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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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The US Treasury Market Is In Missouri – Please Show Me

The US Treasury Market Is In Missouri – Please Show Me

Having gotten through the first quarter of the year, let's just take a quick look at where we stand with interest rates.  The lows in yields were made in late January, 1.16 for the Five-year Treasury bond, 1.64 for the Ten-year bond, and 2.22 for the Thirty-year bond.  Then the employment release in February sent yields on an upward trajectory, and the March jobs data marked the high yields...

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ESM5: A Stalled, Indecisive Market Waiting For Direction

ESM5: A Stalled, Indecisive Market Waiting For Direction

Yesterday The S&P 500 mini futures (ESM5) got slammed overnight, dropping almost 20 points in the pre-market and immediately after the open Tuesday (Apr. 14). But by 10 a.m., it had recovered and marched steadily up for the rest of the day to close at 2091, near the high of the day, and five points above the previous close. Nothing very awe-inspiring, but a win is a win, no matter how...

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Pullback is Probably Complete

Pullback is Probably Complete

Markets move toward targets based on where previous transactions occurred. That’s the principle of Volume Profile that allows us to forecast target zones. The two levels identified on Monday as targets for Tuesday’s market were 4385 and 4366. These were Fibonacci extension levels that corresponded with a low volume node and a high volume node, respectively. The 4366 level marked the low of...

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