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Nasdaq Breadth Metrics Race Lower

Courtesy of Declan.

The Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 were able to finish the week on support but breadth metrics took a nose dive lower. Both the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 only have MACD trigger ‘sells’ to mark weakness.

But it’s Tech breadth metrics which have been on the slide since the end of July. Supporting technical indicators confirm the weakness for Bullish Percents, Percentage of Stocks above the 50-day MA and Summation Index.

The Dow Jones Index is apparently ignoring weakness in other indices. How long can this last?

The Russell 2000 attempted a recovery just above the last swing low of 1,398. Day traders may make a rally to 1,420 but watch for supply as it looks to challenge the recent swing high.

For tomorrow look for support breaks in Tech averages in line with breadth metrics. Bulls can look for a recovery bounce in the Russell 2000. Dow Jones longs can hold until the previous day’s low is breached.

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Distribution Logic and the USD dollar

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distribution-logic-and-the-usd-dollarThe USD dollar is very important, we now have a problem, the sell off in the $USD is weakness. Be worried!

We can see the buying climax (BC) , followed by a automatic reaction (AR), a test (T) and we also have a up thrust after distribution (UTAD) and the sell off to support, a clear Sign of Weakness (SOW). The concern is the $USD has fallen from a break out of resistance to previous support, sure $USD is very oversold, and you can expect a bounce, and the bounce will have all traders considering loading up large shorts (expect a last point of supply LPS). This is a classic Wyckoff distribution pattern. Of course traditional charts readers may call this a ‘head and shoulders’ once the LPS has formed. Keep watching!

Of course those outside the USA holding US paper assets wont be pleased, and like before a falling $USD creates portfolio adjustments, buying non USA stocks and bonds, etc. Also you can expect support for real assets (oil, metals, art).

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This site is not political, the fact is these news stories will rock the $USD and maybe stocks. Remember 1974 sell was based on political noise!

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…”Vibration is fundamental; nothing is exempt from this law; it is universal, therefore applicable to every class of phenomena on the globe.”…

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..“Successful speculation requires staying on top of changes in industries and companies that either create new industries or improve on existing industries. The majority of your profits will come from these two … The shrewdest

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Dow Jones Industrials Ploughs a Lonely Furrow. Small Caps Feel The Strain

Courtesy of Declan.

Markets are feeling the pinch in what was a heavy sell off in the Russell 2000. The break of the rising trendline has accelerated a rout rather than consolidated a ‘bear trap’.  The index undercut the 50-day MA in a clean move which didn’t suggest demand buyers were willing to step up to the plate. Next stop is the 200-day MA.

Next feeling the pressure are the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100. Both indices are sitting at a support level although the Nasdaq has a ‘sell’ trigger in the MACD and On-Balance-Volume while the Nasdaq 100 has just a ‘sell’ trigger in the MACD. Selling volume has been relatively mild since the top reversal. Relative performance has moved away from Tech indices and give lead action in the Russell 2000 the likely outcome here are for breaks of rising support.

The Dow Jones is the only index pushing highs but given the string of tight gains it’s hard to see these hanging on. However, until proven otherwise, bulls hold all the cards.

The S&P was the only quiet index. There may be a potential double top but it’s a scrappy one. There are ‘sell’ triggers in the MACD and On-Balance-Volume but Stochastics are strong.

For tomorrow, look for selling pressure in the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 to generate support breakdowns. Aggressive traders may look to catch a top in the Dow but there isn’t a clear marker to suggest such a top is in place. Bulls will probably have to wait for a wide range reversal in the Russell 2000 – the index suffering the most from sellers.

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King Dollar testing triple support with few bulls!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

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King Dollar over the past 30-weeks has experienced a sizable decline, that hasn’t a ton of times over the past 25-years, see below-

US Dollar Weekly Kimble Charting Solutons


The large decline in King Dollar has taken it down to what could be an important price point and it has impacted sentiment a good deal as well.

US Dollar Weekly Kimble Charting Solutons

King Dollar hit triple resistance at (1) as momentum became overbought and investors become very confident that it was going to head higher (80% Bulls).

