Holy moly, what a ridiculous week! Hope you survived okay. It feels like it could be the top - trader Terry Laundry even says his indicators suggest a 1987-like peak - but who knows! The latest Commitments of Traders data today suggest we're not out of the woods. See my latest signals table for my take on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's COT report. Some highlights:
- U.S. financials: My trading setup remains in cash, but the data shows a third straight week of declining total open interest for the large speculators in three-month Eurodollar futures and options - which has a 63-percent correlation with next week's BKX U.S. Bank Index. Not good.
- Gold: This trading setup is giving a long signal to take effect on Monday's open of trading. The setup will be long two weeks, then go back to cash.
- S&P 500: This setup is still long. In fact, the "smart money" commercial hedgers have gotten more bullish in the latest COT report, while the wrong-way small traders have gotten substantially more bearish. That should actually be a bullish development - where it not for the fact that week-to-week fluctuations in the S&P 500 COT data have virtually no correlation with market prices.
- Crude oil: My crude setup remains short - nice trade - but the commercial hedgers have suddenly boosted their net position as a percentage of the total open interest. That will impact on the signal with a four-week delay. So this setup will remain short for the next four weeks.
- Natural gas: My gas setup remains in cash, but the COT data suggests more downward pressure is possible on gas prices. The large spec total open interest has plummeted, according to the latest COT report - and that data has a 58-percent correlation with next week's gas prices. On the other hand, this could be mitigated by the fact that small trader total open interest - which has a 60-percent correlation with next week's gas prices - has moved up slightly.
- Nikkei: When will this market mess end? My setup for the Nikkei suggests in early June. It's just gone bullish for the open of the week of June 7, to be precise.
Have a great weekend, and good luck next week. Sorry I missed my portfolio update this week, but please do check back in early next week when I should have my latest numbers up.