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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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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Today’s video starts with an overview of the breadth models for the S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, Mid-caps and Small-caps. We then turn to the all important medium-term trend and the four key indicators to watch. Diving into the chartbook, there are flag breakouts working in IWM and XLI. REITs are perking up and making good on their Bollinger Band breakouts. The gold and silver ETFs have bullish patterns and mean-reversion setups in the making. Bond ETFs, however, extended their pullbacks after the Fed announcement. The video finishes with
We all know that the S&P 500 is driven by large-caps, especially the big four, which account for over 20% of the index (AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, GOOGL). Furthermore, most of us are aware that breadth measures are not as strong as the S&P 500 and this is reflected in the S&P 500 EW ETF (RSP), which has yet to clear its June high. Breadth, however, is not exactly weak. It is just strong enough to sustain the advance. In other words, the cup is half full, not half empty.
Stock-related ETFs remained strong and many so-called overbought ETFs became even more overbought as their uptrends extended. Many ETFs are in the trend-monitoring or waiting phase. The early breakouts occurred in July and these ETFs followed through with further gains the last several weeks. Some tech-related ETFs stalled in late July and early August, but caught a second wind with breakouts over the last few weeks.
This article will explore and backtest different moving average combinations on the S&P 500 SPDR over the last twenty years. Most moving average strategies work great when SPY trends, regardless of the period settings. However, SPY (aka, the market) does not always trend and trends are not uniform. Some are short and fast, while others are long and steady. This means we need moving averages that can best adapt to different environments.
The bulk of the evidence remains bullish for large-caps, large-cap techs and mid-caps, but mixed for small-caps. I am also seeing mixed performance within the S&P 500, especially when looking at the equal-weight sectors. Technology, Healthcare and Consumer Discretionary remain strong, while Finance, Energy and REITs are weak. Finance is the only big sector that shows underlying weakness though.
Today’s video will focus on the core ETF charts. We will start with the scatter plot and see that the bond ETFs in the upper left, which means they are oversold and in uptrends. On the ranking tables, ETFs related to Consumer Discretionary, Healthcare and Technology are leading. I continue to follow the Chandelier Exits for several ETFs as their uptrends extend (XLY, ITB, XRT). Elsewhere
Despite the usual pockets of weakness, there is still plenty of strength out there in ETF land. Housing, Retail and Consumer Discretionary ETFs moved to new highs. Tech-related ETFs remain mixed with some hitting new highs and some moving back into their consolidation patterns. Precious metals ETFs got sizable mean-reversion bounces, but it looks like volatility is picking up in this group.
I received some pertinent questions over the weekend and create a post to share the answers. My email answers were not as detailed as in this post, which provides more details and examples. The first question deals with the StochClose ranking and how to use it. This answer will also highlight seven broad trading strategy groups. Second