Debt Default Avoidance Cheers The Bulls

Markets gapped down strongly Wednesday and then went on an all-day roller coaster ride as volatility reigned.  However, the mid-afternoon bullish wave coming from good news on a possible debt ceiling deal and then strong buying the last 20 minutes left us near the highs.  This gave us gap-down, big white candles that have managed to close above the T-line (8ema) in the large-cap indices and is just below it in the QQQ.  On the day, SPY gained 0.42%, DIA gained 0.29%, and QQQ gained 0.64%.  However, it is worth noting that the downtrend still remains unbroken.  The VXX fell slightly to 26.21 and T2122 fell back to the lower end of the mid-range at 38.96.  10-year bond yields fell, but only a bit, to 1.528%, and Oil (WTI) fell 2.5% to $76.94/barrel.  

During the afternoon, GOP Senate Minority Leader McConnell offered Democrats a short-term suspension (until December) of the debt ceiling and said Republicans would not block the Democrats from using the reconciliation process (which only requires a majority vote in the Senate, not 60 votes) to raise the debt limit permanently.  Markets loved this news and rallied hard shortly afterward.  Essentially, this move is the GOP saying they want the debt ceiling raised (to avoid default), but they also want the Democrats to do it on their own.  After the close, Democrats signaled that they will accept the short-term suspension.  This takes the pressure off (kicks the can) and bond markets are likely to be happy with this development.

K announced it is planning to restart operations at 4 plants that have been closed this week by a strike among 1,400 workers who are seeking wage increases. The company said that it plans to use salaried employees as well as “third-party resources” to operate the plants.  This is the latest in a string of strikes this fall among various food manufacturers such as PM (Nabisco), PEP (Frito Lay), and MDLZ (Oreo).

In other business news, GM said Wednesday that they expect to double sales by 2030.  They expect their new emphasis on electric vehicles to be aided by regulations around the globe, forcing more vehicle owners to upgrade sooner.  Bitcoin also soared 10%, back above $55,000 on a Bloomberg report that George Soros both owns cryptocurrencies now and has plans to expand his fund's holdings in this area because he sees crypto as more than just an inflation hedge.

Overnight, Asian markets were strongly green for the most part, but mainland China remains closed another day.  Hong Kong (+3.07%), Taiwan (+1.96%), and South Korea (+1.76%) led the charge.  In Europe, markets are also thrilled about the avoidance of a US default.  At mid-day, the FTSE (+1.20%), DAX (+1.32%), and CAC (+1.63%) are typical of the continent.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing a gap higher.  The DIA is implying a +0.83% open, the SPY implying a +0.94% open, and the QQQ implying a +1.19% open.  10-year bond yields are also down and Oil (WTI) is off 1.50% in early morning trading.

The major economic news scheduled for release on Thursday is limited to Weekly Jobless Claims (8:30 am) and a Fed speaker (Williams at 8:40 am).  The major earnings report scheduled for the day includes CAG, HELE, and LW before the open.  There are no major reports scheduled for after the close.

Relief on the assumption the US will not default on its debt gave the bulls strong afternoon energy and it appears overnight confirmations are giving them strength again early today. We should still remain leery of volatility and resistance. However, as of this moment, it looks like we will challenge the downtrend in all 3 major indices at the open. Just bear in mind that a challenge does not guarantee success and a break of the downtrend does not mean a bullish trend immediately replaces the bearish one. So, be careful getting carried away by FOMO.

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