#IPOs – hanging in and moving on…

Updating the chart discussed in this link:

IPOS – A Great Year for “Dummies”

Particularly BYND (again) and PINS, rallying again over the high of its IPO day after being stopped out a couple of times at that high.

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#MarginDebt – The Reckoning has arrived…

You know those recaps that begin each new episode of TV shows with words like “Previously on Mad Men…Previously on Shameless…” or most appropriately in this case “Previously on Breaking Bad”?

For a year I’ve been watching for the end of this bull bubble and chronicled it’s slow rollover in the links in this link so let’s call this recap “Previously on Margin Debt”:

Margin Debt – the divergence that kills the bull

As has been noted before the trouble with this gauge from FINRA (it used to be from the NYSE) is that it is calculated and released always a month late. So during any given month one pretty much has to guess from price action what’s going on with the margin debt. Given how over extended it was, my guess October’s price action was probably finally killing the bull market (see the link above), and November would probably be the confirmation that the bear was out of it’s nine-year cave. Indeed, it was confirmation and the bear did emerge.

If one stares at the chart below for a while, it’s clear if history is any guide (at least based on the 2000 and 2007 bull bubbles) when margin debt comes apart it does not quit feeding on itself until the SPX declines 40 to 50 percent.

Ai-yi-yi, long-term holders!

But can this time be different? Of course it can. Margin Debt this time is coming down from higher levels than even 2000 and 2007. What if different turns out to be the same as 1929-1932? Talk about a “Presidential cycle” – the last “businessman” to be President was Herbert Hoover who presided over the worst bear market in history.

Different is never really different. It really means all things must change so that all can return to being the same.

America has had magnificent prosperity from 1945 to… Picking a time depends where one sits on the income inequality scale but I suppose for the vast majority of Americans the time was the 1980s when prosperity began to fray, the American dream began to fade. Read an telling opinion piece on this just yesterday – American Capitalism Isn’t Working. Needless to say it can be fixed but the fix is going to take a lot of year now. It’s going to be long climb back and we’ve not even hit bottom.

I could be wrong about this, of course, since market psychology can run amok even in the face of time and all sorts of fundamental foolishness.

In the meantime, as J.P. Morgan so famously put it “the market will fluctuate.” There will continue to be plunges to buy and bounces to sell. For those of us who actively play this game, that’s all that matters to make money.

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$SPY $TQQQ – Fast and furious the bear-market rally rises…

It was noted in the post below from the day before yesterday that bear market rallies tend to be fast and furious so we would have to see how this one goes.

And now, so far, it has went exactly as expected. Both short-term and long-term breadth, measured by the McClellan Oscillator and Summation Index, gave buy signals for yesterday’s open.

Despite a somewhat squishy start to yesterday, the rally (or maybe it should be called a “bounce”) clicked in strongly today. The fast move up midday was probably due to a speech by Federal Reserve chairman Powell which turned out to be more dovish than expected on future interest-rate increases. Funny how often news comes along to agree with what market breadth is saying already.

Notable moves in the rally so far include TQQQ up 12.% in two days; UPRO up 9.1%; FNGU, the 3x-leveraged ETF of the “FAANG” stocks, up 9.7%; tech ETF TECL up 13.4%. In two days…

So what now?

Both SPY and TQQQ are up more than two standard deviations of an average advance (“fast and furious”) and SPY is about to smack into an obvious down trend line (see the chart below). This is not sustainable. It is likely too much too soon. In addition my nifty-50 stock list has 45 stocks on buys (this current turn to the upside started with 39 of those 50 stocks on sells). Consequently, it’s likely the general market will either go sideways for a time now or take a quick dip…maybe only one day. Given past history, those who did not jump on the buy signals yesterday are probably itching to buy any dip so the rally should go on. Only 11 of my 50 stocks are overbought. Usually there will be many more of them overbought before this upswing stalls out completely.

If I had to guess, I’d pick the 281 neighborhood as a place where the SPY may settle this trip up (see the chart). Maybe even a bit higher. It may not take long or it may chop up until January. After that all indications are we have not seen the eventual lows of this bear.

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#CoalStocks – thinking about shorting BTU, CLD…again.

Just thinking about it. This is a heads up. Don’t quite have the triggers I’d be comfortable with yet.

But unless the stocks surprise further to the upside, the prospects for shorting them again are getting closer day by day.

These stocks have been rallying in recent months on the desperate hope President Trump will do something to revive the industry. There is no chance of that happening. He is paying lip service, but is hardly interested or able to do anything else. Remember these stocks, long term, have fallen faster than dead canaries. This is an industry slammed by cheaper cleaner natural gas and it is facing an inevitable death at the hands of renewable energy.

CLD, once the stock dropped below $5 a share, could easily fade to dead money around $1, and maybe even go off the board like so many others in this sector – Patriot Coal, Walter Energy… BTU has already been through a bankruptcy, taking out decades of shareholder equity, and now has restructured and emerged to try to do it again.

I’m not one for fundamentals but this industry blow happened just yesterday:

LAST COAL PORT PROPOSAL ON THE WEST COAST DIES

Businessmen, especially coal executives, always complain that environmentalists never let them do anything. That is not true. Environmentalists don’t let them do stupid things. All of coal, once an evil necessity, is now a stupid thing.

