Monday, October 31, 2011

SPX Monthly Chart with 12 MA Cross Secular Bear Market Remains

Today's closing print was very important. The last day of the month provides the data point for the monthly charts. One of Keystone's Secular Signals is the cross of the SPX 12-month MA which determines a secular bear market versus a secular bull market. Today, price started where this vital tool would have flipped back over to a secular bull market. This would have been a huge feather in the bull's cap and all but assured a strong rally into year-end. Alas, it was not meant to be.

In fact, the indexes collapsed into the close as Greece Prime Minister Papandreou supplied flies for the bailout ointment. The SPX 12 month MA is 1275.22 and today's close is 22 points under maintaining a three month trend forecasting a secular bear market for the weeks and months to come. Note how the summer of 2010 was a knock down drag out fight and the only thing that saved the indexes from going over the falls was Chairman Bernanke announcing QE3. This resulted in price moving above the 12 MA to indicate a secular bull market was back on tap from September 2010 on. Today started with a similar feel where a stutter step would occur and the secular bulls had a chance to regain the upper hand, but the bulls failed.

If you ignore the daily large point moves in the indexes, due to the elevated volatility, and take a deep breath, this tool tells you that the market bears remain in control of the broad markets and continue to forecast weak indexes for the weeks and months ahead. The recent rally was not strong enough for the SPX to print above 1275 today, thus, the secular bear continues to growl. This information is for educational and entertainment purposes only.  Do not invest based on anything you read or view here or on any links attached to this information.  Consult your financial advisor before making any investment decision.

Keystone's Midday Market Action 10-31-11

This week is expected to make epic trading history, with the earnings, economic data and four key events (FOMC, ECB, G20 and Jobs Report) occurring. So it was fitting that the BOJ would conduct currency intervention overnight to kick the week off to a wacky start. The dollar is buoyant, helped in part by the dollar/yen buoyancy caused by the intervention. The higher dollar beats down copper and commodities, gold, silver and so forth, the opposite of the trade we watched over the last month.

In play; euro down=dollar up=dollar/yen up=commodities down=equities down=gold down=treasury price up yield down. The visa versa has worked over the last month.

For the selling today, the Nasdaq is down a percent while the S&P is down more, off 1.3%. Since the Nasdaq is always the leader, this hints that the down move will be muted today. Major sectors such as utilities, semiconductor's, retail and financials remain elevated. Today is the month-end prints at 4 PM so the SPX 12-month MA is in full play.  The current print for the 12-month MA is 1276.61 and the current SPX print is 1270.11, so the secular market bears remain in favor for the weeks and months ahead, but, check this at 4 PM today.

The energy sector, XLE, is down 3% today, receiving a hard slap down. Many traders play the long energy/ISM trade at the end of the month into the ISM number on the first day of the month, but with the weakness this morning, many must be abandoning ship. Typically, you play this trade long at the end of the month and sell on the ISM news tomorrow.

For today, JJC (copper) will tell you a lot about broad market direction. Watch JJC 46.75, if above, the market bulls are ready to drive the broad markets higher again, if JJC remains below, now only below by pennies, then the market bears remain in control today.

SPX support and resistance to watch is 1293, 1291, 1289, 1287, 1286, 1285, 1282, 1280, 1278, 1277 (12 month MA is 1276.61), 1274 (200 day MA is 1274.11), 1272, 1270 (50 week MA is 1269.82), 1268, 1267, 1260, 1259, 1258 (starting year number 1257.64), 1257.

Note Added 10/31/11 at 11:30 AM:  JJC, a proxy for copper, moved above the 46.75 level that Keystone's algo is watching. If this is sustained for ten minutes or longer, the broad markets should elevate, and if so, watch SPX 1277 like a hawk.

Note Added 10/31/11 at 11:47 AM:  JJC now printing 46.92 so the market bulls are going to try to run the indexes higher.

Note Added 10/31/11 at 7:48 PM:  There were ebbs and flows but JJC closed in favor of the bulls at 46.90, ten cents above the now-critical number to watch, 46.80. VIX also remains favorable to bulls since it closed at 29.96, still four pennies under 30. If VIX moves over 30, the markets should sell off substantially, if VIX stays under 30 and JJC over 46.80, the bulls are fine.  The month-end prints occurred today and the SPX closed at 1253 well below the 12-month MA number of 1275. Thus, the market bears can kick back this evening and put their feet up, since they remain in control of the broad markets on a secular basis, for the weeks and months ahead. JJC 46.80 and VIX 30.00 will dictate broad market direction tomorrow.

USDJPY US Dollar/Yen Chart Shows Third Currency Intervention for 2011

The chart highlights the three yen currency interventions this year.

In March 2011, the BOJ and G7 leaders performed a coordinated intervention to weaken the yen which moved the dollar/yen from 76 to over 85 in less than three weeks. 

In August 2011, the BOJ acted alone with currecy intervention and popped the dollar/yen from 76-ish to over 80 in three days time, but price retreated quickly nullifying the intervention.

Now, in late October 2011, the BOJ acts alone again, although more details are needed concerning how the intervention is occurring, and the dollar/yen spiked to 79.5 overnight and is now printing 77.915 last print.

Note how the first two interventions failed; the yen continued to strengthen (dollar/yen lower). Is the third time the charm? Positive divergence in the charts at least favor the dollar/yen to build a basing pattern here on out and are set up to favor sideways to sideways up for the dollar/yen for the weeks ahead, thus, the third time may be the charm. Also note the falling wedge profile in the chart above which is a bullish pattern, highlighted in the dollar/yen chart a few days back. Use the search box above (type in 'dollar/yen'; chart is October 25th) or scroll back to previous posts for that chart.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

BOJ Intervention Bounces Dollar/Yen Over 78

Minutes ago, the BOJ performed intervention in the currency markets to weaken the yen (dollar/yen up). The 75.35 low print recently is a post-war high for the yen. The dollar/yen moved from under 76 to over 78 in a heartbeat as shown in the chart. Typically, these moves do not last long and the dollar/yen tends to leak back down to where the intervention began. Japan Finance Minister said he will intervene again as needed.  U.S. futures point to a lower open for Monday morning currently. 

Note Added 10/30/11 at 10:31 PM:  Last dollar/yen print is 79.12 with a 4.2% move.

Keystone's Key Events and Market Movers Week of 10-31-11

Keystone presents the following underlying market currents, sometimes subtle, sometimes turbulent, that move global markets in real time.  The key dates and times below typically correspond to market pivot points.

Summary for the New Trading Week Ahead:

The market winning streak continued last week with the Merkozy happy talk concerning the Greece bailout.  The details must be provided this week at the G20 Summit on Thursday.  A pivotal week in trading will occur this week. Earnings and economic data are abundant and four major events will occur; the FOMC decision and press conference on Wednesday, the ECB rate decision and press conference on Thursday morning, the G20 Summit on Thursday and Friday and the Jobs Report on Friday morning. As if all this drama was not enough, Keystone’s Eclipse Indicator calls out this time period now thru mid November as a potential large market selloff area, and, the Bradley Turn window is open forecasting a potential market turn this week.  This all adds up to a major confluence of events—strap yourself in.

Continue to watch the asset relationship; Euro higher=dollar lower=commodities higher=U.S. equities higher, and, the visa versa, Euro down=dollar up=commodities down=U.S. equities down.  Continue to watch for news from Moody’s concerning any potential downgrade of U.S. debt. Listen for any downgrades in general from the rating agencies, especially European banks and countries.

For Monday, the Chicago PMI and Dallas Fed MFG Survey will move markets.  Most importantly, watch Keystone’s SPX 12-Month MA Secular signal. The SPX 12-month MA is 1277-1278 for the final day of the month tomorrow. If the SPX prints the month-end number under 1277-1278, then the secular market bears remain in good shape. If, however, the SPX closes above 1277-1278, this is a game changer and it changes one of Keystone’s secular signals back to a secular bull. Watch 1277-1278 very closely in the Monday session.

For Tuesday, the FOMC meeting begins. The ISM Mfg Index will affect the energy markets; watch the energy sector, tickers such as XLE. Construction Spending is an excellent indicator of employment. The market fun begins in full swing on Wednesday with the Fed decision, the rates will remain as is so Bernanke’s comments and press, er desk, conference will affect markets.  The Fed talk on quantitative easing helped bounce the markets recently in addition to the Merkozy happy Euro talk. Thus, traders will be listening for further mention of quantitative easing. The markets will rally on any mention of quantitative easing but Keystone currently thinks that the Fed will avoid the subject so this would result as a market negative.  

