DP Alert: Indicators Topping - Gold Triggers PMO SELL and STTM SELL Signals - NDX STTM Neutral


First and foremost I am pointing out the new ST Trend Model Neutral signal that arrived today on the NDX. Despite attempting to rally from the recent decline, price was unable to move high enough to prevent this Neutral signal from appearing. Today I discussed with Tom thoughts on whether we are looking at a small bounce off a decline or a last gasp before more decline. I'm of the thought that the decline and weakness are still a problem and with this signal, a big problem. Looking at the chart, I think there is more downside to digest with a move likely to support at 6200. At that point, Santa should come around and spread Christmas cheer to technology.

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.


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

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

The gap up on yesterday's open was very encouraging, however, it was nearly all given back by the end of the day. Today we saw follow-through on that decline. I have annotated what could be a very short-term double-top with a neckline just below 262.0. 

The PMO on the SPY topped today. Not a good sign, but we do see price staying inside the rising trend channel. Given the bearish look to the 10-minute bar chart and activity by short-term indicators (read on), I am starting to see a possible drop to the 260 level. 

Climactic Indicators: We did see a spike on the A-D readings, but I didn't see a similar climactic move by the VIX or New Lows. If I had that confirming data, I'd see this as an exhaustion. Unfortunately without that, I'm concerned this decline isn't quite finished.

Short-Term Indicators: The Swenlin Trading Oscillators have been looking very bullish for some time, but now we have a serious turnaround. When I saw it tick down on Monday, I wasn't too concerned since we see 'twitch' quite often, but today's continuation is bearish. You can also see the IT indicators are topping as well.

Intermediate-Term Indicators: While the tops on the ITBM and ITVM may look somewhat ominous on the ST Indicators chart above, this chart tells me we are likely looking at some twitch. These indicators are not overbought. If we see them continue lower and have negative crossovers, then we should get worried. For now, the IT picture is still mostly bullish.

Conclusion: The deterioration of short-term indicators is a problem, along with a topping PMO on the SPY. Climactic indicators suggest more short-term weakness. IT indicators are still healthy enough to stay bullish in the intermediate term.


IT Trend Model: SELL as of 11/30/2017

LT Trend Model: SELL as of 05/24/2017

I suspect that UUP triggered the recent ITTM SELL signal late. The picture for UUP is starting to brighten. I see what looks like a short-term bullish double-bottom formation. Today the neckline at 24.30 was penetrated, though UUP closed at 24.29 just below it. The PMO has turned up which suggests to me this pattern will execute completely. The upside target would be around $24.60. A move to test overhead resistance at $24.80 is entirely possible, but we need to see the OBV turn back up.


IT Trend Model: NEUTRAL as of 10/20/2017

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

The new PMO SELL signal on Gold tells me that support at 1265 won't hold. The close today was slightly below that at 1264.90. We have not seen a move this far below the 200-EMA since June. I would expect Gold to decline further. There isn't much in the way of support left until you reach the 1200 level.


IT Trend Model: BUY as of 11/2/2017

LT Trend Model: BUY as of 9/7/2017

The negative divergence with the PMO has not really played out yet. The PMO is falling but the SCTR is still looking good. Given that $WTIC is in a trading zone and seems to be holding $57 as support, we could see sideways consolidation which would likely help the PMO move out of overbought territory. I would be watching the 20-EMA support very closely. I didn't annotate it but there is a rising wedge that has formed which is bearish. 


IT Trend Model: BUY as of 11/8/2017

LT Trend Model: BUY as of 6/16/2017

I've been expecting TLT to turn down soon to finish forming a bearish head and shoulders pattern. It doesn't seem interested. The PMO managed to turn back up and price closed above overhead resistance easily. The PMO isn't really that overbought, so I expect Bonds will continue to rally longer or at least until overhead resistance is challenged at the September high.

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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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