Nasdaq this morning for an interview at 10am and here's a quick preview of Nasdaq stuff I hope to discuss, though I think we only have 8 minutes!  

Hedging:  The Nasdaq 3x Ultra-Short (SQQQ) has been devastated by this rally – so it makes a wonderful hedge with the Nasdaq at 1999 highs (5,200).  A 5% pullback in the Nasdaq would blast SQQQ up 15% from $14.31 to $16.45 and $18.60 would be the result of a 10% drop which means we can hedge with:

  • Buy 20 SQQQ Jan $15 calls for $1.70 ($3,400)
  • Sell 20 SQQQ Jan $23 calls for 0.70 ($1,400) 
  • Sell 5 GILD 2018 $60 puts for $4 ($2,000) 

Needless to say, we like GILD and would love to own 500 shares for a 25% discount at $60 ($30,000).  You can sell puts on any stock you REALLY would like to own and the net of this spread becomes $0 while the upside potential at $23 on SQQQ is $16,000, so we're picking up $16,000 worth of crash protection in exchange for promising to buy GILD for a 25% discount – not a bad deal!  

BioTech:  GILD is our favorite pharma value and we'd also use the same short 2018 $60 puts to play the 3x Ultra Long Biotech ETF (LABU), which is already our very successful Top Trade for the 2nd Half of 2016 (see our Weekend Review).  As a new trade, we like:

  • Sell 5 GILD 2018 $60 puts for $4 ($2,000)
  • Buy 10 LABU March $35 calls for $10 ($10,000)
  • Sell 10 LABU Dec $50 calls for $7.50 ($7,500) 

That spread nets out at $500 but returns $15,000+ at $50 or better in December and you have until March to keep making money if the trend is in your favor.  We're going to make this a PSW Top Trade Alert so we'll be keeping an eye on it going forward.  December options expirations are only 130 days away and making a $14,500 return on cash would be a nice 2,900% return in just over 4 months – not too shabby!  

Nasdaq short:  Our favorite stocks to short on the Nasdaq at the moment are Amazon (AMZN) and Tesla (TSLA) along with Google (GOOGL) at $800.  GOOGL is simply ahead of itself and TSLA is too crazy to play but AMZN is getting interesting as, just this weekend, Japanese anti-trust regulators raided their offices "on suspicion of pressuring retailers to offer products with more favorable conditions than rival sites." 

That's just the cherry on top of our shorting premise with AMZN trading at $765, which is a ridiculous $363Bn market cap or roughly 200 times their expected earnings of less than $2Bn.  It's taken them $107Bn in sales in 2015 to make $600M so, as a maturing company, let's say they grow into that $400Bn(ish) market cap with a generous p/e of 25 – that would require $16Bn in profits – 8 TIMES what they project to make this year.  Seems a bit of a stretch – doesn't it?


So we like AMZN short but they are very dangerous to be wrong on, so we can limit our risk with the following bear put spread:

  • Buy 5 AMZN 2018 $850 puts for $154 ($77,000) 
  • Sell 5 AMZN 2018 $650 puts for $59 ($29,500) 

That's net $47,500 on the $100,000 spread and it's in the money so you make 100% of any downward move in AMZN up to your max gain ($52,500) at $650 and, unlike shorting 500 shares, there is no margin requirement and you can't lose more than the $47,500 cash commitment.  If AMZN continues to move higher and begins to firm up over $800, we should be able to bail out without too much damage.  

And, finally, how can we talk about the markets without talking about the looming disaster that is oil?  Rumors of OPEC production cuts have blasted oil (/CL) back to $42.50 while Brent Oil (/BZ) is testing the $45 line so we took those shorts in our Live Member Chat Room (of course) this morning and I'll tell you why:

Over at the NYMEX, there are now over 1 MILLION open 1,000 barrel contracts for delivery to the US between now and December – that's 1 BILLION barrels worth of FAKE orders and yes, I said fake, Fake, FAKE!!! because those traders have no intention whatsoever of accepting delivery of physical trading – the entire thing is a gigantic scam (see "Goldman’s Global Oil Scam Passes the 50 Madoff Mark!") designed to rip of the American people at the pumps. 

Mark my words, they will end up accepting LESS THAN 20M ACTUAL BARRELS (20,000 contracts) for delivery by Aug 22nd, even though they are currently (Aug 8th) faking demand for 500 MILLION barrels for September delivery.  If that's not a scam, what is it?  

Click for
Current Session Prior Day Opt's
Open High Low Last Time Set Chg Vol Set Op Int
Sep'16 41.99 42.47 41.81 42.35 05:36
Aug 08


0.55 64198 41.80 500623 Call Put
Oct'16 42.70 43.23 42.58 43.11 05:36
Aug 08


0.54 14449 42.57 229468 Call Put
Nov'16 43.54 44.01 43.40 43.88 05:36
Aug 08


0.50 3992 43.38 156748 Call Put
Dec'16 44.23 44.73 44.10 44.60 05:36
Aug 08


0.48 4828 44.12 253566 Call Put

As you can see, there are open orders for 1,140,405,000 barrels of oil between now and the year's end and, specifically, to a storage facility in Cushing, OK that has a handling capacity of just 50M barrels.  It's completely ridiculous and there is bound to be some very painful unwinding of positions along the way.  

If you can't play the futures, there is the Ultra-Short 3x Energy ETF (ERY) which is down at $15.05 and should do well if oil falls back to the mid $30s so we like them long and a good way you can leverage with options is:

  • Buy 10 Jan $12 calls for $4.50 ($4,500)
  • Sell 10 Jan $18 calls for $2.25 ($2,250) 

That nets you into the $6,000 spread for $2,250 so the upside potential is $3,750 (166%) in 6 months and there's no margin required and the best way to manage a trade like this is to pick a sensible stop, like a $1,000 net loss vs. the potential $3,750 reward means you only have to be right one out of 3 times to have a very nice winning percentage (profit-wise).  

That's probably all I'll have time for – we'll see how they work out!



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  1. Good morning! 

    We're right on those shorting lines but, sadly, I have to run to NYC so let me know how it goes.  Oil still shortable too at $42.48 but tight stops all around in this insane market.  

    I should be back before lunch.

    - Phil

  2. Drukenmiller bearish…so far Nazz 600 points higher from his call…

  3. Hi Guys.

    Here my report on the 24 percent return in one year.

    I was not able to make the roll on GILD and NKE on Friday, so both options where assigned.

    On GILD I spent a total of 138.62 per 100 shares on purchasing the stock and cost for rolling the call options. I received 132.62 incl. the 79.50 for the assignment.

    The stock closed at 80.41 on Friday. The loss on 100 shares is 5.99. However the drop in stock value from 88.95 at time of original purchase to Friday’s close 80.41 would have shown a loss of 8.54 instead 5.99.

    With NKE I show a credit of .75 cents even that the original purchase price was 61.50 against Friday’s closing of 55.85. This would have shown a loss of 5.65 against the small credit of .75 cents.

    I will discontinue this play on GILD and NKE and only continue with VLO and AAPL. Both stocks I had to roll early during the week, as they were 100 % ITM.

    VLO at present shows a loss of 15% but is still showing a good recovery.

    AAPL well here I am nearly home and dry to the goal of 24 % even that there are still 37 weeks to go.

    Enjoy reading. Any questions welcome.


  4. Where is Phil going to be doing his interview? Would be nice to know where to tune in…

  5. Happy Monday!

  6. I'm short /TF here, 1232.5. All the rest below lines. Oil up a bit, but tight stops. 

  7.  If you go to the NASDAQ Facebook page, I should be there about 10 o'clock or 10:10

  8. Doom and gloom Phil, don't give them a reason to rally, I'm short!!

  9. great interview Phil!

  10. I'm out of /TF 

  11. Heading back, shorts working so far.  

  12. great NASDAQ interview!

  13. I almost called that USO bottom to the day.

  14. I think CLF could break out between here and Jan 2017… 10-12 perhaps

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  29. VIX is stupidly low right now. Anyone contemplating selling SVXY puts or buying a bear call/put spread?

  30. svxy is the opposite of VXX tom.

    if you think the vix might spike then you shouldn't sell svxy puts

  31. Phil- thanks on advising against holding BMY any longer than a bounce.

  32. Great interview Phil!!    

    1st time I had any desire to go find the NASDAQ facebook page…..  Well worth it!! 

  33. So, since /ES /YM /NQ are under the lines, with /NKD just crossing below at 16685, but /TF over at 1231, we should now be short /NKD, watching /TF for confirmation.  Agree?

    We're also shorting the Futures at Dow (/YM) 18,500, S&P (/ES) 2,180, Nasdaq (/NQ) 4,800, Russell (/TF) 1,230 and Nikkei (/NKD) 16,700 but only if 3 of 5 cross under in which case we short the next one to cross and that's then confirmed by the 5th cross under and then we stop out if ANY of them cross back over – very simple and it stops you from losing much money while letting a winner run wild.

  34. Yes pardon posted too quickly, I meant to say buy, that's why I said a bear spread. The VIX doesn't go much lower than this, that's the point. I get that SVXY is short VIX short-term futures. What strategies are people using to make money off of the ultra-low VIX set-up, that's the question I have. I know Phil isn't a fan, but the odds seem pretty high that the VIX will be higher than 11.62 between now and Dec.

