Which Way Wednesday – The Calm Before the Storm


SPX Jan 11 2023No major data today, no major earnings.

Just a brief pause before tomorrow’s CPI Report surrounded by 3 Fed speakers ahead of Friday’s Consumer Sentiment Report along with Earnings Reports from UNH, DAL, WIT and 7 major banks – THAT is when things begin to matter.  Trading volume continues to be anemic but that’s good, as volume has certainly not done us any favors recently

We finished just above the 50-day moving average (3,908) on the S&P 500 and this morning (on virtually no volume), we’ve gained even more ground – so holding it would be the goal for the bulls for the rest of the week.  NOT holding it means all this was a BS prop job to sucker in the rubes – we’ll have to wait and see. 

Waiting and seeing has been pretty boring so far this year but earnings start on Friday and next week we’ll be back to picking stocks again – so I think we can hang on for a few more days as we wait for clarity.

NPX Jan 11 2023

As a sanity check, the Nasdaq weekly chart reminds us things have not really improved at all and we’re still on a path towards a Death Cross with the 50-week moving average falling 25 points per week at 925 points above the 200-week moving average so we are just 8 months away from a technical catastrophe if we don’t mend our ways.

In reality, we have 2 chances – the current earnings that are upon us and then one more chance in April/May to bust over that 12,000 line – otherwise our market fate is going to be pretty much etched in stone unless a miracle occurs in July/Aug.  There is, however, enough big tech now on our Watch List that I do have hope we’re closer to a bottom than a top – as long as the economy doesn’t take a turn for the worse.  

I do wish I was certain but I’m not – hence the waiting….

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• December 2022 jobs report: Why the Fed is probably happy about it: Wages and employment grew, but probably not at a pace that would panic the Fed. (Gridsee also Where is the minimum wage increasing in the U.S.? Here are the 23 places enacting a pay bump in 2023. With a stagnant federal minimum wage, states and localities are picking up the slack. (Grid)

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Good morning, everyone. Here is the link to today’s webinar


any chance we can get transcription on GoTo for the hearing impaired, or for me that listens at work and sometimes it’s too loud to hear?

Awesome thank you so much. I say you shorted /CL yesterday based on export numbers from EIA.gov. What is the contract expiration date that you picked?

I rewatched the video you put in there. Saw it was FEB23. CC works great. Would like to see it live but this is a good work around. I appreciate your help.

hi phil, im pretty sure normal does not include the slowly escalating war that the media and market pumpers are doing their best to ignore and downplay as well .I just watched a very detailed documentary on geography channel about the nuclear bomb tests russia and usa conducted back in ww2. Very scary stuff.

i saw youtube video. Apparently lot of people are making lot of money from the war. so the guy predicts that the war will not end any time soon.

Hi Phil I think this was somehow requested before. Must have missed it. I am looking for a spot in the new site, where you can find all the portfolios you have set up. Thanks

thats some oil report big build

I’m starting to dislike /NG

SPR -0.8 M – does that mean that they are still releasing oil from SPR.

Phil FTSE 100 almost near all time highs. this is inspite of predicted recession from the bank of england.

avoiding futures, you prefer BOIL or UNG?

was there a webinar last week? did not see it post to youtube if so

thank you. Andy did post a link for the webinar last Wednesday but no post for 1-4-2023. I was not sure if you had to cancel or if it is not uploaded yet or recording was bad, etc.

Hi Phil,

I am aware of the Top Trade Tab, but notice that the various email alerts that I used to receive from PSW from the old site are no longer arriving. When I click on my “Log In” I am not taken to a Settings or Profile page so that I can reinstate the alerts.

Is there some way to do this, or have email alerts not been established yet on the new site?

Thank you.

Phil/Strategy Looking to liberate some loot to facilitate my slo-mo piecemeal roll of AAPL ’25 $150s to $130s as you sugg. Trying to gradually roll batches at $20 down for ~$8.

130 AAPL ’25 $150c ($35)
65 AAPL ’25. $130c ($39.35)
-140 AAPL ’24 $200c ($20.8)
-30 AAPL Mar $150c ($9.2)


30 IBM ’24 $100c ($23.8)
-30 IBM ’24 $140c. ($15.2)
-6 IBM1 ’24 $120p ($19.2)
Done well but wouldn’t I lose about $30k if I cashed out the BCS now?

28 SPWR ’25 $10c ($9.3)
-20 SPWR ’24 $30c ($5.2)
Could I buyback/roll the ’24s and sell some ’25s? Have 8 extra longs by chance.

50 WBA ’25 $30c ($2.6)
-50 WBA ’24 45c ($2.6)