RJO FuturesCast

October 11, 2019 | Volume 13, Issue 41

The Markets

Metals - Dec Gold, Look at Buying Dips

December gold has seen this move before, and the main themes driving it higher still have not changed. This time shouldn’t be traded any differently. There are a few short term themes that are driving it lower and the clear and obvious reasons are the increased chances of a Brexit deal, and the optimism surrounding the U.S./China trade talks which are wrapping up today. I would look at the longer-term themes as the real issues to consider when considering a long position in gold. The central banks around the world have been buying gold at a much more aggressive pace over the past 12 months, with China and Russia leading the way to split from the U.S. dollar. The yield curve invertingm which has preceded the last 7 recessions, might be worrisome for investors and a flight to safe havens would make sense.

Technically, gold is having real trouble breaking the short-term trend which was drawn from the high to the most recent trend line resistance point at 1522. I would be a buyer of gold lightly in the 1475 area, and even more so around 1450, but this is in terms of the value as we are almost $100 off the recent yearly contract high. To confirm a gold turnaround though, we really need a break above 1530, and 1544 respectively. This would break above the short term down trend we have been in, and give more confidence to the bulls as the growing uncertainty over the economy grows. If you would like more information on how to trade gold weather over the short term or long term please contact me directly.

Metals - Silver heading to $20.00?

When comparing gold and silver, in my opinion, the silver chart looks more bullish. Any sustained break in the U.S. dollar should send silver shooting to $20.00 area. The headlines are very supportive. The month of October may be a crucial month for U.S.-China trade talk. If that happens, it could strengthen a Renminbi and send the dollar lower. Silver could benefit from spillover effect. The U.S. political landscape is heating up as well.

From the technical prospective, a closer look of series of small flags suggest that more upside are likely.

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Energy - Oil Rebounds with Risk Ongoing

Oil prices have rebounded following Wednesday’s somewhat muted close after crude had rallied nearly 2%, with data from the EIA showing inventories rose for the fourth consecutive week and more than expected. In addition, U.S. supply was shown to have risen to a record 12.6 million barrels a day. Geopolitical risks remain far from abated with the U.S. withdrawing troops from Syria, effectively abandoning a strategic ally in the fight against the Islamic State. On Wednesday, the Turkish military was launching the offensive in Syria to acquire territory held by the U.S. – backed Kurdish forces, which the market largely discounted.

Moreover, trade negotiations between the U.S. and China remain ongoing and appeared to have temporarily escalated earlier in the week after the U.S. imposed restrictions on more than two dozen companies and placed visa restrictions on Chinese officials. Any enhanced tensions with China would only serve to heighten demand concerns and further cloud economic growth worries. These demand concerns are coupled with OPEC cutting its forecast for global oil demand to 0.98 million barrels per day for the third consecutive month. As previously noted, geopolitical risk remains the most consequently factor with risk concerns remaining high. The market remains bearish trend with today’s range seen between 51.05 – 55.51.

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Softs - Producer Selling Caps Sugar Rally. Chart Looks Heavy.

This week’s comment finds the March sugar contract retracing gains posted in September. Short covering and talk of production deficit for 2019/2020 has provided support to March sugar for weeks. but the last 5 trading sessions have seen this support erode. Failing just under 13.00, at 12.93 to be exact, the March contract has fallen all the way to 12.31. A feature of the recent rally was short covering. The Fund trader was still short about 176k contracts as of October 1. This size short position was a surprise to me. The March contract had rallied above levels where we would normally see the Fund trader getting flat, or even long. We will get another view of this position with Friday’s updated COT, the March contract could be at an inflection point.  Again, we see producer selling cap a rally in sugar. If there is more producer selling to be done and the Fund trader gets pushed back into a bearish tilt, we could be headed for a test of the lows. A close below 12.22, forces the fund trader to begin establishing new short positions. The 18-day moving average comes in at 12.47. The longer sugar stays below this level the heavier it is going to look on the chart. March puts give bearish traders short exposure until February 15 of next year.

