Market Wrap – Bulls Are Back in Town – Feb 9, 2022

Bulls stormed the major US indices again, all closing higher on the day and near session highs. The Dow is up for the third consecutive day, Russell 2000 is up for the fourth consecutive day. After hours UBER TWLO MGM and DIS moved on earnings. This is a high-risk earnings season. Another Bear Market rally or something more after initially soaring on BTFD. We look at the indices, $AAPL, Earnings plays, Gold, Copper, BTC, ETH, Natgas and oil in the podcast. The Bulls Are Back in Town

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Around the table today was packed with the Fed, geopolitics, domestic political influence and distortions, reading sentiment, patterns and order flow. After hours TWLO, MGM, UBER and DIS earnings and chart pattern review. This is a high-risk earnings season. Another Bear Market rally or something more after initially soaring on BTFD. 

We look at the indices, Gold, Copper, BTC, ETH, Natgas, and oil in the podcast. De-risking may threaten progress that has been achieved on since the COVID bailout. It also has the potential to reverse some of the progress made in protecting downside risk if banks close or restrict access to money.

Market Closes


  • March WTI crude oil (CLH22) settled higher by 0.3%, or $0.22, to $89.65/bbl. 
  • Around The Barrel – Crude Oil Draws 4766kbbls as Refinery Utilization Rises 1.5%
  • March RBOB gasoline (RBH22) closed up +2.83 (+1.08%).  
  • March Nymex natural gas (NGH22) on Wednesday closed down by -0.239 (-5.63%) with a 1-1/2 week low.
  • Forecasts for a warmer U.S weather outlook weighed on nat-has prices Wednesday.  Maxar on Wednesday said that the western half of the U.S. will be at or above average from Feb 14-18 and that weather forecasts shifted warmer in the East with above-average temperatures expected from Feb 19-23.  
  • Geopolitical concerns in Ukraine are underpinning European gas prices and sparked short covering in U.S. natgas prices.  Goldman Sachs warned last Monday that Russian gas flows to Europe could be curtailed for “an indefinite period” if sanctions hit Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natgas pipeline to Germany due to escalating tensions over Ukraine.
  • BNEF data showed gas flows to U.S. export terminals Wednesday rose +0.7% w/w at 12.3 bcf just below the Dec 19 record of 13.1 bcf.

Metals and FX

  • The dollar index Mar ’22 (DXH22) Tuesday rose +0.215 (+0.23%).
  • AUD, NZD and CAD higher on a relative basis. GBP, JPY and USD were the weakest.
  • April gold (GCJ22) futures settled $8.70 higher (+0.5%) to $1,836.60/oz, higher for a fourth straight day.
  • March silver (SIH22) closed up +0.141 (+0.61%)
  • Bitcoin Futures +$515 to $44855.0 settle CME


For The Day

  • Dow industrial average up 305.26 points or 0.86% at 35768.05. Dow is up for the third consecutive day. The Dow all-time high close at 36952.65.
  • S&P index rose up 65.64 points or 1.45% at 4587.19. The S&P all-time high close at 4818.62.
  • NASDAQ index rose 295.93 points or 2.08% at 14490.38. The Nasdaq closed 9.8% from its record high close
  • Russell 2000 rose 38.12 points or 1.86% at 2083.49 The Russell 2000 up for the fourth consecutive day
  • CBOE Volatility Index VIX 21.44▼ 1.42 (6.21%) AT CLOSE‎
  • NYSE Adv 2302 Dec 896 Vol 901.90 mln
  • Nasdaq Adv 3128 Dec 1349 Vol 4.6 bln

S&P 500 sector watch:

  • 11 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors closed higher
  • Communication services (+2.5%), real estate (+2.4%), information technology (+2.3%), and materials (+2.1%) sectors gained more than 2.0%.
  • Consumer staples sector (+0.02%) closed fractionally higher.

