The ‘CPI’ Pivot

‘The Fed’s Work Isn’t Over’

With the CPI just released, the article at this link says, ‘the Fed’s work isn’t over.’

They’re so right; but it’s not the work they (at MarketWatch) think it is.

We should all know by now, the truth is right in our faces, but we have to be able to ‘see’.

What was seen yesterday, was that biotech appeared to be reaching an extreme.

As a result of the price action, a change was made in positioning out of (Basic Materials short) SMN and into a biotech short via LABD (not advice, not a recommendation).

Part of the reason to focus on LABD was the record volume as shown on the chart below.

Biotech 3X, Leveraged Inverse LABD, Daily

Note how the Force Index shows downward thrust energy is dissipating … even with the record down volume.

Next, we have the terminating wedge formation; indicating a potential reversal is at hand.

A wedge formation is a typical signal for an up-coming (potential) reversal.

It occurs at the tail-end of a sustained move; meaning a wedge is the last pattern to be formed. Sometimes there’s a throw-over (or under) and sometimes not.

Either way, it’s the end of the directional move.

After The Open

We’re just after the open; this is how it looks for LABD.

The first order of business is usually an attempt to close the gap.

As with the prior set-up in YANG, linked here, the objective is to allow LABD, close the gap as much as possible before adding to the existing position, LABD-22-05 (not advice, not a recommendation).

That may happen or not. This market’s already at a pivot extreme.

Stay Tuned

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” Pull It ! “

Check Mate, for The Middle Class

From a strategy standpoint, we’re now ready for the next round of financial destruction.

If we use this article from ZeroHedge, as the pivot point, consumer credit has maxed out.

The consumer (i.e., middle class) is now on the downward slope, just as the layoffs are about to begin in earnest.

Following the typical corporate model, expect job losses (time stamp 15:18) to start slow, then accelerate into December of this year.

The latest employment numbers provide the perfect backdrop to raise interest rates into a declining economy; all going as planned.

Market Response

As is typical, everyone’s focused on the major indices; The S&P 500, Dow, NASDAQ, SOXX, and on.

However, there’s one sector covered in the past, that’s mostly ignored: Basic Materials, with ticker DJUSBM.

That sector has held up until recently; probably because the thinking was, we’re going to have infrastructure projects to keep the economy going.

Looks like someone got the memo; Basic Materials has broken down.

As of this past Friday, it’s at a critical point.

The prior post from last November, does an excellent job of highlighting the divergences (which have only become worse) as well as downside potential.

Basic Materials DJUSBM, Weekly

On the chart, we’ve got a breakaway gap that looks like it won’t be filled.

After that break, price action has formed a congestion area over the past three weeks.

However, it’s the congestion area giving us clues; the sector’s set up for an imminent break to the downside.

If that congestion holds true, it’s a stunning revelation of what may be about to happen.

We’ll go to the daily chart and start with a Fibonacci time correlation between pivot points.

Basic Materials DJUSBM, Daily

Well, it might not look like much.

However, let’s go one step further with another time correlation, shown below.

If you’re reading ahead, then you already know a trading channel has been defined.

The next chart shows the result.

For this channel to confirm Fibonacci ‘Day 21’, Friday’s action had to post lower … and it did.

That lower action also confirms, the channel’s a Fibonacci 13-Days wide.

Even more disconcerting (depending on one’s viewpoint), the channel lines are declining at approximately – 96.5%, on an annualized basis.

It’s not straight down but it’s close.

The next chart has a zoom of the congestion area.

Note how the grey dashed ‘center line’ is perfect in its contact points … further confirmation of the channel.

Leveraged 2X Inverse SMN, Daily

Although volume is still light, it has improved dramatically.

On a weekly basis, last week was the second largest trading volume at least going back to the ’07 – ’08, meltdown.

The inverse fund is shown below with the trading channel.

Liquidity is still marginal but has picked up over the last three weeks.

The Week Ahead

Obviously, the expectation for the next open is to post lower for basic materials.

Even with all the analysis, it’s the market itself that’s the final arbiter.

Positioning

As the hyperlink tabs in this post (top-left) show, I’ve positioned one account short the sector via SMN (SMN-22-01), with a stop just below Friday’s SMN, low at around SMN 14.05 (not advice, not a recommendation).

It’s a very tight stop.

The analysis is either in-effect, or it’s not. By this Monday, we’ll find out.

A Decline of Biblical Proportion.

On a strategic basis, we can see how expertly the middle class has been maneuvered into a corner.

For the past two years and probably much longer, that sector has been positioned to not have any recourse when the real decline hits.

We may be there now.

At the same time, if you’re up on Biblical references, you already know that when destruction came, there was always a ‘remnant‘.

The remnant was left to either escape or re-build and was typically 10% of the population.

If you’re reading this, you have already decided at some level, to be part of that remnant.

Stay Tuned

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Active: Short DJUSBM via SMN, as SMN-22-01, stop @ SMN 14.05

Basic Materials, Building Blocks

Infrastructure … Not Going To Happen

The infrastructure bill, right along with any kind of sustainable ‘recovery’ is just not in the charts.

Sure, the bill passed into ‘law’, if you can call it that; however, law and action are two different things.

