$AAPL – looking for a swing low

Red columns of 4 or more consecutive down days in $AAPL often lead to the swing low (see the chart below)..

The same is true for indexes also, and ETFs and a lot of stocks.  Four is like a magic number in the market, and more than four can be even more magical, since even if the cluster of four or more is not the reversal bottom, it is a marker in the market to watch for divergence, retests…sea changes…

And sometimes it marks the beginning of a crash.  That is to say, if four days down do not turn the trend, it could be as Trader Vic Sperandeo once said if the market doesn’t do what you expect, it will down the opposite twice as much).

In short, good for a bonce right now and maybe more…

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$SPY – testing an important level

SPY, the monster S&P 500 ETF, took a look at 212.5 again today and held that support in late day trading. A couple of weeks ago it was doing that repeatedly.

My guess it will bounce a bit from here but the question is how high and what after that?

If it does not run right back up to the top of the recent range there is a likelihood that the steep decline market bears have so long been waiting for will be at hand.

The confounding thing about the general market in the past three months has been how many fundamental and technical indications have dropped into place that bear similarities to the market tops in 2000 and 2007 but the price drop has not gotten going in earnest.

For instance, monthly NYSE margin debt has clicked down again in a massive divergence to the market’s high level sideways move. Breadth in general has been declining despite price index defiance. It could be only the Fed, with an eye on the election, is holding the market up.


If today’s rip to the downside, on the other hand, is the shot that cripples the lumbering ship, 208 on SPY could be seen in a hurry, and 200 eventually would not be out of the question.

This is one of those times when long-term investors better sit up and take notice.  Decide how much of the current gain one is willing to lose and stick to it.  If there is a sell-off (for the rest of year?),  the signs it is, once again, not different this time have been obvious for some time.

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Watching $BID for a market top

Sotheby’s Holding (BID) has so often been a market bellwether.

And at tops at that!  A rare thing in the world of calling market direction. Bottoms are easier to see and sometimes obvious but tops…”calling” tops has killed many a market prognosticator and killed many a bear.

So let me say right off I’m not calling a top here.  Just trying to pay attention…

And when BID quits rallying and/or diverges with general market, it is time to pay attention.  BID was down a bit on its monthly chart in September.  That is a lower high for the stock while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq drifted higher.

What’s it mean?  Maybe nothing.  Yet.  But take a look at the chart action showing BID with the SPX on the chart below in 2000 and 2007.  One might say, as BID goes so goes everything else.

And this time, so far, BID has not even crawled up to the top of its long-term price range, which is rather ominous going forward.

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