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Carl Swenlin
About the authors: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. He was the founder of DecisionPoint, one of the web's premier market timing and technical signal services, which was acquired by StockCharts.com in 2013. Carl has contributed his market commentary and expert analysis to StockCharts since then. He is a Member of the CMT Association.

Erin Swenlin
Carl's daughter, helped him create and manage the DecisionPoint.com website and launched the DecisionPoint daily blog with Carl in 2009. Erin hosts the MarketWatchers LIVE web show at StockCharts.com, and is also a Member of the CMT Association.

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DP WEEKLY WRAP: Short-Term Top Soon?

by Carl Swenlin

At the end of last week I was looking forward to some more selling to extend the decline that had started from the March 4 top. But no. Price rebounded off last Friday's low, eventually setting a new high for the rally off the December lows. However, on Friday we got a signal that has me looking for a short-term market top very soon. The signal comes from the VIX panel on the chart below. You'll note that I use a different presentation of the VIX than what you will normally see. First I use a log scale to enhance the definition in the lower ranges, and I reverse the scale so that it Read More 

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DP Alert: Oil (USO) and Bonds (TLT) Trigger New PMO BUY Signals

by Erin Swenlin

We have a new signal to add to the DecisionPoint Scoreboards, as the OEX triggered a Long-Term BUY signal on Monday. All of the large-cap Scoreboard indexes are now on Trend Model BUY signals in three timeframes. Additionally, we acquired two new BUY signals on Oil and Bonds, which I'll cover in the sections below. To our DP faithful, don't miss this Friday's show at 4:30p EST, where Carl and I will go through the major markets as well as the Big Four. Each week, we also add a "bonus" segment with charts that we believe you must see before starting the week ahead. Read More 

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DP WEEKLY WRAP: Market Breaks, Gold Fakes

by Carl Swenlin

It took over two weeks, but the market top we've been looking for finally materialized. Price broke down through a rising bottoms line that goes back to the beginning of January. Also violated was the bottom of the trading range that has lasted over two weeks.  At very overbought levels, the daily PMO finally topped and crossed down through the signal line. I am assuming that this is the beginning of a move that could possibly retest the December lows, but more clarification on that later. The DecisionPoint Weekly Wrap presents an Read More 

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DP Alert: SPX Triggers New Short-Term PMO SELL Signal - Wedge Finally Breaks Down

by Erin Swenlin

This will be fairly brief today, as I am in the process of moving to a new home and it's a bit crazy over here. It's important to note the new ST PMO BUY signal, which occurred on a PMO positive crossover on the SPX daily chart. Also, the bearish wedge pattern has finally executed on the SPX. In addition, I would like to point out on the DP Sector Summary below that XLK had a positive 50/200-EMA crossover, which generated a new LT Trend Model BUY signal. The DecisionPoint Alert presents a mid-week Read More 

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DP Bulletin: LT Trend Model BUYs on SPX and NDX - ST PMO SELL on Dow

by Erin Swenlin

The new Long-Term Trend Model (LTTM) BUY signals triggered on the SPX yesterday (3/4) and on the NDX today (3/5). We are probably seeing these just in time for a pullback or correction ahead. The Dow seems to agree, as it generated a new ST PMO SELL signal. I've highlighted the new signals below. Note that the OEX hasn't triggered the same long-term signal yet, while the Dow is the first to lose its ST PMO BUY signal. Underneath the signal table, I have included charts of all four of the Scoreboard Indexes. Read More 

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DP WEEKLY/MONTHLY WRAP: Internals Overbought and Topping

by Carl Swenlin

The McClellan Summation Index (ratio-adjusted version) has had the longest uninterrupted upside run since 2003, when the market was coming up off of the 2000-2002 bear market lows. The indicator is very overbought and it is trying to top, so we should expect some kind of corrective action over the next several weeks.  When I say "some kind" of corrective action, I'm thinking along the lines of a move down to test the December lows, but if we look on the chart below at what happened in 2003, it may not be any worse than several weeks of consolidation. Looking at market Read More 

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DP Alert: SPY & XLI Trigger LT Trend Model BUY - Dollar (UUP) PMO SELL Signal

by Erin Swenlin

In mid-week DP Alerts, I generally only review the SPX, as it is a Scoreboard index. However, DecisionPoint signals are reported to Timer Digest based on the SPY. Yesterday, the SPY generated a Long-Term Trend Model (LTTM) BUY signal. The SPX still has some ground to cover before it can log the same signal. The Industrials SPDR (XLI) triggered a LTTM BUY signal today. With the Sector Scoreboards looking so healthy, it is hard to be a hardcore bear. I'm not going to fight the charts, as Carl would say; instead, I will listen more closely. I still believe we are in for a correction Read More 

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DP WEEKLY WRAP: Looking At NKE Technicals

by Carl Swenlin

In a basketball game on Wednesday a Nike shoe literally peeled off the foot of 285-pound, 6-foot-7-inch Zion Williamson. The resulting knee injury was regrettable, but the reporting of the incident was rather amusing. For one thing, the video of the incident ran over, and over, and over. I considered offering pair of Dr. Scholls running shoes (well, maybe walking shoes) with my autograph to anyone who could prove they had seen the video more than I did (estimated 4,783 times). Quite often it was breathlessly reported that NKE was down substantially on the news, but at the lowest point it Read More 

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DP Alert: New LT Trend Model BUY Signal for Dow - Oil Looking Good

by Erin Swenlin

Today, we had two important signal changes. First, on the Dow Industrials, a LT Trend Model BUY signal triggered as the 50-EMA crossed above the 200-EMA. Second, USO generated an IT Trend Model BUY signal.  I imagine the first question that will be asked about this new LT BUY signal is whether this is the end of the bear market. This is certainly good news for bulls, but indicators are very overbought and you can see that OBV tops are about even with each other while price tops are steeply rising. The DecisionPoint Alert Read More 

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DP WEEKLY WRAP: Negative Signs Still Haven't Delivered

by Carl Swenlin

There are some indicators that have been warning of a price top for a couple of weeks, but the market just keeps powering upward. (1) There is an OBV reverse divergence, where the OBV has exceeded its December top well ahead of price. This means that heavy volume hasn't been able to bring price along with it. (2) Price has formed a rising wedge, which we normally expect to break down. (3) The VIX hit the upper Bollinger Band at the beginning of this month, which is frequently a top signal. The fact that the market has been ignoring these negative signs is bullish, but the situation does Read More 

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