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Keeps Going and Going and Going . . . . January 18, 2020

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Jan. 17, 2020 – This market is like the TV “Every Ready Bunny” (a battery commercial).  It just keeps going higher and higher.  But . .  we know from experience that it WILL stop.  The only question is when.  So, for all practical purposes, there really is not much new to talk about.  A few earnings report last week (mixed) with the real activity starting next week.  All eyes will be on Consumer stocks earnings.  Nearly everyone is looking for the first signs that consumer spending is slowing.  Oh yes, the impeachment “wild card”; who knows?

What is of concern is that the price bars are hugging that upper trend channel line (purple).  The daily spread on those price bars are fairly narrow, indicating seller and buyers are about equal with the bias toward the buyer demand, thus prices increase.  Volume is back to “average”, so not much of a clue there.  (click on chart to enlarge for easy viewing)

Let’s look at the stocks in the broad S&P 1500 Index and see where they are in comparison to each other.

% of those in Accumulation / Distribution% of those with Price Strength

Yes, lots and lots of “green” in both pie charts.  The market IS strong with the majority of stocks participating in the move.  But (again) this is unusual in that it can not last for extended periods of time.  So, we must be careful.  Bad news of any kind will likely re-rail or at least  cause a cause / correction in this rally.  For now, we can only stay the course and closely monitor.  Looking for selling . . . .  wide range down bars on high volume.  Ouch !

Sector Strength

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

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

Pushing Higher January 11, 2020

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Jan 10, 2020 – Wow, has this market been resilient or what?  In the face of bad news both domestic and geo-political, it just keeps going.  General concern is the timing of the overall business cycle.  The basic idea is that a capitalistic economy goes through cycles of expansion and contraction.  Expansion and growth are the result of a recession and a contracting economy (pent up demand).  The contraction occurs with things get “so good” that speculation gets out of control.  Read into that the recent mortgage “melt down”.

Next week, Tuesday I believe, we start the 4th quarter earnings reports.  Concern is that with all of the expansion and good news over the past 8 or so years are we in for a let down?  This market is priced for near perfection and broad disappointing earnings reports will catch up to the current “fear of missing out” philosophy.  Now that may not happen . .  yet, but it will eventually.  The key figure in the US is consumer spending which makes up about 70% of the overall economy.  Watch that for signs.

From the chart above we only see a positive trend, and we’re trend followers.  But I note that prices remain near the upper trend channel line and while wonderful, can lead to disappointment.  (click on chart to enlarge it)  The first level of support is 8934 on the NASDAQ Composite Index, next lower is 8790.  So I’ll get cautious with a close below 8934, and if it’s on high volume (significant selling), I’ll get very concerned.  In reality a bounce down to 8790 would be “healthy” and set things up for a run even higher IF earnings are reasonably healthy.

The (short term) sector strength table is shown below.  Not much changed but I note that Heath Care is showing recent strength.

Not much else to say.  So far in this climate one must be in the market . . . .  I just get concerned when everything and everyone is so complacent.

Have a good week.       ……….. Tom  ………..

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

Continuation (for now) January 4, 2020

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January 3, 2020 – First off, I wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

With a shortened and ultra low volume week, this posting will be short.  Overall, not much has changed.  The chart below shows that we remain in an upward trending price channel (purple lines).  Money Flow is showing some signs of weakness, though that’s preliminary.  All other indicators remain strongly positive.

One item that caught my attention was the significant volume increase on Thursday and Friday last week.  The activity significantly above a regular trading day (the red line is +30% above average volume). . . unusual for a holiday period.  Perhaps early signs of investment shift in the new (tax) year?  Not to get ahead of ourselves, but something to watch closely next week . . .  rotation, either by sector our to cash.  (click on chart to enlarge)

The sector strength table is below.  Again, little changed, Oil, Technology and China remain strongest for now.

 

Have a good week and keep an eye on volume confirming price (direction).  That will be a pre-cursor to strength or weakness.       …………  Tom  ………

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

Continuation with Caution December 14, 2019

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Dec. 13, 2019 – This sounds (and is) a broken record.  One that just keeps on playing the same “groove” / track.  Case in point is the trend channel on the chart below (purple lines).  Note the rate of the incline before last week (price to the upper line) and that of price to this week (lower line).  Prices appear to be following (progressing) at the same rates.  OK, that’s all well and good plus we’re at the “all time high” scenario.  But . . . . note just how far higher prices would have to go to catch up to the upper trend line.  My support level is at 8600 for the NASDAQ Composite Index.

Damage was done a couple of weeks ago (about 10 bars back).  I’m on the lookout for a minimum of a “change of the rate” of increase or a deeper pattern change.  (click on chart to enlarge)

The China trade news could and likely will throw a monkey wrench into the entire market structure; either higher or lower.  But the Trump Tweets are getting just a little old.  (huge deal coming, big news, etc., and then nothing)  In the mean time I have to go with what I see.  Price trend up, most indicators are positive.  The notable exception is “Money Flow” which turned lower (red line above).

