Heavy Earnings, Fed, and April Jobs Week

On Friday, markets diverged at the open.  SPY gapped up 0.60%, QQQ gapped up 0.77%, but DIA opened 0.03% lower.  From there, all three major index ETFs saw some follow-through, with DIA rallying until 10:15 a.m. and then meandering sideways the rest of the day.  Meanwhile, SPY and QQQ continued their rally until about 1:45 p.m. before starting their own sideways meanders for the remainder of the session. This action gave us white-bodied candles in all three major index ETFs.  SPY printed a Spinning Top type crossing back above its T-line (8ema).  QQQ could be called a fat body Spinning Top that also gapped up above, retested and stayed above its T-line.  DIA had the weakest candle, with a larger upper wick, but also crossed back above its T-line and closed just a few cents above.  This all happened on below-average volume in all three.

On the day, eight of the 10 sectors were in the green with Technology (+2.14%) way out in front (by more than one percent) leading the rest of the market higher.  At the same time, Utilities (-0.78%) lagged far behind the other sectors.  Meanwhile, SPY gained 0.95%, DIA gained 0.36%, and QQQ gained 1.54%.  VXX fell another 3.24% to close at 13.43 and T2122 climbed but remained in its mid-range at 61.21.  10-year bond yields rose to 4.663% and Oil (WTI) was just on the green side of flat to close at $83.66 per barrel.  So, Friday, the market thumbed its nose at conventional wisdom and took the PCE reading as Bullish.  Or perhaps traders just ignored that data while focusing on strong earnings from MSFT and a great report (a beat), first-ever dividend, and raised forward guidance from GOOGL.  In either case, it was the Bulls’ Day and ended the strongest week for the markets (SPY and QQQ) since November.

The major economic news scheduled for Friday included March Core PCE Index Year-on-Year, which was flat at 2.8% (higher than the forecast 2.6% but in-line with the February 2.8% value).  On a Month-on-Month basis the March Core PCE Price Index was flat as expected at +0.3% (compared to a +0.3% forecast and prior reading).  On the headline number, March PCE Price Index Year-on-Year was hotter than predicted at +2.7% (versus a forecast of +2.6% but up two ticks from February’s +2.5%).  For the Month-on-Month basis, the PCE Price Index was flat, as predicted and seen the prior month, at +0.3%.  At the same time, March Personal Spending remained flat at +0.8% (compared to a forecast of +0.6% and a February reading of +0.8%).  Later, Michigan Consumer Sentiment was down to 77.2 (versus a 77.8 forecast and the previous value of 79.4).  At the same time, Michigan Consumer Expectations were also low at 76.0 (compared to a 77.0 forecast and a previous value of 77.4).  In terms of forward-looking, the Michigan 1-Year Inflation Expectation if up to 3.2% (versus a forecast of 3.1% and well up from the prior +2.9% value).  On the longer-term, the Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations are +3.0% (in-line with the forecast of +3.0% but up two ticks from the previous +2.8% reading).

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In stock news, on Friday, SBUX and US worker’s union met for contract negotiations.  In other labor news, Reuters reported that MBGAF (Daimler Truck) faces an imminent strike at six US facilities by 7,300 UAW workers if a deal was not reached by 10 p.m. Friday. At the same time, the staff of a Las Vegas CVS facility voted to join a pharmacy union by an overwhelming 87% vote. (The was the first CVS facility to unionize.)  Later, GM announced it is closing manufacturing operations in Columbia and Ecuador. With plans to lay off 850 workers in Columbia and an unspecified number in Ecuador.  At the same time, AAL announced it will have to adjust flights and routes in the second half to adjust for BA 787 jet delivery delays.  (This comes one day after LUV said it will need to shut down operations at some airports for the same reason.)  Later, GOOGL filed a motion with a federal court in VA, asking the court to reject the US government lawsuit accusing it of anticompetitive online advertising practices.  At the same time, LHX confirmed earlier reports that the company will cut 5% of its workforce in a bid to streamline.  After the close, Bloomberg reported that AAPL has re-opened its talks with OpenAI in a bid to catch up to its peers in the AI race.  The talks are aimed toward brining generative AI features to iPhones.  (AAPL is also in talks with GOOGL to license its AI technology named Gemini.)  Late Friday evening, MBGAF did reach a new contract agreement with the UAW.  (Daimler workers will get an immediate 10% raise, with an additional 3% increase in 3-months, then at 6-months, and finally at 12-months after ratification.  There will also be additional cost-of-living increases and profit-sharing. 

In stock legal and governmental news, on Friday, the BRKB subsidiary real estate brokerage reached a $250 million settlement on antitrust litigation related to how realtors are paid.  Later, the NHTSA announced it is investigating TSLA’s 2023 recall related to “Full Self Driving” software, after 20 crashes attributed to that feature have been reported after the software patch.  (The hypothesis is that TSLA’s system meant to ensure the driver remains attentive and in control of the vehicle is lax or faulty.)  The re4call covered 2 million TSLA vehicles (every one ever sold).  Later, by a 2-1 vote a federal appeals court revived a NY state law requiring the provision of affordable high-speed internet to low-income families.  (T, VZ, and industry trade groups had sued to block the 2021 law and r in the original trial.)  At the same time, FAA investigators are looking into an incident Friday where a DAL jet had its emergency slide fall off the plane after takeoff from NY.  The jet involved was a BA 767 enroute to Los Angeles.  Later, the FDIC announced it had sold seized bank FRBK (closed by PA state banking regulators Thursday night) to FULT in order to protect depositors and continue bank operations.   On Saturday.  MBGAF (Mercedes-Benz) announced that the US Dept. of Justice has closed its probe into the company over emissions test manipulation on its diesel engines.

Overnight, Asian markets were green across the board.  Shenzhen (+2.22%), Taiwan (+1.86%), and South Korea (+1.17%) led the region higher.  In Europe, we see a similar picture taking shape with only three of 15 bourses in red at midday.  (Greece at -0.44% was the only appreciable red bourse.)  The CAC (+0.12%), DAX (-0.04%), and FTSE (+0.48%) lead the region modestly higher in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a green start to the day.  The DIA implies a +0.16% open, the SPY is implying a +0.23% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.33% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bonds are down to 4.624% and Oil (WTI) is flat at $83.88 per barrel in early trading.

There is no major economic news scheduled for Monday.  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include ARLP, BBVA, DQ, BEN, HNI, JKS, ON, RVTY, PHG, and SOFI.  Then, after the close, AMKR, ACGL, CNO, CCK, CWK, CVI, ESI, EG, FFIV, FLS, LOGI, NXPI, PARAA, PARA, SANM, SBAC, ST, SUI, RIG, WELL, WWD, and YUMC report. 

In economic news later this week, on Tuesday we get Q1 Employment Cost Index, Chicago PMI, Conf. Board Consumer Confidence, and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks.  Then on Wednesday, ADP Nonfarm Employment Change, March Construction Spending, April S&P Global Mfg. PMI, ISM Mfg. Employment, ISM Mfg. PMI, ISM Mfg. Price Index, March JOLTs Job Openings, EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories, FOMC Rate Decision, FOMC Statement, and Fed Chair Press Conference are reported.  On Thursday, we get March Exports, March Imports, March Trade Balance, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Q1 Nonfarm Productivity, Q1 Unit Labor Cost, March Factory Orders, and Fed Balance Sheet.  Finally, on Friday, April Avg. Hourly Earnings, April Nonfarm Payrolls, April Private Nonfarm Payrolls, April Participation Rate, April Unemployment Rate, April S&P Global Services PMI, April S&P Global Composite PMI, ISM Non-Mfg. Employment, ISM Non-Mfg. PMI, ISM Non-Mfg. PMI Price Index, and Fed Member Williams speaks.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Tuesday, we hear from MMM, APD, ATI, AEP, AMT, ARCB, ADM, BGC, EAT, CNP, KO, GLW, DAN, ETN, ECL, LLY, EPD, FELE, IT, GEHC, GPK, HSBC, HUBB, ITW, INCY, KBR, LEA, LDOS, MPC, MLM, MCD, MLCO, TAP, MPLX, NOG, OMF, PCAR, PYPL, PAG, PNM, PEG, QSR, RITM, SIRI, STLA, SCL, SYY, TMHC, THC, TKR, TT, UFPI, ABRA, AMD, AMZN, AMCR, ASH, EQH, BXP, CZR, CC, CHK, CLX, FANG, EIX, EXR, FBIN, HI, INVH, LEG, LFUS, LPLA, LUMN, MATX, MCY, MDLZ, NGD, OI, OKE, PK, PINS, PSNY, PRU, PSA, QUAD, RNR, RSG, RYI, SWKS, SBUX, SYK, SMCI, UNM, and WERN.  Then on Wednesday, AER, ARCC, ADP, AVA, AVT, AXTA, GOLD, BLCO, CG, CRS, CDW, COR, CVE, CENX, GIB, CHEF, CLH, CNDT, CVS, DD, ENTG, ESAB, EL, EEFT, FLEX, FTS, GRMN, GTES, GNRC, GSK, GPN, IDXX, NSP, JCI, KKR, KHC, DRS, LTH, MAR, MA, NBIX, NCLH, OGE, PSN, PFE, PPL, SMG, SLGN, SR, STGW, TRN, TTMI, UTHR, VRSK, WEC, WLK, YUM, ACHC, AFL, ALB, ALL, AFG, AIG, AWK, ANSS, CAR, AXS, BALY, BBSI, BZH, BV, CHRW, CWH, CVNA, CF, CMPR, CTSH, CODI, CTVA, CW, DLX, DVN, DASH, EBAY, ENSG, NVST, ETSY, ES, EXPI, FLSR, FNV, GFL, GIL, THG, HLF, HST, JAZZ, KMPR, MRO, MKL, MET, MGM, MAA, MOS, MUSA, MYRG, PGRE, PTEN, PAYC, CNXN, PTC, QRVO, QCOM, RHP, SIGI, SCI, SFM, SUM, TTEK, TWI, TROX, UGI, VMI, VTR, VICI, ZG, and Z report.  On Thursday, we hear from AGCO, ATUS, AME, APA, APG, APO, APTV, MT, ARES, ARW, BHC, BAX, BCE, BDX, BDC, BWA, BTSG, BRKR, CNQ, CAH, CHD, CI, CNK, CNHI, CIGI, COP, CMI, XRAY, DBD, D, DRVN, DNB, ENOV, NVRI, EXC, ULCC, HWM, HII, NSIT, ICE, IQV, IRM, ITRI, ITT, JHG, K, KTB, LNC, LIN, MCO, MUR, NFG, NVO, ONEW, OGN, PH, PATK, PBF, BTU, PTON, PENN, PNW, PBI, PWR, REGN, RXO, SABR, SNDR, SEE, SHEL, SO, SWK, TRGP, TFX, TRI, UPBD, VAL, VSTS, VMC, W, WEN, WCC, WRK, XYL, ZBH, ZTS, AES, ALHC, AEE, AMGN, AAPL, ACA, BECN, SQ, BKNG, BFAM, CIVI, COIN, ED, CTRA, DVA, DLR, DKNG, EOG, WTRG, EXPE, FND, FTNT, GDDY, HOLX, HUN, ILMN, IR, LYV, MTZ, MODV, MNST, MSI, ZEUS, OTEX, OPEN, OEC, PTVE, PXD, POST, RGA, REZI, RKT, RYAN, SEM, SM, SWN, TXRH, X, and WSC.  Finally, on Friday, ADNT, AXL, AMRX, BEPC, BEP, CBOE, CBRE, GTLS, LNG, CRBG, FLR, FYBR, GPRE, HSY, KOP, MGA, NMRK, NVT, PAA, PAGP, TRP, TAC, TRMB, and XPO report.

So far this morning, ARLP, DPZ, HNI, RVTY, and SOFI all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, JKS and PHG missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  Unfortunately, DQ missed on both the top and bottom lines.

In miscellaneous news, on Saturday, the China International Capital Corp (one of China’s largest banks) announced it had cut the base pay of 2,000 investment bankers by 25%.  This comes after the bank cut banker bonuses by 40% last year.  On Sunday, TSLA CEO Musk travelled to China to lobby their government for approval to roll out Full Self Driving in that country.  Musk gained approval to remove restrictions (such as automated lane changes) from TSLA vehicles in China, despite safety concerns. Reports are that the large amount of data collected by the cars will be held in China (the key hurdle was approval for “data security”) and the cars will use BIDU’s mapping technology.

With that background, it looks as if the Bulls are gapping all three major index ETFs higher in the premarket. However, all three are also putting in small, indecisive candles since that higher open in the early session. SPY, DIA, and QQQ are all back above their T-line (8ema) at this moment. So, the short-term trend is bullish but not strongly so. Meanwhile, the mid-term remains bearish but under pressure from Bulls. The longer-term market remains Bullish but trend has been broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, none of the major index ETFs is too far extended from their T-line and the T2122 indicator is in the center of its mid-range. So, both sides have plenty of room to run if they can gain the momentum to do so. In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, six of the 10 are in the green with only GOOGL (-1.54%) and META (-1.25%) appreciably lower so far. MEanwhile, TSLA (+11.46%) is soaring on the China FSD approval while that biggest dog (NVDA +0.17%) is just on the green side of flat. Keep in mind that we’ve seen a lot of whipsaw lately. So, be careful not to chase a gap. Also remember that this is a Fed week and end of April, meaning we’ll get April Jobs data on Friday as well as a ton of earnings over the week. There will be a ton of ammunition for “wait and see” and over-reaction on news this week. Be careful.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

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META Spooks Market and Mixed Earnings

Markets diverged at the open Wednesday.  SPY opened 0.18% higher, DIA opened down just 0.04%, and QQQ gapped up 0.71%.  However, at that point all three major index ETFs sold off modestly with DIA reaching its low of day at 11:50 a.m., QQQ reaching that low level by 12:35 p.m., and SPY doing so at 12:50 p.m.  From there, the SPY and QQQ meandered back-and-forth between the open and lows the rest of the day.  DIA did something similar, but rallied to a new high of the day at 2 p.m.  This action gave us black-bodied, indecisive, Spinning Top candles in all three major index ETFs.  QQQ crossed above its T-line (8ema), so all three closed above their T-lines after a retest from above during the day.  This all happened on below-average volume in all three, with well-below-average volume on the SPY.

On the day, six of the 10 sectors were in the red with Industrials (-0.72%) out in front leading markets lower.  At the same time, Consumer Defensive (+0.49%) and Utilities (+0.42%) held up better than the other sectors.  Meanwhile, SPY lost 0.04%, DIA lost 0.15%, and QQQ gained 0.34%.  VXX fell another 1.02% to close at 13.57 and T2122 climbed again dropped back to the center of its mid-range at 51.16.  10-year bond yields rose to 4.646% and Oil (WTI) was down 0.56% to close at $82.89 per barrel.  So, Wednesday was an indecisive day.  It could be seen as rest after a couple decent days of gained or maybe as the relief rally petering out.   bullish day with DIA breaking up out of its consolidation while SPY and DIA turned higher.  However, the downtrend has only been broken in the DIA with the two broader index ETFs still below that falling line. None of the three has put in a higher low yet.  So, for now this must be considered a relief rally at the moment.

The major economic news scheduled for Wednesday included March Core Durable Goods Orders came in lower than expected at +0.2% month-on-month (compared to a forecast of +0.3% but still up from February’s +0.1%). At the same time, March Durable Goods Orders were stronger than predicted at +2.6% month-on-month (versus a +2.5% forecast and well above the February +0.7% value).  Later, Weekly EIA Crude Oil Inventories were far lower than anticipated, drawing down 6.368 million barrels (compared to a +1.600 million forecast and well down from the prior week’s +2.735 million barrels). 

After the close, ALGN, NLY, AR, ASGN, CACI, CCS, CLS, CMG, CHDN, CYH, EHC, F, ICLR, KALU, LRCX, LSTR, MTH, MEOH, META, MOH, ORLY, PLXS, ROL, SLM, SEIC, NOW, STC, TER, TX, TYL, URI, UHS, WCN, WU, and WHR all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, AGI, BMRN, CHX, DBOEY, IBM, SNBR, and WM missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, CHE, CP, NBR, and RJF all beat on revenue while missing on earnings. Unfortunately, GGG, FAF, KNX, and OII missed on both the top and bottom lines.

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In stock news, on NVDA announced it had agreed on a deal to acquire Run:ai a cloud workload management software provider.  (Finances were not released, but reports said the deal was around $700 million.)  At the same time, HUM withdrew its forward guidance, citing disappointing Medicare reimbursement rates (but not mentioning its hack that shut down operations at it CHNG unit).  Later, BAC shareholders rejected a proposal to split the CEO and Chairman roles.  At the same time, LUV flight attendants ratified their new union contract, with 81% voting to approve.  The contract gives them an immediate 22% raise and 3% annual raises until May 2028.  Later, the Wall Street Journal reported that WHR will cut 1,000 jobs globally (out of 59,000 employed).  No timetable was provided.  At the same time, Reuters reported that BX is buying the” Tropical Smoothie Café” restaurant chain in a deal that sources say will be for about $2 billion.  Tropical Smoothie currently has 1,400 cafes.  Later, SPWR announced it was cutting 1,000 jobs in coming weeks, mostly from its direct sales channel, as part of a restructuring.  After the close, Bloomberg reported that BHP is considering a buyout bid for AAUKF.  (AAUKF has a $36.71 billion market cap.)  Also after the close, F disclosed that is lost $1.3 billion on its electric vehicles, which is $132,000 for each of the 10,000 electric vehicles it sold in Q1.  (That 10,000 was down 20% from the number it sold in Q1 2023.) 

In stock legal and governmental news, on Wednesday, the US Dept. of Transportation announced finalized rules requiring upfront disclosure of airline fees and immediate refunds for canceled flights, delayed (more than 12 hours) baggage delivery, and inoperative services.  Later, the US Dept. of Justice announced it will decide in May whether BA violated the agreement (consent decree) the company made to avoid prosecution over the 2018 and 2019 737 MAX crashes.  This came as family members of the crash victim families met with DOJ officials Wednesday to urge prosecution after the FAA and DOT investigations into the mid-air loss of a door plug revealed broad and deep quality issues at BA stemming back to the time of that agreement.  At the same time, Bloomberg reported that the FDIC is in talks with buyers to sell FRBK which was seized in 2023.  Later, the USAF chose two unlisted finalists (General Atomics and Anduril) to compete for its unmanned combat aircraft design, production, and testing.  (This means that BA, LMT, and NOC were eliminated and if they wish to push toward somehow overturning the decision, they would have to foot their own bills for all efforts past today on the project.)  A final choice and production decision is scheduled for 2026.  At the same time, a US appeals court revived a lawsuit against Whole Foods (AMZN) which alleges the company illegally fired an employee for refusing to remove her “Black Lives Matter” facemask during covid restrictions.  The suit alleges she was fired over racism.  The court ruled 3-0 that the company had “arguably deviated” from its internal disciplinary process in firing the worker. After the close, a TSLA shareholder who successfully sued to have CEO Musk’s $56 billion pay package thrown out filed a motion with the Delaware court who made that ruling, asking that the court prevent TSLA from dodging the ruling by moving its headquarters to TX.

Overnight, Asian markets were evenly mixed but leaned to the downside on strength of moves.  Japan (-2.16%), South Korea (-1.76%), and Taiwan (-1.36%) led the region lower.  In Europe, markets are more firmly red at midday with only four of 15 bourses showing gains at the half-way point.  The CAC (-0.93%), DAX (-0.75%), and FTSE (+0.62%) lead the region on volume, as always, in early afternoon trade.  Meanwhile, in the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a gap down to start the day.  DIA implies a -0.58% open, the SPY is implying a -0.68% open, and QQQ implies a -1.04% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are at 4.65% and Oil (WTI) is just on the green side of flat at $82.92 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Thursday include Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Q1 GDP, Q1 GDP Price Index, March Goods Trade Balance, and March Retail Inventories (all at 8:30 a.m.), March Pending Home Sales (10 a.m.), and the Fed Balance Sheet (4:30 p.m.).  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include AOS, ADT, ALFVY, ALLE, MO, AAL, HOUS, AIT, ARCH, AMBP, ABG, AZN, BFH, BMY, BC, CARR, CAT, CBZ, CX, CHKP, CMS, CMCSA, CFR, DAR, DOV, DOW, DTE, EQNR, FCNCA, FCFS, FCN, GTX, GEV, HOG, HP, HTZ, HES, HON, IP, KDP, KEX, LH, LAZ, LECO, HZO, MRK, NDAQ, NEM, NOC, ORI, OSK, PCG, PHIN, POOL, RS, RCL, SPGI, SNY, SAH, LUV, SRCL, STM, FTI, TECK, TXT, TSCO, TRU, TPH, UNP, VLO, VC, GWW, WST, WEX, WTW, and XEL.  Then, after the close, AEM, AB, ALSN, GOOGL, ATR, AJG, TEAM, AVB, BYD, COF, CSL, CINF, COLM, DXCM, EMN, EW, EGO, ERIE, FE, GILD, GOOG, TV, HIG, HUBG, INTC, JNPR, KLAC, LHX, MSFT, MTX, MHK, NOV, DOC, PFG, RMD, RHI, ROKU, SKX, SKYW, SNAP, SSNC, TMUS, TDOC, TS, TEX, TFII, TBBB, TPC, WDC, WY, and WKC report. 

In economic news later this week, Friday, March Core PCE Price Index, March PCE Price Index, March Personal Spending, Michigan Consumer Sentiment, Michigan Consumer Expectations, Michigan 1-Year Inflation Expectations, and Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations are reported.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Friday, ABBV, AON, ALV, AN, AVTR, BALL, CNC, CHTR, CVX, CL, XOM, FMX, GNTX, HCA, IMO, LYB, NWL, PSX, POR, ROP, SAIA, and TROW report.

So far this morning, ADT, MO, AIT, ARCH, AZN, CHLP, CMCSA, DOV, DOW, EQNR, FCNCA, HOG, HON, KDP, KEX, LH, LAZ, MRK, NEM, NOC, ORI, OSK, RNECY, RCL, SPGI, SNY, SWDBY, FTI, TRU, TPH, and WST all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, AOS, ALLE, AMBP, CARR, CAT, CMS, DAR, FCFS, GTX, PCG, SAH, SRCL, VLO, and XEL all missed on the revenue line while beating on earnings.  On the other side, ASX, BFH, BMY, IP, NDAQ, VLY, and WEX beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  Unfortunately, AAL, ABG, BC, CBZ, DTE, HZO, POOL, RS, LUV, STM, TECK, TXT, and VC all missed on both the top and bottom lines.  Notable was BMY, which better have a good story to tell since they had higher than expected revenue but still missed earnings estimates by $6 per share.  It is also with nothing that AIT, RS, RCL, WST, and WEX all raised their guidance.  However, HZO lowered forward guidance.

In miscellaneous news, on Thursday, the CEO of DJT (former Congressman Nunes) complained publicly, urging his former House GOP friends to launch an investigation of short-sellers as “market manipulators.”  While the House has no regulatory power, I suppose it could pass a law banning short sales.  As usual, the threat of being attacked by MAGA types and the hassle of being subpoenaed and testifying is meant to bully short-sellers into not shorting DJT stock in particular.  (We all know some people feel they need to be treated by different rules.)  However, large short-sellers like Citadel called those demands “losers trying to blame someone else for their falling stock price.”  Elsewhere, CT lawmakers advanced the state’s first-in-the-nation “paid sick leave” law.  The 2011 law was revised to overcome legal challenges and it will require employers (down to a single-employee in size) to provide paid sick leave (one hour for every 30 hours worked) by 2027.  While the passage was not technically party line, it was close to being so, with Democrats supporting the law.  Meanwhile, GOP members in both CT houses decried the law as an unfounded mandate on business that will be abused by employees who will “take a day off to go to the beach.”  Finally, the US Chamber of Commerce (and other business groups) sued the FTC over the rules passed Tuesday which ban most types of non-compete clauses in employment contracts.  As expected, the suit was filed in the Eastern district of TX, where all the Federal judges are extremely conservative.

With that background, it looks as if the bears have control of the market early as all three major index ETFs gapped lower to start the premarket. However, they have reacted a bit differently since then. DIA is giving us a decent sized black candle since that gap-down premarket open. However, SPY is very flat with no body on its candle and QQQ is giving a modest white body candle after the gap-down start to the early session. SPY and QQQ are back below their T-line (8ema) while DIA is retesting that level as I write. So, the short-term trend is uncertain to bearish. Meanwhile, the mid-term remains bearish but under pressure from Bulls. The longer-term market remains Bullish but trend has been broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, none of the major index ETFs is too far extended from their T-line and the T2122 indicator is back in the center of its mid-range. So, both sides have plenty of room to run if they can gain the momentum to do so. In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, six of the 10 are in the red with META (-14.63%) leading markets lower on bad forward guidance after an earnings beat. However, it is worth noting that the two biggest dogs, NVDA (+0.78%) and TSLA (+0.31%) are both on the green side and although META has traded more dollar volume in premarket, it will not trade more than those two over the day. With that all said, continue to be careful. We’ve see a lot of those widowmaker reversales lately.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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TSLA Misses Big Promises More and Spikes

Tuesday saw another gap higher to start the day.  SPY gapped up 0.43%, DIA gapped up 0.37%, and QQQ gapped up 0.50%.  From three, all three major index ETFs gave us follow through, which was stronger for 90 minutes and then slowed, but continued higher until 2:45 p.m.  From there, all three took profits very modestly into the close, to end the day not far below the highs.  This action gave us gap-up, white bodied candles with modest upper wicks in all three.  SPY crossed back above its T-line (8ema) while QQQ retested its own from below but came up just short of crossing.  DIA remained up above its 8ema.  If you squint, you might call the QQQ a Morning Star like pattern.  This all happened on less-than-average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, all 10 sectors were in the green with Technology (+1.96%) well out in front, followed by Healthcare and Consumer Cyclical (both +1.53%) leading markets higher. At the same time, SPY gained 1.19%, DIA gained 0.69%, and QQQ gained 1.56%. VXX fell another 3.92% to close at 13.71 and T2122 climbed again toward the upper end of its mid-range at 70.87. 10-year bond yields fell to 4.602% and Oil (WTI) was up 1.72% to close at $83.31 per barrel.  So, Tuesday was a bullish day with DIA breaking up out of its consolidation while SPY and DIA turned higher.  However, the downtrend has only been broken in the DIA with the two broader index ETFs still below that falling line. None of the three has put in a higher low yet.  So, for now this must be considered a relief rally at the moment.

The major economic news scheduled for Tuesday included Building Permits, which came in stronger than expected at 1.467 million (compared to a forecast of 1.458 million but still down from the March reading of 1.524 million).  Later, S&P Global Mfg. PMI was lower than predicted at 49.9 (versus a 52.0 forecast and a March value of 51.9). At the same time, S&P Global Services PMI also came in low at 50.9 (compared to a forecast of 52.0 and a March 51.7 value).  This gave us an S&P Global Composite PMI of 50.9 that was down from March’s 52.1 reading.  Later, March New Home Sales were a bit better than anticipated at 693k (versus a 668k forecast and a 637k February value).  Finally, after the close, API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks showed an unexpected drawdown of 3.230 million barrels (compared to a forecast calling for an increase of 1.800 million barrels and the prior week’s 4.090-million-barrel increase).

