U.S. stocks lost their gains Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke voiced cautious optimism about the economy and the central bank's Beige Book also noted modest improvement.
"Everything is universally moving in the right direction, but we already knew that," said Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial of the Fed's June report, which noted improvement across all 12 districts.
Backlash at BP
The cost to protect BP Plc’s bonds against default soared to a record, more than nine times the level before one of its wells exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, as pressure on the company to suspend its dividend intensified.
Credit-default swaps on BP climbed 126.1 basis points to 386.9 basis points, according to CMA DataVision prices. More than 40 U.S. lawmakers called today for the London-based company to suspend its dividend and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate committee that “significant additional” safety requirements will be imposed on oil and gas companies drilling in the Gulf.
Why Did The U.S. Refuse International Help on The Gulf Oil Spill?
(ZeroHedge) Despite the vow by President Obama to keep the Gulf oil spill a top priority until the damage is cleaned up, 50 days after the BP rig exploded, a definitive date and meaningful solution is yet to be determined for the worst oil spill in the U.S. history.
So, you would think if someone is willing to handle the clean-up with equipment and technology not available in the U.S., and finishes the job in shorter time than the current estimate, the U.S. should jump on the offer. But it turned out to be quite the opposite.
The VIX tested intermediate-term Support.
-- All of the see-sawing in the VIX confirms the uptrend, even though it closed below short-term Trend Support at 34.19 today. The rally in stocks that completed today was at a smaller-degree than the rally which topped on May 12th. However, the VIX is giving this pause in the decline a higher-degree pullback. This is something that I have only observed for the first time, and suggests a very strong move is about to happen.
The CBOE Put-Call Ratio for equities ($CPCE) stayed neutral at .92 today. The pros have increased the $CPCI to 1.62 (more bearish) at the end of the day. The 10-day average is still 1.52. The NYSE Hi- Lo index closed down 32 points today to -108. The Hi-Lo index remains in bearish territory. Bullish territory starts at 95.
SPY retested short-term Resistance.
Action: Sell/Short/Inverse -- The saying goes, “The markets always rally before a crash.” SPY is no different as it approaches the Head and Shoulders Neckline illustrated in the chart. This will be the third attempt to break 104 since the Flash Crash in May. It may just be the charm.
The probability of some event causing the market to gap through support overnight is very high. The H&S pattern sets up a target of 86.64, which is very close to the July 8 low of 85.77. My model suggests that we may see the markets meet their downside targets early next week.
QQQQ makes its lowest close since February.
Action: Sell/Short/Inverse -- QQQQ closed lower as it traces out a complex Head & Shoulders pattern with a neckline roughly corresponding to the lower trendline of the Broadening Top formation. It appears that the very next target for QQQQ will be the lower trendline of the Broadening Top. However, I am looking for a “normal” wave 3 that may cut through the trendline on its way to 37-38.00 or lower. A likely target may be its (last) July low at 34.17.
XLF is prepared to plunge through its neckline.
Action: Sell/Short/Inverse -- XLF now appears ready to drop below the Head & Shoulders neckline which gives us a target of 10.50 – 11.00. Head & Shoulders patterns work best at the beginning of a third wave, which describes the situation perfectly. The July, 2009 low was 10.73, which is the next support level.
The brief spike to 14.37 this morning before XLF turned back down played out as expected. We are now starting the most powerful move of the series today.
FXI appears ready to cross intermediate resistance.
Action: Buy/Long -- FXI rallied briefly above intermediate-term Trend Support at 39.40 today. It also had an upside breakout, even though it settled below Trend Support at the close. This is very bullish action and should be encouraging for those who have doubted the upside reversal until now.
$SSEC made a pretty substantial move today, as well, closing just below short-term Trend Resistance at 2590.
GLD stumbled, but maintained its uptrend.
Action: Maintain Longs, looking for an exit -- GLD stumbled after its breakout, but is still advancing in a “wave c” of a probable final zig-zag on its way to my model target of 126.00.
Yesterday’s breakout is still being tested, but a more convincing emergence above 122.24 should bring the buyers back. It is doubtful that the volume will increase appreciably, however, since it will be the retail buyers pushing up the final spike in price. GLD is already in nosebleed territory, so it may not be wise to stay too long. I will keep you posted if a reversal pattern emerges.
USO is completing a wave (ii).
Action: Sell/Short/Inverse -- Today’s rally in USO cleared up the wave pattern as it spiked toward intermediate-term Trend Resistance at 35.93. This has two implications. First, it may spike even higher as it completes a higher degree (to 35.93, perhaps?) second wave. Second, wave (iii) may take USO below 18.00 in wave (iii). There is no “alternate count” in USO at this time.
TLT has finished a pullback to short-term support.
Action: Maintain Longs, Look for an exit early next week. -- TLT found support at the shortterm Trend Support at 97.25. It appears that the next rally attempt should break above the prior highs and potentially target the 103.00 area. Once that target is reached, it may be advisable to start taking profits, unless you can watch the pattern like a hawk.
The U.S. is now one of the top 5 sovereign deriskers as CDS activities are picking up. This does not bode well for our bond market. The perceived risk of default is now rising.
UUP also finds support at the 13-day moving average.
Action: Buy/Long -- UUP pulled back to its short -term Trend Support at 25.44 instead of accelerating as I had expected. Nothing has changed, though. Wave iii of (iii) could go substantially higher, targeting somewhere above 28.00 in the move immediately before us.
Tomorrow the pivot window for UUP opens, so we may see fireworks starting in the next move higher.
Have a great evening!
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