Markets picking up where they left off

E-mini S&P (March)
Last week’s close settled at 2742.50, its third record high close in a row.

Fundamentals: Equity markets have picked up this week right where they left off last. Most major European indices are up more than .33% while the Nikkei is up nearly 1% (futures which saw some of these gains on Friday are up nearly .5%). Friday’s read on Nonfarm Payroll showed steady job growth and though much less than expected, last month’s revision higher helped the overall read. Average Hourly Earnings came in at a respectable +.3% MoM and overall this is not a report that is going to encourage the Fed to tighten policy faster than already priced in. Data out of Europe this morning that included Business Confidence and Retail Sales was superb. As we discussed in yesterday’s Tradable Events this Week, Fed speaks and reads on inflation will be the highlight. Fed president Bostic speaks at 11:40 am CT, Williams at 12:35 pm CT, and Rosengren at 3:00 pm CT. The Russell 2000 took out its all-time high last night before retreating, this will continue to be a concern of ours and we will watch this closely.

Technicals: The S&P gained 2.5% in the first week of the year and we remain Bullish though introducing some slight Neutrality as price action is due to take a breather for a session or two.

Crude Oil (February)
Last week’s close settled at 61.44, the highest weekly close since December 2014

Fundamentals: Prices are edging up into this morning after Baker Hughes reported a drop in U.S Oil Rigs Friday afternoon from 747 to 742. Unrest in Iran continues to take center stage as it has led to speculation that the U.S could use this as another reason to withdraw from the nuclear deal signed in 2015. Doing so will further tighten supply with the interesting factor being OPEC’s reaction regarding the current production cap. Though an official decision might not come until July, every three months the president must waive sanctions. The last deadline was October 15th, and the next is right around the corner.

Technicals: Friday’s weekly settlement was the highest since Oil plummeted in Q4 2014. Last week’s swing high of 62.21 fell shy of our resistance mark and the May 2015 highs at 62.58. From here, we introduced a Please sign up for a Free Trial with Blue Line Futures to view our entire technical outlook and proprietary bias and levels.

Gold (February)
Last week’s close settled at 1322.3, the highest since September 15th

Fundamentals: In a choppy Nonfarm Payroll session, Gold came out a winner on the day gaining 60 cents. Headline job growth fell largely short of expectations at 148k vs 190k, however, a revision higher from the previous month of 24k helped chip into some of it. Average Hourly Earnings were a respectable +.3% MoM and met expectations, however, last month was revised a tenth lower to +.1%. In a seasonally bullish time of year for the metal, bulls should walk away satisfied. This week will be all about Fed speak ahead of inflation data and Retail Sales in the latter half. We dug down into what are looking for from the Fed talkers in yesterday’s Tradable Events this Week. Today, Fed president Bostic speaks at 11:40 am CT, Williams at 12:35 pm CT, and Rosengren at 3:00 pm CT.

Technicals: Gold remains about as constructive as you can get and by maintaining a close above 1317 it has left the bulls with the clear upper hand. We remain immediate term.

Natural Gas (February)
Last week’s close settled at 2.795

Fundamentals: With a storm being dubbed the “Bomb Cyclone” bitter cold temperatures reinvigorated Natural Gas prices to start the year. Not so fast, prices in the front-month February contract finished the week 10% from the high on the first trading day of the year. As we discussed last week, the cold temperatures that not only spread across the northeast but as south as Texas and Florida can also have a two-sided effect. When schools and factories are shut down, demand also drops. Cash Natural Gas, saw a meteoric rise, one that was only felt in a minor fashion in the futures before disappearing altogether by Friday. Prices have edged higher into this morning but if a storm like this cannot keep futures above $3, then what will?

Technicals: Our Bias began to turn Neutral last week when prices failed to hold $3. Friday’s low of 2.746 and settlement did hold first key support at... 

10-year (March)
Last week’s settlement settled at 123’15

Fundamentals: Strength in the global equity market has brought cash off the sidelines to further support momentum and this has kept a heavy tape in the treasury complex. Friday’s Nonfarm Payroll report as we discussed above was not something that would force the Fed to tighten policy at a faster pace. We believe Friday’s weakness is a direct correlation to global equity markets extending record gains. This can be seen even closer this morning as the S&P peeling back just a slight bit has brought in some support for treasuries. This week will be all about Fed speak and reads on inflation Thursday and Friday, we discussed this in yesterday's Tradable Events this Week.

Technicals: We were Neutral last week as prices were depressed. However, we are introducing a slight.