  35. Phil, based on what you said in the terrific Nasdaq piece, wouldn't you expect to see market rise the first business day after the first and fifteenth of the month when the dumb money needs to be invested? 

  36. Jet/WMT- I will admit  having not heard of until a few days ago when the news reported buyout rumors. So, as the M/A guru, what is your take? WMT has a long way to go to match AMZN's online sales numbers but obviously multiples larger in bricks and mortar. What is perplexing is the fact that AMZN grows revenue but very slim net- supposedly betting on the endgame of less capex. Not sure I buy that. 

    Anyway, is WMT sort of giving a "back door" approval of that business model via the Jet acquisition?

  37. Tom / VIX

    Yes the odds that the VIX will be higher is very likely but these ETFs decay massively at low VIX readings. That's the problem.

  38. Jet/WMT –   Isn't this acquisition a huge sign that WMT is preparing to scale the AMZN mountain and conquer it once and for all?    Look out AMZN….  WMT just rode into town on a big horse called Cash Flow with Profits…..

  39. AMZN has been gaining market share for years.  Where has WMT been all this time ?  I don't think anyone is about to crush AMZN. JMHO.

  40. What a day!  And the want me to do that once a month…  angry

    Looks like a bit of a recovery as the EU closes.  They finished up half a point but doown from the opens. 

    Now comes Donald's speech on the economy – this should be fun!

    We can short /TF again at Jeff's 1,232.50 line.  

    Doom and gloom/Jeff – I tried to be fair and balanced.  

    Thanks Jabob.

    Here's the replay link in case anyone missed it:

    You're welcome Abseth. 

    Thanks GC.  I like doing interviews when it's not one of those octo-boxes or a 2min flash.  You get to have a real conversation.

    Yes on shorting logic Burr.  3 of 5 must be under to short the 4th and then you have your finger on the stop button until the 5th confirms and then, if ANY of them come back over their line, you get back out and wait for a better signal to short the next lagger. 

    At the moment, /TF is only one over so they are lagger and Jeff's adjusted target (1,232.50) is good to play short rather than our original 1,230.  RUT is very bouncy so you have to be willing to let it show you where resistance is during a trading session. 

  41. Phil/Adjustments:

    I made the following adjustments:

    TWTR: bot back the short puts and captured 48% of the premium.  Now just have the 10/18 bull call spread.

    GOGO: closed the 2017 8 calls and opened 2018 8 calls, closed the 2017 13 calls and opened 2017 short 13 calls – in the $5 spread for -.45 net

    AAPL:  closed the 2018 95 short calls and opened 2018 120 short calls, closed the 2018 95 short puts and opened 2018 95 LONG puts.  Now I have 1500 shares long and have raised my strike on the covered call portion to $120 and bot some insurance at 95 puts for a net cost of -$.85 per contact on 15, or -$1275 total.  If the mkt wants to go up, I will capture much more upside (16% annual if called) and if it goes down, like I beleive it will, I am protected on the downside from $95 on.  Perfect.  The original call and put sales all but covered these costs.

  42. VIX/Tom – Those ETFs grind down at an alarming rate.  It's not just that you have to be right, but you have to be right quickly.

    1st and 15th/Craigs – I believe you would find that those are generally bullish days.  Not sure mechanically exactly when the money comes in – I imagine it varies from company to company so really, there should be some inflows maybe 1-3 and 15-18 more likely, if you want to track that but lots of people just get paid Fridays or every other Friday, etc.  I imagine someone has done a study at some point.  

    AMZN/Pstas – Well the acquisition is really about cutting development time as they expand their web services and that does indicate WMT is a bit concerned about AMZN's growth but the reality is AMZN didn't make any money selling retail goods and made all their money selling cloud services.  It could be argued that running a break-even retail operation that covers the expenses for a cloud operation is brilliant but so does IBM an MSFT to some extent.  WMT has 5x AMZN's sales and can quickly go after them so look forward to an ugly. prolonged war.  

    And what GC said (which is why I picked a short this morning). 

    Sounds good Hanj but why do you have long puts on AAPL?  I have a lot more faith than that.  

    Trump speaking from Detroit – all 11 supporters are there.  

    Pundit Press: Obama Received Astounding 98% of the Vote in Detroit

  43. Donald Speech / Phil – Why do they need to call even write a new speech for that. Just a set of the same recycled ideas for the last 40 years – cut taxes for the top 1% and it will pay for itself like it has so many times!

    Giuliani was on CNBC this morning and they were mentioning that think-tank calculated that the cost of the tax cuts would be a $10T and he answered that these guys didn't remember what happened with Reagan and that tax cuts created great growth. And no one pushed back that he also created the biggest deficit ever! Tax cuts have never paid for themselves, not with Reagan, not with Bush, not in Kansas and not in any other places. They only add to inequality which of course doesn't matter to them!

