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On Monday, stocks gapped slightly higher at the open (less than a quarter of a percent in the large-cap indices and essentially none in the QQQ).  From that point, the bulls stepped in to lead a very slow and steady rally that lasted right into the close.  (The QQQ rally really kicked into high gear at 2:30 pm, while the other indices saw the rally speed up just before 3 pm.)  This action gave us white-bodied candles that remained inside the range for the last few days.  It also should be noted that the SPY, DIA, and QQQ all crossed back above their T-line (8ema) from below.  All-in-all, it seems like Monday was a modest melt-up that finally kicked into gear late as traders wait on the CPI tomorrow and the FOMC announcements Wednesday.

On the day, all ten sectors ended in the green with Energy (+2.08%) leading us higher and the Basic Materials (+0.30%) and Consumer Cyclical (+0.46%) sectors being the laggards.  Meanwhile, the SPY was up 1.43%, the DIA was up 1.57%, and the QQQ was up 1.26%.  All of this action took place on less than average volume (although the DIA did manage to climb above average volume).  The VXX fell by 0.59% to 15.21 and T2122 climbed back outside of the oversold territory at 53.75.  10-year bond yields were up to 3.615% and Oil (WTI) was up more than 3.5% to $73.52 per barrel.

In economic news, it was interesting to see that both 3-year notes and 10-year notes were auctioned off by the Treasury Dept. on Monday. Both of these came in more than half a percent lower than the previous auction.  Later in the afternoon, the November Federal Budget Balance came in $1 billion worse than expected at -$249.0 billion (as compared to the forecast of -$248.0 billion).  Elsewhere, the US Senate is aiming to pass another stop-gap spending bill to keep the government open.  A vote is expected Friday and will keep the government open for another week while details of a longer-term $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill are hammered out (although the 2 parties agreed to generalities last weekend).

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In stock news, the US Energy Dept. announced Monday that they have finalized a $2.5 billion low-cost loan for the lithium battery joint venture formed by GM and South Korean LG Energy Solutions.  The loan will be used to finance manufacturing facilities in OH, TN, and MI.  Elsewhere, in the afternoon, Bloomberg reported that GS is planning to cut at least 400 hundred more jobs as it restructures its retail consumer business.  In other GS news, the company will stop making unsecured consumer loans according to a report from Reuters.  In legal news, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the state of CA can ban flavored tobacco products in a case brought by BTI (which now owns RJ Reynolds).

In BA news, on Monday, Indian airline India Air announced a historically large new order for jet planes.  Specifics were not shared other than it includes up to 500 jets delivered over the next decade from both BA and Airbus.  Then early this morning, UAL and BA announced that the airline has placed orders to buy 100 of the BA 787 Dreamliner jets with deliveries scheduled between 2024 and 2032.  (These planes will replace 100 existing BA 767s that United operates.)

In energy news, as of late Monday, TRP has yet to determine the cause of the 14,000+ barrel crude oil leak (from the Keystone pipeline) in KS.  The pipeline normally delivers 622,000 barrels per day and has been down since Wednesday with no timetable for the resumption of operations.  Oil trades indicate this was a driver behind Monday’s WTI rally and said if the outage lasts until the coming weekend, that could push the Cushing OK storage hub below the minimum required operating volume as well as crippling gulf region refineries.

After the close, ORCL beat on both the revenue and earnings lines.  However, JOAN missed on both the top and bottom lines.  ORCL also lowered its forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed on generally modest moves.  Singapore (+0.98% was an outlier to the upside as Hong Kong (+0.68%) and India (+0.60%) led to the upside while Shenzhen (-0.66%) and Taiwan (-0.61%) led to the downside.  In Europe, the exchanges are generally green at midday.  The FTSE (+0.39%), DAX (+0.82%), and CAC (+0.67%) lead the region higher while only Russia (-0.64%) and Portugal (-0.07%) are in the read in early afternoon trade.  Meanwhile, as of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a half percent gap higher to start the day.  The DIA implies a +0.56% open, the SPY is implying a +0.48% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.46% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are down again to 3.587% and Oil (WTI) is up a quarter of a percent to $73.37/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Tuesday is limited to November CPI (8:30 am) and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks (4:30 pm).  The major earnings reports scheduled for before the open are limited to CNM.  Then after the close, ABM reports.

