$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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#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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#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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#MarketTiming – once again the bull runs…

TREND TRADE: Up from open, 1/25, possibly whipsawing.

SWING TRADE: Up from open, 1/20.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Buying the dips with the trend trade

PRICE TREND: Nasdaq up 1 day, whipsawing.

SETUP:

After giving all the signs of an impending sell down, the market took off again to the upside.  This has happened a lot during the later stage of this bull market.

Each time breadth has turned up (which it did again yesterday), the market has had a run so at this point the past of least resistance is again up.  See how XIV, the leveraged inverse VIX ETF, has performed with the market behind it on the chart below (the green vertical lines marking each new surge like yesterday).

But the signs for a sell down remain, at least for now, so trading here is tricky and a buy and hold strategy downright scary.  Appears the market chop has an upward bias but that is the way it was Tuesday.  Today late may be another matter.

Stocks on my nifty-fifty stock list went from 19 on buy signals to 38 in a day.  Stocks coming off recent sell downs that might produce at least a swing bounce or scalp trade include the banks JPM, C, GS, BAC and a big cap on the list, DIS.

Should be noted I guess that airlines, ALK and HA, on the list remain oversold and could play catch up in the next couple of days if the market continues yesterday’s bounce.

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#MarketTiming – on the verge of a sell off…

TREND TRADE: Down from open, 1/20.

SWING TRADE: Neutral from open, 1/23.

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

PRICE TREND: Nasdaq down 1 day, whipsawing.

SETUP:

Market breadth as measured by the McClellan Oscillator (NYMO) and Summation Index (NYSI) has turned negative with a falling NYSI and highs below highs on the NYMO (see first chart below).

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.

The McClellan is not infallible but it almost is.

In addition (see second chart below) this post-election rally has been mirroring the post-Brexit rally almost perfectly.  If that continues, it is also saying a sell-off is right around the corner.

To state the obvious, the sell-off itself indicated above has not,  as yet, happened.

But maybe tomorrow.  An age-old “turn around Tuesday”? If not it likely to be soon.

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#MarketTiming – the rally takes off…

TREND TRADE: Long from open, 1/4.

SWING TRADE: Long from open, 1/4.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Buying the dips…

PRICE TREND: Up 3 days.

SETUP:

As projected, the market moved nicely to the upside from today’s open.

My nifty-fifty stock list has moved from 40 stocks  on sells, 22 oversold, to 40 stocks on buys, 19 overbought, in two days.  Now that is a bounce!  At this point I expect more of the same into Thursday and will tighten stops on the swing trade.

The 3x-leveraged index ETFs mentioned in yesterday’s post were all up from the buys on today’s open — TQQQ up 1.2%, TNA up 3.6%, XIV UP 3.7% and UPRO up 1.1%. The sector ETF were lead by BIB up 5.2%, FAS up 2.4% but SOXL was down .4% and ERX also down 1.1%.

Of the stocks mentioned — GS, DIS, NAV, BAC NVDA- only NAV was loser at down 1.1%.

As for the trend trade, it has now clearly reversed to the upside, and it is a matter of buying dips as the rally moves forward.

For those who pay attention to these things, the Dow could easily take out 20,000 by the end of the week.  But arbitrary levels matter less then getting the general direction of the market right, which is what market timing is all about.

On the chart below, just for fun, is a look at the SPY monthly at-the-money 225 call option on the swing trade from yesterday now up 53%, and the day trade on the same option up 15% from the open today to close.

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#TrendTrading – Long but whipsawing?

TREND TRADE: Long from open, 1/4.

SWING TRADE: Long open, 1/4.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Buying the dip…

PRICE TREND: Up 1 day.

SETUP:

Was expecting a price whipsaw Friday against a breadth downtrend.  Didn’t get it as the market went with the breadth indicator. Got the price pop today.

So what now?

Given that breadth and price are now in sync on today’s upside move would indicate an upswing is in motion, one that may turn into an outright rally for a while.

That is backed up by the SPY coming out of a nearly three-week pullback that managed to get it oversold (as noted in the post below), and once again 40 or more stocks were on sells in my nifty-fifty list for three days, no less.  Those three days have created a cluster almost always seen as swing lows and often at rally bottoms (see the chart below for previous 40-sell days and clusters).

Intraday price action was rather ragged today which should make one wary but it can probably be attributed to thin post-holiday trading.  All in all, except for the whipsaw in this post’s title, the upside now should have the least resistance.

The easy plays are as always the 3x-leverage index ETFs – TQQQ, TNA, XIV, UPRO — as sell as some sectors like SOXL, BIB, FAZ, and ERX.

Some notable stocks giving individual buy signals today for tomorrow open included GS, NAV, DIS, BAC.  One guess at a sudden jump might be NVDA, a screaming leader in the rally before the recent pullback and it is still in the oversold column.

Whatever…

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#TrendTrading – short but whipsawing?

UPDATE (12/31:

For the last day of the trading year, the market followed through on short breadth signal without a price whipsaw.  As a result, on the day trade, the 3x-leveraged inverse index ETFs, SQQQ, netted 3% from the open to close; TZA, 1.5%; SPXS, 1.53%; and UVXY, the big winner (as often is the case), 5.8% for the day.

As a side note, TNA gave an scalp buy on the open that was stopped out for a 1.1% loss.

TREND TRADE: Short (or flat) from open, 12/29.

SWING TRADE: Flat from open, 12/30.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Selling the bounce…

PRICE TREND: Down 3 days.

SETUP:

Today’s market action was mostly flat after Wednesday’s hard reversal to the downside.

So what now?

Tricky territory.  Possible the chop today was digesting a drop that was too far too fast. a pause in a word before more the slide down resumes tomorrow but the recent rally was so fast to the upside there is a chance it’s going to take more than one-day’s hemorrhage to kill the bull.

Yesterday’s sudden slam turned the longer-term breadth trend negative but short-term breadth turned up today so there are cross currents in play.

As often happens at the end of a move, the recent up move in this case, by the time it is clear it could be reversing, there is much at is oversold and could easily bounce to confound the change of trend.  If I had to guess I would guess the market bounces before any more significant downside.

That is a guess based, most notably because SPY (the S&P500 ETF), which topped on 12/13 and has now managed to pull back for nearly two weeks into oversold territory. Also, more than 40 of the stocks on my nifty-fifty stock list have been on sells now for two days – that is almost always the bottom or the beginning of the bottom of a swing (I say almost because when it isn’t it is because the market has suddenly turned into a hard downtrend, like in 2008).

Market followed through on short breadth signal:

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#MarketTiming – trigger for an up swing…

TREND TRADE: Long from open, 11/9.

SWING TRADE: Long from open, 12/27.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Long…

PRICE TREND: Up 1 day.

SETUP:

Market breadth turned up Friday before the Christmas weekend giving a renewed timing buy signal for Tuesday’s open.

Easiest play would be the long index 3x-leveraged ETFs – TQQQ, TNA, XIV, UPRO.

The top eight stocks in my newly sorted nifty-fifty list are HIIQ, C, X, BRKS, ACM, JPM, KRO, APOG.  Watching for continued bullishness there and bank stocks also were strong across the board Friday.

Stocks from the list triggering new individuals buy signals were TPC, TBPH, SKYW, DV, MDP.

Expecting a run up for at least the day and likely a swing for much of the week.

But as Trader Vic Sperandeo once said if the market doesn’t do what is expected, it is likely to do the opposite twice a much so am using tight time and price stops for this swing.