$SPY – today the bounce, tomorrow the rally?

Had 44 sells on my nifty-fifty stock list Thursday. Forty plus sells usually marks, if not the bottom of a swing, the beginning of the bottom (see my simple chart below). Now couple that with the NYMO turning the NYSI up again, and the VIX plunging below the magic 15 level (again, after a fifth climactic day up in a row), and the indexes turning up from oversold, and today’s bounce was (short of nuclear war over weekend) almost inevitable.

Now the question is can the bounce continue? Probably, and if the next dip (tomorrow, or whenever) can’t take out what is staring us in the face, I SPY a rally to the top of the SPY range or higher by sell-in-May-and-stay-away time.

And if the next downturn does trip this setup (tomorrow, or whenever), well…that will be rather bearish.

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$USD – a vote on the country ever day…

Given that currency trading is a vote by the whole world on your country every day and now that President Blowhard believes the dollar’s recent rise was because of “confidence” in him instead of an overflow from the Obama Administration, the US dollar is likely to decline now.

Trump commented that yesterday that the dollar was too strong because of “confidence in me”, but the currency has been going sideways to down since his inauguration.  Confidence in him?  More likely a rising lack of confidence.

And of course, the US dollar always does decline in Republican Administrations.

That was never more pronounced in historical terms than the day George W. Bush made his “Axis of Evil” speech.  That moment was the precise top for the dollar in his term.  It was as the entire world heard that and thought that guy is crazy and ran for cover.  It declined 40 percent and has not completely recovered.  No analysts ever seem to want to talk about it, preferring to say a weaker dollar makes American multi-national companies more competitive, but think what a drop of 40 percent in net worth means to the biggest economy in the world.

Subsequently, from the day Obama locked up the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2008 the dollar bottomed.  It was as if dollar bulls knew he would be President and were, after the raging uncertainties of the Bush Administration, damn happy he would be.  There were some wild swings in the currency as Obama battled Congressional Republican obstruction (shutting down the government…) but once he was reelected, it was clear sailing to the upside until now.

So what now?

The new era of raging uncertainties is just beginning so, despite professed Fed Reserve tightening, it is probably best to be defensive, if not downright bearish, on the US dollar.

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$GS $JPM $BAC $DB – banks of a feather bounce together…

Update April 3, 2107:

After eight days down in a row on the Dow, today’s bounce was nearly inevitable.  Eight days in a row is a lot when four is most often the magic number to buy for a bounce.

And as inevitable, an oversold sector is likely to bounce with it.  In this case, the financials – that is, the banks — GS, leader to the downside, as well as JPM, BAC, and even the deadest dog of the bunch, DB, which has some serious fundamental problems all its own (besides being the last lender to loan to Donald Trump).

Most likely this bounce will continue in a rise to resistance, most likely to bottom of the boxes indicated on the chart below at the point the stocks fell through support going into this recent decline.

If they turn over again with lower highs sometime soon…say, next week…that will not be good for any bull market going forward.  In other words, head up the bull might actually be stumbling.

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$SNAP #FirstDayBox – Buying an IPO (or not) in one easy lesson…

When a hot IPO is launched, as was the case with Snapchat (SNAP) on March 2, the headlines are usually how much it leaped over it initial offer price.  That is a worthless commentary.  Unless one is on some broker’s favored clientele list, it is impossible to have the stock and to be able to sell it on that leap.

So what to do?

With IPOs this is actually one of the easiest decisions in stock trading.  Simply note the high price and the low price on day one of the IPO.  Those are the lines in the sand (see chart 0f SNAP below).

Buy on a close above the high of the first with a stop loss below the high of the first day. With SNAP that buy would have been at 27.09 on March 3 and it would have been stopped out the next trading at at 26.05, a loss of .3% (that’s the way it goes sometimes).  From there, SNAP declined to an all-time low of 18.90 so that stop loss would have saved a lot of money, to say nothing of the anxiety of being locked into a foolish IPO buy made on whatever day.

It would have been a short sell below 23.50 if the stock could have been borrowed (difficult if not impossible this early in the IPO’s life).  Regardless, today the stock is challenging its “First-Day Box” which would stop out any short sale.