In economic news later this week, on Wednesday, November Import/Export Price Index, EIA Crude Oil Inventories, Fed Q4 Interest Rate Projections, Fed Economic Projections, FOMC Statement, Fed Interest Rate Decision, and FOMC Press Conference are reported.  On Thursday, we get November Retail Sales, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, NY Fed Empire State Mfg. Index, Philly fed Mfg. Index, Nov. Industrial Production, Oct. Business Inventories, and Oct. Retail Inventories are reported.  Finally, on Friday, Mfg. PMI and Services PMI are reported.

In earnings later this week, on Wednesday we get reports from REVG, LEN, NDSN, and TCOM.  On Thursday we get reports from JBL and ADBE.  Finally, on Friday, we hear from CAN, DRI, and WGO.

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Equity markets are looking for good CPI news this morning and especially looking for a softer tone and only 0.50% rate increase by the Fed on Wednesday. We may see a melt-up in anticipation with a general “wait to see” attitude by the big money. Meanwhile, the crypto world continues to reel as early today the SEC said that the head of the FTX exchange (Sam Bankman-Fried) defrauded investors to the tune of $1.8 billion and in the aftermath of the FTX collapse the Binance exchange (the world’s largest crypto exchange) halted outflows of the USDC stablecoin this morning. Bianance said the halt was temporary while it carries out a “token swap” (which just means swapping one digital currency for another electronically)…which on its own could cause more fear in the crypto world.

With that background, the short-term bearish downtrend line has now been broken in all three major indices and it looks like the bulls are looking to move even higher(at least in premarket trade). However, the big Nov. CPI report will have a lot to say about the open as well. Over-extension is still not a problem at all either in terms of the T-line (8ema) or the T2122 indicator. So, the bulls have room to run if traders want to move the market. Just bear in mind that the market risk is to the downside where a disappointing CPI (in this case too high) could crush the bull’s hopes and turn the bears loose.

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: NVDA, GSK, FDX, QCOM, SWKS, LEVI, and T. 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 Look Ahead to CPI and FOMC

Markets gapped down very modestly on Friday.  They then spent most of the day in waves and “dead flat” periods grinding sideways that lasted until 3:15 pm.  At that point, all three major indices sold off hard in the last 45 minutes of the day, closing very near the lows.  This left all of them as some form of a black-bodied inverted hammer candle.  All three also failed a retest of their T-line (8ema).  The QQQ also closed right at its major support level.  So, overall, it was a blah day, punctuated by profit-taking or a bearish selling spree during the last hour.

On the day, all ten sectors ended in the red with Energy (-1.76%) leading us lower and the Financial Services (-0.22%) and Utilities (-0.23%) sectors holding up the best.  In the meantime, the SPY was down 0.75%, the DIA was down 0.91%, and the QQQ was down 0.64%.  All of this action took place on less than average volume.  However, it was close to average than the last few days.  The VXX climbed by 2.14% to 15.30 and T2122 fell back just inside of the oversold territory at 19.67.  10-year bond yields were up sharply to 3.586% and Oil (WTI) was flat at $71.59 per barrel.  

In economic news, the market was disappointed by November PPI (Wholesale-level inflation) which came in at +0.3% (versus the forecasted +0.2% and the October value of +0.3%).  So, traders had expected more evidence that inflation was starting to come down (in order to give the Fed cover to do a smaller rate hike this week) and were then disappointed.  As a result, premarket action went from implying a modest gap higher to actually delivering a modest gap lower at the open.  Later in the morning, Michigan Consumer Sentiment came in higher than expected at 59.1 (compared to the forecast of 56.9 and the previous value of 56.8).

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In stock news, Reuters (which obtained an internal memo) reported Friday that TSLA is suspending production of its “Model Y” in China from at least Dec. 25 through year-end. It’s unclear if “Model 3” production will also be halted.  The unplanned shutdown is a response to upticks in covid labor losses (related to the recent relaxation of zero-covid policies in Shanghai as well as parts supply (reduced for the same reason).  In other auto news, STLA announced Friday that in February it will indefinitely shut down a Jeep Cherokee production plant in IL (1,350 employees).  The UAW told Reuters that internal company documents show the company is moving Cherokee production to its Mexican plant.  Elsewhere, ERIC and AAPL have reached a global patent license deal which ended a legal fight over royalty payments for 5G technology used in iPhones. Meanwhile, on Monday, MSFT announced a 10-year cloud services deal with the London Stock Exchange, part of which was MSFT acquiring a 4% stake in the exchange. Finally, it was announced today that AMGN has agreed to buy HZNP for $26.4 billion (or $116.50/share cash, a 20% premium on Friday’s closing price).

In index news, the QQQ (Nasdaq 100) will rebalance as of the opening bell on Dec. 19.  Changes include the addition of RIVN, WBD, CSGP, GFS, BKR, and FANG.  The tickers being removed are VRSN, SWKS, SPLK, BIDU, MTCH, DOCU, and NTES.  So, the index will remain tech-heavy, even as it diversifies, and will be reduced from 102 to 101 tickers.  Many exchange-traded funds and actively managed mutual and hedge funds are bound by rules stating they must own all of the “current members” of that index.

In miscellaneous news, on Friday the WTO ruled that steel and aluminum import tariffs levied by the US (former President Trump) violate global trade rules. However, in a nod to US steelmakers and unions, President Biden has appealed the ruling to the WTO Appeals Court. This makes the ruling null because the Appeals Court is shut down since the US has been blocking the appointment of WTO “judges”. (US Aluminum and Steel firms: ARNC, SCTM, KALU, AA, CLF, CRS, CMC, NUE, STLD, X) Elsewhere, over the weekend, the Keystone oil pipeline leak in Kansas is the largest spill in the US for more than a decade.  As of Sunday, TRP (the pipeline operator) said they have not found the cause of the 14,000+ barrel spill and have no plans on restarting operations with various investigations ongoing.  Finally, on Sunday, the NASA Orion capsule splashed down after completing its 25-day mission to and week of orbiting the moon.  Hours before it did so, a SpaceX rocket took off carrying a lunar lander made by the Japanese company iSpace.  If they land successfully, it would be the first company (non-governmental entity) to reach the moon.  (To date, only the US, Russia, and China have been able to successfully land missions on the moon.)

Overnight, Asian markets were almost exclusively red on generally modest moves.  Thailand (+0.16%) was the only green while Hong Kong (-2.20%) was the only move greater than 0.90% in the region.  In Europe, a similar story is taking shape at midday.  The FTSE (-0.19%), DAX (-0.29%), and CAC (-0.38%) lead the region and are typical with only the FTSE MIB (+0.05%) in the green in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a modest gap higher to start the day.  The DIA implies a +0.19% open, the SPY is implying a +0.28% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.32% open at this hour.  Meanwhile, 10-year bond yields are falling to 3.536% and Oil (WTI) is off 0.69% to $70.53/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Monday are limited to the November Federal Budget Balance (2 pm).  There are no major earnings reports scheduled for before the open.  Then after the close, JOAN, report.

In economic news later this week, on Tuesday we get November CPI and API Weekly Crude Oil Stocks.  Then Wednesday, November Import/Export Price Index, EIA Crude Oil Inventories, Fed Q4 Interest Rate Projections, Fed Economic Projections, FOMC Statement, Fed Interest Rate Decision, and FOMC Press Conference are reported.  On Thursday, we get November Retail Sales, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, NY Fed Empire State Mfg. Index, Philly fed Mfg. Index, Nov. Industrial Production, Oct. Business Inventories, and Oct. Retail Inventories are reported.  Finally, on Friday, Mfg. PMI and Services PMI are reported.

In earnings later this week, on Tuesday, we hear from CNM and ABM.  Then Wed. we get reports from REVG, LEN, NDSN, and TCOM.  On Thursday we get reports from JBL and ADBE.  Finally, on Friday, we hear from CAN, DRI, and WGO.

