March 5 – March 11, 2022
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War Dance Continues with Food and Energy in Focus
The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead?
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- Part A: Stock markets
- Part B: Bonds
- Fed and Banks
- Part C: Commodities
- Energy – Oil and Gas
- Gold and Silver
- Part D: Foreign Exchange
- Geopolitics and Economics
- Economy Week ahead
Commodity prices continued to soar; oil surged to highs above 2008 levels taking energy stocks with them for the ride as the major US indices ended lower with the NASDAQ leading the way. For the week, the Dow industrial average is down for the fourth week in a row while the NASDAQ and S&P are down for the third week in the last four. Volatility continues to ramp up after the world changed decisively for the worse with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Panic buying overwhelmed global commodities markets. The Bloomberg Commodities Index surged 13.0% to a 2014 high. EU natural gas, Newcastle coal, aluminum, copper, palladium, and wheat hit an all-time high. WTI Crude jumped $24.09, or 26.3%, to $115.58 (up 54% y-t-d). Palladium surged 27.1%, Nickel 18.7%, Iron Ore (DCE) 15.5%, Aluminum 14.6%, Zinc 11.9%, Copper 10.1%, and Tin 6.9%. In the precious metals, Golds rose 4.3%, Silver 5.9%, and Platinum 6.5%. Wheat (May contract) surged 40.6%, increasing y-t-d gains to 57%. Corn jumped 15% (up 27% y-t-d), and Soybeans rose 5.4% (up 26%). The old too much “money” chasing limited supplies affect.
Russia’s Putin clearly underestimated the depth of Ukraine’s resolve, here we are on day ten with what is history changing with the situation deteriorated beyond what analysts and the Russians thought likely. We are in the murkiness of the largest European war since WWII at a critical cycle time with prices and uncertainty already in play. Putin expected a weak Biden to be indecisive at best, what he didn’t count on with Europe being away of the weakness and filling that vacuum and some. Watchers from the region were not surprised however with little Estonia and Latvia on the front foot from the start signaling and taking on Germany to affectively shame them into taking on Russia in the financial markets.
Instant Karma’s gonna get youJohn Lennon
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Ev’ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you’re ev’rywhere
Come and get your share
US February nonfarm payrolls rose by 678,000 (consensus 400,000). The 3-month average for total nonfarm payrolls rose to 582,000 from 572,000. February unemployment rate was 3.8% (consensus 3.9%), versus 4.0% in January. In the face of surging inflation February average hourly earnings were unchanged (consensus 0.5%) versus a downwardly revised 0.6% increase (from 0.7%) in January
Oil prices are another sign of a confused market, Iran sanctions coming off versus the alarms about an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine. The potential of a supply disruption from conflict in Ukraine is massive as Russia produces around 10 million barrels of oil a day. Either way oil is still extremely high hitting pockets around the world.
Inflation, Oh inflation
Food prices are surging, with that expect to see even higher grocery store and energy bills as elevated commodity prices send the fallout from Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis rippling across the world in the coming weeks. With all the redirection of blame at the Fed about inflation one has to understand it is a global phenomenon outside the Fed’s Control. With the war drums louder than ever the supply chain issues are out of control. The Federal Reserve is not in control of global energy and commodities prices.
Chair Powell to David Scott Chairman of our House Agriculture Committee: “Sir, your point is very well taken and I think… it’s shipping, it’s corn, it’s wheat, as you pointed out, it’s fertilizer, and we see that getting into food prices and into the food supply just in these early days after the sanctions have been put in place and the war less than two weeks old now. I really — the Fed doesn’t really have the tools to address this.”Tuesday’s House Financial Services Committee hearing
Another important aspect is the Fed doesn’t Control corporate pricing or wage decisions. Let us be clear geopolitical, climate change developments and what an out of depth, politically motivated administration are outside the Fed’s sphere of influence. There has been over $5.1 Trillion new “money” in 126 weeks, it’s a reasonable conclusion the Fed has lost control of Inflation.
We are now less than a month before the Fed’s next policy meeting. February’s CPI and PPI both rose more than forecast. The question investors have to ask is what he can do to inflation given most of it is supply driven, which he does have the tools for and how quickly can consumers and businesses alike recalibrate from Supply chain issues? Not to through in the energy crisis engulfing the world and the continuing war drums from Biden with Russia and The Ukraine.
Rate markets are sending an exhaustive message to the Fed that it should commence aggressive tightening measures. On the flip side is a sputtering overly extended equities bubbles they must handle with kid’s gloves.
CME FedWatch Tool shows the probability for a rate hike in March.
Monetary inflation is running wild. In 2021 Federal Reserve Credit expanded $1.391 TN or 19% to a record $8.742 TN. The Fed’s balance sheet inflated a mindboggling $5.015 TN, or 135%, in the 120 weeks since QE was restarted in September 2019. Federal Reserve Assets have now inflated 10 times since the mortgage finance Bubble collapse.
We need to grasp all the risks to be wary off and received plenty of flak from it. We always talk here about expect the unexpected and now that is front and center, gage the market’s reaction, the market is always right and that’s why we focused on the crowd psychology aspect over the past few weeks.
