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Expecting a Bounce Higher, Then . . . . October 27, 2018

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Oct. 26, 2018 – A very volatile week.  Many “percents” down, then up, then back down again.  This market is very oversold so I’m expecting a bounce higher early next week; likely to around the 7445 area on the NASDAQ Composite Index.  IF it closes above the 7520 level (green dashed line) I may have second thoughts that a V bottom could be in place.  But for now a good Wyckoff-ian would be looking for a Selling Climax; that final whoosh down on high volume.   Not seeing it yet.

Volume has been picking up on down bars but not that big capitulation move yet.  The next level down (of a significant bar) would be around the 6880 level (red dashed).  I had to go way back to late February to find that level.  There has been significant damage done, but I think many are looking to “buy the dips” and are not ready to admit that the character of this market may have changed.  Earnings, especially guidance going forward, has been mixed.  Perhaps this market is mature and the economy is in a slower growth period?  Folks may have to come to grips with this being a real correction.  That being said, we would expect that Selling Climax (where people give up & sell), then a rally, then a base being built before re-accumulation of stocks once again begins.

Here’s what I mean about damage in the market.  The pie charts below show the percentage of stocks in the S&P 1500 Index that are currently in what phase.

Price Strength –

Accumulation / Distribution –There is a lot of red in those pie charts and it will take some time to work that off.  The possibility of a net neutral (or close to it) for the year is a possibility.

Sector Strength (short term)Just to be clear, a strong sector just means that it may not be “as bad as” the market as a whole.  The point is that many of these sectors are defensive and not the high growth types that we’ve seen over the past 3-4 years.

Right now I’m a little net short on market indexes, short International and short Oil.  All of these could change quickly next week as they are in a mature moves right now; expecting things to change.

House Keeping:  I try to get this commentary out during the weekend, but since that time is precious to me (I don’t have to watch the markets), it can vary from Friday to Sunday night.  Always looking for comments & feedback.  Take Care & have a Good Week.        ……….  Tom  ……….

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

Not Much New; Maybe Next Week October 19, 2018

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Oct. 19, 2018 – As the headline reads, “Not Much New; Maybe Next Week”, pretty much sums up the past week ending just about where it began.  We’ve had a few earnings reports but the big ones start to roll in next week.  Those earnings and the forward guidance could very well likely tip this market one way or the other.  It sure seems like the momentum & feel indicate a move lower and there are many investors waiting for something to propel the market in one direction or the other.

We’re right at the infamous 200 day moving average on many US indexes and recent behavior would say that is a “buy the dips” place to jump in.  But this time things just feel “different”.  Small Cap(ital) stocks and Tech stocks are weak . . . very weak.  So where is the leadership coming to drive this market higher?  Not the Drugs or Financials.  Consumer stocks have already made a big move . . .  so where?

The answer must be some super blow off earnings that is totally unexpected; or a news item.  A China trade deal could do it, but that doesn’t seem to be happening soon.  Hence the “feel” of going lower.
The broad NASDAQ Composite Index chart above shows the weakness and a lack of commitment in any direction in the short term.  We can’t break above the 7700 level and fell back to the 7443 level.  The next target (lower) would be 7205.  All of the indicators on the chart remain bearish for now.

Let’s look at how the stocks in the S&P 1500 Index are holding up.  The pie charts graphically show the percent of those 1500 stocks that are in Accumulation (buying), Distribution (selling) and their Price Strength (over the past 20 days).  There’s a lot of red there, but that’s not surprising.

Accumulation / Distribution –Price Strength –What I found interesting is answering the question “So just what stocks are doing well?”.  “Well” is a matter of perspective, since it’s being compared to all other stocks in the index, “Well” could be just “Better Than” everything else.   But the sectors that are doing “Well” and holding their own are centered around Utilities and Consumer Foods; all defensive sectors.  Another sign perhaps that no one is buying this dip right now.

I have slowly sold off weak stocks and “Hedged Out” (with a bear fund) the rest of my holdings.  The only things looking relatively OK from a sector fund perspective are Rising (interest) Rates and Stronger Dollar.  We need to be patient right now.  The time to buy will come, we just don’t know when just yet.

Have a good week & let me know what you like me to cover (or not to cover).  Always happy to get feedback.  Cheers !  … Tom  …

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

Expecting a Bounce Higher, then . . . October 14, 2018

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Oct. 12, 2018 –  Well now, quite a week !  This was not a surprise but the speed that it unfolded was rather rapid to say the least.  With the number of “Algo Traders” (a.k.a. computers that trade without human intervention) we shouldn’t be surprised by how fast market can move now a days.  So what next?

We started to see potential issues with this market over a week ago when it struggled to make a new high; I’ve labeled that point “Failure” on the chart above.  All of the indicators on the chart are Bearish but let’s look at price levels.  Yes, we blew through the 7700 level and are now (possibly) stalling out in the 7443 area.  Friday had a good close, so it’s reasonable to expect a bounce higher soon.  Going back up to around 7700 would be a likely estimate for a bounce higher, and possibly all the way up to 7933 just to fake everybody out.

The real test will be what happens during that bounce.  Will sellers use that as an opportunity to sell into strength (watch volume), and then head back down again?  We won’t know until that shows itself but we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out.  My next (lowest) support level is 7205.  Folks are getting nervous about stocks being overvalued and the continued issue of high tariffs with China.  BTW, those 25% tariffs won’t click in until after the new year.  Will importers “front load” to beat them?  Watch for inventories and not shipping tonnage.

Sector wise there’s not anything worth talking about except for Rising Rates and perhaps Rising Dollar funds.  I’m still watching Latin America; it is volitile.  Right now I’ve cut back on stocks and have a fairly substantial hedge on the rest of the portfolios.  “Hedge” meaning short the Russell Small Cap index and the NASDAQ 100 Index.  Both small caps and technology got hammered; it’s the value thing again.

That’s all for now.  Have a good week.     …………  Tom  ………..

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October Swoon October 7, 2018

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Oct. 5, 2018 – The “September Swoon” came a little late this year.  I guess they had to wait for the 3rd quarter to end and report, but this was not unexpected.  The only question was when.  The next question is “how far”.  I’m sticking with my 7700 target on the NASDAQ but also added the next level down at 7604.

What happens on Monday (10-8) will be a big indicator of where this market is headed.  I’d anticipate retail investors to sell on Monday morning; what happens after that will be key.  Do the “big guys” come in after the selling slows to buy the dip or do they also sell or just sit on their hands?  Friday was a average volume day closing off the lows after two high volume days on Wednesday & Thursday.  Indicating that in the short term perhaps the selling is over.  But that doesn’t mean buying will replace it.  The market can fall on low volume . . . . because nobody is buying (no one to hit the “ask”).

No surprise that all indicators on the chart above are bearish, but lets look at what lead up to this point.  For over a month now the price of the S&P 500 Index has been going higher, but the number of stocks making new highs has declined, while the number making new lows has increased.
This is just one of the many “market breath” indicators, but it does point out that the market index was being held up by fewer and fewer stocks; not a good sign.

Looking at the number of stocks in the very broad S&P 1500 Index we see a confirmation of that broad weakness.

# of Stocks in Accumulation / Distribution –# of Stocks in a Strong or Weak phase –There is a fair amount of red in both pie charts, maybe indicating that this time is different and “buying the dips” may have to wait a while.

Last thing I wanted to show is a price chart of Bitcoin, the Crypto currency.  These and other pseudo currencies have been the rage over the past year with hyperbolic rises and falls.  No judgement, just showing what can happen when everyone wants to jump aboard and then fade out.  Reminds me of the old J.P. Morgan comment that “when the barber and the shoeshine boy ask about buying, that’s a sign of a top”.
I am partially hedged as “insurance”; will add more or reduce as necessary.  Time to honor stops and trim out holdings that are weaker than the market.  That’s it for now, be careful out there.  ……  Tom  …..

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


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