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S&P 500: On a knife’s edge

S&P 500: On a knife’s edge

Courtesy of Prieur du Plessis, Investment Postcards from Cape Town

Last Thursday was a so-called 90% down-day for American stock markets (and many other bourses also recorded downward dynamics). A 90% down-day is defined as a day when downside volume equals 90% or more of the total upside plus downside volume and points lost equal 90% or more of the total points gained plus points lost. The historical record show that 90% down-days do not usually occur as a single incident on the bottom day of an important decline, but typically on a number of occasions throughout a major decline. As far as the very short term is concerned, 90% down-days are often followed by two- to seven-day bounces.

The stock market is on a knife’s edge at the moment as seen in the chart below, showing the long-term trend of the S&P 500 Index (green line) together with a simple 12-month rate of change (ROC) indicator (red line). Although monthly indicators are of little help when it comes to market timing, they do come in handy for defining the primary trend. An ROC line below zero depicts bear trends as experienced in 1990, 1994, 2000 to 2003, and in 2007. And 2010? With the ROC delicately perched just above the zero line, the primary trend is still bullish, but barely so.


Regarding seasonality, I have done a short analysis of the historical pattern of monthly returns for the S&P 500 Index from 1950 to August 2010. The results are summarized in the graph below.

Source: Plexus Asset Management (based on data from I-Net Bridge).

As shown, the six-month period from May to October has historically been weaker than the period from November to April as seen in the average monthly return of 1.05% for the “good six months” compared with 0.25%% for the “bad six months”. Importantly, when considering individual months, September (-0.18%) and October (-0.19%) have historically been the only two negative months of the year. (A word of warning, though: one should take cognizance of seasonality but understand that it is not a stand-alone indicator and it is anybody’s guess whether a specific year will conform to the historical pattern.)

Where does this leave us at this juncture? Considering an array of indicators, we are somewhat in no-man’s land regarding whether the bull or bear will…
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Dark Horse Hedge: Market Musings

Dark Horse Hedge: Market Musings   

Courtesy of Scott Brown at Sabrient, co-author with me of The Dark Horse Hedge 

The SPX continues to trade below both the 50 and 200 day moving average (MA) but yesterday rallied to close above the once solid support level of 1040.  The market bounce off the lows of July 2 also correlated with the Dark Cross formation which occurs when the 50 Day MA crosses the 200 Day MA downward.  As we discussed in the Dark Horse Hedge, this has not traditionally held up as a good foreshadower of bearish activity.  Nonetheless, it is worth noting that it took place. 

With a low volume rally on Wednesday, and the lack of any follow through midway through Thursday, combined with the rally lacking any real quantifiable economic basis, the charts lead us to believe that Wednesday’s action was a relief rally so far.  To begin even a modest short-term uptrend, the SPX will need to hold above the July 2 close of 1023 on any downward close and then break the close of Wednesday at 1060 or close today, whichever is higher.  The 14 day RSI is slightly bearish at 41.68 and would need to cross 50 to become a bullish technical signal.  As one other confirmation of the weak technical chart, I have added the 12-26-9 MACD which is currently -17 with the bullish signal line being a break of 0. 

So in conclusion, the SPX had a earnings foreshadow or relief rally on Wednesday, with Volume below the 50-day MA.  The index itself is remains securely below both the 50 and 200 day MA which have crossed.  The confirmation by RSI and MACD lead us to believe that based on our reading of the current chart, the rally of Wednesday will have to retest 1040 and more importantly 1022 before it can move higher.  If the next down move breaks 1022 and seeks what should be technical support from Sept 2009 of 995, we are technically in a downtrend. 

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The DDH started with a 67% SHORT tilt last Thursday which is confirmed through this chart analysis.  On Tuesday, both LONG positions were up and the 4 SHORT positions were down creating the “Perfect Storm” for that day.  DDH attempts to build a L/S portfolio with the best fundamental companies held as LONG positions and the worst fundamental companies held…
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Bulls Keep The Pressure On

Daily Market Commentary: Bulls Keep The Pressure On

Courtesy of Fallond Stock Picks 

Small Caps again took charge and dragged Tech indices with the help of the semiconductor index. Bulls used rising support to launch their attack as the Russell 2000 added another percentage point. Supporting technicals made modest gains but are mapping bearish divergences with lower highs – but bulls won’t be complaining too much.



The Nasdaq managed a new closing high, Thursday’s trading engulfing the narrow trading range from Wednesday. It’s nicely set up for a positive Friday.



