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Who would have thought the major average averages would be in a steady uptrend since late August?  There has been no decline of more than 3% on the S&P 500 index as the market climbs the wall of worry to record highs. Short term price uptrends and support levels remain intact in the major averages.

The Russell 2000 (IWM) has been in a consolidating pattern since October 4. Several times the IWM has tried to break out to the upside.  However, it’s a bit worrisome the latest rally attempt failed this week. Also a point of concern, investor sentiment is showing very high optimism. In the past, at these levels short-term declines have started.  On the other hand, the Volatility Index (VIX) that measures fear is near its lows, a positive sign, and favorable seasonality has begun.

Watch the Movement of Small Caps Closely

Weakness in the Russell 2000 (IWM) or sudden weakness in Technology stocks (QQQ) would be a sign a short term pullback is likely.  A bullish sign would be if the Russell 2000 (IWM) index were to stop its present decline, reverse and take out the highs made on November 1.  In addition, if the Russell 2000 (IWM) could outperform the S&P 500 (SPY), new 52-week highs begin to expand, and volume increases on up days, while new 52-week lows contract, this would be positive for the market.

The iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) Weekly Price Channel, Upside Objective Channel, and 19-26-9 Week MACD

The top portion of the chart shows the weekly iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM) which is made up of companies with a market capitalization of between $300 million and $2 billion. The IWM made a high of 150.68 on 10/09/17, breaking out above its upper channel.  A consolidation followed with the IWM confined in a tight trading range, but has since turned down.  Even so, IWM is holding above an important support area.

The good news is during the short-term decline, the IWM remains above the weekly uptrend (pink line) while the other major averages are holding their ground.

The lower portion of the chart is MACD, a technical indicator that measures momentum. MACD peaked in January 2017, confirming the price high. The MACD sell turned out to be premature. The IWM consolidated while MACD weakened but didn’t get oversold, and go below 0. In September MACD turned up, broke the down trend (black line) not confirming the October high, and is now starting to roll over, showing a sign of a loss of momentum.  It’s a little early to know if MACD will continue to decline or if MACD will turn up and have enough strength to make a new momentum high.

The Russell 2000 (IWM) support is at 143.00. Resistance is at the old highs at 150.68 with an upside objective of 162.00.

Summing Up:

With our models in the most favorable condition and favorable seasonality, I am looking for the short term decline in the IWM to reverse and at least challenge the old highs at 150.69 and potentially reach the upper channel at 162.00.  If the IWM were to close below the lows made on 08/18/17 at 134.12 (circled in orange), this would negate my bullish view.

Intermediate Uptrend Continues In Technology Despite Slowdown in Momentum

 

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 (purple line).

The QQQ includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization.  As of 11/7/17, Apple, (AAPL) is the largest holding comprising 12.47%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 8.96%, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 7.45%, Facebook, Inc. Class A (FB) 5.90%, Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG) 4.96%, and Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL), 4.33 % totaling 44.07%.

The QQQ breached the middle channel after a 9-week consolidation (red circle) on 04/24/17 and continues to make new highs with only small pullbacks along the way.  The intermediate price trend remains up as long as the QQQ is above its uptrend line (orange).  Support is at 145.00 and the upside channel objective at 162.00.  If the QQQ falls below 145.00, on a weekly close, (an unlikely event), this would change the intermediate trend from up to down, implying weakness potentially to the lower channel at 116.00.

The bottom half of the chart is MACD (12, 26, 9), a measure of momentum. There has been no MACD confirmation of the highs made in QQQ as it did in June.  However, it is a positive sign MACD has turned up, after the negative divergence in MACD (green circles) and the uptrend is broken. I recommend keeping an eye on the top holdings in the QQQ over the next several weeks for an advanced warning of a trend change.

In Sum:

Technology continues to be in favor, outperforming the S&P 500.  As long as the QQQ is above 145.00 on a weekly close (orange line), more gains are likely toward the upper channel objective at 162.00.  Our models are positive and price uptrends are intact so there is a good reason to expect a year-end rally. Be aware of a short term decline to start if small caps remain weaker than the S&P 500, the top holdings in the QQQ begin to falter, and the uptrends are violated.  However, the trend is your friend.  Continue to enjoy the ride.