Ark of the Covenant not as it appears

  • 76.08▲ 3.69 (5.10%)
  • 51.13▲ 2.52 (5.18%)
  • 17.02▲ 0.37 (2.22%)
  • 33.35▲ 1.86 (5.91%)
  • 97.71▲ 4.45 (4.77%)

US Markets YTD

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average -1.6% YTD
  • S&P 500 -3.8% YTD
  • Russell 2000 -7.2% YTD
  • Nasdaq Composite -7.4% YTD

Cboe Daily Market Ratios:

Cboe Daily Market Statistics


  • STOXX Europe 600: 244.17▲ 3.00 (1.24%)
  • Germany’s DAX: +1.5%
  • U.K.’s FTSE 100: +1.0%
  • France’s CAC 40: +1.4%
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB: +2.6%
  • Spain’s IBEX 35: +2.0%


Back from Lunar New Year:

  • Japan’s Nikkei: +1.1%
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng: +2.1%
  • China’s Shanghai Composite: +0.8%
  • India’s Sensex: +1.1%
  • South Korea’s Kospi: +0.8%
  • Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries: +1.1%

Recall Last Month: JP Morgan quant maestro Marko Kolanovic was out with a comment near lows that didn’t go unnoticed.

“Near term we recommend buying the dip on US indices given oversold conditions… though medium term we favor EM/China/Europe on a regional basis on improving activity and easing headwinds, and the UK on valuation.”

Marko Kolanovic Jan 10 2022
  • We stay positive on equities and expect omicron will ultimately prove a positive for risk assets, as this milder but more transmissible variant speeds the transition from pandemic to endemic with a lower human toll,
  • As this wave fades, it will likely mark the end of the pandemic
  • omicron’s lower severity and high transmissibility crowds out more severe variants and leads to broad natural immunity
  • signs of supply constraints potentially passing their worst point

Recall back in October he said to buy the dip because fears of higher yields were overdone adding the market could absorb higher yields. “We don’t expect a broad market selloff unless yields were to rise above 250-300 bps (US 10y), which we don’t foresee in the near term,” From there the S&P 500 rose 11.5%.

Perhaps this time it’s’ different but nevertheless the algorithms liked it that day but from then ……… not so much

US For January

  • S&P and Nasdaq have their worst month since March 2020
  • Nasdaq has its worst January since 2008
  • S&P and Nasdaq have their best 2-day gain since November 2020
  • Tesla fell 11% in January
  • Amazon fell 10%.
  • Dow, -3.32%. The Dow was down -8.77% at the month’s low
  • S&P -5.3%. The S&P was down -11.4% at the month’s low
  • Nasdaq -8.98%. The Nasdaq was down -16.3% at the month’s low
  • Russell 2000, -9.8%. It was down -15.34% at the month’s low


U.S. Treasuries finished mixed on Wednesday, as the 5-yr note and longer tenors recorded modest gains while the 3-yr note underperformed for the second consecutive day.  5-yr note dipping below its starting level while 10s and 30s finished a couple ticks above their opening marks. Strong U.S. 10-year Treasury Bond Auction with High Yield of 1.904% followed yesterday’s Strong U.S. 3-year Treasury Bond Auction with High Yield of 1.592% .

  • 2-yr: UNCH at 1.34%
  • 3-yr: +4 bps to 1.61%
  • 5-yr: -1 bp to 1.80%
  • 10-yr: -3 bps to 1.93%
  • 30-yr: -2 bps to 2.23%

Fed planned $40B QE purchases from January 14 to February 11

The Fed taper is at $40B per month and is supposed to be reduced by another $20B in February. If they continue that schedule, the taper will be down to $0 in March. The taper would be complete, and the Fed can look to tighten.

What a world we live in the Fed is to continue to buy treasuries, whilst debating balance sheet reduction at the same time. Confusing?

Fed officials saying policy is accommodative, inflation is not transitory. We may need to tighten 4 times in 2022, but we will continue to buy bonds and mortgages at a $40B and then $20B clip.

Granted, it is small change vs what it was, and the balance sheet is near $9T so what’s another $60B or so, but if you are looking to stop accommodation, stop the extra accommodation.

As a result, one of the risks into the next meeting is if the Fed just says “we will not be buying any more treasuries after this tranche is complete”.

