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Last Week Was Just the Beginning

Last Week Was Just the Beginning

Courtesy of John Nyaradi, Wall St. Sector Selector 

Weekly Stock Market and ETF commentary from Wall Street Sector Selector

Last week was difficult, at best, for global stock markets as the S&P 500 dropped more than -3% and the bond market surged as investors continued their “flight to quality.” Fear spread around the world with global markets shedding recent gains.  It was definitely a “risk off” week and the beginning of what I believe will continue to be a “risk off” period as we move through the closing days of summer.

The macro news was mostly poor, as we’ll discuss in a moment, and the technical picture deteriorated. In our portfolios, we moved to “Red Flag Flying” mode, expecting lower prices ahead, and moved from our remaining cash positions to inverse ETFs in the Standard Portfolio, while keeping our option portfolio positioned for more downside ahead. 

Our new “High Conviction Trade Alert triggered its first ‘buy’ signal and I’m looking forward to reporting more details on this to our Pro members in the weekly Position Update. The High Conviction Trade Alert is designed to identify high conviction/low risk opportunities.  It won’t trade very often but should offer excellent risk/reward opportunities. 

Looking at My Screens 

On a technical basis, significant damage was inflicted last week to equity markets around the world.  As we’ve been saying, an imminent decline in U.S. markets seems to be upon us, and it appears that last week’s action could have been the beginning of that move.

 

chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

In the chart above you can see that the S&P 500 has dropped below its 200 day moving average and also below its 50 Day Moving Average, indicating that the long and medium term trend is down.  These significant moving averages now become resistance rather than support and we see the next support levels at 1060 and then near 1020 at the June lows. 

The 50 Day Moving Average remains below the 200 Day Moving Average, forming the widely watched “death cross,” which typically accompanies significant trend changes.  Additionally, the 12 month moving average of the S&P 500 was also violated which is another bearish indicator for major markets. 

As if all of this isn’t gloomy enough, last week’s stock market action triggered a “Hindenburg Omen,” named after the German zeppelin that crashed and burned in New York…
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At the Tipping Point (Still)

At the Tipping Point (Still) (SPY, DIA, GLD, USO)

Courtesy of John Nyaradi at Wall St. Sector Selector, July 27, 2010

Instratrader Indicators: 

  • Yellow Flag: We Expect Choppy Prices Ahead 
  • Daily Technical Sentiment Indicators: Very Optimistic (short term bearish) 
  • Short Term Market Condition:  Very Overbought (short term bearish) 
  • Short Term Trend: Up 
  • Medium Term Trend: Neutral 
  • Long Term Trend: Neutral 
  • % of Stocks Above 200 Day Moving Average/Daily Change: 59.5%/-1.9% 
  • % of Stocks Above 50 Day Moving Average/Daily Change:    75.5%/-1.6% 

Market Update:

Market Closing Price %Change
Dow Jones Industrials (DIA) 10,537 +0.1
S&P 500 (SPY) 1113 -0.1
Gold  $1162 -1.9
Oil  $77.41 -2.0
VIX 23.1 +2.0
Shanghai Comp 2575 -0.5

Commentary:

Today’s (7/27) news was mixed with the Case/Shiller Housing Index registering gains along with positive earnings reports and outlook from DuPont while Consumer Confidence took a tumble and Moody’s downgraded Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo on their “supported ratings” which assumes a government bailout of the “too big to fail” category.  Because financial reform passed, government intervention is less likely to happen or be less extensive.

Gold and oil were crushed today, down some 2% each, while the VIX rose 2%.  The S&P 500 slipped to even with its all important 200 Day Moving Average, closing at 1113.84 compared to 1113.93 for the average.

Markets remain overbought and overoptimistic and subject to short term correction.  We remain in the “Yellow Flag Flying” mode, expecting choppy prices ahead.  A failure to materially break above overhead resistance between 1120-1130 on the S&P 500 will likely lead to lower prices ahead.  One of our indicators points to the growing possibility of a significant downturn ahead, but, of course, no one has a crystal ball and so the timing of that potential event is unknown.

Disclosure: psq, rwm, sh, skf, spy put

Read our weekend newsletter, Wall Street Sector Selector Review, for full market updates and analysis. 


