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IS THE “CAN’T LOSE” MARKET BACK?

IS THE “CAN’T LOSE” MARKET BACK?

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David Tepper says you can’t go wrong buying equities here. The market certainly appears to be in full agreement as stocks have rallied in 12 of the last 18 sessions for a total of 10.4%. This is becoming reminiscent of the April rally when the macro risks appeared abundant and yet equity investors ignored the risks and continued to pile into stocks recklessly.  As I was building my first sizable short position in over a year I often referred to this as the “can’t lose market” earlier this year.  Of course, we all know how that ended – a 20% decline and a flash crash later and every one of the April stock market bulls was discussing the probability of a double dip. Then, just when everyone appeared most fearful, stocks flipped on the bull switch in early September.  That bearish sentiment has cleared and now everyone is bullish and sees no risks on the horizon. Futures this evening are ready to stage another nice bull move.  Is the “can’t lose market” back?  More importantly, how long does this irrational move last before the herd is once again caught on the wrong side of the trade?


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Crunch Time for Both Bulls and Bears

Crunch Time for Both Bulls and Bears (SPY, DIA, GLD, USO)

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Bear and bull sculptures outside the Frankfurt stock exchange

Weekly stock market commentary from Wall Street Sector Selector

Last week was yet another round in the current struggle between bulls and bears that ended virtually in a draw as indexes closed flat for the week. 

However, next week’s trading , August 2-6, will very likely prove to be ‘crunch time’ for both bulls and bears, and by this coming Friday it’s quite likely that only one animal will be left standing.

Looking at My Screens 

We remain in the “Yellow Flag” mode, expecting choppy prices ahead.  However, it definitely appears that the latest rally is stalling below the 200 Day Moving Average on the S&P 500 and that we are still at the “tipping point” as we discussed earlier in the week. 

As always the chart tells the story:

 

chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

In the daily chart of the S&P 500, you can see how we’re locked in this trading range between the all important 200 Day Moving Average at 1114 and the 50 Day Moving Average at 1081.  The 200 Day is offering impressive resistance while the 50 Day offers almost equally impressive support, but there can be no question that this will be resolved one way or other in the near future with a break above or below these demarcation lines. 

Taking a wider view, we can also see that we are at a critical juncture:

 

Chart courtesy of Stockcharts.com 

The chart above is a 12 month view of the S&P 500 and you can see how this offers a clear view of longer term trends, calling the beginning of the bear market in late 2007 and the new uptrend a couple of months after the now infamous March lows of 2009. 

Today you can see that we’re right at the 12 month moving average, just above it, actually, and that the index is struggling both above and below this important line in the sand. 

The more ominous indicator on this chart is the MACD, which while still barely positive and so on a “buy” signal, has rolled over dramatically since the March uptrend began and now sits perilously closer to a “sell” signal on a longer term basis. 

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Bears Emboldened By Low CBOE Equity Put to Call Ratio

Bears Emboldened By Low CBOE Equity Put to Call Ratio

Courtesy of Bill Luby at Vix and More 

Brown bear in water, elevated view

Truthfully, I have not surveyed our ursine friends this morning, so I really have no idea if they are emboldened by the low CBOE equity put to call ratio (CPCE), but they should be.

My preferred way of looking at the equity put to call ratio involves using an exponential 10 day moving average (EMA) as a smoothing factor. The 10 day EMA generates the dotted blue line in the chart below, which is now at a one month low, meaning that bullish investors are now likely to be speculating more aggressively with calls and are less concerned about managing risk with put protection. The chart shows that prior lows in August, September, October and January all preceded meaningful pullbacks. The history of put to call extremes suggests that another pullback is now in the offing.

Whether the bears are truly emboldened or even bother watching put to call ratios, this looks like an excellent time for longs to take some profits and go enjoy the vernal equinox.

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[source: StockCharts] 

 


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Watch Live: Trump Talks Trade At Economic Club Of New York

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Update: President Trump's scheduled speech started a few minutes late, some of his prepared remarks have already hit the tape.

  • TRUMP TO SAY AMERICAN MARKET IS MOST COVETED ON THE GLOBE
  • TRUMP: THOSE WHO WANT ACCESS TO AMERICAN MARKET MUST OBEY RULES
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The Technical Traders

Welcome to the Zombie-land Of Investing - Part II

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In Part I of this research post, we highlight how the ES and Gold reacted 24+ months prior to the 2007-08 market peak and subsequent collapse in 2008-09.  The point we were trying to push out to our followers was that the current US stock market indexes are acting in a very similar formation within a very mature uptrend cycle.

We ended Part I with this chart, below, comparing 2006-08 with 2018-19.  Our intent was to highlight the new price hig...



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Bank Breakout Of Financial Crisis Highs or Double Topping Again?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

If the saying “So Goes The Banks, So Goes The Broad Market” is true, banks are facing a critical breakout/resistance test in my opinion.

This chart looks at Financials ETF (XLF) over the past 12-years. This chart reflects that a double top took place prior to the financial crisis getting started.

XLF has remained inside of rising channel (1) since the lows in 2012. It hit double resistance at (2), then it declined nearly 25%.

The decline then tested rising support at (3) and a strong rally has followed. The rally now has XL...



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Insider Scoop

Barrington Downgrades Fluent After Earnings Miss, Stock Drop

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Fluent Inc (NASDAQ: FLNT) fell short of top- and bottom-line third-quarter estimates. Some suspect the missed metrics herald longer-term underperformance.

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Digital Currencies

3 Reasons Why One Trader Didn't "Manipulate" Bitcoin Price To $20K

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Authored by William Suberg via CoinTelegraph.com,

Bitcoin price highs in 2017 were not the result of a single trader on an exchange, the CEO of payment company Circle claims. In a series of tweets on Nov. 4, Jeremy Allaire disputed ...



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Chart School

Gold Gann and Cycle Review

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Gold has performed well, golden skies are here again. In fact it has been a straight line move, and this is typically unusual and a pause can be expected.

It seems the markets are happy again, new highs in the SP500, US 10 year interest rates look to re bound, negative interest may soften. The US FED has reversed their QT and now doing $250BN (not QE) repo. The main point is the FED has stopped QT, and will do QE forever. The evidence now is the FED put is under market risk and the possibility of excessive losses do not exist. 

Point: If in future if there is market risk, the FED will print it's way out of it.
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Today's Fed POMO TOMO FOMC Alphabet Soup Unspin

Courtesy of Lee Adler

But make no mistake, if the Fed wants money rates to stay down by another quarter, it will need to imagineer even more money.

That’s on top of the $281 billion it has already imagineered into existence since addressing its “one-off” repo market emergency on September 17. This came via  “Temporary” Repo Man Operations money, and $70.6 billion in Permanent Open Market Operations (POMO) money.

By my calculations that averages out to $7.4 billion per business day. That works out to a monthly pace of $155 billion or so.

If they keep this up, it will be more than enough to absorb every penny of new Treasury supply. That supply had caused the system to run out of money in mid September.  This flood of paper had been inundati...



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Biotech

The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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How IPOs Are Priced

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Funny but probably true:

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Members' Corner

Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

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