Monday, 23 April 2018

The lone maniac strikes again

US equity indexes closed a little mixed, sp' +0.15pts at 2670.29. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, settled +0.4% and -0.1% respectively. VIX settled -3.2% at 16.34. Near term outlook is uncertain, and will be dependent on the 10yr yield, and whether the mainstream can cope with >3.00%, or are briefly upset.


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VIX'daily3



Summary

US equities opened in minor chop mode, and it remained very subdued. There was moderate cooling in the mid afternoon, with the Friday low broken under, but settling above. The settling black-fail candle does lean s/t bearish, and we still have three partly unfilled downside gaps to 2604.

It was a mixed day for volatility, seeing a morning peak of 17.56, but despite equities breaking a lower low in the afternoon, the VIX didn't pick up, and even settled fractionally lower in the16s.
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The lone maniac strikes again

Micron Tech' (MU) was moderately higher in pre-market, trading a little better than the main market. Then the lone maniac, aka Timothy Arcuri of UBS appeared once again, touting cyclical/dram concerns. His target on Micron is $35, which is a very considerable way lower, even below the key 200dma.

see: https://seekingalpha.com/news/3347591-micron-minus-1_7-percent-ubs-analyst-sees-weak-2019-nand-dram

Indeed, the same guy appeared just a few weeks ago... see: https://www.barrons.com/articles/buy-intel-dump-micron-advises-ubs-1522963364

The retail amateur (yours truly included) doesn't stand a hope in hell against this kind of sporadic nonsense from one of the 'smart guys' from a recognised (if partially failing) institution.

Keep in mind, Nomura-Instinet and Robert W. Baird are both seeking $100, with Cowen $65, and Mizuho at $70. QCOM and INTC have earnings this Wed' and Thurs' respectively. Both should come in fine, and should offer another reminder that 'cyclical concerns' for the semi-conductor industry are grossly misplaced right now. 

MU, monthly


Suffice to add, Micron stock remains m/t bullish, but having lost psy'50 (again), next giant support isn't until the breakout threshold of $36/37s. For now, annual EPS of around $11 isn't seen as worth much by Mr Market. Truly. Bizarre.
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No sunshine for the Micron Bulls.
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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Weekend update - US equity indexes

It was a bullish week for US equity indexes, with net weekly gains ranging from 2.0% (Trans), 0.9% (R2K), +0.6% (Nasdaq comp'), +0.5% (sp'500, nyse comp'), to +0.4% (Dow). Near term outlook offers further upside of 2-3% into early May.


Lets take our regular look at six of the main US indexes

sp'500


Despite ending the week on a moderately weak note, the sp' still saw a net weekly gain of 13pts (0.5%) to 2670. The weekly candle is somewhat spiky, but we do have a higher high and higher low, which leans to upside into end month/early May. Soft target is the 2740/50 zone.

However, its important to note that if the US 10yr yield breaks/holds above 3.00%, the equity market will almost certainly re-price. Most natural target would be the 2470/50 zone, which is some 7.5-8.0% lower. There is a notable unfilled 'legacy gap' from Sept'11 2017 of 2474/61.
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Nasdaq comp'


The Nasdaq was pressured into the weekend by negative AAPL chatter, but still managed a net weekly gain of 0.6% to 7146. Big support around 7k, with major upside resistance in the 7400s.


Dow


The mighty Dow was the laggard this week, gaining just 102pts (0.4%) to 24462. Note that declining trend/resistance from the Jan' high of 26616 was fractionally broken. It does lean s/t bullish, with soft target of 25400/500s.


NYSE comp'


The master index climbed for the third week of four, settling +0.5% at 12607, notably just shy of the key 10MA. S/t bullish to the 12900/13000 zone.


R2K


The R2K gained a borderline significant 0.9% to 1564, with an intra high of 1592, which was notably close to the Jan' historic high of 1615.


Trans


The old leader saw a very significant net weekly gain of 209pts (2.0%) to 10578. There was a notable fractional break of descending trend/resistance from mid January'. Considering rising WTIC/fuel prices, the weekly gain was especially impressive.



