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Wednesday’s Worry – ETF Madness hits $1,000,000,000,000

 A Trillion Dollars – Muhaha! 

After adding $209Bn (26.3%) in total assets so far this year, the US ETF industry has passed the Trillion Dollar mark led by $31Bn of inflows into fixed income ETFs, of all things as well as $29Bn of inflows into emerging markets, and $21Bn into domestic.  Recent outflows have knocked commodity ETFs down to $11.4Bn, miles down from last year’s $32.6Bn inflow – rats leaving a sinking ship, perhaps?  That would be very bad news for the firm that bought up 90% of the LME copper supply recently.  Do ETF traders really know something or are they a lagging indicator?

There is little doubt that money chases performance, so the bedrock for significant (ETF asset) growth is clearly a continuing move higher for risk assets,” said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group.  He added that growth for ETF assets would essentially be a “tug of war” between hedge funds and retail investors.  “As retail investors grow more confident in a continued rally in risk assets, they will shift capital from cash to equity ETFs,” said Mr Colas, who described growth for equity focused hedge funds as the “other side of the growth coin” for ETFs.  

Mr Colas noted that hedge funds tended to use ETFs on the short side which was negative for asset growth. He said that as hedge funds expanded their equity trading books, a growing portion would come from from ETF short sales.  “This will come through as ‘supply’, dampening demand for new shares.”  Barry Ritholtz ponders the end game of the ETF madness and concludes that soon there will be more ETFs than ever:

There is growing speculation surrounding what is believed to be the next breakthrough product in the ETF marketplace: Single stock tracking ETFs. Unlike their index-based cousins, these new single stock trackers would, as the name implies, track only a single stock, trade at exactly the same price as the stock to which they’re linked and consequently eliminate the need for single stock ownership. A top executive with a money management firm who is familiar with his company’s plans to launch such a product and was granted anonymity so he could speak freely, put it this way: “Think about the prospect of, say, a GE tracking ETF — an investor could capture over 99% of the movement of GE


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A Turning Point in Early September? (DIA, SPY, ETFs)

A Turning Point in Early September? (DIA, SPY, ETFs) 

Courtesy of John Nyaradi, of Wall Street Sector Selector

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All summer long we’ve been locked in a wide trading range that extends roughly from a low of 1020 on the S&P 500 to a high of 1120.  Now with the calendar turning to autumn, mid-term elections close at hand and having arrived at a significant technical juncture, it seems likely that new forces will serve to push the markets in a decisive manner in one direction or other. 

Looking at My Screens 

On a technical basis, the sharp three day rally last week pushed the S&P 500 back up to strong resistance levels around the 1100 mark with the widely watched 200 Day Moving Average just ahead at 1116. 

Less widely watched is the Point and Figure Chart of the S&P 500 that is displayed below.

Chart courtesy of stockcharts.com 

Starting at the top, the black arrow highlights the pattern is in a bearish configuration, expecting lower prices ahead with a price objective of 942.85 and so the point and figure chart is on a “sell” signal.

More significantly, it has also broken below the upward trending blue bullish support line and this indicates a very significant trend change from bullish to bearish.  

These changes in trend are very rare and very significant as the red and blue lines tend to act like walls in the path of the columns of Os and Xs. 

You can see the last such change highlighted by the arrow at the lower left of the chart which occurred shortly after the beginning of the huge rally last March, and this uptrend has been in place until just this month when the uptrend was broken by the column of Os descending to 1040. 

Now we’ve seen a retracement rally that has brought the last column of Xs back up to 1104 and the base of the new red bearish resistance line.  This line also corresponds almost exactly to the 200 day moving average. 

So now the situation is quite clear.  A break above the red bullish resistance line would represent a significant trend change back to the positive while failure
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ETF Periscope: 10,000 Reasons to Hedge Your Bets

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10,000 Reasons to Hedge Your Bets

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though it’s not quite officially over, for all practical purposes it’s time to say goodbye to the dog days of summer.

The markets spent the last few months surfing its own volatility wave, yet ending up pretty much where it started. The numbers speak for themselves. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) started June 1 at 10,133. It ended Friday at 10,150. At the same time, the benchmark S&P 500 Index opened the start of June at 1087, closed Friday at 1064.  Oil? Using the ETF USO as a proxy, its June 1 opening was 33.65. Now? 33.57. What about gold? Using the ETF GLD for a proxy, we see it opened June 1 at 120. It closed Friday at 121, indicating a total $10 swing in the precious metal over the same time period.

So, the markets have effectively been in Sideways City all summer long. But now, with the return of all the big-money players from vacation frolics and the accompanying increase in trading volume, it’s time to get serious.

September is close enough on the horizon to taste, and both the Bulls and the Bears are positioning themselves in preparation for their respective expectations. It’s time for what might just turn out to be the main event of the year: The Battle for Dow 10,000.

