Displaced Moving Average
Now that the market has successfully retested the 150 DMA with a little assistance from David Tepper who really said nothing new, below we present the immediate support levels in the ES. The 200 DMA and the March swing lows are next (and yes, there are about 20 points in the ES before we go to unchanged for the year).
Credit markets continue to show glaring concerns as European sovereign risk, global financial systemic risk, and global growth scares drive HY and IG to six month wides. The critical aspect is the potential to reverse the virtuous cycle that has maintained primary issuance - and we are indeed seeing this starting to happen.
Following the earlier note on the "irrational exuberance of QE3" at current conditions, Goldman does a one-two to the face of the long-only slow money crowd which are about to realize that what goes up the escalator, will go down the elevator, repeating that the next round of monetary easing "would require a notable further deterioration in the outlook to be considered seriously." As a reminder the only "outlook" the Fed keeps an eye out on is the 50 DMA of the Russell 2000.
Now that both the early April swing support of 1283.75, which also happens to be the 150 DMA, have been taken out, the next support in the market is the 200 DMA, which is also the post-Fukushima March lows. A breach of that level would mean the market goes negative for the year. As a reminder: the next 30 minutes are NYSE circuit breaker coffee break time.
The bullish chartist and Johnny 5 portion of the stock market (which is about 99%) can not be happy: the next ES support is at the swing low of 1241.25, although the 200 DMA looks like a target at 1237.85. We believe a firm bottom exists at 400. And for all those asking, today's ES volume was the 2nd highest since March.
John Taylor (Not The FX One, The One With The Rule) Says Fed Funds Rate Should Be 1.0%, Sees No Rationale For Further QESubmitted by Tyler Durden on 06/01/2011 09:58 -0400
A month ago, Zero Hedge first posted (well, technically we read it at Stone McCarthy but beat everyone else to copying and pasting it first), that according to the Taylor Rule, so widely abused by the lemming central planners in the Marriner Eccles building, the effective Fed Funds rates should, for the first time since the GFC, be positive. This is what SMRA said: "For the second consecutive quarter, the original-specification, quarterly version of the Taylor rule, based on real GDP figures and the GDP price deflator, produced a positive result. The previous day, the BEA released its advance estimate for real GDP figures in Q1 2011. Based on those numbers, the Taylor rule prediction for the federal funds rate target in Q1 2011 is +0.4%. In the previous quarter of Q4 2010, the Taylor rule prediction was +0.1%." Now, Taylor himself, in his blog, confirms that not only should the Fed Funds rate be positive, it should be 1%.
I remember the first time I saw someone us the terms “risk on” and “risk off” as a way to describe the flow of capital into and out of certain baskets of assets that are supposedly “risky” or “safe.” The terms got under my skin back then and they continue to do so until this day. Wall Street and the media just love coming up with trite and untruthful statements as a way to condition investor behavior and ultimately separate you from your money. First of all, the world and the successful deployment of capital is much more complicated over any serious investment horizon than the simplification of everything into “risk on” and “risk off.” This way of thinking is even more dangerous when conventional wisdom allocates to the “risky” category many items that are in reality the true safe havens and to the “safe” category those that are guaranteed to destroy your financial well being... As long as the central planners have some degree of control of the markets, which they still do at the moment, if you are playing the game and managing money in this world of investment horizons of weeks if not days you have no choice but to trade the market you are given. Nevertheless, as I have said countless times before, in the final equation there will be no other asset that will lose investors more money that U.S. government bonds and nothing that will protect wealth more than gold. Moreover, when the central planners do lose control of the markets (and they most certainly will) the fact that they have spent so much time manipulating them as well as pushing investors into the worst types of capital allocation decisions they could make, guarantees the total wreckage of the life’s savings of most of this nation.
Update: Intraday Attempt To Push Stocks Higher Presents Attractive RISK Spread Compression OpportunitySubmitted by Tyler Durden on 05/26/2011 16:48 -0400
The now traditional mid-day attempt to boost stocks by the FRBNY has once again resulted in a substantial divergence between the ES (aka the S&P) and all other risk indicators (10y, curve butterfly, EURUSD, AUDJPY, Crude and Gold), the spread henceforth known as the "RISK spread" (courtesy of Capital Context), meaning that the "buyer" of last resort is throwing what little money it has left purely into ES keeping the stock market, aka the Russell 2000, aka the "Economy" afloat. Those who enjoy closing the spread divergence would be encouraged to take the opposite sides of this pair trade with the expected compression bent by EOD.
Only The Bernank is fool enough to lend money to US at these rates but, then again, he's only lending us our own money so it's not like he himself is taking on any risk at all.
So accident applies to this situation in the same way that it's an "accident" if the number you bet on in Roulette comes up on the wheel - it doesn't USUALLY happen but, if you spin the wheel enough times - it's GOING to happen
We are right on track for the next American revolution but it's a slow train so grab those fish while you can, my friends - you may need them to barter with down the road!
We've been seeing all year that higher input costs are not being passed on to the consumer - that's a margin squeeze! Do you think the people buying the market up to it's 100% levels didn't know this?
John Noyce is back with his bag of charty goodness in his latest "Charts that matter." While the whole presentation is provided for our readers' perusal, the three charts of note are those of the EURUSD (where we observe a potentially bearish Triple Divergence), the DAX, which is an important leading indicator of risk, the USDJPY where following last week's fireworks, things appear to have stabilized somewhat, and naturally the S&P, where an important Fib support held, and with the 55 DMA resistance now turning to support. Of course, none of these charts actually matter - the only thing the world cares about is whether all engines are go for Bernanke to spread his Wealth EffectTM some more.
Speaking of inflation – let’s consider this chart (from Doug Short) and what complete and utter bullshit the CPI is! Very simply, without looking at anything else – it’s housing. Housing is 42% of the CPI and declining housing costs have masked rising inflation for 5 years now.
The media is still banging the nuclear fear drum over and over again to keep people watching but the reality is that the chance of a catastrophe, at this point is very slim...