Keen Risk Aversion Back in the World Marketplace Tuesday

Keen Risk Aversion Back in the World Marketplace Tuesday

Tuesday, October 23–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report

OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS

Global stock markets were mostly lower overnight as risk
aversion has returned to the marketplace amid geopolitical
tensions. China’s stock indexes were sharply down after good
gains posted Monday. South Korea’s and Japan’s stock markets
were also sharply lower. U.S. stock indexes are pointed
toward lower openings when the New York day session begins.
The U.S. indexes are back near their October lows.

Gold prices are sporting good gains today on safe-haven
demand.

The Turkish president went on television overnight to
explain that the Saudi journalist that was killed in a Saudi
consulate in Istanbul was brutally slain in a planned
attack. The Saudi kingdom denies involvement in the murder.
The U.S. and other Western nations are trying to get to the
bottom of the matter, but President Trump has been cautious
about the situation, what with the strong U.S. business ties
to Saudi Arabia.

The China-U.S. trade showdown is negatively impacting
China’s economy and weighing on Asia’s stock markets. Two
U.S. warships are presently traveling near China and through
the Taiwan Strait, to amplify tensions.

Thursday’s European Central Bank regular monetary policy
meeting will be closely watched by the marketplace. No
change in EU monetary policy is expected, but ECB chief
Mario Draghi’s press conference could provide clues on
future moves by the central bank. Also, Draghi could comment
on the rift between Italy’s new government and the EU.
European stock markets are wobbly this week as the Italian
government is scoffing at EU budget rules.

The U.S. economic highlight this week will be the first
estimate of third-quarter GDP due out Friday morning. GDP is
seen up 3.4% in the third quarter, on an annual basis.

The key outside markets today find the U.S. dollar index
weaker. Meantime, November Nymex crude oil prices are lower
and trading just above $68.00 a barrel.

U.S. economic data due for release Tuesday includes the
weekly Johnson Redbook and Goldman Sachs retail sales
reports, and the Richmond Fed business survey.

–Jim

U.S. STOCK INDEXES

December S&P 500 e-mini futures: Prices are solidly down in
early U.S. trading, and back near the October low. Recent
price action suggests that at least a near-term market top
is in place, if not a major top. The shorter-term moving
averages (4-, 9- and 18-day) are bearish early today. The 4-
day moving average is below the 9-day. The 9-day is below
the 18-day moving average. Short-term oscillators (RSI, slow
stochastics) are bearish early today. Today, shorter-term
technical resistance comes in at the overnight high of
2,757.50 and then at Monday’s high of 2,782.00. Buy stops
likely reside just above those levels. Downside support for
active traders today is located at the October low of
2,712.25 and then at 2,700.00. Sell stops are likely located
just below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-day Market Rating:
3.5

December Nasdaq index December futures: Prices are solidly
lower in early U.S. trading. Recent price action suggests a
near-term market top is in place, if not a major market top.
Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9-and 18-day) are bearish
early today. The 4-day moving average is below the 9-day.
The 9-day average is below the 18-day. Short-term
oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are bearish early today.
Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at 7,100.00 and
then at the overnight high of 7,159.75. Buy stops likely
reside just above those levels. On the downside, short-term
support is seen at the overnight low of 7,024.25 and then at
7,000.00. Sell stops are likely located just below those
levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.0.

U.S. TREASURY BONDS AND NOTES

December U.S. T-Bonds: Prices are higher in early U.S.
trading today, on safe-haven demand. Bears still have the
firm overall near-term technical advantage as a two-month-
old downtrend is in place on the daily chart, but now just
barely. Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9- 18-day) are
bearish early today. The 4-day moving average is below the
9-day. The 9-day is below the 18-day moving average.
Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are bullish early today.
Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at the overnight
high of 138 23/32 and then at 139 even. Buy stops likely
reside just above those levels. Shorter-term support lies at
138 even and then at the overnight low of 137 22/32. Sell
stops likely reside just below those levels. Wyckoff’s
Intra-Day Market Rating: 6.0

December U.S. T-Notes: Prices are higher in early U.S.
trading, on safe-haven demand. Bears still have the overall
near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a two-month-
old downtrend on the daily bar chart, but now just barely.
Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9- 18-day) are bearish
early today. The 4-day moving average is below the 9-day.
The 9-day is below the 18-day moving average. Oscillators
(RSI, slow stochastics) are bullish early today. Shorter-
term resistance lies at the overnight high of 118.13.5 and
then at 118.16.0. Buy stops likely reside just above those
levels. Shorter-term technical support lies at the
overnight low of 117.31.0 and then at last week’s low of
117.25.0. Sell stops likely reside just below those levels.
Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 6.0

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX

The December U.S. dollar index is slightly lower in early
U.S. trading. Bulls still have the solid overall near-term
technical advantage. The shorter-term moving averages for
the dollar index are neutral early today, as the 4-day is
above the 9-day. The 9-day is even with the 18-day moving
average. Short-term oscillators for the dollar index are
neutral early today. The dollar index finds shorter-term
technical resistance at the overnight high of 95.920 and
then at 96.000. Shorter-term support is seen at Monday’s low
of 95.205 and then at 95.000. Wyckoff’s Intra Day Market
Rating: 4.5

NYMEX CRUDE OIL

December Nymex crude oil prices are lower in early U.S.
trading. Recent strong selling pressure suggests this market
has topped out. The shorter-term moving averages are 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 bearish early
today. Look for buy stops to reside just above technical
resistance at the overnight high of $69.66 and then at
$70.00. Look for sell stops just below technical support at
$68.00 and then at $67.50. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market
Rating: 4.0

GRAINS

Grain futures prices were mixed to firmer overnight. Bulls
faded last week and are working to regain momentum this
week. Market bottoms, or harvest lows, look to be in place
for all three major grain markets, but the upside is limited
by big U.S. corn and soybean crops being harvested, and
tepid world demand for U.S. wheat.

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