The ECB rate decision is early Thursday morning and provides drama since Draghi needs to lower rates, but considering this is his first meeting, does he go ahead and lower rates right away, or choose to wait one more month? More than likely he lowers rates which should result in a lower euro, reference the asset relationship above. The Friday jobs circus finishes the week off.

Yen intervention by the BOJ remains highly likely now that the dollar/yen has dropped under the critical 76.50 level.  Dollar/yen buoyancy should relate to dollar buoyancy, which may usher in some market weakness. Continue to watch for the dollar to rise as the weeks move along. A rise in the dollar will place further pressure on oil, gold, silver and other commodities; reference the asset relationship above.


Key Dates and Times for the Week Ahead:

·         Monday, 10/31/11: EOM-monthly charts receive a new data point today; watch Keystone’s SPX 12-Month MA Cross Secular Signal with the big fight today over SPX 1277-1278 to determine if the markets are in a secular bear or a secular bull.  Markets remain at the mercy of Europe news moving forward.  Markets are now in Keystone’s Eclipse Indicator zone, where now thru mid November is targeted as a large potential market selling area. A Bradley turn window remains open with the markets thru Friday, pay particular close attention now thru Wednesday. Watch for continued news of downgrades of banks and countries, a market negative.  Chicago PMI 9:45 AM.  Dallas Fed Mfg Survey 10:30 AM. 3-Month and 6-Month Bill Auctions 11:30 AM. Farm Prices 3 PM. Earnings: APC, NLY, APL, ED, FMC, FST, HLF, HUM, LORL, MELA, PURE, SHAW, SOHU, BID, JOE, TASR, TGP, TIE, WINN.
·         Tuesday, 11/1/11:   FOMC Rate Meeting begins. Motor Vehicle sales in the morning. ISM Mfg Index and Construction Spending 10 AM. 4-Week Bill Auction 11:30 AM.   Earnings: AMT, BALT, BHI, CME, CDXS, CVLT, CGNX, COCO, EMR, EOG, RAIL, GMO, HAIN, HCA, HW, MRO, NLC, NUTR, OPEN, OSK, PFE, STEM, SNCR, THC, TNH, THOR, TRMB, TRLG, USU, VLO, WMB.
·         Wednesday, 11/2/11:  Mortgage Purchase Applications 7 AM.  Challenger Job report 7:30 AM. ADP Employment Report 8:15 AM. Treasury Refunding Announcement 9 AM. Oil Inventories 10:30 AM. FOMC Rate Decision Announcement 12:30 PM. Chairman Bernanke’s “Desk” Conference 2:15 PM.  Earnings: AWK, WTR, CLH, CLX, CLR, CLWR, CTSH, CMCSA, DVN, EP, FICO, FLML, FWLT, FCN, ICE, IPI, WFR, MUR, NWSA, QCOM, RGR, TSLA, TSO, TDW, VG, WLT.
·         Thursday, 11/3/11: ECB Rate Decision and Press Conference; are rates cut? The plan from Merkozy is due at the ‘Kick the Cannes’ meeting with the G20 leaders today. Productivity and costs and Jobless Claims 8:30 AM.  Lockhart (Atlanta Fed) speaks 8:30 AM. Factory Orders and ISM Non-Mfg Index 10 AM. Natty Inventories 10:30 AM. Fed Balance Sheet and Money Supply 4:30 PM. Earnings: AIG, ALJ, APA, BEBE, CBOE, CHK, COR, CVX, DUK, EK, ENP, EPL, FLR, IRF, K, LNKD, LFUS, MED, MCHP, NRG, SBUX, SWKS, TSRA.
·         Friday, 11/4/11:   Monster Employment Index in the morning. Monthly Jobs Report 8:30 AM. Earnings: BPL, LNG, WIN, YRCW, HOGS.

