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Stocks are higher, but the Fed trumps Trump

Stock-Markets / Stock Market 2017 Mar 01, 2017 - 03:39 PM GMT

By: Anthony_Cherniawski

Stock-Markets

Good Morning!

President Trump’s speech appeared to be his most “presidential,” but was short on details.

The surging dollar and rising SPX futures give some indication that Trump is still getting the benefit of the doubt.


SPX futures have broken out to a higher level this morning. This morning’s ramp appears to be a sub-Micro Wave [3]. Waves [4] and [5] should take the rest of the day. Given this (new) scenario, Wave (v) equals Wave (i) at 2385.06.

Global stocks ramped higher overnight. ZeroHedge comments, “While many Wall Street traders expecting Trump to unveil details of his economic plan went to bed empty handed last night, that was not enough to halt the market rally with the narrative shifting to Trump's "measured", "presidential" tone in which he offered an olive branch to both Democrats and Republicans in Congress while promising to make concessions and providing another round of grand visions for the US. Trump urged Americans to abandon conflict and help him remake the fabric of the country, a moment he hopes will turn the page on his administration’s chaotic beginning and bring clarity to his policy agenda. He offered few new proposals and made no suggestions on how he would pay for his plans, including a replacement of Obamacare, a tax overhaul including cuts for the middle class, $1 trillion in infrastructure investment and a large increase in defense spending.”

USD futures ramped to a high of 101.89, extending its retracement to 58.3% in overnight trading. That may not be the full extent of the retracement. A 61.8% retrace would take the USD to 102.05, for example.

The Federal Reserve policymakers took center stage, raising the odds of a rate hike from 50% to 80%. As a result, the TNX futures surged to challenge its 50-day Moving Average at 24.51 with an overnight high of 24.42.

Bloomberg observes, “Fed speakers trump Trump,” Richard McGuire, the head of rates strategy at Rabobank International in London, wrote in a note. Trump’s speech lacked “fresh content for the market to trade off, with big tax cuts, deregulation and an infrastructure plan being mentioned but not supported by any details. Given this, all focus instead turned to the slew of hawkish rhetoric from Fed speakers.”

This creates a very large “inside” consolidation. There are two unfilled gaps below this level, the lowest at 18.62. I put a question mark on Wave 4 since there is plenty of room to continue this decline. However, a break above the 50-day tips the scales toward a possible Wave 5 underway, while a resumption of the decline beneath the 50-day says that Wave 4 is still active.

These wide swings have to be giving traders fits. The Cycles Model suggests the next Master Cycle low may be during the week of March 20.

Gold futures hit an overnight low of 1240.00, overlapping an earlier high in the rally. There may be a need to make one more probe higher and that may happen (with overlap) in an Ending Diagonal. GLD shows clearly as an Ending diagonal with one more probe higher, as well.

Regards,

Tony

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