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Lions, Tigers And Soybeans…Oh My!

Lions, Tigers And Soybeans…Oh My!

With the USDA report unleashing further buying pressure into an already bullish grain complex yesterday, corn, wheat and beans finished with the substantial upside gains and among the largest percentage gainers on the commodity board. But to be certain, the real opportunity to take long positions in these commodities wasn’t on the report release.  The clear buying opportunity revealed itself...

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Soybean Rally: Short Term Selling Opportunity

Soybean Rally: Short Term Selling Opportunity

Soybeans look to reverse last week’s trend entering the weekend by going higher rather than lower from Sunday night into Tuesday’s June USDA stocks and seedings report. The five to seven day forecast has three to nine inches of rain across the Midwest. This does two things. First it suggests planting progress slows down and second that crop conditions decline. Tuesday’s final planted acreage...

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What Will The Greek Vote Mean For the Euro?

What Will The Greek Vote Mean For the Euro?

Through the last half of 2014 until March of 2015, the Euro steadily sold off versus the dollar, as the ECB launched QE and European yields cratered.  For example, Spain's ten year note yield went from 2.82% in July to as low as 1.15 at its nadir March.  As has been well publicized, many shorter maturity yields went negative, for example the German two year note fell to negative 28 bps.  The...

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Ask Kase: 10 Year US Treasury Note

Ask Kase: 10 Year US Treasury Note

“Ask Kase” any question you may have about any actively traded security, and your question may be chosen as the subject of a future column (askkase@kaseco.com). Will the 10 Year US Treasury Note be Playing “Bass”? As the 2H2015 commences, fundamental market analysts are lamenting the stock market’s prospects, pointing to low earnings and higher borrowing costs. US Treasury yield spreads are...

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US Stocks Jittery In Rumor Driven Trade

US Stocks Jittery In Rumor Driven Trade

Tuesday was a day filled with missed deadlines: Greece defaulted on a payment to the International Monetary Fund; the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran passed without comment; and Russian and the Ukraine failed to reach agreement on sales of Russia gas, so the Ukraine may have to look elsewhere for heat this winter. Against that background the S&P 500 mini-futures made an...

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Greek Citizens Rush To Buy Physical Gold

Greek Citizens Rush To Buy Physical Gold

Gold prices were only modestly higher despite all the risk aversion that hit the financial markets. Many traders believed that concerns regarding a Greece exit should have propelled the precious metal higher, but yesterday prices closed only about half a percentage point higher.  While the gold future contract price is hardly higher, physical demand is picking as the UK royal mint announced...

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Can US Stocks Stabilize After Greek Default?

Can US Stocks Stabilize After Greek Default?

The S&P 500 mini-futures (ES) went right in the tank yesterday (Monday) driven to the lowest level since April by what may be the final stage of the Greek debt crisis. Greece will officially default on a payment to the IMF today, the Eurozone has cut off funding, and Greek banks are close to collapse. The mini-futures gapped down 40 points at the Globex opening – the first chance traders...

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Watch These 3 Nasdaq Trading Targets Now

Watch These 3 Nasdaq Trading Targets Now

The Nasdaq has been in “gap-hunt mode” for more than a month. These periods arise when there is a sufficient number of bears to create multi-day down moves. Due to the selling over the last few days, the Volume Profile Point of Control (VPPOC) has moved down almost 100 points since last Thursday. This will be the target for any bounce from these lower levels. The Upper and Lower Value Area...

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Living High on the Hog

Living High on the Hog

The hog market, like many commodities, has been in a downward trend since making major highs last fall. In fact, the recent decline in commodity prices has begun to feed on itself as lower input costs like feed, fuel and fertilizer are leading to lower prices for finished products. When this is combined with tepid economic growth, consumers retreat further fueling the downward spiral that is...

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Final Rally in the Dollar

Final Rally in the Dollar

DXY gained 1.46% last week to close at 95.65 back above its 34-dma as well as its mid-June reaction high (a higher high) giving hope to the bulls that the final rally is upon us. Despite the bearish seasonality of July, cycles indicate that the Dollar is set for one “last hurrah” prior to a “summer swoon” a month from now. Cycles target a turn near July 24 and are a good match for the cycle...

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