We’ll get into more fundamentals behind why it’s not happening in tomorrow’s Random Notes … to be released later in the day.

One hint on why we’re not getting a major U.S. wide building program, there won’t be the manpower or supplies available … each for their own reasons.

That brings us to the chart of the sector.

DJUSBM

The weekly chart shows how it looks going all the way back to early 2008.

If you did not immediately pick up on the right side’s message, it’s highlighted below … a massive bearish MACD divergence.

The divergence proposes that upside momentum for the sector is all but spent.

Let’s take a look at previous downside action and the current possibility.

Anybody that’s awake will not argue the current situation’s worse than 2007 – 2008.

If that’s the case, and if the market’s still alive at the bottom, DJUSBM could get as low, or lower than 2008 – 2009, levels.

A decline over 80%, is not uncommon for a bear/depression market. The Dow Jones 30, from top-to-bottom, during the Great Depression was around – 84%.

Inverse Fund, SMN

SMN is -2X inverse the DJSUBM.

However, this fund is not like inverse ETFs; SDS, DXD, SOXS, QID, DUST, and so on.

Basic Materials is not ‘popular’. At least, not yet.

That means the fund is illiquid with larger spreads (bid/ask). In addition, it takes a good few minutes after each open for those spreads to calm down and narrow up.

It’s not for the inexperienced.

Summary:

As we’ll get into tomorrow, ‘normal’, is gone.

There’s not going to be ‘normal’ (a personal opinion) in the lifetimes of anyone reading these updates.

That doesn’t mean there are no opportunities.

Basic Materials, DJUSBM, is about to, or already has (potentially) started its downside reversal.

Stay Tuned

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Dollar Rally

Wasn’t the dollar supposed to crash … go to zero … implode?

This is the flip side of the hyperinflation narrative.

Dollar implosion like hyperinflation, not happening.

Way back in 1921, Livermore said to Wyckoff that his assessment of the markets was, ‘it’s all about deception’.

Nothing has changed.

It’s in the best interests of those controlling the narrative to have as many as possible (always) on the wrong side of the trade.

We haven’t posted this link in a while … the video keeps getting deleted but re-appears every so often. This is how it really works … Period.

Note the date stamp on the comments. The video’s at least 13-years old and it’s still relevant today.

So, the dollar’s in a rally.

Not only that, momentum indicators, MACD, on the monthly, weekly, daily, all point higher. It’s in a rally and a sustainable one.

It’s completely opposite the accepted narrative.

You can feel the tensions building.

Bonds could be reversing but have already pushed rates high enough (long enough) to choke-off critical sectors of the economy like here and here.

Now we see the dollar has bottomed as well.

It looks like a strong multi-month (or year?) rally. Correspondingly, gold is weak. The overall markets are stretched to ever-livin’ extremes; never before seen.

Whenever this baby pops, try logging on to chaos, or exit any position (except maybe for the long bond).

Our approach then (not advice, not a recommendation), is continue work on positioning short. So far, the ‘project’ is taking small hits in those attempts. We’ll see how basic materials (SMN) works out today.

Stay Tuned

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Squeezed Tight

Depending on how you look at it, it doesn’t get any better:

If a short position is going to fall apart, it won’t take much of a move.

Even though DJUSBM closed higher than yesterday, on a price action basis, the index subdivided lower; a lower high, lower low.

We’re maintaining our short position (not advice, not a recommendation).

Tomorrow’s action will likely show if that was a good move or not.

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Basic Materials

Nobody’s paying attention to this index. It may be one of the cleanest (technical) short opportunities.

Basic Materials. Sounds boring.

Sounds like fertilizer … and it is … right along with industrial chemicals.

Three largest cap in the sector are below:

Industrial gasses, Linde AG

Industrial gasses and chemicals, Air Products & Chemicals

Water purification, Ecolab

DuPont is next and then Newmont mining. So, this is a potential deflation play (Newmont) as well.

A post just out yesterday, Uneducated Economist does an excellent job destroying the inflation narrative.

Steven Van Metre has also repeated many times, we’re likely to get a deflation impulse first before inflation.

One of the most important things he’s said, the Fed is not going to correct the public’s (false narrative) perception that inflation’s the danger.

If everyone’s pointed in the wrong direction, and it serves their interests, why correct it?

Which brings us back to Basic Materials. ‘Nobody’s watching’ this index. How do we know?

Look at the inverse fund, SMN.

Russell 2000 inverse, TZA, averages 6 – 10 million shares per day. Compare that to SMN’s 2,500 shares on a good day.

Volume does pick up as price action becomes active. Some days will be 100,000 – 200,000 shares.

Looking at the technical condition, there are bearish divergences on both daily and weekly time-frames. The chart at the top shows a Wyckoff up-thrust (reversal) condition just tested yesterday.

The response is to go short via SMN (not advice, not a recommendation).

Since we’re actively managing accounts throughout the day, it’s not a problem to monitor SMN and the bid/ask of the fund when trading is light.

The ‘project’ table has been updated:

Pre-market has SPY trading down about -1.5 points or -0.40%. The expectation is for Basic Materials to follow suit.

Stay Tuned

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