Upcoming Elections & Quant-Ease… Expect Volatility to Peak Mid Week

Written by Al Martin Sunday, 31 October 2010 23:29

(10-31-10) In early week trade we saw the December long bond futures fall dramatically, prompting us to issue an emergency buying recommendation Wednesday at 129.00. We subsequently saw the bonds rally up to 131 and better in Friday’s trade. Indeed we sold our long position on our standing order at 131 in Friday’s mid-day session. Bonds got hit on Fed back pedaling on quant-ease. However the Bonds are now still cheap relative to economic fundamentals and continue to be a buy-on-dip trade, as we have suggested that they are.

The Dec. Dollar contract rallied up as high as 78.50 in intraday Wednesday trade, also on Fed back-pedaling on Quant-Ease, fell back in Thursday and Friday trade. However we do think that a second lift in the Dollar is coming and will likely occur as part of the “buy the rumor – sell the fact” trade on the pending Fed statement.

The Dec. Crude oil contract continues to be a sell on rally. We had been looking at 83.00 as a selling opportunity. We suggested 82.00 and higher in this week’s trade. Indeed in intraday and overnight trade, if you continuously shorted the Oil on rallies above 82.00, that was a money-making trade. Every time. We continue to believe that Oil prices will work lower in the coming week’s trade.

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US Treasury Bonds: Still THE Safety Haven

Written by Al Martin Monday, 25 October 2010 17:30

(10-24-10) The December Long Bond contract did come down in Friday’s session, but we did not have the typical end of week selling in the Bonds that we have experienced in the last 7 weeks, despite the fact that there’s a Treasury auction calendar next week. The Bonds continue to act well and continue to be a buy-on-dip trade as they are being supported by the impending QE II. This is still the safety trade.

The December  Dollar index had good rally efforts in late Wednesday and Thursday session. We think that the Dollar has now reached a temporary bottom, which may result in a more pronounced short-covering led rally, taking the December contract up to test 79.00.

The December Crude oil contract – we were trading from the long side on Friday. However we would also look at $83 as a fresh shorting point in this new contract.

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Commodity Bubble Still in a Slow Bleed

Written by Al Martin Sunday, 17 October 2010 21:37

  (10-17-10) Once again we saw the late week pattern of sell-offs in the Treasury Bonds continue with the December Long Bonds closing down about 36 ticks in Friday's trade. We were buyers of the Long Bonds at the close, as we have been every Friday on sell-offs at 131.00. With no fresh calendar next week and reduced supplies, we would once again expect the Treasuries to rally early week, as they have done in each of the last 7 weeks.

The December Dollar contract continues to be hit with intermittent short-covering rallies every 2 or 3 days of 50-100 basis points. We would expect this pattern to continue as the Dollar short trade becomes increasingly crowded. However we continue to believe that a more substantial short covering rally is in the offing. (QE II hasn't failed yet.)

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Momentum Buying Rules the Day!

Written by Al Martin Sunday, 10 October 2010 21:37

(10-10-10)  SPECIAL NOTE: The commodity complexes are now forming a second speculative bubble, thanks largely to the perception of Fed action and incessant ETF buying by the Unwashed. Indeed all commodities now are as far above their underlying supply/ demand fundamentals as they were in the 1st quarter of 2008. Therefore short sellers beware. However, we are short sellers and we will continue to short on rallies as we feel that this bubble, like all bubbles being driven by the Unwashed, are subject to breaks. Since Joe Six Pack is the primary propellant of prices we will consistently see intra-day breaks.

Late week we did not see the typical sell-off in the December Long Bond contract, which has been visited upon us in the last 4 weeks. This was due principally to the Friday unemployment number and also increasing demand for US Treasury instruments along all spectrums of the curve. We expect the Long Bonds will rally Sunday night. We would look to buy them on any dip back to 134.04.

The December Dollar contract continues its decline with intermittent short covering rallies, reaching a fresh cycle low at 77.57 in Friday's session. We would expect, however, another mini-short-covering-led rally effort in Monday's session.

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Commodity Bubble Continues To Wear Around the Edges

Written by Al Martin Sunday, 03 October 2010 21:21

(10-3-10) We saw December Long Bonds pull back late Thursday and early Friday. Once again we were buyers of the Treasury Long Bonds under 133, taking a half of a point out of them in Friday's trade. We continue to trade the December Long Bond contract from the long side. We feel their recent weakness will be reversed in the coming week's trade.

The December Dollar contract continues to plummet, as all countries race to the bottom, attempting an effort to depreciate their currencies. However the Dollar is sharply oversold now on a technical basis. The Euro is now above the 1.36 previous high. We think a short covering bounce is near for the Dollar. As a consequence we will be looking to short the Dec. Euro contract on any rally above 138 on Sunday night.

December Gold has reached our $1320 target late Friday. This will likely bring in fresh Unwashed buying Sunday night and in the session Monday, perhaps taking the Gold up another 5 or 6 dollars -- where Smart Money short-sellers are waiting.

Gold continues to be largely driven by 1 and 2 lot Joe Six Pack buying, combined with short covering, but $1320 is a widely recognized upside target by many firms. If we get some sort of a lift in the Dollar or a short covering bounce in the Dollar,  this Gold is going to go south in a hurry. The bounce would come because the Dollar is so oversold on a technical basis that it is due for some sort of technical bounce.

Coincidentally we now have the Euro trading above the 1.36 top. The Euro is trading so far beyond economic fundamentals in the Eurozone that the setup for a technical short-covering led bounce in the Dollar, a sell-off in the Euro, and a sell-off in the Gold is there. There is the right kind of setup for that trade now.

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