Friday January 27th, 2017

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I have found that when the Technicals Model to SPX performance is at or below -200%, this is the only good time to SHORT the market.

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This site which only premiered on April 1st, 2016 has already come a long way. But there is so much more that I want to do.

Here is a sneak peak of my 1-minute Technicals Model. This model is much more robust than the Daily one I started with. The Model is on top (Green is bullish, Red is Bearish) and SPX price is on the bottom. This chart updates in real-time. I will also be running real-time models for the 5, 10, 15, 30 minute timeframes, as well as 1hr, 2hr, 4hr, Daily and Weekly. 


As always, the Monthly, Weekly, Daily, Hourly and so on SPX charts I show are from all hours of the day, and therefore the prices and indicators will vary from charts which only show action during regular trading hours. I believe this method is more robust and encapsulates global sentiment, better capturing trends.

I mark negative divergences in red, and positive divergences in green. Please note that some indicators such as -DI are inverse, so a positive divergence is bearish and a negative divergence is bullish!

First Thoughts…

Welcome to another Log-In free blog post. If you like what you read consider quickly signing up for a FREE subscription (at the end of today’s post) so you can read posts like these everyday. Be sure to check out the sneak peak of my real-time SPX models at the top of today’s post.

Also today, I am adding a new chart that I will analyze weekly, UST10Y-UST2Y.

S&P500 Volatility (proprietary)

I developed the S&P500 Volatility Index to help characterize the volatility of the S&P500 market on a scale of 0 to 20. It has nothing to do with $VIX (which shows the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility, constructed using the implied volatilities of a wide range of S&P 500 index options). This indicator serves to rank the volatility of the current market period using market data from 1990 to 8/9/2016.

Why does this matter? In coming up with BUY and SELL signals in any system, you need to know when to flip quickly, vs. times you can wait and see if your signal is a fluke or not. This is a way to limit position flip-flopping.

Score>15 Market is volatile [flip quickly]
Score~10 Transition zone
Score<5 Market lacks volatility [wait out change in indicators]

3-day average S&P500 volatility is scored at: 4.6 [3.5 single day]
Today was more volatile than 10.5% of all trading days since 1990.

New Volatility Model (expanded from 10 inputs to 50):  7.0 [6.5 single day]
Today was more volatile than 22.0% of all trading days since 1990.

Below I plot the momentum scores since 1990. You can see the Bear and Bull markets, but there were also times in Bull markets you needed to trade aggressively (May 2010, 2011, Aug 2015), and periods in Bear markets you could trade with a slower trigger.


Technicals Model (proprietary)

The first chart below is the cumulative Technicals Model dating back to 2006.  The Model was higher today, for the 15th day out of the last 24. Here you can see the model performance (in blue vs. SPX in black) all the way back to 2006. I added the purple 200 day moving average to help discriminate between bull markets vs. bear markets (although fake-outs do occur such as 2011, and either 2015 or earlier in 2016). I also want to point out that the cumulative Technicals Model has not made a new All Time High in 2016 or 2017. The model has regained the 200 dma that it lost in October.

I have noted that the model did not confirm the last high for the SPX in 2007 (as denoted by red down arrows on the model, vs. SPX green up arrows).

Below the Model and SPX chart on figure 1, I have the performance of the ratio of the two. I have noted extreme readings (green) as potential bargain buy (such as Brexit which was the last extreme reading in green), and extreme Red readings being bearish for the market. Today is the 2nd day its been positive since 12/13/2016!!

This next chart shows the daily readings, not in cumulative mode as above. Here you can see which particular trading days are the strongest/weakest technically with the markets as portrayed by the model. Divergences also show up near market Tops/Bottoms.

The model is showing a downtrend trend in Technical Health of the stock market. A huge negative divergence in the Technicals Model is now in place.

Comparing the slope of the Technicals Model vs. SPX today, the Model is slightly more bearish. These 1-day signals are not very reliable, but better than 50-50. 

What is this model? It’s a comprehensive assessment of a good number of technical indicators on each S&P500 stock. This model does 2 things well. First, it shows divergences from SPX price (for example, take a look at the Brexit SPX reaction at the end of June (black) vs. the non-reaction in my model (blue)). Most valuable of all, my model has a lot less volatility than SPX price but does a great job of capturing SPX trend, which should do well with forecasting SPX price movements in the future.

SPX Monthly [from Dec 30, 2016]

On the monthly scale, the market continues to be either forming a top, or consolidating during the past several years. Its easy to see with negative divergences from the end of 2013 and 2014 on ADX DI, RSI, MACD and MACD histogram.

ADX: Bearish, trading

RSI: Upper quartile

Candle: Bullish but off the highs

Volume: Meager, well below the steady 20 period moving average.

Moving Averages: Close>12>36>72>120 period moving averages

% Bollinger Band: Upper Quartile

Bollinger Band Width: Slowly widening but at very narrow levels

MACD: Bullish at a positive value, histogram ticked  higher for the 9th month in the past 10.

SPX Weekly [from Jan 27, 2017]

There are negative divergences back to 2013 on the ADX DI, RSI, MACD and MACD histogram. These divergences have only steepened in the past year.

ADX: Bullish, trading

RSI: Upper quartile

Candle: Bullish but some indecision

Volume: Very low, well below the steady 20 period moving average.

Moving Averages: Close>20>50>100>200 period moving averages

% Bollinger Band: Upper quartile

Bollinger Band Width: Expanding

MACD: Bullish at a positive value, histogram ticked  lower for the 5th week in a row

SPX Daily

We have extended the negative divergences needed for a top.

