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Wild Weekly Wrap-Up – The Madness of the Markets (Part 1)

Where do I even begin to go over this week?

I think, to set the proper tone, let's look at my Thursday morning Alert to Members where I said: "Get out, Get Out, GET OUT of the short-term short-side plays if we get back over the 200 dmas.  Take the money and RUN.  CASH OUT THE SHORT SIDE.  Is that clear?  We may not hold these lines but that’s why we have October Disaster Hedges, the shorter-term downside plays are huge winners and should be cashed here – we’ll find something else to short if we fall off this support level.   200 dmas need to be held and those are: Dow 10,250 (8,650 is next major support), S&P 1,100 (900), Nasdaq 2,225 (not there yet!  1,800), NYSE 7,100 (5,500) and Russell 630 (still above!  500)." 

We never did hold those levels but, as I mentioned in Friday morning's post, I thought the end of day sell-off on Thursday was a bit forced, and, in my first Alert of Friday morning I said: "TAKE THOSE SHORT PROFITS OFF THE TABLE!"  Now, I am not prone to making statements in all caps in Member Chat - almost never is about how often so this was a pretty important statement.  Before that Alert, right at 9:42, I had already called for the SPY $105 calls at $2.45 as our first trade of the day.  Those calls finished at $4.11, up 67% for the day so a good start to our expiration day!

A good start and our other day trades did very nicely as well:

  • FXI June $39 calls at .98, now $1.28 - up 30%
  • DIA May $102 calls at .13, out at .45 – up 246%
  • DIA May $101 calls at .95, out at .80 - down 16%
  • DIA May $101 calls at .10, out at .80 – up 700%

Of course we followed our strategies and took 1/2 the DIA's off the table at a double so the other half was a free ride (we like to gamble but we're not crazy!) but the FXI was the only "keeper" for the day, we'll see if that was a good idea on Monday.  We also took (as I said we would in the morning post) a number of well-hedged, bullish plays on BA (from the post),
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Weekend Reading – Now What?

We had a totally exciting week last week!

I was busy this weekend so no Wrap-Up but I did write about 5 pages of commentary under Sage's $1,000,000 Virtual Portfolio article regarding virtual portfolio allocations and scaling strategies - all Members should read that!   We were discussing our Disaster Hedges as well which are all well in the money but hardly a double in the bunch so far, which is actually fantastic news if you haven't entered them yet as you can enter these plays now and still do great if EITHER the market continues lower OR the VIX calms down since it's the high VIX that is keeping us from making big money.  These are October hedges so no one expects them to pay off this early but the fact that you can still get in them even after this dip is a nice break if you intend to start getting bullish and want hedges

We took shorter-term hedges for more aggressive traders during the last week of April and those, of course, are up very nicely like: 

  • EDZ June $38/44 bull call spread at $2.80, now $3.50 - up 25%
  • EDZ June $35 puts sold for at $1.25, now .70 - up 44% (pair trade)
  • FAZ July $12/16 bull call spread at $1.10, now $1.35 - up 18%
  • FAZ July $10 puts sold for .70, now .50 – up  28%
  • IYR May $52 puts at $1.30 (fell to .79), now $2 - up 54%
  • OIH May $131 calls sold for $3.45, now .05 – up 98%
  • OIH May $131 calls sold for $3.90, now 05 – up 99%
  • QID May $16 calls at .32 (fell to .27), now $1.27 – up 296%
  • QID May $15 puts sold for .32 (rose to .37), now .02 - up 94% (pair trade)
  • QID June $14/16 bull call spread at $1.15, now $1.50 – up 30%
  • TBT Sept $43 puts sold for $1.50, now $3.90 – down 160%
  • TBT Sept $43/48 bull call spread at $2.60, now $1.55 – down 36%
  • TZA June $6 puts sold for .70 (rose to .94), now .74 - down 5%
  • UGL Oct $49/54 bull call spread at $2, now $2.50 – up 25%
  • GLD March $90 puts sold for $1.20, now $1.40 - down 17%


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6-Point Weekly Wrap-Up

Wheeee – the S&P is up 6 points this week! 

