RJO FuturesCast

July 30, 2021 | Volume 15, Issue 30

The Markets

Metals - Gold is Still Contained

After a 2-dayt $41.70 rally in December gold, the market still seems to be contained. The 200 DMA and 50 DMA converge right around $1,832 and that level seems to be keeping a lid on gold’s rally. Remember though, that a breakout above that $1,835 range would encourage the bulls to get more aggressive in adding new longs. First support comes in at $1,825 with stronger support at $1,810. A close under $1,800 would be a big negative. A close above $1,840 would be bullish.

The gold market seems to embrace the dovish Fed more than the prospects of runaway inflation, but the fact that gold has been unable to breakout above $1,835 has me scratching my head. I don’t get it, but the market isn’t always logical. I still remain bullish and believe that gold still has a big move higher coming. The market cannot go sideways forever!

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Metals - Silver is Stair Stepping Higher

The silver market is stair-stepping higher primarily due to strength in other physical commodity markets and resilient equity markets. The trend is your friend. Also, the dollar has been weaker in recent sessions. In my view, any pullback, should be looked at as an opportunity to buy rather than sell. The problem with the bull market is that it needs a fresh set of news to keeps going. The more I see it; we will be looking at sideway markets for a while, tilting to the upside. If you want to discuss a trading opportunity for either hedging or speculating, reach out to me.  

Silver Aug '21 Daily Chart
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Energy - Oil Higher on Tighter Supply

Oil prices rose on Thursday amid a weaker US Dollar as well as carryover from a bullish inventory report with EIA data showing crude stocks declined -4.089 million barrels for the ninth time in the last ten weeks. Production fell 200k bpd for the first time in five weeks with imports falling -590k bpd which was coupled with the lowest inventory reading since January 2020, a further indication of tightening supply. Despite the dampening demand outlook regarding the uncertainty surrounding the delta variant, demand should continue to outpace supply even as OPEC+ is set to bring another 400k barrels back online next month, which is only further evidenced by reports earlier in the week that Indian June oil imports rose 16% from year ago levels. Once more, oil volatility (ovx) has come off trend resistance and continues to break down into the low 30s with the market remaining bullish trend with today’s range seen between 68.07 – 75.83.

Oil Sep '21 Daily Chart
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Softs - Sugar Reinstates Secular Bull, Defines New Risk Levels

For the past 2-1/2-months the market has generally wafted laterally, presenting a correction-vs-reversal debate and challenge.  With Yesterday's recovery above 06-Jun's 18.43 high and our key risk parameter, the market has confirmed the price action dating back to 12-May's 18.25 high as a corrective/consolidative event and reinstated the secular bull trend from 28Apr20's 9.21 low.  The important by-products of this resumed strength are the market's definition of smaller- and larger-degree corrective lows at 17.77 and 16.73 that it is fully expected to sustain gains above to maintain a more immediate bullish count.  Per such, these levels serve as our new short- and longer-term risk parameters from which traders can objectively base and manage the risk of a resumed bullish policy and exposure commensurate with their personal risk profiles.

Two-and-a-half months of former 18.50-to-17.90-area resistance, since broken, is expected to hold as new near-term support ahead of further and possibly extended gains.

On a broader scale, since the secular bull trend has resumed, previous peak/reversal-threat elements like waning upside momentum, historically frothy bullish sentiment and a potentially complete Elliott sequence are relegated to the back burner and will not be considered applicable to another peak/reversal threat until and unless the market proves weakness below at least 17.77 and especially 16.73.  Indeed, the monthly log chart below shows NO levels of any technical merit above the market shy of Sep'16's 24.10 high.  In effect, there is no resistance.  This does not mean however that we're forecasting a more to the 24-area.  But it certainly does mean that until and unless the market fails below the recent corrective lows and risk parameters we've identified, the market's upside potential is indeterminable and potentially extreme, including a run at 24 and higher.

