Monday, 9 December 2019

Call it fate

US equity indexes closed a little weak, sp -9pts (0.3%) at 3135. Nasdaq comp' -0.4%. The Transports settled -0.3%. Near term outlook offers considerable chop into the Wed' FOMC.




US equities opened in minor chop mode. With s/t momentum weakening, the market turned a little weak into the late afternoon. Volatility picked up, with the the VIX settling +16.4% at 15.86.

Today's single economic/financial tweet...

Indeed, the 'everything bubble' continues. However, it should be clear, Presidential complaints about overly high WTIC/fuel prices usually begin not much higher than $60.

Former fed chair Paul Volcker has died, aged 92.

The above picture really sums up what was a vastly different era. Meanwhile, Greenspan (93) is still ticking over.

Call it fate

2016 saw the abomination that was 'Ghostbusters'. Yours truly never did see that piece of garbage. Sony (SNY) are trying yet another reboot...

Whilst Sony are notorious for churning out tier'1 garbage, with three wondrous piano notes at t+1.01, and some words from Venkman, I have some hope for something spooky and magical.

Sideline (NSFW) video from Mr Plinkett...

Yours... very bullish RLM.
(ps... I'm looking forward to the RLM review of 'Rise of Skywalker', infinitely more than the actual movie).

A winter's sunset in the capital of geo-political chaos

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Weekend update - US equity indexes

It was a rather mixed week for US equity indexes, with net weekly changes ranging from +0.3% (NYSE comp'), +0.2% (SPX), -0.1% (Nasdaq comp', Dow), to -1.4% (Transports).

Lets take our regular look at five of the main US indexes (monthly candle charts).


Swinging from a Tuesday low of 3070, but battling back upward to 3150 on Friday, and settling net higher by 4pts (0.2%) at 3145. More broadly, monthly price momentum continues to strengthen. Note the key 10MA at 2968. We're surely going to settle the month/year/decade above that first key aspect of support.

Nasdaq comp'

Tech saw a net weekly decline of -0.1%. Monthly momentum continues to strengthen, as new historic highs are viable within the immediate term.


The mighty Dow settled fractionally lower for the week by -0.1% at 28015. Monthly momentum is fractionally higher.

NYSE comp'

The master index was the leader this week, gaining 0.3% to 13588. This week saw a high of 13612, just 25pts shy of the Jan'2018 historic high.


The 'old leader' - Transports, was the laggard this week, settling -1.4% at 10708. Its arguable that rising WTIC/fuel prices are holding the sector/index back.


Two US equity indexes were net higher for the week, with three net lower.

The NYSE comp' was strongest, with the Transports significantly lagging.

More broadly, all five indexes are trading above their respective monthly 10MA.

YTD price performance:

The Nasdaq comp' continues to lead for the year, currently +30.5%. The SPX is +25.5%, with the Dow +20.1%. The NYSE comp' is +19.5%, and the Transports is +16.8%

Looking ahead


T: Productivity/costs
W: CPI, EIA Pet'
T: PPI, weekly jobs
F: Retail sales, import/export prices, Busi' invents

Earnings: CHWY, SFIX, TOL, MTN (Mon'), GME (Tues'), AEO, LULU (Wed'), COST, AVGO, ADBE, ORCL (Thurs').

Key events:

Wednesday: FOMC (2pm), no policy change can be expected. Powell will host the last press conf' of the year/decade.

Thursday: UK general election.

Sunday: The US is set to raise tariffs on Chinese imports.

Final note

There are just 15.5 trading days left of the year/decade. Clearly, the US market is going to settle the year net higher by some very significant amount. The week ahead should offer some dynamic price action, not least as the trade/tariff uncertainty remains.

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Ending the week strong

US equity indexes ended the week on a strong note, sp +28pts (0.9%) at 3145. Nasdaq comp' +1.0%. Dow +1.2%.  The Transports settled +1.3%.




The day began just before the 8.30am jobs report, with a literal market update from the US President, to which the Schiff replied...

With the jobs report better than expected, equities built pre-market gains, and opened broadly higher.

Trump added...

The afternoon saw a high of 3150, a mere 4pts shy of recent historic highs.

Trump posted yet again just before the close...

... this is also the same guy, who says he doesn't watch the stockmarket.
Link to tweet/video:

In any case, the jobs data was fine (even accounting for the returning GM workers), as the US economy is a remaining beacon of light amongst the developed nations.

Volatility was ground lower, with the VIX settling -6.2% at 13.62.

Today's political mail...

 ... yet again, from the Liberal Democrats, who are campaigning very hard in a seat which they might win from Johnson/Conservatives. I would agree with their sub title of 'Boris Johnson is not fit... ', but then, none of the other candidates are people I'd trust to even correctly put out the garbage.

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