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UPCOMING (MAJOR) U.S. ECONOMIC VENTS...
* Wed. May 22 @ 2:00 pm ET ~ FOMC Meeting Minutes
* Thurs. May 23 @ 3:30 am ET ~ German Flash Manufacturing PMI (watch for a hold below 50)...N.B. Jan. 24 PMI came in at 49.9, Feb. 21 PMI came in at 47.6, Mar. 22 came in at 44.7 & Apr. 18 came in at 44.5 (contraction mode deepens!)
* Wed. May 29 @ 2:00 pm ET ~ Beige Book Report
* Fri. June 7 @ 8:30 am ET ~ Employment Data
* Wed. June 12 @ 8:30 am ET ~ MoM & YoY CPI & Core CPI Data
* Fri. June 14 @ 8:30 am ET ~ Core Retail Sales & Retail Sales
* Wed. June 19 @ 2:00 pm ET ~ FOMC Announcement + FOMC Forecasts and @ 2:30 pm ET ~ Fed Chair Press Conference
*** Click here for link to Economic Calendars for all upcoming events

NOTABLE POSTS WITH IMPORTANT UPDATES...

Saturday, May 18, 2019

RIP Grumpy Cat :-(

Tardar Sauce (April 4, 2012 - May 14, 2019), nicknamed Grumpy Cat.

So sad...she'll be missed...1.5 Million Twitter followers and her own Wikipedia page...


Monday, May 13, 2019

China's Shanghai Index: No Longer A Market Leader

Take a look at this monthly comparison chart of the S&P 500 Index (SPX) versus China's Shanghai Index (SSEC).

While the SSEC literally exploded during 2007 compared with the gains made by the SPX, and made an anaemic attempt in 2015, it's, essentially, gone nowhere since mid-2015.


If this is a harbinger of things to come, I'd say that China is in for a rough ride over the next few years...particularly in light of the current trade war with the U.S. And, it's time for them to negotiate in good faith, as Senator Grassley has tweeted.

You can see from my post of May 6 that major support sits at 2500 for the SSECIf it blows through that level, watch out below!


Source: ZeroHedge.com

World markets closed the day massively in the red on Monday...possibly related to this trade escalation and perhaps other world tensions, e.g., Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, etc., as well as slowing world economies. We'll see how overnight trading fares in China tonight.


P.S. Is anybody besides me getting tired of President Trump's incessant "good-cop bad-cop" tweets/messages regarding trade talks with China? All you have to do is look at this 60 min chart of the SPX to figure out where and when after-hours "bad-cop" tweets/messages were let loose by either him or his negotiators, and when "good-cop" tweets/messages were released during market hours. It's getting silly...and predictable.

And, isn't it about time that he finally outlined a comprehensive trade policy that, not only includes China, but other world countries, as well? It's long overdue, in my opinion!


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sell In May And Go Away...For The Rest Of 2019?

The following graph of the U.S. Major Indices shows the percentages gained from January 1 to the highs that were made, so far, in 2019 (about a week ago).


In my 2019 Market Forecast post of December 17, 2018, I reported that the SPX gained 9.62% for 2018 and thought that, "2019 is likely to bring the same level of volatility and uncertainty, not just in U.S. equity markets, but in other world markets and world politics, as well." That was based on the assumption that central bankers would continue to tighten their monetary policies, with no further fiscal stimulus packages on the horizon in the U.S. at the time. Since then, the Fed has loosened its monetary policies and has indicated that no rate hikes would be implemented in 2019.

I further mentioned that the SPX may, either, retest its all-time high of 2940.91, or resume further declines, putting it at 2400, or lower, to possibly 2250 or 2000 (on the date of my post, the SPX had closed at 2546.2).

After hitting a low of 2346.58 on December 26, the SPX closed out the year at 2506.85 and has since climbed to a new high of 2954.13 on May 1, surpassing its prior high. It has pulled back a bit to close at 2881.40 on Friday.

