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Sector Detector: Bullish conviction returns, but market likely to consolidate its V-bottom

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Bulls showed renewed backbone last week and drew a line in the sand for the bears, buying with gusto into weakness as I suggested they would. After all, this was the buying opportunity they had been waiting for. As if on cue, the start of the World Series launched the rapid market reversal and recovery. However, there is little chance that the rally will go straight up. Volatility is back, and I would look for prices to consolidate at this level before making an attempt to go higher. I still question whether the S&P 500 will ultimately achieve a new high before year end.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

I am in NYC this weekend between trips and visiting my daughter at college, so I’ll keep this short. After some profit protection kicked into gear in the face of an exaggerated Black Swan scare around Ebola, along with all the other usual worries about slowing global growth and terrorism (and the delta-hedge short selling associated with options expiration), investors finally came to their senses. The S&P 500 enjoyed its biggest week of the year (+4.1%), and yet active investment managers (including hedge funds) are now underinvested after dumping shares during the selloff.

As I said in last week’s article, investing is about stacking the odds in your favor, and the more severe technical conditions become, the greater the odds of a bounce or outright reversal. So far, it appears that a classic V-bottom reversal scenario is trying to play out.

But I seriously doubt it will be party time again for the more speculative names. A high-quality balance sheet has become very important. New market psychology has set the stage for lower equity correlations, selective stock picking, and capital flight to the highest quality companies, i.e., those with strong market position, solid cash flow, and low debt levels.

Energy had been by far the worst performing sector for the October (as of mid-month), but the sector got…
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Sector Detector: Sharp selloff in stocks sets up long-awaiting buying opportunity

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Last week brought even more stock market weakness and volatility as the selloff became self-perpetuating, with nobody mid-day on Wednesday wanting to be the last guy left holding equities. Hedge funds and other weak holders exacerbated the situation. But the extreme volatility and panic selling finally led some bulls (along with many corporate insiders) to summon a little backbone and buy into weakness, and the market finished the week on a high note, with continued momentum likely into the first part of this week.

Despite concerns about global economic growth and a persistent lack of inflation, especially given all the global quantitative easing, fundamentals for U.S. stocks still look good, and I believe this overdue correction ultimately will shape up to be a great buying opportunity — i.e., there is no need for investors to be afraid of the very thing they have been hoping for. Also, the charts are looking exhausted to the downside, and our fundamentals-based rankings remain slightly bullish.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Three weeks ago, the market finished the first week of October oversold, and the following week it became extremely oversold, and then last week it reached severely oversold. Obviously, no matter how overbought or oversold the market gets, it can always get more so. However, investing is about stacking the odds in your favor, and the more severe technical conditions become, the greater the odds of a bounce or outright reversal.

As of Friday, the S&P 500 closed down -6% from its closing peak on September 18 (but on an intraday basis, the peak-to-trough pullback was -9.8%). The MSCI World Index is down -10% from its September 2 high.

The top performing sectors last week were Telecom, Industrial, and Basic Materials, but these three had fallen the most the prior week. For the month of October, Utilities is up about +2%, which is far more than everyone else. Consumer Goods/Staples is down less than -2%, and the others are worse (Energy is down…
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Sector Detector: Semiconductors get slammed as investors scramble to protect profits

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Volatility continues to increase in the stock market and many of the leaders are breaking down. In particular, semiconductors took a rather big hit when one of the bellwethers warned of weakening global demand. Nevertheless, despite the significant headwinds, I do not think this spells the end of the bull market. But the technical damage to the charts is severe, particularly to the small caps, which are in full-blown correction mode. The large caps must show leadership and rally immediately — or it will put at risk the critical and widely-anticipated year-end rally.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

So far in October, the market already has seen five days with moves greater than 1%, which is as many such days as we saw in the prior five months combined. Jeff Macke observed in Yahoo! Finance that nearly one third of every trading day in the month of October since 1970 has seen 1% movements, up or down, including the infamous Black Monday of 1987. Heck, even the great Wall Street Crash of 1929 commenced in October.

No, weakness in October is not unusual, and this year in particular, because it has been so long since the broad market has pulled back in a meaningful way, I see it as a welcome cleansing that should validate some key support levels, wring out some excesses and overbought technical conditions, and establish a base from which to kick off the highly anticipated year-end rally.