We are in an openly hawkish phase since late last year when the New York Fed president John Williams, who is a voting member continued with his hawkish tilt of late. He said we are seeing broader based increases in inflation. Fed Governor Bullard told US Core PCE Is “Quite High” and added that the Fed should take towards a more hawkish policy in the next couple of meetings. Then we had Fed Governor Christopher Waller say the rapid improving job market and deteriorating inflation data have pushed him towards favoring a faster pace of tapering and more rapid removal of accommodation.
“We have a market trying to interpret the Fed who is trying to find out how they can interpret their long-only portfolio at a risk parity where rates cannot rise.”– MoneyNeverSleeps
Our weekly reminder for risk, timely given the V shape surge in commodities just a week. The downside is clear with the absence of moral hazard from repeated Federal Reserve market bailouts in an environment of some would say obscene liquidity pumps. Pure greed is the other part, not wanting to miss out on fees. The obvious question is, how deeply ingrained is this attitude through the markets? How do we ween the markets off this continuous dip feed? At this point the Central Banks have kicked that answer down the road.
PART A – Stock Markets
Highlights – USA
- Dow industrial average fell -179.88 points or -0.53% at 33614.80. The Dow all-time high close at 36952.65. For the week, Dow fell -1.30%
- S&P index fell -34.62 points or -0.79% at 4328.88 The S&P all-time high close at 4818.62. The S&P is closed 10% from its all-time high. For the week, -1.28%
- NASDAQ index fell -224.49 points or -1.66% at 13313.45. Nasdaq closed 18% from it’s all time high. For the week, fell -2.78%
- Russell 2000 fell -31.50 points or -1.55% at 2000.89. For the week, fell -1.90%
- CBOE Volatility Index fell 30.48▼ 0.26 (0.85%)
- NYSE Adv 1350 Dec 1843 Vol 1.1 bln
- Nasdaq Adv 1550 Dec 2793 Vol 5.0 bln
- S&P 400 Midcaps fell 1.7% (down 8.0% y-t-d)
- The obsession of Apple hitting 3 trillion market at $182.86 was achieved (182.94 high)
- Utilities rallied 4.8% (down 2.2% y-t-d)
- Transports rallied 1.2% (down y-t-d)
- Banks sank 7.7% (down 5.1% y-t-d)
- Broker/Dealers fell 6.7% (down 6.8% y-t-d)
- Semiconductors sank 5.6% (down 17.4% y-t-d)
- Biotechs lost 1.7% (down 11.3% y-t-d)
- With bullion spiking $81, the HUI gold index surged 8.6% (up 17.7% y-t-d)
US Markets YTD
- Dow Jones Industrial Average -7.5% YTD
- S&P 500 -9.2% YTD
- Russell 2000 -10.9% YTD
- Nasdaq Composite -14.9% YTD
Highlights – Europe Stocks
- European Bank Stocks (STOXX 600) sank a brutal 16.0% this week, with Italian Banks collapsing 23.5%.
- U.K.’s FTSE equities index sank 6.7% (down 5.4% y-t-d).
- France’s CAC40 sank 10.2% (down 15.3%).
- German DAX equities index fell 10.1% (down 17.6%).
- Spain’s IBEX 35 equities index slumped 9.0% (down 11.4%).
- Italy’s FTSE MIB index sank 12.8% (down 17.9%).
Germany’s benchmark Blue Chip DAX 30 index (Deutscher Aktienindex) expanded to 40 companies on 20 September adding 10 new members to the German stock index from the MDAX which will be reduced from 60 to 50 members.
Highlights – Asia Stocks
- Japan’s Nikkei: -2.2% (-1.9% for the week)
- Hong Kong’s Hang Seng: -2.5% (-3.8% for the week)
- China’s Shanghai Composite: -1.0% (-0.1% for the week)
- India’s Sensex: -1.4% (-2.7% for the week)
- South Korea’s Kospi: -1.2% (+1.4% for the week)
Highlights – Australian Stocks
- Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries: -0.7% (+1.7% for the week)
- Iron ore rose $US8 or 5.5% to $US153 a tonne Friday
- The commodities squeeze has underpinned the ASX with energy, mining and agriculture stocks soaring on the back of rising prices which saw oil top $US120 a barrel this week and grain crops hit record highs.
Highlights – Emerging Markets Stocks
- EM equities mostly lower.
- Brazil’s Bovespa index rose 1.2% (up 9.2%),
- Mexico’s Bolsa gained 1.5% (unchanged).
- Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul National 100 index recovered 2.0% (up 7.2%).
- Russia’s MICEX equities index did not trade (down 34.8%).
Stock valuations, as measured by forward price-to-earnings ratios are near their highest level since the 2000 dot-com boom.
Biggest SPX Stock Winners and Losers Last Week
Technical Analysis of key markets via KnovaWave
Daily: SPX500 bounced to top of channel after completing 3 waves off ATH, accelerated after broke the Tenkan through to the 4600 OI where it reversed with impulse back to Tenkan Bulls this a (ii) of a 5. Bears this is 1-2 of (i) completive V of degree. We watch if this low was a (iii), (a) or C. We have to respect the number of alternatives of degree of 5. With such trends keep it simple support is Tenkan and Kijun and watch for ABC. From no fear to panic is the driving element.
Recall SPX completed 5 waves up where it reversed with impulse with energy fueled from the power impulse down from +1/8 ATH spit of a spit fail. On the way down (just like up) it accelerated after it broke the Tenkan through the rejected Kijun and then through the median after tapping 8/8.
