Monday, October 27, 2014

Under the weather

The title of this post has nothing to do with the markets.  It's me that's under the weather right now but the market trades on, and so must I.  So here's whats going on.

Oil is in focus today as it went to test the double bottom it made at 80.  As traders say in this business, double bottoms hold and there is no such thing as a triple bottom.  Oil confirmed that saying and broke below 80 moving down to 79.40, bouncing to retest 80 and failing there so far which is likely what sent the market down.  Stocks, which opened lower already don't care an hour and 45 min now into trading and after being down about 80 points a few min ago, the Dow just turned positive.

Gold and gold stocks have done nothing but continue to disappoint.  In terms of what I said earlier about triple bottoms, well watch gold carefully because the lows at 1180 very well might fail.  The nice rally the metal had off of that level and the consolidation and drastic under performance of the miners is looking less and less promising.

So as a trader your stuck in a weird position as the market indices have taken off skyrocketing and the alternative assets like gold are a stick in the mud.  So we must look for individual stocks.  So here is what I was buying on Fri and why.

First up, Burger King (BKW).  BKW gapped up to 34 then slid down to fill the gap, which it did and caught perfectly on trendline support and the old resistance (now support) at 28.  Bounced nicely off of that level and gave us a nice bullish set up.  My initial target for this is 34, but I am not looking to blindly sell it at that level unless it rockets up there in the next couple days and stops dead.  Then I will sell and wait to see what happens next.  If it breaks through, I'll be back in.  If it steadily moves up there and everything still looks on the side of the bulls, I will have no reason to sell there until that changes.  We will see soon enough what it feels like doing.

Next thing I was buying was Blackberry.  (BBRY...I know right?  Who the hell wants BBRY?)  I do.  Same sort of bullish setup.  10 and 20 day MAs crossing higher and both crossing the 50 day.  That nice little consolidation it is making right above the 50 day is making me believe this thing will likely rocket higher, and it can do so quickly (which is why I like it).  Resistance comes at 50 cent incriminates up  as you can see, 10.50, 11 and 11.50.  But thats really just the start.  I think a move to and above the 11 area is likely and if so, it could run up to 13-14 easily.  (nice 30-40% profit on a 10 dollar stock).  If I back the chart up a bit, you can see how 18 is even plausible over a longer time frame.  So this is one that could be big profits with relatively little risk at this level.  I iniatally thought this would look fine so long as it holds the 9.50-10 level.  This morning it was sent down to 10.08 and rocketed back higher, now at 10.40, renewing my confidence in it.  I think this level between 10 and 10.50 is what will decide whether bulls or bears are in control, but I obviously feel it is the bulls now.

That's all for now.  As I curse the fall/winter season and the fact that I live in a place that experiences it, I will be raiding the medicine cab for a remedy.  Remember, today is Monday and Monday's can be tricky and deceiving.  Oil will likely dictate this market for now (which is now BACK over 80 at 80.60 now.  It's a MIRACLE!!! Watch to see if this holds or falls back to make yet another lower low)

-Jonathan M Mergott

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Round 2?

So the last 6 or so trading sessions saw the stock market ROCKET higher off of the lows it hit last week.  You'd almost think the laws of physics don't apply to the SPX.   ( Now remember what I said Friday about the difference between bull markets and bear markets? BEAR markets sucker people in with massive moves higher, and then they sell out as momentum stalls and it hits new lows.  Bull markets are the opposite, quite crawls higher and quick chops down that shake out the weak hands.  This is what keeps market trends going.  As long as that action continues, the direction of the market is able to refresh itself in a way as the "suckers" provide the trend with new buying or selling as it makes new highs and lows)

So onto the chart.  We made a low on the SPX at 1820 area and shot up 140 points in 6 trading sessions.  The move is typical of a counter trend move that will likely stall out soon.  I was looking for today to be a day we begin to see the overall trend begin to reemerge (Which again, I believe is now down).  We continued climbing yesterday afternoon into resistance near 1940, which is not only where the downtrend line from the recent highs sits, but also directly where the 10 and 20 week moving avgs lie, which are now crossing over and will begin to head lower if the SPX can not better this level.  Right now, the SPX is a little lower, but this is the first day in 6 it hasn't been MASSIVELY higher.  It's a little early to say the up move is over or that a new down turn has commenced, but we need to watch this level carefully.  A move above this recent high in the mid 1940's will likely turn everything rosey for the market again.  But a move below support at 1920 begins making all short term indicators turn down again, and will likely spell out a retest of the 1820 low.  (And if that gives way, we could be looking at 1750.  If that occurs, we have now made a lower high and a lower low and stocks are likely in big trouble.)  Below is the hourly SPX.  There are a lot of lines drawn on this so I know its a bit muddy, but bear with me.  Note the trendlines, and resistance and support points drawn out.  The 20hr moving average sits right at 1920, so if the SPX breaks below that level, it will begin sending those shorter term indicators headed lower once again.  From that point, holding 1900 would be the last line of defense for the bulls before a retest of the lows is in order.

