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Seasonality part two appears ready to ignite oil bulls as the March contract futures options come to an end, and two key drivers are leading the charge.
Thursday at settlement (2:30 p.m. EST) will see oil’s March contract options vanish to expiration heaven … or hell if you’ve been trying to trend trade /cl with the bullish seasonality that oil has historically seen when the roll to the February contract options starts.
First off, a big thank-you to those of you who have jumped into SlopeRules. There are twenty publicly-available rulesets now, and I encourage all of you to keep adding. One chap wrote me today and said that, even in this “baby steps” version, we’ve already outpaced thinkorswim with their scripting software. I’m delighted Slopers have embraced this new feature on the site. MUCH more to come (IF you keep using it and publishing).
The market is, of course, on the edge of its seat with respect to the potential China/US trade deal. Powell has made clear by his shameless behavior he has absolutely no spine and will do anything Trump says. Powell has no morals, no ethics, and no scruples. He’s also an unabashed liar. So that’s been driving the market higher. Equities love a fraud.
Since there’s no great way to paraphrase this, I’m just going to share with you this clipping from the morning paper, which I encourage you to read in its entirety. And, no, this isn’t The Onion.
I’m a libertarian at heart, and as such, I believe that, with few exceptions, pretty much the worst entity to handle any task is a government body. Therefore, over a decade ago, when Californians were sold a pipe dream about a high-speed rail (HSR) that would whisk them from San Francisco to Disneyland in just 2.5 hours, I rolled my eyes.
I didn’t keep my eye-rolling private. Five years ago, in this post, I mentioned the HSR project:(more…)
Another day, another screen full of green.
One by one, the “overhangs” to the market are disappearing. The last one, and by far the largest, is the China/US deal. All signals seem optimistic on that front, and no doubt there will be SOME kind of agreement put together in the weeks ahead.
One thing of aid to the bulls recently is that the financial sector burst out of a range it has been in for much of the year. This clears the way for a continued assault toward the highs last seen on December 3rd.