Some trending markets, such as gold, the euro and bitcoin may continue their behavior into next week. I’m bullish-sideways for next week on all symbols I track, except the yen, soybeans and bitcoin, due to understudies. The Yen, Beans, and Bitcoin chart bearish to me. The breakout candidates for this coming week are the Euro (monthly pivots are equal to last month, plus trending weekly pivots), gold (bullish), soybeans (bearish hammer) and bitcoin (bearish).
Markets had a 12% correction and that appears to be it. For now. The Dow is in the process of violating a perfect setup where it could’ve jumped off the ledge. Here’s a lesson I learned about 14 years ago. Unlike many who got their training in the old Internet bubble go-go days, I cut my teeth in the bear that followed.
It is new Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s first real opportunity to steer the ship in the semi-annual congressional testimony. He first addresses the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday at 9:00 am Central and then the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday at the same time. Speculation on the path of interest rates hikes have led to fickle market conditions.
After the signals from a week ago, Friday markets staged a strong rally week. Our methodologies were able to nail both the high and low. What is more difficult is going to be what comes next. Was it the end of the correction?
The most important event this week is the release of the Minutes from January’s European Central Bank meeting on Thursday. Remember, it was the release of the December minutes on Jan. 11 that sent the euro on a two-day run of 1.8%...
The U.S. dollar depreciated across the board versus major pairs despite consumer prices rising more than expected. Inflation anxiety had triggered a sell-off in global stock markets with the Fed expected to ramp up their interest rate hike path yet the dollar did not benefit as higher rates have already been priced in by the market.
Last week was one of those weeks where I was completely dialed in and laid out the roadmap very close to the way it worked out. If only I could do that every week. Of course, it helped to have the aid of the time windows. As you know markets peaked in the 610-day window to the August 2015 bottom, which is the Dow bottom.
It's been quite a tumultuous week in the markets, as we all know, but something seems amiss.....on Thursday when the Bank of England's Mark Carney talked about raising rates faster than expected, the pound popped (as one would expect) but it did not take even a few hours for it to completely reverse trend as if nothing happened, and the USD was back to being strong again. The speed of reversal was quite strange!
The U.S. dollar had its strongest week against major currency pairs in 12 months. Even as the United States is suffering a bout of political uncertainty, the dollar became a safe haven as stocks and bonds saw massive moves this week. The signing of a federal budget by U.S. President Donald Trump boosted the dollar ahead of the release of retail sales and inflation data next week. Central banks are moving away from record low interest rates around the globe.