Slope of Hope Blog Posts
Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.
Then (January 19, 2008)…which was the beginning of the financial crisis, culminating in a catastrophic drop of the S&P 500 Index, along with other U.S. and foreign stock markets, to the lows of March 2009 (which was stemmed by U.S. government bailouts of the financial system)…
S&P 500 Index Monthly
Now (January 19, 2017)…
Back in the 1990s, I remember being at a friend’s house in Los Gatos. He was mulling over an offer to become a fairly high-ranking executive at a young company called Netflix, which mailed DVDs on a subscription basis. He decided not to bother.
I guess he can join the rest of us that looks at the NFLX stock chart and thinks about What Might Have Been. The percentage chart below tells the story; indeed, you don’t even have to imagine yourself as being offered a job in the 1990s. Even buying as recently as a few years ago would have yielded an ungodly return. Since the IPO, it’s up about 12,000% and even with a P/E of 330, people are still buying the goddamned thing.
Boring tape so far this week but the interesting news yesterday on ES was that a rising channel was established from the 2227 low. Channel support is now at 2260.75 and a break below would be bearish. All of ES, NQ & TF are now on weak 60min buy signals, so my lean is that channel support holds and ES has a decent chance of making the all time high retest today or tomorrow, though the tape this week so far has been memorably dull. ES Mar 60min chart:
Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the last day of Obama’s presidency. For the bears, Obama has represented nothing but an unbroken string of misery. He seems like a good family man, but Lord in heaven, I will have horrible memories of his administration from a trading perspective until my dying day.
Having said that, the ES stalled on its Trumpgasm weeks ago. After the “oh my God, it’s going to be Trump” limit-down collapse in the ES (which, if I recall correctly, was about 230 years ago), equities went on a vertical tear. It looked like another breakout was underway (green tint), but that flopped, and we’ve been slightly under the broken trendline ever since.