Today was the day when those âpowers that beâ announced they are âreally serious this timeâ. Over lunch, French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel called for a new European Union treaty that include automatic sanctions for countries that violate rules to keep government deficits in check. They hope to decide on the changes by March. This is ahead of Thursdayâs ECB rate decision and a summit of EU leaders in Brussels. CFTC approved a rule that puts tighter limits on how brokerage firms can use customer funds. As both of these items essentially already have rules and regulations on the books, we wonder if they will receive the same focus on enforcement going forward. Markets reacted in sympathy, boosting the Equities and selected physical markets higher and pressuring the US Dollar and Treasuries. By early afternoon, however, talk that S&P is on the verge of downgrading France, Germany and several other triple-A rated sovereigns set this move back on its heels. Currencies:____ 05Dec With the French and German Euro-zone debt discussions continuing to provide hope, there has been a modest anti-US Dollar rally and subsequent sell-off from their highs. There has largely been sideways action from the extremes caused by last weekâs intervention. It seems like the various FX markets are waiting for the next externally driven market dynamic. This week has a relative dearth of data releases, chiefly sentiment/confidence indicators. Look for news out of the Euro-zone as the most likely candidate for some sort dynamic producer. However, further news out of Asia could make an impact, too. The uncertainty in the Euro-zone shows up in our European currencies, including the untracked Swiss Franc, all having RSIs close by the indecisive and mid-level 50 level. Aussie: 05Dec Even with the late session weakness, the Aussie remains our strongest currency. It sits right above the still rising 200-day Moving Average. It now appears as if 1.0300, which the Aussie has been unable to stay above for more than a few minutes, is acting as the nearest term resistance. Volume figures point to a consolidation of last weekâs gains as other dynamics work their way out. On a recent historical basis, the recent Momentum turns have lasted slightly less than a month. Given that recent history, look for a likely positively biased Aussie though about year-end. This may be subject to a sudden shift if the fundamental dynamic change. Seasonal Snapshot:All three patterns firming until the end of the year. British: 05Dec With thesizable intervention led action now in the rear view mirror, Sterling remains in a consolidation pattern. Which direction it breaks out to is now the question. If itâs positive, itâs likely on a shorter-term pattern basis with a reasonable breakout above 1.570. If itâs negative however, itâs in keeping with the bearish action from late October highs. This targets a lower low than late Nov and possibly the early Oct lows below 1.52. Of note is that our latest shift in Momentum was after a materially shorter period than the previous 2 shifts. Sterling also remains well below the 200-day Moving Average, which is still declining. Seasonal Snapshot: The 5yr is diverting from the 15&30yr: 5yr continues the descent into the end of the year, the 15&30yr move higher. Canadian : 05Dec The Loonie participated in the early AM rally to levels close to the initial rally levels from last weekâs intervention. Since peaking near 9 AM Central this AM, it fell to test the 9800 support and bounced back into the congestion near the lower end of the post intervention action. The 200-day MA is still declining which is counter to the current daily Momentum Seasonal Snapshot:All three patterns are weak through the end of the year. Dollar Index: 05Dec While the post intervention action has clearly been consolidative and its daily Momentum shifted negative, its 200-day Moving Average still seems to be bottoming. The tug of war going on between longer-term and shorter-term action is definitely worth paying attention to. Without further external actions by authorities, we expected previous pricing dynamics to resume their directional bias, regardless of our current technical tone. Seasonal Snapshot: Choppy consolidation with a downward bias until year end. Euro-FX: 05Dec If you stand back from the picture of last weekâs noisy intervention led rally, the Euro remains in decidedly negatively biased bearish pattern. However, if as expected, the Euro-zone leaders canât figure out how to put the debt crisis genie back in the bottle, we expect