Bears in Control with Q3 Productivity Up

On Tuesday markets opened flat only for all three major indices to start a long, steady selloff that lasted until 3:30 pm.  However, the shorts took profits the last 30 minutes of the day to take us out up off the lows. The SPY and QQQ both also failed their uptrend lines during the day.  This action gave us big black candles with small wicks at both ends.  All three major indices also retested and failed their T-lines (8ema) on the day.  This action took place on a larger-than-average volume in the DIA with a bit less than average volume in the SPY and QQQ.

On the day, nine of the ten sectors were in the red with only the Utilities (+0.11%) able to stay in the green while Technology (-2.23%) led the way lower. In the meantime, the SPY was down 1.45%, the DIA was down 1.05%, and the QQQ was down 2.07%. The VXX was up by more than 3% to 15.07 and T2122 has dropped into the oversold territory at 15.85.  10-year bond yields were down a bit to 3.531% and Oil (WTI) was off 3.38% to $74.35 per barrel.  So, Tuesday was slow melt which saw the large caps close down a fourth straight day and the QQQ close lower for the third straight session.

In economic news, October Imports were up about $3.5 billion while October Exports fell just under $2.5 billion. This gave us an October Trade Balance deficit that was a bit less than expected at -$78.20 billion (compared to a forecast of -$80 billion) but also above the prior month’s actual of -$74.10 billion.  Then after the close, the API Weekly Crude Oil Stock Report saw a larger-than-expected drawdown at -6.426 million barrels (versus a forecasted drawdown of 3.884 million barrels and last week’s drawdown of 7.850 million barrels).

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In stock news, the EU Privacy Watchdog group ruled that META can no longer run ads based on users’ personal data without the users’ explicit consent.  On this side of the pond, the CEO of BAC told Bloomberg that the company will be slowing hiring as fewer than expected employees are leaving the company, but continues to seek talent.  This stands in contrast to MS, which let 2% of its workforce (1,600 people) go on Tuesday.  In other news, Bloomberg reported AAPL has scaled back and delayed (until 2026) its plans to offer self-driving car software for electric vehicles.  Meanwhile, a US District Judge ruled in favor of GSK, PFE, and SNY throwing out 50 thousand of US lawsuits that had claimed the heartburn drug Zantac caused cancer.  However, about 10,000 similar cases in state and local courts remain intact.  Finally, Reuters reports that MOS says that it is cutting potash production at its Saskatchewan Canada mine citing slower-than-expected demand.

In energy news, Oil (WTI) closed very near a one-year low on Tuesday.  This comes as Fed and recession fears have overcome last month’s OPEC+ production cuts.  Earlier in the day, the EIA released projections that US oil production for the year would rise marginally more than their previous estimates to 11.87 million barrels per day average (compared to the previous estimate of 11.83 million barrels per day).  They also now estimate that 2023 production in the US will reach 12.34 million barrels per day.  Still, they expect US oil consumption to be 20.36 million barrels per day and forecast that will rise to 20.51 million barrels per day in 2023.

After the close, PLAY and TOL reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, CASY missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  Unfortunately, SFIX missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is also worth noting that TOL and SFIX have both reduced their forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets leaned to the downside.  Hong Kong (-3.22%) was an outlier while Australia (-0.85%), Singapore (-0.83%), and Japan (-0.72%) paced the losses.  Only Shenzhen (+0.17%) managed to stay green.  Meanwhile, in Europe, we see a similar picture taking shape at midday.  Only the FTSE MIB (+0.01%) and Greece (+0.15%) are in the green while the FTSE (-0.05%), DAX (-0.39%), and CAC (-0.41%) lead the way lower in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a red start to the morning.  The DIA implies a -0.29% open, the SPY is implying a -0.45% open, and the QQQ implies a -0.70% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are up slightly to 3.54% and Oil (WTI) is on the green side of flat at $74.35/barrel in early trading.

So far this morning, THO and CPB reported beats on the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, UNFI beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  (ASO, BF.B, and OLLI all report later but before the opening bell.) 

The major economic news events scheduled for Wednesday include Q3 Labor Cost and Q3 Nonfarm Productivity (both at 8:30 am), and EIA Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include ASO, CPB, WLY, THO, and UNFI before the open.  Then after the close, GME and GEF report.

In economic news later this week, on Thursday we get Weekly Initial Jobless Claims.  Then on Friday, November PPI and Michigan Consumer Sentiment are reported.  In earnings later this week, 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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Overnight the Democrats expanded their tiny majority in the US Senate as Senator Warnock won the GA runoff election. Elsewhere, the first electric vehicle maker unionization vote is taking place in Ohio today and Thursday as the UAW seeks to unionize the GM battery plant in Northeastern Ohio. In non-election news, the large banks warned of recession yesterday and are preemptively cutting jobs to preserve profitability. For their part, WMT says the consumer is strong and we actually need a recession to tame inflation. This all came as the demand for mortgages fell again last week, even as mortgage interest rates fell from 6.49% to 6.41% for a 30-year, fixed-rate, conforming loan. The Mortgage Bankers Assn. said demand fell by 1.9% last week (but were 86% lower than the same week of 2021).

With that background, it looks like premarkets are down again as the QQQ test support and the SPY is reaching to do the same. DIA has not gotten there yet, but could do so on a bad day. The short-term trend remains bearish within the mid-term bullish trend no broken. Note that we have no extension from the T-line is only potentially a problem in the QQQ at the moment. However, we did dip into the oversold area of the T2122 indicator yesterday. Of course, we do have Q3 Productivity and Labor Cost data at 8:30 am, but those are not usually huge market movers. So, overall, if the bulls cannot rally to hold support levels we could see a bearish run for several percent in the QQQ and SPY (with the DIA holding up better on the rotation to the safety of the mega-cap names).

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!

See you in the trading room.

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.

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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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: INFN, CLX, U, AMD, TLT, VLDR, SBSW. 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.

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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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Services PMI and Factory Orders Today

The strong economic data put fear into the markets before the open causing the SPY to gap down 1.28%, the DIA to gap down 1.03%, and the QQQ to gap down a huge 1.77%.  However, the bulls stepped right in to start a gradual and wavy rally, working their way back up across the gap all day long until there was a little profit taking the last 30 minutes.  On the day, we saw all 3 indices retest and bounce back up off their 8ema (T-line).  There may also have been a bit of rotation toward mega-cap safety today as the DIA was the least hurt of the three major indices.  This action gave us gap-down, large, white-body candles with modest upper wicks.  And just like early in the week, volume was below average in the SPY, DIA, and QQQ.

On the day, five of the ten sectors were in the green again with the Basic Materials sector (+0.76%) leading the market while the Communications Services sector (-0.54%) lagged.  In the meantime, the SPY was down 0.12%, the DIA was up 0.10%, and the QQQ was down 0.40%.  The VXX fell by 1.78% to 14.38 and T2122 remains well into the overbought territory at 89.36.  10-year bond yields fell to 3.492% and Oil (WTI) was down 1.08% to $80.34 per barrel.  So, Friday started with fear over what the Fed might do in the face of better jobs data, but the bulls immediately responded and kept the pressure on the bears all day long.

In economic news, November Nonfarm Payrolls increased by 263k (compared to the 200k that was forecasted and 284k gained in October after revision). At the same time, Nov. Private Nonfarm Payrolls rose 221k (versus the gain of 190k forecasted and the 248k that was gained in October).  Meanwhile, the Participation Rate fell slightly from 62.2% to 62.1% and the November Unemployment Rate held steady at 3.7%.  In terms of the Annualized Average Hourly Earnings, the November value jumped more than expected at +5.1% (versus the +4.6% forecasted and the +4.9% in October).  So, all in all, this was not information the Fed wanted to hear as jobs growth and wage inflation remain stronger than expected.  (As mentioned above, the fear of Fed reaction was the cause of the premarket crash and the opening gap-down.)

