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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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For the first time this year, the Nasdaq hit a bump in the road. Investors took profits and rotated out of big cap tech stocks. No major damage occurred during the sell-off, but the enthusiasm quieted. Investors used the sell-off as a short term buying opportunity. The trend remains up. Short term support levels are intact. Our models remain overall neutral-positive for the intermediate term (weeks-months). The bulls remain in control for now.

Technology has higher projections. Top Holdings in QQQ remain in an uptrend.

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 operative trend channel.  The QQQ includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization.  As of 06/20/17, Apple, (AAPL) is the largest holding comprising 11.49%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 8.20%, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 7.20%, Facebook, Inc. Class A (FB) 5.47%, Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG) 5.01%, and Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL), 4.38% totaling 41.75%.

The QQQ penetrated the middle channel after a 9-week consolidation trading between 129.38 and 134.00 (the red circle) on 04/24/17.  The upside target is 158.00, an 11.2% gain from present levels, now trading at 140.33 as of 06/21/17 intraday.  The intermediate trend remains up as long as the QQQ remains above the trendline (see the orange line).  Notice how the middle channel and the trend line are very near one another, increasing the significance of key support at 129.00.  If the QQQ falls below 129.00, on a weekly close, this would change the trend from up to down and more caution would be warranted.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9), a measure of momentum.  MACD has confirmed the price high in the QQQ.  The uptrend remains in effect (green line).  Over the next several weeks watch to see if MACD breaks the uptrend, giving a warning of a trend change and potentially more selling could occur in the QQQ, or if MACD turns up again making another new high which would be bullish.

Weekly Price of Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL) and Facebook, (FB) and MACD 12-26-9

 


Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL) and Facebook, (FB) are top holdings of the QQQ and are in weekly uptrends (orange line).  MACD in all four stocks has made highs, confirming their price high which is bullish.   As long as these stocks remain in uptrends the QQQ should continue higher towards the upside objective of 158.00.

Apple (APPL) Weekly Price and Trend Channels (Top),
and MACD 12-26-9 (Bottom)

 


The top part of the chart shows the weekly price of Apple’s active trading channel (purple lines), projecting the upside objective at 175.00.  Apple had a false breakout peaking on 05/08/17 (red circle), then retreated from 156.42 to 142.20, a pullback of 9.1%, more than the 2-3% I expected.   Even with the recent decline, the intermediate uptrend (black line) remains in effect.  Another test of the high is possible. 

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12-26-9), a technical indicator that measures momentum. MACD did go on a sell after Apple’s (APPL) large rise. Even with the MACD sell, I remain optimistic another test of the highs is likely because MACD confirmed Apple’s price high (green circle) and MACD uptrend remains intact.  These confirmations are positive signs another rally attempt is likely.  If either trend is broken to the downside, my bullish outlook would be negated.

In Sum: 

Our models remain overall neutral-positive for the intermediate term which means upside potential remains greater than downside risk.  Technology stocks continue to lead the market higher despite last week’s weakness.  The intermediate uptrend in Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) price, MACD, Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL) and Facebook, (FB) are all intact which is bullish. Apple is the only stock to have generated an MACD sell.  If the QQQ falls below 129.00, on a weekly close, this would change the trend from up to down. If the uptrend is broken on either price or MACD on the QQQ more caution will be necessary.   For now give the bulls the benefit of the doubt.  

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 Equity market overview—bullish developments remain in place

The stock market has been extremely resilient, filled with enthusiasm since the presidential election.  Major averages have made new all-time highs on a regular basis.  Market breadth has been mixed from day to day, with Nasdaq breadth not yet confirming the highs in the Nasdaq Composite.  Whenever potential warning signals show up (such as weakening momentum or unnerving world news events) and the market looks like it might be ready to fall, instead the bulls step in to buy and the market rebounds.