  44. Phil – From Friday – your justified pessimism and "What will it take to stop this market?"

    I promised you an analysis on that claptrap tripe ridden BS jobs report, and you have it here...  

    As for this market, the ride up can be thrilling, but most inconveniently discover a lack of immunity to the effects of gravity far too late.

  45. I think something people don't talk about is that the kind of jobs that are being created in this economy are generally skilled jobs.   It's the poor, uneducated, unskilled workers who are still feeling the brunt of unemployment and low wages as their jobs are being threatened by machines – as well as Mexicans!    So, for that audience, Trump is hitting the nail on the head.   

    Thanks Naybob.  

  46.  LOL! Trump is getting booed at his own speech!   He said something about people below the poverty line not having to pay taxes. That did not go over well with the audience. 

  47. Phil/AAPL Faith is for priests – I am not one.  Because I fully expected a meaningful pull back in the indicies between now and end of year – so I want some protection.  Falling tide carries all ships, and all that jazz.  If not, its cost me a whopping .85 per share to protect.  Wise insurance.  

    As the market keeps climbing, i will continue to look to buy back short puts and flip them.

  48. Phil / Jobs

    I'm not sure that's the case. ZH have a piece but I haven't checked the primary data. ZH certainly has a negative bias.;

  49. Also for college grads unemployment is always much lower.

    At 2.5%, college-grad unemployment has fallen to it's historical (20-year) average. A married couple with two degrees between them each have a 1 in 40 chance of being unemployed. So the probability of both being unemployed is 1600 to 1. Most people can squeak by on one income if they have to. They might not have any extra spending money or getting ahead, but they aren't in bankruptcy.

    Trump supporters (many HS level) just feel a different pain. Not only are the probabilities of being in trouble much higher, the jobs they have traditionally pay much less, even when they have them. They feel they are stuck in a hopeless situation of stagnant wage growth and advancement prospects that is somehow Obama and hordes of illegals' fault.

  50. Wow, look at BID go.  I got caught a bit too covered, and am looking at potential adjustments.  My position started out with the official LTP position, and then I adjusted so I could roll the short calls up and out, and double down.   I currently have the following position:

    30 $23/32 2018 Call spreads

    Short 5 2018 $25 Puts (I took profits on 5 more a week ago)

    10 short October $30 calls (Basis 3.4)  (I originally had 20 shorts, and covered half during the brexit dip for a decent gain).  

    I guess I could roll the 10 October calls (currently worth $9,200), to 15 January 2017 $38 calls for $6,150, and sell 10 2018 $30 puts for $3,200. So spend $0 for the roll, sell a bunch more premium, and still be reasonably well covered while I wait for full value on my call spread.


  51. SQQQ, Bought Jan 17, strike 15 calls

  52. NAK / Phil,

    What's your thought on the run up?  Is this due to the fact that folks are jumping into "anything" gold miner or do they have some real legs.  I cannot seem to find any tangible news.  I DD'd @ .30 and will be covering with Feb 2's for 0.20 to bring my basis to 0.1.  TIA

  53. BAC- bought Feb 2017, strike 16 calls.

  54. Bought some DWTI for a scalp.  Risking 2 points.

  55. Albo- i bought USD/CAD. let see DWTI reverse

  56. tried to place the LABU Mar/Dec spread mentioned this morning and received this message back from TOS "Rejected: Mar options are closing only"  Anyone else get that reply?

  57. Abseth – Thinking the OPEC effect may not hold til the pit close.  We'll see.

  58. Yep, i don't think OPEC jawboning will be have lasting effect

  59. FRO – if you are not too concerned about potential div cut, buying the stock and selling the Jan2018 $8 calls can net you in for 6.30 for an effective 25% dividend.  If called, you get a 26% gain on the stock, plus the 25% yield during however long you held it…  I have been developing a longer term position here (just under 2% of an account), and at 1.6/year in dividend, pulling down overall cost at a nice clip. Very tempted to add a teeny bit more at net 6.30…but will just eyeball for now.  Appreciated the discussion on this last week.

  60. FRO/scott  And the $8 puts are around $4.00!

  61. FRO/Jel -oh yeah..! a full buy/write play is very tempting.  the $3 puts could be had for $1, and the $5 puts at $2… Even if cut dividend in half you can be covered down to a net $4 very easily with the $5 puts sold, and at half dividend, that is still a 20% dividend before any assignment, and ~18% if more put to you at $5 after an assignment for a net ~$4.50.  (these numbers are loose, but not far off).   if oil 'tanks' the speculators are going to at least rent out the vessels as storage, no? No ships need to be idle…

  62. HOV/Phil – earnings a month out… looks like has based through last couple qtrs. value opportunity here?

  63. /CL  – lost $500 selling short from $42.95 to $43.16.

