OPEC+ Deal and JNJ Doing the Texas 2-Step

Friday was the bears day.  A modest gap higher was met by immediate and all-day selling as options prepared to expire.  This left us with ugly black candles in all 3 major indices that closed near the lows of the day.  The DIA printed a Bearish Engulfing candle, the SPY printed a Bearish Engulfing of a Doji, and the QQQ just printed an ugly black candle.  On the day, SPY lost 0.78%, QQQ lost 0.81%, and DIA lost 0.91%.  The VXX rose 4% to 30.55 and T2122 remains in the overbought territory at 17.03.  The 10-year bond yield was flat at 1.30% and Oil (WTI) fell three-tenths of a percent to $71.45/barrel.

During the day Friday, the Treasury Department announced that Sec. Yellen will meet with the President’s Working Group to discuss “stablecoins.” This meeting will include Fed. Chair Powell, the FDIC, Office of the Comptroller and various US Regulators. The meeting will essentially discuss how a US digital currency can be pegged to the dollar and how other cryptocurrencies can be controlled and made less volatile.  Ostensibly, the idea is to mitigate market risks (to companies) caused by volatile cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Ethereum.  V has already announced they will support payments made using a dollar-pegged stablecoin.

On Sunday, Reuters reported that JNJ is considering spinning off its “Johnson’s Baby Powder” business that would then immediately seek bankruptcy.  The idea is to offload potentially massive litigation liability related to JNJ talc business (the Supreme Court refused to hear the JNJ appeal to a $2 billion finding in one case already) amid claims the products contained asbestos and other carcinogens.  This strategy has been used before to hide from liability, in fact it has been used so often it was given the name “the Texas Two-Step Bankruptcy.”

OPEC+ held a short-notice meeting this weekend amid agreement on increasing the production limits of various members.  The deal that passed will end oil production limits by September 2022, while immediately increasing production by 400,000 barrel per day per month.  The IEA estimates there will be a 1.5 million barrel per day deficit during the second half of 2021.  This would indicate a deficit (and likely elevated prices the rest of 2021.)

Overnight, Asian markets were red almost across the board.  However, the results were very mixed.  Shanghai (-0.01%) and Malaysia (-0.16%) joined Shenzhen (+0.14%) on the better side of performance.  Meanwhile, Hong Kong (-1.84%), Singapore (-1.30%), and Japan (-1.25%) paced the low end of performance.  In Europe, markets are down sharply across the board as of mid-day.  The FTSE (-2.01%), DAX (-2.15%), and CAC (-2.17%) are typical of the continent but the range is wide from Athens (-3.43%) to Denmark (-1.21%).  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a gap lower.  The DIA is implying a -1.02% open, the SPY is implying a -0.83% open, and the QQQ is implying a -0.62% open.

There is no major economic news scheduled for release on Monday.  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include AN, CALM, PLD, and TSCO before the open.  Then, after the close, CCK, IBM, JBHT, PPG, STLD, and ZION report.

There was a rise in Covid cases in every state over the last week (by 50% on average), a reintroduction of masking mandates in some locations, and continued disdain for vaccinations in some populations. (Notably, the contempt toward vaccination is more prevalent in red states, as there is a decided political view of mitigation in the country.) So, markets are looking bleak to start the week, hit with the twin fears of inflation on one side and lower economic activity (driven by Covid) on the other. This looks to be leading to a clear break of trend on a Monday morning.

With the longer-term bullish trend broken in the QQQ and being tested in both large-cap indices, it's time to press pause and rethink. Manage your current positions first and remember that you don't have to trade every day. Bearish moves tend to happen fast and be over quick. So, do not chase and remain nimble. Stick to your trading rules, don't bail on your trade plans, and maintain your discipline. Remember, success is all about consistency and at a time of market direction change that can mean taking smaller lumps to avoid big ones.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: No trade ideas today. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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INTC Making Moves and PFE Settles Suit

Thursday was a divergent day in the markets.  The DIA gapped down half a percent, the SPY gapped down a third of a percent, and the QQQ opened flat.  From there, the DIA rallied on the day, putting in a strong white candle that closed new the highs as a Piercing candle.  The SPY fluctuated all day and ended up as a gap-down Doji.  And the QQQ put in an ugly black candle, but seemed to fine support at the trendline and left a large lower wick.  On the day, DIA gained 0.15%, SPY lost 0.34%, and QQQ lost 0.70%.  The VXX gained 1.5% to 29.33 and T2122 climbed, but remains in the oversold territory at 18.95.  10-yeat bond yields fell to 1.301% and Oil (WTI) fell a third of a percent to $71.42. 

After hours, Treasury Sec. Yellen told CNBC that she expects several more months of rapid inflation.  However, she said that ultimately, she expects prices to fall back to normal levels in 2022.  The main concern she voiced was that lower-income Americans will be priced out of the housing market by home prices that are rising at more than double the CPI.

