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Vexed by the VIX?

Vexed by the VIX?

“Ask Kase” and your question may be chosen as the subject of a future column (askkase@kaseco.com). The VIX has been chopping around erratically, oscillating between lows in the 11.4 to 11.8 range and testing highs generally in the mid to upper teens, but occasionally spiking fitfully into the low 20s. Resistance at 17.19 was tested twice earlier this year, and from late June to early July...

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E-mini - Wednesday Wonder?

E-mini - Wednesday Wonder?

The S&P500 mini futures (ES) were struggling yesterday, trying to convince the world that some sort of rally was possible, if not likely, when Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart speculated that September was a likely time for an interest rate increase. Maybe. The result was about what you would expect: the US dollar roared higher, and equities dived for cover. Everybody’s favourite...

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Lockhart and the Treasury Curve

Lockhart and the Treasury Curve

On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart (voter) said the US economy is ready for a rate hike.  “I think there is a high bar right now to not acting, speaking for myself.” After last week’s Employment Cost Index data, which was the weakest on record with an increase of only 0.2, the market dialed down expectations of a Fed hike in September.  Now, all eyes are on...

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AAPL is Stuck, Iron Condor Anyone?

AAPL is Stuck, Iron Condor Anyone?

In recent weeks, Apple (AAPL) has dropped from a test of its yearly highs in the 130’s to prices in the 100-teens.  Buyers came in right on cue at yesterday’s low at 113.25 but this leaves AAPL in a conundrum in the near-term. The zone beginning at 113.25 is support, as established by the high-volume area created over the course of late last year and early this year.  This high-volume area...

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Gold - Buy of the Year or Another Leg Down?

Gold - Buy of the Year or Another Leg Down?

There is consolidation going on in Gold. Since making a low on July 20th at 1080.00, Gold has traded between 1079.20 and 1108.80 with a smack down to 1072.30 on July 24th. A ledge has formed and it has formed an outside day candle today and an inside candle for the week. This could potentially set up a break out for Gold. A move below this week’s low of 1079.20 could set Gold on a course to...

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E-mini- Technical Turnaround Tuesday?

E-mini- Technical Turnaround Tuesday?

Yesterday Monday the S&P500 mini-futures, the ES, continued moving down extending the weakness we saw in Friday’s closing movement. It spent most of the day in decline, and only the now customary 3:00 pm ramp-a-thon moved it off the lows and allowed it to close respectably, at 2090.50, eight points below the previous close. It also closed below the 20/40-day moving averages. The one ray...

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ETF Watch: What’s the Risk in Biotech?

ETF Watch: What’s the Risk in Biotech?

Biotech has been one of the best performing sectors year to date and over the last two years. Six different biotech ETFs are among the Top 10 YTD leaders: Alps Medical Breakthroughs (SBIO), up 51%; Bioshares Biotechnology Product (BBP), up 38%; the SPDR S&P Biotech (XBI) up 36%; Bioshares Biotechnology Clinical Trials (BBC), up 31%; and NYSE Arca Biotech Index First Trust (FBT), up 23%....

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USDCHF – Renko Chart Technical Analysis

USDCHF – Renko Chart Technical Analysis

The US Federal Reserve, in its July meeting left the door open for interest rate hikes at its next meeting in September. The statement however cautioned the markets that ‘some’ improvement was needed in the US labour markets for the Central Bank to hike rates. This has significantly shifted the market focus to the two jobs reports, one of which is due this week for July (to be released on...

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