DJIA 10,000, a psychologically important level, has proven itself to be fairly effective in terms of support throughout 2010. It first was tested this year all the way back in February, then was temporarily violated during the May 6th “flashcrash” before recovering. It was breached more deeply during the summer months, but once again finds itself serving, at least for the moment, as support rather than resistance.

So who has the stronger field position, in regard to market direction in general? The Bulls or the Bears?

If you go by the past week, it would be something of a wash, pretty much reflective of the summer. The early…
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Expecting Higher Prices Ahead

Expecting Higher Prices Ahead

Green traffic lights against blue sky, close-up (digital composite)

Courtesy of John Nyaradi

Weekly commentary from  Wall Street Sector Selector

It was quite a week of bad news mixed with higher prices, and through it all, we had an almost “stealth switch” to “Green Flag Flying” mode on Friday and so now expect higher prices ahead. 

As I mentioned in an email to a subscriber, the old adage, “the market is never wrong, opinions are,” certainly holds true through this confusing time.  Personally I feel very bearish about the long term outlook, even the medium term going into fall, but for now the indicators say we’re in an uptrend and we should be “long,” and so we are. 

Looking at My Screens 

Market internals continued to strengthen this week and all of our primary indicators have switched to “buy” signals. 

All U.S. indicators point to growing strength and rising prices, and interestingly, many European indexes went to “buy” signals on Monday, as well, including Germany, Italy, France and even the European Financial Sector. 

Sentiment remains bearish by historical averages which is bullish for markets. 

How long this uptrend might last is anybody’s guess, but for now this nascent rally seems strong and could have significant upside ahead. 

The View from 35,000 Feet 

This week’s news was mixed as prices continued to rise.  On the upside all major indexes advanced with the NASDAQ gaining +3%, the S&P +2.4% and the Dow and S&P holding above the all important 200 Day Moving Average.  Technically the markets look very strong while fundamentals were mixed. 

On the upside, the Empire State Manufacturing report came in positive, although lower than expected, industrial production was up, leading economic indicators advanced, Greece was reported to be on track with its austerity programs and the Euro had its best week since September. 

On the downside, housing starts and building permits were poor while initial jobless and continuing claims rose against expectations.  The Philly Fed report collapsed and the all important ECRI report continued to decline and is approaching levels that typically warn of impending recession. 

What It All Means 

Technically we are in an uptrend and I would expect higher prices ahead.  Fundamentally things continue to weaken which bodes ill for the longer term.  It seems that the thesis of a summer rally followed by a decline into autumn and early next year still looks valid. 

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ETF Periscope: Gold, Crude & ETFs

ETF Periscope: Gold, Crude & ETFs

Courtesy of Daniel Sckolnik at Sabrient 

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”~ Mark Twain

Oriental dragon mask

There’s a lot to like about gold at the moment.

That seems to be the general consensus, anyway, which is why gold has been propelled to its current record high, with August delivery settling at $1,258 on Friday. Gold holds something for almost everybody. Momentum traders like it for the obvious trending characteristics it is exhibiting, well on track for posting its third straight month of gains. Those looking for a safe haven far from the volatility of stocks likely don’t need much of a nudge to hop upon this bandwagon for additional acquisition.  It serves those, as well, who figure it to be the ultimate inflation hedge.

But has the shiny metal hit its top? At what point will some of the hedge funds with massive holdings in gold ETFs decide to swipe a scoop or two of profits from the bowl? Will gold lose a degree of glitter should the equity markets build upon the week’s solid performance and begin a measure of bull-riding? If extreme volatility returns to the market, will investors retreat back into cash?

As always in the markets, any scenario may play out. Circumstances that could affect the outcome in the short term include the onset of the upcoming earnings season, new signs of weakness from out of the European Union, or a chill sent over Wall Street, courtesy of the Senate’s threat to actually pass a financial reform bill with teeth.

Speaking of the Senate, much attention was given to British Petroleum’s recent grilling in Washington, where BP’s CEO certainly looked the part of a roast left in the oven a little too long. Still, the market’s response seemed to indicate that it had already factored in the inquisition. BP’s stock stabilized above last week’s lows, during which it explored the depths of its stock price, 50% off its two-year highs. The question is, will investors now consider the stock a bargain, or will fear of additional negative news drive “black swan” strategists to short BP’s stock?

For the moment, at least, the markets seem on firmer footing. Support levels for both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average…
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Retail Investors Abandon Stock Market and ETFs in Droves

Retail Investors Abandon Stock Market and ETFs in Droves

a young man lying on a sofa holding a glass of wine

Courtesy of John Nyaradi’s Wall Street Sector Selector 

MarketWatch.com  reports today that retail investors “appear to be scaling back their trading activity in June.”

