#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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$USD – the dollar historically speaking…

Historically speaking, the US dollar goes to hell under Republican administrations.  Does anyone actually expect it to be any different this time?

May take a while since Janet Yellen’s term has year or so to go and apparently the Federal Reserve is now determined to hike interest rates. But eventually, the businessmen now running government (who of course are totally unaware that the government is not a business) will want to debase the currency.

There is the belief that a weaker dollar enables American companies to more easily compete against competitors around the world.  Maybe so. But every time I look up while the dollar is down, it is the competitors buying US companies instead of buying their products.

Oh, well, this Bud’s for you.

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$TSLA and market timing…(updated)

Not confirmed yet but if the market stays down it appears after 45 days of rally, the market may begin to take a tumble today.  And if today’s downside trigger follows through, there could be a full-blown correction in the making.

A couple of ifs in there but if they hold, it will be time to look around for stocks to sell if one currently holds them, or to short if one is an aggressive trader.

Case in point – TSLA.

TSLA, like to most stocks, tends to run with the market’s general direction, both up and down.

On the up, Tesla has had a great in run during this rally, roughly from 191 to (at the moment) 227, or 18.5% or so.  A profit well worth locking in since the stock can be volatile.

Now for the down.  Looking at the chart below, it appears the market may be turning negative (the green and red dots the middle of the chart) and so is Tesla’s stock.  When the market and the stock are in sync like this one needs to go with the market until the stock says otherwise.

In short, TSLA is a short.  That is if all the ifs above remain true at the end of this day.

UPDATE:

Market breadth did not stay negative on yesterday’s close (note the green dot instead of red on the indicator in the middle of the second chart below) so the short signal anticipated here never triggered and instead TSLA, on news (its charging station pricing) and modestly bullish day in the Nasdaq to back it up, had a nice rise today, 3.3% from today’s open. So it goes sometimes.

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#MarketTiming – the rally gets long…in the tooth

TREND TRADE: Long from open, 1/4.

SWING TRADE: Long from open, 1/4.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Buying the dips…

PRICE TREND: Nasdaq up 6 days.

SETUP:

The rally, which began on the open of 1/4, is now five days old.  It can go higher.  In fact breadth is indicating it will, at least for one more day.

But…

Five days in a row put the Nasdaq on borrowed time.  Trader Vic Sperandeo used to say “if the market doesn’t do what it is expected to do, it will do the opposite twice as much.”  I still expect it to go up more, but I’m also on the alert to the “twice as much.”

On this rally, it has mostly been Nasdaq, Nasdaq and more Nasdaq so far.  TQQQ, the 3x-leveraged ETF I use for that index is up 7.2% in these five days, XIV is up 6.7% while UPRO, keyed to the S&P, is flat as is TNA, keyed to the Russell.

Among the leveraged sector ETFs, LABU (biotechs) is up 32%…32% in five days!

Notable Nasdaq stocks participating in the rally include AAPL up 2.8%, AMGN 4.4%, AMZN 4.8%, TSLA 6.9%, FB up 5.7%; the number-one stock in my nifty-fifty stock list, HIIQ is up 16.2% on this five-day run (one of these days I’m going to have to look that symbol up and see what that company is and what it does).

Anyway this is what market timing is all about.  I’m recording it her for my own amusement, and mine alone, but whenever anyone says it’s impossible to time the market I tell them to go back to school.

On the chart below that last green circle in the upper right indicates this rally may have more to go but again…”the twice as much” if not…

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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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#SwingTrading – up move in motion…

TREND TRADE: Long from open, 11/9.

SWING TRADE: Long from open, 12/27.

DAY/SCALP TRADE: Long, long…

PRICE TREND: Up 2 days.

SETUP:

Market breadth continues to climb, prices continue to rise, more and more stocks register individual buy signals…obviously, the move to the upside, triggered Friday, continued today…

It must be time again to state the market’s second clearest axiom -“the market will go up until it goes down.”  (The clearest axiom, reputed to have been stated by J.P. Morgan himself is “the market will fluctuate.”)

Of the stocks on my nifty-fifty list, 20 gave individual buy signals today, bringing the total to stocks-on-buys to 38 up from 18 Friday.  Too numerous to in total, the stocks include X, KRO, CECO, NUE, BAC, LECO, FORM and FAST.

More notable, all eight of the 3x-leveraged ETFs I follow are on buys — TQQQ, TNA, UPRO, XIV, FAS, BIB, ERX, SOXL.

Let’s call the featured chart below “After Consolidating SPY Tries To Resume Its Rally” because it likely will.

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