Another day another overnight gap as the market reacts to a chemical
tanker fire in the Gulf of Oman creating a surge in oil prices. The cause of the fire is still unknown but has
sparked fears of an attack after apparent sabotage of another tanker just a few
weeks ago. US futures are pointing to a
gap up open reversing the modest selling yesterday and holding the key psychological
50-day moving averages of both the DIA and SPY.
The QQQ is also getting a lift this morning an looks as if
it will once again challenge its 50-day average resistance. Short traders expecting more of a pullback
after the sharp rise could find themselves in a short squeeze. Expect price volatility to remain high challenging
even the most experienced traders with the hypersensitivity to US/China trade rhetoric.
On the Calendar
On the Earnings Calendar we have the biggest day of the week
with 28 companies reporting. However,
the only notable report is DLTH.
Oil prices are surging this morning after a tanker incident
in the Gulf of Oman. The cause of the fire
remains unclear, but is raising fears of an attack just weeks after an apparent
sabotage of another tanker. Futures traded
modestly lower as Asian market closed mostly lower overnight but rallied significantly
with the surge in oil prices.
As I write this Dow futures point to a gap up open of more
than 75 points reversing yesterday’s modest selling and holding the DIA and SPY
above their 50-day averages. The QQQ
looks to challenge its 50-day average as resistance at the open. Could this create another pop and drop day? Yes, but it could also create just enough catalyst
to squeeze short traders out pushing the indexes higher.
The bearish engulfing candle patterns left behind on the DIA, SPY and IWM yesterday suggest the wild bullish rally may have run out energy but I would not expect the bulls to give easily. Logic alone would suggest after such an energetic rally that little rest or pullback is likely. However, if the bulls can defend the reclaimed 50-day morning averages as support a case for attacking all-time market highs is possible.
Unfortunately tough talk between US/China is not suggesting
that a trade deal between the countries is unlikely at the G20 meeting seems to
have given the bulls a little pause this morning. Asian markets closed lower as their consumer
prices hit a 15 month high and food prices spiked 7.7% in the May report. European markets are also seeing some bearishness
this morning with all indexes pointing modestly lower. As the bulls and bears battle for control
expect higher price volatility and sensitivity to trade news.
On the Calendar
On the Wednesday Earnings Calendar we have just 15 companies
stepping up to the plate. Notable
reports include LULU & TLRD.
Tough talk suggesting that a US/China trade deal is very unlikely
at the G20 seems to have dampened the bullishness we have seen in the last week
of price action. During the night China
released consumer inflation numbers showing a 15 month high and food prices
spiking 7.7% in May. Asian markets
closed lower across the board overnight as a result. European markets are also seeing red this
morning across their major indexes.
As I write this US futures are modestly lower bouncing off
the overnight lows but the CPI number at 8:30 AM Eastern has the potential to
move the market before the open today.
The DIA, SPY and IWM all left behind bearish engulfing patterns yesterday
suggesting a lower print but I would not expect the bulls to give up control easily. Expect high price volatility and the possibility
of quick intraday reversals as they duke it out. We should be just fine if the bulls defend the
reclaimed 50-day moving averages as support but if these key psychological levels
fail the bears could be emboldened.
Is the move irrational behavior? Goldman Sachs has warned that it is and the
conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork proclaiming a rigged market. The fact is the market wants to go up for the
time being. Fight it and you’re likely
to lose because a market can remain irrational much longer than we as retail
traders can stay liquid! Follow the price
action and avoid predicting. Could today
bring in the sellers? Yes, but it could
also inspire the bulls to keep pushing higher.
Relax, focus on price and it will lead the way.
Who would have guessed the hope of a federal funds rate cut
from 2.5 percent to 2.25 percent would have the power to reverse market sentiment
lifting the Dow more than 1250 points in just 5-days of trading. This morning with fresh presidential tariff
threats making headlines the US futures point to yet another gap triple point
On the Calendar
We have just 19 companies fessing up to their quarterly
results today. Notable reports include
Play & HRB.
The power of the assumed future interest rate cut continues
to propel the bulls higher even as signs of a weakening economy emerge in the
US and continued threats of tariff increases from the Whitehouse. The biggest part of yesterdays move occurred in
the overnight gap and according to the futures we can expect yet another gap up
of more than 100 Dow points.