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that INTC is in talks to buy Global Foundries. Global Foundries is privately owned and is by far the largest low-end semiconductor manufacturer. Their chips go into most cars, consumer electronics, and industrial machinery.  While not a true direct competitor to TSM and INTC in the higher-end computer chip space, there is enough overlap to cause competitive waves, especially in the long run.

In other stock news from Thursday night, PFE has agreed to pay $345 million to settle an EpiPen price-hike lawsuit.  AAL also canceled the leave of 3,300 flight attendants (furloughed during the pandemic) and announced it will hire 800 more by March 2022 in order to meet travel demand.  In addition, TSLA CEO Elon Musk admitted that there is a chance the company’s new “cybertruck” will be a flop, saying that he doesn’t care because he loves the design.  Finally, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has overtaken AAPL to become the second-largest cell phone manufacturer behind Korea's SSGFF (Samsung).

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but leaned to the red side with Shenzhen (-1.30%), Japan (-0.98%), and Hong Kong (-0.77%) pacing the losses.  Meanwhile, Indonesia (+0.43%) and Singapore (+0.39%) were what passed for the leading gainers.  In Europe, markets are also mixed but leaning to the downside on modest trading.  The FTSE (+0.11%), DAX (-0.14%), and CAC (-0.54%) are a good indication of the spread on the continent at mid-day.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a flat, but modestly green open.  The DIA is implying a +0.11% open, the SPY implying a +0.14% open, and the QQQ implying a +0.18% open.

Major economic news scheduled for Friday is limited to June Retail Sales (8:30 am), May Business Inventories and Michigan Consumer Sentiment (both at 10 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include ALV, SCHW, ERIC, FHN, KSU, and STT all before the open.  There are no major earnings scheduled for after the close.

Markets look like they will open just on the green side of flat today. The dollar and 10-year bond yields have both ticked up overnight with commodities mixed. (The metals are down, but Ag commodities are higher.) So, we look to end the first week of Q2 earnings reports with mostly great results so far, but concern about inflation. Markets remain very near all-time highs and look extended. However, none of the 3 major indices have broken their trend yet.

The odds still favor sticking with the trend in terms of overall posture. With the long and mid-term trends remaining bullish, don't get too far out on the bearish side of things yet. However, it's tough to get too long here either. So, remember you don't have to trade every day and focus on your open positions first. Don't chase new positions and remain nimble. Stick to your trading rules, keep taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. Remember, success is all about consistency...not sporadic big wins. Also, don't forget its Friday. So, pay yourself and get ready for the 2-day weekend news cycle.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: No trade ideas today. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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China Reports Slowing GDP Growth

Despite much higher-than-expected producer prices (wholesale inflation), markets gapped up on Wednesday.  However, the rest of the intraday action was a sideways grind with a slightly bearish trend.  This left us with black Spinning Top type candles in all 3 major indices.  In fact, the QQQ closed at another all-time high, despite the black body.  On the day, SPY gained 0.18%, DIA gained 0.15%, and QQQ gained 0.18%.  This all happened on very narrow breadth as a handful of FAANG stocks kept markets green on the day.  (AAPL in particular had a tremendous day on heavy volume, closing at another new all-time high.)  VXX fell over 2% to 28.91 and T2122 fell further into the oversold territory at 16.73.  10-year bond yields fell sharply to 1.351% and Oil (WTI) dropped 3.36% to $72.72 on news that OPEC+ had reached a deal that will raise their production quotas significantly.

As expected, Fed Chair Powell told Congress that the FOMC can wait before it starts to ease bond purchases, let alone taking rate action, despite surging inflation data.  He stuck to the story that indications are that the inflationary surge will be transitory and that the economy is still a long way off from reaching the “substantial further progress” bar the committee has set before changing policy. Powell testifies again before the Senate this morning.

Last night China reported that its GDP grew 7.9% in Q2.  This was lower than the expected 8.1% growth for the quarter.  In other data released, Chinese retail sales jumped 12.1% in June (versus an 11% increase expected).  And Chinese Industrial output also rose 8.3% year-on-year in June, versus the analyst estimates of a 7.8% increase.  As mentioned yesterday, this would seem to indicate the Chinese recovery was losing steam in Q2, but came on strong in June, reacting to the newest Chinese stimulus policies.

US Consumer debt soared in Q1, reaching an all-time high of $14.64 trillion.  The increase came despite average credit card balances have declined by the second-largest amount on record.  (Only 5.63% of the total is credit card debt, which is the lowest percentage since records have been kept.)  This paradox seems to be because there is a huge amount of student loan debt and increases in home-equity balances as consumers lock in ultra-low-rate debt and auto loans also soared (despite price increases).  While most of the major banks have reported blowout quarters, BAC got hammered Wednesday after reporting it had lower than expected interest income.

