World Stock Markets Mixed; Nymex Crude Drops Below $70.00 a Barrel

World Stock Markets Mixed; Nymex Crude Drops Below $70.00 a Barrel

Thursday, October 18–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report

OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS

Global stock markets were mixed overnight, with European
stock indexes mostly firmer and Asian indexes mostly lower.
U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings when
the New York day session begins.

Traders and investors are awaiting the results of a Turkish
investigation into the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.
The Turks say the journalist was killed and the Saudis deny
knowing anything about it. This matter is likely to come to
a head in the next few days, with President Trump saying
results of the investigation are likely yet this week. If
the Saudis are complicit, ramifications for the world
markets will be significant. Some press reports say the
Saudis killed the journalist.

U.S. Treasury bond yields are on the rise again following
FOMC minutes released Wednesday afternoon that were deemed
a bit hawkish on U.S. monetary policy.

The key outside markets today find the U.S. dollar index
slightly lower on a corrective pullback from Wednesday’s
solid gains. Meantime, November Nymex crude oil prices are
lower, hit a four-week low and are trading around $69.00 a
barrel. Brent crude oil has now fallen below the $80.00-
per-barrel level. Rising U.S. oil stockpiles this week are
bearish for the oil market.

U.S. economic data due for release Thursday includes the
weekly jobless claims report, the Philadelphia Fed business
survey, and leading economic indicators.

–Jim

U.S. STOCK INDEXES

December S&P 500 e-mini futures: Prices are weaker in early
U.S. trading, on a downside correction from Tuesday’s strong
gains. Recent price action still 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 still
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 neutral early
today. Today, shorter-term technical resistance comes in at
this week’s high of 2,824.25 and then at 2,850.00. Buy stops
likely reside just above those levels. Downside support for
active traders today is located at 2,800.00 and then at
Wednesday’s low of 2,783.25. Sell stops are likely located
just below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-day Market Rating:
4.5

December Nasdaq index December futures: Prices are lower in
early U.S. trading, on a corrective pullback from Tuesday’s
strong gains. Recent price action still strongly 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 neutral
early today. The 4-day moving average is above the 9-day.
The 9-day average is below the 18-day. Short-term
oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral early today.
Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at the overnight
high of 7,309.50 and then at 7,350.00. Buy stops likely
reside just above those levels. On the downside, short-term
support is seen at 7,250.00 and then at Wednesday’s low of
7,221.50. 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 lower in early U.S.
trading today. Bears have the solid overall near-term
technical advantage as a seven-week-old downtrend is in
place on the daily chart. 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 below the 18-day moving
average. Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral
early today. Shorter-term technical resistance is seen at
138 even and then at 138 16/32. Buy stops likely reside just
above those levels. Shorter-term support lies at the
overnight low of 137 15/32 and then at 137 even. Sell stops
likely reside just below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day
Market Rating: 4.0

December U.S. T-Notes: Prices are lower in early U.S.
trading. Bears have the solid overall near-term technical
advantage. Prices are in a seven-week-old downtrend on the
daily bar chart. 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 below the 18-day moving
average. Oscillators (RSI, slow stochastics) are neutral
early today. Shorter-term resistance lies at 118.00.0 and
then at 118.06.0. Buy stops likely reside just above those
levels. Shorter-term technical support lies at the
overnight low of 117.25.0 and then at 117.20.0. Sell stops
likely reside just below those levels. Wyckoff’s Intra-Day
Market Rating: 4.0

U.S. DOLLAR INDEX

The December U.S. dollar index is slightly lower in early
U.S. trading. Bulls 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 95.510 and
then at the October high of 95.840. Shorter-term support is
seen at 95.000 and then at this week’s low of 94.470.
Wyckoff’s Intra Day Market Rating: 4.5

NYMEX CRUDE OIL

November Nymex crude oil prices are lower and hit a four-
week low 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 $70.03 and then at $71.00. Look for sell stops just below
technical support at $68.50 and then at $68.00. Wyckoff’s
Intra-Day Market Rating: 4.0

GRAINS

Grain futures prices were mixed to lower overnight. Traders
will closely examine this morning’s weekly USDA export sales
report. While market bottoms look to be in place for all
three major grain markets, the upside is limited by big U.S.
corn and soybean crops being harvested. Harvest has picked
up speed in the Corn Belt late this week as fields are
drying out from the recent heavy rains.

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