The decline over the past 30-weeks, has King Dollar testing triple support at (2), as momentum has become oversold and it’s hard to find US$ bulls (29% Bulls).

The Power of the Pattern is of the opinion this is a very important support test for King Dollar. What it does at (2), should have a big impact on portfolio construction going forward, especially in the metals and commodities space.

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Minor Selling

Courtesy of Declan

Today's action ranked as bearish cloud cover after last week's bearish reversal. However, as these reversals came in beneath last week's highs the significance of this selling is less. Volume was also lighter.

The S&P triggered a 'sell' in its On-Balance-Volume but it's well above breakout support.

The Nasdaq just about claimed a bearish engulfing pattern but held 6,345 support. More worryingly, there is a shift in relative trend strength against Large Caps. Tomorrow is a chance for aggressive long players to take a punt but today's action suggests 6,345 support won't hold.

The Russell 2000 didn't stop at its 20-day MA as it may have done after recent selling. Instead, it continues its path towards its 50-day MA but has at least 1,420 support to work with. As with the Nasdaq there is an opportunity for aggressive longs to take a position here; although stop placement is more tricky with 1,400 next support beyond the 50-day MA.

As with the Nasdaq, the Nasdaq 100 is resting on (what was) channel support. Technicals are all still net bullish and relative performance against Small Caps is still positive.


For tomorrow, bulls may have to hold their nose but there is a support opportunity in play which may give day traders – if not swing traders – a chance to profit.

You've now read my opinion, next read Douglas' blog.

Weekly Market Recap Jul 30, 2017

Courtesy of Blain.

Another week like so many others in 2017.  Little volatility, little movement – even with a slew of big name earnings.  This certainly is a strange atmosphere just from the lack of volatility over many many months alone.   However companies seem to be doing well enough:

With slightly more than half of S&P 500 components having reported, 73% are turning in better-than-expected earnings and sales with companies reporting earnings that are 6.4% above Wall Street’s estimates and beating sales by 1.2%, according to John Butters, senior analyst at FactSet.

That said…

Data from Bespoke Investment Group show that stocks beating earnings expectations are trading mostly flat while stocks that miss are hit hard, an indication that investors are “buying the rumor and selling the news.”

Aside from earnings they key event of the week was the Federal Reserve meeting – although it was telegraphed no movement was happening.  Fed watchers were looking for a move of a comma or a semicolon to see if the Fed was “more dovish or hawkish!”

The Fed kept rates unchanged on Wednesday.  The Federal Reserve said it will start to reduce its massive $4.5 trillion pile of government and mortgage debt “relatively soon,” a long-expected move that reflects the central bank’s optimism in a steadily growing U.S. economy.  In May the Fed said it would begin to wind down its balance sheet later “this year.”

“The main message from the July FOMC statement was that the Committee is very likely to announce the starting date for running down its balance sheet at the September meeting, but it is worried about inflation,” Paul Mortimer-Lee, chief economist for North America at BNP Paribas, said in a note.  “This is a clear signal that the Fed will start unwinding its gargantuan balance sheet in September,” said Luke Hickmore, senior investment manager at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Eric Winograd, senior economist at AllianceBernstein, meanwhile, predicted the Fed could start tapering its balance sheet as early as September given its reference to “relatively soon” rather than “this year” in previous statements.

When all of Wall Street drinks from the Fed punch…
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Tech At Support. Small Caps Struggle

Courtesy of Declan.

After Thursday’s selling there was more downside on Friday which put further pressure on support. The indices best placed to take advantage were the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100.

The Nasdaq touched 6,350 support for the second day in a row. Selling volume was down on Thursday’s but as selling didn’t violate Thursday’s low there is an opportunity for an aggressive long. However, day’s like Friday aren’t typically bullish but until the market proves otherwise the risk:reward isn’t too bad for bulls.

Buyers of the Nasdaq can set stops below 6,335. Technicals are bullish. An opportunity to take a chance?

The Nasdaq 100 is at rising support with a stop on a loss of 5,865.

