Oil is again rearing its head. Here's what's happening. When the U.S. left the Iran deal, they also reimposed sanctions on the regime and any business that did business with Iran. That means that no one can buy Iranian oil as of early November. Sales are already dropping off. Decreasing supply = higher prices. Compounding the problem is that OPEC - which has diminished market power but still sits in Dad's chair at the end of the table - isn't increasing production. And with the world economy still expanding, demand is rising. So, let's use basic microeconomic concepts, shall we? Decreasing supply plus increasing demand equals higher prices. And that's what we're seeing:
Let's talk about the yield curve, starting with the 10 and 30-year treasury:
Both have risen a little over 20 basis points over the last few months. That might not seem like a big deal. However, in the bond market, it is. Are they going to keep moving higher? I'm not seeing a big move. Why? Inflation expectations are still contained:
Both the 5 and 10-year break-even inflation rates are moving sideways. We'd have to see what would amount to a fundamental change in how the markets are thinking about future inflation for the treasury market to keep moving higher in any meaningful way. And with the Fed in a rate-hiking mood, I'm just not seeing it.
Dear God - is Sears (SHLD) still around? Evidently, it is. How is utterly beyond me - this is a company that should have died 20-30 years ago. Today, the FT reported that the company is looking to restructure its debt. Good luck with that. Oh - and can we please fire anybody that thought buying Sears debt in the first place was a good idea?
Turning to the markets, let's see how we did today.
This was a day to remind us that every so often, the markets get political (and please, let's avoid any friggin' political pie fights in the comments section, OK?). The Rosenstein news sent the markets lower, but they rebounded as things seemed to calm down (relatively speaking) by day's end.
Rather than looking at a single days chart, let's put the action in place with a 5-day chart:
Prices gapped higher on Thursday, kept moving higher into Friday's open, and then moved lower. This AM they gapped lower, falling to the highs from earlier in the week. But by the end, the SPY was near its opening level, making a round-trip more or less.
Final question - are we looking at an island formation in the DIAs?
And the riskier averages aren't helping:
Stay tuned, TA friends. More will be revealed at tomorrow's open.
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