Markets Just On Green Side of Flat Early

Markets opened down on Monday (the large caps gapping down about 0.70% and the QQQ gapping down about 0.80%).   Then, after 90 minutes of waffling, the three major indices sold off until 3 pm.  However, we saw a little profit-taking by the shorts as we made a small bounce up off the lows at the close.  This action gave us large-bodied, black candles with wicks at both ends.  All three indices crossed back below their T-lines (8ema) on below-average volume.  This all happened on lower-than-average volume again.  However, the DIA was at least close to its average volume.

On the day, all ten sectors are in the red with the Energy (-3.03%) sector leading the way lower while the Utilities (-0.85%) sector lagged behind.  In the meantime, the SPY was down 1.80%, the DIA was down 1.37%, and the QQQ is down 1.68%.  The VXX was up by 1.74% to 14.63 and T2122 has dropped out of the overbought territory to 32.80.  10-year bond yields are up to 3.575% and Oil (WTI) was down 3.26% to $77.37 per barrel.  So, Monday started the week off bearishly with price testing the uptrend line (since mid-October) but still having potential support a couple of percent below.

In economic news, the November Services PMI came in above expectations at 46.2 (versus 46.1 which was forecasted, and 47.8 in October). Later, the ISM Non-mfg. PMI came in further above expectations at 56.5 (versus 53.3 forecasted and 54.4 in October).  November ISM Non-Manufacturing Employment Index was up to 51.5 from October’s 49.1 value.  Finally, October Factory Orders also came in above expectation at +1.0% (compared to a forecast of +0.7% and +0.3% in September ).  So, overall we got several pieces of better-than-expected economic data…which traders took as a bad thing, expecting it to potentially give the Fed reason to raise three-quarters of a percent again next week.

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In stock news, on Monday, Reuters reported that the Shanghai TSLA plant output fell 20% in November.  However, TLSA replied by putting out a statement claiming that was “false news.”  Elsewhere, T settled charges with the SEC, agreeing to pay $6.25 million for disclosing nonpublic information to select research analysts.  Later in the day, it was reported that the state of TX has offered a path for “sanctioned firms” to get off the TX boycott list. (TX is boycotting some financial firms as investments because the oil state didn’t like the financial company’s policy of not backing companies that do not limit emissions.)  The only US firm on the current TX boycott list is BLK.  In a twist to last week’s supply chain story, investor groups at NSC and UNP have proposed shareholder resolutions that the companies offer workers a “reasonable amount” of paid sick leave (instead of none, which is now given and was the main issue that the unions had been holding out to get).  After the close, XOM raised the annual base salaries of all the top executives including the CEO effective January 1.  Also, after the close, PEP announced it will be cutting hundreds of headquarters jobs.

In miscellaneous news, overnight GS reported that they are seeing big bets from professional investors that a bad recession can be avoided. This comes in the form of $5 trillion in sector positioning that is typical for a soft landing in a business cycle. Elsewhere, China is reporting that last month’s new wave of Covid cases is starting to tail off. This comes as the Chinese government said a negative test would no longer be required to enter many public venues in Beijing. Finally, Bloomberg reports that there is a major hidden risk in the global finance system. It seems that of the $65 trillion of dollar debt held by foreign financial institutions, $39 trillion is hidden in the form of derivatives that are not held on the balance sheet. This amount is double the debt they do report on balance sheets and 10 times their capital. (You may recall that such swaps and derivatives were the cause of the 2008 financial crisis caused in the US.) So, any shock to the Forex market could potentially crash the major non-US banks, which would likely precipitate governments needing to step in and bail out the system as the US did in 2008, otherwise, the collapse would definitely crash global markets and economies.

So far this morning, FERG, AZO, and SIG all reported beats on both the top and bottom lines.  However, HEPS missed on both the revenue (badly) and earnings lines.

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but leaned to the red side on modest moves.  Shenzhen (+0.67%), Japan (+0.24%), and Shanghai (+0.02%) were the green exchanges.  Meanwhile, Taiwan (-1.68%), South Korea (-1.08%), and Thailand (-0.53%) led to the downside.  In Europe, we see a similar and perhaps more down picture taking shape at midday.  The FTSE (-0.29%), DAX (-0.13%), and CAC (-0.19%) are leading the way on volume as usual with a couple of the smaller exchanges even more red and only three modestly green exchanges in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a modestly green start to the day.  The DIA implies a +0.14% open, the SPY is implying a +0.18% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.29% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are down again to 3.553% and Oil (WTI) is off 1.12% to $76.06/barrel.

The major economic news events scheduled for Tuesday include Oct. Imports/Exports and Oct. Trade Balance (both at 8:30 am), and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks Report (4:30 pm).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include AZO, FERG, HEPS, and SIG before the open.  Then after the close, CASY, PLAY, and TOL report. 

In economic news later this week, on Wednesday, Q3 Labor Cost, Q3 Nonfarm Productivity, and EIA Crude Oil Inventories are reported.  On Thursday we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims.  Finally, on Friday, November PPI and Michigan Consumer Sentiment are reported.

In earnings later this week, on Wednesday, ASO, CPB, WLY, THO, UNFI, GME, and GEF report.  On Thursday, we hear from CIEN, GMS, HOV, KFY, AVGO, CHWY, COO, COST, DOCU, LULU, and RH.  Finally, on Friday, we hear from LI.

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President Biden is in AZ for a ceremony at the new TSM semiconductor Fab construction site. TSM has upped its investment in the location to $40 billion, which will double the number of Fabs built to two. Last week TSM announced they will build 4nm chips (next-gen state of the art) at those facilities rather than 5nm (current-gen state of the art) at the urging of AAPL, NVDA, and AMD. (Those TSM customers would like the chips made in the US to reduce supply chain shipping risks…let alone the risk of Chinese action against Taiwan. By the same token, the move also reduces TSM risk by no longer having all its eggs in one basket so to speak.)

With that background, it looks like premarkets are up modestly and perhaps looking to retest the T-line (8ema) as resistance. Of course, we have trade data at 8:30 am, but that is not likely to be a huge market mover. The short-term trend remains bearish within a mid-term bullish trend. Remember that the SPY and QQQ are now at (or near) uptrend support lines while the DIA seems to be wandering sideways looking for direction. Also, note that we have no extension problem either direction from either the T-line or in terms of the T2122 indicator.

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 absolutely 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 money is 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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