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*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts November 9, 2017

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Historically September has not been favorable for stocks, with the S&P 500 declining a majority of the time. But surprisingly this September the major averages are near or at new highs, positive for the month. The major averages didn’t give up much ground after the Fed meeting and political concerns overseas.  The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged but implied they would increase interest rates one more time by year-end, despite low inflation. There was a noticeable shift that took place as investors took profits rotating out of some of the leading sectors this year such as Technology and Utilities, and moved into sectors that were lagging.  Energy, Industrials, and Financials were the big winners.

The bullish case remains for the overall market. Our equity timing models remain overall on a “hold” suggesting further gains are likely with risk contained.   The advance decline line of the New York Stock Exchange Index and Transportation average has confirmed the major average highs suggesting a market top is unlikely.  The iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) ETF is trending higher leading the advance, a healthy sign for the market. However, there are some sectors showing a loss of upside momentum, which means stock and sector selection will be more important going into the fourth quarter and early next year.

 Health Care (XLV), a leader so far this year might have hit its peak.

  Figure: Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV, top and MACD 12-26-9 (bottom)

The top portion of the chart above is the weekly Health Care SPDR (XLV) that is comprised of companies from industry groups including pharmaceuticals; health care providers & services; health care equipment & supplies; biotechnology; life sciences tools & services; and health care technology.  As of 09/25/17, the top 5 holdings in the XLV were Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) 11.26%, Pfizer (PFE) 6.78%, United Health Group (UNH) 5.98%, Merck (MRK) 5.70%, and AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) 4.41%, totaling 34.13%. Except for a few short term declines, Healthcare (XLV) in 2017 has trended higher and is up 18.00% through 09/26/17, outperforming the S&P 500.

The biggest holding, Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) has been trending down. MACD is on a sell along with a bearish negative divergence. JNJ has broken its uptrend from January 2017 (chart not shown).

Notice in the top chart, how the XLV made a new high in July, breaking through its old high, but stalled immediately.   A few weeks later the XLV pulled back to 77.82 (red circle) successfully testing its breakout then rising for three weeks to make a new high at 83.41.  It’s encouraging the XLV uptrend remains in effect from February 2017.  However, in the last two weeks, investors have shifted away from healthcare and some short term selling pressure has begun.

The bottom half of the chart shows MACD, a measure of momentum.  MACD is on a sell and the MACD pattern is suggesting a possible peak for the short term in healthcare (XLV).  MACD is above 0, rolling over with a double top, forming a negative divergence (a higher high in price but a lower high in MACD, (green circles).

The moment of truth is here. There are two significant uptrend lines in jeopardy if the XLV continues to decline.  The uptrend from 02/08/17 would be broken (pink line) on any further weakness. However, the longer term uptrend in MACD from 12/5/16 remains intact (orange line).

In Sum: Healthcare has had a substantial rise.  Declining momentum patterns are appearing signaling some weakness might lie ahead. Keep an eye if the XLV breaks below support at 77.82 on a weekly close.  Now is not a good time to be over invested in health care.  Caution is warranted, the party could be coming to an end soon.

More evidence: A potential shift away from Health Care (XLV) in the short term.

Figure: Daily (XLV) / (SPY) Ratio (Top); MACD of XLV/SPY Ratio (Bottom)

The chart above is the daily Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF/ S&P 500 ratio XLV/SPY.  A rising line means the XLV is stronger, and if falling, the S&P 500 is stronger.  The XLV/SPY ratio has been in an uptrend since January 2017.  Since the peak on September 8, 2017, the XLV/SPY ratio has turned down, giving a warning of deteriorating momentum in comparison to the S&P 500 (SPY). The uptrend was broken today.

The bottom half of the chart shows the 12-26-9 MACD, on the XLV/SPY ratio. MACD recently generated a sell, turning down from an overbought condition.  Notice the negative divergence in the MACD pattern.  MACD formed a lower high than the peak in June (green circles) while the XLV/SPY ratio in the top chart made a high, (red circles) suggesting a shift in trend has started and more weakness in XLV is expected compared to S&P 500.

I am recommending you review your holdings, making sure you are not over weight in health care.