Key Dates and Times for the Month Ahead:

·         Sunday, 11/13/11: Troika decision.
·         Wednesday, 11/23/11: Deficit Commission deadline. The Congress debates on debt reduction. This will be in the news more and more as the days more along.
·         Thursday, 12/8/11: ECB Meeting and rate decision.
·         Tuesday, 12/13/11: FOMC Meeting and rate decision.
·         Friday, 12/23/11: Congress debt vote.

Major Market Movers for the Weeks, Months and Years Ahead:

·         Earnings
·         Corporate Bankruptcies
·         Options Expiration (OpEx)
·         Quantitative Easing (QE3)
·         FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Rate Decisions and Policy
·         Rating Agency Downgrades
·         U.S. Presidential Election
·         Congress In or Out of Session
·         Europe Debt Crisis
·         ECB (European Central Bank) Rate Decisions and Policy
·         Ongoing Wars
·         Continuing Geopolitical Events
·         Occupy Wall Street Global Protests
·         State and Muni Crisis; Union Busting
·         College/Student Debt Bubble
·         China Property Bubble and China Contagion
·         PBOC (Peoples Bank of China) Rate Decisions and Policy
·         China New Premier Selection
·         Emerging Market Rate Decisions and Policy
·         BOJ (Bank of Japan) Rate Decisions and Policy
·         Government Secured Enterprises (GSE’s) Impact
·         Oil Economic Impact
·         Mother Nature
·         Keystone’s Eclipse Selloff Areas
·         Bradley Turn Dates
·         Solar Flares, New and Full Moons

Details for the Major Market Movers:

