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THE HALLOWEEN INDICATOR

THE HALLOWEEN INDICATOR

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist 

The following is courtesy of Chart of the day.  This is the beginning of a very strong seasonal period:

The stock market is now entering what has historically been the strongest half of the year. Today’s chart illustrates that investing in the S&P 500 from the last trading day in October (therefore referred to as the Halloween indicator) through the end of April accounted for the vast majority of S&P 500 gains since 1950. While there are some noteworthy periods during which the Halloween indicator didn’t produce (e.g. during the oil embargo of 1973-74, the dot-com bust of 2000-01, and the financial meltdown of 2007-2009), the overall out performance is compelling.

Notes:
- Where’s the Dow headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out right now with the exclusive & Barron’s recommended charts of Chart of the Day Plus.


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Gold Mania

Gold Mania

Courtesy of Allan

This gold mania reminds me of the tech mania of the late 1990′s that culminated in the great tech bubble top of 2000.  As you may recall, that ended very badly.  This time around, there are our trend models, so let’s have a look at GLD:

GLD Hourly Trend Model
 
GLD Daily Trend Model
 
It’s the Daily Model that is the key here.  Sitting right on the trend line, either it finds support or knives through for a SELL Signal. The hourly model above is suggesting the latter.
 
GLL is the double short ETF for gold and as shown on the chart below, has just reversed LONG:
 
GLL Daily Trend Model
 
 
Bottom line, there are reasons to be cautious on gold right now, but unless and until the Daily GLD Model reverses SHORT, the intermediate uptrend is still intact. 
 
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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Something wicked this way comes

Something wicked this way comes

Courtesy of Allan

I just have to post this chart.  The market last topped in October, 2007.  But look here, the financials as represented by XLF, peaked in February, 2007:

XLF weekly trend model
XLF Weekly Trend Model
 
This year,  XLF reversed SHORT in May and remains SHORT, although a little underwater as of today. But as shown on the above chart, the SHORT signal of early 2007 was also underwater for several weeks before the XLF came crashing down with a 71% decline.

Another omen that something wicked this way comes. 

 

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Allan’s “Trend Following Trading Model,” is based on his trend-following trading system for buying and selling stocks and ETFs. Most trades last for weeks to months. Allan’s offering PSW readers a special 25% discount. Click here.  For more details, read this introductory article.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly….U.S. Dollar

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly….U.S. Dollar

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

I have received numerous emails recently, asking questions along this line….We have done very well of late, what could change the recent upward price action/trend?   (Good, Bad & the Ugly soundtrack)

A good friend often reminds me a “blizzard starts with a single snowflake that fits on the end of your finger!”  Right now positive snowflakes are all over the place…trends are moving higher and breakouts are taking place in key stock index’s!

The key to whether the quality upside move of late will continue, will most likely be determined by what  the U.S. Dollar does at line (1).

Will the rising support line hold or not?  This support line DOES NOT justify selling International positions (EEM, EWZ, TUR, GXG, THD) or Commodity positions (SLV, GDX, GDXJ, SLV,OIH), yet it should raise awareness that stops should be in place to protect quality gains in every holding you have!!! 


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Danger Zone? Nasdaq 100

Danger Zone? Nasdaq 100

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Are we entering a “Danger Zone” right now?

The phrase “Highway to the Danger Zone“  (theme song here) became popular due to the movie “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise. 

I share information with several types of investors…long-term (retirement/401k plans) that don’t move monies often, (which “harvested” at the April highs).  Medium term investors, that feel comfortable moving monies once a month/6 weeks and shorter-term investors that are open to adjustments frequently, yet are NOT day traders. I am not interested in day trading!!!

This post would be for the shorter-term audience, that are aggressive and open to “attempting to score on defense!”

The NDX 100 is at the top of its trading range and the VXN has created a falling wedge.  During this trading channel,  when the NDX is at the top of the range, wedges have formed, followed by lower prices in the NDX. 

For any medium-term investors that are long the NDX, stay long and keep the 3% stop in play!   For those aggressive short-term investors that are comfortable attempting to score on defense, take the inverse position here (Buy PSQ).  Momentum and trends remain a positive so far. This is totally a “Power of the Pattern” play for short-term investors. 

