T2108 Update – Back To The Chop

T2108 Status: 56.9%

T2107 Status: 56.0%
VIX Status: 13.4
General (Short-term) Trading Call: Neutral.
Active T2108 periods: Day #132 over 20%, Day #91 above 30%, Day #35 above 40%, Day #19 over 50% (overperiod), Day #1 under 60% (underperiod), Day #201 under 70%

Reference Charts (click for view of last 6 months from Stockcharts.com):
S&P 500 or SPY
SDS (ProShares UltraShort S&P500)
U.S. Dollar Index (volatility index)
EEM (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets)
VIX (volatility index)
VXX (iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN)
EWG (iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund)
CAT (Caterpillar).

Commentary
The Federal Reserve issued its latest judgement on monetary policy and the economy, and it resolved very little. Volatility did manage to increase post-Fed, but it was not meaningful relative to my flyer trade on ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures (UVXY) call options.

T2108 dipped below 60% again as the S&P 500 (SPY) dropped fractionally. Even with the 50DMA continuing its ever so subtle uptrend, the S&P 500 remains effectively trapped within a chopfest. The Fed was not able to release any pent-up energy to the upside or downside.

The S&P 500 chops away in the middle of a VERY subtle uptrend

The S&P 500 chops away in the middle of a VERY subtle uptrend

The biggest headline for me is the end of the U.S. dollar’s (DXY0) primary uptrend. Today marked convincing follow-through on the breakdown.

The primary uptrend of the U.S. dollar comes to an end

The primary uptrend of the U.S. dollar comes to an end

This is happening at the same time yields are increasing again. The combination of dollar weakness and higher yields could suggest a marginal reversal in the attractiveness of the U.S. to foreign investors and traders.

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) is breaking down again

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT) is breaking down again

I am honestly not ready to jump off the dollar bull bandwagon. Yet, the technicals force me to do so. As I stated in my last fundamentally-driven article, I practiced the new discipline by cleaning out all my forex positions the night before the Federal Reserve meeting – and thank goodness! I expect this breakdown to cause a lot of ripple effects that should increase volatility in currency markets until traders get used to a new paradigm.

1 2
View single page >> |

Full disclosure: long UVXY call options, long TLT call options, long IBB put options

How did you like this article? Let us know so we can better customize your reading experience.

Comments

Leave a comment to automatically be entered into our contest to win a free Echo Show.