RJO FuturesCast

July 23, 2021 | Volume 15, Issue 29

The Markets

Metals - Gold Needs to Embrace Inflation

Gold is another example of how the Fed’s over extended easy money policy has created government dependency. Gold traders are still not willing to embrace inflation. As the price of just about every other raw commodity has rapidly increased in cost, gold has been a reluctant participant. The dollar strength hasn’t been supportive for sure but gold traders seem more fearful of a rate hike than anything else. In fact, gold couldn’t rally on a big risk off earlier in the week either. Late last week gold failed to break out above the $1,835-$1,840 range. So, to say that I’m disappointed in gold’s recent performance is an understatement. We will see if gold can find value in the range around $1,800. A dip closer to $1,885 is not out of the realm of possibility either. I remain long term bullish on the yellow metal. Remember the money supply is at all time record highs. In 2020 alone, we added 30%.

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Metals - Silver Not Closing Strong

The September silver market started the week continuing the slide lower from last Friday’s drop. The market seemed to find some support around the $25 level but isn’t closing out the week strong with lower trade today after posting a mid-week high of $25.51. The bears definitely hold control both technically and fundamentally. US economic data weakening, showing signs of a slowing economy, and a push higher in the US dollar has deflationary talks increasing. Currently, the silver market is failing at finding anything to send it higher and traders are also losing interest. ETF holdings in both silver and gold have continued to decline in the past couple of weeks. Bulls will need to see the $25 level hold and a push back to and eventually above the sideways range from $26-$26.50. Failing to hold the $25 level would see a push back down to $24.

Silver Sep '21 Daily Chart
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Energy - Oil Demand Set to Outpace Supply

Oil prices are taking a breather after rebounding from their precipitous drop earlier in the week as supply is expected to remain tight as global demand growth continues to recover. This comes amid an agreement by OPEC+ to add 400k barrels per day from August through December. Crude stocks increased for the first time in eight weeks with a build of 2.1 million barrels coupled with a jump in crude imports from Mexico as well as a decline in the refinery rate (but still above five-year refinery average), according to the EIA. The market has largely discounted the impact of the delta variant as well as residual strength in the US Dollar as oil volatility (OVX) has come off trend resistance falling to the mid-30s. The market remains bullish trend with today’s range seen between 66.83 – 77.17.

Crude Oil Sep '21 Daily Chart
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Softs - Frost Damage Could be Significant for Coffee

Fears of producer defaults on contracts for this year’s crop helped to push the coffee market 8% higher on the opening, as losses could be significant and tree recovery may take up to years to recover. Loss estimates are very speculative at this point. Coffee’s upsurge continues to gain momentum as prices have risen over 23% in value over the past 3 trading sessions. While the market appears to be heading for even higher price levels, coffee is already well into technically overbought levels and is vulnerable to profit taking. Indications that this week’s frost in Brazil regions led to significant damage to coffee trees has fueled coffees move higher this week. The gap up on the chart is a bullish indicator. First support hits at 185.90 and below there 175.15. Resistance comes in at 201.40 and then up at 206.00.

Coffee Sep '21 Daily Chart
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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 - Grains - Consolidation Continues

Over the last week, corn, KC wheat, and soybeans have continued to consolidate. September corn did manage to make a higher high and a higher low on the weekly chart. At the time of writing, Sept corn is trading within a .01 of last week’s closing price and the majority of trading action this week has occurred between the 9- and 20-week moving averages. I would suggest traders prepare to play a breakout. The fundamentals haven’t changed much, the hot and dry mid-west weather has continued to be front and center. The weekly range for September corn, .30 ¼ cents, is the smallest range we have seen in the last 4-months. Historically, we usually see corn pull back around this time of year but so far that hasn’t been the case.  Watch for Monday’s Crop Condition Report to see if the Good/Excellent rating for corn slips again which I think is very possible.  This should help set the tone as the market looks for a fundamental catalyst.

I would suggest using an option strategy to manage your futures position risk or an outright option strategy. Implied option volatility is still relatively high compared to historical vol levels. You may want to incorporate some short options into your strategy in a calculated risk manner such as bull or bear option spreads. I have 25 years of grain market experience, please feel free to call me at 1-800-367-7290 for more details or to discuss in depth trading strategies. Also be sure to check out my past weekly grain market updates posted on our website.

Corn Sep '21 Weekly Chart
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Interest Rates - Delta Variant Impacting Interest Rates

Looking at the September 10-year note, we have had a wild ride in the last week with a new high for the move coming yesterday at 135-07 and yields touching a new low for the move at 1.12. Currently, the note is trading down 25 ticks at 134-01 and yields rising to 1.29 as of this writing. The big move in volatility is due to the market thinking that the new delta variant is going to hurt the U.S.  economy, but more importantly, slow down the world economy. We are not only seeing major upticks in Europe, but the U.S. as well. When the pandemic started in 2020, the U.S. was behind Europe in spreading of the virus by about 2-3 weeks. Now the key going forward, does the world economy go on another lock down or do we continue to re-open and have another mask mandate? My overall feeling is that the world economy will continue to re-open but will remain vigilant. Treasuries have been the major beneficiary of recent stock weakness but as we all saw yesterday, stocks roared back and are having another strong day to the upside. The last two days feel like we had a major short squeeze in notes and have come down in price very quickly. The market feels to me, that as bad as this variant might be along with its ease of transmission, I think it is just another temporary setback in another wise very explosive economy.

10-Year Note Sep '21 Daily Chart
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Equity - New ATH in Nasdaq

Monday’s selloff has quickly been forgotten as the indices are pressing their highs.  The concerning rate at which the Delta variant has been spreading spooked markets, but fears of lockdowns are subsiding as we learn more.  The Dow and S&P fell just ticks short of printing new all-time highs in the premarket, while the Nasdaq managed to top it’s previous mark.  Earnings season is once again upon us, and the data has been strong.  While it is easy to be optimistic about the coming releases, investors have plenty to be concerned about next week. 

The two-day FOMC meeting will be the star of the show.  The committee members have been getting more hawkish with each meeting.  Traders will want to see if more members continue to shift towards tapering sooner rather than later.  Consideration of the Delta variant was cited in yesterday’s ECB commitment to keeping rates lower for longer.  Lagarde mentioned that the new variant is likely to have a pretty dramatic impact on the recovery of industries like travel and hospitality.  Perhaps we hear something similar from Powell on Wednesday. 

Other releases of note will be Monday’s housing data, Quarter 2 GDP on Thursday, and Personal Income and PMI on Friday. Friday’s Personal Income release is when we’ll see the PCE data, which is the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation.

E-mini Nasdaq 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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