The break up was from above the 200dma. The balance from sharp reversal after the initial 3 wave down from the SPX wave 5 extension as Covid19 fed impulse accelerated under the Tenkan. From there we had seen the ABC or 1-2-3 spinning around the 61.8% of the move. Support began at the October 2019 lows. A manic wave 5 or 3 of some degree was a resolution for the ages. Note the 100% extension from the emotive element and MM levels when the spit kicks in. A manic wave 5 or 3 of some degree was a resolution for the ages. Note the 100% extension from the emotive element and MM levels when the spit kicks in
S&P index rose 23.11 points Friday or 0.52% at 4500.54. S&P index rose 1.51% for the week. The S&P all-time high close at 4818.62. We have reversed the breakup at Tenkan from there we had had a powerful rally to ATH. Each new high evolved after testing Tenkan key support, this needs to be recovered for a resumption of the uptrend. We tested the Tenkan this week and watch for Kijun reaction. Extensions are difficult to time, keep it simple.
Key for the impulse higher was the spit or retest of MM 8/8 and Tenkan San, which held with the previous highs and Tenkan. To repeat “We look for 3 waves down and reactions to keep it simple with the alternatives in the daily.” Keep an eye on the put/call ratio with recognition to the sheer size of contracts AND keep in mind the stimulus distortion. The spit per channel fractal and Adams rule launched back over the cloud where we were encased AND we are back testing it. Watch if a spit or clear break support as Chikou rebalances
A reminder that Apple Inc $AAPL, Microsoft Corp $MSFT, Amazon.com Inc $AMZN, Facebook Inc $FB, and Google-parent Alphabet Inc $GOOGL make up approximately 23% of the total weight of the S&P 500. With that comes gyrations that are an outsized impact on broader markets
The Dow tested its weekly up channel bouncing back to test the Tenkan and Kijun we watch for the reaction here. Resistance is the median, support the channel and previous breakups.
Nasdaq spat the weekly cloud to the MM 6/8 and Kijun Tenkan confluence where it sold off. Resistance is this confluence. Recall ATH was after it broke and held the weekly Tenkan to see a spit of a spit fail which is completive of 5 of some degree with Chikou rebalancing. From there we sold off right to Tenkan (as did SPX). Watch Chikou for divergence for continuation or failure. Divergence with Russell also a clue. Support Channel and cloud.
The small cap Russell RUT had been developing a large flag which it did a false break to fuel the selling from there we replicated to the down (Adam’s theory).
Russell 2000 low-price at 1901.35 got within 12 points of the 38.2% retracement of the move up from the March 2020 low before bouncing higher.
Unlike SPX and NDX we could not get through Tenkan and Kijun which rejected the bounce highlighting its weakness. This is the index showing more of the fast money crowd and is trading like it. Closed right in the middle of the cloud. Needs to get traction in here for bulls. Resistance 8/8 Support cloud base, gap below
Semiconductors SMH clean with reaction from above reverted with the retest & break of the triple top patterning in a pennant. Pull from Chip Shortage players $ON $TSM $NVDA $ASML $AMD $QCOM $AVGO $TXN $INTC $AMAT $LRCX $XLNX saw Semiconductors rise 2.9% (up 40.0% YTD)
In the bull swing following the announcement of NVDA 4/1 split some levels off the energy break NVidia didn’t look back with many gaps below. We saw another power move off the $200 retest (old $800) & earnings off $300 which failed on the retesting. It is a clear leader of #SOX #SMH look for cues there and ABC failures for changes. Held the base channel ahead of earnings this week.
On the way up Apple gently motored up to new ATH over the massive $160 then $170 thru to $180 gamma level on the way down these levels became key energy levels. Support held at the previous break near 50wma to close over Tenkan and Kijun as it rebalanced Chikou. Resistance now Fibs and Murrey Math levels. Remember the impact $AAPL has, at least short term on all the major indices.
Amazon double top that filled the gap in 3 waves then reversed through 50wma then gained impulse. We got a KOD to accelerate through cloud to close the week at a 3/8 spit. Earnings ahead.
The ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), which is filled with growth stocks and was the top-performing U.S. equity fund tracked by Morningstar in 2020, is down over 26% so far this year.
The ARKK ETF trading clinically, tested triangle breakdown and failed off 50 WMA. Trying support at 61.8% of whole move. Clear crowd behavior, we saw ATH in NASDAQ & SPX, yet this couldn’t raise a bid – very telling negative divergence. $ARKK rebalanced Chikou at week’s end
US Stocks Watch
Investors (and algos) will focus on the conference calls and outlooks. Last quarter everyone expected the worse, we saw critical updates on production in coronavirus impacted regions and if there is extended halting of operations weighing on multi-nationals.