After the close, BKR, CNI, CB, CSGP, EWBC, ENVA, EQR, MTDR, RUSHA, LRN, TXN, VLTO, V, WFRD, and WFG all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, AGR, EQT, IEX, MAT, RRC, STX, STLD, all missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, HA beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  Unfortunately, TSLA missed big (the steepest revenue decline since 2012) on both the top and bottom lines.  However, the master marketer Musk did immediately promise things for next year that made the stock soar. It is worth noting that LRN raised its forward guidance.

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In stock news, on Tuesday, GOOGL announced it will invest $640 million in a new data center in Netherlands.  At the same time, Reuters reported that FSRN may file for bankruptcy sometime in the next 30 days if it is unable to get enough relief from creditors or otherwise raise capital. Later, SPWR announced that its previous financials should not be relied upon and it will need to restate some 2022 and 2023 financial statements.  At the same time, LHX announced it will cut 5% of its workforce during 2024 (about 2,500 employees) as part of a cost-savings push.  Later, JDSPY agreed to buy HIBB for $1.08 billion ($87.50/share, almost a 21% premium on Monday’s close).  Meanwhile, protest organizers say that GOOGL increased the number of employees fired over last week’s protests (over a deal with the Israeli military), bringing the total to 50.  At the same time, TLSA said it will lay off 6,020 employees (3,322 in CA and the rest in TX).  Later, the Wall Street Journal, reported that IBM is close to closing a deal to buy HCP.  At the same time, MSFT announced it had launched a “lightweight AI model” that will be more cost-effective for customers with more limited requirements. 

Elsewhere, SPR announced that it had reached a deal with BA and will receive $425 million in advanced payments to give it the capital to address higher inventories due to the slowdown of BA production amidst quality probes and concerns.  Later, TSLA said it will introduce “new models” by early 2025, which will include lower-cost vehicles to better compete.  (TSLA stock soared in after-hours trading on the news.)  Also after the close, SQ announced it is expanding its Bitcoin mining operation by developing its own mining system.  (Previously, SQ had just designed Bitcoin mining chips.)

In stock legal and governmental news, on Tuesday, the US Supreme Court heard the arguments on SBUX appeal against lower court rulings that it violated employee rights and must reinstate union organizing employees the company fired in retaliation for their union organization.  (Questioning by the Justices seemed to indicate the Conservative super-majority sides with the company and wants to rule against the NRLB…or any other agency…can dictate to companies.)  Later, in Canada, the merger of US-based BG with Viterra is facing pushback from the country’s Competition Bureau on anti-trust concerns.  At the same time, Bloomberg reported that JPM, C, and BAC are under investigation by the CFTC related to forcing would-be whistleblowers from speaking out by threatening civil penalties under company NDA policies.  In unrelated news, the FTC approved a ban on common NDA agreements required by companies preventing employees from joining or launching firms the company deems to be competitors.  (The rule will take effect in August and business groups have said they will sue to stop the rule.)  Later, Reuters reported that the FAA has opened an investigation into BA for having retaliated against two employees who had insisted (in 2022) that the company re-evaluate prior engineering work on 777 and 787 jets.  The investigation came after their union filed a complaint with the NRLB.

Overnight, Asian markets were nearly green across the board with the lone exception of Australia (-0.01%) which was barely in the red.  The big bullish move was led by Taiwan (+2.72%), Japan (+2.42%), Hong Kong (+2.21%), and South Korea (+2.01%).  Meanwhile, in Europe, markets are much more mixed at midday with six of 15 bourses in the red.  Still, the CAC (+0.36%), DAX (+0.31%), and FTSE (+0.49%) lead the region higher in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a mixed start to the day.  DIA implies a -0.05% open, the SPY is implying a +0.16% open, and QQQ implies a +0.58% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are up to 4.644% and Oil (WTI) is down three-quarters of a percent to $82.75 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Wednesday include March Core Durable Goods Orders and March Durable Goods Orders (both at 8:30 a.m.), and EIA Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 a.m.).  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include APH, T, AVY, BIIB, BA, BSX, BG, CME, KOF, CSTM, ETR, FTV, GD, GPI, HAS, HLT, HUM, IPG, LII, LAD, MHO, MAS, COOP, EDU, NSC, ODFL, OTIS, OC, PRG, RCI, SABR, SYF, TEL, TDY, TMO, TNL, UMC, VRT, WAB, and WSO.  Then, after the close, AGI, ALGN, AR, BMRN, CACI, CP, CLS, CCS, CHX, CHE, CMG, CHDN, CYH, EHC, F, GGG, ICLR, IBM, KALU, KNX, LRCX, LSTR, MTH, META, MEOH, MOH, NBR, ORLY, OII, PLXS, RJF, ROL, DEIC, NOW, TER, TX, TYL, URI, UHS, VALE, WCN, WU, WHR, and WM report. 

In economic news later this week, Thursday, we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Q1 GDP, Q1 GDP Price Index, March Goods Trade Balance, March Retail Inventories, March Pending Home Sales, and the Fed Balance Sheet.  Finally, on Friday, March Core PCE Price Index, March PCE Price Index, March Personal Spending, Michigan Consumer Sentiment, Michigan Consumer Expectations, Michigan 1-Year Inflation Expectations, and Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations are reported.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Thursday, we hear from AOS, ADT, ALFVY, ALLE, MO, AAL, HOUS, AIT, ARCH, AMBP, ABG, AZN, BFH, BMY, BC, CARR, CAT, CBZ, CX, CHKP, CMS, CMCSA, CFR, DAR, DOV, DOW, DTE, EQNR, FCNCA, FCFS, FCN, GTX, GEV, HOG, HP, HTZ, HES, HON, IP, KDP, KEX, LH, LAZ, LECO, HZO, MRK, NDAQ, NEM, NOC, ORI, OSK, PCG, PHIN, POOL, RS, RCL, SPGI, SNY, SAH, LUV, SRCL, STM, FTI, TECK, TXT, TSCO, TRU, TPH, UNP, VLO, VC, GWW, WST, WEX, WTW, XEL, AEM, AB, ALSN, GOOGL, ATR, AJG, TEAM, AVB, BYD, COF, CSL, CINF, COLM, DXCM, EMN, EW, EGO, ERIE, FE, GILD, GOOG, TV, HIG, HUBG, INTC, JNPR, KLAC, LHX, MSFT, MTX, MHK, NOV, DOC, PFG, RMD, RHI, ROKU, SKX, SKYW, SNAP, SSNC, TMUS, TDOC, TS, TEX, TFII, TBBB, TPC, WDC, WY, and WKC.  Finally, on Friday, ABBV, AON, ALV, AN, AVTR, BALL, CNC, CHTR, CVX, CL, XOM, FMX, GNTX, HCA, IMO, LYB, NWL, PSX, POR, ROP, SAIA, and TROW report.

So far this morning, AVY, BA, BXMT, BSX, CME, HAS, HELE, HLT, HUM, IPG, COOP, NKYDY, OC, RCI, TEL, TMO, TNL, VIRT, and WAB all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, T, BIIB, BG, LII, MAS, ODFL, OTIS, and VRT missed on the revenue line while beating on earnings.  On the other side, CSTM, GD, GPI, EDU, SF, SYF, and WNC all beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  Sadly, ETR, EVR, LAD, TDY, and UMC all missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that BSX, EDU, and WAB raised their guidance.  However, HELE and TEL lowered their forward guidance.

In miscellaneous news, on Tuesday, Reuters reported that State Dept. officials have said the Biden Administration are discussing sanctions on Chinese banks, but are not looking at imposing them in the near-term.  However, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that sanctions were being drafted to stop Chinese banks from supporting Russia’s military production.  Elsewhere, JPM CEO Dimon said Tuesday the economy “is booming” and the strength is “unbelievable.”  He went on to say, “Even if we go into recession, the consumer’s still in good shape.”  However, he also warned about the potential (longer-term) impacts of the national debt and (shorter-term) harms of inflation and geopolitical conflicts.  Finally, in political news, the Senate passed the 4-bill package of foreign aid and TikTok forced sale or ban.  The bill passed 79-18 and was forwarded to the President for signature.

With that background, it looks as if the market remains undecided so far this morning. The bulls opened the premarket higher in the QQQ and SPY but also slightly lower in the DIA. Since then, all three major index ETFs are giving us small and very wicky candles, showing uncertainty. The bias is on the Bulls’ side this morning, but just barely. All three are back above their T-line (8ema) showing that the Bulls have retaken the short-term trend. Meanwhile, the mid-term remains bearish but is under pressure. The longer-term market remains Bullish but trend has been broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, none of the major index ETFs is too far extended from their T-line and the T2122 indicator remains in its mid-range. So, both sides have plenty of room to run if they can gain the momentum to do so. In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, seven of the 10 are in the green with only AAPL, GOOGL, and NFLX in the red this morning. The oddity is TSLA, which is up more than 12% on a huge miss…but as the huckster is wont to do, Musk promised new models early next year (things are always just around the corner with him) that are going to make TSLA cars more affordable and revolutionize the EV market. (The same was said last year about this year.) With that all said, be careful. We’ve see a lot of those widowmaker whipsaws lately.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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GM and PEP Both Beat and Raise

Markets were indecisively bullish on Monday.  The SPY gapped up 0.56%, DIA gapped up 0.50%, and QQQ gapped up 0.68%.   At that point, all three major index ETFs faded the gap, reaching the lows of the day at 11:20 a.m.  From there, all three rallied strongly and steadily to the highs at 2:30 p.m.  However, the SPY, DIA, and QQQ then all sold off the last 90 minutes of the day.  This whipsaw action gave us gap-up, white-bodied, Spinning Top candles in all three.  SPY and QQQ printed Bullish Harami Cross candles while DIA printed a Spinning Top that gapped up through, retested and stayed above its T-line (8ema).  This all happened on below average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, nine of the 10 sectors were in the green with Financial Services (1.35%) and Technology (+1.21%) out in front leading the market higher while Basic Materials (-0.13%) was by far the worst performing sector. At the same time, SPY gained 0.92%, DIA gained 0.68%, and QQQ gained 1.01%.  VXX plummeted 7.70% to close at 14.27 and T2122 jumped back up to the center of its mid-range at 53.77. 10-year bond yields fell to 4.611% and Oil (WTI) was just on the red side of flat at $83.02 per barrel.  So, Monday was a bullish, but indecisive and very volatile day.  We saw a gap higher two different down waves of more than half a percent and a 1.4% up wave in the middle.  Not a market for the faint-hearted

There was no major economic news scheduled for Monday.

After the close, AGNC, AMP, BRO, CADE, CR, and PKG reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, ARE, CDNS, HXL, and MEDP missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, SAP and SSD beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  Unfortunately, CLF, GL, LU, and NUE missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting, MEDP raised their guidance.  However, NUE and PKG both lowered forward guidance.

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In stock news, on Monday, auto supplier ADNT announced its restructuring its Europe business unit and will lay off an unspecified number of workers.  (42% of ADNT’s 70k workers are located in Europe.)  At the same time, UAE-based G42 (an AI firm) said it had agreed to a partnership with QCOM related to QCOM’s cloud AI products.  Later, CAH announced that it had lost contracts from UNH (one of CAH’s largest customers, contributing 16% of revenue in 2023) as the deal will not be renewed at the end of June.  (Industry analysts expect MCK to gain the contracts.)  At the same time, the New York Times reported AAPL is very close to finalizing a worldwide TV rights deal for FIFA’s month-long club tournament.  Later, Reuters reported that an internal memo from BA said the company expects a slower increase in the production and delivery rates for 787 jets.  The memo cited parts shortages from “a few key suppliers.”

In stock legal and governmental news, on Monday EXPR filed bankruptcy (Chapter 11) protection and said it will close more than 100 stores.  Later, the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal from VNDA, which had hoped to revive patents that had been declared invalid by a lower court in the company’s legal dispute with TEVA.  At the same time, the FAA announced it is finalizing rules to require commuter, charter, tour, and aircraft manufacturers to implement a set of safety policies and procedures (akin to a quality management system).  Up to this point, those types of commercial aircraft operators were not required to do so the way major airlines were.  Later, the FTC said it would be filing suit to clock the TPR $8.5 billion acquisition of CPRI.  The agency said the merging of ownership of the two company’s various luxury brands would reduce competition significantly in that industry.  At the same time, KR and ACI said they would be selling off 166 more grocery stores than previously announced as the companies work to get regulatory approval for the $15 billion “merger.” 

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but leaned toward the green side again.  Hong Kong (+1.92%), Singapore (+1.47%), and Taiwan (+0.97%) led the region higher.  In Europe, with the sole exception of Russia (-0.40%) we see green across the board at midday.  The DAX (+1.12%), CAC (+0.67%), and FTSE (+0.43%) lead the region higher in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward another green start to the day.  The DIA implies a +0.22% open, the SPY is implying a +0.29% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.33% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are up to 4.637% and Oil (WTI) is down 0.53% to $81.47 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Tuesday includes Building Permits (8 a.m.), S&P Global Mfg. PMI, S&P Global Services PMI, and S&P Global Composite PMI (all at 9:45 a.m.), March New Home Sales (10 a.m.), and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks (4:30 p.m.).  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include DHR, FI, FCX, GE, GM, HAL, HRI, IVZ, JBLU, KMB, LKQ, LMT, MSCI, NEE, NVS, OPCH, PNR, PEP, PII, BPOP, PHM, DGX, RTX, R, SHW, SPOT, UPS, WRB, WBS, and XRX. Then, after the close AGR, BKR, CNI, CB, CSGP, EWBC, ENVA, EQT, EQR, HA, IEX, MTDR, MAT, RRC, STX, STLD, LRN, TSLA, TXN, VLTO, V, WFRD, and WFG report. 

