Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gold, Silver and Miners Remain Junk Grade Investments

Since silver and gold topped in 2011 investors have been struggling with these positions hoping this cyclical bull market for metals continues. The simple truth is no one knows for sure if prices will continue and make new highs and those who say its a for sure thing we all know deep down is full of bull crap.

All investments move in cycles, waves or trends which ever you want to call it. The market has 4 simple yet distinct stages each require a completely different skill set and trading tactics to navigate.

Stage 1 – After a period of decline a stock consolidates at a contracted price range as buyers step into the market and fight for control over the exhausted sellers. Price action is neutral as sellers exit their positions and buyers begin to accumulate the stock.

Stage 2 – Upon gaining control of price movement, buyers overwhelm sellers and a stock enters a period of higher highs and higher lows. A bull market begins and the path of least resistance is higher. Traders should aggressively trade the long side, taking advantage of any pullback or dips in the stock’s price.

Stage 3 – After a prolonged increase in share price the buyers now become exhausted and the sellers again move in. This period of consolidation and distribution produces neutral price action and precedes a decline in the stock’s price.

Stage 4 – When the lows of Stage 3 are breached a stock enters a decline as sellers overwhelm buyers. A pattern of lower highs and lower lows emerges as a stock enters a bear market. A well positioned trader would be aggressively trading the short side and taking advantage of the often quick declines in the stock’s price. More times than not all of stage 2 gains are given back in a short period of time.


Now that you know the stages and what it looks like its time to review the gold, silver and miners charts.

Gold Chart – Weekly

Gold has been in a bull market for several years but is starting to show its age in terms of the size of the price patterns, volume levels and extreme bullish sentiment. Back in 2011 a week before price topped we exited precious metals because the short term charts and volume levels were warning of a sharp drop. Since then I have not done many trades in either gold or silver because I do not like shorting in bull markets. Waiting for a bullish setup/price pattern before getting involved is my focus.

Gold has pulled back with a bullish 5 wave correction the last 5 months and at key support. While the long term charts are pointing to higher gold prices you must be aware that if gold and silver start to breakdown things will likely get ugly quickly. To be honest I do not care which way it goes, I just want it to either rally from support here and make new highs or breakdown and crash. Both will be very profitable if traded properly.


Silver Chart – Weekly

Silver has a very similar chart to that of its big sister (yellow gold). This shiny metal has the energy of a 3 year old making it a very volatile investment. I have touched on the topic of gold and silver being so called safe havens and if you have been reading my work for a while you know that any investment that can move 18-45% in value within 1 month is NOT a safe haven.

While it has done well in the past decade and boosted a lot of retirement accounts the day will come with these things collapse and most people holding them will give back most if not all the gains they had simply because people get attached to large positions and most do not know when to just exit a position.


Gold Miners Chart – Monthly

This chart gives me cold sweats because I know how many people own gold mining stocks and I know how fast these things can move. If the price closed below the green support line the bottom could fall out and be very painful for those who get paralyzed by denial and do nothing but watch their accounts lose value week after week.


Precious Metals Investing Conclusion:

In short, this report is to show you the very basics of how investments move in stages. It is also to show a warning that precious metals are technically very close to a major breakdown which the big money players are watching closely. This thinly traded sector can move extremely fast when everyone rushes for the door.

Do not get me wrong, I am not saying a crash is about to happen, actually it’s the opposite. All I am doing is planning the idea in your subconscious so that if prices continue to move lower you will remember that these price levels and take action with your investments. Remember, you can always buy the investment back at any time again if the outlook changes in a week, month or year.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Playing the ABC Gap fill for swing trading entry at ATP

From guest analyst David Banister....

One of my favorite “Crowd Behavioral” patterns is the ABC Gap fill pattern. This is a normal correction pattern in the stock market that works off overbought sentiment. You can apply this to liquid individual stocks in most cases, and look ahead to spot potential entries on your watch list for trading.

A sample we will use today is KORS, a fast growth stock of the leading luxury retailer Michael Kors. We notified our subscribers several days in advance to watch for a gap fill at $57 on this stock before entering a long trade. We also spotted what looked like a classic C wave pattern coming down from a B wave interim top.

Sure enough it took several days but the stock worked its way down to $57 and hit the gap on the nose on February 26th. It immediately reversed to end the day $2.25 higher or about 4-5% swing gains on this pattern. The chart below shows a 1, 2, 3, and 4 pattern with ABC making up the 4 pattern on KORS stock.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gold, Copper, and Crude Oil Forecasted the Recent Selloff in the S&P 500

Nobody better in the industry at understanding herd mentality then the staff at The Technical Traders. And of course they have been telling us it would be like just have to know which herd to watch and when.....