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In stock news, the Wall Street Journal reported that UAL is nearing a deal to order as many as 100 of the 787 Dreamliner jets from BA.  Elsewhere, Reuters reported that MRK is working to change the formulation of its $20 billion per year Keytruda cancer treatment to make it injectable. This would prevent the patents on that drug from beginning to expire in 2028 and prevent competition in the US until at least 2040.  In legal news, after the close, ABB agreed to pay $315 million to the US Dept. of Justice, the SEC, and South African authorities in order to resolve a bribery case related to the South African state-owned energy company.

In miscellaneous news, the Financial Times reported Friday that the state of FL is now considering a reversal of the April decision to strip DIS of the ability to self-govern in the area around its theme parks (after DIS opposed a state GOP culture war bill).  This may or may not be related to new CEO Iger recently saying he was “sorry to see us (DIS) get dragged into the battle.”  It is worth noting that Iger also opposed the bill, but was not a part of DIS at that time.  Meanwhile, ecommerce software vendor BIGC reported that holiday sales are off to a blistering pace this year.  They stated that Thanksgiving Day sales were up 23% and Cyber Week sales were up 32% this year among their customers.

In energy news, the EU agreed Friday to a $60 price-cap on Russian oil shipped via sea.  This comes into effect at the same time as the EU ban on seaborne Russian oil (as of today).  In response, Russia said it will not ship any oil that is subject to that price cap. Then on Sunday, OPEC+ met and decided to “pause” for the moment.  In other words, they will not reduce oil production nor will they increase oil production at this time.  They will wait to see how the new oil sanctions on Russia play out. Finally, the Kuwait delegation to OPEC+ said Sunday that (in a nod to global recession) the oil-importing countries do not plan to import more oil in 2023 than they did in 2022.

After the close, ULTA and VEEV both reported beats on the revenue and earnings lines.  However, MRVL reported misses on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that ULTA raised its forward guidance while MRVL and VEEV both lowered their forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but mostly green.  Malaysia (-0.69%), South Korea (-0.62%), and Thailand (-0.41%) were the only red.  Meanwhile, Hong Kong (+4.51%) was an outlier as Shanghai (+1.76%) and Shenzhen (+0.92%) led the region higher.  In Europe, we see a similar story taking shape at midday. The FTSE (+0.19%), DAX (-0.60%), and CAC (-0.53%) are typical with only Russia (+1.11%) being an outlier in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a red start to the day.  The DIA implies a -0.42% open, the SPY is implying a -0.46% open, and the QQQ is implying a -0.34% open.  10-year bond yields are back up to 3.521% and Oil (WTI) is up 2.63% to $82.08/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Monday are limited to the November Services PMI (9:45 am), as well as Oct. Factory Orders and ISM Non-Mfg. PMI (both at 10 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include SAIC before the open.  There are no major reports scheduled for after the close. 

In economic news later this week, on Tuesday we get Oct. Imports/Exports, Oct. Trade Balance, and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks Report.  Then 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 Tuesday we hear from AZO, FERG, HEPS, SIG, CASY, PLAY, and TOL.  Then 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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Overnight news out of China, showed Chinese authorities easing Covid testing requirements and hinting that they may loosen their approach to combatting Covid. This rallied Chinese stocks and combined with a guess that Russia will follow through and cut supply due to the price-caps has Oil traders pushing crude higher. At this point, we have other data coming, but it will all be seen in light of how the market expects the Fed to react to that data. Bulls really want a reduced 0.50% hike next week and every hint that the economy is not falling in recession gives the Bears hope that the FOMC will help them out with a 0.75% hike.

With that background, it looks like premarkets are pulling back about half of a percent from Friday’s close as price continues to wobble around and try to find its next direction after last Wednesday’s huge bullish move. Remember that the SPY and QQQ remain at/near a resistance level from prior highs and lows as well as their longer-term downtrend lines. Also, note that we remain extended in terms of the T2122.

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!

See you in the trading room.

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.

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🎯 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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Rail Strike Averted With Payrolls On Tap

Markets gapped up modestly in all three major indices Thursday, with follow-through to the upside for 30 minutes. However, at that point, the SPY and QQQ had hit resistance and their long-term downtrend lines.  This led to an even stronger snap-back selloff for 30 minutes, followed by a sideways series of tightening waves with a modest overall bullish trend the rest of the day.  The DIA took the worst hit by having the weakest bullish trend in its recovery ride.  This action is giving us indecisive Doji or Spinning Top candles in the SPY and QQQ as well as just a black candle with a lower wick (it was a Dark Cloud Cover at one point) in the DIA.  Interestingly, of the 3 major indices, DIA is showing the highest volume relative to their average daily volume, while the other two did not reach average volume. 

On the day, five of the ten sectors were in the green with the Technology (+0.50%) and Healthcare (+0.49%) sectors leading the market while the Energy sector (-0.97%) lagged.  In the meantime, the SPY was down 0.08%, the DIA was down 0.52%, and the QQQ is up 0.12%.  The VXX fell by 1.88% to 14.64 and T2122 remains well into the overbought territory at 91.75.  10-year bond yields fell sharply to 3.512% and Oil (WTI) is up 0.89% to $81.26 per barrel.  So, Thursday was an indecisive rest day after Wednesday’s explosive rally and in front of Friday’s November Payrolls data.

In economic news, the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge (PCE Price Index) came in slightly below expectations for October at 0.3% (versus 0.5% forecasted and 0.3% in Sept.).  The year-on-year version of that same PCE Price Index data came in at 6.0% (exactly as forecasted, but down 0.3% from the September reading).  At the same time, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims came in lower than expected at 225k (compared to 235k that was forecasted and 241k the previous week).  Later in the morning, Nov, Mfg. PMI came in slightly above expectation at 47.7 (versus a 47.6 forecast and a prior month’s reading of 47.6).  However, the Nov. ISM Mfg. PMI came in lower at 49.0 (compared to a forecast of 49.8 and the Oct. reading of 50.2).  So, overall, inflation may be coming down a bit and unemployment is still better than expected, but Manufacturing expectations are now coming down.

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In stock news, ATUS announced that it has decided to keep its Suddenlink business unit after it underwent a strategic review.  In addition, Bloomberg reported that TSM will be making advanced 4-nanometer chips in its new AZ plant (when it opens in 2024) at the request of major customers AAPL and NVDA.  Elsewhere, the CEO of MS told a conference that the company would make “modest job cuts” but that this was just normal after years of strong growth and really was not due to recessionary pressures.  At the same time, Reuters reports that META has reached out (and continues to do so) in an attempt to settle multiple EU antitrust regulator investigations.  The uncertainty of a potential fine of 10% of global turnover is apparently uncomfortably large for the META board and management team.  ROIV and PFE launched a joint venture on a new inflammatory disease drug which the companies value as a $15 billion opportunity in the US market.  CVX announced that it has purchased ships of Venezuelan crude oil after the Bide n Administration relaxed restrictions on that last week.  Reuters reports that VLO, PBF, and Citgo Petroleum are all vying to purchase portions of those cargos.

In miscellaneous news, the US Dollar slumped hard against major trading currencies as inflation moderates and Fed Chair Powell’s speech was more dovish Wednesday.  Then late on Thursday, NY Fed President Williams (a modest hawk) said he feels “we have a ways to go in terms of the Fed Funds target.”  When asked about the increase increments, Williams did not commit but did say “slowing the pace would simply mean stepping down one step” (implying a 0.50% hike as is widely expected now). However, he also reiterated his Monday statement that the FOMC may have the space to cut rates sometime in 2024.  Finally, after the close, Fed Vice-Chair of Supervision Barr said he is among the central bankers who will back slowing the pace of rate hikes at the Dec. 13-14 meeting.  He went on to say “now that we’re in restrictive territory…I think that it’s smart (to slow the pace of increases) and that would give us (Fed) space to think about how high it needs to be and how long we need to keep it at that rate to get the job done.”