If this pattern really forces the NDX lower and changes it momentum, I will follow-up with more suggestions per scoring on defense. 


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The Trends Are Extended, Start Thinking Consolidation and Reversals, But Wait For It

The Trends Are Extended, Start Thinking Consolidation and Reversals, But Wait For It

Courtesy of JESSE’S CAFÉ AMÉRICAIN

The trends are extended on quite a few charts. The action in the US markets is being artificially inflated and supported by monetization and liquidity so it *could* continue on for some time, even until the November election. It is being fueled by the expectation of a large quantitative easing by the Fed shortly thereafter. That QE, when it arrives, is likely to be sold if it is not significant enough to meet expectations.

I am more cautious on short term positions here, and have had some short hedges on in the overnight, but deftly. It is important not to exhaust yourself expecting a trend change before it is ready to happen, and one cannot anticipate exogenous events by definition. Still, the time is ripe for one to have a significant effect should it occur. 

The long term trends are all intact, but we have reached a position where we might be looking for intermediate tops and consolidations.  The Fed is not infallible or omnipotent, but rather determined and capable within its limits.  The combination of government and the monied interests is powerful and ruthless.  Manage your money tightly and wait for the market to reveal its intentions if you are trading.

 

 

 

 


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Divergences

Divergences

Courtesy of Allan

I want everyone to be aware of a developing divergence in the market.  Attached is a chart of the SPX with our Trend Model, Fibonacci levels and at the bottom of the chart, the Elliott Oscillator.  The Elliott Oscillator measures momentum and its most potent use is to identify divergences between prices and momentum.
 
On the attached SPX chart I’ve labeled three areas of divergences between SPX prices and the Elliott Oscillator, i.e. new highs or lows in the SPX that are unaccompanied by new highs or new lows in the Elliott Oscillator.  In each case the market reversed within days of the divergence.  (Although the chart is only showing divergences from the past six months, this particular pattern goes back at least to 1995 when I first became aware of this indicator.) Let’s take a closer look:
 
(1) The first divergence on the chart occurred in late April and within days the SPX topped and fell from a high of 1212 to a low in early July of 1027.
 
(2) The second divergence occurred at that early July low at 1027. The market bottomed within days and has now risen to 1160.  
 
(3) The third divergence is occurring now. 
 
This is no guarantee of an imminent top as divergences are not an exact science and as you can see from the previous two divergences, it sometimes takes days for the market to reverse. But I look at a lot of indicators and patterns and because this one has been so reliable in the past, I wanted to pass it along.

We are still trend followers, but it doesn’t hurt to look at what could be coming down the road and cause our models to reverse.  We have been waiting a long time for a tradable SELL Signal and have endured a few false alarms, but this is one more sign that a change in direction is lurking in the shadows.

 

 

 

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Bullish….Bearish… or Neither

Chris, on being neitherish, i.e., how he views the markets. – Ilene 

Bullish….Bearish… or Neither

Courtesy of Chris Kimble 

Am I Bullish, Bearish or Neither?

Choice “C”…Niether!

I am of the opinion, being Bullish or Bearish are emotional states of mind.  They are NOT STRATEGIES.  I believe that we should invest in each asset on its own individual merits/patterns, not based upon some global macro prediction.

Did I suggest to buy the 500 index (see post) and become “BULLISH” on 8/29 because the economy was fine? NO!  Bought the 500 Index due to these conditions…Bottom of channel support and a falling wedge and by the way, the fewest investors bullish since the March 2009 low.  NOTHING MORE!

Did I harvest the S&P 500 position and become “BEARISH” yesterday (see post) , after an 8% gain in three weeks, because something is bad about the economy? NO!  Harvested due to Fibonacci resistance at the top of a trading range. NOTHING MORE! 

Did I buy Silver a month ago (see post) because something is wrong with the dollar or that inflation is going to go wild or….NOPE!  I bought Silver on an upside breakout from a favorable pattern,  an ascending triangle . NOTHING MORE!

Why own Emerging Markets or Brazil right now?  Falling channel breakouts!  (See Post)  NOTHING MORE! 

