Headed into the week we have the Republican Nationals Convention that kicks off tonight, and backloaded into weeks end is the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium.  Dueling tropical storms, Marco and Laura are set to make back-to-back landfalls over the next few days threatening to shut in Crude Oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.  Oil Futures are +0.90% as a result.

Global Equities:

*A strong overnight session in all major world indices led higher by Germany +2.23%

* The US and China also building off of last weeks momentum, with the US NASDAQ and SP500 +1.03% and 0.83% respectively; Shanghai gains 0.15%

Top Market Movers


*Gold and Silver pumping out gains +0.48% and 1.22% respectively on another “weak dollar” morning in the US.

*Our contention is that Gold and Silver have found a range to trade in for a while.  Gold 1895-2010 and Silver 24.00-29.30 for the next several weeks.


*Copper gained +2.2% last week to 2.9265 (but well off the weekly highs of 3.0295)  remains bullish trend, but appears to be stalling.  The pattern on the charts may suggest a test of 2.800 – BUT WE REMAIN BULLISH OF COPPER IN THE LONG-TERM UNTIL MACRO FUNDAMENTALS SUGGEST OTHERWISE.


*Soybeans and Corn are gaining this morning, Up 0.66% and 0.88% respectively.  We contend that something has changed in terms of the technical picture of the Ag markets.  The past 2 weeks we’ve seen Agriculture join in on the broader commodity rally as Corn gained 7% or 23 cents and Soybeans more that 40 cents.

*Our technical outlook suggest a move up to $9.60 a bushel in Soybeans in coming weeks – So long as the demand side of the market lives up to its end of the bargain….China?


*The Foreign currency space continues to take advantage of a weaker USD, but momentum appears to be flattening or stalling.

*The Euro is leading the way this morning +0.44% vs the USD

*The USD was higher last week by 0.2% (a “unicorn” event these days), but is trading back under 93.00 this morning as we head into a very “noisy” week of politics and of course the Jackson Hole Symposium.  We remain bearish of the USD and will welcome “short” opportunities from around the 93.90-94.20 level – subject to change.

Key Economic Data Releases (USA):

*Consumer Confidence on Tuesday Aug 25

*Durable Goods at 7:30am Wednesday Aug 26

*EIA Energy Data at 9:30am Wednesday Aug 26

*US GDP (Q2) Second Estimate on Thursday Aug 27th

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John Caruso

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Follow John on Twitter @JCarusoRJO. John began his career at Wilshire Quinn Capital, a Wealth Management Firm based out of Los Angeles, California. John made his move to the commodity industry at the end of 2005, and began his path at Lind Waldock, at the time the largest retail brokerage division worldwide. John did his undergraduate work at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania from 1999-2003, where he was a 4 year varsity basketball letterman.  A self-professed “Macro Trader”, John uses a multi-factor fundamental and “quantamental” trading model in distinguishing market cycles based upon the accelerations or decelerations of growth and inflation metrics. His technical and quantitative approach is heavily reliant upon trend and market range analysis via a custom built standard deviation system in helping him make probability-based market decisions. John is an avid reader of all things pertaining to finance, and behavioral economics. Click here to sign-up for John Caruso's Trading Coach Insights. Daily information and insight on all futures marketsin ranging from metals to equities.
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