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but mostly green on the Chinese data.  Shanghai (+1.02%), Taiwan (+1.06%), and Indonesia (+1.13%) led the gainers.  Meanwhile, Japan (-1.15%) was an outlier to the downside, with the other three losses in the region being modest.  However, in Europe, we are seeing significant losses across the board so far today.  The FTSE (-0.84%), DAX (-1.08%), and CAC (-0.88%) are typical of the continent at mid-day.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a red open as well.  The DIA is implying a -0.59% open, the SPY implying a -0.45% open, and the QQQ implying a -0.09% open an hour in front of the data dump at 8:30 am.  At this point, the dollar is slightly higher and 10-year bond yields are falling again at 1.327%.  Commodities are mixed, with Oil down almost 2% and metals unchanged to slightly higher.

Major economic news scheduled for Thursday includes Import/Export Price Index, Weekly Jobless Claims, NY Empire State Mfg. Index, and Philly Fed Mfg. Index (all at 8:30 am), June Industrial Production (9:15 am), and Fed Chair Powell testifies again (9:30 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include BK, CTAS, MS, PGR, TSM, TFC, USB, UNH, and WIT all before the open.  Then, after the close, AA and WAL report.

It looks like the bears will make at least the first move today, trying to reverse the trend after yesterday's indecisive Spinning Top candles. The Chinese data did not help, but Jobless Claims and Manufacturing indexes at 8:30 may well end up calling the tune early. Also, remember that earnings are underway with everything reporting so far this morning coming in as beats to the upside. Markets are still sitting near all-time highs, look extended, and are looking for direction. While it would be unlikely Fed Chair Powell would say anything new relative to his testimony to the other chamber yesterday, he does testify again this morning. So be aware of that potential driver as well.

Focus on your open positions first, don't chase new ones, and remain nimble. The odds still favor sticking with the trend in terms of overall posture. And the long and mid-term trends remain bullish and have not been broken yet. So, stick to your trading rules, taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. It is all about your decisions. Act with intention...don't just react emotionally. Remember it is consistency that remains the key to long-term success.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: PM, LB, CEIX, TD, CLX, CSCO, WMT, DIS, CCRN. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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Is Inflation or Earnings More Important

Markets gapped slightly lower Tuesday on a hotter than expected June CPI number.  However, they rallied from there to new highs before giving back the gains in the afternoon and closing near the lows.  This left us with Shooting Star-type candles in all 3 major indices.  On the day SPY lost 0.34%, DIA lost 0.29%, and QQQ was dead flat.  The VXX gained over a percent to 29.59 and T2122 fell all the way back to just inside the oversold territory at 19.30.  10-year bond yields spiked sharply to 1.42% and Oil (WTI) gained 1.6% to $75.30/barrel.

As mentioned, the Consumer Inflation numbers jumped the most in years.  However, markets reacted very mildly to the news.  Among the biggest movers by category, Car and Truck rental prices skyrocketed 88% year-on-year while gasoline and used cars both jumped 45% from a year ago.

This morning, weekly mortgage applications for new homes came in 8% above the prior week but were 29% lower than one year ago.  However, refinancing applications spiked 20% on the week as buyers jumped on the recently falling interest rates.

In big bank news, after JPM’s blowout numbers Tuesday, this morning BAC missed expectations on revenue for Q2.  BAC cited a drop in income due to lower interest rates over the quarter. However, the company did far exceed the earnings estimates of analysts ($1.03 actual vs $0.77 est.). On the other hand, C, WFC, BLK, and PNC all followed JPM's lead in beating on both lines for the quarter...in some cases with blowout beats.

Overnight, Asian markets were red almost across the board.  The only green came from Australia (+0.31%) and India (+0.26%).  However, Shanghai (-1.07%), Shenzhen (-0.88%), and Hong Kong (-0.63%) were more representative of the region.  Europe is following Asia’s lead so far today.  While there are a few barely green exchanges, the FTSE (-0.52%), DAX (-0.17%), and CAC (-0.22%) are typical of the continent.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a green, if mostly flat open.  The DIA is implying a +0.02% open, the SPY implying a +0.10% open, and the QQQ implying a +0.36% open.  10-year bond yields and the dollar are also mildly lower in premarket, which should help commodities.

Major economic news scheduled for Wednesday is limited to June PPI (8:30 am), Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 am), Fed Beige Book (2 pm), and Fed Chair Powell testifies at noon.  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include BAC, BLK, C, DAL, INFY, PNC, and WFC.  Then, after the close, there are no major reports.

The rest of the world seemingly reacted poorly to yesterday's hot CPI reading in the US. However, US markets mostly ignored the news or maybe gave more weight to the blowout earnings reports yesterday. So far today, earnings news is mostly positive in front of the PPI number. In this setting, markets are showing signs of weakness. If we get some follow-through on the Shooting Star-type candles, don't be surprised by at least a short-term pullback. Markets are still sitting at all-time highs, look extended, and with the higher inflation numbers, we can expect more talk of Fed tapering. However, Bloomberg reported Fed Vice Chair Clarida told them the Fed would not have the new information they value most to adjust posture until year-end.