Let's look now at gold, which is barely holding on, and silver which is dropping back to the 17 level.  The miners are also slipping and have been under performing the metals in general which is never a good divergence to see.  As I previously said, we can begin to see gold pick up momentum if the market sells off as people rush to some sort of safe haven, but it will be unlikely to expect anything spectacular there quite yet.  Gold has been in a bear market, and a generally hated asset for quite some time now.  Those trends don't just reverse themselves overnight (usually).  The GDXJ REALLY needs to hold on to this level here near 32 or it runs a serious risk of dropping back to retest the low near 30.  As you can see from the chart, all major resistance converges at 34, so it is very important for the bulls to capture this level to make the technical picture turn in their favor.  I know the chart is messy with a lot of annotations and lines, but please take a min to look at each point and you'll see what I mean.

A quick note on Gold seasonality; We have become use to the fact that gold typically rallies in the fall, specifically Sept to Oct, and has a tendency to stall out by Nov into Christmas.  Spring is also historically been a strong time for gold as well, and can rally usually till early summer, which we typically see as a weak season for the metal.  In the last few years the exact OPPOSITE has been the case.  In 2013, gold found footing and began moving sharply higher in late June into Aug, a time we typically aren't use to seeing that.  As Sept came around, the metal had put in its highs and recommenced its move lower again which lasted till the end of the year.  Come Jan of this year, gold kicked off with a bang and rallied into the months of March and April, then stopped and headed lower the rest of spring.  Come June again, as the seasonally bad time of summer rolled around, Gold once AGAIN sparked a rally that lasted till Aug.  Then this fall in Sept things headed lower again.  Now as we sit near the end of Oct, I think it's safe to say the opportunity for a fall rally in the metal is lost.  We are trying to find some footing here on the GDXJ, but it being a "boring" asset to begin with, as we head into the boring holiday season, we might not see much occur here till early next year (again).  In the time in between, we could slide to retest the lows put in around Christmas last year near 28.  Even if we do slide slightly more, it still seems we are very close if not at what will likely be a generational low.  Time will tell, I'm just saying, prepare for either circumstance and let the market show you which will prevail.  Below is a chart of the GDXJ for the last couple years to illustrate what I mean.

Wanted to keep this short, so I'll wrap it up.  As I'm writing this, Gold is picking up ever so slightly as the SPX begins to roll over, now down 9 at 1932, Dow down  over 100.  What happens at 1920 will determine whether we want to short this market or not.  GDXJ really needs to hold this level near 32, and so far the slight pick up in the metal is not helping any.  This is not yet the time to be going long Gold stocks, unless you're just straight up gambling.  There is no firm indication the bulls have this market yet.  I know they're cheap, but $3 stocks can still lose you 20% of your capital by dropping to $2.40.  (And $3 stocks typically do that).

Be careful out there and mind your stops.

-Jonathan M Mergott

Friday, October 17, 2014

Casual Friday

Everyone RELAX!!  The market is up 250 points, it has regained 300 of the 1,000 points it lost in the last 6 trading sessions.  Everything is fine, breathe easy this weekend.  This wasn't too hard to see coming.  After the rejection of the lows on Wed, and a not negative day yesterday, anyone who has been short this market has made a lot of money in a short period of time and is running for the door before the session ends for the week.  This happens literally ALL the time.  Try it.  Next time you see any market down or up 4 days of the week, you can be sure it will move the opposite direction on Fri because this market is made up completely of traders who never hold positions over the weekend.  What if the Ebola outbreak gets worse?  What if there's important news out of Europe? Nobody wants to deal with that on a Sun afternoon and be completely helpless till Mon morning.

Anyway, onto the chart.  I often quote the Dow saying "The market is up 200"  because that's what people relate to.  The average Joe is not saying the markets up 12 and referring to the S&P.  But as a general rule of thumb I follow the SPX more as it is a broader base of stocks.  So, it appears like that low on Wed at 1825 is gonna hold.  I heard a few people call that as it was happening, so congrats on that.  I remained skeptical for the same reason I thought an extremely oversold market would drop down another 20 points on Wed, right to that 1825 level.

