Traders Market Weekly: Speculative Froth Letting off Steam

August 22 – 28, 2022

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The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead?

Contents

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Editorial

Underneath the surface de-risking/deleveraging was this week back with a vengeance at the “Periphery”. S&P 500 closed down about 1.29% on Friday, ending a streak of four straight weekly gains. All three indexes finishing the week lower. You could argue it gives a reality check for the market. The S&P 500 turned on resistance on Tuesday at the 200-day moving average currently at 4320.86. The index is retesting its 50% midpoint of the range since the 2022 high in January at 4227.75. We saw a pullback in cryptocurrencies with bitcoin below $22,000 and meme stocks lower as speculative froth was taken out of the market. Bed Bath & Beyond reversed hard, and you would say for all the right reasons. ($BBBY 11.03, -7.52, -40.5%). Shares reversed after the exit of billionaire investor Ryan Cohen.

The global backdrop is fraught with extreme risk on the brink of acute instability. Hence in the Big Squeeze over played positive delta gains on the periphery, fringe companies, countries and markets (i.e. U.S. meme stocks and the “frontier” emerging markets). The vulnerable “Periphery” is where you would expect volatility as Squeeze Dynamics dissipate and “Risk Off” reemerges. This dynamic unfolded this week.

Semiconductors were especially weak Friday after Applied Materials’ (AMAT 104.63, -3.64, -3.4%) cautious commentary. The PHLX Semiconductor Index fell 2.8%. Friday was also monthly options expiration. Earnings from big retailers Walmart, Home Depot and Target all came and went. earnings, retail sales, existing home sales top

The WSJ Dollar Index rose 0.4%. The index is on track for its sixth consecutive day of gains and is now less than 1% off its 20-year high set on July 14. Oil fell as the US dollar rose with treasury yields rose. The euro fell 0.3% to $1.0062, putting it back within striking distance of a 1-1 exchange rate with U.S. dollar. The euro dipped below parity in mid-July for the first time in 20 years as the energy crisis gripped the eurozone economy. The US 2-yr note yield rose three basis points to 3.25% and was unchanged for the week. The 10-yr note yield flirted with the 3.00% level rose 14 basis points for the week to 2.99%.

Economically it wasn’t a pretty week…

  • US existing home sales from the National Association of Realtors in July fell 5.9% month-over-month in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million versus a downwardly revised 5.11 million (from 5.12 million) in June. This was the sixth straight month of declines. 
  • The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index booked its fifth consecutive weekly decline as rates slid across most vessel segments, taking it to lows not seen since December 2020 on Friday.
  • German producer prices surged in July over 5% as prices rose significantly for intermediate goods (+19.1%) and capital goods (+8.0%) as well as for durable and non-durable consumer goods (+10.9% and +16.2%, respectively). . The sharp rise in electricity prices have been well documented and contributed to energy prices +14.7% more than doubling.  Bund yields surged 24 bps this week to 1.23%, while 10-year Treasury yields rose 14 bps to 2.98% after the report.
  • The Central Bank of Turkey unexpectedly cut its interest rate by 100bps to 13% at its August 2022 meeting on Thursday with concerted pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanting rates cut to stimulate the economy. Turkey’s currency, the lira collapse accelerated further dropped 1 per cent to 18.14 against the US dollar, the weakest level on an intraday basis since late last year.

Another big week for bankers, jobs and prices.

Eyes next week will be on The Federal Reserve is holding its annual economic policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Chair Jerome Powell is slated to speak Friday morning. Traders are currently pricing in a 54.5% probability of a half-percentage-point increase at the Fed’s September policy meeting and 45.5% odds of a 0.75-percentage-point raise, according to CME Group’s FedWatch Tool.

The Squeeze rally and loosening of financial conditions places more pressure on the Fed. Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George said… George said the pace and ultimate level of future rate hikes remained a matter of debate. ‘To know where that stopping point is … we are going to have to be completely convinced that (inflation) number is coming down,’ she said.”

Central banks are unlikely to be inclined to flag material progress with inflation still massively higher than targets across much of the world.

Earnings wise next week we have; these S&P 500 companies Tuesday: J.M. Smucker, Intuit, Wednesday: Advance Auto Parts, Salesforce, Nvidia and Thursday: Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Ulta Beauty. We’ll also get the latest reading of the personal-consumption expenditures price indx, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, on Friday morning. The last report showed PCE rose 6.8% in June from the year before, the highest rate since January 1982.

De-risking/deleveraging contagion gravitating from the “Periphery” to the “Core”

Benchmark U.S. MBS yields jumped 32 bps to a six-week high 4.36%. The Big Squeeze emerged as the situation in China took a turn for the worse. A Monday Bloomberg headline: “China Shocks with Rate Cut as Data Show ‘Alarming’ Slowdown.” The eerie calm that had enveloped European debt markets has begun to dissolve. Italian yields surged 43 bps this week to a one-month high 3.50%. Greek yields jumped 46 bps to 3.69%. Yields were up 29 bps in both Spain and Portugal. European high yield (“crossover”) CDS surged 62 to 525 bps, the largest gain since the tumultuous week of June 17th.

