Good morning,

Coming off of a “correction” week in stocks, we’re seeing a modest bounce back this morning. That’s of course if you want to call -2.0% off of the all-time high a correction. The correction was led by Energy related stocks (Crude Oil -6.5% last week).  SPY +0.16%, NQ +0.65%, and RTY UNCH headed into the open. 

Bond yields are backing off their 1yr highs of 1.754% last week to 1.68% this morning – we mentioned that if there was any consistency in the inflation trade last week, we’d likely see a modest pull back in yields – which we’re seeing this morning.  $28B of inflows from pension funds into bonds this week is what we’re hearing, the largest fund inflow into Fixed income since 2009, so if there were ever a time for a counter-trend bounce in bonds vs bond yields, it’s now. 

Copper corrected -1.3% last week, +0.27% to start the week. 

Volatility, the VIX following a bounce to 23.17 on Friday, has since back off this morning to 20.99 with immediate-term downside to 17.53. The Volatility set-up looks bullish for stocks here. 

Headed into the end of Q1 2021, there’s reason to believe markets will hold it together and continue their upside bias over the next 2 weeks, especially in the event of a counter-trend bounce in bonds (downtick in yields). 

We remain bullish on the reflation trade, and back off in bond yields could assist in this trade throughout the end of Q1 2021 next week. 

Good Luck,

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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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