For the past several weeks, everywhere I looked all I could find was bullish articles. After the fiscal cliff was patched at the last second, prices surged into the 2013 and have since climbed higher all the way into late February.

I warned members of my service that this runaway move to the upside which was characterized by a slow grinding move higher on excessively low volume and low volatility would eventually end violently. I do not have a crystal ball, this is just based on my experience as a trader over the years.

Unfortunately when markets run higher for a long period of time and just keep grinding shorts what typically follows is a violent selloff. I warned members that when the selloff showed up, it was likely that weeks of positive returns would be destroyed in a matter of days.

The price action in the S&P 500 Index since February 20th has erased most of the gains that were created in the entire month of February already and lower prices are possible, if not likely. However, there are opportunities to learn from this recent price action.

There were several warning signs over the past few weeks that were indicating that a risk-off type of environment was around the corner. As a trader, I am constantly monitoring the price action in a variety of futures contracts in equities, currencies, metals, energy, and agriculture to name a few.

Besides looking for trading opportunities, it is important to monitor the price action in commodities even if you only trade equities. In many cases, commodity volatility will occur immediately prior to equity volatility. Ultimately the recent rally was no different.

As an example, metals were showing major weakness overall with both gold and silver selling off violently. However, what caught my eye even further was the dramatic selloff in copper futures which is shown below.

Copper Futures Daily Chart


As can be seen above, copper futures had rallied along with equities since the lows back in November. However, prices peaked in copper at the beginning of February and a move lower from 3.7845 on 02/04 down to recent lows around 3.5195 on 02/25 resulted in roughly a 7% decline in copper prices over a 3 week period.

As stated above, commodity volatility often precedes equity volatility. As can be seen above, copper futures appear to be reversing during the action today and many times commodities will bottom ahead of equities.

I want to be clear in stating that equities will not necessarily mirror the action in commodities or copper specifically, but some major volatility was seen in several commodity contracts besides just metals. Oil futures were also coming under selling pressure as well.

Crude Oil Futures Daily Chart


As can be seen above, oil futures topped right at the end of January and then sold off briefly only to selloff sharply lower a few weeks later. Oil futures gave back roughly 6% – 7% as well which is quite similar to copper’s recent correction. I have simply highlighted some key support / resistance levels on the oil futures chart for future reference and for possible price targets.

In equity terms, since February 20th the S&P 500 futures have sold off from a high of around 1,529 to Monday’s low of 1481.75. Thus far we are seeing a move lower of about 3.10% since 02/20 in the S&P 500 E-Mini futures contract. While I am not calling for perfect correlation with commodities, I do believe that a 5% correction here not only makes sense, but actually would be healthy for equities.

S&P 500 E-Mini Futures Daily Chart


If we assume the S&P 500 E-Mini contracts were to lose 5% from their recent highs, the price that would correspond with that type of move would be around 1,453.

As shown above, while 1,453 does represent a consolidation zone in the S&P 500 which occurred in the beginning of January of 2013, there is a major support level that corresponds with the 1,460 – 1,470 price range.

I am expecting to see the S&P 500 test the 1,460 – 1,470 price range in the futures contract, however the outcome at that support level will be important for future price action. If that level holds, I think we likely reverse and move higher and we could even take out recent highs potentially. In contrast, if we see a major breakdown below 1,460 I believe things could get interesting quickly for the bears.

I am watching the price action today closely as I am interested in what kind of retracement we will get based on yesterday’s large bullish engulfing candlestick on the daily chart of the S&P 500 futures.

Ultimately if the retracement remains below the .500 Fibonacci Retracement area into the bell we could see some stronger selling pressure setting in later this week. The Fibonacci retracement of the 02/25 candlestick can be seen below.

S&P 500 E-Mini Futures Hourly Chart


So far today we have not been able to crack the 0.382 Fibonacci retracement area. This is generally considered a relatively weak retracement and can precede a strong reversal which in this case would be to the downside in coming days.

It is always possible to see strength on Wednesday and a move up to the .500 retracement level. As long as price stays under the .500 Fibonacci retracement level, I think the bears will remain in control in the short-term. However, should we see the highs from 02/25 taken out in the near term the bulls will be in complete control again.

Right now I think it is early to be getting long unless a trader is looking to scale in on the way down. I think the more logical price level to watch carefully is down around 1,460 – 1,470 on the S&P 500. If that level is tested, the resulting price action will be critical in shaping the intermediate and long-term price action in the broad equity indexes.

If you have to trade, keep position sizes small and define your risk. Risk is elevated at this time.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Friday, February 22, 2013

GOLD Should be Completing a Cyclical Low in February

David A. Banister of Market Trend Forecast has been our go to trader when it comes to gold. Here's what he says about the bottoming process in gold.....

