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Fifth Day of Selling

Courtesy of Declan.

Sellers in the S&P made it five days of downside in a row. On this last day it closed near the day’s lows, but also on its 200-day MA. If there was reason for a bounce, then tomorrow could be the day.  Technicals are all net negative.

The Dow took the selling harder. It undercut the July swing low having earlier lost its 200-day MA. Next up is the February swing low.

Small Caps finished at its 200-day MA, after it lost trendline support on Friday. Value players may get a bite of the cherry tomorrow as the index makes it first test of the 200-day MA since February.

The Nasdaq remains caught inside the range. It suffered a fairly clean slice of both 20-day and 50-day MAs, but the nearest support appears to be the July swing low, then the 200-day MA. If markets rally tomorrow, then look for a push to close today’s breakdown gap.

Tomorrow looks to be set nicely for bulls, even if the broader picture appears to favor an intermediate term correction. Indices trading at 200-day MAs are likely to offer the best opportunity, with the Russell 2000 perhaps the best of all.

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

Broad Selling

Courtesy of Declan.

There was no doubt as to the nature of Friday’s action. A weak, end-of-week close adds to the negative tone, suggesting the damage is more long term. However, not all indices are in true bearish mode.

The S&P is stuck inside its range, and won’t be challenging range lows until 2,045 comes into play. The 200-day MA at 2,063 is an area to look for buyers, although the last test of this key moving average was in early July, which is a little too soon for a new test to hold again. Technicals are mixed, which fits with what is trading range action. Bears may win in the long term, but bulls may get some joy at the 200-day MA for a short term bounce play.

The Dow is not playing so well. It’s struggling with a potential break of the trading range, not something S&P traders will want to see succeed. The undercut of the 200-day MA with a new lower high looks quite damaging. Add a new distribution day, one of a recent sequence of three, piles on the bearish pressure. Net bearish technicals is the final icing on the cake. Bulls won’t regain control until 18,200 is breached to the upside, but a recovery above 17,625 would force shorts to cover and offer bulls something to work with over the next couple of days.

Damaging is the action in the Russell 2000. The index lost rising trendline support, but it will quickly find itself up against the 200-day MA; a test last (successfully) made in January. Technicals are net negative. The next major support test will be 1,100.

The Semiconductor Index took heavy losses, bringing it back to lows. A strong ‘sell’ trigger remains in play with the MACD.

The Nasdaq is working off a ‘bull trap’, but only has one supporting technical on a ‘sell’ trigger. It also has converged 20-day and 50-day MAs to lean on too. If buyers are able to step up…
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Selling Continues

Courtesy of Declan.

Bears keep the pressure the on with another around of selling. Markets remain range bound, particularly after July’s sell off and recovery, which confirmed market trading ranges.

The S&P finished at its 50-day MA on lighter volume selling. Beyond the 50-day MA next comes the 20-day MA, but neither MA has played as support in recent months.

The Nasdaq almost registered a bearish engulfing pattern, but held up better than other indices. Volume was lighter than yesterday’s. Although a support test remains some distance away.

Worst hit was the Russell 2000, which suffered nearly double the loss of other indices today. The rising trendline is looking like the next logical test for bulls.

The other hard hit index, Semiconductors, was actually able to recover some lost ground, but remains vulnerable to fresh losses. The index has shed 15% from high to low, but it does look like it will lose more with buyers likely reluctant to step in here.

Tomorrow could see more of the same as indices look to return to the low end of their range. Again, look to Small Caps to lead, although a successful test of trendline support would give some measure for optimism.

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

‘Bull Trap’ in Nasdaq

Courtesy of Declan.

There was some spill over from yesterday’s after hours disappointment in Apple, but after a weak open, bulls were able to mount some challenge by close of business. However, today’s close was still below that of yesterday and registered as distribution. Hardest hit was the Semiconductor Index. It experienced a gap down, shedding 2.5%, as it continues to trend lower. Given the extent of the decline it’s hard to see how the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 can continue to trade near yearly highs.

The late recovery in the Nasdaq wasn’t enough to stop confirmation of the ‘bull trap’. The next challenge will be closing the breakdown gap. Technicals are all bullish, and only the performance of the index relative to the S&P is indicating potential weakness.

The S&P suffered a further loss as the rejection of 2,132 continues. However, the first support level to look for Thursday or Friday is the 50-day MA (assuming loses continue).