EM CDS surged 42 for the week to 322 bps, the largest weekly increase since war erupted in Ukraine back in March. Sovereign CDS prices jumped 117 bps in Turkey, 44 bps in South Africa, 33 bps in Colombia, and 20 bps in Brazil. “Frontier” markets were pummeled, with CDS up 555 bps in Pakistan, 136 bps in Ghana, 94 bps in Angola, and 79 bps in Tunisia. EM currencies were under heavy pressure. The Chilean peso dropped 7.3%, the Colombian peso 5.0%, the South African rand 4.9%, the Hungarian forint 4.9%, the Polish zloty 4.0%, and the Czech koruna 3.4%.

Now as you know we do not wait for 20% moves to define anything and we would suggest any professional trader what observe such a rule. However, we know the TV, Fintwit flagellators and many punters and dribblers do. What does that mean? The herd got this wrong as shown by the collapse in margin debt and the massive cash on the sidelines. Even more so know your levels and watch volatility measures and crowd behavior. It’s been a wonderful rally, stay focused and as Flavor Flav says don’t believe the hype.

The Peak Inflation Narrative Feeding the Machines…

The markets got all fired up because it saw signs of disinflation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index (PPI), and Import-Export Price Index reports for July. These supported the peak inflation narrative and as oil prices showed this was inevitable. Again, and we repeat ad nauseum, it was the market as a whole reacts not an ego verifying view thinks.

Support continues from delta covering in the mega caps like Apple. All 11 S&P 500 sectors closed higher for the week. Gains of 1.2% for consumer staples and 7.1% for energy. The Russell 3000 Value Index increased 3.9% versus a 3.0% gain for the Russell 3000 Growth Index.

Caution is warranted on the peak inflation narrative.

Independence – Never Take It for Granted Traders

“In aggregate, the market goes from order to disorder, and on that journey little pockets of order can form, including in commodities, bonds, stocks, currencies that circle back and reorder disorder. Then there is us the market player that reflects through order and disorder in an ever-evolving loop towards independence. It all starts with gravity and ends with equilibrium and back we go.” KnovaWave “The rules of market flux”

The Fed has kicked off its first real tightening campaign since 1994, with securities markets already at the brink of illiquidity and dislocation. Markets could soon be screaming for assurances of the Fed’s “buyer of last resort” liquidity backstop, while the Fed is prepared to begin withdrawing liquidity by selling Treasuries and MBS.

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.

Volatility

The VOLX`s underlying instrument is the Mini VIX™ Future. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is an up-to-the-minute market estimate of expected volatility. The VIX is calculated using a formula to derive expected volatility by averaging the weighted prices of out-of-the-money puts and calls (options) on the S&P 500.

When the VIX is highly reactive, VIX related products can serve as potentially effective hedging tools, when the VIX is not very reactive, traditional hedging techniques may be a better choice.

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. 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

Weekly Highlights – USA

Indices

  • S&P500 declined 1.2% (down 11.3% y-t-d)
  • Dow slipped 0.2% (down 7.2%).
  • S&P 400 Midcaps slumped 1.4% (down 9.3%),
  • Small cap Russell 2000 dropped 2.9% (down 12.8%).
  • Nasdaq100 stumbled 2.4% (down 18.9%).
Major US Stock Indices

Sectors

  • Utilities added 1.1% (up 7.4%).
  • Banks dropped 2.4% (down 15.2%),
  • Broker/Dealers fell 2.3% (down 15.2%).
  • Transports lost 2.5% (down 10.4%).
  • Semiconductors dropped 3.7% (down 25.2%)
  • Biotechs fell 3.2% (down 11.4%).
  • With bullion down $55, the HUI gold equities index sank 6.7% (down 22.8%).
11 Sector SPDRs as well as the 500 component stocks last week.

Biggest SPX Stock Winners and Losers Last Week

Major US Indices

Cboe Daily Market Statistics

Cboe Daily Market Statistics

US Markets YTD

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: -7.4% YTD
  • S&P 400: -9.2% YTD
  • S&P 500: -11.3% YTD
  • Russell 2000: -12.8% YTD
  • Nasdaq Composite: -18.6% YTD

Global Stock Market Highlights

Highlights – Europe Stocks

  • U.K.’s FTSE equities index added 0.7% (up 2.2% y-t-d).
  • France’s CAC40 declined 0.9% (down 9.2%).
  • German DAX equities index dropped 1.8% (down 14.7%).
  • Spain’s IBEX 35 equities index slipped 0.7% (down 4.3%).
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB index fell 1.9% (down 17.3%).

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 Equities Index gained 1.3% (up 0.5% y-t-d).
  • South Korea’s Kospi index fell 1.4% (down 16.3%).
  • India’s Sensex equities index added 0.3% (up 2.4%).
  • China’s Shanghai Exchange Index declined 0.6% (down 10.5%).