Technology has been the star performer, continuing to charge ahead, leading the advance outperforming the other major averages.  Overseas markets have joined the party, high yield bonds remain firm, and VIX (a measure of fear) is near its lows.  All of these are signs of a healthy market. Our models remain overall neutral-positive.  The intermediate and long-term trend remains up. There is no evidence of a change in trend until proven otherwise.   Review my last Systems and Forecasts article dated 05/25/17 for 11 clues you want to watch for a potential trend change.  The trend is your friend so why fight it.

Let’s turn now to an area where we haven’t talked about in a long time—Gold.  You can trade gold bullion with the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD).  The charts suggest that gold now appears ready to shine.


It is easy to trade gold bullion using the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD)

GLD has a relatively low expense ratio of 0.40 and, like the physical metal, is 1.43 times more volatile than the S&P 500 (SPY).  Investing in commodities entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors.  GLD, for the most part, is not usually whippy; it tends to be trendy, with its price moving steadily in the same direction for extended periods.  After GLD establishes a trend, it could remain in that trend for many months or years at a time.   Gold (GLD) appears now to be at a critical juncture that could represent the early stage of a long term rally.


SPDR GOLD TRUST (GLD) WEEKLY (ETF) and 12-26-9 MACD

 

The top portion of the GLD chart above shows the weekly active trend channel in effect (blue lines).  Purchasing the GLD is an easy way to participate without holding the physical commodity.

Gold (GLD) bottomed on 12/07/15 at 100.23 after years of decline, being out of favor by investors.   A sharp rally followed, before GLD fell again, retracing most of its gains and bottoming at 107.00 on 12/15/16.  Since hitting bottom last December, GLD has traced out a series of higher low and higher highs.  This week GLD penetrated the high on 04/17/17 at 123.07 and has now broken its downtrend from its peak (orange line) from 07/05/16.   There is more room for further price gains, especially if GLD can penetrate the middle channel.  A break above 125.00 would suggest a potential upside target to 138.00.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a momentum indicator.  MACD had a timely entry from an extreme oversold condition. Only recently has MACD turned positive.  There is plenty of room to the upside before MACD will be in an overbought condition. MACD is still rising, showing no signs of weakness.  The trend of gold has improved.  With equities at new highs, now could be a good time for investors to add some diversification to your portfolio into a sector where the trend has turned favorable, before further interest from other investors and institutions.

SPDR GOLD TRUST (GLD) MONTHLY (ETF) and 12-26-9 MACD

The top portion shows the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) monthly (ETF) chart. GLD has been out of favor for many years.  GLD peaked in September 2011 (yellow circle). Investors are more optimistic about the precious metal and it’s up 12.5% this year through 06/06/17.   After breaking the shorter term monthly downtrend (pink line), GLD had a brief rally but didn’t have enough strength to break the longer term downtrend from the September 2011 high (blue line).  Most times after weakness prevails for long periods of time, the first rally attempt normally is unsuccessful and not sustainable to continue.  Another test of the low is required.  The second attempt tends to be a safer, profitable and more sustainable.  GLD appears to have made a successful test of the low.   For those of you who are willing to take the risk, I recommend adding GLD to diversify your portfolio, using 107.00 on a close as a stop.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a momentum indicator. MACD has been oversold since June 2013, below 0, now on a buy and gaining strength.   Gold is looking more appealing and it is also gaining some relative strength against the SPY. There is a good chance if GLD does indeed move higher you can expect additional money to flow into this sector from investors and institutions to fuel a further advance.  It would be bullish if GLD breaks above 125.00, (the same as the weekly chart), which would break the monthly downtrend from 2011 (blue line) and then penetrates 131.15, the July 2016 high.

Summing Up:

Our models remain overall neutral-positive.  The stock market remains resilient and continues to work its way higher with the bulls in control.  There is no evidence of a change in trend until proven otherwise.  An area out of favor with investors appears ready to shine. GLD appears to have made a successful test of the low.  A buying opportunity has developed in GLD on weekly and monthly charts.  I recommend adding GLD to diversify your portfolio, using 107.00 on a close as a stop.

