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For most people, holding down a job and earning a paycheck is their main strategy for achieving financial security. This alone will not get you where you want to go. Isn’t it time for you to create the lifestyle you want and deserve? What actions are you taking to help you grow your wealth? Do you have a system in place to move you closer to your goals? The answers may not be clear. However, in order to live the lifestyle, you’ve dreamed about, you will need to have a plan to turn your income into wealth. The type of wealth that keeps building if you find yourself out of a job or physically unable to work. The type of wealth is what turns dreams into reality.

Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to stop beating yourself up over those past experiences that have held you back from achieving your financial goals or kept you from doing more of what you love to do each day? Guilt and regret are powerful emotions which can hamper your ability to make the powerful decisions needed in order to create the life you’ve dreamed of.

. Changes with less stress and strain because they are made over time and do not have to happen all at once.

 Whether you’re under 20, in your mid 40’s, or over 65, it’s possible to make life changes for the better that involve money. You ideally can start today with small adjustments that will make a big difference for your future. Changes so you will ultimately enjoy getting out of bed so you can do what you love to do and then finish the day sleeping peacefully instead of worried about your finances.

How can you make this happen? Well, I’m glad you asked…

The first step is to decide NOW (not tomorrow, next week, or next year) your financial security is a priority.  The next step is changing your mindset from seeing yourself only working for your money and shifting to the understanding it’s important now your money will need to work for you. How? This will be done by investing in the stock market. 

It may have crossed your mind and you now wonder if you’d be taking a chance with your hard earned money by investing in the stock market. Keep in mind that although stocks are riskier than keeping money in a savings account or Certificate of Deposit (CD’s) with a fixed yield, they have historically had higher returns that beat inflation helping you grow your wealth. That’s great news for you because it opens the door of opportunity for you to generate an additional source of income. Again, your money will be working for you.

It’s also important to note that I’m not suggesting you should jump all in. The idea is to start slow and small. I want you to be successful with your finances but I also want you to understand this shift in thinking requires you to take steps that may take you out of your comfort zone. This is why it’s important to make small adjustments because as you grow with your knowledge and experience you will find those decisions will ultimately pay off with feelings of ease and satisfaction.

One of the best strategies I’ve seen through my years of experience is to begin your financial plan with long and short term goal oriented action steps that are fun, simple, and practical for you. Simply put, these goals fit you and your life. You are not at a loss with this type of approach because as your skills improve, your comfort level and confidence will develop and continue to grow as well. Making adjustments as needed will also help your success. Start using a few of these tips now, and see how they will support you to grow your wealth. Please feel free to share your experiences.

9 Practical Financial Rituals for Growing Your Wealth

  1. Diversify your investments into a broad mix of stocks and bonds. Don’t put all 100 percent of your money in stocks. Use mutual funds which lets you own a mix of stocks or bonds in a portfolio to manage your risk. Investing in mutual funds that diversify with a group of stocks or bonds is much safer than putting all your money into one or two stocks or bonds.
  2. Review your investment asset allocation periodically. Start saving and investing as early as you can. Create a plan you will follow. Small sums of money add up over time.
  3. As you grow older it’s a good idea to move your assets into less-risky investments. A quick rule of thumb is to have an allocation to bonds that is equal to your age. When the market climate is positive, you could increase your allocation to have a little more equity, however, have an exit strategy for when the trend changes.
  4. Track your investments costs. High trading costs eat into your gains over time.
  5. Keep control of your emotions when investing. The stock market can go up and down very quickly.  Know your time horizon for investing whether it’s for 1 year or less, 5, 10, or 20 years or more.
  6. Don’t have more money invested than you are comfortable with. Its ok to reduce your invested position in small increments. If you are worried and not sleeping at night, you are too invested. Manage your risk. Avoid taking large losses on your investments. Remember small losses are the best losses you can have.
  7. Don’t be afraid to talk about our finances. Don’t hide from the conversation. If you are feeling a bit unsure, look for some help from a coach, investment adviser, or a financial planner who could help you create changes to support you on your journey to wealth.
  8. Take advantage to contribute into a retirement savings plan if offered by your employer. Start with a few percent of your income and then increase the contribution to 10%.
  9. If you need to withdraw money to live on because you are not working, see if you can limit yourself to withdrawing 4 percent or less a year. In this way, you will preserve your capital for later years in life so you don’t run out of money. 

Financial security is important. Take responsibility for your money by developing practical financial rituals that will create a lifestyle you want and deserve. Your plan doesn’t have to be hard or disruptive to your everyday life. Start your plan now and fulfill your hopes, dreams, and goals growing your wealth.

 

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New record highs in price on the major averages such as the S&P 500 Index, Nasdaq Composite Index and Russell 2000 occurred in late July. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) penetrated another round number, the 22,000 level. However, what is disturbing are technical indicators measuring momentum, such as MACD didn’t surpass its momentum highs from June. Fear has been on the rise as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the stock market’s fear measure, spiked on the recent short term decline in August after many days of low volatility.

Our models remain overall neutral-positive, suggesting further gains are expected with downside risk remaining modest. Investors remain focused on many items including economic data for a possible December rate hike, a potential decrease in taxes, new health reform, and world events.  Some investors remain on the sidelines waiting for more clarity, or on vacation taking some time off like me.  The market was very quiet for over two weeks while I was gone and then last week, the tone of the market seemed to have changed.  The market no longer was in a consolidation pattern. The S&P 500 index fell 1.4%, its worst week since March, while the Nasdaq lost 1.5%.  The leader of the decline was small-cap stocks.  The Russell 2000 index (IWM) fell last week 2.7%, its biggest one week decline since February 2016.  It’s not a healthy sign when small caps are weaker than the overall market.

Watch the Movement Now of Small Caps Closely- iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Weekly Price (Top), and 12-26-9 Week MACD (Bottom)

The top portion of the chart shows the weekly iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM) which is made up of companies with a market capitalization of between $300 million and $2 billion. The IWM made a high of 138.82 on 12/08/16 stopping at its upper channel.  The IWM went sideways for about 8 weeks, not giving up much ground.  The pattern of slightly higher highs continued followed by small pullbacks (purple circles).  None of the pullbacks that occurred penetrated the uptrend that was in effect.  This latest peak in July (red circle) failed again to penetrate the channel, and the uptrend is in jeopardy of being broken.

The lower portion of the chart is MACD, a technical indicator that measures momentum. MACD has an ugly looking pattern. Initially, MACD confirmed the price high in December 2016. On the following advances to new highs, MACD failed to confirm. Now momentum is clearly weakening and the formation is spread over 29 weeks. Usually, a divergence spread over time is a sign that the price may be reversing. Weakness in the Russell 2000 (IWM) below the low made on 08/07/17 at 135.77, would suggest last week’s decline may continue. If violated on a closing basis expect the IWM to fall to the next support level at 132.40 the 03/27/17 low and potentially to the weekly channel objective at 124.00.


Summing Up:

The market remains very resilient in 2017 with major averages continuing to make new all-time highs. Small caps have been unable to break out through its upper channel and on the latest decline, they led the market lower, not a healthy sign for the market. Pullbacks have been rare this year, turning into buying opportunities. With the IWM intermediate momentum pattern clearly weakening, forming a negative divergence spread over 29 weeks, now is not the time to take on additional risk in small caps bottom fishing on any pullback.

 

*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts August 17, 2017

 

 

 

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The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq have completed one of the best January through June periods since 2009. The Nasdaq Composite was the strongest of the three averages.  However, during the last few weeks, technology was under more selling pressure than the other major averages. Intermittent rallies have been suspect.

Up until now, most price uptrends remain intact as declines have been contained.  When a decline has occurred, buyers have stepped in to stabilize the market. Key support levels have held. In the past, when the first half of the year was positive, the odds favored further gains for the remainder of the year. However, this may not be the case this year.  The second half of this year could be a bumpier ride, along with increased volatility and sector rotation.

Other sectors in addition to the Nasdaq have clear negative momentum patterns for the short, intermediate, and long term.  Clear negative divergences are showing up in MACD.  So far price trends remain up on most the major averages. However if more uptrends are broken, a more serious decline could begin. I am recommending review your portfolio, have an exit strategy ready to put into action in case further short term selling continues.  Caution is warranted until the tape action improves.

 

Intermediate-term charts suggest caution: Momentum is undoubtedly weakening.

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Weekly ETF (Top) and 12-26-29 MACD (Bottom)

The top portion of the chart is the weekly SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) that is comprised of 500 stocks of the largest companies in the U.S.   The S&P 500 (SPY) has been in a weekly uptrend since 2016. The SPY stalled early in late February at 240.32, failing to reach the upside channel. The SPY then pulled back to 3.62% to 231.61 before proceeding to make another higher high on June 5, 2017.  Once again the SPY failed to reach the upper channel.  When the top of a trading channel is not reached on the second attempt, it’s normally not a good sign. A break below 234.50 on closing basis would break the uptrend.

