#HousingStocks and the three little bears…

It is nearly impossible to call a market top before it becomes obvious it has already happened but the housing stocks have come closest in the past to doing it.

Which is why I keep an eye on LEN, KBH, DHI, MDC, NVR, TOL, PHM AND TOL. If all is not quite well with the market (and the economy for that matter), they are often the first to show the strain.

As far back as December of last year I posted an entry here at what I suspected might the first warning sign:

Gonna Huff and Puff and Blow Your House Down

And again in early February of this year, as the SPY began to break down, being led by the housing sector, I posted a warning here to also watch the banking stocks:

Housing stocks – the tails that wag the banking dogs

And finally this last April 24th, another post looking back at the history of these tell-tale stocks:

Housing stocks – Remembering 2008

Which bring us to today.

The ten-year bond rate went through 3% for the first time since 2011, with no sign of turning back, and it appears (obviously) the housing sector did not like it (see the chart panel below).

In 2007, this sector had a long sideways to up move after the initial hard break that had all the stock pundits (on CNBC and elsewhere) proclaiming the market pull back was over. The banks were even making new highs at the time (they are not now).

Then the plunge began into 2008.

The hard break in this sector this year has many of these same housing stocks down 20% already. And they have moved generally sideways — some with a downward bias — since mid-February before today’s four and five percent drops as it appears they are breaking down from their months-long consolidations just like last time.

On the chart panel below, see LEN, DHI, TOL and HOV particularly.

Is this the sign the bears have noticed this Goldilocks bull market has been eating their porridge and sleeping in their bed for far too long? There is a chance they are about to chase her out of the house running for her life into the deep dark forest of the time to come. And if so, the banking stocks will scurry after…

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#BellwetherStocks – ten bull flags still flying…

The general market took a hit today just when it appeared it could break out of its consolidation at recent lows.

All of this may be on news – Trump proposing a possible trade war with China, stewing over the Mueller investigation into everything from his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, to the crimes arising from his hush-money payoffs to a porn star and Playboy playmate, to his sons’ threatening reprisals for any foreign government not doing their bidding, to allegations everywhere of corruption, self-dealing and maybe even money laundering; and now he’s rattling missiles at Syria (which is to say, at the Russian military).

Is there an Archduke Ferdinand anywhere in Syria?

There was a time when the one thing almost certain in the stock market was that the market did not like uncertainty.

Well, Trump has been the poster boy for uncertainty since the election and yet, remarkably, the market has ignored that, focusing instead on the Republican tax cut and the ripping away of every sane and insane regulation there is. But it’s beginning to look as if it is not quite ignoring his inconsistency and incompetence anymore. Last year it was hard to get the market to go down. Now it’s hard to get it to go up.

Okay, enough of that. What about right now?

This is an update of this POST ON APRIL 5TH.

The top in place in January may have ushered in a bear market (which is my overall bias) but right now the market is trying to bounce, and maybe even rally.

Today was a setback in that effort and every day seems precarious but I want to point to my twelve bellwether stocks. Despite last Friday’s bloodbath and today’s drop, they have all held firm. In fact, ten of the stocks have bull flags (see the chart panel below). My bellwether stocks are: TSLA, NFLX, AMZN, BID, TWTR, BIDU, AAPL, GS, FB, NVDA, FSLR, BABA. All twelve are in the black from the beginning of this bounce on open of April 4th.

TSLA is leading the bounce up 17.8% , followed by NFLX up 10.%, TWTR up 9.2% and now FB, with Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, up 9.1%.

As bellwethers these stocks are, so far, saying this market is going to have another surge to the upside soon. Probably by Friday (unless the news gets in the way).

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#MarketTiming – $SPY ready to break up out of its box?

All through the market’s recent wild ups and downs, short-term breadth, measured by the McClellan Oscillator, has continued to work its way higher with each market plunge and recovery.

Now the all-important long-term breadth has also turned positive.

This is very bullish.

