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Technically Speaking For September

By Hale StewartETFsSep 25, 2018 01:32AM ET
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Technically Speaking For September
By Hale Stewart   |  Sep 25, 2018 01:32AM ET
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Summary

Crude oil is picking up some steam.

Although there is talk about treasury yields moving higher, the 5 and 10-year breakeven inflation rate says that's not going to happen.

This was a very political day in the market.

Oil is again rearing its head. Here's what's happening. When the U.S. left the Iran deal, they also reimposed sanctions on the regime and any business that did business with Iran. That means that no one can buy Iranian oil as of early November. Sales are already dropping off. Decreasing supply = higher prices. Compounding the problem is that OPEC -- which has diminished market power but still sits in Dad's chair at the end of the table -- isn't increasing production. And with the world economy still expanding, demand is rising. So, let's use basic microeconomic concepts, shall we? Decreasing supply plus increasing demand equals higher prices. And that's what we're seeing:

US Crude Oil
US Crude Oil

Prices are now in a short-term uptrend; they've risen from 64 to the lower 70s. They are still below previous highs, however. Meanwhile, gas prices continue to inch higher:

US Gas Prices
US Gas Prices

Nationally, prices came close to hitting $3/gal but backed off. However, there is a clear uptrend in place that should continue with the decrease in supply.

Let's talk about the yield curve, starting with the 10- and 30-year treasury:

Treasury Bonds
Treasury Bonds

Both have risen a little over 20 basis points over the last few months. That might not seem like a big deal. However, in the bond market, it is. Are they going to keep moving higher? I'm not seeing a big move. Why? Inflation expectations are still contained:

Treasury Bonds And Breakeven Inflation
Treasury Bonds And Breakeven Inflation

Both the 5 and 10-year breakeven inflation rates are moving sideways. We'd have to see what would amount to a fundamental change in how the markets are thinking about future inflation for the treasury market to keep moving higher in any meaningful way. And with the Fed in a rate-hiking mood, I'm just not seeing it.

is Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) still around? Evidently, it is. How is utterly beyond me -- this is a company that should have died 20-30 years ago. Today, the FT reported that the company is looking to restructure its debt. Good luck with that. Oh -- and can we please fire anybody that thought buying Sears debt in the first place was a good idea?

Turning to the markets, let's see how we did today.

Global Markets
Global Markets

This was a day to remind us that every so often, the markets get political (and please, let's avoid any political pie fights in the comments section, OK?). The Rosenstein news sent the markets lower, but they rebounded as things seemed to calm down (relatively speaking) by days end.

Rather than looking at a single days chart, let's put the action in place with a 5-day chart:

SPDR S&P 500
SPDR S&P 500

Prices gapped higher on Thursday, kept moving higher into Friday's open, and then moved lower. This AM they gapped lower, falling to the highs from earlier in the week. But by the end, the SPY (NYSE:SPY) was near its opening level, making a round-trip more or less.

Final question -- are we looking at an island formation in the DIA?

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average

Prices have gapped higher. But we see a bar up, a star, and a bar down -- literally, the best example you'll see of an island formation out there.

And the riskier averages aren't helping:

IWM

iShares Russell 2000
iShares Russell 2000

The IWM is moving lower, getting support from the highs of mid-June.

iShares S&P Midcap 400
iShares S&P Midcap 400

And the IJH is moving sideways.

Stay tuned, TA friends. More will be revealed at tomorrow's open.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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