  64. Insurance/Hanj – True, cheap enough and worth the price if it helps you sleep.

    Jobs/Enfil – Wasn't the impression I had from the spread of jobs in the last report but this chart does seem to say otherwise.

    I was thinking more about this more in-depth study from the WSJ recently.

    And this:

    And this:

    Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce recently released a report that details the exponential growth of professional oriented jobs since the recession and the abysmal recovery of blue collar and clerical jobs. The report, appropriately entitled “America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have Nots,” explores the dilemma facing American workers in 2016, noting that over 95% of jobs established during the recovery period have required some college education. 11.5 million out of 11.6 million jobs created in the past 8 years have been filled by those with at least some post-secondary education.

    During the recovery, those jobs requiring a graduate degree have gained 3.8 million jobs, those requiring a Bachelor’s gained 4.6 million jobs, and those requiring an Associates gained 3.1 million jobs. Comparatively, jobs requiring a minimum of a high school diploma have gained only 80,000 jobs.

    And what BDC said!  

    BID/Palotay – Such a great cyclical business.  If you wait long enough, it will come down.  At least you have 30 long so I'd just go with your good plan and roll them up and out and see how it goes over time.  When 2019s come out, you can always cash 10 of your $9 spreads (now $7) and buy, for example, 2x the 2019 $35/45 bull call spreads (the 2018s are $4) so you'd be 40x long to the short 15.

    SQQQ/Abserth – Those spreads are exceptionally cheap.  

    NAK/Jeddah – Ah, my favorite gold gamble.  My children will be able to buy their first homes for cash if this one goes well!  This and LQMT are big speculative holdings for them.  

    That being said, I don't know if this is legitimate or not as Sprott Asset Management took a 5% stake last month and it may just be a lot of people following them in.  For Sprott, it's a very small position – probably proportional to the one the tooth fairy left for my daughters…  I don't know of any news moving it. 

    LABU/Doro – That's odd.  Maybe because they only just printed?  I meant Dec anyway as March didn't have enough strikes to make my trade.  

    OPEC/Abseth – Working so far – $43.33, Brent $45.64.

    1,230 is now the stop on /TF shorts! 

    FRO/Scott – I like dividend cuts if I'm going to be a long-term investor.  Still, as previously noted, it's a risky stock. 

    HOV/Scott – Well we have a big position and I haven't seen any reason to lose faith.  Like BID, they are a big cyclical that will go in and out of favor so I just buy them when they're out and then wait patiently for years.  

    It's not complicated to me – buy them when they are down around $2 sell some over $5 and sometimes you get to $10 or better with what's left.  In 2005 it went to $70 – that was idiotic but hey, we'll take idiotic…

    /CL/Latch – Well that's why we were only supposed to short if /CL was under $42.50 and /BZ was under $45 – gets too dangerous above. 

    If it were going to last, you would think /RB would go higher, not lower.

    Honey badger hit our long line at $2.70!

  65. Phil/401K,

    HOV and NAK, good stocks for the 401K…buy it and let it stay for years…

    Thanks as always.


  66. closed out of USD/CAD 10 pips loss

  67. Hi Phil.  Great call on the BHI 42/45 Aug BCS. Any sense in closing out or rolling the short call?

  68. Nasdaq interview- If I heard correctly , near the end you commented on earnings flattening or bottoming and the market was a bit ahead of itself. Did you mean to imply an uptick in forward earnings was in the cards or what? Given GDP projections (except the Atlanta Fed from last week) seems counter intuitive. 

  69. You're welcome Pat.

    BHI/Taihu – It's not in danger.  Why not wait two weeks and collect the full amount?  

    Uptick/Pstas – I'm not a bear, I expect a correction and then I'll be gosh-darn bullish.  It's the wages that will save the economy – they are in a nice uptrend, then comes inflation.  Takes time though.

    LOL, I went to look at BHI in the OOP and now it's up to 86.5% – up 5.4% today.  Come on – these markets are ridiculous if that can happen!  

    It's intra-day so I'm sure it will normalize but that's a crazy move in a flat market.  

  70. Sold 1/3  DWTI up two points.

  71. Phil / wages – how much of the wage inflation is due to the minimum wage of $15? Is there anyway to track that.  I know my salary is not going up except for a nominal inflation adjuster.

  72. its a no volume Monday.

  73. scottmi-phil

    What was the post last week discussing FRO as a risky stock?  Can you point me to the date and time?  This one looks awfully good to me!  Thanks.

  74. Closed out last 2/3 of DWTI up 1.60.

  75. Nice tune to wrap up the market day…

  76. Wages/Latch – Well some but 30M minimum wage jobs at $15,000 out of 160M jobs isn't going to move the needle too much.  The bigger effect though (and employers know this, which is why they are so against it) is that by raising the minimum wage, there's a trickle-up effect to middle management in the very least, so all workers benefit from minimum wage increases – not just the people who were earning it.

