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Ditto . . . Not Much Change June 18, 2018

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June 15, 2018 – I’m on the road so this will be brief; but then again, not much has changed.  The market continues to shrug off trade tariff and political issues, so the status quo remains in effect.  The steady rise continues (note chart below), and thus we must follow until weakness appears.

The very near term warning level would be around 7669 (a 3 bar low), with the major concern coming in at the 7354 level.  But so far, we see none of that weakness, however a pause would be totally appropriate in here.  I remain looking for opportunities in Consumer Services & Goods as well as Internet and Healthcare.  I’m “short” Latin America.

More details next week, but really not much has changed.  Continue to “ride the wave”.  Have a good week.  …  Tom  …

Market Backs Off at Previous High June 10, 2018

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June 8, 2018 – Not much progress this past week.  The market appears to be pausing at the previous swing high of 7610 that happened on March 12 (dashed blue line below).  That’s not a surprise with all of the potential international news happening after Friday’s close; the G-7 meeting and North Korea next week.  No need to put “new money” into this market just yet.

But the market remains strong and positive.  Sentiment, Money & Volume Flows are all good.  We remain in the upward price channel and the support price line (red) is now at 7354; that’s where “problems” will most likely come to bear.  So, until something out of the blue happens, we monitor which sectors are strongest in this market.  The table below indicates where the strength lies in the short term. (color coded by percentile; green is strongest, etc.)

That’s about it for now.  I’m nearly fully invested but watching (always) for weakness; not much there now.  Have a good week.  ……….  Tom  ………..

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

Market Lift Off June 3, 2018

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June 1, 2018 – OK, we had a break out higher this week.  The 7421 level (resistance) was broken and we also have a new support level at 7354.  “Support” is the low where the “last buying” came into the market (a.k.a. a Wyckoff “Significant Bar”).  IF, the 7354 level gets broken (on a close) it would likely signal a change in character for this market; especially if were to come on higher than normal volume.  But, for the time being Market Sentiment is bullish as are the Money and Volume Flow indicators.

For the time being, we’ve got to continue being invested.  That doesn’t mean we can’t rotate toward stronger stocks in stronger sector though.  What I do find unusual is that small cap and NASDAQ stocks are generally doing better than the large cap stocks (i.e. S&P 500 & Dow Industrials).  The tax changes and regulation changes are now been factored into price.  What is next to drive prices higher?  It got to be corporate profits and positive geo-political news.  Europe (Italy and German banks) are having a tough time and that has spilled over to Latin America.  Something to monitor.  The North Korean, China trade and European tariff issues remain as well.

Looking at the stocks in the broad S&P 1500 index (below) we generally see a fair amount of green and a minimal amount of red.  These longer term indicators are pointing in a positive direction.

S&P 1500 Stocks Price Strength –

S&P 1500 Stocks in Accumulation / Distribution –That’s it for this week.  Take Care.    ………..  Tom  ……….

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

Sluggish Market May 26, 2018

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May 25, 2018 – Not much movement in market in general this week.  The S&P 500 index was up a modest 0.31%.  Most of the market movement was in mid and small cap stocks (i.e. non-S&P 500).  Note the broad NASDAQ Composite Index remained bogged down near the 7421 level.  We’ve talked about the significance of that level last week as being the last point were “buying came into the market”.  What is needed to move higher is more buying, but it looks like investors are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach.

Geo-political issues continue to cause caution.  Q: Why invest new money when things are bouncing around so much?  Good point.  Oil got hit hard late last week with comments coming out of Saudi Aribia.  Note how far Oil fell in the table below (red circle); was in the top 5 last week.  That may be a short term reaction, but we’ll have to wait and see next week.  Indicators remain bullish / positive, but it sure would be nice to see a decisive break above 7421 (blue line on the chart).  Not much else to say right now so I’ll close with a look at sector strength in the US stock market.

Take Care & have a good week.       ………  Tom  ……..

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

Market Meets Resistance May 19, 2018

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May 18, 2018 – The market (as measured by the broad NASDAQ Composite Index) met resistance near the 7421 level (blue line).  All week long it hovered around that level and just couldn’t break through it decisively. Remember that this level is determined as a (Wyckoff) “Significant Bar” on a weekly scale; that’s the weekly high where selling last appeared.  Since the market “balked” the last time it was there it is significant to note and monitor.

This is not a bad omen, it just means that in an average market one would expect the price action to slow before breaking one way or the other.  The short term indicators remain positive from Market Sentiment to the Money & Volume Flows.  In order for the market to move higher we’d like to see a Sign of Strength (SOS) which would be a daily bar with a wide range, closing near the top on increasing volume.  That would indicate buyers stepping in.  Attention is given to the fact that as we approach summer it is a typical slow / weak season.  I don’t subscribe to the phrase “Sell in May and Go Away”, but summer is usually slow.  We could just bounce around in this range for a few months; that would not be surprising.

