Timing & trends

Marker Report: Bulls Find Their Footing

By: Nouf

The decline that we have seen over the past few weeks has been very corrective and does not support a strong break lower; the result was a strong reversal higher from our targets as expected. If you noticed the AUDUSD pair failed to take out its previous lows so held key support, as well as oil holding the $102 area. As long as you see other risk markets support US stocks I don’t see any evidence to support a bearish stance atm.

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Simply put the bears never stood a chance, the trend remains up since the Oct 2011 lows and we need to respect that, the low is likely in although there is an alternative ideas in the markets to test those lows again we saw in the week, but that will only come on a breakdown of previous support areas.


Following on from last week’s report, we indeed got the new low I was expecting and covered our shorts at the lows, the NDX hit my target and reversed, thus confirming the decline likely completed and the bulls take the markets higher.

The target was 2636 as posted from last week’s report, it got triggered and the bulls really did make a stand, one would think they got my “special” areas in advance.


When Fundamentals No Longer Apply, Review the Fundamentals

By: Eric Sprott & David Baker

This may not come as a surprise, but we’re still not seeing it. We’re not seeing a US recovery.

Here we are, well into 2012, and the fact remains that the US housing situation is still a bust. There is simply no housing recovery happening in the United States. US New Home Sales fell for the fourth time in a row month-overmonth in March, representing a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 328,000, down from 353,000 in February.1 Do you know what the annual rate of New Home Sales was back in 2006? About 1.21 million.2 No recovery there.

Same goes for US Existing Home Sales, which fell unexpectedly by 2.6% in March to an annual rate of 4.48 million units.3 Again – would you care to know where they were in the same month back in 2006, before the financial system fell apart? Approximately 6.92 million units.4 No recovery there either.

Then there’s unemployment. Judging by all the recent earnings-release cheerleading, March’s jobs numbers seem to have been forgotten, but they were plainly weak. The US Labor Department showed US hiring slowing to a mere 120,000 new jobs in March, below expectations of 200,000+.5 That’s not a recovery. That’s simply weak data.

Same goes for the most recent jobless claims numbers, which have been running above 380,000 for the last two weeks, above the 375,000 threshold that supposedly signals future unemployment increases.6 Again – this is not positive data, this is weak data. How high will it have to go before the economists admit that it’s weak? 400,000? 425,000? We’re asking – we’d like to know.

Then there are US tax receipts, which continue to point in the same direction. If the US is recovering so strongly, then why are employment tax receipts only up 2%? ($484 billion fiscal year-to-date as of March 2012 vs. $475 billion over the same period to March 2011).7 A 2% increase is explainable by inflation alone, which was last reported running at 2.7% according to the Bureau of Labour Stastics.8 Shouldn’t the tax receipts be much higher than that? Wasn’t unemployment down so far this year? As the Associated Press plainly states, “The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.2% in March [2012] from 9.1% in August [2011]. Part of the drop was because people gave up looking for work. People who are out of work but not looking for jobs aren’t counted among the unemployed.”9 Oh! Sorry,… now the numbers make more sense. There hasn’t been any net new employment at all. Question: if everyone “gives up” looking for work next week, will the US unemployment rate go to zero? We’re asking – we’d like to know.

Other economic indicators exhibit the same downward momentum that the pundits are loath to acknowledge. For example, the Economic Cycle Research Institute’s (ECRI) Weekly Leading Indicator index, which had been rising from its 2011 lows earlier this year, has resumed its downtrend in April.10 More recently, US Durable Goods Orders were revealed to have dropped 4.2% in March, representing the largest decline since January 2009.11 To top it all off, China’s most recent Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) indicated that China’s manufacturing activity has now been in contraction for six months in a row.12


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The Lull is Over….

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Eurozone: The “Lull” in the Eurozone debt crisis created by the LTRO loans is over as Spanish interest rates rise and European stocks (especially in periphery countries) fall.