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Manic Markets Continue: ETF Daily Outlook

Manic Markets Continue: ETF Daily Outlook

red flagCourtesy of John Nyaradi

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Instratrader Indicators: 

Red Flag: We Expect Lower Prices Ahead 

Daily Technical Sentiment Indicators: Neutral 

Short Term Market Condition: Overbought (short term bearish) 

Short Term Trend: Up 

Medium Term Trend: Down 

Long Term Trend: Down 

% of Stocks Above 200 Day Moving Average/Daily Change: 51%/ +23% 

% of Stocks Above 50 Day Moving Average/Daily Change:    60% /+51% 

Market Update:

Market closing price  % change 
DIA 10,322 +1.99%
SPY 1093 +2.3%
GLD $1194 +0.8%
Oil $79.10 +3.3%
Vix $24.63 -3.9%
Shanghai Comp 2562 +1.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Commentary

Back to back manic days as the markets continue to struggle with poor macro economic news and mostly positive earnings. 

Today it was “risk on” as Microsoft, Caterpillar and UPS earnings were cheered while Amazon missed, housing reports and unemployment all were negative.  Chairman Bernanke continued his commentary on Capitol Hill but today, unlike yesterday, the markets rallied.  Jobless benefits were extended by Congress.  Tomorrow brings earnings reports from Ford and McDonalds and the long awaited “stress tests” designed to show the health of the European banks. 

For the weekend, we have a tropical storm heading for the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico and apparently the well be unattended and operations will stop.  There are all kinds of varying forecasts about what will happen that range from nothing to a methane rain over the Gulf Coast. 

1100 on the S&P remains formidable resistance as does the 200 Day Moving Average at 1113 just above today’s close.  Point and Figure charts remain on “sell” signals but close to changing.  This is a titanic struggle that will resolve one way or other over the coming days.

We remain in the “red flag” mode, expecting lower prices ahead.

Disclosure: psq, rwm, sh, skf, spy put

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Trump's interpreters for Putin meetings face ethical dilemma

 

Trump's interpreters for Putin meetings face ethical dilemma

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Steve Eisman: Short UK Banks On Brexit

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Steve Eisman gained fame when predicting the financial crisis of 2008. Now he is shorting British banks because of the risks a hard Brexit poses to the British market.

Image source: YouTube Video ScreenshotSteve Eisman: A Hard Brexit Is The Path Of Least Resistance

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Triple Breakout Test In Play For S&P 500!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Is the rally of late about to run out of steam or is a major breakout about to take place in the S&P 500? What happens at current prices should go a long way in determining this question.

This chart looks at the equal weight S&P 500 ETF (RSP) on a daily basis over the past 15-months.

The rally from the lows on Christmas Eve has RSP testing the top of a newly formed falling channel while testing the underneath side of the 2018 trading range and its falling 50-day moving average at (1).

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Cars.com Explores Strategic Alternatives, Analyst Sees Possible Sale Price Around $30 Per Share

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Crypto-Bubble: Will Bitcoin Bottom In February Or Has It Already?

Courtesy of Michelle Jones via ValueWalk.com

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Of course, it depends on who you ask, but one analyst discovered a pattern which might point to a bottom next month.

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Weekly Market Recap Jan 13, 2019

Courtesy of Blain.

In last week’s recap we asked:  “Has the Fed solved all the market’s problems in 1 speech?”

Thus far the market says yes!  As Guns n Roses preached – all we need is a little “patience”.  Four up days followed by a nominal down day Friday had the market following it’s normal pattern the past nearly 30 years – jumping whenever the Federal Reserve hints (or essentially says outright) it is here for the markets.   And in case you missed it the prior Friday, Chairman Powell came back out Thursday to reiterate the news – so…so… so… patient!

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Why Trump Can't Learn

 

Bill Eddy (lawyer, therapist, author) predicted Trump's chaotic presidency based on his high-conflict personality, which was evident years ago. This post, written in 2017, references a prescient article Bill wrote before Trump even became president, 5 Reasons Trump Can’t Learn. ~ Ilene 

Why Trump Can’t Learn

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Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

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Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

Bacteriophage viruses infecting bacterial cells , Bacterial viruses. from www.shutterstock.com

Courtesy of John Bergeron, McGill University

Today, the scientific community is aghast at the prospect of gene editing to create “designer” humans. Gene editing may be of greater consequence than climate change, or even the consequences of unleashing the energy of the atom.

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Trump: "I Won't Be Here" When It Blows Up

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Maybe we should simply try him for treason right now:

Trump on Coming Debt Crisis: ‘I Won’t Be Here’ When It Blows Up

The president thinks the balancing of the nation’s books is going to, ultimately, be a future president’s problem.

By Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast

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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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