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Friday the Thirteenth and the Roof Is On Fire

Stock Market Trading Setup for Friday, March 13, 2020

Yesterday’s post.

Hourly ES S&P 500 Futures Chart

As fast as they have come down, they have gone up twice as fast overnight. The S&P futures are now up 200 points from the low, as of 7:45 AM in New York. That’s 8% in a few hours. What a world.

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The futures are also now limit up from yesterday’s close. That limit is 5% in hours when the market is closed. Then it increases to 7% when New York opens. So don’t be surprised to see an opening around 2650. That, by the way, is also the location of a key trendline in the opening hour.

If they clear that, we’d be looking at 2700-2710.

Wouldn’t it be funny if the market got back to 3000 next week. It would be a 20% gain, and the pundits would be scratching their heads and their butts wondering whether to call a bull market after a 2 week bear market. Ah, the 20% Rule, from the Wall Street Bureau of Weights, Measures, and Dumb Propaganda.

Meanwhile, we also need to keep an eye on the overnight uptrend line, which in the next hour will be at roughly 2585-90. It will be around 2610-20 in the NY opening hour. If that’s broken, I’d look for at least a 50% retracement of the pop, to somewhere around 2500, give or take a thousand.

I’d add an LOL if it weren’t so sick.

ES Futures Hourly Chart

Momentum and cycle indicators turned up off mostly flat bottoms. Only momo had a slight positive divergence. Is it enough to support a good low? Not usually, but in this case, whoTF knows. I think we need a test at the very least.

Reminder- I’m only talking a day or so. This is not the big picture. If you want that story, you must subscribe. Risk free trial and all.

So now, we have the expected 3-5 day cycle low. What about the next high? Could be later today, or Monday.

Our watchword for the past week: “There are no ‘oversold’ parameters in a crash. Indicators may rebound while prices have a dead cat bounce, then they both crash again.”

The cat bounced, pretty much on time. But he’s still a zombie until proven otherwise.

China Stock Market Overnight

Shag High crashed and recovered. It’s smack in the middle of its one year trading range. Gaps and wild moves all over the place. The chart isn’t speaking to me. Well, it’s speaking, but it’s speaking in tongues and I can’t understand a word.

China Stock Market Chart

S&P Futures Daily Chart

So what about the daily chart. We’re looking at it for the perspective of one day only. Again, the purpose of these reports is not to divine the longer term. If you want longer horizons, join me at Liquidity Trader.

First, the latest and sharpest crash channel remains intact. It’s so sharp that it’s hard to tell just what the market would need to do today to clear it, but let’s say 2750 give or take 50. Anything less than that, and the crash will probably resumes and hit new lows lickety split.

We got the expected support at 2450 with a little bending but not breaking. If they drop under 2400, then 2317 would be the target. Below that, abandon hope, all ye who enter.

S&P Futures Chart

The daily chart indicators remain cataclysmic. They still show no sign of a bottom whatsoever, the tiny uptick in momentum, notwithstanding.

Department of Wash, Rinse Repeat – There’s no oversold parameter in a crash. Positive divergences are almost certainly necessary to form a good swing low. There are no positive divergences on the daily chart yet.

S&P Cash Index Hourly Chart

The red bar at the far right is where the futures have been trading this morning. The range is 2395 to 2595. It covers the entire downtrend channel of the past two days.

With the likelihood of a limit up move on the open, the channel would be broken. To finish the breakout, the SPX would need to be above 2600 at 10 AM. Then it would target 2650 and 2675.

On the downside, I would not expect support anywhere in the range down to 2400. That’s not to say the market couldn’t bottom in the range. It’s just not possible to divine a likely target, although traders do love round numbers.

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S&P 500 Hourly Chart

“And that’s the way it is, Friday, March 13, 2020.” 

From Zagreb, Croatia, good morning!  

Where have you gone Walter Cronkite? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

Meanwhile, here are the latest reports from Liquidity Trader. 

Lock Limit Down –S&P 500 Hourly Chart Monday

The S&P futures are trading limit down at 2812 as I write this at 2:50 AM Eastern Time in the US.

I suspect that the PPT will be in action over the next few hours. Whether they’ll be able to get it above support at 2850 or not is the question. And if they do, can they keep it there? If they fail, then we’re in line for an epic crash.

The cycle lineup suggests a low now, at least after this morning’s crash burns out. Here’s what to look out for.

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Dealers Smelling Like A Rose, But Elsewhere the Smell of Death

Investors and leveraged speculators instead took the coronavirus panic straight to the bond market. Dealers, bless their little hearts, were long up the wazoo. Talk about smellin like a rose.

But somebody was short. Big somebodies. They’re dead. We don’t know where the bodies are buried yet, but the Fed will need to exhume them and fill the graves. We watching for the exhumations to see who the dig up, and what they fill the graves with.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of liquidty in dealer accounts and more on the way.

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And now, a note from the church rector:

Good Morning!

Twitter has banned me for using bad words (moi? 😱) 😄. I had tweeted an emotional criticism of a so-called financial news outlet of Newscorp/Dow Jones.

Banning me for throwing a few cuss words at Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda minions is like banning David for slinging a rock at Goliath. Only I didn’t kill anybody. Besides, they’re impervious to rocks or reason.

But alas, Twitter’s playground monitors stomped their feet and pouted, “Take it back, or we won’t let you play!”

But they also said that, instead of taking it back, I could formally appeal.

I’ll never retract the truth, so I took the second option. My appeal went like this, in the immortal words so often heard from a street kid from Philly: “Stick it up your ass!” 

Good bye Twitter. I never believed in you anyway. 

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Lee Adler

I’ve been publishing The Wall Street Examiner and its predecessor since October 2000. I also publish, and was lead analyst for Sure Money Investor, of blessed memory. I developed David Stockman's Contra Corner for Mr. Stockman. I’ve had a wide variety of finance related jobs since 1972, including a stint on Wall Street in both sales, analytical, and trading capacities. Prior to starting the Wall Street Examiner I was a commercial real estate appraiser in Florida for 15 years. I was considered an expert in the analysis of failed properties that ended up in the hands of bank REO divisions, the FDIC, and the RTC. Remember those guys? I also worked in the residential mortgage and real estate businesses in parts of the 1970s and 80s. I have been charting stocks and markets and doing analytical work since I was a teenager. I'm not some Ivory Tower academic, Wall Street guy. My perspective comes from having my boots on the ground and in the trenches, as a real estate broker, mortgage broker, trader, account rep, and analyst. I've watched most of the games these Wall Street wiseguys play from right up close. I know the drill from my 55 years of paying attention. And I'm happy to share that experience with you, right here. 

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