    Volume/Stock – Why should today be any different?  

    FRO/Rvn – Thanks Scott.  Note there are several comments from that post.

    Tune/Scott – I don't know about you but I couldn't hear any words.  cool  Not my kind of music but reminds me of this:

  77. Dow made green on the closing stick but others failed.  

  78. Oil fell sharply into the close.  Guess the OPEC rumor wore off already. 

  79. /CL – this was clearly a fake move up, and I would hang in shorting especially if it pops up again. I made some $ on the move down into the close, as I was watching RB and saw that wasn't going up with oil. 

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  126. Phil/GOGO  Sometimes its better to be lucky than good.  I closed the 2017 8 calls and the 13 calls on Friday morning.  Then I opened the 2018 8 long call and the 2018 13 short call today mid morning.  Result? I just about doubled my net credit from .60 to 1.25 per contract.  So, I am net +$7528 on 60 contracts on a max profit of $30,000.  Wheeeeeeee

  127. Very nice, Hanj!   

  128. Fake oil/Craig's – Don't forget, one more holiday weekend for Bulls to hang their hats on bey I'm very confident in the ERY spread.  

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  178. It’s clear from the beginning that something is different about this couch. It’s a beaten-up gray and has the word “Boosted” written across the back …

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  180. /CL- Wow, what luck, that I woke up at 3AM and bought back my oil shorts at $42.50! Phil what is ERY spread you mentioned at 7PM last night? Not sure I have seen this term used before. Thanks for the reminder of another holiday weekend. I still think we should see some downside though into the contract rollover next 2 weeks.

  181. Craig's, ERY in the morning post above. 

  182. Good morning! 

    Oil setting up for another short (good job getting out Craigs), now $43.25 and Brent $45.51 and they both topped out about 0.20 higher.  Summary of the news overnight is:

    1. OPEC plans informal talks next month.

    OPEC Still Faces the Same Obstacles to Agreeing Oil-Output Limit. (video) An informal OPEC meeting next month is unlikely to deliver any agreement to limit production because several members including Iran are still pumping below capacity. Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are planning to hold talks next month on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in Algeria, the group’s president Mohammed Al Sada said Monday. But the same obstacles that prevented an agreement on proposals to freeze output in April or fix a new production target in June are still there, according to UBS Group AG. “We still haven’t reached the moment when OPEC members will agree to a production agreement, as Iran has not yet recovered its pre-sanction production levels,” Giovanni Staunovo, an analyst at UBS, said by e-mail. “Nigerian and Libyan oil output are also currently below capacity.” 

    2. China imports slide.

    Product Glut Sees Chinese Crude Oil Imports Fall To Six-Month Low

    3. US stocks at record highs

    Stock price graphs

    Futures price graphs

    We report, you decide!  Now I'd use $43.25 with conviction and a stop over $43.50 so it would be 1x short at $43.25, 2x at $43.45 to avg $43.30 and maybe 1x more at $43.50 to average $43.37 on 3 – always looking to get back to 1x even and with a tight stop over $43.50 for a 3x 0.13 loss ($390) at risk.  Brent staying under $45.50 is encouraging – over is worrying!  

  183. /NG long at $2.70, again, of course! 

  184. Europe is up more than half a point and getting stronger on more BOE easing talk and EU turning nice on Spain and Portugal so we'll just have to see how today plays out:

    Gilt yields, sterling slide on BoE easing message

    • British 10-year government yields have slid below 0.6% for the first time on record, while the pound dropped against the dollar, despite signs of post-referendum resiliencein U.K. retail sales.
    • Writing in an Op-Ed for The Times, Bank of England rate-setter Ian McCafferty said the central bank would cut rates further and boost bond purchases if the economic downturn in the U.K. deepens.
    • Sterling -0.5% to $1.2986.

    EU cancels budget fines for Spain, Portugal

    • The European Commission has agreed to cancel budget fines for Spain and Portugal and set new deadlines for the countries to rein in their excess deficits despite them breaching EU limits in 2015.
    • Spain will now have two more years to bring its deficit below 3%, while Portugal will have until the end of the year to reduce its shortfall to 2.5%.

    Italy's rescue fund has BMPS pledge covered

    • Atlante, the fund set up to rescue Italian banks, has already raised more than the €1.6B it has pledged to buy part of the bad loan portfolio of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (OTCPK:BMDPY).
    • The troubled lender poses a danger to the wider Italian banking system and the hope is a solution to its problems could mark a turning point in a crisis that has threatened to trigger contagion across Europe.
    • BMPS shares are down more than 80% YTD.

