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Continuation Higher . . . For Now February 16, 2020

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Feb. 14, 2020 –  This will be short because there’s really not much to add from the previous 2 weeks; this market just continues higher.  Regardless of the reason / cause, it just continues . . . . until it doesn’t.  (tongue in check comment)

As shown in the above chart, prices continue to hug the upper trend channel.  That’s a little concerning because of the potential of being “over bought”.  All indicators confirm a continuation, so we must abide and be invested, at least for the time being. (click on chart to enlarge)  I have moved the support level up to 9493 on the NASDAQ Composite Index.  That would be the level where things start to peak my attention of a possible change; but until then.

Sector strength is relatively unchanged.  Technology related sectors continue to do well, but Real Estate has moved up too.

That’s about it for this week.  Continuing on, but be watchful of a change of character in this market.  When it does happen, it will happen quickly.   …………..  Tom  ……………..

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Climbing The Wall February 8, 2020

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Feb. 7, 2020 – This market continues to “Climb the Wall of Worry” and keeps on going.  We’re half way through earnings season and so far its been pretty good, though a number of companies have given weaker guidance going forward.  Market Sentiment (chart below) has returned to positive, but Money Flow remains negative.  I’ve labeled the current price formation a possible Up Thrust.  This occurs at new highs with narrow bars (buying = selling) and light volume (decreasing demand)(click on chart to enlarged it for easier viewing)

Nothing is chiseled in stone so we’ll have to wait but this does indicate a reluctance to push higher in the immediate / short term.  The news will likely be a catalyst should any significant move up or down occur; trader are nervous.  Also I’ve moved the support level up to 9123 on the NASDAQ Composite Index.

Other than that, the table of short term sector strength is shown below.  Of note is the recent strength in the BioTech sector, likely driven by the Corona Virus scare.  The next couple of week will be a critical time for the virus.  It will either show signs of containment, or not.  The infection rate is pretty high right now.

Now much else to say.  I am “lightly long” mostly because it’s getting harder to find good stocks to buy.  This is born out by the fact that fewer and fewer stocks are driving the market indexes higher.  The majority are being left behind.  I’ll post a chart on that next week to illustrate the point.  Until then, have a good week.   …..  Tom  …..

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Still “Lightly Long”. . . For Now February 1, 2020

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Jan. 31, 2020 –  My master timing model (not shown) remains “lightly long” for now, but it is very close to switching to Bearish.  A close below the 9088 level (the low last Monday) on the NASDAQ Composite Index will be the confirmation that there is a “change of character” in this market.  I note on the chart below that the Sentiment indicator is now Neutral, Money Flow is Bearish and Volume Flow is basically neutral.   (click on chart to enlarge it)

For some insight, let’s look at what the stocks in the S&P 1500 Index are showing us.

First off, Price Strength

Not a surprise that nearly 65% are weak and only a few (big name tech and defensive stocks) are strong.

Next the number in Accumulation or Distribution of shares (i.e. buying / selling)

Here is where we see a more “balanced market” where there is a near equal number of stocks in Accumulation (showing buying), Neutral and Distribution (selling pressure).  My conclusion is that prices are certainly weak, but there has not been a rush to sell stocks as a whole.  Perhaps many are in the mode of “buy the dip” which has worked out well for the past several years.

The Sector Strength table is shown below –

No surprises that the top sectors are generally considered to be “defensive” in nature.  Note that this table shows where sectors “are” and not necessarily where they are “going”.

So I’m “lightly Long” and “significantly in Cash” for the time being.  Watching IF we close below 9088, and what the volume signature tells us about the level of selling.  Have a good week.  …………….  Tom  …………….

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Back Within the Channel January 25, 2020

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Jan. 25, 2020 – The price action on Friday afternoon took out all of the gains for the week.  We could kind of see it coming . .  narrow range bars that have overshot the top of the price channel.  A narrow bar shows that buying is being absorbed by selling and that they are nearly equal.  Bringing prices back within the channel can be considered a healthy sign.  I’m thinking that short term traders were nervous holding positions over the weekend, plus it’s always nice to “ring the cash register” every so often.  A little move was likely amplified by computer programs (a.k.a. “algos”) which instantly jump on a price move in either direction for a quick profit.  In & out.

