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WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY AUGUST 13, 2017

August 13th, 2017 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR AUGUST 13, 2017: The stock market has now reached short-term oversold levels according to many internal indicators. This sets up the market for a “bounce” to higher levels. If the general market advances quickly at the beginning of the week, we may get left behind as the market would have bottomed on last Thursday. But if it should decline early in the coming week, we may be presented with a short-term buying opportunity for a quick ride up to challenge the old market highs.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading “Fear” which serves as a buying alert. My market discipline is that a buying opportunity is only acted upon once the Fear/Greed Index reaches “Extreme Fear” levels. That could occur early next week if the market should continue to decline. But since prices have not decline very much from the market highs, any buying will be in stocks or ETFs with only short-term (not intermediate-term) oversold readings.

This opportunity will not be the case of buying low and selling high, but more like buying high and selling higher. This is not the time for bottom-fishing, but instead is a time to buy only those issues with a high correlation to the general market. Or simply restrict your buying in S&P 500 and/or Nasdaq 100 equivalents.

Note: None of the broad-based ETFs in the major indices are currently oversold. This could mean that a better low may be coming later when these ETFs do become oversold.

FEAR/GREED SENTIMENT INDEX – AUGUST 10, 2017

August 11th, 2017 Comments off


The “Fear/Greed Sentiment Index: What Emotion is Driving the Market Now?” reading is in the “Greed” range at 31. This indicator is now suggesting that the general stock market is approaching a buying opportunity. That signal will be triggered by a reading below 25 in the “Extreme Fear” zone.

Thus as far as sentiment goes, an important signal may come as early as Friday or Monday. This would be a “buy the dip” strategy which one day will prove to be wrong. But this market has been really resilient to declines and until proven otherwise, I’d expect another rally to new highs to occur when this current decline ends.

 

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY JULY 29, 2017

July 30th, 2017 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR JULY 29, 2017: The stock market has corrected internally while not giving much in price as evidenced by the near oversold readings in the 5 indicators listed below. This suggests that another rally could be coming soon after another drop next week. But with the large decline in the Dow Jones Transportation Average last week, I’d be careful about taking larger permanent positions. The next set-up to the upside will likely be a sharp quick rally at best.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading “Greed” after being in the “Extreme Greed” range for 3 days last week. This suggests that there is enough euphoria among market participants to warrant extreme caution. But with the internal indicators that I follow approaching “oversold” readings, I’d be looking for any decline in the next few days to be only temporary. This could be just another “dip” worth buying in this seemingly endless Bull Market.

FEAR/GREED SENTIMENT INDEX – JULY 25, 2017

July 26th, 2017 Comments off


The “Fear/Greed Sentiment Index: What Emotion is Driving the Market Now?” reading is in the “Extreme Greed” range at 81. This indicator is now suggesting that the general stock market is in the danger zone. This means that it’s not the time to buy in order to go long equities. Instead, it’s a probably best to lightened up on extended positions and reduce your risk.

And while the market may correct, bottom, and return to this same price level, it’s usually prudent to begin taking your gains especially when the sentiment is overextended like it is now. When the technicals and the sentiment confirm each other, it’s smart to anticipate an immediate trend change. That doesn’t necessarily mean going short because that in itself is a whole different game to play for most.

Note: A chapter in my book, Wall Street Craps: How to Play Today’s Hot & Cold Stock Market for Fast Money With Less Risk, deals with the unexpected unique challenges of playing the short vs. the traditional long game of stock market investing & the dangers of leveraged short Exchange-Traded Funds.

FEAR/GREED SENTIMENT INDEX – JULY 16, 2017

July 16th, 2017 Comments off

The “Fear/Greed Sentiment Index: What Emotion is Driving the Market Now?” reading is in the “Greed” range at 64. This indicator leaves room for the market to rally further until it reaches unsafe territory in the “Extreme Greed” area.

A few weeks ago, this indicator gave a one-day reading of 25 in the “Extreme Fear” range. That proved to be the bottom in retrospect as this bull market continues to power through. With that in mind, it’s probably wise to avoid any short positions and await the next oversold reading in the breadth oscillators or an “Extreme Fear” reading below 26 in the Fear/Greed Sentiment Index in order to take additional long positions.