The semiconductor index added close to 2%, negating what was the most bearish close from the indices I track



The strength in Small Caps and Tech filtered down to at least a positive finish for the S&P. But even here there is enough to suggest Friday could follow through higher



Markets are nicely poised to continue higher – extended though they are. Will Amazon and Microsoft earnings be the dampner? 

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Basic Technical Patterns: The Foundation of Common Pattern Identification

Pharmboy’s latest chapter in his TA eBook – Chapter 7! - Ilene 

Links for previous chapters:

1. Understanding Market Cycles: The Art of Market Timing (Chp. 1),

2. Dow’s Theory of Markets (Chp. 2),

3 & 4. Fundamental vs. Technical Analysis and Types of Technical Trading (Chps. 3 & 4).

5. Stock Charting Basics: How to Read & Understand Stock Charts (Chp. 5 here.) 

6. Using Moving Averages for Long and Short Trades (Chp. 6)

Basic Technical Patterns: The Foundation of Common Pattern Identification

Courtesy of Pharmboy of Phil’s Stock World 

History tends to repeat itself, and trend lines, triangles, and other patterns do work in TA.  Charts show the collective opinions of all market participants for that day, month, or whatever timeframe that is used.  Charts are direct evidence of the trader’s beliefs and feelings, and each movement reflects a bit of human emotion (or at least it did before speed trading – HAL9000).  So, it should be no surprise that patterns repeat themselves over and over.

In Figure 1 below, typical up trends and down trends are shown.  These zigzag patterns are seen all the time, but why do they form?  Let’s say someone bought a stock at a certain point.  If that stock went up, but pulled back to the original purchase price, they will often think that it’s an opportunity to buy more at their original price, thus adding to their position.  This is also the same for shorts when they are able to short a stock at the same price they shorted previously. Then why do peaks form? People sell (or cover) to take profits.  Obviously, any increase in selling will pull the stock back.  Those who bought at a lower level may start buying again.  This repeats and repeats until 1) there is no more stock left for people to buy, or 2) there is too much supply and not enough buyers.  On a larger scale, this is how bull and bear markets begin and end.

Figure 1  Typical up and down trends.

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Stock Market Commentary: New Highs for Tech and Small Caps

Stock Market Commentary: New Highs for Tech and Small Caps

Courtesy of Fallond Stock Picks 

Small Caps and Tech continued their good form. Technicals continue to support the move higher for Small Caps (Russell 2000) with new highs for the MACD and +DI line. The Russell 2000 would have to give up 25 points (or 4%) just to test breakout support at 650.

The prior underperformance of the semiconductors was undone with today’s 2% gain. 

This revival helped keep the rally in the Nasdaq ticking over

But Large Caps didn’t quite live up to the gains of Tech and Small Caps

Last Friday’s breakout gap remains the most tempting pullback zone.  

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Stock Market Commentary: Modest Tech Gains

Stock Market Commentary: Modest Tech Gains

Courtesy of Fallond Stock Picks

A non-event day; techs made small gains, small and large caps posted small losses. From a technical perspective there was at least a stochastic ‘buy’ for many of the indices.

The Russell 2000 remained contained by its 50-day MA

Of the market breadth indicators, the Percentage of Nasdaq Stocks above their 50-day MA marked a bottom as it crossed its 5-day MA helped by an Ultimate Oscillator ‘buy’.

Other market breadth indicators are still some way from firming a bottom but buyers are prepared to take a look here.


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When The Markets Talk To Us

When The Markets Talk To Us

Pictograph of a Megaphone

Courtesy of Nicholas Santiago at InTheMoneyStock’s Rant and Rave Blog

This morning the market soared higher after the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report by the U.S. government.  Reportedly the GDP increased 5.7 percent in the final quarter of the year.  This news was much better than economists had expected, and a rally was underway to start the day.  This was another day when the good news just kept pouring in and the media headlines looked great.  Then one might ask, why did the market reverse after making a 10:30 am high?  Please realize that the NASDAQ was trading at 2202.00 during the morning peak and is now below 2175.00, and negative on the day.

Often when a "buy the rumor, sell the news" type event takes place it is usually because price is already built into the market.  However, today many leading technology stocks have rolled over intra day even as they are at major daily chart support levels.  Leading stocks such as Apple Computer (NASDAQ:AAPL) have reversed to the negative side by selling off more than eight points intra day from today’s early session highs to the recent intra day low. Sandisk Corp (NASDAQ:SNDK) is another leading stock that is getting punished today by traders and investors.  However, this stock gapped lower and has continued to sell off into its daily 50 moving average at 25.80 which should be some short term support.  Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) is another stock that supposedly had very good earnings and was trading higher to start the day.  This stock gapped up higher at the open by trading at 29.90.  Since that opening print the stock has sold off and reversed to the negative side.