Earnings Highlights This Week:
TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
- CIEN Ciena $0.36
- CLAR Clarus $0.31
- EGRX Eagle Pharmaceuticals $0.41
- SQSP Squarespace $-0.03
- VET Vermilion Energy $0.57
- Kohl’s Investor Day at 9 am ET
- ABM ABM Industries $0.82
- BMBL Bumble $-0.02
- DKS Dick’s Sporting Goods $3.47
- Mongo DB $-0.16
- SFX Stitch Fix $-0.31
- WOOF Petco Health & Wellness $0.23
- VTNR Vertex Energy $0.09
- CPB Campbell Soup $0.78
- CRWD CrowdStrike $0.29
- EXPR Express $0.08
- KFY Korn Ferry $1.48
- LCUT Lifetime Brands $0.46
- REVG REV Group $0.09
- THO Thor Industries $2.91
- DOCO DocuSign $0.63
- GCO Genesco $2.53
- JD JD.com $0.14
- LZ LegalZoom.com $-0.09
- MLNK MeridianLink $-0.02
- PSTL Postal Realty Trust $0.23
- RVIN Rivian $-1.79
- ULTA Ulta Beauty $4.57
- eBay Investor Day at 11 am ET
- BKE Buckle $1.29
- GENI Genius Sports $-0.23
- PLXP PLx Pharma $-0.69
- SPNE SeaSpine Holdings $-0.33
- AT&T Analyst & Investor Day at 10 am ET
“U.S. companies are rushing to cash in on soaring stock prices. It isn’t just the white-hot market for initial public offerings. Companies are returning to the public markets to issue shares and raise cash from investors at the same time that existing shareholders are tapping the public market to unload their stockholdings at a record clip. Companies including Zoom Video Communications Inc. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. have sold billions of dollars of shares this year… There have been 556 follow-on offerings, or stock sales by companies or existing shareholders, among U.S. companies this year, the most since 1996, according to Dealogic… They have raised a total of $133 billion. Behind the boom in share issuance? An ascendant stock market.” August 25 – Wall Street Journal (Gunjan Banerji):
US IPO Week Ahead:
Part B: Bond Markets
Inflation with Henry Kaufman
Kaufman is the legendary chief economist and head of bond market research at Salomon Brothers is someone who knows Inflation. Henry Kaufman in an interview with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker Jan 14, 2022:
“I don’t think this Federal Reserve and this leadership has the stamina to act decisively. They’ll act incrementally. In order to turn the market around to a more non-inflationary attitude, you have to shock the market. You can’t raise interest rates bit-by-bit.”
“The longer the Fed takes to tackle a high rate of inflation, the more inflationary psychology is embedded in the private sector — and the more it will have to shock the system.”
“‘It’s dangerous to use the word transitory,’ Kaufman said. ‘The minute you say transitory, it means you’re willing to tolerate some inflation.’ That, he said, undermines the Fed’s role of maintaining economic and financial stability to achieve ‘reasonable non-inflationary growth.’”
Highlights – Treasuries
Investment-grade bond funds saw outflows of $3.328 billion, and junk bond funds posted negative flows of $842 million (from Lipper).
U.S. Treasuries ended a volatile week with strong gains across the curve and the 10-yr note pacing the Friday rally. 10-yr yield back below its 50-day moving average (1.795%) while the 5-yr yield and the 30-yr yield ended just above 50-day moving averages of their own. The 2s10s spread tightened by 17 bps to 23 bps over the course of the week.
- 2-yr: -5 bps to 1.49% (-10 bps for the week)
- 3-yr: -8 bps to 1.60% (-17 bps for the week)
- 5-yr: -11 bps to 1.63% (-26 bps for the week)
- 10-yr: -12 bps to 1.72% (-27 bps for the week)
- 30-yr: -8 bps to 2.15% (-15 bps for the week)
Rates on the 10-year note traded over 1.900% on Friday, for the first time since July 2019. Yields broke out of the small symmetrical triangle highlighted the past weeks, after forming a much larger symmetrical triangle.
All good while markets hold up but take note that the loosest financial conditions in history have supported record corporate debt issuance. While easy credit availability has supported economic activity, funding new investment whilst keeping vulnerable companies afloat. The combination of urban shifts through virus and riots fears has fueled a booming MBS market and record low mortgage rates pushing strong housing markets into Bubble risk territory.
Highlights – Mortgage Market
Unprecedented cash payments by the U.S. government to households, changing consumer preferences and lowest mortgage rates in history have fueled a pandemic boom in housing, the fastest pace of increase on record in data from 1988 and prices surpassing the peak from the last property boom in 2005. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index has marked the fastest pace of increase on record in data from 1988.
- Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropped 13 bps to 3.76% (up 74bps y-o-y).
- Fifteen-year rates fell 13 bps to 3.01% (up 67bps).
- Five-year hybrid ARM rates declined seven bps to 2.91% (up 18bps).
- Bankrate’s survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-year fixed rates down 16 bps to 4.09% (up 89bps).
Highlights – Federal Reserve
- Federal Reserve Credit last week declined $19.2bn to $8.866 TN. Over the past 129 weeks, Fed Credit expanded $5.140 TN, or 138%. Fed Credit inflated $6.056 Trillion, or 215%, over the past 486 weeks.
- Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt last week gained $3.7bn to $3.453 TN. “Custody holdings” were down $91.4bn, or 2.6%, y-o-y.
- Total money market fund assets jumped $52bn to $4.606 TN. Total money funds increased $242bn y-o-y, or 5.6%.
- Total Commercial Paper increased $6.9bn to $1.027 TN. CP was down $72bn, or 6.5%, over the past year.
- Total Commercial Paper dipped $2.7bn to $1.020 TN. CP was down $69.2bn, or 6.4%, over the past year
We do know we have massive speculation pockets, viz a viz the Meme or GameStop, Weed stocks and cryptocurrency spectacles in just the matter of weeks. The Fed is today throwing additional fuel on historic speculative manias.
