#MarketTiming the second biggest mountain in the stock market range

Great article and charts from Visual Capitalist:

VISUALIZING THE LONGEST BULL MARKETS IN THE MODERN ERA

If this current bull market can hold for two more months, it will become the longest bull market in the modern era, topping the dot-come bubble.

Uh, did I slip and say “bubble”?

The question, as always, is what comes next and when.

What comes next is obvious – what goes up also goes down. The “when” is the tricky part but it would seem the when is getting closer by the day. I find it hard to believe in percentage gain it can top the dot-com mania but it is possible. If it does, it’s likely the higher it goes, the farther it falls.

One of the most famous quotes in investing history is from Bernard Baruch: “I made my money by selling too soon.”

Might want to keep Baruch in mind as each market pundit, each brokerage analyst, each brokerage, continues to say invest now, invest for the long term, while staring at the second highest mountain in the great rocky stock market range.

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#HousingStocks – Remembering 2008…

At the advent of the 2008 bear market, the housing stocks died first, then the banks came apart, and then everything…

So witness $TOL $DHI $HOV $KBH $LEN $MDC $NVR $PHM and then ponder the banks and then ponder…

Not much more to say except to paraphrase Yogi Berra again: “It’s beginning to look like deja vu all over again.”

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#MarketTiming – long, strong and more to come

Didn’t getting around to posting the timing signals last week for various personal reasons so this post probably looks a little late to the party.

Oh, well…

A lot related to the headline above has already happened. The Nasdaq is already up six days in a row and the SPY, except for a minor dip during the week, would be too. My nifty-50 stocks have risen from 13 on buys and 15 oversold six trading days ago to 41 on buys and 29 overbought as of the close Friday. Virtually every index and sector ETF is overbought.

Once again, the market internals, ruled by short-term and long-term breadth, called the swing low, the turn, and the rally (see the circles and lines on the chart below).

So why bring this up now?

Because there is more to come in this bull market, either right away or right after a shallow pullback. The short-term breadth indicator is just too strong to be turned on a dime, and with the long-term breadth having just come out of a divergence itself (see the circle in the middle of the chart), there is a good chance this rally has another three, four, or more weeks to run before any significant sell-off is possible. So every dip is to be bought, and every surge savored.

Could it be different this time? The market could do whatever it wants but history says not right now, and history, when it comes to the mass psychology and movements of the market, is the best indicator of all (no matter who says otherwise).

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A manic Monday in four-day-old $LFIN

Day 1: Came public at 6 dollars.
Day 2: Dipped into the $5 range.
Day 3: Wandered up to $20.
Day 4 (today): Opened at 39, ran up to 140, halted by Nasdaq at 126, reopened at 59, ran up again to 96, halted again at 75, reopened again 69, halted again at 62, dropped to 43, popped to 87, closed at 72, up 228% for the day.

Up 11 times its IPO four days ago.

(See the crazy 10-MINUTE chart below.)

How does this happen?

In a word — BLOCKCHAIN.

LFIN, LongFin Corp, came public four days ago and bought a blockchain company, Ziddu.com, and the stock went nuts. Wrote recently about RIOT, a biotech, which doubled on changing its name to Riot Blockchain. And already, according the MarketWatch, this latest blockchain jackrabbit is being investigated for securities fraud.

Likely this is another mania, to go along with bitcoin, that is just beginning. And it will all be insane if it goes on long enough, and in the end if it gets big enough it will kill the bull.

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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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Pulling the $BID – when bear markets can be born

Forecasting tops in the market, the kind of tops that lead to substantial declines, even to bear markets, is no easy thing to do.

Virtually impossible, no matter how many so-called market gurus claim they have.  Most often top callers get chopped to death before they get their sell-offs, and those that appear to have succeeded in calling a top never say how painful it was trying along the way.

I am not calling a top here but I am calling attention to the fact $BID (Sothebys) may be the most important bellwether stock there is.