Finally, the Russell 2000 was able to recover some ground. It’s range bound, so future price action is likely to remain scrappy. A challenge of the ‘Bull Trap’ would offer some direction, but bears are probably feeling a little more confident.

Sellers will probably look to take things into a third day. Keep an eye on the Russell 2000. If this can push towards 1,278 it would offer buyers something to work with for other indices. In the meantime, all indices are back inside trading ranges, and are net neutral.  The broader direction has still to be determined, only the prior trend suggests markets will end this by pushing higher.

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

8 Unprecedented Extremes Indicate a Stock Market Bubble in Trouble


8 Unprecedented Extremes Indicate a Stock Market Bubble in Trouble 

By Elliott Wave International

This article was adapted from Robert Prechter's June 2015 Elliott Wave Theorist. For more charts and detailed commentary, analysis and forecasts from Prechter's latest issues, click here for the extended subscriber version of this report — it's free.

It is amazing to read assertions from the Fed and others that the stock market is nowhere near being in a bubble. Several aspects of the financial environment are actually so extreme as to be unprecedented. Some indicate a bubble, and others a bubble in trouble.

Below are eight indicators we are watching closely, among others.

1) Record debt in U.S. dollars

Total dollar-denominated debt peaked at $52.7 trillion in early 2009. At the end of Q1 2015, it stands at $59 trillion, an unprecedented amount.

2) Margin Debt at All-Time Highs

Never have more trading-account owners owed so much money, and never have they had such a low level of available funds from which further to draw.

3) Stocks Are Overvalued (based on dividend yields)

The Dow's annual dividend payout has been less than 3% for 235 out of the past 246 months. Prior to the bull market that started in 1982, the longest duration under 3% was just one month, at the top in 1929.

4) Fund Managers Are Maxed Out

The percentage of cash in mutual funds has been below 4% for all but one of the past 70 months (a period of nearly six years). Prior to this time, the longest such duration was only nine months, a streak that ended in October 2007.

5) Stocks are at a Triple Extreme

Previous triple manias occurred in 1901/1906/1909 and 1965/1968/1972, and both led to severe bear markets. This one is even bigger and has lasted longer.

6) Stocks Rose on Low Volume for Six Straight Years

Such a thing has never occurred before — one year, maybe, but not six.

7) Unprecedented Divergence Among Major Indexes

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A Bad Earnings Day, But A Good Day For Profit Taking

Courtesy of Declan.

A bad day for earnings, with IBM, United Technologies and Apple all disappointing. With indices at highs (or just shy of resistance) it was going to be a day of easy selling.  With technology particularly hard hit, the Nasdaq did well to cling on to its upside breakout, but given Apple’s earnings were after hours it’s unlikely to be the same story tomorrow.

The Dow was particularly hard hit with its membership of IBM and United Technologies. Given it finished the day smack bang in the middle of its range, it will probably find it hard to attract buyers – value buyers in particular.

The S&P did well do lose less than half-a-percent, and volume just crept above to register as distribution.  Bulls should keep an eye on this for a potential break of 2,135. It’s not too far away.

Small Caps had already been feeling the pain for the last few days, so today’s selling was nothing new. It did come with a new ‘sell’ trigger in Stochastics (momentum) however. It’s ‘bull trap’ is also looking particularly damaging.  Longs won’t be pressured to sell until the rising trendline connecting 2015 swing lows is hit.

For tomorrow, Apple is likely to set the tone. A gap lower would appear likely, the question is whether anyone will be willing to buy such weakness? Given indices are effectively range bound, much as they have been throughout 2015, it’s hard to see sideline market lurkers wanting to participate at this stage. Shorts may go fishing, but even they may struggle to build any downward momentum as numerous support levels are on offer.

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

Gold Gann Angle Update

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

gold-gann-angle-updateSeriously if you have a billion dollar gold position, why would you sell it a 2.00am on a Sunday morning when the markets only have $100,000 dollar value bids? Well no human would do that, but a govt would.

However the fix for lower prices is lower prices. The massive open interest built up in Gold and Silver required a punch down to allow position to be un wound, so watch out for that to happen, and that will most likey mean a strong bouch is due.

FYI, so why isnt silver crashing just as hard as gold? Simply all time high open interest and there massive positions to unwind. Every silver cent down is being hit with short covering. Banks like Citi and JPM morgan have to unwind massive silver shorts, to do this they need price falling to show a profit for their efforts.

Price is on the 1st 1×1 Blue Gann Angle, second resistance.