In supply chains news, following up on the House vote to approve the bill, the Senate voted 80-15 to approve a bill forcing unions to accept the September tentative deal and prohibiting a rail strike. The separate bill that amended the deal to add 7 paid sick days to the deal (instead of 1 per year) failed to pass.  (It had already passed in the House.)  So, the bill to avert the strike will go to the President who has already said he will sign it.  Industry analysts suggest that some of the rail workers will quit after receiving back pay that is due to them under the deal since they will not be getting the paid sick time they had demanded.  If that were to materialize in large numbers, it would have the same impact as a strike, potentially stopping 35%-40% of US freight (this number is higher than the normal 30% because the Mississippi River is too low for barge traffic and much more bulk freight like grains and fuel must travel by rail or truck).

After the close, ULTA and VEEV both reported beats on the revenue and earnings lines.  However, MRVL reported misses on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that ULTA raised its forward guidance while MRVL and VEEV both lowered their forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets are red across the board to end the week.  South Korea (-1.84%), Japan (-1.59%), and Singapore (-1.02%) led the region lower. Meanwhile, in Europe, the bourses are mixed but lean to the red side at midday.  The FTSE (-0.25%), DAX (+0.28%), and CAC (-0.20%) are typical with a couple of the smaller exchanges making larger moves in early afternoon trade.  Finland (+1.17%) and Norway (-1.08%) are examples there.  However, as of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a very modest redstart to the day.  The DIA implies a -0.14% open, the SPY is implying a -0.13% open, and the QQQ implies a -0.22% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are flat at 3.512% and Oil (WTI) is up again by 0.71% to $81.80/barrel in early trading.

So far this morning, GCO reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines. However, it also lowered the forward guidance. (CBRL is scheduled to report at 8 am.)

The major economic news events scheduled for Friday include November Avg. Hourly Earnings, Nov. Nonfarm Payrolls, Nov. Unemployment Rate, and Nov. Participation Rate (all at 8:30 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include CRBL and GCO before the open.  There are no reports scheduled for after the close. 

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As we wait on the November Payrolls data, the consensus forecast is calling for a 200k increase in November as well as for the Unemployment rate to hold steady at 3.7%. If that holds true, it would indicate a reduction in job growth (down from +261k in October). However, the question would then be “Is that enough for the Fed, or do they need to see a negative number before taking their foot off the rate-hike accelerator?” The market reaction will tell us what the average trader thinks the answer to that question will be, but we won’t know for sure for another two weeks.

With that background, it looks like premarkets are just treading water until the data dump at 8:30 am. Beyond this, the SPY and QQQ remain at/near a resistance level from prior highs and lows as well as their longer-term downtrend lines. Also, note that we remain extended both in terms of the T-line (8ema) and T2122. So, keep Warren Buffett’s first rule of making big money in the market “Don’t lose big money in the market.” In other words, caution is the better part of valor…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 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

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Powell Lit A Rocket But More Data Ahead

Markets opened flat and then roller-coastered their way sideways (slightly bearish in the large-cap indices and slightly bullish in the QQQ).  This lasted all the way to 1:30 pm.  However, then Fed Chair Powell strolled to the mic and confirmed that we may get a smaller rate hike later this month.  That was all the bulls needed to hear and the market took off like a rocket the rest of the day, closing very near the highs on all three major indices.  This action gave us Morning Star signals in the SPY, DIA, and what could be seen as one in the QQQ if you squint and relax your Doji standards.  All 3 also crossed above their T-lines as well as breaking out of their recent pullbacks.

On the day, all ten sectors were in the green.  The Energy sector (+1.03%) lagged and the Technology sector (+4.85%) led the market higher.  Meanwhile, the SPY was up 3.06%, the DIA was up 2.27%, and the QQQ was up a whopping 4.54%.  The VXX fell by 3.68% to 14.92 and T2122 shot up into the overbought territory again at 92.43.  10-year bond yields fell to 3.633% and Oil (WTI) is up 2.98% to $80.54 per barrel.  So, Wednesday was a wait-and-see day until Powell spoke and then a moonshot after he started talking.

In economic news, ADP Nonfarm Payrolls increased 127k jobs, which was far below the +200k forecasted and even further below the October value or +239k.  However, Q3 GDP came in above expectation at +2.9% (compared to the forecast of +2.7%) and at the same time Q3 GDP Price Index came in above expectation at +4.3% (compared to the forecasted +4.1%).  At the same time, Oct. Goods Trade Balance came in well below the expected value at -99 billion (compared to -90.20 forecasted and -92.22 billion in September).  Meanwhile, Oct. Retail Inventories were higher better than was expected at  -0.4% (versus the -0.2% forecasted, but worse than the Sept. drawdown of -0.9%).  Later, the Chicago PMI came in far below expectation at 37.2 (compared to 47.0 forecasted and 45.2 in October).  October JOLTs were slightly above average at 10.334 million (versus 10.300 million forecasted but better than the previous periods 10.687 million).  In addition, October Pending Home Sales fell 4.6% which was better than the forecasted -5.0% and much better than the September value of -8.7%.  Still, the most unexpected number of the day was a huge drawdown in EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories of 12.580 million barrels (compared to an expected drawdown of 2.758 million barrels).

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In stock news, JNJ sued AMGN for infringing two of JNJ’s patents related to JNJ’s Stelara (which accounts for $9.1 billion in annual sales for JNJ).  Elsewhere, GM announced that its robotaxi division (Cruise) will have thousands of vehicles in service in 2023.  This includes service in San Francisco CA, Phoenix AZ, and Austin TX as well as “a large number of other markets.”  Meanwhile, the CEO of BHP told a Reuters conference that he expects the Chinese economy to grow in 2023 and for at least the next 20 years.  (China accounts for 50% of the world’s demand for raw materials.)  In other news, LH and CRL stocks both fell Wednesday after the US Dept. of Justice indicted their primary supplier of natural health products (in Cambodia) and both said an alternative supplier will be difficult to find.  In acquisition news, Reuters reported that GE, LHX, and TXT are all competing to acquire AJRD (after a previous acquisition by LMT was killed by regulators last February).  At the same time, CTVA announced it has acquired unlisted Stoller for $1.2 billion in cash.

In miscellaneous news, as mentioned above, the main story of the day was that Fed Chair Powell confirmed that smaller rate hikes are ahead and could start as soon as this month.  However, he also said it will be quite some time before inflation starts to come under control and policy could begin to become less restrictive.  In addition, in what might have been a “clap back” to Elon Musk (who earlier had said the Fed must cut rates immediately to avoid a severe recession), Powell also said “the Fed won’t crash the economy with interest rate hikes.”  Later, in a separate speech, Fed Governor Cook echoed those same thoughts.

In supply chain news, in a bipartisan vote, the US House of Representatives voted 290-137 to block a rail strike and mandate that the railroads must provide paid sick time for rail workers (which was the main sticking point in negotiations).  The measure must still pass the Senate and be signed, but President Biden supports this legislation.  The first date a strike could happen would be December 9.  Railroads impacted include UNP, CSX, NSC, KSU, and BRKA’s rail unit BNSF.

After the close, CRM, PVH, SNPS, SPLK, FIVE, LZB, PSTG, OKTA, and SNOW all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  However, VSCO missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  It is worth noting that CRM, SNPS, PSTG, OKTA, and SNOW all raised their forward guidance.  At the same time, PVH and LZB both lowered their own guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets green across the board, taking their lead from the US but in a more muted move.  Shenzhen (+1.40%), Australia (+0.96%), and Japan (+0.92%) led the region higher.  Meanwhile, in Europe, we see a similar picture taking shape at midday.  The FTSE (+0.08%), DAX (+0.75%), and CAC (+0.18%) lead by volume as many of the smaller exchanges are up more than one percent in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a start to the day just on the red side of flat.  The DIA implies a -0.16% open, the SPY is implying a -0.06% open, and the QQQ implies a -0.13% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are falling again to 3.589% and Oil (WTI) is up another 1.3% to $81.60/barrel in early trading.

