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View from Toronto: Week Starts with Fragile Bounce. CPI Could Lift USD

02/12/2018 3:34 pm EST


Ziad Jasani

Managing Director and Partner, Independent Investor Institute

This week starts with a “fragile-bounce” taking hold from Feb. 9, under highly-elevated levels of volatility and Bond yields. More from Ziad Jasani of the Independent Investor Institute, writing and videocasting on Monday.

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While the S&P 500 (E-Minis) remain above 2,609 the bounce can be considered intact. However, the next resistive structure that needs to be surpassed to add to positions picked up Feb. 9 is 2,664-2,652 (see chart).

From Monday – Wednesday before 8:30 am (EST) we can expect the bounce to continue. However, on Wednesday we receive US Consumer-Price-Inflation (CPI). If this data-point beats consensus (+0.3% m/m), we can expect a stronger USD, and sharp drops in currencies on the other side (EUR, JPY, CAD, AUD), along with Precious Metals, Oil and Equities (vice-versa-on a miss of CPI).


Scenario A (Bullish):

  • Feb. 9 bounce remains intact through Wednesday, Feb. 14 on a miss of US CPI
  • Macro-Variable Behavior: USD ↓, Oil ↑, Gold ↑, Copper ↑, Bond Yields ↓, Bonds ↑, Global Equities ↑ (S&P 500 >2,715)
  • Out-Performing Spaces: GLD, SLV, GDX, SIL, TLT, JNK, IWM, SPY, QQQ, DIA, DBC, DBB, XIC-T, XBI, XPH, XLE, RYE, XOP, XLB, XME, XLK, IYW, XLI, XLY, XFN-T, ZEB-T, XMA-T, XGD-T, XEG-T, ZEO-T, HMMJ-T, ACWX, EFA, FEZ, EEM (Hedged Canadian $ Denominated ETFs tracking Emerging Markets & Eurozone).
  • Come-Along-For-The-Ride: Defensive Equity Sectors à XLU, XLP, VNQ, XLRE, IYZ, XST-T, BCE-T, XRE-T, ZUT-T
  • What to do? If S&P 500 remains above 2,609 and the TSX above 15,025 to start the week we can nibble long further (aforementioned spaces), and add again when the S&P 500 is above 2,664 and TSX above 15,400.


Scenario B (Bearish):

  • Feb.9 bounce fails on Wednesday, Feb. 14 US CPI beating consensus
  • Macro-Variable Behavior: USD ↑, Oil ↓, Gold ↓, Copper ↓, Bond Yields ↑, Bonds ↓, Global Equities ↓ (S&P 500 < 2,715 on the path to re-test Feb. 9 lows 2,532; stronger move down on TSX)
  • What to do? Traders: lower exposure into Wed 8:30 am (EST) and look short post beat of CPI (SH, SDS, PSQ, SQQQ, RWM, TZA, HXDT, HOD-T, DGLD, DSLV, DUST, JDST). Investors: trail with tight stops on everything picked up Feb. 9 or thereafter.

Why the US CPI data could beat consensus (+0.3% m/m):

  • USD dropping sharply (-3.81%) from Dec. 2017 to end of Jan. 2018 implies an increase in the cost of goods consumed
  • US trade deficit broadened in Dec. 2017 but stabilized in Jan. 2018.
  • Oil remained > $62 for Jan. 2018.

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