And the reason is simply this; we have seen this all before.  The market soars higher and poor old "average Joe" gets sucked in by the cheer leading media, and all the money his friends say they're making.  He looks at the SPX at 2,000 which is 30% higher than its all time high in 2007 before the financial crisis.  Joe knows the market is just "too high", he's smart enough to realize that, but compulsive enough to buy in anyway with the meager savings he does have.  He just can't help himself.  He buys himself some SPX for his little account he opened with his bank.  What he doesnt know is that his bank is the ones who just sold him that SPX that THEY bought from him in 2009 when he panicked and sold everything at 800.  He coughs up a couple thousand to make an offer for the stock, and the bank offers up a couple million shares for sale.  And so does every other bank and major institution.  All at the same time.  Joe's order gets filled first, but then the shear supply completely overwhelms the bids and the market plummets.  At first Joe is certain things will come back, because CNBC keeps telling him how good the economy is. Despite the fact that Joe works twice as hard for less money than he made 5 years ago, he believes them.  Then it goes down further and Joe realizes he made a foolish mistake, but he's not gonna freak out like an amateur, when the market bounces back to the price he bought it at, he will sell. Down, down, more and more until Joe can't take it anymore and offers it up for sale at whatever price he can get for it.  And who steps up to the plate?  The very institution that sold it to him to begin with will be happy to buy it back at half the original price.  And Joe is happy to give it to them.  And then the market rallies and then the process repeats.

The majority of stock held in this market is banks and institutions.  And when it's time to get out, they all trigger the same signals at the same time and the offers by the few Mom and Pop retail investors left in this market will always be overwhelmed by both the supply for sale, and the speed in which the computers try to execute it.  Any corrections or collapses in the market will happen faster and harsher from now on.  If you think 2008 was bad, consider how much faster the computer your on is now then the one you had then, and then realize Wall St computer systems can eat your laptop alive.  If a 2008 situation were to repeat itself, it would happen in about half the time.  Now how scary would it be to see the market drop 50% in about 4 months?  We wanted the computers for the liquidity and efficiency!  ...Be careful what you wish for...

Markets do the opposite of what you would expect.  A market trending higher typically crawls and inches up over a period of months and then smacks down hard in the corrections shaking out any weak hands.  A market going lower will typically crawl lower and have sharp moves higher suckering people to buy in, only to have them sell out in later weeks as things resume chugging lower.  We are screaming up off that low now which makes me think this rally will exhaust itself soon and a resuming of the overall trend (Which I believe now is DOWN) will continue.  Resistance comes into play first at 1900 then again at 1920.  Actually it moves up in 20 point increments all the way up to the high.  That is the first level to watch, these two resistance points are also right where the 10 and 20 day moving avgs are as well.  I highly doubt this market will go on to recover and make a new high beyond 2000 so I will be looking for it to fail somewhere before then.  We are currently up 30 points on the SPX at 1895 and I think that will be the extent of it today.  (But who knows what fun 3:30 will bring!)

Ok, enough on the SPX.  A wanted to take a moment and look at AAPL as just about every seems to own some of this stock.  It has held in ok during this blood bath the last couple of weeks but the momentum on this is dying out.  Moving avgs are rolling over as it is bouncing meekly off the 95 level.  If that level gives way, support is 5 point increments all the way down.  90, 85, 80,75 etc... So this could lose a good 20% which no one wants.  So watch it closely.  However, take a look at the weekly chart...

On the weekly, if things did pull back a bit into that major support zone, we would be looking at a pretty nice cup and handle formation that if it were to break the old highs, would likely target close to 150, so I would recommend buying AAPL after a decline when (if) you get the indication the trend has changed higher again.

Ok, next onto gold and then we will close with some subjects people have brought up.  As usual, we will be looking at the GDXJ.  First, we obviously had that reversal a few days ago and have been holding higher since then.  That is definitely a positive development.  GDXJ got down to about 30.50 then rocketed up to just shy of 35 and since then, the market has felt no need to retest that 30 print, but has also not been able to get above 34.  Look first at the difference between the low the GDXJ put in and the low here on the SPX.  The GDXJ has stopped going down after rejecting a low, and is calmly consolidating, exhausting the bears who have not been profitable the last few days on that trade and getting some longs to jump in here.  This is the type of action that makes me think a rally off of these levels would be sustainable, unlike the action in the SPX.  If the recent trend continues and the market fails and heads lower, we have been seeing gold and gold stocks act strongly in that situation so it could happen.  I would be watching the 40 level with extreme caution because I think we will likely have trouble there, but we could easily get a nice rally in the mean time.  We must still wait to be sure.

