U.S. Dollar Sinks as Trump Criticizes Federal Reserve

U.S. Dollar Sinks as Trump Criticizes Federal Reserve

Tuesday, August 21–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report

OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS

The feature in the marketplace today is a weaker U.S.
dollar in the wake of remarks from President Trump to
Reuters criticizing the Federal Reserve for raising
interest rates. Trump reportedly said Fed Chairman Jay
Powell is not doing the job the president had hoped he’d
do. The Fed has raised U.S. interest rates twice this year
and is likely to raise them at least one more time this
year.

U.S. and world stock markets were mostly firmer overnight
and brushed off Trump’s comments on the Fed.

A Chinese central bank official has reportedly said China
will not use its currency, the yuan, to gain leverage in
its trade war with the U.S. The yuan has dropped around 10%
against the U.S. dollar since April. The U.S. is set to
slap more tariffs on China’s imported products this week,
despite the world’s two largest economies holding low-level
trade talks later this month.

A highlight of the trading week will be the annual meeting
of world central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, late
this week. The Fed’s FOMC minutes are also due out
Wednesday afternoon.

The other key outside market today find October Nymex crude
oil futures prices slightly firmer and trading around
$65.50 a barrel.

U.S. economic data due for release today is light and
includes the weekly Goldman Sachs and Johnson Redbook
retail sales reports.

–Jim

U.S. STOCK INDEXES

September S&P 500 e-mini futures: Prices are slightly higher
and hit a seven-month high in early U.S. trading. The bulls
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 bullish early today. Today,
shorter-term technical resistance comes in at the January
high of 2,889.00 and then at 2,900.00. Buy stops likely
reside just above those levels. Downside support for active
traders today is located at Monday’s low of 2,850.25 and
then at 2,830.00. Sell stops are likely located just below
those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-day Market Rating: 6.0

September Nasdaq index December futures: Prices are higher
in early 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
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
7,434.50 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 7,369.00
and then at 7,350.00. Sell stops are likely located just
below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 6.0.

U.S. TREASURY BONDS AND NOTES

September U.S. T-Bonds: Prices are lower in early U.S.
trading, on a corrective pullback after hitting a four-week
high on Monday. 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
early today. Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at
Monday’s 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 Monday’s low of 144 19/32 and then at last
week’s low of 144 even. Sell stops likely reside just below
those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.0

September U.S. T-Notes: Prices are lower in early U.S.
trading, on a corrective pullback after hitting a 2.5-month
high on Monday. 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
early today. Shorter-term resistance lies at Monday’s high
of 120.22.0 and then at 120.28.0. Buy stops likely reside
just above those levels. Shorter-term technical support
lies at Monday’s low of 120.09.0 and then at last week’s
low of 120.01.0. Sell stops likely reside just below those
levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.0

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX

The September U.S. dollar index is lower in early U.S.
trading today, on a corrective pullback from recent gains.
Bulls still have the firm 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 neutral early
today. The dollar index finds shorter-term technical
resistance at the overnight high of 95.660 and then at
96.000. Shorter-term support is seen at the overnight low of
95.305 and then at 95.000. Wyckoff’s Intra Day Market
Rating: 4.0

NYMEX CRUDE OIL

October Nymex crude oil prices are slightly up in early U.S.
trading. Bulls have faded and prices are trending lower. 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 neutral to bullish early today. Look for
buy stops to reside just above technical resistance at
$66.00 and then at $67.00. Look for sell stops just below
technical support at Monday’s low of $64.85 and then at
$64.00. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day Market Rating: 5.0

GRAINS

Grain futures prices were slightly weaker overnight. Focus
this week is on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour of corn and
soybeans and any fresh developments on the U.S.-China trade
front.

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