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Yellen Takes Extremely Vetted Live Questions from Twitter, Benign Conversation Ensues

Janet Yellen came to the University of Michigan on Monday afternoon to have a nice chat with Susan Collins, the Dean of Public Policy at the school of Public Policy and Economics.  The first half hour was spent giving everyone a lesson on the purpose of the Fed, a rather remedial economics lesson, but a pleasure to hear live from the leader of the free world.

The setting was pleasant, as the two ladies sipped miniature bottles of water whist discussing the Fed’s success in navigating the financial crisis, the confidence attained by Fed Stress Tests of major banks, and how transparent and independent the Fed is today.

Then came the questions, heavily vetted.

First question was about what perspective all her jobs gave her.  She mentioned she’s gained a knack for digesting ‘anecdotal information’ which sounded much like the proverbial ‘context’ that we all work so hard to form around our trading and investing.  This was quite an arousing thought, that Yellen considers what some may consider non-data, less-than-objective information in her decision process.

Question two, should Fed meddle in, and/or coordinate, international policy?  She smacked this question to the ground calling it likely illegal.  Yellen also mentioned she talks like seven times a year with the other central bankers.  They talk shop and how they’re thinking about nudging the economy.

Question two also asked if emerging markets were at a disadvantage, being left on their own to form policy.  While this was somewhat talked around, the answer had the feel of, “obviously yes.”

Third question, a dumb question, “What is the role of money in inflation?” After rolling her eyes, Fed Yellen entertained the question, but reminded the person that inflation is driven by expected inflation, and the vicious price spiral higher it can create.  She talked all about how they just watch the unemployment rate and said history has proven her right, that money doesn’t matter.

Question 4, from twitter, has the effect of QE been under estimated?

Hard to know what the effect was, according to Yellen.  And despte it being hard to know, she is claiming a victory, a favorable impact, not to be exaggerated by any means, but a success no doubt.

Note, none of the ‘Top’ questions associated with the #FordSchoolYellen hashtag were addressed:

Question 5, addresses low labor-force participation rates, should it adjust how they measure full employment?

Hard to know how much of the decline might reflect voluntary retirement verses searching for long time then dropping out.  Some might reflect weak economy.

Writer’s note: SOME!?

Since labor force participation has flattened out, while the population ages, suggests to Yellen that they have drawn people into the market who were otherwise discouraged in recent history.

Last question, total puffer, how has being careful about what you say changed your life?  Yellen, looking up at the gold leaf ceiling, recants that she’s been in the game for a long time—watching what she says.  She also reiterated that she knows monetary policy better than any other piker out there.

Finally, Susan Collins asked for any last words of wisdom from the leader of the free world.  Yellen said you all should find something to do that you love and are interested in [as a career].  Her love is economics, it gets her out of bed.  Bless.her.heart.  Second, the career is the whole path, not just the last seat you hold.  Yellen loves and has loved every day of the hustle, even through it’s been in a public service role.  She also mentioned working with people you respect. And working with an organization that you feel makes a contribution to society.

There you have it, Fed Chair Yellen came of Ann Arbor, home of the bi-monthly Confidence reading watched around the world.  She taught the nice folks a bit about how the Fed works, took some vetted questions, then imparted some wisdom on life as a career woman.  Her only concern, it seems, is that pesky ‘Audit the Fed’ bill floating around, and how it is likely to jeopardize the Fed’ ability to maintain its independence from politics and short-sighted actions.

And much more of the same from today’s Fed.  Meaning tons of transparency, and saying the same few things over, and over, and over again until the slow learners at Wall Street fully comprehend them.  Quite an effective approach.

For recordings of Yellen dropping the mic, walking off the stage, and the crowd going wild, check my snaps.  Username: vCali

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Resilient NASDAQ Starts New Week Flat

NASDAQ futures are coming into the new week flat after an overnight session featuring normal range and volume.  Price held the Friday range overnight on balanced trade.