Why own High Yield mutual funds?  A breakout of a flag pattern and above moving averages (see post) . NOTHING MORE!

Why BUY HOME BUILDERS XHB  (see post) when so many people are BEARISH on this industry?  Because of rising channel support plus a sizeable falling wedge after a 30% decline. NOTHING MORE!   (Current gain of over 12%!)

Will we buy the 500 index and other global markets  (see post)  on an upside break of these long-term falling channels? YES!!!

My goal is to try to provide solutions,  that will help investors “inflate portfolios, regardless of market direction by way of the Power of the Pattern!”    I will leave the Bullish or Bearish elements of this business to people much smarter than myself.

Chris


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J&J Needs To Fix It’s Problems Fast

J&J Needs To Fix It’s Problems Fast

Courtesy of YCharts

The announced departure of a top Johnson & Johnson executive last week, Colleen Goggins, who oversaw consumer products, could signal that J&J is moving to put its regulatory problems behind it. That would be welcome news for investors who admire J&J’s business but have been troubled by a recent series of lapses.

J&J has suffered product recalls affecting three of its businesses – over-the-counter medicines, including those sold for children; contact lenses; and hip replacement implants. J&J is accustomed to appearing in Fortune magazine as one of the most admired corporations (#4 this year), but finds itself in the September 6 issue of Fortune as the subject of an investigative story about deterioration of its quality-control operation.

That followed months of coverage of the product problems and recalls in the New York Times and other papers.

So far, despite the problems J&J shares have been moving with other pharmaceutical stocks.

JNJ, PFE, MRK, ABT, LLY Chart

And the worst of the immediate financial impact seems to be the loss of about $600 million in sales after J&J was forced to temporarily shut down an over-the-counter drug manufacturing plant at Fort Washington, Pa. That’s only 1% of J&J’s annual revenue of roughly $60 billion.

JNJ Stock Chart

The recalled over-the-counter products include forms of Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl, Rolaids and St. Joseph Aspirin, all brands that have commanded a premium price and helped provide to J&J’s consumer business a lush profit margin (operating profits of about 17% of sales vs. about 31% for the pharma and device lines). Here are margins overall for J&J:

JNJ Stock Chart

The impact from the contact lens and hip implant recalls is less clear; in coming years J&J could end up paying for thousands of patients to have new implants installed. But the bigger threat is that J&J ceases to receive the benefit of the doubt from consumers; why buy St. Joseph Aspirin or Tylenol instead of generic brands if the J&J reputation is tarnished? And, just as importantly, will it lose the trust of regulators?

The Food and Drug Administration not only regulates the Fort Washington plant, but also oversees J&J’s efforts to license new drugs and sell medical devices. It’s not a good idea to embarrass an agency that holds that much sway over your business.

J&J is unusual…
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Major Indexes Up Against the Wall

Major Indexes Up Against the Wall: (SPY, DIA,IWM)

Courtesy of John Nyaradi at Wall Street Sector Selector 

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Still locked in their long standing trading range, major indexes are now again (still) up against significant resistance levels, and of course, this situation will be resolved in one direction or other, as it always is.

This week’s technical developments favored the bearish side while the fundamental news was decidedly mixed with the macro picture and earnings blinking both positive and negative signs.

We have lots of news coming this week and so quite likely could see a resolution of this stalemate in the very near future.

Looking at My Screens

As always, the charts tell the story:

Chart courtesy of www.stockcharts.com

In the S&P 500 chart above, we can see the similarities among what has become a triple top formation with the first one in June, the second in August and now the third in September. 

The first two were followed by significant declines to 1010 in June and 1040 in July.  The index will find significant support at the 200 Day Moving Average at 1116 and the 50 Day Moving Average at 1093 and breaks below these points would likely yield a drop to significant support at 1040 and then 1010.…
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Dow Megaphone Breakout Continues, As It Tests 77-Year Breakout Level

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

I’ve heard many times over the past 39-years I’ve been in the financial services business that charts have memories? Is it true they do? Is it possible that they have very long-term memories?

This theory looks to be put to a big test by the chart above, which looks at the Dow Jones Industrial Index since 1910.