Summary

All six of the US indexes saw a second consecutive week of gains.

The Transports lead the way higher this week, whilst the Dow was the laggard.

Price action since late January is still rather choppy, as volatility remains relatively elevated.
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The 10yr yield

Friday saw the US 10 year bond yield hit 2.96%, the highest level since Jan'2014. That was clearly one reason the equity week ended on a somewhat bearish note. After all, the mainstream are still spooked at the notion of the 10yr approaching the psychological threshold of 3.00%. Indeed, psy' thresholds do matter!



I want to be crystal clear on the following...

-A higher bond yield is neither a 'good' or 'bad' thing. Bond prices (and their yields), like equities, are largely determined by supply/demand factors. Inherently, a rise in bond yields does make equities less attractive. However, as the chart above shows, you can have times when yields and equities rise together.

-The yield curve means little, even if inverted. Much is made of the yield curve in the mainstream, but it doesn't necessarily equate to anything in the 'real world'. Just because the 10yr yield is only marginally less than the 30yr yield doesn't directly mean a recession is due.

-Keep in mind there is still a great deal of ongoing global QE, and some of that money flows into the US, and that will affect bond prices/yields. Further, the central banks themselves will periodically meddle in the bond market (whether directly, or via their 'institutional friends'), to skew prices/yields.

-The US Fed's QT program (set to max out at $50bn a month from October onward) is increasing the supply of bonds, and thus is inherently an upward pressure on bond yields.

-rising bond yields, the 'normalisation', is arguably a very good thing. Do we really want interest rates (and related bond yields) at near zero in perpetuity? I would hope few, if not none of you, want that. 
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A sideline consideration...

The Trump administration has decided to further raise govt' expenditure and cut taxes, and thus increasing the deficit. More govt' T-bonds will be issued. An increased supply of bonds saturates the market... reducing bond prices, and that inherently pushes up bond yields.

The US president is (likely unknowingly) digging a rather big hole for himself, and the broader US populace. The bigger the deficit, the more bonds will be issued, and the higher bond yields will go. That in turn will pressure equities, at least to some degree. The net effect on equities doesn't necessarily mean net annual declines.
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I'll merely conclude by saying that it seems a given the 10yr yield will break >3.00%. Will it be next week, in May, or even some considerable time beyond? I don't know, as I don't have a Delorean. I can say though, when it happens, equities will be very significantly whacked lower, if only for a short while.
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The ultimate sell signal


Its a generally overlooked issue, but it is the case that once the fed cut rates, that is when alarm bells do merit being sounded. For the moment, the econ-data is coming in broadly fine, with corp' earnings beyond superb. A rate hike in June should help to bolster confidence, and of course, the financials especially benefit from such hikes. Until then.... yours truly has few concerns.
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Looking ahead

Another very busy week with a truck load of earnings. Most notable: GOOGL, CAT, FB, F, QCOM, AMZN, MSFT, INTC (Thurs'), CVX, XOM


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M - Existing home sales
T - Case-Shiller HPI, New home sales, consumer con'
W - EIA report
T - Weekly jobs, durable goods orders, intl. trade
F - GDP Q1 (first estimate), employment cost, Chicago PMI, consumer sent'

*there are no fed officials scheduled, as the blackout period will be in effect, ahead of the next fomc meeting of May 1-2.
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Friday, 20 April 2018

Cooling into the weekend

US equity indexes closed broadly lower, sp -22pts (-0.8%) at 2670. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, settled -0.8% and -0.6% respectively. VIX settled +5.7% at 16.88. Near term outlook offers renewed upside to the sp'2740/50s.. so long as the 10yr yield remains <3.00%.


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VIX'daily3



Summary

US equities opened in minor chop, and saw weakness into the afternoon. There was a largely failed attempt at a latter day rally. Its notable that despite ending the week on a bearish note, the sp' still saw a net weekly gain of 13pts (0.5%).

With weak equities, volatility climbed for a third consecutive day, settling in the upper 16s.
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Another summer day in the latter half of April. Bullish!
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