The odds still favor sticking with the trend in terms of overall posture. And the long and mid-term trends remain bullish. Focus on your open positions first, don't chase new ones, and remain nimble. Stick to your trading rules, taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. It is all about your decisions. So act mindfully and with intention...don't just react emotionally. Consistency remains the key to long-term success.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: CLF, QCOM, BX, VALE, WMT, TZA. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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Earnings Start As JNJ and BA Take Unrelated Hits

Monday saw a mixed but modest open followed by some trending the first hour.  After that, the rest of the day was a sideways grind in a narrow range that closed near the highs. This left us with strong white candles in both of the large-cap indices and a Doji in the QQQ.  All 3 indices closed at yet another new all-time high close.  On the day, SPY gained 0.37%, DIA gained 0.37%, and QQQ gained 0.39%.  The VXX lost two-thirds of a percent to 29.23 and T2122 remains in the overbought territory at 85.92.  10-year bond yields rose to 1.37% and Oil (WTI) fell half a percent to $74.14/barrel.

During the day, the NY Fed released its June consumer survey.  The survey found the median expectation of inflation for the next 12 months had jumped to 4.8%, the highest reading in the history of the survey.  The survey also found consumers expect that unemployment will fall over the same time. Given this survey's results, June CPI numbers are expected to come in hot this morning.

Also during the day, TSLA CEO Elon Musk testified in a shareholder lawsuit over the company’s purchase of SolarCity.  The suit alleges the purchase amounted to a bailout that came at the expense of TSLA shareholders.  Other TSLA board members had already settled their portion of the liability for $60 million.  However, Musk refused.  Early in his testimony Musk said he did not see a financial gain from the purchase, but it was part of his 2006 “master plan.”

Late in the day, the FDA announced a new warning will be added to the JNJ covid vaccine.  The warning will inform the public that the vaccine has been linked to a rare, but serious, autoimmune disorder. However, regulators emphasized that the risk is tiny (100 cases found out of 12.8 million doses administered).  JNJ stock fell sharply intraday on the news, but still ended flat on the day.

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly strongly green.  Japan (+2.25%) and Shenzhen (+2.14%) were major outliers to the upside mixed.  Nonetheless, the region was green with Taiwan (+0.87%), South Korea (+0.89%), and Australia (+0.83%) being typical. In Europe, we see a divergence.  The 3 major bourses are all red.  However, the entire rest of the continent is green at this point in the day.  The FTSE (-0.61%), DAX (-0.10%), and CAC (-0.33%) all seem to be waiting on a cue from the US.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are mixed.  The DIA is implying a -0.43% open, the SPY implying a -0.23% open, and the QQQ implying a +0.20% open.

Major economic news scheduled for Tuesday is limited to June CPI (8:30 am), Jun Federal Budget Balance (2 pm), and two Fed speakers (Bostic at noon and Bostic at 2:30).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include CAG, FAST, FRC, GS, JPM, and PEP before the open.  Then, after the close, AMX reports. 

Early this morning, both GS and JPM posted strong beats for Q2. GS reported especially strong numbers based on banking around a very strong IPO market. BA also halted deliveries of its "787 Dreamliner" jets again when another flaw was found. This is the second halt to deliveries of the wide-body plane in the last year, with the previous stoppage lasting 5 months. Finally, France fined GOOG $593 million in a "news copyright" case where France found GOOG did not negotiate in good faith with the original publishers of news stories it reused.

Markets are still sitting at all-time highs, look extended, and at least the Nasdaq showed signs of indecision Monday. A little rest or even a small pullback should not be unexpected. However, the odds still favor sticking with the trend...and the trend remains strongly bullish. Focus on your open positions first, don't chase new ones, and remain nimble. Keep following your trading rules, taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. "Your" is the key word. It is all about your decisions. So act mindfully and with intention...don't just react emotionally. Consistency remains the key to long-term success.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: No Tickers today. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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|607% in just 24 months |

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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DISCLAIMER: Investing / Trading involves significant financial risk and is not suitable for everyone. No communication from Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates or representatives is not financial or trading advice. All information provided by Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates and representatives are intended for educational purposes only. You are advised to test any new trading approach before implementing it.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Terms of Service

Antitrust, China Move, and Min Corp Tax

Friday opened with a gap higher followed by a morning rally and then a sideways grind in a tight range all afternoon.  This left strong bullish candles that closed near the highs in all 3 major indices.  As a result, all 3 major averages also closed at new all-time high closes.  On the day, SPY gained 1.07%, DIA gained 1.26%, and QQQ gain 0.62%.  The VXX fell almost 7% to 29.43 and T2122 jumped from deep in the oversold area to deep in the overbought territory at 92.04.  10-year bond yields spiked back to 1.361% and Oil rose 2.4% to $74.69/barrel.  These moves were helped by a weaker dollar that aided most commodity prices.

