$SPY – engulfed by a bear in a grove of black candles

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 10/17/19.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): SELL FROM 4/17.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 4/15.
Price: SELL FROM 4/17.
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 15 BUYS, 2 NEW BUYS, 7 OVERBOUGHT; 35 SELLS, 6 NEW SELLS, 23 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 71, RISING, GREED LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 8 UP, 7 DOWN.

OF NOTE, $10K Swing Trades, SPY OPTIONS:
SPY CALLS, 288, 289 STRIKES FOR MONTHLY 4/18 EXPIRATION, 292, 291 PUTS.

OF NOTE, $10K Swing Trade Stocks:

BLACK CANDLES OF INDECISION ON CLOSE: TAN, SOXL, FNGU, TNA, TQQQ.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The market pulls back based on:

Long-term breadth (NYSI) triggered a sell signal today as the McClellan Oscillator (NYMO) continued to slide and fell through its zero line.

All of the black candles coming at the end of the recent rallies (see the charts below) coupled with the bearish engulfing candle on the SPY (although that was not with a notable increase in volume off the top). Price action during the days this week tended to gap up in the over-night futures market and then sell down steadily during the day session – and that felt like a bearish istribution under the surface.

CNN Money’s Fear and Greed Index remains at a greed level that is unsustainable.

Not much more to say except watch for follow through on the open to the downside.

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#MartketTiming – Swing Signals 4/10/19

THE SIGNALS AS OF 4/9/19.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): BUY FROM 4/10.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): BUY FROM 4/10.
Price: BUY FROM 4/10.
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 21 BUYS, 5 NEW BUYS, 11 OVERBOUGHT; 29 SELLS, 3 NEW SELLS, 3 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 70, FLAT, GREED LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 14 UP, 1 DOWN.

OF NOTE, $10K Swing Trades, SPY OPTIONS:

SPY CALLS, 287, 288, 289 STRIKES FOR WEEKLY 4/12 EXPIRATION OR MONTHLY 4/18 EXPIRATION.

OF NOTE, $10K Swing Trade Stocks:

BUY ON OPEN 10/11: GS, MSFT, AMZN, FSLR, NVDA, WYNN,TWLO, TSLA. STOCK OPTIONS.


WHAT’S NEXT?

As was suggested the post below in regards to yesterday’s drop in the market and pull back in short-term breadth: “Most likely it’s a mere dip to the zero line on the NYMO.

And so it was.

With today’s pop (not so much on the Dow but worthwhile pretty much everywhere else), the NYMO and NYSI are once again positive.

Kind of get tired of saying it over and over again but as long as the NYMO and/or NYSI remain positive overall the usual play is to be long, take profits when the stocks give sell signals, and buy coming out of dips but have to say it since it happens over and over again.

Fourteen out of 15 bellwether stocks were up, 40 of the 50 stocks on my nifty-50 stock list gained, all eight of the 3xLeverage ETFs I follow — TQQQ, TNA, UPRO, SOXL, FAS, ERX, LABU, FNGU, up, up, up…

And most notably the NYMO put in another low above a low (see the chart below) so until further notice expect follow through – this is broad market run to the upside.

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#MarketTiming Signals – 4/9/19

THE SIGNALS AS OF 4/9/19.
Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): SELL FROM 4/9.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 4/8.
Price: TQQQ SELL 4/9 UP 5.0%; UPRO SELL 4/9 UP 5.0%.3%; TNA SELL 2.7%
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 20 BUYS, 6 NEW BUY, 8 OVERBOUGHT; 30 SELLS, 6 NEW SELLS, 4 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 71, DOWN, GREED LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 4 UP, 11 DOWN.

OF NOTE, $10K Swing Trades, SPY OPTIONS:

SPY CLOSE – 287.33.
SOLD ON CLOSE – 282 APRIL IN-THE-MONEY UP 25.7%, 284 APRIL AT-THE-MONEY CALL UP 22.8%.
BUY ON OPEN – 288 APRIL IN-THE-MONEY PUT, 287 AT-THE-MONEY PUT.

OF NOTE, $10K Swing Trade Stocks:
SOLD ON CLOSE – WYNN, 17.6%; FSLR, up 6.6%; GS, UP 4.1%; NVDA UP 5.2%; AMZN UP 2.4%.
BUY ON OPEN – NFLX.

WHAT’S NEXT?
As noted in yesterday’s post, with the SPY is up eight days in a row and the NYMO turning down a profit-taking dip was coming “any day, any hour, any minute.”

