One of the characteristics of bull markets and strong uptrends is sector rotation. While Technology was the first to start leading the market higher in July, Financials and Transportation stocks have recently held the leadership duties. You can start to throw in Industrials the past few weeks into the leadership category as well. Meanwhile, some of the mega-cap names have held back Technology, at least temporarily, from continuing to make new highs. But when you look underneath the surface, I believe there is a much different story to tell. [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…]
This morning I was over at the Nasdaq in Times Square chatting with Amber Kanwar on BNN. We discussed why I think U.S. Stocks continue to rally and which key sectors will drive prices higher. Within each of these very important sectors, there are large-cap stocks leading the way for them. I think we’re closer to the beginning than the end of this move higher in the S&P500 and these other important sectors. At the end we touch on why extremes in sentiment could be the catalyst to send British Pounds even higher.
Here is the interview in full: [Read more…]
One of the most valuable tools we have as technicians is the ability to go through every single stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and every sector and sub-sector in the S&P500 so that we can weigh all of the evidence. It might take some time, but I promise you that there is no better way to gauge the strength or weakness in a market, than by going through them all. Since most people don’t have the time to do this work as regularly as I do, my annotations and notes can easily be referenced in the Chartbook.
Today I wanted to share some of my conclusions after running through all of the Dow Components and S&P Sectors on both weekly and daily timeframes. This analysis consists of over 120 charts and all of them have been updated today in the Chartbook. [Read more…]
As we all know, the S&P500 is a cap-weighted index. In other words, the largest companies by market capitalization (AAPL, XOM ,MSFT, FB etc) represent the largest percentage weighting in the index. The bigger the company, the more important it is to the index. There are 10 (9?) sectors in the S&P500, and Technology is by far the largest one. Therefore one can argue it is the most important one. We can make an argument that Financials are America’s most important sector, but for the purposes of this conversation, let’s agree on the fact that Tech is the largest and therefore the most important of the bunch, representing around 20% of the entire index. [Read more…]
From the desk of Tom Bruni @BruniCharting
There has been a lot of talk about how the recent rally has been accompanied by a dramatic improvement in market breadth, so I took the time to see if the data I track supported that conclusion.
The first study on the major S&P 500 sectors and US Indices was completed by calculating how far the indexes were from their 52-week high compared to the average component in the index. [Read more…]
This week I was over at the Nasdaq in Times Square discussing the current market environment with Frances Horodelski on Canada’s Business News Network. The weight of the evidence is suggesting a cautious stance up here after all of our upside targets have been hit in recent weeks. Remember, we’ve been bullish stocks, globally since late January, and in the U.S. since early February. When our upside objectives are hit, it’s time to reevaluate. That’s what we’re doing now. [Read more…]
In this week’s members-only letter we discuss the following topics:
- What Do We Do With The U.S. Indexes Now? S&P500, DJIA, etc
- The Best Trade In Precious Metals: Gold & Silver
- About That Squeeze Higher in Chinese Stocks
- My Favorite Energy Trade Today
- What Are We Going To Do About This Messy Bond Market?
- The Best Tech Stocks: Apple, Microsoft, Google or Facebook?
- What Does The Weight-Of-The-Evidence Suggest About Risk-Appetite?
You guys know that I prefer to incorporate more of a weight-of-the-evidence approach to markets rather than basing my decision making on a single indicator. We look at stock markets all over the world to find themes, both bullish and bearish, and then take advantage of them within U.S. markets. I then take a similar approach and go sector by sector in the U.S., including a series of sub-sectors, to break it down even further and find themes within the U.S. As you guys well know, the reason we were bullish since January was because of the weight-of-the-evidence internationally, not because of what we saw in the S&P500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average. [Read more…]
This week I was driving home and flipping through radio stations on Satellite and I stopped to listen in on what was happening on the financial tv networks. I just learned this week that financial tv networks air their tv stuff on the radio too. Fun fact. Anyway, the topic was about Amazon earnings and how bad tech companies are doing. Not sure what Amazon has to do with technology? This was a stock market show. Amazon is a Consumer Discretionary stock. It’s actually the largest component of the Consumer Discretionary sector and is not even listed in the Technology Sector Index. Still, on and on they went about Amazon being a technology company. It made no sense.
Guys, I get it. We can sit here all day talking about what great technology Amazon has, and AWS is so great, etc etc. Yes, I know. But we’re talking about the stock market here, are we not? [Read more…]
We have to trade and invest in the market that we have in front of us, not the one that we want. Therefore we have to be able to approach the market from a completely unbiased perspective. We don’t care if the market doubles in price or if it gets cut in half. We want to try to take advantage of moves in both directions. This is America after all.
I know it’s not sexy, but since October 23rd, we have wanted to approach the major U.S. stock market averages from a more neutral perspective. This is the day that both the S&P500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average first got above what was then, and still is, a flat 200 day simple moving average. Securities in that sort of environment create headaches, for both the bulls and the bears. The reason is because [Read more…]