I don’t know if it’s because the rich quit buying expensive art, jewelry, wine and other luxury items at auction or what?  But on a simple, purely technical-analysis approach it is obvious over and over again that the stock leads when it comes to sell-offs.  There’s always a bid and ask in trading and investing and BID clearly shows when someone pulls the bid.

See the charts below. The first is a daily chart showing while the general market (SPY) has lumber up in recent days, BID has been selling off with conviction.  The second is a monthly chart showing the history of BID in relation to the market on the longer time span (that is when Bear Market can be born).  If history and the stock is to be believed this market advance is on truly dangerous ground.

Any day, any minute now the market may follow BID down.

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$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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$SPY – so what happens next?

UPDATE MONDAY 9/12:

SPY October ATM calls…

Following the red…

Friday’s drop in the stock market was the biggest since Friday June 24th.  On Monday June27, there was more downside but then the market bottomed.  Starting June 28th SPY rallied for four consecutive days, paused, and finally continued up into July and August and rallying all the way virtually to Friday.

On Twitter, I called this a possible “deja vu all over again.”  See the chart below.

So here we are again.  I’m short and watching for the turn, but trying to be aware of more to come since the market rhymes more often than it repeats.

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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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$AAPL – Will the “Next Big Thing” be a huge stock stumble?

First the good news.  AAPL will make scads of money no matter what.

Now the bad news.  The company, built on innovation and disruptive technology under Steve Jobs, has become a me-too company while slowly slipping on the tech fronts it once totally dominated.

When once the company revolutionized the computer market with high-end desktop computing and tablet computing, and completely transformed the music industry with the iPod and ITunes, and the personal phone world with the IPhone (it’s been calculated that people now spend and average of 46 minutes a day just checking their smartphones), the company appears now to have no more worlds to conquer, or at least worlds IT can conquer.

The “Me-Toos” include the iPhone sometimes chasing Samsung Android instead of the other way around, an Apple watch that makes so sense at all against the wristwatches of older generations and smartphones of the younger generation (what, are millennials too lazy to check the phone time and email? hardly); a TV service that is sort of Netflix-Amazon and sort of Roku-Google-Chrome and as such Apple is entering one of the most competitive business arenas in which they are already far behind; and now there is talk Apple might build an electric car to complete with Tesla (huh?) to say nothing of Toyota, GM, Mercedes, BMW and the rest of the auto world.

More bad news.  Check out this link from The Street: 7 Incredible Apple Patents Than May Hint At The Next Big Thing. That headline may sound like good news but not so.  Despite the hyperbole the “7 Incredibles” include a personal remote control, a virtual reality headset (to compete with Oculus — more “me too”),  an “IPen” (it writes), a flexible phone (thought they already manufactured that…by accident), and a couple other noodles.

This is obviously not Steve Jobs’ Apple anymore.

So what about the stock?

First off, AAPL stock has generated an unprecedented market cap of more than $700 billion when the previous record was just over $600 billion (MSFT), and only four other companies in history have exceeded $500 billion market caps (CSCO, GE, INTC, XOM) and Apple spent more than $100 billion of the company’s massive cash trove to get there. They likely will have spend more to stay so high (which, granted, they certainly can do since they have more than $200 billion in reserve and the means to make more).

But more importantly, time and history is not on the stock’s side (all of those companies that flew over a $500 billion market cap with the exception of XOM have had their stock cut in half or more eventually, and XOM has lost more than 20 percent).  That time too will come eventually to AAPL’s stock also — when a company’s stock is priced to perfection and over-owned by everyone the “next big thing” is an inevitable tumble.

So let’s consider the chart of AAPL below.  The good news — it is at the bottom and a long-time range and it can move back up within that range (MSFT went sideways for 12 years after its fall), and AAPL with all of its cash might hold high ground going sideways.  The bad news, the stock drops below 119-120 and all hell breaks loose when everyone who bought it basically this year realizes they are losing money.

The time for the tumble could be right now.

That’s it, one way or the other.

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