During the day, President Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order aimed at cracking down on anti-trust activities.  The 72 clauses included recommendations to Federal agencies as well as actual prohibitions.  Among the major points was the reversal of the Trump-era “ending of net neutrality.”  This means that the telco, cable, and ISP companies cannot throttle specific websites unless they pay for a fast lane. (The classic example is NFLX traffic cannot be slowed and the customer cannot be charged more for NFLX usage than any other content.)  Another major item is the “Right to repair,” where companies like AAPL must now allow customers to have their devices repaired wherever they like (as opposed to AAPL requiring you to just purchase new or only get repairs from AAPL itself).  Another clause will allow the importation of cheaper Canadian prescription drugs.  Many of the aspects of this executive order are sure to be taken to court.

In some potentially ominous news out of China, the PBOC cut the size of reserves that Chinese Banks must hold in reserve on loans. This move will inject $154 billion into their economy and is intended to stimulate more lending (and thus economic activity). This is both a sign the Chinese recovery might not be as robust as most assumed and that the Chinese government is reacting quickly.  Late last week, Bloomberg reported an economist poll saying Chinese growth had fallen from over 18% (Q1) to 8% (Q2).  Obviously, a slowing recovery means lower earnings potential and less consumer spending. China led the way going into and coming out of the pandemic recession. So, as a read-through, this may indicate that the US Administration and Fed are right to be concerned about removing stimulus too soon.

G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Heads endorsed the global minimum corporate tax over the weekend.  However, Sunday Treasury Sec. Yellen told reporters the mechanism to make it work may not be ready for Congressional approval until the Spring of 2022.  She did say that she hoped to put the provisions into a budget reconciliation (which could be approved by a simple majority of Congress).  The global minimum corporate tax initiative would also end unilateral taxes on digital services by individual countries (such as France and a few other European countries have imposed on major tech firms like FB, AAPL, and GOOG).

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly strongly green.  Japan (+2.25%) and Shenzhen (+2.14%) were major outliers to the upside mixed.  Nonetheless, the region was green with Taiwan (+0.87%), South Korea (+0.89%), and Australia (+0.83%) being typical. In Europe, we see a divergence.  The 3 major bourses are all red.  However, the entire rest of the continent is green at this point in the day.  The FTSE (-0.61%), DAX (-0.10%), and CAC (-0.33%) all seem to be waiting on a cue from the US.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are mixed.  The DIA is implying a -0.43% open, the SPY implying a -0.23% open, and he QQQ implying a +0.20% open.

Major economic news scheduled for Monday is limited to the WASDE Report (noon) and the 10-year bond auction (1 pm).  (The former being the USDA estimates on world Ag production.)  There are no major earnings reports scheduled for the day.  However, we should note that earnings season starts up again Tuesday.    

Richard Branson (SPCE) beat his billionaire rivals into space during a short ride Sunday. (Although Jeff Bezos (AMZN) and others argue over whether the SPCE flight went high enough to be considered in space. Either way, the news looks to be goosing the SPCE stock (albeit with big volatility) in the premarket. With Earnings season kicking off Tuesday, do not be surprised if there is some movement in financials as traders make pre-report bets on the banks as well as the overall economy.

Markets sit at all-time highs and are extended according to many measures. So, a little rest or pullback should not be unexpected. The odds still favor sticking with the trend. Focus on your open positions first and don't chase. Remain nimble or hedged. Keep following your trading rules, taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. Consistency remains the key to long-term success.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: No Tickers today. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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Antitrust Executive Order Coming

Thursday was wild ride with all three major indices gapping down 1.3%, grinding sideways until 11 am, and then rallying for a couple of hours before fading late in the day.  Support seemed to hold in all 3, but this left large-body candles with wicks at both ends in all the indices.  So, while the bulls refused to roll over, you’d have to say that on balance it was the bears that were in control.  On the day, SPY lost 0.80%, DIA lost 0.73%, and QQQ lost 0.58%.  The VXX gained 6.5% to 31.54 and T2122 dropped all the way down deep into the oversold territory at 7.93.  10-year bond yields fell yet again to 1.293% (which was actually up significantly from the 1.25% it hit in premarket) and Oil (WTI) rose 1.29% to $73.13 on a falling dollar.

The White House announced that President Biden will sign an executive order that cracks down on anti-competitive practices in big tech, labor, and other sectors.  This order directs a dozen federal agencies on how to approach corporate consolidation and antitrust.  There are 72 specific actions outlined in the order, but details are not yet available.  What is known is that the White House is calling the changes “sweeping.”

PFE also made post-market news, saying that immunity provided by their vaccine has begun to wane and announcing they will seek FDA approval for clinical trials of a new Covid Booster Shot. The company also said it believes that immunity will require an additional booster 6-12mo. following completion of their 2-dose original regimen.  The booster they have been developing specifically targets the highly contagious Delta variant and trials could start in August if approved.  However, the CDC, FDA, and NIH commented that the waning of immunity has not yet been demonstrated and they will analyze the data as it comes in.