The Eurozone debt crisis is a slow motion train wreck…the “authorities” have been merely  postponing the inevitable…which is that “way more money has been borrowed than will ever be repaid.”

Austerity produces weaker economies that will not generate the revenue needed to cover debts and deficits and the social costs that come with weaker economies.

More lending, made on the premise that it will start a virtuous circle of strengthening economies and reduced deficits, doesn’t work and only makes the un-payable mountain of debt bigger.

The only way out for the over-indebted periphery countries is to “write off” huge debts…to default…to withdraw from the common currency…to declare bankruptcy…but this is what the entrenched Euro elite is so determined to avoid…so they postpone the inevitable…perhaps hoping for a miracle…perhaps believing that a full blown financial crisis will pave the way for political union…but the Germans may have second thoughts on that after their experiences with the expense of the East-West German political union….

Euro elections: the first French elections are this Sunday…with the run-off elections on May 6. Sarkozy is likely to lose to Hollande… the socialist who wants to “soak” the rich, lower, yes lower, the retirement age, re-negotiate treaties and basically do the socialist “tax and spend” program. He wants to change the mandate of the ECB from controlling inflation to promoting growth…expect the Germans to not be amused…a breakdown of political cooperation could lead to greater troubles in Eurozone. The Germans are facing a Hobson’s choice: blow up Europe…or pay an un-Godly price to keep it together….



Market Turning Points

By: Andre Gratian 


Precision timing for all time frames through a multi-dimensional approach to technical
analysis:  Cycles – Breadth – P&F and Fibonacci price projections
and occasional Elliott Wave analysis

“By the Law of Periodical Repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again, and again, and again — and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another’s, and each obeying its own law… The same Nature which delights in periodical repetition in the sky is the Nature which orders the affairs of the earth. Let us not underrate the value of that hint.” ~ Mark Twain

Current Position of the Market

SPX: Very Long-term trend – The very-long-term cycles are down and, if they make their lows when expected (after this bull market is over) there will be another steep and prolonged decline into late 2014. It is probable, however, that the steep correction of 2007-2009 will have curtailed the full downward pressure potential of the 120-yr cycle.

SPX: Intermediate trend – The intermediate uptrend is still intact, but a short-term top is already in place.

Analysis of the short-term trend is done on a daily basis with the help of hourly charts. It is an important adjunct to the analysis of daily and weekly charts which discusses the course of longer market trends.

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Market Overview

The SPX remains in an unconfirmed short-term decline. It will be confirmed when it trades lower than the recent 1357 low. Until it does, there is a possibility that the index is making a consolidation pattern in preparation for continuing its bullish uptrend.

I rate the odds of that possibility as very low. On the Point & Figure chart, the trading pattern which resulted in a high of 1422 is clearly a distribution phase which stands unresolved in spite of the drop to 1157. In order to fully unleash the potential that was built up during these 4 weeks of distribution, the SPX would have to drop to 1342 at a bare minimum, most likely to about 1300, and perhaps to as low as 1345. The stock market moves forward in a continual process of accumulation-uptrend, distribution-downtrend. Each period of accumulation and distribution stores energy which is released in the following move. This happens in all time frames and is one of the basic structural mechanisms by which the stock market progresses.

When the SPX dropped below 1393, it broke below a support level that has now become a strong resistance area, and which it has tried unsuccessfully to overcome for the past two weeks. During this time, the index has constructed what appears to be another phase of distribution which closely resembles the one formed at the higher level, and it looks nearly complete. If that’s the case, the decline which started from 1422 is about to resume. The next few days of trading should be decisive.

There is an important cycle bottoming at the end of the month which should play an important role in the near-term market action as it applies more and more downward pressure with each passing day. Since the beginning of the bull market in 2009, like clock-work it has brought about a significant decline in the stock market when making its low. It would be more logical to expect a recurrence of that pattern than to ignore it. Its last bottom came in early October of last year in conjunction with the 3-yr cycle, and it is again due at the end of April.

