In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I talk about the newest Sector in America: Communications. Back in 2018, the Index makers took out some of our favorite Technology stocks and put them along with some telecom into this new Index called Communications. With Google and Facebook now representing 40% of this $XLC index, the fact that we’re just now breaking out to all-time highs says a lot about the space. [Read more…]
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I discuss the less talked about tenets of Dow Theory. Everyone always likes to talk about the Dow Jones Industrial Average either confirming or diverging from the Dow Jones Transportation Average. But what gets forgotten is that there are many more tenets like Closing Prices are the most important, Identifying the direction of the Primary Trends and The Market Discounting Everything. Check out JC’s 5 Most Important Dow Theory Tenets
This day and age we have other areas just as important, or even more important, than a group of Railroads, like what Charlie had when he first wrote down his Tenets in the late 1800s. Today we also compare the Dow Jones Industrial Average to the Semiconductor and Homebuilders Indexes as well as incorporate a series of ratios with Consumer Staples and Financials. It’s more of an “and” than an “or” for us when it comes to Dow Theory. [Read more…]
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I talk about why we want to keep selling gold and buy stocks instead. This trade is working and we don’t want to fight it. This has been our base case for months, as you can see here. One of the things that we want to incorporate into our study of price is the positioning of Commercial Hedgers and Speculators, which is published weekly by the CFTC in the Commitment of Traders Report.
In this video I explain how we use this data, why we care, and when to pay attention!
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I discuss the relentless buying pressure in stocks throughout the first half of November. Even when the Dow Jones Industrial Average did not register a positive day, the market didn’t really go down either. In fact, we’ve just seen the two smallest down days in the history of the Dow Averages that date back to the 1880s. This is what we’re talking about here. Some might think we’re overbought, but I would argue that the overbought readings are just normal characteristics of uptrends. They should be overbought. I still think the Dow sees 30,000.
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I talk about all of the new highs we’re seeing on both Weekly and Monthly charts. We’ve been pointing to the improvements in market breadth in recent months and how we’ve been getting an expansion in positive participation, not a contraction. This week we started to finally see this work its way into the weekly and monthly charts, but that doesn’t change anything we didn’t already know. We continue with the breadth discussion by pointing out that the world doesn’t start and end with the 52-week highs list. We’re seeing breadth improvements in the 21-day high and 13-week high lists and I’m in the camp that we’ll ultimately see that reflected on the 52-week high list as well. It’s a process, remember:
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I are focused on expansion of global breadth. We’re seeing more and more countries around the world breaking out to new 52-week highs. This week the Global 100 Index is making new highs and now Taiwan has also joined the group with Brazil and Switzerland who were already doing so. With Sweden and Japan right there near highs as well, the breadth expansion continues, not the deterioration that the bears are preaching. It’s hard to be bearish equities if the Dow Jones Industrial Average is above 27,000 and the German DAX is above its 2015 highs. Those are the key levels we’re watching. But breadth is expanding, not deteriorating. That’s for sure.
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I talk about the underperformance of the S&P500 relative to both Gold and US Treasury Bonds. The big question I think worth asking is whether these are massive distribution patterns in US Stocks on a relative basis, or if these are just consolidations within an ongoing uptrend that has been in place for years already? If you’re in the bear camp / recession coming crowd, then you would expect these tops to complete themselves to the downside. If you think stocks go on to make new all-time highs (I do), then these are not massive distribution patterns but just healthy consolidation instead.
How are you liking the day to day swings in the market? Is it too much for you? Go through this checklist and make sure these questions are answered before moving forward.
Today, I thought it would add value to take a step back and see what’s happening in the market bigger picture. They love distracting you with noisy headlines, but the way we approach it is: Whenever In Doubt, Zoom Out!
Here’s how we see things in Stocks bigger picture: