RJO FuturesCast

March 19, 2021 | Volume 15, Issue 11

The Markets

Metals - Positive Action in Gold

Beginning with last Friday’s rejection of a dip just below $1,700, the gold market has had a positive week. But the gold bulls are not out of the woods yet. The overall trend is still sideways to down. A couple keys levels that still need to be penetrated are a close above $1,760 and then there is significant resistance in the range of $1,785 to $1,800. Above $1,800 there isn’t much in terms of resistance until $1,850. I firmly believe that gold will be much higher by year end, but I must caution you that it’s still possible to retest $1,675 swing low. You could see that the buyers were very aggressive off that $1,675 level and then again on last Friday’s dip to $1,696. Perhaps a little consolidation just under $1,750 is in order before moving higher but I am encouraged by the way gold has performed since putting in that low.

Gold Apr '21 Daily Chart
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Metals - Choppy Week for Silver

An overall choppy week of trade was seen in the silver market this week. We saw the low of the week of 25.805 posted Wednesday before closing higher. In similar fashion, Thursday traded as high as 26.740 before pulling back and closing lower on the day. Silver is slightly lower this morning, opening at 26.15 in the May contract. The silver market faced a lot of adversity this week with a falling stock market and rising US dollar. Despite the 10 yr falling this week and showing signs of inflation the Fed meeting left rates low and maintained their stance on focusing on job growth and using tools to raise inflation in a controlled manner. This welcoming of a rise in inflation should benefit silver and the metals markets in general but the rising US dollar is negating any rally with some downward pressure. There is still a disconnect between physical silver demand and the futures price. Silver ETFs saw several outflows this week with Thursday being the highest at 2.4 million ounces. Support comes in at 25.85 and resistance is above the market at 26.70 and then 27.07. This week’s sideways chop shows some coiling and a potential breakout to the upside if resistance levels are broken that would trigger stop loss buying from the shorts pressuring the market. With the Fed’s comments this week the bulls have a slight edge but if the support that was built is broken another leg lower is expected.

Silver May '21 Daily Chart

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Energy - Spike in Oil Volatility

Oil prices have continued to edge lower early Friday following a precipitous drop of over 7% on Thursday amid slowing vaccination progress in Europe renewing concerns about the demand outlook. In addition, US crude inventories rose for the fourth consecutive week, with the EIA reporting a build of 2.4 million barrels. This recent buildup, however, will be eased by an increase in the US operating rate as refinery demand for spot crude ticks up. Other bullish developments include the expectation that Russian daily exports are expected to fall 3% in the 2nd quarter coupled with decline in Chinese stockpiles as well an increase in Chinese oil imports of 12% in February over year ago levels. Most importantly, with the recent spike in oil volatility (OVX) from 37 -48 is the ability to sustain below trend, which comes in around 48 and would suggest the spike is more ‘episodic’ and non-trending in nature. The market remains bullish trend with today’s range seen between 59.76 – 67.97.

Crude Oil May '21 Daily Chart
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Softs - Coffee Showing Strength

May coffee is looking to garner support with a very large swing from the 50-day moving average around the 128 level, up to the 137 level. Since bouncing directly off the 50-day MA (on March 9th of this year), we can also see a failed outside-day (down) pattern followed by a massive rally. RSI levels are not yet at overbought levels, and volumes are high.

Due to ongoing dry weather in key growing areas of Brazil, we can expect the new crop 21/22 to have some supply side shortage issues which should continue to support higher May coffee prices. In addition, demand is continuing to pick up in the US, with stocks rallying to new highs by the day.

We can expect continued support for the foreseeable future, and new buyers should wait for another pullback to the 1.31 level (25-day moving average) to ride another leg higher. 

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Coffee May '21 Daily Chart
Agricultural - Bullish Canola Count Intact Above Minimum 851.5

Posted on Oct 14, 2022, 07:42 by Dave Toth

On the heels of mid-Sep-to-early-Oct's steeper, accelerated, 3rd-wave-looking recovery, the past week-and-a-half's boringly lateral chop is first considered a corrective/consolidative event that warns of a continuation of the uptrend that preceded it to new highs above 04-Oct's 891.0 high.  This count remains consistent with our broader base/correction/recovery count introduced in 13-Sep's Technical Blog following that day's bullish divergence in short-term momentum above 07-Sep's 809.5 minor corrective high detailed in the hourly chart below.

The important takeaway from this month's lateral, sleepy price action is the definition of Wed's 851.5 low as the end or lower boundary of a suspected 4th-Wave correction.  A failure below 851.5 will confirm a bearish divergence in daily momentum and defer or threaten a bullish count enough to warrant non-bullish decisions like long-covers.  A failure below 851.5 will not necessarily negate a broader bullish count, but it will threaten it enough to warrant defensive measures as the next pertinent technical levels below 851.5 are 13-Sep's prospective minor 1st-Wave high at 813.8 and obviously 08-Sep's 766.0 low.  And making non-bullish decisions "down there" is sub-optimal to say the least.  Per such, both short- and longer-term commercial traders are advised to pare or neutralize bullish exposure on a failure below 851.5, acknowledging and accepting whipsaw risk- back above 04-Oct's 891.0 high- in exchange for much deeper and sub-optimal nominal risk below 766.0.

On a broader scale, the daily log scale chart above shows the developing potential for a bearish divergence in daily momentum that will be considered confirmed below 851.5.  This chart also shows the past month's recovery thus far stalling in the immediate neighborhood of the (888.0) Fibonacci minimum 38.2% retrace of Apr-Sep's entire 1128 - 766 decline).  COMBINED with a failure below 851.5, traders would then need to be concerned with at least a larger-degree correction pf the past month's rally and possibly a resumption of Apr-Sep's major downtrend.

Until and unless the market fails below 851.5 however, we would remind longer-term players of the key elements on which our bullish count is predicated:

  • a confirmed bullish divergence in WEEKLY momentum (below) amidst
  • an historically low 11% reading in out RJO Bullish Sentiment Index and
  • a textbook complete and major 5-wave Elliott sequence down from 29-Apr's 1128 high to 08-Sep's 766.0 low.

Thus far, the market is only a month into correcting a 4-MONTH, 32% drawdown, so further and possibly protracted gains remain well within the bounds of a major (suspected 2nd-Wave) correction of Apr-Sep's decline within an even more massive PEAK/reversal process from 17-May's 1219 high on an active continuation basis below.

These issues considered, a bullish policy and exposure remain advised with a failure below 851.5 required to defer or threaten this call enough to warrant moving to a neutral/sideline position.  In lieu of such weakness, we anticipate a continuation of the past month's rally to new highs and potentially significant gains above 891.0.

Agricultural - Grain Futures Update w/Stephen Davis - 03/19/2021
Stephen Davis discusses the latest news making waves in the grain markets and where he expects the market to trend in the coming weeks.
Interest Rates - Fed to Keep Interest Rates at Zero

Looking at the June 10-year, we see a high of 132-03 and a low of 131-00 and currently the market is at 131.065, down 28 ticks on the day. The yield on the note hit a yearly high this morning of 1.754, this was after Chairman Powell reiterated yesterday that rates will be kept at zero for an extended period and the Fed does not mind if inflation shoots over the 2% level. The problem the central bank is facing is that the market leads fiscal policy and the market is clearly telling us that rates are on the rise. The next big level to watch in the 10-year note yield is 2%. If it breaches this level, that will surly put a damper on stocks. The fed also is cornered now because of the improving economy and the mass opening that we are seeing across the US. Along with the improving economy, fiscal stimulus, and unlimited printing of money, the market is trading like inflation is already here. In my opinion, the fed is stuck and boxed in.  Looking at technicals, I see support in the June 10-year note at 103-10 and resistance near 132-05-15.   Preferred trading strategy is to sell rallies.

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Equity - Rising Yields Weigh on Stock Market

Markets continued to fall this morning as 10-year yields are flirting with 1.75%.  Forecasts all seem to suggest we’ll see that figure north of 2.0% in relatively short order, which seems to have the equity markets a bit nervous.  Fed Chair Powell addressed inflationary concerns earlier this week, suggesting that inflation figures may temporarily exceed their 2.0% target.  However, they should tick back down to 2.0% next year before ticking back up to 2.1% in 2023.  He also predicted that we’d see 6.5% GDP growth this year. 

