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The 60/40 Balanced Portfolio Just Broke To New Highs - What About Stocks vs Bonds?

by Julius de Kempenaer

For asset allocation analysis, I generally use VBINX, a balanced index fund by Vanguard that holds 60% in stocks and 40% in a mix of different bonds. This balanced portfolio (total return basis) just broke to new highs this week. Meanwhile, neither stocks (SPY) or bonds (IEF) have accomplished that, not yet at least As we all know, it's hard to argue against markets that  Read More

Materials Sector (XLB) Bursts Through Resistance with Confirming LT Buy Signal

by Erin Swenlin

While I maintain the DecisionPoint Scoreboard for the large-cap SPX, OEX, NDX and Dow, Carl maintains a DecisionPoint "Sector" Scoreboard. On Friday's DecisionPoint show (which airs Fridays at 4:30p EST on StockCharts TV), Carl and I pointed out that the Materials sector triggered a new LT Trend Model BUY signal. Interestingly, the signal came on the heels of a significant breakout. The  Read More

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by John Murphy

POSITIVE IMPLICATIONS FROM A STRONGER CHINA My Thursday message showed an index of foreign stocks turning higher, which relieved concerns that weaker foreign stocks could start to weigh on U.S. stocks (as they did near the end of last year). To the contrary, rising foreign stocks are now supporting the rally in the U.S. And may also be suggesting that foreign economies may be taking a  Read More

Week Ahead: Markets Placed On Tricky Turf; Would Be Sensible To Stick To Defensive Stocks

by Milan Vaishnav

The Indian equity markets had a volatile week, ultimately ending on a flat note. In our previous weekly outlook, we had mentioned the possibility of the market stalling its up-move and showing some corrective intent. After volatile trading throughout the week, it was the last hour of trade on Friday which caused the week to end with minor gains. Had it not been for this last-minute pullback on  Read More

Earnings Season Can Produce Real Sizzle

by John Hopkins

As earnings season gets ready to kick off this week once JPM, PNC and WFC report their results on Friday, here's a reminder that those stocks that come up big on the top and bottom line could ultimately become high reward-to-risk trading candidates, possibly multiple times. There are many examples of this from last quarter, but one stock that stands out as worthy of examining is Trade  Read More

RSI Shifts from Bearish to Bullish for EEM

by Arthur Hill

The Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) experienced a trend-momentum shift over the last few months as RSI moved from its bear range to its bull range. In addition, RSI came close to 70 (69.5) twice and EEM broke above its 200-day SMA. The downtrend reversed and I expect higher prices until the evidence proves otherwise.   The chart below shows EEM falling into October 2018 and then firming in the  Read More

DP WEEKLY WRAP: Overhead Resistance Near; VIX Overbought

by Carl Swenlin

An inverted VIX with Bollinger Bands is a pretty good overbought/oversold indicator, and it is overbought when the VIX hits the upper band as it almost did today. "Almost" might be good enough this time, or we may have to wait a few days for the real deal, but it is close enough to get my attention. Not only is the VIX overbought, the S&P 500 (SPY) has nearly reached last year's all-time  Read More

Foreign Stocks are Now Rising

by John Murphy

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in John Murphy's Market Message on Thursday, April 4th at 4:16pm ET. Much of the concerns over the past year have centered around weakness in foreign stocks, and whether that would eventually pull U.S. stocks lower. The general feeling seemed to be that  Read More

Can Autos Accelerate Without Tesla?

by Greg Schnell

The auto charts are a mixed bag. For the last few years, they have had trouble outperforming; even Tesla (TSLA) has been dead money for buy-and-holders. However, it's starting to look like the broader group wants to start running; below are a few charts of interest. Tesla sits at the low end of the multi-year range. While the Tesla chart is definitely the most volatile automaker, it does not  Read More

Video Recap: My Favorite Investment Tools, Tricks and Tips on StockCharts

by Gatis Roze

As I announced last week, I had the pleasure of joining Tom and Erin on Wednesday morning for a special StockCharts TV guest appearance. It was a treat to be on the program, but most importantly, it was a unique joy to help celebrate StockCharts' 20th anniversary. As a follow-up and in case you missed the live show, I'd like to invite you to watch this short video recap from my appearance  Read More

What Part of Advanced Auto Parts' Chart Do You Like?

by Greg Schnell

Advanced Auto Parts (AAP) has been struggling around the 170 level for years and we are back to that level once again. The SCTR has been strong, having recently pulled back as price consolidated through the first quarter. The SCTR is a method of comparing the strength of price moves across a group of stocks. I like to find stocks moving into the top quartile (i.e. above 75).  The  Read More