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Technology continues to lead the overall market and outperforms other major averages.  The Nasdaq Composite is stronger than the S&P 500 Index, a condition that has characterized more favorable overall market climates historically.  In May, we saw the first noteworthy selling that generated the most fear and angst seen in many months among investors (including me).  But the decline was short-lived as stocks have rebounded.  Broad market indexes are resilient as price trends remain intact.  Our models remain overall neutral-positive.

But we are not in the clear.  Leadership has been thin.  Stocks making new 52 week highs on the New York Stock Exchange index have been rather lackluster.   The bellwether Financials Sector SPDR (XLF) was a hot sector early in the year.  However, in recent weeks financials are lagging, not a good sign for the bulls.

The momentum of the rally has been diminishing over time and warning signals are starting to appear.  As discussed below small-caps remain in their 16-month old price uptrend that began (on monthly charts) in February, 2016.  However, the relative strength trend of small caps outperforming large caps that also started in February 2016 has now been broken.  In general, when financials and small caps are weak, this is not a sign of a healthy market.

So the question remains: will the major averages will break out to new highs and begin another leg up, or will the major averages stall, turn lower and usher in a more meaningful decline?

11 Clues You Want To Watch For a Potential Trend Change

  1. Whether overseas markets continue to rise or begin to stall and work their way lower. Watch Emerging Markets (EEM), China (FXI) and Europe (IEV) as benchmarks.
  2. Look at the Technology sector if it continues to make new highs or suddenly turn down. Monitor Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) and the Semiconductors HOLDR (SMH).
  3. The Value Line Geometric Composite, an unweighted average of roughly 1700 U.S. stocks regains strength to take out its high at 526.83 on 04/26/17. This would indicate more broad participation rather than only a few stocks rising.
  4. Observe the action in the Biotechnology sector (XBI). Strength would indicate investors are willing to take on more risk.
  5. The Transportation Average (IYT) has been weak, well below its high on 03/01/17 at 173.88. If the IYT continues to decline this would suggest a strong rally from here is unlikely.
  6. The Financial Sector regains relative strength vs. the S&P 500 (SPY). Watch XLF and KRE as benchmarks.
  7. High Yield Bonds remain firm instead of weakening and turning lower. Use HYG or JNK as a benchmark.
  8. Apple continues to be a leader (APPL). Upside objective 175.00.  A break below 150.00 on a closing basis could portray weakness to follow in other technology stocks.
  9. Volatility remains low. Look out if VIX takes out the previous high from 05/18/17 at 16.30.
  10. New 52 week lows on the New York Stock Exchange Index remain low, presently at 33. An increase to over 150 would not be a good sign.
  11. Watch the last hour of trading. If the major indices closed near the highs of their daily range consistently this would be bullish.  If the major average closed near the low end of their daily range consistently this would be bearish.

Warning:  A potential trend change has been given by Russell 2000 (IWM).

Russell 2000 Index (IWM) ETF Weekly Top and (IWM) Russell 2000 Index / (SPY) S&P 500) Ratio (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.  After the election last November, small caps lead the advance.
Strong gains followed in January and February this year peaking on 04/26/17 at 141.81.  The IWM has been unable to generate enough momentum to break out and regain the strength it had early in the year because investors have favored large-cap growth stocks.

The Russell 2000 (IWM) has been in an uptrend since 02/01/16. The intermediate uptrend will remain intact as long as the IWM is above 130.00.   If the intermediate trend is violated, this would not be a good sign and the likelihood of a potential serious decline would increase.

The bottom part of the chart is the Weekly Russell 2000 /S&P 500 (IWM/SPY ratio).  A rising line means the IWM is stronger, and if falling, the S&P 500 is stronger.  The IWM ratio was steadily rising with a few small turn downs but holding above the uptrend line (purple line).  However, the uptrend from 02/01/16 has been broken.