to see more negative action in the future. We look at current action as being not so much as positive as less negative in toneâ¦for now. However, watch the and tighten risk controls if the Euro again looks to be breaking down against the recent lows near 1.32. Some sort of artificial government dynamic is likely there. Seasonal Snapshot: A more positive bias until the end of the year. Yen: 05Dec We remain with some of the same comment from last week, that for all intents and purposes the Yen has gone nowhere post intervention. Daily momentum is still negative and our shorter RSI indicates some modest downward upward pressure as well. Though there are fundamental reasons to short the Yen, the technical picture is not yet clear.12800 shows as strong support. Seasonal Snapshot: Consolidation with a downward bias ion all three patterns until year end. Energies: 05Dec Warmer temperatures may be constraining Heating Oilâs participation in the resumption of the Petro sectorâs upward bias. It is still lagging the recent positive turn in Crude and RBOBâs Momentum. Consequently, be watchful of Crude and RBOBâs historically Overbot conditions. Seasonal Snapshot: All three tracked Petro markets are in a pronounced negative bias until mid December. Crude: 05Dec A Doji Candle, indecison day after squirting higher overnight. The 200-Day Moving Average (95.90) continues to provide support in the recent wide, volatile consolidation range, capped at 102.00. Momentum is about to go positive, but beware the fact that the market is revisiting Overbot conditions again. Volume is trending lower after Tuesdayâs monster bounce off the 200-day moving average. NatGas/b]: 05Dec The weekendâs warmer temperatures undermined our positively tilting technical picture which would be in keeping with our view that NatGas is attempting to build a base around the 3.50 level. All thatâs lacking is cold weather. Watch this market and Northern temperatures carefully for the next several weeks. A protracted cold spell would be needed to chew through the record storage levels to produce a supply side rally. Without it, look for a further test of the 3.45 support, now in the Jan, Feb, and March contracts. Seasonal Snapshot: The 15 & 30yr patterns are pointed strongly to the downside through the end of the year. The 5yr is sideways with a mild downward bias. Equities: 05Dec Our rising Rates of Change are keeping Momentums positive, but all three markets we track are well off their highs as of this writing. As we noted last Friday, the complete reversal of our RSI for all three tracked markets (from the teens last week to the mid 70âs, as of this writingâ¦ too far, too fast) makes the market vulnerable for a fall. The SPâs 200-day Moving Average and falling trend line resistance at 1260 is providing resistance, but both the Dow and NASDAQ have broken out above. Indeed, the Dow has led the charge higher and is flirting with the mid November highs. Neither the SP nor NASDAQ can boast this dynamic. Watch these previous highs: SP1285 Dow 12200 NASDAQ 2400 Although Volume across the sector exploded on Wednesdayâs rally, it has fallen off a cliff on the last two sessionsâ quiet consolidation. Seasonal Snapshot: The SP & Dowâs 15&30yr patterns are in an uptrend for the rest of the year. The NASDAQâs upward pattern has been in place since the middle of July and continues until the end of the year. Grains:05Dec Consolidation and retracement from overextension to the downside has been the theme for the last several sessions. Todayâs negative action keeps the pressure on, however, and targets the recent lows. Corn:05Dec The March contractâs consolidation fulcrum remains at 6.00, but a move below the double bottom at 5.85 would cement the negative technical picture and a harbinger for more losses. Recent strength has seen March fail to break out above the declining trend line that dates back to the 11/9 high. Volume has declined since last Wednesdayâs rally. Seasonal Snapshot: The 5yr pattern leads the choppy 15&30yr patterns gently higher until the end of February. Soybeans: 05Dec Momentum has moved positive and the RSI is headed higher off of Oversold levels. However, the 200-day Moving Average is still falling and the Jan contract is still struggling with falling trend line resistance at todayâs highs. That fact and the January resistance at 1165 should provide a drag on positive performance. Seasonal Snapshot: Consolidation in the 30yr pattern and more choppy in the 5&15 yr ends in mid Dec when all three take a more positive tone through the end of the year.