GLD Gann

The $100 on the GLD is a very big magnet, one level to watch.

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Investing Quote…

..”Every movement in the market is the result of a natural law and of a Cause which exists long before the Effect takes place and can be determined years in advance. The future is but a repetition of the past, as the Bible plainly states”..

William D Gann

..“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”..

Benjamin Franklin

The minute you get away from the fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic, or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game.

Basketball Legend Michael Jordan.

..The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell”..

John Templeton

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

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rtt-browsing-latestPlease review a collection of WWW browsing results.

Date Found: Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 11:03:14 PM

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Comment: QUESTION: How do I short this bubble?

Date Found: Sunday, 21 June 2015, 08:01:52 PM

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Comment: Pay attention – High Yield Credit market warning! (zerohedge)

Date Found: Monday, 22 June 2015, 07:45:15 PM

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Comment: Caterpillar sales stink. No sign of an upturn here. Strong US dollar does not help. Same trend as world growth, down.

Date Found: Monday, 22 June 2015, 10:47:51 PM

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Comment: Light blue is volume outstanding, red line is frequency of turnover. Its BAD when you have lots of stuff out there when turnover crashes. This is musical chairs with few chairs, this is typical in ‘penny stocks’, but this is investment grade BONDS…hope no one wants to SELL…ouch!

Date Found: Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 03:13:47 PM

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Comment: At market highs the smart money (brown) sells to the dumb money (green), that’s called distribution, and its been going on through out 2015.

Date Found: Friday, 26 June 2015, 12:55:52 PM

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Comment: This is not good, upward trend of SP500 cant continue with out the blue line..

Date Found: Saturday, 27 June 2015, 04:31:48 PM

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Comment: Chinese stock market margin Debt….exponential!

Date Found: Saturday, 27 June 2015, 07:14:23 PM

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Comment: Your Banker’s goal to those that have stuff of vlaue!

Date Found: Saturday, 27 June 2015, 07:19:27 PM

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Comment: Dont worry it is different this time. …I…
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Gains Contained

Courtesy of Declan.

Monday was a continuation of Friday’s action: gains for S&P and Nasdaq, losses for Russell 2000. The issues in play at the start of the day, remain in play at the close.

The Russell 2000 is perhaps the most worrying of the indices. Today’s losses took the index back to the 50-day MA, but with the index stuck inside a trading range this moving average is unlikely to play as major support. Technicals are also a little iffy: a ‘sell’ in the ADX is coming up against a potential ‘sell’ in the MACD, and relatively neutral CCI and Stochastic. The worst of the action is the sharp relative under-performance against the Nasdaq.

Gains in the S&P were tempered by resistance at 2,130. Today’s candlestick finished with an indecisive ‘spinning top’; balancing bullish and bearish action. Volume fell as buying interest wanes, but bears haven’t done enough to suggest they will take control here. Technicals hold to the bullish side.

The Nasdaq break of upper resistance holds for another day. Like the S&P it finished with an indecisive spinning ‘top’, but at least does so from a point of a breakout. Technicals also hold to net bullish technicals. Luckily, the Nasdaq is outperforming the S&P, which will make it harder for shorts to press any advantage.

The Semiconductor Index closed with a weak bearish ‘engulfing pattern,’ and is struggling to recover after the loss of 200-day MA and break of rising consolidation.

For tomorrow, shorts should continue to track weakness in the Russell 2000 and Semiconductor Index. Longs will be looking to defend the breakout in the Nasdaq. The S&P could go either way; a good swing trade opportunity.

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

Tech Indices Breakout

Courtesy of Declan.

Netflix and Google offered the juice to drive the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 to new highs. Other indices aren’t there yet, and it remains to be seen what they can offer.

Friday’s finish in the S&P left it just below resistance near 2,130. Technicals are net positive, and whatever bearish connotations were there from the loss of 2,080 have been firmly put to bed.  Friday’s doji marks indecision on the part of bulls and bears, with Large Cap traders looking at whether Tech indices can hang on.

The Nasdaq popped itself above resistance to close at a new high. Technicals are all net bullish with the index enjoying a strong relative gain against all lead indices. Volume ranks as accumulation.

The Russell 2000 also enjoys net bullish technicals, but it hasn’t yet challenged the ‘bull trap’ from June. It also suffered a loss on Friday, unlike other indices. If bears are going to pressure, the Russell 2000 is the index likely to feel the pain.

