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Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

By , Sr. Technical Strategist
02 August 2013 22:29 GMT

The 10 year Treasury Note and 30 year Treasury Bond are at support while the S&P 500 is at resistance (and has been for weeks). The disparity between rates of change in the Bond and S&P 500 has reached a level that historically signals a pending stock market top, bond market bottom, or both. Higher stocks/lower bonds is deeply embedded in collective market psychology which increases the risk of reversal and a return to risk on/off conditions. Trade setups are presented to take advantage.

10 year Treasury Note Future

Weekly

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_tenyearweekly.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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While a significant top may be in place for US Treasury Notes and Bonds, the market is at as a good place as any for a bounce to materialize. The ‘place’ is defined by the trendline that extends off of the 2009 and 2011 lows in the Note.

10 year Treasury Note Future

Daily

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_tenyeardaily.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

Chart Prepared by Jamie Saettele, CMT

The 10 year Treasury Note may be forming a bullish base from the June 24th low. Price filled the previously uncovered close from July 10th today before forming an outside day. Such short term action is bullish, especially in light of the rebound in the 30 year Bond, which traded to the lowest point since the March 2012 low on Friday before carving out a key reversal.

In the Note, estimated resistance is former support at 128’19 and the 5/29 close at 129’15.5. 5/29 was a record day of volume in this market and is also reinforced by the 61.8% retracement of the decline.

30 year Treasury Bond and S&P 500 Futures

Daily

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_esus.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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The Bond/Stock ratio has long been a useful market timing tool. One way to normalize markets for comparison is to construct rates of change. In the above chart, the 30 year Bond is in blue and the S&P 500 in red. The oscillator plotted is 13 week rate of change on the Bond – 13 week rate of change on the S&P 500. Historically, readings as low as the one reached last week have signaled a bottom in the Treasury market, top in the stock market, or both. The most recent reading that did NOT signal a stock market top was in February. The ‘Great Rotation’ camp has grown (Google it) since then as markets have obliged. As a result, higher stocks/lower bonds is deeply embedded in collective market psychology which increases the risk of reversal.

Nikkei 225 and S&P 500 Futures

Daily

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_esnk.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: In the last 2 weeks we “focused on the fact that “the new S&P high is not confirmed by Nikkei action. Support becoming resistance and vice versa holds true for trendlines as well. Both markets have traded to the underside of former support lines. Don’t be surprised to see another push to satisfy the market’s obsession for round figures. 1700 is just around the corner but make no mistake, any such push would probably be on fumes and signal a top.” The cash market closed on the high today, the Nikkei is nearing resistance, and the underside of the S&P trendline continues to serve as resistance. It’s wait and see but this is a great place for a (gasp) top.

FOREX Trading Strategy: Looking to play a stock market reversal in FX through USDMXN, USDZAR (see bottom).

USDCHF, EURUSD, GBPUSD % Change in 2013

Daily

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_usdchf.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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A simple look at the % change since the beginning of 2013 illustrates several key points. First, if I’m selling European FX here, then I’m doing it through GBPUSD, which is in a downtrend since the beginning of the year and has consolidated since March. Second, the USDCHF has been supported on each drop towards the open for the year (since April)….that is bullish. The EURUSD has responded to the trendline that extends off of the February and June tops with a Doji.

GBPUSD

Hourly

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_gbpusd.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: Cable’s run at the European close reversed right at the 61.8% retracement of the decline from the July high. 1.5308 is also the exact close of the 5 am (NY) hour from 7/25, the UK GDP release. News releases produce significant volume and large volume areas tend to serve as support/resistance in the future if/when reached. Here is another look.

FOREX Trading Strategy: Short, stop above July high.

USDJPY

Daily

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_usdjpy.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: If risk on/off market conditions reappear (as suggested by the presented Treasury market and S&P 500 charts and comments), then expect a weak USDJPY. Today’s high is right at the April high and a short term trendline. Longer term trendlines are slightly above Friday’s high and a test there can’t be ruled out just yet.

FOREX Trading Strategy: Will examine the short term picture as it develops next week but looking for bearish setups.

GBPJPY

4Hour

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_gbpjpy.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: The GBPJPY bounced from the trendine that extends off of the February and April lows. Price is nearing an area that has served as an important pivot in recent months. The 61.8% of the decline is at 151.82 as well. At these levels, it makes sense to be bearish GBPJPY again.

FOREX Trading Strategy: Same as USDJPY…will monitor short term developments next week (Bank of Japan is next week) but expect to do something soon.

USDCHF

4Hour

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_usdchf_1.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: “The pattern is the exact inverse of the EURUSD (A-B-C decline with wave C as a diagonal). If the interpretation is correct, then the wave C diagonal (from .9533) will probably be retraced quickly.” The break above the resistance line and pullback into that same line, which is now support, is the bullish setup.

FOREX Trading Strategy: Long, stop .9220.

USDMXN

4Hour

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_usdmxn.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: Wrote last week that “5/22 is an important day. That is the Nikkei top and it was the S&P top for a time. It was also a large volume day across many markets, including USDMXN. The close of that day is estimated support at 12.42. If the S&P pushes to a final high, USDMXN might try for 12.42 but the rally from the 7/18 low is in 5 waves, which suggests that the market has turned.” The USDMXN rallied all week before declining sharply today. Near term support is the top side of the former trendline, 61.8% retracement at 12.61 and 12.56.

FOREX Trading Strategy: Look for a low to get long between 12.56 and 12.61.

USDZAR

Daily

Bond_Market_and_Stock_Market_Disparity_Warning_Trade_Yen_body_usdzar.png, Bond Market and Stock Market Disparity Warning; Trade Yen

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FOREXAnalysis: “USDZAR has pulled back slowly over the last 6 weeks to test a former upward sloping resistance line. A large range key reversal unfolded on Wednesday after price dipped just under the line. The market response is promising. The daily RSI dip below 40 is characteristic of a market attempting to bottom within a larger bull trend.”

FOREX Trading Strategy: Quite possible that an important low is in place. Order to go long at 9.78. Stop 9.60.

--- Written by Jamie Saettele, CMT, Senior Technical Strategist for DailyFX.com

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02 August 2013 22:29 GMT