In the past I would try to figure out such price movements that
seem to be completely irrational. I
would attempt to countertrend trade these relentless moves only get run over by
market momentum. Here are the simple
facts. The bulls are currently in
control and they currently believe the market should be valued higher! Personally I don’t believe that is right but
what I think or feel has no bearing on what is occurring. Trade the chart as it is not as you think it
should be because the market doesn’t care what you think. Could this turn out to be an irrational rally? Yes, it could but it could also just keep
going up. Focus on price action and it
will lead the way.
What a massive reversal of market sentiment as the bulls
find even more energy to extend this incredible relief rally. Is this irrational exuberance? Perhaps, but it
would be very unwise to try and fight it or predict when it will be over. Remember the market can remain irrational
much longer than you can remain liquid if you try to fight the bull.
Asian markets closed higher on better than expected trade
surplus numbers. European markets are
bullish but subdued ahead of UK economic data this morning. US Futures point to more than a 100 point Dow
gap after avoiding tariff increases with Mexico and news of a huge merger between
United Technologies and Raytheon creating the 2nd largest defense
company in the world. If your long this
morning remember gap are gifts taking profits or scaling. Never allow greed to get in the way of taking
a profit. If you miss this rally then
for goodness sake don’t chase it this late in the move with the fear of missing
out. Stay disciplined and exercise
patience waiting for the next entry.
On the Calendar
On the Earnings Calendar we have about 30 companies reporting
their quarterly results today with none that are particularly notable unless
you happen to own one of them. Make sure
always to check earnings dates a part of your market preparation.
A deal with Mexico to avert tariffs, a larger than expected
China trade surplus and a merger or United Technologies and Raytheon continue
to inspire the bulls higher this morning.
US futures are suggesting more than a 100 point gap in an already very
extended relief rally even as the president expresses the willingness to add
300 billion in Chinese tariffs. Is this
over-exuberance and a bit nonsensical?
Maybe, but as a retail trader it’s unwise to fight the bull or try to
predict its conclusion because they can run right over you.
While I feel this relief rally is very extended and this
mornings gap has the potential to end as a pop an drop I must stay focused on
the price action trading what is not what I think it should be. As Jessie Livermore once said, “The Market is
never wrong but opinions often are”. Stay
disciplined to your rules taking profits or scaling out not allowing greed to interfere
with taking profits. Remember gaps are
gifts! If you have missed this rally then
for goodness sake don’t chase it with the fear of missing out. Be patient and wait for the next entry based
on good price action and analysis rather than emotion.
There may be some light at the end of the tunnel this morning with news Mexico has made concessions that could avert the 5% tariff increase on Monday. That would be a welcomed relief and the US futures point to a bullish open ahead of the Employment Situation report. Asian market closed mixed overnight but European indexes are green across the board this morning.
With possible interest rate cuts in the signaled by the Fed
the 8:30 AM Eastern Employment Situation report could create a significant price
reaction upon its release. If you’re
rooting for a rate decrease a miss of the 180K consensus estimate is likely to
help Fed or even speed up their action. A
strong jobs number could impede or slow the FOMC decision and receive a
negative market reaction. No matter what
happens consider the risk carefully you carry into the weekend after such a
steep market rally.
On the Calendar
We have a light day on the Earnings Calendar with only 16
companies reporting. Looking through those
set to report but none are particularly notable.
According to reports Mexico has made concessions that may
avert the 5% increase in Tariffs scheduled for June 10th. If true that is very good news for US car
manufacturers and a welcome relief to the overall market. US Futures are once again looking to extend the
relief rally that has recovered more than 900 Dow points in just three days so
Of course the Employment Situation report at 8:30 AM Eastern
will have something to say about how the market opens today. If the number comes in less then the 180k
consensus estimates the market may see that as good news supporting the idea of
lowered interest rates in September. Should
the number come in strong the market may see that negatively as it works
against the hoped-for rate cut. One thing
is certain this will be a heavily watched report that may inspire a significant
market reaction upon its release. Having
seen such a steep rally this week consider the weekend risk as you plan your day. Have a great weekend everyone.