Over the past 5 calendar years we have seen GOLD either complete an intermediate cyclical top or bottom in each February. My forecast was for February of 2013 to be no different and for Gold and Silver to make trough lows this month. With that said, I did not expect the drop in GOLD to go much below $1,620 per ounce at worst, but in fact it has. Where does that leave us now on the technical patterns and crowd behavioral views?

First let’s examine the last 5 years and you can see how I noted tops and bottoms in the chart below


That brings us forward to todays $1,573 spot pricing and trying to determine where the next move will go. To help with that end, some of our work centers on Elliott Wave Theory, along with fundamentals and traditional technical patterns of course.

In this case, the recent action around Gold has been very difficult to ascertain, and I will be the first to admit as much. With that said, one pattern we can surmise is a rare pattern Elliott termed the “Double Three” pattern. Essentially you have two ABC type moves, and in the middle what is dubbed an “X” wave, which breaks up the ABC’s on each end of the pattern.

That brings us forward to todays $1,573 spot pricing and trying to determine where the next move will go. To help with that end, some of our work centers on Elliott Wave Theory, along with fundamentals and traditional technical patterns of course. In this case, the recent action around Gold has been very difficult to ascertain, and I will be the first to admit as much. With that said, one pattern we can surmise is a rare pattern Elliott termed the “Double Three” pattern.

Essentially you have two ABC type moves, and in the middle what is dubbed an “X” wave, which breaks up the ABC’s on each end of the pattern. For sure, if we add in traditional technical indicators along with sentiment, we can see very oversold levels coupled with the potential Double Three pattern and probably start getting long here for a trade back to the 1650’s as possible....


Obviously this chart shows oversold readings in the lower right corner using the CCI indicator. That said we would like to see 1550 hold on a weekly closing basis to remain optimistic for a strong rebound.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gold and Silver Nearing MAJOR Long Term Support

Gold and silver along with their related miners have been under a lot of selling pressure the last few months. Prices have fallen far enough to make most traders and investors start to panic and close out their long term positions which is a bullish signal in my opinion.

My trading tactic for both swing trading and day trading thrive on entering and exiting positions when panic trading hits an investment. General rule of thumb is to buy when others are extremely fearful and cannot hold on to a losing position any longer. When they are selling I am usually slowly accumulating a long position.

Looking at the charts below of gold and silver you can see the strong selling over the past two weeks. When you get drops this sharp investors tend to focus on their account statements watching the value drop at an accelerated rate to the point where they ignore the charts and just liquidate everything they have to preserve their capital.

Gold Bullion Weekly Chart: 

The price and outlook of gold has not really changed much in the past year. It remains in a major bull market and has been taking a breather, nothing more. Stepping back and reviewing the weekly chart it’s clear that gold is nearing long term support. With panic selling hitting the gold market and long term support only $20 - $30 dollars away this investment starts to look really tasty.

But if price breaks below the $1540 level and closed down there on a weekly basis then all bets are off as this would trigger a wave of selling that would make the recent selling look insignificant. And the uptrend in gold would now be over.

Silver Bullion Weekly Chart:

Silver price is in the same boat as its big sister (Yellow Gold). Only difference is that silver has larger price swings of 2-3x more than gold. This is what attracts more traders and investors but unfortunately the masses do not know how to manage leveraged investments like this and end up losing their shirts. A breakdown below the $26.11 price would likely trigger a sharp drop back down to the $17.50 level so be careful.

Gold Mining Stocks – Monthly Chart:

If you wanna see a scary chart then look at what could happen or is happening to gold miner stocks. This very could be happening as we speak and why I have been pounding the table for months no to get long gold, silver or miners until we see complete panic selling or a bullish basing pattern form on the charts. We have not seen either of these things take place although panic selling is slowly ramping up this week.

There will be some very frustrated gold bugs if they take another 33% hair cut in value.

Precious Metals Trend and Trading Conclusion:

In short, the precious metal sector remains in a cyclical bull market. That being said and looking at the daily charts the prices have been consolidating and are in a down trend currently. Until we see some type of bottoming pattern or price action form it is best to sit on the side lines and watch the emotional traders get caught up and do the wrong thing.

The next two weeks will be crucial for gold, silver and miner stocks. If metals cannot find support and close below the key support levels things could get really ugly fast. If you would like to receive my daily analysis and know what I am trading then check out my newsletter at The Gold& Oil

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WTI holds range support....Brent bears take the advantage

With Brent breaking below it's upward trend line it's time to check in with Dominick Chirichella at the CME Group......

The spot WTI contract held range support and has now moved back to the middle of its trading range on the last day of trading for the March Nymex WTI contract. The soon to be spot April contract has been in a trading range (since the middle of January) of about $99/bbl on the upside and $95.40/bbl on the lower end. At the moment the contract is trading in the middle of its trading range. Both range support and resistance have been successfully defended several times since January. For now I would expect more of the same unless a strong directional catalyst emerges.

