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S&P 500 Approaching Significant Levels

Courtesy of Dana Lyons

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The correction in the equity markets has brought the S&P 500 down close to a confluence of key technical levels.

People ask us all the time what we view as the important “levels” in the stock market, e.g., “what is our target level for the Dow?” or “what level will put an end to the correction?”. To be honest, while we do have our areas on the various charts that we view as significant, we are less focused on price levels than we are on the behavior of various market indicators and investors. Levels can be helpful, but sometimes prices overshoot what they “should” and sometimes they don’t quite make it “there”. That’s why we rely on a set of indicators based on market internals, momentum, investor positioning, etc. to help guide our investment posture, i.e., aggressive, defensive, etc.

That said, as I mentioned, we do view certain levels on a chart as significant if prices do happen to reach, or breach, them. And since A) people are most interested in the S&P 500 and B) that index is approaching some potentially key levels, we thought we would present it as our Chart Of The Day.

One thing of note that we have mentioned several times before is that, of all the securities and indices, etc. that one wants to chart technically, the S&P 500 is one of the most unreliable. We have found that typically, the degree of adherence to technical levels is inversely correlated to the number of participants trading it. That is, the more people attempting to technically trade a price series, the less apt it is to conform to traditional technical analysis.

This is not a scientific conclusion but rather an observation of ours. But it does make sense because A) the more competition there is, the more difficult it will be to win, and B) the more participants there are watching the same thing, the more likely it will be that HFT’s, computers or large institutions will be “gaming” that “thing”. And perhaps no instrument has more eyes on it than the S&P 500. That means it is a relatively…
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You Are Owed Nothing

Look at the bar chart at the end of the post and ask: Do markets move in cycles? What are my long term objectives? And, is this time different? 

You Are Owed Nothing

Courtesy of Michael Batnick, The Irrelevant Investor

People invest their hard earned dollars to earn a return above and beyond inflation.  At a three percent inflation rate, your purchasing power would get cut in half over twenty years. As the value of your dollar diminishes over time, the goal when investing is to maintain and even grow the value of your money.

You’ve seen this chart before, it shows that $1 invested in 1926 would have grown to $5,386 today, a whopping return of 538,547%, or 10% a year.

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What you don’t always see is the real growth of $1, or what the returns would be after you factor in inflation. Once this is accounted for, stocks have returned 40,670% over the last ninety years, or 6.9% a year (I used an arithmetic scale here for affect, the chart above uses a log scale).

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The chart above clearly demonstrates how much inflation eats into returns. Still, an 8.5% average real return, or 6.9% compounded is pretty darn good. If an investor earned 6.9% for twenty years, their total return would be 280%. Sounds good right? Here’s the kicker. Real returns aren’t owed to anybody, they’re earned the hard way.

Over all ten-year periods, the real rate of return for stocks has been positive 85% of the time. While these are pretty good odds, you probably wouldn’t feel invincible if somebody told you there was a 15% chance that you could lose money investing over the next decade. The image below illustrates that investing is not for the faint of heart.

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As you’re probably painfully aware, the S&P 500 hasn’t made any progress over the last two years. If you’re feeling a little frustrated, I have some bad news for you, this is how stocks works. The stock market doesn’t owe you anything. It doesn’t care that you’re about to retire. It doesn’t…
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Further Losses But No Breakaway

Courtesy of Declan.

The Asian session had set up for big losses, but markets were able to defend against such losses even if finishing with a lower close.



The S&P tagged the January low, but it’s hard to see it holding out if there’s another challenge on 1,810.




The Nasdaq was able to register a higher close (although below the prior day’s close). It probably did enough to negate what is normally a bearish black candlestick, but bulls won’t have any confidence until the bearish channel is broken.




The Russell 2000 was the index feeling the most heat. The gap down didn’t manage to do more than leave a small bullish hammer. The MACD trigger ‘sell’ expanded, and new lows keep pricing action on the side of bears. As the relative market leader, what goes here goes for other indices.




Tomorrow is a chance for bulls to buy a change in fortune.  After five consecutive days of losses it’s time for bulls to apply the squeeze.



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







SP500 Gann Angle Update

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

sp500-gann-angle-updateGann Angles and Cycles guide the market like road signs! Read the Mark Twain quote in the image, are you one of the fooled and still holding your FANG (Facebook,Apple, NetFlix and Google) portfolio!



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Investing Quote…



..“Stocks, like atoms, are really centers of energies.Therefore they are controlled mathematically”….”There is no chance in nature because mathematical principles of the highest order lie at the foundation of all things”..



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..“Investing should be like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement…go to Las Vegas.”…



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



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..“Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done except by liars.”..



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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.