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All eyes (globally as well as in the US) seem to be looking toward the Fed. As of this moment, Fed Futures are showing that a 75% probability of a 0.50% rate hike and less than a 25% probability of a 0.75% rate hike has been priced into the market. The CPI data on Tuesday may give us a clue, but suffice it to say the market is expecting a slowing of the increases and no matter what the Fed does, it will have plenty of critics.

With that background, the short-term trend remains bearish. However, it looks like all three major indices are holding ground in premarket trading. In fact, the SPY and QQQ look as if they could be trying to form a short-term bottom for their pullbacks. Either way, over-extension is not a problem in terms of the T-line (8ema) or the T2122 indicator (where we are just barely inside oversold territory). So, they have room to run if traders want to move the market.

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: COUP, CLX, BDX, NVDA, OGN, KHC, GSK, MOMO, and PUMP. 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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🎯 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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Bulls In Charge Early With PPI Data Ahead

On Thursday, stocks gapped modestly higher at the open (up 0.5% in the SPY, 0.4% in the DIA, and up 0.5% in the QQQ).  Then after a 15-minute fade of the gap (except in the DIA), a rally took us to the highs by 10:30 am.  From there, we saw a pullback to the open level in slow narrow-range trading until 1 pm.  At that point, the bulls stepped in for a renewed rally that took us to new highs by 1:45 pm.  However, another selloff took us back to the lows by 2:15 pm.  Finally, price ground along the low end of the day’s range within a tight range.  This action gave us gap-up, white-body, indecisive Spinning Top candles that failed a retest of the T-line (8ema) from below.  None of the 3 major indices has been able to break their short-term downtrend.

On the day, eight of the ten sectors were in the green with the Technology sector (+1.62%) leading the way higher while Energy (-0.74%) and Communications Services (-0.75%) were the weakest sectors. In the meantime, the SPY was up 0.79%, the DIA was up 0.59%, and the QQQ was down 1.18%.  The VXX fell by more than 2% to 14.98 and T2122 has climbed a bit to 34.91.  10-year bond yields were up to 3.489% and Oil (WTI) was off a half of a percent to $71.68 per barrel.  So, Thursday saw a modest gap higher followed by indecision on very low volumes.

In economic news, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims came in exactly on forecast at 230k.  This was 4k higher than last week.  However, continuing claims reached an 11-month high.  Later, Freddie Mac reported that the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell again this week to 6.33% (down from 6.49% the prior week).  Gasoline prices are also lower than they have been in a year this week, with EIA analysts saying they expect the national average to dip below $3/gallon in the near future. 

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In stock news, Reuters reported that CS has been able to raise $2.39 billion in new capital to help finance its turnaround plan.  Elsewhere, AVY told a conference that it is experiencing a “challenging finish to the year.”  AVY shares plunged on the news.  In other news, Bloomberg reported that the financers behind $13 billion of the money that Elon Musk used to buy Twitter are in discussions to restructure the debt, with Musk putting up TSLA stock as collateral.  In banking news, Reuters reports that multiple sources have confirmed that GS is slashing yearly bonuses for senior employees.  In more hopeful news, the CEO of GM said she expects car sales to rebound by more than 9% in 2023 (15 million units versus 13.7 million in 2022).

In government news, the House overwhelmingly approved (by 350-80) a record $858 billion Defense spending bill for 2023 ($45 billion more than requested by President Biden).  Meanwhile, the FTC voted 3-1 to officially block the MSFT acquisition of ATVI. Later in the day, the FTC announced plans to sue to enforce their decision. Elsewhere, the SEC warned public firms to study and report their exposure to cryptocurrency risks, which have been unreported to this point in general.  Finally, overnight the short-lived Democratic majority in the Senate slipped as AZ Senator Sinema announced she is leaving the Democratic party to become an independent.

In energy news, oil majors XOM and CVX both announced Thursday that they will be significantly expanding CAPEX investments in the US and Canada in 2023.  Finally, oil closed lower for the fifth straight day on Thursday despite the closure of the major Canada-to-US Keystone pipeline (which delivers 622k barrels per day to the US and is operated by TRP).