In economic news later this week, Wednesday, March Core Durable Goods, March Durable Goods, and EIA Crude Oil Inventories are reported.  On Thursday, we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Q1 GDP, Q1 GDP Price Index, March Goods Trade Balance, March Retail Inventories, March Pending Home Sales, and the Fed Balance Sheet.  Finally, on Friday, March Core PCE Price Index, March PCE Price Index, March Personal Spending, Michigan Consumer Sentiment, Michigan Consumer Expectations, Michigan 1-Year Inflation Expectations, and Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations are reported.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Wednesday APH, T, AVY, BIIB, BA, BSX, BG, CME, KOF, CSTM, ETR, FTV, GD, GPI, HAS, HLT, HUM, IPG, LII, LAD, MHO, MAS, COOP, EDU, NSC, ODFL, OTIS, OC, PRG, RCI, SABR, SYF, TEL, TDY, TMO, TNL, UMC, VRT, WAB, WSO, AGI, ALGN, AR, BMRN, CACI, CP, CLS, CCS, CHX, CHE, CMG, CHDN, CYH, EHC, F, GGG, ICLR, IBM, KALU, KNX, LRCX, LSTR, MTH, META, MEOH, MOH, NBR, ORLY, OII, PLXS, RJF, ROL, DEIC, NOW, TER, TX, TYL, URI, UHS, VALE, WCN, WU, WHR, and WM report.  On Thursday, we hear from AOS, ADT, ALFVY, ALLE, MO, AAL, HOUS, AIT, ARCH, AMBP, ABG, AZN, BFH, BMY, BC, CARR, CAT, CBZ, CX, CHKP, CMS, CMCSA, CFR, DAR, DOV, DOW, DTE, EQNR, FCNCA, FCFS, FCN, GTX, GEV, HOG, HP, HTZ, HES, HON, IP, KDP, KEX, LH, LAZ, LECO, HZO, MRK, NDAQ, NEM, NOC, ORI, OSK, PCG, PHIN, POOL, RS, RCL, SPGI, SNY, SAH, LUV, SRCL, STM, FTI, TECK, TXT, TSCO, TRU, TPH, UNP, VLO, VC, GWW, WST, WEX, WTW, XEL, AEM, AB, ALSN, GOOGL, ATR, AJG, TEAM, AVB, BYD, COF, CSL, CINF, COLM, DXCM, EMN, EW, EGO, ERIE, FE, GILD, GOOG, TV, HIG, HUBG, INTC, JNPR, KLAC, LHX, MSFT, MTX, MHK, NOV, DOC, PFG, RMD, RHI, ROKU, SKX, SKYW, SNAP, SSNC, TMUS, TDOC, TS, TEX, TFII, TBBB, TPC, WDC, WY, and WKC.  Finally, on Friday, ABBV, AON, ALV, AN, AVTR, BALL, CNC, CHTR, CVX, CL, XOM, FMX, GNTX, HCA, IMO, LYB, NWL, PSX, POR, ROP, SAIA, and TROW report.

So far this morning, DHR, FI, GE, GM, HAL, KMB, LMT, NEE, NVS, OPCH, PNR, PEP, PHM, DGX, RTX, R, and SPOT have all posted beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, BANC, HRI, IVZ, NJDCY, and WBS all reported beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  On the other side, JBLU, MSCI, PM, PII, and UPS all missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  Unfortunately, LKQ, SHW, and XRX missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that JBLU has lowered its forward guidance. However, GM has raised guidance after a blowout quarter.

In miscellaneous news, on Monday, the Communist Party Central Economic Planner said the global EV price war will continue the rest of 2024.  The economist said he expects 2.1 million EVs to be sold this year.  However, the three main Chinese EV brands plan to produce 2.3 million themselves.  This does not count TSLA or any other non-Chinese manufacturers.  Later, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Assn. (ELFA) said that US companies borrowed 7% less in March 2024 than they had one year prior.  However, March was also up 18% over February of this year.

With that background, it looks as if the bulls are making another indecisive move higher in the premarket. All three major index ETFs gapped higher to start the early session. However, since that point, all three have also given us more wick than (still white) body in the premarket. DIA remains back above its T-line (8ema). However, the SPY and QQQ remain below their T-line. So the short-term trend remains bearish to mixed. Meanwhile, the mid-term has also turned bearish and the longer-term market remains Bullish but trend is broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, none of the major index ETFs is too far extended from their T-line and the T2122 indicator is now back in its mid-range. So, both sides have plenty of room to run if they can gain the momentum to do so. In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, eight of the 10 are in the green with only AAPL and INTC barely in the red this morning. With that all said, be careful. This week is packed with economic data (PCE) and a ton of earnings. Plus we’ve see a lot of those widowmaker whipsaws lately.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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Bulls Stretch Legs to Start Big Earnings Week

Friday saw markets open modestly.  SPY opened flat a -0.01%, DIA opened +0.22%, and QQQ gapped down 0.25%.  From there, SPY and QQQ sold off in a wavy manner the rest of the day.  At the same time, DIA meandered sideways above the open all day.  This action gave us large black-body candles with small wicks on both ends for the SPY and QQQ.  Meanwhile, the DIA printed a white-bodied Spinning Top candle that retested but failed it s T-line (8ema).  This happened on well above-average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, eight of the 10 sectors were in the green with Utilities (1.51%) leading the market higher while Technology (-2.21%) was war and away (by 1.6% more than the other red sector) the biggest loser.  The big drag on technology was SMCI (-23.14%) which announced its earnings date, but did not include a prerelease of preliminary results as has been their custom.  This led to panic that the SMCI and the broader tech industry is in trouble.  The worst part for the market was that this spread to NVDA (-10.00%) which is by far the biggest market-mover, normally trading 2-3 times as much dollar volume as the next closes ticker.  However, Friday, NVDA traded five times as much dollar-volume than the next closes ticker.

This led to the SPY losing 0.87%, DIA gaining 0.52%, and QQQ losing a whopping 2.07%.  VXX gained 3.27% to close at 15.46 and T2122 climbed but remains just inside of its oversold territory at 19.15.  10-year bond yields fell a bit to 4.623% and Oil (WTI) was higher by 0.54% at $83.14 per barrel.  So, Friday was a story of fear.  SMCI made the market fear that the AI craze was ending leaving nothing but an abyss for the broader tech sector (which has driven markets for years now).  In addition to the two already mentioned, NFLX (-9.09%), AMD (-5.44%), and META (-4.13%) were also hammered and led the way lower.

There was no major economic news scheduled for Friday.

In FOMC speak, Chicago Fed President Goolsbee said that progress on inflation has been stalled this year.  Gone are his mentions of being on a “golden path.”  For now, he is counseling that the Fed stand pat, saying, “Given the strength of the labor market and progress on easing inflation seen over a longer arc, I believe the Fed’s current restrictive monetary policy is appropriate,” … “I think we have to recalibrate and we have to wait and see.”  He continued, “We’re just trying to figure out what is necessary, how restrictive do we need to be” … “We have weeks, months to find out.”  Finally, and as always, he said “Ultimately the proper policy going forward will depend on the data.”

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In stock news, on Friday, Invetstin.com reported that the sale of PARA to Skydance Media may fall through as a competing big of $29 billion is in the works from the joint efforts of SONY and APO.  This news comes as the clock ticks on a 30-day exclusive negotiating rights period ticks away from Skydance.  Later, GOOGL announce they are rolling back requirements that suppliers and staffing firms pay their employees at least $15/hour and provide health benefits.  The move is designed to help suppliers avoid bargaining with unions.  At the same time, Reuters reported that an internal memo shows that NKE will lay off 740 employees at its headquarters. Later, LULU announced it will close id WA state distribution center and lay off 128 employees.  Meanwhile, TSLA announced it is cutting prices on Y, X, and S models by $2,000 and will end its customer referral benefits program on April 30. 

Elsewhere, the UAW won the employee vote at the VLKAF (Volkswagen) TN plant in a landslide vote with 73% for joining the union.  This was a big deal in that it is the first automaker plant in the South to unionize.  Later, a Swiss newspaper reported that the first of five planned waves of layoffs at UBS will begin in June.  This comes after the absorbing of CS and will be a cost-cutting and duplication reduction program.  The report expects 50%-60% of former CS staff to be laid off in one of the five waves.  On Saturday, TSLA cut the price of its “Full Self Driving” feature from $12k to $8k.  Then on Sunday, TSLA cut the price of some models in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

In stock legal and governmental news, on Friday, the FAA issued new rules that will require air traffic controllers to have at least 10 hours between shifts and 12 hours off prior to a midnight shift.  The new rules take effect in 90 days.  At the same time, SWBI and RGR appealed to the US Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a $10 billion suit brought by Mexico. The Mexico suit alleges the gun makers are responsible for misuse of their products in that country among others by drug cartels.  The appeal comes after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Mexico, overturning the district court.  Later, the NHTSA announced that STLA is recalling 38k 2023-2024 vehicles over a steering column issue that may prevent the driver’s airbag from deploying.  At the same time, the World Health Org. issued a broader warning over contaminated JNJ children’s cough syrup (now owned by KVUE).  The original problem was found in Nigeria, but cases have now been found around Africa, Asia, and Eurasia.  Later, the Wall Street Journal reported that China has ordered AAPL to remove META WhatsApp and Threads along with other messaging apps from their app store.  At the same time, the US Dept. of Energy announced that ALB, CMI, SMNEY (Siemens), BLBP, and MP will receive a total of $1.93 billion in tax credits related to 35 clean energy projects.

Elsewhere, the NHTSA announced that TLSA will recall 3,900 Cybertrucks to fix an accelerator pedal that can come loose and get lodged in the trim causing unintentional acceleration.  At the same time, the US Interior Dept. announced it will limit oil and gas drilling as well as mining on public lands in Alaska.  Oil companies and AK politicians decried the decision as hurting jobs and the economic growth.  Later, WFC was hit with a sex discrimination lawsuit from one of their bond saleswomen.  The suit alleges the company operates an “unapologetically sexist” workplace where male managers routinely having sexual relations with subordinate women, men often make degrading jokes, and accounts are handled through an “old boy network” which cost the plaintiff millions in commissions and forced her to wait nine years for promotion to director (from Vice President). 

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly green with just three of the 12 exchanges in the red.  Hong Kong (+1.77%), Singapore (+1.53%), and South Korea (+1.45%) led the region higher but the gains were broad with half of the region’s exchanges up more than one percent.  In Europe, we see a similar picture at midday with 13 of 15 bourses in the green.  The FTSE (+1.59%), CAC (+0.18%), and DAX (+0.48%) lead the region on volume in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a gap higher to start the day.  The DIA implies a +0.52% open, the SPY is implying a +0.56% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.63% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are up to 4.66% and Oil (WTI) is flat at $83.15 per barrel in early trading.

There is no major economic news scheduled for Monday. However, the major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include ACI, KSPI, SDVKY, TFC, VZ, and ZION.  Then, after the close, ARE, AMP, BRO, CDNS, CLF, CR, GL, HXL, LU, MEDP, NUE, PKG, SAP, and VLRS report. 

In economic news later this week, Tuesday we get Building Permits, S&P Global Mfg. PMI, S&P Global Services PMI, S&P Global Composite PMI, March New Home Sales, and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks.  Then Wednesday, March Core Durable Goods, March Durable Goods, and EIA Crude Oil Inventories are reported.  On Thursday, we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Q1 GDP, Q1 GDP Price Index, March Goods Trade Balance, March Retail Inventories, March Pending Home Sales, and the Fed Balance Sheet.  Finally, on Friday, March Core PCE Price Index, March PCE Price Index, March Personal Spending, Michigan Consumer Sentiment, Michigan Consumer Expectations, Michigan 1-Year Inflation Expectations, and Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations are reported.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Tuesday, we hear from DHR, FI, FCX, GE, GM, HAL, HRI, IVZ, JBLU, KMB, LKQ, LMT, MSCI, NEE, NVS, OPCH, PNR, PEP, PII, BPOP, PHM, DGX, RTX, R, SHW, SPOT, UPS, WRB, WBS, XRX, AGR, BKR, CNI, CB, CSGP, EWBC, ENVA, EQT, EQR, HA, IEX, MTDR, MAT, RRC, STX, STLD, LRN, TSLA, TXN, VLTO, V, WFRD, and WFG.  Then Wednesday APH, T, AVY, BIIB, BA, BSX, BG, CME, KOF, CSTM, ETR, FTV, GD, GPI, HAS, HLT, HUM, IPG, LII, LAD, MHO, MAS, COOP, EDU, NSC, ODFL, OTIS, OC, PRG, RCI, SABR, SYF, TEL, TDY, TMO, TNL, UMC, VRT, WAB, WSO, AGI, ALGN, AR, BMRN, CACI, CP, CLS, CCS, CHX, CHE, CMG, CHDN, CYH, EHC, F, GGG, ICLR, IBM, KALU, KNX, LRCX, LSTR, MTH, META, MEOH, MOH, NBR, ORLY, OII, PLXS, RJF, ROL, DEIC, NOW, TER, TX, TYL, URI, UHS, VALE, WCN, WU, WHR, and WM report.  On Thursday, we hear from AOS, ADT, ALFVY, ALLE, MO, AAL, HOUS, AIT, ARCH, AMBP, ABG, AZN, BFH, BMY, BC, CARR, CAT, CBZ, CX, CHKP, CMS, CMCSA, CFR, DAR, DOV, DOW, DTE, EQNR, FCNCA, FCFS, FCN, GTX, GEV, HOG, HP, HTZ, HES, HON, IP, KDP, KEX, LH, LAZ, LECO, HZO, MRK, NDAQ, NEM, NOC, ORI, OSK, PCG, PHIN, POOL, RS, RCL, SPGI, SNY, SAH, LUV, SRCL, STM, FTI, TECK, TXT, TSCO, TRU, TPH, UNP, VLO, VC, GWW, WST, WEX, WTW, XEL, AEM, AB, ALSN, GOOGL, ATR, AJG, TEAM, AVB, BYD, COF, CSL, CINF, COLM, DXCM, EMN, EW, EGO, ERIE, FE, GILD, GOOG, TV, HIG, HUBG, INTC, JNPR, KLAC, LHX, MSFT, MTX, MHK, NOV, DOC, PFG, RMD, RHI, ROKU, SKX, SKYW, SNAP, SSNC, TMUS, TDOC, TS, TEX, TFII, TBBB, TPC, WDC, WY, and WKC.  Finally, on Friday, ABBV, AON, ALV, AN, AVTR, BALL, CNC, CHTR, CVX, CL, XOM, FMX, GNTX, HCA, IMO, LYB, NWL, PSX, POR, ROP, SAIA, and TROW report.

