TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP - October 7, 2011


Short Covering Opportunities are what they are – we had a big one this week. Now it’s time to manage the downside risk again.  Whispers were bountiful yesterday about a better than “expected” unemployment report. That will surprise me if it comes to fruition. From these levels in macro markets, that’s now a liability for the bulls if it doesn’t.  The Hedgeye S&P model is looking for jobless claims to re-accelerate in the coming weeks to 465,000-475,000 range.


As we look at today’s set up for the S&P 500, the range is 27 points or -1.71% downside to 1145 and 0.60% upside to 1172




Three days and +5.9% higher than the YTD closing low (1099), once again, the shorts have been squeezed.


But will there be follow through?


Tomorrow we have a Game Time catalyst with the employment report and there’s a gaping hole down to 1101 support, so stay tuned…


Nothing has really changed in the Sector Risk model other than seeing a continued (and healthy) rotation toward sectors that I think would benefit most from a Strong US Dollar (Consumer Discretionary and Technology – both are now bullish on our immediate-term TRADE duration).


Deflating The Inflation is good for consumption


The only sector that remains bullish from an intermediate-term TREND perspective is Utilities (XLU) and we are long that.




THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - daily sector view


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - global performance




  • ADVANCE/DECLINE LINE: +2132 (+705) 
  • VOLUME: NYSE 1117.43 (-6.45%)
  • VIX:  36.27 -4.07% YTD PERFORMANCE: +104.34%
  • SPX PUT/CALL RATIO: 1.70 from 1.91 (-11.08%)




  • TED SPREAD: 38.78
  • 3-MONTH T-BILL YIELD: 0.01%
  • 10-Year: 2.01 from 1.92     
  • YIELD CURVE: 1.72 from 1.67


MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 8:30 a.m.: Non-farm payrolls, est. 55k, prior 0k
  • 9:30 a.m.: Fed’s Fisher speaks on U.S. economy in Dallas
  • 10 a.m.: Wholesale inventories, est. 0.6%, prior 0.8%
  • 10:45 a.m.: Fed’s Lockhart speaks on economy in Atlanta
  • 1 p.m.: Baker Hughes rig count
  • 3 p.m.: Consumer credit, est. $8b, prior $11.965b


  • Employment in U.S. probably gained 55k last month, economists estimate, not enough to bring down unemployment rate of 9.1%.
  • U.K. bank ratings cut by Moody’s after agency concluded government less likely to provide support.
  • Global investors like Mitt Romney better than any other U.S. presidential candidate, though cool to Republican field in general
  • President Obama hosts Prime Minister of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi


COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION                                                                    


COPPER – nice rally for the Doctor but, like Asian Equities, it’s simply a short squeeze from immediate-term oversold lows. Most of the manic media was running Copper charts at the bottom last week, but we have been signaling Copper’s having broken its TREND since late-July early-August. That has not changed – TRADE and TREND lines of resistance for Copper now 3.44 and 4.18.


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - daily commodity view





  • China Baby-Formula Maker Buying Arsenic Debt Shows Trust Risks
  • Copper Traders Turn Most Bullish in Six Weeks on China’s Demand
  • Gazprom Extends Drought on Two-Year High Spread: Russia Credit
  • Rio, Ivanhoe Halt Mongolian Bid to Raise Oyu Tolgoi Stake
  • ‘Resilient’ Gold Set for Record Rally, Morgan Stanley Says
  • Oil Set for First Weekly Gain in Three Before U.S. Jobs Report
  • Gasoline Declining to Eight-Month Low on Economy: Energy Markets
  • Gold Heads for First Weekly Increase in Five as Equities Rally
  • Malaysia’s Export Growth Quickens on Higher Sales of Commodities
  • Oil May Fall Next Week on European ‘Downside Risks,’ Survey Says
  • Oil Trims First Weekly Advance in Three Before U.S. Jobs Report
  • Worst Oil Industry Slump Since Lehman May Herald Takeovers
  • Gold May Gain a Third Day on Economy Concern, Physical Purchases
  • Palm Oil Set for Third Weekly Loss on Rising Malaysian Inventory
  • Thai Rice Prices Unlikely to Remain High, Riceland’s Vichai Says



FX: EUR/USD bumping up against a wall of resistance 1.34-1.37


EURO – I re-shorted it yesterday into the close at my 1st line of immediate-term TRADE resistance (1.34); there is a wall of resistance overhead with the most impt line being the EUR broken TAIL of 1.39. My highest conviction Global Macro position remains long US Dollar.


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - daily currency view





EUROPE: wet kleenex day across the board with no tangible bazooka timing - Belgian and Swiss stocks leading Europe lower (banks)


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - euro performance





ASIA – tail ends of the squeeze in every market that is still in crash mode (Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, etc) effectively failed at all of my immediate-term TRADE lines of resistance – for HK that’s 18,728; KOSPI 1797; and Nikkei 8777.


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - asia performance









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