Thursday, 22 August 2019

Monetary masters on parade

US equity indexes closed a little mixed, sp -1.5pts at 2922. Nasdaq comp' -0.4%. Dow +0.2%. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, both settled -0.3%.

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Summary

US equities opened on a positive note, with the SPX pushing to 2939. There was a sig' swing lower on fed official comments, but 2906 was all the bears could manage, before recovering into the afternoon.

Meanwhile... even before the market opened, the US President was issuing new complaints...


We now have Trump complaining that US bond yields are not negative, and blaming the fed. The anti-fed talk is relentless.

A number of people are starting to recognise that the authority of the US Fed is being ground down, and if anything close to the financial collapse of 2008 occurs, the US Govt' will likely take direct control of monetary policy. The implications of that... should be clear.

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Volatility was itself a little volatile, seeing a morning high of 17.68, but settling +5.6% at 16.68. S/t outlook favours the equity bulls... so long as Powell and/or Bullard don't say anything 'stupid'. 
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Monetary masters on parade



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CNBC with a long list of fed officials, and a bonus of the (Canadian) BoE Carney.


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It just makes me think of...



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Summer continues to fade
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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Midweek rebound

US equity indexes closed moderately higher, sp +23pts (0.8%) at 2924. Nasdaq comp' +0.9%. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, settled +1.0% and +0.8% respectively. Near term outlook offers another swing lower.

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Summary

US equities opened broadly higher, inspired by significant gains in European markets, but also good earnings from Target and Lowes.

Meanwhile... 


Once again, the US President cites a guy whose 'best stock for 2008' was Washington Mutual.

Trump continued...


So, does Powell play golf, is that the important question we should be asking?
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The afternoon saw the press release of the July FOMC minutes from Print Central, with equities seeing minor chop into the close.

Volatility was ground lower, with the VIX settling -9.7% at 15.80. S/t outlook favours another swing lower to price gap of 2864/47, and that should equate to VIX 20/21s.
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tuesday cooling

US equity indexes closed moderately weak, sp -23pts (0.8%) at 2900. Nasdaq comp' -0.7%. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, both settled -0.7%.

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Summary

US equities opened on a weak note, and after a late morning bounce to fill the opening gap, the afternoon saw renewed cooling.

Trump appeared in late afternoon...


... and not surprisingly, once again called for lower rates.
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Volatility was itself a little choppy, but with equities leaning weak into the close, the VIX settled +3.7% at 17.50. S/t outlook favours downside to the sp'2860/50s, which should equate to VIX 20/21. An eventual break <2822 will offer a test of the June low of 2728, which might offer a VIX hyper spike >30.
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The waning moon
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