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Swing Trader's Insight Update
Name: Scott Hoffman

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Swing Trader's Insight Update

This past week saw the financial markets react to the idea of tighter Fed policy than the market had previously priced in.  This, combined with the idea that there will be a global liquidity drain saw stocks and Treasuries sell off last week, as markets saw the double whammy of higher than expected inflation numbers and weak signals from the housing sector.  The economic calendar is light for the rest of the week as we await next week’s FOMC meeting, with the policy announcement due Thursday, June 29th.  In other news, high inventory levels have kept a lid on energy prices, and good growing weather has pressured corn and soybeans recently.

S&P:  Last week’s one month low in momentum marked a bottom, and S&Ps rallied to roughly a 50 percent retracement of the June selloff.  That area (1266.50) has proved to be resistance for this week, and I sold Monday based off a narrow range/inside day setup on Friday.  Last week marked a climax low, and Wednesday saw a rally back toward last week’s high of 1270.50.  A close over 1270 should help extend the rally, while a move under 1250 turns the trend neutral.  Next week the market’s focus will be the FOMC meeting, and I wouldn’t be surprised by a pre-Fourth of July rally.  Past that, I expect the 1295 to 1300 level to be a tough ceiling for the upcoming months.


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NASDAQ:  The June decline in the NASDAQ stopped and reversed off a narrow range/inside day last Wednesday, which led to Thursday’s sharp rally.  The decline of Monday and Tuesday found support at a Fibonacci retracement support area at 1563, and Wednesday’s rally over last week’s high of 1597 helped the bulls; clearing 1600 should continue the rally.


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Bonds:  I called for a decline in Treasuries last week, after they made a false upside breakout of the small triangle before the decisive downside break last Wednesday, as higher than expected inflation numbers spooked Treasuries.  I’m looking for further downside ahead of the FOMC meeting next week, with a retest of the June low at10529 likely. Wednesday’s inside day and doji bar should lead to a directional move on Thursday.  Longer term, I think the Fed will need to address a slowdown, as a slowing economy, especially the housing sector, raises the odds of a “hard landing for the economy”.


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Dollar:  A double top in the September Dollar Index around 8600, especially with negative MACD divergence, signals that the Dollar’s rally may be peaking.  Going forward, the Dollar will need to contend with the prospect of an end to the US tightening cycle along with the prospect for tighter interest rate policies in Europe, Japan, and China.  A move under last week’s low at 8526 in the September Dollar Index should confirm a trend change.


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Yen:  Monday’s doji, along with support around 8780 in the September Yen led to Tuesday’s turnaround which kicked off the rally.  A move over 8850 should help extend the move.  I see upside objectives at 9050 then around 9100.


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EuroFX:  Not as clear cut a picture as the Yen, the Euro has support at the June low around 126, with resistance at last week’s high around 12750.  Tuesday’s doji led to a rally on Wednesday, which tested the upper end of the channel at 12750.  A move over 12750 should be good for another 100 to 150 points to the upside.


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Gold: Last week’s dramatic selloff followed two doji days, as a large wave of selling was touched off by the open under $600 in the August Gold.    A move over the down trendline at $588) confirms a bottom and lead to a test of the overhead gap, which runs from $595 to $608. Holding support between $580 and $575 keeps the bulls happy.  MACD gave a bullish crossover, which would reinforce the rally.


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Silver:  Monday’s inside/narrow range day gave a breakout buy signal for Tuesday, which took silver over trendline resistance around 10.20.  Wednesday extended the rally to the downside gap, which runs from 10.48 to 10.96.

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Sugar:  The final decline under 1500 basis October Sugar formed a bottom, as prices rose back above a pivot point at 1520.  After a successful retest of this area on Monday, Tuesday saw a rally over last week’s high at 1548. Sugar exploded higher on Wednesday, and is poised to continue the rally to the 40 day moving average, which is at 1656.


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Soybeans:  Beans fell off hard on Monday as the Soybean Belt saw more moderate temperatures and more rain than was earlier predicted. Momentum forecasted Monday’s selloff, with a good short sale signal for Monday.  “Turnaround Tuesday” saw a rally, as a “momentum buy” was set up.  Short term, there may be more recovery. Longer term, we’re still a few weeks away from the critical development period for soybeans, but barring a dramatic shift in weather, expect sharply lower prices for soybeans as we have ample stocks and a large crop to harvest and market.


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Wheat:  “The Voice from the Tomb” says the time to buy wheat is in early July, as the winter wheat crop approaches 50 percent harvested.  With a poor winter wheat crop, and news from Australia that they expect their crop to be down this year, I’m looking for a time to buy the Kansas City (winter) wheat.   A pullback toward 4.80 in September KC wheat might be the place to do so.


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Corn:  Last week saw December Corn break under its May low, as early planting and good weather are weighing on prices.  Time is running out for a weather scare for corn; without a big change in weather, look for lower prices as the commodity funds liquidate their large long position.  Look to sell a rally.


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The information in this article includes information from sources believed to be reliable and accurate, but no assurance is made as to accuracy, nor do they purport to be complete. Opinions are subject to change without notice. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. The risk of loss in trading futures contracts or commodity options can be substantial, and therefore investors should understand the risks involved in taking leveraged positions and must assume responsibility for the risks associated with such investments and for their results.

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