Traders Market Weekly: Out of the Unknown

March 26 – April 2, 2022

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The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead?


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The markets across the board are reacting out of the unknown. Looking at the interplay of markets, both macro and micro from the Russian invasion of Ukraine we are reminded of the early COVID pandemic days. History and mind altering with far-reaching but unknowable ramifications and bifurcations. Greed appeared to be the winner over fear this week, the stock markets ended the week with gains other than in the small caps. For the week, Nasdaq (+2.0%), Dow (+0.3%), S&P 500 (+1.8%) and Russell 2000 (-0.4%).

U.S. Treasuries sold across the curve with the belly of the curve the hardest hit area. The 10-yr note yield hit 2.50% holding close to that level into the close of the cash session. Securities across the curve all went out near their high yields for the day, including the 2-yr note yield (2.29%) as the bond markets priced in higher rates after reflecting on the Federal Reserve with a measured rise in rates.

The spread between three-month T-bills and two-year Treasury yields rose another 11 bps this week to a 20-year high 173 bps. At the same time the 2-yr to 10-yr Treasury spread narrowed four bps this week to 20 bps, approaching the narrowest level since the pandemic market crisis. This tells us the perception is inflation is not a major longer-term issue. Long-term Treasury yields (10-yr at 2.48%) are priced for the Fed’s tightening cycle to wind down within the next year or so.

The Federal Reserve raised rates by a quarter of a percent at their March meeting, The QE Taper pace as scheduled ended in March. The rate hike was priced in; however, the surprise is seven 7 hikes in the dot plot. The market has priced that in, but expectations are that generally the Fed lags the market. Last meeting the dot plot showed four hikes in 2022. Markets interpreted “ We will need to be nimble in responding to incoming data and the evolving outlook.”  as code for “readily available Fed market liquidity backstop”. Basically markets walk with a monetary policy contradiction: a determined fight against inflation with a generous market liquidity backstop. mmmmmkay

Inflation isn’t drawing a breath, the Bloomberg Commodities Index rose 5.3% this week, boosting y-t-d gains to 30.9%. Crude surged $9.20, or 8.8%, to $113.90, with year-to-date gains rising to 51%. Gasoline and Natural Gas futures rose 7.1% (up 56% y-t-d) and 14.6% (up 49%). Wheat’s 3.6% advance pushed y-t-d gains to 43%. Corn rose 1.7%, Cotton 7.1%, Soybeans 2.5%, Sugar 3.6%, and Rubber 3.0%. Gold gained 1.9%, and Silver rose 2.3%. This is serious inflation.

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 was Europe being wary 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.

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.

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.

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

  • The S&P500 rose 1.8% (down 4.7% y-t-d)
  • Dow increased 0.3% (down 4.1%).
  • Nasdaq100 rose 2.3% (down 9.6%).
  • Small cap Russell 2000 fell 0.4% (down 7.5%).
  • S&P 400 Midcaps gained 0.2% (down 4.6%),
  • Utilities surged 3.5% (up 0.8%).
  • Transports declined 0.7% (down 0.6%).
  • Semiconductors jumped 2.7% (down 10.7%).
  • Biotechs declined 1.1% (down 8.9%).
  • Banks gained 1.1% (down 0.7%),
  • Broker/Dealers increased 0.4% (down 1.3%).
  • With bullion recovering $37, the HUI gold index rallied 3.5% (up 21.6%).
Major US Stock Indices
Cboe Daily Market Statistics

US Markets YTD

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average -4.1% YTD
  • S&P 500 -4.7% YTD
  • Russell 2000 -7.5% YTD
  • Nasdaq Composite -9.4% YTD

Highlights – Europe Stocks

  • U.K.’s FTSE equities index rose 1.1% (up 1.3% y-t-d).
  • France’s CAC40 fell 1.0% (down 8.4% YTD).
  • German DAX equities index declined 0.7% (down 9.9%).
  • Spain’s IBEX 35 equities index lost 1.0% (down 4.4%).
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB index gained 1.4% (down 10.2%).

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: +0.1% (+4.9% for the week)
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng: -2.5% (flat for the week)
  • China’s Shanghai Composite: -1.2% (-1.2% for the week)
  • India’s Sensex: -0.4% (-0.9% for the week)
  • South Korea’s Kospi: unch (+0.9% for the week)

 Highlights – Australian Stocks

  • Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries: Closed higher for a fourth day Friday at 7406.2 (+1.6% for the week), a ten-week high with mining and Energy stocks leading
  • Iron ore +0.1% to $US149.65 per tonne (Tianjin)

The Australian ASX 200 Stock Market Closed Up 13% in 2021 With Lithium Plays Starring

 Highlights – Emerging Markets Stocks 

  • EM equities were mixed.
  • Brazil’s Bovespa index surged 3.3% (up 13.6%),
  • Mexico’s Bolsa index was unchanged (up 4.1%).
  • Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 1.5% (up 17.1%).
  • Russia’s MICEX equities index increased 0.6% in renewed trading (down 34.4%).

