RJO FuturesCast

October 16, 2020 | Volume 14, Issue 42

The Markets

Metals - Gold is Broken Right Now

December gold futures have had anything but a calm price action the past few months, and the gradual trend is sideways to lower. Look for gold futures to continue chopping sideways to lower. Traders should be at this point focusing on two real factors and they are quite easy to understand. The first is the fundamental aspect of a stimulus bill or fed commentary that might drive the direction of gold to the upside. $1.8T is no small amount of money, double the 08 bailout to be exact, which would more likely than not drive gold back above $2000. The second factor is technical and it’s simply looking at the breakout point on the upside for a break in the lower trend we’ve been in for months. This level comes out at the 1940-1950 level, which I would think a few days of closing in this area allows traders to again step in and buy gold futures. This is not something I would be buying into until this happens. Everyone trading gold has their own theory based on fundamentals, and quite frankly nobody knows where it’s going except the managed money. If traders want to smartly trade gold they would wait for a breakout to the upside before buying and continue to trade with the trend; sounds familiar doesn’t it? The margin increases from the CME on gold futures sit around $12,000 on a full 100 oz contract, so traders should be prepared for bigger swings and if not need to utilize options instead, to which we can assist in strategy development.

Gold Dec '20 Daily Chart
Metals - Silver Needs More in Order to Move Higher

Dec. Silver is trading around 24.495 as I write. Interestingly, the market was around this area when I lkast wrote about silver. A succession of rejection is keeping silver from flying higher. As you can see below, we have a decent-sized flag forming that requires sustain action to come out of these congestions.

Honestly, it is impressive that the bears have been keeping silver in check with all the headlines such as the U.S. election just a few days away, the stimulus deal, and Brexit. Given the U.S. dollar index technical improvement, silver will need a great deal of news to make gains. Flight to safety type of buying hasn’t been as present as one might expect with one of the most challenging election seasons in recent history. Maybe Silver fears deflation.

For now, I think we are looking at a wait and see the type of price action. A break below $23.30 will signal further selloff. And we need to see $25.50 or above for the bulls to assert their will. For now, everything we see shows a sideway to lower type of price action. The daily dollar chart also shows a sign of turning upwards and added downside pressure on Silver.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the markets further, please feel free to contact me at 800-367-7290 or etesfaye@rjofutures.com.
Energy - Oil Focus in Demand Amid Covid

Oil prices have seen a two-sided trade this week and have formed a consolidation range but are slipping here in the early session amongst an increase in corona cases in Europe, which is only further exacerbating the grim outlook in growth and recovery in fuel demand.  This comes amid some recent bullish supply side developments with continuing oil production outages in the Gulf, which is expected to wane in the near term coupled with a more than expected decline in weekly oil stocks according the EIA. OPEC+ is set to reduce supply cuts from the current 7.7 million bpd to 2 million bpd in January despite noting that the outlook for fuel usage appears ‘anemic.’ The demand outlook continues to remain bleak, which coupled with a continuing rise in supply from Libya may cause OPEC+ to extend the current production cuts into next year. Continue to keep an eye on oil volatility (OVX) with the market remaining bearish trend with today’s range seen between 38.06 – 41.90.

Crude Oil Dec '20 Daily Chart
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Softs - Cocoa Grinding Data and Trading Technicals

Cocoa futures prices are feeling pressure from multiple sources. Grinding data is being released this week – most traders are anticipating levels lower than last year at this time. Demand is a continued issue for cocoa as we move closer to the holiday season. European markets have also shown a weaker currency and equity trade – adding to the global pressure this commodity is facing.

Technically, the December cocoa chart looks bearish, but oversold. Look for support to hold at these current levels. The market should be strong enough to hold above 2335 even after all the grinding data is released this week. Look for opportunities at these levels, a positive earnings reports or weaker production data can send prices back above 2500. As we get closer to the US election and closer to year end, look for continued volatility across the board.

Cocoa Dec '20 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 - Live Cattle in a Rut

Dec cattle has closed lower today for the 5th time in the last 6 sessions, with the outlook of weaker seasonal demand and a cash market starting to trend lower cattle futures are now trending down back into price level we saw back in the beginning of September. Beef supply is still high with weights being at a 5 year high so even if we get a slight increase in slaughter numbers, that would put additional pressure on the market possibly bringing prices down to the early July levels of $106. With Dec cattle’s close under 109.65, the market has looked to violate $110 level and would look to continue to trend lower. In Nebraska 1,720 head traded at $107-$108 and an average price of $107.62 versus $108.16 last week. In Texas/Oklahoma 4,811 head traded at $108-$108.25 and an average price of $108.02 versus $108.90 last week. The USDA estimated cattle slaughter came in at 119,000 head yesterday. This brings the total for the week so far to 356,000 head, up from 355,000 last week and up from 351,000 a year ago. December cattle closed moderately lower on the session yesterday and the selling pushed the market down to the lowest level since September 11. Outside market forces are bearish with a negative tilt toward the economy as virus cases are on the rise in the US and around the world.

Live Cattle Dec '20 Daily Chart
Equity - Stocks Up on Retail Sales

U.S. Stock futures are up this morning after a strong retail sales number and very promising news on a Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer.  According the U.S. Census Bureau “Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September 2020, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $549.3 billion, an increase of 1.9 percent (± 0.5 percent) from the previous month, and 5.4 percent (± 0.7 percent) above September 2019. Total sales for the July 2020 through September 2020 period were up 3.6 percent (± 0.5 percent) from the same period a year ago. The July 2020 to August 2020 percent change was unrevised at up 0.6 percent (± 0.2 percent). Retail trade sales were up 1.9 percent (± 0.5 percent) from August 2020, and 8.2 percent (± 0.7 percent) above last year. Non-store retailers were up 23.8 percent (± 1.6 percent) from September 2019, while building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers were up 19.1 percent (± 2.1 percent) from last year.”

Also, this morning, Pfizer Inc stated that is applying for emergency use of their experimental Covid-19 vaccine that they are co-developing with BioNtech SA.  This could come as soon as the end of November. This is a bit longer than they had first anticipated but it will be filed once two months of safety data are compiled per FDA rules. This news had Pfizer shares trading up 53% in the premarket.

Support today is 345000 and 341500 with resistance showing 351000 and 352500

E-mini S&P 500 Dec '20 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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