Today's midday reversal helped some and hurt others. As I was looking at charts for "Diamonds in the Rough" I noticed that all of the defensive plays had big filled black candlesticks. They were soaring in the morning, but when the market reversed, they took back the majority of the gains and closed below their open. On the other hand, sectors like Financials (XLF) below were able to recover from big losses. The most profitable sectors today were the growth areas like Technology and Consumer Discretionary while defensive sectors like XLP reversed and suffered big losses on today's reversal.
While XLF did recover it was still down well over 1%. This is what helped trigger today's IT Trend Model "Dark Cross" Neutral signal. Remember that a "Silver Cross" is a positive 20/50-day EMA crossover; a "Dark Cross" is the opposite. Not only do we see a breakdown below support and the 200-day EMA intraday, I see a possible double-top formation. Price will need to close below $37 to confirm the pattern. The PMO is declining and just hit negative territory. The RSI is negative and continuing lower (not oversold yet). The SCI was beginning to rise this month, but on the sell-off dropped below its signal line in a hurry. Participation of stocks > 20/50/200-day EMAs continue lower with very bearish readings of 9%, 19% and 60% respectively. I'm reminded of the "now or never" phrase. XLF needs a big bounce here to avoid executing the double-top pattern. If price does confirm the pattern, the minimum downside target is at support at $32.50. Ouch.
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MAJOR MARKET INDEXES
Each S&P 500 Index component stock is assigned to one, and only one, of 11 major sectors. This is a snapshot of the Intermediate-Term (Silver Cross) and Long-Term (Golden Cross) Trend Model signal status for those sectors.
RRG® Chart: There are four sectors that look the most bullish on the RRG. XLC, XLI and XLRE have bullish northeast headings in Improving. I like XLE as well. It is the biggest outperformer overall based on its distance from the center point of the RRG (the SPY). It now has a more bullish northward heading.
XLB is in Leading, but I don't like that it is beginning to hook around toward Weakening. It's still outperforming, but be careful here.
XLK, XLY and XLF look bearish. They are all traveling bearishly southwest. XLK certainly is most bearish given it resides in Lagging as well.
XLU is showing improvement and should hit Improving soon, but it is very close to the center which tells me even if it starts improving, it is still staying close to the benchmark SPY which is very weak.
RRG® charts show you the relative strength and momentum for a group of stocks. Stocks with strong relative strength and momentum appear in the green Leading quadrant. As relative momentum fades, they typically move into the yellow Weakening quadrant. If relative strength then fades, they move into the red Lagging quadrant. Finally, when momentum starts to pick up again, they shift into the blue Improving quadrant.
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THE MARKET (S&P 500)
IT Trend Model: NEUTRAL as of 1/21/2022
LT Trend Model: BUY as of 6/8/2020
SPY Daily Chart: We finished higher today, but did not break out of the steep declining trend. Now that we have a positive close, we could start to consider the possibility of a double-bottom, but I won't call it until I at least see a higher low. Total Volume was climactic, but we didn't receive any other signs of a climax day. It could be due to the giant swing in price.
The VIX punctured the lower Bollinger Band on the inverted scale by a large margin, but by the finish of the day it had closed above the Band. I like this look. Typically we will see an upside reversal after a puncture like this.
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S&P 500 New 52-Week Highs/Lows: New Lows expanded in a big way today. Remember they log New Highs and New Lows during the day. If they hit it anytime during the day, it is counted in the totals. At one point the market was down over 2% so I'm not surprised we have this expansion on a 1.5% rally day.
Climax* Analysis: As noted earlier, no climax today. There was very high SPX Total Volume, but there were no other climactic readings. This high volume is a reflection of strong selling pressure early in the day, followed by strong buying pressure when the market reversed. Certainly no climax in either direction. The previous two downside exhaustion climaxes finally resolved with a positive close.
*A climax is a one-day event when market action generates very high readings in, primarily, breadth and volume indicators. We also include the VIX, watching for it to penetrate outside the Bollinger Band envelope. The vertical dotted lines mark climax days -- red for downside climaxes, and green for upside. Climaxes indicate either initiation or exhaustion.
Short-Term Market Indicators: The short-term market trend is DOWN and the condition is OVERSOLD.
ST indicators are now oversold, but we did see lower readings on the January low. Participation has faded and is now in oversold territory. This is setting up nice conditions for a bear market rally.
Intermediate-Term Market Indicators: The intermediate-term market trend is DOWN and the condition is OVERSOLD.
In the grand scheme, the ITBM/ITVM are oversold right now, just not as oversold as they were at the 2020 bear market low. The ground is still fertile for a bear market rally given they are oversold, but I would like to see %PMO BUY signals move further into oversold territory.
PARTICIPATION and BIAS Assessment: The following chart objectively shows the depth and trend of participation in two time frames.
- Intermediate-Term - the Silver Cross Index (SCI) shows the percentage of SPX stocks on IT Trend Model BUY signals (20-EMA > 50-EMA). The opposite of the Silver Cross is a "Dark Cross" -- those stocks are, at the very least, in a correction.
