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And So The Story Goes …

And So The Story Goes …

A good story is compelling. The market day in and day out is a compelling story, as it is fraught with never-ending drama, conflict, and colorful characters. True, sometimes the narrative is boring, but then something will happen and the breathless media (a colorful character) recreates the drama in its relentless push to sell. In today’s market chapter, one character is capturing the...

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U.S. Stock Futures Base In Bullish Manner

U.S. Stock Futures Base In Bullish Manner

On Tuesday the S&P futures closed a significant gap, a technical “incomplete” that had been lingering since 5/14. Once that gap was filled, the ignition event in the S&P triggered a parallel reaction in the Nasdaq futures, even though the Nasdaq was left with an unfilled gap. About 75% of the Nasdaq 100 is in the S&P 500, which explains the mirroring. The S&P futures are...

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Options: Roll The Dice With Las Vegas Sands

Options: Roll The Dice With Las Vegas Sands

When you can have something, you don’t want it.  When you want something, you can’t have it.  That is often the case with option spreads, especially those from the credit side.  The proposition of selling option premium is great.  Sell it, forget about it and collect your check at expiration. Here's the catch The problem tends to be that when it makes sense to sell premium (expecting little...

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The Case For Smaller Rate Hikes More Often

The Case For Smaller Rate Hikes More Often

You would be foolish to believe the Fed is going to stand at zero interest rates forever.  The policy seems to have been the right move to avoid another Great Depression, though there are always the 'Monday am quarterbacks' who seem to know more than the Committee (let's be thankful we only have one group only to make decisions). The Fedspeak of late has been not about if but when rate hikes...

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Big Data Could Rock S&P 500 E-Mini

Big Data Could Rock S&P 500 E-Mini

The S&P 500 mini-futures made a second inside day on Thursday, and closed at 2121.75, almost exactly on the previous day's close. The market dropped sharply as soon as the day session opened, then worked its way back to the high of the day just before the close, aided by what has become a regular feature of the mini-futures: a price and volume spike in the last hour of trading. The daily...

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Back To The Future – I Don’t Get it

Back To The Future – I Don’t Get it

“Back To The Future” – I am not sure I understand that movie title. Does it mean that going back to what once was will take you to what will be? If so, and I am making a leap here, can this “concept” be applied to the market?   The market has been showing signs of going back to the days of rising high, falling hard, rising high, and, well, falling hard again. Supposedly, this behavior is...

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Grains: Poised For Short-Covering Rally?

Grains: Poised For Short-Covering Rally?

Monday’s crop progress report for wheat showed 45% of the crop was in good to excellent condition, unchanged from the week prior and well over last year’s 30%.  Key producers like Kansas came in at 30%, Oklahoma at 36%, and Nebraska at 36%.  Better conditions were seen in Colorado at 53% and Texas 56%. WXRISK.com, the Ag weather site, softened their forecast that previously called for  the...

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Nasdaq Alert: Watch 15-Minute Opening Range

There’s a saying on The Street that anything obvious has no value. Perhaps the gap test-fill agenda was just a bit too obvious. Or, perhaps it was stunningly successful. However one interprets it, the Nasdaq futures came within 11 points of the top of the 5/14 gap and then decided that was enough of a test, at least for now. I noted in yesterday’s report that the High Volume Node around...

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Can EnerSys Shares Continue To Climb Higher?

Can EnerSys Shares Continue To Climb Higher?

On May 27, EnerSys, a $3 billion industrial battery manufacturer, confirmed their Q4 results and Q1 guidance that was reported just a few weeks ago. EPS for the previous quarter came in at $1.15 on revenue of $629.9M. The stock trades at a P/E ratio of 14.97x (FY16 estimates), price to sales ratio of 1.17x, and a price to book ratio of 2.67x. EnerSys continues to grow earnings in the mid to...

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Fed Speakers, Data Could Jolt E-Mini Into Action

Fed Speakers, Data Could Jolt E-Mini Into Action

The S&P 500 mini futures had a nice little recovery yesterday after Tuesday's dump. Now we need to see if the recovery continues, or if the market, which is now back to the intermediate term support/resistance area, will go up or down from here. The current contract (ESM5) had an inside day yesterday, trading within Tuesday's day session range, but it pushed the price back up above 2119,...

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