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Volume Surges To Year's Highest, As 20 DMA Support About To Be Tested

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The technicians out there will be salivating over the action in the ES today, which has continued to drip all day, and is now a point away from the 20 DMA at 1,311.30. In this relentless meltup, this moving average has been breached just several times since Jackson Hole. Yet the one to keep an eye out for is the 50 DMA, which has been a key support over the past 6 months. Should that level be taken out (1,282), the next level is 1,234, after which there is no support for a long, long time. Yet the most, or least for the cynics, surprising observation is that today's ES volume is about to hit the highest of the year, taking out the last January surge... which also was on major downswing. At least the banks made some money on equity commission trading, although with the Treasury curve flattening rapidly, that may not be much of a consolation.


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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:50 | 986324 raya123
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It is clear from the market action in these last minutes that the FED / POMO cannot stop a market that wants to move downward.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:52 | 986331 Ragnarok
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Remember that the Fed wants lawmakers to beg for QE3, so a modest controlled decline is permitted.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:05 | 986365 Dr. Richard Head
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Damn skippy. The markets are no longer a tool for investment, rather a tool for confidence/fear. Just think Audit the Fed and Bernadict Sanders of VT.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:10 | 986388 pragmatic hobo
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QE3 will likely mean the revolution lands on US shore.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 15:22 | 989733 Watauga
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What "revolution"?  "The revolution" lands on US shore--what is that?  Seriously, totalitarian regimes that have bilked their nations for decades experience unrest fostered by Islamists and American weakness and, all of the sudden, because of just another stupid movement toward unpayable debt, "the revolution" is going to "land on" our shores?  Maybe, just maybe, the disagreements about unions, government debt, government obligations, pensions, benefits, jobs, and so forth that we are seeing in Wisconsin and Ohio will result in some movement within the political system to make changes, but "revolution" landing on our shores?  Come on.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:16 | 986404 raya123
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In the face of selling pressure, the intra-day POMO pushes have been good for no more than 20 to 50 points.... only about 30 today into the close.  That's not going to get the FED very far in controlling what could become an ugly decline.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:17 | 986403 Quinvarius
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It is clear from the market action in these last minutes that the FED / POMO cannot stop a market that wants to move downward.

 ....For at least a few minutes

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:43 | 986505 unununium
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Time to STFD.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 20:35 | 986970 Clockwork Orange
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@raya, who says the $8B pomo has to be used to go long?!  the TBTFs have collected all the longs they want.  today they wiped out 2 1/2 weeks worth of longs.  they held the market right where they wanted it thru feb opex on friday. now, by smashing a market they wouldn't let drop by more than 3 pts for weeks, they can collect some shorts that they can wipe out for the march opex.  monopolistic, unchecked scumbags.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:50 | 986325 Cognitive Dissonance
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There is plenty of support all the way down. It all depends upon how many FRN's Ben wishes to print, then burn. This will all come down to a test of wills.

Will he print some more or will he let it burn down some more.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:55 | 986346 william the bastard
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Has this thesis been run by E-Erian for confirmation yet?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:51 | 986326 jus_lite_reading
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No worres. Kamikazi Ben will step in and save the day with a few more billion. Oil going higher is no problem for Dr. Deficit. He can save the world from total financial collapse in 15 minutes.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 20:37 | 986977 Clockwork Orange
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i hope someone somewhere has 15 minutes alone with ben when this thing blows.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:52 | 986329 doomandbloom
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yumm...lovin these dips..!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:54 | 986339 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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I'm lovin' your avatar.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:54 | 986334 Sophist Economicus
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If this market breaks the 50 day before May, I'll eat that flying shoe!!!!



Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:06 | 986374 Dr. Richard Head
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May I suggest the port wine as a chaser.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:56 | 986340 Great Unwashed
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It's 3:55 and S&P down about 29 points. Any chance for a green close? You can do it!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:55 | 986341 Cleanclog
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The Bernank is losing control.  Very very scary.  And scarier for Obama. And all the governors, senators, bank presidents, and powers that have just looked the other way from the people for too long.  Hoping for peaceful settlement, but not too optimistic on that.  Urgh.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:56 | 986343 poor fella
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HEY!! whatever....  Bernankenstein better fix the NFL or the U.S. is going to make Libya look like a grammer school playground gone a little rough patch.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:09 | 986384 NotApplicable
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Nobody will care though until they flip on the tube and find that figure skating is the top televised sporting event of the day, and it's not even an Olympic year!

So, I'd say we've got until the final out in the World Series before things get ugly.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:40 | 986490 duo
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egg-friggin-zactly.  No NFL in the fall and you start eating away at "normalcy bias". I shudder to think what no "Idol", or "Bachelor" would do to disrupt society.

