Saturday, March 29, 2008

Market Commentary sent to Timer Digest on Friday March 28, 2008

Market Commentary sent to Timer Digest on Friday March 28, 2008SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Fari Hamzei

When the McClellan Oscillators hooked earlier this week, the short-term trade was to sell the market indices. Don't be fooled, the longer trend is still up and we should be oversold shortly as this is all part of the bottoming process.

Stay the course and enjoy the Spring Madness...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Commodity Bull Market is Alive and Well

The Commodity Bull Market is Alive and WellSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Sally Limantour

As most of you know, commodities went through an overdue correction last week. This shouldn’t have been a big deal. Here’s the problem though. As a result of that correction, some folks are making assumptions that don’t make sense. In fact, some of these assumptions are downright dangerous.

For example, the media and others are giving Fed Chairman Bernanke credit for “putting an end to commodity inflation” with his brilliant strategies.
On March 21st, Bloomberg stated that “the biggest commodity collapse in at least five decades may signal Federal reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has revived confidence in financial firms.”

Or how about this: Ron Goodis, a trader with the Equidex Brokerage group, tells us that “Bernanke took care of the commodity bubble.”

This is faulty thinking. To imagine that Bernanke deserves credit as the commodity dragon slayer, even as he lowers interest rates and continues to stoke inflation, is mind-boggling.

Sources of the Sell-off

So what exactly caused the vicious sell-off in commodities? When all was said and done, by last Thursday’s close, gold had its biggest weekly loss since August 1990. Oil had plunged almost $10 over three days. The corn market was off by 9%. There were a number of things that contributed to the sell-off. First, the commodity markets had gotten ahead of themselves, and were in a classic “overbought” situation. Second, derivative trading losses and shrinking credit lines were forcing hedge funds to liquidate their winning trades – many of those trades in commodities – in order to free up capital.

There was also fear that the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) was on the verge of raising margin requirements for commodity positions. This is what happened at the end of the last big commodity bull market, when the Hunt brothers were forced to liquidate their silver positions. (I was on the trading floor at the time… it wasn’t pretty.)

Furthermore, the dollar was oversold and ready for a bounce. All these factors combined to create a swift break, which has now taken many commodities back to more attractive buying levels.

Facing the Facts

To say the commodity bull market is over is just, well, a bunch of bull. Let’s take a look at the facts. Energy prices, precious metals, agriculture prices, and other commodities have been in a bull market trend since 2000. The UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index has gained 20 percent every year since 2001. For 2008 the index is up over 10%.

The big picture has not changed. We still have central banks pumping money like mad into the global financial system. This is obviously long-term inflationary. Helicopter Ben is not going away. Nor is his one-trick strategy to save the world – running a printing press. This is long-term bullish for gold and silver.

In regard to agricultural commodities, the 2008 crops are not even in the ground. Demand issues are pressing and widespread. There are still record high rice prices (a global food staple) in Asia. Egypt is in the midst of a serious “bread crisis” for lack of grain. An outbreak of “sharp eyespot disease,” or SED, now threatens 4.83 million hectares of wheat in major producing areas throughout China. Water is increasingly scarce.

In regard to energy, no major new finds have been tapped in recent memory, North American natural gas demand is set to outpace supply over time, and the global supply-demand situation is still supportive of high oil prices. (That said, crude oil’s parabolic move from $85 has been enormous, and a trading range may be in order for crude.)

Three Billion Strong

In the macro picture, we still have the incredible growth stories of China, India, Brazil and Russia under way – not to mention many other fast-growing countries that get less attention in the headlines.

While there is talk of “recoupling” (the tongue in cheek opposite of decoupling), it is hard to argue with the fact that 5.6 billion people currently consume just one third of the world’s raw materials. That 5.6 billion grows more successful, and more hungry, every day.

As my good friend Clyde Harrison ( says ,“the industrial revolution involved 300 million people. The emerging nation revolution involves 3 billion.”

When discussing the general supply-demand imbalance for commodities, I am referring to a very, very big trend. In fact, we now have two “megatrends” that are colliding. Thirty years of restrained and neglected natural resource supply are coming face to face with three billion people intent on discovering capitalism. Irresistible force meets immovable object? We haven’t seen anything yet.