Summing Up:

A warning of a potential trend change has just been given. I recommend reviewing your portfolio to make sure you are not overly exposed to small caps.  Historically, when IWM is stronger than the S&P 500 (SPY) it has been a bullish condition for the broad market. This condition is no longer supporting the market. Risk has increased.  For those of you who have large holdings, I suggest shifting your assets out of small caps and move into S&P 500 (SPY) or raise cash and wait for a safer buying opportunity later this year.  If the IWM fails to take out its high and turns down below support at 130.00, you can expect further weakness in IWM and could potentially spread into other sectors of the market.

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No one really knows if the old adage sell and go away in May will hold true for 2017. What is known is May has begun quietly as the S&P 500 remains in a narrow trading range on less than inspiring momentum. However, the present tape action is a far cry from bear market action.

The technology sector continues to soar to new highs. In the 02/16/17/ Issue of Systems and Forecasts I brought attention to the possibility of another leg up for Technology, revisiting the article on 01/13/17 “Breakout in Technology Looms”, QQQ looked poised for a breakout. This indeed has occurred. The QQQ original objective was 130.00, followed by 139.00.  On 05/09/17 the QQQ made an intra-day high of 138.93, meeting the upside objective.

 

The Tape Remains Mostly Bullish


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 operative trend channel.  The QQQ includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization.  The top holdings are Apple, (AAPL), Microsoft Corp (MSFT), Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Facebook, (FB) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) and all have been climbing.

The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ), led by Apple is red-hot and looks as if there is more room to the upside.  In the latest issue, I pointed out it’s necessary to watch and see if MACD made a higher high or if MACD turns down. Notice the lower chart.  MACD made a new high confirming the high made by QQQ. This confirmation suggests the odds favor an extension of the rise and has bullish implications going forward over the next several weeks to months.  Any weakness now should be contained and only be temporary before another rally attempt would occur.

If the QQQ falls below support at 129.00, just under where the QQQ consolidated early this year, much more caution is necessary.


In Sum:

The QQQ intermediate uptrend remains in effect (orange line). The upside target for the QQQ is 157.00.  The breakout is in process. Time is now on the side of the bulls.


Apple Charges Ahead Leading the Technology Sector Higher

The top half is a price chart showing the weekly high-low-close of Apple since April 2014.  Apple was out of favor in 2015, until June 2016 when investors selling turned into buying.  A clear uptrend is in effect (black line). As long as Apple is above the trend line, the intermediate trend is up.

Apple has had explosive momentum in 2017, going from 117.91 to 154.08, a gain of 30.68 %. Notice how Apple this week has penetrated the upper channel. This is a bullish breakout giving a new channel upside objective to 175.00 (orange line).  A test of the breakout could occur in the near term, amounting to only 2.00% – 3.00%.  However the recent thrust suggests the advance will continue and declines would be very minor.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12-26-9), a technical indicator that measures momentum. MACD has confirmed the Apple’s price high (green circle) similar to the QQQ.  A solid uptrend remains intact.


Summing Up:

Our equity models remain overall neutral–bullish, a potentially favorable market climate, although there has been an increase in risk. Technology stocks remain the leader supporting the overall market.  MACD on the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) and Apple (AAPL) has confirmed the recent price highs. The intermediate uptrend in Nasdaq (QQQ) and Apple (AAPL) are solidly intact.  The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) has an upside target of 157.00 and Apple has an upside target to 175.00.  This could be the year where you don’t want to go away and sell in May.

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The short-term decline in April has ended.  The Nasdaq, S&P 500 and Russell 2000 all successfully tested key support levels this past week.  The recent news of possible tax cuts sooner rather than later, an optimistic perceived outcome to the election in Europe, and a good start to the earning season has spurred a potential new leg of the advance.   Overhead resistance on some indices exists.   However, the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) has made a new high, has broken through resistance giving new upside projections, which could carry the overall market higher for the next several months.   More time is needed to know if other averages will follow suit or if the present rally will fizzle.   However my prediction is there is more room to the upside.

Technology leads the way.

