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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.

Source: StockChart.com.

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.

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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.

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

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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

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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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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

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

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

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

Thank you for you time!

 
 

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France Needs a "Thatcher Moment" But First a Depression

Courtesy of Mish.

It is amusing reading day in and day out the Keynesian cure for what ails Europe, especially France.

Consider France. Public spending amounts to 57% of French GDP, yet Keynesians want still more. The sad irony is that 100% would not be enough. In fact, it would make matters worse.

France suffers from too much government spending and too much government interference everywhere one looks.

The Problem

On Sunday, in Eurozone Currency Dispute Intensifies: France Wants More ECB Action to Correct Overvalued Euro, Germany Doesn't I summed up the problem.
Inflation Won't Cure France

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Insider Scoop

NXP To Supply Apple With Mobile Payment Chips

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) gained three percent in pre-market trading Friday on a report it's providing wireless chips to the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 6, enabling a mobile payment system.

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Chart School

The S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq Since Their 2000 Highs

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Here is a update in response to a standing request from a couple of sources that I also share with regular visitors to my Advisor Perspectives pages.

The request is for real (inflation-adjusted) charts of the S&P 500, Dow 30, and Nasdaq Composite. In response, I maintain two overlays — one with the nominal price, excluding dividends, and the other with the price adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (which is usually just refer to as the CPI). The charts below have been updated through the August 29th close.


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Zero Hedge

Asian Property Prices Are Falling "As If There's A Global Financial Crisis"

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

With China's property developers slashing prices, piling on incentives, and still seeing sales slump; it is no surprise that demand from the top to the bottom across Asia is falling. As Reuters reports, even Singapore's Sentosa Cove (the man-made island resort billed as Asia's Monte Carlo) is eerily silent as the billionaires seem to be staying away with prices down over 20-30% in the past year. New mortgage business is down over 40% as "the...



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Stock World Weekly

Stock World Weekly

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Here's the latest issue of Stock World Weekly. Click on this link and use your PSW user name and password to log in. Or take a free trial. 

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Option Review

Puts Active On Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (Ticker: BWLD) shares are in positive territory in early-afternoon trading on Thursday, reversing earlier losses to stand up 0.50% on the session at $148.50 as of 12:15 pm ET. Options volume on the restaurant chain is running approximately three times the daily average level due to heavy put activity in the October expiry contracts. It looks like one or more traders are buying the Oct 140/145 put spread at a net premium of roughly $1.45 per contract. As of the time of this writing, the spread has traded approximately 3,000 times against very little open interest at either striking price. The put spread may be a hedge to protect a long stock position against a roughly 6% pullback in the price of the underlying through October expiration, or an outright bearish play anticipating a dip in BWLD shares in the next couple of months. The spread makes money at expiration if shares in BWLD decline 3.3% from the current price of $148.50 to breach the breakeven point...



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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Sabrient

Six Companies Push Tax Rules Most

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Gradient Senior Analyst Nicholas Yee reports on six companies that are using a variety of techniques to shift pretax profits to lower-tax areas. Featured in this USA Today, article, the companies include CELG, ALTR, VMW, NVDA, LRCX, and SNPS.

Six Companies Push Tax Rules Most

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Digital Currencies

Disgraced Mt Gox CEO Goes For Second Try With Web-Hosting Service (And No, Bitcoin Not Accepted)

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Mt Gox may be long gone in the annals of bankruptcy, but its founder refuses to go gentle into that insolvent night. And, as CoinDesk reports, the disgraced former CEO of the one-time premier bitcoin trading platform has decided to give it a second try by launching new web hosting service called Forever.net and is registered under both Karpeles’ name and that of Tibanne, the parent company of Mt Gox.

From the company profile:

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Swing trading portfolio - week of August 25th, 2014

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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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Market Shadows

Helen Davis Chaitman Reviews In Bed with Wall Street.

Author Helen Davis Chaitman is a nationally recognized litigator with a diverse trial practice in the areas of lender liability, bankruptcy, bank fraud, RICO, professional malpractice, trusts and estates, and white collar defense. In 1995, Ms. Chaitman was named one of the nation's top ten litigators by the National Law Journal for a jury verdict she obtained in an accountants' malpractice case. Ms. Chaitman is the author of The Law of Lender Liability (Warren, Gorham & Lamont 1990)... Since early 2009, Ms. Chaitman has been an outspoken advocate for investors in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (more here).

Helen Davis Chaitman Reviews In Bed with Wall Street. 

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Biotechs & Bubbles

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

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



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