·         Earnings:  Earnings are in full swing now and showing better than expected results with about 75% beating estimates but with many weak releases last week, this has dropped into the 60’s. Thus, neither the bulls or bears are winning the earnings battle so far.
·         Corporate Bankruptcies: Keystone looks for a high number of company bankruptcies in 2012 and 2013. The politicians cannot make a difference; they will only create deeper harm.  In a nutshell, there is no demand for products and services.  The deleveraging must continue and it will result in many companies going belly-up over the next couple years. Market negative over the intermediate and longer term.
·         Options Expiration (OpEx): Third Friday each month. Upcoming dates 11/18/11, 12/16/11. Typically an up market move occurs from Tuesday thru Wednesday of OpEx week if you get your timing correct. Markets typically are opposite on the following Monday morning from the direction they closed on OpEx Friday.
·         Quantitative Easing (QE3):  Quantitative easing two (QE2) ended 6/30/11.  Tentative projection for QE3 announcement is November-December. Fed said that more quantitative easing is on the table on 10/20/11 and 10/21/11 which spiked the markets skyward. The Fed announced Operation Twist and that resulted in a market selloff.  Deflation must raise its ugly face before Bernanke is forced to announce QE3. Keystone’s Inflation Deflation Indicator is moving from Neutral to Disinflation to Deflation, then back again, over the last couple weeks.  Use the CRB as a general guide, under 300 is disinflationary and under 290 deeper into deflation and under 270 will probably prompt Bernanke to announce QE3. CRB has rebounded recently providing breathing room for Chairman Bernanke. When Deflation appears in the weeks ahead, perhaps the first global quantitative easing program for planet Earth will commence, the Fed joining forces with other countries to coordinate their efforts in trying to save a banking system already lost.  Quantitative easing will bounce markets but it is only a matter of time before the rally peters out, just as QE1 did in April 2010 after 13 months and QE2 did in April 2011 after 8 months.  QE3 future rally will last 3 to 5 months?
·         FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Rate Decisions and Policy:  11/1/11-11/2/11 (note this coincides with Keystone’s Eclipse Indicator date); 12/13/11. Fed announced that the Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) will remain in place until mid-2013. Operation Twist is ongoing.  QE3 announcement is anticipated for the November-December time frame. Deflation needs to occur first.
·         Rating Agency Downgrades: S&P announces a downgrade of U.S. debt from AAA to AA+. Moody’s said a couple months ago they would comment on U.S. debt in mid-October. Downgrade talk is a market negative and if any additional downgrade occurs from any of the three rating agencies, the equities markets will sell off large. Downgrades of any banks or countries are a market negative. Continue to watch for European downgrades. The Congress super committee budget discussions will affect potential downgrades. If Congress cannot agree on $1.2 trillion cuts, a downgrade is likely. Even if the $1.2 trillion in cuts are achieved, the rating agencies want to see over $3.0 trillion so downgrades may occur anyway. This will affect markets now thru December.
·         U.S. Presidential Election: Markets will ebb and flow as the politicians fight it out, one side is just as bad as the other; demopublicans and republocrats. The market effects are more of a 2012 story. Keystone will comment on the Presidential cycle as time moves along.
·         Congress In or Out of Session:  Market bullish when not in session, market bearish when in session. Further budgets fights will continue into November working towards the November deadline of 11/23/11. Congress debt vote is 12/23/11. Each negative sound bite from the President and Congress will negatively impact the broad markets. Perhaps the childish bickering will end and the debt reduction decisions will be made, but, it is easier to picture the same ending as last year with holiday-eve votes and market turmoil. The super committee has to cut $1.2 trillion or automatic budget cuts will occur. Even if this goal is attained, the rating agencies are looking for $3.0 to $3.5 trillion, thus entitlement programs and tax reform must be placed on the table.  So even an agreement with $1.2 trillion in cuts, the rating agencies may further downgrade the U.S. anyways. If the super committee cannot provide an adequate plan, the rating agencies will probably downgrade the U.S. debt. Quite a pickle, this situation will be in the news more and more each day forward and play into markets more and more each day.
·         Europe Debt Crisis:  The Europe news flow is the main driver of the markets now. G20 Summit is Thursday and Friday.  The five little piggies (PIIGS) are Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Merkel and Sarkozy, Merkozy, promise a solution by 11/3/11. Details on the Greece plan must be provided.  Italy and Spain are the major worries. Moody’s has downgraded Italy and Spain debt. Italy is the third largest debtor nation in the World, only trailing the U.S. and Japan.  Greece paper probably worth 30 cents on the dollar, Ireland 50 cents, Portugal 85 cents but no one knows for sure. The Spain and U.K. high unemployment for young people is a major concern, leading to riots, and now the Occupy Wall Street protests that have gone global.  Italy and Spain are too big to fail, too big to bail. Rich Uncle China needs to save the day but they appear hesitant.  Markets have rallied with the Merkozy happy talk so the rubber meets the road Thursday.  Weaker euro=stronger dollar=weaker commodities=weaker U.S. equities, and visa versa. The recent rally has shown stronger euro=weaker dollar=stronger commodities=stronger U.S. equities.
·         ECB European Central Bank) Rate Decisions and Policy:  ECB announces next rate decision 11/3/11, cuts are coming, 12/8/11, 1/12/12.  Past decisions are no hike 9/8/11, no hike 8/4/11, 25 bip hike 7/7/11, no hike 6/9/11, no hike 5/5/11 and the 25 bip hike on 4/7/11 that began Trichet’s mistake this year, just like July 2008 when he raised at the peak in the commodities market, exactly the wrong time.  Trichet is now replaced with Draghi who has to undo this year’s rate cuts. Rate cut should occur on the 11/3/11 meeting, even thoug hit is Draghi’s first meeting.  The euro buoyancy in 2011 was caused by Trichet’s hawkish talk, now that will reverse, thus, euro down=dollar up=equities down. Equities move in the same direction as the euro.  