Sector Strength (in the short term) remains about the same.  Select Technology issues and Bank / Financials.  Watch for reports on Christmas retail sales.  They will be quite the bell weather for the economy.  I note that November sales were a disappointment.

That’s it for now.  Have a good week and be careful with the news whip lashing these markets . . . . .  the risk increase at the “all time high”.   …………  Tom  ………….

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

Slow Markets into the (U.S.) Holiday November 23, 2019

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Nov. 22, 2019 – I continue to be a little on the cautious side, mainly because of the run up we’ve had and more than a few “non-price” indicators turning negative.  As an example, the amount of money flowing into Money Market funds has significantly increased and market breath is declining.  The number of stocks hitting new lows are about the same as hitting new highs for the year.  I note the market Sentiment indicator below is also negative.

So what’s a market technician to do?  Since prices are going higher as noted by the market indexes, one should follow the trend noting that it is a “stock pickers” market.  Not everything is doing well.  BTW, money and volume flow indictors (above) are still OK.  The near term support level on the NASDAQ Composite Index is at 8441 (a pause level) and the next lowest is at 8325 (a level for a modest correction).  Economic and trade news is driving the market now; corporate earnings are mostly out of the way.

Looking at the stocks in the broad S&P 1500 Index we see the following:

% of Stocks in Accumulation or Distribution –Generally fairly balanced between the 3 levels; usually a healthy sign.

% of Stocks with Price Strength –Here a little different story.  More red than green, but far more yellow.  This gets back to “non price” market internals.

Short Term Sector Strength is in the table below –

Heath Care / Pharma and Financials are leading the pack, with Technology stocks a little behind.  But note government bonds making a rise too, and Utilities.  Hummm, a play towards defense perhaps.

Next week in the U.S. is a slow one going into the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’d expect low volume, but also note that late last week had low volume as well.  An early “drop” on the holiday or a “Lack of Demand” (i.e. buying)?  We may have to wait for the week after to find out.  Until then  watch what sectors are increasing in strength and which are weaker.

Wishing all in the U.S. a Happy Thanksgiving.  Take Care.       ……….. Tom ……….

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

Direction Still Up: Clouds Forming? November 16, 2019

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Nov. 15, 2019 – Make no mistake, the direction of the US markets remain “Up”, but . . . . storm clouds may be forming.  Two signs of that are the percent of “Smart & Dumb money” (from SentimentTrader. Com) and my own sentiment composite (top pane, chart below).  The difference between “Smart & Dumb Money” is fairly high indicator of where market tops happen.  That does not mean “all Hell is breaking loose”, but it does raise the caution flag.  The “big guys” are cautious.

Note just how far & fast this market has come in the 6 weeks.  Due for a change or at least a pause?  I’m certainly thinking that is a strong possibility.  It’s just natural.  I also note that price action “Price Strength” is back to Neutral.  Time to Sell?  No, but not a great time to buy either.  Let’s continue to monitor the reaction of the market to any news, whether it be earnings, geo-political or the like.  That will be a clue.  Trade news is going to be a key item here.  Right now we’re being whip-sawed back and forth on that front.  There is a big incentive to inflate these market over the next year (i.e. election); watch the big picture carefully.  (click on chart to enlarge)

Short term, here’s where the sector action is:

That’s about it for now.  I’m in there with significant positions, but getting more uncomfortable as this market pushes higher.  Watch volume spikes on big move days.  Also be aware of “Lack of Demand” (low volume), especially over multiple days.

Have a good week.    ………… Tom  ………..

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

Continuation Higher November 8, 2019

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Nov. 8, 2019 – What’s there not to like?  The market gapped up higher on Monday and pretty much stayed in a narrow range most of this week.  Ignoring the impeachment and on again – off again China trade news.  So for now, I’ve just got to stay in this market even though I’m not entirely comfortable with it.

The chart above shows all positive indicators; not much else to say.  (click on chart to enlarge it)  Let’s take a look at the stocks in the very broad S&P 1500 Index below.

Price Strength –

Over 50% above their 20 day moving average, so strong price movement for most stocks in the index.

Accumulation (buying) & Distribution (selling) –

(Again) over 50% of the stocks indicating Accumulation of shares.  Maybe a little over done, so a pause is not out of the question here.

Sector Strength –

The Technology sectors continue to lead this market higher in the near term.

So the bottom line is this market continues higher until something forces investors to get nervous and sell.  We’ve come up a fair amount and survived (most) of the 3rd qtr. earnings.  The seasonality is generally good for the rest of the year, so got to go with the flow.  When changes comes, I’ve got a feeling it will come very quickly.  Hopefully the stair step higher will continue in the mean time.