Summing Up:

The stock market advance continued through September, one of the weakest months historically. Investors appear to be rotating out of some of the leading sectors starting with Nasdaq early in September.  Health care, (XLV)  one of the strongest sectors of the market this year, is giving warning signals of weakening momentum compared to the S&P 500 (SPY),  suggesting it too might hit a bump in the road.  I recommend reviewing your portfolio and reducing your healthcare exposure.  If Healthcare (XLV) breaks below 77.82, on a weekly close this would trigger further selling.

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*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts September 28, 2017

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The bears were unable to take control through the ups and downs during July and August. Normally a weak market period, the averages had a modest pullback, holding above key support levels and working off their daily overbought condition.   After the short decline without much price fluctuation, the major averages formed favorable technical patterns on a daily basis  from oversold conditions. The bulls stepped in to buy and the bears were disappointed once again.  At the time of this writing, we remain in a rally phase that began in the end of August. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq made new record closing highs on September 12.  

Price trends seem to be more significant indicating market direction than weakening momentum patterns.  The recent rise occurred even thought there were clear negative patterns on many intermediate charts.  It’s good to keep in mind, there has been not been a bear market since March 2009, when the past bear market ended.  The rise in equities since then is one of the longest time periods without at least a 20 percent drop in the S&P 500.

On this latest rally there has been no big thrust in volume or surge in market breadth to suggest a strong up move is forthcoming.  However, there has been no major sign of danger either.  Our models remain overall neutral-positive for the intermediate term which means upside potential remains greater than downside risk.  Weakening momentum patterns remain on the intermediate charts and still need to be monitored.  However, until support levels and uptrends are broken look for higher prices ahead.

These clues will help guide you if the market will continue to advance or weaken.

7 Simple Clues You Want To Follow For a Potential Trend Change

  1. Overseas markets have been strong. Observe the action to see if 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. Follow the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) if it continues to make new highs or turns down. Keep an eye on Apple (APPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL), and Facebook, (FB) if they start to lag and start to turn down.
  3. High Yield Bonds weaken, turning lower instead of holding their ground or rising. Use the ETF’s HYG or JNK as a benchmark.
  4. The Transportation Average (IYT) has not yet confirmed the Dow Industrials high. If the IYT turns down now and doesn’t close above 175.40 this would not be a good sign.
  5. Volatility remains low. Watch if VIX takes out the August 11 high of 17.28. A warning signal would be if VIX goes above the high made on September 5 at 14.06.
  6. New 52 week lows on the New York Stock Exchange Index are low, presently at 8. An increase to over 150 would not be a good sign.
  7. Watch the last hour of trading. If the major averages closes near the low end of their daily range instead of near the highs, this would be bearish.

 

Keep an eye on the S&P 500 (SPY) For a Breakout

 

The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Daily Price Channel and 19-26-9 MACD

The top part of the chart is the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF and its active daily trading channel.  The S&P 500 Index (SPY) is comprised of 500 stocks of the largest companies in the U.S.   The S&P 500 (SPY) this week made a new all-time high.  The new high coincides with hitting the daily upside channel.  Further strength in the SPY now, will give a new short term channel objective to 259.00, another 3.6% higher.  A break below 239.00 on a closing basis would raise a red flag.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a measure of momentum.   MACD is on a buy since late August.  MACD is above 0, rising and its pattern has room to the upside before it would be considered extended.  MACD broke its daily down trend from its March 1 peak.

Higher Intermediate Term Upside Objectives For the S&P 500 (SPY)

 

 

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

The top part of the chart is the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF and its active weekly (intermediate) trading channel. The SPY has had a slow and steady rise this year.  The SPY chart pattern has been in a consolidating pattern, with an upside bias.  The SPY remains clearly in an uptrend (black line).  There has not been even a minor downside penetration of the trendline since the lows were made on 2/8/16.   Declines have been small and for relatively short periods of time. Until this trendline is broken, no serious threat of a major decline should occur.   The upside channel objective is 277.00. Below 239.00 implies more weakness towards the middle channel at 212.00.

Summing Up:

The major averages have made new highs.  However, keep in mind intermediate momentum patterns have not confirmed the recent highs.  The market breadth and volume indicators that we follow have not been strong enough to generate any impulse signals that suggest the rally is sustainable and would be stronger than an average market rise.  There has been no real thrust on the advancing days to get excited about, however not much ground has been given up either.  Our stock market timing models remain neutral-positive, indicating a potentially profitable market climate and potential further gains over the next several weeks to months.

