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…And Then Things Went Pear Shaped

Courtesy of Declan.

After days of steady gains, it was surprising to see the level of selling on show today; the last day like today in the markets was last December. How today plays out in the long term is still up for grabs as key trading ranges haven’t been breached. Shorts will be watching for opportunities, but what followed last December was another kick start for the rally – bulls have a reason for optimism.

The biggest reversal was in the Semiconductor Index. Yesterday’s 1.5% gain was whipped by a 4.4% loss. The attempt to break out of the rising channel was snapped away, putting the breakout gap from last week under pressure.

Next hardest hit was the Russell 2000.  This is of particular concern given the importance of speculative Small Caps in leading secular bull markets. The trading range with support at 1,345 is there to lean on and tomorrow could be the day this support is tested. Technicals are mixed, not helped by the sustained relative underperformance of the index against Tech averages. It’s still too early to call a top, but shorts may look to the next recovery rally as an opportunity to attack. In addition, while today’s percentage loss was greatest of the lead indices, the broader trading range remains unchallenged.

The S&P flashed a second ‘bull trap’, but this time the confirmation move against the rally was substantial and will not be easily reversed. The loss of both 20-day and 50-day MAs add to the pressure. To add to the trouble, there were ‘sell’ triggers for the MACD, On-Balance-Volume and +DI/-DI.

Finally, the Nasdaq also had its ‘bull trap’.  Technicals are stronger for this index, a MACD trigger ‘sell’ the only reversal on this front.  There was higher volume distribution to accompany today’s selling. A move to the 50-day MA may be the chance for bulls to get aggressive, otherwise, long term holders may want to wait-and- see what happens.

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Semiconductors Keep on Rolling

Courtesy of Declan.

It was generally a quiet day for the indices but the Semiconductor Index added another 1.5% as money continued to flow into Semiconductors. Today’s gain leaves the index up against resistance and ready to breakout.

The Russell 2000 closed near the day’s high as it looked to recover from the break of 1,390 support. However, a push above 1,400 would be needed to reverse the ‘bear flag’; if this is managed it would effectively confirm a swing low and open up for a move to 1,425.

The Nasdaq enjoyed an accumulation day of its own, although it added only 0.3% as part of yesterday’s breakout. Technicals are good and the index is well placed to enjoy further gains.

Just as a mention, the S&P experienced a small loss but not enough to reverse the challenge on last week’s breakout.

For tomorrow, look for more of the same.

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Silver – Step one completed

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silver--step-one-completedOur RTTSteps indicator shows when a symbol may be getting wider support from the composite man!Lift off!

With silver (SLV etf) you can see STEP 1 looks like a successful build, rally in to start the build of the step, a correction that did not break the step, this means price is supported by the wider market.

This is one to watch as steps build higher.

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Why, well consider this bubble warning fro Mike Maloney

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Investing Quote…

..”TIME is the most important factor in determining market movements and by studying the past records of the averages or individual stocks you will be able to prove for yourself that history does repeat and that by knowing the past you can tell the future. … There is a definite relation between TIME and PRICE. … Now, by a study of the TIME PERIODS and TIME CYCLES you will learn why tops and bottoms are found at certain times and why Resistance Levels are so strong at certain times and bottoms and tops hold around them. … The most money is made when fast moves and extreme fluctuations occur at the end of major cycles.” ..

William D Gann

..“It is much harder to sell stocks correctly than to buy them correctly.” Because of the emotional aspect of trading, if a “stock went up, the average investor would hold because he wants more gains – he’s exhibiting greed. If the stock declines, he also holds on and hopes the stock will come back so he can at least sell and break even – he’s hoping against hope”..

Bernard Baruch

..”If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians”..

Warren Buffett

Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.

Nobel Laureate for Economics Paul Samuelson

..“Successful speculation requires staying on top of changes in industries and companies

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Semiconductor Index Post Follow On Gains

Courtesy of Declan.

While not one of the primary indices, Semiconductors experienced a strong day of gains – backed by strong technicals. This index is well on its way to shaping a new rally for 2017, following through from the rally kicked off on Trump’s election. Bulls have their index to follow for the summer.

