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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

SPX:VIX Ratio ALERT

If these new MACD and PMO crossovers hold, and if the RSI holds below 50 on this daily SPX:VIX ratio chart, we could see a decent pullback occur in the SPX.


Saturday, April 10, 2021

US BANKS: Parabolic Blow-off Top Coming?

Can US taxpayers afford to fund another government bailout of the US Banking Sector, if we see a catastrophic blow-off occur at the top of their respective parabolic spikes, especially...



  • in the wake of the Biden administration's spending spree, to date, together with their monumental proposals of rebuilding or "re-imagining" America, post-COVID-19 pandemic, at a cost of $Trillions more (e.g., the "Green New Deal"),
  • if negative consequences occur after Biden's proposed tax hikes are passed by Congress,
  • as taxpayers try to cope with the rapidly-escalating costs associated with the unprecedented influx of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants flooding across the southern border each month (many of whom have COVID), as well as drug cartels and drugs, gangs, sexual predators, terrorists, and human traffickers, that began post-Biden election and is now described as a humanitarian crisis, a national health crisis, and a national security crisis by border agents, Governors, mayors, and sheriffs of bordering states and towns, as well as members of Congress...attributable to Biden's new border and ICE policies. It's being completely ignored by the President and Vice-President (VP Harris was put in charge of this issue by Biden), and neither one has even bothered to visit the border and speak to these front-line experts about this catastrophe,
  • etc., etc., etc.

The National Debt is already over $28 Trillion, and rising fast, especially with President Biden's out-of-control spending agenda, costing trillions of additional dollars.

I can't predict the timing of such an event, or identify its catalyst, but I think we'll see another catastrophic blow-off top happen in the banking sector in the not-too-distant future...judging by the steepness of, and rabidness associated with, the current parabolic spikes. The risk is there..."caveat emptor." 

Of note, these three global threats are bubbling in the background and may produce major fireworks sooner than we think. How will Joe Biden respond...indeed?

The following charts show that the rapid increases in the price of these bank ETFs and stocks formed during the full throes of the pandemic, from March 2020 (when the economy, jobs, healthcare, personal spending, etc., tanked, and hundreds of thousands of people died from the virus and other health problems resulting from mass lockdowns across the country and around the world). 

Time will tell whether these parabolic price rises were attributable to sound judgement based on assumptions of a quick, sustainable economic rebound, or whether it was shaky speculative investing based on an overestimation of a rapid recovery...e.g., did they invest heavily in Bitcoin (check out the parabolic increase from March 16, 2020 to the high in March of this year..."The Emperor wears no clothes!").

BTC/USD monthly

KRE monthly

XLF monthly

JPM monthly

GS monthly

The following monthly chart of the S&P 500 Index (SPX) contains the SPX:VIX ratio in histogram format at the bottom. 

Typically, over the past four years, when the price on this ratio reached its current level, the SPX, either paused and consolidated, or pulled back...sometimes dramatically.

Furthermore, the SPX has spiked far above the +5 standard deviation of the long-term uptrending regression channel...a sign of extreme equity frothiness.

Keep an eye on this ratio for clues as to strength or weakness in the SPX in the coming weeks.

SPX + SPX:VIX Ratio monthly

SPX monthly

In the meantime, I expect volatility to increase, as FOMO (fear of missing out) traders spike prices even higher, before we see any kind of substantial pullback or parabolic plunge.

Stay tuned, as the US Federal Reserve and Biden's administration continue bloating markets, the federal deficit, and, ultimately, inflation (keep an eye on the 10-Year Treasury Yield in this regard, as described in my latest post).

It's also worth tracking market action in the MSCI World Index, Japan's Nikkei Index, and the FNGU ETF, as outlined in my recent posts here, here and here, for evidence of global equity weakening.


* UPDATE April 20...

ALERT: Price is now sitting on the neckline of a bearish Head & Shoulders formation on the daily chart of KRE today...and just above support on the monthly chart, as shown below. We'll see what holds and what breaks in the coming days/weeks...but, it's currently at a critical level.

Any drop and hold below its current level could be swift, accompanied by some major overall equity market volatility...keep an eye on the SPX:VIX Ratio, as outlined in my latest post today for clues on market direction.



Thursday, April 08, 2021

Buying Resumes in US 10-Year T-Note...But, For How Long?