More time is needed before another rally attempt or a decline begins. The encouraging sign is the uptrend remains in effect (black line) from January 2016. If the SPY turns higher and can get through the old highs, then a rally attempt towards the upper channel objective 256.00 would be possible.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a measure of momentum.  MACD confirmed the price high of the S&P 500 (SPY) in March, suggesting another rally attempt would occur. After a short pullback the SPY did indeed rally to make a new high. However, MACD was unable to confirm the high (red circles), and MACD has also broken its uptrend from January 2016 (black line).  This is a clear warning sign risk is increasing.

ETF Corner: Negative Divergences Have Formed on Weekly Charts

Weekly Price – Utilities SPDR (XLU), SPDR S&P MidCap 400 (MDY), iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM), Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP), (top of charts) and MACD 12-26-9  (bottom of charts).

 

Similar to the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 (SPY), prices have made a higher high (green circles) during the latest rally in the broad market. Notice the top chart of iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) and SPDR S&P Mid Cap 400 (MDY) above.  Price has also made a higher high in the following defensive sectors. See the top chart of the Utilities SPDR (XLU), and Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) above (green circles).

However, notice the weakening momentum patterns forming. MACD in all four ETF’s have failed to confirm their price highs (red circles).   A clear negative divergence has formed. Weekly MACD suggests further price gains could be limited and these sectors could continue to struggle as investors rotate into other areas of the market.

The Consumer Staples (XLP) and Utilities (XLU) weekly price uptrend have also been broken (black line).   The weekly/intermediate trend is now down, increasing the odds of a more serious decline.

The Russell 2000 (IWM) and S&P Mid Cap 400 (MDY) remain in price uptrends, positive for now.  However, I recommend watching carefully if they also break their intermediate price uptrend. If this happens, expect more selling pressure to occur on the overall market.  Key support on IWM is 137.00. A break below on a closing basis would mean potential trouble ahead.  New buying is not advised at this time.

The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Daily Price And Key Uptrend Line

The S&P 500 (SPY) has been in a very strong daily uptrend since December 2016 and has been up for 8 months in a row.  Yet, the SPY is now very close to breaking the daily uptrend. Key support is at 239.00. Any daily close below 239.00 for two days would suggest the decline could accelerate further.

MACD has worked off its overbought condition without the SPY giving up much ground. It will still take a few days of sideways action, or a decline in the SPY for the MACD to be oversold and move into favorable position to support a rally.

Summing Up:

Technology has been the leader of the major averages this year. However, during the last few weeks technology has been under more selling pressure than the other major averages. Now other sectors of the market such as SPY, XLU, XLP, IWM and MDY ETFs are also looking suspect, because of bearish negative divergences in MACD that have formed. The Consumer Staples (XLP) and Utilities (XLU) weekly price uptrends have been broken.  The Russell 2000 (IWM) and S&P Mid Cap 400 (MDY) remain in price uptrends, positive for now.  A break below key support at 137.00 on the Russell 2000 (IWM) on the close would mean trouble ahead.  In addition any daily close below 239.00 on the SPY for two days would suggest the decline could accelerate further.  New buying is not advised at this time.  Caution is recommended until the tape improves.

I would love to hear from you. Please call me at 516-829-6444 or email at bgortler@signalert.com to share your thoughts or ask me any questions you might have.

*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts July 7, 2017

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The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum
optimism is the best time to sell.
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New record closing highs seem to be a normal occurrence during 2017 as the Trump rally continues.  Equity markets have been going up on expectations of increased infrastructure spending, decreased regulation, and lower corporate taxes.  The advance has been broad, although some sectors have clearly been stronger than others.

Some major averages are near the top of their channels as some stocks have had hefty gains.  There are many favorable looking charting patterns, while others are in the process of the beginning stages of a parabolic advance.  This is a chart pattern in which prices rise (or fall) with an increasingly steep slope.   When the advance stops, a large decline follows that you want to avoid.

Our trading models remain neutral positive and the tape remains bullish.  The best kind of advance is the one where pullbacks are very minor and price continues higher, as investors wait for the decline which doesn’t happen.  This appears to be what is happening now.   The trend is your friend.  For now, enjoy the ride.

PowerShares QQQ ETF (Nasdaq 100 Index) Weekly Price and Trend Channels (Top), and MACD 12-26-9 (Bottom)

The top part of the chart shows the weekly Power Shares 100 (QQQ), an exchange-traded fund based on the Nasdaq 100 Index and its active trading channels.  The QQQ includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization.