Germany announced on Monday that factor orders fell -5.7%, which heightened fears among an already fearful investor community that Europe is worse off than thought. But then on Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its best percentage gain of the year when the FOMC minutes expressed concern about the strong dollar and global economic weakness, which suggested that interest rate hikes are still a long ways off.

But then Thursday brought the worst daily point drop of the year, and the NASDAQ Composite endured its…
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Sector Detector: Overdue market weakness finally hits, but sector rankings turn bullish

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Scott MartindaleThis seasonally weak time of the year has proven reliable once again. As I observed last week, the volatility index often hits a peak in October but has never hit a trough during this notorious month. Last week, I warned of more downside in stocks before any new highs are challenged. It was the type of week that tests investors’ bullish conviction, and it was way overdue.

So, is that it for downside this year? Is the market ready to commence its end-of-year rally now? Well, the charts appear to be in recovery mode, and our fundamentals-based sector rankings have turned bullish. But with volatility setting in, I don’t think we have seen the last of the scary market action. Will the S&P 500 fall into the -10% correction that we haven’t seen in three years? I think it is unlikely at this time, but I expect further consolidation and testing of bullish conviction in the near term.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

The fourth quarter kicked off with a new flavor — extreme market weakness. Not only did the large caps finally shows some vulnerability, but small caps are now looking like they are in a full-blown correction from their highs reached back in July. But weakness in October is not unusual, and in fact I see it as a welcome cleansing that should validate some key support levels, wring out some excesses and overbought technical conditions, and establish a base from which to kick off the highly anticipated year-end rally.

Of course, one major signal on Friday that investors applauded was the unemployment report showing a dip to 5.9%, which is its first time below 6% since 2008. 248,000 jobs were added in September and August was revised upward from 142,000 to 180,000. Also, the ISM Services report came in at a robust 58.6.

Earnings reports for Q3 kick off this week, and according to Capital IQ, S&P 500 companies in aggregate are expected to…
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Sector Detector: Stocks fight off predictable weakness, but expect more downside

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Yes, the market showed significant weakness last week for the first time in quite a while. In fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved triple digits each day. But it was all quite predictable, as I suggested in last week’s article, and certainly nothing to worry about. Now the market appears to be poised for a modest technical rebound, and longer term, U.S. equities should be in good shape for a year-end rally. However, I still believe more downside is in order before any new highs are challenged. Moreover, market breadth is important for a sustained bull run, so the challenge for investors will be to put together broader bullish conviction, including the small caps.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Last week’s weakness was expected for a variety of reasons, including the weak near-term technical picture and the fact that the week following a triple (or quadruple) witching options expiration day (like the prior Friday) is usually negative. So, there was nothing concerning at all about last week’s increased volatility and market turbulence. On the contrary, it was welcome cleansing action.

The U.S. economy has been showing steady strengthening while other developed markets are languishing. Q2 GDP grew at an impressive rate of +4.6% annual rate (after the Q1 contraction of -2.1%), and many economists are revising upward for Q3 to above +3%. Also, consumer spending grew by +2.5% annual rate, business investment +9.7%, and exports +11.5%, while consumer sentiment has improved. So, with quant easing programs in place around the world creating abundant global liquidity seeking safe and attractive return in the face of escalating turmoil, violence, and terrorism, there has been a flow of capital into U.S. stocks and bonds and a notable strengthening in the U.S. dollar (particularly against the yen and euro).

This has helped keep stock and bond prices high and inflation low, thus giving the Fed room to remain accommodative. And it intends to do so, even after accumulating $4.5 trillion in assets…
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Sector Detector: Bulls leverage hopeful news to launch a tepid breakout attempt

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Scott MartindaleStocks were able to leverage some optimistic news and dovish words from the Fed to take another stab at an upside breakout attempt last week. Although readers have sometimes accused me of being a permabull, I am really a realist, and the reality is that the slogans like “The trend is your friend” and “Don’t fight the Fed” are truisms. And they have worked. Nevertheless, I am still not convinced that we have seen the ultimate lows for this pullback, especially given the weak technical condition of small caps.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Bulls got a solid show of support from friends in high places last week. Of course, the biggest drivers of the stock market’s strong performance has been 1) signs of an improving economy, 2) global liquidity provided by dovish central bankers, and 3) global turmoil pushing cautious investors with all that liquidity in their hands into the relative safety and quality of U.S. securities of all types. The FOMC statement on Wednesday indicated no change in the dovish policies and no threat of an imminent move to raise short-term interest rates. ECB quant easing has led to a fall in the British pound and the euro. This has led to a notable strengthening in the U.S. dollar, which has helped keep inflation low, thus giving the Fed room to remain accommodative, which in turn is supportive of elevated valuation multiples in equities.