Biggest SPX Stock Winners and Losers Last Week

Technical Analysis 

Technical Analysis of key markets via KnovaWave

S&P 500

Daily: SPX500 performed a perfect double bottom this week’s and by week’s end had completed a perfect measured 3 wave move on the 240 Murrey Math highlighted in the podcast. We bounced through the downward channel pulled by the twist ‘helium contusion’ on the completive. Recall the fuel from the top of the 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.

Daily S&P 500 3 waves

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


The S&P closed right on the weekly Kijun after blasting through the downtrend on quad witching. We corrected the reversal of the breakup at Tenkan from there we had had a powerful rally to ATH. Each new high evolved after testing Tenkan key support, we are now getting a retest as resistance, making it support on this move. We reiterate this needs to be recovered for a resumption of the uptrend. We broke the Tenkan this week and watch for Kijun reaction. Extensions are difficult to time, keep it simple.

S&P500 Weekly Outlook

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, 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

Dow Jones

The Dow tested its weekly up channel after bouncing back to test the Tenkan and Kijun we watch for the reaction here. Resistance is the channel, support the cloud and previous breakups.

DJIA Weekly


Nasdaq spat the weekly cloud to the MM 6/8 and Tenkan confluence where it closed witht he cloud top and Kijun above. Immediate 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) and here we are. Watch Chikou for divergence for continuation or failure. Divergence with Russell also a clue. Support Channel and cloud.

NASDAQ Record Highs

Russell 2000

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 tested the 38.2% retracement of the move up from the March 2020 low before bouncing higher.

Unlike SPX we could not get through Tenkan and Kijun which rejected the bounce highlighting its weakness. However, like the NASDAQ we broke above the tenkan. 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. 8/8 Support now and then cloud base

Russell Index Negative Divergence to NASDAQ

Semiconductors SMH

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)

VanEck Vectors Semiconductors ETF

NVidia $NVDA

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.

Nvidia NVDA stock chart

Apple $AAPL

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.

Apple AAPL Stock Chart

Amazon $AMZN

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

Ark ARKK ETF Stock Chart

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:


Monday includes Dave & Buster’s

Tuesday includes Micron, Chewy, Lululemon and RH

Wednesday Includes BioNTech and Paychex

Thursday includes Walgreens and Blackberry

Friday includes

“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):

IPO Wrap

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 inflows of $209 million, while junk bond funds posted negative flows of $2.698 billion (from Lipper).

U.S. Treasuries sold across the curve with the belly of the curve was the hardest hit area. The 10-yr note yield hit 2.50% holding close to that level into the close of the cash session. Securities across the curve all went out near their high yields for the day, including the 2-yr note yield (2.29%) with Bank of America calling for two 50-basis points rate hikes in June and July (and 25 bps at all other meeting this year) and Citigroup calling for 50-basis points rate hikes at each of the next four FOMC meetings. Today’s selling capped off a brutal week for Treasuries, which could not escape inflation and rate-hike concerns. The 2s10s spread stands at 20 bps, whereas the 5s30s spread is a mere 3 bps.

  • 2-yr: +16 bps to 2.29% (up 34 bps for the week)
  • 3-yr: +19 bps to 2.53% (up 38 bps for the week)
  • 5-yr: +20 bps to 2.57% (up 43 bps for the week)
  • 10-yr: +15 bps to 2.49% (up 34 bps for the week)
  • 30-yr: +9 bps to 2.60% (up 18 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 surged 26 bps to a more than three-year high 4.42% (up 125bps y-o-y).
  • Fifteen-year rates jumped 24 bps to 3.63% (up 118bps).
  • Five-year hybrid ARM rates rose 17 bps to 3.36% (up 52bps).
  • Bankrate’s survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-year fixed rates up two bps to 4.52% (up 127bps) – the high since December 2018.

