Sunday, January 31, 2010

FERC'S Decision re: Brian Hunter /Amaranth

A little late coming across this, but it made great weekend reading.
Lots of juicy detail re 'jacking' the close on Nymex . I really love part 100.
"Hunter was in the Maldives on March 29, 2006, when trading occurred for the April expiration. Amaranth traded a large prompt month futures position in the settlement period and had a much larger short prompt month swap position. This was the second time that Amaranth had ever traded such large volume in the natural gas futures final settlement period."
(click on title for the transcript)

Friday, January 29, 2010

WTI Support


At the 72.65 low the move off the highs is a .60 retrace of the last ABC up from 65.05 to 84.00.
MAYBE that's enough reason to find a little support. But considering the big picture.....?
Bounces are a gift.

Fundamentals and Stuff

There was a story on Bloomberg last night regarding a Morgan Stanley Jet Cargo bound for Port Everglades, originating in the East and  transitting the Canal.  A first I guess.
While the following is not exactly fresh news,   I love it when fundamentals can grab my attention.

Of course we're not exactly hurtin' on the supply front:

AND this one too!

I wonder what will happen if those refineries ever come back on?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

WTI..Not an Impulse Wave

Not an impulse wave up. This looks corrective in structure, so far 2 series of little abc's, with potentially a 3rd to go. If it overlaps 74.96 next resist is the .236 retrace at 75.41 Mar contract , spot mo. a little lower 75.30, this is also the 4th of lesser degree resist.

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There is a potential for a 5 count down, but the lack of any real extension in any of the waves so far is cause for staying neutral at this point, they could still be in the wings. Euro, equities, long specs all could easily weigh
Big Picture from Jan 6    WTI- Sale of the Decade?   
"when it's trading at $50, or $40 or $16 ...$83 's gonna look mighty sweet. All initial 5 wave structures get followed by at least one more leg , in this case down. And 147 to 32.40 was a BIG 5 down."
Exploit the bounce.

Euro Takes Out .382

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A bad night for the Euro. Though so far the last 24 hr's looks rather choppy , not impulsing down...yet. It is possible that a-3- of 3 is about to begin. That count is eliminated by an overlap of 1.4193. And the .618  retrace at 1.4093 should really contain any bounces.

Natural Gas

From Tuesday Jan 26.

"The c=a at 5.13 on a break lower.
Additionally the .618 retrace of the Feb contract is at 5.13
Given the likely hood of this move down being corrective and choppy overall 5.13 may well be a tough level to get through." Short term it looks like at at least a bounce and perhaps a more complex and choppy structure to retrace some Fib level.

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 Given the above relationships and the fact that 5.13 is also the 50% retrace on the spot month chart, taking that level out with any kind of conviction will be significant and intermediate term bearish.
This market can retrace a long way back up before it confirms any intermediate term reversal. It would have to overlap the 5.81 point, also the .76 retrace of the abc structure down.

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Looking at the Weekly chart an initial ABC up is complete , note the overlap of the 1st leg up at 5.31 eliminating a potential 4th wave interpretation of this move down.  If this is an X or B wave structure down most likely it will back and fill now, in a series of abc's to make new lows under 4.15, but not 2.40. If we have a 1,2,1,2 down it will crap out from a slight bounce with force. So what the bounce does here will be very interesting. If you are a bull this is probably where you get in. Given the overall macroeconomic picture , fundamentals , and 2 of 3 Elliott counts sell a move up.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Natural Gas Update

From Jan 20.,
Natural Gas Consolidation Whether it dumps from here or test's the high of the range, there is a HIGH likelihood of an eventual move to new lows from this formation. In general this kind of choppy action is to be expected with this structure down. Would not be surprised to see it last through the shoulder period accompanied by a decrease in volatility as it makes it's way toward 4.00 / 3.50."  Yest morn Mar 555 strad was 60 @ 63, this morn the 545 was 58.5 @ 60

Just barely printed new lows a few moments ago though it barely counts. The structure down does have a 5 ish look to it though, so a retrace to one of the Fib levels, maybe the trend line may be in store.

Are Ya Feelin It?

IEA to Meet CFTC, OPEC, Banks on Curbing Speculation (Update2) 
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The International Energy Agency will meet OPEC, banks and U.S. and U.K. regulators in Tokyo next month to discuss limiting energy-price speculation. " ..