The Economy In Pictures: We’ve Seen This All Before

Courtesy of Lance Roberts of Real Investment Advice

Last week, I gave a presentation discussing the current market environment and the economy. As I was preparing the slide presentation, I noted some concerning similarities to a presentation that I gave in 2007. At that time, I was regularly discussing the potential onset of an economic recession, and then like now, I was dismissed as being a “perma-bear.” There was no inverted yield curve, the vast majority of the media saw no recession in sight, and the Federal Reserve continued to tout a “Goldilocks” economy. Yet, a year later, it was quite evident. 

Currently, there is a plethora of commentary strongly suggesting that the U.S. economy is nowhere near recession currently. That may very well be the case, however, by the time the data is revised to reveal the recession it will be far too late for investors to do anything about it. The market, a coincident indicator of economic recessions historically, may already be revealing future economic data revisions will eventually disclose.

With the economy now more than 6-years into an expansion, which is long by historical standards, the question is: “Are we closer to an economic recession or a continued expansion?”

How you answer that question should have a significant impact on your investment outlook as financial markets tend to lose roughly 30% on average during recessionary periods.  However, with margin debt at record levels, earnings deteriorating and junk bond yields rising, this is hardly a normal market environment within which we are currently invested.

Leading Economic Indicators

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Corporate Profits As % Of GDP

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The Broad View

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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.







Global stocks have already lost over $6 trillion in 2016

Six trillion dollar question: How much worse is this going to get?

Global stocks have already lost over $6 trillion in 2016

By Bob Bryan at Business Insider

Excerpt:

It's ugly in global markets right now. Really ugly.

In the US, stocks had their worst start to a year ever. In Europe things haven't been much better with bad news coming out of Berlin, London, and Athens. And a crash in Chinese stocks to start the year sort of got this all going on the wrong foot….

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Utilities Winning By Not Losing

Courtesy of Dana Lyons

While the broad stock market has been getting hammered, the utility sector hit a 52-week high this week – and achieved a significant relative breakout.

Our firm’s philosophy when it comes to investment selection, i.e., where to invest, is to concentrate in the strongest performing areas of the market. We refer to this as relative strength. Typically, this means the sectors that are rising more than the rest, especially on a risk-adjusted basis. Occasionally, though – in a market correction or bear market – it can mean the sectors that just aren’t losing ground, or are losing the least.

This is the case currently with the utility sector. For, while most areas of the market are off to a historically weak start, utilities are up 8% for 2016, as measured by the Dow Jones Utility Average (DJU). Furthermore, while the DJU is up a mere 1.7% over the past 52 weeks, it is nevertheless at a 52-week high.

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Additionally, as the chart indicates, the utility sector has broken out of a well defined downtrend on a relative basis versus the S&P 500. While there is no guarantee, this does suggest that, over the longer-term, the utility sector could be in the early staged of out-performance versus the market. And based on past occurrences when we have witnessed relative breakouts of some variation (e.g., 2000, 2007), this is not necessarily a positive development for stocks overall.

It remains to be seen whether similarly challenging times will materialize for the broader market versus utilities over the longer-term, but that trend certainly is in effect at the moment.

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Paul Craig Roberts: Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?

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Is This Debt’s Last Rattle?

Courtesy of The Automatic Earth.


Crowd outside Wall Street Stock Exchange on BlackThursday Oct 24 1929

What we see happening today is why we called our news overview the “Debt Rattle” 8 years ago. The last gasps of a broken system ravished by the very much cancer-like progress of debt. Yes, it took longer than it should have, and than we thought. But that’s pretty much irrelevant, unless you were trying to get rich off of the downfall of your own world. Always a noble goal.

There’s one reason for the delay only: central bank hubris. And now the entire shebang is falling to bits. That this would proceed in chaotic ways was always a given. People don’t know where to look first or last, neither central bankers n...



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Big test for those that have been wrong, says Joe Friday

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In May of last year, the S&P hit a key level and stopped on a dime. We applied Fibonacci tools to the highs in 2007 and the lows in 2009, to the chart above. The 161% Fibonacci extension level came into play in the 2,150 zone last year and when hit at (1), the markets stopped on a dime.

If your tools or adviser has suggested to be long and strong since May of 2015, that advice has been costly.

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Further Losses But No Breakaway

Courtesy of Declan.

The Asian session had set up for big losses, but markets were able to defend against such losses even if finishing with a lower close.

The S&P tagged the January low, but it's hard to see it holding out if there's another challenge on 1,810.


The Nasdaq was able to register a higher close (although below the prior day's close). It probably did enough to negate what is normally a bearish black candlestick, but bulls won't have any confidence until the bearish channel is broken.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

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.

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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).

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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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