After the close, AVGO, CHWY, LULU, RH, and DOCU all reported beats on both the revenue and earnings lines.  Meanwhile, COO beat on revenue while missing on the earnings line.  Unfortunately, COST missed on both the top and bottom lines.  It is worth noting that RH and AVGO raised their forward guidance while COO lowered its own guidance.  Then this morning, LI reported misses on both the top and bottom lines.  LI also lowered its forward guidance.

Overnight, Asian markets were mostly green as Chinese covid-easing and a $108 billion Chinese bond sale (to be used for economic stimulus) boosted the region.  Hong Kong (+2.32%), Japan (+1.18%), and Taiwan (+1.05%) led the region higher.  Then in Europe, we see a mixed and modest market at midday.  The FTSE (-0.12%) lags while the DAX +0.32%) and CAC (+0.02%) indicate the mood of the continent 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 +0.18% open, the SPY is implying a +0.32% open, and the QQQ implies a +0.43% open at this hour.  At the same time, 10-year bond yields are down just a tick to 3.485% and Oil (WTI) is up eight-tenths of a percent to $72.07 per barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Friday are limited to November PPI (8:30 am) and Michigan Consumer Sentiment (10 am).  The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include Thursday, we hear from LI before the open.  There are no earnings reports after the close.

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With that background (and remembering that we have Wholesale Inflation data at 8:30 am), it looks like all three major indices are retesting their T-lines (8ema) in premarket trading. Therefore, obviously, over-extension is not a problem either in terms of the T-line (8ema) or the T2122 indicator. The short-term trend does remain bearish (despite yesterday’s green day) within the mid-term bullish trend now broken. However, all three major indices look like they will be testing that short-term downtrend with their open this morning. The QQQ was able to climb back up above its support level (despite a significant test on Wednesday and Thursday). And if the bulls cannot put in a strong rally today, we are headed toward a down week (the first in the DIA in a month). Lastly, remember that its Friday with a weekend news cycle ahead and a Fed meeting next week.

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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🎯 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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Bulls Look to Gap With Jobless Claims Up

Markets gapped down modestly (a half of a percent in the QQQ and a quarter percent in the large-cap indices) on Wednesday.  Price then proceeded to meander sideways all day on low volume except for the DIA (which is looking like it will achieve average volume).  This action is giving us black-bodied indecisive Doji candles in all three major indices.  The QQQ managed to retest and fail resistance while the SPY and DIA did not get down to the level of testing support again.

On the day, nine of the ten sectors were in the red with Healthcare (+0.55%) by far the strongest and Energy (-0.65%) and Consumer Cyclical (-0.68%) the weakest sectors.  In the meantime, the SPY was down 0.17%, the DIA was up 0.01%, and the QQQ was down 0.42%.  The VXX was up by more than 1.45% to 15.29 and T2122 has climbed back out of the oversold territory to 20.52.  10-year bond yields were down a bit to 3.42% and Oil (WTI) was off 2.55% to $72.36 per barrel. So, Wednesday was an indecisive day that amounted to a fifth straight down day in the SPY and a fourth straight in the DIA.

In economic news, Q3 Unit Labor Costs rose far less than expected at +2.4% (versus a forecast of +3.1% and the Q2 increase of 3.5%).  Q3 Nonfarm Productivity was also up more than expected at +0.8% (compared to a forecast of +0.6% and the Q2 value of +0.3%). This caused a small gap lower as traders interpreted modestly good economic data as not pushing the Fed in either direction.  Later in the morning, we saw EIA Weekly Oil Inventories fall more than expected at -5.187 million barrels (versus the forecast of -3.305 million barrels but still nowhere near as much of a drawdown as the prior week’s 12.580 million barrels).

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In stock news, LUV reinstated its dividend Wednesday after a three-year suspension.  The CEO of the company cited a strong return of travel demand as he announced the company will pay $0.18/share to shareholders of record on January 31.  Later, Reuters reported that AMZN was offline mid-morning.  No details on the cause of the outage were given.  In other AMZN news, Washington DC has sued the company for diverting tips intended for delivery drivers to its own coffers.  Elsewhere, the CEO of C said she expects trading revenue to rise 10% in the current quarter while investment banking fees will fall 60% (in line with industry norms this quarter).  In “you don’t say” news, the CEO of COIN said he expects the revenue of their cryptocurrency trading platform to be down 50% for 2022 compared to 2021.  This comes after their competitor FTX and Celsius Network both filed for bankruptcy as well as the massive crash of crypto prices.  In legal news, CVNA is meeting with lawyers and bankers to discuss ways to restructure its debt load with the risk of bankruptcy rising.