Highlights – Federal Reserve

  • Federal Reserve Credit last week expanded $28.7bn to a record $8.924 TN. Over the past 132 weeks, Fed Credit expanded $5.198 TN, or 139%. Fed Credit inflated $6.113 Trillion, or 217%, over the past 489 weeks.
  • Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt last week rose $15.5bn to $3.450 TN. “Custody holdings” were down $116bn, or 3.3%, y-o-y.
  • Total money market fund assets added $2.0bn to $4.561 TN. Total money funds increased $113bn y-o-y, or 2.5%.
  • Total Commercial Paper jumped $32.7bn to $1.050 TN. CP was down $83bn, or 7.3%, over the past year.

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 jumped 17 bps to 2.80% (up 148bps y-t-d).
  • Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 15 bps to 1.33% (up 86bps).
  • Italian 10-year yields surged 19 bps to 2.08% (up 91bps).
  • Spain’s 10-year yields gained 13 bps to 1.44% (up 88bps).
  • German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.59% (up 76bps).
  • French yields jumped 19 bps to 1.02% (up 82bps).
  • The French to German 10-year bond spread narrowed about two to 47 bps.
  • U.K. 10-year gilt yields surged 20 bps to 1.70% (up 72bps).

Highlights – Asian Bonds

  • Japanese 10-year “JGB” yields added three bps to 0.24% (up 17bps y-t-d).

Part C: Commodities


  • Bloomberg Commodities Index surged 5.3% (up 30.9% y-t-d).
  • Spot Gold rallied 1.9% to $1,958 (up 7.1%).
  • Silver recovered 2.3% to $25.53 (up 9.5%).
  • WTI crude surged $9.20 to $113.90 (up 51%).
  • Gasoline inflated 7.1% (up 56%),
  • Natural Gas spiked 14.6% (up 49%).
  • Copper declined 0.9% (up 5%).
  • Wheat jumped 3.6% (up 43%),
  • Corn gained 1.7% (up 27%).
  • Bitcoin rose $2,611, or 6.2%, this week to $44,396 (down 4%).

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’s dry bulk sea freight index fell on Friday, slipped 23 points to 2,544 points. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell about 2.3% this week to 2,544 points.
  • The capesize index dipped 82 points, or 4.2%, to 1,887, registering a weekly fall of about 28%.
  • Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were down $685 at $15,648.
  • The panamax index gained 34 points, or about 1%, to 3,413 points. The index was up about 19% for the week.
  • Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, increased by $300 to $30,713.
  • The supramax index fell 13 points to 3,020 points but it rose about 3.4% this week

Source: Baltic Exchange’s Capesize index Falls 28% For the Week Pushing Dry Bulk Sea Freight Index Down Further

Baltic Dry Index Weekly

Aluminum (Alcoa)



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.

Weekly Copper Outlook
Copper Supply Crunch


Lumber Futures


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)

Corn Futures Outlook


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).

Soybeans Weekly Outlook


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 Daily KnovaWave


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)

WTI Weekly KnovaWave Shape

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 

Oil Price Recovery

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.

US Natural Gas KnovaWave Daily Grid

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.

US Natural Gas KnovaWave Weekly Grid

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

US Natural Gas 2014 and 2021 cycle Double Top

Key Energy Reports

Precious Metals

  • Spot Gold rallied 1.9% to $1,958 (up 7.1%).
  • Silver recovered 2.3% to $25.53 (up 9.5%).


Gold futures settled $8.00 Friday lower (-0.4%) to $1,954.20/oz, up more than +1% on the week. The yellow metal is consolidating after it 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.

Gold Weekly
Gold in Perspective


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

Silver Weekly Outlook

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 0.6% to 98.79 (up 3.3% y-t-d).


  • Up the Australian dollar 1.4%, the Canadian dollar 1.0%, and the Swiss franc 0.2%.
  • Down the Japanese yen declined 2.4%, the euro 0.6%


  • Up Brazilian real increased 5.9%, the South African rand 2.9%, the Mexican peso 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.6%, the New Zealand dollar 0.9%
  • Down the South Korean won 0.9%, the Singapore dollar 0.1%. Chinese renminbi slipped 0.08% versus the dollar (down 0.16% y-t-d).

 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.

Australian Dollar KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

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.

New Zealand Dollar KnovaWave Weekly Outlook


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.  

Euro KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

British Pound – GBPUSD

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.

British Pound KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

Euro Pound – EURGBP

Back testing Tenkan in a C or 3 after inconclusive X – symbolic of BREXIT? Kijun, 50wma and clouds resistance.

Euro v British Pound KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

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

Japanese Yen v Dollar KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

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.

Mexican Peso KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

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

Turkish Lire KnovaWave Daily Outlook


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.

Bitcoin KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

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.

Bitcoin Mania in Perspective

On the Risk Radar

Fed Warnings on Possible Medium To Long Term Risks

 Geopolitical Tinderbox Radar

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Turkey Risk Monitor

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.

