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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Light Crude Oil Breakout Imminent

* See UPDATES below...

Senator Lindsey Graham unleashed a series of tweets Saturday morning after learning of drone attacks on Saudi oil refineries.

I've yet to hear whether the Saudis will blame/have blamed Iran for the attacks and whether war will eventually be declared against them. It's been reported that, "Houthi rebels - who are backed by Iran in a yearslong Saudi-led war against them in Yemen - have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks and have vowed that further attacks could be expected in the future."

Source: foxnews.com

No doubt, this will affect oil prices when futures trading begins later on Sunday.

WTI Light Crude Oil futures closed on Friday at 54.84. As shown on the following monthly chart of CL, it's sitting just below the apex (at 56.00) of a large triangle and is about to breakout of this formation soon.

Saturday's news from Saudi Arabia may be the catalyst that catapults CL out of this triangle and to new highs for 2019 and beyond.

I've shown the ROC and ATR technical indicators in histogram format with an input value of one period. Keep an eye on the ROC to spike back above the zero level and climb higher to confirm higher prices. As well, watch for an expansion of the ATR on such a move, and, ultimately, for an exceptionally high exhaustion spike to signal either a pause in price or a trend reversal.

From the Volume Profile shown on the right-hand side of the following monthly chart of CL, major support sits at 50.00, which happens to be the Volume Profile's POC (point of control) on this timeframe.

Near-term resistance sits at 60.00. A breakout and hold above that could send price as high as 80.00, or even higher to 100.00, as others are now speculating.

On the bottom section of the following monthly chart of CL, the ratio of Oil to its Volatility Index is shown in histogram format.

Watch for it to break and hold above 2.00, and, subsequently, 3.00 on this ratio, as well as an upside crossover of the 5 and 8 MAs, to confirm the sustainability of such a price surge.

As a side note, whether a sharp rise in Oil also drags Canada's TSX Index higher, remains to be seen. Coincidentally, I wrote about such a scenario in my post late Friday night, based on different circumstances/influences.

Here's an excerpt from that article (entitled "Canada's TSX, Election and Trade Fever").


In the several hours that have passed since I posted the subject article, Secretary Pompeo has tweeted the following (he blames Iran, not Yemen, directly for the attack...reports speculate that the nature of the attack was too sophisticated to have been carried out by the Houthi rebels)...

This tweet from Reuters followed (but, exactly what "necessary measures to safeguard national assets, international energy security and ensure stability of world economy" would be taken by a Saudi-led, western-backed, Sunni Muslim military alliance, remains to be seen)...

Source: Reuters.com

And, now, these tweets ("expect chaos") surface from Zero Hedge on Sunday with a report from Goldman Sachs on oil...

Source: ZeroHedge.com

And, later Sunday afternoon, these clarifications are beginning to emerge...and it looks like uncertainty and volatility in the oil markets will remain elevated for, possibly, months...

 Source: ZeroHedge.com

Source: Reuters.com

Source: ZeroHedge.com

Click here for Bloomberg Tweet thread

The following screenshots (taken around 8:50 pm EDT on Sunday) of the daily charts of WTI Light Crude Oil (CL) and Brent Crude Oil (LCO) show that price gapped up significantly when these futures opened this afternoon...while S&P Futures gapped down and Gold Futures gapped up.

They're both hovering above prior-resistance-now-support of 60.00 for CL and 67.00 for LCO. The third chart is a monthly timeframe, which depicts LCO's new support level, as well as its next major resistance levels at 80.00 and 100.00.

We'll see whether those new support levels hold over the coming days.

Here we go...President Trump says U.S. is "locked and loaded"...

Source: ZeroHedge.com

In my opinion, the added risk of Middle East major military instability has, now, increased greatly...and could hang on for months...contributing to elevated oil volatility for some time.

And, what could be of more consequence, is the perception, now, that similar attacks like this CAN be done...again and again...especially if there are no consequences to this attack.

So, what does this mean for the SPX?

To gauge the level of volatility and direction that the SPX may experience from Monday's open onward, keep an eye on the SPX:VIX ratio...daily chart below.

Price needs to hold above 200, then watch for a climb to, potentially, retest 250, or higher, to confirm higher prices for the SPX from Friday's close...and see how overbought the RSI, MACD and PMO are by then.

Otherwise, a drop and hold below 200, would see the SPX decline...perhaps to levels mentioned in my post of August 30.

As an aside, whether any of this affects the Fed in their decision-making on whether or not to cut interest rates at their upcoming meeting this Wednesday, and whether the SPX reacts, in kind, remains to be seen.

