Trump Troubles Pressure World Stock Markets

Trump Troubles Pressure World Stock Markets

Wednesday, August 22–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report

OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS

U.S. and world stock markets were mixed to mostly weaker
overnight. President Donald Trump is in some hot water,
legally, as two of his close associates are likely going to
jail. This has added a bit of uncertainty to the world
marketplace at mid-week. There is talk Trump could pardon
those associates, or that he could be impeached. And the
mid-term congressional elections are right around the
corner.

Gold prices are firmer and seeing a bit of safe-haven
demand on the Trump worries.

Also in focus today is the early-afternoon release of the
minutes of the last meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open
Market Committee (FOMC). Past FOMC minutes releases have
moved markets, although no big revelations are expected in
today’s report.

Another highlight of the trading week will be the annual
meeting of world central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,
that begins on Friday. Past years’ meetings have produced
important proclamations from world central bankers. Fed
Chairman Powell is slated to speak at the symposium.

In overnight news, the German government sold a 10-year
bund at an average yield of 0.33%, which is a record low.
That yield compares to U.S. 10-year Treasury yields that
are around 2.83%.

The key outside markets today find the U.S. dollar index
lower again as the bulls are fading this week. Meantime,
Nymex crude oil prices higher and trading above $66.50 a
barrel.

Other U.S. economic data due for release today includes the
weekly MBA mortgage applications survey, existing home
sales, and the weekly DOE liquid energy stocks report.

–Jim

U.S. STOCK INDEXES

September S&P 500 e-mini futures: Prices are slightly lower
on a corrective pullback after hitting a seven-month high on
Tuesday. The bulls still have the firm overall near-term
technical advantage amid an uptrend in place on the daily
bar chart. The shorter-term moving averages (4-, 9- and 18-
day) are bullish early today. The 4-day moving average is
above the 9-day. The 9-day is above the 18-day moving
average. Short-term oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are
neutral early today. Today, shorter-term technical
resistance comes in at this week’s high of 2,874.00 and then
at the January high of 2,889.00. Buy stops likely reside
just above those levels. Downside support for active traders
today is located at the overnight low of 2,846.25 and then
at 2,830.00. 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
down in early trading. Bulls still have the firm overall
near-term technical advantage. Shorter-term moving averages
(4- 9-and 18-day) are neutral early today. The 4-day moving
average is below the 9-day. The 9-day average is even with
the 18-day. Short-term oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics)
are neutral early today. Shorter-term technical resistance
is seen at this week’s high of 7,452.25 and then at last
week’s high of 7,479.00. Buy stops likely reside just above
those levels. On the downside, short-term support is seen at
the overnight low of 7,352.00 and then at last week’s low of
7,316.50. Sell stops are likely located just below those
levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.0.

U.S. TREASURY BONDS AND NOTES

September U.S. T-Bonds: Prices are firmer in early U.S.
trading. Bulls have the overall near-term technical
advantage amid a fledgling uptrend in place on the daily bar
chart. Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9- 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. Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral to
bullish early today. Shorter-term technical resistance is
seen at this week’s high of 145 18/32 and then at 146 even.
Buy stops likely reside just above those levels. Shorter-
term support lies at 145 even and then at this week’s low of
144 19/32. Sell stops likely reside just below those levels.
Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.5

September U.S. T-Notes: Prices are higher in early U.S.
trading and hit a 2.5-month high overnight. Bulls have the
overall near-term technical advantage. Shorter-term moving
averages (4- 9- 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. Oscillators (RSI, slow
stochastics) are neutral to bullish early today. Shorter-
term resistance lies at the overnight high of 120.22.5 and
then at 120.28.0. Buy stops likely reside just above those
levels. Shorter-term technical support lies at 120.14.0 and
then at this week’s low of 120.09.0. Sell stops likely
reside just below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market
Rating: 6.0

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX

The September U.S. dollar index is slightly lower in early
U.S. trading today, on a corrective pullback from recent
gains. Bulls still have the overall near-term technical
advantage. The shorter-term moving averages for the dollar
index are neutral early today, as the 4-day is below the 9-
day. The 9-day is above the 18-day moving average. Short-
term oscillators for the dollar index are bearish early
today. The dollar index finds shorter-term technical
resistance at Tuesday’s high of 95.660 and then at 96.000.
Shorter-term support is seen at the overnight low of 94.960
and then at 95.750. Wyckoff’s Intra Day Market Rating: 4.5

NYMEX CRUDE OIL

October Nymex crude oil prices are higher in early U.S.
trading. Bulls have regained upside momentum this week. The
shorter-term moving averages are neutral early today as the
4-day is even with the 9-day. The 9-day is below the 18-day
moving average. Short-term oscillators (RSI and slow
stochastics) are bullish early today. Look for buy stops to
reside just above technical resistance at $67.00 and then at
$67.50. Look for sell stops just below technical support at
the overnight low of $65.98 and then at $65.00. Wyckoff’s
Intra-Day Market Rating: 6.0

GRAINS

Grain futures prices were weaker again overnight. Focus this
week is on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour of corn and
soybeans. Results of the tour so far are showing big U.S.
crops and that’s pressuring grains.

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