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Truckers Appear Poised To Drive Us Into 2020


Executive Market Summary

  • Futures were relatively flat today, but we have seen some slight selling to close out a very solid 2019
  • Small and mid caps are leading on a relative basis and clinging to fractional gains
  • All sectors are fairly flat to close out the year
  • Gold ($GOLD) and renewable energy ($DWCREE) are industry leaders today
  • One of our alerts, TPX, was stopped out with a nice gain at Monday's close; VC is higher today

Market Outlook

I've spoken on many occasions of how important it is for transportation stocks ($TRAN) to do well. It's an unmistakeable sign of improving economic growth or expected improvement. One encouraging signal in this respect relates to truckers ($DJUSTK), which appears to me to have broken out of a bullish wedge pattern on its daily chart:

A further advance past short-term price resistance at 865 would add to the bullishness of this chart and to the transportation area as a whole.

I think it'll be important to watch transportation stocks very closely as we open 2020 as they could very well be the "x factor" in another stellar stock market year. But what does the consensus of analysts believe? Well, we'll find that out on Saturday in the premier online financial conference of the year, "Market Vision 2020". Join John Murphy, Chief Technical Analyst here at and several other familiar names at for a one day conference into what 2020 might look like. Here are the details:

Market Vision 2020

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020

Time: 8:45am EST to 6:00pm EST

Recording available to attendees? Yes

Registration information: CLICK HERE


  1. John Murphy
  2. Arthur Hill
  3. Julius de Kempenaer
  4. David Keller
  5. Greg Schnell
  6. Mary Ellen McGonagle
  7. Erin Swenlin
  8. Bruce Fraser
  9. Tom Bowley

Sector/Industry Focus

All 11 sectors are within a very tight range of +0.25% to -0.25% as we close out 2019.

The top 3 industry performers of 2019?

  1. Renewable energy ($DWCREE)
  2. Computer hardware ($DJUSCR)
  3. Specialty finance ($DJUSSP)

Active Trade Alerts

We have two active trade alerts currently:

TPX (+0.48%) - reports earnings on February 12. TPX stopped out on the close yesterday as it closed beneath its 20 day EMA. I still like the stock, but we wanted to be disciplined to take profits. If you continue to hold, pay close attention to this long-term weekly chart as a breakout would be extremely bullish:

88.00-92.00 is key overhead price resistance. The good news is that TPX is near its highest relative price level in 7-8 years.

VC (+1.01%) - reports earnings on February 19. VC is bouncing a bit today, but its first test will be at the declining 20 day EMA, currently at 89.57.

Strong Earnings ChartList (SECL)

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Today I ran a high volume scan of the SECL, searching for companies that have already traded at least 40% of their normal daily volume as of 10:55am EST. Here they are:

Here's a technical look at the two with the highest SCTR scores:


I often refer to stocks showing a "character change" on their charts. Well, that typically comes in the form of a high volume gap that reverses the prior trend. In this case, SCWX had been in an extended downtrend, but the December action has reversed that trend. A 20 day EMA test could provide an excellent entry into SCWX.


The November action here was very bullish. Since then, we've seen DISCA challenge, and fail at, its prior price resistance. I expect further consolidation, but ultimately another breakout. Look for price support near 32 to hold.

Movers & Shakers

I ran a scan of U.S. stocks with SCTR scores above 50 and RSIs between 40 and 45 and received 5 results as follows:


The purpose of the scan was to find stocks in the top half of a relative strength ranking (SCTR), but showing a pullback. An RSI reading of 40-45 is generally consistent of a strong entry area for relatively strong performers. Here are two that are interesting:


PSX is currently trending lower, but the bigger picture shows possible up channel support (blue-dotted lines) being tested. A break to the upside out of the shorter-term down channel (red-dotted lines) would be bullish as overall volume trends are strong, in my view.


VLO had been very strong throughout much of 2019, but it's currently mired in a down channel. I'd need to see this channel break to the upside or price action hit support closer to 88.50-89.00 before I'd be more interested.

Earnings Reports

Here are the key earnings reports for this week, featuring stocks with market caps of more than $5 billion. I also include a few select companies with market caps below $5 billion. Finally, any portfolio stocks (or active trade alerts) that will be reporting results are highlighted in BOLD. Please make sure you check for earnings dates for any companies you own or are considering owning:

Tuesday, December 31:


Wednesday, January 1:


Thursday, January 2:


Friday, January 3:


Economic Reports

October Case Shiller house price index: +0.4% (actual) vs. +0.4% (estimate)

December consumer confidence: 126.5 (actual) vs. 128.2 (estimate)

Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist at, where he provides stock market education, guidance, and trading strategies using a unique combination of technical, fundamental, and historical analysis. Tom provides members with four portfolios (Model, Aggressive, Income, and Value), all designed to beat the benchmark S&P 500, and a revolving Watch List of hundreds of companies reporting strong quarterly earnings (must beat both revenue and EPS estimates) and exhibiting technical strength as well. These companies comprise EarningsBeats' annotated Strong Earnings ChartList (SECL), from which Tom trades exclusively. Tom writes a Daily Market Report (DMR) for members to include an executive summary, market outlook, sector/industry watch, and trading ideas. Learn More
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