So, trading-wise, I’m looking for more signs of weakness, negative candles, breaking supports, indicator divergences before sealing the shafts (see the charts below). Call it waiting for the bloom to come off the black Trump rose.

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$KBE – Are these banks or the walking dead?

Long-term market breadth has been rising for nine days.  That usually takes most stocks in the same direction.  After all, if a stock isn’t rallying when it has the entire market on its side, when is it going to rally?

So, consider the banking sector…

JPM, BAC, GS, WFC, DB, KBE (the ETF for the sector) are all falling while breadth is positive (see the rising green in the middle of each chart below), and now all of these stocks have broken support falling out of their respective consolidations (see the blue boxes on the charts below).

Don’t those boxes look a lot like coffins?  So is this out of the coffin and into the grave like “out of the frying pan and into the fire”?

Enough fiddling around.

If you’re a bull this is not a sector you want to see lagging, let along falling apart.  So here’s the heads-up, they’re likely going down.

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#IPOs – $ZKIN and others…

Today, let’s take a look back at a couple of recent stock IPOs and a new one on a buy from yesterday.

As has been stated in a previous post here, buying into an IPOs is actually one of the easiest decisions in stock investing but never let a broker con you into doing it the day of the offering.

Instead, note the high price and the low price on the first IPO is traded. Those are the lines in the sand or the Darvas box around the first day of trading (see the charts below).  The time to buy, invest, is on a close above the high of the first day with a stop loss below the high of the first day.  That is usually a low-risk trade since the real good news comes when the stock proves it can move up from all the hype surrounding the offering itself and if it falls back the stop to exit is close by.

Applying this to the newest offering here,  ZKIN (ZK Intl Group) would have created a buy on yesterday’s close (9/5) at 9.49 above its first day high of 8.68.  Today it closed at 10.27 up 8.2%.  The stop-loss is a close below 8.68 but with an 8.2% leap in profits already in the stock one might want to at least put in a break-even to avoid any loss.

These are purely technical signals.  I have no idea what that company does except it is Chinese.

To sum up the other IPOs here that have given recent buy signals, ZEAL is up 7.1% and RNGR is down 2.6% from its buy.  RNGR at 14.53 is close to its stopping point at 14.50.

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A $ZEAL for investors…

Investing in an IPO is actually one of the easiest decisions in stock trading but not on its first day.

But it is an IPO’s first day of trading that gives a clear look at when to buy the stock.  Simply note the high price and the low price on day one of the IPO. Those are the lines in the sand (see chart 0f ZEAL below). The stock is a buy on a close above the high of the first day with a tight stop loss below the high of the first day.

With ZEAL that buy would have been at 18.95 on the open of August 28 (after its close above the high of the first day at on August 25).  The stop loss is on any close below 18.69, the high of the first day.  ZEAL backed off for a couple of days and retested its breakout above the IPO-day high but did not trigger its stop loss.  Today it is, at the moment, turning up again at 18.90 (UPDATED: 18.80 on the close), again with a stop below 18.69.

This is an an opportunity for investors to buy and hold.  This is not for traders.  With a good-till-cancel stop loss order in, with very little short-term risk, it is a buy it and forget it with the hope it will appreciate over time.

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Watching $BID for a market top

Sotheby’s Holding (BID) has so often been a market bellwether.

And at tops at that!  A rare thing in the world of calling market direction. Bottoms are easier to see and sometimes obvious but tops…”calling” tops has killed many a market prognosticator and killed many a bear.

So let me say right off I’m not calling a top here.  Just trying to pay attention…

And when BID quits rallying and/or diverges with general market, it is time to pay attention.  BID was down a bit on its monthly chart in September.  That is a lower high for the stock while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq drifted higher.

What’s it mean?  Maybe nothing.  Yet.  But take a look at the chart action showing BID with the SPX on the chart below in 2000 and 2007.  One might say, as BID goes so goes everything else.

And this time, so far, BID has not even crawled up to the top of its long-term price range, which is rather ominous going forward.

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This market could scream higher…

Call this a perspective on my Nifty-Fifty stock list.

Yesterday, there were 44 of the 50 stocks on sell signals.  That usually marks either the beginning of a bottom or the bottom itself.

On the up day today (however small) one has to lean to the idea this is the bottom itself.

Ask me, this is hard to believe since the market virtually has not gone down at all. So it seems this is a sideways move that will vault (scream) to new highs again soon. Maybe tomorrow.

Note on the chart below the past instances of 40 or more sells on the Nifty-Fifty.  Hard to believe but pretty plain to see.

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#Greed top could lead to #SPY stumble

CNN Money’s “Fear and Greed Index”, a calculation of seven key market indicators in order to gauge the primary emotions underlying the stock market, appears to have put in a double top at an extreme greed level.

Historically, this pattern has led to significant sell-offs in the general market as investors’ and traders’ greed, fueled by the market’s recent rally, cycle down once again to a prevalent fear level.

There is really no way to tell how far the S&P 500 index (SPX, also the SPY ETF) will fall but the last time this down cycle took place the SPY fell from a high of 211 to a low of 185 (about 250 SPX points, a 10% or so correction). There is no guarantee it will stop there.

Regardless, this is an excellent shorting opportunity across the face of the stock market, just as it will eventually lead to an fine buying opportunity later on.

Market timing.  They say it can’t be done but a study of the chart below should make it rather obvious “they” don’t know what they are talking about.

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