 Highlights – Australian Stocks

  • The S&P/ASX 200 index 7114.50 up 1.17% for the week, its fifth consecutive weekly advance.
  • Longest winning streak since June last year
  • Friday a strong performance from the energy sector lifted the market, climbing 4 per cent in its best day in two months. Santos up 6.4%; Whitehaven Coal up 6.2% to a record high
  • The Australian share market broke a three-month losing streak with a 5.7% rise in July. The ASX 200 closed July on a seven-week high at 6945.2.
  • Australian ASX 200 Snaps Three Month Losing Streak in July with Aussie at Six Week High

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

 Highlights – Emerging Markets Stocks 

EM equities lower

  • Brazil’s Bovespa index declined 0.7% (up 6.4%)
  • Mexico’s Bolsa index slipped 0.8% (down 9.0%).
  • Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul National 100 index jumped 5.4% (up 62.6%).
  • Russia’s MICEX equities index gained 2.2% (down 42.0%).

Technical Analysis

S&P 500

Daily: SPX500 performed a perfect competitive wave last week at record fear and bear extremes. From there we rallied through the daily tanken to close at the Kijun 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

Weekly:

The S&P 500 notched its fourth straight weekly advance. The S&P 500 closed over 4,231, the 50% retracement of losses from the Jan. 3 & June 16 close. Since 1950 there has never been a bear market rally that exceeded the 50% retracement & then gone on to make new cycle lows. We have accelerated up since holding the 38% correction and spitting the previous low. Power came from breaking the channel and Tankan, as one would expect in a 3 or C, i.e impulse right to the weekly cloud.

The flat weekly Kijun acted as a magnet as the Spoos blasted back up through the wave iii or C lows. Each new high evolved after testing Tenkan key support on the way and we are now getting a retest as resistance. We reiterate this needs to be recovered for a resumption of the uptrend meanwhile the bear market plays out. Watch Tenkan this week and watch for Kijun reaction. Extensions are difficult to time, keep it simple.

S&P500 Weekly Outlook

THE KEY: 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

NASDAQ 100

Since the Nasdaq spat the weekly MM 5/8 and retested it, we have seen impulse from the median, Tenkan confluence spit to close at recent highs after breaking the Kijun and downward channel resistance. The Nasdaq is well behind the S&P pace with the weekly cloud and 50wma well above. Support the Kijun and between the 38/50 Fibs.

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. Watch Chikou for divergence for continuation or failure. Divergence with Russell also a clue.

NASDAQ Record Highs

Dow Jones

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

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.

After some delay we broke through Tenkan and Kijun which had 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. 8/8 support collapsed on the way down and is now major resistance.

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

VanEck Vectors Semiconductors ETF

NVidia $NVDA

NVidia heads into another earnings week, last quarter signaled the low at 5/8 and the breakup retest from May 2021. NVidia is a clear leader of #SOX #SMH look for cues there and ABC failures for changes. Above is the Key Break (mauve) and Tenkan to a flat cloud. Support the recent low.

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 all the way to $132. Support held at the May break (just like NVDA) where from there it spat the cloud pulled by a flat Tenkan and Kijun as it rebalanced Chikou. It closed right at the old channel break and MM 8/8 which is now key. Remember the impact $AAPL has, at least short term on all the major indices.

Apple AAPL Stock Chart

ARKK ETF

The ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) finally found some support at -1/8 and the 423.6% extension! The fund is filled with growth stocks and was the top-performing U.S. equity fund tracked by Morningstar in 2020, it has not been a pretty slide.

The ARKK ETF trading clinically, tested triangle breakdown and failed off 50 WMA. Some work at support at 61.8% of whole move and then wrecked again. 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

Tesla $TSLA


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

  • Zoom Video Communications (ZM) Palo Atlo Networks (PANW) Dlocal Limited (DLO) Nordson Corporation (NDSN) FinVolution Group (FINV)

Tuesday includes

  • Intuit (INU), Medtronic (MDT), JD.com (JD), J.M. Smucker (SJM), and Urban Outfitters (URBN).

Wednesday includes

  • Nvidia (NVDA), Salesforce.com (CRM), Royal Bank of Canada (RY), Snowflake (SNOW), and Autodesk (ADSK)

Thursday includes

  • Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Dollar General (DG), Marvell Technology (MRVL), Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON), Dollar Tree (DLTR), and Workday (WDAY).

Friday includes

  • JinkoSolar Holding Co. (JKS).

IPO Wrap

US IPO Week Ahead:


Part B: Bond Markets

Inflation Matters

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.’”

The rubber is meeting the road as the trifecta of rising interest rates, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and surging costs continues to weigh, this has been no surprise to us here and shouldn’t have been to the market and PTB. You can only play with fire for so long before you get scorched!

Energy prices rose 34.6%, the most since September of 2005 and food costs surged 10.1%, the first increase of 10 percent or more since the period ending March 1981.

