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2 Equity ETFs Holding Up Well in September

The S&P 500 SPDR is down around 6% this month and QQQ is down around 8%. These two hit new highs on September 2nd, plunged the next three trading days and then worked their way lower. Both are below their 50-day moving averages for the first time since April.

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Weekend Video – Falling Wedges Take Shape, Select Tech and Housing Hold Up, Energy and Finance Remain in Doghouse

Today’s video starts with the broad market charts as SPY formed a weekly spinning top and QQQ formed a piercing pattern. Even though the ROC Shock reversal earlier this month remains the dominant chart feature, falling wedges are taking shape and breakouts from these corrective patterns would be short-term bullish. The Nasdaq 100 is holding up the best and its short-term breadth indicators are oversold. In addition, we are also seeing relative strength in several tech-related ETFs

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Timing Models – The Only Game in Town, Double-Edged Swords and Some Bearish Breadth Signals

SPY and QQQ fell in September and are in short-term downtrends, which are considered corrections within a bigger uptrend. The S&P SmallCap 600 SPDR and S&P MidCap 400 SPDR also fell in September, but these declines do not look like mere corrections within a bigger uptrend. MDY, IJR and IWM fell well short of their January-February highs and broke their downward sloping 200-day SMAs. These three look like they are reversing the uptrends that began with the March blast off.

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ETF Trends, Patterns and Setups – Dollar and Bonds Shine, Gold Dulls, Tech ETFs Hold, SPY Continues Lower, Failed Flags

It has been a rough month for everything except the Dollar and Treasury bonds. The chart below shows month-to-date performance for nine ETFs. The Dollar Bullish ETF (UUP) and 20+ Yr Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) are the only gainers this month and both have been positive for the entire month. This is a big difference from August.

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Breadth Model Update: %Above 200-day SMA Sags for SPX and OEX and AD% Reflects Broad Downside Participation

This is a midweek update to address Monday’s price action and its effect on the breadth indicators and models. At this stage, there was only one new signal: %Above 200-day for $MID broke below 45%. Nine of the ten breadth models remain bullish, but we saw more deterioration in the breadth indicators on Monday. Selling pressure was the strongest un small-caps and mid-caps over the last five weeks (since August 15th).

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ETF Update: Flag Breaks, Breakaway Gaps, A Few Hold Up, Failed Breakouts and Tepid Bounce in Bonds

This is a midweek update to address Monday’s price action in some of the ETFs in the core chart list. We saw a continuation lower in SPY and QQQ, but some of the tech-related ETFs held up relatively well. ETFs that held up relatively well during broad selling pressure are often the ones that lead on any bounce, even if it is just an oversold bounce. Elsewhere

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The Setup to Anticipate the Breakout – XME Example

Chartists are often faced with a choice: wait for the breakout or anticipate using a mean-reversion setup. The Metals & Mining SPDR (XME) broke out of a bullish consolidation this week and the breakout signals a continuation of its long-term uptrend. Chartists keying off the mean-reversion setup could have anticipated the breakout and gotten the early jump. Let’s investigate.

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Weekend Video – Spinning Top Follow Thru, Correction or more?, Breadth Indicators Deteriorate, 4 Channel/Flag Breakouts, 2 to Watch

Today’s video starts with the S&P 500 and the reversal seen over the last few weeks. We look at the spinning top, the outside week, downside follow through and the ROC shock. With a reversal in play, I put forth a correction target for the S&P 500 SPDR and this serves as the base case for the broader stock market (a correction within a bigger uptrend).

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Timing Models – ROC Shock Lingers, SPY Follows Thru on Outside Week, Breadth Models Remain Bullish

The medium-term indicators and breadth models are still bullish, but the ROC Shock in early September and some waning breadth indicators argue for at least a correction of the March-September advance. I covered the ROC Shock in detail last week and will review the findings. First, keep in mind that the character of the market (SPY) changed in January 2018 as the swings became bigger and 52-week lows were interspersed with 52-week highs. Big swings and volatility are the order of the day for now.

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ETF Trends, Patterns and Setups – SPY and QQQ Look Vulnerable, Bond Proxies Catch a Bid, Gold Stalls as Dollar Firms

There’s been a shake up this week. A handful of equity-related ETFs are in the top group, as far as the trend, patterns and setups are concerned. However, I downgraded several groups because it looks like SPY and QQQ are moving further into correction mode. The majority of stock-related ETFs will be under pressure should SPY correct and the majority of tech-related ETFs will be under pressure should QQQ correct.