The Fed QE infinity programme is a yield curve control policy with long government bond yields coming down. Bond supply and continued central bank resistance to more negative policy rates limits the move. Central banks have been cutting rates and adding liquidity to avoid systematic failure.
Highlights – European Bonds
- Greek 10-year yields dropped 21 bps to 2.35% (up 103bps y-t-d).
- Ten-year Portuguese yields fell 26 bps to 0.84% (up 37bps).
- Italian 10-year yields sank 30 bps to 1.54% (up 37bps).
- Spain’s 10-year yields fell 24 bps to 0.97% (up 40bps).
- German bund yields sank 30 bps to negative 0.07% (up 11bps).
- French yields dropped 27 bps to 0.43% (up 24bps).
- The French to German 10-year bond spread widened three to 50 bps.
- U.K. 10-year gilt yields sank 25 bps to 1.21% (up 24bps).
Highlights – Asian Bonds
- Japanese 10-year “JGB” yields declined five bps to 0.16% (up 9bps y-t-d)
Part C: Commodities
- Bloomberg Commodities Index jumped 13.0% (up 28.1% y-t-d).
- Spot Gold rose 4.3% to $1,971 (up 7.7%).
- Silver gained 5.9% to $25.70 (up 10.3%).
- WTI crude jumped $24.09 to $115.68 (up 54%).
- Gasoline surged 29.9% (up 59%),
- Natural Gas rose 12.2% (up 35%).
- Copper jumped 10.1% (up 11%).
- Wheat spiked 40.6% (up 57%),
- Corn jumped 15.0% (up 27%).
- Bitcoin dipped $552, or 1.4%, this week to $38,929 (down 16.0%).
Risk markets continue to respond to a Coronavirus outbreak and failed negotiations between Congress and the White House over an additional economic stimulus package to boost economic demand.
BDI Freight Index
- The Baltic Exchange Dry Index rose 2.1% to 2,148 on Friday, after a 1.5% decrease in the previous session, supported by slight gains in smaller vessels segments. For the week, the Baltic Dry Index rose 3.5%, the second consecutive week of gains.
- The panamax index which tracks cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of coal and grains, was up 86 points to 2,785;
- Supramax index rose 66 points to 2,586.
- The capesize index, which tracks iron ore and coal cargos of 150,000-tonnes, dropped 4 points to 1,635.
Copper rebounded sharply off the 50wma pulled up by the flattening Tenkan and Kijun to close right at the channel break – a key juncture. #HG shrugged off demand concerns from resurgence in Covid-19 supply disruptions. The power spits of +8/8 and +2/8 were rebalanced by the Tenkan breaking the Kijun with 50wma and cloud below. Copper had been a leader in the risk on movement for commodities.
It was an ominous week for the global food supply and its price. Wheat (May contract) surged 40.6%, increasing y-t-d gains to 57%. Corn jumped 15% (up 27% y-t-d), and Soybeans rose 5.4% (up 26%).
March 4 – Bloomberg (Megan Durisin and James Poole): “This week will go down in wheat trading history. Chicago futures for the grain have soared 40% — the most ever — as Russia’s war in Ukraine upends global grain supplies. That puts prices at a 14-year high, and milling wheat in Paris reached an unprecedented 400 euros ($438 per ton). The war is stalling shipments from one of the world’s most vital breadbaskets. Ukraine and Russia together account for a quarter of global trade of the staple, used in everything from bread to couscous and noodles.”
Corn has continued to accelerate higher after breaking cloud, corn jumped 15% this week (up 27% y-t-d)
Soybeans has accelerated after finally found bids after hitting weekly lows well under weekly cloud and well under 50wma to close over the weekly Tenkan, Kijun and 50wma. Impulse saw soybeans rise 5.4% (up 26% YTD).
US Crude Oil (WTI)
Another big week for oil, April WTI crude oil (CLJ22) futures settled at $115.68 per barrel. That’s the highest close since September 2008. The high price$115.94, low price today $107.29. For the week, the price is up over 25%. The power was this move was built after hitting our initial 8/8 target completing a iii of (5) or (iii) of 5 as marked. From there we saw a sharp ABC higher and MM recalculation higher. We are in a completive mode with this impulse, it’s a question of degree on the topside, use the Murrey math 240/60 grid. On the way up potent WTI price action indicative of 3rd wave energy highlighted by spits of the Tenkan to new highs.
Recall prior to this move the completion in 5 waves (iii or i) saw heavy selling with eventual confluence kiss of death with 50dma at the top of the cloud. From there down in 3 waves, completing a C or IV? Support wasn’t found until 0-8. From there we have accelerated higher through the cloud twist. Support Kijun and Tenkan. Closed above 50dma with grid above.
The key is crowd behavior to help tell the story which in energy is often around geopolitics. A great example of why we watch ABC corrections and from here we get the energy from the break being balanced. This move that was powered by 50 dma Tenkan spit of a spit – hence the fractal energies reverberations. Support is previous lows, Murrey Math levels and Fib cluster. Support is the 50dma, kijun, tenkan and prev high confluence.