In government news, US lawmakers declined to exempt BA from a looming deadline for a new safety standard related to its “737 Max” jets.  This loss will mean BA will need to rework safety systems on new planes before they can be certified by the FAA.  Meanwhile, after hours, GOOGL, ORCL, AMZN, and MSFT were awarded $9 billion in contracts by the Dept. of Defense related to “Cloud services.”  This comes a year after an AMZN lawsuit killed the previous awarding of these contracts to MSFT (based on bias introduced into the procurement process by former-President Trump).

In energy news, crude oil (WTI) fell again Wednesday in volatile trading, reaching close to the lowest level in a year.  The causes this time were the EIA report that showed an unexpected inventory build of 6.2 million barrels of distillates (like diesel fuel).  This post-refining inventory glut more than outweighed the crude oil inventory drawdown of 5.2 million barrels and the fall came in spite of news that Chinese oil imports reached the highest level in 10 months in November.  In other energy news, PSX announced that was one fatality and another contract employee injured in a crane accident at its Wood River IL refinery.

After the close, GEF and GME reported misses on both the revenue and earnings lines.  So far this morning, GMS, CIEN, KFY, and MOMO all reported beats on both the top and bottom lines. (HOV reports at 9:15 am.)

Overnight, Asian markets were mixed but leaned bearish with Hong Kong (+3.38%) and outlier on the post-Covid China opening news.  Australia (-0.75%), Taiwan (-0.53%), and South Korea (-0.49%) led the region lower.  Meanwhile, in Europe, the exchanges are mostly in the red at midday.  The FTSE (-0.05%), DAX (-0.34%), and CAC (-0.26%)  are typical of the continent with only three smaller exchanges in the green in early afternoon trade.  As of 7:30 am, US Futures are pointing toward a modest green opening ahead of Jobless Claims.  The DIA implies a +0.13% open, the SPY is implying a +0.20%) open, and the DIA implies a +0.20% open at this hour.  10-year bond yields are up to 3.447% and Oil (WTI) is up 2.19% to $73.55/barrel in early trading.

The major economic news events scheduled for Thursday are limited to Weekly Initial Jobless Claims (8:30 am).   The major earnings reports scheduled for the day include Thursday, we hear from CIEN, GMS, HOV, and KFY before the open.  Then after the close, AVGO, CHWY, COO, COST, DOCU, LULU, and RH report.

In economic news later this week, on Friday, November PPI and Michigan Consumer Sentiment are reported.  In earnings later this week, on Friday, we hear from LI.

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As stated above, Hong Kong skyrocketed overnight on the China opening story. Specifically, local Hong Kong media reported that the city is considering the outdoor mask requirement and reducing the isolation period for those who test positive for Covid-19. In addition, the Hong Kong government is considering replacing the need for two negative PCR tests with one rapid-antigen test for inbound travelers. Elsewhere, the Netherlands (home of ASML) appears to be falling in line with President Biden’s recently expanded chip sanctions for China (which restrict the sale of equipment used in the production of chip Fab facilities and which ASML is one of the world leaders in producing).

With that background, it looks like markets are setting up for a small gap higher, moving against the recent downtrend. Just remember Monday, when a similar gap-up turned into a slow all-day rout by the Bears. Over-extension is not yet a problem either in terms of the T-line (8ema) or the T2122 indicator. The short-term trend remains bearish within the mid-term bullish trend now broken. Only the large-caps indices still have support close below with the QQQ now not far below resistance (broken support). So, if the bulls cannot rally to hold those support levels we could see a bearish run for several percent in the near future.

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: CLX, PUMP, BK, PAAS, ANF. 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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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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🎯 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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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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🎯 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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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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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

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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🎯 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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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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🎯 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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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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