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 operative trend channel.  The QQQ includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization.  As of 04/24/17, Apple, (AAPL) is the largest holding comprising 11.84%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 8.20%, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 6.80%, Facebook, Inc. Class A (FB) 5.38%, Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG) 4.70%, and Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL), 4.10% totaling 41.02%

The QQQ has been rock solid this year, leading in relative strength vs. the S&P 500, and up almost twice the gains of the S&P 500.  The QQQ has slightly penetrated the middle channel after a 9-week consolidation, where the QQQ traded between 129.38 and 134.00 (the red circle), now trading at 135.14.  The bullish outcome is not a surprise.  (See my article in the 03/15/17 Systems and Forecasts: Weekly MACD confirms the advance: Higher prices anticipated).  The next upside target is 157.00, a 16.2% gain from present levels. The intermediate trend remains up as long as the QQQ remains above the up trendline line (orange).

Because the initial upside thrust since the election was so strong, the expectation the first decline wouldn’t be significant is exactly what has occurred.  The present breakout needs to be watched closer.  Keep an eye on how Apple (AAPL) performs, the largest holding of QQQ.  If the Nasdaq continues to show leadership, making new highs, then it could support the market and help the technology sector over the next several months.  

On the other hand, if the QQQ falls below 129.00, retracing its recent gains, a warning sign of a potential change of trend would be given.  If the QQQ falls below 125.00 breaking the uptrend, (orange line) more caution would be warranted with possibly a larger correction on the horizon than the decline in April.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9), a measure of momentum.  It was a bullish MACD pattern that confirmed the price high made in QQQ in February 2017, before the recent consolidation.  The uptrend remains in effect (pink-line).  The QQQ has made a new high.  If MACD turns down failing to make a new high, a negative divergence would occur.  Over the next several weeks watch to see if MACD makes a higher high.  This would be bullish.  If MACD turns down, this would complete the negative divergence pattern and would be considered bearish. 

Summing Up:

Our models remain overall neutral-positive for the intermediate term which means upside potential remains greater than downside risk.  Technology stocks continue to lead the market higher.  After many weeks of consolidation and weakening momentum, the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) has broken through resistance giving new upside projections to 157.00 which could carry the overall market higher for the next several months.  The advance seems to be broadening.  Market breadth is improving, financials and small caps have come to life again gaining in relative strength. These are all signs of a healthy market.  The intermediate uptrend in Nasdaq (QQQ) price and in MACD is intact.  If the uptrend is broken on either price or MACD more caution will be necessary, as the odds would increase the advance will fizzle and no longer sizzle. For now, the bulls remain in control, continue to enjoy the ride. 

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During the past five weeks the stock market held its own, holding key support levels and avoiding any major losses. The S&P 500 remains near its highs, holding above key support as it has been consolidating within a narrow trading range. Nonetheless, bullish momentum slowed down in US equities during March. This is normal considering the huge upside thrust that occurred in January and February. The Nasdaq Composite continues to lead the S&P 500 in relative strength, a bullish sign.

Fewer stocks have made new highs during the advance because of the decrease in momentum. Financials and small caps were the leaders of the advance in the aftermath of the election. However, they have weakened considerably in the past month. Continue to give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls. On any weakness look for buying opportunities with the expectation of another rally attempt taking place sooner rather than later.

Buying Opportunity in Energy

One of the worst performing sectors in the first quarter was energy. But that might be about to change. The short and intermediate term has shifted from down to up. This could present an opportunity to buy low rather than chasing a rally.

Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF XLE Daily (TOP) and MACD 12-26-9 (Bottom

The top chart is the Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) that tracks the Energy Sector Index, investing in common stocks in the Oil, Natural Gas, and Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration industries.  As of 04/7/17 its top 4 holdings are Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) 23.11%, Chevron (CVX) 15.47%, Schlumberger Ltd (SLB) 8.23%, and Conoco Phillips (CON) 4.66%, totaling 51.47%. Be aware the XLE is an aggressive investment vehicle.  The XLE 90-day volatility is 1.72 compared to the S&P 500 of 1.00.

