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10 Year Note (ZN)

Apple Pie – Bank Heist

bonnie and clydeI was wondering about insider trading today. Just a thought; a handful of people, Apple insiders, who are at this moment fully aware of what the market will do in 1 hr. Not just Apple. Lets say you’re in the know for the earnings which are due short(ly). Obviously you can’t trade Apple, but as a market moving stock could you just trade the index ahead of the announcement and be free-and-clear of any impropriety? A harmless quicky… I have no idea, but it’s a perfectly simple question. That question lead me to another market moving curiosity.

Did you see that ES flash crash after the fake AP tweet? I’m surprised it’s not bigger news. 260,000 ES contracts traded, $20 billion notational changed hands, and lots of traders got screwed as their stop losses got triggered. And that’s just the S&P futures market! Bonds, European Futures, Forex, VIX, Oil, everybody got hit for 3 minutes. Oh well… In those 3 minutes well over $1 trillion changed hands! Some serious commission…

Obviously most of those trades were algo driven, so maybe the weak link in High Frequency Trading (HFT)  isn’t the speed, or buggy trading programs (Knight…) after all, but the social media resources HFT uses to drive it’s algos. Just sayin, if you’re a bad guy, why try to hack an exchange, a fund, a market moving enterprise, or bank? Hack a Twitter account.

They might just find the culprit by looking at who really, I mean really, profited from that tweet. We just experienced a modern-day bank heist. Hello good guys? Maybe you should be googling B099i3 & C1yd3

Have fun into Apple’s earnings, I personally can’t wait till it’s over.

Hmm ohh, one of those days

There are a few moves which don’t make much sense to me today, but after the run-up we’ve had a -0.5% doesn’t seem that painful.

The first wild swing which jumps out at me, is gold; but its true for silver and commodities in general today. How do I make sense of a 4% drop in gold? Trading was even halted for 10 seconds! One explanation might be that banks holding JGB have capital requirement issues, the recent volatility might be sending sellers to the gold teller. Goldman’s prediction of gold at 1200 didn’t help, but that’s been out there for a few days. Or it might be that Cyprus is coming under pressure to sell gold for it’s bailout, this I doubt is having any impact. $400 million sold into the market slowly couldn’t account for the slide we’ve seen.

Gold and 10 Year Bond Futures

And the 10yr bond futures are climbing, what’s up with that? It’s just rising, hanging out on an upswing. Something looks fishy to me. The VIX is effectively flat. So what’s going on here? JPG players are selling gold to buy the US 10 yr and option players don’t see much downside risk in the S&P? What about the weak sentiment numbers and lousy retail sales numbers? There’s a fair amount of risk out there.

Today is one of those, ‘hmm, ohhh’ days. My only expectation is that we’ll touch the 61.8% fib (1542 – 1592) on the S&P by close, but being one of those days… Who could say? Maybe she’ll ride into the close on the 76% which is where she’s at presently.

Nikkei Chart

How To Spin BOJ Action?

Nikkei ChartBold, unprecedented stimulus and the Nikkei reacted, really reacted. 6% isn’t a number you see often on index moves. I started looking around for some reaction and I didn’t find much. The Fed’s Lockhart says he’s “unsure how the new policy will affect the US”. Ok. If he’s unsure… I guess I can go home now. Yet one line after on my Dow Jones feed Mr. Lockhart says, “the Japan experience explains the Fed policy stance.” Maybe this isn’t contradictory, but something about these two quotes, rings false. The Fed’s been using Japan’s decade of deflation as an argument for QE x3. And now the BOJ is using QE to fight deflation and the Fed says they’re unsure? Strange bag of worms, I’d say.

What about the other indicators?

Gold is going nowhere, no change. The USD JPY pair is up 3%, that would seem normal. Adding to the confusion Mr. Draghi, brought down the European indexes, by saying very little. And for the US markets, after a nice little pull-back yesterday, they’re flat.

Yet, yet…

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S&P Futures Chart

SPY S&P Futures – Just Part of the Churn?

S&P Futures ChartWatching the schizophrenic twitter kids, you’d think we’re falling off a cliff today. Maybe today’s the day, but it’s been the same for about 2 weeks now. Risk-on, Risk-off – day in, day out. The momentum looks extra convincing today, or does it? The S&P futures chart is unique in my trading memory. It looks to have doubled-up in volatility, yet look at the VIX, we’re at 13, and holding lows, hardly panic. Option players are counting on the Fed’s steady bond buying. Even Gold is playing along with its consisitent downtrend. No worries, right?

My humble opinion is that the VIX is undervalued here, the 10 year bond has been churning as well, but easing upward. In fact, maybe Bitcoin has just taken over from the VIX as a more appropriate fear index! Parabolic…

If the VIX is undervalued, check out some long straddle’s here, the only caveat is that if this churn continues you’ll get burned, adjust quickly…

Pre-Market Indicators October 12th, 2012

Good Morning NY.

The CBOE Equity and Index put-call ratios are updated, here. The ratios are strikingly balanced, Equity at .65. It has been lower 39.69% of the time, and Index at 1.14 which only has been lower 29.54% of the time since June 2011.

The markets look green, and feel flat.

On tap: PPI, Core PPI, Michigan Sentiment, Treasury Budget.

  • EURUSD (1.2914) + 0.31%
  • Gold (GC)  + 0.41%
  • Oil (CL) + 1.00%
  • S&P (ES)  + 0.37%
  • CAC40 + 0.65% 
  • FTSE + 0.53%
  • Asia (NKD) + 0.47%
  • Copper (HG) + 0.73%
  • Silver (SI) + 0.48%
  • VIX: Close 16.29
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Pre-Market Indicators October 11th, 2012

Good Morning NY.

The CBOE Equity and Index put-call ratios are updated, here. The ratios are still interestingly divergent, Equity at .71. It has been lower 63.89% of the time, and Index at 1.02 which only has been lower 14.51% of the time since June 2011.

The markets look green, and feel green.

On tap: Initial Claims, Continuing Claims, Trade Balance, Export Prices ex-ag, Import Prices ex-oil and Crude Inventories.

  • EURUSD (1.2914) + 0.31%
  • Gold (GC)  + 0.41%
  • Oil (CL) + 1.00%
  • S&P (ES)  + 0.37%
  • CAC40 + 0.65% 
  • FTSE + 0.53%
  • Asia (NKD) + 0.47%
  • Copper (HG) + 0.73%
  • Silver (SI) + 0.48%
  • VIX: Close 16.29

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Pre-Market Indicators October 10th, 2012

Good Morning NY.

The CBOE Equity and Index put-call ratios are updated, here. The ratios are interestingly divergent, Equity at .73. It has been lower 70.59% of the time, and Index at 1.07 which only has been lower 18.58% of the time since June 2011.

The markets look red, and feels weak.

On tap: MBA Mortgage Index, Wholesale Inventories, Treasury Budget and the Fed’s Beige Book.

  • EURUSD (1.2868) + 0.01%
  • Gold (GC)  – 0.19%
  • Oil (CL)  0.01%
  • S&P (ES)   0.02%
  • CAC40 – 0.07% 
  • FTSE  0.34%
  • Asia (NKD)  1.09%
  • Copper (HG) + 0.03%
  • Silver (SI) – 0.19%
  • VIX: Close 16.37

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