And yet, price has to yet to break of its nearly two weeks of consolidation – see the box on the chart below. With today’s general-market surge it is once again challenging the top of its range and appears poised to break through to higher highs. Tomorrow could be key. If SPY breaks out, it will no doubt take the rest of the market with it. The first objective would be that red trend line across the tops of the recent pullback.

Whether this is a resumption of the bull market or just a short-term swing in a bear being born is still a question. If SPY fails to climb out of its box, it could go all way down again and possible turn that box into the bull’s coffin. There are plenty of doubts this bull can keep going but for now the fight is on the upside.

Those rising green circles, marking the lows above the lows on the upper graph below, are a telling prelude to a strong up swing (see their history on the chart) and right now the bulls have the benefit of the doubt.

It is time to be long to be long and to buy stocks on dips until it isn’t anymore.

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#BellwetherStocks – longer fangs for the new year?

Let’s put it this way:

NVDA UP 14%
NFLX UP 13%
AMZN UP 11.3%
TSLA UP 7.7%
BIDU UP 7.0%
GOOGL UP 6.8%
BABA UP 6.5%
TWTR UP 5.5%
AAPL UP 4.0%
FB UP .9%

The above are year-to-date returns – nine trading days – which is why they are the “bellwether stocks” for this melt-up bull market. They also happen to be the stocks in the NYFANG Index, up 8.4% year to date.

Also I would add FSLR, up 8.2%, as a bellwether for the future of energy.

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$SBGL – the little gold stock known to get bigger..

Back in a little into the little gold stock that can get bigger in a hurry.

As has been said before, divergences don’t mean anything until they do (see the chart below). SBGL made a lower low in the last two days but the channel commodity index did not, setting up, once again, a divergence that might be telling on the long side.

Last this setup took hold, SBGL rallied up 26% in a month at its high and stopped out at up 22% (see the first chart below for the history). Not bad, especially since its stock sector (measured by the ETFs GDX, NUGT, and JNUG) were mostly going lower during that entire advance (see the second chart below).

Closed today at 5.16. May add on tomorrow’s open. Stop at 4.98.

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#MarketTiming – as suggested yesterday, today the bounce…

Wrote yesterday for a lot reasons the market was likely to bounce today and so it did.

Those reasons remain in place. All three of my swing signals are on buys as well as the ever important long-term breadth. Fourteen of the nifty-50 stock list gave buys today, and AAPL moved up as suggested yesterday. All in all, a good day across the board.

I going to note that my bellwether stock are still oversold or still close to oversold, with many buys today (see the green bars coming out of the oversold cyan color coding on the charts below). If they get moving tomorrow, the market, obviously, is going vault much higher.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

PRICE: Buy. (Day 2).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Buy. (Day 4).
VOLATILITY: Buy, (Day 2).

CONTEXT:

SPY CLOSE – 250.05.
QQQ CLOSE – 144.46.
LONG-TERM BREADTH: Buy (Day 33).
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (78 rising, extreme greed level).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 26 Buys; 83 Overbought, 12 Oversold, 14 new buys today, 2 new sells.

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$SPY – giving glimmers of a pause…

This is just a guess but it will not surprise me if the stock market rally takes a pause Thursday.

Overall, the  bias remains bullish with long-term breadth continuing to rise, and my buy signals based on price and volatility sill in place.

So why a  pause?  Why now?  Maybe?

The ETF for the S&P 500 — SPY — is not only up three days in a row, it has now been overbought for all three of those days.  The last time it was overbought for three days was September 1st going into the holiday weekend.  On the Tuesday following the holiday, the market took its deepest setback in this latest advance from late August.  And while this bull market has been relentless even in the face of any indication it might turn down, short term breadth turned down today at an overbought level itself (see the red box in the upper right of the chart below).  Many times when that happens as prices are shooting upward, it is the glimmer that there is weakness under the mask of the price advance, and many times it the prelude to a quick dip (look back over the chart for similar instances). Also, the stocks on my nifty-50 stock list have been slowly rolling over for the past two days, from 34 on buys to 27 today, another glimmer.

