Yesterday’s weakness opened the door to a buying opportunity for those who were patiently cautious. Our narrative all week long has been cautiously optimistic; get out of the forest to see the trees, this market is in a strong uptrend. However, we emphasized yesterday the high probability of a washout. Today the S&P and NQ are up, let's call it, 0.5%.
Crude oil prices got slammed on fears surrounding the Turkish economy, ongoing concerns about China, and a big build in crude supply, but really a lot of what is driving the bus is the strong dollar. Not just the traditional inverse relationship that oil has with the dollar, but how this massive up move is impacting oil supply and demand.
A bearish American Petroleum Institute (API) report, as well as the continuing drama surrounding Turkey is raising fears of a slowdown in oil demand based upon fears of raising contagion coming out of Turkey. The oil market that tried to mount a major comeback yesterday was thwarted by a risk aversion in the dollar that sunk oil, as well as industrial and precious metals.
This morning brings a reprieve from turmoil; the Turkish Lira has bounced back as much as 8% before settling in. The story will continue to develop and an agreement to release the American pastor will certainly be favorable for the global risk appetite. While the damage to the world’s currency market has been done, we maintain that it is important to not get stuck in the forest so that you can see the trees; there can be a lot of noise in the headlines, especially during slower summer months.
The crude oil and petroleum markets took a Turkish bath yesterday, but in doing so it may have washed out the bearishness and put in our seasonal low. The moves in the market seemed beyond crazy because at the end of the day the Turkish currency crisis is a much more political than financial crisis. Oil moved on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, lowering its demand forecast and fears of a rise in supply, but it was Turkey that cleansed the market.
The coming week of Aug. 13, 2018, sets up trending pivot math concurrent with narrow ranges (means breakouts) in the S&P 500 (countertrend bounce & maybe down), Japanese yen, Crude oil, and gold (extreme narrow range block/rectangle on daily chart). The Eurodollar has already made 5 easily-countable down-waves (Monthly chart) since the swing top I identified in advance months ago, and it has sideways pivots for this week but extreme trending monthly pivots into Sept.
The global risk appetite is again shrinking but it’s easy to get caught in the forest and miss the trees; despite the headlines, the U.S stock market remains in a strong bull market. Listen, we are certainly not ignoring the Turkey-related risks as the Lira plunged once again and hit a record low against the U.S Dollar before paring losses.
Crude oil prices are trying to balance the risks to oil supply versus the risks to demand. The risk to the demand side of the equation is coming out of Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing not to be brought to its knees even as it is him that has driven the Turkish economy into freefall. The Turkish central bank says it will provide all the liquidity that the Turkish banks need. That brought the crashing Lira and stock market back a bit, but it is unclear whether that will provide lasting support.
In this more or less quiet week, concerns that the worsening situation in Turkey could have a contagion effect on the Eurozone, particularly lenders, and other parts of the world grabbed precedent during the last 24 hours. We believe that low volume this week has exacerbated moves in currencies and equity markets.