Food prices have been almost vertical for the past year, though we have seen a respite in the past few months. World food prices as measured by the FAO Food Price Index dropped 0.6% on the month to 157.4 in May 2022. It was the second month of declines, though still sitting just under the record high 159.7 from March. Price falls were seen in the vegetable oil index (-3.5%), dairy price index (-3.5%) and the sugar price index (-1.1%). Price rises were seen in the cereal price index (+2.2%) and meat prices (+0.5%).

The market seems to go through phases of trading on the premise that the US is at or close to, peak inflation. The shock will come if better inflation news in coming months is not coming. The PCE price index is closely watched since it is the preferred inflation measure of the Federal Reserve, which has begun raising interest rates last month for the first time since the pandemic began to tamp down rising prices.

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.

Everything points to powerful inflationary dynamics and a Federal Reserve so far “behind the curve.”

Highlights – Treasuries

“This is shaping up to be the most volatile year for Treasuries in over a decade, as uncertainty about the impact of aggressive Federal Reserve tightening whipsaws yields. The yield on 10-year US notes has traded in a range of at least 10 bps in 50 of 95 trading days so far in 2022. That puts it on track for an annual rate of more than 130 episodes, which would be the highest since 2009.”

May 18 – Bloomberg (Garfield Reynolds)

Investment-grade bond funds posted inflows of $3.485 billion, and junk bond funds reported positive flows of $1.464 billion (from Lipper).

U.S. Treasuries ended the week on a lower note, lifting yields on the 5-yr note and longer tenors to their highest levels in at least four weeks. The 2-yr note outperformed, its yield unchanged for the week. The relative weakness in longer tenors increased the 2s10s spread by 14 bps, though the spread remains inverted at -26 bps. The U.S. Dollar Index climbed 0.6% to 108.17, gaining 2.4% for the week.

Treasuries selling followed the overnight release of more hot inflationary figures, as Japan’s National Core CPI rose 2.4% yr/yr, representing the sharpest increase since 2014, while Germany’s PPI accelerated to 37.2% yr/yr in July, rising to a fresh peak for the year.

Yield Watch

  • 2-yr: +3 bps to 3.25% (UNCH for the week)
  • 3-yr: +5 bps to 3.30% (+11 bps for the week)
  • 5-yr: +9 bps to 3.12% (+14 bps for the week)
  • 10-yr: +11 bps to 2.99% (+14 bps for the week)
  • 30-yr: +9 bps to 3.23% (+11 bps for the week)

All good until 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 fueled a booming MBS market and record low mortgage rates pushed strong housing markets into Bubble risk territory.

Key Rates and Spreads

Rates

  • 10-year Treasury bonds 2.98%, up +0.14 w/w (1-yr range: 1.08-3.48)
  • Credit spread 2.14%, down -0.18 w/w (1-yr range: 1.65-4.31)
  • BAA corporate bond index 5.12%, down -0.04 w/w (1-yr range: 3.13-5.48)
  • 30-Year conventional mortgage rate 5.48%, up +0.15% w/w (1-yr range 2.75-6.28)
Mortgage News Daily August 19, 2022

Yield Curve

  • 10-year minus 2-year: -0.26%, up +0.15 w/w (1-yr range -0.42 – 1.59)
  • 10-year minus 3-month: +0.29%, up +0.01% w/w (1-yr range 0.04 – 2.04)
  • 2-year minus Fed funds: +0.91%, down -0.01% w/w

Instability is pronounced, credit defaults are on track to rise in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, according to a survey by the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers. The economic slump is likely to occur later this year or in 2023, according to the survey.

Highlights – Mortgage Market

  • Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates fell nine bps to 5.13% (up 227bps y-o-y).
  • Fifteen-year rates dipped four bps to 4.55% (up 239bps).
  • Five-year hybrid ARM rates declined four bps to 4.39% (up 196bps).
  • Bankrate’s survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-year fixed rates jumped 14 bps to 5.67% (up 264bps).

Highlights – Federal Reserve

  • Federal Reserve Credit last week declined $4.4bn to $8.837 TN. Fed Credit is down $63.8bn from the June 22nd peak.
  • Over the past 153 weeks, Fed Credit expanded $5.110 TN, or 137%. Fed Credit inflated $6.026 Trillion, or 214%, over the past 510 weeks.
  • Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt last week increased $3.3bn to a six-week high $3.381 TN. “Custody holdings” were down $121bn, or 3.5%, y-o-y.
  • Total money market fund assets declined $8.0bn to $4.568 TN. Total money funds were up $58bn, or 1.3%, y-o-y.
  • Total Commercial Paper rose $13.1bn to $1.190 TN. CP was up $51.7bn, or 4.5%, over the past year.

Highlights – European Bonds

  • Greek 10-year yields jumped 18 bps to 3.22% (up 191bps).
  • Spain’s 10-year yields gained six bps to 2.10% (up 153bps).
  • German bund yields increased three bps to 0.99% (up 116bps).
  • French yields rose five bps to 1.55% (up 135bps).
  • The French to German 10-year bond spread widened two to 56 bps.
  • U.K. 10-year gilt yields rose six bps to 2.11% (up 114bps).

