Horrible looking markets make for great reversals

It almost never fails; when the masses are shaking in their boots the stock market is often putting in a bottom. We must never forget the sadistic nature of markets. Weak hands are flushed out and the resulting prices, although temporary, are generally good opportunities to get into the long side of the market. Of course, it takes a quick trigger finger and a certain amount of fortitude to step in to catch the falling knife.

The stock market bulls aren't completely out of the woods, there will be some resistance between 2940 and 2960. Nevertheless, aside from some back and filling, we believe the odds are in favor of new all-time highs. Specifically, we see the potential for 3,100 to 3,130.

For those that are looking at this market as being overpriced, keep in mind we have been trading in the 2,800 to 2,900 area since early 2018. Thus, the market hasn't made much progress in almost two years. Further, PE ratios have come down and expectations have been tempered. This should put the bulls in control of stocks and the bears with the upper hand in Treasuries.

Treasury Futures Markets


Treasury seasonals are turning soon.

Stats compiled over the previous five years suggest the December 10-year note futures contract tops out in late August. When looking at data over the last 15 years, we see a similar pattern (but with less follow-through selling). In any case, there is a confluence of technical, seasonal, and fundamental resistance overhead. In short, although the short-run will be messy the odds of the Treasury market sustaining recent gains in the intermediate time frame is slim.

Further, if the S&P 500 breaks above its pivot price of 2960, look for Treasuries to experience swift selling pressure. The high-150s would be a likely downside target for the 30-year bond if the market goes into a correction.

Treasury futures market consensus:

We've turned bearish and are looking for a retracement into the mid-to-high-150s in the ZB or the mid-127 area in the ZN.

Technical Support:
 ZB : 161'08, 157'05, 156'18, 155'03, 152'30 and 152'30 ZN: 129'02. 128'14, 127'22, 126'17, and 125'23

Technical Resistance:
 ZB: 166'29 and 167'28 ZN: 131'11 and 131'25

Stock Index Futures


We've gone from eying 2860 to 2960!

Last week we were talking about 2860 being the pivot price, this week it is 2960. We acknowledge that markets fluctuate and rarely go in one direction, but the overall projection should be new all-time highs. Look for some head fakes and digesting between 2940 and 2960, but don't expect the world to fall apart any time soon. The bad news is probably behind us.

Stock index futures market consensus:

2960 will act as the pivot area, a break above leads the market to all-time-highs.

Technical Support:
 2833, 2802, 2775, and 2742

Technical Resistance:
 2940, 2964, 3028 and 3052

E-mini S&P Futures Day Trading Ideas
These are counter-trend entry ideas, the more distant the level the more reliable but the less likely to get filled

ES Day Trade Sell Levels: 2938, 2932, 3016, and 3041.

ES Day Trade Buy Levels: 2899, 2882, 2833, 2817, 2802 and 2770.

In other commodity futures and options markets...

September 12 - Roll the September Bloomberg Commodity Index into the December contract.

December 13 - Roll the December Bloomberg Commodity Index into March.

February 21 - Exit half of the Bloomberg Commodity Index futures position (we added on a dip in January).

May 29 - Buy July 10-year note 125.50 put for about 22 ticks.

May 31 - Sell diagonal call spreads in the 10-year note using the August 127 call and purchasing the July 128.50 call for insurance.

May 31 - Sell diagonal put spreads in oil using the August 46 put and July 45 put.

June 14 - Roll BCI into the September contract and double the quantity (to dollar cost average).

June 18 - Exit the crude oil put spread with a small loss.

June 21 - Sell iron condors in crude oil using the September 67/47 short strange and a September 77/38 long strangle for a credit of about $950.

June 21 - Sell diagonal put spreads in hogs using the August 70 put and the July 70 put, collecting about $470 before transaction costs.

June 25 - Sell diagonal spreads in gold using the September 1550 call and the August 1580 call, collecting about $800.

June 27 - Buy back gold call spread to lock in quick profit (roughly $360 to $420 for most before transaction costs).

July 1 - Take a quick profit on the hog spread (about $350ish per lot traded before transaction costs).

July 1 - Take a quick profit on the crude oil iron condor ($450 to $500 before transaction costs per lot).

July 10- Nibble on the short side of the S&P with a short E-mini micro near 3,000.

July 12 - Exit short 127 call in the ZN at a moderate profit (which mostly offsets the losses on previously established hedges).

July 25 - Go long the euro currency using a micro futures contract.

July 25 - Sell a diagonal call spread in silver using the October 18.00 call and the September 18.50 call.

July 29 - Go long a September mini natural gas near $2.11.

August 1 - Exit short call spread in silver to lock in a profit of about $400 before transaction costs.

August 1 - Exit mini NG to lock in gain, $450 to $500 for most (before transaction costs).

August 6 - Exit short S&P 500 to lock in gain (about 120 points or $600 on a micro or $6,000 for a mini) before transaction costs.

August 8 - Sell November 43 put and buy the October 41 put for a net credit of about 50 cents or $500.

August 12 - Take a quick profit in the crude oil put spread.

August 13 - Sell diagonal spreads in silver using the November 20 calls and the October 20.50 calls collecting 13 cents.

Due to time constraints and our fiduciary duty to put clients first, the charts provided in this newsletter may not reflect the current session data.

Seasonality is already factored into current prices, any references to such does not indicate future market action.

There is substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options.

** These recommendations are a solicitation for entering into derivatives transactions. All known news and events have already been factored into the price of the underlying derivatives discussed. From time to time persons affiliated with Zaner, or its associated companies, may have positions in recommended and other derivatives. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The information and data in this report were obtained from sources considered reliable. Their accuracy or completeness is not guaranteed. Any decision to purchase or sell as a result of the opinions expressed in this report will be the full responsibility of the person authorizing such transaction. Seasonal tendencies are a composite of some of the more consistent commodity futures seasonals that have occurred over the past 15 or more years. There are usually underlying, fundamental circumstances that occur annually that tend to cause the futures markets to react in similar directional manner during a certain calendar year. While seasonal trends may potentially impact supply and demand in certain commodities, seasonal aspects of supply and demand have been factored into futures & options market pricing. Even if a seasonal tendency occurs in the future, it may not result in a profitable transaction as fees and the timing of the entry and liquidation may impact on the results. No representation is being made that any account has in the past, or will in the future, achieve profits using these recommendations. No representation is being made that price patterns will recur in the future. 

Due to the volatile nature of the futures markets some information and charts in this report may not be timely. There is substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The information and data in this report were obtained from sources considered reliable. Their accuracy or completeness is not guaranteed and the giving of the same is not to be deemed as an offer or solicitation on our part with respect to the sale or purchase of any securities or commodities. Any decision to purchase or sell as a result of the opinions expressed in this report will be the full responsibility of the person authorizing such transaction.

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