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Tuesday, November 29, 2022


What Trade War Tuesday – Markets Fuggedaboutit Already

MAD About the Trump EraWhat, us worry?  

1, 2, 3, 4 Trump declared a trade war and then announced he's going to have fun in the sun at the G20 with his pal Putin but also plans to see China's President Xi in late June and force him to accept US terms of face SEVERE CONSEQUENCES.  This is the mindset of a 75 year-old racist schmuck who has a 1950s view of China and thinks we just won WWII and get to dictate terms to all the inferior races – not the rational strategy of a United States President!  

Nonetheless, the markets love it when Trump lies to them and we're up almost 200 points pre-market after being down 600 points yesterday so YAY!!!, I guess…

If you remember, way back on Friday morning, in our PSW Report, I told you "it's more likely we're consolidating for a move down" and we put up our anticipated levels, which all failed yesterday but we don't count Mondays (and the volume wasn't very strong either) so TODAY is the day that matters and I'm going to highlight the pre-market (7:30) positions so we can see where we are:

  • Dow 25,200 is the 5% line and the bounce lines are 25,450 (weak) and 25,700 (strong) 


  • S&P 2,860 is the 5% line and the bounce lines are 2,875 (weak) and 2,890 (strong)

  • Nasdaq 7,475 is the 5% line and the bounce lines are 7,540 (weak) and 7,605 (strong) 

  • Russell 1,550 is the 5% line and the bounce lines are 1,565 (weak) and 1,580 (strong)

Well that's not very good, is it?  That's why we use this system – it keeps us from getting irrationally exuberant when all the market is doing is weakly bouncing.   The only green box we have is the -5% line on the Dow – that's nothing to celebrate, is it?  The other indexes haven't even taken back their -5% lines and, if they can't take them back today AND make the weak bounces – we are likely to be looking at another 5% drop before the next support levels.  

Meanwhile, we did play the Dow and the S&P for a bounce yesterday but now we're back to neutral and just waiting to see if we can change any levels to green this morning but, as far as I can tell, the trade war is still on and there's no hint of a deal through the end of June – so what is there to get excited about?

You're welcome on Soybeans (/ZSU19), also from the Friday morning PSW Report (subscribe here) as they blasted back to $830 this morning for a $250 per contract gain and the SOYB ETF bottomed out at $14.20 and the Nov $14 calls were even lower than our $1.10 buy line and the Nov $15 puts hit $1 so our aggressive trade idea is a go and now we'll see how high SOYB can bounce, though our expectations are lower as there is no trade deal and China has specifically threatened not to buy our beans anymore.

Today we're excited about Gasoline (/RB) still cheap at $1.95 with the holiday looming and the July contract (/RBN19) is just $1.94 so a discount for an extra few months (and two holiday weekends) is an offer we simply cannot refuse.  I already sent out an Alert to our Members this morning about /RB, as well as a nice TLT trade idea (short) that we'll be playing in the Short-Term Portfolio.

As annoying as all this Trade War nonsense is, it's hard to get bearish when earnings were much better than expected in Q1 and, just this morning, Small Business Optimism jumped back to 103.5, with 8 out of 10 components increasing, led by earnings trends.  Anything over 100 is good and we've clearly reversed a downtrend that started in Q4 DESPITE all the nonsense that's going on.     


So we're going to watch our levels and see what else the market is willing to ignore but I'm not going to be enthusiastic until I see those Strong Bounce lines retaken and that's simply not going to happen today but we can't take the day off as a failure at the weak bounce lines will mean it's time to double up on our hedges and play for the next 5% correction.

Speaking of things we are ignoring – I'll leave you with a wake up call from Bill Nye, the Science Guy:

Whatever it takes – thanks Bill!  



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Good morning all.  Anyone have any thoughts why SIG was destroyed yesterday?


A modest bounce is expected I guess but how many more times is the market going to fall for the lies. It seems in fact that they don't believe the lies but use them to justify any move up that puts money in their pockets!

We should worry about what we do at home, not competition with China:


Others say that, alongside any security measures, the most basic task for America is minding the health of its own society.

“Our country’s job is to do better innovation here at home,” says John Deutch, an MIT scientist and former director of the CIA. “China will overcome us,” he says, “only … if we don’t pay attention to our own technology and economy.”

I guess stopping war on science would be a good step!

Good Morning!

I can't remember if this has been mentioned recently, but the futures micros are trading fairly tight – /MES /MNQ etc… so far they seem great for small trades – 1/10th the size of the minis.

Micros / Atitlan – A good place to learn for sure. Low margin requirements and mistakes are not too costly. Volume is lower though.

Macy still dropping like a rock.

Earnings are tomorrow – I can't help but get the feeling that everyone knows something and isn't telling me.  Are we in for a big negative surprise tomorrow?

Jeff-It looks like all the apparel manufacture's are getting hit because of tariffs. LB HBI etc are all down from 4-8%. Most of everything comes from China including shoes so…..down they go. Higher costs for consumers.

Phil   you might check seeking alpha.  I know you did a Q1 over there.

Hi Phil,  I wonder if TEVA has gotten cheap enough for you to be interested.  They plummeted yesterday on price-fixing charges (a number of other major firms were charged as well).  Teva is a Buffet holding.  What is your take?  Thanks.

Hi Phil.  Any take when CELG deal may close?  Puts below 90 maintaining some value.  Thx.

Hi Phil, wondering about some AAPL tuning around these numbers. You suggested to sell 20 Jan 2020 160c to cover my 20 Jan 2020 150s, with no cap gains, (then buy 180/220 or 160/200 bcs). Wondering if I could sell 20 Jan 2021 160s instead, to catch more premium, then roll the 150s in 2020?


/TSLA How about a 10x 2020 285/265 put spread and sell the 5x 275 call? $5 net on a $20 spread that’s 100% ITM. So 400% in  9 months if Tesla stays below $265. Or is there a better way to play Tesla? Seems like it’s a heads I win tails you lose situation. I’ve got 20 of the spreads in an IRA but looking for a play in my brokerage account. 

Some folks say one of the problems with bitcoin adoption are the long blockchain confirmation times which is wrong, that's not relevant because bitcoin and its underlying technology blockchain (as described here for 7 years now) is NOT a "currency," it's a system of trust. With fiat currency we don't make a phone call to the FED every time we want to spend a $10 bill. We simply trust it, as long as the $10 doesn't look like someone made it with crayons. With Bitcoin, this inherently isn't a problem either because, like fiat, it is a platform technology and therefore it supports development on the platform, such as Flexa's "Spedn" application.

IMO, one of the major problems with bitcoin adoption is the fact that the IRS considers it an asset and therefore every transaction is a capital gain or loss which is a reporting nightmare. There's an interesting concept call nexo that loans you money from your own asset base, which is a creative solution. It also has the tangential benefit of forcing savings: your crypto because a pile of coins you sit on and the interest is what you actually spend. 

TEVA / Phil – The saving grace is that they are too big to fail in Israel!

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