After further examination, I'd now add 2800 and 2600 to those major support levels, which are evident on the following weekly chart (shown in simple "area" format). At a glance, 2600 stands out as a "right shoulder" target on a potential "inverted head and shoulders" formation, albeit following a large rally from the 2016 Presidential election, rather than after a decline, which would be more typical for this type of technical formation in order for it to trigger and spawn a new rally to, potentially, new highs.


Inasmuch as the SPX has pretty much fulfilled my forecast in its gains for 2019, we may have just seen the top put in for the year, and we may see it pull back to, at least, 2600, or lower. At the risk of repeating myself, I'll, instead, refer to my recent posts here, here, here and here, which describe the market gauges I'm monitoring in this regard.

Monday, May 06, 2019

China's Shanghai Index Rejected At Major Resistance

* See UPDATE below...

I last wrote about China's Shanghai Index (SSEC) on March 25, at which time I identified 3150 as major resistance. Price had closed at 3043.03 that day.

Since then, price briefly broke above 3150 to hit a high of 3288.45 on April 8, and, after retesting that level several times over the next few days, it finally broke and closed below on April 25. In Sunday's overnight trading it closed today (Monday) at 2906.46.

Monday's losses occurred after two tweets Sunday night by President Trump regarding trade and tariffs, as noted below. The third tweet was posted today.




Today was another bad Monday (to put it mildly) for Asian markets, as noted below (screen shot taken at 1:30 pm EDT)...(source Indexq.org)


In my above post, I said the following regarding the SSEC:

"I've shown the input values of the momentum (MOM) and rate-of-change (ROC) indicators as one period. They're both still below the zero level and have, in fact, been declining on recent attempts to move higher during March.
If price breaks and holds above, say, 3150,  I'd like to see both of these indicators also break and hold above zero, while making new highs, as well, to confirm the sustainability of any further meaningful advancement beyond that price.
Otherwise, look for this index to retest its last weekly swing low, or plunge lower, inasmuch as its stability at current levels is questionable."
From the following updated weekly chart of SSEC, both the MOM and ROC indicators (shown with an input value of one period) failed to make a new swing high as price made its new swing high on April 8, and they've been declining ever since, to end back in negative territory...hinting of further weakness ahead.

Major support sits at 2500. Whether it hits that level, or plunges lower, may depend on future unpredictable Trump tweets (which have ranged from extreme optimism on a trade deal, to these latest threats), or on other internal Chinese factors, or other external world events (e.g. tensions/events involving North Korea, Iran, Israel/Palestinians, Venezuela/Russia/Cuba, etc.).


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My thoughts outlined in my May 4 post, "I think that U.S. equities and bonds will continue to outperform the rest of the world markets," haven't changed, although we may see some increased volatility and deeper pullbacks over the coming weeks/months than I may have anticipated.

As the S&P 500 Index (SPX) made its new all-time high of 2954.13 on May 1, its corresponding SPX:VIX ratio was not corroborating that strength. As of 2:19 pm EDT today, this ratio had dropped to its 200-day moving average, after it began its decent when it peaked in mid-April. A drop and hold below this moving average (say, 180) could see the SPX plunge much lower (watch for a break and hold below near-term support at 2900) as the SPX:VIX ratio drops to, potentially, 100, or lower.


* UPDATE May 8...

Source: ZeroHedge.com

Saturday, May 04, 2019

General Market Musings

I've not much to say, other than I think that U.S. equities and bonds will continue to outperform the rest of the world markets (especially since the Mueller investigation is now closed, as AG Barr emphatically stated in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past week)...that the slow melt-up continues, punctuated, periodically, by episodes of consolidation and minor pullbacks...watch for a strong U.S. dollar to support this. And, I doubt very much if the Fed cuts rates any time soon, as President Trump has suggested...not with the strong economy firing on all cylinders.

Inasmuch as other countries, such as Canada, have numerous trade messes with multiple countries that they're trying to sort out, without much luck, so far, and with their economies slowing, I don't see a growing world-wide slow-down abating anytime soon.

For example, German manufacturing PMI contraction continues to deepen for the fourth straight month, as noted below.


Major resistance for the U.S. dollar sits at 100.00 and major support at 90.00, as shown below.