And (this is my favorite part) ...
"Speculative net-long positions in oil futures, or bets prices will rise, were the highest in at least 27 years in the week ended Jan. 12" .....They ARE down 1% since then, that should help.

SP Elliott Wave Update

It is very early in the development of the move down and so the labeling  of this chart is tenative. This is a common count however, and almost all alternatives call for continued downside. The 2 wave has resistance at the trend line and the 4th of lesser degree; 1114, which is also a 50% retrace.
The important thing here is that the next leg down will likely be a 3, usually the most powerful. So the 3= 1.618 of the 1 at 984, and 2.618 of 1 at 918, using the 2 as labeled above.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Soc Gen, the Fed, and the USD

What we all knew...
From Zero Hedge,  Presenting The BlackRock-AIG Presentation In Which It Becomes Clear That Soc Gen Had Pledged Sub-50 Cent Securities To The Fed's Discount Window

"And speaking of the Federal Reserve, while reading the SocGen section, we came across this little stuner on page 3:
We have heard second-hand from a trader that Soc Gen has pledged much of the portfolio to the Fed discount window for future liquidity
Aside from the fact that in October 2008 France-based Soc Gen was not a Primary Dealer (it only just applied for this position a few weeks ago), one needs to turn to page 5 of the presentation to realize that Soc Gen's portfolio had a value of 49 cents on the dollar. What this implies is that in October of last year (and ostensibly prior) Soc Gen, a foreign, non Primary Dealer, had access to the Federal Reserve's Discount Window, where it had pledged securities that had a value of 49 cents on the dollar, and for which the Fed would have taken arguably no haircut, thereby funding the French firm at par for securities that were worth less than half, and which the taxpayer was on the hook for. Indeed, these securities may well have been completely worthless: lower on page 3 we read:
Soc Gen and AIG are currently in dispute over existing events of default and credit events under transaction [ineligible] for 2 deals, totaling $650 million of notional exposure.
We would not be at all surprised if the defaulted securities were part of the crap that had been given to Tim Geithner, at the time head of the New York Federal Reserve.
And what Soc Gen was doing by pledging reference assets to the Fed, we are certain that all the other counterparties (those which unlike Goldman still held on to the securities) were doing as well."

Think about that for a minute....foreign banks were  (are) desperately short USD's. The Fed came to the rescue once,the odds of getting that through again are probably pretty low. And BTW aren't they obliged to repay those dollar advances, and presumably liquidate the pledged collateral at some point?
The road that can has been kicked down may be coming to an end.

Heating Oil Update

A picture's worth etc...
Weekly Continuation

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The log term implications of the trend line break are significantly lower prices for Heating Oil, see Heating Oil Trend Line .  
Shorter term 1.8150 , as the .382 retrace of the double zig zag up, will be looked for to provide some support. Note the triangle apex is about there as well.
 Mar HO

So far I don't identify the "moment of recognition" associated with a -3- of 3 down. Guessing it's still to come, possibly when Mar takes out 1.93, the overlap of the last move up.

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On the Mar daily 1.80 shows up as support again.

Natural Gas Breaking Lower?

After the expected consolidation within the range, see Natural Gas Consolidation , it finally looks like Natty is going to break to fresh lows.

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The c=a at 5.13 on a break lower.
Additionally the .618 retrace of the Feb contract is at 5.13
Given the likely hood of this move down being corrective and choppy overall 5.13 may well be a tough level to get through.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Euro Update

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The choppy sideways consolidation in the Euro looks complete and like it's about to resume the downtrend, as it overlaps previous days lows.
Odds of the next leg down being a -3- of 3  are HIGH, as the recent consolidation,  the -2- wave,  is certainly the biggest in price and time since Jan. 13.
Take a look at the weekly continuation chart for the implications of that count.

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First of all new lows here will take out the support provided by the .382 retrace of the whole move up. The 50% retrace is at 1.3740, note the important horizontal support. It is not uncommon for a 3 wave to be a Fib multiple of the 1st wave, so 1.618 targets 1.2919. Even if this next leg equals just the most recent move from Jan 13, it takes out 1.3740.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

SP Update

Thursday seems so long ago, the SP was at 1135, and the VLX index was 18. . ...and really it's a whole new ballgame. China , the USD,   money for nothin',  not to mention that whole Obama Volcker thingy .  I mean what's a girl to do without a customer book to trade against.

