RJO FuturesCast

June 18, 2021 | Volume 15, Issue 24

The Markets

Metals - Huge Selloff in Gold Could be an Opportunity

Well the Fed got the ball rolling with a shift in their stance on inflation and rate hikes. We shouldn’t be so surprised because anyone who watches commodities can see that there’s inflation. It’s only a question of how long that inflation will last. So, if the Fed is willing to discuss that the conditions for a rate hike may be met earlier than previously anticipated, then logic dictates that the Fed has a better chance of NOT letting inflation run away out of control. That’s the part that surprised traders. A little bit of confidence in the Fed. I’m not there yet. I don’t believe that a super cycle in commodities can be stopped. I know that I sound like a broken record here, but there’s just too many dollars out there. The money supply grew by 25% in 2020. Rate hikes are still two years away! Gold took off $100 way too fast and should find some decent support around the $1,765 range. So between the Fed announcement, the Dollar rally and all the technical chart damage to gold, I think that there’s another opportunity to buy gold before the big rally.

Gold Aug '21 Daily Chart
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Metals - Expect Sideways Movement in Silver

Silver is under pressure this week from a strong dollar. The Fed's hawkish stand from this week's FOMC meeting got metals on the defensive. Currently, silver is at $26.11, up 25 cents. Is that a dead cat bounce? But the chart damage is evident, as seen below on a weekly continuation chart. The bulls will continue to fight to the upside until the Fed actually raises rates. For now, I expect to see sideways to lower price action until the dollar finishes the upside correction. Again, these sideways markets do provide trading opportunities using options. Please reach out to me.

Silver Weekly Chart
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Energy - Oil Slips, but Holds $70

The oil market came under pressure from multi year highs on Thursday as the US Dollar rallied from a more ‘hawkish’ tilt by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. Oil stockpiles fell sharply by 7.4 million barrels, according to the EIA, as refineries continued to increase operations (US refinery rate at 92.6%), suggesting further improvement in demand prospects. In addition, oil inventories in Europe have reported to have declined by 5.4% last week, lending to the idea of further tightening of global supply.  Also lending support were reports that Chinese refinery throughput rose 4.4% in May from year ago levels. Iran is set to have presidential elections on Friday with the outlook for a flood of Iranian supply coming back online becoming increasingly more fleeting. The market remains bullish trend with today’s range seen between 68.66- 72.87.

Crude Oil Aug '21 Daily Chart
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Softs - Macro Data Controls Market and Cocoa Futures

Cocoa continues its recent downtrend, and this trend was accelerated after Chairman Powell announced a rate hike would come sooner than expected for the US. All markets appeared to take a hit after this announcement. Many agriculture markets were hit the hardest.

Cocoa futures dropped to test the lows put in early this year. The weakened Euro and Pound versus the Dollar hurt the potential of a short-term recovery in the demand for cocoa. Although vaccinations continue and restrictions are lifted, the demand for chocolate has not returned strong enough. Grinding data will continue to be critical.

Weather is also bearish in Ivory Coast. Rains have moved in and have helped the crops which may produced higher output.

Continue to anticipate a stronger global recovery as we head into Q3. If that occurs, look for cocoa prices to head back to 2500. For now, the day to day trade will continue to be volatile and based on macro data.

Cocoa Sep '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 - Selloff in Live Cattle

Yesterday’s market moves were eye opening to say the least with most of the AG markets being down anywhere between 5-7%. The cattle market specifically experienced a massive long liquidation sell-off that was primarily led by other outside market forces. After we get the bookings done for July 4th, beef prices usually trend to the downside but with the year we are seeing this might not happen with demand factors giving this market support. Cash prices are still looking strong and trending higher but traders are expecting a short term downside with the market being in slightly overbought territory and the outside market forces putting pressure on the market. Cash live cattle are trading higher this week. The 5-area weighted average price on Thursday was 123.44 versus 120.00 last week. In Nebraska 1,176 head traded at 124. August cattle closed sharply lower on the session and gave back all of the gains of the previous 2 sessions yesterday and a bit more.