What You Need Know About Quantitative Tightening QT Bifurcations Explained – TRADERS COMMUNITY

Most of us are familiar with QE but what is QT? When the Fed reduces its balance sheet it is known as quantitative tightening, the flipside of quantitative easing. The US Federal Reserve at its December FOMC put the world on notice that tighter financial conditions are ahead. What does it mean? The possible Bifurcations would make Mandelbrot wince.

Where did it all start?

The Federal Reserve System Chairman Jerome Powell took a decidedly hawkish tone today at last month’s FOMC and the release of Minutes which sent US stock markets sharply lower. That day in the Treasury market the 2-yr yield, which tracks expectations for the fed funds rate, rose seven basis points to 0.83%. The 10-yr yield settled the session four basis points higher at 1.71%, with growing expectations for a run-up to 2.00%.

Key Earnings Reviews

News Highlights


  • CVS Health (CVS 109.01, -1.82): -1.6% despite beating top and bottom-line estimates. CVS reduced the low-end of its cash flow from operations guidance. 
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG 1545.00, +84.65): +5.8% after beating EPS estimates, increasing its long-term location goal to 7,000+ restaurants in North America, and accelerating its unit growth forecast to 8-10%, 
  • Lyft (LYFT 39.70, -1.50): -3.6% after issuing downside Q1 revenue guidance due to the Omicron variant slowing ride-share activity in January. The downbeat guidance has overshadowed its better-than-expected earnings report. 
  • Enphase (ENPH 173.75, +29.25): +20.2% after beating top and bottom-line estimates and guiding Q1 revenue above consensus.
  • II-VI (IIVI 62.20, -2.71): -4.2% after missing revenue estimates and guiding Q3 revenue below consensus.


  • Germany’s December trade surplus EUR6.80 bln (expected surplus of EUR10.40 bln; last surplus of EUR10.80 bln). December Imports 4.7% m/m (expected -1.5%; last 3.4%) and Exports 0.9% m/m (expected -0.2%; last 1.8%). December Current Account surplus EUR23.90 bln (last EUR18.90 bln)
  • Italy’s December Industrial Production -1.0% m/m (expected -0.7%; last 2.1%); 4.4% yr/yr (expected 5.0%; last 6.6%)
  • Bank of France Governor Villeroy de Galhau said that the market’s recent reaction to speculation about an ECB rate hike may have been “too strong.”
  • France’s stats agency expects the country’s inflation to accelerate to 3.4% by the middle of the year.
  • Bundesbank President Nagel said that domestic inflation is expected to be significantly above 4.0% in 2022 and that he will advocate for policy normalization if the situation doesn’t improve by March.
  • The Central Bank of Iceland raised its key rate by 75 bps to 2.75% in response to hot inflation.


  • Japan’s January Machine Tool Orders 61.4% yr/yr (last 40.5%)
  • Australia’s February Westpac Consumer Sentiment -1.3% (last -2.0%)
  • In news:Bank of Japan policymaker Nakamura said that CPI is expected to continue accelerating and that an improvement in the domestic economy is now evident.
  • Japan’s government is expected to increase a gasoline subsidy. Honda’s profit decreased 17% yr/yr in Q3 but the company raised its outlook for the year.

Looking ahead:

  • Wednesday: Weekly MBA Mortgage Index (prior 12.0%) at 7:00 ET; December Wholesale Inventories (prior 1.4%) at 10:00 ET; weekly crude oil inventories (prior -1.05 mln) at 10:30 ET; and $37 bln 10-yr Treasury note auction results at 13:00 ET
  • Thursday: Weekly Initial Claims (prior 238,000), Continuing Claims (prior 1.628 mln), January CPI (prior 0.5%), and Core CPI (prior 0.6%) at 8:30 ET; weekly natural gas inventories (prior -268 bcf) at 10:30 ET; $23 bln 30-yr Treasury bond auction results at 13:00 ET; and January Treasury Budget (prior -$21.30 bln) at 14:00 ET
  • Friday: Preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey (prior 67.2) at 10:00 ET

Earnings we are watching next week:


  • CVS
  • Disney
  • Twilio
  • MGM Resorts
  • Uber


  • Coca Cola
  • Zillow
  • Twitter
  • Phillip Morris
  • PepsiCo


  • Under Armour

Trust you all had a great day, sleep well and get your trading plan sorted.

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