Traders Prepare For Santa Rally, But With Defensive Bias

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Traders are positioning for a Santa rally, but they are trying to play it safe. Intraday over the last six sessions, VIX (9.58) collapsed five points, in the process also losing shorter-term moving averages, as well as the 50- and … Continued

Risk-Reward Dynamics Argue Better Dip-Buying Opportunities Ahead N/T

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Once Again, a rally in VIX was used as an opportunity to sell – sell hard. Last Friday, in the wake of the Michael Flynn news, VIX shot up to 14.58 intraday but only to end the session up 0.15 … Continued

CoT: Peek Into Future Through Futures – How Hedge Funds Are Positioned

Following futures positions of non-commercials are as of Nov 28, 2017. 10-year note: Currently net long 123.9k, up 12.9k. The U.S. economy is in its ninth year of recovery. Post-Great Recession, real GDP has grown at an average 2.2 percent.  … Continued

Opportunity For Seasonality-Focused Dip-Buyers — Stocks Likely To Take Breather Soon

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Major U.S. stock indices rallied to fresh new highs last week.  Even small-caps, which until recently had been lagging their large-cap brethren, joined the party. With seasonality in their favor, will the bulls be able to build on this or … Continued

Relief Rally Underway, Even As VIX In Process Of Forming Golden Cross

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On major U.S. equity indices, buyers stepped up to the plate just where they needed to.  Can they sustain it? From peak to trough, after reaching an all-time high on March 1 (2400.98), the S&P 500 large cap index shed … Continued

Amid Mixed Volatility Messages, Volatility Curve Is One To Listen To Near Term

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Monday marked a history of sorts. All four major equity indices – the S&P 500 large cap index, Dow Industrials, Nasdaq composite and the Russell 2000 small cap index – broke out to fresh new highs.  The last time this … Continued

Stocks Vulnerable Near Term Particularly If August Payroll Is Strong

Jackson Hole came and went. At the annual confab, Janet Yellen, Fed chair, last Friday seemed to agree with preceding hawkish messages from three prominent FOMC members – Stanley Fischer, vice-chair, William Dudley, New York Fed president, and John Williams, … Continued

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