4/13/22 The Win for Coal, Growth Concerns (are bullish)


Yesterday markets gapped up when the CPI inflation reading come in at 8.5% year-over-year. The highest level since 1982, 40 years ago.

The Nasdaq was up 2% near the open.

But by the end of the day, the major three indexes closed 0.3% in the red. The Russell 2000 held onto a 0.3% gain, though still closed near its lows.

The decline was slow and controlled. But there were still winners.

Coal stocks rose, I’ve added CEIX, AMR, and BTU to the watchlist below.

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Last Friday the EU announced another round of sanctions against Russia and President Putin. That included a ban on Russian coal.

Politico called the move a “short-term win for coal.” Yesterday the market agreed.


At writing the VIX is still below 25. I believe the market could move substantially lower if this level fails to hold. This the main indicators I’m watching right now.

VIX Daily Candles – Chart via thinkorswim

RSI levels and the put-to-call ratio aren’t telling me anything at the moment.

Bank of America released its monthly survey of investment bankers and found that “Global growth optimism [is] at [an] all-time low.”

But I believe that is good news for the stock market because all the negativity is priced in. Historically this marks a strong buying opportunity. I’m still building positions in my favorite beaten-down stocks.


The Producer Price Index (PPI) inflation data drops at 8:30 am this morning.

And we’ll get the first look at earnings for Q1. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will report earnings premarket.

Just two days left in the short week.


*Low Float
^Open Position

*IPI has support at $100
*AMR has support at $140
CEIX has support at $40
^ASRT has resistance at $3.50, support at $3
SGML has support at $15
^VERU is on watch
^BORR has support at $4, resistance at $4.50
GOGO has support at $22
^LXU has support at $22
BTU has support at $28
^NAT has support at $2.50
^BRCC has support at $30

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