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U.S. Equities Rally Big Time, But I Remain Very Cautious

by Tom Bowley

Market Recap for Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Wall Street finally (!) had a day where the bulls could smile at 4pm EST.  It was a trend day where the buying begins early and continues throughout the trading day.  These days tend to be very bullish, although there is still plenty to worry about (see Current Outlook and Sector/Industry Watch sections below).  Strength could be  Read More

Market is still playing defense!

by Julius de Kempenaer

The recent rally of the S&P 500 index off the lows near 2600-2625 is nice but is it sustainable? The Relative Rotation Graph above shows the rotation of the 11 SPDR sector ETFs against SPY and the message is very clear! There is a clear split between the sectors. Four sectors are inside the leading quadrant and they are all still heading higher on the Jdk RS-Ratio scale, i.e  Read More

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Benchmarking Chart Levels - Why Healthcare is the Strongest Sector - Stocks to Watch

by Arthur Hill

Setting Benchmark Lows and Highs. Healthcare is the Clear Leader. Ranking Sectors with CandleGlance Charts. Other Performance Metrics for the 11 Sector SPDRs. SPY Range and MDY Resistance. XLF and XLI Break Out. Forget Fed Speak and Watch the Action. Stocks to Watch (ADI, COO, INTC, MDT, SYMC). Setting Benchmark Levels Stocks surged on Wednesday with the biggest  Read More

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Traps 5 Million Federal Workers - part 4

by Brian Livingston

Even a limited, restrictive program, such as the Federal Thrift Savings Plan, can be managed for greater gains with smaller losses. My Plan IQ shows us a successful formula that's been tracked in real time since 2001. And StockCharts enables investors to apply the method to the plan - free of charge. Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this column appeared on Nov. 20,  Read More

DP Alert: Dovish Fed = Relief Rally + New PMO BUY Signal for SPX

by Erin Swenlin

In the midst of recording this morning's MarketWatchers LIVE show, the Fed Chairman Powell's remarks were released. They were dovish and the market rallied in relief. The rally was strong enough to pull the ST Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) upward and trigger a new BUY signal. The DecisionPoint Alert presents a mid-week assessment of the trend and condition of the stock  Read More

Commodities Rally With An Exception By Crude Related Products

by Greg Schnell

Commodities had a big rally on Wednesday, with the exception of crude oil, gasoline and heating oil. Once Jay Powell started talking and the US Dollar started dropping , most commodities roared. Natural gas has been swinging wildly of late with big back and forth directional moves so aggressive traders are liking that area. For trend traders, the industrial metals continued to pursue higher  Read More

11/28 MWL Recap: Marc Chaikin "Combining Fundamentals and Technicals" - SCTR Report

by Erin Swenlin

Welcome to the recap of today's MarketWatchers LIVE show, your antidote for the CNBC/FBN lunchtime talking heads. Listen and watch a show devoted to technical analysis of the stock market with live market updates and symbols that are hot. The show runs throughout the day on StockCharts TV or you can find the latest episode on the YouTube  Read More

Varian Medical Successfully Tests Breakout Zone

by Arthur Hill

Healthcare stocks are leading the market and many were featured in Tuesday's show, On Trend. See below for details. Today I am highlighting Varian Medical (VAR) because it seems to be in the early stages of an uptrend. Normally, I do not highlight stocks that trended lower for most of 2018. However, this stock is in a strong sector and some long-term indicators are turning positive. The 50-day  Read More

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STOCKS REBOUND ON DOVISH FED SPEECH -- RISKIER STOCKS LEAD WHILE SAFE HAVENS LAG

by John Murphy

DOW REGAINS 200-DAY AVERAGE U.S. stock indexes reacted positively to today's noon speech by Fed chief Jerome Powell that was perceived to be more dovish than comments made at the start of October. Stocks all over the world are rallying as a result. Chart 1 shows the Dow Industrials climbing enough to regain their 200-day average. Chart 2 shows the S&PRead More

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The Trend Of Housing And NYSE Margin Debt Both Reverse To The Downside

by Martin Pring

Housing Starts are Rolling Over The Trend of Margin Debt is Bearish The NYSE Margin and the housing sector do not have much in common beyond the fact that both gave sell signals in October. Neither development bodes well for the recovery of the stock market. Let's take a look at housing first. Housing Starts are Rolling Over Housing start data is an important number, in  Read More

Here's What's Wrong With Commodities....And Are Renewable Energy Stocks Finally Bottoming?

by Tom Bowley

Market Recap for Tuesday, November 27, 2018 One highlight from Tuesday's action is that the U.S. Dollar ($USD, +0.31%) remains in favor as it nears yet another breakout.  This is important on a number of fronts, especially with respect to gold ($GOLD, -0.74%).  There's been a very solid inverse relationship between the direction of GOLD and the direction of the USD for decades  Read More

Rising Dollar Logs New PMO BUY Signal - IT Picture Bullish

by Erin Swenlin

The Dollar has been plugging along quietly in a gently rising trend channel, while the Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) has moved right along with it. A little over a week ago, the PMO crossed below its signal line and logged a PMO SELL signal. Today's rally saw an intraday high that hasn't been reached since early 2017, so it wasn't a surprise to see the PMO accelerate above  Read More

11/27 MWL Recap: "Gap Trading Strategies" with Tom - Technical Scans

by Erin Swenlin

Welcome to the recap of today's MarketWatchers LIVE show, your antidote for the CNBC/FBN lunchtime talking heads. Listen and watch a show devoted to technical analysis of the stock market with live market updates and symbols that are hot. The show runs throughout the day on StockCharts TV or you can find the latest episode on the YouTube  Read More

Seasonal Trends Are Not Seasonal Certainties

by David Keller

"We're entering the seasonally strongest part of the year." "The New Year tends to be very good for small caps." "Year three of the Presidential Cycle tends to be good for stocks." "The Friday after Thanksgiving is usually a bullish day on lighter volume." How many of these quotes have you heard in recent weeks? I have no doubt there is a cyclical nature to the financial markets.  I would  Read More