So far this morning, KR, TD, and GIII reported beats on both the top and bottom lines.  Meanwhile, DG, BMO, and CM beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  On the other side, PDCO missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  However, BIG and DBI both missed on the top and bottom lines. It is worth noting that KR raised its forward guidance in its report.

The major economic news events scheduled for Thursday include Oct. PCE Price Index, Oct. Personal Spending, and Weekly Initial Jobless Claims (all at 8:30 am), Nov. Mfg. PMI (9:45 am), Nov. ISM Mfg. PMI (10 am), and a Fed speaker (Bowman at 9:30 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include BMO, BIG, CM, DBI, DG, KR, PDCO, and TD before the open.  Then, after the close, MRVL, ULTA, and VEEV report. 

In economic news later this week, on Friday, we get Avg. Hourly Earnings, Nov. Nonfarm Payrolls, Nov. Unemployment Rate, and Nov. Participation Rate.  In earnings later this week, on Friday, we hear from CRBL and GCO.

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In late-breaking news, China gave a hopeful signal to its own people and the rest of the global economy. The top Chinese Health Official said that its fight with covid-19 is entering a “new phase” as the Omicron variant becomes less deadly and vaccinations reaching more people. (Side note, the Chinese vaccines are ineffective against omicron, but whatever.) As a result “some infected people” in the most populated districts will be allowed to self-quarantine at home and “other easing” measures will follow. This would seem to be an attempt to placate the masses who publicly protested the “Zero Covid” policy and began calling for the end of President Xi. Regardless, if this does lead to easing, that will help bolster the Chinese GDP, global supply chains, and the global economic outlook (not to mention the profits of all the companies that sell into and are supplied from China).

With that background, it looks like markets want a breather after the frantic rally yesterday afternoon. This is a very normal thing and healthy for a rally. We also have more economic data coming this morning, including Jobless Claims, Personal Spending, and the PMIs. At this point, the DIA has taken out its near resistance and has room to run. However, the SPY and QQQ still have to deal with resistance levels from prior highs and lows as well as the long-term downtrend. So, be careful. A lot of buyer were “used up” in the rally and chase yesterday (which showed well above average volume for the first time in a long time) and it takes more than one day to get the broader public pouring back into the market. Also, note that we are extended both in terms of the T-line (8ema) and T2122. Just beware of buying into a pullback.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. Remember it’s 100 times more important to avoid big mistakes than it is to pick big winners. 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: RIG, HD, NFLX, PANW, and NKE. 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.

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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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Plenty of Data and Powell Speaks Today

The major exchanges opened essentially flat on Tuesday and then undulated sideways until just before 11 am when the bears sold us off for 30 minutes. At that point, markets ground essentially sideways with a slightly bullish trend right into the close.  This action gave us Spinning Top candles in the large-cap indices, while the QQQ printed a bigger-bodied black candle with wicks on both ends (fat-bodied Spinning Top).  All three major indices also gave up their T-lines (8 ema) on the daily candle.  This all happened on very low volumes, with the DIA coming the closest to its average volume.

On the day, five of the ten sectors were in the green.  The Energy sector (+1.65%) and Basic Materials (+1.50%) were by far the biggest winners while the Utilities (-0.56%) and Technology (-0.53%) sectors were down the most. At the same time, the SPY was down 0.17%, the DIA was dead flat, and the QQQ was down 0.76%.  The VXX fell by 1.446% to 15.49 and T2122 climbed but remains in the mid-range at 59.52.  10-year bond yields have climbed a bit to 3.752% and Oil (WTI) is up 1.77% to $78.61 per barrel.  So, Tuesday has been an indecisive day that saw the pullback continue in the high-tech QQQ.

In economic news, Conference Board Consumer Confidence came in slightly above its forecasted value at 100.2 (compared to a 100.0 forecast). However, that value was still below the October reading of 102.2 (and actually the lowest level since July).  Reuters also reported Tuesday that three of the twelve Fed Regional Banks had wanted a smaller rate hike in November, but they were outvoted by the nine that voted for a 0.75% rate increase. However, none of the 12 had been in favor of a 1.00% or greater rate hike in November.  (The Fed Regional Banks do not set rate policy, but do vote on the discount rate which moves in tandem with the policy rate.)

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In stock news, the CEO of AMCX resigned less than 3 months after taking that job.  AMCX also announced that its previously announced 20% workforce reduction will continue as planned.  In EV news, RIDE announced that its first 500 electric trucks are now on their way to customers.  Meanwhile, the CEOs of both KR and ACI were grilled by the US Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust Panel.  (The two had agreed to a $25 billion deal for KR to acquire ACI, resulting in a chain of nearly 5,000 stores after selling between 100 and 375 stores to offset antitrust concerns.)  Elsewhere, WMT was sued by an employee over its recent Virginia store shooting.  Across the pond, MA lost an appeal to a UK court ruling, where MA had asked the court to throw out the portion of liability that stemmed from claims of 3 million people who have died since the case was first brought.  The court ruled MA will have to face all the claims ($12+ billion total).

In miscellaneous news, ADBE Analytics confirmed Tuesday that Cyber Monday sales hit a record of $11.3 billion, $100 million higher than their Monday afternoon estimate.  This record came in 5.8% above the 2021 level based on data from 85% of the top 100 internet retailers in the US.  ADBE noted that much of that came in the electronics and toys categories.  Elsewhere, the US House of Representatives is planning a vote on Wednesday to block a rail strike (despite labor group objections).  In other government news, the TSA announced Tuesday that Thanksgiving Weekend travel saw the most people since before the pandemic with 24.6 million passengers over the weekend.  This suggests a strong year-end for travel companies.

After the close, HPE, INTU, WDAY, and CRWD all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  In the meantime, NTAP missed on the revenue line while beating on the earnings line.  It is worth noting that NTAP also lowered its forward guidance.

So far this morning, RY, BEKE, DOOO, DCI, TITN, and LESL all reported beats on the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, WOOF beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  On the other side, HRL and XPEV missed on revenue while beating on earnings.  It is worth noting that HRL, BEKE, XPEV, and LESL all lowered their forward guidance.  However, TITN raised its forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets leaned heavily to the green side again with only Japan (-0.21%) in the red.  Meanwhile, Hong Kong (+2.16%), South Korea (+1.61%), and Taiwan (+1.16%) led the region higher.  In Europe, we see a similar story taking shape at midday.  Only Greece (-0.27%) and Russia (-0.16%) are in the red while the FTSE (+0.75%), DAX (+0.40%), and CAC (+0.74%) lead that region higher 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 +0.08% open, the SPY is implying a +0.21% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.39% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are back down to 3.72% and Oil (WTI) is surging up 2.26% to $79.99/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Wednesday include Nov. ADP Nonfarm Employment Change (8:15 am), Preliminary Q3 GDP, Preliminary Q3 GSP Price Index, Preliminary Oct. Trade Goods Balance, and Preliminary Oct. Retail Inventories (all at 8:30 am), Chicago PMI (9:45 am), Oct. JOLTs Job Openings and Oct. Pending Home Sales (both at 10 am), EIA Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 am), and Fed Beige Book (2 pm). Fed Chair Powell also speaks at 1:30 pm.  On the major earnings reports front, reports scheduled for the day include DOOO, DCI, HRL, BEKE, WOOF, RY, TITN, and XPEV before the open.  Then, after the close, FIVE, LZB, PSTG, PVH, CRM, SNOW, SPLK, SNPS, and VSCO report.

In economic news later this week, on Thursday, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Oct. PCE Price Index, Oct. Personal Spending, Mfg. PMI, ISM Mfg. PMI, and a Fed speaker (Bowman) report.  Finally, on Friday, we get Avg. Hourly Earnings, Nov. Nonfarm Payrolls, Nov. Unemployment Rate, and Nov. Participation Rate.