On the other hand the spot Brent contract has broken below its upward trending channel that was in play since mid-January. It is trading below the key technical level of $118/bbl with the possibility of the contract moving to test the next support level of about $115/bbl. It has now been trading below the $118/bbl level for five trading sessions and barring a surprise upside price direction catalyst emerging Brent should remain biased to the bearish side.

As I discussed in yesterday's newsletter the April Brent/WTI spread failed to breach the upside range resistance level and has traded down toward the $19.70/bbl support level. For those who entered the spread from the short side the market is close to the original objective and if the $19.70/bbl support level holds we could get another move back to the upside. If support is breached the next support level for the spread will be around the $18.25/bbl level.

The Seaway Pipeline operator indicated in a FERC filing that they expect to be able to average about 295,000 bpd flow through the line for the period February through May. They also went on to say that they hope to raise the throughput to 335,000 bpd but it is not expected to increase above that level due to the anticipated mix of light and heavy crude oil. This is slightly bearish for the Brent/WTI spread as it is an increase of movement of oil out of Cushing over January's levels.....Read Dominicks entire article.

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Devon Energy DVN Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) today reported a net loss of $357 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, or $0.89 per common share ($0.89 per diluted share). The company’s fourth quarter financial results were impacted by a non-cash asset impairment charge of $896 million. Excluding the asset impairment charge and other items securities analysts typically exclude from estimates, Devon earned $316 million or $0.78 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Asset impairments also led to a loss of $206 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, or $0.52 per common share ($0.52 per diluted share). Excluding adjusting items, the company earned $1.3 billion or $3.26 per diluted share in 2012.

“In spite of a challenging commodity price environment that impacted our financial results, Devon delivered solid operating results in 2012. During the year, we continued to make significant progress toward the conversion of our asset portfolio to a higher oil weighting,” commented John Richels, Devon’s president and chief executive officer. “This is evident through the strong oil production growth we delivered during the year and the impressive growth in oil reserves.”........Read the entire Devon Energy earnings report.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

National Oilwell Varco and Robbins & Myers Receive Clearance

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) and Robbins & Myers (NYSE: RBN) jointly announced today that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice has closed its investigation of the parties’ previously announced merger.

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EIA: Gulf Coast Crude Stocks Generally Fall Sharply in December Because of Inventory Taxes

Crude oil inventories in the Gulf Coast often fall sharply in December, averaging a decline of nearly 8 million barrels in that month from 1981 through 2011. Preliminary data for December 2012 show a decline of more than 12.5 million barrels in the region, bringing end of year crude inventories to approximately 165 million barrels.

The reason for this sharp decline: December 31 is the typical assessment date for taxes on crude oil stocks that are collected by many states/counties/municipalities in regions where the bulk of U.S. crude oil and petroleum product inventories are stored. To decrease crude inventories, companies can do a combination of the following: delay or decrease imports, increase runs at refineries, move crude oil out of the taxable region, or sell crude oil to other market participants.

Graph of average Gulf Coast crude inventory monthly change, as explained in the article text

Following December declines, inventories tend to recover in January. Although large crude oil draws can be an indication of demand outpacing supply, the December phenomenon typically does not reflect tightening of the oil market, but rather how companies in the region are taxed on crude stocks. During the middle of the year, crude inventories in the Gulf Coast region both rise and fall, averaging out to relatively small net changes in stocks for a given month.

At the end of December each year, parts of Texas and Louisiana, where significant volumes of crude oil are stored, assess ad valorem taxes (meaning, according to value) on end of year crude oil inventories. These taxes, along with the generally accepted accounting practice of last in, first out (LIFO) method used to value the assets, create an incentive to draw down crude stocks in the region at the end of the year in order to reduce the tax bill.

Graph of inventory builds and draws, as explained in the article text 

If oil prices have risen during the year, this accounting practice gives companies stronger incentive to reduce inventory because doing so will further limit their tax exposure. Conversely, if oil prices have fallen throughout the year, companies have less incentive to reduce crude held in storage.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Gold Weekly Technical Outlook for Sunday February 17th

It's Sunday and that means it's time to check in with our friends at Oil N' and get their call on crude oil, natural gas and gold......

Crude oil stayed in range below 98.24 last week. With daily MACD staying below signal line, 98.24 should be a short term top and deeper decline is in favor. Below 94.97 will confirm this case and should bring deeper pull back to 55 days EMA (now at 92.47) and below. On the upside, break of 98.24 is needed to confirm rally resumption. Otherwise, near term outlook is neutral at best.

