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July 12, 2015

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider


Family Plot

Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, the title purposely evokes a double entendre. Does the word “plot” mean an area in a cemetery or, does it describe a nefarious scheme?

The story, about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair or serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California, illustrates how everyone is scamming everyone else.

How does our Modern Family fit into the Scheme of Things?

Last week I wrote about a logical conclusion based on the wide yet proven trading range of 2015 (with some exceptions of course), Regional Banks would begin to recover first, followed by the Russell 2000s, aided by Biotechnology, which in turn would get Granny Retail excited, helping Transportation to heal from its bleed and finally, give Semiconductors a reason to stop falling (held the 2015 low last week at 51.84.)

I could have a lot of fun musing on the players in the market that took on the persona from Hitchcock’s film. Who are the con artists? Greece, the Chinese Government? Who are the serial kidnappers? Technical glitches on the NYSE? I guess we can speculate that it’s “they” or the ones who hold both the Bulls and Bears money and profits for ransom as we try to figure out which “con” will last longer.

I can report that “smart” money (hedge fund dollars net position in Index Futures) made the 3rd highest long investment (around $5 Billion) since the bull market began.

Looking at where the key members of the Family wound up, all looked a lot better at the end of last week than where they all began last week. However, all indices remain in warning phases. In the sectors, Retail, Biotechnology and Regional Banks are in Bullish Phases or 3/5 of the siblings.

Transportation made an impressive move yet remains in a Bearish phase (also confirmed a reversal pattern). Semiconductors posted an inside day after the huge decline last Thursday and have a lot more work to do. Intel reports earnings this week-a big component in the semis.

Circling back to the logic of the Russell 2000 (IWM) as true to the longer term trend after breaking out from a yearlong consolidation in 2014, holding over 120 with possibly a takeout of the 2015 highs still probable, then yes, the smart money might be really smart.

We will watch to see if IWM is the first index to also recapture the Bullish Phase.

In the last 30 minutes of Family Plot, Hitchcock springs one concealed trap after another, allowing his story to unfold in upon itself, to twist and to turn, and scare an amuse with its clockwork irony.

Truth or Dare? Amuse or Scare? Stand by!

S&P 500 (SPY) Return over the 200 DMA and right into resistance at 208. There’s the parameters-208 and 205.67

Russell 2000 (IWM) 124.60 the 50 DMA to cross and I like S1 or 123.56 as a place to hold

Dow (DIA) 178 is the number to clear provided it now holds 176.82 the 200 DMA it gapped above last Friday

Nasdaq (QQQ) Conservatively should hold 107, Friday’s low at the least if this has muscle

Volatility Index (VIX) Most significant-monthly chart shows no close over the 80 month MA since 2012 and only once that year. That number now is 20.94.

XLF (Financials) Lots of banks report this week. 24.72 is the 50 DMA to clear

KRE (Regional Banks) Gapped higher Friday making 43.89 a good point to hold for strength. Although this is above the 50 DMA, it has some significant resistance to pierce for a possible new high

SMH (Semiconductors) Over 53.15 much better but over 53.63 is the real point to look at for a reversal. Otherwise, weak

IYT (Transportation) Confirmed reversal pattern off the lows

IBB (Biotechnology) In the best shape of everyone in the family-over the 50 and 10 DMAs. 375 clears a lot of resistance. Under 369 more worrisome for everyone else

XRT (Retail) Closed just shy of 100.00 but did return to an unconfirmed bullish phase

IYR (Real Estate) 74.54 the 50 DMA resistance overhead

XHB (US HomeBuilders) Good close to the week if can follow through

GLD (Gold Trust) 111.85 next point or resistance if we are to assume this will not break the 2015 lows

SLV (Silver) Confirmed the island bottom

USO (US Oil Fund) 18.00 is the number to clear otherwise either digesting or could have more downside

TAN (Guggenheim Solar Energy) 37.50 resistance

TLT (iShares 20+ Year Treasuries) Janet seems less confused and more poised to raise those rates in September.

UUP (Dollar Bull) support at 25.00

FXI (China Large Cap Fund) Island bottom

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