I know, I can hardly contain my own excitement either.  It almost makes my cash-out decision of the 19th (where we did open at 1,166) seem silly what with us missing a 6-point (0.5%) rally this week and all..  Of course, you have to look at the bigger picture like the year-to-date, which has us up a whopping 34 points since January 4th although, to be fair, 18 of those 34 points were gained by Jan 19th, then we had that sell-off thing and THEN we had a nice rally, all the way back to 16 points over the Jan 19th high.  See, I'm not early with my top call – I'm 2 months late!  We could have taken a vacation from Jan 19th to today and missed very little upside action

We don't cash out just because we're at a top.  Hell, we love playing tops, bottoms, middles – whatever…  We cash out when it's no fun to play and, as many, many members commented this week – it's much less fun to play when the market turns toppy and churny like it is now.  My cash out call was for a Market Mental Health Break ahead of earnings season and we did have a very nice, relaxing week just hanging out in Member Chat and, yes, making the occasional play but it's more like when you go to the track and toss a couple of bucks on a race to keep it interesting – and that makes it fun!

Monday Medical Miracle – Health Care Finally Passes

We passed the Health Care Bill on Sunday and, instead of ending the Universe as promised by Republicans and Tea Party enthusiasts alike, it actually sparked a huge dollar rally that gave us a full 2.5% run for the week, closing at a year high of 81.60.  We were thrilled as we had taken gold shorts and SCO (ultra-short oil) longs the week before, when oil was testing $83 a barrel – now back at $80 on the nose to close out this week.    

Seven banks were shut down by the FDIC last weekend (and 4 more bit the dust last night), Greece was still up in the air, TIF…
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Thrilling Thursday Morning – Greece and Dubai “Fixed”

Wow, we got a two-fer today! 

In a stunning turn-around, Chancellor Merkel laid out her terms for an aid package for debt-laden Greece, saying she supports loans from the International Monetary Fund and European governments as a last resort if default looms.  “A good European is not necessarily one who rushes to assist,” Merkel told German lawmakers in Berlin today. “A good European is one who abides by the European treaties and national law and thus sees to it that the euro zone’s stability isn’t harmed. That’s our guidance for all decisions today and tomorrow, and also for the future.”   

Isn’t that great?  It’s just like when you have to borrow money from a relative and part of the penalty is you have to listen to them lecture you on responsibility etc…  Of course, Merkel needs to make it painful because Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Turkey are watching the proceedings very closely but THIS crisis is, for now, off the table as ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet took some pressure off Greece today by extending the bank’s emergency lending rules, saying its bonds won’t be cut off from ECB refinancing operations next year.  Adding even more boost to the market, now that Goldman Sachs has stopped out their sheeple on long Euro bets, their analysts tell us today that the IMF may be giving Greece $27Bn in aid, helping to boost the Euro. 

Greek bonds rallied, sending the 10-year yield down 4 basis points to 6.32 percent, 321 basis points above comparable German debt. That extra borrowing cost has risen from 273 basis points on Feb. 11 when the EU vowed “determined and coordinated action” to stanch the crisis.  Greece still needs to borrow $13Bn in the next month but it is the rate at which they have to borrow that’s been the issue.  “The German strategy for the next couple of months is very simple: provide just enough positive rhetoric that investors continue to purchase Greek bonds,” said Peter Zeihan, an analyst at Stratfor, a geopolitical risk consultancy in Austin, Texas. “On the flip side, they want to make sure via rhetoric that there’s just enough doubt that the markets demand a much higher spread than the Greeks are hoping for. The Germans want to make very sure that the Greeks are punished.”

At the same time as Greece is being supported in Europe, Dubai promises to support Dubai World’s remaining $9.5Bn
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Which Way Wednesday?

Are we at the top of our range or about to break higher?

