$AAPL trying for a new high, holds up the market

Talk about a mixed market.  Should say a mixed day.  The general indexes were up on the day and down from the open.

So I guess the story is AAPL.  How many times has that been the case in this bull market?  Every day?  AAPL closed at 161.47 just a point off its all-time high of 162.51.  The high today was 162 even. It is overbought.  See the daily chart below.

The question arises “Can AAPL hold up the market all by itself?”  Probably, at least for a while. But if it comes apart, the market is likely to flush like crazy. It has an $834-million market-cap which is a number that absolutely defies history so when it falls it could (and likely will) fall very hard.

In the general market, I had end-of-the-day sells on my Breadth signal (as was expected after six days up) and the Volatility signal.  The turn-down in breadth was not enough to damage the longer-term breadth.  The price signal remains on a buy.  Like I said, a mixed day.  The market could go either way tomorrow.

I don’t have much more to say.

Hmm…that reminds me, the great trader Linda Bradford Raschke once said (if I may paraphrase) she loved it when nothing much happened in the market because the next big thing usually is a REALLY BIG THING.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

PRICE: Buy. (Day 2).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Sell. (Day 1).
VOLATILITY: Sell, (Day 1).

CONTEXT:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Buy(Day 2).
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (29 rising, fear).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 21 Buys; 6 Overbought, 8 Oversold, 1 new buys today, 1 new sells.

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$RACE – Ferrari racing up the Darvas stairs…

At the risk of oversimplification, the most effective ways to trade stocks is to keep it simple.

One of the best ever at this was Nicholas Darvas.

His method was to put a simple box around a stock’s price consolidation and buy it as the stock came out of the top of the box and either put a stop loss below his trade price (which would be a tight stop if the stock came back into the box) or below the bottom of the box (depending on anyone’s individual risk parameters).

Darvas said he never shorted a stock dropping below the bottom of a box only because he felt he was not psychologically suited to selling short. Still that would be, especially in a bear market, as simple of buying the top of one of his boxes in a bull market.

Darvas’ book “How I Made $2,000,000 In The Stock Market” (this was the 1950s) describes his “Box System”. It is a classic. And timeless – see the chart of RACE below.

I have said before the easiest way to buy or not buy an IPO is to put a box on the high and low of its first day of trading and buy above the top of the box and short below the box. While an IPO’s first day is itself a Darvas box (blue on the chart below) as one can see here there are others also very worthwhile for the trader as well as a longer-term investor.

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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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#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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#NYSE Margin Debt

This may be too simplistic but every time I look at this Doug Short chart, I think at least 800 SPX points down before this finishes unraveling. It takes time, of course, but this time that would put the S&P 500 somewhere in the 1400s.

These numbers from the NYSE are a month old so the current record rally is not in them yet but I suspect when it is, it’ll look similar to that little blip up in 2008 just before the real tumble continued.

For Doug Short’s article GO HERE.

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#Banks – Someone said there’s a rally?

Since February 12th the stock market has been rallying strongly.

So what’s with these guys?

And to top it off, Bloomberg had an article this morning on CEO compensation at the biggest banks.  Now we know where all the QE went.

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I $SPY seven days of greed…

CNN Money’s Fear-and-Greed Index is, simply put, one of the most useful market-timing tools there is.

For example, the most recent rally, using the index as a trigger, bought the market on the open of February 16 (see the green vertical line on the chart below), a swing that has carried SPY, the SPX ETF, from 188 to 199 today, a gain of 5.3%, but more notably it has so far racked up gains for the 3x-leverage ETF of 17.4% in UPRO, 15.9% in the Nasdaq’s TQQQ, and a whopping 29.5% for TNA, the Russell fund.

That buy signal, now 18 trading days old, is still on and counting but …

But the Fear-and-Greed Index has now registered greed for seven days.  Call it lucky or unlucky depending on one’s bullish or bearish point-of-view but seven days of greed is often all she writes on an upside swing (see the chart) before a sudden sell-down.

As they say, it could be different this time but…

But it seldom ever is.

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#NiftyFiftyStocks once again signal a bounce

Had 45 of the 50 stocks in my nifty-fifty stock list on sells yesterday (2/9/16).  That doesn’t guarantee a rally but often signals a turn in the market for at least a bounce.

And after today’s overnight down and the run up during the market’s regular session, it appears a reversal may be in.  Another hint that we may go up some from here came in the Dow stocks today – only four remained below their opens at the end of the day and two of those slip at the close.

My longer term swing signals have not entirely turned bullish yet so a rally long here remains iffy until further confirmation.

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$XLF – Deja vu all over again

Not to make too much of this but…

(Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co, the biggest U.S. residential mortgage lender and a major lender to the energy industry, reported a slight dip in quarterly profit on Friday as it set aside more money to cover bad loans to oil and gas companies.

Walls Fargo – whose latest balance sheet showed it had replaced Citigroup Inc as the third-largest U.S. bank – managed to increase revenue from mortgage banking for the first time in three quarters in the three months ended Dec. 31.

But its exposure to energy loans meant provisions for credit losses jumped by about $346 million from a year earlier to $831 million. Of the increase, about $159 million was mainly for oil and gas loans.

In the fourth quarter alone, the bank’s wholesale division set aside $90 million more for bad loans than in the third quarter, primarily for loans to energy companies.

And it has been reported the bank has as much as $17 billion in outstanding loans to energy companies.  Wells Fargo is already admitting bad loans to energy but what about the rest of the big banks? Given the tumble in energy and its various companies (especially frackers) one has to wonder how much the sector is running on credit from the major banks (one suspects a lot), and how many of those loans are in jeopardy of default.

For the “deja vu all over again” (as Yogi would put it) see charts below:

Back in 2007, prior to the free fall of the financial sector into the crisis of 2008, the housing sector (ITB), so important in bank lending, was falling apart for a full five months while the financial sector continued to make new highs, until both sectors crashed in lockstep.

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This time around the energy sector (XLE) has been falling for 10 months while stocks in the banking sector continued to make new highs.   Both sectors are now both in sync…and going down…

How far?  No telling, but there is some historical precedent for sector divergences such as these.

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