Better Triptych Than Cryptic

I can literally see you guys scratching your collective heads, so let’s precede the charts with what the heck a ‘triptych’ is supposed be. Here you go – lifted right off Wikipedia: A triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works.

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Well, I guess that cleared it all right up then, didn’t it? And you’ll be happy to know that all triptychs presented today were painstakingly hand-carved by yours truly. That’s right – we spare no expense here at Evil Speculator! (RIP Richard!)

Alright now seriously – it’s the end of the month and since the tape is diddle daddling around the 2k mark, pretending that it has any real meaning, this is as good a time as ever to revisit a few of our long term charts. And guess what – we’ll do it triptych style, meaning we look at the daily|weekly|monthly panels side by side. This way we are able to better discern where potential inflection points are present.

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Starting of course with equities here we have the E-Mini futures – purists would insist on charting the cash but on the long term side I think it’s acceptable to use them as price differences sort of wash out. As you can see there is – well, actually there’s almost nothing to be seen here in terms of upside resistance. I see a truck load of weekly and monthly support, for that matter. For instance there’s the brand spanking new NLSL on the weekly backed up by the 25-week SMA. On the monthly we’ve got the diagonal from hell which has been frustrating the bears for several years now. And every month higher produces another stepping stone for the bulls per the Net-Line rules (see the cheat sheet).

So we are looking at a solid trend here folks and if you cut out all the noise it’s never been really threatened this year, despite the little drop we recently played quite effectively.

2014-08-29_DX_tryptic

This chart paints a big smile on this lowly expat’s silly face – old bucky finally got its groove on and there’s really nothing holding it back until about 83.5. That is where I expect to be scaling out of those long positions which have been adding much ill-gotten gains to my trading account.

More non-cryptic triptychs below the fold – secret decoder ring required:


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Well, it’s been a fun and most of all – very profitable – summer for us steel rats. If you played along then you pad yourself on the shoulder and reward yourself with generous helping of your favorite malt beverage. Your mileage may vary but you know what that means for this old market megalomaniac :-)

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Long Term Perspectives

Equities are bubbling higher with the ES futures touching the 2k mark for the very first time (the cash did it yesterday). Since there’s not much to be said on the trading front this is a good time to run through a few long term perspectives. Now that another major milestone is in the bag the question once again returns to how long equities can keep this pace up!

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Let’s start with price and our volume profile on the E-Mini futures. If you ever entertained illusions of possessing any clairvoyance in regards to the market’s direction then think back to early August when we were in the midst of what looked like a correction with legs. Since that time we’ve seen one of the most profitable reversals of this bull market.

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Actually there was a very similar one earlier this year in February. Looking at the P&F the setup and ensuing resolution looks almost identical to the one last winter. What followed was quite a bit of sideways churn and plenty of guesswork which lasted all through June. It’s possible that we’ll be entering a high volatility sideways period in a few weeks from now, so enjoy the getting while it’s good. However, that said – I don’t think any correction (sideways or down) would drag out for months again as we usually see more directional tape in the last quarter.

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If you recall from a few weeks ago – I was getting quite nervous about the discrepancy between the JNK:TLT ratio and what we were seeing on the equities side. We did get our correction but what’s remarkable is that this chart hasn’t moved an inch while equities were driving higher.

2014-08-26_JNK_LQD

So what gives? Well, it’s a complicated story and quite frankly I’m not a bond expert. But part of the answer may lead back to this chart – a cross between JNK and LQD (investment grade corporate bonds). Seems like bond investors are piling back into corporate bonds and unless we see a significant divergence on this chart there is little standing in the way of this raging bull market. Which unfortunately most retail traders have completely missed out on.

More LT perspectives below the fold – please step into my lair:


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Alien Versus Predator

My money is on the aliens every time. And when it comes to finding analogs in the financial markets the Alien is the bond market and Predator is played by equities. Simply speaking – bonds (and forex) are the dog that wags the equities tail. So it makes sense to correlate the two and find out who’s lying. We play this game every once in a while and it’s particular useful when price data on the equities side keeps us guessing.

Let’s look at some ETF correlations first. Why? Because they’re easier to get in/out of for the average retail trader. So they have meaning given the overall message the bonds are telling us, however they may show us short term trends as well. Here’s JNK (guess what it represents) vs. the TLT which has 20-year treasury bonds as its underlying. That was a beautiful divergence near the top – took a while to break equities. As I said above – it’s a dog/tail relationship and bond traders are usually smarter than their equities slinging cousins.

I see a tiny bounce there at the bottom but we’ll have to give it another day or so.

Let’s zoom in a little but this time compare it with corporate bonds, which have been very very popular in the past few years. Better timing on this one on a short term basis – not if you are a fund manager who needs to flip a few Million shares. But to us this one offers better clues regarding direction on the equities side. What’s it doing right now? Bouncing a bit – which confirms our general view that we should see a re-test of the highs. Well, at least an attempt to do so. IF this really is at least a medium term correction then it has to happen anyway. Trends to just fall off the plate – they form a top first.

Now let’s mix it up with a few managed mutual funds – with more long term implications:


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