As of 02/13/17, Apple, (AAPL) is the largest holding comprising 11.83%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 8.25%, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 6.53%, Facebook, Inc. Class A (FB) 5.15%. Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG) 4.65% and Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL) 4.09%, totaling 40.50%.   All the top holdings have rebounded this year after being out of favor before the election.   Apple (AAPL), its largest holding has had significant gains already this year, and has higher upside projections that will help the QQQ, and has favorable implications for the technology area over the next several months.

Revisiting the article in the Systems and Forecasts newsletter on 01/13/17 “Breakout in Technology Looms”, QQQ looked poised for a breakout.  This indeed did happen.  The QQQ is getting close to its 130.00 objective, closing at 129.40 on 02/15/17.

It looks like the QQQ could start another leg up, going through 130.00 to potentially reach 139.00 (orange line), the next target.  As long as the QQQ is above the up trendline line, the trend is up.    The trend line is important; it coincides with the break out at 123.00 that is now acting as support.  For another leg up to start, the QQQ needs to close above 130.00 for 2days and declines should be contained between 1-3%.  If the QQQ falls below the up trendline my bullish outlook will be negated.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9) a technical indicator that measures momentum.   MACD is overbought, however still rising, and gaining momentum which is positive.   MACD has confirmed the price high suggesting even if the QQQQ would decline another rally attempt would occur.

QQQ Performance Will Be Helped By Apple: Long Term Trend Is Up

AAPL Monthly Price and Up Trend Line (Top), and MACD 12-26-9 (Bottom)

** Apple’s stock underwent a 7-for-1 split, giving 6 additional shares to each shareholder on 06/09/2014.  The stock closed at 645 becoming 92.00/per share.

The top chart is a price chart that shows the high-low-close each month of Apple since 2005.  The Black line is the prevailing key uptrend line.  As long as Apple’s price is above the uptrend line, the trend is up and further profit potential on the long side is likely.   Apple was under selling pressure since its high in April 2015, when it was out of favor by investors.  In September 2016, Apple broke its down trend (orange line), and investors stepped in to buy.   After its quarterly earnings were announced on 01/31/17, Apple gained 11.7% (121.35-135.60 as of 02/15/17 intraday) and then soared ahead breaking its all-time intraday high of $134.54 set in April 2015 on February 14, 2016.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12-26-9), a technical indicator that measures momentum.  MACD is on a buy, and has a very favorable pattern turning up from an oversold condition below 0, where good buying opportunities develop.  This certainly has been the case for Apple.

In 2009 MACD was oversold, below 0, and generated a buy.  MACD rose into 2011 while MACD went sideways into 2012 as Apple stock continued to rise from 11.76 to 100.72, +756% gain.   MACD turned down crossing its signal line in 2012, generating a sell in 2013.  Apple fell from 100.72 to 52.55, a 47.8% loss.  MACD then started to flatten out forming a rising double bottom formation (one of the most bullish formations to look for on charts and make money).  Apple rose from 52.55 to 134.54, +156.0% gain. MACD peaked in 2015, turning down, losing momentum and Apple fell from 134.54 to 89.47, a -33.5% loss.

Apple’s latest rise off of the bottom is from 89.47 to 135.50, a gain of 51.5%. The good news is the MACD pattern remains very bullish even with its rise to new highs.  Next objective is 155.00 and support is 127.00.  There has been a definite shift in investor sentiment since the election and belief the company will benefit from potential changes down the road by President Trump. Time will tell.

Summing Up:

Major averages have made new all-time highs, a common theme of 2017.  The advance that is taking place is the best kind of advance, one where pullbacks are very minor and price continues higher as investors wait for the decline.  The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) did break out in January, and could well be on its way to another 7% gain.  The trend is up.  Apple, its largest component has a very favorable MACD pattern suggesting there is more room to the upside on top of its recent gains.   The trend is your friend. Enjoy the ride.

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Disclaimer: Although the information is made with a sincere effort for accuracy, it is not guaranteed that the information provided is a statement of fact. Nor can we guarantee the results of following any of the recommendations made herein. Readers are encouraged to meet with their own advisors to consider the suitability of investments for their own particular situations and for determination of their own risk levels. Past performance does not guarantee any future results.

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The first week of 2017 was strong after many major averages made new highs in December.  Since that time major averages have paused, digesting their gains.  The Dow Industrials has come close a few times to the key psychological 20,000 level, however so far unable to push through.   The Russell 2000 (IWM) peaked just above its upside objective at 138.00 and the S&P Mid-Cap 400 (MDY) also made its upside objective at 307.50, however then pulled back.  When the Dow closes above 20,000 there is a good chance other indices will also move higher, surpassing their old highs.