Gains in the Semiconductor Index helped boost a fresh breakout in the Nasdaq on higher volume accumulation. This is good news for long term holders and trend traders with little on offer for shorts.

The under pressure Russell 2000 got some relief, managing a close above 1,390 support and opening up the opportunity for a ‘bear trap’; a solid long play opportunity with a stop below 1,379. This could be the sneak long play for the summer.

The S&P would also have registered a breakout, but the ‘bull trap’ has not yet been negated. There may be better plays out there, but the S&P also offers upside opportunity with today’s gain coming on the back of volume accumulation.

For tomorrow it may be about riding the bull train and taking advantage of long opportunities at different levels of the bull spectrum:

1. Momentum players can look to the Nasdaq and Semiconductor Index building on a breakout.

2. Value players can look to the Russell 2000 and its discount play.

3. Defensive players can look to the S&P negating the ‘bull trap’

Shorts have nothing to see.

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Sad Snap (SNAP)! It’s the Stock Trader Weekly Recap.

Courtesy of Blain.

Feels like a broken record … and has been for a long time… but once again a shockingly low amount of daily volatility this past week, as aside from a quick jump down and then right back up Thursday, the indexes didn’t do much in terms of swings from day to day; or even intraday.  The largest move on the closing print for any individual day this week was 0.22%!  For the week the S&P 500 fell 0.35%.

More on the lack of volatility:

The S&P 500 has moved within a daily range of 0.5% or less for 13 straight sessions, according to Dow Jones data, the longest such streak since September 1995.

And even MORE:  Here is a 20 year chart of the volatility index (VIX) – you can see only in 2007 did we approach this low of a level.   Of course we know what happened shortly after THAT.   But we didn’t have all the world’s major central bankers pouring money into global assets back then.

A measure of fear on Wall Street ended at its lowest level since 1993 on on Monday.  The VIX closed at 9.77, off 7.6%, and marking its lowest level since Dec. 27, 1993.  The metric’s historical average is 20 and it has continued to slump as stocks have reached repeated records since President Donald Trump’s Election Day victory in November, which suggests to market participants that investors are becoming too complacent.

“No one really knows what it means to have such a low VIX at a time of such high uncertainty, rising rates, high valuations, and corporate profits that aren’t particularly strong,” said Jonathan Angrist, chief investment officer of Cognios Capital. “It is very unusual.”

When Apple (AAPL) is moving like this it is difficult to knock the NASDAQ down, as it’s a massive weight in the index.

Notice a trend?  Nearly all the big camp momentum favorites in the NASDAQ are seeing upward surges.

Tesla and Facebook aren’t far behind.  Until that…
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Small Caps See More Aggressive Selling

Courtesy of Declan.

Trump’s Russian shenanigans didn’t move the market as much as such actions in the past may have done but not all markets escaped such interest.

The Russell 2000 took the brunt of Friday’s selling.  The ‘bear flag’ off former support, now resistance, followed through lower to bring the index back to a flat-lined 50-day MA.  Technicals are mixed with ‘sell’ triggers in the MACD and +DI/-DI. Relative performance accelerated lower after months of underperformance. Small Caps are key bull market leaders but there has been a distinct lack of interest from buyers for the last 6 months and this is not good news for other markets.

Weakness in Small Caps has started to sow doubts in other indices including a potential ‘bull trap’ in the S&P.  The point loss in the index was small so it won’t take much to revive the rally, but the index will need a kicker if Small Cap weakness is not to play a larger role in Large Cap performance.

The Dow Jones is similarly encumbered. Note the positive test of converged 20-day and 50-day MAs on higher volume distribution.  Monday will be important.

If there is a bright spot it’s the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100. Both indices are feeding off the recovery in Semiconductors. The latter index posted good gains from a ‘bear trap’ with technicals bullish. Last week’s breakout gap adds to the bullish momentum. An uptick in relative performance is coming off the back of a scrappy 6-months in its relationship to the Nasdaq 100; a break to new highs will be needed to confirm price action.