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”

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The Week Ahead – Have a Trading Plan

Watch Central Banker and Geopolitics Watch speeches, reports and rate moves. 


  • EU, an extraordinary meeting of EU interior ministers to discuss the handling of Ukrainian and Moldovan refugees into member states
  • US, president Joe Biden hosts a special summit with ASEAN leaders
  • Monthly meeting of the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body
  • UK, household disposable income and inequality data. Treasury committee is to question chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Office for Budget Responsibility on last week’s Spring Statement. Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey in conversation with Guntram Wolff, director of Bruegel, on ‘macroeconomic and financial stability in changing times’


  • France, Germany, US: consumer confidence data
  • Japan, February unemployment figures
  • UK, February money and consumer credit data
  • US, February house price index report


  • Australia, state memorial service to honour cricketer Shane Warne, who died of a suspected heart attack in early March, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Land Day in the Palestinian territories, commemorating the shooting of six protesters by Israeli security forces in 1976 and symbolising resistance to unresolved claims to property restitution in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • EU, March economic sentiment and business climate indicator data
  • Germany, March consumer price index (CPI) figures
  • Italy, February producer price index (PPI) figures
  • Japan, February retail sales figures
  • Spain, inflation data
  • UK, Bank of England deputy governor Ben Broadbent’s speech about the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, hosted by the NIESR think-tank, plus Office for National Statistics report on impact of increased cost of living on adults across Great Britain
  • US, ADP employment report plus Q4 GDP estimate


  • April Fools’ Day
  • EU-China summit takes place virtually between Brussels and Beijing
  • Iran, Republic Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution
  • Belgium, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg presents the military alliance’s annual report in Brussels
  • Canada, January GDP figures
  • EU, February unemployment rate
  • France, February PPI figures and provisional March CPI data
  • Germany, Italy: March labor market figures
  • Germany, February retail trade figures
  • Italy, preliminary CPI data
  • Japan, February industrial production figures
  • UK, revised Q4 GDP figure, Q4 consumer trends report plus British Retail Consortium’s monthly economic briefing


  • China, EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK: final manufacturing purchasing managers’ index data
  • EU, flash March inflation figure
  • Japan, Q1 Tankan business sentiment survey
  • UK, Nationwide house price survey
  • US, March unemployment statistics


  • Hindu new year
  • Muslim month of Ramadan begins


  • Australia, Daylight Saving Time ends
  • Costa Rica, second round of the general election
  • Hungary, parliamentary elections
  • Serbia, general election

Federal Reserve

Tuesday, March 29

  • NEW YORK – Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams makes opening and closing remarks at New York Fed Web Series on Culture: “Trust in Banks: Where Are We Now?” 0900 EDT/1300 GMT. Location: Webinar. Text and Q&A are not expected. Contact: Brian Manning,
  • NEW YORK – Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks at the Penn Club of New York, 1030 EDT/1430 GMT. Text and audience Q&A expected. No media Q&A. The event will be held virtually and in-person. 30 W. 44th St. To register, contact Daneil Mazone( and indicate if you will attend remotely or in-person at the Penn Club.
  • LOS ANGELES – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic speaks on “Economic Leadership from America’s Founding to the Global Pandemic” at the University of Southern California’s George Washington Leadership Lecture Series, 1830 PDT/2130 EST/0130 GMT March 30. Livestream expected. Audience Q&A expected. No media Q&A. No embargoed text. USC Town and Gown, 665 Childs Way. Contact: Karen Mracek,

Wednesday, March 30

  • RICHMOND, Va. – Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin gives opening remarks virtually to hybrid Investing in Rural America Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 0915 EDT/1315 GMT. Via Livestream. Other details TBA. RSVP online:

Thursday, March 31

  • NEW YORK – Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams gives opening remarks before hybrid “The Future of New York City: Charting an Equitable Recovery for All” event hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 0900 EDT/1300 GMT. Information/online RSVP: NOTE: Limited in-person seating will be available by invitation only.

Friday, April 1

  • OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks at Prairie State College Foundation Economic Forecast Breakfast, 0805 CDT/0905 EDT/1305 GMT. Media scrum, audience Q&A, embargoed text expected. Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive. For more information: Event registration: Contact Crystal Alston-Nobles (

Saturday, April 2

  • PRINCETON, N.J. – Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams makes keynote remarks at Griswold Center Spring Symposium, 1300 EDT/1700 GMT. Princeton University. Text and moderated Q&A expected. Reporters who wish to attend must register by contacting the Griswold Center at gceps Brian Manning,

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