As long as the SPY remains above 239.00, the trend is up and the odds favor the SPY to work its way higher towards the upside channel objective at 277.00.  If the SPY falls below 239.00 on a weekly close, then risk would increase, and the intermediate trend would change from up to down implying more potential weakness towards the middle channel at 212.00.  Ride the trend for now. However, watch for the 7 clues for a potential trend change.

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 September 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Practical Financial Rituals for Growing Your Wealth

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

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

 

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Equity market overview – The bulls remain in control for now

The stock market continues its winning ways.  In 2017, any decline that has occurred has been contained to only a few percent because the bulls quickly stepped in to buy and the market rebounded.   Major averages are at or near their all-time highs.  The New York Stock Exchange Index cumulative advance decline line has likewise made a new all-time high.  Overseas markets are rising, especially emerging markets.  The transportation average recently confirmed the Dow Jones high.  (However, the Transports have pulled back this week.  The significance of this divergence from the Industrials is unclear at this early stage.)  VIX, a measure of fear, is at 9.79 on 07/18/17, historically a very low level.   All of these factors are supporting our market.   At this time only a few warning signs exist, such as unfavorable seasonality and some weakening momentum patterns appearing on some of the intermediate and long term charts.

The positives far outweigh the few warning signs that don’t seem to be deterring the bulls from moving the market higher. There is no evidence of a change in the prevailing uptrend.  Our U.S. equity models remain overall neutral-bullish suggesting higher prices are likely over the next several months.  Any pullback, if it were to occur is likely to be contained, rather than a larger decline of more than 20%.

ETF Corner

Let’s turn now away from US equities to review the position of Gold (GLD) since my article in the June 8, 2017 Systems and Forecasts newsletter “Gold Appears Ready to Shine”.   As a reminder, you can trade gold bullion with the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD).  Purchasing the ETF (GLD) is an easy way to participate without holding the physical commodity.   GLD tends to be trendy, once it establishes its direction.

The top portion of the GLD chart above shows the weekly active trend channel in effect (blue lines).

Gold (GLD) bottomed at 107.00 on 12/15/16.  GLD penetrated the high on 04/17/17 at 123.07, slightly breaking the downtrend from its peak (orange line) on 07/05/16 , which appeared to be a breakout at the time. Instead, the breakout was false as GLD stalled at the middle channel, not powering through.    GLD fell for five weeks to a low of 114.80 then turned up, holding well above the lower channel at 111.00 and above the low at 114.80.  If GLD closes above the high at 123.07 (green circle) this time, GLD would likely be a true breakout. The potential upside target is 139.00.   A close below the lower channel support at 111.00 would negate my bullish outlook.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a momentum indicator.  MACD gave a buy from an extreme oversold condition as GLD rose.  On the latest pullback MACD penetrated 0 and has now turned slightly below 0.    Any short term rise in price now would turn MACD up and form a positive double bottom formation.  This would imply further gains over the intermediate term (weeks-months).

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

The top portion of the GLD chart above is the daily price with a 200-Day Simple Moving Average (blue line).  The 200-day moving average is a common technical indicator which investors use to evaluate the price trend. Very simply put, it’s the average of GLD closing price over the last 200 days.  If the price of the security is above the moving average it’s bullish (green circles).  If the price is below the moving average, it’s bearish (red circles).  Notice how on 07/18/17 GLD is above its 200-day moving average. In addition, Gold (GLD) has penetrated the down trend (black line) suggesting further gains are likely in the near term.

The lower portion of the chart is the 12-26-9 MACD, a momentum indicator.  MACD has generated a fresh buy together with a downside trend line break. This is a favorable development for GLD.

In Sum: 

U.S. equities continue their winning ways with the bulls remaining in control until proven otherwise. Our U.S. equity models remain overall neutral-bullish suggesting higher prices are likely over the next several months.  Another buying opportunity for the gold bullion ETF (GLD) is here.  Gold (GLD) is above its 200-day simple moving average and has successfully tested it weekly low.  As long as Gold (GLD) is above 111.00, look for Gold (GLD) to trend higher.

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*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts July 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

ETF Corner: Negative Divergences Have Formed on Weekly Charts

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summing Up:

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

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

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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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*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts May 25, 2017

 


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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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*******Article published by Bonnie Gortler in Systems and Forecasts May 11, 2017

 

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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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