I lay awake last night thinking about this for ages. If you look at a chart of the January 9% correction (also right after earnings) it took a couple of weeks to play out and most bears were able to participate and profit. Yesterdays drop of a similar magnitude took place in a couple of 5 minute candles, almost as though all the big players decided to pull the bid simultaneously, and then we bounced off the lows very hard and very fast. Never mind good luck getting filled, most people I know couldn't not even get in to their brokers platforms. And then last night the US Senate votes to reject the Brown/Kaufman bill to limit the size of Banks to 2% of GDP. Is that a coincidence? I am struggling to believe it is. It is almost as though they wanted to scare the senate but didn't actually want anyone to participate or profit in the moves.
I realise this makes me sound like a bit of a tin-hatter but this market correction has been on the cards for some time. The stock market has moved higher and higher in a bearish rising wedge held up by huge taxpayer cash injections and no volume. There are lots of things being blamed, The ECB fiddling while Rome is burning in Europe, The mining disaster followed by the Gulf oil spill hitting energy and commodities hard, China tightening, etc.. There isn't a technical analyst on the planet that didn't predict this correction but to have it all done in an hour where if you took too long for lunch or went to the bathroom you missed it?
Now we have a wide trading range to back and fill for the next couple of weeks while the market sorts out what is what. I would expect that we retest these lows at some point but we could be bouncing around for a while and also do some retracing.
Last night the BOJ intervened for first time since Dec, injecting 2 trillion yen to weaken their currency.
Cable has dropped 300 points in the hour before the open on news of a hung parliament and Soveriegn CDS are widening again, UK CDS are 16bps wider at 102 bp, a record. This is sterling negative. European bourses that missed the afternoon fun are about to open. Normally markets would be quiet running in to NFP but this is not a normal NFP day. NFP forecast is for +190,000 jobs and no change to the jobless rate at 9.7%.
Has broken trendline support from the lows of 2009 and is sitting on the daily 200 moving average and the 61.8fib retracement of the recent Feb low / April high swing, which is support for now. I expect a good retracement before more downside but that might be a move for next week and I am looking at 81.00 or 82.20 as levels to reload shorts.
Here is Phil's crude chart with TL support and a large bearish rising wedge
Continues to sit on the big daily trendline I pointed out yesterday. A massive double no touch option is rumoured to be at 1.25 / 1.35 which would explain why EURUSD did not participate in yesterday's big drop (that must have cost someone a lot of money). I would sell a retest of 1.30 or 1.3120
AUDUSD / AUDJPY
These are the hot risk meter charts ... although CADJPY was the biggest loser in yesterdays moves.
Below the short term trendline and 92.50 I like this short and I am a seller of rallies. If 92.50 does not hold I would sell 93.50 and a test out of the breakout level.
EURCHF balance 25% stopped out 1.4145 (+0.5R)
GBPJPY short 1.35 stop 1.3550 PT 1.32
CABLE short 1.4650 stop 1.4710 PT 1.4350 - post election
GBPAUD short 1.6440 stop 1.6490, PT 1.61 break of daily TL
GBPJPY short addition stopped out (-1R)
GBPAUD short closed 1.6470 (-0.4R)
CABLE short closed 1.4680 (-0.5R)
4hr hammers forming everywhere on sterling thanks to Moodys for saying hung parliament no threat to AAA
GBPJPY short 135.30 stop 136.10 PT 130
GBPJPY short addition closed 1.3450 - stocks rallying hard - (+1R)
EURGBP balance stopped out 86.25 (+0.5R)
Open trades:CRUDE short 86.75 stop 87.15 + 79.70 stop 80.20 - both 1/4
EURUSD short 1.3110 stop 1.3135 PT 1.30 - 1/4
EURGBP short 0.8650 stop 0.8675 PT 0.8446 - 1/2
USDJPY short 93.75 stop 94 - 1/4
AUDJPY short 84.65 stop 85.05 - 1/4
AUDUSD short 0.9035 stop 0.9050 - 1/4
GBPJPY short 140.90 stop 141.40 - 1/4