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Helicopter Ben to Pop In Again!

It’s again that time of the month when everything stops for a visit from Helicopter Ben.


I bet you have all long since forgotten the blog I put up on January 10th and 11th when he made that speech that the Fed was ready to take “Substantive Additional Action” relating to the Credit Crunch, and the Market yawned and in effect said “Where’s the Beef?”  I warned you then and it is time to resurrect the slide I gave you that the Line in the Sand at Nasdaq 2440 would be critical when we got back to it.  The reason is that there was a sea change in the psyche of the Stock Market that did not get changed for the better until we had slid into a Bear Market Correction.  Here’s the picture I put together later in February when the Stock Market dipped into that correction:


I have Late Breaking News for you that on the eve of the FOMC making their latest statement that we have gradually climbed back out of the mire and would you believe it…we are sitting a hair’s breadth away from that fateful Line in the Sand. Fortunately the later actions the Fed took to stave off a deep Bear Market and a certain recession at that time, if we are not already in it, have given us a Bear Market Rally to bring us back to the Line in the Sand.  Here is the Updated Picture:


apr chart 

  1. In my opinion, it is not a coincidence that today was a jittery day for the leading stocks fat with profits that got hammered from head to toe.  We shall see what tomorrow brings, but be rest assured that although the Fed’s action may at most produce another 25 basis points reduction in the Fed rate (and many feel they might not do anything), it will be the words that will speak louder than the actions this time.  At long last Inflation, the Price of Oil and Food and the slide of the Dollar are of more concern, in my opinion. 
  2. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the VIX has laid dormant for all of 20 trading days and for the first time poked its %B head above the Bandwidth today…a sign that could lead to the Bear’s dancing once again. What will it take for the VIX Bear followers to do cartwheels that their patience has been rewarded?  My crystal ball says an immediate bounce of the VIX from 20.24 to 21.56 will do the trick and that too will depend on what the Fed has to say tomorrow.  Otherwise anything below a reading of 20.00 will suggest more ambling sideways with a dormant VIX, and there may be hope for the Bulls to continue upwards. 
  3. In summary, we have a confluence of forces at this point in time between the Line in the Sand at 2440 on the Nasdaq, the Rotation vs Correction discussion, the VIX laying quiet, the Earnings Reports, all waiting for a nudge as to which way for the Market Indexes to go.  That nudge will likely come from Helicopter Ben popping in on us tomorrow. 

Best Regards, Ian. 


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