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This is a sample of the comprehensive market updates that will be e-mailed to you every Monday through Thursday when you subscribe to "Jim Wyckoff on the U.S. Markets."

Tuesday, Oct. 12—Jim Wyckoff’s Daily Markets Update

© 2002 by Jim Wyckoff Enterprises. It is a violation of international law to redistribute any part of this proprietary content in any form without expressed permission from Jim Wyckoff. This content is reserved for paying subscribers. I will vigorously pursue any and all violators of my copyrights — and they will be prosecuted.Dear Valued Subscriber: Following are today’s significant developments in the U.S. futures markets.

LIVESTOCK: December live cattle closed up $0.05 at $88.72 today. Prices hit a fresh four-week high today and then backed off to close near the session low. Sharp losses in the hog futures limited buying interest in the cattle. Cattle futures prices are still in a wide trading range on the daily bar chart. A close below the September low of $85.35 would provide the bears with some solid downside power. A close above the September high of $89.55 would provide the bulls with fresh, solid upside power. First resistance is seen at $89.00 and then at $89.55. First support is seen at $88.30--this week's low--and then at $88.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0.

November feeder cattle closed up $1.00 at $113.00 today. Prices gapped higher on the daily bar chart and hit a fresh contract high today, but did back off the high by the close. Weaker corn prices fueled the feeder bulls today.
Bulls have the firm technical advantage, and gained more power today. However, if the live cattle futures can't make headway and struggle, then the feeders will also struggle at higher levels, too. First resistance is seen at $113.50--today's contract high--and then at $114.00. First support is seen at $112.75--today's low--and then at $112.20. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 8.0.

December lean hogs closed down the $2.00 limit at $64.30 today. Prices hit a fresh five-week low today on good commodity fund selling pressure and on weaker cash hog prices. Chart damage was inflicted today and odds increased that a near-term top is in place and that prices will trend sideways to lower for the near term, or longer. The next major downside objective for the bears is the August low of $60.40. First resistance is seen at $65.00 and then at $66.00--today's high. First support is seen at $64.00 and then at $63.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0.

(A while back I did buy a put option on December lean hogs. The strike price is $60.00 and I paid $1.90 ($760.00) for the option, which expires in early December.)

February pork bellies closed down $1.30 at $94.20 today. Prices scored a bearish "outside day" down on the daily bar chart today, and closed near the session low. Prices also closed at a fresh four-week low close today. More near-term chart damage was inflicted today and the bears have the solid technical advantage. First support is seen at $94.00 and then at $93.00. First resistance is seen at $95.00 and then at $96.20--today's high. Wyckoff's market Rating: 3.0.

GRAINS: December corn futures closed down 2 1/4 cents at $2.02 1/2 today. What an interesting day in this market! USDA came out with a shocking and extremely bearish U.S. crop production figure of 11.6 billion bushels. That's way above the expectations of traders and is about 10% bigger than last month's USDA estimate. It was also the biggest one-month USDA revision to corn crop production in memory. Dec. corn gapped lower on the opening and set a fresh contract low of $1.97. However, the bears could not press their case farther and prices filled the gap and closed near the session high. Today's price action on the daily bar chart does show the potential for a selling "exhaustion tail" forming--whereby selling interest dries up at lower price levels and prices move back higher. If there is some follow-through buying interest on Wednesday, then that exhaustion tail would be confirmed. A close below today's contract low, which is now strong support, would open the door to more solid downside selling pressure in the near term. Thus, price action the rest of this week will be extra important for the market. First resistance is seen at $2.04 1/2--today's high--and then at $2.06 1/4--this week's high. First support is seen at $2.02 1/2 and then at $2.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 1.5.

November soybeans closed down 26 cents at $5.13 today. Prices gapped lower on the daily bar chart and set a fresh 17-month low today. Prices did close off the session low. A bearish USDA report that showed a record-setting U.S. soybean crop above 3 billion bushels sunk the futures today. Prices today did see a bearish downside "breakout" from a sideways trading pattern on the daily bar chart. A close below today's low of $5.06 would open the door to even further downside pressure this fall. Trading this week will be extra important for both the bulls and bears. If bulls can hold prices above today's low this week, then they would gain a bit of momentum to at least hold prices in a sideways pattern. The latest commitments of traders report shows that the "commodity funds" hold a record net short position in soybean futures. To some, that suggests the extreme bearishness of the market. However, to me it also suggests all of those fund shorts in the soybean market will have to buy back those positions at some point.
First resistance for Nov. beans is seen at 5.17--today's high--and then at $5.25. First support is seen at $5.06--today's low--and then at $5.00. Wyckoff's Market rating: 1.0.

(***Last week I did buy a call option on March soybean futures. The strike price is $5.80 and I paid 17 cents ($850) for the option, which expires in late February.)

