U.S.-China Trade War Worries Continue to Strain World Stock Markets

U.S.-China Trade War Worries Continue to Strain World Stock Markets

Monday, September 17–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report

OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS

World stock markets were mostly lower overnight. U.S. stock
indexes are also pointed toward weaker openings when the
New York day session begins. Traders and investors are in a
risk-off mode to start the trading week, as reports say the
Trump administration is set to slap more tariffs on China
in the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest
economies. Reports also said China is considering declining
the U.S. offer for new trade talks later this month.

In overnight news, the Euro zone August consumer price
index came in at up 0.2% from July and up 2.0%, year-on-
year. Those numbers were right in line with market
expectations.

The key outside markets today find the U.S. dollar index
weaker. Meantime, Nymex crude oil prices are higher and
trading around $69.50 a barrel.

U.S. economic data due for release Monday is light and
includes the Empire State manufacturing survey.

–Jim

U.S. STOCK INDEXES

December S&P 500 e-mini futures: Prices are slightly lower
in early U.S. trading. 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 neutral early today. The 4-day moving
average is above the 9-day and 18-day. The 9-day is even
with the 18-day moving average. Short-term oscillators (RSI,
slow stochastics) are neutral early today. Today, shorter-
term technical resistance comes in at the contract high of
2,921.75 and then at 2,935.00. Buy stops likely reside just
above those levels. Downside support for active traders
today is located at 2,900.00 and then at 2,885.00. Sell
stops are likely located just below those levels. Wyckoff’s
Intra-day Market Rating: 4.5

December Nasdaq index December futures: Prices are weaker in
early U.S. trading. Bulls 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
even with 18-day. The 9-day average is even with the 18-day.
Short-term oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral
to bearish early today. Shorter-term technical resistance is
seen at 7,600.00 and then at last week’s high of 7,627.00.
Buy stops likely reside just above those levels. On the
downside, short-term support is seen at 7,525.00 and then at
7,500.00. Sell stops are likely located just below those
levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.5.

U.S. TREASURY BONDS AND NOTES

December U.S. T-Bonds: Prices are weaker and hit a six-week
low in early U.S. trading. Bears have the overall near-term
technical advantage as a downtrend is in place on the daily
chart. Shorter-term moving averages (4- 9- 18-day) are
bearish early today. The 4-day moving average is below the
9-day and 18-day. The 9-day is below the 18-day moving
average. Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are bearish
early today. Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at
the overnight high of 141 29/32 and then at Friday’s high of
142 9/32. Buy stops likely reside just above those levels.
Shorter-term support lies at the overnight low of 141 16/32
and then at 141 even. Sell stops likely reside just below
those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.5

December U.S. T-Notes: Prices are weaker and near last
week’s a five-week low in early U.S. trading. Bears have
the overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a
downtrend on the daily bar chart. Shorter-term moving
averages (4- 9- 18-day) are bearish early today. The 4-day
moving average is below the 9-day and 18-day. The 9-day is
below the 18-day moving average. Oscillators (RSI, slow
stochastics) are bearish early today. Shorter-term
resistance lies at the overnight high of 119.07.5 and then
at Friday’s high of 119.13.5. Buy stops likely reside just
above those levels. Shorter-term technical support lies at
the overnight low of 119.03.5 and then at 119.00.0. Sell
stops likely reside just below those levels. Wyckoff’s
Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.5

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX

The December U.S. dollar index is weaker in early U.S.
trading. The bulls still have the overall near-term
technical advantage but have faded. The shorter-term moving
averages for the dollar index are neutral early today, as
the 4-day is below the 9-day and 18-day. The 9-day is even
with the 18-day moving average. Short-term oscillators for
the dollar index are baerish early today. The dollar index
finds shorter-term technical resistance at the overnight
high of 94.565 and then at 94.870. Shorter-term support is
seen at last week’s low of 93.920 and then at 93.500.
Wyckoff’s Intra Day Market Rating: 4.0

NYMEX CRUDE OIL

October Nymex crude oil prices are firmer in early U.S.
trading. The bulls have the overall near-term technical
advantage. However, very stiff technical resistance still
lies just above the market. The shorter-term moving averages
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 (RSI and slow stochastics) are neutral to
bullish early today. Look for buy stops to reside just above
technical resistance at $70.00 and then at $70.50. Look for
sell stops just below technical support at the overnight low
of $68.74 and then at $68.00. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market
Rating: 6.0

GRAINS

Grain futures prices were mixed overnight. Grain market
bears remain in command. U.S. corn and soybean harvest
pressure is also starting full speed this week, so look for
sideways-at-best trading in the grains in the coming weeks,
but more likely sideways-to-lower.

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