ADX: Bullish, trading

RSI: Upper quartile

Candle: Bearish

Volume: Very low, well below the steady 20 period moving average.

Moving Averages: Close>20>50>100>200 period moving averages

% Bollinger Band: Upper quatile

Bollinger Band Width: Steady

MACD: Bullish at a positive value, histogram higher for 4th day in a row

SPX Hourly

Yesterday I said “We got weakness today after making a new high pre-market. I’m still thinking there will be another new High to come before ‘The Top’.”

My thoughts are the same. However with only a positive divergence on the MACD histogram, we need to make another low before reversing course. Remember, this may happen pre-market before the open Monday.


VIX Hourly

Surprising to me, $VIX made a lower low. However the BUY signal is still in tact (Bullish MACD cross). With the new low it strengthened the negative divergence on ADX -DI and the positive divergences on MACD and MACD histogram. However, the positive divergences for ADX +DI and RSI were taken out. Looks like a new low is needed before the true turn higher.

SPX Breadth

High-Low was +31 today. The McClellan Oscillator was negative. The summation index is in positive range, but may have topped. Negative divergences are shown for much of December into January, and longer term negative divergences go back to 2014.

SPX %above MA

The stochastic indicators have signaled a SELL for 5 of the 5 indicators. 

The broad market is starting to lag again today, starting to look like a trend lower.

UST10Y-2Y [from Jan 27, 2016] 

Each week I will take a look at the UST10Y-UST2Y, though it will be the daily chart. This chart symbolizes whether the yield curve is supporting economic expansion (by increasing the spread), or providing additional head winds (decreasing).

What’s interesting here, is at 1.30, while recessions since the 1970’s started when the spread was near zero or negative (shown below). If that trend is right, we are a while away from that taking place. You can see the trend is lower over the past several years, but we are currently in a short term uptrend. This started before the election, as the tide was turning positive for Trump support. Looking at the short term, there was negative divergence with the highs in mid December, which lead to a selloff in the SPX. Positive divergences took place in mid January, with no indication of a top yet.


Are we nearing the end of this flush or is this the new trend lower (meaning Trump saved America from Deflation)? If TLT:TIP can get and stay below 1.00, the economy may be starting to expand faster (without the FED?).

The bond market Deflation vs. Inflation metric (iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund vs. iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund). The previous peak was 10 Feb 2016. Values late in 2014 and pretty much all of 2016 are showing higher Deflation fears than even 2008-2009.

From this chart you can clearly see when the FED stepped in (when this ratio was nearing 1, except things got out of control at the peak of the 2008 downturn until the FED figured some things out).  Clearly things changed since late 2014 and the FED has stepped aside leading to the Deflation fears building beyond the 2008 crisis.


HYG:IEF gapped lower but rose intraday. Negative divergences seen on ADX DI, RSI, MACD and MACD histogram. Weakness is building.

HYG:IEF ratio is a way of looking at Greed vs. Fear in the more sophisticated bond market.

Oil Daily

Oil lost ground but finished off the lows. Through the uptrend since 1/10 technicals have been trying to improve after peaking mid December 2016. It appears more time is needed before another breakdown begins, though this may start next week.

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Summary: Bulls vs. Bears

Final Thought:

Today I decided to add a chart that I will look at weekly. The UST10Y-2Y spread is a good indication on whether the yield curve is broadening or inverting. This is important to have an understanding of the economic support or headwinds taking place. Today I showed how every recession since the late 1970s started after this spread was close to or below zero. Today we are at 1.30, well off those levels. The longer term trend is lower, though we have been in an uptrend since early last fall (when Trump’s support was increasing).

SPX weekly continues to negatively diverge since 2013/2014 and may be beginning to weaken in the short term. SPX Daily has put in the negative divergences to support a turn lower at any time. At the hourly timeframe, SPX looks like it needs a new low, before any uptrend can resume (this could occur before the open Monday). VIX hourly chart looks to need a new low to re-establish some positive divergences that were broken today, though it is still on a BUY signals (MACD is bullish). My proprietary Technicals Model was weaker today, but still was well above zero.


  • UST10Y-2Y is in an uptrend
  • SPX Daily above the 20, 50, 100, 200 dma
  • HYG:IEF new 2016/2017 high (though beginning to weaken)
  • Technical Model (cumulative) is above its 200 dma
  • SPX 20 dma above the 50 dma for the 44th day, and above the 100 dma for the 52nd day
  • SPX 50 dma above the 100 dma for 31st day
  • Weekly MACD is a BUY
  • Technical Model is positive


  • McClellan Oscillator is positive
  • $VIX to start uptrend soon
  • HYG:IEF Daily technicals are a mess
  • Oil’s technicals show slight improvement but are otherwise not great
  • McClellan Oscillator has been negatively diverging for more than a month
  • New Highs have been negatively diverging for more than a month
  • Summation Index has been negatively diverging since summer
  • SELL signals on 5 of 5 of Number of stocks above their 20/50 dma and these have been negatively diverging for a month
  • Cumulative Technicals Model has not made a new high in 2016-2017
  • SPX weekly has been negatively diverging since 2013/2014
  • Monthly technicals very favorable for a stalling market

Levels to watch

  • 2270 pivot
  • 2212 pivot
  • 2177 pivot
  • 2148 near 50/100 dma
  • 2131 pivot level
  • 2128 20 dma
  • 2116 pivot level
  • 2089 SPX 200 dma
  • 2085 pivot
  • 2070 pivot


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