In the bigger picture, price actions from 114.83 are viewed as a triangle consolidation pattern, no change in this view. And, such consolidation could still be in progress and Crude oil remains bounded in the converging range. Nonetheless, the pattern should be close to completion and an upside breakout should be seen soon. Above 100.42 will strongly suggest that whole rebound from 33.29 has resumed for above 114.83. And in case of another fall, strong support should be seen above 77.28 to bring rebound.

In the long term picture, crude oil is in a long term consolidation pattern from 147.27, with first wave completed at 33.2. The corrective structure of the rise from 33.2 indicates that it's second wave of the consolidation pattern. While it could make another high above 114.83, we'd anticipate strong resistance ahead of 147.24 to bring reversal for the third leg of the consolidation pattern.

Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hour, Daily, Weekly and Monthly Charts

Natural gas finally broke through the medium term rising trend line last week and closed below. The development suggest that whole up trend from 1.1902 has completed at 3.933 after hitting long term channel resistance. Further decline is now expected as long as 3.323 minor resistance holds, to 3.05 first. Break will resume the whole decline from 3.933 and should target 100% projection of 3.933 to 3.05 from 3.645 at 2.762 next.

In the bigger picture, the bounce off from the long term falling channel resistance for 6.108 retained the case that such decline isn't finished. Break of 2.575 support should make a new low below 1.902 to extend the whole long term down trend. Nonetheless, strong rebound from 2.575, followed by break of 3.933 resistance, will revive that case of long term reversal and target a test on 4.983 key resistance.

Nymex Natural Gas Continuous Contract 4 Hour, Daily, Weekly and Monthly Charts

Gold dropped sharply last week, especially on Friday and breached 1600 level before closing at 1610.3. The development is confirmed with the view that fall from 1798.1 is still in progress. Near term outlook stays bearish as long as 1651 minor resistance holds. Current decline should target a test on 1526.7 low next.

In the bigger picture, price actions from 1923.7 high are viewed as a medium term consolidation pattern. There is no indication that such consolidation is finished, and more range trading could be seen. In any case, downside of any falling leg should be contained by 1478.3/1577.4 support zone and bring rebound. Meanwhile, break of 1792.7/1804.4 resistance zone will argue that the long term up trend is possibly resuming for a new high above 1923.7.

In the long term picture, with 1478.3 support intact, there is no change in the long term bullish outlook in gold. While some more medium term consolidation cannot be ruled out, we'd anticipate an eventual break of 2000 psychological level in the long run

Comex Gold Continuous Contract 4 Hour, daily, Weekly and Monthly Charts

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Crisis Investing 101: How to Protect Your Portfolio With Commodities

There are so many traders calling for a double top and BIG pull back in this market that it might be helpful to mix in some common sense about how to protect your portfolio in the trading environment we find ourselves in. And David Goodboy is just the guy

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Baker Hughes Latest U.S. and Canadian Rig Counts

BHI Rig Count: U.S. + 3 at 1762 rigs.

U.S. Rig Count is up 3 rigs from last week at 1762, with oil rigs up 7 at 1337, gas rigs down 4 at 421, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 4. U.S. Rig Count is down 232 rigs from last year at 1994, with oil rigs up 65, gas rigs down 295, and miscellaneous rigs down 2.

The U.S. Offshore rig count is 55, unchanged from last week and up 14 year over year.

BHI Rig Count: Canada + 20 at 651 rigs

Canadian Rig Count is up 20 rigs from last week at 651, with oil rigs up 20 at 500, gas rigs unchanged at 151. Canadian Rig Count is down 54 rigs from last year at 705, with oil rigs down 16, gas rigs down 38.

Additional information on the rig count is available at Baker

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Rigzone: Obama 'Will Keep Cutting' Oil & Gas Red Tape

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night President Obama pledged to keep cutting red tape in the energy sector and to speed up new oil and gas permits, while also announcing the launch of a new oil and gas sector funded Energy Security Trust aimed at developing technologies to help wean U.S. vehicles off oil.

President Obama noted that the recent U.S. boom in natural gas had led to cleaner power and greater energy independence.

"That's why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water," Obama said.....Read the entire Rigzone article.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Key Onshore Crude Oil Production Basins

The growth in U.S. crude oil production over the past several years has come largely from onshore basins in which exploration and production (E&P) companies are most active Currently, the most important basins for production growth are......

* The Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana, which includes the Bakken Formation
* The Western Gulf Basin in south Texas, which includes the Eagle Ford Formation
* The Permian Basin in West Texas and southeast New Mexico, which includes the Spraberry and Wolfcamp formations

Notice that the counties with at least one producing well from 2008 to present are shaded. Basins are represented with dashed outlines. The seven model regions are indentified with leading numbers in legend.

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Refiner Oil is Cracked Up!

Mid week update from new COT contributor Chris Damas.....