Reversing the Reversal

Monday’s trading action in commodities saw a “reversal of the reversal,” with solid moves higher in many different areas. Today we are seeing follow through on the upside. Soybeans have tacked on $1.00 per bushel since the Thursday’s lows and are limit up today.. Wheat is up over 10% and corn has rallied 8%. The metals are recovering as well with gold, silver and copper all gaining between 3-5%.

The commodity bull market is alive and well. Last week’s correction let some much needed air out of the balloon, that’s all. It would be healthy at this point to see some consolidation, but we might not get it. Already it looks like commodities could be off to the races once again.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Markt Timing Bias Change

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March 17, 2008


We have logged your S&P 500 Buy signal as of the 03/17/08 Close.



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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Market Commentary sent to Timer Digest on Friday March 14, 2008

Market Commentary sent to Timer Digest on Friday March 14, 2008SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Fari Hamzei

This week, Uncle Ben and Comrade Paulson, with a coordinated attack plan in their back pocket, came in to rescue the Credit Markets, in general, and now we find out, the Bear Stearns & Co. (NYSE: BSC) in particular. BSC is an 85-year old primary broker dealer for the Treasury Bills, Notes and Bonds. All of this ahead of Spring Equinox and Mar OX.

Market smelled blood and went short big time. It is a bleak Friday on both Wall Street and Main Streets. With low Consumer Confidence numbers, record gold and oil prices, and a big investment house having its market cap getting clipped by 50%, the bottoming process is well under way.

Given the most recent market action (near -2 sigma on major indices), we fully expect that The President's Working Group on Financial Markets, better known as PPT, will move in next week and that is the time to hunt for some bargains. Novices better stay on the sidelines till the dust settles.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We Closed our Short SPX Position with Timer Digest

We Closed our Short SPX Position with Timer DigestSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Fari Hamzei

The following email went out to our MSA List Members this morning at 1037 CST (w/o the chart).

Timer Digest just confirmed that we are FLAT SPX as of last night close.

NYSE McClellan Oscillator yesterday hit -279 while NASDAQ McClellan Oscillator closed at -179. DJIA, SPX, DJ Trans & RUT each closed just a tad above -3 sigma, NDX was at -3 sigma, VIX, VXO & VXN closed above +2 sigma.

So late last night, we decided to cover our SPX SHORT position from 1507 (put on 6/8/07) and booked 234 SPX points for now.

Again we repeat, we are NOT LONG SPX here. We are FLAT SPX. If and when we go LONG, we will update you all immediately.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Few 30 Minutes Charts Worth Noting

A Few 30 Minutes Charts Worth NotingSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Brad Sullivan

These charts were posted on Thursday March 6, 2008 at 1215 CST in our SuperPlatinum Virtual Trading Room.

Equity Index Update

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Brad Sullivan

This article and accompanying charts were posted on Thursday March 6, 2008 at 0830 CST in our SuperPlatinum Virtual Trading Room.

The index markets appear to be set for another volatile session as news out of MER, FNM and TMA have knocked the markets substantially from overnight highs. On the positive side of the ledger, WMT boosted their dividend and announced slightly better than anticipated monthly sales figures. Currently, the SPH is trading at 1328.50, -7.00 on the session and in the heart of yesterday’s final hour choppy trading zone. Considering that the Employment reading will be tomorrow morning, one has to wonder if the market will have enough “juice” to move substantially in either direction. However, if the news cycle continues to deteriorate and the dollar freefalls, anything can happen.

I have included several charts today…among them is a chart with daily closes in the SP Cash. It is worth noting that we are, for all intents and purposes, locked in a range between the January closing low of 1310.50 and the Feb High of 1392. However, the substantial portion of the settlements in the index has occurred between 1360 and 1335. The situation now is this…is we building a base from which to move higher or a topping base from which to move lower?

Friday, March 7, 2008

Timer Digest Market Commentary

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Fari Hamzei

"And, Nostradamus Shall Lead 'em....."