So far this morning, TFC reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  At the same time, VZ missed on revenue while beating on earnings.

In miscellaneous news, on Friday, the USDA confirmed that bird flu can be transmitted between cattle.  This just adds another vector to be accounted for in attempting to control the virus.  However, as of now, pasteurization still kills the virus, leaving the cattle’s milk still viable for humans and the bird flu is not deadly to cattle.  Elsewhere, Bitcoin finished its fourth “halving” on Friday.  This means that Bitcoin miners only get half as much Bitcoin in return for the same mining effort.  (These “halvings” happen every four years and are designed to make existing Bitcoin even more valuable.  In other news, China slapped an 43.5% anti-dumping tariff on an acid from the US, which is widely used in food, feed, pesticides, and medical fields.  The move comes as trade tensions between Beijing and Washington increase. 

With that background, it looks as if the bulls want to make a run this morning. All three major index ETFs gapped up to start the premarket and have put in strong white-bodied candles with no wicks since then. DIA has even crossed back above its T-line (8ema). However, the SPY and QQQ remain well below their T-line. So the short-term trend remains bearish to mixed. Meanwhile, the mid-term has also turned bearish and the longer-term market remains Bullish but trend is broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, the QQQ is extended below their T-line but the DIA is fine and SPY is somewhere between those two. Still, the T2122 indicator remains just inside its oversold range. So, again, a rest would seem in order at the very least for the Bears. (Just remember markets can remain oversold a lot longer than we can stay solvent predicting a reversal.) In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, eight of the 10 are in the green with the huge dog NVDA (+1.80%) looking to rebound after the weekend to reconsider the “sky is falling” Friday panic. TSLA (-3.82%) is down hard again as it is hit from its weekend price cuts and other news. With that all said, be careful. This week is packed with economic data (PCE) and a ton of earnings.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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🎯 Dick Carp: the scanner paid for the year with HES-thank you

🎯 Arnoldo Bolanos: LTA scanner really works $$, thanks Ed.

🎯 Bob S: LTA is incredible…. I use it … would not trade without it

🎯 Malcolm .: Posted in room 2, @Rick… I used the LTA Scanner to go through hundreds of stocks this weekend and picked out three to trade:  PYPL, TGT, and ZS.   Quality patterns and with my trading, up 24%, 7% and 12%…. this program is gold.

🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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Israel Strikes and Speaker Drama Over Aid

Thursday saw markets start out bullish.  The SPY gapped up 0.30%, DIA gapped up 0.43%, and QQQ opened 0.15% higher.  After 10-15 minutes of gathering themselves, all three major index ETFs rallied to the highs of the day at 11:25 a.m.  However, then momentum reversed, and all three sold off steadily, reaching the lows of the day about 1:25 p.m.  At that point, QQQ ground sideways in a tight range, near the lows, the rest of the day.  Meanwhile, the large-cap index ETFs both rallied slightly the 90 minutes of the day.  This action gave us black-bodied candles in all three major index ETFs.  The SPY and DIA both printed a black Spinning Top that consolidated in the DIA.  DIA also retested and failed its T-line (8ema) while SPY came nowhere near retesting and remains well below its T-line.  At the same time, QQQ had a larger black body and continued its move down, also not retesting its T-line.

On the day, six of the 10 sectors were in the red with Technology (-0.65%) out in front leading the way lower.  Meanwhile, Communications Services (+0.70%) led the four green sectors higher.  At the same time, SPY lost 0.19%, DIA gained 0.11%, and QQQ lost 0.57%.  VXX gained slightly to close at 14.97 and T2122 rose but remains deeply in the oversold territory at 4.03.  10-year bond yields popped up to 4.633% and Oil (WTI) was flat at $82.69 per barrel.  So, overall, Thursday seemed like consolidation day in the large-cap index ETFs (especially the DIA) while QQQ continued South.  NVDA (+0.76%) largely held the tech sector up itself with $35 billion in tis stock traded while TSLA (-3.57%) led most of the sector lower on $12.8 billion (2nd largest dollar amount traded).  This all happened on less than average volume in the SPY and QQQ and a bit more than average volume in the DIA.

The major economic news scheduled for Thursday included Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, which came in a touch lower than expected at 212k (compared to a forecast of 215k but in-line with the prior week’s 212k).  On the ongoing side, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, were also just a bit lower than predicted at 1,812k (versus a forecast of 1,818k but also up slightly from the previous week’s 1,810k).  At the same time, the Philly Fed Mfg. Index was stronger than anticipated, but still low, 15.5 (compared to a forecasted 1.5 and the March reading of 3.2).  However, Philly Fed Mfg. Employment Index was down at -10.7 (versus the March -9.6 value).  Later, March Existing Home Sales fell to 4.19 million (compared to 4.20 million forecast but down from the February 4.38 million).  This was a 4.3% decrease month-on-month in March.  At the same time, the US Leading Economic Indicator Index was weaker than expected at -0.3% (versus a -0.1% forecast and the February +0.2%).  Later, after the close, Fed Balance Sheet showed a $32 billion drawdown (from $7.438 trillion last week to $7.406 trillion this week).

In FOMC speak, Atlanta Fed President Bostic (a hawk) indicated that was no hurry to cut rates.   Bostic said inflation would be returning to the Fed’s 2% target more slowly than most expected.  However, he said, “for me, that’s okay … I’m not in a mad dash hurry to get there” (indicating that continued relatively strong economy and a slowly declining inflation was a good thing).  He then hurt the market’s feelings (expectations) by saying, “I’m of the view that things are going to be slow enough this year that we won’t be in a position to reduce our rates towards … the end of the year.” He continued, “If we can keep those things going, and inflation has the signs that it is moving to that target, I’m happy to just stay where we are.”  Elsewhere, New York Fed President Williams (hawkish lean) echoed a similar refrain, saying, “I definitely don’t feel urgency to cut interest rates” (given the strength of the economy).  Williams continued, “I think eventually…interest rates will need to be lower at some point, but the timing of that is driven by the economy.”

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After the close, ISRG, NFLX, and WAL all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, PPG missed on revenue while reporting in-line on earnings.  It is worth noting that NFLX forward guidance disappointed and while they reported blow out subscriber growth in Q1 the said they will stop reporting subscriber growth in the future.

In stock news, on Thursday, GOOGL announced it had terminated 28 employees related to Wednesday’s employee sit-in protest of the company’s contract with the Israeli military.  (Nine of the 28 had been arrested for refusing to leave GOOGL premises.)  At the same time, the CEO of ME revealed (in a public filing) that they will take the company private.  The CEO currently owns 20% of the total shares.  Later, INTC announced it was the first chipmaker to complete the building of ASML’s new “High NA EUV” lithography machines.  This gives INTC an edge in developing the next generation of denser chips over its competitors.  (AMD was first to implement ASML’s previous generation of EUV machine and has enjoyed a technical edge since that time.)   At the same time, UNH announced that its subsidiary unit (which was hacked in February) had suffered another issue processing batches of medical claims.  However, UNH said the issue had been communicated to the customers involved and that the issue was resolved and the processing backlog was being eliminated.  Later, a leading shareholder proxy advisory service recommended that shareholders vote against the reelection of five BRKB directors, citing concerns over both company climate change performance as well as general governance.  (It is highly unlikely Warren Buffett loses a shareholder vote, since he himself owns 31.2% of the voting shares, nonetheless it is worth mentioning.)

Elsewhere, GOOGL announced it has consolidated its Research and DeepMind units to create one “Responsible AI” team.  The division is tasked with all AI development and will be relocated to where the GOOGL AI models are being built and trained.  In related news, META has released an early version of its new “Llama 3” AI model.  At the same time, SNY said it would restructure its US commercial operations and cut an unknown number of jobs as part of “strategic streamlining.” After the close, NFLX said it experienced blowout subscriber growth in Q1, adding 9.33 million new subscribers.  However, the company forecasted weaker growth in Q2.

In stock legal and governmental news, on Thursday, the Dutch military intelligence agency published a report claiming that ASML (and some other tech companies in the Netherlands) have been and are under increasing attack by Chinese human-based and cyber espionage.  The report said, unsurprisingly, these Chinese attacks have increased since the 2023 ban on selling ASML technologies to China.  Later, the Dept. of Commerce announced MU will receive $6.1 billion in grants to help pay for new US chip plants.  These include new plants in NY and ID.  At the same time, the state of MI began receiving public comment on a proposal (filed in March) to increase the output of a MPC refinery in Detroit. The public hearing to review comments is set for May 28.  Later, the Attorneys General of KY and WV filed suit to block the EPA rules requiring a reduction in tailpipe emissions between 2026 and 2032.  (The GOP officials say it is “legally flawed and unrealistic” to reduce emissions by almost 50% over eight years.) At the same time, JPM filed suit against Russian, state-owned VTB Bank to recover $439.5 million from an account blocked after Russia invaded Ukraine more than two years ago.  Later, the House moved ahead on a bill to force ByteDance to sell TikTok to a US owner or ban it from the US.  (If the bill becomes law, CG, SQCF, and other major shareholders of ByteDance could be negatively impacted by a sale at “forced sale” prices.)

Elsewhere, JNJ won a FL trial brought by the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer in 2019.  The family had claimed JNJ talc had caused the cancer, but the jury was unconvinced.  At the same time, a bipartisan US House committee released the findings of an investigation of US financial firms.  The report found US finance firms (in particular BLK and MSCI) facilitated $6.5 billion of investments in blacklisted Chinese firms.  The report called for legislation to ban such investments in sanctioned firms.  Later, a US judge ruled BNPQY must face a lawsuit alleging the French bank aided the Sudan government commit genocide between 1997 and 2011 by providing banking services that were then prohibited by US law.  The judge said there were too many fact linking the bank funding to the government abuses over the period.  (The bank paid a $8.9 billion penalty to the US in 2014 to settle charges of criminal liability over the same actions.  This civil case is being brought by Sudanese victims.)

Overnight, Asian markets were heavily on the red side with only two of 12 exchanges in the green.  Taiwan (-3.81%), Japan (-2.66%), and Thailand (-2.13%) led the region lower.  Meanwhile, in Europe, we see a similar picture taking shape with only three of 15 bourses in the green at midday.  The CAC (-0.41%), DAX (-0.81%), and FTSE (-0.71%) lead the region lower in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a down open to start Friday.  The DIA implies a -0.21% open, the SPY is implying a -0.34% open, and the QQQ implies a -0.51% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are down to 4.596% and Oil (WTI) is actually off 0.97% to $81.93 per barrel.  All of these moves and numbers were largely precipitated by Israel’s retaliatory strike (for Iran’s retaliatory strike) on Iran and worry over another retaliation and escalation.

There is no major economic news scheduled for Friday.  However, the major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include AXP, FITB, HBAN, PG, RF, SLB, and WIT.  There are no major reports scheduled for after the close.

In miscellaneous news, Reuters reported Thursday afternoon that MCO (Moody’s) has noted that creditors have begun to demand extra protection and clamped down on “creative financing” techniques of junk-rated corporate loans.  (Previous corporate loan documentation did not prohibit “double dipping,” which is where a company has one of its financing subsidiary’s obtain money, using the guarantee of the parent company to secure the loan.  The subsidiary then turns around and loans the money raised to the parent corporation.  The parent then uses the raised money as collateral to obtain yet another loan.  Elsewhere, a bi-partisan group of Senators proposed legislation to accelerate the development of nuclear fusion reactors to provide the power to help meet growing demand as well as the needs of climate change-related power needs.  Finally, it was widely reported that the MAGA faction and House Speaker Johnson had a surreal shouting match (in hushed tones but very animated) away from reporters but directly under visitors in the gallery of the House Floor. Reporting suggests Speaker Johnson will call votes on the three aid bills plus the TikTok ban bill Saturday and send them to the Senate…where they will have to be revoted for passage. The “Freedom Caucus” (and MTG in particular) threatened Thursday to make her motion to vacate privileged, which due to recess would call a Speaker vote sometime around the end of the month. (Betting is that the Democrats would save Johnson as compensation for him calling the foreign aid votes over the objections of the fringe elements of his own party.)

So far this morning, AXP, FITB, HBAN, SLB, and WIT all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, PG missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, RF beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  It is worth noting that PG has raised its forward guidance.