Trading is down approximately -30% in so far in June compared to May, according to a report from Sandler Oneil who says, ”We suspect the May 6 ‘flash crash’ as well as the market performance since then … have shaken the retail investor’s confidence” and that “June trading levels could be at multi-year low levels.”

Not good news probably for ETrade (ETFCD) or Schawb (SCHW).

This report comes on top of recent news that Morgan Stanley (MS) is closing 300 offices and laying off 1200 employees, along with lighter than normal volume in major equities markets and fund outflows of over $1 Billion for the week ending June 2nd as reported by the Investment Company Institute.

It’s a “deer in the headlights” kind of environment wherein retail investors are abandoning the domestic equity market and that could make it a perfect time to “buy” since the “dumb money” almost always gets it wrong.

However, my opinion is that you can’t just buy anything and hold on, “buy and hold” or “buy and hope.”

I’ve said recently that current conditions offer enormous opportunity and that many millionaires will be created over the next few years.  But they won’t be buy and hold investors.  I’m afraid those days are gone, maybe forever, replaced by this new volatility and challenging markets that will very likely require a disciplined trading plan for success.

John 

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See also:  Meltup "Abysmal Volume" Summer Approaches, Even As Americans Now Openly Shun Stocks, Zero Hedge

John Nyaradi publishes Wall Street Sector Selector, an online newsletter specializing in sector rotation trading using ETFs. John is offering PSW readers a 30 Day Free Membership and Free Special Report, "Slay the Dragon Within: How to Make Your Emotions Work for You Instead of Against You." His service provides signals for going long and short using standard and leveraged ETFs. Free Membership Subscribers also get access to the Wall Street Sector Selector Monthly Webinar and a second Report, "How To Avoid the Buy and Hold Trap." - Ilene  


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Get Ready for a Double Dip

Get Ready for a Double Dip

Courtesy of John Nyaradi’s Wall Street Sector Selector 

In my view, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we’re rapidly heading towards a double dip recession.  It won’t be tomorrow or this week or even next month, but many warning flags point towards significant deterioration in the U.S. and global economy going forward and so I think that by the end of the year or early 2011, we could very well be facing a new leg down in the world’s economic situation. 

We’ll take a look at some of the factors at work but first let’s take a look at the past week and where we stand at Wall Street Sector Selector. 

Looking at My Screens 

Obviously the volatility that has come back into the markets in recent weeks was in play last week as the Dow experienced its third worst drop of the year on Friday, fast on the heels of Wednesday’s rocket ride up. 

This week’s action took our Standard, 2X and Option Master Portfolios to 100% cash as we took profits and cut losses during the week. 

Currently our portfolios look like this year to date: 

Sector Selector Standard:                  +7.5%

Sector Selector 2X:                              -17.8%

Sector Selector Option Master:      +47.1% 

This week’s positions were closed for the following gains/losses: 

VXX:                    +50.3%

EFZ:                     +2.8%

YXI:                      -8.5%

PSQ:                    -5.3%

EEV:                    +5.9%

SKF:                    -12.9%

December S&P Put Option:   +29.7%   

We remain in the “Red Flag Flying” mode, expecting lower prices ahead.  However, almost incredibly, our indicators are moving towards a new “buy” signal that we might see confirmed within the next days or weeks. 

A quite likely scenario is a relief, short term rally through August-September, followed by further declines into 4th Quarter and next year. 

Whatever happens, we will continue working both the “long” and “short” side of this market that remains unbelievably volatile and challenging. 

The View from 35,000 Feet 

This week’s action was driven by conflicting forces but ended largely negative, with the S&P 500 unable to break through its 200 Day Moving Average.  As we’ve said before, this average is widely viewed as the demarcation line between bull and bear markets, and until or if the major indexes are able to sustain positive momentum above this line, we can consider that we are in a bear market, at least for the short term. 

The big catalyst for Friday’s sell off, of…
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We Face Extraordinary Danger and Extraordinary Opportunity

We Face Extraordinary Danger and Extraordinary Opportunity

Courtesy of John Nyaradi’s Wall Street Sector Selector 

Black Cat Looking at Goldfish in Bowl

As I look across the global landscape today, I see extraordinary danger and extraordinary opportunity. 

Danger comes from the deteriorating economic environment at home and abroad and extraordinary opportunity comes from the enormous volatility and opportunities to “short” the market followed by a once in a generation opportunity to “buy dollars for dimes” once a bottom to this market has been reached.

Over the next five years I believe we will see more bankruptcies, both individual and sovereign, than we’ve seen in our history and we’ll also see more millionaires and billionaires created than ever before.

As individuals we will each make one of two choices.  We can assume the “deer in the headlights” posture and stash our money under the mattress, or we can educate ourselves, take prudently managed risk and work to take advantage of the enormous opportunities that will present themselves. 