In banking news, yesterday WFC closed its “personal line of credit” business, angering thousands of customers.  The reported reason is so that the bank can focus on credit card and personal loan lines of business.  Meanwhile, overnight MS reported that there was a breach of customer data from one of the stock-plan businesses they operate.  The company said they have already contacted the customers who were impacted.

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but leaned to the red side.  Taiwan (-1.15%), South Korea (-1.07%), and Australia (-0.93%) paced the losses.  In Europe, markets are green across the board so far today.  The region is seeing significant rebounds from Thursday as the FTSE (+0.69%), DAX (+0.92%), and CAC (+1.73%) are indicative of the continent.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are looking to rebound as well, but in a mixed fashion.  The DIA is implying a +0.67% open, the SPY implying a +0.41% open, and the QQQ implying a flat -0.02% open.  10-year bond yields are also up sharply to 1.341% overnight.

Major economic news scheduled for Friday is limited to the Fed Economic Policy Report (11 am).  The only major earnings report scheduled for the day is GBX before the open.     

Markets seemed to have found a little support Thursday after the nasty gap down. The bulls refused to roll over, but the bears were also not done fighting as of day end. It looks like the day will start with the bulls attempting to follow through on their rally off the lows yesterday. That said, a single gap down did not do a lot to relieve what many consider too long of a run without a pullback. So, be careful. As mentioned yesterday, one candle does not indicate a trend change. However, it also does not take out all the sellers who have been waiting to pounce.

The odds still favor sticking with the trend. However, at some point, all trends fail. Those points of indecision are a good place to step back and wait on things to shake out. You DO NOT have to trade every day. So, consider whether this is your market condition or not. If you do trade, focus on your open positions first and be more nimble or hedged. Keep following your trading rules, taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. And remember it's Friday...payday. And maybe a time to lighten up for the weekend.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: AGEN, AKAM, FUBO, CLRE, SNOW, UNG, TGT, NET, CUBE, IT, LE, MDLZ, NSA, CLX, WFG, SPCE. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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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DISCLAIMER: Investing / Trading involves significant financial risk and is not suitable for everyone. No communication from Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates or representatives is not financial or trading advice. All information provided by Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates and representatives are intended for educational purposes only. You are advised to test any new trading approach before implementing it.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Terms of Service

Dollar, Interest Rates, and Futures Down

Large caps opened flat while the Nasdaq gapped higher again on Wednesday.  All 3 major indices then waffled sideways the rest of the day.  This left the QQQ and SPY as Hanging Man type candles at new all-time high closes and the DIA as a Bullish Harami candle in a consolidation.  On the day, SPY gained 0.35%, DIA gained 0.32%, and QQQ gained 0.21%.  VXX ended flat at 29.63 and T2122 rose but remains on the Southside of the mid-point at 39.31. 10-year bond yields continued to fall significantly to 1.321% and Oil (WTI) fell 1.75% to $72.09/barrel.

During the afternoon, the June Fed Meeting Minutes were released.  The minutes showed the Fed kept a very patient tone in their discussions about tightening policy or even tapering bond purchases.  While a couple of members noted faster economic progress than expected, the consensus was that “substantial further progress” was needed before any tightening started.  Meanwhile, in Europe, the ECB came into alignment with the Fed in that they have adopted 2% inflation as their goal and will allow over-shoots.

After-hours it was reported by Bloomberg that many states will file suit against GOOG.  The antitrust lawsuit, being worked on by several states Attorneys General, alleges the GOOG illegally abused its power over developers in their App Store.  The suit will supposedly be filed in CA by end of day. This is a separate suit to the one filed by DOJ and a few states (which was dismissed by a Federal Judge on appeal) over similar antitrust issues.

The dollar slid a quarter of a percent last night as 10-year bond yields also fell again (6 basis points), touching 1.25% at one point.  The purported causes were concerns over economic growth and the new Delta variant of Covid-19 (coupled with low vaccination rates across the South and within certain demographics).  However, it’s unclear what growth this would relate to given economic projections…and so far the only significant resurgence of Covid is in southern MO.

Overnight, Asian markets leaned heavily to the downside with the only green coming from a couple exchanges that barely broke even.   Hong Kong (-2.89%), Thailand (-2.09%), Malaysia (-1.40%), and Singapore (-1.08%) paced the losses.  Part of the reasoning is that there may be serious risk to investors on Chinese companies listed in Hong Kong and the US due to a regulatory crackdown.  In Europe, markets are following Asia, as losses are widespread and significant at mid-day.  The FTSE is showing -1.88%, The DAX -1.91%, and the CAC -2.37% at this hour. As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to American exchanges following Europe and Asia.  The DIA is implying a 1.29% gap down, the SPY implying a 1.22% gap lower, and the QQQ implying a 1.25% gap down at the open.

Major economic news scheduled for Thursday is limited to Weekly Initial Jobless Claims (8:30 am) and Crude Oil Inventories (11 am).  The only major earnings report scheduled for the day is LEVI after the close.   

