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

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

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

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

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


Summing Up:

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

 

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

 

 

 

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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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Life has a funny way of causing you to grow. I’ve noticed over the years that you either get the lesson or situations will keep appearing until you do. One of the best decisions I did in my life almost eight years ago was when I was asked, “Why are you so negative”? This question was the turning point for me to realize it was time to become committed to my own personal growth. At some deep level I understood I needed to create changes within my outlook that would release my negativity so I could begin living a healthier happier life. Since then I’ve worked at becoming a better person and enjoying life more. There is still more to be done but I can say that now I’m less stressed, more fit, and feel a sense of freedom that had escaped me.  Magic happens when you get out of your own way. This path of growth hasn’t always been easy (and I have had plenty of bumps along the way) but it’s a journey well worth the effort.

If your life isn’t where you had hoped and you find yourself struggling, tell me, what would it be like for you to have your days filled with better health, more wealth, and an abundance of happiness? What would you change in order to live the life you desire? At times it can appear well beyond your reach, but you can create all these things and more by being the best you can be right now. Nothing more, your best self at this very moment, and then the next moment after that. Change can be overwhelming and I’ve found small steps get better results.

. The more you know and understand about yourself the better. Happiness is a choice, and the journey begins as a result of the decisions you make along the way. Better information will allow you to make better choices.

Taking the first steps toward creating your ideal life might seem challenging but the effort is rewarding when you do what is needed and follow through. What you will want to focus on next is the process of investing in your personal growth and overall well-being. Empower yourself by deciding within your mind and heart you will do the work now. You are past settling for what simply comes your way. Now is the time to harness your inner power. Look around and you will see many opportunities available right at your fingertips. All you have to do is grab them and they will help get you there. It’s time to put energy and effort into yourself. You are worth it! Let today be the day you invest in you.

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  19. Listen to music, it can be very soothing to your soul. Spend time outside in nature.
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  22. Appreciate what you have.
  23. Focus on what is positive.  Don’t dwell on the negative.
  24. Write 6 things each night you want to accomplish the next day.
  25. Challenge yourself by going outside your comfort zone.
  26. Don’t wallow in your mistakes. Instead, learn from them. This is how you grow.
  27. Invest in yourself without hesitation.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

ETF Corner: Negative Divergences Have Formed on Weekly Charts

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summing Up:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

 


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

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

In Sum: 

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

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.

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With all the challenges life throws our way it can be difficult at times to remember that successfully living a healthy wealthy lifestyle is well within your grasp. In order to make your desired life possible you first need to be clear on your goals by determining what you want the end result to be. Then you put in a plan of action combined with healthy food choices with a consistent workout regime to enhance your overall well-being.

Dedication will go a long way when making the required adjustments to lead you on your path to success. Decide today to create within your life the necessary time to ensure your success. Don’t allow your busy schedule to stop you from taking care of yourself.  When it’s all in your hands, why would you not put yourself in the best position to feel good, be happy, and be a high-energy vibration? Once you do so you will attract the right people into your life and who will help you create the circumstances that support your goals. Remind yourself you deserve to be successful and to live the lifestyle you desire. See if you can find a minimum of 5 minutes a day to begin the process and then build to 15-30 minutes from there. You may experience when you start making real change that it will feel like a struggle. This happens to everyone and is exactly why most people give up but remember you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out and find a friend or hire a trainer/coach to be the accountability partner you need so you can share your growth experience together.

When I started my well-being journey almost 8 years ago, I was not in good shape, didn’t take great care of myself, was in a lot of pain, couldn’t walk one-half of a block, and didn’t know how to exercise. I rarely moved my body and focused so much on work that I neglected to take care of myself.  This changed when I found a coach who shared a wealth of information and opened a new way of life that included an exercise regimen along with healthy eating. The change has been phenomenal in my overall quality of life. I’m happier now, more focused and successful than ever before.

My biggest surprise from my well-being journey is how empowering exercise can be. My favorite exercises include riding a stationary bike and lifting weights. I also love the added feeling of inner strength that comes from doing pushups. This is a far cry from how my life used to be because I now look forward to exercising instead of feeling like it’s a burden. What about you? Do you have a favorite exercise? Is your life where you want it to be? Do you feel good about yourself? Exercise is a great way to start feeling better about you and your life,  although it can sometimes be challenging and requires discipline. I found over the years that my outlook and view I had of myself improved when I put the work into making my goals a reality. When you’re ready there will be no stopping you.

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        I will share my answers with you.

“Success is creating a healthy, wealthy, balanced, fun, inspired lifestyle, living life with love, happiness, and inner peace.

I will have achieved personal success when I feel and give love unconditionally, be fearless, gentle on myself, connected, vibrant, achieving my goals, choosing happiness, living in the spirit of love enjoying life at the moment.”

Making positive life changes helps you feel renewed, refreshed and you will find that your stress seems to float away. Start now to establish those habits that fuel your healthy wealthy lifestyle goals and give you permission to go after your personal success. Below are some additional insights to assist you along the way. 

Quick and Easy Healthy Tips How to Invest in Yourself:

1. Take one small step at a time, each small change will make a difference.

2. Bring someone into your confidence, I suggest this be a trainer/coach and share them what you are doing, tell your goals and ask them for their guidance.

3. Construct a simple routine that you will follow and fully incorporate into your life easily.

4. Write down 3 realistic goals. Be specific with a date you will complete them by. This is crucial because it also gives you a visual reminder.

7 Easy Ways to Begin Your Healthy Habits:

  1. Start your day with a healthy breakfast.
  2. Get adequate rest. Create downtime to recharge your batteries. Take breaks during the day to re-energize.
  3. Surround yourself with people who inspire and you feel good around. Positive people are supportive and uplifting and have good energy which is contagious.
  4. Drink water. Water helps detoxify the body and will increase your metabolism and improve your digestive function.  Start by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
  5. For those of you, who do not have an allergy to wheat; eat whole grain bread and cereals, brown rice pasta instead of white.
  6. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
  7. Eat fiber or protein-rich food throughout the day to maintain your energy levels and help you to feel full longer.

5 Habits To Avoid:

Avoid eating processed food full of pesticides, hormones or preservatives as much as possible.

  1. Limit white bread, pasta and starches (empty calories) having no value nourishing your body.
  2. Look at the labels to see how much salt and sugar is in the food you are buying. They are both very addictive. The more you have sugar and salt, the more you will want.
  3. Keep unhealthy junk foods away as far as possible. Avoid temptations if you can.
  4. Avoid soft drinks. Regular soda (1 can of coke) has a ton of sugar, 16 teaspoons. Diets soda has 0 calories but has artificial ingredients which are not healthy for you and will wreak havoc on your metabolism.

Improving your well-being starts with learning new habits which include healthy eating, exercising regularly and having plenty of fun along the way. As you embark on your well-being path, it will serve you well to remember that it is OK to ask others for help. We all need support and what better way to make big changes in your life than to reach out and open up to others who can help you in the process. You can do this by taking simple small steps on your journey and by finding your right balance so you can continue to feel good as you set yourself up for success. Explore and experiment until you find the right combination for you. Get started with a few easy healthy habits and when you see how good you feel you will be ready to add a few more. Start today because it’s those small victories that lead to incredible leaps of success that will ultimately create the healthy, lifestyle you desire.

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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.

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.

 

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

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