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Update for Precious Metals (GDX, GLD, SLV), Healthcare (XLV, IBB, XBI) and Bond Proxies (TLT, XLU, XLRE)

Tech-related ETFs continue to drag their feet and remain in corrective mode. This puts the attention elsewhere and biotechs are picking up the slack. Namely, the Biotech ETF (IBB) and Biotech SPDR (XBI) made bids to end their corrections and resume their bigger uptrends. Elsewhere, precious metals related ETFs bounced within their consolidations and bond proxies popped with XLU and XLRE getting big moves.

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Silver Crosses Turn Dull

There are fewer silver crosses in the major stock indexes and this shows less participation during the last leg higher. A silver cross occurs when the 20-day EMA crosses above the 50-day EMA. DecisionPoint took this concept on step further and developed breadth indicators based on the percentage of stocks with silver crosses. This is a great way to look under the hood and aggregate medium-term trend performance for each index. The chart below shows this indicator for four key indexes: $NDX, $SPX, $MID and $SML. I set the bullish and bearish thresholds at

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Weekend Video – Acceleration, Outsized Decline, Mixed Indicators, Waning Breadth, Golden Pennants, TLT Battles Breakout …

Today’s video starts with the S&P 500 and breaks down the reversal over the last two weeks. We can see the index becoming overextended, accelerating higher and then suddenly reversing with an outsized decline. Such reversals occurred in the past and we will show what it means going forward. Elsewhere, the medium-term indicators turned

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Timing Models – Accelerations, Trend Shocks, Indicators turn Mixed, Downside Targets and Breadth Models

The stock market was overextended in late August and the bulls gave it one more push higher with a small acceleration higher into late September. Technically, an acceleration higher signals an increase in momentum, which can be bullish. However, as with most technical signals, perspective is needed for interpretation. Today we will look at the accelerations that led to a reversal and the outsized decline. What do they portend going forward?

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ETF Grouping and Ranking Report – Outsized Declines, Retracement Targets, Patience During Corrections, Gold and Bonds Balk

Stocks were hit hard from Friday to Tuesday with the S&P 500 SPDR, Nasdaq 100 ETF and others recording outsized declines. Today we start with these outsized declines and show what they entail going forward. Stocks were already extended and these sharp declines signal the start of a corrective period. At this point, I will treat any weakness in SPY and QQQ as a correction within a bigger uptrend.

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SPY: You Spin Me Right Round

The S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) fell over 2% this week for the biggest weekly decline since June. The long-term trend is still up because SPY remains well above the rising 40-week SMA. However, a big Spinning Top candlestick formed last week and a volatility indicator ticked higher. Spinning Tops signal indecision that

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Weekend Video – Spinning Top, Indicators Turn Mixed, Correction Targets, Bond Breakouts Fail, Banks Buck Selling and More

The extended uptrend in stocks hit a speed bump this week with a sharp decline on Thursday-Friday. Today we will review the percent above 200-day SMA indicators and their extended nature. Attention then turns to the medium-term indicators, which turned mixed this week. The odds for a correction were already brewing and it looks like some sort of correction is unfolding. I will look at potential targets for SPY and QQQ, as well as for several ETFs in the ChartBook. Elsewhere

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Timing Models – Bears Fire a Shot, SPY Tags and Pulls Back, Volatility Ticks Up and Breadth Model Review

The bears fired a shot across the bow, but one or two days is not enough to reverse a strong uptrend. There were already warnings of a correction or pullback because SPY has been more than 10% above its 200-day since August 12th and QQQ has been 20% above its 200-day since July 6th. Of course, overbought indicators are not very good for timing a correction. In fact, I have yet to find a good indicator for timing a peak/pullback during a strong uptrend.

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ETF Trend/Pattern Grouping – Overextended get More So, Flag Breakouts, Pennants, Falling Wedges and Bollinger Band Squeezes

Overextended its an incredibly nebulous term. Many ETFs were considered overextended last week and simply became even more so as strong buying pressure persisted. This is a classic case of becoming overbought and remaining overbought because the uptrend is strong. These ETFs, which are in the first few groups, are in the trend-monitoring phase.

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Trend Composite Turns Fully Bullish for Verizon

Verizon (VZ) participated in the first leg up from late March to mid April, but then stumbled with a decline into mid June. This stumble, however, looks like a classic correction and the stock broke out with a strong move over the last six weeks. In addition, the TIP Trend Composite, which aggregates five trend-following indicators turned positive in early August. Let’s investigate further.

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