·         Ongoing Wars: Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. Colonel Gaddafi is dead, the oil flow has been coming back anyways. Wars and M.E. problems will always provide a bid underneath oil, gold and silver.  As tensions ease, the premium in price works itself out.
·         Continuing Geopolitical Events: Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, N. Korea:  Dollar bullish and equity bearish.  Tensions provide a premium to oil, gold and silver prices with news flow immediately impacting prices. Bahrain is the big worry since unrest will impact oil supply.  Yemen is important since it is a southern Saudi border. Al-Awlaki’s death should add to stabilization in the area in the long term. Yemen protestors are killed with live ammunition on 10/15/11.  Syria and Yemen are the major current concerns. News flow impacts commodities in real time.  Any bad news=higher oil, gold and silver prices, or, visa versa.
·         Occupy Wall Street Global Protests: The protests began in New York on 9/17/11. No impact to markets, yet, but it shows the underlying dissatisfaction that World citizens have for banksters, bailouts, high unemployment, high student debt, high taxes and many other issues. The movement is now global with protestors marching on GS offices in Milan on 10/14/11. The first violence occurring in Rome on 10/15/11 with rock throwing, window smashing and vehicles set on fire. Authorities respond with water cannons and tear gas.  The banksters created the housing bubble with MBS (mortgage-backed securities) and CDO’s (collateralized debt obligations), fancy derivatives and easy credit. Citizens are at fault as well showing no financial restraint, jumping into debt during the late 1990’s and 2000’s.  The housing bubble collapse ushers in a permanent class of unemployed and underemployed people that will take years to resolve, which fosters class warfare. The Occupy movement has no leaders or unified message currently and is more focused in showing that they can simply organize and present a unified front against government and corporate greed. Protest signs read, “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The protestors now have their own newspaper, “The Occupy Wall Street Journal.” 99% is a key theme, as in the 99% that suffer versus the 1% banksters and corporate big wigs that live on easy street.  The 1% were the major cause of the trouble but they enjoy the good life with no ramifications for the misery caused. The Occupy movement protests capitalism but the quandary is that what occurred with bank bailouts is not capitalism and the U.S. is not as capitalistic as people think.  The current policy is for the government to bail out corporations in trouble such as financial institutions and auto companies, non-capitalism actions, which only serve to foster moral hazard. Occupy Wall Street movement is now growing in London, Europe, Asia and Australia. Authorities ramp up arrests as October ends.
·         State and Muni Crisis; Union Busting:  Muni’s should experience pain first.  Muni’s rely on State funds.  The new State fiscal budgets are underway now.  State funding of local municipality projects will be impacted.  Muni and State layoffs increasing. Colleges relied on State funds and tuition increases are already hitting cash-strapped students. Lingering unemployment lessens government tax inflows. U.S. will probably see an increase in the cash society since folks will find ways to avoid higher taxes, hurting government coffers rather than helping.  Multiple U.S. cities now experiencing budget fights and protests.  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, went bankrupt recently.  Governments are trying to reduce the burden of high union costs.  Watch to see if California financial decisions spook the country; California is basically the same as Greece. State and Muni problems are a 2012 story. MUB daily and weekly charts were in negative divergence marking this as a significant price top for muni’s. Meredith Whitney should be vindicated moving forward.
·         College/Student Debt Bubble: Students graduate with large debt and no job. Law students accumulate nearly 100K in loans and many remain jobless. Universities build lavish facilities that are unnecessary for education. One poll cited 80% of college graduates moving back home to live with parents.  Student loan defaults have doubled since 2005. Two-thirds of students have $24K or more debt.  No effect near term but in the months forward the loan defaults will develop into a big problem. Young folks without jobs are joining the ranks of the Occupy Wall Street movement since they have no productive outlet for their youthful energy. Now that State funding is being lost to colleges, tuition hikes are occurring, students now have to pay more for an education that no longer leads to a well-paying job. The high college debt coupled with no jobs is a double whammy for the young folks.
·         China Property Bubble and China Contagion:  When it pops, anytime now, it will be extremely negative on global markets causing contagion in Asia and elsewhere. Chinese factories are now going bankrupt. There are signs of growth slowing, bad real estate loans and fraudulent accounting by companies.  Copper was used as collateral for some construction loans and serves as a proxy for China.  A drop in copper price may provide the catalyst for the China real estate collapse but over the last month copper has gained 20%. 65 million homes are unoccupied in China, a glut of capacity of epic proportions. Europe is China’s major customer so the Euro woes will only accelerate China’s problems.  China has built uninhabited cities to fuel their explosive growth during this century. China growth rates are trailing off, there are only so many empty cities that you can build.  China officials admit that 8% growth is needed to simply maintain ‘social cohesion’. This is going to end very badly. Keystone agrees with Jim Chanos’ view on China. Watch the copper price to gauge China moving forward. China has to decide if they want to play a larger role in the world and help prop up the global mess. China may be supporting Greece behind the scenes to help buy Europe some time. China bubble pops=global markets down.
·         PBOC (Peoples Bank of China) Rate Decisions and Policy:  We are now one year along from the first rate hike in China in October 2010. First hike 25 bps 10/19/10; second hike 25 bps Christmas 12/25/10; third hike 25 bps China New Years on 2/8/11; fourth hike 25 bps 4/5/11; fifth hike 25 bips 7/7/11.  China said in 2010 that it will project about five hikes into June 2011.  Hikes have occurred October, December, February, April and now July, so China should hold steady for the weeks and months ahead. Currency decisions will probably be delayed until the new premier is selected in the back half of 2012. Bank reserve requirements are now ratcheting up continuously to slow down inflation but these appear to have less of an effect now.  China’s bubble is now in the process of popping.