Highlights – Asian Bonds

  • Japanese 10-year “JGB” yields added a basis point to 0.20% (up 13bps y-t-d).

Federal Reserve Gives All Banks a Pass in Annual Bank Stress Test

The Federal Reserve released its annual bank stress test after the market close Thursday. All 34 large banks tested remained well above their risk-based minimum capital requirements, and the Fed announced no restrictions relating to dividends and buybacks. With the dismal state of the economy through soaring inflation and record low consumer sentiment these tests were keenly watched. Banks suffered slightly more hypothetical losses in the 2022 severe test than last year, posting $612 billion in projected losses as capital ratios fell to 9.7%. Read More Here.


Part C: Commodities

Highlights

  • The Bloomberg Commodities Index declined 0.7% (up 23.3% y-t-d).
  • Spot Gold dropped 3.1% to $1,747 (down 4.5%).
  • Silver sank 8.5% to $19.05 (down 18.3%).
  • WTI crude declined $1.32 to $90.77 (up 21%).
  • Gasoline dipped 0.9% (up 35%)
  • Natural Gas jumped 6.5% to $9.34 (up 150%).
  • Copper was little changed (down 18%).
  • Wheat dropped 6.3% (unchanged),
  • Corn fell 3.0% (up 5%).
  • Bitcoin sank $2,880, or 11.9%, this week to $21,280 (down 54%).
Weekend July 29, 2022

Risk markets continue to respond to the war in Ukraine and the supply crisis from the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns.

BDI Freight Index

  • The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index on Friday fell 3.1% to 1,279 points on Friday, the lowest since December of 2020 and extending losses for the second straight session.
  • The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels lost 13.4%, its fifth consecutive decline, pressured by weak demand across the larger vessel segments.
  • The capesize index, which tracks iron ore and coal cargos of 150,000 tonnes, slumped by 12.8% to 756 points,
  • Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were down $1,790 at $7,188
  • The panamax index, which tracks about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of coal and grains cargoes, as down for the 19th straight session, falling 3.5% to 1,688 points.
  • Average earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, decreased $504 to $15,738.
  • The supramax index gained 37 points to 1,735 points, rising for the sixth consecutive session.
Baltic Dry Index Weekly

Aluminum (Alcoa)

We analyze Alcoa as a surrogate to Aluminum given its high beta relationship and more liquid aspect as an investment vehicle.

We have seen $AA retest the previous high after the +3 Spit as the Chikou rebalanced. We have the Gap below at +1/8 confluence. We move to 240 for this pennant resolution.

Alcoa

Copper

Copper rebounded sharply off the 50wma but again has failed on the cloud spit and channel break. The flattening Weekly Tenkan and Kijun acted as a magnet to close right there. #HG power spits have quickly rebalanced back into the wide channel. Copper had been a leader in the risk on movement for commodities.

Weekly Copper Outlook
Copper Supply Crunch

Lumber

Lumber prices were a leading indicator of the supply-chain problems and inflation that followed pandemic lockdowns.

Lumber futures for July delivery ended Friday at $695.10 per thousand board feet, down 52% from a high in early March. On-the-spot wood prices have plunged, too. Pricing service Random Lengths said Friday that its framing composite index, which tracks cash sales, fell about 12% last week to end at $794. That is down from $1,334 in March, just before the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since 2018.

Lumber Futures

Grains

USDA June 30 Acreage Report

USDA released one of the most influential reports for commodities Thursday morning, the June 30 Acreage report. The most significant point was corn again the largest crop produced in America in 2022. USDA raised 2022 acreage expectations for corn by 431,000 acres from the March 31. Markets pared some of their earlier morning’s losses on the news. The announcement reversed USDA’s March 31 Prospective Plantings report which had projected higher soybean acreage relative to corn for only the third time in U.S. history.

USDA June 30 Acreage Report Shows Corn the Largest Crop Produced in America in 2022 – TRADERS COMMUNITY

Wheat

KnovaWave analyze US Wheat futures given its high beta relationship and more liquid aspect as an investment vehicle.

Wheat held after it threatened its weekly cloud and 0/8 which held. Last fortnight it spat the 50wma. In a chopper week it closed at the 61.8%. The contract stabilized after it continued its sharp impulsive collapse fueled from when it retested and broke the Tenkan (orange). This came about after a failure at retesting the 8/8 move and high after it spat 8/8, and the minimum target. It had completed a measured 4/8 correction off highs then broke key support at 38% then 50% and 50wma confluence in the freefall. From here Wheat support at that $700 cloud confluence with the breakup level at 61.8% resistance, then Kijun and Tenkan.

Wheat ETF WEAT

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Corn

Corn recovered from its freefall rejected at the 4/8 and bottom of the weekly cloud. The Corn rally had topped out at the highest since 2012 in Chicago at +1/8 and corrected with impulse back to break the Tenkan which it swiftly did a spit of a spit after bouncing off 720, which also the price successfully retested the high from April 2021. From here we saw Tenkan fail again, and empowered selling smashed through previous high, Kijun and 7/8 confluence. The 50wma gave no support with the cloud and 6/8 slowing the selling down. All these levels are now resistance.