The Dow has spent the majority of the past 77-years, inside of rising channel (1). While inside of this channel, it looks to have created two very long-term megaphone patterns.

It broke above the first megaphone pattern in the early 1980s, where ...



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Zero Hedge

If Not-QE Is QE, Then Is Not-A-Blowoff-Top A Blowoff Top?

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Can $300 billion, or $600 billion, or even $1 trillion continue to prop up an increasingly risk-riddled, fragile $330 trillion global bubble in overvalued assets?

When is "Not-QE" QE? When Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell declares QE is not QE. We can constructively recall the story that Abraham L...



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NY Department of Welfare Announces Increased Subsidies for Primary Dealers, Thank God!

 

NY Department of Welfare Announces Increased Subsidies for Primary Dealers, Thank God!

Courtesy of , Wall Street Examiner

Here’s today’s press release (11/14/19) from the NY Fed verbatim. They’ve announced that they will be making special holiday welfare payments to the Primary Dealers this Christmas season. I have highlighted the relevant text.

The Open Market Trading Desk (the Desk) at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has released the schedule of repurchase agreement (repo)...



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Lee's Free Thinking

NY Department of Welfare Announces Increased Subsidies for Primary Dealers, Thank God!

 

NY Department of Welfare Announces Increased Subsidies for Primary Dealers, Thank God!

Courtesy of , Wall Street Examiner

Here’s today’s press release (11/14/19) from the NY Fed verbatim. They’ve announced that they will be making special holiday welfare payments to the Primary Dealers this Christmas season. I have highlighted the relevant text.

The Open Market Trading Desk (the Desk) at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has released the schedule of repurchase agreement (repo)...



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The Technical Traders

VIX Warns Of Imminent Market Correction

Courtesy of Technical Traders

The VIX is warning that a market peak may be setting up in the global markets and that investors should be cautious of the extremely low price in the VIX. These extremely low prices in the VIX are typically followed by some type of increased volatility in the markets.

The US Federal Reserve continues to push an easy money policy and has recently begun acquiring more dept allowing a deeper move towards a Quantitative Easing stance. This move, along with investor confidence in the US markets, has prompted early warning signs that the market has reached near extreme levels/peaks. 

Vix Value Drops Before Monthly Expiration

When the VIX falls to levels below 12~13, this typically v...



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Insider Scoop

Karuna Therapeutics Shares Rip Higher After Schizophrenia Drug Aces Midstage Trial

Courtesy of Benzinga

Shares of the thinly traded, small-cap biotech Karuna Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: KRTX) were moving higher Monday on a positive clinical trial readout.

What Happened

Boston, Massachusetts-based Karuna said the Phase 2 clinic...



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Biotech

Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

Reminder: We are available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

A vial of insulin. Prices for the drug, crucial for those with diabetes, have soared in recent years. Oleksandr Nagaiets/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Jeffrey Bennett, Vanderbilt University

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Chart School

Dow Jones cycle update and are we there yet?

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

Today the Dow and the SP500 are making new all time highs. However all long and strong bull markets end on a new all time high. Today no one knows how many new all time highs are to go, maybe 1 or 100+ more to go, who knows! So are we there yet?

readtheticker.com combine market tools from Richard Wyckoff, Jim Hurst and William Gann to understand and forecast price action. In concept terms (in order), demand and supply, market cycles, and time to price analysis. 

Cycle are excellent to understand the wider picture, after all markets do not move in a straight line and bear markets do follow bull markets. 



CHART 1: The Dow Jones Industrial average with the 900 period cycle.

A) Red Cycle:...

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Digital Currencies

Is Bitcoin a Macro Asset?

 

Is Bitcoin a Macro Asset?

Courtesy of 

As part of Coindesk’s popup podcast series centered around today’s Invest conference, I answered a few questions for Nolan Bauerly about Bitcoin from a wealth management perspective. I decided in December of 2017 that investing directly into crypto currencies was unnecessary and not a good use of a portfolio’s allocation slots. I remain in this posture today but I am openminded about how this may change in the future.

You can listen to this short exchange below:

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Mapping The Market

How IPOs Are Priced

Via Jean Luc 

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.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...



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