26 April 2014 ~ Taking Stock Of Recent News Plays

Despite my lack of video updates lately, rest assured I have been recording my screen. There just hasn’t been any particular news items worth adding to the Harry Hindsight Highlight Reel.

Instead, seeing as it’s the weekend, I thought it would be nice to take a quick look back at the S&P 500 chart, for the last 5 days, making notes of where news contributed to the market action.

Two things to note:

1) The Twitter Rumours regarding a possible emergency Putin Conference caused an obvious stir – but I watched back the replays, and the information came out in dribs and drabs, as you would expect from a social networking source. This was not a classic “free money trade”, despite how it may appear on the chart…

2) I considered drawing up comments on various other charts such as the EUR, TSYS, Oil etc, but I felt the S&P500 nicely captured any key talking points.

Taking stock of events.

Taking stock of events.



18 April 2014 ~ Taking Stock Of Recent News Plays

Despite recording all the action from the week, there were no specific harry hindsight news plays that I felt warranted a video clip.
As the blog has progressed, I have become more selective about what qualifies as a potential “free money trade”. There have been a handful of key moments over the last several weeks; I’d like to review the biggest of them on a 60 minute chart, to really put them in context.

What I found quite surprising was the lack of higher time-frame “follow-through” in each instance of news. Draghi or Yellen might say something important and dictate the market direction over the following couple of hours, but the very next day – or soon enough anyway – the market retraces the whole move. It makes me wonder just how significant news is in the grand scheme of things?…

S&P500, looking at key news events of the last several weeks.

S&P500, looking at key news events of the last several weeks.

EUR:USD, looking at key news events of the last several weeks.

EUR:USD, looking at key news events of the last several weeks.

9 April 2014 ~ FOMC Meeting Minutes

The most likely source of excitement today looked set to be the evening release of FOMC Meeting Minutes. For those who don’t know, every month the US Federal Reserve release a set of notes that provides clues as to what future policy measures they might take).
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently said that extraordinary commitment to dramatically lowering US unemployment is still needed and will be for some time – and she says her fellow policy makers at the Fed are in agreement.
FOMC minutes reinforced this Dovish tone, and various markets attracted the attention of buyers….

8 April 2014 ~ UK Manufacturing

The focus¬†on Tuesday¬†morning was on the scheduled release of GBP’s Manufacturing Production. Expectations were for a 0.3% monthly increase, although as you can see these expectations don’t have the best track record in terms of accuracy…
Anyway, the actual figure came out as 1.0%; let’s take a look at how the markets -the pound in particular – reacted…


Due to the speed of trading machines, I don’t believe it’s a viable long-term strategy to trade economic numbers, with the rare exception of economic figures that the market finds absolutely shocking. What I found curious about British Manufacturing Production was the steady buying of the Pound that took place in ahead of the data release. Who was so confident that the economic data was going to be good news for the Pound? Or was this just a coincidence?


4 April 2014 ~ US Unemployment Data

In some respects it was a boring session. Everyone was waiting for NFP and when it finally arrived it was broadly in-line with expectations.
* NFP: 192K as against 199K consensus
* Unemployment rate: 6.7% as against 6.6% consensus.

But having said that, several markets have spent the remainder of the session trending beautifully.

Personally I prefer to sit on my hands until the market is really caught out (e.g. NFP of 100K, Unemployment of 6.5%), and while I am no Technical Analysis guru, the double top and subsequent break lower by the S&P 500 was a really inviting opportunity.

Anyway, that will do for one week – please come back for the next!

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3 April 2014 ~ ECB Statement + Draghi Q&A

The day many had been waiting for: ECB Statement.
Draghi sits down and begins his report, having already decided to make no changes to lending and deposit rates.
2 minutes in, and 6E has rallied a good 30 points… but tentatively. My view is it may have in part been due to shorts unwinding their bets that Draghi had some hint of something up his sleeve.

This is a special blog post in that the video is a full hour long, containing several major markets as they gyrate, alongside live audio from Draghi’s statement and Q&A session.

Personally I didn’t see any obvious trades to make. Yes, the Euro moved up, and later moved down, but I prefer the trades that are smacking you in the face: “The ECB … admits defeat… Mario is tired… I retire”. That sort of news.

1 April 2014 ~ Manufacturing PMIs, But No Shocks Today

Today was significant for three reasons, in my eyes. Two pieces of big scheduled economic data releases, and thirdly, the fact this was the first day of the new month (and quarter, incidentally).
Analysis has shown there is a tendency in the US equity markets to rally, as supposed inflows of fresh Fund money must be deployed across the markets (or that is my understanding at least)

As to the data…

* In the morning, 09:30 UK Time, GBP Manufacturing PMI came at a slightly disappointing 55.3 (as against 56.7 consensus).
The jerk downwards in 6B was no surprise and nor was the speed of the move. Unless you own a supercomputer this was hardly a free money trade.

* And again at 15:00 UK Time the story was repeated, with US ISM Manufacturing PMI registering 53.7 as against 54.2 expected. The markets seem to be very much driven by the central banks and ES initially continued to grind higher as it had been doing so since lunch time. Quite uneventful.