In earnings reports later this week, on Thursday, BMO, BIG, CM, DBI, DG, KR, PDCO, TD, MRVL, ULTA, and VEEV report.  Finally, on Friday, we hear from CRBL and GCO.

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In late-breaking news, a Standard & Poors report found that TSLA lost market share in the US. TSLA now has 65% market share for registered electric vehicles (down from 71% last year and 79% in 2020). Elsewhere, US mortgage rates fell for the third straight week with the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 6.49% (down from 6.67% the week prior). This rate drop helped loan applications to increase 4% on the week, but they were still down 41% from one year ago. With that background, markets are waiting on the GDP revision and all the other data on the way today. Perhaps most importantly, Fed Chair Powell’s remarks will be closely watched this afternoon. And, of course, we have the November Payrolls data coming Friday.

With that said, the bullish trend in the DIA persists while the SPY and especially the QQQ have now turned into more of a sideways chop action. The question remains whether this is still just a normal pullback in the uptrend. All three major indices are below their T-lines (8ema), with the large-cap indices trying to retest that level in the premarket. So, there is no problem with extension, either in terms of that T-line or the T2122 indicator, which sits in the midrange. Be wary of chasing any knee-jerk reactions unless you are a very nimble (fast) trader. As always seems the case, more data (and over-reactions) are just around the corner.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. Remember it’s 100 times more important to avoid big mistakes than it is to pick big winners. 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: BIDU, BOOT, UAN, RKT, NKE, KSS, KHC, and GSK. 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.

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🎯 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 Protests Ease and Fed Talks Tough

Markets gapped down Monday with the SPY opening down 0.80%, DIA opening down 0.50%, and QQQ opening down 0.72%.  At that point, we saw a momentary rally (that managed to close the gap in the QQQ) before the bears stepped back in to sell us off steadily to new lows on the day by the time the first hour was over. That downtrend has stayed in place all day until a rally in the last 15 minutes.  On the daily chart, the QQQ and SPY both failed to hold their T-lines (8ema) while the DIA is just barely fell through that level and may retest tomorrow. This action gave us black candles with upper wicks and small lower wicks in all 3 major indices.  You could also argue that the SPY printed something like an Evening Star signal.

On the day, all ten sectors were in the red.  The Consumer Defensive sector (-0.34%) lagged while the Basic Materials sector (-2.34%) led the way lower.  At the same time, the SPY was down 1.58%, the DIA was down 1.46%, and the QQQ was down 1.47%.  The VXX gained 3.69% to 15.72 and T2122 has dropped out of overbought territory to 45.79.  10-year bond yields have climbed a bit to 3.683% and Oil (WTI) is back up 0.49% to $76.65 per barrel.  So, overall, Monday was a pullback day on very low volume that did not break the trend and is coming into a potential support area in the DIA and QQQ.

In economic news, Fed uber-hawk Bullard (St. Louis Fed President) told an interview that the Fed will likely need to keep its benchmark rate above 5% into 2024 in order to tame inflation.  This was in answer to a question (which he did not correct or narrow) that asked how long he expects the Fed Funds Rate to remain in the 5%-7% range that one of his slides showed in past presentations.  For reference, the current rate is 4%, a full percent below the bottom of his previously implied range.  Bullard did not answer when asked if he would support a 75-basis-point hike in December, instead saying he would leave the “exact tactics” of reaching a high enough level to Fed Chair Powell.  At the same time (but different venue), NY Fed President Williams (a moderate hawk) told a crown that he thinks there is a path for unemployment to go to 4.5% (it was 3.7% in October).  He also said he expects the Fed to keep raising rates and keep them there for all of 2023.  However, Williams said his baseline case is that (outside of an outside shock) the US economy will not tip into a recession…but that global risk is certainly out there.

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In stock news, Reuters reported Monday that TSLA is developing a revised version of its “Model 3” in an attempt to reduce production costs while also boosting the appeal of that 5-year-old sedan.  TBLA surged Monday, closing up 43.48% (on a range greater than 36% after the gap) after the company announced it had signed an exclusive 30-year advertising deal with Yahoo, generating approximately $1 billion/year in revenue and with Yahoo taking a 25% stake in the company.  Elsewhere, USFD named Dave Fitman as its new CEO.  Meanwhile, Reuters reports that sources tell them that MSFT is willing to offer more concessions to the EU in a bid to save its $69 billion purchase of ATVI.  In the late afternoon, ADBE Analytics announced they expect “Cyber Monday” online sales to have reached $11.6 billion, which is an 8.5% increase over 2021.  After the close, GOOGL and IHRT agreed to pay a modest $9.4 million fine to settle deceptive advertising charges from the FTC related to 29,000 false radio endorsements used to promote the GOOGL Pixel 4 smartphone on IHRT airwaves.

In miscellaneous news, the CFTC reported Monday that the market’s “net short” position on the US Dollar as of the 7 days ended November 22 reached its largest level ($1.82 billion) since July 2021.  This was a massive increase over the paltry $10.5 million net short position the week prior. In possibly related news, the Dollar fell sharply in the afternoon Monday after a huge morning spike (forming an Eiffel Tower pattern) that was the result of a flight to safety over China protest concerns.  Elsewhere, late in the day Monday, the Fed released remarks made by Vice Chair Brainard in which she said the War in Ukraine and global supply chain shocks (covid) could herald a shift to a more volatile inflation era…which would force central banks to tighten monetary policy, even more than currently, to guard against explosive inflation events.

So far this morning, BNS and BILI reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, ESLT and HIBB reported misses on both the top and bottom lines.

Overnight, Asian markets leaned heavily to the green as Chinese protests eased.  Hong Kong (+5.24%), Shenzhen (+2.40%), and Shanghai (+2.31%) led the region higher while only Malaysia (-0.64%) and Japan (-0.48%) were in the red.  Meanwhile, in Europe, we see a similar, but more muted situation taking shape at midday.  The FTSE (+0.71%), DAX (+0.19%), and CAC (+0.26%) are leading the region higher with only 3 very modest red exchanges in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a modest green start to the day.  The DIA implies a +0.09% open, the SPY is implying a +0.31% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.50% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields have dropped again to 3.664% and Oil is up 2.4% to $79.11/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Tuesday is limited to the Conf. Board Consumer Confidence report (10 am) and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks report (4:30 pm).  On the major earnings reports front, reports scheduled for the day include BNS, BILI, CG, ESLT, and SJR before the open.  Then, after the close, CRWD, HPE, INTU, NTAP, and WDAY report. 

In economic news later this week, on Wednesday, Nov. ADP Nonfarm Employment Change, Q3 GDP, Q3 GSP Price Index, Oct. Trade Goods Balance, Retail Inventories, Chicago PMI, Oct. JOLTs Job Openings, Oct. Pending Home Sales, EIA Crude Oil Inventories, Fed Beige Book, and Fed Chair Powell speaks.  On Thursday, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Oct. PCE Price Index, Oct. Personal Spending, Mfg. PMI, ISM Mfg. PMI, and a Fed speaker (Bowman) report.  Finally, on Friday, we get Avg. Hourly Earnings, Nov. Nonfarm Payrolls, Nov. Unemployment Rate, and Nov. Participation Rate.

In earnings reports later this week, on Wednesday, we hear from DOOO, DCI, HRL, BEKE, WOOF, RY, TITN, XPEV, FIVE, LZB, PSTG, PVH, CRM, SNOW, SPLK, SNPS, and VSCO.  On Thursday, BMO, BIG, CM, DBI, DG, KR, PDCO, TD, MRVL, ULTA, and VEEV report.  Finally, on Friday, we hear from CRBL and GCO.