Our stock market timing models remain neutral-positive indicating a potentially profitable market climate.  The overall technical picture of the market remains positive.  The cumulative advance decline line of the NYSE advance/decline line confirmed the highs made in December.  When market breadth confirms price, usually that suggests the final high has not been made.  It was also a good sign that there were 490 daily new highs on the NYSE on December 8, the most since May 2013.  These types of readings are more bullish than bearish and suggest higher prices going forward.  It’s also bullish that the Nasdaq Composite is now leading in relative strength vs the S&P 500, a condition which has historically overall characterized more profitable market climates.

Watch The Direction of Technology:

PowerShares QQQ ETF (Nasdaq 100 Index) Weekly Price and Trend Channels (Top), and MACD 19-26-9 (Bottom)

The top part of the chart shows the weekly Power Shares 100 (QQQ), an exchange-traded fund based on the Nasdaq 100 Index and its trend channels.  The QQQ includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization. As of 01/10/17, Apple, (AAPL) is the largest holding comprising 10.87%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 8.53%, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 6.47%, Facebook, Inc. Class A (FB) 4.98%. Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG) 4.75% and Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL) 4.19% totaling 39.79%.

All the top holdings have rebounded this year after being out of favor before the election. The QQQ rose 7 straight sessions, closing at a new all-time high.  With its recent strength, it looks like the QQQ could break out from here, (red circle above).

The upside channel objective is 130.00 (top blue channel line).

For now, the trend is our friend, however later this year could be more challenging as the market is in the late stages of a bull market.  As long as the QQQ is above the retracement line from the break out of 112.00 in July 2016 (pink line), now acting as support, periodic declines most likely will be buying opportunities. A break below 112.00 would be considered bearish and suggest a more serious market decline.

Keep an eye on Apple, (AAPL) the largest holding of QQQ which has a favorable monthly MACD pattern turning up from an oversold condition, after breaking its downtrend in September 2016 (chart not shown).  This has favorable implications for the technology area over the next several months.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9) a measure of momentum.  MACD has broken its down trendline which is favorable; however MACD is not in its most ideal buying position as the turn up didn’t occur from an oversold condition below 0.  This pattern needs to be monitored to see if MACD continues to rise further making a new high picking up momentum, as did the weekly MACD on the Russell 2000 (IWM) from October 2016 – December 2016.

Summing Up:

The overall trend of the market remains optimistic even though the Dow Industrials has been unable to get through the key psychological 20,000 level.  Maybe earning season that begins 01/13/17 will be the fuel that is needed to get through the level.  Upside channel objectives have already been met on the Russell 2000 Small Cap (IWM) and the SPDR S&P Mid Cap 400 (MDY).  So far the pullback has not jeopardized the bullish outlook.  In the meantime the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) was up seven days in a row, reaching a new all-time high and has slightly penetrated its channel suggesting a possible breakout will occur.  Look for strength in the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) to lead the overall market higher. As long as the QQQ remains above the retracement line from the break out in July 2016 (pink line) above 112.00, intermittent declines most likely will be buying opportunities.

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The stock market has quietly advanced during the first half of August. The daily price movements over the past 25 days in the S&P 500, Russell 2000, and the Nasdaq 100 have been extremely small, ranging from 0.28% – 0.43% as prices have moved higher. As long as this phenomenon continues of low day to day volatility, downside risk will be contained.

Tape action remains encouraging, many major indices have broken through resistance levels that were in place for over a year and have made new all-time highs. Market breadth has supported the advance with The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) advance-decline line also making a new high. A market top rarely happens at a final price high that is confirmed by the (NYSE) Advance-Decline Line.
The August through October period historically is not an ideal low risk environment to be invested in the stock market. During the third quarter of an election year, like now, the negative bias is not true.
Instead, it’s positive for the market.

Our models continue to suggest favorable market conditions, although not at the level where risk is
at its lowest. There are no blatant warning signs of a potential serious decline ahead; however there are a few small non-confirmations. I would like to see the transportation average confirm the Dow’s recent high and for the Russell 2000 Small-Cap Index to outperform the S&P 500 (SPY) and make a new all-time high.

All in all, the tape remains favorable, the bulls remain in control and I believe the advance will continue.

What Are The Charts Saying?