Over the past several days, buying interest has resumed in US 10-Year T-Notes, after it fell below its long-term uptrend channel median, as shown on the following monthly chart.

Major resistance lies around 134.00, the channel median. A rally and hold above that level could see serious buying push the price to the channel top, currently around 147.00.

Otherwise, failure to retake the median could see price drop down to major support around 121.00, the channel bottom.

Keep an eye on the Balance of Power and Momentum indicators for clues.


Conversely, keep an eye on the US10YT, last mentioned in my post of February 25...see monthly chart below.

10-Year yields have been fairly volatile since October 2016, after breaking above the long-term downtrend line from 1987.

The Balance of Power abruptly shifted in April from buyers to sellers and Momentum has begun to waver. Near-term price support sits around 1.50%. A drop and hold below that level could see a retest of prior swing lows...around 0.50%.

So, not only is price action important on both of these charts, but the Balance of Power and Momentum indicators hold clues as to the strength of their respective, and normally-opposite, trends. For example, the 10-Year Treasury Yield has broken above its long-standing downtrend...whereas the US 10-Year T-Note is still contained within its channel, in uptrend, so far...perhaps signalling higher yields ahead, even if bulls continue buying the 10-Year T-Note, possibly at a slower pace. So, keep an eye on these two indicators for clues.


MSCI WORLD INDEX: Who's Buying At The Top?

The trajectory is parabolic on this monthly chart of the MSCI World Index, as Momentum begins to waver in the rally that began in February of 2020.

Is this sustainable? FOMO (fear of missing out) buyers may get burned as the exuberance tops out. Keep an eye on momentum for clues.


RUSSELL 2000 INDEX: Who Bought At The Top?

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Is Coke's Sugar High Over?

* See UPDATE below...

Price on this monthly chart of Coca-Cola (KO) is sitting just below the apex (53.50) of a large diamond pattern...typically a bearish signal.

Failure to rise and remain above this long-term resistance level could see a sizeable pullback, particularly if Coke's customers begin to pull back their buying of (what once was) the "pause that refreshes" soft drink...as Coca-Cola continues its recent political activism against Caucasians and its participation in extreme far-left "out-of-control cancel-culture" actions by individuals and major corporations against Republicans and Conservatives...and, even entire States, e.g., Georgia (one of 23 Republican-controlled states).


Source: WashingtonExaminer.com

Are their white bears sidelined now?

Source: Forbes.com

If they're trying to insult and alienate customers, including half of America, or more, they're doing a good job!


* UPDATE April 12...

100+ CEOs and business leaders displayed their foolish loyalty to the "extreme far-left cancel-culture mob" during a Zoom call over the weekend, as described in this Zero Hedge article.

"In short, corporate America is making sweeping economic threats to states which pass laws designed to improve election integrity." 

Isn't this proof of corporate America conspiring to buy off politicians of only one political party to thwart the autonomy of individual state lawmaking and to engineer the outcome of state and federal elections? What are they asking for in return? Is this a monopolistic political "pay-to-play scheme?" How is that legal? Is control their endgame...in partnership with Democrats and their "Green New Deal" idealogical agenda?

At what point do Americans get fed up with CEOs (making $65,000/day, or more...yes, per day) who lecture and pressure them on morality, how to vote, and how to live their lives, etc.?

Source: ZeroHedge.com

Monday, March 29, 2021

FNGU In Freefall

This monthly chart of FNGU looks ominous. There are only three trading days left in March, so we'll see where the March candle closes. 

Until buyers step back in, with sustained conviction, into the 10 technology stocks making up this exchange-traded note that tracks 3x the daily price movements on an index of US-listed technology and consumer discretionary companies (AAPL, BABA, BIDU, NVDA, FB, NFLX, AMZN, GOOGL, TSLA & TWTR), look for the FNGU selloff to continue in April.


Japan's Nikkei 225 Buyers Drying Up

* See UPDATE below...

It looks like the buying in Japan's Nikkei 225 (JP225) began drying up in December, 2020, according to the Balance of Power indicator shown on the following monthly chart.

A drop and hold below 29,000 could see price drop rapidly to 24,000, or even 20,000.

Precisely what catalyst could cause such a sharp, swift selloff remains to be revealed.