WTI crude Oil futures continued higher with aggression after corrected the sell off after it’s measured move reversed from 7-year highs and regained them right to the top of the weekly channel with the downside open. Support is the median and Tenkan/Kijun. Long term 61.8% target fueled the spit of a spit by ABC bull flag after rebalanced Chikou sated the 5 waves. Resistance the Murrey Math levels and previous breaks (off monthly)
These are special times, recall “After we regained the pattern 261.8% from the extreme (-$40) move. The climax of the larger acceleration lower after broke the weekly uptrend, a fractal of the sharp and all the way to all time lows to negative pricing we have seen mirror replications.” Support is previous channels, tenkan and Kijun. Above we have Murrey Math time and price
US Natural Gas (Henry Hub)
US April Nymex natural gas (NGJ22) up 29.4 cents on Friday, it rallied during the week and settled at $5.016/MMBtu to close Friday, up 12% from the prior week’s finish. The energy after it completed 3 waves correcting the daily 8/8 spit after a classic euphoria wave 5. Two clear alternatives, we are correcting the highs 5 or that was a 3 and we go higher. The Cloud top after broke Kijun and Tenkan with a kiss of life. Meaning that 3 was either an a i or iv– impulse in a nutshell. The adjunct failure of the 50dma and Tenkan opened up the retest of 3.80-3.60 last time which fueled this week’s move higher. From there we fell sharply to the Kijun, A completion of 4 (bear) or (i) of 5 (bull)
Notice the fractals of the move after completing the C of 4 bullish scenario played out the consolidation phase since it completed its IV ( Bull Case) last year since then a series of 3 waves. For the bulls all this needs to hold for the highs to be a (iii) looking at possibilities we have the 161.8% at 7.026 if we get ‘silly’ 50dma support.
Like the larger wave on the way up it accelerated through previous highs (flat topped triangle energy) and over the resistance at 8/8 and new highs. We successfully tested that break in a pennant ABC. Previous highs (flat topped triangle energy) and 8/8 and new highs underscore the structure that fed the move and is key longer term.
Weekly: The classic double top playing out after a spit of the weekly Kijun was sent back off Tenkan only to reverse all the way to spit the 50wma for the energy needed. Resistance is Kijun and Murrey Grid. The Natural gas rebalanced after continued to fail and retrace with impulse after reaching its major target, the double top potential from 2014 which equated nicely to over 8/8 Weekly and showed true impulse off that to rebalance Chikou. It’s now a question of degree, 3 or 5? Impulse just shy of the 8/8 and Tenkan confluence. A question of continuation with the 50wma as resistance and cloud as support.
Recall the impulse wave powered from the spit of 50wma to get over weekly Kijun and Tenkan. This was energized with a series of fractals between old 38 and 50% channel, as you would expect in a seasonal commodity with weather a prime mover. Resistance is Fib/Murrey confluence, support Tenkan, Kijun – as always count your ABC’s
Key Energy Reports
- Around The Barrel – Crude Oil Outlook with A Desperate United States Turning to Iran with Prices Vertical
- Into The Vortex – Natural Gas Outlook with Threats of Russian Ukraine Conflict Hitting Global Supply
- ExxonMobil Delivers Big Earnings, Continues to Pay Down Debt as Oil and Gas Prices Surge
- The Energy Crisis and Volatility See Natural Gas and VIX the Best Performing Futures in January
- Chevron Earnings Miss on Weaker Production Outweighing Gains from Soaring Oil and Natural Gas Prices
- Natural Gas Squeezes in Largest One Day Percentage Move on Record as Traders Caught Short Molecules
- Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan
- OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report January 2022
- Lower US Producer Price Inflation Dependent on Oil Prices
- Fitch Outlook For North American Oil & Gas is Neutral in 2022
- Spot Gold rose 4.3% to $1,971 (up 7.7%).
- Silver gained 5.9% to $25.70 (up 10.3%).
Gold futures settled $30.70 higher (+1.6%) to $1,966.60/oz as investors flocked to haven assets following Russia’s seizure of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The yellow metal has accelerated after breaking the weekly triangle higher. Gold has bounced after support at it’s uptrend line since the August 2021 bottom and Kijun. It garnered strength after rebalancing after manic rise to +5/8 weekly rebalance of Chikou in 5 waves. To be bullish we need to stay above the triangle. Murrey Math resistance, watch Fibs & Chikou.
Silver, like Gold bounced under the cloud base. Back underr 50wma after spitting Tenkan providing support after reversed. Closing under weekly Kijun which is now resistance. Major support is previous lows
Part D: Forex Markets
John Maynard Keynes, 1920: “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”
- For the week the U.S. Dollar Index increased 2.1% to 98.65 (up 3.1% y-t-d)
- Majors for the week on the upside, Australian dollar increased 2.0%, the Swiss franc 0.9%, and the Japanese yen 0.6%. On the downside, the euro 3.0%, the British pound 1.3%, and the Canadian dollar 0.1%.
- Minors for the week on the upside the New Zealand dollar 1.7%, the Brazilian real 1.7% On the downside, the Swedish krona declined 4.7%, the Mexican peso 2.9%, the South African rand 1.5%, the Norwegian krone 1.4%, the South Korean won 1.0%, the Singapore dollar 0.5%, and the Chinese renminbi slipped 0.03% versus the dollar (up 0.58% y-t-d).