The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Weekly With Channel (Top) and 12-26-9 Week MACD (Bottom)

081716 SPY WEEKLY

The chart above is the weekly SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF that is comprised of 500 stocks of the largest companies in the U.S. As of 08/16/16 its top 4 holdings in the S&P 500 were Apple Inc. (AAPL) 3.12%, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) 2.40%, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), 1.92% and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 1.79%. Investing in the S&P 500 (SPY) gives you a broad representation of the overall large-cap U.S. stock market.

The S&P 500 (SPY) finally broke out of its trading channel beginning December 2014 after penetrating the 212-214.00 resistance on 07/11/16. Old resistance is now key support if a pullback would arise. It would be bullish if the S&P 500 (SPY) remains above this level, increasing the odds of the SPY reaching the upside target of 228.00, 5% higher. Another point of reference to watch is if the uptrend remains intact from the February lows. The green trendline in the chart shows that this uptrend remains intact. As long as 204.00 is not violated, the intermediate trend is up. Remember the trend is your friend.

On the other hand, if SPY breaks below 212.00 this would be an early warning that the intermediate trend is in process of changing, and risk increasing. If the uptrend is broken, the middle channel at 197.00 would act as the next support level.

The bottom half of the chart shows MACD, a measure of momentum. MACD is on a buy, rising, above 0, and has confirmed the price high made in the S&P 500 (SPY). MACD needs to be monitored to see if and when it turns down.

This would be an advanced warning that momentum is weakening and that a potential change of trend could occur.

MACD is now somewhat extended, but no negative divergences exist and the uptrend remains in effect.

Therefore, no need to worry yet, continue to enjoy the ride.

Summing Up:

The stock market advance quietly continues. Our models remain favorable. Market breadth and price action is positive. The advance decline line has confirmed new highs in the S&P 500 (SPY) suggesting a final top most likely hasn’t been made.

Major market averages have broken through resistance to the upside after many attempts earlier in the year.

The uptrend from the February lows remains in-tact. The trend is our friend.

In the near term, unless the S&P 500 (SPY) closes below 212.00 for two days, the benefit of the doubt goes to the bulls for the S&P 500 (SPY) to continue higher toward the upside objective of 228.00.

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A new quarter, tax selling season is over, and the start of earning season has begun. What remains in investors’ minds is whether the market will move higher. Supporting the market is that historically April is a profitable month. Investors are rotating in and out of different sectors as the major averages have been consolidating near potential resistance areas the past few weeks. Out of favor sectors such as Materials (XLB), Gold (GLD), Silver (SLV), Emerging Markets (EEM) and Oil (USO) have been attracting money. These sectors all have more room to the upside. If the breakout materializes as I suspect, money will move out of the defensive sectors such as utilities (XLU) and Consumer Staples (XLP) next.

During the advance from the February low, down days have been contained. The major averages such as Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq have worked off their overbought condition. Favorable tape action, low volatility, and strong market breadth all are very encouraging signs that the major market averages will move higher and resistance will be broken to the upside.

The bulls remain in control climbing the wall of worry.Key Points 041516 S&F Newsletter

Tape Action Clues To Monitor For Further Gains Ahead:

The financial sector to continue rising. Watch for additional strength in KRE and XLF. The ultimate would be if financials would be stronger than the S&P 500 (SPY). XLF previously paused at resistance at 22.60 (03/3/16 newsletter). As of 04/13/16, XLF is 22.93, looking like it’s ready to bust through resistance and test its next objective at 24.50.

The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) is close to resistance at 111.00. Further gains lie ahead if penetrated. A good sign will be if the QQQ will lead the advance higher, and be stronger than the S&P 500 (SPY). Watch the QQQ/SPY ratio.

Crude oil and the energy sector stocks are stable. Watch the United States Oil Fund (USO) and the energy sector (XLE). The XLE is showing strength lately after recently breaking the weekly downtrend from September 2014. USO closed on 04/13/16 at 10.53. Support is at 9.00 and resistance at 10.80 followed by 11.42.

The Transportation Average (IYT) takes out 145.85, its 03/2/16 peak, confirming the Dow Jones Industrials high (DIA) on 04/13/16.

Continued strength in midcaps. (MDY) Short-term support is 259.00. Resistance is at 269.00. If the MDY breaks through resistance, upside projections to 280.00 could be a reality. The MDY/SPY weekly ratio broke the down trend confirming an increase in upside momentum. (See my article in the April 1st Systems and Forecasts newsletter).

New 52 week lows on the New York Stock Exchange Index remain low, presently at 2. Risk is minimal as long as the new 52-week lows stay below 25.