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As mentioned above, Chinese stocks are leading a global rally after Beijing gave a muted and conciliatory reply to the mass “Zero Covid” policy protests. China said it will bolster vaccinations among senior citizens and that may allow some localized and non-public easing of restrictions. So, today may be setting up to be another “Turnaround Tuesday.” However, remember the data dump this week is back-weighted. So, there is likely to be some more “waiting on the next shoe to drop” as traders pause until we see the big reports from Wednesday to Friday. The Dollar continues its recent weakness again this morning and that should help commodity prices. So, overall we have some cautiously bullish conditions trying to take hold.

In the short term, markets are still just seeing a normal pullback in the uptrend. All three major indices seem to be retesting their T-lines (8ema) in the premarket. So, there is no problem with extension, either in terms of that T-line or the T2122 indicator, which sits in the midrange. Be wary of any unscheduled Fed speakers, but it would not be surprising to see another blah day (at least on volumes) as markets wait on the Wednesday GDP print or Friday morning’s Payrolls data.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. Remember it’s 100 times more important to avoid big mistakes than it is to pick big winners. 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: BIDU, MPC, X, KSS, CMCSA, and KHC. 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.

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Fed Speakers As Holiday Sales Are Mulled

Friday was a dead day in markets as the SPY and DIA while QQQ gapped down half of a percent.  From there, the DIA had a half-hour rally before joining the other 2 major indices in grinding sideways in a very tight range into the early close at 1 pm.  This action gave us very low volume candles in all 3 major indices with small Spinning Top type candles in the SPY and QQQ along with a white-bodied candle in the DIA.  The QQQ and SPY were also Doji-Harami (inside day) candles.

On the day, seven of the ten sectors are in the green, with the Utilities sector (+0.70%) and Communications Services sector (+0.68%) leading the way higher while the Tech sector (-0.54%) lagging behind.  At the same time, the SPY lost 0.02%, the DIA gained 0.46%, and the QQQ lost 0.66%.  The VXX gained 0.53% to 15.16 and T2122 stayed in the overbought territory at 89.85.  10-year bond yields have fallen again to 3.691% and Oil (WTI) dropped to $76.28 per barrel.  So, overall, Friday was a nothing burger day after the Technology gap down and 30 minutes of action. 

In economic news, on Friday the National Retail Federation said they expect holiday sales to rise between 6% and 8% in the November-December period.  Obviously, this is a gain, but less than the +13.5% in 2021 and +9.3% in 2020.  Meanwhile, ADBE Analytics reported record online sales ($9.2 billion) on Black Friday, up 2.3% from the same day last year.  This followed a reportedly strong day of online sales on Thursday ($5.29 billion, which was up 2.9% from 2021).  ADBE also reported a 78% increase in “Buy Now, Pay Later” purchases versus the week prior.  Elsewhere, CNBC reported research from ad-tracking company Captify which said that WMT overtook AMZN as the most searched online store on Black Friday.  The research said that TGT and KSS also beat our AMZN, which it said dropped to fourth in terms of online deal searches on that one day.

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In stock news, Reuters reported Friday that AAPL’s biggest supplier (Foxconn) may have to reduce iPhone output by another 30% at its main China factory due to worker unrest.  As of now, Reuters says it will be impossible for Foxconn to resume production at least for another week, even after offering a $1,400 bonus for workers who would return. At the same time, sources reported that it is very possible AMZN will reach a deal with the EU Antitrust investigators by year-end, allowing the company to avoid the threatened fine amounting to 10% of global turnover.  Meanwhile, the FDA declined to approve a lung cancer drug from SPPI and the company announced it will cut 75% of its R&D workforce by year-end.  On Saturday, TROW (a major shareholder of NWSA) said it has strong reservations to Rupert Murdoch’s plan to reunite NWSA and FOX and will likely fight the recombination.

In miscellaneous news, China’s Central Bank announced that in addition to buying bonds, it will offer $162 billion in discounted loans to real estate developers to prop up its struggling real estate sector.  In other China news, there are ongoing mass protests in Shanghai (where the Foxconn AAPL plant is located) where literally thousands of protesters have shut down public transport and caused building and car fires in that major city.  As of Sunday night, police had maintained a heavy presence but had not cracked down as the plan was to let the protest fizzle on its own and then resume public transport gradually on Monday.  Elsewhere, the South Korean government threatened to break up a nationwide strike by truck drivers (who are seeking better pay and conditions).  In the car industry, F recalled 634,000 cars worldwide over cracked fuel injectors.  In other car news, TSLA opened its “Full Self-Driving” beta to anyone in North America, despite the repeated crashes and fatalities of people using that feature.  Finally, on Sunday, China reported that the profits of its Industrial Manufacturers were down 13.4% year-to-date through October (slightly worse than the 13.2% fall through September).

So far this morning, PDD beat (handily) on both lines, including almost double the expected earnings. However, HTHT beat on revenue while missing on earnings. HTHT also lowered its forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets were nearly red across the board.  Only India (+0.27%) managed to stay green while Hong Kong (-1.57%), Taiwan (-1.50%), and South Korea (-1.21%) led the region lower.  Meanwhile, in Europe, exchanges are all in the red at midday.  The FTSE (-0.38%) lags, while the DAX (-1.01%) and CAC (-1.04%) are typical of the region in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a gap lower to start the week.  The DIA implies a -0.53% open, the SPY is implying a -0.71% open, and the QQQ implies a -0.66% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are down to 3.677% and Oil (WTI) is off 3.17% to $73.86/barrel on global demand fears.

The major economic news events scheduled for Monday are limited to two speakers from the Fed (Uber-hawk Bullard and slight-hawk Williams both speak at noon).  On the major earnings reports front, reports scheduled for the day include PDD and HTHT before the open.  Then, after the close, YY reports.

In economic news later this week, on Tuesday we get Conf. Board Consumer Confidence and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks Report.  Then Wednesday, Nov. ADP Nonfarm Employment Change, Q3 GDP, Q3 GSP Price Index, Oct. Trade Goods Balance, Retail Inventories, Chicago PMI, Oct. JOLTs Job Openings, Oct. Pending Home Sales, EIA Crude Oil Inventories, Fed Beige Book, and Fed Chair Powell speaks.  On Thursday, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Oct. PCE Price Index, Oct. Personal Spending, Mfg. PMI, ISM Mfg. PMI, and a Fed speaker (Bowman) report.  Finally, on Friday, we get Avg. Hourly Earnings, Nov. Nonfarm Payrolls, Nov. Unemployment Rate, and Nov. Participation Rate.

In earnings reports later this week, on Tuesday, BNS, BILI, CG, ESLT, SJR, CRWD, HPE, INTU, NTAP, and WDAY report.  Then Wednesday, we hear from DOOO, DCI, HRL, BEKE, WOOF, RY, TITN, XPEV, FIVE, LZB, PSTG, PVH, CRM, SNOW, SPLK, SNPS, and VSCO.  On Thursday, BMO, BIG, CM, DBI, DG, KR, PDCO, TD, MRVL, ULTA, and VEEV report.  Finally, on Friday, we hear from CRBL and GCO.

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As we come back from a long holiday weekend, there is not much cheer in the market. Surprisingly, mass protests in China (some openly calling for President Xi to resign) have not yet been crushed, but that seems to be what analysts and the people there expect. Between that situation, a very minor holiday sales pop in Europe (the UK reported +0.90% in its first measure of holiday sales), and modest sales increases in the US on Black Friday, we are left with a somber mood to start the week. As you can see above, we also have a big data week ahead, led by November Payrolls data on Friday. So, there is a lot of reason for caution by traders at this point. The Dollar is also showing significant weakness again this morning. (News that should help support commodity prices at the margins.) And we also have a couple of hawkish Fed speakers at noon today.

