The longest day of the year has arrived but most of Europe has already been sizzling for the past few weeks. Down here in Spain we regularly have been touching the 35 Celsius scale which is about 95 Fahrenheit for all you metricphobic North Americans. Although I love to bitch about the cold during the winter what really irks me the most is the insufferable summer heat here in Valencia which unfortunately comes with a ton of humidity – we’re talking 80% plus at times. Which is quite different from the dry desert like heat I had gotten accustomed to living in California for about 20 years.
How far we have come over the past few years whilst getting absolutely nowhere. I mused just yesterday that it feels like as if we are living in one giant economic, cultural, and social bubble in dire need of a needle. Everywhere I look I see nothing but rapid inflation and boundless exuberance. What once may have been a slow and barely perceivable progression into an utopian brave new world, where nothing matters and everything carries a price tag, has at this point become utterly pervasive and is now rapidly making its way into all aspects of our personal and professional lives. But the most recent and increasingly bothersome symptom of what I deem to be a de facto generational [...]
Yesterday I touched on the increasing intra-day volatility we have been seeing lately, particularly in equities. Momentum and breadth indicators are still pointing upward, however a few early warning lights have started glowing and thus we should take note. But that only tells part of the story, what I find most disconcerting right now are very pronounced divergences between our three major equity indices.
It’s relatively quiet morning thus far which gives us time for another exercise in tape reading. This time we are going to take a more in depth look at equities and cover a few tell tale signs that tell us if and when the market has transitioned into another distinct phase. Let’s start with the Zero: