Hello traders everywhere. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq reversed course to hit new record highs after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied reports that he had considered resigning in a press conference this morning.
Tillerson spoke after reports that Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials intervened to persuade him not to resign during the summer as tensions rose with President Donald Trump.
"I have never considered leaving this post," said Tillerson. "I am here for as long as the President feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives."
The markets seemed to have breathed a sigh of relief that Tillerson is staying in office after a drop in technology stocks had pulled down the S&P and the Nasdaq in early trading.
Meanwhile, data released this morning pointed to further strengthening of the economy. The ADP National Employment Report indicated that the private sector added a better-than-expected 135,000 jobs in September, even as Hurricane Harvey and Irma "significantly impacted smaller retailers."
The rest of the week is loaded with economic data, leading up to Friday's nonfarm payrolls report for September.
Key levels to watch this week: Continue reading "Markets Reverse Course With Tillerson Staying"
WTI Crude oil prices staged a 23% rally from June 21st through September 25th. The rally appeared to be running out-of-steam as OPEC’s market monitoring committee met September 22nd and made no recommendation about continuing the production limits beyond March next year.
But on Monday, the 25th, there was a surprise announcement by the president of Turkey that he would block the Kurds’ crude oil exports through the pipeline that is on Turkish soil if Kurdistan becomes an independent state. The vote was imminent.
Crude prices rose 3% to the highest rate since May, blowing through technical resistance levels. No doubt there were stops at those levels that were hit, triggering more buying. In the CFTC Commitment of Traders report for the week of September 26th, most of the buying was indeed short-covering by specs and hedgers. A minority of the buying was new long speculative positions. Continue reading "Does The Oil Rally Have Legs To Go Higher?"
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We've asked Michael Seery of SEERYFUTURES.COM to give our INO readers a weekly recap of the Futures market. He has been Senior Analyst for close to 15 years and has extensive knowledge of all of the commodity and option markets.
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Gold futures in the December contract settled last Friday at 1,297 an ounce while currently trading at 1,286 down a little over $10 for the trading week. The sell-off is due to several factors including the 10-year notes now yielding 2.30% which is a fundamental bearish indicator towards the precious metals coupled with the fact that the U.S. dollar has now hit a 5-week high putting pressure on the precious metals here in the short term. Gold prices are trading under their 20-day moving average and right at their 100-day testing major support around the 1,275 level. I am currently not involved in any of the precious metals as this market remains in a seesaw pattern. Gold prices had rallied earlier this month due to major tensions between North Korea and the United States, and I don't think that situation is going away anytime soon, but things have settled down, and that is why are also seeing a selloff in the bond market. The flight to quality has come to an end at least here in short-term so look at other markets that are beginning to trend with a better risk/reward scenario at the present time.
TREND: CHOPPY - LOWER
CHART STRUCTURE: POOR
Continue reading "Weekly Futures Recap With Mike Seery"
In April the world's first Marijuana Exchange Traded Fund, Horizon Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF (TSE:HMMJ) hit the public markets. The ETF went public at $10 per share and popped during its first few days of trading.
When HMMJ hit the public markets, investors were craving exposure to marijuana stocks as new laws and regulations have helped push marijuana into the mainstream spotlight. Some U.S. states and parts of Canada have decriminalized the drug while it has spread in popularity and acceptance for its medical use.
HMMJ has traded as high as $23 per share since going public, but currently, it is below its Initial Public Offering price, trading at $9.36 per share. So what is happening and is it worth investing in the industry today? Continue reading "Should You Be Investing In Marijuana"