December soybean meal closed down $7.90 at $155.40 today. Prices gapped lower on the daily bar chart and did hit a fresh 17-month low today. However, prices did close well off the low. Trading the rest of this week will be extra important. See soybean comments above. Bears are in firm technical command. First resistance comes in at $156.50--today's high--and then at $158.80. First support is seen at $153.40--today's low--and then at $152.50. Wyckoff's market Rating: 1.0.

December bean oil closed down 97 points at 19.98 cents today. Prices gapped lower on the daily bar chart today and hit a fresh 13-month low. Prices did close off the session low today. Price action the rest of this week will be extra important for the bulls and the bears. Right now, the door is opened to more serious downside potential this fall. First resistance is seen at 20.19 cents--today's high--and then at 20.50 cents. First support is seen at 19.80 cents--today's low--and then at 19.50 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 1.0.

December Chicago SRW wheat closed up 8 cents at $3.11 today. Today's USDA report was deemed bullish for wheat, but prices were pulled lower early on, and hit a fresh contract low of $2.97, on the sharp losses in the corn and soybean pits. But then wheat turned around and put in a strong performance to close near the session high. Prices also scored a bullish "outside day" up on the daily bar chart today. If there is good follow-through buying strength on Wednesday, then a bullish "key reversal" up would be confirmed on the daily bar chart, and that would be an early clue that a low is finally in place in this market. First resistance is seen at $3.12 1/2 and then at $3.15. First support lies at $3.05 and then at $3.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0.

December K.C. HRW wheat closed up 5 3/4 cents at $3.39 3/4 today. Prices scored a bullish "outside day" up on the daily bar chart today and closed near the session high, on the bullish USDA data. Good follow-through strength this week would be a solid clue that a near-term low is in place. The bears still have technical control, however. First resistance is seen at $3.41 1/2--today's high--and then at $3.45. First support is seen at $3.35 and then at $3.30. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0.

December oats closed up 3/4 cent at $1.43 1/2 today. Prices hit a fresh two-month low early on, and then rebounded to close near the session high. If there is good follow-through buying this week, then today's low would likely be a near-term low and prices would more likely work sideways to higher in the coming weeks. A close below today's low of $1.38 3/4 would open the door to more downside pressure in the near term, including a possible retest of the July low of $1.28 1/4. First resistance comes in at $1.44 1/2--today's high--and then at $1.47--last week's high. First support is seen at $1.40 and then at $1.38 3/4. Wyckoff's market rating: 3.0.

SOFTS: March sugar closed up 5 points at 9.32 cents today. Prices set another fresh contract high today. Prices have recently seen a bullish upside "breakout" from a congestions area on the daily bar chart, which does suggest more upside price potential in the near term. The next upside objective for the bulls is the psychological resistance level of 10.00 cents. First resistance is seen at 9.37 cents--today's contract high--and then at 9.50 cents. First support is seen at 9.25 cents--today's low-- and then at 9.10 cents. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 8.0.

December coffee closed down 135 points at 74.50 cents today. Prices scored a bearish "outside day" down on the daily bar chart today and hit a fresh four-week low, and closed near the session low. Some more near-term chart damage was inflicted today, and the door is open to more downside pressure in the near term, including a challenge of the August low of 67.90 cents. It's going to take multiple closes back above 80.00 cents to give the bulls some fresh upside momentum. First resistance is seen at 76.55 cents--today's high--and then at 77.00 cents. First support is seen at 74.00 cents and then at 73.00 cents. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 3.0.

December cocoa closed down $20 at $1,440 today. Chart damage has occurred recently. The bears still have the technical advantage at present. A three-month-old downtrend line is in place on the daily bar chart. It's going to take a close above the recent high of $1,543 to give the bulls any fresh upside momentum. First resistance is seen at $1,465--this week's high--and then at $1,480. First support is seen at $1,420 and then at $1,400. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 2.5.

December cotton closed down 173 points at 44.79 cents today. Prices gapped sharply lower on the daily bar chart and hit a fresh two-month low today in the wake of a bearish USDA report today. Even hurricane damage to the cotton crop did not put a big dent in the massive U.S. cotton crop production. Prices did close off the session low. Now, a close below today's low of 43.75 would produce even more chart damage and open the door to a move to the contract low of 42.60 cents, scored in August. The bears remain in firm technical control. A six-week-old downtrend is in place on the daily bar chart. First resistance is seen at 45.50 cents--today's high--and then at 46.40 cents--the top of today's downside gap on the daily chart. First support is seen at 43.75 cents--today's low--and then at 42.60 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 1.5.