Got that dip today causing profits to be taken on five bellwether stocks and SPY options (see table above). With the dip, however, the NYSI turned down – a bit of a surprise. Consequently, this pull back could get carried away to down side. Don’t really expect it after seeing so much momentum on the last bullish surge. Most likely it’s a mere dip to the zero line on the NYMO.

As said in the post below, as long as the NYMO and/or NYSI remain positive overall the usual play is to be long, take profits when the stocks give sell signals, and buy coming out of dips.

Trouble is, as of today, neither of them are positive so we’ll have to wait and see, or be ready to be nimble, playing offense with SPY puts on tomorrow’s open and playing defense immediately thereafter.

CNN MONEY’S “fear and Greed” pulled back, still at a “greed” level,” but it tends to be early at the top of swings. (Actually, the more I consider this, the more I’m beginning to think this dip COULD turn into a decent decline.) See the chart below.

AAPL finally had a reversal day and remains five days, by my measure, in overbought territory. If the market’s going to get carried away to the downside, the market-cap craziness of AAPL is a likely to be an easy down-and-dirty put play, maybe the 200 put for either Friday’s or the 4/18 expiration. The AAPL 190 April at-the-money call on this market rally is up a whopping 144% and has not, as yet, given an actual sell signal.

The banking stocks did today, a day late, what was suggested in this link – $XLF – Fighting an urge to short the bank stocks – so those short scalps are in play.

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#MarketTiming Signals

THE SIGNALS AS OF 4/8/19.
Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): BUY FROM 4/1.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 4/8.
Price: BUY TQQQ FROM 4/1 UP 6.2%; UPRO FROM 4/1 UP 4.3%; TNA FROM 4/1 UP 5.4%
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 20 BUYS, 1 NEW BUY, 10 OVERBOUGHT; 30 SELLS, 7 NEW SELLS, 8 OVERSOLD.
CNN “Fear and Greed” Index: 74, GREED LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 9 UP, 8 DOWN.

OF NOTE:
$10K Swing Trade SPY options: 282 APRIL IN-THE-MONEY CALL UP 59.2%; 284 APRIL AT-THE-MONEY CALL UP 75.2%.

See charts below.

$10K Swing Trade Stocks: WYNN is up 22.4% from 3/29; FSLR is up 8.4% from its price buy signal 3/29; AMD was a sell on today’s close up 8.2% from its price buy 4/1.

WHAT’S NEXT?
The SPY is up eight days in a row and the NYMO turned down today. Seen that many times before. There is a profit-taking dip coming…any day, any hour, any minute. But as long as the NYMO and/or NYSI remain positive overall the play is to be long, take profits when the stocks give sell signals, and buy coming out of dips.

However, for now, AAPL is up nine days in a row, which is reminiscent of previous runs in the bull market in which AAPL almost single-handed dragged the market indexes higher. It closed today at 200 and has a market-cap again approaching $1 trillion. The company has lots of cash and is no doubt buying back its stock again. That’s great for those who buy and hold but one day the buy-backs will end. A trillion dollar market-cap is not a jumping-in point to go much higher. On the last swoon, the stock dropped into the 140s, a great place to get back in after either taking profits shorting the stock above $200. For swing traders, doesn’t it seem obvious the selling or shorting opportunity knocks again?

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$XLF – Fighting an urge to short the bank stocks

The banking stocks appear on their charts ready for a quick flush down.

If anyone ever doubted the birds in a sector fly together, those charts below should relieve the doubts. Again and again, the major bank stocks’ charts look the same as history repeats and repeats, and again it looks like time to tumble.

So why do I say “fighting the urge”?

Simply put, there are extenuating circumstances. While they all stalled together Friday with XLF, the financial sector ETF, even ending the week in a dreaded doji and GS setting up a clear black-candle of indecision, long-term and short-term breadth in the general market, measured by the McClellan Oscillator and Summation Index on the NYSE advance-decline line (the NYMO and NYSI) remain positive.

Note the last time these stocks sold off in mid-March (see the charts below), the NYMO/NYSI was negative. No so this time, which probably means any drop here will be no more than a dip.

However, for nimble traders, scalpers, there could be a shorting opportunity on breaks below Friday’s lows on these stocks with Friday’s highs as an initial stop loss level. It might be easier to to buy puts for the same play. One thing about a trade like this, if it doesn’t do what the setup says, nothing is done. If it does, there could be a quick profits. And sometimes a scalp like this can get carried away into a real decline and a bigger profit.