The SP Mar confirmed it's failure at 1148, with the overlap of 1109, the first lower low since July.
Now it's sell any bounce. Kinda thought we might get it on the opening Mon. but it came in tonight (Sun) .

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This is a .62% of the very last leg down . 

Mon. morn Update:

The bounce was high enough to look like another 2 wave back up....-2- of 3 ? That count of course will make for a very ugly Monday. It does look over, so new lows on the day , under 1096, will confirm.

Friday, January 22, 2010

WTI- Just Getting Started

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The internal wave count on the structure labeled 1 can be found at WTI Update  
That implies a 3 just beginning and while it's a little early to count the subdividing waves with confidence, it's yet  to display characteristics of a 3 of 3 or expansion etc. Have to guess  that's yet to come and so far only seeing a 1,2,1,2 wind up....

Here's the big picture..

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Heating Oil Trend Line

The one bright spot in the refining universe, Heating Oil, is on the verge of a serious cooling off.

Weekly Continuation 

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Note the 5 wave structure down from 4.1586 to 1.1319, a 73% decline. The corrective double zig zag back up failed to even retrace .382. though it nicely climbed the trend line. Once again, we have an initial 5 wave's down , and in Elliott theory it will be followed by at least one more leg, in this case down. And it's sitting right above that trend line. So where's it goin'?
 The move up from the '99 low of .292 to 4.1586 was retraced a Fib .78 at 1.13. Lets call that A down. If the C= .618 of A that targets .35, roughly where it started from. That is not uncommon with commodity spikes. A little less draconian might be C=A in % terms targeting .60.  The minimum move that could be hoped for if it were to overlap the 1.13 low would be the .85 retrace of .29 to 4.1586 at .87.
Feb. 5 min.
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Short term this contract looks like it's still got work to do on the downside. A lower settle will take out the trend line on the continuation chart . The previous low and probably the next support on that chart is at 1.8956.

UNG and NG

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It looks like UNG has 5 waves up from the Dec 8.50 low to 10.85  and that is retraced 50% around 9.70. Expectations would be for another move up to resist around 12.15, also a " c=a " from 9.80
It is important to note that the next couple of mo.s of the NG curve are in backwardation and June through Oct. is a relatively flat .40 or so. This mitigates the structural risk of the roll that has been plaguing this ETF and encouraging the shorts. Currently short interest is 4.8%.

Conversely the NG appears to be under continuing pressure see Natural Gas Update  
Perhaps the new CFTC position limits will encourage the "closed end fund" idea, and drive buying in the face of NG weakness.

SP/ Dow

Is it over? The dollar is certainly looking good. ( See  McKinsey On Sovereign (De)Leveraging And Untenable Debt Loads  over at Zero Hedge.)  But the SP is so far not exactly displaying impulse wave down characteristics from it's high.

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However it IS possible that the final abc up finished on Tue. at 1147 without being able to print a new high. That is unsatisfying but other indices DID make new highs before retreating, most importantly the Dow. 
While confirmation on an interpretation of an SP failure will have to wait until it overlaps the 1109 point, new lows today on the Dow will certainly support that interpretation. 

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Note the trend line penetration and settle.

BTW, the SP has not had a lower low after making a higher high since July; overlapping 1109 definitely would do that.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CFTC Position Limits