So, basically, I've nothing significant to add to what I posted on March 26 and April 3, except to suggest keeping an eye on the market gauges mentioned therein.

Friday, April 19, 2019

A Joe Biden Stock Market

Former Vice-President Joe Biden may run for President in the 2020 election. He stated recently that his platform would be the Obama/Biden policies of yesteryear.

Were he to be elected, and if the old Obama policies were resurrected, we could very well see the S&P 500 Index return to pre-Trump levels around the 2200 level, or lower, as shown on the monthly chart below.

In the two years since President Trump took office, the SPX has gained around the same number of points as it did in the last four years of Obama's presidency. Those gains are in jeopardy, as uncertainty will weigh on markets in anticipation of a possible return to a more socialist agenda under Biden, or an even more far-left leaning Democrat.

Think about it...the Democrats' Green New Deal (et al) is only an election away...


Wednesday, April 03, 2019

SPX:VIX Ratio In "New Bull Market" Territory

Take a look at the following charts of the SPX:VIX ratio. Appearing in order,
  • each candle on the first chart represents a period of one year,
  • each candle on the next represents a period of one quarter,
  • each candle on the next represents a period of one month, and
  • each candle on the last represents a period of one day.

For the third day in a row, price closed on Tuesday above what I've called the 200 "New Bull Market" level since it first broke through during the first week in 2017. It still has a way to go before it runs into the 250-280 "Bull Froth Zone," where we've seen traders/investors spike the price first, then take profits in the SPX since then, beginning in May 2017.

Simply put, judging from the extremely bullish bias of the candle formations and the bullish signals of the technical indicators on all four charts and timeframes, I see no reason for this ratio not to retest this 250-280 "Bull Froth Zone" over the coming days/weeks. This means that the SPX will likely retest its prior all-time high of 2940.91, or spike higher at some point...provided that the SPX:VIX ratio holds above the 200 "New Bull Market" level.

In the short term, look for a bullish crossover (a "BUY" signal) to form on the PMO indicator on the daily chart, for the new bullish crossover (a "BUY" signal) to hold on the MACD, for the RSI to hold above 50 (a "BUY" signal), and for the recent bullish moving average Golden Cross formation (a "BUY" signal) to hold should the ratio price continue to rally, to support/confirm any higher prices in the SPX. Otherwise, we may see, either a period of sideways consolidation or a pullback in the SPX (depending on how skittish traders/investors are feeling), until it makes its next move to, potentially, new highs.

As an aside, the bullish comments referenced in my post of March 26 on U.S. 2-5-10-30-Year Bonds, still apply. As the level of market skittishness increases on SPX higher prices, no doubt, we'll see monies continue to flow into Bonds, possibly at an elevated rate...another clue to monitor for evidence of slowing enthusiasm for equities giving way to a growing demand for Bond hedging.





Tuesday, March 26, 2019

U.S. Bonds Inching Upwards

* See UPDATE below...

U.S. 2, 5, 10 and 30-year Bonds have been driving through prior resistance and inching upwards since the end of 2018, as shown on the following monthly charts.


Meanwhile, the following monthly SPX:VIX ratio chart shows that price has stalled just below the 200 "New Bull Market" level.

I anticipate that we'll likely see one last-gasp push in equities (SPX and other major indices) to, possibly a slightly higher all-time high, before we see a meaningful pullback/correction. Under that scenario, look for the SPX:VIX to break and hold above 200 and, potentially, retest the 280 all-time ratio high.

However, if the SPX:VIX fails to break and hold above 200 on an SPX rally, then I'd anticipate that we won't see a retest of the prior SPX high set in September 2018, but a fizzle before then, instead.

Either way, I anticipate that bonds will continue to gain ground...albeit perhaps slowly, but steadily.


Of note, is this astute observation from Slope of Hope's, Tim Knight...

Source: SlopeOfHope.com

I anticipate that a recession is on the way, if not this year, then likely next year...but likely slowing this year. I understand that Europe, China, Canada, and others are all slowing now. Watch the bond markets for clues and continued strength!

* UPDATE March 26...

Now this report from Investing.com...

Source: Investing.com