So what to do now?

Basically nothing on the long side.  Until it shows it can trade through its first day, it is not a buy. On the short side (easier to do now) it will be a short on the first down day below the box with the stop loss in the box.

In stock trading there are no easier decision to make than playing off an IPO’s First-day box.

P.S. when a long buy goes well it can become long-term hold as in the case of ACRS, a buy at 12.50 (see the chart below).

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#FinancialStocks – after running on fumes, finally run out of gas

Since market breadth turned down with conviction on March 3, the banks (like much of the general market) have been defying an impending decline.  But that defiance appears to be over as they have been falling for the past few days, and that fall has accelerated.

GS is now down 6.7%, BAC 8.8% and JPM 4.7%.

GS, a bellwether stock, has how retraced its entire advance since early December. That is  not a good sign for the continuation of this bull market, but will see how that weakness plays out in the fullness of time.

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#BullMarket – so many buy signals…

…it is almost scary.

But it is what it is.  I guess the Fed came to save the day…with higher interest rates no less.

With a low above a low on the NYMO after five weeks of highs below highs, it appears bears have one more day (tomorrow) to make their presence felt but after that, if the NYSI up, it will be rocket time again. In other words, new highs across the board someday soon (tomorrow, Friday, next week) and probably then some more…

Also, a nice little divergence there on my nifty-50 stock list from 42 sells in February to 38 four days ago (there are 39 on buys now).  Last time had a similar divergence was at the bottom in November.

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#DayTrading – in the pursuit of simplicity…

Best day trading rally ever?

On TQQQ, the 3x-leveraged ETF for the Nasdaq, 15 percent year to date ($15k total trading $100k on each trade), with 75 percent of the trades profitable. No overnight risk.

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$KC #CoffeeFutures – maybe the best swing trade ever…

Haven’t researched the results versus everything else in the world but $21k per contract on the up and downs, the longs and shorts, in the past 13 months has been fairly steady and rather astounding.

Currently long.

Update: Short from 2/23, 149.95.

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#MarketTiming – whipsawing down…

TREND TRADE: Down from open, 1/30.

SWING TRADE: Down from open, 1/27.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Selling the bounces with the trend trade

PRICE TREND: Nasdaq, whipsawing.

SETUP:

As noted in the last post here, the Trend Trade was possibly whipsawing and so it did.  The trend turned up on the open of 1/25 and turned down again today, giving another sell signal for tomorrow open.

Geez…whipsaws…

But in the context of this whipsaw behavior on the major market indexes, there was a possible stop loss issued by the swing trade which, after giving a buy on the open of 1/20, turned down on 1/26.  That was an alert to sell all or half of any long position (see the note on the short-term McClellan breadth below).

On the swing trade, before the turn down, the 3x-leveraged ETFs were up – XIV by 7.5%, UPRO by 3.8%, TQQQ by 6.0%, and TNA by 5.8%.  On the stop, UPRO and TQQQ gave back less than one percent; TNA gave back 2.3%; and XIV actually held 1 percent of its overall gain during the down turn.  The reason to use stop-losses is extremely evident at the moment with XIV down 2.1% on the Trend signal, TQQQ down 1.2%, UPRO down 2.2% and TNA down 6.8%, with the actual exit signal on tomorrow’s open (beware the gaps down).

Geez…whipsawing times.  Tricky to trade and never any fun.

And whipsaws may continue since today’s drop (shall we call it the Trump-Muslim drop?) caused 41 of the stocks on my nifty-50 stock list to go sells. That could be the beginning of a considerable sell off as noted here on the January 23rd post:

“One of the great things about the McClellan is that the two indicators give hints ahead of time as to what is likely to come next in the general market.  If there is another high below a high on the NYMO, especially below the zero line, it will likely be a gift to the bears.”

But more often in the current bull market 40+ sells has been the bottom or at least the beginning of a bottom for an upswing (see chart below for previous 40+ sell markers), even when the down side, like now, has hardly begun.

Geez…Tricky to trade again.

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