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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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042816 Key Points IWMMost stocks have continued to advance in April, another profitable month for investors.  On down days profit taking has been contained as the bulls remain in control. Investors appear fearless moving into higher risk sectors and away from defensive sectors.  An important question remains will the major averages break out to the upside, or is it best to sell and go away in May?

Time will tell if the market continues to rise without a pullback, leaving some investors missing out on further profits.  Our models remaining favorable,with above-average profit potential with risk well below average. I continue to give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls.  The easy money from the February lows appears over.  Stock selection regarding what sector to invest in will be important as we move further on in the year. Normally defensive sectors flourish as investors want quieter sectors as the calendar moves into the more unfavorable months of the year, May through October.  Defensivesectors such as utilities (XLU) and Consumer Staples (XLP) have lost some of their luster. Investors have beenmoving money out of these defensive areas in April. Keep an eye out if this recent trend continues.

The technology sector (QQQ and XLK) has not been a strong. Poor earnings from Microsoft (MSFT) and AlphabetInc. Class A (GOOGL) didn’t help this area. In addition, Apple disappointed investors and fell hard as well.

Technology was losing momentum fast compared to the S&P 500 (SPY) even before all of these earnings reports.

In the long run this is not a positive development and bears watching.

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These are some of my favorite sectors giving a sign of a healthy market going forward.  The
financial sector (XLF) has penetrated its first level of resistance at 23.00 as mentioned in the 03/13/16 newsletter, 24.50 is next target. In addition Regional Banks (KRE) has joined in on the advance, a very strong performer in 2015.  Also market breadth remains strong; more stocks are participating in the rally, helping the Russell 2000 Small Cap Index (IWM) and the Mid Cap 400 (MDY) sectors of the market. Review the tape action clues to monitor that I discussed in the 04/14/16 newsletter for more of what it is needed for further gains ahead.  The
odds favor higher prices ahead.

What Are the Charts Saying?–iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Weekly Price (Top), and 12-26 Week

MACD (Bottom)

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The top portion of the chart shows the weekly iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) which is made up of companies with a market capitalization of between $300 million and $2 billion. The Russell 2000 (IWM) peaked on 06/22/15 at 129.10 and has been out of favor with investors. In November 2015, normally a seasonally favorable period, the IWM tried to rally but failed. Now a new development has taken place, IWM is showing strength.

Notice the two key weekly significant downtrends that have been broken from June 2015 (blue line) and another from November 2015 (purple line) on this latest rally from the February low. This is bullish.

IWM closed at 114.63 on 04/26/16 clearing its 50 week moving average (line not shown). Resistance is just above at 116.00. If IWM can get through resistance, a move toward the upper channel objective at 134.00 is possible.  If IWM pauses, on the other hand, then support is at 112.00.  A break below 112 would negate my short term bullish outlook and cause me to reevaluate.

The lower portion of the chart is the technical indicator MACD, (a momentum indicator). MACD has generated a buy from an oversold condition and is rising rapidly breaking the short term trend line (pink line). Momentum has been in a long term down trend since December 2013 (green line). If IWM keeps moving higher this downward trend in momentum will change and turn favorable. The best is yet to come!

Summing Up:

Our models remain on a buy and in the most bullish condition.  There is a lot of disbelief in the rally which is bullish. Tape action has been positive with market breadth strong, especially in the small and midcap sectors.

Financials have picked up their performance as well, all signs of a healthy market.  Defensive areas such as XLU and XLP have been losing momentum.  Technology was not acting very well, losing impetus before Apple’s disappointing earnings announcement.  This needs to be monitored to see if it is temporary or a warning sign for the future. Sector selection will be important. I am recommending watching the Russell 2000 (IWM) to see if it can break through resistance at 116.00. If so, 134.00 is possible.   A break below support at 112.00 would negate
my short term bullish outlook and cause me to reevaluate.  The stock market is moving into an unfavorable seasonal period over the next few months.  Review your investment portfolio, enjoy the ride now, however be ready with your exit strategy in case market weakness begins and the bears come out of hiding.

I would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments or ask any question you might have.

Please call me at 1-516-829-6444 or email at bgortler@signalert.com.

*******Article in Systems and Forecasts April 28, 2016

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