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Bears Win Day – Just…

Courtesy of Declan.

There wasn’t a whole lot of change by the close of business, but intraday strength was clawed back in worrisome fashion. The end result was to leave spike highs in markets.

The S&P finished with a MACD ‘sell’ trigger, but on lower volume. The ‘sell’ trigger was below the bullish zero line, which makes it a strong signal.

The Nasdaq closed with a ‘black’ candlestick, which would be more bearish if it occurred at a swing high, but it’s still a warning. Technicals are all in the bear camp.

The Russell 2000 also closed with a spike high and a MACD trigger ‘sell’. The index had attempted a relative advance against the Nasdaq, but this looks ready to turn south. And as the lead index for bears, having touched the January low, it could get ugly real quick.

The semiconductor index lost almost 1%, but it hasn’t yet tagged the August low. As with other indices, it registered a strong ‘sell’ in the MACD, but it also registered a ‘sell’ in the relative performance.

For tomorrow, it will probably come down to the Asian session. A weak overnight with a gap down could see a difficult day ahead. Fresh, strong ‘sell’ triggers in the MACD add to the trouble.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Honors Even

Courtesy of Declan.

The gap down had set up for a big bearish move lower, but the collapse never appeared. Instead, lows held as support. On the flip side, an attempt at a rally couldn’t get off the ground, but markets were able to do enough to register a close above the open.

The S&P closed with a spinning top below support. Watch for a strong ‘sell’ signal in the MACD as other technicals remain bearish.  The only positive is the strong relative performance against the Russell 2000.

The Nasdaq experienced a big gap down yesterday, and today offered a brief move to test the gap. Bulls need a gap higher to leave what could be a very good bullish ‘island’ reversal, combined with a ‘bear trap’. Can they do it?

However, the Russell 2000 is knocking on the door of the January spike low. Unlike the Tech and Large Cap indices, it had difficulty mounting a bullish advance and the outlook for tomorrow looks more bearish. Should the latter come to pass it will hurt all indices.

Tomorrow is a toss up between a bearish break-and-run in the Russell 2000, or an ‘island reversal’ in the Nasdaq. Sentiment lies with bears, which marks a significant level of danger as markets toy on the borderline between a bullish correction or a bear market.  Further losses this week would suggest an acceptance for a new bear market, and place a target for a 40-60% loss from December’s highs.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Sellers Start Day, Buyers Finish It

Courtesy of Declan.

Tech averages had the weakest start, Powerful gap downs had set things off, but buyers were able to make a comeback into the close. However, morning gaps remain. Volume climbed to register as distribution, which for the Nasdaq was the second day of distribution in a row.

The Nasdaq 100 is on the fiftth day of selling in a row. The August swing low wasn’t fully tested. Bulls will be looking for a bullish ‘morning star’ where today’s candlestick ‘hammer’ is followed by an opening gap, then a rally for the rest of the day. Should this emerge, then a move to test 4,300 is next. If there is a weak open, then any chance for a bullish ‘hammer’ based on today’s action is significantly weakened.

Losses in the S&P, while comparable to the Tech indices, didn’t see a loss of January’s lows.  Today’s spike low did fall inside the range of January’s spike low. This will offer grounds for a positive response tomorrow; today’s lows will likely see a cluster of stops.

The Russell 2000 has been leading the move down, although the past few days have seen a positive relative response (against Tech averages).  However, today’s low marked a new low for the year. Additional losses has the potential to pull other indices down with it given this leadership role.

Tomorrow’s action will be heavily influenced by pre-market action.  If there is a gap down, then whatever confidence built by bulls today will quickly dissipate. A gap higher, and there will be a scramble between value buyers and short covers.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Bears Break Deadlock

Courtesy of Declan.

