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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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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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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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The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum
optimism is the best time to sell.
” ~John Templeton

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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The Nasdaq Composite, Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the NYSE Composite Index all had a favorable start in 2017, breaking out to new record closing highs after 6 weeks spent consolidating within a tight trading range. The Dow made it through the psychological 20,000 milestone and the Transportation average confirmed the Dow Jones Industrials’ new high. International indices, which have struggled, came to life and have improving technical patterns.

However, in the past week the averages couldn’t hold onto all of their gains even though support levels remain intact. Our trading models remain neutral positive. Some signs of concern showed up the last few days in January. Investors’ selling was spurred by investors’ uncertainty about world events, interest rates rising, and potential disappointment in earnings by major companies including Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), and Amazon (AMZN). Apple’s earnings were well received by investors. Apple’s stock rose sharply, now less than 5% from its all-time high with a very favorable long term monthly chart. Facebook rose on their earnings announcement lifting its stock to new highs, followed by some profit taking.

The concern is some profit taking after the S&P 500 stalled just below its key level at 2300. In addition small caps (Russell 2000 Index) and the financial sector (XLF and KRE) which had led the market higher since the election have now started to weaken.

What ETF to Track to Signal Further Gains or Trouble Ahead?

SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF Weekly Price and Trend Channels (Top), and RSI 14 (Bottom)

 

The top part of the chart shows the weekly Regional Banking Index (KRE), an exchange traded fund (ETF) that began in 2006. KRE tracks an equally weighted index of common stocks of leading regional banks or thrifts (savings and loan associations). As of 01/31/17 the top holdings of KRE are: M&T Bank Corporation (3.64%), PNC Financial Services Group I, (PNC) (3.64), Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG) 3.60, Fifth Third Bancorp FITB 3.59 %, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) 3.58%, BB&T Corporation (BBT) 3.57%, and Zions Bancorporation (ZION) 3.57% totaling 25.19%.

Notice the clear trading channel in the top chart (the three green lines). KRE is not for the faint of heart. It’s a volatile index that I monitor intraday for the trend of the market and potential trend changes. Another financial sector ETF to follow is the Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF), which is quieter than KRE. After the election, investors very quickly moved assets into the financial sector fueling the rally that rocketed KRE from 43.59 to 49.87 in one week, a 14.41% gain. Four weeks later KRE rose further to 56.29 a 12.87% gain, breaking through its trading channel surpassing the high made in November 2015.

However, KRE has stalled, consolidating for 9 weeks. It looks like KRE is at a critical juncture now.

A break above 57.00 would suggest KRE will challenge the upper channel at 59 over the next few weeks. If KRE can get through the upper channel a higher objective would be given and this would also have bullish implication for the overall market.

However, a break below its consolidation, 53.40 (red rectangle) would imply a potential test of 49.00

A break below 49.00 would suggest a serious decline is imminent.

The bottom half of the chart shows the Relative Strength Index, a measure of momentum developed by Welles Wilder. RSI is based on the ratio of upward price changes to downward price changes. RSI reached 82.43 its highest weekly reading since the ETF began in 2006. RSI readings of 70 or higher show strength and are most times considered bullish. Generally as long as RSI stays above 40, the trend is up.

When you have a powerful thrust as KRE did on its most recent breakout, this is normally not a sign of a top. Most times you would get a relatively contained pullback or sideways consolidation before another rally attempt would occur. It’s also a bullish sign the uptrend in RSI from 1/16/16 remains intact. RSI has lost some momentum, however its normal that momentum temporarily weakens after a huge rally before the next leg higher. 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.

Summing Up:
The stock market is off to a good start in 2017 as many major averages have made new all-time highs. Our models remain neutral-positive. However, uncertainty about world events, interest rates rising, and company earnings remain in investor’s minds. The momentum of the rally since the election has slowed and the market is consolidating it gains. I recommend keeping an eye on the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) for a sign of further strength or weakness that would give the clue of a potential change. For now the bulls remain in control.

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No drama has occurred in the stock market as October comes to a close.  Investors continue rotating assets among different sectors as the major averages remain within a fairly tight trading range. For the short term the market is oversold and has favorable momentum patterns suggesting another attempt toward the highs is possible.  Supporting the market is strength in the Technology (QQQ) sector, trading near their highs for the year.   A big concern I have is the weakening momentum oscillators on the intermediate and long term charts on many stocks and several market indices.

