#MarketTiming – tracks of the bear?

Sometimes, as they say, it’s not a stock market, it’s a market of stocks:

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#IPOs – no shares to ride for $UBER and $LYFT yet

Since BYND, with a big jump, is making noise again today, thought it’d be a good time to take a quick look at recent IPOs still in play as per this criteria:

Buying IPOs For Dummies

See the charts below. Each is set at a $10K investment to show the percentage as well as dollar gain for each stock in the white flag on the lower right of each chart — for example, SWAV is up 99% since its IPO buy, SOLY up 115%, and so on.

UBER and LYFT have not climbed above the hype on each of their first days of trading so they are not long investments. At best, LYFT particularly is a short.

Of note, if APLT holds its gain for today, it will be a buy either at the close today or on tomorrow’s open.

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$SPY – the slide from the top continues…

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 5/8/2019.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): SELL FROM 5/6.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 5/6.
Price: SELL FROM 5/6.
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 18 BUYS, 3 NEW BUYS, 7 OVERBOUGHT; 32 SELLS, 1 NEW SELLS, 16 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 41, FALLING, FEAR LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 5 UP, 10 DOWN.

OF NOTE SPY OPTIONS:

SPY CALLS AND PUTS, BOTH, were down on the day as a tight sideways chop all day slammed premium for Friday’s expiration on both sides of the market. (See the charts below for how bad it was.)

The most nimble of options traders could make money, at great risk, buying the yellows And selling the blues on the charts below, but not much. The not-so-nimble could lose a lot.

WHAT:

It appears the market has been moving on Trump tweets. That is as absurd as it can get since he should not be tweeting about any of this and the market shouldn’t be paying any attention to any thing he tweets. The New York Times broke a story on ten years of his tax returns during a time he lost more than a billion dollars, all of the money his father gave him a lot more. Surely, one of the worst businessmen in history but a major-league con-man. His beloved Twitter has hung #BillionDollarLoser on him.

If the market focuses more and more on the Trump administration turmoil in Washington, it is likely to unstable for some time.

WHAT’S NEXT?

All sell signals remain in place – as usual this is a market can can go down as long as it wants and turn up any time. That sharp drop in the calls and the rise in the puts in the last twenty minutes of the day on the 10-minute charts below may hint there is more downside to come right away tomorrow but news, like a trade deal with China, can intervene.

This is a dangerous time for short-term traders. On the longer term, every bear market begins (or resumes) on a single down day and that day was six days ago to start this current slide.

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#IPOs – when “dummies” should take the trade

And on the second day of trading an IPO, dummies discover why they should never buy on the first day of trading.

This is based on suggestion in this post:

Buying IPOs For Dummies

Don’t mean to use the term “dummies” in a derogatory fashion but sometimes it’s hard not to.

Over and over again, unless one is a real insider or being bribed for doing something else, or running some money-laundering scam that’s beyond me, anyone giving in to the hype surrounding an initial public stocks offering and buying before seeing which way it is going when its first day is done is plain and simple a dummy.

As said the link, this is one of the easiest trades in the market if one has persistence to follow an IPO and the discipline to wait for it reveal its direction before buying. Initially these stocks are difficult, if not impossible to short, so we’re talking only the long side here.

The keys to taking a position in a recent IPO are the high and the low in price on the first trading day (its “IPO day”). It is a buy on a close above the high of the IPO day. After the buy the high of that day becomes the stop loss level or the low of the IPO day becomes the stop-loss level depending on any individual trader’s or investor’s risk tolerance.

The trade is as simple as that.

See the chart panel below for examples. The top row of charts are recent successful IPO investments using this system. Each is set at a $10,000 investment to show both the money and percentage gains (the white flags on the lower right of each chart). As of today’s close, SWAV is up 46%, PINS up 11%, ZM .98% and SOLY up 133%.

In the bottom row are four IPOs from Friday which should not be in anyone’s portfolio…not yet at least – these second days are, as I said above, when dummies learn they never shoulda never bought any of these Friday.

Going forward, RRBI will be a buy above 58 and not before; SCPL above 18.75, ATIF above 5.10, and YJ above 18.20.

Simple as that.

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$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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#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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$SPY – Up, up, up…

After muddling around for nearly two weeks in a sideways-to-down consolidation, SPY and the rest of market appears now to want to go up, up, up.

Friday, the most important triggers all lined up as buy signals – short-term breadth, long-term breadth, and price. In addition, the VIX also is in line, and happens to be below 15 which is bull-market territory.

These are signals that repeat again and again in the market.

First, a low above a low pattern on the short-term breadth, measured by the McClellan Oscillator (the NYMO, see the green circles on the chart below), then an upturn in long-term breadth, measured by the McClellan Summation index (the NYSI, see the green vertical line on the chart for Friday), followed by a a follow-through in price (which appears to happening in the futures for Monday).

And oftentimes, when all of these bullish signals are in play, they result in a 10-to-14 week upswing in the market from the bottom on the NYMO (three weeks ago). If so, this rally could easily go to what they say — “sell in May and go away…”. And that could challenge the all-the highs.

I still think this is a major bear-market rally but in the meantime it’s buy and hold the swing and buy the dips when and if they come, until further notice.

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#Stocks – Recent IPOs for the long term

This is a reminder that this is the easiest trade in the market and a followup to recent IPOs bought for the long term as per this strategy:

Buying IPOs For Dummies

The high and low of the stock’s price on its first day of trading creates the levels at which to buy and sell. The basic strategy is to buy on a close above the high of its IPO day, using either that price or the low of the first day as the stop loss to protect capital.

Presumably, investors in IPOs want to buy and hold for the long term.

Below, are the charts of a selection of IPOs since February — GOSS, SOLY, TCRR, FHL, SWAV — that have signaled buys and continue to advance or at least hold firm. As a group, they happen to be up 18% in less than two months, led by SOLY up 59% and GOSS 19% individually.

Every time an IPO is launched, like the much anticipated upcoming ones for Lyft and Uber, it’s just a matter of paying attention to the first day’s price levels to make the trade. There is a lot of hype around each launch but one must have the discipline to wait for the stock to reveal its likely long-term direction. Some of these stocks go straight down from day one (a lot actually) but the stock of every major company in market history eventually made a move above the high of its IPO day and many of those never looked back.

With persistence, experience and discipline, it is the easiest and safest way to invest for the long term in the market.

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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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