Oil refining is getting more lucrative in the USA..... good for stocks, bad for consumers. Alternatively, most Canadian oil stocks were down today, with below expectations results from Encana and Cenovus.

The theoretical April oil refining crack spreads (assuming all one product produced) right now (WTI over NY Harbor) are:

$37.18 for RBOB
$41.54 for Heating Oil

All the regional cracks we cover are up too –

WTI Cushing over Gulf Coast 211 is $33.40 up $2.05
WTI Midland over 532 ULSD Mid-Con is $36.74 up $2.00
Brent over 321 NYH at $20.10 up $1.49 versus single digits a month ago
ANS (Alaskan North Slope) 321 over West Coast at $25.68 up $1.59

This is a seasonal strengthening with cracks rebounding due to maintenance at several refineries and strong distillate export demand. Closing prices for our stock universe are all up after being up 35% or so since recommending them Jan 10.

MPC $83.30 up $1.63 goes ex 35 cents tomorrow)
VLO $47.29 up $1.05
HFC $56.53 up 40 cents
NTI $30.40 up $1.36 (goes ex Tuesday)
PSX $64.81 up $0.70
TSO $55.37 up $1.30

The P/E multiples on these stocks remain low in the 8-9 range.

Note: US Holiday (Presidents Day) will close markets on Monday. You might want to lighten up on these names tomorrow towards the close. We will have a lot of media attention regarding the anti KXL/climate change rally Sunday in front of the White House.

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Occidental Petroleum Announces Dividend Increase [OXY]

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) announced today that its Board of Directors has increased the company’s dividend 18.5 percent to an annual rate of $2.56 per share, from the previous annual rate of $2.16 per share. This increase brings the company’s compound annual dividend growth rate over the last 11 years to 16 percent.

President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen I. Chazen said, “We have now increased our dividend every year for 11 consecutive years, and a total of 12 times during that period. This 18.5-percent increase brings the 11 year compounded dividend growth rate to 16 percent per year. The total increase in the annual dividend rate from 2002 is 412 percent.

“This increase reflects our confidence in the company’s financial strength and future performance. Consistent dividend growth, together with growing oil and gas production and well-above-average returns on capital, are the primary elements of Oxy’s long-term business strategy.”

The $0.64 per share quarterly dividend will be payable on April 15, 2013, to stockholders of record as of March 8, 2013.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Total [TOT] Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

On Wednesday Total [TOT] reported a 4th quarter net profit, excluding changes inventories, of +13% to €3.08B vs consensus of €3B, EPS +3% to €1.05 and revenue +5% to €49.89B, with earnings boosted by higher refining margins and crude prices.

Production -4%to 2.29M barrels of oil equivalent a day, due to a shutdown at the Elgin platform in the North Sea and flooding in Nigeria. Expects output to rise 2-3% in 2013, to sell $9B worth of assets. Proposes 2012 dividend of 2.34/share.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Northern Tier Energy Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Dividend

Northern Tier Energy (NYSE: NTI) announced on Tuesday the declaration of a cash distribution of $1.27 per common unit for the fourth quarter of 2012. The distribution will be paid on February 28, 2013 to holders of record as of February 21, 2013.

This will be the second cash distribution paid by Northern Tier Energy since it's initial public offering in July 2012 and will result in cumulative cash distributions since the initial public offering of $2.75 per common unit. Northern Tier Energy LP is a variable distribution master limited partnership. As a result, its quarterly distributions, if any, will vary from quarter to quarter as a result of variations in, among other factors....

1. It's operating performance
2. Cash flows caused by fluctuations in the prices it pays for crude oil and other feedstocks and the prices it receives for finished products
3. Working capital fluctuations
4. Capital expenditures
5. Cash reserves deemed necessary or appropriate by the board of directors of its general partner

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Are you prepared for the pain..... This may be a double top in the market

 I won't lie, our COT Fund is a buy and hold fund in the spirit of great long term investors like Graham and Buffett. But when it comes to trading, we aren't naive. This market is now set to move one way or the other, is this just a double top in the market?

Whether you think this market is moving higher or falling apart and heading south you need to listen to one of the best educators in our industry. Todd Mitchell. Here's what he is saying......

If you have stock investments then grab hold of your jaw because it is about to drop.....

A widely recognized pioneer in the trading world recently stated that not only has "buy and hold" stock investing stopped working since the year 2000, but it probably won’t work again for a decade or more!

Answer these questions to see what impact this could have on YOU:

*     Do you have an IRA invested in mutual funds?
*     Do you have a stock portfolio that holds positions longer than a month?
*     Did you lose wealth in the 2008 credit crisis?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then you may be in serious trouble for the next several years.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

SeaDrill - Completion of the $2.9 billion sale agreement with SapuraKencana SDRL

Seadrill (SDRL) is set to seal a proposed $2.9B deal to sell its tender rig business to Malaysian JV partner SapuraKencana Petroleum after finalizing details of the cash and shares transaction. An earlier agreement on a merger of the two companies’ existing tender rig business now has SapuraKencana taking on capital commitments plus outstanding debt of $780M as part of the acquisition price.


