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S&P500 Expert Lounge Update –July 28, 2016

Good morning everyone,

These are key timing for today: 8:30AMEST, 1:00PMEST

These are key MA levels:  5EMA 2169, 10DMA 2167, 20DMA 2145, 50DMA 2108

These are key Fib Levels:  2191, 2186, 2156, 2145

These are key primary and intermediate levels:  2130(minor), 2126(primary major), 2116(major)

Here is today's market look at the S&P 500 for Thursday, July 28,  2016

FOMC came and went without even so much as a hick-up outside of the current trading range surprisingly enough.  Since Bernake has taken a trip to Japan to discuss their 'situation', more emphasis may be put on what they do with their Central Bank announcement in the overnight session this evening.  There are a number of items to hit the tape this morning starting with International Trade and Jobless Claims at 8:30AMEST.  That is followed by the Consumer Comfort Index at 9:45AMEST, EIA Natural Gas Report at 10:30AMEST, and the Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index at 11:00AMEST.  We have a new support cycle that triggered on the overnight weakness so that should be watched closely as a hint to whether we may make an attempt to break down out of the trading range, until then, play the edges.  Good luck today.

MSP

MSP

Primary and Intermediate Levels

Primary and Intermediate Levels

Major Support Dead Ahead – If Broken Support is Virtually Nonexistent Till the 1600’s

MSP, as usual, has done a great job of timing out the market cycles. The next inflection point is projected for around the 22nd of January. Meanwhile we have reverted to BEAR MARKET microstructure on the short term MSP additionally we have a critical set of supports coming up with thin zones directly below them. If these supports break near-term the event brings the potential for lower levels to be reached within the MSP inflection point.

Emotionally, the market is NOT in good shape and lots of cash has been extracted from the market on selling days and this has NOT been replenished on buying days. These are consequences of unbridled gambling by the FED directed global central bank cartel system

No matter the case, we remain extra cautious or short-biased bounces in the near-term till we have the potential for a larger inflection point.

As per the "mcm Real January Effect" we have been tracking since the first two days for the year and confirmed with the first-week market structure and then finally this weeks market structure some pronounced negative company in terms the "Real January Effect" outcomes which presently suggest a interim low in March with yearly lows in October or November. Potential Intra year drawdown is up to 45% if the market confirms these market structures with its January close.

Careful out there.

mcm MSP Projection as Published in Aug/Sept

mcm MSP Projection as Published in Aug/Sept

mcm- MSP Proejctions Actual to Projection Comparison

mcm- MSP Projections Actual to Projection Comparison

S&P500 Levels chart

S&P500 Levels chart

S&P500 Historical Emotional Extremes chart

S&P500 Historical Emotional Extremes chart

mcm Accumulation Components Indexes

mcm Accumulation Components Indexes

 

Mario Draghi Panic – Gift to Shorts and Bulls – Downside Not Complete

Last week, in a desperate and disgraceful showing by Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank under delivered and then over delivered in the space of 24 hours. Draghi admitted as much in his subsequent interview. Essentially admitting that his announcement of unlimited stimulus was in response to market weakness.

The market appears to want to gap up this Sunday, which is a contrary and signal it is important to understand that latent strength on a Sunday gap up is more of a bearish sign than a bullish sign if it occurs.

S&P500 Market Structure {Projection

S&P500 Market Structure {ProjectionCentral Banker Panic

Updated Daily/Weekly Market Structure Projections

Ready Or Not Inflection Point Approaches as Central Banks Seek to Destroy Bear Paticipation

It has indeed turned out to be an interesting week, with the Fed meeting causing fireworks as should be expected. Clearly, this was a coordinated effort, as posted in the MCM lounge earlier this week. The Fed has sought to cushion "changing of its wording or its intentions" with coordinated actions and hyperbole from other central banks. This is the type of behavior exhibited last year when, in seeking to prevent the per Bernake taper tantrum reaction that had occurred previously, they coordinated with the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England and the ECB to indicate or to actually trigger liquidity programs or accommodation. That sought to offset the impact of the Federal Reserve producing accommodation or leverage. This year has been exactly the same.

Clearly, the impacts of a Fed rate hike can set off a firestorm. There are tremendous risks to the creation of as much leverage as been irresponsibly created and to changing the cycle with reference to this leverage.