Now onto some requested topics, first regarding mining costs as we are on the subject of gold.  The current cost of mining an ounce of gold on average is about $1200.  Which is right where the price of gold currently sits. So essentially, the average gold miner is not making any money in this business.  Now this in itself we know can not be a sustainable thing, because gold mining companies dont spend hundreds of millions over decades of time to develop a mine just out of the goodness of their hearts so you can have a gold locket this Christmas.  They want to make money, or they're not going to mine gold.  And some have already stopped operations at their higher cost mines. A lot of miners I am sure are mining their higher grade deposits now with prices low and won't go back to developing the lower grade mines until price not only makes it worth it, but sustains such a level for a period of time.  Somebody asked, "Will mining costs vs the metals price cause a shortage?"  I will say this, already miners are producing less gold for the reasons I said above, not to mention that there is simply a finite amount of gold on earth to begin with.  So let me rephrase the question to come up with the answer; Mining costs plus the metals prices AND the Asian demand at these prices will likely cause a shortage on some level.  Will it be the shortage that breaks the COMEX?  I doubt it, but I would expect it could make price move higher quickly, and from an individual physical investors standpoint, you might have trouble finding coins at your local dealer.

A side note on that thought... I grew up in a very wealthy suburban area of NJ.  We had NY Jets and Giants you would run into at the bank.  Howard Stern was buying a property about 15 min away in the mountains.  We had maybe 2 or 3 gold coin dealers within a half hour drive.  Now consider that the entire inventory of Krugerrands and American Eagles that these dealers had could be bought up by Howard Stern in 1 afternoon and that would only mean him converting 1/10 of his wealth into physical gold.  When the masses decide they need gold even half as bad as they needed yahoo stock in 1999 or to flip a house in 2006, there will be shortages, that is certain.

Now, lets look at another aspect of mining costs, oil.  The 2 biggest factors in mining costs are the cost of oil and labor.  Labor, hasn't really gone up much if at all in the last 5 years as anyone with a middle class job is all too aware of.  But the cost of 1200/oz to mine is based on the oil prices we have been seeing for the last few years ranging in the 90-100 even up to 110/barrel area.  Oil has now fallen to $80/barrel meaning if it holds in the lower area for an extended period, the gold miners can start showing meager profits here even without a move higher in the metal.  Just another reason why they are likely at an all time low.  So chew on that concept for a bit.

Now the debate of Deflation/Inflation has been brought up again so I will throw my hat into the ring on this again.  Will it be inflation or deflation?  The age old question.  Inflation is INFLATING or increasing the money supply.  And by that definition, inflation has already been happening for years. What people are really wanting to know is when we will see the effects of inflation translate to higher prices.  And that has happened too.  The SPX hit over 2000 last month at the same time when Ben Bernanke, was denied a refi on his mortgage.  Ironic, as he was the man who put the plan of action into play that made banks utilize low borrowing rates to buy stocks as opposed to giving loans.  Because Exxon won't default, but you probably will.  (And with such a twisted view on economics, likely so will Bernanke)  As we sit now, commodities are collapsing and so are stocks, right at a time when both the Fed is suppose to totally end QE and also during the most popular month for the stock market to crash.  Well thought out.  We know that with the keys to the printing press its impossible not to be compelled to use it.  And they will and have, every time, without fail.  Guess what?  They will again.  Be certain, if the market slide continues and gets as bad as I think it could, (1500.  I think the market has at least a few hundred points of fluff it can shed.  I think it is possible to drop all the way to 1500 and quickly, which is why I think this is such a serious situation.) they will counter it with printing.  

So inflation wins right?  Not at all.  It's deflation.  It was ALWAYS deflation.  Look through out history, hyperinflation is a fleeting event.  It never lasts long and on average only lasts a few weeks.  The fallout from all faith being lost in a currency will translate to deflation on an economic level every single time.  The question is what will the price of gold and the market be when we get there?  $5,000 gold and $20,000 Dow are more likely than seeing an $800 gold price and the Dow back at 6,000.

Finally, someone mentioned the GLD and SLV etfs.  I am not sure what it was they wanted to know exactly but I will post the charts with my analysis.  

