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No Demand June 15, 2019

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June 14, 2019 – For those that are new to my blog, I update over the weekend (Saturday or Sunday).  I try not to miss a week, but if I’m on the road, postings will be a little briefer than “normal”.

OK, last week was interesting, especially the last 3 days.  Looking at the chart below I note very narrow bars that are in an unusually tight grouping.  This indicates that buyers equaled sellers; i.e. little net price movement.  That coupled with lower volume would indicate “No Demand”, at least in the short term.

It just looks like everyone is waiting for a sign to either go back to buying or to go back to selling.  Since so much of trading now is affected by computer algorithms it is interesting to see what the volume actually is when there is not a clear cut trend (up or down) or a “reversion to the mean” (over bought or over sold) condition.

Market Sentiment has improved as well as Volume Flow, but Money Flow remains negative and Price Strength neutral.  My more advanced market model is giving similar signals; lightly net positive but far from being fully committed to the Long side.  A close above 7965 would be a positive and a close below 7292 would be negative.  It just seems like there is to much uncertainty out there + it’s summer time to boot.

Looking at a longer term view of the pie charts of the percent of stocks in the “investable” S&P 1500 Index . . . . . .

% of stocks in Accumulation / Distribution :
% of stocks with Strong / Weak prices (past 20 days):

The A/D is about evenly balanced; a normally healthy sign.  The strong/weak is biased toward Strong to Neutral.  No major warning sign yet.  The sector analysis table shows a little different picture (IMHO).

I note the rise in more defensive sectors of Utilities, Real Estate and Healthcare.  Something to monitor as concerns about growth both in the US and worldwide seem to have investors on edge.  Broadcom (internet & cell phone parts supplier) estimated down their earnings due to the China tariff war and semiconductor companies are doing the same.  If Technology earnings fall flat in the second quarter (reporting in July) that would be a significant blow to the entire US market.

I am modestly long, but will take some “off the table” early next week if markets continue to weaken or cannot show a clear sign.   Have a good week.  ……..  Tom  ……..

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

Between a Rock and a Hard Place May 18, 2019

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May 17, 2019 – I was temped to title this “Between Iraq and China”, but decided to drop the idea of a pun.  This market continues to be majorly influenced by news.  To be bouncing between a trade war and a fighting war is not a recipe for a stable investing environment.  Nuff said.  But the real “Rock” is the 7645 level (green dashed line; price support) and the “Hard Place” is 7965 (red dashed line; price resistance); note chart below (NASDAQ Composite Index).

The indicators are mixed: Money & Volume Flow are negative, Price Strength positive and Sentiment negative.  I find it interesting that prices did stop near the 7645 area, that’s where the last “buying” occurred, and that was drawn in quite awhile ago.  The same for the 7965 level, where selling came into the market.  These are “weekly significant bars”; not true Wyckoff, but inspired by his work.  This is a fairly narrow range in between these levels so we won’t have to wait very long for something to happen.  I should point out that on an intraday basis, we should be on the lookout for a “shake out” if market makers try to do a “head fake” at either level and then head the other way.

The table below shows where the market is strongest in the short term.  Namely Telecom, Wireless, US Treasurer Bonds, Real Estate Utilities, etc.  The trend I see here is that these are generally speaking, defensive sectors.  Sure, Tech and Internet stocks have recovered, but so far they are not registering.  Note how low the Semiconductor sector ranks.  Major weakness continues in Latin America, China and Emerging Markets.

Currently I have a light hedge on portfolios as a defensive tactic, but that will come off if I see a strong close above 7965 & then go to Cash while I wait for an “all clear” signal.  Time to get ready for a possible break, the question is which way, but it seems most are thinking defensive right now.

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

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

A Minor Pause February 10, 2019

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Feb. 8, 2019 – This week we saw a minor pause in this steady advance; that is expected and overdue.  Though one may think of this as an Upthrust (of price) I really doubt it due to the lack of volume.  In fact the volume this past week was generally edging lower.  It just looks like any future buyers are just waiting.

This pause around the 7485 level (dashed green line) is a logically place to rest at.  An oscillation of prices between 6930 and 7485 would be rather “normal” if it comes to pass.  Everything else appears fairly positive for the time being.  One chart I found of interest was the amount of funds withdrawn from mutual funds in December (chart below).Once again the casual investor just does not like volatility and their market timing is pretty poor.  That withdrawn money represents “new money” that has potential for driving price up once it decides to come back in.  As the old saying goes “The market will continue to go higher until the last person buys it”, or something like that.  No doubt that we live in volatile times and the computer trading programs seem to amplify any move even more.

