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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: 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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DP Alert: Bearish Rising Wedge is Back on SPX

by Erin Swenlin

No changes to the DecisionPoint Scoreboards today. My concern now rests on the new bearish rising wedge that has appeared on the SPX chart. Not all of the indicators are confirming the recent rally. The newest change to the DecisionPoint Sector Scoreboard was an IT Trend Model BUY on the Energy SPDR (XLE). This now has all of the sectors on IT BUY signals. LT BUY signals are only among the defensive sectors of Consumer Staples (XLP), Health Care (XLV), Real Estate (XLRE) and Utilities (XLU). The DecisionPoint Alert presents Read More 

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DP WEEKLY WRAP: The Pleasure/Pain Cycle

by Carl Swenlin

I have a theory about the market that I'm thinking of tuning up for submission to the Nobel Prize committee. It goes like this: (1) Things get better and better until they are as good as they are going get. (2) Then they get worse and worse until they're as bad as they are going to get. (3) Repeat cycle. The only problem with this theory is that we never know for sure where the extreme limit for the current cycle will be, but it is still useful to keep in mind as we listen to news about how really good or really bad things are at a given time. In his Thoughts from the Frontline last week Read More 

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DP Alert: Dollar Scores Three New BUY Signals

by Erin Swenlin

Yesterday, I wrote about the new IT Trend Model BUY signals that are now resident on all four Scoreboards. I also noted that what used to be bearish rising wedges have become rising trend channels. Today, the Dollar posted an ST PMO BUY signal, an ST Trend Model BUY signal and an IT Trend Model BUY signal. These appear to be whipsaw signals and the bearish rising wedge on the Dollar chart is still there. You'll note that, on the DecisionPoint Sector Scoreboards, we have IT Trend Model BUY signals on everything but Consumer Staples (XLP) and Energy (XLE). Read More 

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DP Bulletin: New IT Trend Model BUY Signals on Scoreboards - Rising Trend Channels

by Erin Swenlin

Just a quick bulletin to let you know that the SPX, OEX and NDX have triggered new IT Trend Model BUY signals. Though Dow got off to a head start, they are now all in line. The weekly PMO determines the IT PMO signal, which are not quite close enough to look for those BUY signals yet. You'll also notice in the charts below that all of the bearish ascending wedges have morphed into rising trend channels. It is hard to argue with such strength. At this point, we're ready for at least a pause, but it seems more likely that a throwback will break through the bottom of the channels. The Read More 

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DP WEEKLY WRAP: SPY Breakout and New BUY Signal

by Carl Swenlin

On Thursday,  on expanding volume, SPY broke above the declining tops line drawn from the October Top, and at the same time it broke above the 200EMA. Then on Friday the SPY 20EMA crossed up through the 50EMA causing the IT Trend Model to change from NEUTRAL to a BUY signal. With this positive action, we should consider that the bull may have taken the helm, but there are some short-term caution signs. The DecisionPoint Weekly Wrap presents an end-of-week assessment of the trend and condition of the stock market (S&P 500), the U.S Read More 

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DP Alert: Gold Breaks Out and Adds PMO BUY Signal - Dollar PMO SELL Signal

by Erin Swenlin

The market rallied nicely this morning. It started by pulling back slightly, before the less hawkish announcement that came out of the FOMC resulted in the rally pushing higher. DecisionPoint Scoreboards point to short-term strength, with BUY signals in the short term. The IT Trend Model BUY signal became official on XLF. The DecisionPoint Alert presents a mid-week assessment of the trend and condition of the stock market (S&P 500), the U.S. Dollar, Gold, Crude Oil and Bonds. Watch the latest episode of Read More 

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Financial SPDR (XLF) Adds New IT Trend Model BUY Signal

by Erin Swenlin

Last week, the Consumer Discretionary/Cyclicals SPDR posted a new Intermediate-Term Trend Model (ITTM) BUY signal. Today, the Financial SPDR (XLF) joined in with its own ITTM BUY signal. In the long term, we can see that the only sectors with Long-Term Trend Model (LTTM) BUY signals are the defensive groups. It's certainly positive to see other sectors beginning to participate.  Why is it positive to see those two sectors posting ITTM BUY signals? Notice how, in the sector rotation model below, we already were seeing strength in Healthcare, Consumer Staples Read More 

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DP Weekly Wrap: Rising Wedge Breakdown Sets Less Accelerated Rising Trend Line

by Carl Swenlin

Last week we were focused on the SPY rising wedge formation, the technical expectation for which was that it would break down. Well, on Tuesday it did break down, but there was no follow through afterwards. Instead, it moved sideways for two days, then rallied on Friday, challenging Monday's highs.  The result is that the wedge has almost transformed into a rising trend channel. I say "almost" because there is still a slight narrowing at the top of the channel. Nevertheless, of more immediate concern is the overhead resistance presented by the declining tops line drawn from the Read More 

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DP Alert: Selling Initiation Signals - Dollar (UUP) New PMO BUY Signal

by Erin Swenlin

The DecisionPoint Scoreboards are all bullish in the short term. The bearish rising wedge executed yesterday and the indicators are supporting a decline in the shorter term. The DecisionPoint Alert presents a mid-week assessment of the trend and condition of the stock market (S&P 500), the U.S. Dollar, Gold, Crude Oil and Bonds. Watch the latest episode of DecisionPoint on StockCharts TV's YouTube channel here! SECTORS Each S&P 500 Index component stock is assigned to Read More 

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