Seadrill and SapuraKencana have today entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement in relation to the proposed transaction. SapuraKencana will acquire all the tender rigs in Seadrill's fleet except for the West Vencedor, T15, and T16. These three rigs are either owned or planned to be owned by Seadrill Partners LLC. Seadrill will in a transition period in co-operation with SapuraKencana retain the management of all tender rigs that are in operation outside Asia.

The agreed acquisition price is for an enterprise value of US$2.9 billion and includes future capital commitments for newbuildings T17, T18, and West Esperanza. Seadrill will furthermore continue to manage and supervise the construction of the current new building program on behalf of SapuraKencana. In addition, the enterprise value includes all the debt in the tender rig business which is estimated at US$780 million as of February 6, 2013. Seadrill has agreed to pay US$75 million to SapuraKencana at closing to compensate for cash flow from the tender rig business from February 8, 2013 to closing, netted off for lost interest income.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of April 2013.

John Fredriksen, Chairman, President and Director of Seadrill says in a comment, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our long term partner, SapuraKencana, regarding the sale of our tender rig fleet. We look forward to support the integration of the tender rig fleet and are excited to start a new phase of our long and profitable relationship. Seadrill is as a large shareholder of SapuraKencana and is excited to contribute building SapuraKencana into the leading offshore service provider in South East Asia. Seadrill will as stated before use the net proceeds from the transaction to continue to aggressively grow our modern ultra deep water and jack up exposure."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Anatomy of an XOM Earnings Trade

If you have been following our trading partner J.W. Jones on his Apple options trades you'll want to take a minute to see how he uses the same methods to trade COT favorite ExxonMobil [XOM].........

One of the most interesting aspects of options is the myriad opportunities presented for high probability trades for those who understand the details of option behavior.

For example, I have recently discussed the routinely observed collapse of implied volatility immediately following an earnings release. We have looked at several examples of profitable trades constructed to benefit from this expected decline in implied volatility.

Today I would like to review another group of trades based on a fundamental characteristic of option pricing. In order to understand this phenomenon, we need to review briefly the anatomy of the price of an option.

Remember that an option’s price, while quoted as a pair of bid / ask values, is in reality the sum of two components. The current market price is the combination of the extrinsic and intrinsic components of the individual option contract.

The extrinsic component can comprise the entirety or only a variable portion of the market price of an option. All options contain at least a small amount of extrinsic component.

The intrinsic component of an option may comprise the majority of the value of an option, as for example a "deep in the money" option. Conversely, an individual "out of the money" option routinely contains no intrinsic value whatsoever.

Here is an example of the trades and the charts to go with them.

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Marathon Oil Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) today reported fourth quarter 2012 net income of $322 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared to net income in the third quarter of 2012 of $450 million, or $0.63 per diluted share. For the fourth quarter of 2012, adjusted net income was $388 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $454 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012.

Marathon Oil reported full-year 2012 net income of $1.582 billion, or $2.23 per diluted share. Net income in 2011 was $2.946 billion, or $4.13 per diluted share. Net income for 2011 included income of $1.239 billion from the Company's former Refining, Marketing and Transportation business, which was spun off on June 30, 2011 and reported as discontinued operations in 2011, so income from continuing operations is better suited for year over year comparison. For full year 2012, adjusted income from continuing operations was $1.736 billion, or $2.45 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income from continuing operations of $2.293 billion, or $3.21 per diluted share, for full year 2011.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Baker Hughes to Retain Process and Pipeline Services Business

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced today that it will retain its Process and Pipeline Services business. Going forward, this business will be reclassified as continuing operations within the Industrial Services segment.

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 58,000 plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information on Baker Hughes' century long history, visit Baker

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Crude Oil Demand Picking up on China and U.S. Growth

Global oil demand this year is expected to accelerate at nearly double 2012's pace as stronger economies in China, Latin America and the U.S. offset sluggishness in Europe, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Consumption worldwide will average nearly 91 million barrels a day in 2013, up 1.5% from about 89.7 million barrels a day in 2012, Economist Intelligence Unit analysts said in an updated monthly forecast. Estimated 2013 consumption would be an all time high for any year, based on industry data. Last year's use was up 0.8% from 2011.

Among the wealthiest nations and regions, demand trends for the European Union and the U.S. probably will diverge. The U.S. is now expected to post "modest, but still positive, growth… as the economy there stabilizes," the report said. Meanwhile, "recession continues to bite" in the EU, causing further contractions in demand.