A quick look at the short term sector strength table below:

I’m trying to stay in the leaders by avoiding the lower (red) percentile sectors.  Again, this is short term so a fall from the top rank is not necessarily a terrible thing since it can be just a pause and the raw score may indicate a minor move anyway.  Not much else to say.  I remain very near fully invested with many stocks in those strong sectors.

Have a good week.     ………. Tom  ……….

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

At The Point (level) . . . . January 12, 2019

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Jan. 10, 2019 – The market (NASDAQ Composite Index) has risen to the level (6930) where we likely will see at least a pause if not a rejection on the move.  This is the level on a weekly time frame where we last saw selling / weakness come into the market.  The short name is price resistance.  It will either break through and go higher after a short pause or selling will enter and the price will retreat.  (OK, no kidding.)  So our attention has increased looking for signs.

One thing I note on the volume bars below the price bars is a steady drop off in volume.  I can make a case for “No Demand” and in that situation, without buyer, prices will fall back towards support.  The yellow Zig-Zag line paints that scenario  of a back and forth structure that stays in a trading range.  I think that’s what will happen.  If I’m wrong an the market takes off the dashed green line shows a break of resistance with prices headed back toward 7500.  We shouldn’t have to wait very long to see which story plays out.  In any case this market is being whipped around by news and fear; not a sign of strength.

The overall market of stocks in the S&P 1500 has improved.  Price Strength (below) shows most stocks moving above their 20 day moving average.  With a lot of green showing and very little red; bullish in the short run.

The pie chart of the same 1500 stocks paints a more cautious picture.  Fewer stocks are in the Accumulation phase (strong price AND volume).

I refer again to the volume coming into this market during the past couple of weeks.  Many investors will be watching for more participation before committing more funds and buying more stock; I think that’s what we’re seeing right now.  Wyckoff price structure would say that we’re in a base building / Re-Accumulation phase before going higher.  That can always change to a re-Distribution phase IF the market breaks below 6130 for any length on time, especially on high volume.  A “Constitutional Crisis” could provide that scenario.  And that is likely why the interest / volume is low right now . . .  wait & see.

I am “lightly long” right now, unwilling to jump back in with both feet.  Have a good week.   ……….  Tom  ……….

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

“Riding the Range”: in Congestion November 16, 2018

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Nov. 16, 2018 – I’ve talked before about the “need” to build a base if this market is to go higher; Wyckoff would call it “building a cause”.  That’s what appears to be the case right now.  A quick look below at the chart shows prices in a well defined “short term price channel” (purple lines) and that channel is nearly horizontal.  One thing to note is that causes don’t necessarily need to be perfectly straight horizontal to effectively build a base for re-accumulation and hence a move higher.

We’ve seen prices having a hard time breaking through the 7443 level (green line) and stalling out around the 7520 level.  Those define the top or resistance areas.  6880 defines the lower support level (red line) for the time being.

Earnings guidance for the coming quarters was mixed, some OK while others (notable Apple) are less optimistic.  This market was priced for continued “gang buster” profits and when those appeared to slow down so did this market.  The question is this market now “fairly priced” for slower growth?  Good question.  What will drive direction now is more news related since 3rd quarter earnings are now out of the way.  All eyes will be on the Fed and G20 meetings in December.  Interest rates and trade tariffs are making investors more nervous than at anytime in the last 3-4 years; this is new business and uncharted territory.

While we observe how the market interprets the news we’ll have to be on guard because the next significant move will come fast.  For now the table below shows sectors that are ranked by strength.  I note that the past leaders are down toward the bottom of the list and more defensive and consumer related at closer to the top.

I am “lightly long” here and cautious since a clear trend is not well defined at the moment.  Next week in the U.S. will be light due to the Thanksgiving holiday at the end of the week and trading volume will fall off significantly.  More than likely we’ll have to wait until December for any significant market moving news.

Wishing all in the U.S. a Happy Thanksgiving and everyone a good week.  Take Care.   ……….  Tom  ………..

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

2 Steps Forward and One Back November 10, 2018

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Nov. 9, 2018 – This market took “two steps forward and one back” this week.  I’ve got “that feeling” that we’re not out of the woods just yet.  While many are assuming a “V” shaped bottom and the only direction now is straight up I’m not nearly that confident.  The chart below shows Market Sentiment back to Bearish (top) and the Volume Flow is very anemic at best.  Sure Money Flow is Bullish and the green “strong price” bars are back coloring in the chart.