Our lower breakout on the Dow has been 10,250 and that has held up very well for the past few weeks so we have to respect that but, at the same time, we seem very overbought and just needing some sort of correction to help us confirm the bottom of the channel is still supporting us (see Fallond chart).  The other levels we were looking for in Monday's post were: S&P 1,100 (check), Nasdaq 2,187 (2,175), NYSE 7,200 (7,212) and Russell 600 (589). 

As I said on Monday: "If we don’t get 3 of 5 of our indexes over, then there’s not going to be anything to get bullish about."  Unfortunately, we didn't like the way we got there yesterday so we stayed bearish (60%) into the close but we sure are ready to run with the bulls by slapping on a couple of DIA covers and using 10,500 as our on/off switch to play the upside (which should coincide with the Nas and Rut breakouts). 

As I noted to Members in yesterday's 9:43 Alert, our prior market tops were Dow 10,495, S&P 1,113, Nas 2,205, NYSE 7,266 and Russell 605 so there is no excuse for any of our indexes not to make the grade if we're really heading higher.  Today's fly in the ointment may be oil inventories at 10:30, as holiday driving and flying numbers were not that great so the anticipated drawdown of about 2M barrels may turn out to be a build, especially in gasoline as many families had subdued Thanksgivings at home this year (thankful to be employed, thankful to have 70% of their IRA left, thankful their house only lost 20% of it's value, thankful gas is still under $3…), which does not bode well for Christmas either. 

Fundamentally, we think the economy still has serious issues and that the market is delusional at these levels but we don't fight the Fed or the big technicals so IF we do make our levels, THEN we will be some very reluctant bulls but bulls we will be

I have, for quite some time, been saying this is very much like 1999 and we do expect a big sell-off in the…
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Weak Dollar Wednesday – Charging More for Less

Over $1.50 for the Euro this morning!

The Pound ran up to $1.675 and, as soon as the Nikkei closed (up 40 points), the dollar dove to just 87.5 Yen.  That sent gold flying up to $1,180, copper to $3.18 and silver to $18.80 but oil couldn’t get back over $76.50, which is strange because the last time the dollar was this low oil was $140 a barrel.  Why have the commodity speculators abandoned oil and moved on to metals?

For one thing, energy trading is now under Congressional scrutiny – as well it should be, since it is a forced tax on every man, woman and child on the planet.  Copper prices don’t affect anybody since no one is building anything anyway and pennies sure aren’t worth saving since you need 5 of them just to buy a piece of gum these days.  Silver has industrial uses but there’s not much industry with Industrial Production at less than 80% capacity so no one is complaining (are there any workers left to complain?) about that price and gold consumption is off 34% from last year so the 43% rise in price since last year isn’t tapping more overall global dollars – speculators are just getting much much less for much much more.

Oil collapsed last year because, when push came to shove, people simply couldn’t afford to buy barrels of oil for $140, or $100, or $80.  The problem with trying to manipulate the oil market is 86M barrels more come out of the ground every day, whether you want it or not and if people stop consuming then it has to be stored and that can get expensive.  As it is now, global stockpiles of crude products are at record levels and it is possible that the US is literally out of room to store natural gas despite massive production cutbacks from cartel members like CHK, XOM and EOG. 

So manipulating the price of oil and natural gas gets tough as demand falls off but only 800 tons of gold were consumed in all of Q3, down from 1,206 last year, when gold averaged $825.  In India, the world’s largest consumer of gold, demand fell about 50% from 271.2 tons to just 137.6 tons.  China picked up the slack as the government stockpiled metals (just another speculator) and demand there went from 116.9 tons to 128.6 tons so a 10%
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Weak Weekly Wrap-Up

This chart says it all (thanks Jesse).