With that background, it looks as if the markets were scared by the Israeli attack (and/or news that the US had “signed off” on Israel’s plans for invading the Gaza city of Rafah in a way that purportedly will remove the civilians block by block rather than a wholesale attack from all directions). At any rate, the three major index ETFs gapped lower to start the premarket. However, all three have put in significant white-body candles and are now at the highs of the early session in what seems to be a notable rebound. In fact, all three are barely in the red at this point. (Perhaps rethinking how bad the geopolitical news is or expecting a flight to safety into US bonds and equities.) However, the SPY, DIA, and QQQ all remain well below their T-line. So the short-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the mid-term has also turned bearish and the longer-term market remains Bullish but trend is broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, the SPY and QQQ are a bit extended below their T-line but DIA is fine. Still, the T2122 indicator remains deep in its oversold range. So, at the very least, the Bears are in need of some more rest. (Just remember markets can remain oversold a lot longer than we can stay solvent predicting a reversal.) In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, eight of the 10 are in the red with NFLX (-5.75%) leading the move lower. However, the biggest of the big dogs, NVDA (+0.06%) is barely hanging onto green. (NVDA trades 2.5-3 times as much dollar volume than any other ticker, so it carries a big stick.) With all of this said, remember that it is Friday (and an options expiration Friday at that). So prepare your account for a weekend of (geopolitical?) news and perhaps political news in the US related to Speaker Johnson’s seat and US aid bills.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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Jobless Claims and Philly Fed on Tap

Markets started the day with a gap higher.  SPY gapped up 0.51%, DIA opened 0.35% higher, and QQQ gapped up 0.44%.  At that point, SPY chopped sideways for 15 minutes before starting a sell off that recrossed the gap and reached the lows of the day at 12:50 p.m.  QQQ didn’t wait at all and also sold off reaching its lows at the same time.  DIA actually followed through on its gap for 20 minutes before following the other two index ETFs South and reaching the lows or the day also at 12:50 p.m.  From there, all three bounced in a two-hour rally that regained some of the lost ground only to sell back off for 20 minutes before grinding sideways into the close.  The action gave us large, black candles that are definitely a Bearish Doji Continuation (Doji Sandwich) in the QQQ and SPY.  DIA was more of a fat Spinning Top candle in a consolidation.  None of the three really threatened a retest of the T-line and remain below.  This happened on average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, five of the 10 sectors were in the red with Technology (-1.34%) way out in front leading the way lower.  Meanwhile, Utilities (+1.65%) was BY FAR (by more than 1.4%) the strongest sector.  At the same time, SPY lost 0.59%, DIA lost 0.14%, and QQQ lost 1.22%.  VXX lost almost one percent to close at 14.93 and T2122 fell even deeper into the oversold territory at 1.14.  10-year bond yields fell to 4.591% and Oil (WTI) plummeted 2.92% to close at $82.87 per barrel.  So, overall, Wednesday was a Bearish day.  DIA continued a consolidation along what might be a support area while the two leading index ETFs continued their move down.  The buzz continues to be the market resetting its timing expectations for rate cuts, with talk now of fewer and a later start to those cuts working their way through what had been an expectation of a start in March.  (At the moment, the first meeting where Fed Fund Futures show a greater than 50% chance of a rate cut is September, with only 29.1% thinking we will not have seen a rate cut by then.)

The major economic news scheduled for Wednesday included EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories, which showed a larger inventory build than expected at +2.735 million barrels (compared to a forecasted +1.600 million barrels but down from the prior week build of 5.841 million barrels).  Later, the February TIC Net Long-Term Transactions showed a much larger than predicted inflow of $71.5 billion (versus a forecast calling for $40.2 billion and much larger than January’s +14.0 billion).  This is quite bullish for the US Dollar.

After the close, OZK, CCI, CSX, FNB, LVS, and WTFC all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, AA, DFS, and SNV all beat on revenue while missing on earnings. On the other side, EFX and KMI missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  Unfortunately, LBRT missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that KMI raised its forward guidance.

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In stock news, on Wednesday, TSLA asked shareholders to reapprove the $56 billion stock grant compensation package for CEO Musk.  (That package had been thrown out by a court as ridiculous earlier this year.)  Speaking of Musk, Reuters reports he will announce a new $2 billion – $3 billion investment in India during his trip there next week.  At the same time, MBLY announced it has received orders for 46 million new “assisted driving” chips over the next few years.  (The company did not disclose which auto companies placed the orders.)  Later, AMKAF (Maersk AP Moller, a huge container shipper) announced that the Port of Baltimore alternate channels are not deep enough and the company will not be able to use the port until the channels are deepened or replaced.  At the same time, LLY reported sleep apnea treatment success for its weight loss drug Zepbound.  (The hope is that if approved for the additional condition, sales would increase.)   Later, MSFT announced that it has found Russian influence operations targeting the 2024 US elections have already begun, picking up pace in the last 45 days.  At the same time, GOOGL announced it is laying off an unspecified number of employees.  GOOGL spokesmen said the affected employees can apply for other open slots inside the company and the cuts are not companywide.

Elsewhere, AMZN announced it will push “Just Walk Out” technology into third-party stores such as sports stadiums and airport retailers.  This is interesting because AMZN itself is backing off its stand-alone “Just Walk Out” stores.  In politics-related news, President Biden told a United Steel Worker rally Wednesday that he promises that X will remain a “totally American company,” despite X having agreed to a $14.9 billion buyout by Nippon Steel.  (It is worth noting that many politicians on both sides of the aisle have taken that stance.  However, Biden controls the FTC and other regulatory agencies that might actually stop the deal.)  At the same time, RIVN announced it will cut 1% of its workforce in a second round of layoffs this year.  (RIVN cut 10% of its jobs in February.)

In stock legal and governmental news, on Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the FTC is preparing to block the TPRI acquisition of CPRI for $8.5 billion on antitrust grounds.  At the same time, ADSK announced it will not be able to submit its annual report within the 15-day grace period that was granted to it by NASDAQ.  (The company said it will take the needed measures to regain compliance as soon as possible.)   Later, the NHTSA announced that TM had recalled 135k Prius hybrid cars and has suspended taking new orders for the model due to a problem with rear door handles.  At the same time, the European Data Protection Board (privacy watchdog) asked META to provide a free version of its online platforms without targeted ads.  This comes after the group asked national regulators in Netherlands, Norway, and Germany to demand this of META.  (This would be contrary to META’s entire ad-based business model.)  Later, the NHTSA said F is recalling 457k pickup and SUVs over the loss of drive power and hazard lights during operation.  (These are not electric vehicles.)  At the same time, Reuters reported sources tell it that MSFT’s $13 billion investment into OpenAI will skirt EU antitrust laws and will not draw an investigation.

Elsewhere, UAL said that the FAA has prohibited it from putting new planes into service due to an ongoing investigation into UAL operations.  The airline said a small number of new aircraft scheduled to come online in Q2 have had the schedule pushed back into Q3.  At the same time, UAL said BA had agreed to compensate the airline for damages incurred in Q1 due to the grounding of 737 MAX 9 jets.  Later, Reuters reported that the Biden administration will restore tariffs on solar panel products from China at the request of the US branch of South Korea’s Hanwha Qcells.  (US solar stocks such as FSLR soared on the news.) 

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but leaned toward the green side with only four of 12 exchanges in the red.  South Korea (+1.95%), Singapore (+1.05%), and Hong Kong (+0.82%) led the region’s gainers.  In Europe, we also see mixed but leaning green bourses at midday.  Only five of the 15 bourses are red as the CAC (+0.39%), DAX (+0.07%), and FTSE (+0.25%) lead the region higher on volume.  In the US, as of 8:15 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a modestly green start to the day. The DIA implies a +0.23% open, the SPY is implying a +0.23% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.24% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are at 4.592% and Oil (WTI) is off six-tenths of a percent to $82.18 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Thursday includes Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Mfg. Index, and Philly Fed Mfg. Employment (all at 8:30 a.m.), March Existing Home Sales and US Leading Economic Indicator Index (both at 10 a.m.), Fed Balance Sheet (4:30 p.m.), and three Fed speakers (Bowman at 9:05 a.m., Williams at 9:15 a.m., and Bostic twice at 11 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.).  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include ALK, AALY, BX, CMA, DHI, ELV, GPC, INFY, KEY, MAN, MMC, NOK, SNA, and TSM.  Then, after the close, ISRG, NFLX, PPG, and WAL report.

In economic news later this week, there are no major economic news scheduled for Friday.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Friday AXP, FITB, HBAN, PG, RF, SLB, and WIT report.

So far this morning, ALK, ALLY, BX, CMA, DHI, ELV, INFY, MMC, TSM, and TCBI all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, GPC, MAN, NOK, and SNA all missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, KEY beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  It is worth noting that DHI, GPC, and TSM all raised their forward guidance.

In miscellaneous news, the Dept. of Transportation Inspector General announced on Wednesday that his office has opened an investigation into FAA oversight of BA and its manufacturing of 737 and 787 jets.  Later, after the close, US Trade Representative Tai told the US Senate that the US must take “decisive action” to protect US electric vehicles from heavily subsidized Chinese competition.  Meanwhile, the Treasury Dept. announced it will not renew a license granted to Venezuela for oil imports into the US.  This restores the sanctions on the Maduro regime.  The current license expires today, but Treasury has issued a 45-day license to allow US companies to wind down their oil and gas business with Venezuela.  (This is in response to Maduro’s regime repeatedly declaring different leading opposition candidates ineligible to run against Maduro.)  After the close, nine GOOGL employees were arrested at the company’s NY and CA offices after conducting a sit-in protest over GOOGL’s $1.2 billion contract to provide the Israeli military cloud services.

With that background, it looks as if the market is slightly bullish but undecided in the premarket. All three major index ETFs gapped higher to start the early session, but have printed small, black-body inside day candles since then. The SPY, DIA, and QQQ all remain well below their T-line. So the short-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the mid-term has also turned bearish and the longer-term market remains Bullish but trend is broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, none of the major index ETFs are too far below their T-line, but the T2122 indicator is deeply in its oversold range. So, at the very least, the Bears are in need of some rest. (Just remember markets can remain oversold a lot longer than we can stay solvent predicting a reversal.) In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, seven of the 10 are in the green early but the biggest mover by far is TSLA (-2.59%) pushing to the downside. So, be careful of whipsaws, but today is looking more indecisive again.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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🎯 Dick Carp: the scanner paid for the year with HES-thank you

🎯 Arnoldo Bolanos: LTA scanner really works $$, thanks Ed.

🎯 Bob S: LTA is incredible…. I use it … would not trade without it

🎯 Malcolm .: Posted in room 2, @Rick… I used the LTA Scanner to go through hundreds of stocks this weekend and picked out three to trade:  PYPL, TGT, and ZS.   Quality patterns and with my trading, up 24%, 7% and 12%…. this program is gold.

🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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Mostly Good Earnings But Premarket Undecided

Tuesday saw a divergence at the open as SPY opened just 0.09% higher, QQQ opened 0.02% lower, but DIA gapped up 0.63%.  However, after that, all three major index ETFs chopped sideways the rest of the day.  The were a short 15-minute spike higher as soon as Fed Chair Powell finished speaking, but it sold right back down over the next 15-minutes.  This action gave us indecisive Doji candles in the SPY (black body) and QQQ (white body).  Meanwhile, DIA printed a gap-up, black-body candle.  All three major index ETFs remains well below their T-line (8ema) and never came close to a retest.  This happened on average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, nine of the 10 sectors were in the red with Technology (+0.13%) the only sector able to hand onto green territory.  Meanwhile, Utilities (-1.38%) was by far the weakest sector.  At the same time, SPY lost 0.20%, DIA gained 0.18%, and QQQ gained 0.01%.  VXX lost 3.40% to close at 15.08 and T2122 rose but remained deep in its oversold territory at 2.80.  10-year bond yields jumped higher again to 4.665% and Oil (WTI) was just on the red side of flat at $85.31 per barrel.  So, Tuesday was a nothing day overall.  However, DIA popped higher at the open (presumably on strong earnings data) but then also sold off harder than the other major index ETFs.  The net result was an indecisive day where price ended up little moved.  However, it could be said to be a rest day after Monday’s strong Bearish move (including Bull trap).

The major economic news scheduled for Tuesday included March Building Permits, which came in lower than expected at 1.458 million (compared to a forecast of 1.514 million and the February reading of 1.523 million).  At the same time, March Housing Starts were also down at 1.321 million (versus a forecast of 1.480 million and the Feb. value of 1.549 million).  This amounted to a 14.7% decline from February after a 2.4% decline was forecasted.  Later, March Industrial Production were just as anticipated at +0.4% (compared to a forecast of +0.4% and a February +0.4% reading). Then the API Weekly Crude Oil stocks

In FOMC speak, Fed Vice Chair Jefferson seemed to revert to the old “higher for longer” stance from late in 2023.  Jefferson said, “it will be appropriate to hold in place the current restrictive stance of policy for longer (if inflation fails to slow as expected).”  He continued, “My baseline outlook continues to be that inflation will decline further, with the policy rate held steady at its current level, and that the labor market will remain strong, with labor demand and supply continuing to rebalance.”  Later, Fed Chair Powell said, “The recent data have clearly not given us greater confidence and instead indicate that it’s likely to take longer than expected to achieve that confidence.” However, he then continued, saying, “policy is well positioned to handle the risks that we face.”  (The latter statement easing fears of a rate hike somewhat.)  He went on to summarize, “Right now, given the strength of the labor market and progress on inflation so far, it’s appropriate to allow restrictive policy further time to work and let the data and the evolving outlook guide us.”  Then, Powell got into details, noting, “12 months core PCE inflation, which is one of the most important things, is estimated to have been little change in March.”  In speaking about the labor market, Powell said, “Our labor market has been moving into better balance over the past year,” … “(Strong demand for workers) has been met by a substantial increase in the workforce due both to rising labor force participation and a substantial increase in immigration.”  

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After the close, HWC, IBKR, OMC, and UAL all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  However, JBHT missed on both the top and bottom lines.

In stock news, on Tuesday, UNH said it would take a $1.6 billion hit in 2024 from the hack of its subsidiary which caused widespread and weeks-long shutdown of medical billing and reimbursement.  At the same time, a JPM regulatory filing noted that CEO Dimon had completed the sale of $33 million of his JPM shares.  This completed his previously planned 1 million share sale (out of 8.6 million shares held).  Later MSFT announced it is investing $1.5 billion in G42, an UAE-based AI firm. (G42 is run by UAE’s national security adviser.)  G42 said it would cut ties with Chinese hardware suppliers for its data centers as part of the deal.  Elsewhere, AL state lawmakers have passed a bill barring the state from providing incentives to any company that voluntarily recognizes a union.  (The bill is aimed at preventing union recognition prior to a vote of the workforce.)

In stock legal and governmental news, on Tuesday, a US district judge dismissed 25 claims that were among the hundreds of cases filed against META, which allege the company concealed from the public that Facebook and Instagram were harmful to children.  Th 25 claims dismissed has accused META CEO Zuckerberg of personal responsibility (and liability) for not disclosing this information to the public.