The Semiconductor Index bounced off lows but is struggling to do more than limp bounce. While gains in the Tech Indices are good to see, further gains will require (much) more from the Semiconductor Index.

Finally, gains in the Nasdaq haven’t pushed the index into overbought conditions. In fact, there is plenty of room on both sides of the equation to reward either bulls or bears.

Tomorrow it’s down to bulls to defend Tech indices. If they can keep the breakouts then the S&P should be ready to follow suit. The Russell 2000 has the most work to do; if there is a stumble, then shorts will come a swarming.

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


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Actually, gold RISES after rate hikes begin

Courtesy of Joshua Brown, The Reformed Broker

If you believe that history is any guide at all when it comes to monetary policy, the dollar and gold, then this may be of interest to you…

Gold has been in a death spiral of late based on the twin fears of rising rates and a dollar at decade highs. According to HSBC’s FX strategist, David Bloom, gold has already priced in the first hike and it may be discounting a continuing dollar rally thesis that is unsupported by history. According to the bank, after the first hike of a cycle the dollar declines in the first 100 days, on average, and gold bounces from where everyone sold in anticipation.

In other words, buy the rumor of rate hikes and sell the event for USD – the reverse order for gold.

re the dollar:

while the ...

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Ariel Focus Fund Q2 2015 Commentary

By VW Staff. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Ariel Focus Fund commentary for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

H/T Dataroma

For most of the second quarter, stocks were up fairly nicely at home and abroad—until the final few sessions. As news out of Puerto Rico and especially Greece worsened, stocks fell sharply. In the last two trading days of the quarter, the foreign stock MSCI EAFE Index dropped -2.97%, the U.S. large-cap S&P 500 Index fell -1.81%, and the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index retreated -2.01%. To our minds, these sell-offs were not based on economic exposures but on an expansive sense of risk and, ultimately, on fear. The volatility extended to other asset classes: long U.S. bonds were up roughly +1.5% while high-yield bonds were off about -0...

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American Enterprise in a Nutshell

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Dollar gains against yen, but weakens vs. pound (Market Watch)

The dollar advanced against the yen on Tuesday as worries about China’s stock selloff abated somewhat, but the buck fell against the pound after the latest reading on U.K. economic growth matched expectations.

Some stabilization by Asian stocks prompted nervous investors to loosen their grip on the perceived safety of the Japanese currency.

The dollar USDJPY, -0.01%  was up at ¥123.73, compared with ¥123.24 late Monday in New York. ...

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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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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Kimble Charting Solutions

Travel indicator being put to critical tests

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The American Economy is driven a good deal by the consumer.

The table below reflects that nearly 70% of GDP is based consumption.


The 4-pack below looks at consumption with a focus on the travel and leisure sector, by looking at Avis (CAR), Hertz (HTZ), Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN).


While many seem to be occupied by the news abou...

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Sector Detector: Lackluster earnings reports put eager bulls back into waiting mode

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

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.

Corporate earnings reports have been mixed at best, interspersed with the occasional spectacular report -- primarily from mega-caps like Google (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), or Amazon (AMZN). Some of the bul...

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Fifth Day of Selling

Courtesy of Declan.

Sellers in the S&P made it five days of downside in a row. On this last day it closed near the day's lows, but also on its 200-day MA. If there was reason for a bounce, then tomorrow could be the day.  Technicals are all net negative.

The Dow took the selling harder. It undercut the July swing low having earlier lost its 200-day MA. Next up is the February swing low.

Small Caps finished at its 200-day MA, after it lost trendline support on Friday...

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Swing trading portfolio

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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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Digital Currencies

Gold Spikes Back Above $1100, Bitcoin Jumps

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Gold is jumping after the overnight double flash-crash...testing back towards $1100...

Bitcoin is back up to pre-"Greece is Fixed" levels...

Charts: Bloomberg and Bitcoinwisdom


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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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Watch the Phil Davis Special on Money Talk on BNN TV!

Kim Parlee interviews Phil on Money Talk. Be sure to watch the replays if you missed the show live on Wednesday night (it was recorded on Monday). As usual, Phil provides an excellent program packed with macro analysis, important lessons and trading ideas. ~ Ilene


The replay is now available on BNN's website. For the three part series, click on the links below. 

Part 1 is here (discussing the macro outlook for the markets) Part 2 is here. (discussing our main trading strategies) Part 3 is here. (reviewing our pick of th...

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