VIX Up & Stocks Up As 3rd Hindenburg Omen Appears

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While stocks clung to overnight ramp gains, tensions were clear under the surface. Managers sought protection as spot VIX trended higher (closing over 16%); JPY crosses were not buying into (or supporting) the equity bounce (off the S&P's 50DMA), credit markets remained unimpressed, Treasuries closed practically unchanged (30Y was worst +2bps), gold and silver were bid, and another Hindenburg was spotted. The previous two "clusters" of Hindenburg Omens produced meaningful corrections in the US equity market (albeit dips that were rapidly bought). While ominous in its wording, the features that cause an Omen are all about market confusion with highs, lows, advancers, decliners, and momentum all signaling opposing (and mixed) views. With this week's FOMC meeting likely to resolve in significant volatility one way or the other, it is perhaps not surprising that the 3rd H.O. has just been spotted.


S&P futures tested perfectly to their 50DMA overnight (making the biggest 4-day high to low drop in 5 months) before bouncing back handsomely...


The omens are clustering...


JPY carry was not buying it...


And VIX was bid - suggesting hedges were in demand...


Gold and silver were well bid after POMO ended...


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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:06 | 4251710 Bosch
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Oh the Hindenburg Omen.  *wanking motion* 

The 47th time must be the charm. 


Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:19 | 4251771 Fuh Querada
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"Vix" is German for wank...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:24 | 4251796 Ruffcut
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They are trying to put bubble gum clamps on a clusterfuck in heat like a wild horse.

Sure  patterns like hindyshit in the wind will appear. 

What is the validity of this fucking space appearance? 20%?


Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:27 | 4251808 Four chan
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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:06 | 4252130 icanhasbailout
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The key problem is this indicator rests on the assumption that prices have meaning.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:18 | 4252162 old naughty
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crying wolf?

me bad.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:38 | 4251843 Bryan
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To wank or not to wank.  That is the question. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:45 | 4251862 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Peak Wanking, Faping and Schlicking!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:18 | 4252161 Catflappo
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Let me just get out my ZH translator.........

.... yes I thought so, .... "third" actually means "fourteenth"...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:08 | 4251713 FranSix
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Hindeberg omen qualifiers in one simple chart:

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:20 | 4251765 ParkAveFlasher
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Thanks, clear as mud.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:26 | 4251804 Groundhog Day
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Here's why it's different this time.

1) ZH reports the Hindenberg

2) old kevin Henry at the fed reads ZH

3)K Henry takes decisive steps to overcome the hindenberg with unlimited funds of the NY Fed


"it's the same day everyday, what if their was no tomorrow"

Groundhog Day

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:09 | 4251715 slotmouth
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I think a sympathy short squeeze sparked by HLF pushed the SP up today.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:12 | 4251727 centerline
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A triple hindy?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 18:36 | 4252047 Being Free
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+1 for channeling Rodney Dangerfield and the "triple Lindy"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:16 | 4251746 NoWayJose
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An interesting side-note on the actual Hindenburg - it did make a number of trans-atlantic flights in 1936, however, it did not burn until its THIRD trans-atlantic flight of 1937... 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:53 | 4251887 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Can you imagine riding across the Atlantic in that thing?  They should build a new one and make all of these bankers ride across the Atlantic to try it out.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:31 | 4252168 michael_engineer
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I wonder what it's effective EROEI was or it's cost per unit of value delivered?  Personally I think where this species got into long term trouble was when we went for the short term gain and left the rails and the sails, both of which are a pretty energy efficient way to travel.  The whole business model of rubber on the road and punching holes in the sky is somewhat inefficient in comparison.  "Who coulda knew???" about taking that track is one of the only valid "Who could have seen it coming" scenarios for me, and the rest of these shamans can't seem to see the obvious things coming.  But even so, the Amish like nailed it on those models and innovations long ago, where none of the rest did.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:17 | 4251759 max2205
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vix screaming AH

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:26 | 4251797 mrdenis
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"Oh, the humanity!"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 21:32 | 4252496 algol_dog
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Yep, never seen that happen before. Go ahead and jump right in there.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:21 | 4251772 Matt1973
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Trade off this and you'll go broke

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:39 | 4252221 object_orient
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I'm way ahead of you.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:20 | 4251776 Fuh Querada
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I prefer the 43 day 10 hour geometric moving average myself, combined with a proprietary oscillator.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:27 | 4251798 Zymurguy
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oh, and don't forget the lube, please.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:33 | 4251826 MichiganMilitiaMan
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Should rename this the Wile E. Coyote Omen.  Catastropy rears its ugly head, and yet the stupid coyote always lives to try another day.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:39 | 4251840 Pareto
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+1 40 of them could show up.  Dont matta.  Because the more they show, the more the market climbs.  the omen, in my opinion, is really no longer relevant in a socially engineered market.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:38 | 4251834 Pareto
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The more Hindenburg sightings the higher this market goes.  So, even if you don't like your Hindenburg Omen, you should probably keep your Hindenburg Omen.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:47 | 4251863 stormsailor
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vix,  isn't that a vapour rub.  i predict a slow, no volume 30 point climb up. just like anytime else in the past 4 years

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:53 | 4251900 Aknownymouse
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Wow. Every single message here is dismissing the Omen. That must indicate something?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 18:03 | 4251923 stormsailor
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could be a lot of us have lost money trying to short anything in this market. no matter the chart pattern, omens, quarterly reports, or anything else. 


there is no reality.


until there is.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:15 | 4252153 Wahooo
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Look Tyler, tell us on Fridays if there was NO hindenburg phenomonen for the week. Then and only then will I sell everything and buy gold. Otherwise I BTFD.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:28 | 4252980 garypaul
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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 19:13 | 4252155 michael_engineer
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My read on these omens is a stock dip is in the works that will be used to justify an extra measure of QE north of 85.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:22 | 4252817 Hindenburg...Oh Man
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Oh….man. Not the Hindenburg.

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