The Semiconductor Index is trading inside the wide bearish engulfing pattern from Thursday. There is a ‘sell’ trigger in the CCI along with a loss in relative performance against the Nasdaq 100. The convergence of 20-day and 50-day MAs is an opportunity for bulls to counter the trend. Bears now have two bearish engulfing patterns which makes 1,020 a key support level.

The S&P was relatively resistant to Friday’s selling. There was a ‘sell’ trigger in On-Balance-Volume but it hasn’t tested support. On the good news front there was an improvement in relative performance against Small Caps.

Speaking of Small Caps, the index is caught between a loss of rising support and 1,430 support. There was a ‘sell’ trigger in the MACD to go with the break. The 20-day MA is also available to play as a source of demand. However, a loss of 1,420 would drop the index back inside the earlier sideways consolidation and open up for yet another test of 1,345. The early part of next week will be important.

Bearish metrics can be found elsewhere. The relationship between the Transport Index and the Dow Jones has moved to a breakdown after 18 months of consolidating. This is a worrying development as it suggests the economy is about to take a step down – which…
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SP500 Kitchin Cycle says trouble brewing – Update

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sp500-kitchin-cycle-says-trouble-brewing--update8 years up! Come on what do expect, Amazon $2,000. Maxwell Smart..”Chief, it’s this close!”..

The Kitchin cycle (purple loops) suggests trouble can be expected between Sept 2017 and June 2018, suggests a minimum 20% correction is a sure thing during the next 18 months with the TRUMP’ster around. The chart below shows the cycle has had 2 big winners, who says a fourth is not on the cards!

NOTE: The price chart below with our RTTHurstDPO indicator shows price is conforming to the 900 bar Kitchin cycle.

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Listen to Jim Rogers, something is coming! Every investor must have a defense game plan!

A clue may be when the centrally funded and other FANG stocks roll over!

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The central bank bubbles in order

2000 Top = NASDAQ

2007 Top = Housing

2017 Top = Everything paper (????)

Next bubble will be…

Hard money!

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Investing Quote…

..”While I have made it a practice to limit my risk in most cases, I can trace most of my principal losses to my failure to place stop orders when the trades were made.”..

Richard D Wyckoff

..”Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway”..

Warren Buffett

..”The financial markets generally are unpredictable. So that one has to have different scenarios… The idea that you can actually predict what’s going to happen contradicts my way of looking at the market.”..

George Soros

..“It’s not what you own that will send you bust but what you owe.”..


..”It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong”..

George Soros

Coffee-Another bullish week after breakout, says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Coffee Futures and Coffee ETF (JO) have had a rough go of it the past few years. Below looks at the performance of both since 2011

Coffee ETF (JO) Weekly kimble charting solutions

Could these large decline present an opportunity in Coffee? Sure could! Below looks at the chart of JO and what the Power of the Pattern finds interesting.

Coffee ETF (JO) Weekly

Over the past few years, the decline in JO took it down to test 4-year support at (1). While testing support line (1), JO looks to have create a bullish wick (bullish reversal pattern). This took place at long-term support AND at the bottom of a bullish descending triangle. The past few weeks JO has rallied and broken above bullish falling wedge resistance.

Just The Facts Ma’am– JO so far this week looks to be creating another bullish wick (bullish reversal pattern) following the breakout at (2).

This breakout is taking place with few investors bullish Coffee and dumb money traders have a huge short position in play, largest in years. A rally in Coffee has the potential to catch many off guard and could create a short covering rally.

No doubt the trend remains down in both Coffee and JO. Will see if two large bullish reversal patterns in the past 6-weeks are sending a short term bullish message or nothing more than a counter trend short-term rally.

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U.S. Dollar; Triple support test after rare 30-week decline

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

From 2011 to the start of this year, the US$ has been pretty strong, as it rallied nearly 30% in 6-years. Over the past 30-weeks, King Dollar has been rather weak.

Below looks at the US$ over the past 18-years, with 30-week performance applied-

US Dollar Weekly Kimble Charting Solutons

King Dollar has declined over 9% in the last 30-weeks at (1). As one can see, this sharp of a decline in 30-weeks hasn’t taken place a ton of times since the late 1990’s. The decline has the US$ testing the bottom of a 24-month trading range and two rising support lines at the same time at (2).