GLD had a good bounce off strong support and has had some positive developments, but is getting pushed back at the 120 level.  It's a little early to tell now which way this will go but it will have to resolve soon.

The picture in the SLV is similar to the GLD but the SLV broke to a new low, which the GLD didnt, and the SLV's rally off that low is a lot more lack luster than the one in the GLD.  So it's a little hard at this stage to see whether the GLDs strength will prevail sending SLV higher with it, or if the SLV will drag down the GLD with all the other commodities, but as I said, this is a tight range here and it will have to resolve soon, so stay tuned.

A friend of mine asked about buying the "dip" in NFLX this morning so I thought I'd add this one too.  Note, it is very similar to the AAPL chart, which appropriately has been the other traders favorite for the last 5 years.  First of all, lets address WHY there was a dip to begin with, if you can call dropping 100 points or 20% in 3 days a "dip".  It's because the market was expecting NFLX to earn about $1 a share this quarter.  (which do the math, means if they do that every quarter, $4 in earnings a year, means the stock is selling for more that 100x earnings.  Seems legit...)  But they couldn't do that, they earned half of what was expected, 52 cents a share.  (Which again if you do the math means avg of $2 in earnings a year which puts the price tag at about 175x earning now.)  This chart needs to hold that $300 level or it runs the same risks AAPL does.  Actually worse, because there is a hell of a lot more substance to APPL's business than to NFLX's.  This could drop nearly 50%, so be careful on this.


I wanted to add something to the inflation/deflation debate.  Lets assume a scenario.  QE does indeed end this month and the market which looks to have topped has no where to go but down.  Well, suddenly buying stocks with all the QE money isn't the profitable thing to do anymore.  This COULD mean the money banks have been sitting on begins getting pushed out into the economy in the form of more loans, as that is now the profitable trade for them.  Now THAT is where you could get your inflation right in the midst of all this.  The big issue people have been stating is that the money is being sat on and not flowing into the economy, which is why we haven't seen inflation.  This could change all that, and the Fed very well might already know this which would explain why they might not deviate from their expected course and fire up the printing press as quickly as Wall St might like (or scream for).

I think thats all for now (gee it only took all morning to write this,..)  Till next time friends, keep these words in your head as you navigate these markets.  "I'm more concerned about the return OF my money than the return ON it." - Mark Twain

-Jonathan M Mergott

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

There will be Margin Calls...

Ladies and gentlemen, this is that point in time when the whole  "margin debt on the NYSE at all time highs"  begins to matter.  (...For those of you I have heard only a few months ago say it never indicates anything).

So brief update; yesterday afternoon after the close gold began to slip a bit.  (at least thats the first thing I noticed.)  Later in the evening Brent and WTIC began plunging straight down.  (It seems now that WTIC is gonna catch at 80, but if that level is broken I think we might see them both meet up near 75)  Zerohedge had a posting last night mentioning that RSI on Brent was the most oversold ever. FF to this morning, around 8am EST Dow futures were down 60 and SPX was down 10.  By 8:40am EST Dow futures were down 150 and SPX was down over 20.  I made a comment prior to the open that this "Could get ugly"  and within a few mins of the open the Dow dropped over 300.  (This is where those margin calls come into play)

We now sit at about 1858 on the spx down 20. We need to hold this level at 1850.  We made a bounce off of 1840 at the open so that 10 point level between them might hold us, but fair warning, if it doesn't the SPX could drop quickly another 25 points to the 1825 before finding decent support.  From there its 25 point clips down to 1750.  And that is 100 points below where we are now. This can get ugly fast.  And don't fool yourself into thinking that it already has been.  The amount of money that can be dumped on this market by major institutions that have been in for 5 years now and looking to cash out, and the speed in which the computer systems can execute such a sizable order, are capable of sending the market straight down in hundreds of point clips.  We have seen it before and the computers have only gotten faster since then.

As usual right about the time every one is certain gold is a useless asset it proves otherwise.  Below is the 4hr chart on a day when there is not much that is green.

Gold miners are holding in there.  Barely positive with the Dow down 250 now and the SPX down 30 (*Putting it at 1847, so it broke the 1850 level already.  When I say it can drop 20 more points quickly, I mean today.)  I guess thats a win considering how miners have been acting for the last 2 years.

The headline on CNBC just said the 10 year note just fell below a 2% yield.