The extraordinary rally is a welcome relief but not one must
wonder if the exuberance of the potential interest rate cut is now overextended. One thing for sure is that we have moved a
long way in a very short period of time and a little pullback would not be out
of the question. Be careful not to
chase. Asian market closed mixed but
mostly modestly lower overnight. European
markets are currently green across the board as they await an ECB rate
With the DIA, SPY and QQQ back above their respective 200-day
averages repairing some of the technical damage in the charts but that will
only be true if the bulls can prove to hold them as support. We have the big Employment Situation number
Friday morning so don’t rule out the possibility of light and choppy price
action after the morning rush as we wait.
Remember some profit taking could begin at any time with the Dow having
risen more than 700 points in just two days.
On the Calendar
We have fewer than 30 companies reporting quarterly results today. Notable reports include OllI & SIG.
After two big days of rally on the hope of an interest rate
cut futures are once pointing to a modestly bullish gap up open. However that could certainly increase or
decline as we move toward the open with International Trade, Jobless Claims, as
well as Productivity & Cost numbers at 8:30 AM Eastern. It will be interesting to see if the bull can
maintain their enthusiasm after Goldman’s warning that the market has overpriced
the possible Fed cuts.
This morning we are also waiting on an ECB rate decision. A surprise cut or increase across the pond
has in the past moved US markets significantly in the past so keep an eye on those
early morning futures. Although the
indexes are still well below their 50-day moving averages the DIA, SPY and QQQ have
pop above their 200-averages reliving some of the technical damage. If some profit takers do soon come in holding
above these key averages will be very important. Remember we have the Employment Situation
number Friday morning so after the morning rush don’t be surprised to light and
choppy price action as wait.
According to new reports the Fed is leaning toward an
interest rate cut and the prospect of low-cost money has futures suggesting a substantial
gap up this morning. Asian markets
closed mixed but mostly higher overnight and although Europe is pondering a
punishment for Italy’s continued deficit spending their indexes are bullish
across the board this morning. But does
that mean we should throw caution to the wind and chase into this morning gap?
The fear of missing out is a powerful emotion but considering
the magnitude of the move over the last 24 hours chasing in could prove to be a
painful lesson in patience. Consider the
possibility of a pop and drop which would not be out the question after such a
big reversal. Gaps are gifts and I in
fact will be looking at the morning gap as a reason to take profits. Maintain your discipline waiting to see if
buyers step up to support the morning gap before considering new long positions.
On the Calendar
On the hump day Earnings Calendar we have just under 30
companies reporting. Among the notable are
FIVE & VRA.
The top story splashed across my CNBC app this morning is “The
Fed is indicating that a rate cut is coming”.
Markets love the prospect of lower cost money and we see both Asian and
European exchanges rising on the hope. Consequently,
the US futures are signaling a sharp gap up this morning around 150 Dow
points. That would constitute about a
650 point rise in just over 24 hours. As
exciting as that is, too much of a good thing in such a short period could bring
out the profit takers.
The fear of missing out is a very strong emotion but chasing into the open after such a big reversal in price can prove to be a very expensive lesson on patience. A lesson, that had to be taught to me more times than I care to admit. Rather than chasing into positions on big moves such as this I use it to take profits and scale out of trades. Gaps are gifts that I tend to open regularly to collecting the gains and lowering the risk of the volatile price action. I’m not trying to predict anything but this mornings gap could easily set up a pop and drop. Stay focused and maintain your discipline waiting to see if buyers step up to support the morning gap before considering new long positions.
With the news the DOJ may begin anti-trust investigations of Google, Amazon and Facebook the QQQ dipped into correction territory yesterday. Amid all the current market uncertainty they choose now to pile on more uncertainty? There timing is impeccable considering that Fed member James Bullard said it might be necessary to lower rates sooner than later to deal with the economic impacts as the trade war uncertainty persist.
Futures are pointing to gap up open around 100 Dow points and
perhaps signaling a relief rally may be in order. Remember a relief rally can be very brief so
don’t mistake a little short covering as a recovery. We have significant technical damage that
needs to be repaired as well as key price resistance levels above that must be reclaimed
before recovery can begin. Consider your
risk carefully and remember price volatility is likely to remain high.