So far this morning, ABT, ASML, BKU, FHN, and USB all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, CFG and TRV both beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  (PLD reports closer to the opening bell.)  It is worth noting that ASML has lowered forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed.  Shenzhen (+2.48%), Shanghai (+2.14%), and Taiwan (+1.56%) led the gainers.  Meanwhile, Thailand (-2.11%) and Japan (-1.32%) paced the losses.  In Europe, the picture is much greener at midday with only two of 15 bourses in the red.  The CAC (+1.23%), DAX (+0.51%), and FTSE (+0.60%) lead the region higher in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a modest green start to the day.  The DIA implies a +0.22% open, the SPY is implying a +0.31% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.195 open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are flat at a high 4.657% and Oil (WTI) is off by half of a percent to $84.88 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Wednesday is limited to EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 a.m.) and the Fed Beige Book (2 p.m.).  We also hear from Fed Members Mester (5:30 p.m.) and Bowman (6:30 p.m.).  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include ABT, ASML, CFG, FHN, PLD, TRV, and USB.  Then, after the close, AA, CCI, CSX, DFS, EFX, KMI, LVS, LBRT, SNV, and WTFC report.

In economic news later this week, on Thursday, we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Mfg. Index, Philly Fed Mfg. Employment, March Existing Home Sales, US Leading Economic Indicator Index, Fed Balance Sheet, and three Fed speakers (Bowman, Williams, and Bostic twice).  Finally, there are no major economic news scheduled for Friday.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Thursday, we hear from ALK, AALY, BX, CMA, DHI, ELV, GPC, INFY, KEY, MAN, MMC, NOK, SNA, TSM, ISRG, NFLX, PPG, and WAL.  Lastly, on Friday AXP, FITB, HBAN, PG, RF, SLB, and WIT report.

In geopolitical news, Russia has stepped up its bombing of Kharkiv (Ukraine’s second largest city) in an attempt to make it the city uninhabitable.  The new strategy is massive bombing of residential housing and utilities and then following up with a “double tap” (second wave of attacks on the same targets) one to two hours later.  The idea is that if the population is denied water, electric, and housing …and rescuers as well as aid workers are also taken out…then the city will become uninhabitable.  This is designed to force the 1.4 million people living in Kharkiv to flee to other cities, opening up Kharkiv for conquest and putting additional stress on cities further West due to the immigrant flows.  (It also becomes harder to defend a location while also allowing the civilian population to pass through said position.) Elsewhere, Treasury Sec. Yellen said Tuesday that new sanctions on Iran are being considered.  Yellen, talked about not only the attack on Israel, but also Iran-backed Houthi attacks in the Red Sea that are impacting global economic stability.  She told the AP that she will be working with her counterparts at the IMF Spring Meeting this week to hammer out another round of sanctions on the Iranian regime.

In miscellaneous news, the SEC now blocked the use of third-party messaging apps and texts from Wall Street firm employee phones.  Elsewhere, in political news, the House GOP, and especially the Twitter faction of the GOP, have brought drama and discord back to the House.  House Speaker Johnson told the GOP Caucus that he intends to bring forth four separate individual bills this week, one for military aid to Ukraine, one for military aid for Israel, one for military aid for Taiwan and the Philippines (to hold China in check), and a final bill to ban TikTok from the US.  This did not go over well with the far-right MAGA faction.  (Even if they are separate votes.)  Specifically, Rep. Massie (KY), asked Johnson to resign as Speaker.  He then told reporters he supports and seconds the previous MTG motion to vacate the Speaker.  Beyond that drama, if the four bills are brought for a vote, all are expected to pass.  Then for some procedural reason they will be delivered to the Senate as one packaged bill.  The Senate GOP does not like that idea as they have already passed aid to the first three and don’t want to vote on the TikTok bill.  (One of the largest GOP donors, Jeff Yass, owns about $30 billion of TikTok’s parent corporation ByteDance while BLK also owns a similar-sized piece.  A forced sale could cost both billions.) 

With that background, it looks as if the Bulls are trying again this morning, but are having only small and not particularly decisive gains in any of the three major index ETFs. All three are giving us small, white-bodied candles in the premarket. However, all three have larger upper wicks (compared to the candle bodies). The SPY, DIA, and QQQ all remain well below their T-line. So the short-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the mid-term has also turned bearish and the longer-term market remains Bullish but trend is broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, all three of the major index ETFs now a fair distance below their T-line and the T2122 indicator is deeply in its oversold range. So, at the very least, the Bears are in need of some rest. (Just remember markets can remain oversold a lot longer than we can stay solvent predicting a reversal.) In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, nine of the 10 are in the green early with only INTC (-0.39%) pushing to the downside. Be careful of whipsaws, but today is looking more indecisive again.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

LTA Scanning Software
TC2000 Discount

🎯 Mike Probst: Rick, Got CTL off the scanner today. Already up 30%. Love it.

🎯 Dick Carp: the scanner paid for the year with HES-thank you

🎯 Arnoldo Bolanos: LTA scanner really works $$, thanks Ed.

🎯 Bob S: LTA is incredible…. I use it … would not trade without it

🎯 Malcolm .: Posted in room 2, @Rick… I used the LTA Scanner to go through hundreds of stocks this weekend and picked out three to trade:  PYPL, TGT, and ZS.   Quality patterns and with my trading, up 24%, 7% and 12%…. this program is gold.

🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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Disclosure: We do not act on all trades we mention, and not all mentions acted on the day of the mention. All trades we mention are for your consideration only.

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Bulls Try to Regain Feet on Good Earnings

Markets gave us a Bull trap Monday as SPY gapped up 0.82%, DIA gapped up 0.91%, and QQQ gapped up 0.86%.  However, that was the last of the joy for the Bulls as we then started an all-day, wavy sell off in all three major index ETFs that recrossed the gap and continued strongly South.  All three then flattened out the last 40 minutes of the day.  The action gave up large, gap-up, outside day, black candles with tiny wicks on the bottom of the body.  SPY and QQQ retested and failed their T-lines (8emas).  This all happened on above-average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, all 10 sectors were in the red with Technology (-2.01%) way out in front leading the market lower.  Meanwhile, it was Communications Services (-0.15%) that held up far better than any other sector.  At the same time, SPY lost 1.23%, DIA lost 0.66%, and QQQ lost 1.65%.  VXX spiked another 5.54% higher to close at a still very historically low 15.61 and T2122 dropped even further into the low end of its oversold territory at 1.73.  10-year bond yields spiked again to 4.612% and Oil (WTI) was flat at $85.65 per barrel. So, Monday was the Bear’s Day again. The three major index charts all look clearly bearish now.  However, it is worth remembering that the worst of the  index ETFs (DIA) is still less that 5.75% from its all-time high (not below the high close, close, but down from the actual all-time high).  So, we aren’t truly in a Bear market and not even in a correction at this point…at least yet.

The major economic news scheduled for Monday included March Core Retail Sales, which came in extremely hot at +1.1% (compared to a +0.5% forecast and February’s +0.6% reading).  Meanwhile, March Retail Sales was not as hot as the “core” at +0.7% (versus a +0.4% forecast but down from February’s +0.9%).  At the same time, the NY Empire State Mfg. Index was weaker than predicted at -14.30 (compared to a -5.20 forecast but better than February’s -20.90).  Later, February Business Inventories rose more than anticipated at +0.4% (versus a +0.3% forecast and a +0.0% January value).  At the same time, February Retail Inventories also were +0.4% (compared to a +0.4% forecast and up a tick from January’s +0.3%). 

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In stock news, on Monday, BP announced it had cut over 10% of its electric vehicle charging business unit workforce (still only 100 jobs) as well as pulling out of several markets.  BP said its bet on rapid growth in commercial EV fleets just didn’t pay off.  (BP will continue its operations in the US, Britain, Germany, and China markets while pulling out of eight other countries.)  At the same time, Clearlake Capital announced it had indeed offered to acquire BLKB for $80 per share.  (This was a premium over Friday’s $76.72 close and well above Clearlake’s original $71/share offer.)  Later, BNPQY (BNP Paribas) agreed to buy a 9% stake in Belgian Insurer Ageas for $780 million.  This makes the French bank the largest shareholder in Ageas.  At the same time, Reuters reported that EQT will sell some of its PA state Natural Gas assets to EQNR in exchange for $500 million and some of EQNR’s “Appalachian Basin” assets.

Elsewhere, ADBE announced it is in the early stages of letting OpenAI and other AI tools into its widely-used video editing software.  The company would allow those tools in via an app, which could then be monetized.  At the same time, TSLA confirmed it will lay off 10% of its global workforce (about 14,000 jobs) as electric vehicle sales fall.  Later, GM announced it will move its headquarters to new skyscraper offices further into downtown Detroit after 20 years in its riverfront campus.

In stock legal and governmental news, on Monday, META announced it will temporarily suspend Threads (its Twitter knock off) in Turkey on April 29 to comply with provisional orders from the Turkish competition authority. (META also said it will appeal the order.) Later, COIN asked two courts for permission to appeal part of its lawsuit against the SEC.  At the same time, TPR received both EU and Japanese approval for its $8.5 billion deal to buy CPRI, (US approval from the FTC is still pending.)  Later, MGM sued the FTC in hope of blocking an FTC probe into the casino’s 2023 hack that hobbled it last year.  The MGM suit claims the FTC has no jurisdiction because the company feels it is not subject to consumer financial data rules since it is not an interstate bank.  At the same time, the NHTSA said it has opened an investigation into 2023 GM Cadillac Lyric cars over the loss of brake assist during operation.  At the same time, PLL announced it had received NC state approval for its lithium “mining” operations and can begin the required construction. 

Elsewhere, the US State Dept. approved the sale of “aircraft support” for training and support aircraft to Iraq.  This will result in a $140 million contract for NOC. At the same time, AVGO was questioned by EU antitrust regulators over change (massive price increases, as much as 20x in cases) in its pricing after its acquisition of VMW.  (In many cases AVGO changed VMW to a subscription-only model, simply telling customers who had bought lifetime licenses they now will pay annually or lose access to what they bought.)  Later, LMT was awarded a $17 billion contract to develop the next generation of interceptors for use against incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles.  At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported the US Dept. of Justice is preparing an antitrust lawsuit against LYV.

Overnight, Asian markets were red across the board.  Taiwan (-2.68%), Shenzhen (-2.29%), and South Korea (-2.28%) led the region lower on broad-based and large losses.  Meanwhile, in Europe, we see a similar picture taking shape at midday with only one of 15 bourses in the green (barely).  The CAC (-1.23%), DAX (-1.31%), and FTSE (-1.40%) lead the region lower in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a mixed bounce after Monday’s downdraft.  The DIA implies a +0.50% open, the SPY is implying a +0.10% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.01% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are popping again to 4.651% and Oil (WTI) is off 0.28% to $85.17 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Tuesday includes March Building Permits and March Housing Starts (both at 8:30 a.m.), March Industrial Production (9:15 a.m.), and API Weekly Crude Oil stocks (4:30 p.m.).  We also hear from Fed member Williams (12:30 p.m.) and Fed Chair Powell (1:15 p.m.). The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include BAC, BK, ERIC, JNJ, MS, NTRS, PNC, and UNH.  Then, after the close, AMX, IBKR, JBHT, OMC, and UAL report.

In economic news later this week, on Wednesday, EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories and the Fed Beige Book are reported.  We also hear from Fed Members Mester and Bowman.  On Thursday, we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Mfg. Index, Philly Fed Mfg. Employment, March Existing Home Sales, US Leading Economic Indicator Index, Fed Balance Sheet, and three Fed speakers (Bowman, Williams, and Bostic twice).  Finally, there are no major economic news scheduled for Friday.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Wednesday, ABT, ASML, CFG, FHN, PLD, TRV, USB, AA, CCI, CSX, DFS, EFX, KMI, LVS, LBRT, SNV, and WTFC report.  On Thursday, we hear from ALK, AALY, BX, CMA, DHI, ELV, GPC, INFY, KEY, MAN, MMC, NOK, SNA, TSM, ISRG, NFLX, PPG, and WAL.  Lastly, on Friday AXP, FITB, HBAN, PG, RF, SLB, and WIT report.

So far this morning, BAC, BK, CBSH, JNJ, MS, PNC, and UNH all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, ERIC missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  On the other side, NTRS crushed on revenue (doubling expectations) but also missed significantly on earnings.  The only guidance out so far is from PNC, which lowered its forward guidance.

In miscellaneous news, several Israelis, including PM Netanyahu and the spokesman for Israeli Defense Forces said they will retaliate against Iran for the weekend’s large, telegraphed, and ineffective retaliatory strike on their country.  Israel said it would choose the time and place, but diplomacy is holding so far with hope that Israel will just strike Iranian proxies which participated, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Houthis in Yemen, and various Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq.  Elsewhere, Chinese GDP was above pace in Q1 at +5.3%.  However, most of that growth came in January and February as the country’s economy slumping in March.  Both Chinese Retail Sales and Industrial Output fell well short of estimates in March in addition to a decline in home sales.  For his part, Chinese President Xi made statements pushing back on US and EU pressure to refocus the Chinese economy away from industrial growth and toward stimulating consumer spending.

