August 3, 2016, 4:30pm EST
As we’ve said, oil has been quietly sliding over the past three weeks. It closed yesterday more than 20% off of the highs of the year.
And we looked at this chart and said, this divergence has hit an extreme, something has to give.
Source: Billionaire’s Portfolio, Reuters
Yesterday it was stocks. Today it was a sharp bounce in crude – up 4%. The oil “sharp bounce” scenario is the safer bet to close the gap on the chart above.
Alternatively, oil under $40 puts it in the danger zone for the global economy and broad financial market stability. With that, we had a close in the danger zone, under $40, yesterday. But it may turn out to be just a brief visit.
If we look at the longer term chart, the 200 day moving average comes in right in this $40 area ($40.67). Again, we had a close below yesterday, but a close back above the 200 day moving average today.
Sources: Billionaire’s Portfolio, TradingView
For technicians, two consecutive closes below the 200 day moving average would create some concern for this post-oil price bust recovery.
In that case, many companies in the struggling energy sector would be back on bankruptcy watch. But the global economic recovery can’t afford another bout with weaker oil prices, and the ugly baggage that comes with it (oil company defaults, which would lead to financial system instability and sovereign defaults). If two of the best billionaire oil traders in the world are right about oil, and we see $80 in the next year, this dip is a great buying opportunity (for the underlying commodity and energy stocks).
Tomorrow, we hear from the Bank of England. The expectations are that the BOE will cut rates to support economic activity in the face of Brexit uncertainty. But there’s also a decent bet being wagered that the BOE will return to QE (a second post-global financial crisis bond buying program). History tells us that, in this environment, central banks like to save bullets for the moments when crisis and fear is peaking. With that, the BOE may disappoint tomorrow. If so, it could pour some gas on the nascent rise in market rates that started yesterday in Japanese, German and American 10-year yields.
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