The 10-year Treasury closed Friday at 2.57%, which is down slightly from the prior week. I still think there is greater downside potential in the 10-year yield, especially given global liquidity and the resulting demand for the safety of U.S. Treasuries. Inflation is hard to find, and many economies around the world are trying to stave off recession and deflation (including Europe and Japan). Low interest rates could be with us for a while.

After 5.5 years of a liquidity-fueled bull market, many observers are saying the market is getting long in…
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Sector Detector: Bulls go down swinging, refusing to give up much ground

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Although the stock market displayed weakness last week as I suggested it would, bulls aren’t going down easily. In fact, they’re going down swinging, absorbing most of the blows delivered by hesitant bears. Despite holding up admirably when weakness was both expected and warranted, and although I still see higher highs ahead, I am still not convinced that we have seen the ultimate lows for this pullback. A number of signs point to more weakness ahead.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

The Dow Jones Industrials, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all broke their string of five weekly gains, even though the bulls were reluctant to give up much ground. We are now halfway through the historically weak month of September, including the always worrisome 9/11 anniversary, and so far the bulls have shown little inclination to throw in the towel. Somewhat surprisingly given overall market weakness, traditionally-defensive sector Utilities was the weakest sector last week. Energy and Basic Materials were also weak, while Healthcare held up the best. With the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury closing Friday at 2.61%, we have seen some weakening in Treasuries, and thus in higher-yielding Utilities stocks, as well. Also, the U.S. REIT index fell 3%.

All eyes will be on Wednesday afternoon’s FOMC policy statement and their current sentiment regarding interest rates. I still think there is greater downside potential in the 10-year yield, especially given global liquidity and the resulting demand for the safety of U.S. Treasuries. Moreover, ECB quant easing has led to a fall in the British pound and the euro. This has led to a notable strengthening in the U.S. dollar, which has helped keep inflation low, thus giving the Fed room to remain accommodative, which in turn is supportive of elevated valuation multiples in equities.

Nevertheless, although I expect the market to finish the year higher than it is now, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about near-term market weakness. For example, according to the…
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First Trust Rolls Out Active Long-Short ETF

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

First Trust, the sixth-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, will introduce the First Trust Long/Short Equity ETF (NYSEArca: FTLS). The new actively managed ETF can take long and short positions in U.S. and international equities, using earnings quality as a primary determinant of stock selection.  Read ETF Trends article.





First Trust Rolls Out Active Long-Short ETF

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

[From article by Tom Lydon at ETFTrends.com]

First Trust, the sixth-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, will introduce the First Trust Long/Short Equity ETF (NYSEArca: FTLS).

The new actively managed ETF can take long and short positions in U.S. and international equities, using earnings quality as a primary determinant of stock selection. FTLS will establish long positions in stocks deemed to have high earnings quality while short positions will be implemented in low earnings quality names. Read article.





Sabrient is looking for Software Engineers

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Sabrient Systems is looking for two motivated individuals to join our IT group as Senior Software Engineers.  Candidates should have strong programming skills and a working knowledge of financial investments, company financial statements, and the stock market. Details here.





 

Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-get-shadowfax-out-from-the-darkness-of-medical-bills-/126743

Thank you for you time!

 
 

Zero Hedge

Frontrunning: October 31

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

  • Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus (Reuters), Japan's central bank shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows (Reuters)
  • Kuroda Jolts Markets With Assault on Deflation Mindset (BBG)
  • Japan Mega-Pension Shifts to Stocks (WSJ)
  • Russia Raises Interest Rates (...


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Phil's Favorites

Looking for a Good Education at a Low Price, Perhaps Free? Head to Europe

Courtesy of Mish.

On June 7, 2014 I wrote Looking to Drastically Reduce College Costs? Study Abroad!

Yesterday, a writer for the Washington Post expressed the same opinion.

Please consider 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free). Since 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they've done the opposite.

The country's universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October, when Lower Saxony became the last ...



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Chart School

Moving Averages: Month-End Preview

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Here is a preview of the monthly moving averages I track after the close of the last business day of the month. All three S&P 500 strategies are now signaling "invested" -- unchanged from last month. Two of the five of the Ivy Portfolio ETFs, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking (DBC and the Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU), are signal cash "cash" -- also unchanged from last month.