The XLE peaked on 12/16/2016 at 78.45 and steadily declined through the first quarter of 2017, making lower highs and lower lows forming a down trend. The XLE bottomed 03/27/17 at 67.86. The downtrend was broken on 04/05/17.   However, the XLE reversed to close near its lows suggesting the breakout could be false.   There was no follow through to the downside so investors stepped in to buy.  On 04/10/17 the XLE closed clearly above the downtrend line and is in the process of testing the breakout.  Short term support is at 70.00, resistance is at 73.00.

The bottom half of the chart shows the 12-26-9 MACD, a technical indicator that shows you  changes in direction, momentum, and strength of the stock’s price. MACD generated a buy in late March from an oversold condition below 0, is gaining momentum, and has broken its downtrend from its December 2016 peak after moving sideways since February.  This suggests the downside risk should be contained in the near term.

Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF XLE Weekly (TOP) and MACD 12-26-9 (Bottom)

The top portion shows the weekly SPDR S&P Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE).  The XLE was trending higher for 2016, peaking at 78.45.  This year the XLE has been the opposite, out of favor by investors, much weaker than other sectors to start the year.  The XLE this past week broke the weekly downtrend (purple line), shifting the intermediate trend to up.  Resistance is at 76.00.  A break below the recent low at 67.86 would negate my near term bullish outlook and increase the odds of a further decline.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9) a technical indicator that measures momentum. MACD gave a sell in January. However, MACD has now reset, falling to below 0.  Downside momentum has subsided.  If the XLE turns up now, MACD would generate a fresh buy signal supporting the bullish case the XLE is ready to resume its bullish trend from 2016.

In Sum:

The market continues to be resilient.  The S&P 500 is holding above key support consolidating within a narrow trading range.   Another rally attempt toward new highs is possible sooner rather than later. Continue to give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls on any weakness looking for buying opportunities.  A buying opportunity has developed in the energy sector (XLE).  The short and intermediate trend has shifted from down to up.  As long as the XLE remains above 67.86 you can anticipate higher prices in the near term and risk to be limited.

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U.S. stocks were quiet early in March as the major averages traded in narrow ranges closing at the end of the day near their highs. This phenomenon changed as the month moved on. Buyers turned to sellers. The S&P 500 was down more than 1% in a single day, which didn’t happen for 5 months previously.  The Financial sector and Small Cap sector that led the market higher weakened. Technical momentum oscillators were extended, showing loss of momentum, ripe for a short term pullback.  The short term trend changed from up to down (based on charting methods).

What ETF to Watch To Guide You for Direction?

 

SPDR S&P Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) Daily Price (Top), and MACD 19-26-9 (Bottom)

The top part of the chart shows the weekly Financial Sector SPDR (XLF), an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks a mix of diversified financial service firms, insurance, banks, capital markets, consumer finance and thrift companies. As of 03/28/17 the top holdings of XLF are: Berkshire Hathaway B, (BRK.b) 10.97%, JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM) 10.86%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) 8.65%, Bank of America Corp (BAC) 8.08, and Citigroup Inc. (C), 5.65%.   Historically it’s a sign of a healthy market when financial stocks are strong, showing signs there is economic growth.  The S&P 500 (SPY) also tends to do well because the S&P 500 index has 16.48% of its holdings in the financial sector, only the technology sector is higher at (19.25 % through 02/27/17.

Investors shifted assets to financial stocks after the election. The XLF peaked at 25.29 on 03/02/17.  A pullback followed a few weeks later, breaking its short term trend up trend on 03/17/17, two days before the S&P 500 (SPY) broke their daily trend line.   Notice how the XLF retraced all of its 2017 gains, stopping above a key support area (green rectangle), at 22.97, holding above the December 2016 low at 22.84.

Many times once an uptrend is broken after a test of an important support area, another rally attempt will occur. This looks like what is happening now.  The XLF just penetrated its down trend, a positive sign for a short term rally to begin.  If the decline is over, the XLF should challenge its down trend line from the peak, around 24.50, (green line).  If the XLF stalls and turns lower, then look for another test of the support area. A break below would be considered bearish. A break above 24.50 would suggest another attempt at the March highs.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9) a technical indicator that measures momentum.  MACD is now oversold, below 0, and has a favorable pattern forming.  If the XLF rises for a few days in a row a buy will be generated.  Keep an eye out for the downtrend in MACD to be broken. This would confirm the short term decline is over and further gains are ahead.

