Don’t Talk Back

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Now that Jerome Powell has had its scheduled moment in the sun, the markets have had a chance to react. I’ve got to tell you, things are starting to look interesting. In recent days, small caps have been carving out lower lows and lower highs:


Bonds have been doing the same, with a particularly strong drop today (which means, of course, higher interest rates, which is bad for just about everyone in our debt-choked economy):


And poor old gold, which looked like it was trying – – trying so hard – – to mount a recovery, just got its shiny little spheres kicked again:


It sounds lunatic, I realize, but I’m still bullish crypto. My positions remain profitable, although the well-formed H&S on BTC is a bit worrisome.


All the same, my little champs – – ATOM, ALGO, and RLC – – are profitable to a man. It’s as simple as can be: they need to conquer that red horizontal. Do it, and it’s rock & roll time.

slopechart ATOM

As for equities, the Dow Jones Composite is ever so slowly painting out what could be a reversal top.

slopechart COMP

The semiconductor index remains sky high, but it, too, has the makings of a potential top, although if that’s true, it’s only about 80% done right now.

slopechart SOX

As I mentioned, precious metals have stumbled badly in the face of rising rates (and a strengthening dollar) so the saucer pattern is looking badly damaged on the gold bugs index.

slopechart XAU

Besides my fondness for crypto longs, my other favorite trade right now retains energy shorts, encapsulated neatly by the oil and gas index.

slopechart XOI

In the time it took me to compose this post, the /RTY (small cap futures) have already lurched down hard. In fact, it’s lower than this chart represents since, ya know, the market does in fact keep moving while I’m typing. Like I said – – things are starting to look interesting again.