Corn Futures Outlook

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Soybeans

Soybeans held the top of the cloud for a triple bottom sending it sharply higher to the breakdown and to close right off under the 50 wma but still up big on the week. Support at the Cloud just over the 6/8 and the January breakup. On the way down soybeans rejected the Kijun and channel retest to spit back the 50wma. The weekly cloud and Murray mingle around the $14.6/bushel benchmark are massive.

Recall beans broke down from the bull pennant framed by +4/8 and +1/8 with the Kijun unable to sustain support right at the breakout. Support at the 50wma gave way to under the futures pivot at $15/bushel benchmarks and at the close of the week was a magnet to the recovery bounce. Pressure came from futures spitting the Weekly +4/8 over $17.50/bushel three times. The market needs to rebalance that energy.

Soybeans Weekly Outlook

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Energy

US Crude Oil (WTI)

Daily:

Another big week for oil, but this time to the downside. On Friday WTI fell more than $7.00 past its 50-day moving average (109.36) to its lowest level in nearly four weeks. The price has been corrective after hitting our initial 8/8 target retest completing either a iii of (5) or (v) of 5 as marked. From there we saw a grinding ABC or 1 of 3 higher and MM recalculation higher to almost +2/8 and 161.8% Fib retest. 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

WTI Daily KnovaWave

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.

Weekly:

WTI crude Oil futures continued higher after corrected the sell off to the Kijun. That was 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. Risk support is the grid. Long term 61.8% target fueled the spit of a spit by ABC bull flag after rebalanced Chikou sated the 5 waves. Support previous high and Weekly Tenkan & Kijun which closed turning up under the 100% to give next impulse clue after holding above 50wma after regaining energy above Tenkan and Kijun. 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)

Daily:

US Natural Gas has continued higher after it completed 3 waves correcting the daily 8/8 spit correction to -2/8. Two clear alternatives, we are correcting the highs 5 or that was a 3 and we go higher. We closed over the 2 most recent highs and +1/8 right. Support is Tenkan, Kijun below.

The Cloud top broke Kijun and Tenkan with a kiss of life. Meaning that 3 was either an a i or iv– impulse in a nutshell. Prior to this move 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) which gave this move sustenance

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

Notably no sharp reversal, like the previous impulsive spikes. We saw a clean break of the Kijun to close back over near highs. This move was fueled by a fractal of 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 Previous highs 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

Key Energy Reports

Precious Metals

  • Spot Gold dropped 3.1% to $1,747 (down 4.5%).
  • Silver sank 8.5% to $19.05 (down 18.3%).

Gold

Gold futures back testing the median after another rejection at the Tenkan (orange). Needs gets impulse off this ABC off this cloud or double top gains more weight and it follows silver weakness 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

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.”

Highlights

  • For the week, the U.S. Dollar Index jumped 2.4% to 108.17 (up 13.1% y-t-d).
  • For the week on the upside, no major or minor currencies rose
  • On the downside, the South African rand declined 4.9%, the New Zealand dollar 4.0%, the Swedish krona 3.7%, the Australian dollar 3.5%, the Japanese yen 2.6%, the British pound 2.6%, the Norwegian krone 2.5%, the euro 2.2%, the Brazilian real 1.9%, the Swiss franc 1.8%, the South Korean won 1.8%, the Canadian dollar 1.6%, the Mexican peso 1.6%, and the Singapore dollar 1.5%. The Chinese (onshore) renminbi declined 1.10% versus the dollar (down 6.77% y-t-d).
Weekend July 29, 2022

Australian Dollar – AUDUSD

For the week AUDUSD closed up 3.0%

The Aussie dollar closed at a eight-week high, trading over US71¢. The Reserve Bank of Australia is announcd a 50-bps rate hike and the Australian share market broke a three-month losing streak with a 5.7% rise in July and has maintained the pace up. Markets are climbing a wall of worry with the worlds’ central banks raising rates as they fight to tighten against rising inflation.

To reflect potential upside, we look at the way down AUDUSD with cloud, Kijun and channel confluence over $0.7250 it reversed lower to 4/8 just over .66. This week we closed under the Kijun after smashing the Tenkan around the channel midpoint. Since completing a 5 at the psychological 80 level it had fallen & corrected under the weekly cloud in emotive fashion

China lockdown fears overhang and AUDUSD forwards support with bonds and RBA raising. Support is the Murrey Math Levels. Resistance the Cloud and Kijun like many commodities. It was the strongest major currency against the USD in July after the Yen correction and has continued in that fashion.