If the current market activity is being interpreted correctly as a corrective pattern which is almost complete, the resumption of the decline should occur during the coming week.

Chart analysis

We’ll start with the Daily Chart of the SPX. Let’s first look at the structure. From the 1159 low in November of last year, the index progressed to 1422 in what appears to be 5 waves before breaking its trend line in early April. This caused a decline to 1357 and to the bottom of the rising channel in which it is still confined. Until it comes out of that channel on the downside, the SPX is still in an uptrend.

Instead of rebounding smartly, as it did the last time that it touched its trend line before breaking it, the price activity for the past two weeks has consisted of crawling along the bottom channel line. This is not a strong pattern! This crawling action, more often than not, results in a break of the trend line which is acting as support, and in a continuation of the downtrend.


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Marc Faber warns of 20 percent fall in Equities

“The question is not whether this is a correction, the correction has got underway. We may easily have a correction of 10% to 20% here.”


Marc Faber : There is no Deflation in the system today except in the housing market

Marc Faber : Well, I mean, you know, I’ve learned that what I know I obviously learned from someone. I didn’t invent it. So I worked at White Weld with Gary Schilling and he’s a friend of mine; I see him occasionally at the conferences and so forth. And I disagree with him about that we have deflation. He lives in New Jersey. I went to New York airport the other and day and then I drove to New York City and the Lincoln Tunnel fee has just increased from $8 to $14. Well, I’m sorry, that is a 50 percent increase. And so there is no deflation in the system today. But if you say there is deflation in the housing market, yeah, there has been deflation in the housing market and if you ask me will there be one day a deflationary collapse, yes, one day there will be a deflationary collapse, but you understand, as an investor it’s nice to say there will be a deflationary collapse, but it could happen from Dow Jones 100,000 or gold price 20,000 or from home prices that are much higher than today and from a dollar that has depreciated much more than is the case today. So the difficulty for the investor is actually to navigate between today and the time of collapse that I think is inevitable. But how do you protect your wealth in the meantime and in the time of collapse? Investors, and I think they have to begin to think about this already today and say, okay, what does it mean if there is a global kind of deflationary collapse. In a deflationary collapse, everything essentially goes down in value, but obviously, like in an inflationary boom, in an inflationary boom you have different assets that go up at different times with different intensity. So let’s say if you look at 2000 to today, you were better off in gold and commodities than in equities. Now, in a deflationary collapse, the key is to say, okay, I’m only going to lose 50 percent when everybody else will lose 90 percent. So relatively speaking, I will be much better off. And that is the strategy that investors should consider: How to position themselves to lose less in the deflationary collapse in the final crisis than the majority of people. Then relatively to other people, their position will improve.- 06 Apr 2012 
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The Big Lie and a Rant Down the Green Paper Road…Follow the Green Paper Road…

Quotable – “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri

Commentary & Analysis


[Warning: I am feeling a bit dark this week. So if you want to join me in depression, feel free to read. Otherwise, skip this one. Thanks. Jack]

I finally figured it all out. Our global policymakers are nothing more than Wizard of Oz aficionados (the movie as the book is way over their collective heads). They just love happy endings. Let’s just get all the little people to follow down the yellow brick road and it will all turn out just fine, our pols want to believe.

Of course our politicos’ fairy tale is validated each day by those they love the most–the big people leading us down this path–financial types (defined as anyone who benefits from the financial world, not the real world). It is what it is. Big people are big for a reason. And the big people want that path paved with yet another layer of green paper. Simple!

What is this talk of recession, say the big people? And they say it with their Super Pacs and $40,000 –$50,000 a plate dinners to help elect the top Republicans and Democrats (read totally vetted shills who pledge behind closed doors to keep the status quo the status quo; nothing more than different colored horses from the same stable it seems to me). After all, the financial economy is doing just fine; great in fact, is the refrain from Mr. Financial Big Whig.