·         China New Premier Selection:  The new 5-year leader is chosen in 2012 (at the same time as the U.S. president) so major currency decisions will be avoided until then.  Will it be a smooth transition?
·         Emerging Market Rate Decisions and Policy:  India, Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea most important. Same effects as China rate hikes; commodities will sell off.  China, India and Brazil are most important to global markets. Watch India closely moving forward since they are still raising rates in conflict with their Asian peers. Each emerging country lowering rates here forward will escalate trade wars. Brazil lowered rates last week.  Chairman Bernanke’s hot easy QE2 money pumped up emerging markets and commodities from August 2010 thru May 2011 creating new asset bubbles. India is now experiencing civil unrest as citizens demonstrate against corruption at all levels of government.  India directly supports one-third of the global gold market and we are now in the marriage and holiday seasons for India and China.  The gold sales do not appear to be living up to prior years.  The negatively diverged gold charts and CME margin hikes should also continue to push gold prices lower.  Watch India as a proxy for gold price. China consumes 40% or more of the world’s copper production. Watch China as a proxy for copper price.
·         BOJ (Bank of Japan) Rate Decisions and Policy:  BOJ hints at new measures coming to weaken the yen this week.  Effects from the Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster are subsiding.  Japan lowers growth projections moving forward. Japan is performing policy manipulation and coordinated currency intervention and defending the 76.5 dollar/yen level.  Note, the dollar/yen has dropped under 76.5, look for some type of intervention action at any time.  BOJ participated with other central banks on 8/15/11 to support Europe. Dollar/yen up=dollar up=euro down=commodities down=equities down.
·         Government-Secured Enterprises (GSE’s) Impact: 10/1/11 was a deadline to extend the GSE limit of $730K, which came and went, so the limits must have reverted back down to $625.5K, with a possible review to raise the limit again in the weeks ahead.  This action hurts folks dancing on the fine line in that price range.  The GSE’s back 9 of every 10 mortgages. In general, folks have to go elsewhere to seek financing where the down payments are 25 to 30% down.  In essence, the demand will be reduced, thus, the market will tighten and house prices will continue lower moving forward. Keystone’s proprietary algorithm shows that housing has already fallen back into a double dip as of mid-May 2011. This is deflationary behavior giving Chairman Bernanke many sleepless nights. Keystone considers real estate to be a key investment over the next year or two but prices have much lower to fall first. Low rates do not help the housing recovery since folks do not have jobs. If they do have a job, they may not have a good credit score.  If they do have a good credit score, then they cannot come up with the 25% and higher down payments.  Perhaps the washout in housing will occur in 2012 and 2013, which should provide the ideal time to buy property.
·         Oil Economic Impact:   Oil effects gasoline price which in turn affects retail sales. OPEC, the SPR (Strategic Oil reserve) and hurricane season effect oil price. SPR oil release is no longer an issue as oil price has fallen due to lower global demand. Hurricane season is in its final throes so any oil price premium is working itself back out.  Brent Oil price is now more important than WTIC (West Texas). Oil price moves with the equities markets; up oil=up markets and visa versa.
·         Mother Nature/Crop Reports: Droughts, storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunami’s, volcanic ash, hurricane’s and the like. Mother Nature had a huge impact on food inflation over the last year. Continue to monitor the drought in Texas and the southern States as well as floods and other mayhem. Food and oil are the most affected. As the crop reports improve, the premium to price comes back out.
·         Eclipse Selloff Target Areas: Allow plus or minus a week or two on each side of the following dates as potential areas of major market selloffs; 5/15/11 (large sell off occurred May-June); 7/15/11 (large sell off occurred 7/8 thru 7/18 then the crash the week of 8/1/11); 11/3/11 area is next (watch late October thru mid November); then 1/3/12. Note how the May and July targets were spot on.  This technique now targets late October thru early to mid November area as a potential large market selloff area. Note that this week the Eclipse Indicator, Bradley Turn, FOMC rate meeting and conference, ECB rate meeting and conference, G20 Summit, and Friday Jobs Report all hit in this window this week, a major confluence of events and indicators—strap yourself in.
·         Bradley Turn Dates: 10/28/11 (this date matches up with the eclipse sell off projection), pay close attention now thru 11/4/11, especially 10/25/11 thru 11/2/11; 11/22/11-11/23/11; 12/28/11 (major turn area); 1/11/12. Typically allow a +/- 7 day window with actual turns usually occurring in closer to the actual date, say +/- 3 day window. Markets more than likely change their trends, if headed up, they reverse down, or if they have been moving down in the previous days, they reverse up.  Every now and then, however, the markets will melt up or down in an acceleration move of the current trend. Dates are courtesy of Donald Bradley, Peter Eliades and Arch Crawford; reference their web sites for additional information.
·         Solar Flares, Full and New Moons: Definitely not something to trade off of but you must be aware of their influence. Solar flares have not been an issue except for a brief event in August, but the projections are for the flares to increase in the years ahead. Solar flare activity tends to coincide with market selling events.  There are studies on full moon and new moon effects that will tout both sides of the coin. In Keystone’s non-scientific studies, full moons tend to be in line with buying and new moons tend to be in line with selling, but only about a 60% to 65% correlation; a slight advantage over a coin flip. Full moon was last Tuesday, 10/11/11, which was a buoyant week. New moon was 10/26/11; 10/25 was a large down day.  Full moon is 11/10/11 and New Moon is 11/25/11.