The economic calendar is light this week.  For today, we have Labor Markets Conditions change at 10am, 3- and 6-month T-bill auctions at 11:30am, a 3-year Note auction at 1pm, and a 4pm Fed Chair Yellen is speaking in Ann Arbor, MI.

Last week we marked time, essentially, before rallying into the Wednesday FOMC minutes.  We then reversed, hard and lower after the minutes.  Then, despite a strong initial risk-off move following news of Tomahawk missiles being launched at Syria, we stabilized ahead of the Friday opening bell and continued marking time into the weekend.  Here is the last week performance of each major index:

On Friday the NASDAQ printed a normal variation up.  Sellers pushed early on, just below the Thursday low before discovering a responsive bid.  We then spent the rest of the day working higher, going range extension up before settling into two-way trade.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for a push up through overnight high 5433.75, which continues higher to 5461 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 sellers press down through overnight low 5415.75 and tag the 5400 century mark before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 sellers press down to 5374.25 before two way trade ensues.


Volume profiles, gaps, and measured moves:

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iBanCoin Laboratory Flips To Neutral Amid War and Resistance

Last week was eventful.  Wednesday minutes revealed Yellen’s Fed is about to start making some balance sheet moves.  It spooked people.  Or perhaps, just as the minutes came out, establishment investors got the nudge, the wink, that 58 tomahawk missiles were about to go off–a firework display of epic proportions, no doubt.  But was anyone there to see it?

The weather broke.  After heavy storms passed, clear skies emerged into Friday and the week ended in a carefree manner.

Inside Exodus, the first hybrid oversold signal of the year completed.  The predictive robots inside Exodus won again, BEHOLD:

If you read the Executive Summary inside the Strategy Session, you could have milked the signal a bit better.  We improvised on the final day of the signal and sold after the FOMC minutes, instead of waiting until the end-of-day.  After all, what good is a plan if you do not stick to it?  Last week’s plan:

All that being said, heading into the upcoming week there are no model-based, statistical means of having a directional bias.  There’s no saying where this market is headed, objectively, from a statistical foundation.

There are subtle nuances that may tip the market’s hand a day, or perhaps few hours, before the market even knows it is about to move.

One is the NASDAQ Transportation index.  Look at that coil.  If it breaks lower, caution…

There are other little clues being revealed by the computer brains inside Exodus.  So while a generation of Americans has resorted to praising a reptile, I will continue to ask for mercy from the robots inside our spaceship.

And from The Leader

Both of which aren’t providing much guidance into next week.  Perhaps it is a sign, to pursue other industrious endeavors next week?


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NASDAQ Finds Strong Bid After News of U.S. Tomahawk Missile Strike

NASDAQ futures are coming into Friday gap down after an overnight session featuring elevated range and volume.  Price made a sharp move lower around 9:13pm after the U.S. military launched nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian air base.  The reaction pushed down to prices not seen since Tuesday of last week before establishing a bid and worked higher, reversing the entire reaction.  At 8:30am Non-farm payroll data was mixed.  The initial reaction is a slight move lower.

Also on the economic docket today we have Wholesale Inventories at 10am, the Baker Hughes rig count at 1pm, and Consumer Credit at 3pm.

Yesterday we printed a neutral day.  A gap up Thursday morning was quickly sold into but sellers failed to take out the Wednesday low, initially.  Instead price worked range extension (RE) up before reversing the entire daily range and going RE down, briefly trading below the Wednesday low before two-way trade ensued.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work back toward overnight low 5382.75, trading down to 5374.50 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 buyers press into the overnight inventory and close the gap up to 5422.50.  From here they continue higher, up through overnight high 5429.75, trading up to 5431 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 stronger sellers push down to 5348.25 before two way trade ensues.


Volume profiles, gaps, and measured moves:

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Visibly Shaken FCC Commissioner: Your Most Intimate Online Information Could Be Harvested And Sold

Authoritarians have a good way of spinning their creepy actions enough for their believers to justify an attack on their human rights.  So far, that is the case with the republican-led campaign to repeal Obama-era internet privacy rules.  Your basic republitard can belch out the talking points about how Google and Facebook already watch everything they do, so what’s it matter if the internet service providers do the same?