Australian Dollar KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

New Zealand Dollar – NZDUSD

For the week NZDUSD closed up 3.6%

The Kiwi outran the Aussie this week after it mirrored the AUD spitting the lower channel wing to recover through Tenkan after momentum failed and reversed from there. Kijun resistance, which is pivotal. Support previous break spits and channel. We closed back over the old 61.8% break. The big event is Wednesday’s RBNZ Policy Announcement which is an expected increase in rates for a 7th consecutive meeting with OIS pricing in over an 80% probability for the current pace of 50bp rate hikes.

Canadian Dollar – USDCAD

For the week USDCAD closed down 1.2%

The Loonie has continued to benefit from the USD’s broad correction as an improving fundamental background for the CAD of strong growth, hawkish central bank, favorable terms of trade. Since the USDCAD reversed its surge over 1.32 to trade to the lows under 1.27.  

The high of 1.3223 on July 15 was the highest level since November 2020. It has recaptured the Tenkan led by the AUD and NZD as it spat the weekly flat-topped triangle. Watch flat Kijun and Tenkan. Use Fibs for support and resistance.

Eyes are on Canadian CPI which, despite the expectation of an acceleration to 8.4%, the recent decline in energy prices should help alleviate some of the broader pricing pressures as we saw in the US CPI and PPI releases. The BoC have been quiet since their 100bp hike in July after it was accompanied with the removal of language about acting in a “forceful” manner, but it did signal rate hikes are to continue with the path being decided by its ongoing assessment of the economy and inflation.

New Zealand Dollar KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

Euro – EURUSD

For the week EURUSD closed up 0.8%

The Euro bounced off 1/8 and parity after the sharp selloff fueled reversal off last month’s correction off the Tenkan which was fast and furious to the lowest closing rate since 2017 spitting the outer channel. Euro continues to correct in what seems like eternal flags in the channel as it spits the Tenkan. We watch if Kijun (pink) reflecting Tenkan (orange) creates any impulse as EURUSD develops in the channel. Watch 3 waves to see development for continuation. Again, governed by EURGBP and Bund volatility

Euro KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

British Pound – GBPUSD

For the week GBPUSD closed up 0.5%

It is still hectic for Sterling, PM Boris Johnson resigned, and it is down to a new leader between Rishi Sukan and Liz Truss with Truss the favorite. Cable through all that ended basically unmoved, it closed June at 1.2178. GBPUSD closed July at 1.2171.

British pound continues to have difficulty since it’s vicious move down in July that reversed to unchanged by the end of the month. Cable lost all of the steam from its biggest weekly gain since December 2020 against the dollar to above $1.26 to be smashed to the bottom channel under 1/8 and 1.1800 after retesting the channel and Tenkan. GBP recouped some of its losses and closed at the weekly Tenkan. It is still undermined by political risk with PM Johnson resigning and recession fears. Above we have channel and Tenkan confluence and flattening Kijun. 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

For the week EURGBP closed up 0.22%

EURGBP has been in the doldrums since it back tested 50wma after breaking it early. 50wma and cloud proved too much and EURGBP failed under Kijun support with Tenkan resistance. The EUR/GBP gave up control.

Euro v British Pound KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

Japanese Yen – USDJPY

For the week USDJPY closed up 1.2%

Last month USDJPY corrected to the weekly Tenkan at 125.88 which held and fueled a swift return higher and has rallied dramatically. Dollar yen accelerated higher moving above the May high of 131.342 which was 20-year highs for the USDJPY. It didn’t let up with Murray Math Weekly levels recalculating higher. USDJPY closed at 135.75 last month, traded to almost 140 where it spat 8/8 and reversed lower, it is trading at 133.32 today. The last two trading days of the month saw the reversal from positive to negative and traded at the low for the month on the last day of the month to close at the weekly Tenkan.

On the way up the price accelerated after the close above the Tenkan over 114 hence the pull for it to correct to the Tenkan which it did to ignite this rally a month ago. The Murrey Math 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 grid for now. EURJPY AUDJPY will determine risk on/off. The Tenkan is the natural balance of support ahead.

Japanese Yen v Dollar KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

Emerging Market Currencies

For the week USDMXN closed up 2.8%

The Mexican Peso held its triple bottom to rally back to the Tenkan as rates rose in the US. It continues in the long sideways pattern and consolidates despite outside uncertainty from oil and high rates. The recent high near 19.5 per USD was the highest level since March of 2020 and tracked general strength in Latin American currencies which has since reversed. Use the Gann octave and the extension fibs to help measure the noise.

Mexican Peso KnovaWave Weekly Outlook

Turkish Lire USDTRY

For the week USDTRY closed up 0.1%

The Turkish Lira slow decline continues as it rides the median in the corrective channel tier spitting 17 against the dollar. We are still in spitting distance of that all-time low of 18.4 hit in December. The Turkish Central Bank is expected to maintain its Weekly Repo Rate at 14.00% at its upcoming meeting. Turkey’s recent monetary policy decisions have not been based on economic fundamentals, with late 2021 seeing a cumulative 500bps cut in rates in a matter of months to current levels.

