When the FOMC Speaks – the Markets Will Respond – How to Trade the Chop– Is it Time to be Long or Short?
So what’s up with the stock market lately – it’s neither bullish nor bearish – but is sure is choppy! It has been a great week for day trading the volatile moves in the broader indexes as well as several stocks, bonds, forex, and even gold and silver.
Last week, the DJIA moved more than 100 points in one direction or the other every day, the S&P swung between 10 and 15 points, the NASDAQ and Russell also played strongly into the volatility as well. The end result – if you are a position trader you likely lost money or are back at break even since the DJIA finished yesterday almost where it started the month – if you are a day trader your P&L should be firmly in the black.
This type of action though is indicative of a trend change as the momentum flips from bearish to bullish and back again. Swings lower of the magnitude seen last week make many bulls nervous and the sharp rallies will usually wash out some shorts that jumped in too early.
Look for tomorrow to bring clarity to direction at least for the near term. The FOMC meeting is expected to result in no changes or action, but the subsequent press conference by Bernanke will have traders on edge. Seems that the Fed’s communication strategy has unraveled a bit over the past few weeks, and all eyes and ears will be on Bernanke to regain some control. This leaves the big question as to whether he will be able to or will he create more confusion and angst in the markets.
I suspect the broader indexes will start the day with a sizeable rally with volatility getting a solid whacking (options). The momentum oscillators, though, are pushing into strong overbought readings, which does lend some clues that a turn lower is likely at hand. The U.S. Dollar/Euro has also moved into strong overbought readings suggesting dollar strength should prevail likely for the balance of the week if not month.
Any confusion as to near term direction for bonds should also be cleared up tomorrow as Bernanke takes care of or doesn’t take care of any confusion as to the pace of asset purchases. Fed governors speaking over the past week have lent opinion that it remains too early to reduce monetary accommodation. If their data confirms that inflation is actually lower than expected the bond market should rally over the near term.
However, as I discussed yesterday the U.S. bond market correction is still in force, and has been in progress for almost a year with the 30-year bond reaching a high at 153’11 on July 9, 2012.
The patterns in progress are incomplete suggesting some major trouble ahead for bonds. Check out the (monthly) charts below for the 30-year bond future and the 10-year note future. On both charts the red arrows are support areas and thus far both are holding initial areas, but don’t expect it to continue. Near-term is remains likely an additional bounce higher will occur, before yielding to the next round of downside pressure.
Here again, the equity markets also remain in corrections. Intervening rallies appear nearly complete setting up the next leg down. The charts (daily) below continue to indicate support to complete the corrections lies well below current levels. I would anticipate a few “ugly” days of downside activity. Longer-term I still believe the broader indexes will move to additional new highs before the advance is complete.
It is interesting times in which we live and choose to trade. I have advocated changing strategies as a trader in becoming more of a day trader (no overnight risk) versus carrying positions. This remains important during times such as these. When the dust settles it will be important to have the cash to invest for the next move.
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Here is an updated list of the markets where I have found that DTS (all three birds) are producing numerous signals:
- DJIA future (e-mini available) – Highly recommended
- S&P-500 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- Russell 2000 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- NASDAQ 100 future (e-mini available) very highly recommended
- US$/Euro futures (e-mini available) – very highly recommended
- GS (Goldman Sachs) – good two way volume –
- AAPL (Apple Computer) – very highly recommended
- GOOG (Google) – very highly recommended
- LNKD (LinkedIn) – solid intraday range
- NFLX (Netflix) – solid intraday range
- TSLA (Tesla Motors) – highly recommended
- 30-yr Treasury Bond future – did not get quiet – opposite took place
- 10-yr Treasury Note future
- TLT (Treasury Bond Long ETF)
- TBT (Treasury Bond Short ETF)
- Gold (futures and ETF – GLD)
- Silver (futures and ETF – SLV)