In last week's wrap-up I said: "Since early September our upside targets for the indexes have been: Dow 10,087, S&P 1,096, Nasdaq 2,173, NYSE 7,204 and Russell 623 and nothing has happened to change our fundamental outlook for the better so the closer we get to those levels, the LESS comfortable we are taking bullish positions."  I mentioned how tempting it had been to cash out all our longs and go 100% bearish when we hit 10,300.  Our downside levels told us to wait until the 16th, when Monday's move up was finally the last straw and we are out of the bull game (our last major Buy List was July 11th and most picks are up over 100%), probably for the rest of the year

This chart shows you that the S&P is primed for a 5% correction back to 1,050.  I don't know why Jesse didn't extend out the lower support line, which would take us right about to my pullback target of S&P 1,000/Dow 9,650.  I stuck my neck out on TV two weeks ago, calling for a 10% correction to those levels but we've been playing both sides of the fence until this week, when I finally had to put my foot down on Monday, after having discussed cashing out for the holidays in Member Chat over the weekend.  Our general plan this week was to cash out the winners and leave only longer-term, hedged bullish plays while adding more speculative downside plays for the short-term correction.   

Why the change of heart?  Well, something you don't see on this chart but is pretty clear on the Yahoo monthly view, is that virtually all of the gains (ALL of them if you include the spikes) in the Dow for the ENTIRE month of November have come on single days each week.  This week it was Monday (139 points), last week Monday (206 points) and Nov 5th was Wednesday (198 points).  Take those days out of the run from our Oct 30th close at 9,712 and we're up just 63 points to 9,975 despite there being only 1 losing day in the first week (11/3, down 16 points) of the month and one losing day in the second (Nov 12th, down 92 points).  That is one super-flimsy way to build a "rally" don't you think?

Getting 90%…
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Weekend Wrap-Up, Ripping Through the Top or Topping and About to Tip?

What a week this has been!

In last week's 600-Point Weekly Wrap-UP, I said it would take some spectacular earnings results next week to keep the rally going and it seems like we got them this week as roughly 85% of the companies reporting this week beat expectations with 42 of this week's reporting companies guiding up and only 18 guiding down.  While people like Richard Bernstein may make very good arguments for why we shouldn't focus too much on quarterly earnings surprises, I have to say I am somewhat swayed by the preponderance of evidence we've gotten this week that, by and large, the vast majority of our companies are weathering the storm far better than analysts have expected.  

"It's pretty amazing what passes for good news these days," remarks Barry Ritholtz on his blog, The Big Picture (www.ritholtz.com.) "Beating dramatically lowered earnings forecasts on cost-cutting and layoffs — rather than top-line growth — seems to be the order of the day.  The irony is that the Wall Street analyst community overestimated earnings at the top of the cycle — pure extrapolation of trend to infinity. They seem to be doing the same thing now, only extrapolating falling earnings to zero. What that produces is not true upside surprises, but merely jumping over a dramatically lowered bar," he says. 

It's interesting Barry says this now because it sounded familiar and I went back to my May 2nd Weekly Wrap-Up, where the sentiment was very similar and I said at the time: "With 2/3 of the S&P 500 weighing in, earnings have been 70% positive.  I had warned earlier in the week that we are only beating a very low bar but we are beating nonetheless.  As you can see from the above chart, even if we do keep moving up, we are heading into some very serious overhead resistance that may not prove futile this time.  With the added pressure of the old "sell in May, go away" adage – there will be a lot of obstacles to overcome this week and next so we will remain on guard but we have also trained ourselves not to think and simply go with the flow, letting our levels guide us and, so far, our levels keep saying yes – despite our common sense
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Zero Hedge

Trump Says "No Quarantine Necessary" For NY, NJ And CT As US Death Toll Tops 2,000: Live Updates

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Summary:

  • Global case total tops 600k
  • Global COVID-19 death toll tops 30k
  • US death toll tops 2k
  • After Trump earlier said he was weighing enforceable quarantine order for all the tri-state area, late on Sunday he said that "on the recommendation of the White House CoronaVirus Task Force, and upon consultation with the Governor’s of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut" he would not be imposing a quarantine. ...


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The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same

 

The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same

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Courtesy of Ian Goldin, University of Oxford and Robert Muggah, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

With COVID-19 infections now evident in 176 countries, the pandemic is the most significant threat to humanity since the second world war. Then, as now, confidence in international cooperation and institutions plumbed new lows.