* UPDATE March 30...

Catalyst?...


Thursday, February 25, 2021

In The Grand Scheme Of Things: US10YT

After today's gain, the US10YT now sits just above a 10-year major resistance level around 1.50%, as shown on the following monthly chart.

In the grand scheme of things (since 1955), it's still well below normal.

Upside major resistance levels/targets are 2.00% and 3.00%...but a drop and hold below 1.50% could see it return to 1.00%

We may see it consolidate for awhile before its trend becomes clearer, but currently, momentum favours buyers.

Keep an eye on the short-to-medium-term movements of the DX and the XLF for clues, as I've described here and here. A rising US dollar and a falling Financials sector may see buyers continue to support the US10YT.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

US Dollar At Major Inflection Point

The US Dollar (DX) is hovering precariously just above a major inflection point at 90.00, as shown on the following monthly chart.

A drop and hold below that level could see the DX plunge to around 85.00, or even 80.00, in short order.

However, should the Financials ETF (XLF) drop, as described in my most recent post, we may see DX reverse course and rally towards 95.00, or even 100.00...keep an eye on the XLF for clues.


U.S. Financials Rally Seems Parabolic

The rise of the Financials ETF (XLF) from March 2020 seems rather parabolic when compared with prior rallies over the past two decades, as shown on the following monthly chart.

A pullback may be just around the corner.

A drop and hold below major support at 30.00 could see this sector plummet to around 25.00, or, even 20.00, in short order.

Keep an eye on my post on the US Dollar as a cross-reference for clues.


What One Week Of Fame Looks Like

Who bought at the top? 😕


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

S&P 500 Index Monthly Pivot Points For February 2021

The following pivot point calculations and chart are provided to illustrate a variety of support and resistance levels/price targets on the monthly timeframe for the S&P 500 Index (SPX).

The calculations below are based on the high/low/close of January's candle for February's levels/price targets.


The following monthly chart of the SPX shows that price nearly hit R2 (3957), so far, this month. 

There are only three trading days left; however, we might see a final push up to somewhere in between the 1.50% external Fibonacci level at 3994 and R3 at 4044.

However, a drop and hold below R1 at 3835 may see price drop to somewhere around the PP at 3749, or lower.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Farewell, President Trump...Buona Fortuna, 45! PLUS: Impeachment #2

* See UPDATES below...

This post has it all...thrills, spills and political theatre...

  • Former President Donald Trump leaves office after failing to be re-elected for a second term
  • 2020 election "fortification" versus election "rigging"
  • House Impeachment #2 and Senate Acquittal #2 of Mr. Trump
  • Capitol riot of January 6
  • Capitol security review
  • Future Republican leadership questions
  • America's future under the Biden administration 

Sunday, January 03, 2021

2020 Market Wrap-Up and 2021 Market Forecast: A Dimmer Sun?

Perhaps the most valuable commodity this year will be Vitamin D, thanks to Bill Gates' proposal to "dim the sun" and his support for large-scale, endless lockdowns. 😏

My Annual 2020 Market Wrap-Up and 2021 Market Forecast is extremely short this year. We live in an upside-down world, propped up by central banks and government stimulus...likely to continue this year, thanks to the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic.


The S&P 500 Index (SPX) gained a total of 1,568.34 points from the low to the high of 2020, and the Balance of Power (BOP) is still firmly in the hands of Buyers, as shown on the following monthly chart

However, the BOP for December is a fraction below November's, so the buying was slightly more subdued last month and may portend a slower pace in the coming months.

The next major resistance is represented by the 1.382% External Fibonacci level at 3850.57. Major support lies below at the "Big Round Number" of 3600.

Barring another retest of 3600, as we saw during three weeks of November, I'd expect the buying to continue up to 3850.57, or higher, in the coming weeks/months.

However, stocks may be getting overvalued, as shown on the following ZeroHedge chart. Perhaps 2021 may usher in more stock splits...or a 10-20% correction.

We'll see what happens...but, keep an eye on the rate of buying/selling, as represented by the BOP indicator.


P.S.

By the way, the SPX "iceberg" is still afloat.


Friday, January 01, 2021

Happy New Year 2021!

Here's hoping 2021 ushers in better days ahead for everyone. Best wishes for good health, prosperity and good friends. 😊