With the assistance of Semiconductors, Tech indices are outperforming with supporting technicals net bullish.

However, a moving average of new 52-week highs for Tech and NYSE are showing a slowdown too. This has not coincided with a pick-up in new 52-week lows, but this rally is starting to run on fumes.

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Dow Gann Angle Update

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dow-gann-angle-updateLook away every thing is normal, the market is not going to crash (ya hope)!

A great feature of Gann Angles is that you draw from only one point on the chart and not two points like trend lines. This allows the chart reader to review units of time to units of price, which is excellent for comparing charts. Dow Jones Industrial price has returned to the master Gann Angle trend after a 12% or so correction last year, holding the solid red line (GANN 1×1 or 45 degrees) will be critical.

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The rather fast recovery since the US elections should remind chart readers of the pattern below, no chart is immune. Maybe the sell in May and run away should be considered.


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Investing Quote…

…”There is what I call the behaviour of a stock, actions that enable you to judge whether or not it is going to proceed in accordance with the precedents that your observation has noted. If a stock doesn’t act right don’t touch it, because, being unable to tell precisely what is wrong, you cannot tell which way it is going.”…

Jesse Livermore

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

..”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

..”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

..“Because of the extreme challenge, one must commit full attention to it.” Market speculation is “no different than trying to be a successful doctor or lawyer … you simply must devote yourself full-time to the study of your craft”…

Bernard Baruch

Underwhemling Response to French Election Results

Courtesy of Declan.

It was probably too much to ask for an election result which is closer to maintaining the ‘old’ status quo than spark anything radical. However, it does offer continuity for markets which should prove favorable down the road. While there was little reaction to the result, markets continue to maintain their bullish stance.

The S&P is above its trading range and holding its breakout with a narrow doji. Volume remained light in line with Friday’s.

The Nasdaq is knocking on the door of new highs and despite the narrow intraday range it closed near high of the day. Volume climbed enough to register as accumulation; good news for those looking for more upside.

Small Caps weren’t as fortunate, falling slightly, but not enough to undercut support. The decline was sufficient to trigger a MACD ‘sell’ but other technicals give bulls something to work (the MACD is also in a position to recover from its negative ‘sell’ trigger given it remains above the bullish zero line).

For Tuesday it will be important for the Russell 2000 to make back some of its lost ground. Further losses will put 1,390 support at risk and open up for a retest of 1,345. Markets look in better shape for Large Caps and Tech, and new highs have a good chance of emerging in the S&P, Dow Jones, and Nasdaq; the Nasdaq 100 having edged a new closing high today.

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

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Oprah’s Happy and a Bear Market Hits the Makeup Industry! It’s the Stock Trader Weekly Recap.

Courtesy of Blain.

A quiet grinding rally marked the week and really could be a symbol for almost all of 2017.  Four days of minimal movement, led to a bit of a rally late Friday.  And there was your week!  The S&P 500 finished up 0.6% on the week, and the NASDAQ continues to outperform, pushing up 0.9%.  The theme of the year has been very little volatility.  That continued!

As of Friday, the S&P 500 moved less than 20 points in either direction eight days in a row, the longest streak since the Beatles first visited North America.

Economic news came in “well enough” (the very bad employment data of March saw some rubber band effect in April), the government kicked the can on federal funding until September, and the Federal Reserve did what everyone expected it to do – nothing.  With expectations for something in June.

In a statement, the Fed’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee said a slowdown in first-quarter economic growth was “likely to be transitory” and described job gains as “solid.”

“They view the weak first-quarter GDP as ‘transitory’ and not something likely to impact policy. That officially puts two more interest-rate increases on the table,” said Matthew Peterson, chief wealth strategist at LPL Financial, who characterized the Fed’s stance as “pretty much as expected.”

Earnings have been on point:

Roughly 80% of S&P 500 companies that have reported so far are beating earnings estimates and posting earnings per share growth of more than 10% year on year while revenue is up 6% year on year, according to Emmanuel Cau, an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan Cazenove.