The primary risk being that the Fed is actually not in control of interest rates, after all and that a shift can take interest rates into their own direction, regardless of Fed desires. In order to make the Fed policy morph into an illusion of rational deduction and analysis based on data, and to facilitate the appearance of markets interpreting a change in policy as an indication of a sound economic environment, it is clear that the central banks were up to old tricks using unlimited liquidity to purchase risk assets on full bore yesterday. This appears to be yet another tactic "doomed to failure" of these irrational, inappropriate and highly risky policies. Indeed, the actions by the central banks appear to have sought to shake bearish resolve and encourage bullish speculation - and these conditions can obviously be seen in the risk markets presently.

The chart below is the market structure projection chart that we have been publishing for months. It has provided a good guide for the general movements of the markets. Recently is become clear that the markets which sometimes will move plus or minus a week to these projections have consistently been leading about a week since roughly May/June. In evaluating this behavior, we are presenting a chart which shows market structure projection both as it has been plotted and published on these pages - the dark magenta line, and also the same market structure projection plot shown offset by one week. As can be seen, especially in the near-term, these projections have been prescient and accurate. We are now entering timing tolerances shown by the boxed areas on the chart below that are probably for an inflection point. This coming inflection point is a very serious inflection point. Its significance implies a turn from up to down in the markets for the next five months or so - with weakness biasing into February and March next year.

Updated Daily/Weekly Market Structure Projections

Updated Daily/Weekly Market Structure Projections

A Look At October So Far

Daily and weekly market structure projections have provided a decent insight into the markets over the last few weeks. In the chart below, we have shifted market structure projection earlier by a few days. This is tracked well. However, we may be in a larger countertrend pattern such as a rising wedge which would coordinate well with the concept of termination of the pattern towards the end of October or early November. Within this structure is an abundance of skew towards day to day downward price movement. As can be seen in the highlighted box and also the abundance of down projections on the daily MSP. The interesting thing about the daily MSP is additionally that it shows the potential for large spikes upwards within this skew of downwards movement. We have suggested consistently over the last weeks that upward movement may be quick and outsized due to events or Federal Reserve central bank announcements interspersed within a general downward bias. The result of such action can still mean that the market make some forward progress but may be very frustrating to bullish traders.

Daily and Weekly Market Structure Projection

Daily and Weekly Market Structure Projection

Update on SPX Progress and Levels

As discussed yesterday, the primary degree support was critical. Breach of the support immediately sent the market through blank space to the next viable support which was intermediate degree (cyan) and around the 1983 area. Overnight markets are bouncing, apparently, based on more central-bank hyperbole. Short-term market structure projection suggests highs potentially around 5 AM to 5:30 AM. If ES Futures continue to make highs into the cash session, it suggests that something else could be happening, than the highest probability scenario as described below. It is key that markets remain below the thin zone above [2] on the levels chart shown below. Above this level could send the markets to retest the thin zone above 2009 or exceed the recent highs. Remaining below this area [2], which would normally be the highest probability, should send the market through yesterday's thin zone and down to the next thin zone at intermediate and primary degree support as shown at [3] - which is in the 1970s.

Several systems closed out shorts yesterday, while others are still holding short positions after booking some profits and would likely look to close positions in or below the 1970s. Market structure projection implies weakness is favored throughout this week, so it would be significant if strength showed up early. However, daily and weekly market structure projection aims to be an estimation of direction and timing plus or minus a few days so there is wriggle room.

SPX Levels

SPX Levels

 

Is More – Less? – Central Bank Policy Fears Appear Ready to Create a Large Quanity of LESS

Confusion over central-bank policy, financial system leverage, economic stability/prospects and impacts of quantitative easing, have created volatility and triggered an epic short squeeze. As confusion reigns and bulls become bullish they may attempt to attribute advancing prices to fundamentals or to expected central-bank policy for support. However, it appears that the US Dollar may find a bottom sometime this month and rally strongly into January. The initial start of the dollar rally appears likely to be composed of something of a shock. The question is will the markets believe it? Additionally, for this analyst the question is "will the markets be able to deal with it?"

Near-term, however, it is important to state that equity markets are poised for a pronounced decline for a week or possibly more which may be arrested at that point and rally again towards the early November.