In the short term, markets are just seeing a normal pullback in the uptrend. Only the QQQ appears to even be retesting its T-line (8ema) in the premarket as that index continues to work on a Bullish Pennant pattern. There is no problem with extension, even though the T2122 indicator sits midway into the overbought territory. The risk at this point seems to mainly be news-driven this week. Be careful and don’t be surprised if most of the move comes after Wednesday’s GDP print and Friday morning’s Payrolls data.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. Remember it’s 100 times more important to avoid big mistakes than it is to pick big winners. 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: STNG, QUOT, ARDX, TXG, EBAY, HUN, APP, PDD, AFRM, and VLDR. 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.

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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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A Lot of Data Today as DE Easily Beats

Markets gapped up just over 0.50% across all three major indices on Tuesday.  At that point, we saw a modest pullback and recovery over the first 45 minutes in the SPY and DIA (fading the gap and then returning to the open level). The QQQ had a much bigger pullback, but then started a rally that led the rest of the market higher the rest of the day. This QQQ rally really slowed down at 11 am but continued slowly. Meanwhile, the large-cap indices experienced a couple of multi-hour sideways grinds in a tight range before stepping up again to a new level just to grind sideways again until 3 pm.  At 3 pm, all 3 of the major indices took another step higher before again the QQQ led the rest higher into the close. With that said, the SPY and DIA also broke out above their Bull Pennant downtrend lines.  This action gave us Doji gap-up white candles (some may call it a Best Friend signal) across the SPY, SIA, and QQQ.

On the day, all ten sectors are in the green, with the Energy sector (+2.98%) leading the way higher and the Consumer Defensive sector (+0.49%) lagging behind.  At the same time, the SPY has gained 1.32%, the DIA has gained 1.16%, and the QQQ has gained 1.44%.  The VXX was down 3.44% to 15.42 and T2122 has climbed back up into the overbought territory to 90.91.  10-year bond yields have fallen back down to 3.76% and Oil (WTI) is up 1.37% to $81.13 per barrel.  So, Tuesday was a mildly bullish day where the large caps were dragged higher by high-tech names, like NVDA, AMD, and ADBE.

In economic news, the API Weekly Crude Oil Stock Report showed more than twice the expected oil drawdown.  The report claimed a 4.8-million-barrel drawdown (versus the forecasted 2.2-million-barrel drawdown, but better than last week’s 5.835-million-barrel drawdown.  Meanwhile, in Fed speak, Cleveland Fed President Mester said that “We’re (FOMC) committed to using our tools to put inflation on a sustainable downward trajectory to 2%.”  She went on to say that wage increases are rising, but they are below inflation, suggesting they are not a key inflation driver. She also said inflation expectations remain stable but did not comment on the outlook for Fed policy.  Later, Kansas City Fed President George said that the ample US savings will be a buffer and could mean higher interest rates are needed to cool inflation. (In other words, as a country, we have too much savings, so we will feel the pain later and may keep spending longer, causing the Fed to need to keep hiking rates longer and higher to overcome that savings buffer in order to reduce spending.)

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In stock news, TEVA and ABBV announced they have finalized the terms of their settlement (worth more than $6.6 billion) to resolve thousands of lawsuits by state and local governments over marketing opioid painkillers.  The breakdown is approximately $4.25 billion paid by TEVA and 2.37 billion paid by ABBV.  However, final payout numbers will depend on how many state and local governments opt-in versus those who go on to court proceedings.  Later in the day, a META spokesman had to deny the persistent rumors that CEO Zuckerberg will be stepping down in 2023.  (Shares of META had been up close to 2% on the rumor and retreated after the rebuttal.)  At the same time, ZEN announced it has been taken private in a $10.2 billion deal which will pay shareholders $77.50/share.  Elsewhere, the SEC charged the GS Asset Mgmt. unit for failing to follow policies and procedures related to mutual funds that it had marketed as “ESG” investments. GS agreed to pay a $4 million penalty without admitting (or denying) the charges.  Meanwhile, HPQ announced after the close that it will be cutting 4,000-6,000 jobs between now and the end of 2025 and that it will incur a $1.0 billion charge related to restructuring costs with $0.6 billion of that coming in 2023.  (Implying 60% of those job cuts will happen next year.) Finally, COP announced it has taken a stake in the SRE Port Arthur LNG terminal.

In miscellaneous news, the White House said Tuesday that President Biden is directly involved in negotiations between railroads and unions after he had publicly said a rail shutdown was “unacceptable.”  This may be related to the CEO of UNP railroad being called to Washington and also called to testify before the Surface and Transport Board on December 13-14 to address the railroad’s substantial increase in the use of embargoes.  (An embargo is when a railroad fears rail network congestion and it temporarily embargoes or halts train movement until the company deems the congestion has cleared.  This causes delays in shipments without impacting the reported (or paid for) service levels, similar to a “force majeure” declaration in a contract.) During 2017, UNP had 5 embargoes but has declared over 1,000 so far in 2022.  Elsewhere, in Europe, EU countries are now close to announcing the cap price on Russian oil (maybe as soon as today).  In what I’m sure is unrelated news, the Russian company Gazprom again threatened to cut the gas supply to the single remaining pipeline (through Ukraine) that feeds Western Europe.  However, European (and especially German) natural gas stockpiles remain full and as of Tuesday, a German independent agency said the energy outlook for Germany had improved from just a couple of months ago. (This means the Russian threat may carry less weight.)

After the close, HPQ, BBAR, and JWN both reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  In addition, ADSK met both revenue and earnings estimates.  At the same time, GES beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  However, VMW missed on both the revenue and earnings lines. It’s worth noting, ADSK and GES both lowered their forward guidance. So far this morning, DE beat (handily) on both lines.

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly green on modest moves.  Australia (+0.70%), Japan (+0.61%), and Hong Kong (+0.57%) led the region higher while only Shenzhen (-0.27%) and Singapore (-0.11%) were in the red.  Meanwhile, in Europe, exchanges are also mostly green on smaller moves at midday.  The FTSE (+0.31%), DAX (-0.17%), and CAC (-0.02%) are typical with most of the smaller exchanges modestly in the green in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a start to the day just on the green side of flat.  The DIA implies a +0.06% open, the SPY is implying a +0.16% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.24% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are up slightly to 3.769% and Oil (WTI) is down almost 2% to $79.31/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Wednesday, October Building Permits (8 am), October Durable Goods and Weekly Initial Jobless Claims (both at 8:30 am), Mfg. PMI and Services PMI (both at 9:45 am), Michigan Consumer Sentiment and Oct. New Home Sales (both at 10 am), EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories (10:30 am), and FOMC Meeting Minutes (2 pm) are reported.   Meanwhile, the major earnings reports scheduled for the day are limited to DE before the open.  Then, after the close, LU reports.

As you would expect on a holiday week, there will be no economic news on Thursday or Friday due to the Thanksgiving break. There are also no major earnings reports scheduled for Thursday or Friday.

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There is a lot of economic data crammed into the schedule today due to the holiday-shortened week. Among other things, mortgage demand grew 2.2% last week as rates plummeted from 6.91% the prior week to 6.67% (6.61% at one point) for a 30-year fixed-rate loan last week. The Dollar is also showing a little weakness for the second day in a row. (News that should support commodity prices at the margins.) And while we are not supposed to get Fed speakers today, analysts are expecting to see the FOMC Minutes show strong support in the committee for higher terminal rates to really choke out inflation (which could be a bit of a disappointment to markets but has been signaled all week by Fed speakers). At the very least, the minutes are expected to tamp down bull hopes of a pause in hikes.

In the short term, the large-cap indices are working to break out of the recent consolidation (5-day) with the DIA already broken out and the SPY appearing to do so in the premarket. Even the lagging Q is breaking out of the top of its Pennant downtrend in premarket trading today. Extension from the T-line is not a problem yet but the T2122 indicator had climbed back into the overbought area. So, be careful. Also, do not be surprised if volume and moves die as the day goes on and markets seems to slowly drift one way or the other…especially in the late afternoon. Remember that this is the virtual Friday before a 4-day weekend for the majority of traders, with only a minority planning to return to their trading desk for a half-day on Friday. In short, this may be time better spent “sharpening your axe” than trying to chop up too many trees.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. Remember it’s 100 times more important to avoid big mistakes than it is to pick big winners. 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: APPS, VALE, EBAY, WFC, and MPC. 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.