- For 2021, the Turkish lira declined 44.1%, the Argentine peso 18.1%, the Chilean peso 16.5%, the Colombian peso 15.9%, the Thai baht 10.3%, the Peruvian sold 9.6%, the South Koran won 8.6%, the Romanian leu 8.6%, the Hungarian forint 8.5%, the Polish zloty 7.5%, the Bulgarian lev 6.8%, the Philippine peso 5.8%, the Malaysian ringgit 3.5%, the Czech koruna 1.9%, the Indian rupee 1.7%, the Indonesian rupiah 1.4% and the Hong Kong dollar 0.6%.
Australian Dollar – AUDUSD
The Aussie dollar is still correcting since completing a 5 at the pysch 80 level to fall under the weekly cloud in emotive fashion. The Australian dollar fell to test of the August lows of 0.7106 with Omicron fears. Should that double bottom go support ia the Murrey Math Levels. Resistance the Cloud, Tenkan and Kijun like many commodities.
New Zealand Dollar – NZDUSD
The Kiwi mirrored the AUD in its wave (iii) spit and has corrected at the cloud much of the FOMO muster wave and retested the 50% Fib & 4/8 confluence. Kijun and Tenkan Resistance, which is pivotal. Support previous break spits.
Canadian Dollar – USDCAD
The Loonie is holding the Tenkan after a 3 year high in June and corrected that in 3 waves led by the AUD and NZD. #oil price impacting direction. Watch flat Kijun and Tenkan at -1/8. Use Fibs for support and resistance.
Euro – EURUSD
Euro continues to correct in what seems like eternal flags in the channel. We watch if Kijun (pink) testing Tenkan (orange) creates any impulse as #EURUSD consolidates in the cloud. Watch 3 waves to see development for continuation. Watch for impulse off Chikou rebalance. Again governed by EURGBP and Bund volatility.
British Pound – USDGBP
British pound classic retest of daily cloud break with magnet pull of cloud twist after ABC correction – will need Tenkan to break through Kijun for more strength. The upcoming week will be heavy on UK data, which could mean an eventful week for the British pound.
Euro Pound – EURGBP
Back testing Tenkan in a C or 3 after inconclusive X – symbolic of BREXIT? Kijun, 50wma and clouds resistance.
Japanese Yen – USDJPY
USDJPY broke above i after weakness with Treasury yields to rush to +2/8 and channel convergence at 115.00. With that resistance the weekly chart is showing a bearish engulfing bar taking in over a month of price to close right above the Tankan should that go a re-test of 112 is alive The 108.00 level should remain massive support for dollar-yen. Any change will come from the weekly Kijun as it breaks through the old channel. Use your USDJPY Murrey 4/8 8/8 grid for now. EURJPY AUDJPY will determine risk on/off
Mexican Peso USDMXN
The Peso continues in the long triangle and consolidated despite outside uncertainty from oil and COVID19. Use the Gann octave and the extension fibs to help measure the noise.
Turkish Lire USDTRY
The Turkish Lira reversed after falling in 3 waves to explode over the Tenkan with the weekly cloud Kijun and 50wma below to see Turkish lira close the week at a record low 11.29 TRY/USD. The Murrey Math and Fib targets offer targets with the Lire at all time lows resistance in a hyper inflating collapse
Bitcoin performing technically to perfection. Impulse begets impulse. To understand panic, understand greed. $BTC is testing the top of a rising channel after the preceding sharp downturn which was the downside breakout of an earlier bearish flag, after breaking downside a H&S top.
Recall Bitcoin exploded higher following it’s correction impulsively upon completing 5 waves up at +2/8. Each Tenkan and Kijun tap saw an explosive kiss of death until we completed 3 waves to around 28,000. From there we have seen extreme volatility.
Looking back Bitcoin put in a high of $63,000 around Coinbase, the largest US crypto exchange successfully went public which signaled profit-taking. The recent high over $68,000 came after the launch over the Bitcoin ETF, Bitco. From that high we have 2 main alternatives a V of a 1 of a V. For bears it a completive five with impulse right to the 50wma – an incredible 26% fall in a Friday night session. That’s impulse! We watch for an ABC to develop here support is the 50wma and bottom of the weekend cloud.
We have seen what you would expect from a 5 wave impulse peak and ABC correction, a violent correction and completion. Use Murrey Math levels for corrections and targets as algorithms control the herd here, support is the cloud and sharp ABC, 1-2 moves. From there prices agitated towards those ATHs as news of a Bitcoin ETF fueled the rally, sound familiar? But this time it wasn’t signaling we are in a 3 high probability but a 5.
On the Risk Radar
Geopolitical Tinderbox Radar
Economic and Geopolitical Watch
Major banks kicking off earnings this quarter, including BlackRock (BLK), Citigroup (C), First Republic Bank (FRC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
Major US Banks Deliver Stoic Results in Q3, 2021
The major money cents banks released earnings with many record results for Q3. Mainly from trading and loss reserve releases from the pandemic kitty. Rising interest rates also help the bottom line.