Have a good week.      …….. Tom  ……..

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

New High . . What’s The Problem ? November 2, 2019

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Nov. 1, 2019 – OK, the markets are at / near all time highs so what is there to worry about?  Maybe nothing, but then again maybe there is at least some concern.  I’m changing the perspective and the time frame of the regular chart of the NASDAQ Composite Index (below).  The daily bars show us one thing but weekly bars can provide us with a different perspective.

I’m taking a liberal view of what a “top” is on this chart so bare with me.  The chart goes back about 17 months and the area over a year ago (mid Sept., 2018) is labeled “1”.  Thereafter we see labels at the swing highs / peaks of 2, 3 and 4.  Each time the market gets near the current level it has pulled back, and sometimes very quickly and significantly.  Presently many of the indicators are positive, thus indicating strength and continued prices moving higher.

Now I’m not saying that the market has to correct and head lower, it’s just that we’re once again at / near an inflection point.  I am currently “long” this market because in the short term it is headed higher as far as we know.  From a historical perspective one could have gone to Cash over a year ago and not missed much, and actually come out ahead.  The question to ask is what makes this top, top #4, different?  Or perhaps we’re in a very broad trading range and need to be quick on our feet to make any type of head way.

In any case we will have a much better idea within a few weeks.  Either the markets will continue to trend high after this current breakout, or it will confirm a “shake out” of the last buyers “holding the bag”.  I’ve read where the big institutions are very reluctant to buy into this market at these levels. The point being that we are closer to the top, than we are to the bottom.  It’s been a while since the trend bottom; an unusually long period.  I feel it’s a good time to be nimble and extra careful because the next minor correction could be more than that.  Let’s watch the bar action and confirm them with volume.  Signs of a rush to the exits are wide range down bars on high volume.

In the mean time here’s a table of short term sector strength –

Have a good week.      ………  Tom  ………..

Market Improving, but . . . . October 19, 2019

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Oct. 18, 2019 – This week we saw a market improvement by breaking the 8062 level, but then stall out at 8172, which is close to a previous swing high (note on the chart below “failure”).  This stall can be considered very normal and merely a pause at a significant level before regaining momentum.  Or, it could be a “double top” which is bearish.  Volume did pick up a little on Friday but we didn’t see a wholesale exodus out of stocks.

What we’ll do is carefully watch for either signs of strength or weakness in the coming week and take our ques from that.  These signs will be where the closing price is in relation to the bar range (either top or bottom) and whether volume increases on those bars (buying or selling pressure).  A close below a previous swing low would confirm bearishness, and a close above a high would be bullish. (click on chart to enlarge)

What I do find curious is the sudden change in sector strength late in this past week. (see table below)  Recall that the Tech sectors (Technology, Semiconductors, “the Q’s”, etc.) were right near the top of the list; refer to the table in last weeks posting.  And now look at how far they have dropped in just a few days.  They’ve been replaced by more defensive sectors (Banks, Telecom, Wireless, etc.).  Are traders getting cautious?  Possibly, but this table is geared to short term strength, thus it can turn around quickly (i.e. made for trading).

I haven’t shown the “percent of stocks in the S&P 1500 Index” pie charts for awhile, so let’s see what they show –

Price Strength-Nothing very remarkable as nearly half the stocks in the index are above their 20 day moving average.

 

 

Accumulation/Distribution-

This pie chart shows a little more tentative strength.  “Normal” would be roughly 1/3 of the stocks in each of the three categories.  Too much green or red would indicate “over bought” or “oversold” conditions within the broad overall trend.  A big chunk of yellow / neutral shows indecision.

That about it for now.  I’m going to be especially observant next week for signs of strength or weakness.  Right now I am “cautiously long” with still some Cash to invest IF conditions continue to improve; but I always want to know where the exit door is located.  🙂  Have a good week.   …….. Tom  ………

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

Hopeful, but Not Great October 12, 2019

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Oct. 10, 2019 – This will be short since I’m “on the road”.  The gap up on Friday was “hopeful”, but the close was very weak (Not Great), hence the price action did not confirm that a new up trend had begun.  For this reason I think it’s wise to go slow until the structure of this market improves.  No need to be a hero in here.

It sure would be nice to see a solid close above the 8062 level on the NASDAQ Composite Index.  Volume is picking up but the “Money Flow” indicator shows that a lot of selling was done and so far has not been over come with buying.  Once again “news” has driven the market and if things don’t “pan out” with trade negotiations, the market could revert back lower.  Until we see some earnings coming across the wire from the end of the 3rd quarter, we will likely not be on solid footing.  I am not convinced that the all clear sign has been given just yet.

The sector table is below.  I note that Technology is the most optimistic of the sectors.  Not surprising since that area got hit hard during the last down swing.

I am slowly taking small position in here; the light hedge has been removed.  Have a good and cautious week.   ………….  Tom  ……………….

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