However, those glimmers may mean nothing at all and even if they do bring on a pause, or a sideways slide for a couple of days, it is no big deal.  It’s going to take more than this to slow down long-term breadth (the straight up line with the black dots in the middle of the chart below).  There are just too many positives so the market still has higher highs ahead.

Should be noted that AAPL filled an intraday gap from three days ago today down at about 158 and the stock finished near its high for the day.  If it bounces based on that, as big as it is, then there won’t even be a pause in the rally tomorrow.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

PRICE: Buy. (Day 3).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Buy. (Day 3).
VOLATILITY: Buy, (Day 3).

CONTEXT:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Buy(Day 13).
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (67 rising, greed level).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 27 Buys; 17 Overbought, 6 Oversold, 5 new buys today, 9 new sells.

Bellwether stocks meeting 5-minute day-trading criteria for a buy on the open Thursday:  BABA, AMZN, NVDA, GS, TSLA.

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$SPY $QQQ – bouncy bounce time…

Looks like it is time for the bounce from Friday to continue.

All three of my swing-trading signals – Price, Breadth, Volatility – gave buys for Monday’s open after last Thursday’s hard slam to the downside and Friday’s bounce.

Everything is still oversold.

My Nifty-50 stock list had 39 nine stocks on sells Friday for the second day in a row. Forty sells is a marker for a bottom of a swing but sometimes the market just goes to far to fast and doesn’t quite get down that far. Also 30 of those stocks are oversold. Thirty is a lot.

The plunge in price Thursday took the Nasdaq Comp to a level that often marks a bottom, and made Friday’s bounce almost a sure thing (see the chart below of the Nasdaq Comp with the previous signals). Given this bull market it is more likely than not we move up again now.

Caution is needed, however, since long-term breadth remains negative and there is no divergence in short-term breadth so it should be noted that a test or retest of Friday’s lows some time this coming week is also likely.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

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

CONTEXT:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Sell (Day 8).
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (28, greed level).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 11 Buys; 1 Overbought, 30 Oversold, 4 new buys today, 4 new sells.

Stocks in the Nifty-50 list on buy signals: EXAS, CC, CZR and MELI.

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#MarketTiming – Day 4 0f Upswing

The general market moved up again today. Fourth consecutive day up on the Nasdaq. It is the third day of the trade from Monday’s open. A four or more day move is where the money is made in swing trading, particularly with 3x-leveraged ETFs (see table below), or options, or futures.

At the same time, this market is getting wildly overbought. Forty-three of my Nifty-50 stocks are on buys, with 34 overbought. This is a lot.

The Nasdaq composite is more than two standard deviations of an average advance. That puts it on borrowed time for more upside. Needless to say, it can borrow more time. Markets go up until they go down. Simple as that, and this bull market has had an inclination to put on more gains just when one thinks it should stall.

It is time still to let profits run since all principal buy signals remain positive and long-term breadth just turned positive also, making this a market now to buy the dips, any dips.

TRADING SIGNALS:

PRICE: Positive. Long on Monday open (Trade Day 3).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Positive. Long on Monday open (Trade Day 3).
VOLATILITY: Positive. Long on Monday Open (Trade Day 3).

CONTEXT:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Positive (Day 1).
FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (47, rising back into neutral).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 43 Buys, rising; 34 Overbought, 0 Oversold.

The rally results so far (three full days):

TQQQ up 6.0 percent.
XIV up 5.4 percent.
UPRO up 2.3 percent.
TNA up 2.8 percent.

The net gain for a basket of the above leverage ETF for the three days in the trade is 4.1 percent.

#BullMarket – so many buy signals…

…it is almost scary.

But it is what it is.  I guess the Fed came to save the day…with higher interest rates no less.

With a low above a low on the NYMO after five weeks of highs below highs, it appears bears have one more day (tomorrow) to make their presence felt but after that, if the NYSI up, it will be rocket time again. In other words, new highs across the board someday soon (tomorrow, Friday, next week) and probably then some more…

Also, a nice little divergence there on my nifty-50 stock list from 42 sells in February to 38 four days ago (there are 39 on buys now).  Last time had a similar divergence was at the bottom in November.

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