  

 

SPDR S&P Financial Select SPDR ETF Weekly Price (Top), and MACD 19-26-9 (Bottom)

The top portion shows the weekly SPDR S&P Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) active trading channel (purple lines). The XLF had a huge advance, breaking through its upper channel.   However, a false breakout materialized, the XLF couldn’t sustain its rise and the XLF declined by 9.2%, holding above its weekly low made in December 2016 (red circle).  The intermediate trend is up. The uptrend remains intact.

A break below the recent low at 22.97 would increase the odds of a further decline that would potentially break the uptrend, and would shift the intermediate trend from up to down.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9) a technical indicator that measures momentum.  MACD has just given a sell.  But I am not worried about this MACD sell because it was not accompanied by a negative divergence. Moreover MACD did make a new peak to confirm the price high and its uptrend is intact.  Usually when you have a powerful thrust as XLF did, another rally attempt occurs after the first decline.  As long as the uptrend is in effect the odds favor the bulls. If the downtrend is broken (black line) a warning sign would be given and the bears most likely would come out of hiding.

In Sum:

Our equity models remain overall neutral-positive, implying further gains are likely for the intermediate term (weeks–months). Look for wider intraday swings, as the historically favorable seasonal period will be ending in April.  Financials have lost some of the luster they had early in the year but resurgence could begin soon.  The recent decline appears to be over if the recent low at 22.97 holds.  As long as the uptrends remain intact for the intermediate term (weekly chart) in terms of price and MACD, give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls.  Time will tell.

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Support levels on the major averages are intact, despite the decline in early March.  Technical indicators based on market breadth and volume is in the process of working off its overbought condition from the rise since the election.  In addition historical research shows after January and February are strong months; the year has the potential for additional gains. This doesn’t mean a short term decline will not occur, however the odds favor declines could be a buying opportunity.

The optimistic tone of the market has changed somewhat as the expectations of rising rates became a concern for investors.  The 10-year Treasury note yields have been rising steadily since the end of February spooking investors.  There has been an overall weakening in market breadth indicators that need to be monitored. Our stock market timing models remain neutral-positive indicating a potentially profitable market climate and further gains over the next several weeks.

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 February.   When market breadth confirms price, usually that suggests the final high has not been made.  The Technology sector is acting well. The NASDAQ 100 (QQQ) is not far from its recent all-time high.  It’s also bullish that the Nasdaq Composite is leading in relative strength vs the S&P 500, a condition which has historically overall characterized more profitable market climates.

Watch The Strength of Technology:

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 03/10/17, Apple, (AAPL) is the largest holding comprising 11.91%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 8.11%, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 6.50%, Facebook, Inc. Class A (FB) 5.22%. Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG) 4.67% and Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL) 4.11% totaling 40.52%.

The QQQ broke out at 123.00 (red circle above) on January 6 and has been steadily rising. The QQQ has now slightly penetrated the channel objective at 130.00 (top blue channel line), now trading at 131.30. The intermediate trend is up as long as the QQQ remains above the up trendline line (pink). The next upside target is 139.00.   Keep an eye on Apple, (AAPL) the largest holding of QQQ.   Apple has moved sideways for 10 days giving up no ground.  If Apple continues making new highs, this could be positive for the technology sector over the next several months.   If the QQQ falls below 123.00, breaking the up-trend, my bullish outlook would be negated.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9) a measure of momentum.  Its bullish MACD has confirmed the price high made in QQQ suggesting any weakness in the QQQ most likely would be temporary.

 

A Breakout in the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is Possible?