A quick post before the Superbowl begins. Friday’s action was very disappointing if you were in the bullish camp; poor jobs data contributing to the malaise. However, investors can view this as another buying opportunity, with the Nasdaq clocking the 10% percentile of historic weak prices dating back to 1971, and the Russell 2000 making fast work of a push back to 958. Again, it’s not about investing everything at once, but perhaps using the coming year(?) to build long term positions. I would be happier to see a 40-60% trim from highs – keep an eye on my bottom watch table, but this is the kind of action which helps reset the bulls count.

The S&P registered a clear break of rising trend. Volume was lighter, so it wasn’t necessarily a panic sell. And while it could be viewed as a breakown, the glass half full crew would see this as a drop back into the prior consolidation. The disappointing aspect is that the previous Friday’s buying failed to follow through higher.

The Nasdaq experienced higher volume selling – a clear marker for distribution.  While Large Caps didn’t experience panic selling, Tech stocks weren’t as fortunate.

The Russell 2000, squeezed against former support turned resistance and ‘bear trap’ support, cracks and pushes lower.  The worry from here is that Friday’s action will trigger a measured move lower. A 40% loss from high would bring it to 778, still 200 points away. However, a measured move from 1,160 to 958, tagged to 1,037, would deliver a target around 835 – which isn’t a million miles away from a 40% trim from highs.

One index showing signs of life (for bulls) is the Dow. Note the sharp relative advance against the Nasdaq 100.  It was the only index not to register a breakdown on Friday.

For next week, it will be about clawing back the losses of Friday and holding on to those gains. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see confidence returning and it may require a break of January swing lows – and a failure on the part of bears/shorts to jump in – before buyers are prepared to return.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Value Investing with help from Wyckoff Logic

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value-investing-with-help-from-wyckoff-logicBuying something at good value is a good approach, however it is another approach to know when to enter and exit the market, enter Wyckoff logic. If You ‘know nothing’ of Wyckoff logic is a good time to start.

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Investing Quote…

..“The market always tells you what to do. It tells you: Get in. Get out. Move your stop. Close out. Stay neutral. Wait for a better chance. All these things the market is continually impressing upon you, and you must get into the frame of mind where you are in reality taking your orders from the action of the market itself — from the tape.”…

Richard D. Wyckoff

…“People somehow think you must buy at the bottom and sell at the top to be successful in the market. That’s nonsense! The idea is to buy when the probability is greatest that the market is going to advance”…

Martin Zweig (The inspiration behind a number of Martin Zweig’s methods came, from Jesse Livermore).

..“If it’s obvious, it’s obviously wrong.”..

Joe Granville

..”The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing”..

Philip Fisher

Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50 per cent without becoming panic stricken, you should not be in the stock market.

Warren Buffett

Pause in Action

Courtesy of Declan.

Small Gains as indecision held sway. The S&P finished inside the range of last Friday’s breakout and held rising support, but the index did the minimum to pacify bulls.

The Nasdaq breakout has eased alongside former resistance turned support. Volume was lighter, and the spinning top finish marks indecision. While Thursday’s action offered no side an advantage, a push towards 4,900 would appear to be the favoured path.

The Russell 2000 is caught inside the apex of support and resistance, but as the consolidation appeared below support in what is increasingly looking like a failed ‘bear trap’, a push lower would appear to be the easier path.

The Semiconductor Index is working a swing low, but a solid move higher is required to confirm.

There is more to do for bulls to confirm the low. Today’s action didn’t give either side an advantage, but Friday might offer a firmer idea as to what is to follow.  NFP data will not be left wanting.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Afternoon Recovery Creates New Spike Lows

Courtesy of Declan.

Better stuff from bulls as early selling quickly gave way to fresh buying. Best of the action belonged to the Russell 2000 with a bullish cross in the relative performance with the Nasdaq and its 20-day MA. The Russell 2000 is also clinging to a support level and maintaining the ‘Bear Trap’.

The S&P finished with a higher close and a return to the ‘buy’ trigger in On-Balance-Volume.  Today’s spike low moved into the prior consolidation, but there appeared to be enough buyers willing to step in to defend this range.

The Nasdaq didn’t post a higher close, but it did defend the lows.