    Tuesday's economic calendar

    Bonds Bid, Stocks Skid As Crude Chaos Continues On Lowest Volume Day Of 2016

    "Zika Zone" Turns Into Ghost-Town As Planes Spray Neurotoxic Insecticide Over Florida Residents

    China inflation slows again

    • Consumer inflation in China grew less rapidly in July as increases in food costs abated, giving authorities more room to ease monetary policy in the world's second-largest economy.
    • China's Consumer Price Index slowed to an annual rate of 1.8%, putting it further below the government's 3% ceiling and marking the third consecutive month the key inflation measure lost speed.
    • Producer prices, meanwhile, extended their decline, falling 1.7% from a year ago.

    Japan Orders Military To 'State Of Alert' As North Korea Accuses US Of Seeking 'Preemptive Nuclear Strike'

    RBI keeps rates on hold as Rajan departs

    • In its last meeting under the helm of Governor Raghuram Rajan, the Reserve Bank of India left monetary policy steady, keeping the repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged at 6.5% and 6%, respectively.
    • Rajan became a popular figure in a country where central bankers typically stay outside the limelight, winning plaudits in some quarters for nudging banks to do more about their bad debts but was criticized by some for not cutting rates aggressively enough.


    These Are the Red Lines Europe Won't Cross in Brexit TalksU.K. Prime Minister Theresa May faces a daunting array of demands from European Union nations when the time comes to negotiate Britain’s future relationship with the bloc, an analysis of the region’s 27 other members shows. The survey, based on responses from ministries, public comments from government officials and interviews with policy makers, reveals European leaders are laying down their own red lines as May’s team weighs what it wants to seek in the Brexit talks. The result is a complex patchwork of priorities — from an insistence on freedom of movement to the sovereignty of Gibraltar — that may run counter to what the U.K. wants to achieve and that it will have to seek to satisfy if May is to meet her commitment of making a success of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

    Are Negative Rates BackfiringHere’s Some Early Evidence. Economists worry that people and businesses are saving more, instead of spending.

    JIM GRANT: 'Central bank acrobatics' could result in a banking crisis

    A Crisis Of Intervention

    Why Morgan Stanley Still Expects The 10Y Treasury To Drop To 1%, In 4 Charts

    Tech Giants at the Debt Buffett

    Ignore The Latest Jobs Data Hype: The Worst Expansion In 30 Years Continues

    U.S. Steel to launch 17M-share offering

    • U.S. Steel (NYSE:X-2.1% AH after announcing a public offering of 17M common shares – ~11.5% of total current shares outstanding – with an underwriters option to purchase up to an additional 2.55M shares.
    • U.S. Steel says it plans to use the proceeds for financial flexibility, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes.

    Aluminum Seen Falling Another 11% as China Boosts Supply: Chart

    In First Autopilot Crash In China, Tesla(TSLA) Model S Driver Crashes In Beijing With Autopilot Engaged

    EV marketing digs ratchet up a level

    • new advertisement from BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY) airing during the Olympics takes an indirect shot at Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%).
    • "You will wait, and wait and wait some more — all before that electric car company's new model ever even arrives," laments the voiceover in the spot before the German automaker's 330e is unveiled.
    • Earlier this year, Nissan referred to the Tesla Model 3 launch in print ads that indicated no EV customers should have to wait for a reservation to be fulfilled.
    • General Motors (GM +0.1%) has stuck to the basics with its early discussion on the all-electric Chevy Bolt, driving home the 200-mile range and $30K sticker price (after the federal tax credit).
    • The marketing battle escalation arrives amid quite a bit of debate on the impact of the ~400K Tesla Model 3 pre-orders on demand for current EV models.


    Kandi Technologies discloses subsidy from Hainan government

    • Kandi Technologies Group (NASDAQ:KNDI) announces that wholly-owned subsidiary Kandi Electric Vehicles has reached an agreement with the Hainan Provincial Government for Kandi Hainan to receive a 300M renminbi ($45.1M) subsidy to support its research and development expenditures on a new model of electric vehicle.
    • The subsidy payment schedule is based on the progress of Kandi Hainan’s new model development and the initial payment of 100M renminbi (~$15 million) has already been received.
    • "We very much appreciate the Hainan government’s generous support. We will use the funds to develop the best possible electric vehicle products that also satisfy market needs," says Kandi CEO Hu Xiaoming.
    • KNDI +4.24% premarket to $7.62.
    • Source: Press Release

    Gap(GPS) Shares Drop as Dismal Store Traffic Drags Down July SalesGap Inc., the biggest U.S. apparel-focused retailer, fell in late trading after posting July comparable sales that missed analysts’ estimates and indicated that foot traffic at its stores might not improve as much as expected later in the year. Same-store sales — a key benchmark — dropped 4 percent in July, the San Francisco-based retailer said in a statement Monday.