US DOLLAR Market Structure Projection

US DOLLAR Market Structure Projection

Exceptional Day and Exceptional Times

Today was filled with outstanding eTickTools triggers, market impulses and emotions. Market eMotions are running at 78% above normal and  we got one x-tick after the other today for exceptional trading. quite amazing really. The changes rolled out and techniques discussed this weekend were extremely useful in trading crash oriented markets. So, on that front, things are quite outstanding.

However, on the market front, we felt that an update of the mcm Smart Money Indexes was in order. There is no shortage of jaw-dropping action represented in these indexes. For all the central banker jawboning, they really have "no real commitment" and are willing to let the people they claim to serve, endure unbelievable hardship. China has all but given up with their ruse and is actively  bankrupting everyone that it can find in order to support the "central planner panacea that all goes back ultimately to the Fed" and which ultimately goes back to theBank of England.

The only account balances that look any ok over the last few years are manipulation accounts (paper accounts of the central banks). Reality is that transactible mechanisms for these cartel members are fast declining, as is cooperation. The net worth and equity of the central banks globally is working hard to press ultimately into negative territory. Cooperation is declining because positive equity and are now moving towards negative equity - money printing in this respect is irrelevant. Though it is imaginable that if you, in a similar situation as the central banks,  could make cooperation aramgements with Prada to trade over-prices and senseless objects dejour with them while you have the perception od viability and they are desperate to sell them. However, if a sustainted period where you and Prada go into negative equity, their inclination to sell is hampered by their inability to do business just as yours would be. So, to go to Prada to spend $100,000 on a bag or sunglasses with -$1,000,000 in the account from which you plan on paying the bill with just an agreement of cooperation with an insolvent Prada who can no longer make, locate or deliver the object you seek is likely to not be a long-lasting venture. Initially, Prada may give try to come up with some terms for them and you to record the sale on their balancesheet, but very soon the mat in front of the Prada store for you and Prada would be gone. So much is similar for a central banker with such decrepit math skills.

The mcm Smart Money Indexes demonstrate clearly that markets have only just begun this move. Many traders may be feeling left out or way too left in. However, the implications are traders resentful of not having closed longs at higher prices are goign to end up quite  a bit more resentful in short order and those who feel like they missed the short of a life time - will soon if they do not focus on the setups that are only JUST BEGINNING. The market move has barely started is not anywhere near complete by all the measures we can see, In the near-term we still anticipate, via MSP data, some strength emerging this week into week 1 of September followed by decline and then strength into the week of the 21st followed by what can likely be a larger cash than the current down move - unless the arrogance of central banker meets cooperation and commitment on a massive scale of course -(which seems unlikely). So, to the charts - further explanation not necessary:

August 25th, 2015 mcm Smart Money Indexes Update

August 25th, 2015 mcm Smart Money Indexes Update

'Building Pretend Markets Not for the Good of the People"
- your friendly neighborhood central banker

From the perspective of a criminal mind, the screen-capture of the Bank of England website below is disturbing on many levels. Firstly, central banks, of all things, should NOT be focused on "BUILDING ANY MARKETS" they should be focused on maintaining the sanctity of the currency and the banking/financial system. It is absolutely stunning that they would admit, in such heavy-handed language, to "BUILDING MARKETS". Secondly, IF one were a large institution or firm of any kind, the choice of words used by BOE implies an objective that just does not fit with an authentic of organic venture. In fact, it implies an effort to convince of something in slight of hand fashion. To sell a scheme - a perspective. Any self-respecting firm would most certainly use any other combination of words than those chosen by BOE: "Building modern markets for a modern world" or "Building Innovative, Advanced  and Safe Markets for the World" come to mind as more of the line of thinking that a normal, authentic non-criminal enterprise might use.

However, a cult leader and or a criminal mind would certainly go through the greatest amount of effort to describe something in grossly deceptive fashion, by using the obvious and simplistic approach of using the very opposite words really apply. And this in a vein attempt to distance from the real agenda or implications. Normally such a technique does not work well or long...hence the word "REAL" and the word "GOOD" must clearly be inverted in the BOE usage, The real operation being undertaken by the BOE is more likely of descibed with the use of  "FAKE" and "BAD" instead. The gaul of this public facing message in these times is truely representative of the thinking en-masse of the central planner mindset - arrogant beyond belief and decpetive beyond reason.