November orange juice closed up 160 points at 85.35 cents today. Today's USDA orange crop report was termed bullish, showing a smaller-than-expected U.S. crop in the wake of hurricane damage. However, prices did close near the session low, and this is a bit worrisome for the bulls. The recent "collapse in volatility" made me suspect a bigger price move was on the horizon, and we got that bigger move today. Bulls still have the technical advantage. Next resistance comes in at 86.30 cents--today's high--and then at 87.00 cents. First support is seen at 84.00 cents and then at 82.50 cents--the top of a gap area on the daily bar chart. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 7.0.

November lumber futures closed down $1.30 at $309.10 today. Prices closed at a fresh contract low close today as the strong bear market rolls on. Bears are in full command. Their next downside objective is the $300.00 level. The market is now short-term oversold, technically, and due for a short-covering bounce very soon. Look for more high volatility in the near term. Next resistance is seen at $315.90--this week's high--and then at $320.00. First support is seen at $308.30--the contract low--and then at $305.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 1.0.

METALS: December COMEX gold futures closed down $6.80 at $416.60 today. Prices closed near the session low today on profit taking from recent gains and on the rebound in the U.S. dollar versus the major currencies today. No serious chart damage occurred in gold today and this pullback after recent strong gains is not unexpected. Bulls still have the technical edge at present and there are no warning signals of a topping process. However, strong follow-through selling pressure this week would produce some near-term chart damage. A 5.5-month-old uptrend line remains in place on the daily bar chart. First resistance is seen at $420.00 and then at $422.50. Support is seen at $414.20--today's low--and then at $412.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.0.

December silver futures closed down 19.7 cents at $7.055 an ounce today. Prices backed off a bit today on good profit-taking pressure after hitting a 5.5 month high Friday. No serious chart damage was inflicted today. Bulls are still in technical control. Their next major upside objective is psychological resistance at the $8.00 level. First resistance is seen at $7.265--today's high--and then at $7.34--last week's high. Next support is seen at $6.96--today's low--and then at $6.90. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.5.

December N.Y. copper closed down 205 points at 144.80 cents today. Prices backed off today on profit-taking pressure from recent strong gains, and no serious chart damage occurred. Bulls remain strong. The next upside objective for the bulls is longer-term resistance at the 150.00 level. First resistance is seen at 146.90 cents--today's high--and then at 148.20 cents--the contract high. First support is seen at 142.30--today's low--and then at 141.00 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 8.0.

ENERGIES: November crude oil closed down $1.13 at $52.51 a barrel today. Prices hit another fresh all-time high of $54.05 a barrel today. However, prices then backed off sharply and closed near the session low, and scored a bearish "outside day" down on the daily bar chart. Now, if there is strong follow-through selling pressure on Wednesday, a bearish key reversal down on the daily bar chart would be confirmed. That would be one early technical clue that a near-term top is in place. Would-be top pickers still do not want to stand in front of this steaming locomotive. First resistance is seen at $53.00 and then at $54.05--the contract high. First support is seen at $52.00 and then at $51.00. Wyckoff's market rating: 9.0.

November heating oil closed down 162 points at $1.4545 today. Prices hit another fresh contract high today and then backed off to close near the session low. Look for more volatile trading in the near term. First resistance lies at $1.4870--the contract high--and then at $1.5000. First support is seen at $1.4500--today's low--and then at $1.4400. Wyckoff's market rating: 9.0.

November unleaded gasoline closed down 247 points at 1.3803 today. Prices scored a bearish "outside day" down on the daily bar chart and closed near the session low. Look for more high volatility in the near term. Bulls are still strong. Stiff resistance is seen at 1.4150--the contract high--and then at 1.4200. First support is seen at 1.3750--today's low--and then at 1.3600. Wyckoff's Market rating: 8.0.

November natural gas closed down 35.7 cents at $6.636 today. Prices gapped sharply lower on the daily bar chart today and closed near the session low. Chart damage was inflicted today, and follow-through selling pressure on Wednesday would produce more serious chart damage. There is stiff resistance at the $6.60 area. Would-be top pickers still do not want to stand in front of this market, either. This market is still a gunslinger's market at present. Trading has become extremely volatile in nat gas. Look for more high volatility in the near term. First resistance is seen at $6.87--today's high--and then at $7.00. First support is seen at $6.60 and then at $6.50. Wyckoff's market rating: 6.5.

CRB Index: The cash index closed down 3.82 at 284.42 today. Prices pulled back today on large losses in the energies, and in soybeans, hogs and cotton futures. Prices just Monday scored a fresh all-time high today. Bulls are still in technical control of the CRB. Commodity price inflation is here and it is not going away any time soon. This is good news for commodities market bulls. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 8.0.

STOCKS, FINANCIALS, CURRENCIES: The December Euro currency closed down 96 points at 1.2317 today. Prices today backed off from last Friday's sharp gains, in the wake of a Euro-bullish U.S. jobs report. Bulls still have the technical advantage, but a close below the 1.2200 area would give the bears some fresh near-term momentum. A close above the July high of 1.2455 would provide the bulls with solid upside technical power. However, that price level has proven elusive the past couple months. First resistance for the Euro lies at 1.2387--today's high--and then at 1.2439--the September high. Next support is seen at 1.2284--today's low--and then at 1.2250. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.0.

