I like buying stocks that are going up. If there is anything that the market has taught us over the past hundred years is that market prices trend. The major averages, individual sectors, stocks, commodities, currencies, interest rates, they all trend. Sometimes these are uptrends that last years or even decades, sometimes they’re downtrends, and sometimes there is no trend and it’s just a sideways mess. Remember, recognizing a lack of trend is just as important as the first two. What I like even more is while a stock is going up the sell side likes it less and less. It’s completely counter intuitive to us who specifically look for trends to follow. They don’t think like us as market participants because they have different motivations. [Read more…]
I’ve been a full time technician for well over a decade. During this time, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and become close friends with some of the best and brightest technicians in the world. I regularly discuss the markets with them over email as well as the various conferences and speaking engagements that we all attend. We have spirited debates over what the market is going to do next, who has the better process for identifying opportunities and who nailed or missed the most recent big move. Without fail, I learn something new every time I have these types of discussions. So it got me thinking, and I realized that other traders and investors around the world would love to be a fly on the wall for these conversations and learn some new things too. It’s been my goal for the past year to make this a reality, and that day has finally come. [Read more…]
I love technical analysis. I really do. There’s no question that finding a nice chart brings a great amount of joy to my life. Today I want to share with you what I think is one of the most important developments to occur over the past couple of months. Interest rates have been ripping higher, yes we know this. But to me it’s what is happening in Banks and Real Estate Investment Trusts that continues to grab my attention. These groups of stocks are doing the exact opposite today that they were doing at the beginning of 2016, when I was pounding the table about rates going a lot lower.
Interest rates have exploded higher into year-end from a low near 1.37% on the 10-year yield up to over 2.6%. But one of the big reasons that had me so bullish rates since July was that while the 10-year was making lower lows into the summer, the ratio between Regional Banks and REITs held the early 2015 low and started to rally: [Read more…]
One of the more impressive moves that we’ve seen in 2016 is in the Industrial space. While we came into the year near multi-year lows on a relative basis (XLI/SPY), we entered December hitting new all-time highs relative to the S&P500. You want to talk about a dramatic change in relative strength? This is something we take very seriously, and definitely not something to ignore. We also want to keep in mind is that this relative strength started well before any election, US or otherwise. This got going in January.
Today we’re taking a look at the largest component in the Industrial sector: General Electric $GE, a stock that broke out earlier this year above a downtrend line from the all-time highs in 2000 and is still 30% below the 2007 highs. I think this is where we want to be looking: [Read more…]
Here is the video recording of the December 2016 Monthly Conference Call for Members Only
In the call we discuss:
- Major U.S. Indexes – October Conference Call vs Today
- Sentiment, Breadth & Seasonality US On Stocks
- US Sectors Relative Strength
- The US Dollar Dilemma
- International Indexes Breaking Out
- US Interest Rates
- When Do We Buy Bonds?
Most of us are here to try and make money in the market. Some others are just here to make noise and create content they think will help them drive traffic to sell ads. The importance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting 20,000 is one of the biggest lies of the year. I’m lucky to be good friends with some of the smartest traders and analysts in the world. We email each other all the time privately to share ideas and discuss some of the things we’re seeing out there. If there is something worth watching, I’m likely to get an email about it, or at least be included in an email discussion on the topic. So far, zero mention of this arbitrary 20,000 level, but double digit emails from media asking me what I think. See the difference? [Read more…]
In this week’s members-only letter we discuss the following topics:
- Theme Of US Sectors with Short-term Targets Hit But Bigger Uptrends Still Place
- What Does This Strength In Financials Mean Going Forward?
- Now That We’re Getting New Highs In The Averages, What Is Breadth Suggesting?
- The US Dollar Dilemma: Breakout or Fakeout?
- Bitcoin Is Still Making New Highs. How High Can It Go?
- My Favorite Tech Stocks To Own Right Now
- How To Profit From These Breakouts In Europe
- When Do We Buy US Treasury Bonds?
Every month I host a conference call for All Star Charts Members where we discuss ongoing themes throughout the global marketplace as well as changes in trends where new positions would be most appropriate. This includes U.S. Stocks & Sectors, International Stock Indexes, Commodities, Currencies and Interest Rate Markets. Transportation stocks have been a huge winner for us and we’ll be discussing the sectors and assets that I think can behave in a similar manner in the coming weeks and months.
This month’s Conference Call will be held on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at 7PM ET. Here are the Registration Details: [Read more…]
For someone who uses Dow Theory every single day, it’s not something that I write about much. I may indirectly reference certain tenets all the time, but rarely do I write specifically about the 130 year old Dow Theory. I think I pretty much laid it all out earlier this year in my post: 5 Things Every Investor Should Know About Dow Theory. The simple minded choose to stick to the Dow Jones Transportation Average and Dow Jones Industrial Average either confirming each other or diverging from one another. And while this may in fact be a one of Charles Dow’s tenets (although they were Railroads back then, not the Transports we have today), it does not even make it into my top 5 most important tenets. [Read more…]
One of the more interesting scenarios across the global market place is what is happening in the US Dollar, and the Euro component more specifically. Remember, the Euro represents a majority in the entire US Dollar Index. On Monday, the Euro engulfed the prior 13 trading sessions. This means that it made a new low, below the past few weeks trading, and then reversed to close at a new high, above any of the highs over the past few weeks. [Read more…]
I like to keep an open mind. The one thing I’m certain of is that I’m not certain of anything. So I weigh all of the evidence and then try to find the best risk vs reward opportunities based on the cards that we’ve been dealt. We can’t let our emotions impact our decision making, it has to be 100% dependent on the data at hand. Today, I think one of the more interesting situations is in the US Dollar Index. [Read more…]