As long as the support levels remain in-tact, the bulls remain in control.  Each time the market trades near the top or bottom of their range, prices stall and move in the opposite direction.  On 10/13/16, there was a small scare when the S&P 500 (SPY) slightly violated support at 212.00 intraday, tripping stops by investors. The S&P 500 (SPY) fell to a low of 211.21, however no heavy selling followed.  On the same day the S&P broke below support, the Russell 2000 Index (IWM) held above its key support at 117.00. These are very important levels that need to hold.

Stock selection now is more important since market breadth has weakened considerably since the blast off from the February lows. There has been a lot of selling pressure in October by investors in health care (XLV), utilities (XLU) and real estate (IYR).  Recently there were 104 stocks on the New York Stock Exchange Index making new 52 week highs, diverging from their peak reading earlier this year in July when there were 414 new highs. This is not a sign of a healthy broad market.  The good news is 9/22/16, the New York Stock Exchange Cumulative Advance Decline Line made a new high.  It’s very rare a market top occurs without at least another rally attempt toward new highs.   As long as support levels hold, look for another attempt for the stock market to break out to the upside.

What Charts You Want To Watch Now:

 

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

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The chart on the top is a daily 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) is 1% from its lower channel and near its recent low.  On 10/13/16, the S&P 500 (SPY) fell below support at 212.00, and made an intraday low of 211.21. Since then, there has been an unconvincing rally staying within a tight range. There is resistance above at 217.00. If the S&P 500 goes above 217.00 this will get the bulls excited.  Under 212.00 the odds are likely the bears will rule and if the S&P 500 falls below 211.00 then expect heavy selling.

The bottom half of the chart shows MACD, a measure of momentum.   One of my favorite technical patterns has formed a positive divergence suggesting the S&P 500 will go higher.   A positive divergence is when you make a low in price (top chart) and the oscillator doesn’t make a lower low, instead the oscillator reading is higher showing positive momentum.   This is exactly what is happening now in MACD.   An added bonus, there is not only a positive divergence but there is also a slight penetration of the down trend. Until the uptrend is broken, give the benefit of the doubt to the bulls.

 The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Weekly Price And Channel

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The chart above shows that the S&P 500 (SPY) has broken out of its trading channel, penetrating resistance in July 2016 (red circle).   The S&P 500 moved higher at first and then pulled back retracing its breakout and now is moving sideways.  Notice on the recent sell off, the S&P 500 fell slightly below the channel making a low of 211.21 holding just the above up-trend line.  For now, the intermediate trend is intact (the green line) and the trend is up.   If violated it would not be a good sign for the final week of October or the start of November.  Next support is the middle channel at 197.00, 9.35% lower from today’s close at 214.12.

iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Weekly Price With Channel

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The chart above 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 Russell 2000 (IWM) rose sharply from its February bottom. The IWM failed on 9/19/16 at 125.88 to penetrate its high made on 06/22/15 at 129.10.  The IWM turned down but is holding above the middle channel and above the uptrend line (blue line).   Both the middle channel and the uptrend line are in the same area acting as support. As is the case with the S&P 500 (SPY) the intermediate trend remains up for the IWM. The upside channel objective is 138.00.    As long as the IWM is above 117.00, higher prices are likely, however if the IWM falls below for two days on a closing basis, the intermediate trend would turn negative and the odds of a potential decline rise dramatically.

Summing Up:

The tug of war between the bulls and bears has not been decided.  The S&P 500 (SPY) and the Russell 2000 (IWM) remain in their trading range.   The market is short term oversold, and there is a positive divergence on the daily S&P 500 (SPY), bullish.   As long as the support level remains in-tact, I recommend giving the benefit of the doubt to the bulls.    If the S&P 500 (SPY) closes below 211.00 for two days expect the bears to come out of hiding and wider market intraday swings.   Another point of reference is watching the Russell 2000, (IWM) to hold above its key support at 117.00.  For now, the tug of war between the bulls and bears remain.

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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.

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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)

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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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