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Volitility Returns; at Important Level March 30, 2018

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March 29, 2018 – A short week this week but at seen below, price volatility is back and we’re at / close to my “spring level”.  This “spring level” (6880) is important because that’s the nearest price where buyers “came into the market” on a weekly basis.  It’s the low price of a Wyckoff “significant bar”.  IF this is an Accumulation structure, this price level would be logical for the price to bounce off of and head higher.

That remains to be seen as next week is a holiday week and volumes are expected to be light.  If this level does not hold, then we could very likely be headed lower and the whole price structure scenario would have to change.  The big wild card is the news.  And with that, anything could happen to spook investors.  It would take much in this weak market environment.  The damage was done, now the market has to prove itself.  Earnings season is just around the corner.

Many major sectors remain “bearish”, but I’m playing it safe with only a small position short Latin America and short Japan.  It won’t take much on Monday to close these positions out; any hint of strength would do it.

Happy Easter & Happy Passover to all.  Have a good week.     ……….  Tom  ……….

Chart courtesy of MetaStock; used with permission.

A Weak Market Driven by News March 25, 2018

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March 23, 2018 – The old saying “A weak market reacts to bad news, while a strong market ignores it.”, holds true again.  This is not the same “go-go” market that ended in early February.  Reality is setting in, and the market is not happy with all of the unknowns that are floating around.  The reactions on Thursday and Friday of last week showed that investors prefer to “sell and ask questions later”; and they did.

Now, a good portion of those drops were driven my computer algos, which eccentrically “dog pile” on top of any move.  But someone had to get the direction down started.  The rest was amplified.

Our support levels (red & blue) were blown through.  OK, now what?  A possible scenario would be for the market to drop to around the 6880 level (my projected “spring area”) before finding a base.  IF this bullish price structure is to hold, it would then have to stabilize and go higher, at least bad into the “long term channel”.  IF the 6880 level is broken solidly on a close, I’m concerned that increased selling will enter into the market.  I note that the Volume & Money Flow indicators turned negative early last week.  Market Sentiment is now bearish as well.

Here’s a bit longer term view of the damage as indicated by the stock in the S&P 1500 Index:

Price Strength (above) is certainly negative.

And we see that selling (Distribution) has entered the market.

At this point I’ve “hedged” my positions by buying a “Bear Market” fund; one that goes up when the market goes down.  I’m using the NASDAQ 100 Index as my proxy for “The Market”, but the Dow or S&P 500 should work equally as well.  I’m watching that 6880 level and how my stocks are reacting vs. the market.  Selling the weak ones (selectively) won’t hurt; it’s nice to have cash at a market low.

Have a good week and be careful.       ………. Tom ……….

Back in the Channel Again March 17, 2018

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March 16, 2018 – The NASDAQ Composite is “Back in the (Saddle) Channel Again” . . . guess I’m showing my age.  🙂  But in any case prices have returned to that “Long Term Channel” (gray on the chart).  That’s great but there are some signs of at least a slowing of the advance (chart below).

Sentiment (top) remains positive but Money Flow & Volume Flow are slowing / weakening.   My new Price Strength indicator also shows a “Neutral” status.  The 7332 level is the first support level with 7205 being more of a “primary” level.  Breaking these will raise concerns.

It’s been a while since I’ve shown the S&P 1500 stocks in the pie chart format, so let’s look at them.  The % of stocks in a Price Strength position:

This confirms the recent advances, but Neutral is about equal to Strong, which indicates the moves are not universal; one should be selective for sure.

Next are the % of the 1500 stocks in Accumulation (buying) and Distribution (selling) status:

Not much revealed here.  This was not a great week for the previous leaders (Tech. Semiconductors, Internet), the big movers were more defensive in nature such as Utilities and Real Estate.  IF this is an early move to a defensive position we should monitor those sectors closely next week for follow through and clues.

I am 80% invested, having paired down a few lagging stocks.  If my Price Strength indicator softens more I’ll continue to raise Cash and / or hedge positions.  Have a good week.        ………… Tom  …………

Price chart by MetaStock; pie chart & table by http://www.HighGrowthStock.com. Used with permission.

Market at New High March 11, 2018

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Mar. 9, 2019 – Friday was a very good day for the US stock markets.  We reached a new high on the NASDAQ Composite Index and the “Price Strength” indicator recorded a “Very Strong” reading.  While I feel that this market remains susceptible to news, we should recognize this strength.

During this past week I’ve increase exposure to the market with my Growth Stock model nearly fully invested and my Market Index model 90% invested.  It’s actually quite scary to be fully invested as the markets make new highs, because of the increased risk, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t change our minds if prices should weaken and volume picks up as well.

Here are the Top Performing Sectors in this market, short term:

Have a good week.    …….. Tom  ……..

Price chart by MetaStock; pie chart & table by http://www.HighGrowthStock.com. Used with permission.

A Change of Character March 3, 2018

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Mar. 2, 2018 – Years ago I took a 6 week course in evaluating mutual funds from Michael Price; a very nice and knowledgeable fellow.  One thing (of many) that stood out during his instruction was the comment “markets will react poorly to news in weak markets, but shrug off bad news during strong markets.”  As Yogi Bera said, “You can tell a lot just by looking.”  What we’ve seen is the reaction to an event (the VIX rotation debacle) in an over bought market, but with a foundational shift.  That shift is (I believe) concern about this administration; what it is doing and what it has done.  Case in point is the +400 point drop in the Dow over Trump’s comments about tariffs.  Markets don’t like uncertainty, and now we’ve got it over a multitude of fronts; and it’s not likely to stop soon.

It appears that the reaction after the peak in late January signals a change in character for this market.  That doesn’t mean that we’re in a Bear market, but it could mean that we certainly can’t expect advances like we’ve had over the past year.  Corporate earnings will be strong; the tax cut has nearly assured that, but that’s “old news” now.  I think that any significant bad news will likely shake this market again.  The analogy is “2 steps forward & one step back”.  We’ll make progress, but it will be slow, selective and choppy.  We’re entering into a stock pickers market.

OK, enough editorializing. Sentiment has turned positive, Money and Volume Flow indicators are lethargic at best, so I’ll call them neutral.  We’re currently bouncing off that blue Resistance level around 7332, with the Price Strength indicator very lightly Bullish.

I’m selectively buying positions in Technology and leading Internet companies.  My sector model does not show enough strength to jump in with any more funds at the moment, so I’ll stay mainly in Cash in that model.

The pie chart below should give you an overall view of the health of this market:

Stocks in the broad S&P 1500 Index that are positioned in relation to their 52 Week High price.

Stocks in the S&P 1500 Index that are currently in Accumulation (buying), Distribution (selling) or Neutral.

That’s all for now.  I’m being careful and selective and “expecting the unexpected” in this environment.  Have a good week.   ….  Tom  ….

Price chart by MetaStock; pie chart & table by http://www.HighGrowthStock.com. Used with permission.

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