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Drip Drip Drip

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I've never had the misfortune of enduring Chinese water torture, but I'm vaguely acquainted with the concept: a person is immobilized underneath a source of water which drips at random intervals. The uncertainty of knowing when the next drop is going to fall is supposed to be maddening.

Well, I think I can vouche for the mental effect. The "headline risk" from the Euro-clowns has been persisting for months now. I believe I read this is the seventeenth – SEVENTEENTH! – meeting of the big-wigs to "cure" the Euro-mess. Rest assured, there will be an eighteenth.


POTW: Enviro-Sanctimony

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As I set out to construct another ton-of-charts-that-should-be-a-video post, I'll offer another Peeve Of The Week.

This time it is environmental sanctimony. None other than George Carlin put together what I think is the best argument against gung-ho environmentalists in this hilarious but all-too-true clip. Now, I'm not tossing trash out of the car or setting forest fires. I own a Leaf, I recycle, and I do other "basics" to be a reasonably responsible citizen of Earth.


Chart on Oil (by Mike Paulenoff)

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Based on my intraday pattern work, nearby NYMEX Crude Oil should roll over again and press towards 90.10-89.80 next. Should such a scenario unfold, then I will be interested to see if oil closes beneath 90.55, which its 200-day EMA. That level was hurdled on Monday, but violated again on the downside today (perhaps).

Furthermore, let's notice that oil has come off sharply from its confrontation with the upper channel resistance area at 94.50. The power of the weakness since yesterday suggests strongly that oil could quickly traverse the width of the channel — into the 88.00-87.50 area — before we see a resumption of buying interest.

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