Where The Markets Meet War (SPY,NOC)

bs’d Where The Markets Meet War (SPY,NOC) There are days to be thankful for, friends. And this is one of them. For all that we have (and don’t really deserve), we should bend over backward and thank our tormentors. For all that we want and still haven’t gotten (and really don’t deserve, either), hold on a bit. For in the end, there’s little doubt that the greatest of all Supreme Court Justices will bestow upon us our worldly dessert in the most precise and poignant manner. And may he do so doubly to our enemies! Revenge and the Making of Foes It’s hard to figure where the current round of trade wars will end. There…

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Neither Here Nor There (QQQ,TLT,FB,IEF,SPY)

bs’d Neither Here Nor There (QQQ,TLT,FB,IEF,SPY) It happens all the time. The Mrs. goes out to buy some fish for Friday, and the boys and I are left lunchless, waiting all afternoon for the car to pull into the driveway. Sheesh. Not that we object to her having a few hours with Meave down at the Brutus Café on Plympton St. And I can certainly whip up a round of tomato, mayo and cheese sandwiches that the lads are downright fond of… But in the meanwhile, we still get to worrying. Oh, she’s never delayed too long – and certainly the habit is so common now that we should have faith that all’s well, and…

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Turn Tide, Turn! (TLT,LVNTA,SPY)

Turn Tide, Turn! (TLT,LVNTA,SPY) We file these reports on a strict weekly deadline. No matter what happens, we’ve committed ourselves to arriving at your inbox on time, week in, week out, every Thursday by noon. And, of course, it’s tough nuts to us if we have to offer a trade in the midst of a major market selloff. Lord knows how tough it is to read markets while a storm of volatility is crashing down upon us, just like that which appears to be at our doorstep. We have a few options available when this happens, to be sure. We can refocus on a calmer quarter of the investment world and attempt a trade where…

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A Tale of Two Markets (QQQ,DIA,SPY)

A Tale of Two Markets (QQQ,DIA,SPY) Here’s some technical puzzlement to lead off the day… What’s to be made of the dichotomy between the Dow and S&P 500 on the one hand, both of whom have failed to better their former all-time highs from late January, and the NASDAQ, whose fashion-forward tech names have easily managed to best those levels over the last few days? Does it mean we’re headed for a retest of the February lows, as the charts of the Dow/S&P would suggest? Or are we rather headed higher, with any dip in the coming weeks or month just a chance to gather ye marbles, while ye may. The answer to that question…

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China Needs to Chill (FXI,DIA,QQQ,SPY)

China Needs to Chill (FXI,DIA,QQQ,SPY)   We’ve put ‘war’ on the backburner for a stretch of time now – what with the winter olympics and the market falling out of bed and shootings in Florida. But it may be time to return to the military theme now, as, apparently, the powers-that-be have not lost sight of looming martial conflicts for even a minute. Potentially the biggest news comes from the Chinese-North Korean border, where the world’s largest military has just deployed an additional 300,000 soldiers in preparation for a potential war.   The Chinese themselves have little interest in warring with the North Koreans, but every reason to want to control the territory after a…

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The Bigger Picture (SPY,FNV,DIA,UUP,DBC)

The Bigger Picture (SPY,FNV,DIA,UUP,DBC)   For some time now, we’ve been kicking up a big to-do about how the current market has lost all sense of the fundamental and is being driven exclusively by sentiment and cash flows.   And there’s no gainsaying that as we approach the final innings of history’s greatest ever bull market, we’ll see ever more money making chase after equities as they swerve higher and lower, as volatility ratchets up like Norse stretch rack and indecision in the bond market creates powerful cash surges between equities and fixed income.   That said, we want to reassure you that we still believe the major indexes’ best days lie ahead – but…

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THE POLAR VORTEX HAS SPLIT! (UNG,USO,SPY)

THE POLAR VORTEX HAS SPLIT! (UNG,USO,SPY) OH. MY. GAWD!   In a development that’s caught nearly everyone off guard, a massive high pressure system recently sundered the normally quiescent Arctic ‘polar vortex’ in two!   It’s a little known, unique weather event that, according to meteorologists, could bring MUCH WARMER TEMPERATURES TO THE AMERICAN EAST COAST AND MUCH COLDER TEMPS TO THE WEST COAST AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE! Did you get that?   In the coming weeks, the weather may change due to this disruption of the normally static low pressure cell that sits over the Arctic!   And whaddaya know, U.K. natural gas contracts have already spiked some 3.5% in anticipation of the cold blast,…

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Phoenix Envy (SPY)

Phoenix Envy (SPY)   The market will move in the direction the majority least expect, for a duration that no one can predict, reversing precisely at a time that the greatest number are blindsided.   Or as a wise investor once wrote, “The market’s raison d’etre is to reach as deeply as possible into the pockets of average investors and empty them.” It’s for that reason that professional investors developed tools to protect themselves.   And one of those is the ‘moving average’.   Here at Normandy, we use a proprietary selection of moving averages that have often raised eyebrows, but we use them for a simple reason: they work.   After settling on them…

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Getting Carried Away (SPY,IEF,PFE)

Getting Carried Away (SPY,IEF,PFE)   There’s a concept in statistics that’s regularly applied to markets called ‘mean reversion’.  It’s a rather simple idea, that anytime numbers get too far stretched from their long-term historical norms – either too high or too low – they eventually snap back.   And it has proven itself long enough to be relied upon by market analysts for at least a half century.  Simply put – a market is in danger of a whiplash reversal when it strays too far from its mean.  Forewarned is forearmed. The only problem with the concept is that no one can know what any security’s ultimate breaking point is.   That is, how long…

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WAR! All the Latest Bellicosity and Bombast! (SPY,C,FB,DIA,IYT)

WAR! All the Latest Bellicosity and Bombast! (SPY,C,FB,DIA,IYT)   North Korea, friends.  It’s all about North Korea.   What do we mean?   Well, in the first place, you can expect that the news cycle is about to be dominated by that nuclear-tipped maniac, Kim Jong Un and his merry band of scribblers for the next couple of months, as the move toward a full scale erasure of the wicked Northern Kingdom is hatched, plotted and executed.   Already we see signs that, at the very least, the stage is being set for a negotiating turn of the screw the likes of which haven’t been seen since Bold Boy Arnold threatened the entire stickball crew…

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