But at this point, taking profits would not be such an unwise thing to do in anticipation of the next sharp downdraft with seems likely to occur after an “obvious” piece of good public news (like the passing of the new health act).

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY JUNE 18, 2017

June 18th, 2017 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR JUNE 18, 2017: The stock market is in a neutral position with an equal probability of going either up or down. Expect the market to set itself up for its next big move by creating a false small move in one direction or the other – followed by a stronger move in the opposite direction. If I had to guess, the market will probably decline throughout the week – setting up a larger rally to follow. All we need is the market to show some “oversold” readings in order to act.

Key underlying short-term timing indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading “neutral” suggesting a balance between bullish and bearish sentiment. If we should get “oversold” readings in a few of the internal indicators or an “Extreme Fear” reading in the Fear/Greed Index, we could be setting up a chance to “buy the dip” for another ride up to higher highs.

FEAR/GREED SENTIMENT INDEX – MAY 31, 2017

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

The “Fear/Greed Sentiment Index: What Emotion is Driving the Market Now?” reading is in the neutral range today despite being at the higher part of the trading range. This could have multiple interpretations. For me, I see this as a potential buy signal after a relatively short period of price weakness. That weakness could translate into “Extreme Fear” in this indicator without too much damage to the present price structure. If we should get a reading in the “Extreme Fear” area accompanied by “oversold” reading in many breadth indicators, we could find another “dip” to ride the market up for another spectacular rally. Until proven otherwise, continue to look at “oversold” and “under-loved” conditions as opportunities to buy.

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY APRIL 23, 2017

April 23rd, 2017 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR APRIL 23, 2017: The stock market remains in a neutral position with the ability to go in either direction. The last two weeks has presented the market with an opportunity to become “oversold” but rallied modestly instead to prevent investors and traders from getting to a low-risk entry point. Expect the market to set itself up for the next trading opportunity in the coming weeks, but right now it’s best to take a wait and see approach to this tricky news-driven market.

Key underlying short-term market indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading “Fear” after being in the “Extreme Fear” range for only one trading day. I would expect a much deeper reading in the “Extreme Fear” range in order to safely say that the stock market is “oversold” or “under-loved” in terms of sentiment. The current geopolitical climate should serve to push sentiment strongly in one direction or the other. And most likely, it will create the desire emotion of “extreme fear” which allows presents disciplined traders with a low-risk buying opportunity. So right now it’s best to let the market set itself up for the next trading opportunity.

FEAR/GREED SENTIMENT INDEX – APRIL 14, 2017

April 15th, 2017 Comments off

The “Fear/Greed Sentiment Index: What Emotion is Driving the Market Now?” reading has finally moved into the “Extreme Fear” range this past week. But it is just touching that area and I would expect a reading under 20 in order to feel like it is truly registering “Extreme Fear.”

But this indicator is now saying that it’s time to start thinking about accumulating pilot positions for the next rally. The challenge is that there hasn’t been much price erosion in the market since its March top. Hence, many positions are still well over their 200-day moving averages with plenty more room to correct.

I’d look at this indicator as simply a sign to start thinking about going long the general market and use other breadth indicators to fine-tune the timing. And many of the breadth indicator are starting to flash buy alerts as well. So a bottom is close at hand unless we rally quickly to lessen the downward pressure.

 

WALL STREET CRAPS STOCK MARKET STRATEGY APRIL 8, 2017

April 9th, 2017 Comments off

craps front coverSTOCK MARKET STRATEGY FOR APRIL 8, 2017: The stock market remains in neutral territory despite the unstable news background. But the news will help create the cover story for the next top or bottom as it will polarize public sentiment. Right now it appears that the breadth oscillators are heading down towards an oversold bottom in the near term (3 to 5 days). If the readings become low enough, a rally worth trading to the upside may be in store for us. But until those low reading occur, it’s probably wisest to keep your powder dry for better odds in playing this tricky market.

Key underlying short-term market indicators show the following:

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THE BOTTOM LINE: The Fear/Greed Index is currently reading “Fear” after being in the “Neutral” area for a week. The set-up in the breadth oscillators suggests that a short-term bottom is nearby. If the Fear/Greed Sentiment Index can register an “Extreme Fear” reading in the meantime, we may have a sharp rally to ride into May. But until that sets up properly, it’s best to do nothing except get your ducks in a row.