On the Calendar
On the Earnings Calendar we have just 19 companies reporting
quarterly results. Notable reports
include GME, CRM, CBRL & TIF.
It seems rather remarkable amid trade war concerns, Mexican tariffs and global slow down worries the DOJ has decided to begin anti-trust investigations against Google, Amazon and Facebook after years of complaints. Their timing is impeccable don’t you think? James Bullard a voting member of the CBOE suggested yesterday that trade war concerns may warrant a reduction in the interest rate raising fears of economic impacts. His comments created significant price volatility as the market grappled with the implications.
US Futures are currently suggesting a gap up of more than 100
points this morning and perhaps signaling a relief rally to test resistance
levels of price and downtrend. There is
tremendous technical damage so I would not expect the bulls to rush back in a
big way but perhaps we have found at least a short-term bottom after the QQQ officially
reached correction territory yesterday. Be
careful not to chase the morning gap to avoid the possible pop and drop pattern
like we experienced yesterday. Remember
volatility is likely to remain high so intra-day whips and reversals may challenge
the resolve of even the most experienced traders.
As the President makes a European tour and dines with the
Queen global trade uncertainty are having seeing impacts on markets around the
world. Asian markets closed lower and
European are also in the red this morning on the deepening uncertainty. US futures have recovered significantly from
overnight lows but continue to point to lower open this morning.
There is nothing to inspire the market on the Earnings
Calendar this morning so hopefully the PMI & ISM numbers will help provide some
clarity to calm the nerves of traders and investors. Although we can expect the price action volatility
to very challenging the short term oversold condition could provide us at least
a modest relief rally in the near future.
Unfortunately, considerable technical damage and price resistance above does
not favor a speedy recovery unless we find some resolutions to the trade uncertainty.
On the Calendar
On the Earnings Calendar we have just 20 companies reporting
with nothing particularly notable today.
Swirling uncertainty continues to plague the market as China
ramps up the rhetoric issuing a white paper blaming the US for the Trade
War. Asian markets closed modestly lower
across the board. As the president makes
a European tour there markets are also modestly lower as global trade worries
deepen. As a result, US Futures reflected
the uncertainty being down nearly 175 points during the night but slightly recovering
as we move toward the open.
Perhaps the PMI Mfg, ISM Mfg and Construction Spending
reports on the Economic Calendar this morning can help to provide some clarity
and settle the nerves of traders and investors.
As the technical damage deepens expect price action volatility to remain
very challenging with sudden overnight and even intr-day new driven reversals. Anything is possible if more bad news is
released but the short-term oversold condition will have me watchful for at
least a modest relief rally in the near future.
With illegal boarders crossings reportedly rising to 4500
per day the President shocked the market yesterday afternoon with punitive tariff
increases on Mexican goods. The tariffs
will begin with a 5% increase on June 10th with an increase to 10%
in July and 25% in October unless Mexico takes steps to stem the tide of
The shock and uncertainty of this action have the futures
pointing to a substantial gap down this morning that threatens to break some
key price support levels. Raising this
much uncertainty ahead of the weekend has the potential to create some panic
among already battered traders and investors.
Buckle up the road could be very bumpy ahead.
On the Calendar
A light day on the Earnings Calendar as we begin to wind down
the second quarter earnings season. The
only particularly notable report today is BIG coming out before the bell.
Yesterday’s choppy price action reflected the uncertainty the
faces leaving behind more questions than answers. After the bell the President then surprised
the everyone announcing he will raise tariffs on Mexico by June 10th if they don’t begin to stem the tide of illegal crossings that are overwhelming
border enforcement. According to reports
the US is currently holding over 80K illegals with approximately 4500 added
each day. According to the Whitehouse
the tariffs will be at 5% and increasing to 10% in July and 25% shortly after
that if the problem persists.
This morning the futures are reacting strongly to the surprising
news suggesting a gap down of more than 200 Dow points at the open. Grappling with the possible ramifications and
uncertainty of it all has the potential to trigger a bit of panic selling if
key supports fail with the weekend approaching.
The best we can do is stay focused on the price action and disciplined to
our rules, avoiding emotional decision making that often creates costly mistakes.