SPX S/R Week of 10-31-11

SPX support and resistance shows the important resistance cluster at 1285-1287. On Thursday and Friday both, price punched up thru, only to be spanked back down. The behavior here will tell the short term direction. If the market bulls can punch up thru to see 1288 and higher, and close there, the upside has plenty more oomph for upside.

The Monday session is EOM thus the monthy charts will receive a new data point. One of Keystone's Secular Signals is the SPX 12-month MA cross. The 12-month MA is now at 1277-1278. Thus, if price closes above 1277-1278 at the Monday close, the market bulls can pop the champagne corks, this would be a huge development for market bulls and shift this signal to forecast a secular bull market ahead.  The market bears will fight to push price under 1277-1278 with all their might on Monday.

For Monday, the SPX begins at 1285, if 1287 is touched, all the indexes will continue to jump higher several more handles in short order and the bulls may as well start popping those champagne corks. Market bears need to break 1277 support, if so, the downside will open up, and large block sellers will enter the markets. A move thru 1278-1286 is sideways slop. Note how the range on Friday, was only ten points (1277-1287), due to the lower volatility.  The VIX fell under 30, now under 25, thus, the large-point moves seen each day in the indexes should subside somewhat.

·        1321
·        1318
·        1316
·        1314
·        1312
·        1307
·        1305
·        1301
·        1300
·        1298
·        1296
·        1295
·        1293
·        1292
·        1291
·        1289
·        Friday HOD 1287.08
·        1287
·        1286
·        Friday Close 1285.09
·        1285
·        1282
·        1280
·        1278
·        Friday LOD 1277.01
·        1277
·        1272-1273 (LT S/R)
·        1270
·        1268
·        1267
·        1260
·        1259
·        1258 (1257.64 is the starting number for 2011)
·        1257 (3/16/11)
·        1254
·        1252 (9/14/08 pre-LEH bk)
·        1249 (LOD 3/16/11; failure at this level 8/4/11)
·        1247
·        1244
·        1242
·        1240
·        1235 (12/15/10; also HOD 12/7/10 large volume)
·        1233 (LOD 12/16/10)
·        1229
·        1227 (HOD 11/9/10)
·        1226 (11/5/11)
·        1225
·        1224 (12/7/10 large volume)
·        1222
·        1220 (HOD 4/26/10)
·        1219
·        1217 (4/23/10)
·        1215