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WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY JANUARY 27, 2019

January 27th, 2019 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR JANUARY 27, 2019: The stock market experienced a choppy week ending up about where it started. In the process, it has worked out some of its overbought condition. The internal indicators are largely neutral which suggests that the market can go in either direction with the same probability – either up towards heavy resistance or down for a 50% retracement.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: It’s anyone’s guess whether the market corrects from here or rallies and then corrects. Perhaps there will be a tradable low in mid-February to take new positions on the long side. But momentum still appears strong to the upside and it’s a tough bet trying to play the downside. The December low’s extreme technical readings may have put in a solid bottom for many months.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY JANUARY 12, 2019

January 12th, 2019 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR JANUARY 12, 2019: The stock market continued its strong bounce from the December 26th lows. All internal indicators show “overbought” readings which suggests both strength and possible exhaustion. There doesn’t appear to be any catalyst for a decline, but it’s probably too late to ride this current trend up without a small correction to neutralize these “overbought” conditions.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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TIME SYMMETRY: The market declined from December 3rd to December 26 which was a period of 23 calendar days or 16 trading days. Projecting out from the December 26th low, the upcoming time symmetry top should occur either on Thursday January 17 or Friday January 18.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The time to buy was in late December and it was a very tricky bottom indeed. It was a reminder of how difficult it is to go long after a 1000 point up day, but that would have been the preferred tactic at the time.

If I had to guess, I would anticipate a decline starting late this coming week to a closing Dow low below the January 3rd (Apple) low of 22,686.22. Then a new rally could take the market back up to the 200-day moving average around Dow 24000 or S&P 500 2700. For now, keep your powder dry for a possible entry to the long side in another few weeks.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY JANUARY 6, 2019

January 6th, 2019 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR JANUARY 6, 2019: The stock market has made several radical intraday moves in the last month that has been unnerving to many traders and investors like myself. At the present time, the internal indicators have moved into “overbought” territory and can remain there for another one to two days before trending lower. This means that a short-term top can be anticipated after a few more days of advance.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 16 or “Extreme Fear.”  But this is a far stronger reading than the “2” reading of December 24th, just before the December 26th bottom. This suggests that the market can still move in either direction but has much more room to the upside. Based on the indicators and cycles, I’d anticipate a few more days to the upside before there is an attempt to retest the December 26 or January 3rd bottoms.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY DECEMBER 25, 2018

December 25th, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR DECEMBER 25, 2018: The stock market gave us one chance to get out on Wednesday morning before the Fed’s announcement. But after the Chairman Powell’s briefing, the market tanked hard on the remainder of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday of Christmas Eve Day. Needless to say, there was no “Santa Claus Rally” and investors are in total shock mode right now. As the internal indicators show, this is a gradual “crash” up to now and when it finally stops is anyone’s guess.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 2 or “Extreme Fear.” This confirms the action of the internal indicators above and suggests that we are near an internal low for the market. We may get a short and sharp rally soon, but in all likelihood we should see another visit to the established lows. It may take a classic “crash” in order for the market to finally hit bottom and reverse its downward trend. And with the most recent figures, that is going to take an intraday drop exceeding 1000 Dow points which is going to be scary. If I had to guess, I’d say that a rally should start on Friday December 28th after tax-selling season finally ends.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY DECEMBER 16, 2018

December 15th, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR DECEMBER 16, 2018: The stock market continued its downward move by closing at its lows for this correction. With the majority of internal indicators showing readings in the 30s, a short-term bottom can be expected on Monday or Tuesday. That should set up the market for its anticipated “Santa Claus Rally.”

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 8 or “Extreme Fear.” This single digit reading after two months of “Extreme Fear” readings overall is sufficient to indicate that the general market is unloved and the sentiment has been severe enough it both duration and direction. This sets up the market for a year-end rally starting sometime between Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

Note: Thursday would match the recent 18-day cycle of lows from October 29 to November 23 in terms of number of trading days. Tuesday would mark the matching number of calendar days. Thus, a cyclical low can be anticipated between Tuesday and Thursday of this week. But remember that it will be tricky catching the exact bottom for it may mean trying to catch a “falling knife.”