As Uncle Ben & Co. pre-empted the BLS' Feb NFP Release early this morning, much to the liking of GW, Dick Cheney and the rest of the usual suspects on both ends of the Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, it was a different story on Wall Street. The Smart Money sold, and sold relentlessly. And, as the Mortgage Mess CEOs showed up to defend their 8-digits pay packages on the Hill, the fall in share prices steepened.

Pre-open we had warned that today could be a negative 300 day on the Dow. Well, we closed half as much on normal volume. This tells us the bleeding should continue as VIX, VXO and VXN patterns have not reached an climatic structure from a sigma channels standpoint.

Could we see that pattern completed next week? We don't think so. Not so fast at least.

But....the following week is March Options X featuring FOMC Meeting on Tuesday, March 18th and Quadruple Witching Expiration on Thursday, March 2oth. Good Friday, March 21st, falls on the Spring Equinox (often an inflection point). And, indeed, this Spring, could be a time for renewal on Wall Street and the Main Street. But first, we do need to go thru a FLUSH of the weak longs by then.

Have a great weekend ...... STAY SHORT a little bit longer!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Monthly FX Strategy

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Ashraf Laidi

Euro Momentum Remains Intact

The latest episode of Euro strength is underpinned by not only the breadth of the rally (gaining versus EUR, GBP and CAD) but is also founded on the unlikelihood that the European Central Bank will intervene to stem its strength. With inflation at a record high of 3.2%--well over the central bank’s preferred level of 2.0%--and oil prices surging above $103, markets are well aware of the anti-inflationary benefits of a strong euro during the soaring energy prices. And unlike in past episodes of Euro strengthening such as 2004 and early 2005, European politicians have shown remarkable coordination and cooperation with the ECB by tempering their complaints against the high currency, considering the ongoing slowdown in their economies. Such cooperation bolsters the credibility of the ECB and its president JC Trichet, in contrast to escalating criticism facing Fed Chairman Bernanke and BoE Governor Mervyn King.

But the Euro has more going in its favor than simply credibility and containing costs of rising oil. Two consecutive increases in Germany’s main business and investor sentiment surveys (IFO and ZEW) defying expectations of a decrease have played a major role in validating the monetary policy contrast to the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and Bank of Canada. The Euro is also boosted by the lowest net interest rate disadvantage since December 2002 against the top traded 7 currencies (USD, JPY, GBP, CHF, CAD, AUD and NZD), in contrast to the US dollar whose net interest rate disadvantage is at a record high, beating the levels of 2003-04 when US interest rates drifted at 45-year lows of 1.00%.

Another reason to expect further gains in EURUSD is the historical ways in which the pair has added to its gains each time it broke key figures; $1.20, $1.30, $1.40. This leads us to believe that $1.5400 maybe in the works as early as this month, especially in the event that the Fed opts for a 75-bp cut on March 18. A subsequent retracement later in the month is expected to stabilize at $1.5250 as jawboning from European politicians and policy makers is seen on the rise.

Yen Marshes Onward Seasonally in March

Shaky global investor confidence and deteriorating USD sentiment is expected to continue boosting the yen during the month before temporary stability in April and May. The yen’s historical strengthening during the month of March in light of pre-fiscal year-end repatriation by Japanese firms and institutions is likely to test the 102.30s. Markets will continue shrugging jawboning remarks from Japanese officials until policy makers are forced to threaten operational intervention, which has not been done since early 2004. One main reason Japanese officials have stayed away from intervention is the avoidance of accusations of a double standard, as the industrialized world has largely criticized China on its interventionist approach to keep the yuan from strengthening more rapidly. Another reason to the lack of interventions is the fundamental backdrop to the current gains, especially against the USD. Japanese officials have long stated that the impact of US sub-prime losses was limited in Japan and praised Tokyo’s ability to stave off the costs of yen strength. Therefore any remarks from Tokyo are unlikely to carry much weight without the threat to follow up with real intervention.

This week’s US labor report as well as the FOMC decision later this month will act as major possible determinants of the fate of the 102.00 figure. Unlike last year when aggressive Fed cuts weighed on the Japanese currency to the benefit of the USD on the argument of rising risk appetite, aggressive rate cuts today are largely seen to the detriment of the already floundering interest rate foundation of the greenback. Upside remains capped at 105.