The background is the same with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowing to cut interest rates despite spiraling inflation. In December last year, the Turkish Central Bank introduced a “Lira deposit scheme” to stem the decline in the currency. The Turkish president said that the country had ‘wasted years’ with the misguided view that prices should be controlled by using higher borrowing costs to suppress consumption. Such policies, he said, benefited only ‘those living a charmed existence and filling their pockets with [the proceeds of] high interest’, including foreign investors.”

To recap the wild 18-10 USDTRY swing last year reversed after falling in 3 waves to explode over the Tenkan, weekly cloud Kijun and 50wma below. The Murrey Math and Fib targets with last year’s Lire all-time lows in a hyper inflating collapse. So far this year the lira is the worst performer in emerging markets, raising concerns that the country could be heading for a repeat of the FX crisis seen at the end of last year.

Turkish Lire KnovaWave Daily Outlook

Bitcoin

Bitcoin continues to perform technically to perfection. Impulse begets impulse. To understand panic, understand greed. $BTC tested 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 and then down it went….

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

The Fail of TerraUSD

May 12 – Wall Street Journal (Alexander Osipovich and Caitlin Ostroff): “The cryptocurrency TerraUSD had one job: Maintain its value at $1 per coin. Since it launched in 2020, it had mostly done that, rarely straying more than a fraction of a penny from its intended price. That made it an island of stability, a place where traders and investors could stash their funds in between forays into the otherwise frenzied crypto market. This week TerraUSD became part of the frenzy too, slumping by more than a third on Monday and then tumbling as low as 23 cents on Wednesday. The collapse saddled investors with billions of dollars in losses. It ricocheted back into other cryptocurrencies…”

May 16 – Financial Times (Scott Chipolina): “Traders have yanked $7bn from Tether since the world’s biggest stablecoin last week briefly lost its peg against the US dollar, intensifying concerns about the assets that underpin the global cryptocurrency market. Tether’s market value has fallen by 9% since May 12 to $76bn as tokens have been removed from circulation to meet redemption requests, CryptoCompare data show. The decline came after Tether last Thursday traded at about 95 cents, well below the $1 level it seeks to maintain following the failure of a smaller rival. Observers inside and outside the crypto market have warned that deeper or more lasting volatility in stablecoins, which are designed to maintain a one-to-one peg with the dollar, could drag down the value of thousands of speculative crypto assets that have drawn buyers around the world.”

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

Turkey Geopolitical
Turkey Risk Monitor

Economic and Geopolitical Watch

Banks

Major banks kicking off earnings this quarter, including BlackRock (BLK), Citigroup (C), First Republic Bank (FRC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC).

Earnings expectations for the banks on the S&P500

Major US Banks Deliver Mixed Results in Q2, 2022

The major money cents banks released earnings with many strong results for Q3. Mainly from trading on the positive side. We see a reversal of 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.

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.

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 speeches, reports and rate moves. 

Next Week’s Risk Dashboard via Scotiabank

Week of August 15th – 19th:
• FOMC minutes to re-emphasize what markets missed
• Canadian CPI still running hot
• PBoC likely to stay on hold with the yuan under pressure
• UK CPI inflation will only go up from here
• Japanese inflation drivers are already ebbing
• Australian jobs still resilient?
• UK jobs a bright spot in a bleak outlook
• RBNZ: another 50 with refreshed guidance
• Philippines’ central bank likely to deliver another out-sized hike
• Norges Bank still hiking before refreshing forward guidance
• Turkey’s central bank is the poster child of what not to do•

US Events Focus

  • Monday: Nothing of note
  • Tuesday: Preliminary August IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI (prior 52.2) and preliminary IHS Markit Services PMI (prior 47.3) at 9:45 ET; July New Home Sales (prior 590,000) at 10:00 ET; and $44 bln 2-yr Treasury note auction results at 13:00 ET
  • Wednesday: Weekly MBA Mortgage Index (prior -2.3%) at 7:00 ET; July Durable Orders (prior 1.9%) and Durable Orders ex-transportation (prior 0.3%) at 8:30 ET; July Pending Home Sales (prior -8.6%) at 10:00 ET; weekly crude oil inventories (prior -7.056 mln) at 10:30 ET; and $45 bln 5-yr Treasury note auction results at 13:00 ET
  • Thursday: Q2 GDP — second estimate (prior -0.9%), Q2 GDP Deflator — second estimate (prior 8.7%), weekly Initial Claims (prior 250,000), and Continuing Claims (prior 1.437 mln) at 8:30 ET; weekly natural gas inventories (prior +18 bcf) at 10:30 ET; and $37 bln 7-yr Treasury note auction results at 13:00 ET
  • Friday: July Personal Income (prior 0.6%), Personal Spending (prior 1.1%), PCE Prices (prior 1.0%), Core PCE Prices (prior 0.6%), advance July goods trade deficit (prior -$98.20 bln), advance July Retail Inventories (prior 2.0%), and advance July Wholesale Inventories (prior 1.9%) at 8:30 ET; and final August University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey (prior 55.1) at 10:00 ET

Global Central Bank Events


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