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Coasting into the Holiday Break?

On Monday, stocks opened basically flat (SPY and QQQ down modestly and DIA flat).  All 3 major indices then sold off modestly until 11 am.  We then saw a sideways grind in a very tight range un 12:30 pm.  We then saw a rally in all 3 major indices that died out at 1:45 pm and fell into a very modest and slow pullback, again in a tight range, all the way into the close.  This action is giving us very indecisive, black-bodied Spinning Top type candles in the 3 major indices.  The two large-cap indices held up after their retests of their T-lines, while the QQQ closed slightly back below its own 8ema.

On the day, six of the ten sectors are in the red, with Consumer Defensive sector (+0.67%) leading the four gainers and the Technology sector (-1.41%) lagging behind.  At the same time, the SPY fell 0.36%, the DIA fell 0.09%, and the QQQ fell 1.03%. The VXX was down 2.68% to 15.97 and T2122 fell back out of overbought territory to 75.57.  10-year bond yields have climbed back up to 3.833% and Oil (WTI) was down 0.42% to $79.74 per barrel.  So, overall Monday was an indecisive session as we wait on more earnings on Tuesday and then the holiday break.

In stock news, the G20 Financial Stability Board issued its report on the world’s most “systematically important banks,” which concluded that JPM remains the world’s most important bank to financial systems which means it remains the most in need of tight scrutiny to ensure it has a capital buffer.  BAC was on the list and moved into the bucket needing lesser scrutiny (due to improved capital reporting) where it joined C in that tier of scrutiny requirement.  Elsewhere, British Competition Regulator announced it is looking into the $61 billion acquisition of VMW by AVGO. In other M&A news, MRK announced it will acquire IMGO for $1.35 billion (at 107% premium on Friday’s closing price).  Meanwhile, DKNG shares plummeted Monday on news that the company was hacked and user accounts had been cashed out as part of the hack.  Elsewhere, TSLA shareholders have created an online petition urging the CEO (Elon Musk) to initiate a share buyback program to support the share price.  Among those leading this call are the third largest TSLA shareholder, Leo KoGuan.  Finally, Bloomberg reported that BYND has serious food safety issues, including noticeable listeria, mold, and other food safety red flags at its PA plant.  This was witnessed by 11 different occasions where the facility tested positive for Listeria within the 6 months ending Dec. 2021.

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In legal news and government news, a US Appeals Court has decertified a class action lawsuit that had found BA and LUV liable for covering up a fatal flaw in the BA 737 Max 8 plane design.  The court ruled that because the risk did not materialize (i.e. there was no crash) the risk never really existed, so plaintiffs lacked standing.  Elsewhere, the FAA proposed new rules to regulate vertical takeoff/landing Air Taxis in coming years.  At the moment, only DAL has invested significantly in that niche and the company is expecting significant urban demand in coming years and specifically the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.  Finally, the US Supreme Court has decided to hear a case brought by BF.A against a dog toy maker for their parody of the Jack Daniel’s “Old No. 7” trademark (the dog toy box had been labeled as “Old No. 2 on your Tennessee Carpet” and included alcohol descriptions of “43% Poo By Vol.”  (So, take heart, life can’t be all that bad if our highest court has time to hear and rule on this kind of thing.)

In Supply Chain news, the largest rail union has voted to reject the latest contract offer by railroads.  The sticking issue is paid sick time.  As a result, a potential national rail strike is back on the table for as soon as December 9.  A full strike would shutdown roughly 40% of US freight long-haul shipments (which exclude “last mile” deliveries).  The expected impact would be roughly $2 billion per day and the US would need an extra 460,000 semi-trucks to offset the tonnage this would stop.

After the close, DELL, SNEX, A, MMS, and ZM all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, ZTO missed on revenue while beating on earnings. On the other side, URBN beat on revenue while missing on earnings.  Unfortunately, CENT and CENTA missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that ZM and CENT/CENTA lowered their forward guidance.

So far this morning, BBY, ADI, DY, CAL, and AMWD all reported beats on both the top and bottom lines.  In the meantime, MDT, VIPS, and CSIQ all missed on the revenue line while beating on earnings.  On the other side, BIDU and IQ beat on revenue while missing on the earnings line.  However, BURL missed on both the revenue and the earnings lines.  (DLTR and DKS reports come out later in premarket.)

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed.  Taiwan (+0.64%), Japan (+0.61%), and Australia (+0.59%) led the gainers while Hong Kong (-1.31%), Shenzhen (-1.18%), and South Korea (-0.59%) paced the losses.  Meanwhile, in Europe, stocks are mixed but lean toward the green side at midday.  The FTSE (+0.55%), DAX (-0.02%), and CAC (-0.17%) lead the region with a strong majority of the smaller exchanges in the green in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a start to the day modestly on the green side of flat. The DIA implies a +0.18% open, the SPY is implying a +0.16% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.03% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are back down to 3.791% and Oil (WTI) is up 1.3% to $81.08/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Tuesday include the API Weekly Oil Stock report (4:30 pm) as well as 3 Fed speakers (Mester at 11 am, George at 2:15 pm, and Bullard 2:45 pm).  Meanwhile, the major earnings reports scheduled for the day are ANF, AEO, AMWD, ADI, BIDU, BBY, BURL, CAL, CSIQ, CHS, DKS, DLTR, DY, IQ, MDT, VIPS, and WMG before the open.  Then, after the close, ADSK, GES, HPQ, and JWN report.

As you would expect on a holiday week, this week will be light on economic news.  On Wednesday, October Building Permits, October Durable Goods, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Mfg. PMI, Services PMI, Michigan Consumer Sentiment, October New Home Sales, EIA Weekly Crude Oil Inventories, and FOMC Meeting Minutes are reported.  Thursday and Friday have no economic news due to the holiday.

In earnings reports later this week, on Wednesday, DE and LU report.  There are no reports on Thursday or Friday due to the holiday.

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As the holiday-shortened week grinds forward, the focus today will be trying to read through on the state of the consumer from the handful of retail reports that come out today. BBY beat on both lines and held its outlook as it was before. This comes after DELL beat on both lines last night. So, if that gives you some clue of electronics buyers’ mood, it seems things are as expected and not getting appreciably better or worse yet as we head into the holiday sales season. One thing that should be noted is that the US Dollar is down today, pulling back for the first time in four sessions and down against all major trading pairs. This will give a tailwind to commodities on at least a very short-term basis. Also bear in mind that we have several Fed speakers today. It is likely they will continue to spread the message that things are improving…but we should not expect a Fed pivot any time in the near future. (In other words, there will be a hike in December, it may be less than 0.75%, but it will be a hike and it won’t be the last one as the Fed continues to tighten toward its terminal rate goal that is still 1-3% higher, depending on whether you believe perma-hawk Bullard or others.)

In the short term, all 3 major indices can be seen to be in a Bullish Pennant pattern of one sort or another. The trend remains bullish, the T-line has held after multiple retests in the large-caps, and although it fell through the T-line yesterday, the QQQ looks ready to try to get back above that level this morning. So, over-extension is not a problem for the market today either. The probabilities are in the Bull’s favor in the near term as we grind toward the holiday break. Do not be surprised if volume and moves on strength die out as we get close to the Wednesday close. (Look to yesterday’s “dead market” periods as a guide.) In short, this may be time better spent “sharpening your axe” than trying to chop up too many trees.

As always, be deliberate and disciplined…but don’t be stubborn. Remember it’s 100 times more important to avoid big mistakes than it is to pick big winners. 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!

See you in the trading room.

Ed

Swing Trade Ideas for your consideration and watchlist: BP, TSLA, AMC, CLF, BIDU, PSX, ETSY, and XOM. 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.

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🎯 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

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

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