Sterling Crosses Remain on the Wane

The fact that cable’s gains have largely emerged on USD weakness highlights sterling’s own weakness, especially as the currency has hit 11-year lows against the euro, 5-year lows against the Swiss franc and 7-year lows against the yen. The deteriorating landscape in UK housing as well as eroding public finances are seen spilling over to consumer demand, thereby, capping inflationary pressures and paving the way for further BoE easing. The proposed tax levy on non-domicile residents in the UK has already been received by threats from foreign workers to leave the UK. If the law is passed, it should accelerate home sales in up market real estate areas, thereby, exacerbating the decline in UK housing.

We expect three more rate cuts this year, bringing down base rates to 4.50% as the deteriorating picture in the housing market and public finances spills over to the private consumption, capping inflationary pressures and paving the way for BoE easing.

Sterling’s plays remain most attractive on the crosses, against the higher yielding AUD and more fundamentally sound EUR and firming CHF. Cable seen retreating to $1.97 while EURUSD seen above $1.52, implying further gains in EURUSD past the 0.77 level.

Loonie Hurt by BoC Words and Action

Today’s Bank of Canada decision to cut interest rates by 50 bps to 3.50% following yesterday’s release of weaker than expected Q4 figures confirms our recent bearish CAD calls versus EUD, AUD and even the USD. CAD’s post-decision sell-off accelerates after the BoC indicated “intensifying” and “significant spillover effects” from the US slowdown. The US-element implies that ongoing US data weakness will drag CAD crosses in the future, thus highlighting our stance favoring EUR, AUD, CHF and JPY against the CAD. While we cannot ignore the positive impact on the currency from rising oil prices, we can deduce that any periodic retreat in oil will be especially punishing for CAD. Another negative for the currency is the current account balance’s descent into deficit territory, which removes an important positive element to the currency’s safe haven status. USDCAD is seen remaining underpinned at the 0.9850 trend line support, eyeing parity before middle of the month. We also see rising probability of 101 in CADJPY ahead.

Aussie’s Waning Momentum

Short term sentiment may be working against the Aussie in light of the overnight RBA decision to raise rates to 7.25%, which was accompanied by a statement indicating "substantial tightening in financial conditions since mid-2007". The statement implies that the central bank will wait and see the impact of previous rate hikes combined with slowing global growth filter through the economy. Last night's unexpectedly flat reading in February retail sales was the second monthly deceleration, further signaling that private demand is starting to wane. The highly leveraged Australian consumer has already faced 13 rate hikes. But the price surge in wheat and copper continues to benefit overall growth. Markets will await the release of Australia’s February jobs report, which will be vital in influencing future interest rate expectations. Finally, the market requires evidence from Q1 CPI report before concluding whether the rate hike campaign has ended.

The neutral tone of the RBA policy statement and the sharp slowdown in February retail sales will reduce some of the positive bias enjoyed by the Aussie, thus, likely reducing the currency's potential to rebound from risk reduction episodes. But the ongoing rally in commodities as well as the robust yield foundation will likely provide decent demand for the currency in the current low yielding environment.

Sharp pullbacks in equities could potentially drag the Aussie to as low as 91 cents vs the USD but deeper declines vs the JPY at 92 yen. But renewed bouts of risk appetite will offset the downside currents as long as further rate hikes have not yet been completely ruled out. But we should not discount the Aussie’s high yield stance, which is and of itself a positive element underpinning the Aussie back towards 93 cents by month-end.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Timer Digest Market Commentary

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Fari Hamzei

Our early morning call today for DJIA touching its -1 sigma price (~12250) was covered by Robert Gray on FOX Business Channel at the bottom of the last hour of the market. Our next target is -2 sigma on SPX which today stands at 1316.

Our Equity Markets are in the process of building a bottom but the WEAK LONGs have to take in more pain in the short term. Look for a big volume day with a huge (4 to 5 sigma) spike on VIX, VXO and VXN. We are not there yet !!

Editors' note: This commentary was sent to Timer Digest about 14:50 CST today.

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