Right? What does it matter, what’s another set of hands digging through your private possessions, NOT STEALING ANY OF THEM, but logging their details and selling the information to the highest bidder?

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn laid out a perfect example, one you cheesed burger eating ingrates could comprehend.  WATCH:

Ah yes, the ‘internet of things’ …you remember that phrase?  It describes a time in the not-so-distant future where your thermostat, security cameras, television, refrigerator, for fucked sake your toaster are all pushing little bits of information about you out to the interweb.

This is not good, dude.  When Trump signed away privacy rules that would have stopped Comcast from logging your preferred toaster settings to their evil towers in Philadelphia, he sold you out to faceless corporations, immortal diseases roaming the earth.  Faceless corporations, mind you, who completely control your ability to access the greatest invention of the 21st century, the big information bang, the internet.  Internet service providers control it.  Not Google, not yet at least.

Massachusetts Rep Mike Capuano had some fun with these insane republican measures, referencing his recent online purchase of some undies, which is worth bringing to your attention if for the visuals alone:

Perhaps you are beginning to understand the gravity of our President’s pen strokes Monday, the ones that approved a very Orwellian nightmare, a repeal to privacy rules that Obama worked so hard to bless us with.  Your internet service provider can henceforth mine and measure your every internet move and the FCC is totally freaked out.


Also, someone mentioned VPN players could become interesting going forward, as internet users seek to protect themselves from the ISP money grubbers.  It’s worth an investigation.  DEVELOPING…

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NASDAQ Awaits Federal Reserve Minutes After Strong ADP Jobs Number

NASDAQ futures are coming into Wednesday flat after an overnight session featuring normal range and volume.  Price worked just above the Tuesday high overnight before settling into balanced trade along the Tuesday high.  At 7am MBA Mortgage applications came in below last week.  At 8:15am the ADP Employment change was much better than expected.

Also on the economic docket today we have Service/Non-manufacturing Composite at 10am, crude oil inventories at 10:30am, and most importantly the FOMC minutes at 2pm.

Yesterday we formed a normal variation up.  Price opened gap down, but inside the Monday range.  Buyers made an early gap fill and found sellers right along the UNCH line.  Said sellers reversed the morning move but we unable to push range extension down.  Instead we spent the rest of the day working higher, but ultimate inside the Monday range.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to push higher, up through overnight high 5448 and to new highs, tagging the measured move level at 5462.50 before two way trade ensues ahead of the FOMC minutes.

Hypo 2 sellers press down through overnight low 5435.5 and tag 5434.50 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 stronger buyers ahead of FOMC push up to 5481.75 before we await the Fed.

Hypo 4 stronger sellers press down to 5418.


Volume profiles, gaps, and measured moves:

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Trump Kills Our Obama Privacy Rules: Internet Providers Now Allowed To Share Your History

Our republican controlled government worked together last week and Monday to pass and sign away your privacy; privacy the FCC was fighting to protect back in the days of Obama.  With zero democratic support, congressional republicans decided your internet provider can now share your web history.

The rules had not gone into effect yet.  Privacy advocates who spend less time complaining and more time acquiescing, the ones who know a bit about the internet are suggesting using a VPN to keep your broadband rulers from giving away your every query, interest, and YouTube rabbit hole to ‘advertisers’.

Verizon had a nice, corporate-speak way of saying they don’t sell you browsing history, according to Reuters:

Verizon does not sell personal web browsing histories and has no plans to do so but the company said it has two advertising programs that use “de-identified” customer browsing data, including one that uses “aggregate insights that might be useful for advertisers and other businesses.”

Ironically enough, perhaps by design, today is 1984 National Screening day across many art theaters in the United States.

You thought this would be good, having the Right, who stand on the pillar of individual freedom, control the entire US government, but the snake has turned its head toward you.  As of Monday, Trump signed away your browsing history.

