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Hypselotimophobia – The Fear of High Prices

Hypselotimophobia – The Fear of High Prices

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Courtesy of Joshua M Brown, The Reformed Broker 

Hypselotimophobia (from the Greek, is an anxiety or extreme fear or hatred of high prices)

If you are uncomfortable buying or trading stocks that are at new highs, this is not your tape.

There are only two categories of investors who are unfazed by the deluge of new 52 week highs – the nimble and the desperate.

The nimble are in a position to act quickly should things change.  With every tick, they are tossing blades of grass into the wind to gauge direction in real-time.  If you run a machine shop or have a waiting room full of patients, this is not feasible.

The desperate are most likely professional runners of money, those without the luxury of waiting for their pitch.  They must get more stocks on the books to show that they "didn’t miss it" and they must do so regardless of the top-tick risk.  An ill-timed buy today can quickly be described as an "intermediate-term" pick to the investment committee if need be, but a swollen cash position in a vortex of up stocks cannot be explained at all.

There’s a bumper crop of gaps and breakouts, hundreds of 52 week highs daily – so why isn’t everybody happy?

Most market participants are not incredibly nimble nor are they under career pressure to buy at any price.  The drumbeat of daily new highs can be more frustrating than fun for them.

Unless you’re in the habit of buying new highs, the ascent of this market has been way less enjoyable over the last 6 weeks than the headlines would lead outsiders to believe.

If you are a a hypselotimophobe, there isn’t much for you to do at this juncture, so maybe you want to just chill out. 

 


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Doug Kass and Jim Cramer Need to Change the False Ads for Real Money

Doug Kass and Jim Cramer Need to Change the False Ads for Real Money

Courtesy of Damien Hoffman at Wall St. Cheat Sheet

As if TheStreet.com didn’t already have enough troubles with the SEC investigating their accounting, another Street veteran Doug Kass joins the pile fools who have tried to make prophetic claims regarding the stock market. (Nouriel Roubini is still my favorite.)

On August 26, 2009, Kass authoritatively proclaimed, “Markets top during times of enthusiasm. I believe that the markets are now overshooting to the upside and that the U.S. stock market has likely peaked for the year.”

On September 30, 2009, 


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The 52 Week Lookback Period and New Highs – New Lows

Bill Luby’s cautions that new highs are relative, and the ones occurring now are being compared back to when the market was in free fall last October. – Ilene 

The 52 Week Lookback Period and New Highs – New Lows

free fallCourtesy of Bill Luby at VIX and More

Market breadth is a great tool. It can be used to evaluate momentum and also as a contrarian indicator to help identify potential market reversals. Various breadth indicators range from simple advance-decline indicators like the McClellan Summation Index, to measures of new highs and new lows, and beyond.

As I have seen a fair amount of comments related to new 52 week highs and lows in recent weeks, I wanted to point out what I hope is obvious to everyone looking at these charts. First, in many respects that 52 week time frame is an arbitrary lookback period. One could easily use a lookback period of 3 months, 6 months, 2009 year-to-date, 2 years or whatever. As it happens, 52 weeks is the conventional lookback period that is baked into almost all of the new high and new low data.

I mention all this because from October 1, 2008 to October 10, 2008 the SPX was in a free fall and dropped from 1167 to 839. As a result, a large number of stocks are making 52 week highs right now only because the lookback period no longer captures the values prior to the free fall.

So…keep a close eye on market breadth, but be wary of an artificial jump in new highs that shows new highs surging since the beginning of October. For the most part, this is a function of an arbitrary lookback period. Said another way, if you are going to be a student of technical analysis, but sure to study not just the recent data, but also the data that is scrolling off of the radar.

[graphic: StockCharts]

 


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NASDAQ Hits New High for the Year

NASDAQ Hits New High for the Year

Courtesy of Corey at Afraid to Trade

I almost let this bit of news slip me by!  The NASDAQ Index crested above its June high today, creating a fresh new high for 2009.  As strength in the Technology Index can foreshadow strength in the broader market, this is definitely worth a second look.

chart of the nasdaq composite

Without going into too much detail, I mainly wanted to highlight the pop to new highs that took place today.

There was resistance about the 1,850 level but buyers seemed to have no trouble at this level… so far.

Volume is not running at a significantly high level (it’s actually beneath the 50-day average) so buyers would like to see higher volume to confirm the move better.

As long as we’re at new highs, whatever your bias is, buyers are in control.

Corey Rosenbloom, CMT

 


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Bitcoin's rollercoaster ride reflects the biggest issue facing cryptocurrencies: regulation

 

Bitcoin's rollercoaster ride reflects the biggest issue facing cryptocurrencies: regulation

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Courtesy of Brian Lucey, Trinity College Dublin and Shaen Corbet, Dublin City University

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The Top 10 Wildest Campaigns Of 2018: Starboard's Stake In Symantec

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Small Caps attempting 20-year breakout, says Joe Friday

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The Russell 2000 trend remains solidly higher, as it has created a series of higher lows and higher highs inside of rising channel (1) over the past 25-years.

Small caps have been an upside leader in 2018, as they are very near all-time highs.

We applied Fibonacci extension levels to the 2007 highs and 2009 lows at each (2).

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am- Small caps are attempting a dual breakout at (3). 

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There Are 3 Main Theories That Explain Trump's Approach to Putin and Russia-Which One Makes the Most Sense?

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

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Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

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

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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. 

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