So far the 79 cent beef taco going away at Taco Bell hasn't caused any riots.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:56 | 986722 poor fella
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Whoozawhaddahfck! No more 79 cent tacos - I will punch somebody in the head!! That's gonna spill over, unless, we're still able to buy obscene amounts of bean burritos for ten bucks...  might let it slide.

Hahaha, NoAppliccasiones! If it's ice skating - so be it - is there a good site to get the spreads? Are investment opportunities available such as derivatives on whether a skater lands a triple?!?!? Let's make some funny money sonny before goldman gets its bloody beak pounded into the wide open alpha profits of fabulously hypnotic flaming fabrics of body-hugging profits leaping airborn like unfettered FRN confetti from here to Times Square!!!!   weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 19:48 | 986869 andybev01
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So instead of bread & circuses we have tacos & football?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 21:08 | 987038 poor fella
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noooooooooo! - burritos, skating, and skating burritos. It's the new Bud Bowl.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:55 | 986344 morph
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better vol, avg. by old standards.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:56 | 986347 DoChenRollingBearing
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Radio talk show host Todd Schnitt is selling ALL stocks at the close today, going to 100% cash.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:02 | 986359 william the bastard
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WTF? Is he Cramer?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:42 | 986504 DoChenRollingBearing
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LOL william!

No, he is just a conservative talk show host.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:56 | 986349 trav7777
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Pt and Pd are getting totally smashed...a worrisome sign if you are long

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:45 | 986511 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes, trav.

Pt and Pd are for optimists, in that they would likely do very well if world car production goes up.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:52 | 986533 unununium
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They are very sensitive to the market/economy.  Compare their performance in late 2008 to Au/Ag.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:59 | 986355 PeterSchump
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Down markets in rising volume....hmmm.  Have to go with the only strategy that has worked for the last two years.  BTFD.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:25 | 986447 PeterSchump
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I would otherwise agree, but it is Ben buying all of the monkeys with his endless fiat.  ...unless yesterday's line on Euro CNBC signalled the (at least real and not nominal) top for the time being by stating "Stocks attracting inflows due to inflation!"

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:36 | 986471 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Here we come.

edit: I hope Harry, Hamy & Co. get this.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:03 | 986362 Hephasteus
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NYSE. How the electronic mall of america turned into the electronic fall of america.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:06 | 986366 RobotTrader
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Lots of stuff cracked big today:



Platinum and Palladium




Energy stocks

Most of the IBD Top 50

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:21 | 986420 lieutenantjohnchard
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a while back the old catfish mouth infamously said all rosie had to do to make a fortune was buy at the bottom at 666 and ride it to the top. any old fool could do it, just like the catfish mouth.

so might one infer the catfish mouth is calling a top, because it's just as easy to make a fortune by selling the top, and buying back at the next 666 or whatever low level. any old fool can do it, right catfish mouth.

btw: i notice gold, silver and oil aren't on the catfish mouth list. gentleman jim sinclair sends his regards to you catfish. ditto max keiser, who you might be interested to know is still in business, contrary to your prediction.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:41 | 986498 RobotTrader
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Might have a trend change tomorrow if there is more follow through selling on the HPQ warning.

I'll be ready to go long big into SH or DOG if that happens.

You better hope that gold doesn't pull a wheat or copper move within the next few days if "risk off" algos sell anything and everything.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:04 | 986574 lieutenantjohnchard
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no worries. i have an investing thesis predicated on my world view, and timing the market is not my bag.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:54 | 986542 duo
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The Bernank can only crash commodities by taking the rest of your precious market down with it.  Are you prepared?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:05 | 986368 SpeakerFTD
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12212 DOW close

12/21/12  Apocalypse

Hmmm, foreshadowing ala 666 S&P low?

[Yeah, it's a stretch, but I'm bored]

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:05 | 986369 disabledvet
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i thought for sure we'd have a double dip last fall and boy was i wrong.  it's not Ben that's moving our economy forward but extraordinary General and Admiral "ship."  I actually think Bernanke has done far more harm than good by forcing the "atoritiees" to take their eye off the ball and actually believe in his "lead to gold" theory of "debt printing" as growth.  the jury is still out...i mean the word "jury" when i say it...if what Bernanke has done is the problem and not just neutral.  Clearly it is inarguable that what he has done is not positive.  The war expansion ends that theory.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:06 | 986373 HedgeFundLIVE
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how many ES traders are actually watching the 50 DMA?  they said the same thing about 20 DMA etst, but we broke that like butter last time.


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:06 | 986376 SwingForce
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Wholly Hannah BTFD

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:13 | 986394 John Law Lives
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$4 gasoline coming to a pump near you?

The Ben Bernanke says QE works.  I am sure the bankers and oil sheikhs just love him.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:15 | 986400 Id fight Gandhi
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BTFD comes out tomorrow right? Stories of Libya is old news.