And after essentially an eight-day rally across the board in the market (SPY is up eight days in a row), there is a chance a surprise could come to the down side.

If so the bank stocks will feel it.

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$SPY – six days up into a black candle

Does the market pause here, pull back, or continue to rally?

My bias going into Friday is a pause, possibly going into a pull back.

But, thanks to SPY rising six days in a row, putting a black candle on the price chart and an inside day today (see the chart below), it’s going to be easy to see the next move, either up or down. Every black candle, which I simply define as a day in which the close is higher than the day before and lower than its open, is a clear sign of indecision in the market and an inside day is a further indication of indecision. The indecision obviously is resolved above the high or below the low of the black candle day. It’s that simple.

At the moment, the key numbers on SPY are 287.76 at the high and 285.75 at the low.

Of course it takes a down day to start a decline and SPY, at six days up, has not had one but the Nasdaq Comp, after five days up in a row, was down slightly today and there were eighteen sell signals today on my nifty-50 stock list, CNN’s Fear and Greed Index is overbought in the greed zone… All of which contribute to my bias.

On the other hand, long-term breadth (NYSI) continues to rise, short-term breadth (NYMO) also is positive so it’s likely, when and if it comes, the dip will be more of a pause than a deep pullback.

In the meantime, it might be time for swing traders to tighten stops to lock in profits. It’s been a good upside run this week with TQQQ up 3.8%, TNA, up 3.1% and UPRO up 2.5% at today’s close.

Among the bellwether stocks FB is up 4.9 %, FSLR up 3.9%; AAPL lagging but up 2.1% (watching for a short soon); remarkably WYNN is up 13.1% and AMD up 10.4% and GS up 4.2% and BAC up 4.5% at today’s close. All of these are four day trades from the market-timing buy signal on the open Monday.

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#MarketTiming – from bearish to bullish to bearish again…

On Monday, this blog posted that this stock market at this juncture is —

TRICKY, TRICKY, TRICKY.

No kidding.

At that point, for Monday, the market, according to many technical indicators, was poised to sell off, ending the splendid rally from December. But then it didn’t sell off.

Instead, yesterday, it gave a tentative, but likely, indication it was going to continue to go up into a typical bull-market cycle advance, and today on the opening gap and with its pre-lunch follow-through from the open, it appeared the snorting gods were in their heaven and all was right with bull world.

Then, during the day a quick slide took everything negative. Not by much, hardly enough to notice on daily charts at the end of the day, but it was enough to turn long-term breadth negative again (see the dots on the chart below), which makes being long the market dangerous and while short-term breadth did peek above the zero line for a day a look back looks pretty bearish (the yellow line on the chart below) with highs below highs generally all the way back to the beginning of the rally.

Tricky.

I’ve long said this is the rally to make everyone believe a bear market did not begin in September of last year, that the bull market from as far back as Obama’s first term was resuming and continuing and it may still be (it sure looked like it yesterday), but it will not surprise me if a benign dip like today turns into a raging grizzly while the buy-and-holders sitting at The Palm or at Smith & Wollensky are wondering why the steaks are taking so long.

For today I’m posting my “Black Candle” chart. Black candles shows up when an index or ETF or stock or whatever one’s trading closes higher than the day before (usually on a gap) but lower than its open. There are candlestick names for these kind of chart patterns but just plain “black” is fine with me.

Today, notably, we had black candles on SPY (below) and TQQQ, and remarkably on FNGU (the leveraged ETF for the FANG stocks). They don’t always signal tops of swings, although I can’t think of anything else that comes as close (see examples on SPY below), but they are alerts. They do signal sudden indecision. And they are useful markers, pretty much as simple as it gets — go long above the high of the black candle, go short below the low of the black candle as the indecision gives way to a direction either up or down.

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#MarketTiming – Bulls doing what they needed to do

What they needed to do was to push the market up some more.

In the process, the all important long-term breadth (the NYSI) has turned positive to go along with the short-term breadth (the NYMO) and price indicators with SPY finally edging above its 280/282 resistance (see the charts below).

That would suggest more advance to come. The upturn in the NYSI is buy signal for tomorrow’s open

But maybe not without a dip first, a “turnaround Tuesday”?