US beef export sales for the week ending June 10 came in at 12,828 tonnes, down from 16,075 the previous week and below the average of the previous four weeks at 19,984. Cumulative sales for 2021 have reached 646,076 tonnes, up from 484,275 a week ago and the highest on record. The five-year average is 462,601. The largest buyer this week was Japan at 4,379 tonnes, followed by China at 3,581, South Korea at 1,707, and Taiwan at 1,217. South Korea has purchased the most from the US so far in 2021 at 175,493 tonnes, followed by Japan at 158,210 and China at 102,402. The USDA estimated cattle slaughter came in at 120,000 head yesterday. This brings the total for the week so far to 477,000 head, up from 476,000 last week and 471,000 a year ago. For the month of May, China beef imports from all locations reached 170,000 tons, up 17.3% from a year ago. This pushed year-to-date beef imports to 970,000 tons, up 18.6% from last year's pace.

Live Cattle Aug '21 Daily Chart

Equity - Stock Futures Down Again Head for Fifth Day of Losses

U.S. stock futures dropped Friday, putting the Dow on pace for its worst weekly performance since the end of January. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8%. The Blue-chip index fell 1.9% this week, leaving it poised for its worst showing since it retreated almost 3.3% in the last week of January. This morning also saw the S&P index down .07%. If it continues the benchmark index could see an end to a three-week streak of gains. Nasdaq-100 futures traded 0.5% lower, due to a drop in large technology stocks at the opening bell. Traders are also not as optimistic  after Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis leader James Bullard said on CNBC that he expects the first Fed increase in late 2022, due to the fact that they have faced more inflation than it expected, and policy makers need to be nimble, he added. But it will take more Fed meetings to organize the debate over reducing its bond-purchase program.

Support today is checking in at 418500and 416500 with resistance 423000 and 424500.

E-mini S&P 500 Jun '21 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.

Economy - Futures Market Outlook w/John Caruso - 06/18/2021

Good morning,

Reminder: It’s triple witching day with all the Jun Indices set to expire at the open today, so be mindful if you’re still in June Stocks. 

Yesterday’s post Fed action was interesting to say the least.  We’re currently sitting on a big time immediate OB signal in the US Dollar following its ramp on J Powell’s “talking about talking about tapering” lingo. And with an OB USD, we’ve got a slew of immediate OS signals in the commodity space this morning. 

Yields/Stocks:  we got a lot of movement over the past 24hrs in bond yields (10-12bps) but coming into this morning, we’re sitting at 1.48% basically UNCH pre-FOMC meeting. I’m watching the 1.42% level for any signs a near-term Bond yield “breakdown” – but rest assured, bond yields are likely heading markedly higher over the course of the next 6-12months. Maybe the biggest stand out to me was the “flattening of the curve” post Fed where short-term yields rose faster than long-term yields – this is why our 30yr vs 10yr spread missed the mark, but our short 10yr out rights played well. A flattening yield curve usually portends something ominous from a macroeconomic standpoint – this is why it would not shock me to see an immediate-term break down in yields to be honest, followed by an equity correction in July/Aug time period. We’ve seen some commodity deleveraging over the past few sessions, equities may be next.  However, I do still think there’s short-term long side trade potential in the near-term for stocks. Head on a swivel. 

Energy- I’m on the watch for a pull-back here, we will be buyers of Crude Oil if we get that look. Crude -1.00% pre market hovering around 70 BBL. The inflation trade IS NOT OVER from our perspective, but we likely take a pause in Q3 – and I think we’ve made this abundantly clear from our “Shallow” Scenario 4 in Q3 calls. 

Metals- We sent out the Silver buy yesterday, we did have a very small existing long position for the record. We like metals here, specifically IF we are going to see a minor “pause” in the inflation cycle, but inflation OR Stagflation rather, likely reignites again in Q4. If you’re having trouble following my outlook….its a minor slowdown in Q3 followed by a re-start of the REFLATION/INFLATION trade in Q4. Scenario 3 (STAGFLATION) in Q4 is the call – this is where Gold and Silver BULL markets live. We had the STAGFLATION Call on in Q3 of last year, and we saw some pretty materially gains in Gold and Silver during that time period. This doesn’t mean we can’t probe lower in the immediate-term but if Bond yields sniff out a slowdown and begin to back-up, this would make a very strong case for DOWN RATES = DOWN Dollar, UP Gold, UP Silver.  With that said, we could eat some garbage in the near-term – stay small and watch what bond yields do from here.      

Good luck,

*A higher high in the Gold and Silver range is registering as the market squeezes traders that CHASED at the highs. 

*A lot of “yellow” highlights below on immediate OB and OS signals.

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