DP Alert: Gold Triggers PMO SELL Signal


No new signal changes to report, but I do want to mention that the PMO for the NDX continues lower with no hesitation. For the other three indexes, the PMO BUY signals are intact, but short-term PMOs are now all declining.

The purpose of the DecisionPoint Alert Daily Update is to quickly review the day's action, internal condition, and Trend Model status of the broad market (S&P 500), the nine SPDR Sectors, the U.S. Dollar, Gold, Crude Oil, and Bonds. To ensure that using this daily reference will be quick and painless, we are as brief as possible, and sometimes we let a chart speak for itself.

SIGNALS: Here we include charts of any important signal changes triggered today by our Intermediate-Term Trend Model.


NOTE: Mechanical trading model signals define the implied bias of the price index based upon moving average relationships, but they do not necessarily call for a specific action. They are information flags that should prompt chart review. Further, they do not call for continuous buying or selling during the life of the signal. For example, a BUY signal will probably return the best results if action is taken soon after the signal is generated. Additional opportunities for buying may be found as price zigzags higher, but the trader must look for optimum entry points. Conversely, exit points to preserve gains (or minimize losses) may be evident before the model mechanically closes the signal.


IT Trend Model: BUY as of 11/15/2016

LT Trend Model: BUY as of 4/1/2016

Prices gapped way down on the open after what seemed to be a recuperation from the Fed decline at the end of yesterday. The previous gap was closed as price continued to rise and erase big losses from earlier in the day. Technically, the opening gap today has not been filled, though prices seem to be ready to push past yesterday's close fairly soon as a nice rising trend channel is in play.

As you can see, the PMO has topped and OBV is beginning to slide faster than price which is a concern in the short-term. Overall, I still believe that the $240 level should hold as support if the decline continues. There is still a bullish confirmation on the PMO with rising tops matching rising price tops. If we see the PMO dip below its previous bottom, that would set up a dangerous negative divergence, but we're not there yet and the SCTR is still quite healthy.

Ultra-Short-Term Indicators: I'm waiting to see some climactic readings on breadth, but not so. Net A-D Volume spiked slightly, but not enough to call this a selling exhaustion. The Bollinger Bands on the VIX have closed up again, so it may not be that helpful given BB penetrations will be easier to accomplish and could be misleading. 

Short-Term Indicators: Consolidation managed to clear overbought conditions on these indicators which suggests internal strength. However, we are seeing some issues with the STO-V which makes me think that volume is not confirming price right now. If we see the STO-B begin dropping, I'd then expect a test lower than the $2400 level. As you can see, there are plenty of possibilities.

Intermediate-Term Indicators: These indicators have been quite bullish but are now showing some signs of deterioration. As always, I won't read too much into this until we start seeing negative crossovers the signal lines.

Conclusion: I've had emails from some of my bears about impending doom, but I'm not seeing our indicators spelling out a major crash or correction for the future. Tomorrow will tell us quite a bit, as our weekly charts go final and we can see what the weekly PMOs are doing. They typically give us nice warning before a crash, but price shocks are always a risk. Be sure not to miss Carl's "DP Weekly Wrap" this weekend where he will review the weekly charts of the SPY and the "big four".


IT Trend Model: NEUTRAL as of 3/21/2016

LT Trend Model: BUY as of 10/17/2016

I got to have a chuckle or two with some Twitter followers about the timing of my blog article on Tuesday night with the headline that the Dollar was finding favor, while Gold and Bonds were not. Of course, the next day saw a sizable hit on the Dollar and nice rallies on Gold and Bonds. Well, the article may not have been timed well as far as Wednesday's trading was concerned, but I believe the analysis is being confirmed now. While it was a deep decline yesterday, it still managed to bounce off support nicely and has managed to erase yesterday's losses and breakout above last week's high. The PMO gave us a timely BUY signal and you'll note that the SCTR, while reading just above 10, is still improving. I'm looking for a move to test overhead resistance at about $25.50.


IT Trend Model: BUY as of 5/22/2017

LT Trend Model: BUY as of 4/12/2017

Gold continues in its declining trend and today the PMO posted a new SELL signal. I don't like it at all, especially when you look at what could be a double-top and the negative PMO divergence with price. A ST Trend Model Neutral signal nearly triggered today. Sadly, I would look for Gold to at least test the neckline or rising bottoms trend line in the $1215 to $1230 area.


IT Trend Model: NEUTRAL as of 3/8/2017

LT Trend Model: SELL as of 3/9/2017

While price has been trying to convince us a bottom is in on Oil, the PMO, OBV and SCTR have all prevented me from believing it. Annual support at $9.23 has now been broken. Oil looks like it could easily fall to $43/barrel so I'm still not convinced a bottom is being put in right now. When the PMO switches direction, then we can talk. If a $9.18 close is not the bottom, where is support for USO?

You have to move to the weekly chart. The PMO is on a SELL signal and still dropping like a rock. You can see that $9.18 is not really as low as it can go. Risk is still high when you see that the next support level is $8.


IT Trend Model: BUY as of 3/31/2017

LT Trend Model: SELL as of 11/17/2016

Bond appear to be finding favor after all, but... we still haven't seen that original gap close and I think that is critical if bonds are going to move into a strong rally. TLT is very close to a positive 50/200-EMA crossover which would trigger a LT Trend Model BUY signal and effectively move TLT into a bull market configuration. The PMO head-faked and is rising again after avoiding a negative crossover SELL signal. The SCTR is rising and healthy; however, the OBV did just put in a negative divergence, with OBV tops angling lower while corresponding price tops are rising. This could portend another test of the 20-EMA before the rising trend continues.

Helpful DecisionPoint Links:

DecisionPoint Shared ChartList and DecisionPoint Chart Gallery

Trend Models

Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO)

On Balance Volume

Swenlin Trading Oscillators (STO-B and STO-V)


SCTR Ranking


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Happy Charting!
- Erin

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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More
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