Your Jump on the Week

Believe it or not, some of the best trading happens during slow periods when everyone expects trading volumes and market volatility to be on the low end.


SPY daily chart

And while I’ll be thinking about family, Thanksgiving, and football this week—don’t think for a second, I won’t jump in and throw some trades down if I see my Money Pattern floating around.


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Preparation is key, and I’ve got you covered, as I rundown, the top market-moving catalysts (economic and corporate), as well as, my watchlist (plays that I might enter).



Political nonsense

Several decades ago, the big news came on the Sunday morning talk shows. Major government officials would announce policy and other market-moving events.

With the 24-hour news network and an inflated sense of self-worth, we’re constantly bombarded by every political machination.

At some point traders gave up and began ignoring commentary. Now they focus on actual events.

Trump’s threats of tariffs seem to make no difference to the market. Money refuses to take the bait, instead waiting until actions happen. No one knows the outcome. But, history tends to favor politicians not hurting their standing before elections.

That doesn’t mean we won’t see a lot of posturing before then. It just means no one is investing until they get actual resolution.

In the same vein that’s why impeachment hasn’t jolted the markets. Even if it passes the house, no one believes Trump will be convicted by the Senate. That leaves all of 2020 as a giant question mark.

Across the pond you see the exact same thing. It became painfully obvious when a crowd gathered for a debate with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn laughed them both off stage.

The best bet here is to ignore the headlines entirely. They can derail stocks intraday. But until markets change their trend, they’re nothing more than a bump in the road.


This could just be a midpoint

While bulls would have you believe the economy is turning, not everything looks rosy. The Fed recently published forecasts for 2020 that suggested the U.S. economy would only grow at 1.8%.



Everyone also says we’re out of the woods since the yield curve steepened. But exactly how does this chart make you feel any better?


The real problem happens once rates starts to normalize. Debt levels in the U.S. and around the world are unsustainable. Current public debt exceeds 100% of GDP and continues to remain elevated.



What scares me most is the amount of corporate debt taken on. If and when rates go up, or really bonds take a dive driving up borrowing costs, plenty of this debt resets to higher rates. Zombie companies (ones that remain unprofitable but are propped up by cheap money) could cause a wave of defaults.



My take

We’re nowhere out of the woods. Unless we’ve rewritten hundreds of years in economic theory (which technology has in some areas), then our path remains unsustainable.

However, the day of reckoning remains far away until another economic behemoth stands out in the world with better prospects than the U.S.

Until then, there’s plenty of trading…you just need to know how to capitalize.

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Next Week’s Calendar

Monday, November 25th

  • 10:30 AM EST – Dallas Fed Manufacturing Activity for November – An early look for manufacturing rebounds
  • Major earnings: A (Allegiant Technologies), AMBA (Ambrella), HPE (Hewlett Packard), PANW (Palo Alto Networks), PVH (PVH Corp)

Tuesday, November 26

  • 7:45 AM EST – ICSC Weekly Retail Sales – Last look at retail before the holiday rush
  • 10:00 AM EST – New Home Sales MoM for October – Look for housing to remain strong
  • 10:00 AM EST – Consumer Confidence for November – What’s the state of consumer’s views on the economy?
  • 4:30 PM EST – API Weekly Inventory Data – Will crude continue its metoric rise?
  • Major Earnings: ADI (Analog Devices), ANF (Abercrombie & Fitch), BBY (Best Buy), BURL (Burlington Coat Factory) DKS (Dicks Sporting Goods), DLTR (Dollar Tree), ADSK (Autodesk), BOX (Box), DELL (Dell), GES (Guess), HPQ (HP Inc), VEEV (Veeva Systems), VMW (VMware)

Wednesday, November 27th  

  • 7:00 AM EST – MBA Mortgage Applications – Are consumers refinancing their homes?
  • 8:30 AM EST – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) QoQ for Q3-S – Lots of juicy data on the U.S. economy
  • 8:30 AM EST – Personal Consumption for Q3-S
  • 8:30 AM EST – GDP Price Index for Q3-S
  • 8:30 AM EST – Core PCE QoQ for Q3-S
  • 8:30 AM EST – Durable Goods Orders for Oct-P
  • 8:30 AM EST  – Durable Goods Ex-Transportation, Oct-P
  • 10:00 AM EST – Personal Income for October – Great data on how the consumer continues to support the economy
  • 10:00 AM EST – Personal Spending for October
  • 10:00 AM EST – Pending Home Sales MoM for Oct – Will inventory constraints lower sales?
  • 10:30 AM EST – Weekly DOE Inventory Data – I want to see if inventory comes in lower than expectations again
  • Major Earnings: DE (Deere)

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