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Randoms: Good Bank, Bad Bank?


Ballots are cast in the new financial order.


Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter (click for a free trial). It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also Will Turnaround Tuesday Fail?

Gate Sniffage - 10:03 am

  • The thought that got away yesterday? That gold couldn't muster a bid as a flight to safety play given the specter of global pandemic. I meant to share it a few times but my A.D.D. got the best of me (Oh look, a penny!). Either way, please keep the right shoulder of that dandruff pattern ($855ish) on ye radar as we truck forward.

  • Good bank, bad bank? Note the disparity between Bank America (BAC) (-6%) and Citigroup (C) (-6%) vs. Goldman (GS, Morgan Stanley (MS) and JP Morgan (JPM), all of which have flipped an early upside switch. It smells like the market is starting to cast ballots which I suppose is on the margin constructive vs. systemic, monolithic movement?

  • I'm secretly excited to listen to 80's hair bands on Broadway tonight, particularly given that it's for Jacob's Cure, a cause that's near and dear to my heart.

  • You would think that given this experience, yesterday's (idiotic) downtown fly-by would have sparked flash backs and dark vibes. Interestingly enough, it didn't, which is either a strong sign my emotional resistance has built or a disturbing data point that it's buried deep within. I'm going with the former, so you know, for it's the positive path.

  • I "see" the TD-Sequential sell signals and sense further downside awaits (more on this tomorrow). Still, with half an eye on that unresolved reverse dandruff in the S&P, I've defined the risk on my S&P puts at yesterday's entry level. Trades that seem too obvious tend to be traps and I, for one, will continue to operate with discipline over conviction.

  • Hoppin', stoppin', poppin' like a rabbit. I'll be back.

More Answers I Really Wanna Know... - 10:55 am

  • Y'all see the price action in the "good banks" (JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS)) flagged earlier?

  • While action speaks louder than worried words, is it worth noting that the S&P has now filled the opening gap?

  • How bout that Dendreon (DNDN) data point by Professor "Downtown" David Miller offered on the Buzz in front of a 13% one hour move?

  • Does the S&P have to pop through 875 before fulfilling the downside path of maximum frustration?

  • Setting stops removes emotions?

  • Is it unmanly to admit that I spun this morning at 6:30 AM?

  • Does anyone else feel like they're trading in a ghost town?

  • Can I remind ye faithful that the Bennet Sedacca Memorial Drive concludes this Friday and every little bit helps as our community honors our fallen friend?

Afternoon Delight? - 1:06 pm

Pop Quiz! What's the path of maximum frustration for an A.D.D. immediate gratification marketplace?

The answer, as you might have guessed, is "marking time" as investors digest a multitude of crosscurrents. Indeed, given the confluence of uncertainties (a pandemic of unknown contagion and the financial stress test due next week) and the ever-present technical inflection point (S&P 875), the world is reactive as it awaits validation from the ultimate arbiter that is price.

To this, I would remind Minyans to respect--not defer to--the price action.

Through my lens and with my coin, my game plan is consistent with what was discussed this morning. I've set the "stop" on my S&P puts at my entry level (slightly above S&P 862) as that removes emotion from my equation. While I understand few Minyans have a similar set-up, I can and will share that fare with hopes it provides utility at some level. If the takeaway is one of discipline, so be it--that's never a bad takeaway.

My hands over eyes take is that the market "should" be lower (note: the market is never wrong) and the underlying resilience may prove telling with the benefit of hindsight. While I foresee a meaty downdraft in the months ahead, I remain unsure if we need to qualify the breakout before a potential "Pop & Drop" scenario. Hence the snare drum tight risk profile as the mechanics of the swing always trump the results of the at-bat.

I'm jammin' on my MarketWatch deadline and other various Minyan to-do's (Tuesday's are fun days in the 'Ville) so lemme jump and juggle as we edge through the struggle. I sincerely hope this finds you well and, if you're P&L isn't up to snuff, you've got the necessary perspective to understand that it could indeed be worth.

As always, I hope this finds you well.


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Position in S&P

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