Markets have looked toppy the last couple of days, but the bulls refused to give an inch. It seems the bears have found some real energy this morning following up on global weakness and deflationary moves. So, the fickle Mr. Market has swung from fear the economy would be too hot (and the Fed would take away stimulus) to fear the economy is not hot enough. These manic swings over things that will take months (at a minimum) to work out are a clear sign of indecision and volatility. So, the bears may push today, but don't be too certain one candle indicates a major market shift.

All trends reverse at some point and that's exactly what we will see this morning as the short-term strong bull trendlines are broken. However, a trend break or even a pullback does not necessarily mean a shift to a bear market. It doesn't even necessarily mean long-term technical damage. Bearish moves tend to be fast and short. So, be very careful trading in a volatile, broken-trend market until things shake out. You do not have to trade every day. If you do trade, focus on your open positions first and be more nimble or hedged. Follow your trading rules, keep taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: No Tickers today. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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.

Hit and Run Candlesticks / Road To Wealth Youtube videos

|607% in just 24 months |

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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DISCLAIMER: Investing / Trading involves significant financial risk and is not suitable for everyone. No communication from Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates or representatives is not financial or trading advice. All information provided by Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates and representatives are intended for educational purposes only. You are advised to test any new trading approach before implementing it.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Terms of Service

Big Tech Trying to Drag Markets Higher

Markets opened flat Tuesday.  However, then we saw a divergence.  The large caps sold off for the first hour or so.  Then the DIA ground sideways while the SPY slowly regained ground.  Meanwhile, the QQQ climbed back to the morning highs.  This left us with Hanging Man candles in all 3 major indices.  The QQQ (+0.42%) closed at another new all-time high close, while the SPY (-0.18%) lost slightly (snapping a 7-day winning streak), and DIA (-0.61%) lagged.  The VXX gained about two and one-quarter percent to 29.57 and T2122 fell back to 30.99.  10-year bond yields fell sharply to 1.351% and Oil (WTI) dropped almost 2% to $73.72.

During the day the Pentagon canceled the controversial $10 billion contract that had been contested between AMZN and MSFT (MSFT was awarded the contract during the last administration).  However, as part of the announcement, it was stated that both companies had been asked to bid on another Multi-vendor Cloud Computing contract, where both companies are likely to get part of the pie.  The market took this as a big plus for AMZN (assuming they will get a big chunk of the contract).  AMZN gained 4.69% and MSFT was flat on the day.

Recent IPO company DIDI suffered another blow overnight.  Chinese regulators had removed the DIDI app from app stores in China late Friday.  However, last night the app was also removed from major messaging and payment services.  These include Tencent, WeChat, and the Alipay payment service (spun off from BABA).  While existing users of the app and who had previously used DIDI through the message platforms or payment system can continue to use it, these moves effectively stop all future growth for DIDI in China.

Mortgage applications fell to their lowest level since before the start of the pandemic this week.  The decline was 1.8% and took the total back to the lowest level since January 2020. Counter-intuitively, this fall came as mortgage rates fell over the same period.  This, combined with the massive April, May, and June mortgage numbers may mean that the massive housing market boom has peaked.

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly in the red.  Singapore (-1.54%), Japan (-0.96%), and Thailand (-0.93%) paced the loses.  Meanwhile, Shenzhen (+1.86%) and Australia (+0.90%) led the gainers.  In Europe, markets are green across the board as of mid-day.  The FTSE (+0.39%), DAX (+0.82%), and CAC (unchanged) are typical of the spread across all European bourses.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a green open.  The DIA is implying a flat +0.06% open, the SPY implying a modest +0.18% open, but the QQQ is implying a +0.60% gap higher.  10-year bond yields are lower again at 1.345% this morning and the dollar is down slightly, which means commodities are higher at this point.

Major economic news scheduled for Wednesday includes May JOLTS (10 am), June FOMC Minutes (2 pm), and a Fed speaker (Bostic at 3:30 pm).  The only major earnings reports scheduled for the day is MSM before the open.   

The bulls clawed back from what had been a bad start to Tuesday. It looks like they might be trying to follow through to start off the day Wednesday. The lack of any movement on OPEC+ negotiations may help bulls today, especially in the Oil sector. However, be careful here. The large caps feel a little toppy and the QQQ has been on a heck of a run, which implies a need for at least some rest if not pullback.

All trends reverse at some point and every S/R level is breached eventually. So, don't just assume trend, support, or resistance will always hold. However, The odds favor following the trend and, as always, respect both support and resistance levels. So, follow those trading rules and stick to the trade plan. Keep taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. Remember that consistency is the key to long-term trading success. So, book those singles and doubles. Base hits win championships, not the occasional home run.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: No Tickers today. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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.

Hit and Run Candlesticks / Road To Wealth Youtube videos

|607% in just 24 months |

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.