An excellent piece from the FT's Alphaville:
Energy analyst Olivier Jakob from Petromatrix has crunched through the CFTC’s proposals on position limits released last week.
His findings are worth flagging up because they differ to the consensus view that the proposals, if enforced, would be a benign influence on energy markets.
First, he guesstimates the limits would certainly affect at least one large Wall Street investment bank offering a leading commodity index. And while the bank — which he does not name — could apply for an exemption to a maximum of 130,000 WTI contracts on a single month, they would then be prohibited from holding speculative positions. In other words, would it be worth it?
According to Jakob, therefore, the limits create an uncomfortable situation for some of the larger Wall Street investment banks offering commodity indices — and could force them to choose between operating index and swap businesses versus proprietary books.
Furthermore, there isn’t an easy side-route out of the restrictions, say by starting subsidiary hedge funds or physical operations. That’s because the limits are imposed on an aggregate basis per owner institution — and when exemptions are granted, speculative operations are restricted. As Jakob noted:
Opening a series of hedge funds controlled by the Swap Dealers would not be a solution as the CFTC proposed rules would also make this illegal. Owning a Physical trading entity would also not be a solution as Commercials with limit exemption would be restricted from holding speculative positions and could not act as a Swap Dealer if their position is above two times the limits.
In smaller markets like heating oil, meanwhile, this could pose an even greater challenge for the banks, according to Jakob:
The greater problem might actually arise with Heating Oil which has a Single Month limit of 6’800 contract and given that some of the Wall Street Investment Banks offering leading Commodity Indices are also leading hedgers to the airline industry we would expect that a few Wall Street Investment Banks will hit the limit on Heating Oil which would then require an exemption, which then limits speculative activity.
And while ETFs like the United States Natural Gas fund — which famously broke through accountability limits in 2009 –  may have prepared for the CFTC ruling by moving into the bilateral and unregulated OTC swap market, they too might be restricted by the CFTC’s swap-dealer ruling. As Jakob noted:
Outside of bilateral swaps, the UNG is holding the equivalent only of about 36’000 contracts which would still be below the CFTC Single Month limit. However, the UNG would have to find Swap Dealers that would not be restricted themselves by limits, and since Swap Dealers that would have an exemption could be required by the CFTC to provide the list of clients and the daily activities with those clients, it could then become a risk factor for the Swap Dealers or any other entity that is fronting for a Fund that is itself subject to position limits.
Sounds like more of a headache than first anticipated.

WTI Update

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Current count is quite bearish. Even if todays low was the -5- th wave low rather than an irregular-b- wave, the range should pretty much contain an upside pop. Implies a 3 down to start today or tomorrow.

Natural Gas Consolidation

Screaming sideways, every narrower range...NOT an impulse wave. Whether it dumps from here or test's the high of the range, there is a HIGH likelihood of an eventual move to new lows from this formation. 

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In general this kind of choppy action is to be expected with this structure down. Would not be surprised to see it last through the shoulder period accompanied by a decrease in volatility as it makes it's way toward 4.00 / 3.50.

Euro Short Term

There has been all kinds of fundamental discussion on the "news" that is driving the Euro this morning .  The news is the Euro is in a long term C wave down...that's the driver...not whether one party or another won an election. It could just as well  have been a different "news" event; the fed , trade, earnings, ECB action.
It is however always interesting to see what is being fitted to the wave development.

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Shorter term the mornings plunge is looking like it may have a little 5 wave count down from 1.44 complete or nearly, and a short term bounce/ consolidation could be expected here. A Fib retrace .236 also the 4th of lesser degree would be close to retesting the 1.4258 break down point.
Any bounce should be aggressively exploited. This is early days in the C wave down.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Natural Gas Update

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While NG could still be consolidating within the range seen over the last week or so, the break below the little neckline and the fact that it has retraced nearly .618 of the move down already, argues in favor of a resumption of the larger trend down. 
Another leg down from 5.81 equal to the 1st targets 5.06, and the .618 retrace of the completed C leg up is at 4.91

Euro at Risk

For the better part of a month the Euro has been parked between 1.4257 and 1.4578. That appears to be about to change. The choppy sideways action is a classic abc consolidation of the sharp drop from 1.5140 to 1.4215. retracing .39 of that move. A very common and relatively modest retrace.

Mar Euro

Since making the 1.4578 high , labeled "C" in the above chart, the Euro has come off in a move that has impulse wave characteristics and will likely end up counting as 5 waves. There is a good possibility that it takes out the 1.4258 point ..the termination of the B wave, and for most purposes the bottom of the month long range.
Below is the monthly continuation chart to put all that in context.

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A break below 1.4250 following the recent consolidation, can easily be interpretted as the beginning of a 3rd wave down of a C wave of larger degree. The C could eventually carry the Euro to new lows under1.23. See  
Where Is the Euro       published Nov.26 2009
"A failure by the Euro from here projects to a minimum 1.2856 as C=.618 f A. And of course the C=A at 1.1435."