- Long-Term - the Golden Cross Index (GCI) shows the percentage of SPX stocks on LT Trend Model BUY signals (50-EMA > 200-EMA). The opposite of a Golden Cross is the "Death Cross" -- those stocks are in a bear market.
The market bias is easy to determine in all three timeframes. Readings below 70% are somewhat bearish, but readings below 50% are very bearish. Given the SCI/GCI are both falling and %Stocks > 20/50/200-day EMAs are still falling, the bias is firmly bearish across the board. However, participation is getting oversold and that could mean a bear market rally.
CONCLUSION: I've used the term "bear market rally" a few times in this blog. A bear market rally conforms with bear market rules. Bear market rules tell us that oversold territory is "thin ice" and not solid. If this rule holds, a short rally like we had at the end of January will likely be all we will get. If the rule doesn't hold and we see a rally well above 460 on the SPY (4600 on the SPX), then we may've escaped a full scale bear market. Indicators are oversold, but still in decline and haven't confirmed today's rally yet.
If we're lucky, a bear market rally is on its way; however, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine combined with all the economic instability, we may only get a few up days before the bottom falls out again. I think you can begin stalking some of the stocks on your watch lists, but know that you'll need to trade in a very short-term timeframe to protect yourself. I would also use hard stops.
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I am still optimistic that Bitcoin is bottoming here. The RSI and Stochastics are showing some positive movement. Today's intraday low nearly tapped support at $32,500 before reversing. I'll feel more confident when the PMO finally bottoms and has a positive crossover.
The flight to Bonds is likely the culprit of falling yields today. If we see a market rally, a flight from Bonds could be seen and that would see higher yields.
10-YEAR T-BOND YIELD
The intraday low on $TNX punctured the rising trendline, the 20-day EMA and support at the January high. However, it rebounded nicely and closed above all three with ease. The RSI and Stochastics are positive, but the PMO crossover SELL signal still has me somewhat concerned. However, it does seem it will whipsaw back into a BUY signal soon.
IT Trend Model: BUY as of 6/22/2021
LT Trend Model: BUY as of 8/19/2021
UUP Daily Chart: Huge rally in the Dollar today, but it did finish with a bearish filled black candlestick. This candlestick could also form a reverse island. The indicators look good, but price has now tested the top of the bearish rising wedge which suggests to me we will see that reverse island and a test of the bottom of the wedge. Stochastics seem to be confirming this line of thinking. Price popped today, but Stochastics decelerated.
IT Trend Model: BUY as of 12/29/2021
LT Trend Model: BUY as of 1/12/2022
GLD Daily Chart: Gold was having a fabulous morning, but it is a defensive area of the market and as I explained in the opening, the defensive sectors got killed on today's SPY reversal. We have a giant bearish engulfing candlestick on GLD. Stochastics and the RSI turned down; however, both remain in positive territory above net neutral (50). The RSI was getting overbought so this decline relieved those conditions. The PMO is still rising and price did hold above important support.
(Full disclosure: I own GLD)
GOLD Daily Chart: $GOLD closed higher today, an interesting disparity between the ETF and the metal itself. I'm not sure what to make of it, but it probably isn't a good thing. $GOLD's RSI is overbought and continuing to rise. Stochastics did top but remain above 80 indicating so there is internal strength. The PMO as on GLD, looks very bullish and isn't really that overbought yet. Still I never like "Pinocchio" bars (a phrase coined by Martin Pring for OHLC bars like today's) because as the name implies, it is lying to you.
GOLD MINERS Golden and Silver Cross Indexes: GDX was flying but as Gold prices declined and defensive areas of the market got hit, Gold Miners were a casualty. This is another failed breakout. Still, I like the positive RSI, rising PMO, rising SCI and the strong participation of stocks > 20/50/200-day EMAs. Stochastics are little worrisome, but the other indicators are still bullish.
CRUDE OIL (USO)
IT Trend Model: BUY as of 1/3/2022
LT Trend Model: BUY as of 3/9/2021
USO Daily Chart: Giant bearish black filled candlestick today. The upside breakout from an already bullish rising trend channel was likely due to Russia/Ukraine invasion. I'm not exactly sure why we saw such a pullback, but overall the chart looks pretty healthy. The PMO is beginning to rise again and the RSI is positive. I'm not liking the top on Stochastics, but that is likely due to today's close being so much lower than the open.
IT Trend Model: NEUTRALas of 1/5/2022
LT Trend Model: SELL as of 1/19/2022
TLT Daily Chart: A defensive investment vehicle with a filled black candlestick--not a surprise. I think near term Bonds have some merit, but if I'm right about a possible bear market rally, Bonds aren't going to be as popular. The black candlestick tells us that. As soon as the market began to get healthy today, people sold off so price failed to overcome resistance. The PMO which is nearing a crossover BUY signal is topping below the signal line already. Stochastics are topping in negative territory. While the RSI is technically rising, it is still firmly in negative territory below net neutral (50).
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