$VZ $T $CMCSA BULLISH, humanity…bearish


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NASDAQ Gives Back Monday Afternoon Recovery, Draghi To Begin Speaking at The Open

NASDAQ futures are coming into Tuesday gap down after an overnight session featuring normal range and volume.  Price worked lower overnight with sellers working down into the 40 point intra-day recovery seen Monday.  As we approach the open, however, the Monday low is holding.  At 8:30am Trade Balance data came out better than expected.

Right on the open, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will be talking in Frankfurt.  Also on the economic calendar today we have Factory/Durable Goods Orders at 10am, and a 4-week T-bill auction at 11:30am.

Yesterday we printed a normal variation down.  Price opened gap up and ran higher, briefly making new all-time highs before reversing and working lower.  We closed the open gap left behind on 3/28 before discovering buyers and spending the rest of the day working back to unchanged.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to make a quick move lower, down through overnight low 5406.75, setting up a move to 5383.50 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 strong selling, liquidation speed, takes us down to 5369.75 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 buyers press into the overnight inventory and close the gap up at 5434.  From here they take out overnight high 5436.75 and continue higher to 5441.50 before two way trade ensues.


Volume profiles, gaps, and measured moves:

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BEAST MODE: Tesla Trades To New All Time High After Record Setting Quarter

Shares of the world’s greatest technology company, Tesla, are achieving new heights Monday after the company’s CEO, the magnificent Elon Musk (all Praise and Glory to The Leader) handsomely announced, they set a delivery record in the first quarter.

Twenty five thousand, OVER twenty five thousand Tesla cars were delivered to excited consumers, consumers excited to tell the sheiks running OPEC, the goons lording over American oil firms, and every internal combustion earth hater, “byeeee.”

Benzinga on the finer details:

Tesla delivered over 25,000 vehicles in Q1, of which about 13,450 were Model S and about 11,550 were Model X. This was a new quarterly record and represents a 69 percent increase over Q1 2016.

Q1 production totaled 25,418 vehicles, also a new quarterly record.

Also, over the weekend, our lord and savior, our benevolent Elon (all Praise and Glory to The Leader) was rumored to be building an entire clean tech city.  As of this publication, the rumor is being considered an April Fools prank.

For now, investors will have to be content with being involved in the only company hellbent on disrupting the most diabolical forces on our earth.  The pure evil that capitalism gave birth to, the oil executive.

So far it appears to be working.  The company had a record setting first quarter as they barrel toward their Q3 goal of mass production.  The Model 3, a car for the working man, and an opportunity to dollar vote against the muckrakers in Alberta, Canada.






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NASDAQ Slow and Steady Heading into April

NASDAQ futures are heading into the first day of the second quarter with a slight gap up after an overnight session featuring normal range and volume.  Price held inside the range of last Friday overnight in a balanced session.

The economic calendar starts out slow this week, picking up steam as the week matures.  For Monday, we have ISM Manufacturing data at 10am, then at 11:30am the US Treasury is auctioning off 3- and 6-month T-bills, $39b and $33billion respectively.

Last week the major indices worked higher.  But first the week began with a major gap down.  On the open last Monday, the Dow was down nearly -200.  However, after two trend day ups, the stock markets spent the rest of the week drifting, with a slight upward bias.  Here are the performances of each major index last week:

Last Friday the NASDAQ printed a normal variation up.  Price opened gap down but still inside the Thursday range.  Sellers made an attempt down through Thursday’s low but stalled ahead of it before buyers came in and worked the market to a new high on the week.  The new high was quickly met with selling, twice, ultimately settling price out just below the Friday midpoint.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap down to 5438.75.  From here they continue lower, down through overnight low 5432.75.  Look for a move down to Wednesday’ naked VPOC at 5421.25 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 stronger sellers work down to 5406.75 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 buyers press up through overnight high 5450.75 setting up a run at new highs.  Look for sellers up at the Fibonacci zone starting at 5462.50.


Volume profiles, gaps, and measured moves:

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