Top Day Recommendations
A noisy Friday with Consumer Price Index, Core CPI, Indy Production and Cap Utilization at 9:15 and finally the U of Michigan consumer sentiment index at 9:55. Will the “data matter”? Tough to say to a certitude but there are other certainties to point to such as the low volume levels which suggests that we haven’t seen the interim top in equtities. Extract high frequency trading and the volume figures look that much more anemic. The low volume means that the market is still underinvested and that the shorts have yet to capitulate. Interest rates continue to normalize with the nob (notes against bonds/10 versus 30) trading at 720 last night. This was at 1400 back in December (when Europe was threatening to fall apart) but as the fear factor came out of the market this spread narrowed. If you go back to February of last year, this spread was actually negative, yes below zero before going to 1500 by September, that’s $15,000 on one single spread. Memorable.
Week of March 12 - March 16
|Mar||08:30||Retail Sales ex-auto||Feb||1.2%||0.7%||0.7%|
|Mar||14:15||FOMC Rate Decision||Mar||0.25%||0.25%||0.25%|
|Mar||07:00||MBA Mortgage Index||03/10||NA||NA||-1.2%|
|Mar||08:30||Export Prices ex-ag.||Feb||NA||NA||0.0%|
|Mar||08:30||Import Prices ex-oil||Feb||NA||NA||0.1%|
|Mar||09:00||Net Long-Term TIC||Jan||NA||NA||$17.9B|
Numbers are good up until the close of business today. These are strictly technical in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.
U is Up
D is Down
PRD is Potential Reversal Day
S2 is Weekly strong support
S1 is Weekly good support
DS is Daily Support
DR is Daily Resistance
R1 is Weekly Good Resistance
R2 is Weekly Strong Resistance
Levels are for the most active futures contract
Daily Support and Resistance
N.B.: if you initiate a trade using ANY of these numbers use a STOP at least equivalent to 2 ½%.
Repeat: use Stops. Don’t think about using Stops.
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