Softs - Cotton Futures Gain Strength on Supply Concerns

Dec ’19 cotton futures start the morning strong on weak production and optimism on U.S./China Trade talks. After yesterday’s sell-off, cotton prices have sprung back with positive over-night sentiment regarding the upcoming negotiations. While harvest for cotton has been moving forward well ahead of the average pace, production has been limited by poor weather conditions and supplies are starting to tighten. If trade talks can offer positive headlines or a partial deal, this commodity will be very much under-valued. If trade talks end neutral or even negative there could still be a solid opportunity in this market if the USDA Crop Production and Supply/Demand report is bullish. Supply concerns are in place already, with bullish demand news I’d expect an upside break-out from consolidation, and perhaps even sustained bull trend.

Agricultural - Grain Futures Update w/Stephen Davis - 10/11/2019
Stephen Davis discusses the weeks movement in the grain market. Stephen does a deep dive on the corn market after a tumultuous week and gives insight into what he expects.
Agricultural - Cattle Market Overbought

In the December cattle contract, we have seen some consolidation over the past seven trading sessions which is most likely the market attempting to correct its overbought condition. The cash market has not traded yet this week, but the market is holding firm with the $107 cash trade from the week before. If there is any bearish news that comes out, then we could see selling in the market because of the overbought condition as previously mentioned. When you look at the CoT from Oct.1st showed that the managed money when from a NET short position to a NET long position. One of the major fundamental factors that will be coming to the market is the forecast for snow in the northern plains for the weekend and this harsh weather could be seen as a supportive factor in the markets. USDA boxed beef cutout values were up $1.99 at mid-session yesterday and closed $2.51 higher at $213.60. This was up from $213.47 the prior week. There is no trade in the cash market so far this week. Cash cattle traded in Kansas on Friday at $107, up from $103 to $104.50 the previous week and $101.60 two weeks ago. In Texas, they traded at $107 (3,198 head) on Friday from $106 Thursday (2,872 head) which was up from $103-$104 the previous week and $101 two weeks ago. The USDA estimated cattle slaughter came in at 117,000 head yesterday. This brings the total for the week so far to 233,000 head, down from 234,000 last week at this time and down from 234,000 a year ago.

The trend in the market is still up but we need to see if there any cash trades take place this week to give more support to the market. A break overt the $111.50 level would lead me to believe that we see a continuation to the July highs of $115.00 or at least around the 200-day moving average of $114.00.

Currency - The USD Moves Lower as the Fed Initiates “Not QE”

U.S. dollar futures are 40 points lower Friday morning, while foreign currencies gain upside momentum as the market reacts to Chairman Powell’s comments regarding treasury buybacks. Given the liquidity squeeze in the money supply, and the relentless strength in the U.S. dollar this year, it was only a matter of time before the Fed was forced to unravel, what is essentially, another round of quantitative easing. The chairman announced Wednesday that America’s central bank would buy back approximately $20 billion monthly in treasury debt, injecting much needed liquidity into the U.S. economy and breaking the dollar down off its highs, at least temporarily. This should adjust the huge disconnect between the greenback and the currencies of other developed economies. In particular, the British pound is showing strength this week. Investors are hopeful that an end to the ongoing Brexit situation is imminent.

Technically speaking, the pound has been depressed over the last few months and has finally carved out a base. The euro is catching a bid despite severely depressed manufacturing data out of that economic zone. This is likely a “win-by-default” scenario, as the dollar takes a breather after its strong run. Safe-haven currencies are selling off, as the Chinese trades talks are apparently “going very well”. The leaders are in Washington again on Friday, and any signs of tension could initiate reversal moves quickly. Investors are not expecting a complete deal but are looking for some concessions and perhaps an interim deal to satisfy markets in the short-term. While the currency sector appears to be reversing trend, I believe the dollar will fight to hold within the September range during Q4 before moving higher next year.

Equity - Stocks Eye Trade Headlines

The S&P continued its push higher this morning on positive outlooks on the U.S./China trade talks from yesterday and today. The market looks to finish the week higher after declining on Tuesday and pushing to a low of 2881.75 on Thursday when reports of Chinese headlines stating that trade negotiations weren’t seeing progress. Once the U.S. markets opened and we saw that talks were still on schedule, the market reversed and closed positive on the day. It seems that the attack on an Iranian oil tanker hasn’t done much to hinder the move higher this morning on the S&P. The market looks to remain bullish in the short term as any headlines we see this afternoon will have a positive spin. The next upside target is resistance at 2970 and 2995 with support coming in at 2935. A close under support would propel a move lower to 2890.

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