These issues considered, traders are advised to return to a bullish policy and re-establish at least cautious bullish exposure at-the-market (18.59) with a failure below 17.77 required to threaten this call enough to warrant its cover.  In lieu of such weakness, further and possibly accelerated gains straight away should not surprise.

Agricultural - Cattle Appears Overbought

With the recent moves in the October cattle market, it looks to be in a bit of overbought territory. Recent news from China is that they are still expanding their beef imports from the US which should lend some support to the market but that remains to be seen. Other supporting factors right now though are the declining supply combined with some strength in consumer demand, currently Oct cattle is trading at 127.5 which is on a near term support level. Cash business seems to be improving with heavier volume traded this week and higher trending prices. 130 looks to be the upside resistance level, if a breakout happens, we need to see a close above that level next week in my opinion.

Some of the fundamental news in accordance with export numbers and cash prices are as follows: The largest buyer this week in the weekly export sales report was South Korea at 8,222 tonnes, followed by Japan at 6,085 and China at 4,488. South Korea has the most commitments for 2021 at 212,700 tonnes, followed by Japan at 185,600 and China at 119,000. Last year, China had booked 15,000 tonnes by this time of the year and just 4,100 tonnes for this time of year 2 years ago. Cash live cattle traded in heavier volume on Thursday at higher prices than last week. In Kansas 8,410 head traded at 118-123.50 with an average price of 120.13, up from an average of 119 last week. In Nebraska 1,965 head traded at 122-123 with an average of 122.13, up from 121.67 last week. In Texas/Oklahoma 3,784 head traded at 120, up from 118.77 last week. The USDA boxed beef cutout closed $2.06 higher at $275.22. This was up from $266.14 the previous week and was the highest the cutout had been since July 9.

Live Cattle Oct '21 Daily Chart
Agricultural - Grains - Consolidation Continues 2.0

Over the last week, corn and soybeans have continued to consolidate while KC wheat had an outside week although at the time of this writing KC is trading inside last week’s range. Looking at the weekly September corn chart below, one can clearly see the degree of consolidation. In last week’s Grains Insight, I advised traders to watch for changes in Mondays Crop Condition Report. That report showed a drop in the good to excellent category from 65 to 64 which spurred a rally to the weekly high achieved on Tuesday of $5.64. At the time of writing Sept corn is trading at $5.48 which is about the middle of the weekly range. Based on the chart patterns I believe the numbers to watch are $5.25 on the downside and $5.80 on the upside – watch for a breakout and position accordingly. This week, the range for corn has been even smaller coming in at .27 ¼ cents.  As I mentioned last week, historically we usually see corn sell off around this time of year but so far that hasn’t been the case.  Watch for Mondays Crop Condition Report to see if the Good/Excellent rating for corn slips again or stays unchanged. August 12th is the next USDA Supply/Demand Report and Crop Production, traders should pay close attention to the yield number which in my opinion should be revised lower form 179.5 – that’s a tall order to fill in my opinion with all the problems we have seen this growing season.

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 Daily Chart
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Equity - Stock Futures Down on Open

U.S. stock indexes were trading lower today as inflation data was released along with some earnings of high-profile companies. The (PCE) personal consumption expenditures in June showed the price of goods and services rising 0.4% in June, slower than the may number of 0.5% and lower than the expected number of 0.6%.  The PCE is an inflation measure that the Fed watches very closely. The second month in a row of decelerated price growth gives them some room to pull back from their emergency market support.  Amazon released earnings this morning with revenues topping $100 billion for the third straight quarter, but it missed analysts estimates for the first time in three years.  Chevron, Exxon and Caterpillar showed profits from cost cuttings during the pandemic.

Support today is 438500 and 436000 with resistance showing 443000 and 444500.

E-mini S&P 500 Sep'21 Daily Chart
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Economy - Fed Announcement Reaction w/John Caruso - 07/28/2021
John Caruso reacts to the latest Fed announcement including some dovish sounding comments by Jerome Powell concerning economic tapering.
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