With that background, it looks as if the Bulls are trying to rebound from Monday’s drubbing but are not having a ton of success yet. All three major index ETFs opened the premarket flat, traded lower, and have pushed back higher to form white-body candles that are in the green compared to Monday’s huge black candle. (DIA has done by far the best job of this push-back.) However, only a small fraction of Monday’s losses have been recovered so far in the early session. The SPY, DIA, and QQQ remain well below their T-line. So the short-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the mid-term has also turned bearish and the longer-term market remains Bullish but trend is broken and is clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, all three of the major index ETFs now a fair distance below their T-line and the T2122 indicator is deeply in its oversold range. So, at the very least, the Bears are in need of some rest. (Just remember markets can remain oversold a lot longer than we can stay solvent predicting a reversal.) In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, seven of the 10 are in the green early with only TSLA (-2.40%) truly pushing to the downside (more than 2.1% worst off than the other nine big dogs so far in the premarket.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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Tax Day Starts Green on GS and MTB Beats

Fridays brought us a gap lower to start the day. SPY gapped down 0.69%, DIA gapped down 0.58%, and QQQ gapped down 0.97%.  At that point, all three major index ETFs chopped sideways in a tight range.  DIA broke out of its sideways mover first, heading South shortly after 10 a.m.  Meanwhile, SPY and QQQ followed DIA by starting their selloffs at 10:30 a.m.  Those selloffs continued in waves the rest of the day in all three with just a modest bounce up off the lows the last 40 minutes.  This action gave us gap-down, black-bodied candles with both upper and lower wicks.  The SPY and QQQ candles also crossed back below their T-lines (8ema).  This all happened on average volume in all three major index ETFs.

On the day, all 10 sectors were in the red with Technology (-2.09%) and Consumer Cyclicals (-2.08%) out in front leading the rest of the market lower.  Meanwhile, it was Utilities (-1.09%) holding up better than the other sectors.  At the same time, SPY lost 1.38%, DIA lost 1.20%, and QQQ lost 1.59%.  VXX spiked 8.83% higher to close at a still historically low 14.79 and T2122 dropped back down the very low end of oversold territory at 2.92.  10-year bond yields dropped to 4.52% and Oil (WTI) gained 0.55% to $85.49 per barrel.  So, Friday was the Bear’s Day.  Markets gapped lower briefly held up and then resumed their move down (albeit in a wavy motion) the rest of the day, ending on a modest up wave.

The major economic news scheduled for Friday included March Export Price Index, which came in lower but as expected at +0.3% (compared to a +0.3% forecast but well down from February’s +0.7% value).  At the same time, the March Import Price Index was higher than anticipated at +0.4% (versus both forecast and February values of +0.3%).  Later, Michigan Consumer Sentiment was lower than predicted at 77.9 (compared to a 79.0 forecast and 79.4 March value).  At the same time, Michigan Consumer Expectations were also down a bit at 77.0 (versus the 77.6 forecast and March 77.4 reading).  Meanwhile, the Michigan 1-Year Inflation Expectations were up to +3.1% (versus a +2.9% forecast and March value).  On a longer timeframe, the Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations were also higher at +3.0% (compared to a forecast and March reading of +2.8%).

In FOMC speak, Kansas City Fed President Schmid said inflation was too high for the central bank to cut interest rates.  Schmid said, “With inflation still running above 2 percent and labor markets still tight, it is appropriate that monetary policy remain restrictive.”  He went on to say, “achieving better balance in the labor market will likely be necessary (before cutting).”  Later, Chicago Fed President Goolsbee said, “We’ve had multiple (CPI) inflation readings that were higher than we wanted, but PCE is the better measure…If we start getting better (PCE) readings that show us that arc of inflation coming down…that will make us feel a lot better about where we are…If PCE is reinflating – we will stabilize prices.”  Goolsbee went on to repeat previous comments that housing inflation is the most important and damaging area to watch.  Still later, San Francisco Fed President Daly reiterated that there is no urgency to cut rates.  She said, “Policy’s in a good place right now, and I need to be fully confident that inflation is on track to come down to 2%, which is our definition of price stability, before we would consider a rate cut.”   

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In stock news, on Friday, Reuters reported that sources now indicate that HUBS may be considering a non-GOOGL acquisition suitor.  The sources indicated that potential antitrust opposition and difficulty may force HUBS to go a different route, despite GOOGL having been working with MS to secure financing for an all-cash bid to buy HUBS.  Later, the Wall Street Journal reported that a pet osteoarthritis drug from ZTS has been found to be linked to various adverse health events.  (ZTS gapped lower and closed down 7.84% on the news.)  At midday, despite political and potential regulatory opposition, X shareholders approved the $14.9 billion takeover bid from Nippon Steel.  Later, ROKU said that more than 576k of its customer accounts were impacted by a second cyberattack that the company identified while investigating a different hack of 15,000 customer accounts.  ROKU said that hackers did not gain access to “full credit card numbers” and it has identified only 400 cases where the stolen information was used to make unauthorized purchases of streaming service subscriptions.  At the same time, Reuters reported that SPR is limiting overtime and halted hiring as production declines due to BA’s lower output of 737 MAX planes.  After the close, TSLA said it cut the price of its “Full Self Driving” subscription by more than 50% (from $199/mo. to $99/mo.) as it seeks to drive broader adoption amidst weakening demand.  Also after the close, GOOGL announced it is beginning the process of removing links to CA news articles for CA-located viewers.  This is in response to a CA bill (not passed yet) that would require content providers to pay CA news sites for content.  Then, on Saturday, Reuters reported that CRM is in advanced talks to buy INFA.  (INFA has a market value of $38.48 billion as of Friday.)

In stock legal and governmental news, on Friday a Brazilian judge suspended the Chairman of PBR over having a conflict of interest now that he also holds the Minister of Energy role in the Brazilian government.  (The court previously suspended another board member citing the company’s failure to comply with company bylaws when appointing that board member.)  At the same time, AAPL lost its motion to dismiss a $1 billion lawsuit in the UK which alleges the company charged 1,500 UK-based app developers unfair commission fees on the purchase of their apps while prohibiting them from selling the apps through other channels.  Later, the EU approved ILMN’s plans to divest cancer diagnostic test maker Grail.  (The EU Competition Committee had ordered the divestiture in 2022, even though ILMN had closed the deal before the EU decision was made.)   At the same time, UBER and LYFT announced they will remains in operation in Minneapolis after the City Council there voted Wednesday to delay implementation of its $15.57/hour minimum wage for rideshare drivers until July 1st.  Later, the US Supreme Court ruled 9-0 throwing out a lower court ruling that will allow a broad group of truck drivers and other transport workers to file employment lawsuits rather than submit to arbitration.  (The lower court had ruled that the plaintiff did not qualify to sue because, even though he was a truck driver, his company sold the goods he delivered rather than transportation services.)  The ruling is a huge blow to AMZN, WMT, and many other companies that employ delivery and transport workers that may have causes for action. 

Elsewhere, the NHTSA announced it is opening an investigation into the F recall of 42,000 SUVs over fuel leak concerns.  F is planning to make a software update rather than replace fuel injectors that may crack and leak.  At the same time, the US Supreme Court ruled 9-0 companies “failing to disclose impactful trends” is not securities fraud.  Later, AAPL denied it has been violating court orders governing its App Store.  AAPL told a US district judge Rogers (who had overseen the Epic Games lawsuit against AAPL) that rather than violating the court orders, it was just trying to prevent AAPL “tools and technologies” from being given to app developers for free.  They went on to say Epic wants the court to micromanage AAPL App Store operations in order to make Epic more profitable.  (Oddly, yes that was the whole point of the original lawsuit.  To force competition in a way that would allow Epic to be more profitable by not paying AAPL 30% of every sale and prohibit them selling through other channels.)  After the close, US House GOP representatives criticized the Biden Administration, blaming the President for somehow allowing INTC to sell chips to Huawei, which allowed the Chinese phone maker to unveil a new laptop powered by an INTC “AI chip.”  (The chips were shipped to China under a 2019, Trump Administration granted, license that were excluded from Trump era sanctions and not subject to Biden-era sanctions.)

Overnight, Asian markets leaned heavily to the red side with only Shenzhen (+1.53%) and Shanghai (+1.26%) in the green.  Taiwan (-1.38%), India (-1.10%), and Singapore (-1.04%) paced the 10 losing exchanges.  Meanwhile, in Europe, we see mostly green at midday.  11 of the 15 bourses are in the green with the CAC (+0.87%), DAX (+0.89%), and FTSE (-0.32%) leading the region higher in early afternoon trade.  In the US, as of 7:30 a.m., Futures are pointing toward a green start to the week.  The DIA implies a +0.34% open, the SPY is implying a +0.46% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.55% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields have spiked back up to 4.581% (perhaps somewhat on a safety trade after the Iran-Israeli weekend news) and Oil (WTI) is off eight-tenths of a percent to $85.00 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news scheduled for Monday includes March Core Retail Sales, March Retail Sales, and NY Empire State Mfg. Index (all at 8:30 a.m.), Feb. Business Inventories and Feb. Retail Inventories (both at 10 a.m.), and Fed member Daly speaks.  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open include GS, MTB, and SCHW.  There are no major reported set for after the close.

In economic news later this week, on Tuesday we get March Building Permits, March Housing Starts, March Industrial Production, and API Weekly Crude Oil stocks.  Then on Wednesday, EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories and the Fed Beige Book are reported.  We also hear from Fed Members Mester and Bowman.  On Thursday, we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Weekly Continuing Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Mfg. Index, Philly Fed Mfg. Employment, March Existing Home Sales, US Leading Economic Indicator Index, Fed Balance Sheet, and three Fed speakers (Bowman, Williams, and Bostic twice).  Finally, there are no major economic news scheduled for Friday.

In terms of earnings reports later this week, on Tuesday we hear from BAC, BK, ERIC, JNJ, MS, NTRS, PNC, UNH, AMX, IBKR, JBHT, OMC, and UAL.  Then Wednesday, ABT, ASML, CFG, FHN, PLD, TRV, USB, AA, CCI, CSX, DFS, EFX, KMI, LVS, LBRT, SNV, and WTFC report.  On Thursday, we hear from ALK, AALY, BX, CMA, DHI, ELV, GPC, INFY, KEY, MAN, MMC, NOK, SNA, TSM, ISRG, NFLX, PPG, and WAL.  Lastly, on Friday AXP, FITB, HBAN, PG, RF, SLB, and WIT report.

So far this morning, GS and MTB reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  (SCHW reports closer to the open.)

In geopolitical news, on Saturday, as expected, Iran launched over 300 drones, cruise, and ballistic missiles toward Israel.  This attack was Iran’s retaliation for Israel’s April 1 airstrike destroying a building of the Iranian embassy in Syria.  (That Israeli strike killed 16 people, including two Iranian Revolutionary Guard Generals.) The US shot down 75 of the Iranian drones and missiles with Israel shooting down the vast majority of the rest.  It is interesting that Iran signaled the attack beforehand (by telling the US to get out of the way so they don’t get hit) and had already announced that they consider the matter complete unless Israel retaliates…making that announcement before most of the drones and missiles had even reached Israeli airspace.  There were no deaths and one injury from the Iranian attack as well as minimal damage to the air base from which the Israeli April 1 attack was launched.  President Biden spoke to Israeli PM Netanyahu urging him to “take the win” (two major Iranian military commanders killed, versus no Israeli deaths at all AND another public demonstration of the power of Israeli air defenses).  Biden also led G7 leaders to making a public statement of unconditional support for Israel without any mention of the Israeli strike in Damascus.  As of Sunday, these efforts had won the day with PBS reporting that Israeli War Cabinet resources said an immediate retaliatory strike had been called off following the Biden call.  Still, Netanyahu has publicly vowed Israeli retaliation at a later time.   In short, diplomacy is in control in the short term.  However, tensions are high and oil markets, while calming, are still likely to be on edge.

In late-breaking news, AAPL iPhone sales saw their steepest decline since COVID hit.  Chinese sales in particular fell sharply as Huawei, Xiaomi, Transsion, and OPPO made significant market share gains.  Later, Reuters reported sources and an internal TSLA memo during premarket that said TSLA plans to lay off 10% of its workforce globally.

With that background, it looks as if the Bulls have gapped all three major index ETFs higher to start the premarket. However, all three are also printing indecisive, small-body candles after the gap up. QQQ is retesting its T-line (8ema) from below. However, SPY, DIS, and QQQ remain below their T-line. So the short-term trend is bearish. Meanwhile, the mid-term remains sideways in a choppy consolidating range in the SPY and QQQ, where it is fair to say the Bulls are under strong pressure from the Bears. The DIA has already turned Bearish in the mid-term. Longer-term, markets remain Bullish but clearly under pressure. In terms of extension, none of the major index ETFs are too far away from their T-line. However, the T2122 indicator is now deeply in its oversold range. So, both sides could run if the find some momentum, but the Bulls have much more slack to work with at this point. In terms of those 10 big dog tickers, eight of the 10 are in the green this morning with only AAPL (-0.60%) and TSLA (-1.54%) pushing to the downside on bad premarket news.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. If you have a loss, admit you were wrong and take that loss before it gets out of hand. And when the price does move in your direction, always move your stops in your favor and take a little profit off the table. You have to keep the “Legend of the Man in the Green Bathrobe” in mind. In a winning situation, it is NOT HOUSE MONEY you’re betting, it’s YOUR MONEY! There is no reason to keep raising your bet (risk) size just because you’ve had a win. Finally, remember that trading is not a hobby, it’s a job. The gains are real and so is the risk. So, treat it that way. Do the work and follow the process. Stick to your trading rules, trade with the trend, and take those profits when you have them. Do the work!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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TC2000 Discount

🎯 Mike Probst: Rick, Got CTL off the scanner today. Already up 30%. Love it.

🎯 Dick Carp: the scanner paid for the year with HES-thank you

🎯 Arnoldo Bolanos: LTA scanner really works $$, thanks Ed.

🎯 Bob S: LTA is incredible…. I use it … would not trade without it

🎯 Malcolm .: Posted in room 2, @Rick… I used the LTA Scanner to go through hundreds of stocks this weekend and picked out three to trade:  PYPL, TGT, and ZS.   Quality patterns and with my trading, up 24%, 7% and 12%…. this program is gold.

🎯 Friday 6/21/19  (10:09 am) Aaron B: Today, my account is at +190% since January. Thanks, RWO HRC Flash Malcolm Thomas Steve Ed Bob S Bob C Mike P and everyone that contributes every day. I love our job.

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