Friday, January 15, 2010


Natural gas retraced a .382 of the 4.16 to 6.11 spot mo.move at the 5.36 low. So far the choppy consolidation of that move down has been contained by the .618 retrace. Chop Chop. Another leg down from 5.81 equal to the 1st targets 5.06, and the .618 retrace of the completed C leg up is at 4.91

OPEC Compliance With Cuts Fell to 58% in December, IEA Reports

By Grant Smith
Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- OPEC’s compliance with record supply cuts announced last year slipped to 58 percent in December, down from 60 percent the previous month, according to the International Energy Agency.
The 11 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries bound by production quotas raised output by 95,000 barrels a day to 26.6 million a day last month, the Paris-based IEA said in a monthly report today. That means OPEC exceeded its collective target by 1.8 million barrels a day.
OPEC, responsible for about 40 percent of global crude supply, announced an unprecedented series of production cuts in late 2008 amounting to 4.2 million barrels a day in response to collapsing global demand. Its commitment to that target faltered last year as prices rebounded by 78 percent.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia increased output the most in December, each boosting their production by 30,000 barrels a day, according to the IEA. Saudi Arabia, the group’s largest member and de facto leader, pumped 8.25 million barrels per day..."
click on title for full story

Thursday, January 14, 2010

WTI Update

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More to come on the downside, following the 1st 5 down. A corrective 2 wave can retrace deeply, so  .618 would be no big surprise, though it feels like it gives us a flat shallow 2.

Products Get 5

                                                                              Feb Gas

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Mar HO

                       Easily counted 5 waves down.
An initial 5 wave leg  is always followed by at least one more leg in that direction, in this case down.

Gasoline a By-product of Distillate

From FT Energy...

US petroleum stocks fit for bursting

Weekly US energy inventory data release on Wednesday confirmed the unbelievable. US petroleum stocks rose in the week despite especially cold weather in the region during the period.
Meanwhile, Dennis Gartman of the Gartman Letter draws attention to the fact that aggregate inventory rose by 8.9m barrels, amongst the largest weekly aggregate increase ever.
More absurdly still, gasoline stocks are now at levels not seen in two years — some 10m barrels higher than they were last year.......
The market responded to the disconnect between distillate and gasoline demand by storing the former offshore in floating storage. This is easily done for distillates. But now that we’ve seen a bit of a pickup in demand for distillates because of the weather, a potential surplus of gasoline has been produced. And, unlike distillates, gasoline is not easily stored offshore. Hence the probable build up of gasoline stocks this week."
"Strategic Petroleum Reserve

On a side note, it’s also interesting to hear from Gartman that the US strategic petroleum reserve is now full.
As he noted on Thursday (our emphasis):
Thus, the storage facilities here in the US are topped and topping up.
Noting that, we thought we’d take a look at the government Strategic Petroleum Reserve and we found that there are 297.6 million barrels of “sweet” crude in storage and there are 434 million barrels of “sour” crude in storage, for a total of 726.6 million barrels.
Then we noted a most interesting “comment” from the Energy Department on the website noting “inventory full as of December 27th, 2009.”

Natural Gas Update

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Not an impulse wave in sight ......but that is what might be expected here.
From Jan 8 ,"The structure down will have to be closely observed;  prob. another abc, with no new lows under 2..40, targeting some Fib retrace ie .618 at 3.82. That  spot month 2.40 low was an 85 % retrace of 15.78 and ending an ABC down that took years to complete. This little abc up is too abbreviated to correct that."

However THIS little move down is far to shallow to correct for a $3.71 move up from 2.40....yet there is certainly short term upside potential left in this bounce, ie 5.81, the .618 retrace.
Could be we get a very choppy structure down.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SP 50% Retrace

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Some of the principal fundamental themes of the equities rally are stumbling. The China story.  And now commodities are in the spotlight, first Alcoa and now inventories.  Time to resume the down move.

WTI Down Trend

The WTI reversed from an important point, the culmination of a 5 count up on the C wave at $84. See Mon.s
 WTI Trending .  It terminated right in the middle of the target zone  for that wave , see WTI 2010 High . That was the 3rd ABC up from 32.40, and that's all that's allowed in Elliott. So what next?

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The move down has described a nice channel and the -3- is 1.382 of -1-. After a consolidation, a -5- down would be expected, and Elliott methods for projecting 5th wave targets all easily overlap 79.12, the 1st wave of C up, confirming the reversal.
Longer Term the completion of a triple zig-zag move up from 32.40 implies NEW LOWS under 32.40.