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.   The S&P 500 (SPY) hit its weekly upside channel on March 1st at 240.32 and pulled back.  Market breath has weakened however the SPY has not given up much ground over the last two weeks, a bullish sign.  If the SPY can get through the old highs, higher projections above 260.00 will be given.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a measure of momentum.  Like the QQQ discussed above, MACD has confirmed the price high in the SPY and is in a clear uptrend.  This is the sign of a healthy market.   Look for the SPY to at least test the old highs.

Summing Up:

Market breadth has been weak as of late after being very strong for many months. There has been no real thrust on the advancing days to get excited about, however not much ground has been given up either.  Market breath indicators have worked off its overbought condition since the election.   Our stock market timing models remain neutral-positive indicating a potentially profitable market climate and potential further gains over the next several weeks. MACD over the intermediate term for the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) and the S&P 500 (SPY) have confirmed the strength of the overall market.   Continue to give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls.

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February had a strong month of gains following January’s advance.  The Dow Industrials rose 12 straight days.  Healthcare (XLV), Utilities, and Financials were the leading sectors for the month along with solid gains by the Dow, S&P 500, and the Nasdaq.  Our trading models remain neutral-positive and the tape remains bullish.  Up trends are intact.  Some indices have met their intermediate channel objectives including Regional Banks, (KRE) Nasdaq 100 (QQQ), and Russell 2000 (IWM); however there is a good chance more gains are ahead. The bulls remain in control.

What Do You Want To Watch Now?

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. After the election the Russell 2000 (IWM) skyrocketed.  The IWM made a high of 138.85 on 12/08/16 overshooting slightly its channel objective at 138.00 (green rectangle).  After making a high, the IWM moved sideways for about 8 weeks, not giving up much ground.

As of March 1st, a potential breakout may have begun.  The upside objective is 157.00 while support is at 133.00.

The lower portion of the chart is MACD, a technical indicator that measures momentum.  MACD is overbought, confirming the new high made in IWM.  If the rally stalls MACD can give a sell quickly.  Its bullish, the uptrend from January 2016 is in effect, and MACD has confirmed the IWM high.

iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Weekly Price (Top), and 12-26-9 Week MACD (Bottom)

The top part of the chart is the weekly (IWM) Russell 2000 Index / (SPY) S&P 500 Index Ratio (IWM/SPY).  A rising line means the IWM is stronger, and if falling, the SPY is stronger. The IWM/SPY ratio peaked on 12/05/16. The IWM has clearly been losing strength, however the uptrend from January 2016 (black line) is intact.

The lower portion of the chart is MACD, already on a sell warning of a potential change of leadership.  Not only is momentum weakening, but at the same time the IWM/SPY relative strength ratio has broken it’s up trend. Also, the average daily trading range for the past 25 days has been more than double the SPY.  Even though the IWM has the potential to be breaking out, if you are heavily weighted in small caps, it may be a good time to reduce your exposure and lower your risk, shifting part of your assets to the SPY.

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

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 03/01/17 its top 4 holdings in the S&P 500 were Apple Inc. (AAPL) 3.58%, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) 2.45%, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), 1.66% and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 1.64%.  Investing in the S&P 500 gives you a broad representation of the overall large-cap U.S. stock market.

The top part of the chart shows the S&P 500 (SPY) weekly trading channel.  The S&P 500 (SPY) has been in an uptrend since December 2016 and steadily rising since the election.  While the Russell 2000 (IWM) is at its top of its trading channel, the SPY still has some room to go before hitting its upper channel at 245.50.

The bottom half of the chart shows MACD, confirming the highs in the SPY. This is bullish.

Just To Sum Up:

The tape remains strong. Major averages continue to make new highs and pullbacks have been minor.  The Russell 2000 (IWM) has met its intermediate objective.  The SPY has taken over leadership in terms of relative strength. Even though the IWM has the potential for a break out, if you are heavily weighted in small caps, it may be a good time to reduce your exposure, lowering your risk by shifting part of your assets to the SPY.  Our models remain overall neutral-positive so stocks could rise for several more weeks. As long as the Russell 2000 (IWM) stays above its support at 133.00 and the SPY stays above its hourly support of 234.00, you can expect higher highs. Continue to give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls.

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