Overseas markets rise further supporting the U.S. Keep an eye on Emerging Markets (EEM), China (FXI) and Europe (IEV) as benchmarks. All three ETFs made higher highs on 04/13/16 than the previous high on 03/30/16.

Volume has been unconvincing, remaining light. An increase in trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange would fuel gains.

High yield bonds keep rising. Use ETFs HYG or JNK as a benchmark.

The Value Line Geometric Composite, an unweighted average of roughly 1700 U.S. stocks closed higher than 03/31/16. More stocks are participating in the advance as the rally is gaining steam.

Small caps are generating investors’ attention showing signs of leadership compared to the S&P 500 (SPY). This is bullish! Keep an eye out for more strength in the small caps (IWM).

Watch the last hour of trading. If the major indices close near the highs of their daily range consistently this would be bullish.

What Are The Charts Saying?

The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Weekly With Channel (Top) and 12-26 Week MACD (Bottom)

041216 Newsletter S&P 500

The top chart is the weekly SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF that is comprised of 500 stocks of the largest companies in the U.S. As of 04/12/16 its top 4 holdings in the S&P 500 were Apple Inc. (AAPL) 3.41%, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) 2.40%, Exxon Mobil

Corporation (XOM), 1.95% and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 1.68%.

In the 03/17/16 issue I raised the question of whether a breakout or top was forming. The S&P moved in a tight range the past month, working off its overbought condition staying within the trading channel (pink lines). The S&P 500 (SPY) broke
above 204.00, a shorter term resistance area getting the bulls interested again. The SPY appears ready to break the down trendline from July 2015 and challenge resistance at 212.00 – 214.00 now. If resistance is penetrated, 228.00 is an upside objective.

The bottom half of the chart shows MACD, a measure of momentum, on a buy. Good news, the downtrend from May 2015 (purple line) has been broken, a bullish sign suggesting the SPY will get through overhead resistance sooner rather than later.

Summing Up: 

Sideways action appears to have ended. The stock market is gaining steam. A potential breakout to the upside is developing. Investors were excited when the S&P 500 (SPY) rose above 204.00. Our trading models remain in the most favorable condition. Watch for further clues by the market tape to give further confirmation that the S&P 500 (SPY) breaks out. A move above 208.00 followed by 212.00 and 214.00 will give an upside objective of 228.00. In case something
unforeseen happens, a break below 200.00 on the S&P 500 (SPY) would surprise me and change my optimistic bullish outlook for higher prices ahead.

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0317 S&P 500 Key PointsInvestors’ fears disappeared quickly when an appetite for bargain prices outweighed worrying about a potentially possible serious decline forthcoming. The stock market proceeded to rally broadly, very strong tape action with extraordinary breadth that has accompanied the rise which has not been seen for many years. If market breadth remains favorable (more net advances than declines consistently), then higher gains are likely. The S&P 500 (SPY) has gained 11% from its lows on 02/11/16.

The global markets also participated in the
advance. In particular, emerging markets are performing better. There has been an uptick in relative strength compared to the S&P 500, (EEM/SPY) after peaking 5 years ago. It’s still early to tell if this will be the time that another failure in strength takes place, which has been the case in the last few rally attempts, or if the emerging markets keep going, and potentially even lead the US market higher.

Investors have purchased securities that were very weak during the decline. Materials, financials, gold, silver, energy and international stocks have come alive, encouraging signs for further rise. Brazil (EWZ) is up 16%, (had been up 26%) Spain (EWP) Italy (EWI) and India (EWI) are all up over 9% in March. China (FXI), Emerging Markets (EEM), Russia (RSX), Germany (EWG) and Korea (EWY) are all up over 7% month to date (through 03/15/16).

Our models have steadily been improving, now positive (bullish), meaning most favorable, above-average profit potential with risk well below average.

The odds favor the U.S. market moving higher. However the advance might be ahead of itself and need more base building before they work their way higher. Also expect further sector rotation to be the focus in the next few weeks, with investors and institutions’ rebalancing their portfolios as the quarter comes to a close. The best type of market advance is the one that price makes higher highs and higher lows and price doesn’t give up much ground on declines, 1 or 2%, only minor pullbacks. A larger decline wouldn’t be encouraging. If overhead resistance is penetrated then a breakout to the upside would occur.

More time is needed to tell what the outcome will be.

The biggest concern to me is the technical damage that was done during the decline earlier in the year. Longer term monthly charts still remains front and center to my eyes with all the upside trend lines that were broken.

