Cold Water Has Been Poured Over What Was Becoming A More Bullish Tape

Earnings in focus
Traders monitoring Brexit
Stock Market Update for Traders

Stock Market Update for Traders

E-mini S&P (December)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 2994.50, down 12.00

Fundamentals: U.S benchmarks slipped late in the session yesterday after U.K Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fast-track Brexit deal did not get through the House of Commons. We are not seeing broad weakness around the globe, but instead, cold water has been poured over what was becoming a more immediate-term bullish tape. In fact, we had said a close above 3008.50 in the S&P would bring a melt-up factor. Although we do not detail the day to day Brexit negotiations here as it changes by the hour, our readers know our stance; investors have underestimated the impact of a deal or no-deal Brexit. As hope mounted for Johnson’s deal, this was certainly adding bullish tailwinds. Stocks from Europe to the U.S are still buoyed because for the first time the House actually accepted the Brexit deal in principle, they rejected allowing only three days and an exit by October 31st. Now, the EU must again extend the timeline while Johnson considers an early general election.

The NQ lagged the S&P for much of the session with Facebook down more than 2% before the Brexit news and Amazon down nearly 1% at that time. Chipotle headlined after the bell yesterday and beat estimates. Still, the stock is down 2% after losing another 2% during the session. Bill Baruch joined Fox Business’s Stuart Varney to discuss Chipotle ahead of earnings; this is a strong technical chart. This morning, Boeing and Caterpillar will make headlines with releases at 6:30 am CT. Bill Baruch will again join Fox Business to discuss. Microsoft reports after the bell and the behemoth will set a tone for tech. Ford, Tesla, and eBay also report.

Technicals: As we discussed in the Midday Market Minute yesterday, although the S&P was holding at the 3008.50 mark, the NQ was not confirming a breakout. The NQ was stalling below major three-star resistance at 7958.50 which aligned perfectly with a trend line from record highs. Yesterday’s drop neutralizes what was a strong bullish pattern for the S&P and signals a technical failure in the NQ. Each is testing major three-star support levels coming into this morning at ... Please sign up for a Free Trial at Blue Line Futures to have our entire technical outlook, actionable bias and proprietary levels emailed to you each morning. 


Crude Oil (December)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 54.48, up 0.97

Fundamentals: Crude jumped yesterday on news that OPEC+ is seriously considering deeper cuts at their December meeting. However, Reuters reported Russian Energy Minister Novak as saying early this morning that, “No formal proposals have been put forward to change the terms of the deal”. Russia is largely known as the elephant in the room, although everyone wants higher prices, they are arguably the least enthusiastic about holding to cuts to achieve such. Especially so when it is believed Saudi Arabia is driving the move in order to boost the Aramco IPO.

Inventory data is squarely in focus this morning. API reported a larger than expected build last night at 4.45 mb and this aided the dissipation of yesterday’s rally. However, a small draw in Gasoline and a large draw of 3.491 mb of Distillates helped offset the headline build. Today’s expectations are for -2.232 mb of Crude, -2.267 mb of Gasoline and -2.785 mb Distillates. These expectations point to composite draw and leave the door wide open for a bearish report especially relative to API.

Technicals: Major three-star resistance at 54.70-55.00 comes to rescue us bears once again. With price action peeling back we must keep a close eye on two waves of support at ...  Please sign up for a Free Trial at Blue Line Futures to have our entire technical outlook, actionable bias and proprietary levels emailed to you each morning. 


Gold (December)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 1487.5, down 0.6

Fundamentals: Gold has been working higher since U.K Prime Minister Johnson’s fast-track Brexit deal failed to move through the House of Commons. Yields and stocks slipped late in the session supporting Gold at a crucial level of technical support. This continues to paint both a strong fundamental and technical path as we eye additional easing measures from the Fed next week. Global growth has not turned a corner, but earnings have been solid. The global growth picture, for now, is the canary in the coalmine, we just have not had a near-term catalyst to invigorate the metal through 1510-1520 resistance.

Technicals: Major three-star support at 1484.5-1488.2 continues to hold together the intermediate-term bullish case. Price action is above our momentum indicator at ...  Please sign up for a Free Trial at Blue Line Futures to have our entire technical outlook, actionable bias and proprietary levels emailed to you each morning. 

About the Author

Blue Line Futures, is a leading futures and commodities brokerage firm offering discounted personalized service and futures and commodity research.