While the on...



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Biotech/COVID-19

The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same

 

The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same

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Courtesy of Ian Goldin, University of Oxford and Robert Muggah, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

With COVID-19 infections now evident in 176 countries, the pandemic is the most significant threat to humanity since the second world war. Then, as now, confidence in international cooperation and institutions plumbed new lows.

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Digital Currencies

While coronavirus rages, bitcoin has made a leap towards the mainstream

 

While coronavirus rages, bitcoin has made a leap towards the mainstream

Get used to it. Anastasiia Bakai

Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

Anyone holding bitcoin would have watched the market with alarm in recent weeks. The virtual currency, whose price other cryptocurrencies like ethereum and litecoin largely follow, plummeted from more than US$10,000 (£8,206) in mid-February to briefly below US$4,000 on March 13. Despite recovering to the mid-US$6,000s at the time of writin...



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'Psyched': Hawaii Considers Resolution For Shrooms, Champignon Eyes Ketamine Products

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Psyched is a bi-monthly column covering the most important developments in the industry of medicinal psychedelics. We hope you follow us periodically as we report on the growth of this exciting new industry.

Champignon Brands Buys IP Company and Adds Ketamine and New Formulations To Its Portfolio

On March 19, Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRM) (OTC: SHRMF), a Canadian healt...



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These Index Charts Will Calm You Down

Courtesy of Technical Traders

I put together this video that will calm you down, because knowing where are within the stock market cycles, and the economy makes all the difference.

This is the worst time to be starting a business that’s for sure. I have talked about this is past videos and events I attended that bear markets are fantastic opportunities if you can retain your capital until late in the bear market cycle. If you can do this, you will find countless opportunities to invest money. From buying businesses, franchises, real estate, equipment, and stocks at a considerable discount that would make today’s prices look ridiculous (which they are).

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Broadest Of All Stock Indices Testing Critical Support, Says Joe Friday!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

One of the broadest indices in the states remains in a long-term bullish trend, where a critical support test is in play.

The chart looks at the Wilshire 5000 on a monthly basis over the past 35-years.

The index has spent the majority of the past three decades inside of rising channel (1). It hit the top of this multi-decade channel to start off the year, where it created a monthly bearish reversal pattern.

Weakness the past 2-months has the index testing rising support and the December 2018 lows at (2).

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Cycle Trading - Funny when it comes due

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

Non believers of cycles become fast believers when the heat of the moment is upon them.

Just has we have birthdays, so does the market, regular cycles of time and price. The market news of the cycle turn may change each time, but the time is regular. Markets are not a random walk.


Success comes from strategy and the execution of a plan.















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Bloody Mob Sh*t: An Interview with Lincoln's Bible

 

Bloody Mob Sh*t: An Interview with Lincoln's Bible

We talk Trump, Mogilevich, Epstein, Giuliani, Fred Trump, Roy Cohn, and more.

Courtesy of Greg Olear at PREVAIL, author of Dirty Rubles: An Introduction to Trump/Russia

(Originally published on Feb. 21, 20.)

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Entrepreneurial activity and business ownership on the rise

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Indicating strong health of entrepreneurship, both entrepreneurial activity and established business ownership in the United States have trended upwards over the past 19 years, according to the 2019/2020 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Global Report, released March 3rd in Miami at the GEM Annual Meeting.

Q4 2019 hedge fund letters, conferences and more

The Benefit Of Entrepreneurial Activity ...

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Why Blaming the Repo Market is Like Blaming the Australian Bush Fires

 

Why Blaming the Repo Market is Like Blaming the Australian Bush Fires

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The repo market problem isn’t the problem. It’s a sideshow, a diversion, and a joke. It’s a symptom of the problem.

Today, I got a note from Liquidity Trader subscriber David, a professional investor, and it got me to thinking. Here’s what David wrote:

Lee,

The ‘experts’ I hear from keep saying that once 300B more in reserves have ...



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How IPOs Are Priced

Via Jean Luc 

Funny but probably true:

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