The December Japanese yen closed down 25 points at .9142 today. Prices backed off a bit today on profit taking from big gains on Friday. Bulls still have some momentum from those big gains, and a close above Friday's high of .9182 would provide the bulls with some power to challenge the August high of .9243. Bears remain in overall technical control, however. First resistance is seen at .9182--Friday's high--and then at .9200. First support is seen at .9113--today's low--and then at .9100. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0.

The December Swiss franc closed down 49 points at .7974 today. Prices today took back about half of Friday's big gains. Prices are right back in the middle an uptrending channel on the daily bar chart. Bears remain in technical control. First resistance is seen at .8018--today's high--and then at .8040--last week's high. First support is seen at .7949--today's low--and then at .7920. Wyckoff's market rating: 4.0.

The December Australian dollar futures closed down 44 points at .7271 today. Prices backed off today on profit-taking pressure after strong gains Friday that pushed prices to a fresh six-month high. Bulls still have the solid technical advantage. First resistance is seen at .7302--today's high--and then at .7323--last week's high. Next support is seen at .7225--today's low--and then at .7200. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 7.0.

The December Canadian dollar closed down 35 points at .7949 today. Prices backed off on profit-taking pressure today after hitting a fresh contract high Friday. Bulls are still technically very strong. A five-month-old uptrend line is in place on the daily bar chart. First resistance is seen at .7971--today's high--and then at .7994--last week's contract high. First support is seen at .7929--today's low--and then at .7900. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 8.0.

The December British pound closed down 69 points at 1.7797 today. Not much new. The bears have technical control of this market. It's going to take a close above 1.8150 to give the bulls some solid upside technical momentum. First resistance is seen at 1.7909--today's high--and then at 1.8000. First support is seen at 1.7761--today's low--and then at 1.7700. A close below the September low of 1.7569 would give the bears serious downside power. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0.

The December U.S. dollar index closed up 48 points at 88.15 today. Prices closed near the session high on short covering in a bear market today. Prices sunk sharply last Friday and hit a fresh contract low in the wake of a bearish U.S. jobs report. Bears remain in overall technical control. A close below last Friday's contract low of 87.44 would create more serious chart damage and open the door to more solid downside pressure in the near term. Next resistance lies at 88.32--today's high--and then at 88.60. First support is seen at 88.00 and then at 87.73--today's low. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0.

December U.S. T-Bonds closed up 11/32 at 112 16/32 today. Prices today saw follow-through buying after strong gains on Friday, in the wake of a bullish U.S. jobs report. Now, the bulls have some fresh upside power and a challenge of the contract high of 114 3/32, scored last month, is likely in the near term. A close back below the 109 even level would give the bears some good downside technical momentum. First resistance is seen at 112 23/32--today's high--and then at 113 even. First support is seen at 112 2/32--today's low--and then at 111 16/32. Wyckoff's market rating: 6.5.

December U.S. T Notes closed up 7.5 (32nds) at 112.26.0 today. Prices hit a fresh two-week high today, and bulls have some fresh technical power. A challenge of the September high of 113.25.5 is likely in the near term.
First resistance is seen at 112.31.5--today's high--and then at 113.16.0. First support is seen at 112.17.5--today's low--and then at 112.00.0. Wyckoff's market rating: 6.5.

GENERAL STOCK MARKET COMMENT: The stock indexes closed lower today in more lackluster trading. Overall, look for choppier trading in the indexes heading into the November U.S. presidential election.

The December Nasdaq futures closed down 3.00 at 1,439.50 today. Prices did close near the session high today. We may have seen a minor selling "exhaustion tail" form on the daily bar chart today, whereby selling interest dried up at lower price levels and prices rebounded. Bulls will need to show some power this week, to keep their technical edge. First resistance is seen at 1,450.00 and then at 1,480.00--last week's high. First support is seen at 1,419.00--today's low--and then at 1,400.00. Wyckoff's market rating: 5.5.

The December S&P 500 futures closed down 3.60 at 1,122.40 today. Bulls still have the slight technical advantage on a near-term basis, but need to step up and show some power this week to keep it. First resistance is seen at 1,126.80--this week's high--and then at 1,130.00. First support is seen at 1,116.00--today's low--and then at 1,110.00. Wyckoff's market rating: 5.5.

The December Dow futures closed down 18 points at 10,068 today. Bears have the slight near-term technical advantage, as this remains the weak sister of the three major U.S. stock indexes. First resistance in the Dow lies at 10,100 and then at 10,150. First support is seen at 10,010--today's low--and then at 9,970--the September low. Wyckoff's market rating: 4.0.

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