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Not So Fast There, Cowboy – The Reflation/Value Trade Gets Cold Feet

Small-caps and banks went from potential leaders to potential failures over the past week. Basically, the markets got cold feet on the reflation/value trade and bailed the last two days. I do not know if this is just pre-election jitters, but there are a lot of BIG unknowns out there right now. These include the uneven rebound in stocks, election, covid,

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Weekend Video – Digesting Gains. Narrowing Spreads, Backtesting Breadth, Bank ETFs Surge, Checking Commodity ETFs

Today’s video starts with a weekly chart of the S&P 500 SPDR to show how stocks are digesting the gains from the prior two weeks. This two week digestion formed small flags on many charts and the leaders are already breaking out. Leadership, however, is changing as techs sag a little. Small-caps, mid-caps, banks and utilities

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Timing Models – Breadth Model/Indicator Review, Testing Model Signals with SPY and QQQ

Today’s report will focus on the breadth models, the breadth indicators for the S&P 500 and the long-term trend for the S&P 500. All are in bull mode right now and the broad market environment is bullish. I am also updating the backtest for the Trend Breadth Model and then adding a twist by trading QQQ with signals from the S&P 500 Trend Breadth Model.

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ETF Trends Patterns & Setups – Surge and Stall for IWM, Bond ETFs Struggle, Banks Show Strength

A changing of the guard may be in the works as small-caps, banks and utilities take the lead short-term. It all started on 25-Sept when the small-cap and banking ETFs surged from their lagging positions. Large-caps and large-cap techs participated in this surge, but many did not exceed their early September highs. IWM, KRE and XLU exceeded these highs and showed short-term leadership. Can it continue?

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Activity in the Intermarket Arena: Bonds, Inflation-Indexed Bonds, Commodity ETFs and the Dollar

There is some curious activity in the intermarket arena. Namely, we are seeing continued weakness in Treasury bonds, relative strength in inflation-indexed bonds, weakness in the Dollar and strength in several commodity groups. I do not trade off intermarket relationships, but I do trade specific patterns and there are several commodity related ETFs with bullish breakouts working. Today’s commentary will focus on the DB commodity ETFs:

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Exit Strategies – Trend Reversal, Chandelier, Parabolic SAR and ATR Trailing Stop

Chartists trading oversold bounces and short-term bullish continuation patterns have two basic choices when it comes to an exit: trailing stop or trend reversal. Trailing stops are used initially as stop-losses and then trail price if/when it moves higher. Trend reversal exits are used to accumulate during an uptrend and exit when the longer-term trend reverses. This article will cover the trend reversal exit and three trailing stop alternatives.

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Weekend Video – Spinning Tops, Wedge Breakouts, ATR Trailing Stops, Bullish Breadth Thrust, New Highs in Cyclical ETFs and Oil Breakout

Today’s video starts with a review and outlook for the broader market. SPY formed a weekly spinning top to show indecision, but the falling wedge breakouts and follow through still dominate the charts. Small-caps are making a bid to outperform as a key ratio broke above its 200-day for the first time in two years. The rally continues to broaden with two more bullish breadth thrusts. Many ETFs are in the trend monitoring phase

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Timing Models – Small-caps Poised to Outperform, GLD Divorces TLT, Breadth Models Improve, Yield Spreads Continue to Narrow

Today we will start with small-caps, industrials and banks, because these three could be turning the corner. The IWM:SPY ratio moved above its 40-week SMA for the first time in 2 years, XLI is above the 200-day and KRE rose from the ashes the last four weeks. GLD may be parting ways with TLT and hooking up with SPY again. The breadth models remain bullish and there were two new signals in the short-term breadth models. The sector breadth model also remains firmly bullish with the newest signals coming

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Taking Breadth Thrusts to the Sector Level

There are 11 sectors in the S&P 500, but the big six are the only ones we need to be concerned with when making a broad market assessment. The big six account for a whopping 82.5% of the S&P 500, which leaves the other 5 with just 17.5%. Consumer Staples is the seventh

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Weekend Video – Breadth Thrusts Show Broadening Participation, Falling Flag/Wedge Breakouts Extend, Banks and Finance are Still Lagging

Today’s video starts with a broad market overview by looking at the long-term trends in SPY and QQQ, as well as the recent resurgence in small-caps and mid-caps. We then turn to the bullish breadth models and point out the breadth thrusts seen this past week, as well as the expansion in new highs. Within the ETF chart book, the setups in SPY and QQQ started from a position of strength, but the market leading gains in IWM and MDY started from a position of weakness (ditto for KRE and KBE).

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Timing Models – Small-caps and Finance Sector Perk Up as Breadth Indicators Show Broadening Participation

Stocks surged the last two weeks with a new group of leaders. Mid-caps, small-caps, banks and utilities led the charge. Large-caps and tech stocks lagged, but they still gained and remain bullish overall. The period from late May and early June was the last time we saw small-caps and banks take the lead. After a 15% advance in SPY and 25% surge in IWM, stocks rested from June 8th to July 9th with consolidations.

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Mind the Gap in SPY

The S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) gapped up on Monday and broke out of a classic correction pattern. The breakout is bullish, but the coast is not entirely clear. Here’s what to watch going forward.

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Weekend Video – Monitoring the Breakouts in SPY, QQQ and Tech-related ETFs, Retail and Housing Perk Up, as Bonds Break Down

Today’s video starts with a revisit to the ROC shock and the rationale behind the call for an extended corrective period, which would be quite normal. We will consider how long this correction might last, the path it might take and what would suggest that this is more than just a correction. The index and sector breadth models remain bullish overall, despite a few individual bearish signals. Utes and REITs

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Timing Models – ROC Shock Lingers, but Short-term Breakouts Hold

The long-term trend is up for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100, but questionable for the S&P SmallCap 600 and S&P MidCap 400. Small-caps and mid-caps are largely off my radar right now. Despite long-term uptrends and bullish evidence for large-caps, I remain in the correction camp for three reasons. First, SPY and QQQ became extremely extended in early September, as measured by

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ETF Trends, Patterns and Setup – Breakouts from September Corrections, Laggards still Lagging and Bonds Sag

After correcting most of September, many stock-related ETFs caught a bid the last few days and we are seeing short-term breakouts in several areas. The Solar Energy ETF (TAN) is far an away the leader and the only ETF in the core list to hit a new high. Nevertheless, a handful are knocking on the new high door with pennant breakouts in the making (ITB).

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StochClose Strategy (Part 6) – Update, Thoughts on Cherry Picking, Testing with a Moving Average Filter

The StochClose strategy offers a systematic approach to trading a defined ETF universe. This is the sixth installment of a five-part series that started with an introduction to the StochClose indicator on April 21st. This first installment covered the rationale for the indicator and its settings, the signal thresholds and a ranking table. The second installment tested a momentum-rotation strategy, the third outlined a

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