There are shaky signs that remain in this tricky time in the market. It’s kind of scary to jump in now with the market already up essentially six days in a row, both the Russell and the Dow at at the moment lagging the Nasdaq and the SPX as if not all the generals are as yet on the battlefield. My nifty-50 stock list has 29 stocks on buys and has been declining since last week, even slipping again today from 31 on buys Friday. CNN’s Fear and Greed Index is at a “greed” level and still working on divergence trailing the market’s up move these last six days.

Still, at this point there is no choice other than to be long until further notice.

Given that the NYMO/NYSI is positive and also has a cycle that usually runs ten to fourteen weeks (the sell down ending six trading days ago was in the 10th week) breadth could launch the market into rally into say…May…and maybe making a new high along the way.

I’ve been asked to explain what’s on the the triptych of stock charts below. They are an illustration of what I talk about over and over again as I try over and over again to simplify, simplify, simplify.

The top part is whatever is being traded on the signals. In this case TQQQ. Could be AAPL, GE, NFLX, options, whatever. The middle part is NYMO and NYSI. The next lower part is obviously SPY. Also use the Nasdaq composite here on other charts. And finally the bottom part is the profit reading, set for $100,000 in order to easily see the percentage move. The white flag on the lower left is the booked profit percentage on the signal year to date. The white flag on the lower right is the current profits if the signal is in play.

The chart on the left is the short-term breadth signal for March, in the middle is a pure price signal for March, and on the right is the long-term breadth chart, YTD (it is set to go long again tomorrow).

Remember this is day trading and swing trading, no long-term buy and hold in my world (far too risky).

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#MarketTiming – tricky, tricky, tricky…

So the market did not go down Friday as expected here.

And it may have switched gears to rally some more to the upside.

While long-term breadth, as measured by the McClellan Summation Index ($NYSI), continues to decline, short-term breadth ($NYMO) turned up Friday with a low above a low on its chart (see the green circle on the charts below). In bullish times, that is an aggressive traders buy signal. In bearish times, not so much.

Now if the Summation Index turns up, which it needs to do in short order (like Monday…), it could be the start of several weeks of rally. And if it doesn’t, and the low above low on the NYMO is canceled out, which seldom happens in bull markets but is common in bear markets, we will again, immediately be looking at a likely down swing again. One that could be big.

A lot hinged on Friday’s market action and now more may hinge on Monday’s.

The the first chart on the left below is based on the long-term breadth signal year to day. Because of this monster rally that ended at the end of February, TQQQ, the leveraged ETF for the Nasdaq is up 48% for the year. It is flat now but will go long if the NYSI turns up. TQQQ on the center chart is riding the short-term breadth signal and is currently up 14% for the year. It will go long on tomorrow’s open (Monday’s open). The chart on the right is a purely a price-base signal (I say “buy the yellow, sell the blue”). It has booked 3.1% profits and is currently up 5.1% on this latest on-going upswing.

If the market rallies tomorrow again, it is likely all three will be long at the same time. That is truly bullish.

IF not, then it won’t be bullish. As I said, much hinges on Monday for now. Tricky, Tricky, Tricky.

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#DayTrading $SPY and #Stockoptions…

The contents of this blog entry was first posted here last November about trading SPY options on the long side. I have added “stock options” to the title above because the strategy basically works with weekly stock options.

There are so many options strategies in the stock market the head spins – a straddle, a strangle, a naked and/or a covered put and/or call, a calendar, a condor, an iron condor, an iron butterfly (isn’t that a rock band?) and any combination of any of these for hedging purposes, for capital appreciation or preservation, for gambling. Mind boggling.

But buying options… Buying options, just plain buying a call or a put, everyone will say is a “fool’s game.”

Regardless of whether a trader buys calls or puts on index ETFs like SPY or QQQ or IWM, or buys options on stocks, there are only three things that can happen – the option goes the trader’s way (good), or the option goes against the trader (bad), the option goes sideways with price decay over time (also bad).

Two out of the three possibilities for the option buyer are losers. What fool would want to play that game?

But is it really a fool’s game?

Doesn’t have to be. Not for day traders.

Let’s take SPY options as the prime example — very liquid across multiple strikes, tight spreads, hardly any time decay on a trade for only a day, a stop-loss is close by and immediate, and the profits, if there is a trend for the day, can be substantial, even rather astounding.

Also great for scalping on any time frame intraday.

The key, as always, is persistence, discipline, experience, and an entry signal the trader is comfortable with taking.