Also of note is that the Money Flow indicator turn (barely) bearish and Sentiment has gone from Bullish to Neutral.  We’ll need to wait until Monday to see if there is any follow through past the first hour of trading.  We could go back to “buy the dips” mentality in short order.  So this test is a good one to gage the overall health of this market.  Sure, the virus and impeachment scare could be factors, but I’m hesitant to accept all of that right now.  (click on chart to enlarge it)

Broadly the 1500 stocks in the S&P 1500 looks like this . . .

Price Strength –

Accumulation/Distribution –Price Strength has weakened, but stocks in general have not succumbed to broad based selling (i.e. distribution) at this time.

Sector Strength –

I do note that some defensive sectors (Utilities and Real Estate) have moved up towards the top, though select Technology issues return strong (so far).  This correction is OK as long as it stabilizes at / near the support level of 9193 (red dashed line on the price chart) and it was expected.  We will know the actual strength early next week by observing the price bar spread (difference between high & low prices) plus the volume being traded.  Wide down bars on higher than average volume would confirm weakness.

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

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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  ……..

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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  ………..

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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  ………

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A Continuation of Trend December 21, 2019

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Dec. 20, 2019 – OK then, not much new to say as this market keeps climbing.  Near term support level is 8790 and further down is 8600.  A drop after New Years to at least the 8600 level would not surprise me so that intuitions can show a glowing statement at the end of 2019.  This rate of climb is hard to sustain, so a drop then a pause would be “normal”.

The only lethargic indicator is “Money Flow” (red line), but everything else is Bullish.  (click on chart to enlarge it)   Trading, and of course volume, will be slowing down this week and the market will be rather shallow.  That is if a big trade hits it will drive prices more significantly that is typical.

The sector strength table is below, not much different there either.

Enjoy the holidays and your family, the markets are slow and can wait.  🙂   ………….  Tom  ………….

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Upward Continues December 7, 2019

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Dec. 6, 2019 – And so the upward move continues.  A test of the lower trend line (via negative China trade news), then back up.  This shows that the markets are factoring in some type of “trade deal”; maybe not the whole thing, but something.  Interesting that small cap and mid cap stocks came alive over the past week; generally a positive sign.  Now with earnings season well behind us the focus will be on trade and retail sales for the holiday season.  If either disappoints . . . . well we now have a taste of the result.  It will be sharp & swift.

In the mean time one must follow the trend and it continues to be upward.  Call me skeptical, but I remain an uneasy long investor in here.  Part of my logic is that we’re closer to the top (likely) than we are to the bottom.  The regular chart is back and the software upgrade issue has been resolved.  🙂   (click on chart to enlarge)

I’ve moved the Resistance (at 8705) and Support (8542) levels tighter to try and be responsive to any negative news.  IF these levels are violated on the Close that would confirm a possible trend change or correction.  Until then, the other indicators are positive and we go with the current trend.  Let’s look at the percentage of stocks in the broad S&P 1500 index and see where they stand.

Price Strength – In Accumulation / Distribution –Current short term Sector Strength:

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

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Upward Trend Continues December 1, 2019

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Nov. 29, 2019 – This was a very short trading week in the US, though there was plenty of news internationally.  Most notable were the continuing back & forth comments regarding China trade.  Things don’t appear to be going very smoothly.  The big question is whether the new tariffs will go into effect on Dec. 15.  The count down continues, though I would not count out a “strategic delay” to give everyone more time.  IF the tariffs go into effect this market will react poorly (IMHO).

The chart below shows the price action.  (My software is acting up; a new version, so a few indicators were not immediately available.)

So far, so good.  I do remain cautious as market breath is starting to narrow; meaning less stocks are participating in this rally higher.  (click on the chart to enlarge it)

With this market breather I thought it would be interesting to compare the performance of the major market Indexes year to date.  The chart below begins at the Dec. 31, 2018 close and continues to last Friday.  You see how each index benchmarks off of the other; Bonds included.

That’s about it for now.  Sector strength remains the same from last week.  Have a good week.  ………..  Tom  ………..

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

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