When viewing the mcm Smart Money Index and Gap Index above, consider the implications of the below in understanding what is really occurring.

Central Banks Bravado and Arrogance is so complete that they are not embarrassed to virtually admit the truth

Central Banks Bravado and Arrogance is so complete that they are not embarrassed to virtually admit the truth

Support and MSP for What appears to be a Pivotal Week Coming Up

With the obvious situation impacting the world of total disintegration of central bank cooperation - to expected effect, we now have the addition of extremely high pressure on Chinese investment firms and institutions to sell everything that is not glued down and that is NOT a Chinese asset. If they can not sell a Chinese asset or share without going to jail the next best thing is to apparently blow it up and also to sell non-domestic assets - such as US stocks, European Stocks and anything else that is not glued down that the Chinese officials will not arrest them for. If this capitulation is to continue things can get very messy indeed. But before we throw out the baby with the bath water, let's take a look at what the markets would be expected to do if the third transaction type for fund managers were not "BLOW IT UP".

DAX and Euro Stoxx are at inflection points and can start a large rally and by the looks of things, would potentially be very painful for shorts. Longs are already in pain and it seems they need to sell too just so the pain is shared more equitably. Funny how that is centrally planned. But in any case, there appear to be quite a lot of influences coming up that imply a convergence to the upside that by the looks of things could be swift. IF we can not get the hint of some traction to this structure, then it should be apparent that the brakes are not working and likely the ground is moving which could imply a "crash". Crashes are rare, even though this feels like a crash already, nonetheless, the urge to get emotionally involved in a crash is not usually a highly rewarding one and caution is warranted. It is common for us to stress that most money earned from trading is not on huge winning trades but on normal base hits. We have worked very hard to increase the odds on base hits and to be open to larger trades when they happen. We also have worked hard to developed tools and approaches to handle a crash or very powerful trend. However, it must be restated that smart and judicious trading is far more rewarding than big winners followed by a string of many losses of arbitrary size - usually larger than the large winners, though. This is why we can not overstate that the potential of this change in psychology in the markets will take more than a few days and the opportunity has not even started yet...patience and restraint are highly rewarded. Buying multimillion dollar jet planes before you've closed what appear to be gigantic winning trades is equally unrewarding. So, in all the lessons we can reinforce, patience, discipline, and clarity is key NOW.

Below are various charts that may help put some perspective on where the market is standing. On the Historical eTickTools Emotional Extremes - Support and Resistance Chart note, that one fo the objective is to show thin zones and also to show areas of congestion. Brighter or more intense colors indicate stronger influence, Light colors indicate previous resistances and darker colors are previous supports.

Historical eTickTools Emotional Extremes - Support and Resistance

Historical eTickTools Emotional Extremes - Support and Resistance

DAX Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

DAX Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Euro Stoxx 50 - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Euro Stoxx 50 - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Oil - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Oil - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

US Dollar - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

US Dollar - Daily And Weekly Market Structure Projections

Intraday Projection: Deferring to the Larger Picture

Be warned today can be a tough one for the bears during the day session. One needs to prepare for that. Today is a more or less modal situation around the open. If we reverse any strength into the open - probabilities prefer down into 1:00 PM (with possible acceleration at 2:30 PM) or the reverse. Keep in mind that a move today could become persistent.

On the bigger picture front, Daily Market Structure Projection, as posted last week, indicated a turn Tuesday AM from an upwards directional movement to downwards movement. This has occurred. Today probabilities were also for a lower AM session than yesterday AM. This has occurred, and the condition is met. The largest potential downside momentum in terms of points is suggested with a down AM session into Thursday AM. This can be pronounced and test the 2065 to 2044 area if it wishes. Be aware that we are likely entering another central bank bubble blowing contest and may take an intervention attempt and classically like all central bank activity - will be over done. So, move into early September from a potential central bank panic this week may be torture for shorts and, ironically a windfall for a only a few days for longs who will likely have similar frustration in reaction to it. Strong drop after first weeks of September.

August 19th, 2015 Intraday Market Structure Projections

August 19th, 2015 Intraday Market Structure Projections