Last week the Dec. E-mini S&P 500 (CME:ESZ13) opened at 1767.00 and closed the week making new highs along the way at 1793.50. No close yet above 1800. Now I agree that PE ratios do look good and for many quarters now 75%+ of the S&P 500 companies have topped earnings forecasts, so why does it seem that tapering talk spooks the market, or does it?
Looking at the weekly chart take a close look at the COT-Traders in Financial Futures, you see this only reflects net positions, which is the way to analyze this vital report. You can see that Dealer Intermediary and Leveraged Funds have been dropping net shorts signaling a possible correction is coming. Now have a good look at the spreadsheet with the actual positions held by each group. Looking at this you can see exactly how big money affects the S&P. Look at the total contracts held, interesting isn’t it. Dealer Intermediary defined as the sell side of the market, but you can see how Leveraged Funds also added to this side of the market with Asset Manager holding a large long position.
Now who are Dealer Intermediaries? Well the top four are JPMorgan, BofA, Citi, and Goldman Sachs (same four who are the largest Swap Dealers from the Disaggregated COT report). Reading the CFTC rules of the Form 40, which is used to classify these groups one finds that these large institutions can fill out more than one Form 40 to be classified in more than one group. Meaning Goldman Sachs can be classified as a Dealer Intermediary and an Asset Manager. When you see this you realize that these institutions can then take both sides of a trade. Again take a good look at total contracts held.
And one more point before I let you go. A very large percentage of the $85 billion QE3 dollars goes to these four large institutions. So Janet Yellen does not see a bubble in the markets. Exactly what does she see? A hot air balloon.
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Looking at the daily chart we see the technicals with ADX at 44.7, strong trend but ADX looks to have stopped rising and Stochastics are in overbought territory and are pointing down — is a correction coming? Hopefully we all remember that expectations were high and we would see tapering in the September Fed meeting. What you might find interesting is a look at the price action in this market leading up to the Fed meeting. From the start of September the market was rising all the way into the Fed meeting even though everybody was sure of tapering. And check out the drop the following day that started right after no tapering was announced. Could big money have had something to do with this?
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