    Tasty Burger takes on Chipotle over burger concept

    • Boston-based Tasty Burger has sent a cease and desist letter to Chipotle (CMG) over its planned Tasty Made restaurant concept.
    • The six-store chain says the logo and trademark procured by Chipotle infringes on its rights.
    • Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold states the company is on solid footing and will move forward with the burger chain roll-out.

    Burger King to try Tex-Mex spin

    • Burger King is introducing a new burrito item on its national menu on August 15.
    • The Whopperrito features beef, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and pickles surrounded by a flour tortilla.
    • The company says the Whopperito initiative is in response to a positive test of the concept, not competitive activity.
    • BMO Capital keeps an Outperform rating on Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) on a favorable view of the impact of wing pricing
    • Wing prices fell modestly last week to mark the 12th consecutive week of lower prices.
    • The investment firm thinks the setup for wing prices looks attractive for BWLD over the next 12 to 18 months.
    • BMO sticks with a price target of $165 on the restaurant chain.
    • The positive outlook on wing pricing is also of interest to Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING) shareholders.

    Monster Worldwide gets eaten up by Randstad

    • Dutch human resources provider Randstad Holding (OTCPK:RANJY) has agreed tobuy Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW) for about $429M and intends to finance the acquisition through existing credit facilities.
    • The $3.40 per share in cash offer, representing a 22.7% premium to Monster's closing stock price on Monday, will see Monster continue operating as a separate and independent entity under its current name.

    'Suicide Squad' sets August record with $135M opening

    • (Anti)-Hero film Suicide Squad (TWX -0.4%) led the box office as expected, setting an August opening record with $135M, but facing what could be a steep drop after a critical savaging.
    • The film broke 2014's August record of $94.3M set by Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy by logging $135.1M in grosses, and bested second-week films Jason Bourne(CMCSA -0.4%, No. 2 with $22.7M) and Bad Moms (STX, No. 3 with $14.2M).
    • The top five was rounded out by The Secret Life of Pets (NASDAQ:CMCSA), with $11.6M in its fifth week ($319.6M cumulative) and Star Trek Beyond (VIA -2.5%VIAB-2.2%), with $10.2M in its third week ($127.9M cumulative).
    • Suicide Squad has just a 25% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a mixed 40 rating on Metacritic, but a B+ CinemaScore.

    Hulu focusing on subscriptions, ending free TV offering

    • Coinciding with the extension of its deal with Yahoo, Hulu is bringing its free TV viewing service to an end.
    • The streaming service — co-owned by NBCUniversal (CMCSA -0.6%), Disney (DIS+0.2%), and Fox (FOX -0.8%FOXA -0.7%), being joined by Time Warner (TWX -0.5%) — will make its free content available through distribution partners including Comcast, and Yahoo (YHOO -0.1%) will host ad-supported content on Yahoo View.
    • It's an unsurprising next step from Hulu, which has made its free content all but impossible to locate on the service as it promoted its subscription tiers (ad-light and ad-free for $7.99/month and $11.99/month respectively) and pushed its competition with Netflix and Amazon Prime.
    • That new offering from Yahoo -- essentially a relaunch of its recently shuttered Yahoo Screen — will serve as the destination for recent episodes of key programs that used to be available on Hulu as well. It will feature the five most recent episodes of shows from ABC, NBC and Fox (eight days after original airing).

    Survey: T-Mobile, Sprint to benefit from building iPhone demand

    • Swelling demand for a new iPhone is likely not only to boost Apple, but also to send subscribers to T-Mobile (TMUS -0.2%) and Sprint (S +0.6%), according to a survey from New Street Research.
    • Some 10% of the firm's respondents suggest they plan to switch carriers in the next few months, suggesting industry churn of about 2.5% in Q4, it said.
    • And switching activity benefits the "share takers" vs. the share losers — AT&T (T -0.6%) and Verizon (VZ -0.1%).
    • Those two sector leaders have been focusing on more profitable customers, whereas Sprint and T-Mobile are trying to take customer share from the big two.
    • Some 22% of respondents said they would buy the new iPhone upon release or within the next few months; of those 5% plan to switch carriers in doing so. And 25% of respondents are specifically waiting for a new iPhone to upgrade their device.

  185. /CL- That was a nice $250 Phil! I stopped out at $43.02 and am waiting to see if it can break below $43 before I do anything else, especially since the indices are climbing. I had a long earlier at about 5:50 am when it popped $43 and I rode that up to $43.20 before stopping out, so it's been a decent morning and I'm off to get my McMuffins. Also long on NG now at $2.699, so hoping that one will pay off as it has been! 

  186. /NG not a conviction play – keep that in mind.  Quick stop below $2.70 and $2.675 would be the next long line.