Friday March 3rd, 2017

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=========SIGNALS, NOT INDICATIVE OF POSITIONS=========
401K/Long Positions: NO
Short Positions: NO
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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. 

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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…

A pullback or the start of something else?

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]

Today was more volatile than 17.8% 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.

MOMO

Technicals Model (proprietary)

The first chart below is the cumulative Technicals Model dating back to 2006.  The Model was higher today, for the 20th day in a row. 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). The cumulative Technicals Model made a new All Time High on 2/14/2017, after lagging the market for more than a year! 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 15th day back in the positive category.

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.

Wednesday 2/15 was the highest daily reading since the end of June 2016! Since then you can see a new negative divergence forming between a slumping Technicals Model and the rising SPX.

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.

I have added a 5 day EMA to the Model (pink), and a new indicator called a Technicals Thrust. Similar to the Zweig Breadth Thrust, it looks for hard reversals. I have preliminarily called a 0.50 gain within 5 days (with a peak above 0.35) a Technicals Thrust. 4 have taken place during the past year (noted with orange circles at the top of the chart), all had gains, while 3 of them had a prolonged bullish run.

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 Feb 28, 2017]

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: Bullish, trading

RSI: Overbought

Candle: Very Bullish

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

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

% Bollinger Band: Above the top

Bollinger Band Width: Slowly widening but at very narrow levels

MACD: Bullish at a positive value, histogram ticked  higher for the 11th month in the past 11.

SPX Weekly [from March 3, 2017]

There are negative divergences back to 2013 on the ADX DI, RSI, and MACD histogram. These divergences have only steepened in the past year. The MACD divergence has been erased, and ADX +DI and RSI are very close. If next week is bullish, the weekly chart may swing in favor of a longer bull run!

ADX: Bullish, trading

RSI: Overbought

Candle: Bullish, new ATH, but off highs

Volume: Very low, well below the declining 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  higher for the 3rd week in a row

SPX Daily

At recent highs, negative divergence in place for the MACD histogram.

ADX: Bullish, trending

RSI: Overbought

Candle: Doji, indecision, but off the lows

Volume: Below the increasing 20 period moving average.

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

% Bollinger Band: Upper Quartile

Bollinger Band Width: Narrowing

MACD: Bullish at a positive value, histogram lower for the 2nd day in a row

SPX Hourly

At Thursday’s low there was only negative divergence for ADX -DI. A lower low is likely before the uptrend continues.

VIX Hourly

VIX has been acting very strange now for the past 3 weeks. At today’s lows, there was positive divergence with MACD histogram and negative divergence with ADX -DI, and it closed near its lower Bollinger Band. Expecting rising VIX early next week.

SPX Breadth

High-Low was +9 today. The McClellan Oscillator was negative. The summation index is in positive range, but may have topped in July. Negative divergences are shown for much of December into January, and longer term negative divergences go back to 2014. 3/1 marked the most number of new highs since late November 2014 (but that was not far from a relative top!).

SPX %above MA

The stochastic indicators have signaled a SELL for 3 of the 5 indicators. 

Many of these indicators slumped lower today, but importantly did not make a recent new low, yet.

UST10Y-2Y [from Mar 3, 2017] 

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 1.17, 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 at a top or consolidating. The bull leg started before the election, as the tide was turning positive for Trump support. Looking at the short term, there has not been a new high or low put in recently, so no divergences to compare to make a prediction.

TLT:TIP Daily[from Mar 3, 2017] 

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 Daily

HYG:IEF made a 2017 new high Thursday but fell slightly today. Negative divergences have been strengthened since late 2016.

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

Oil Daily

Oil had a recovery day today, back to its 50 dma and close to its 20 dma. Oil has gone nowhere in 2 months and continues in a sideways consolidation or topping pattern. The Bollinger Band Width is very low, at a level often seen with tops.

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Summary: Bulls vs. Bears

Final Thought:

Still long 401k and May SPY calls. 

My LONG signal remains a ‘NO’ for the 5th day in a row, signaling a neutral position is best right now. This is determined by how my proprietary Technicals Model has been losing steam of late. Another key market direction signal I look at turned bearish today. 

SPX Hourly at Thursday’s low only had a negative divergence for ADX -DI so a lower low is likely before the uptrend likely continues. SPX Daily looks to need another high eventually as it lost most negative divergences on the last All Time High. Speaking of divergences, the SPX Weekly chart broke the negative divergence on its MACD this week, and is very close to doing the same on it ADX +DI and RSI. If next week is bullish, it is likely to do so, which will turn the tide from the weakness portrayed by longtime negative divergences.

Like I said earlier, this week I mentally prepared myself to sell my longs. With my other market direction signal turning negative, perhaps I’ll find a spot to sell early next week?

Bullish

  • UST10Y-2Y is in an uptrend?
  • SPX Daily above the 20, 50, 100, 200 dma
  • Cumulative Technicals Model finally made a new high on 2/14/2017
  • Technical Model (cumulative) is above its 200 dma
  • SPX 20 dma above the 50 dma for the 66th day, and above the 100 dma for the 74th day
  • SPX 50 dma above the 100 dma for 53rd day
  • Weekly MACD is a BUY
  • Technical Model is positive
  • $VIX about to rise?
  • New Highs recently spiked to highest level since late 2014
  • SPX weekly broke MACD negative divergence and is close to doing to same with RSI and ADX +DI

Bearish

  • McClellan Oscillator is negative
  • SELL signals on 3 of 5 of Number of stocks above their 20/50 dma
  • HYG:IEF Daily technicals are bearish
  • Oil’s sideways consolidation or topping pattern?
  • Summation Index has been negatively diverging since summer
  • SPX weekly has been negatively diverging since 2013/2014
  • Monthly technicals very favorable for a stalling market

Levels to watch

  • 2336 pivot
  • 2321 pivot
  • 2286 pivot
  • 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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