While January spike lows are a clear marker for a reversal, today’s action was the confirmation to suggest January’s lows are also a swing low.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Bears Test Buyers Resolve

Courtesy of Declan.

Last Friday saw a big swing in bulls favor as shorts were forced into covering and value players stepped in to buy the positive reaction to the swing low. Shorts look to have made a tentative return of the market as value buyers failed to follow through on Friday’s action.  Volume climbed to register as distribution, but it was well down on Friday’s accumulation.

The Nasdaq fell back in a move which may see a retest of Friday’s breakout tomorrow. There was a bearish ‘cross’ in On-Balance-Volume after a respectable recovery to the 20-day MA. Relative performance against the S&P also ticked downwards.

The Russell 2000 moved back into ‘bear trap’ price congestion. The spike low should offer good support should prices continue lower. Note relative performance; this continues to improve and is near a ‘buy’ trigger (against rhe Nasdaq) despite today’s loss.

Wednesday will be about seeing the reaction of buyers when they appear (if they appear). Volume will need to rise if Friday’s low is to confirm as the swing low. The concern is that the last couple of weeks action will morph into a sideways consolidation from the current spike low. And if this was to occur, then the likely follow through would be down, not up.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Early Selling Rebuffed

Courtesy of Declan.

Healthy Action in today’s markets as early selling was outdone by afternoon buying. The respectable close will help build confidence of buyers, at least until the November-December trading range is challenged.

For the S&P. 2,000 looms overhead, but until this is challenged there is little to add.

The Nasdaq closed near today’s highs as it sits on the verge of  a new On-Balance-Volume ‘buy’ trigger.

The Russell 2000 had only a small gain, but it has the most work to do to rebuild confidence.  On the positive front, it’s close to a ‘buy’ trigger in On-Balance-Volume.

Another index doing well is the Semiconductor Index. It registered nearly a 1% gain as it looks to recover 2016 losses. Supply doesn’t become a concern until 650 is reached.

Tomorrow is a chance for bulls to kick on and put further distance on the recent swing low.. Not much more to add until then. Buyers can now look with greater confidence to accumulate pull backs. Shorts will likely be waiting on a test of November-December swing lows.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.

Counter Break of Consolidation

Courtesy of Declan.

Markets were setting up for a push lower, but Friday’s upside break from consolidations triggered a wave of buying (and short covering). The buying was accompanied with higher volume accumulation. Shorts were left squealing by Friday’s action, and new shorts will need to wait until Nov-Dec consolidations are tested before new positions are entered. Until then, short covering and long buyers rule the day.

The S&P has taken the first step of a rally to take it back to the supply zone of 2,000. Friday’s action was accompanied by a MACD trigger ‘buy’ and On-Balance-Volume ‘buy’ trigger.

The Nasdaq cleared its consolidation. Next up is a move to the 50-day MA and then 4,900. Of the technical indicators, only the MACD trigger ‘buy’ was on record as a positive signal.

Nasdaq breadth improved sufficiently to generate a ‘buy’ signal, with all four metrics in oversold territory.

The Russell 2000 may have done enough to create a sizable ‘bear trap’. Of the indices, it has the greatest potential for upside. Note the relative performance ‘buy’ trigger against the Nasdaq (and watch for one against the S&P too). Pullback opportunities may offer chances to catch the next upside swing. The 50-day MA/declining wedge resistance is the first upside target.

As a final note, breakouts were also noted in the Dow, Nasdaq 100 and Semiconductor Index:

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.


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"It's Probably Something" - Gold Surges As $1200 Stops Taken Out; USDJPY Plunges

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

With US markets failing to hold on to today's "Deutsche Bank" euphoric gains today despite, or rather due to Janet Yellen's Congressional testimony, traders in mainland China remains locked out due to the Lunar New Year holiday, while Japan is mercifully taking a break - mercifully, because otherwise the Nikkei would be crashing. However, one market is back online as Hong Kong traders return to their desks to see carnage around the globe, and most importantly, are unable to hedge arbed exposure between China, Japan and the US.

