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Mid-Week Market Sanity Check Topic: Hidden Secrets of Pre-Market Charts
General Market Observation: The Fed spoke and then Janet said way too much in the news conference after the decision. The Market didn’t like it for several reasons and sold off. This led to more sell-off on Friday. An interesting note on Friday’s action was how the selloff could have been worse and less orderly. For this weekend’s Trader’s Report we have a special article from Mike Trager challenging the veracity of the Fed’s action and data. Give the Fed’s reluctance to act this past week this article is very timely.
Mike’s Macro Market Musings: Lies, Damned Lies, and Government Statistics
In one of my recent columns I discussed the lack of credibility assigned by me and others to our Federal Reserve Board. I also believe the same lack of credibility can be assigned to (or withdrawn from) those government agencies which put forth data upon which major fiscal and monetary policy decisions are based. Specifically, the BLS for employment related data and the BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis) for macro-economic data (e.g. GDP numbers). GDP is an important data point for gauging the overall health and progress of the U.S. economy. Two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth is the very definition of a “recession”. Therefore, and especially since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the BEA has been bending over backwards to avoid having to report a negative quarterly GDP growth number, doing so in a seemingly juvenile way that reminds me of backdating homework assignments in junior high school to ensure they were submitted by their due dates.
For those who haven’t been paying attention, in order to boost GDP reporting, in 2013 modifications were made by the BEA to the methodology for calculating GDP which resulted in counting things toward GDP that had never before been counted, such as intellectual property. These changes created a boost to annual U.S. GDP of approximately $500 million, roughly a 2 1/2 – 3% increase. In case you missed it, this favorably impacts (lowers) the national debt/GDP ratio, a gauge of national fiscal health often referred to during the recent Greece melodrama. By the way, this ratio now exceeds 100% for the U.S., a problematic number even after the favorable revisions. As an aside, some European countries were so desperate to increase their reported GDP numbers that in 2013 they started including never before considered results from “industries” such as illegal drugs and prostitution (how they can accurately measure those “industry” financials remains beyond my comprehensive capacity). No, I am not making this up.
For the first quarter of 2015, the initial reported quarterly GDP year-over-year growth rate was -0.9%. Since a negative number is just not allowable (2 consecutive quarterly negative numbers means the media will begin reporting on a new recession, and we just can’t allow that to happen, can we?), the BEA has now made further adjustments and revisions to how this number is calculated, resulting in a revised reading of -0.2%. Still negative, further revisions were made to arrive at a final number of +0.6%, which can now be left alone. This is not your father’s or grandfather’s GDP number by any means. As always, a picture can be worth a thousand words (actually, physical space limits these articles to much less than a thousand words):
Note how reported GDP, adjusted for inflation, was beginning to show negative year-over-year changes prior to the 2015 revisions, but has now become positive. Further research shows the increasing disconnect between the “official” reported and manipulated numbers and what is really going on in the economy. Space limitations here prevent me from going into detailed examples of this disconnect but for those who would like to read more about it, here’s the link: http://streettalklive.com/index.php/blog/daily-x-change/2840-the-bea-is-still-overestimating-growth.html. As with the Federal Reserve, the economists that operate in the “ivory towers” of academia fail to grasp the disconnect between economic theory and Main Street reality. Just as with the idea that lower oil prices would drive consumption (since consumer spending on anything other than health insurance premiums did not increase as economists predicted it would when oil prices fell last year, we aren’t hearing much about that now that oil prices are down again, are we?), economic theory continues to miss the clues of a heavily leveraged, low-wage growth, and underemployed population. What the data does suggest is while the BEA can change the methodology for calculating economic growth, a change in the “math” does not change the “reality.”
I’m not even going to get into how changes were made in calculating inflation in 1982-1983 at a time when gross inflation was rampant in the U.S. in order to get the numbers down, or the changes in calculating unemployment to the downside following a recession in the early 1990’s, changes that remain in place to this day.
If “they”, the “powers that be”, don’t like the number and it doesn’t suit their purposes, they seemingly just change it. Credibility? Please. I beg to differ. “Propaganda” might be a more descriptive and accurate term.
SPX: The S&P looks primed to fall and perhaps retest the swing low at the 1866 level. The chart below shows an Evening Star pattern which is a negative (bearish) reversal signal. Friday’s close took prices below the moving averages and broke the short term trend line. TSI is turning over just above the zero line on the daily chart. Momentum is not showing any orderly pattern and on the weekly momentum has been very negative for the past four weeks. I will use the midsection of Friday’s candle or Friday’s low as my lines of demarcation for potential downside trades.
Preferred: SPY, UPRO and SPXL
NDX: The Nasdaq has held up better than the other indexes but also showed weakness on Friday closing below the 8 day EMA. If the overall other indexes continue to weaken the NDX may accelerate its decline. It has a much longer fall to retest the swing low from August 24th. This translates to a larger potential loss if trading the index ETF, QQQ to the downside. Watch the support level at 4285 for a potential downside trigger.
NDX: Preferred ETF’s: QQQ and TQQQ
RUT: Friday’s action on the Russell resulted in an Evening Star reversal pattern. Price held the short term uptrend line but if price accelerates to the downside the swing low at 1100 is an idea target. The daily chart looks primed to fall and a tack similar to the SPX can be taken for entering a Put trade with the IWM ETF.
Preferred ETF’s: IWM and TNA
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Outs & Ins: DY was added to the IBD 50 this weekend and is in extended. DY broke out a couple of weeks ago above 70.80 so any pullback towards the breakout may provide a long set up. Kind of interesting how DY broke onto the IBD 50 at the top of the list. This does not happen very often.
Only a handful of the IBD 50 have made new highs during the recent relief rally. CDW is one that has had a successful breakout that held. Watch this stock for a pullback test around the breakout level. HAWK is a toss-up. Strong downside candidates include MANH, ULTA, HA, V, and ABG.
No Off the Wall tonight.
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