China Devalues Yuan Again; Trump Criticizes Fed

China Devalues Yuan Again; Trump Criticizes Fed

Friday, July 20–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report

OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS

World stock markets were mixed overnight, with European
shares mostly down and Asian shares mostly up. U.S. stock
indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the
New York day session begins.

The Chinese yuan currency hit another 12-month low against
the U.S. dollar today after the Chinese central bank guided
its currency down by 0.9%–the largest single-move
depreciation against the dollar in two years. The yuan has
declined by 2.3% against the greenback in July.

The marketplace is still buzzing about the CNBC interview
with President Donald Trump, in which he criticized the
Federal Reserve for raising interest rates. Trump said he is
“not thrilled” about the recent U.S. interest rate hikes and
is worried the progress his administration has made on the
U.S. economy could be undone by higher rates. Trump also
implied a stronger U.S. dollar could be disadvantageous for
U.S. foreign trade. Still, he called Fed Chairman Jerome
Powell a good man for the job. The U.S. dollar was pressured
on the news, U.S. Treasuries rallied and gold and silver
prices pared losses.

The key “outside markets” today find Nymex crude oil prices
modestly up and trading just below $68.00 a barrel.
Meantime, the U.S. dollar index is slightly lower today, on
a corrective pullback after hitting a 12-month high on
Thursday.

There is no major U.S. economic data due for release
Friday.

–Jim

U.S. STOCK INDEXES

September S&P 500 e-mini futures: Prices are modestly lower
in early U.S. trading, on profit taking after hitting a
five-month high Wednesday. The bulls still have the firm
overall near-term technical advantage. The shorter-term
moving averages (4-, 9- and 18-day) are bullish early today.
The 4-day moving average is above the 9-day and 18-day. The
9-day is above the 18-day moving average. Short-term
oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are bearish early today.
Today, shorter-term technical resistance comes in at this
week’s high of 2,818.25 and then at 2,840.00. Buy stops
likely reside just above those levels. Downside support for
active traders today is located at this week’s low of
2,789.75 and then at 2,773.00. Sell stops are likely located
just below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-day Market Rating:
4.5

September Nasdaq index December futures: Prices are slightly
higher early today. Bulls have the solid overall near-term
technical advantage. Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9-and
18-day) are bullish early today. The 4-day moving average is
above the 9-day and 18-day. The 9-day average is above the
18-day. Short-term oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are
neutral to bearish early today. Shorter-term technical
resistance is seen at the overnight high of 7,407.00 and
then at the contract high of 7,437.75. Buy stops likely
reside just above those levels. On the downside, short-term
support is seen at the overnight low of 7,350.75 and then at
7,300.00. Sell stops are likely located just below those
levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.5.

U.S. TREASURY BONDS AND NOTES

September U.S. T-Bonds: Prices are slightly weaker in early
U.S. trading. Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9- 18-day)
are neutral early today. The 4-day moving average is below
the 9-day and 18-day. The 9-day is above the 18-day moving
average. Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral
early today. Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at
the overnight high of 145 16/32 and then at this week’s high
of 145 25/32. Buy stops likely reside just above those
levels. Shorter-term support lies at 145 even and then at
this week’s low of 144 12/32. Sell stops likely reside just
below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.5

September U.S. T-Notes: Prices are slightly lower in early
U.S. trading. Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9- 18-day)
are neutral early today. The 4-day moving average is even
with the 9-day. The 9-day is even with the 18-day moving
average. Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral
early today. Shorter-term resistance lies at Thursday’s
high of 120.13.5 and then at the July high of 120.20.0. Buy
stops likely reside just above those levels. Shorter-term
technical support lies at the overnight low of 120.07.0 and
then at 120.00.0. Sell stops likely reside just below those
levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.0

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX

The September U.S. dollar index is slightly lower in early
U.S. trading, after hitting a contract high on Thursday.
Bulls have the solid overall near-term technical advantage.
The shorter-term moving averages for the dollar index are
bullish early today, as the 4-day is above the 9-day. The 9-
day is above the 18-day moving average. Short-term
oscillators for the dollar index are neutral to bullish
early today. The dollar index finds shorter-term technical
resistance at the overnight high of 95.095 and then at the
contract high of 95.440. Shorter-term support is seen at the
overnight low of 94.785 and then at 94.500. Wyckoff’s Intra
Day Market Rating: 4.5

NYMEX CRUDE OIL

August Nymex crude oil prices are slightly higher in early
U.S. trading. Bulls have regained some momentum late this
week. The shorter-term moving averages are still bearish
early today as the 4-day is below the 9-day and 18-day. The
9-day is below the 18-day moving average. Short-term
oscillators (RSI and slow stochastics) are neutral early
today. Look for buy stops to reside just above technical
resistance at the overnight high of $70.45 and then at this
week’s high of $70.87. Look for sell stops just below
technical support at $69.00 and then at $68.00. Wyckoff’s
Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.5

GRAINS

Grain futures prices were mixed again in overnight trading.
Not much new. Corn and soybean market bears remain in
technical command. However, bullish weekly high closes today
in those markets would be a solid clue that they have
bottomed out. Wheat has stabilized on ideas of a shorter
world wheat crop this year.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not a futures broker and do not manage
any trading accounts other than my own personal account. It
is my goal to point out to you potential trading
opportunities. However, it is up to you to: (1) decide when
and if you want to initiate any traders and (2) determine
the size of any trades you may initiate. Any trades I
discuss are hypothetical in nature.

Here is what the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
(CFTC) has said about futures trading (and I agree 100%):
1. Trading commodity futures and options is not for
everyone. IT IS A VOLATILE, COMPLEX AND RISKY BUSINESS.
Before you invest any money in futures or options contracts,
you should consider your financial experience, goals and
financial resources, and know how much you can afford to
lose above and beyond your initial payment to a broker. You
should understand commodity futures and options contracts
and your obligations in entering into those contracts. You
should understand your exposure to risk and other aspects of
trading by thoroughly reviewing the risk disclosure
documents your broker is required to give you.

Jim Wyckoff