U.S. demand is projected to grow 0.1%, compared with the small contraction the group estimated previously. EU consumption is forecast to decline 0.8%, while China's demand will climb an estimated 4.5%, to an average of 9.97 million barrels a day.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Update on Todd's RHT Trade and A New JOY Global Long Trade

In today’s video COT contributor Todd Mitchel show us where he is trailing his stop up to lock in more profits in the RHT (Red Hat, Inc.) stock trade, which by the way is doing exactly what he said it would do. He will then discuss another long stock trade (JOY = Joy Global, Inc.) that he put on yesterday afternoon at 63.21.

This trade is working out very nicely too.....80% of the first profit objective has already been hit at 65.17 (+1.96 point profit per share already) – and now his trailing stop has already been moved up to 63.60 locking in .39. So, regardless what JOY does from here, he came out way ahead and the trade is a winner. Be sure to watch the entire video for all the details and have a fantastic weekend!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Are Natural Gas Prices Headed Lower?

The natural gas futures contract has been trying to push higher since the immediate sell off after yesterday's EIA inventory release. However, as of this writing it looks like that effort is starting to wane.

Aside from the fact that yesterday's net withdrawal from inventory was bullish versus last year and the five year average for the same week it is not going to be repeated in next week's inventory based on the warm spell this week. In addition the inventory withdrawals for the next several weeks are likely to underperform versus history basis the latest NOAA six to ten day and eight to fourteen day forecast which both remain bearish.

The six to ten day forecast covering the period Feb 6 to the 10th is projecting above normal temperatures across the eastern two thirds of the country with the mid west expecting strongly warmer temperatures. The eight to fourteen day forecast is marginally less bearish in that the above normal temperatures are forecast for the eastern half of the country for the period February 8th through the 14th.

As it looks at the moment the first half of the February will likely experience less than normal levels of heating demand for the first half of February and thus not supportive of higher prices or at least not supportive of the market breaking out of the upside of the trading range (about $3.50/mmbtu) during that period.

Read Dominick Chirichella entire article and great chartwork.

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Chevron Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Earnings

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today reported earnings of $7.2 billion ($3.70 per share – diluted) for the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $5.1 billion ($2.58 per share – diluted) in the 2011 fourth quarter. Results in the 2012 period included a gain of $1.4 billion from an upstream asset exchange.

Full year 2012 earnings were $26.2 billion ($13.32 per share – diluted), down 3 percent from $26.9 billion ($13.44 per share – diluted) in 2011. Sales and other operating revenues in the fourth quarter 2012 were $56 billion, down from $58 billion in the year ago period, mainly due to lower crude oil volumes.

“Chevron delivered another very strong year in 2012,” said Chairman and CEO John Watson. “Our upstream portfolio continues to produce excellent results. We’ve now led the industry in earnings per barrel for over three years. Our downstream businesses also delivered highly competitive earnings per barrel.”

“Strong cash flows allowed us to invest aggressively in our major capital projects and to acquire several important, new resource opportunities. We also raised the dividend on our common shares for the 25th consecutive year and continued our share repurchase program, both of which demonstrate our commitment to providing near term, top tier returns to our shareholders”.....Read the entire Chevron earnings report.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

ExxonMobil [XOM] reports fourth quarter 2012 earnings were over $9.9 billion, up 6% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year 2012 earnings were $44.9 billion, up 9% from 2011, with record earnings per share of $9.70.

Capital and exploration expenditures were a record $39.8 billion in 2012 as they continue pursuing opportunities to find and produce new supplies of oil and natural gas to meet global demand for energy.

Capital and exploration expenditures were $12.4 billion, up 24% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Oil equivalent production decreased 5% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production decreased 2%.

Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $14.0 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $0.8 billion. Share purchases to reduce shares outstanding were $5 billion. Dividends per share of $0.57 increased 21% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.....Read the entire ExxonMobil earnings report.

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National Oilwell Varco Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Earnings

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) today reported that for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 it earned net income of $668 million, or $1.56 per fully diluted share. Earnings improved nine percent compared to the third quarter of 2012, and improved 16 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Excluding $51 million in pre-tax transaction charges and a net $69 million tax benefit related to certain U.S. foreign tax credits in the fourth quarter of 2012, net income was $638 million, or $1.49 per fully diluted share, down two percent from the third quarter of 2012, and up nine percent from the fourth quarter of 2011, excluding transaction charges from all periods.

The net $69 million tax benefit resulted from a strategic reorganization of certain foreign operations to more fully integrate recently acquired business groups. Revenues reported for the full year 2012 were $20.04 billion, and net income was $2.49 billion, or $5.83 per fully diluted share. Operating profit for the full year 2012 was $3.55 billion......Read the entire NOV earnings report.

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