Canada's TSX, Election and Trade Fever

From the information shown on the following two historical charts, it appears that Canada's consumers have done the heavy lifting over the past 10 years since the 2008/09 financial crisis, as foreign investment slowed and has since been quite volatile. It's likely to continue to slow due to the global economic slowdown currently underway and unresolved global trade wars.

Although the USMCA trilateral trade deal was signed by the leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada on November 30, 2018, it has still not been approved by the U.S. Congress. If it's not done before the Canadian Federal election on October 21, and if there's a change in government, will the new Prime Minister scrap the agreement and leave Congress holding the bag?

With Canadian household debt to disposable income near all-time highs, how much longer can Canadians afford to take on more debt? If this slows, will this change the dynamic of the USMCA and cause the Canadian government to re-think any of its negotiated terms?

It would seem that time is of the essence for Congress to approve the agreement before it's, potentially, too late.

Canada Households Credit Market Debt to Disposable Income
Source: tradingeconomics.com

Canada Foreign Direct Investment
Source: tradingeconomics.com

Compared with other G20 countries, Canadian household debt is at the higher end, as shown in the last table.

Source: tradingeconomics.com

Canada's TSX Index closed at an all-time high of 16,682.42 on Friday, after making an all-time intraday high of 16,756.11, and after launching off the median of a very long-term uptrending channel at the beginning of November, as shown on the following monthly chart.

It still has a couple of hundred points to go before it runs into its next major resistance level in the form of an external Fibonacci retracement level of 1.236% at 16,972.52.

To monitor such a possible move higher, I've shown the MOM and RSI technical indicators with their normal input values to gauge when they hit prior overbought levels. On the other hand, I've shown the ROC and ATR indicators in histogram format and with an input value of one period, which may spike exceptionally high to signal exhaustion and a potential trend change when/if MOM and RSI reach overbought conditions.

Whether all those line up to co-incide with price tagging the 1.236 external Fib level is anyone's guess...but ones that can be followed on this longer-term timeframe if price continues its breakout rally...especially ahead of Canada's October election...and as Canadians, perhaps, reflect on their debt burdens.

Friday, August 30, 2019

From This Week's "Smile File"...My First Computer

Enjoy your Labour Day weekend...

SPX: Warning Gaps?

As Friday's trading action is coming to a close in a couple of hours before the Labour Day weekend, an interesting observation to note is this daily chart of the SPX.

Since the beginning of August, gaps on the open in both directions have pretty much occurred on a daily basis (blue box). When the same thing happened in the last quarter of 2018 (blue box), we saw a rapid plunge in the space of a few days.

Both pink boxes shows that a similar setup may be forming. The question is, will it retest the December 2018 lows anytime soon?

If I had 2 crystal balls, I'd give you a second opinion...😊

Monday, August 26, 2019

Which World Markets Most Need A Trade Deal?

This is a very simplistic look at world markets and current world trade wars...sometimes the K.I.S.S. principle can be useful.

Take a look at the thumbnail charts (monthly timeframe) of the following major world indices:
  • SPX - USA
  • FTSE 100 - UK
  • DAX - Germany
  • CAC - France
  • FTSE MIB - Italy
  • IBEX - Spain
  • SSEC - China
  • NIKK - Japan

It's pretty easy to see, at a glance, whose equity markets have led and whose have lagged, over the past couple of decades (since around 2000).

Which one do you think could best weather prolonged trade wars, especially if they escalate, as well as a possible substantial loss of market capital from their current levels? Which market has most benefited from its central bank's monetary and political fiscal stimulus policies since the 2008/09 financial crisis? 

The answer to those simple questions will tell you who most needs a trade deal in the near term...and I don't think it's the USA. My two cents' worth, from a chartist's perspective, says it's in the strongest position in this regard.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Volatility Churns In US Markets

* See UPDATE below...

As I mentioned in my post of August 5, volatility ramped up on July 26 and it continues to churn in US markets, as evidenced on the following daily chart of the SPX, as well as the monthly chart of the SPX:VIX ratio.

Near-term resistance and support levels are 2950 and 2800, respectively, on the SPX.

Major resistance and support levels on the SPX:VIX ratio are 200 and 100, respectively.

Until we see a clear breakout and hold above or below these levels, both price and volatility will continue to churn in a large sideways trendless direction.

Furthermore, as President Trump continues to pump out unpredictable tweets like the ones below that he let fly on Friday, volatility will remain elevated in both directions.

And, this about sums up things with respect to US trade negotiations with China...

* UPDATE September 13...

Monday, August 19, 2019

MSCI World Indices Weakening

The following daily chart of the MSCI World (ex USA) Index shows that price has dropped, once again, to just above the 1800 level (as of last Friday's close).

The MACD histogram and RSI indicators are hinting that price is attempting to stabilize on this short-term timeframe and may reverse its decline that began in early July.

The following monthly chart of the MSCI World, Global (incl USA) Indexes shows that price is stuck at a triple-top formation, after failing to break out and hold above an all-time high set in January 2018.

The RSIMOM and ROC indicators have yet to make a new swing high above those also set in January 2018.

In summary, keep an eye on:
  • both of these indices and short and longer term timeframes, along with their indicators, as well as 
  • US 10-Year Treasury yields and ROC and ATR indicators, as outlined in my post of August 16
for clues that world markets may, finally, be paying attention to negative effects of negative bond yields and then weakening further as a result.

In this regard, this Zero Hedge article outlines why negative rates do not bode well for world economies, markets and more...

Source: ZeroHedge.com

Sunday, August 18, 2019

High Yield Corporate Bonds: Breakout Or Breakdown?

The High Yield Corporate Bonds ETF (HYG) is at an interesting juncture.

There are, potentially, two uptrend lines that one could apply to form a large long-term triangle pattern on the following monthly chart. In turn, two possible triangles and two apexes emerge.

Price has been bouncing in between both apexes (and upper edge of this triangle) since February of this year. Attempts to fully break out and move higher have failed repeatedly since then.

In the short term, I'm more interested in the upper apex (blue) because the price, once again, sits outside and below the smaller triangle, while it's still inside the larger one.

I've added the rate-of-change (ROC) indicator in two formats. The input value of the first one is the default nine-period length, while I've changed the input value on the second one to a short one-period length.

If price breaks and holds above this upper apex, I'd monitor the second ROC indicator in the near term to see whether there is a sustained acceleration (above its zero level) to confirm support for continued buying. At the moment, it is accelerating to the downside below the zero level.

Otherwise, if it holds below this upper apex, price may decline to the lower apex, or lower, especially if the second ROC continues to accelerate on the downside.

Friday, August 16, 2019

US 10-Year Treasury Yields Near 60-Year Lows

* See UPDATE below...

Once again, US 10-Year Treasury yields are approaching 60-year historical lows set in mid-2012 and mid-2016, as shown on the following monthly chart.

Shown on the next shorter-term monthly chart are the Rate-of-Change (ROC) and Average True Range (ATR) indicators (in histogram format and with an input value of one period).

Should this rate continue to fall, and, in particular, if it breaks and holds below the previous lows, I'd say that US equity markets would weaken considerably. In that regard, watch for accelerating larger spikes on both histograms for confirmation of further yield drops. Otherwise, watch for large sustained spikes to confirm a serious turnaround to the upside...with US equities strengthening.

* UPDATED August 18...

This Zero Hedge article outlines why negative rates do not bode well for world economies, markets and more...

Source: ZeroHedge.com

In this regard, the following daily chart of the MSCI World (ex USA) Index shows that price has dropped, once again, to just above the 1800 level.

The MACD histogram and RSI indicators are hinting that price is attempting to stabilize on this short-term timeframe and may reverse its decline that began in early July.

The following monthly chart of the MSCI World, Global (incl USA) Indexes shows that price is stuck at a triple-top formation, after failing to break out and hold above an all-time high set in January 2018.

The RSI, MOM and ROC indicators have yet to make a new swing high above those also set in January 2018.

In summary, keep an eye on both of these indices and short and longer term timeframes, along with their indicators, as well as US 10-Year Treasury yields and ROC and ATR indicators, for clues that world markets may, finally, be paying attention to negative effects of negative bond yields.

What Does Dr. Copper Signal For Global Markets?

The following monthly chart of Copper shows that price is hovering above the apex of a very large long-term triangle.

Since early 2018, it hasn't been able to break out above the upper edge of this triangle, confirming the weakness that we've been seeing in global markets, to date. My last article summarizes this weakness in a nutshell.

I've shown the Rate-of-Change (ROC) and Average True Range (ATR) indicators in histogram format with an input value of one period. I'd watch for a series of larger spikes on each to signal, either serious and sustained buying, or a plunge to further lows (as another gauge to track global market strength/weakness). Otherwise, continued smaller spikes would accompany more range-bound, tepid trading in Copper, as well as global markets, in general.