Looking at My Screens 

This week we saw enormous volatility in every asset class as global forces washed over the markets of the world and investors/traders tried to position themselves on the only side of the market that counts, “the right side.” 

The downtrend that started in April is still firmly in place, notwithstanding Thursday’s rally from oversold levels and we remain in the “Red Flag Flying” mode expecting lower prices ahead. 

Taking a look at the chart of the S&P 500 we see:

chart courtesy of StockCharts.com 

In the chart above, we can see that the S&P remains just below its 200 Day Moving Average which will provide significant resistance while the MACD remains on a sell signal but momentum is turning up.  Above the blue 50 Day Moving Average is rolling over and the 200 Day red line is flattening which is also a bearish indicator. 

So for the time being, at least, we remain in a bearish configuration, expecting lower prices ahead. 

By the way, if you share our view and expectations of lower prices, this week’s mega rally on Thursday presented some extraordinary buying opportunities on the “short” side with relatively low risk at the moment.  I’ll be describing these in detail to my subscribers in our Position/Stop Loss Update this weekend. 

Members note that this week’s Position/Stop Loss Update will be sent on Monday afternoon due…
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Accused "FX Cartel" Members Joined Forces After Trying To "End" Each Other

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

As federal prosecutors in Manhattan press ahead with the trial of three London-based currency traders - members of the infamous "FX Cartel" who allegedly colluded to move exchange rates in their favor during the brief moments before the daily fix - more amusing details from the cartel's group chat where most of the alleged collusion took place have started to emerge.

In one anecdote that helps explain the genesis of the cartel conspiracy, two of the three traders, former JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader Richard Usher and ex-Citigroup Inc. trader Rohan Ramchandani, share how they u...



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Taxes and caps on carbon work differently but calibrating them poses the same challenge

 

Taxes and caps on carbon work differently but calibrating them poses the same challenge

There are different kinds of policies that can curb greenhouse gases. Climber 1959/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

Virtually everything most people on earth do these days involves, either directly or indirectly, the combustion of oil, gas and coal. Burning these fossil fuels is generating carbon emissions, which accumulate in the atmosphere, contributing to ...



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Stock Market Crash Deja Vu? Keep An Eye On This Pattern!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Just over 3 weeks ago, I shared a chart looking at the divergence that has been brewing under the surface of the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY). Since that post, the S&P 500 finds itself in a deep pullback, with other key stock market indices hitting correction territory at their lows.

Today we provide another look at the divergence and highlight why it’s time for investors to pay closer attention. In the chart below, we compare today’s setup to 2000 and 2007 and the market crashes that followed.  Note, though, that we have NOT broken trend support yet.

Similar to today, in 2000 and 2007 the S&P 500 made a...



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Chart School

History Rhymes with the Dow

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

The next 10 years, or even the next 2 years will not be like any of the years in the past 10. Risk is moving closer and closer to the surface.

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Market risks coming to the surface:

1) Higher interest rates.

2) US Congress control.

3) China vs USA in trade.

4) World wide Leverage.

5) World wide liquidity issues.

6) US Pensions.

7) Corporate bond market....



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Digital Currencies

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

 

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

Five people died and more than 200 got sick during a 2018 E. coli outbreak, the largest in more than a decade. The bacteria was traced to contaminated romaine lettuce. (Shutterstock)

Courtesy of Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University

In the wake of this year’s large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019.

Walmart, one of the world’s largest retailers, has be...



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Insider Scoop

10 Stocks To Watch For October 18, 2018

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

  • Wall Street expects Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) to report quarterly earnings at $1.27 per share on revenue of $7.15 billion before the opening bell. Philip Morris shares fell 0.07 percent to $84.50 in after-hours trading.
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Vilas Fund Up 55% In Q3; 3Q18 Letter: A Bull Market In Bearish Forecasts

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

The Vilas Fund, LP letter for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018; titled, “A Bull Market in Bearish Forecasts.”

Ever since the financial crisis, there has been a huge fascination with predictions of the next “big crash” right around the next corner. Whether it is Greece, Italy, Chinese debt, the “overvalued” stock market, the Shiller Ratio, Puerto Rico, underfunded pensions in Illinois and New Jersey, the Fed (both for QE a few years ago and now for removing QE), rising interest rates, Federal budget deficits, peaking profit margins, etc...



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Members' Corner

Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

 

This is very good; it's about "firehosing", a type of propaganda, and how it works.

Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

A 2016 report described Russian propaganda as:
• high in volume
• rapid, continuous and repetitive
• having no commitment to objective reality
• lacking consistency

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Biotech

Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

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Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA. ibreakstock/Shutterstock.com

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Mapping The Market

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

Via Jean-Luc:

Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

One that stands out for me:

Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 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. 

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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Mid-Day Update

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