But even Mr. Financial Big Whig has a few laments: 1) The price of houses in Greenwich or London; 2) His driver’s parking problems in Davos last year; and 3) The damn 5-minute wait in line at the lift in St. Maritz. What is this recession crap?

I asked JR yesterday (as we watched the local news of Mitt Romney in Palm Beach for a reported $50k a plate stop-over); who is more sickening, the shills panhandling for $40-50k a pop or the crony-istic dregs who actually pony up that much? Decisions, decisions….

To say it is a bifurcated world culturally and materially is to understate the obvious. It is bifurcating down the path of the financial economy versus the real economy, to a large degree. [And if you read Charles Murray’s new book, you get a very bad feeling in the pit of your stomach as to where this is leading.]I realize it is what it is and always has been. But watching it all play out so transparently with such hubris flowing from the top makes it that much more revolting. For example, a bit off point, but if are disgusted with US politics, you have to be stunned to watch the US State Department chastise other countries about the need to “improve their election system”? What a farce! Sorry. These dark thoughts creep in whenever I consider hedge fund managers and pols in the same sentence.]

Back to point, assuming I have one here. Joseph Goebbles would be proud of our central banking wizards. Goebbles, the Nazi propaganda chief, understood the big lie told again and again will sooner or later be believed as truth. All Pols follow this theory. But even Goebbles would be stunned to see how often the Big Lie is used by central banks as the truth stares everyone in the face; the face of those who know how to find US Banking Reserves as listed by the St. Louis Feds research department:

1. If Fed liquidity worked the US would be in the midst of the biggest post-recession boom in history. Instead, we are in the slowest post-recession recovery since Stalin-loving Roosevelt stacked the Supreme Court. Let’s let the reserves speak once again for themselves:

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If real growth is taking hold, we should have seen a fall in all these reserves sitting on bank balance sheets.

2. Déjà vu all over again from the ECB. Gee, it did nothing for the US real economy, so why don’t we try it here in Europe, say the Wizards running the European Central Bank (ECB).

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The argument to my rant is obvious: So what would you do Jack, let the banking system go bankrupt? Well, yes I would, thank you for asking. One by one and every stinking banker who led his firm down the prim-rose path of derivatives would be history. Super-regional managers would step up to the plate and take their turn. After all it is the regionals and local banks that really know what banking should be anyway…credit and relationships. It isn’t rocket science. [Just look at how massively the powers-that-be, pols and their handlers in the banking system, have attacked Paul Volcker’s very good ideas of what banking should be. Nothing has changed!]

There’s an evenin’ haze settlin’ over town Starlight by the edge of the creek The buyin’ power of the proletariat’s gone down Money’s gettin’ shallow and weak Well, the place I love best is a sweet memory It’s a new path that we trod They say low wages are a reality If we want to compete abroad

My cruel weapons have been put on the shelf Come sit down on my knee You are dearer to me than myself As you yourself can see

While I’m listening to the steel rails hum Got both eyes tight shut Just sitting here trying to keep the hunger from Creeping it’s way into my gut

Meet me at the bottom, don’t lag behind Bring me my boots and shoes You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline Sing a little bit of these workingman’s blues

Well, I’m sailin’ on back, ready for the long haul Tossed by the winds and the seas I’ll drag ’em all down to hell and I’ll stand ’em at the wall I’ll sell ’em to their enemies I’m tryin’ to feed my soul with thought Gonna sleep off the rest of the day Sometimes no one wants what we got Sometimes you can’t give it away

Now the place is ringed with countless foes Some of them may be deaf and dumb No man, no woman knows The hour that sorrow will come

In the dark I hear the night birds call I can feel a lover’s breath I sleep in the kitchen with my feet in the hall Sleep is like a temporary death

Bob Dylan, Workingman’s Blues

At some point, this game must end. The financial world CANNOT continue to widen its gap with the real world ad infinitum. Sooner or later, I think we will learn the path to hell, not Oz, is indeed paved with green paper.

Jack Cooks Black Swan www.blackswantrading.com Currency Currents Blog

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