If a position is less than 2% from a signal, it is highlighted in yellow.


Note: My inclusion of the S&P 500 index updates is intended to illustrate a popular moving moving-average timing strategy. The index signals also give a general sense of how US equities are behaving. Howe...



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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

Reminder: David is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

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To learn more, sign up for David's free newsletter and receive the free report from All About Trends - "How To Outperform 90% Of Wall Street With Just $500 A Week." Tell David PSW sent you. - Ilene...

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Insider Scoop

Jennings Capital Downgrades Ballard Power Systems

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related BLDP Lake View: Ballard Power Systems 'Making Progress' Morning Market Movers

Jennings Capital downgraded Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP) in a report issued Thursday from Buy to Hold and lowered its price target from $5 to $3.

Analyst Dev Bhangui noted that the company "reported Q3/14 results that were below our and consensus estimates. EPS were ($0.02) versus JCI and consensus of ($0.01). Revenue and gross margin m...



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Sabrient

Sector Detector: Bullish conviction returns, but market likely to consolidate its V-bottom

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Bulls showed renewed backbone last week and drew a line in the sand for the bears, buying with gusto into weakness as I suggested they would. After all, this was the buying opportunity they had been waiting for. As if on cue, the start of the World Series launched the rapid market reversal and recovery. However, there is little chance that the rally will go straight up. Volatility is back, and I would look for prices to consolidate at this level before making an attempt to go higher. I still question whether the S&P 500 will ultimately achieve a new high before year end.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then o...



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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of October 27th, 2014

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

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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Stock World Weekly

Stock World Weekly

Newsletter writers are available to chat with Members regarding topics presented in SWW, comments are found below each post.

Here's the latest Stock World Weekly. Enjoy!

(As usual, use your PSW user name and password to sign in. You may also take a free trial.) 

 

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Market Shadows

Bill Ackman's Big Pharma Trade Is Making Wall Street A Super Awkward Place

 

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Intro by Ilene

If you're following Valeant's proposed takeover (or merger) of Allergan and the lawsuit by Allergan against Valeant and notorious hedge fund manager William Ackman, for insider trading this is a must-read article. 

Linette Lopez describes the roles played by key Wall Street hedge fund owners--Jim Chanos, John Paulson, and Mason Morfit, a major shareholder in Valeant. Linette goes through the con...



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Option Review

LUV Options Active Ahead Of Earnings

There is lots of action in Southwest Airlines Co. November expiry call options today ahead of the air carrier’s third-quarter earnings report prior to the opening bell on Thursday. Among the large block trades initiated throughout the trading session, there appears to be at least one options market participant establishing a call spread in far out of the money options. It looks like the trader purchased a 4,000-lot Nov 37/39 call spread at a net premium of $0.40 apiece. The trade makes money if shares in Southwest rally 9.0% over the current price of $34.32 to exceed the effective breakeven point at $37.40, with maximum potential profits of $1.60 per contract available in the event that shares jump more than 13% to $39.00 by expiration. In September, the stock tou...



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Digital Currencies

Goodbye War On Drugs, Hello Libertarian Utopia. Dominic Frisby's Bitcoin: The Future of Money?

Courtesy of John Rubino.

Now that bitcoin has subsided from speculative bubble to functioning currency (see the price chart below), it’s safe for non-speculators to explore the whole “cryptocurrency” thing. So…is bitcoin or one of its growing list of competitors a useful addition to the average person’s array of bank accounts and credit cards — or is it a replacement for most of those things? And how does one make this transition?

With his usual excellent timing, London-based financial writer/actor/stand-up comic Dominic Frisby has just released Bitcoin: The Future of Money? in which he explains all this in terms most readers will have no tr...



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Pharmboy

Biotechs & Bubbles

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Well PSW Subscribers....I am still here, barely.  From my last post a few months ago to now, nothing has changed much, but there are a few bargins out there that as investors, should be put on the watch list (again) and if so desired....buy a small amount.

First, the media is on a tear against biotechs/pharma, ripping companies for their drug prices.  Gilead's HepC drug, Sovaldi, is priced at $84K for the 12-week treatment.  Pundits were screaming bloody murder that it was a total rip off, but when one investigates the other drugs out there, and the consequences of not taking Sovaldi vs. another drug combinations, then things become clearer.  For instance, Olysio (JNJ) is about $66,000 for a 12-week treatment, but is approved for fewer types of patients AND...



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