The indices were all lower to start the session, but things seem to be turning back up.  The Dow is the weakest, while the Nasdaq and Russell have flipped green.  The S&P is still down slightly.  The news slate for today is virtually nonexistent, but traders will be looking forward to the home sales numbers on Monday and Tuesday as well as GDP on Thursday.

E-mini S&P 500 Daily Chart
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Economy - S-T Mo Failure Insufficient to End RBOB Correction, But Beware

Posted on Nov 08, 2022, 07:51 by Dave Toth

In Fri's Technical Webcast we identified a minor corrective low at 2.6328 from Thur as a mini risk parameter the market needed to sustain gains above to maintain a more immediate bullish count.  The 240-min chart below shows the market's failure overnight below this level, confirming a bearish divergence in very short-term momentum.  This mo failure defines Fri's 2.8172 high as one of developing importance and a parameter from which very short-term traders can objectively base non-bullish decisions like long-covers.

Given the magnitude of the past three weeks' broader recovery however, this short-term momentum failure is of an insufficient scale to conclude anything more than another correction within this broader recovery from 26-Sep's 2.1877 low.  Indeed, overnights failure below 2.6328 only allows us to conclude the end of the portion of the month-and-a-half rally from 31-Oct's 2.4822 next larger-degree corrective low.  2.4822 is the risk parameter this market still needs to fail below to break the uptrend from 18-Oct's 2.3526 low while this 2.3526 low remains intact as the risk parameter this market needs to fail below to break the month-and-a-half uptrend.  From an intermediate-to-longer-term perspective, this week's setback falls well within the bounds of another correction ahead of further gains.  This is another excellent example of the importance of technical and trading SCALE and understanding and matching directional risk exposure to one's personal risk profile.

The reason overnight's admittedly minor mo failure might have longer-term importance is the 2.8172-area from which it stemmed.  In Fri's Technical Blog we also noted the market's engagement of the 2.8076-to-2.8159-area marked by the 61.8% retrace of Jun0-Sewp's 3.2758 -2.1877 decline and the 1.000 progression of Sep-Oct's initial 2.1877 - 2.6185 (suspected a-Wave) rally from 18-Oct's 2.3526 (suspected b-Wave) low.  We remind longer-term players that because of the unique and compelling confluence of:

  • early-Aug's bearish divergence in WEEKLY momentum amidst
  • historically extreme bullish sentiment/contrary opinion levels in our RJO Bullish Sentiment Index
  • an arguably complete and massive 5-wave Elliott sequence from Mar'20's 0.4605 low to Jun's 4.3260 high (as labeled in the weekly log active-continuation chart below) and
  • the 5-wave impulsive sub-division of Jun-Sep's (suspected initial 1st-Wave) decline

The recovery attempt from 26-Sep's 2.1877 low is arguably only a 3-wave (Wave-2) corrective rebuttal to Jun-Sep's decline within a massive, multi-quarter PEAK/reversal process.  Now granted, due to the magnitude of 2020 -2022's secular bull market, we discussed the prospect for this (2nd-Wave corrective) recovery to be "extensive" in terms of both price and time.  A "more extensive" correction is typified by a retracement of 61.8% or more and spanning weeks or even months following a 3-month decline.  Per such, the (suspected corrective) recovery from 26-Sep's 2.1877 low could easily have further to go, with commensurately larger-degree weakness than that exhibited this week (i.e., a failure below at least 2.4822) required to consider the correction complete.  Indeed, the daily log chart above shows the market thus far respecting former 2.6185-area resistance from 10-Oct as a new support candidate.

These issues considered, very shorter-term traders have been advised to move to a neutral/sideline position following overnight's momentum failure below 2.6328, with a recovery above 2.8172 required to negate this call, reaffirm the recovery and re-expose potentially significant gains thereafter.  For intermediate- and longer-term players, a bullish policy and exposure remain advised with a failure below 2.4822 required to threaten this call enough to warrant neutralizing exposure.  We will be watchful for another bearish divergence in momentum following a recovery attempt that falls short of Fri's 2.8172 high that would be considered the next reinforcing factor to a count calling that 2.8172 high the prospective end to the month-and-a-half 2nd-Wave correction.  In lieu of such, a resumption of the current rally to eventual new highs above 2.8172 should not surprise.

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