So, with few options, they are buying the one asset that provides the best cover to central banks losing faith, demonstrated most vivid...

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Bears Win Day - Just...

Courtesy of Declan.

There wasn't a whole lot of change by the close of business, but intraday strength was clawed back in worrisome fashion. The end result was to leave spike highs in markets.

The S&P finished with a MACD 'sell' trigger, but on lower volume. The 'sell' trigger was below the bullish zero line, which makes it a strong signal.

The Nasdaq closed with a 'black' candlestick, which would be more bearish if it occurred at a swing high, but it's still a warning. Technicals are all in the bear camp.


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"Buy High, Sell Low" - The Psychology Of Loss

Courtesy of Lance Roberts of Real Investment Advice

In this past weekend’s newsletter, I discussed the formation of a very important “head and shoulders” topping pattern in the market.

I know…I know. As soon as I wrote that I could almost hear the cries of the “perma-bull” crowd exclaiming “how many times have we heard that before.” 

They would be right. The problem with the majority of technical analysis, in my opinion, is that time frames are too short for most investors. When looking at technical price patterns using daily data, there have been numerous occasions where analysts have spotted “Head and Shoulder” patterns, “Hindenberg Omens,” and &ldqu...

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How Low Can Central Banks Go? JPMorgan Reckons Way, Way Lower (Bloomberg)

There are no limits to how far central banks can ease monetary policy.

Dollar languishes near three-and-a-half-month lows ahead of Yellen testimony (Business Insider)

The dollar nursed losses around three-and-a-half-month lows on Wednesday, pressured by fears of a global economic slowdown following recent falls in oil prices and growing concerns about the health of European banks.


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Transports working on breakout, after being hit very hard!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

When it comes to getting hit hard, the Dow Jones Transportation Index fits the bill over the past year. Few if any major indices have fallen harder, over the past 12-months.

Below looks at the DJ Transportation Index/S&P 500 ratio over the past decade. The ratio reflects that over the past year, the index has been much weaker than the broad markets.


The ratio hit channel resistance at (1) a year ago and decline almost as hard a...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of February 8th, 2016

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market


Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

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Throughout the past 30 days of wild volatility, here’s what I didn’t do.

Panic. Worry. Sell.

In fact, the best I did was add to a couple of positions yesterday. The world was already in an uncertain state for the past 3+ years. It’s just that with the market rising, we pushed the issue to the back of our  mind and ignored it.

If you read Howard Marks latest memo, ...

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Digital Currencies

2016 Theme #3: The Rise Of Independent (Non-State) Crypto-Currencies

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith at Of Two Minds

A number of systemic, structural forces are intersecting in 2016. One is the rise of non-state, non-central-bank-issued crypto-currencies.

We all know money is created and distributed by governments and central banks. The reason is simple: control the money and you control everything.

The invention of the blockchain and crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have opened the door to non-state, non-central-bank currencies--money that is global and independent of any state or central bank, or indeed, any bank, as crypto-currencies are structurally peer-to-peer, meaning they don't require a bank to function: people can exchange crypto-currencies to pay for goods and services without a bank acting as a clearinghouse for all these transactions.

This doesn't just open t...

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Sector Detector: New Year brings new hope after bulls lose traction to close 2015

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Last year, the S&P 500 large caps closed 2015 essentially flat on a total return basis, while the NASDAQ 100 showed a little better performance at +8.3% and the Russell 2000 small caps fell -5.9%. Overall, stocks disappointed even in the face of modest expectations, especially the small caps as market leadership was mostly limited to a handful of large and mega-cap darlings.

Notably, the full year chart for the S&P 500 looks very much like 2011. It got off to a good start, drifted sideways for...

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Baxter's Spinoff

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

The Baxalta Spinoff

By Ilene with Trevor of Lowenthal Capital Partners and Paul Price

In its recent filing with the SEC, Baxter provides:

“This information statement is being ...

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Mapping The Market

An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 


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