Economic data we are interested in:

  • Monday – the ISM manufacturing index fell to 54.8 in April, while construction spending declined 0.2% in March.
  • Wednesday – ISM reported a nonmanufacturing index of 57.5, indicating growth, which was above the consensus of 56 of

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Warns: "It's Going To Come Here... Trump Must Release The Gates Of Hell" On Islamic State

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With British Prime Minister Theresa May warning that another attack may be imminent, Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer says that it’s time to strike Islamic State strongholds with...

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Ben Carlson on Market Breadth (Video)

Courtesy of Joshua Brown, The Reformed Broker

Ben had a hit on Bloomberg TV last night talking about his recent piece on market breadth and why it’s perfectly normal to see the market being led higher by some very big winning stocks. His research shows that this is always the case during bull markets and that broader measures of the internals are healthy, not sick.

Check this out:

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Neil Howe Of The Fourth Turning - We Are In The 1930s; "Winter is coming"

By Mauldin Economics. Originally published at ValueWalk.

By Mauldin Economics From the Balkans to the US, walls are going up, not down, according to demographer and The Fourth Turning author Neil Howe.

Speaking to a packed crowd at Mauldin Economics’ Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, Howe said we are reliving many of the same trends and changes of the 1930s.

Faith in Democracy Is Fading

“Worldwide, people are losing trust in institutions,” he said. “Trust in the military, small business, and police is still there. But trust in democracies, media, and politicians is dropping.”

“When was the last time we saw these changes and the rise of right-wing populism?” he asked....

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Bitcoin Is Crashing (Again)

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While Bitcoin is still up 13% on the week (its 8th weekly ruse of the last 9), the dollar price of the virtual currency is collapsing again in US trading (after a big rebound during the Asian session)...

Just as with yesterday, there is no immediate news catalyst for the flush.

Meanwhile, the huge arb with South Korea bitcoin pricing remains, and as of this moment is still nearly $1000.

Today's drop ...

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U.S. stocks scale new peaks on retailer results; oil falls (Reuters)

Two top U.S. equity indexes scaled record peaks on Thursday after strong earnings reports from retailers, outpacing European shares which were little changed, while oil prices plunged after top crude producers extended output cuts for a shorter period than expected.

Hedge Funds Squeezed by World's Highest Rents Are Moving Out (Bloomberg)

Benjamin Fuchs raised eyebrows five years ago when he opened his hedge fund next to a place selling live chickens in Hong Kong’s hustling, bustl...

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S&P Breakout on Higher Volume Accumulation

Courtesy of Declan.

While I expected the Dow Jones to be the breakout flyer, instead it was the S&P which led the charge on higher volume accumulation.  Technicals are all in the green with a return of the MACD trigger 'buy'.

The Dow did manage to break past 21,000 with a MACD trigger 'buy' but it's still contained by all-time high resistance at 21,200. The index is still well positioned for a larger breakout, but this is the sixth day of consecutive gains for the index so some pullback can be expe...

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Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

Interesting discussion of what affects our behavior. 

Description: "How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors."

Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

Filmed April 2017 at TED 2017


p.s. Roger (on Facebook) saw this talk and recommends the book ...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of May 22nd, 2017

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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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Beyond just promise, CRISPR is delivering in the lab today

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Beyond just promise, CRISPR is delivering in the lab today

Courtesy of Ian HaydonUniversity of Washington

Precision editing DNA allows for some amazing applications. Ian Haydon, CC BY-ND

There’s a revolution happening in biology, and its name is CRISPR.

CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a powerful technique for editing DNA. It has received an enormous amount of attention in the scientific and popular press, largely based on the promise of what this powerful gene e...

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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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Bombing - Right or Wrong?

Courtesy of Jean-Luc

I am telling you Angel – makes no sense… BTW:

Republicans Love Bombing, But Only When a Republican Does It

By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

A few days ago I noted that Republican views of the economy changed dramatically when Donald Trump was elected, but Democratic views stayed pretty stable. Apparently Republicans view the economy through a partisan lens but Democrats don't.

Are there other examples of this? Yes indeed. Jeff Stein points to polling data about air strikes against Syria:


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Phil has a chapter in a newly-released eBook that we think you’ll enjoy.

In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

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