For example, Biotech, the Valueline Composite Geometric Average, and the weakening momentum warning of the S&P 500 QQQ/SPY ratio (see my article in the 02/18/16 newsletter) of the MACD of the RSI, all had disturbing trendline breaks.

Another question I keep asking now that the Dow and the S&P 500 (SPY) have had a slight penetration above their 200-day moving average is, will the bulls stay in control like they have the last few weeks, and the market break out to the upside, or will the bears will come out of hibernation and the rally will fail? Another important question “Was the latest rise from the February low a relief rally or something more?” Even with the all clear message from our models and the global markets participating in the advance, I am not totally convinced that the market is out of the woods yet. I would like to see the S&P 500 (SPY) fall no more than 2%, turn up and penetrate the overhead resistance for the charts to confirm the potential bullish outcome (see below) that could arise. If the market does fall further the S&P (SPY) needs to hold above 195.00.

What Are The Charts Saying?

The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Weekly With Channel (Top) and 12-26 Week MACD (Bottom)

spyweekly macd 031616

The top chart is the weekly SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF that is comprised of 500 stocks of the largest companies in the U.S. As of 01/05/16 its top 4 holdings in the S&P 500 were Apple Inc. (AAPL) 3.21%, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) 2.39%, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), 1.93% and General Electric (GE) 1.66%.

SPY was near its lower channel five weeks ago, successfully testing the August 24 and January 19th lows. The S&P 500 (SPY) recovered 11% moving through the middle channel with ease, and now could be ready to challenge the top of the channel. For the very short term, a break above 204.00 will get the bulls interested again and a break below 200.00 may bring out the sellers. A breakout would occur if the S&P 500 could get through the critical point of resistance between 212.00 and 214.00 giving a higher objective to 228.00. If the market stalls and turns down from here, then goes below the middle channel, this would not be a good sign. The fear is the pattern on the S&P 500 (SPY) might be a significant top formation spread over time that could have serious implications going forward. Potentially the lows would be tested and this time the decline could be worse, projecting down to 165.00. For now, the decline has been contained and I give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls. I will be watching closely the action of the S&P 500 (SPY) in case the bear comes out of hiding and once again takes charge.

The bottom half of the chart shows MACD, a measure of momentum. MACD, although on a buy, the downtrend from May 2015 remains in effect (orange line). A bullish sign would be if MACD keeps rising and the down trend is broken sooner rather than later, and goes above the November MACD highs. This would indicate that the SPY is gaining momentum and higher prices lie ahead.

In our 01/08/16 Systems and Forecasts newsletter when the market started to fall fast I raised the question, “Will the decline continue, or will the market turn up from here? “ I gave the following positive signs that could indicate the end of the decline.

  • Overseas markets start to rise. Keep an eye on Emerging Markets (EEM), China (FXI) and Europe (IEV) as benchmarks.
  • The Value Line Geometric Composite, an unweighted average of roughly 1700 U.S. stocks gains strength showing more broad participation than only a few stocks rising.
  • Firming action in Biotechnology (XBI) and the Financial Sector (XLF, KRE)
  • Apple starts to rise again (APPL).
  • High Yield Bonds stabilize. Use HYG or JNK as a benchmark.
  • Less intraday volatility. Watch to see if VIX moves lower and can get below 18.00.
  • Oil stabilizes and stops falling. Watch oil (USO) and the energy sector (XLE).
  • Small caps (IWM) stabilize, turn up and then gain in relative strength compared to the S&P 500 (SPY).
  • S&P 500 (SPY) moves above 195.00 and stays above.

All of the above criteria occurred and the stock market rose sharply. The S&P 500 (SPY) is overbought in the short term, not necessarily bearish. Now once again is another critical time for the market. The principles above are all viable guidelines to give further clues if the S&P 500 (SPY) will breakout to the upside or if a market top is forming.

Summing Up:

Our models are bullish, giving the all clear signal with above-average profit potential with risk well below average.

For the very short term, a break above 204.00 on the S&P 500 (SPY) will get the bulls interested again and a break below 200.00 may bring out the sellers. I recommend having an exit plan in case the bears come out of hiding and the S&P falls below 195.00. Watch to see if the S&P 500 (SPY) goes through resistance between 212.00 and 214.00, giving a higher objective to 228.00. The odds favor the bulls!

I welcome you to call to share your comments, feedback or questions at 516.829.6444 or email bgortler@signalert.com.

*******Article in Systems and Forecasts March 17, 2016