|Markets received a shot in the arm last afternoon after OPEC announced a production cut deal. Per Reuters:
“OPEC agreed on Wednesday modest oil output cuts in the first such deal since 2008, with the group’s leader Saudi Arabia softening its stance on arch-rival Iran amid mounting pressure from low oil prices… He and other ministers said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would reduce output to a range of 32.5-33.0 million barrels per day. OPEC estimates its current output at 33.24 million bpd.”
On the heels of the announcement, crude oil futures spiked $2.5 to 47 handle, which is precisely the top of the LT descending trendline. Whether we run out of steam now remains to be seen but a break above would point to a squeeze to 50 very quickly. Dips back to broken ST trendline at 46 is a good tactical buy.
US equity markets were also boosted by the positive development in oil, with SPX up another 11pts to 2171. SPY is now edging closer to broken triangle wedge which should see formidable resistance but improving technical picture such as bullish MACD crossover could propel further gains above the wedge.
As shown above, the last 2 times we had a sustained bullish crossover in MACD was the precursor to multi-week rally. This enhances the chance we break out of the trading range to the upside. Earning season likely would be the next major catalyst.
Looking at energy sector, XLE was expectedly the best performer, up 4% but similar to crude oil, XLE hit the top of trading range and needs to prove itself by breaking above with conviction.
In our portfolio, despite rotating to other outperforming sectors, we continue to long WMB and OKE as they continue to show relative strength to rest of sector. For the former, since breaking above bullish channel WMB has continued to grind higher, and 200WMA would be the next target.
Day Ahead – Events and Economic Data
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|8:30am||GDP, Jobless Claims|
|10am||Pending Home Sales|
Quantitative Strategy – Automated Portfolio Update
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As September is drawing to an end, just a quick recap of the performance MTD, our portfolios have performed healthily across the board despite volatility in broader markets Both our long and short tactical portfolios were green on the month despite SPX being flat, as our signals were able to pick the outperformers and underperformers. ETF portfolio is the top performer, driven mainly from our strategy’s ability to successfully swing trade GDX and GDXJ with great timing.
Currently our short-term long portfolio is overweight select financial names , and on the other hand, we are in general short utilities in our short portfolio. Post-OPEC, our signal recommends shorting COP and APA which turn overbought and may pullback in the short-term. As mentioned in our market commentary, while oil and energy sector had a great boost today, they remain under their respective LT descending trendline / trading range.
Chart in Focus
SIG – Short-Term Long
Entry Point(s): 74.9
Comments: We were bearish on this stock since plunging under 80, but turned ST bullish after technicals are improving and formation of 3 drive to bottom bullish pattern
COP – Short-Term Short
Entry Point(s): 42.18
Comments: Long-term down trend remains to be broken despite today’s exuberant move following the OPEC deal. Signal suggests going against the emotion and be bearish until trend is broken.
Day Trading Charts & Parameters
Support: 18040 Resistance:18388
Support: 2133, 2143 Resistance:2170
Support: 4807,4840 Resistance:4890, 4920
Comment: Back up above breakout line, now looks to test recent highs.
Support: 46 Resistance:47
Support: 1307-1315 Resistance: 1343
10-Yr Treasury Note
Support: 131.1 Resistance: 132.15
Support: 16150 Resistance: 16745, 16800
Support: 99, 100
Support: 0.7611, 0.7660
Comment: Threatening to break bullish trendline at the moment