Dow now down $280  SPX down $34 (1845 now) and the Nasdaq is down $64.  Gold is gaining still now at 1245 up $13.  Miners are slowly climbing with it.  It's only Wednesday.  Good luck.

-Jonathan M Mergott

Friday, October 10, 2014

For comparison, the 4 major US indices

Just to get an idea of how ugly this is turning, take a look at the 4 major indices' charts.  First up, the Dow filled with monstrously large dividend paying companies. 

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Next up, the SP-500.  500 of the largest, most important companies in the world.

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Next, the trader's and amateur investors darling, the Nasdaq.  Filled with speculative Tech and Pharma stocks all with with very little in earnings and virtually no dividends whatsoever.  Today, the dow was down 115 points.  The nasdaq was down 102.  Reminder, the Nasdaq is less than 1/3 of the price of the Dow, yet was down nominally the same amount.

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And last but not least, The Russell 2000.  The small caps that fly like Superman in a Bull market, but get squashed like a mosquito in a Bear Market.  Unlike the other 3 indices, The Russell has not been in an uptrend for a while.  It has been consolidating in a range that just broke down badly.  I'm zooming this one out more so you can see it better.

Moral of the story, safety is found in large dividend paying stocks, and the speculative crap is getting tossed away.  So as the markets all begin to break major support and half a decade long uptrend lines, I will leave you with this... Have a Nice Weekend!  (And try not to spend the whole thing worrying about what is gonna happen to your life savings come Mon morning)

-Jonathan M Mergott

P.S.   That was sarcasm for those of you who haven't mastered the art of detecting it in written form over the internet.  Cause I know damn well that is the ONLY thing Wall St. and every QE made "genius investor" is going to be thinking about all weekend.

Line in the sand

It's been an interesting time in the markets recently and I have been very absent from writing.  But one thing that will always get me back is interesting markets.  I will write this quickly before the things I am talking about COULD happen, do.

DEFLATION.  The scariest word in economics.  Commodities are plummeting, the stock market is getting shaky, and the fed is set to end QE in the same month that most market crashes have historically occurred.  Complacency has turned to fear overwhelmingly in the market and it has been a rather fast transition.  Let's just jump to the SPX chart.

As you can see above, we have had a violent back and forth consolidation in stocks for the last few days that has held at 1925 for now (*As I write this at 10:26am EST, we were flirting around 1920 and just let go, now already down to 1915.  I would be willing to bet we will probably drop another 10 today to 1905 before buyers come in.)  If this level just above 1900 does not hold, things will begin to look even shakier for stocks, as that would signify a break below a 5 year trendline.  (We'll get to that chart later)  We got a sell signal on the SPX about 1 month ago when the 10 day EMA crossed below the 20 day.  Indicators have all been trending lower confirming our sell signal.  As fear became the overwhelming emotion in the market, volume began to increase.  There is no reason to think that the 1900 level will not hold.  For 5 years straight now, the market has continued to make higher highs, so it would be foolish to expect anything different until the market SHOWS you otherwise, but in the event that it does, it will have broken major support, leaving a lot of space until about 1825 which could make for a fast, sharp, and very scary sell off.  It will also have made a lower low and that could be the start of something bad.

Lets take a quick look at the long term trend line I was talking about that a move below 1900 will break.  Pretty self explanatory.  But there is a lot of air between where we are and major support between 1400-1500.  That could mean for a 25% drop.

Lets quickly look at gold, and to do so we will use the GDXJ.  It has been interesting.  We received a sell signal in early Aug, around $40, which I pointed out and hopefully saved you from the losses for the next few months cause it is down about 25%.  We broke below the June low of 32 and and looked to be headed to test the low made back in Dec near 29 when the FOMC mins were released the other day and shot everything higher.  Since then, the SPX is right back to its prior lows (now breaking them) but gold and silver have held on, and so far (and just barely) so have the gold stocks.  It is hard to make an argument for higher gold in the face of all other commodities being taken to the wood shed UNLESS there is a major fearful event in stocks, which we could be seeing right now.  We still dont have a buy signal of any kind yet, but this is worth paying attention to as the miners are insanely cheap at these prices and can provide a much more profitable way of playing lower stock prices than just shorting the market.

Wrapping this up, today is Friday which means traders are closing positions.  Being that things have been mostly down for the week, I would venture to say this could mean a lift for everything by the close as short sellers rush to cover.  However, if we do see things close lower today, that should just reinforce to you the fear in the market right now.  I am expecting next week will be very interesting. 

-Jonathan M Mergott