What is this telling us when good stocks can’t hold their gains after good news?  Often it tells us that conditions have changed.  The market has obviously priced in the good expectations from earnings and even the economic data.  It is prudent to remember that the market is similar to a pendulum.  Often the markets swing to one side too far, and then to the other side too far, and rarely finds that common middle ground or equilibrium point.

With that being sad one should always realize that you can’t fight the tape and the market is always right.  Therefore, price action is king and…
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EOD Count Oct 12 with a Bunch of Charts and Count Options

EOD Count Oct 12 with a Bunch of Charts and Count Options

Courtesy of Binve at Market Thoughts and Analysis

Here are the leading options as I see them. Again, there are no slam-dunk winners here and still several ways to count this rally.

First is my preferred count:

Pros: Listed here (Alternate Count Possibility - now the preferred count)
Cons: Wave 1 is now much longer than is proportional to the size of the A wave it will be part of in this count (I believe the long term wedge trendlines are *extremely important* and will be mostly respected until the final finishing wave where we might get an overthrow).

Alternate Count 1 – Columbia’s Option

Pros: Very elegant. Look at the trendlines for this count in his post (Week-end thoughts, A Fresh Prospective!!!)
Cons: None. I really like this count. And am really thinking about making it my preferred. Col’s trendline observation is the most insightful analysis yet I have seen on this rally.

Alternate Count 2 – Large Ending Diagonal

Pros: I think a huge wedge *wants* to end with a diagonal (Alternate Count (Very Speculative))
Cons: That is one big freaking wedge. It is way out of proportion with the rest of the waves in the rally

So did today’s action give any clues?

Like I mention above, **if** the move today is a Minute degree Wave 1 completion (as opposed to a A wave or a completed C), this has a few implications.

1. This will be the start of a very large rally, and will likely take us past the 7-month wedgelines.
2. I believe the wedgelines are *extremely important* will be respected, with only minor excursions, until the final move. If we get a significant break to the downside, I believe P2 will be over. If we get a significant break to the upside, then that will be the final rally before P2 is over.

I, of course, may be completely wrong. But this is a key assumption I am making.

So before jumping into some counts, lets look at Weekly and Daily charts.

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Basic Trading 101

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Basic Trading 101

Courtesy of Allan

For me, trading is not a hobby, not a game of chance not some intellectual odyssey filled with clashing egos and chest pounding pissing contests. No, for me, trading is a way to make a living, doing something I love and am good at. So my approach is a little different then some of you may be used to.

Yet every so often a communication from one you impacts me with frustration and dismay. By now I would think that if you have been with me for six months, or a year, or longer, you would be making money trading, using some ideas and techniques that I have described over the months and years of writing AllAllan. But I hear something else from these communications, I hear that many of you are not getting it.

Today I am going to present to you three ways to trade using the simplest of strategies based on end of day prices and a minimal of necessary hardware or software. I am going to use an unleveraged ETF and remove all of my more sophisticated (read: expensive) tools, using only Market Club Triangles and 3 Line Break Point charts, both very similar in their construction and entirely objective in their application.

You can trade this going forward on XLF and probably not need anything else to be successful month to month, quarter to quarter and year to year. But it is my hope you will instead, glean from this the very basic premise of a simple rule-based system that can be applied and tweaked to any number of tradables, a simple trend following trading system from which anything is possible if you only have the discipline and desire to make it work.

XLF – Market Club Triangles -Daily Chart

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Their are actually two systems shown on the chart:

(1) Enter trades on appearance of WEEKLY TRIANGLES and exit on appearance of reversing DAILY TRIANGLES. If flat, RE-ENTER on appearance of DAILY TRIANGLE in direction of most recent WEEKLY TRIANGLE;

(2) ENTER/EXIT on appearance of WEEKLY TRIANGLES (disregard DAILY TRIANGLES).

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Will Heard, Arthur Kaz - Best Ideas; Leah Zell Short: Woolworths

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Will Heard Heard Capital At Invest For Kids Conference. We have a lot more coverage so stay tuned 

Also we have a lot more conference coverage under our hedge fund Q3 post

Credit scores and lending.  They are applications, scores and tools.  Valuation appears “Rich” on P/B or P/E.  Misunderstood that it’s highly levered to the credit cycle but the reality is it’s non-cyclical growth, the Tools business growth opportunity is huge and profits have recently declined due to investments.