Looking at the market health from a different perspective, we note the number (i.e. percent of) stocks in the S&P 1500 Index that have strong price action and those in an Accumulation, Distribution or just Neutral phase.

Price Strength –In Accumulation / Distribution –Sectors that are doing well include Energy (Oil & Services), US Small Cap Index, China, Internet and Basic Materials.  Latin America is one of the weakest areas,  That’s about it for now.  Have a good week.          …………  Tom  ……….

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

Looking for Market Follow Through Next May 5, 2018

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May 4, 2018 – The markets were generally lower this week until Friday; that’s when the jobs report came out.  Everyone found what they wanted in it.  Unemployment dropped to 3.9% (low) and wage growth was minimal (low inflation pressures).  So Friday was a recovery day.

I had a small hedge in place to protect our portfolios in this environment, but took them off (according to plan) on Friday.  That market model is now in 100% cash waiting for confirmation of a trend . . . in either direction.  I’ve placed Wyckoff key bar labels on the chart to signify a possible structure scenario.  Of note is the low on Thursday as a potential LPS (last point of supply).  Such a structure is Bullish and (theoretically) the market should take off higher very soon.  What does concern me is the rather low volume on Friday, indicating a lack of sellers and mostly low volume buyers that pushed prices.  Covering shorts it appears to me.

Of note also is the close very near the 7205 level (red line).  That was our resistance level short term.  I need to see a break above 7332 to feel more comfortable though.  Sentiment is positive but Money and Volume Flows are pretty neutral right now.  Price Strength is neutral to bearish as well.  Let’s see how the stocks in the broad S&P 1500 Index are fairing:

% of Stocks, Price Strength –

% of Stocks in Accumulation / Distribution –

Both pie charts are fairly even and that’s usually a healthy sign.  I’m still looking at more defensive sectors like Rising Dollar, Japan, Oil and Utilities now, but that could change quickly next week IF the market goes higher.  That’s it for this week.  The coming week should provide us some clues for the next move,  but uncertainty remains with earnings and geo-political issues in play.     ………..  Tom  ………..

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

Low Volume – Dull Market April 29, 2018

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April 27, 2018 – There is an old saying, “Never Short a Dull Market” and that’s what may be happening.  Next week is another round of earnings reports from the first quarter and this market just wants to wait and see what they are.  Granted that the earnings have been very good (generally), but the guidance going forward has been “luke warm”.  The tax benefits have long since been anticipated and reflected in prices.  It’s the future that concerns Wall Street right now.

I’ve placed some Wyckoff labels on the chart above and the notable one is a possible “LPS ?” in red.  That is the “Last Point of Support” where this market would break upwards IF a major Sign of Strength bar develops.  Low volume, so not much Supply; what we would need is increased demand.  That demand (SOS bar) would be a high volume bar with a wide daily range and a Close near the top.  In short, a break out bar.

Interesting to also note was how the NASDAQ Composite Index stopped right at the previous Support level of 7205 on Friday morning then headed down.  A significant break above 7205 on high volume would lend validity to a SOS bar, but for now that’s just a scenario.  Breaking above 7332 would be a big confirmation.

The table below shows what sectors are currently doing well –

Interesting to see Technology and Emerging Markets still in the basement along with Banks and Finance.  We’ll need to see some leadership in major sectors such as these for any sustained rally.  That’s about all for now.  Have a good week.    ………..  Tom  ………

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

April 14, 2018

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April 13, 2018 – It was Friday the Thirteenth and just about everything was happening.  Political issues, trade issues and international saber rattling.  It will be interesting to see how the markets react on Monday (hint: watch the Asian markets on Sunday night).  But I really don’t think this market cares much about them right now, for next week the focus will be on earnings.  Yes, earnings are expected to be very good (how could they not with a big gift of a tax cut); but the interest will be on “forward guidance”.  The corporate equivalent of predicting what earnings will be next quarter.

So far we’ve hit the “spring” level and bounced off; just as a spring action should show.  We need to have a Show of Strength (SOW) with a nice wide boded bar on high volume closing above 7205, or better yet, above 7332 on the NASDAQ.  Indicators are mixed, but what concerns me is the low volume of last week.  This looks like a cautious wait and see stance.  It shouldn’t last very long though.

While “Price Strength” is modestly bullish, I’m working on a refinement of that indicator.  While not ready for “prime time”, it does indicate a bullish environment, but not that last final trigger.  That trigger is based off of “Volume Spread Analysis” (for those of you who are interested).  I’m kind of excited about it since it appears to be robust and fast reacting to market changes.

Here’s what’s happening on the sector front in the short term:

I’ve taken modest positions in Energy, Precious Metals and European sectors.  I will add to these next week IF the market shows some follow through.  I’ve also taken off my bear fund, which I held as a hedge.  Right now cash looks OK to me as I can go either way as needed.  There’s still a lot of unknown and volatility out there.

That’s it for this week.  Have a good week.      ……….  Tom  ………

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

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  ……….

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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 ……….

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