This week’s theme was the same as last week, expecting that some of these markets had gone too far, too fast and were ripe for a turnaround. Like last week, our strategies have continued to be on the wrong side of the markets.
Our published pieces this week for Equities.com and TraderPlanet focused on lean hog futures and soybeans respectively. The hog market fell through the support we were leaning on and stopped us out with a loss. The Commitment of Traders Report continues to suggest that long hedger buying will continue to support this market as packers ensure their future supplies at these prices.
Meanwhile, the soybean market appears to have peaked. Commercial selling has been consistent through the October rally. This is exactly what we expected to happen as we near the expiration of the November soybean futures contract.
Our primary article this week focused on trading system development and the possibility that the new meat market hours will return a technologically outdated trading program back to its former glory in the lean hog futures market.
Finally, one piece of information about today’s markets. The Japanese government elected to inject further economic stimulus into their domestic markets in an attempt to reach their 2% inflation target and stave off 25 years of deflation in their economy.
This announcement pushed the Nikkei 225 up more than 5% for today’s trading. The S&P500 is currently higher by 1%. The overnight rally in the S&P500 pushes the rally from the October 15th lows to our current price, more than 11% higher in 11 sessions. This has only happened 3 times since 9/11. Twice in 2009 and once in November of 2011.
The Commitment of Traders report has shown a significant shift in commercial trader sentiment in the grain markets. The oat market seems to have had the most dramatic reversal with wheat following closely behind. We chose to focus on the soybean market this morning due its significantly greater liquidity. Commercial traders have sold about 45,000 contracts over the last few weeks of this gradual rally.