Free YouTube Education  •  Subscription PlansPrivate 2-Hour Coaching

DISCLAIMER: Investing / Trading involves significant financial risk and is not suitable for everyone. No communication from Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates or representatives is not financial or trading advice. All information provided by Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates and representatives are intended for educational purposes only. You are advised to test any new trading approach before implementing it.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Terms of Service

No OPEC Production Deal Keeps Oil Rising

Markets gapped higher Friday on blowout June Payrolls (+850k and accompanied with an increase in the unemployment rate) and then all 3 major indices slowly trekked higher at varying rates.  This left the SPY and QQQ with strong white candles and new all-time high closes.  Meanwhile, the DIA printed a nice white gap-up Spinning Top and also eked out a new all-time high close.  On the day, QQQ gained 1.15%, SPY gained 0.76%, and DIA gained 0.46%.  VXX fell slightly to 28.90 and T2122 actually closed in the mid-range at 69.06 (after being near 100 earlier in the day). 10-year bond yields fell sharply to 1.431% and Oil (WTI) was flat at $75.20/barrel.

Bloomberg reported Saturday that a massive ransomware attack has hit more than 1,000 companies.  While the list of victim companies continues to expand, so far it appears the targets have been small-to-medium-size companies who use IT service providers.  The service providers (gateway for attack) include SNX, a major (and listed) provider out of Miami. 

OPEC+ voted to increase production by roughly 400,000 barrels per day each month for the remainder of 2021 (starting in August) and extend the rest of the production cuts that are in place through the end of 2022.  (Analysts had expected the number to be about +500,000 barrels/day.)  However, UAE rejected both proposals that block them from taking place.  After 2 days of negotiations, talks broke down Monday. No date has been set to resume negotiations, but in the meantime, the OPEC+ meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.  Analysts see oil prices rising in the short-term if OPEC+ fails to reach a deal, but future oil prices are uncertain without a deal as the group members may ramp up production in an effort to capture market share and fill budget deficits from last year.  Regardless, WTI Oil is up 1.5% to a 6 year high in the premarket.

Recent IPO DIDI, the Chinese ride-sharing giant that dwarfs UBER in China, is down sharply in premarket.  Late on Friday China announced it was forcing all app stores in their country to remove the DIDI app (while still allowing those who already have the app on their phones to continue using it).  This comes after the Chinese regulators had “advised” the company to postpone its US listing…and the company did not heed that advice.  The reported problem is that the Chinese government needs to “review DIDI app network security.” As of 7:40 am, DID was down 18% from Friday's close.

Overnight, Asian markets mixed on mostly modest moves.  Singapore (+1.58%) was an outlier, with South Korea (+0.36%), Shenzhen (-0.35%), and Hong Kong (-0.25%) being more typical.  In Europe, the day has also started mixed.  While most of the smaller exchanges are modestly, but firmly green at mid-day, the FTSE (-0.20%), DAX (-0.39%), and CAC (-0.32%) are just as firmly in the red.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing to a mixed and flat open.  The DIA is implying a -0.11% open, the SPY is implying a -0.07% open, and the QQQ is implying a +0.09% open.

Major economic news scheduled for Tuesday includes June Services PMI (9:45 am), June ISM Non-Mfg. PMI (10 am).  There are no major earnings reports scheduled for the day.   

The OPEC+ negotiation breakdown (Saudi Arabia vs UAE primarily) is the main market driver this morning. Oil names continue to soar under the feeling that no deal by OPEC+ means that oil production caps will remain in place in the middle-east (leading to higher oil prices). However, the dollar is also up significantly this morning, which will have a muting effect on commodities. For what it's worth, Treasury yields are just on the red side of flat so far this morning, which would suggest the oil situation has not spawned greater inflation/Fed fear in markets yet.

Follow those trading rules and stick to the trade plan. The odds favor following the trend and, as always, respect both support and resistance levels. However, all trends reverse at some point and every S/R level is breached eventually. So, don't just assume trend, support, or resistance will always hold. Keep taking your profits, moving your stops, and maintaining your discipline. Remember that consistency is the key to long-term trading success. So, book those singles and doubles. Base hits win championships, not the occasional home run.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: DNMR, LKQ, OKE, RIOT, MARA, UBER, COP, JKS, ZNGA, BP, COF. You can find Rick's review of tickers on his YouTube Channel here. Trade your plan, take profits along the way, and smart. Also, remember to check for impending earnings reports. Finally, remember that any tickers we mention and talk about in the trading room are not recommendations to buy or sell.

🎯 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.

Hit and Run Candlesticks / Road To Wealth Youtube videos

|607% in just 24 months |

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.

Free YouTube Education  •  Subscription PlansPrivate 2-Hour Coaching

DISCLAIMER: Investing / Trading involves significant financial risk and is not suitable for everyone. No communication from Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates or representatives is not financial or trading advice. All information provided by Hit and Run Candlesticks Inc, its affiliates and representatives are intended for educational purposes only. You are advised to test any new trading approach before implementing it.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Terms of Service

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