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The Market Running Away From What?

The Market Running Away From What?

Earlier this week, I mentioned Dr. Gary Dayton’s article on the “experts” who predict market movement (Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?), and then just yesterday, I wrote … It appears we are back to the days of the market wanting to go up, struggling with the latest news, but no longer running away. True, nothing is certain in life, save death and taxes … Well, it is...

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ESM5: Mini-futures Form A Doji Near The Top Of A Good Run. Be Careful.

ESM5: Mini-futures Form A Doji Near The Top Of A Good Run. Be Careful.

Yesterday The S&P 500 mini futures (ESM5) gapped down at the open and traded in the red for the entire morning session. Then a handful of Fed presidents began giving speeches, and the market marched up like a good little soldier in response. But it was all for nothing. The mini rally failed to break the prior day's high, and by the end of the afternoon, the gains all melted away. The...

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A Fly in the Bottle

A Fly in the Bottle

This is a chart of the Nasdaq futures over the last two months. While the index has presented tradable moves in both directions, the overall picture is one of a choppy and volatile consolidation. As noted yesterday, the fast moves create Speed Zones that eventually beget sudden reversals, trapping bulls and bears alike.  The shaded blue area marks the current active consolidation range....

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Is Crude Really Making A Comeback?

Is Crude Really Making A Comeback?

Over the past few weeks, we have seen crude oil rise sharply and, just Wednesday, it reached levels not seen in months. The commodity is up sharply, having rallied more than 10% in a week.  Of course, we’ve seen short-lived rallies before, so is this just another one that will fade or is this going to stick?  That’s a great question and clearly will tell us the chances of making profitable...

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Ya Gotta Believe That With …

Ya Gotta Believe That With …

It appears we are back to the days of the market wanting to go up, struggling with the latest news, but no longer running away. True, nothing is certain in life, save death and taxes (ouch – just got that one done … the latter that is), but as it stands now, the market is flirting with all-time highs, again. Perhaps the floating rumors about the Fed not raising rates until 2016, or, at the...

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Sell The May E-mini S&P 500 2110-2130 Call Spread

Sell The May E-mini S&P 500 2110-2130 Call Spread

The S&P 500 has seen quite a few ups and downs since trading at 2175 at the end of February. The market traded all the way down to 2030 by mid-March. By the end of the month, the index had traded above 2100 again in two separate sessions, only to follow up with another visit to the 2030 area. Volatility anyone? The Federal Reserve still casts a large shadow (or cloud depending on your...

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Half Way There

Half Way There

It wasn’t difficult for the bulls to make headway on Wednesday due to the Speed Zone between 4412 and 4438. Speed Zones are ranges where price moved very quickly in one direction. This creates a zone where there’s very little resistance to price bouncing back the other way. In this case, the Speed Zone was created on 4/3 and Wednesday’s price action retraced about 2/3 of that zone. The blue...

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Positive Signs Coming From The Gold Miners

Positive Signs Coming From The Gold Miners

It is no surprise to anyone following the financial markets in the past few years that the gold miners have been one of the worst places to invest (aside from coal companies). The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF has fallen 69% from the September 2011 highs above $65 and 28% from the 2014 highs. A stronger U.S. dollar and an end to quantitative easing have put downward pressure on commodities...

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It Is A Technology, Not A Fuel

It Is A Technology, Not A Fuel

I like words. I am a writer. So, when a few words strung together impact my brain, I take notice. It’s a technology, not a fuel. The above few simple words opened my eyes even further to the reality of renewable energy and its impact on the world. In particular, the above sentence referenced solar power, but the statement can be applied to all forms of renewable energies. The transformation...

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Look for Bounce in Beans Into Planting and Growing Season

Look for Bounce in Beans Into Planting and Growing Season

The weekly export-sales report showed beans sold last week for future shipment at a negative 176-thousand metric tons. Note the negative.  This means once we added up all of the new sales and subtracted cancelations, we had more cancelations than new business.  As well, note export sales are at 99% of the USDA projected exports for the new marketing year ending September 1st.  This means...

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