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 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…]
Last week I shared with you guys a “Mystery Chart” without any labels on it. The point of this exercise is to eliminate any biases and focus only on facts. The only truth in the market that we can count on is price. Sell side analysts are going extinct because they offer little value, the media is often either wrong or lying to you, the same can be said about C-level executives, and the list goes on and on. None of these people are reliable. This is why the only thing we can count on is price. It’s just math. So we prefer to focus on that and ignore the rest of the noise.
Today we’re looking at a rare development in economically sensitive assets that I think have much broader implications for stocks and commodities moving forward: [Read more…]
You guys know that I consider the S&P500 to be just one index in just one country in just one asset class in the entire world. There is a lot more out there. And while this might be true, I would also argue that this one index is one of the more important ones that we need to be watching. It is a good representation of U.S. Stocks, since the Dow Jones Industrial Average is just 30 names, the Nasdaq is tech-heavy and the NYSE Composite has a lot of international exposure. One can argue that the Russell3000 is the best representation of the U.S. since it represents over 98% of all investable assets in U.S. equities, but there is no liquid asset to gain exposure to it.
So today we are breaking down the S&P500, setting price targets and defining our risk management levels: [Read more…]
It’s important to recognize what type of environment we’re in for the market. During different times of the year, traders and investors tend to behave in certain ways. When you smooth out the data over many years, their patterns become clear. We all hear about, “Sell in May and Go Away”, but what about, “Remember to Buy In November”?
Today we’re focusing in on the end of what is historically the worst seasonal period of the year for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. So what happens next? [Read more…]
Earlier today I was on the Benzinga morning radio chatting with Joel and Dennis about the current market environment. We’ve been pounding the table bullish U.S. stocks for almost 3 months now and fortunately the market has cooperated with us. Technology has been the big leader along the way and I think this theme continues. Meanwhile, money has rotated out of bonds as interest rates have risen with stocks over the past few months.
We discuss this rotation and some of my favorite names in the tech space. Here is the interview in full: [Read more…]
One of the biggest reasons why I got so bullish towards U.S. Stocks in early July was because of the breakout in Technology out of a multi-year range. This sector represents over 20% of the S&P500, so the way I see it, if the largest sector in America is breaking out of a range to new 52-week highs, it’s hard to be bearish. Although there were many other factors that have kept us bullish over the past few months, Technology has definitely been a big one.
Now, as sexy as this breakout in Technology stock prices might have been, it’s another breakout in Technology last week that really gets me optimistic: [Read more…]
Every week I go sector by sector and start my analysis from scratch on both weekly and daily timeframes. This provides structural perspective to get a bigger picture outlook and then I work my way down to daily timeframes for execution and risk management purposes. This is what we call a top/down approach. Along the way, I also want to see how each sector is performing relative to the rest of the market. This relative strength analysis is usually a ‘heads up’ for what is to come on a more absolute basis.
Today, I want to focus on one of the most important sectors in the US Stock market and why the relative underperformance is something we want to keep on our radar. [Read more…]