- Goldman Sachs Advice on Mergers and Acquisitions Brought in a Record $1.65 billion Last Quarter
- Wells Fargo Earnings Suffer From Less Interest Income on Lower Loans
- JPMorgan Earnings Boosted By Trading and Release of Loan Loss Reserves
- Blackrock Earnings Beat Expectations With Record $ 9.5 Trillion Assets and ETFs Under Management
- PNC Bank Revenue Rises, Expects $900 million in Cost Savings From BBVA
- Citigroup Earnings Rise on Equity Trading and Loss Reserve Release
- Bank of America Earnings Lift With Higher Long Term Interest Rates And Steady Costs
- Morgan Stanley Acquisitions of E-Trade and Eaton Vance Boosted Wealth and Asset Management
Banks stocks have benefited from the Federal Reserve partially lifting its hold on share buybacks, saying that banks can resume repurchases in the first quarter of 2021 as long they don’t exceed the average quarterly profits from their past four quarters. The change came after the Fed found that all major banks passed a second round of stress tests, indicating the firms can continue lending to businesses and households even if the economy dipped into a new recession.
Potentially the top six banks can buy back $11 billion in the first-quarter. Goldman Sachs shares after the announcement led the rally with a 7.7% increase. Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan jumped 6.4% and 4.9% at intraday highs. Within minutes of the announcement all three banks have announced plans to resume buybacks in the new year.
Banks are also benefiting from the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission intending to ease the Volcker Rule, which restricts banks from making large investments into venture capital. The Volcker Rule was enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the new changes could potentially free up billions in bank capital. Bank stocks rose. otal Non-Financial Debt (NFD) expanded $737 billion during Q3 2020 to a record $60.113 trillion.
Through the first three quarters of 2020, NFD surged an unprecedented $5.740 trillion, or 14.1% annualized. NFD was up $6.181 trillion over the past year (11.5%) and $8.817 trillion (16.7%) over two years. For perspective, NFD expanded on average $1.830 trillion annually over the past decade. NFD has ballooned 71% since the end of 2008.
“Negative yields on long-dated government securities are more reflective of distorted market conditions than of stronger sovereign credit profiles, Fitch Ratings says. Lower interest service costs support sovereign creditworthiness, but this must be weighed against the impact of the economic conditions leading to lower yields and historically high government debt levels in a number of countries.- Fitch”
The Week Ahead – Have a Trading Plan
Plenty of data to get the machines going. A big week for geopolitics, outside the Russia Ukraine war. Two significant events relating to the west’s response to the conflict. First, Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, will host the leaders of the V4 countries — Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — in London to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Perhaps most interesting will be the British prime minister’s conversations with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban. The Hungarian government has nurtured a close relationship with the Kremlin over the past decade, but it has also condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and agreed to most European sanctions.
On Thursday Emmanuel Macron, French president, will host a gathering of EU leaders in Versailles for an informal European Council summit. On the agenda is a wave of applications from former Soviet states to be fast-tracked into EU membership, a move framed as a way to show solidarity with Ukraine but one that is unlikely to be fulfilled, not least because it is fraught with complexity.
South Koreans go to the polls on Wednesday to decide a presidential contest that has been tainted by scandal, family drama and insinuations of corruption, criminality and nepotism, and fraud. It is the world’s 10th-largest economy.
- Monday: January Consumer Credit (prior $18.9 bln) at 15:00 ET
- Tuesday: January Trade Balance (prior -$80.70 bln) and January Wholesale Inventories at 8:30 ET; and $48 bln 3-yr Treasury note auction results at 13:00 ET
- Wednesday: Weekly MBA Mortgage Index (prior -0.7%) at 7:00 ET; weekly crude oil inventories (prior -2.597 mln) at 10:30 ET; and $34 bln 10-yr Treasury note reopening results at 13:00 ET
- Thursday: Weekly Initial Claims (prior 215,000), Continuing Claims (prior 1.476 mln), February CPI (prior 0.6%), and February Core CPI (prior 0.6%) at 8:30 ET; weekly natural gas inventories (prior -139 bcf) at 10:30 ET; $20 bln 30-yr Treasury bond reopening results at 13:00 ET; and February Treasury Budget (prior $118.70 bln) at 14:00 ET
- Friday: Preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey (prior 62.8) at 10:00 ET
- Austria, the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency meet in Vienna
- Clean Monday, also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday, is marked in the Eastern Orthodox Church
- France, deadline for candidates to collect enough sponsors to participate in the country’s presidential election
- India, Voting ends in the last of the seven-phase election in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh
- US, trial begins for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in relation to the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
- International Women’s Day
- UK, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban meets his counterpart Boris Johnson for talks in London
- South Korea, presidential election
- Spain, Madrid Fashion Week begins
- France, EU leaders gather for an informal summit in Versailles
- UK, longlist for the Booker Prize for literature is announced, plus Crufts, the largest dog show in the world, opens in Birmingham
- World Bagpipe Day, celebrating the idiosyncratic instrument
- Second anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring Covid-19 a pandemic
- Norway, start of Finnmarkslopet, Europe’s longest and toughest dog-sledge race
- US, the South By Southwest Conferences and Festivals for music and film begin in Austin, Texas
- Turkmenistan, early presidential election after incumbent Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov resigned
- Colombia, parliamentary elections
- Mali, first round of parliamentary and presidential elections
- UK, EE British Academy Film Awards take place at the Royal Albert Hall, London
- US daylight savings starts, clocks go forward one hour
- Vatican City, Pope Francis marks the ninth anniversary of his appointment
Watch Central Banker and Geopolitics Watch speeches, reports and rate move.
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