Ace Stocks: Equity Markets at a crossroads; which way from here? (update 1/27/15)
-0.1 aabcd- Russell 2000 Small Cap Index ($RUT)
The Russell 2000 attracts many traders for its high beta stocks, mostly small caps, and many in fast-growth sectors of the market.
-0.1aaaaaa-NYSE Composite Index ($NYA)- Fast turn signals
This chart of the New York Stock Exchange composite has shown good back-testing results in calling turns in the markets. The 3 EMA line acts as the primary signal and is supported/ confirmed by the Fast MACD (settings at 4,10,6) and the Fast ADX (7 day setting) and Fast Setting RSI.
-0.1aabbcdd- US Dollar Index - Cash Settle (EOD) ($USD)
US dollar fails to survive its 2 year uptrend line! It also fails to hold an intermediate Head and Shoulders pattern in early October 2013. This could put markets on edge. For more insights, visit my blog and our trader's forum at wwwacestocktrader.com ...or simply google these 3 words: 'ace talking stocks'
-0.1ab- iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYG)
By Mid-July, the market sensitive HYG had fallen out of its up-channel and lost the 50 day support. Compared to the S&P 500, a negative divergence has occurred which suggests the stock market may soon correct. Mike (posted 7/21/14)
-0.1abc- NYSE Summation Index (Ratio Adjusted) (EOD) ($NYSI)
The Summation Index ($NYSI) is an accumulation of McClellan Oscillator readings which helps to smooth out the volatile swings found in the McClellan. The Summation Index is popular with sophisticated traders for spotting significant tops and bottoms in recent trends.
For me, the key graph on the Summation has always been the RSI(14) oscillator...as you can see, the oscillator tends to call tops and bottoms off of significant multi-day trends.
I watch for readings under 30 (oversold) and over 70 (overbought) and the confirmation is usually provided by a break back toward the middle as the RSI line crosses over the 30 or under the 70 mark. Keep in mind that the NYSI can remain overbought (or oversold) for a very long time. This is because major TRENDS can over-ride the cyclicality of the markets, which is what RSI tracks. When trend continues higher (which reflects herd trading), a mistake that some amateur chartists make is to assume a long or short position as soon as the overbought or oversold position is reached on the RSI. The proper time to go long or short is when the RSI begins to climb back toward the middle space (between 30 and 70), at least with the $NYSI chart, imho! That's why I watch for the confirmation signal (again, over 30 or under 70) to confirm the move out of the extremes. Often, the NYSI moves can mark a divergence from the actual movement of price on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), thus offering an early warning system.
-0.1abcc- Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares (NUGT)-Fast RSIs view
NUGT tracks a group of Major Gold Mining stocks at a 3x levered ratio on a daily basis. It is a popular ETF among traders who like to ride a fast momentum trading vehicle.
-0.1abcde- Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR/Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLY:XLE)-Weekly Rati
This is a Ratio Chart. Ratio charts can serve to sniff out changes in the under-lying economy or markets before they become apparent to the trading public. A good ratio chart has predictive powers in advance of a major trend change in the stock markets, since stocks markets often tend to trade on momentum rather than fundamental changes--this is known as a divergence. A divergence signal allows the astute trader to begin to plan to enter or exit a coming change in stock market momentum and direction.
The idea is that during inflationary times, commodities will out-perform and the economy will tend to falter. During disinflationary times (like the past several years), the retail sector will out-perform the commodities.In this ratio chart, the retail sector is represented by the XLY, which is the Consumer Discretionary Sector. For the commodity representation, I chose the XLE (Energy) because a well-known financial newsletter says that Energy investments are the ultimate commodity play to measure against.
When the ratio is rising (represented by OHLC bars and tracking a 10 week moving average line), then it is assumed the economy is expanding at a normal basis and profit margins are rising. When the Ratio is falling, it assumes that possible inflation is entering the picture and eroding profits as represented by a stronger commodities market versus a strong retail market for consumers.
The chart has shown a strong predictive power about 6 to 9 months out over the past several years. Notice the Ratio went into Free-Fall this past few months....in fact, the drop is hard and sudden, and yet the SPX seems to have barely been shaken....if this holds up like the past, then we should see a major change of direction within the next several months. (posted April 19, 2014)
-0.1abcdef-Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU)-400 day line and its meaning
The 3 most recent Devil's Crosses (20-100 down-cross) led to significant sell-offs....in fact, each of the previous 3 Devil's led the Dow down to the 400 moving average line. The 400 MA line is the long-term bull/bear line, and usually not well known by amateur technicians. You can see how each Devil led to the 400...and how each tag of the 400 zone led to a bounce-back for the Dow. In some cases over the years, the 400 MA line failed to hold support...examples include the 1987 and 2008 crashes. The 20-100 was the final warning to get out before those two crashes occurred. In early February, 2014, the Devil's Cross was narrowly avoided. However, keep an eye on this in case it should change again.
-0.1abcdefgh- NYSE Bullish Percent Index (EOD) ($BPNYA)
I have long used the pSAR trip signal on BPNYA as a good, simple buy or sell signal. I use this signal in conjunction with other charts, but for those who are looking for a good, simple signal for the health of stocks, this might be it!
-0.1b- Biotech iShares (IBB)
IBB topped out near 275 in late March 2014. One theory in spotting topping areas in an over-heated market is to look for Acceleration Zones. The I-Shares Biotech Index (IBB) showed such an Acceleration Zone in the 1st Quarter of 2014. Acceleration Zones (AZ) are thought to be the FINAL STAGES of a Bull Market when Crowds rush in to push prices ever higher as the Smart Money begins selling out shares they accumulated at much lower levels. To spot potential topping areas, the chartist simply projects out a new higher uptrend line with the expectation that the froth of the AZ won't last beyond one or two pinnacles in the AZ. The new uptrend line is drawn by connencting the last previous high point in the old uptrend channel witht the 1st new high point in the new Acceleration Zone. FUture topping points can then be visually calculated with ease. After the 254 high point, the next projected topping area was 275 which proved to be the top for IBB by early April 2014.