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Anti-Trump Violence Sweeps The Nation

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Matthew Vadum via,

While the mainstream media has been working day and night promoting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, it has largely ignored or downplayed violent attacks against supporters of Donald Trump.

But assaults on Trump supporters appear to be growing increasingly common as Election Day approaches and tensions intensify. Reports of Trump lawn signs and banners being stolen and defaced are everywhere on social media.

Making matters worse, undercover video evid...

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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin Soars As China Launches Crackdown On Wealth-Management Products

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

After trading in a tight range for much of the summer, coiled within a $100 range around the mid-$500s, over the past several weeks bitcoin has once again started to push higher, closely tracking the decline in the Chinese Yuan as shown below.

However, the most recent burst in bitcoin activity, which sent it surging by over $20 overnight, has little to do with any moves in the official Chinese currency, which recently...

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US Trade Deficit Sinks 5.2%; Gaming the GDP Effect; Food for Thought

Courtesy of Mish.

This morning the The U.S. Census Bureau announced “Advance Numbers” for international trade, wholesale inventories, and retail inventories for September 2016.

The key line item is a decline in imports and a rise in exports. This will likely, but not necessarily, boost 3rd quarter GDP estimates.

Advance Trade and Inventory Numbers

Advance International Trade

Advance International Trade Details...

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Connect Series Webinar Oct 2016

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

We cover the most dominating themes in the markets and share pattern analysis and perspectives to empower members to make better investment decisions.

To become a member of Kimble Charting Solutions, click here.


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Oil Falls as U.S. Supply Seen Rising While Russia Resists Cuts (Bloomberg)

Oil dropped for a third day after industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles expanded as Russia reiterated it would prefer freezing output at current levels rather than cutting.

Wall Street's top oil watcher explains what's happening in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Libya (Business Insider)

Helima Croft, head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, spends her days keeping tabs on geopolitics and oil.


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Chart School

Tech Hold Breakout,.but S&P Wedge Bound

Courtesy of Declan.

It was a mixed day for indices. Large Caps remain bound by wedge support/resistance, but Tech broke upside yesterday from similar wedges and held those breakout today.

There was little change for the S&P over the last couple of days. The one technical change was the MACD trigger 'buy' as other technicals stayed on the bearish side.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq cleared wedge resistance yesterday, and was able to hang on to the breakout despite today's loss. It too enjoyed a MACD trigger 'buy', but had an On-Bal...

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A Lack of Faith, Disturbing?

Courtesy of Nattering Naybob.

Over at Philstockworld... High Finance for Real People - Fun and Profits...   

Phil – "long-term rates are suddenly ticking up as bond buyers have lost faith that the Central Banksters will be able to keep a lid on inflation"More so a rebirth of hope for much needed monetary flows in the form of "dollars" and some form of economic recovery rising in the distance.  Good luck there.  

By now those rogue bond traders should know the power of the dark side and all the carnage which that widow makers trade has left in its wake. J...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of October 24th,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. 

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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Mapping The Market

The Most Overlooked Trait of Investing Success

Via Jean-Luc

Good article on investing success:

The Most Overlooked Trait of Investing Success

By Morgan Housel

There is a reason no Berkshire Hathaway investor chides Buffett when the company has a bad quarter. It’s because Buffett has so thoroughly convinced his investors that it’s pointless to try to navigate around 90-day intervals. He’s done that by writing incredibly lucid letters to investors for the last 50 years, communicating in easy-to-understand language at annual meetings, and speaking on TV in ways that someone with no investing experience can grasp.

Yes, Buffett runs an amazing investment company. But he also runs an amazing investor company. One of the most underappreciated part of his s...

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Epizyme - A Waiting Game

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Epizyme was founded in 2007, and trying to create drugs to treat patient's cancer by focusing on genetically-linked differences between normal and cancer cells. Cancer areas of focus include leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer.  One of the Epizme cofounders, H. Robert Horvitz, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2002 for "discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death."

Before discussing the drug targets of Epizyme, understanding epigenetics is crucial to comprehend the company's goals.  

Genetic components are the DNA sequences that are 'inherited.'  Some of these genes are stronger than others in their expression (e.g., eye color).  Yet, some genes turn on or off due to external factors (environmental), and it is und...

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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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