So what could be a problem?  Well for one thing, this sudden correction did a lot of damage as witnessed by the heavy volume on those nasty red bars.  Logic would tell us that after such heavy selling the markets need to consolidate / build a base before any resumption of an up trend.  Though the Short Term Trend Channel has been broken that’s only valid in the short term anyway, and we got that bounce higher.  Prices met resistance near the 7520 level (green dashed line) and that was a reflection of a “significant bar”; that is where buyers last came into this market.  We need to see closes above this level to validate buyers coming back.  Otherwise, we could be headed back to the 7443 level (dashed red line) and set up for that trading range / consolidation.

Consumer Goods, Healthcare and Wireless sectors continue to show strength; Financials and Banks are beginning to looks better too.  Tech had a short burst higher, but now looks tired.  The table below shows what the near term sector strength is:

Overall the stocks in the very broad S&P 1500 Index are improving with a improved split between Strong & Weak and those in Accumulation / Distribution.

Price Strength –   

Accumulation / Distribution –

I’m slowly and selectively re-entering this market with the aid of a cautious eye.  The price structure just does not provide me with enough confidence to jump in with both feet.  My main market model is slightly positive, but only slightly.  Maybe the coming week will shed some light on the next significant move . . . in either direction.

Note that this blog gets updated over the weekend with the data and perspective of Fridays close, so looking at it late in the week is just a little “stale”.  Don’t hesitate to make any comments, always happy to hear back.  Have a good week.        ………….. 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.

 

Watching & Waiting for Something September 29, 2018

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Sept. 28, 2018 – We’re in a classical trading / consolidation range and the market seems to be just “watching & waiting” for a reason to go up or down.  There is plenty of news to spark things, but we just haven’t seen “The Big One” yet.

8105 is my resistance level (green) and 7976 my support level (red); these are (my version) of Wyckoff “significant bars”.  I’ve mentioned before that the low price of a weekly bar that closes much higher on volume is a significant price level of support.  That’s where “buying” last came into the market.  As is the high price of a weekly bar that closes much lower on volume is a significant resistance level; where “selling” came in.  The tricky part is in a consolidation phase where these two levels tighten up and get close to each other.  But, my feeling is that we may be in an Up Thrust phase of a Distribution structure; that remains to be confirmed.  Let’s not get tooo bearish just yet though.
I note market sentiment remains negative, Money Flow a little bearish, Volume Flow just sideways, not saying much.  (Short term) Price Strength just kicked up to slightly bullish.  Long term trend line channel is up and Short term channel shows a price break above the upper line, which is bullish.  The problem with (my) automatic Trend Channel lines is that they need price pivots (swing highs & lows) to reference and draw off of, and in a consolidation, that can take a while to develop.  I’m still thinking we could head lower to around 7700 on the NASDAQ Composite Index.

Let’s look at where strength is in the market in the short term –
Biotech, HealthCare, Energy (oil) and a very few Technology companies are showing up in my stock scans.  Japan has been doing well and I’m watching Latin America as well.  China is a rollercoaster for the time being.  Well, there’s not much else to cover.  I do have positions on but also a light hedge” just in case.  I’ll put more hedge on or remove it when this market gives me a better indication of direction.  One thing to gauge the market strength is how it reacts to news (either good or bad).  I learned that a long time ago taking a course from Michael Price.  (“Strong markets don’t react much to bad news, where Weak markets fall hard”.)  It will be interesting to see how this market reacts in the coming weeks.

Take Care, Good Trading and have a good week.  ….  Tom  …..

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

Range Bound August 19, 2018

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Aug. 17, 2018 – A quick look at the chart below shows why this market is range bound; i.e. bouncing between high & low price levels.  Note the “short term” trend channel and the support and resistance price levels are nearly the same.

NASDAQ

This market is looking for a reason to go up or down, but can’t find the follow through to break out of this range; at least not yet.  Echoing that idea is the rather low volume . . . not much commitment in either direction.

Looking at the top performing sectors (below) we really don’t see the typical leadership; that being Finance or Tech or Energy.  So the major sectors are on vacation too.

Top Sectors

Looking at the percent of stocks in the broad S&P 1500 Index and their status we note it being fairly even without much bias in either the Bullish or Bearish direction:

Price Strength –

Price Strength

Stocks in Accumulation or Distribution –

A-D

So, overall not much to dwell on for now.  The old saying “Never short a dull market” may have some validity here because this appears to be more of a pause.  Keep an eye on these levels and watch for volume confirming any directional change.

That’s about it for this week.  Take Care.    ……….  Tom  ………..

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

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