 But maybe it could be counted differently, the weekly bar chart ALMOST looks like it could be a 5 up.
So given a potential B wave or X wave down, or even a 2 wave back, the .618 retrace targets 52.12.
So risk to the lower $50's is HIGH. Additionally 2 out of the 3 LESS BEARISH scenarios allow for subsequent rallies that DO NOT EXCEED the recent $84 high, ie a triangle or flat.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bye Bye Trend

Was it Alcoa ? China raising banks reserve ratio requirements? A delayed reaction to the ugly jobs report?  Or just the weather?
Feb Gasoline

Feb Heating Oil

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These charts look to have running 2 waves in the very short term, implying a 3 down is just starting or soon will  be.


From Monday morning, "At the moment we are completing 5 waves on the "c" of an abc up from  68.59 (spot mo.), and 70.83 (Feb contract).   The "c" = 2 x "a" at 84.00 (spot)  and the "c"= 2.38 x "a" at 84.15 (Feb).
However the trend is your etc. so...watching for overlaps of previous lows to confirm and most importantly overlapping the 1 at 79.12."
Bye Bye trend.

Monday, January 11, 2010

WTI Trending

OK buyers are in charge. This move has been in place for a month, and is nearing completion.
Today's upper trend line on the channel crosses around Goldman's number of $85.

At the moment we are completing 5 waves on the "c" of an abc up from  68.59 (spot mo.), and 70.83 (Feb contract).   The "c" = 2 x "a" at 84.00 (spot)  and the "c"= 2.38 x "a" at 84.15 (Feb).
However the trend is your etc. so...watching for overlaps of previous lows to confirm and most importantly overlapping the 1 at 79.12.

America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels December was the worst month for US unemployment since the Great Recession began.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Published: 6:35PM GMT 10 Jan 2010
"The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc. That is the one that matters.......
The Fed's own Monetary Multiplier crashed to an all-time low of 0.809 in mid-December. Commercial paper has shrunk by $280bn ($175bn) in since October. Bank credit has been racing down a hair-raising black run since June. It has dropped from $10.844 trillion to $9.013 trillion since November 25. The MZM money supply is contracting at a 3pc annual rate. Broad M3 money is contracting at over 5pc.
Professor Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research said the Fed is baking deflation into the pie later this year, and perhaps a double-dip recession. Europe is even worse.
This has not stopped an army of commentators is trying to bounce the Fed into early rate rises. They accuse Ben Bernanke of repeating the error of 2004 when the Fed waited too long. Sometimes you just want to scream. In 2004 there was no housing collapse, unemployment was 5.5pc, banks were in rude good health, and the Fed Multiplier was 1.73.
How anybody can see imminent inflation in the dying embers of core PCE, just 0.1pc in November, is beyond me."

Click on title for entire piece.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Natural Gas Update

The  ABC structure up from 2.40 is probably complete. The 6.10 high is right on target,  seeNatty  or any of the last month's post's.  On the spot chart the C=.66 of A, a similar relationship as 2 to 3. On the Feb contract we have C=A.

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Shorter term it needs to overlap the 5.61 and 5.51 lows and under 5.32, the 50% pullback on the Feb contract (the .382 spot month retrace is at 5.35)  and it should start gaining momentum.

The structure down will have to be closely observed;  prob. another abc, with no new lows under 2..40, targeting some Fib retrace ie .618 at 3.82. That  spot month 2.40 low was an 85 % retrace of 15.78 and ending an ABC down that took years to complete. This little abc up is too abbreviated to correct that.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alaska Warmer than Florida....Enjoy!

Check out Dr Jeff Masters Wonder Blog ,
"The winter of 2009 - 2010 has seen a very strong negative NAO, causing much of our cold weather over Eastern North America and Europe. The NAO index for the month of December 2009 was -1.93, which is the third lowest NAO index since 1950 for a winter month (December, January, or February). The only winter months with a lower NAO index were February 1978 (-2.20) and January 1963 (-2.12). January 1963 was one of the coldest months on record in the UK and the Eastern U.S.. February 1978 was the coldest February on record for five U.S. states, and featured the historic blizzards in both the U.S. and UK. The NAO so far for January 2010 has continued to stay strongly negative, ranging between -1.5 and -2.1. However, the blocking ridge over Greenland is forecast to weaken next week, allowing the sharp kink in the jet stream to straighten out. This will increase the NAO index to more typical values, allowing a return of more ordinary winter weather to the U.S. and Europe.


This zombie equities market....( dead but doesn't know it)  is still stumbling forward. Or is it? How many abc's up does it get?  Overlapping the low at 1109 would be an obvious reversal,  it's only 20 points below.