The bankers have bled the system and their puppet politicians as much as possible (times two). The governmental representatives have gained nothing politically as their voter base has become increasingly dissatisfied with their performance. On the other hand, you would assume that the money flowing into their coffers from these special interests is coming in at an astounding rate. Quite the trade off, sacrifice your country and political career while you go for the big cash grab. How American!
I think they are thru throwing good money after bad. I think the politicians are actually beginning to see the light. After throwing a DISCLOSED $4 trillion at the problem (not the actual $30 trillion it took to bail out the world) and getting nothing out of it, maybe, just maybe they are growing a set large enough to take on the banks and the default issues that are coming.
I hope you all like the new look old blog. STB.com is still down and I am actually considering staying here at this point till the new blog is up and running. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. What you like and don't like I need to know so it can be incorporated into the new blog. Don't tell me after the fact, you need to tell me now.
Minis this morning have made quite the recovery (not sure who came in with the big stick (or wantons filled with dollars as sellputs put it yesterday). All it takes is a rumor to move the DOW 100 points either way in minutes. Thus, this is a dangerous playground to bring your ball to. Remember to have a trading plan for each trade and to always use stops.
Minis - yellow channel support being backtested. the blue triangle backtest is just above. 1161 (price at now) is first resistance and then 1178. Those can get run thru with the right "solution" today. Inversely 1123 is the magic number for severe downside action continuation. Bottom line is the markets are consolidating at these levels and remain range bound. Note - I adjusted the channel a bit this morning to what should be a more accurate representation of the channel capturing the last low at 1138 - where it was below the support diagonal yesterday. This is an allowable thing to do and is sometimes necessary when working with charts. STB always reviews his trendline positions and if adjustments are necessary, then I make them (and you should as well).
Index Comparison from the July top - Interesting to see the COMPQ outperforming -
Index Comparison Monthly - note all the new red monthly candles. Also note the support lines drawn on the various indexes. Now you know why it is critical to hold these levels and the markets are consolidating.
France, Germany and some PIIGS - Not good.
Now that this blog is up and running nicely, and STB is still under the knife I expect to be able to get back to serving up some quality analysis again. Sorry I have been a bit preoccupied since last Thursday, but I think my time will be freed up a bit now so I can get back to doing what you come here for.
Thanks again to everyone for the fantastic transition from blog to blog and for your support in the comments section while I could not be here. This is a sensational community. It is a great example of how good things can be when we all work for a common good in a neutral site with limited intervention.
Thanks for all the kind and supportive comments and emails.
GL and GB.