This decline has bullish sentiment towards the US$ at the lowest levels in the past three years, according to, reflected in the chart below.

US Dollar Weekly Kimble Charting Solutons 

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With few investors bullish King Dollar at this time and a triple support test in play after a rare 9% decline in 30-weeks, what the US$ does at (2) in the top chart, could become very important for the Dollar and many commodities.

Gold & Silver have not pushed much higher while the US$ has been very weak. This makes the price point in the US$, all the more important to the metals sector, if this triple support test would hold.

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"The Maduro Diet" - Venezuelans Suffer Drastic Weight Loss As Hunger Crisis Strikes

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Shortages are becoming ever more severe in Venezuela. As Deutsche Welle reports, according to the World Health Organization, hospitals lack 95% of necessary medicines. Many people are undernourished and they receive no help from the government.

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Absurd Inflation Discussion by Fed Jackasses

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Minutes of the July 25-26 FOMC Meeting show internal concern over the Fed’s inability to hit 2% inflation.

I counted 89 instances of “inflation” and 79 instances of “2”. As sub-categories of 2, there were 27 instances of “2 percent” and eight instances of “below 2”.

“Longer” came up 26 times. “Transitory”, a previous standout, only came up twice. “Idiosyncratic” a new buzzword courtesy of the Cleveland Fed, came up once.


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Could This Be Why Warren Buffett Sold General Electric Bought Synchrony?

By F.A.S.T. Graphs. Originally published at ValueWalk.


Warren Buffett has long been considered the consummate value investor.  His penchant for value investing is generally attributed to his relationship with the renowned father of value investing Ben Graham.  However, what is often overlooked is the influence that partner Charlie Munger brought to Warren Buffett’s investing philosophy.  Warren attributes Charlie to introducing him to the concept of investing for growth at a reasonable price.  Consequently, Warren Buffett has evolved from the traditional Ben Graham “cigar butt” value investing strategy into a GARP (growth at a reasonable price) approach.

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Digital Currencies

Ukrainian Lawmakers Disclose $45 Million In Bitcoin Holdings

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As Ukraine's crackdown on corruption continues, three lawmakers from Ukraine’s ruling party revealed this week that they own a combined $45 million in bitcoin, according to a report by RIA Novosti, a Russian foreign news service.

Their holdings came to light during mandatory financial disclosures by members of the Ukrainian parliament, part of an IMF-approved strategy to tamp down corruption in Ukraine. The country's democratic institutions, which were never very robust to begin with, have been further destabilized by...

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Home Depot Called 'The Best House' On The Retailer Block

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Time to Short?

Courtesy of Declan.

We had the profit taking sell-off and then the bounce but is now the time for shorts to come in more aggressively? After yesterday's gapped gains there was a significant slow down in the market advance. This action presents an opportunity for shorts to attack.

The Semiconductor Index is one of the most attractive indices for shorts. The massive June bearish engulfing pattern remains dominant and offers guidance going forward. Tuesday's doji has the makings of a bearish harami cross.  Technicals are bearish and aligned in shorts favor.


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Swing trading portfolio - week of August 14th, 2017

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Editing human embryos with CRISPR is moving ahead - now's the time to work out the ethics

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Editing human embryos with CRISPR is moving ahead – now's the time to work out the ethics

Courtesy of Jessica BergCase Western Reserve University

There’s still a way to go from editing single-cell embryos to a full-term ‘designer baby.’ ZEISS Microscopy, CC BY-SA

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Why we need to act on climate change now


Why we need to act on climate change now

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The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years

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This would be excellent news for AAPL and GOOG to a lesser extent although not inconsequential:

The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years 

In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. What explains the growth? More people are spending more time and -- crucially -- more money in apps. While on average people aren't downloading many more apps, App Annie expects global app usership to nearly double to 6.3 billion people in the next five years while the time spent in apps will more than double. And, it expects the...

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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.


EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

If EWZ b...

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