Some fucker on shitnbc was saying oh keep buying, where else you gonna out your money. Erin said, gold? He laughed and said oh that's just speculation not investing.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:27 | 986450 barbarika
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As I ate lunch today, i noticed that "chicken piccata" at the workplace cafetaria used to comprise of a whole chicken breast (with both halves) for $4.49 until last week. Today, magically it became 50% of the previous size with the same price!! I am still hungry :-( I don't what QE3 will do to my favortie chicken piccata.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:27 | 986452 barbarika
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As I ate lunch today, i noticed that "chicken piccata" at the workplace cafetaria used to comprise of a whole chicken breast (with both halves) for $4.49 until last week. Today, magically it became 50% of the previous size with the same price!! I am still hungry :-( I don't what QE3 will do to my favorite chicken piccata.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:46 | 986520 DoChenRollingBearing
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I was in Costa Rica last week.  The locals are complaining about high food and gasoline prices.  

Coming to a state and city to all of us soon.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:50 | 986525 DoChenRollingBearing
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deleting dupe post.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:15 | 986601 chet
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One of my favorite lunch spots put up a very explicit sign last week:  "due to higher cost for wheat, rice, etc. we unfortunately had to raise our prices".  14% increase on my gyro and hummus plate.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:31 | 986465 99er
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The pause that refreshes.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:45 | 986513 buzzsaw99
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The ramp will resume as soon as the volume subsides.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:46 | 986516 huggy_in_london
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1295 is the first stop for ES.  Its the big trend support line from the start of the august ramp, i mean, move.  

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:45 | 986517 huggy_in_london
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1295 is the first stop for ES.  Its the big trend support line from the start of the august ramp, i mean, move.  

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:56 | 986546 nathandegraaf
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The shorts are being optimistic, living in a world where the game isn't rigged.  The Chairman is blowing this whole mother up, either from ignorance or obstinance (side note: isn't it funny th best compliment you can give Pimp Daddy B is that he might not be corrupt, just stupid/stubborn?). 

Like has been said in these comments, he wants the world on its knees begging for QE3 and he shall give it to them.  We'e going parabolic and we're taking the S & P down to 330 by 2015 in my humble opinion.  The shorts won't clean up until our currency is totally dilluted, which is kind of the point.  I mean, how could the banksters come out on top if they don't wind up with ten times the value on forty times the paper?

Straight to WWIII with a fiat bullet. 


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:04 | 986576 Ancona
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Fuck and silver bitchez.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 18:35 | 986666 Leo Kolivakis
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Hmmm, maybe they'll bring it down to the 50-day before they BUY THE DIP! You still don't get it, she's heading right back up. Today's action was on the VXX:

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 20:09 | 986909 geminiRX
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How many times has "wolf" been cried too early? You may have a valid point.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 19:07 | 986745 sellstop
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Stock markets look ahead.

In the early stages of inflation, stocks look good. Later, interest rates will choke off growth.

US stocks are priced in US dollars. At some point as the USD collapses it will not be wise to hold assets that represent dollars. Especially from a foreign buyers perspective.

Stocks were down sharply today. Probably will be down tomorrow. Pay attention to the next rally. The quality of that rally will give clues to the health of this stock market.


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 19:21 | 986793 chump666
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good there you go, volume  = short positions.  that's your correction forming right there.  

there will be no buying on dips if oil stays above 95

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 20:05 | 986898 HedgeFundLIVE
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i believe we won't see a bounce at least for another ten trading days. just trading the odds:

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 20:45 | 986990 chump666
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yeah i would agree hard to gauge on 10 days though...but with short position starting up and volume spikes it's a good sign.  longs on oil, gold/silver consolidation if there is dip buying it will be there.

if asia goes red again...still HFT trading is obsessed with the 100ma supports.

need a 'event' to break the 50ma's, that happens.  flash crash.

finally some volatility swing trades.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 20:17 | 986933 tallystick
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Long copper won't be an effective hedge if you're short silver?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 21:45 | 987152 le_cinque
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For the first time, I won't BTFD just b/c everyone says it is a dip, but it is not, it is a f*cking cliff.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 22:18 | 987211 geminiRX
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I hope you're right - but in order for there to be a crash, there has to be something for money to swing into. A stock market crash typically requires money to flee into government debt instruments and FRNs - I am not sure if there is confidence there anymore. Interesting days indeed.

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 15:25 | 989751 Watauga
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Gold will pullback to $1250 or less, and silver to $25 or less.  Short term.  Long term bull in tact.  Sell off at peak levels today or in next few days, and buy back when gold and silver reach near bottom of pullback.  Gold to $1600+ and silver to $40+ by end of 2012.

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