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY DECEMBER 9, 2018

December 9th, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR DECEMBER 9, 2018: The stock market has shown tremendous volatility this past week. Since Black Friday after Thanksgiving, the market has gone up 6 days followed by sharp declines for the last 3 days. One might expect that the market may find a short-term bottom either Tuesday or Wednesday based on time symmetry. And based on the internal indicators listed below, a bottom will also require 2 to 4 more days of decline before reaching oversold readings.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 11 or “Extreme Fear.” The sentiment is certainly negative as this indicator has remained in the negative territory for a couple of months now. The trading environment is very tricky and will punish anyone who is on the wrong side of the market. If you have the temperament to trade, you’ll find lots of opportunities for some fast money. But for most people, this is a market to avoid until it calms down and shows more signs of capitulation. The “blood” is not quite “on the street” but it’s getting there. Be careful out there!

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY DECEMBER 1, 2018

December 1st, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR DECEMBER 1, 2018: The stock market has gone straight up since its bottom on Black Friday. That day was marked by a new closing low that was not confirmed by the majority of breadth and momentum indicators. This is a classic “Granville Buy Signal” named for the infamous stock market analyst of the period from 1977 to 1983. From this point forward, after the strongest one week rally in stock market history, one could expect that the market to continue going higher in a zig-zag pattern until the end of the year. If you missed this last opportunity, you’ll have to buy on any short-term oversold conditions.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 22 or “Extreme Fear.” It should be in the “neutral” zone shortly with the continued rally in the stock market. Use any short-term oversold readings as a place to add to long positions through the end of the year. It looks like a “Santa Claus Rally” is in the cards for this year.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY NOVEMBER 18, 2018

November 18th, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR NOVEMBER 18, 2018: The stock market appears to be in the process of retesting its October bottom. For now, it’s filled the upside gaps on its most recent move down. That means that a rally could possibly start from this area right now. Or it could begin down again, reach oversold conditions, and successfully test the October bottom. That kind of process would probably take place on the week following Thanksgiving.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 10 or “Extreme Fear.” It has been in this range for nearly a month and has shifted the sentiment to the negative. That means that a rally starting from this area could last several weeks or months. But the current short-term climate makes me think that catching the absolute bottom will be tricky as always. And a smart, well thought out betting strategy will be important in order to take positions without risk missing the opportunity. This requires that a trader pays close attention over the next two weeks.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY NOVEMBER 10, 2018

November 10th, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR NOVEMBER 10, 2018: The stock market made a huge upside move in response to the election results on Wednesday. The question is whether that move signified a breakout to a new highs or a last grasp top for the latest bounce. Since this is anyone’s guess, the next entry point would likely be an oversold condition in the majority of breadth indicators. But a strong move down from here and a resumption of October’s down move would certainly change the character of the market again. This is a time for caution, as well as a time for opportunity for those willing to accept the risks and stomach the volatility.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 18 or “Extreme Fear.” While this is still in the “Extreme Fear” category, it is far off of the lows from the previous two weeks. This might suggest that the market is simply retracing its strong move up with a chance of forming another pivot bottom in about 5-10 trading days. So be alert and ready to act on a brief buying opportunity ahead.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY NOVEMBER 3, 2018

November 3rd, 2018 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2018: The stock market had a key reversal on Monday that carried over all the way until Friday morning. In the process, it has recovered much of its losses over the month. Right now, several of the breadth indicators have short-term overbought readings suggesting that a retest of the previous lows could be in the making. If we are to assume that the bull market is only in a correction mode, then it would make sense to take positions on weakness as it nears last Monday’s previous lows. If that retest comes on light volume, then a reversal to the upside is even more likely.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading 7 or “Extreme Fear.” This reading suggests that there is plenty of room for the market to rally. This time of year can be particularly tricky, but present several trading opportunities. But not everyone is suited for playing this much volatility and I happen to fall into that category. But a light volume retest of the previous lows would present a lower-risk entry point for the next ride up. But you never know about this market. It may just continue to go straight up from here.