Market Commentary: Markets Sea-Sawing, Mostly In The Red, But Flat

October 2nd, 2014
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Opening Market Commentary For 10-02-2014

Premarkets were up +0.05% and dropped to -0.2% prior to the market opening. The markets did briefly open in the red and then popped up to green and flat on low volume. As expected the markets should show some green today after the big plunge yesterday, but that hint of green doesn't mean we won't see more downside in the coming sessions. This is just a 'correction' when the pendulum swings too far.

By 10 am the averages were back in the red, sea-sawing and unable to find a direction.

Follow up:

The medium term indicators are leaning towards the hold side at the opening and the short-term market direction meter is fractionally bearish. We remain mostly, at best, neutral and conservatively holding. The important DMA's, volume and a host of other studies have not turned significantly and that is not enough for me to start shorting, but now I am getting very concerned. The SP500 MACD has turned down, but remains below zero at -6.23. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period although some technical indicators have starting to turn bearish. members' sentiments are 68 % Bearish and it seems to be a good sign for being bullish. The 'Sheeples' always seem to get it wrong.

Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 50.6 % bullish with the status at Bear Confirmed. (Chart Here ) NYSE Bullish Percent Index ($BPNYA) is at 54.56. (Chart Here) Below support zone and apparently going further down. Next stop was ~57 and now it is ~44, below that is where we will most likely see the markets crash. S&P 500 Bullish Percent Index ($BPSPX) is at 65.40. (Chart Here) In support zone and falling - doesn't look good. ~62, ~57, ~45 at which the markets are in a full-blown correction. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 24.20. (Chart Here) Treasury Yield Curve Approaches Flattest Since 2009. Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at -67.57. (Chart Here) But anything below -30 / -40 is a concern of going deeper. Oversold conditions on the NYSE McClellan Oscillator usually bounce back at anything over -50 and reverse after reaching +40 oversold. Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY) is at 65.90. (Chart Here)

Chris Ciovacco says, "As long as the consumer discretionary ETF (NYSEARCA:XLY) holds above [66.88], all things being equal, it is a good sign for stocks and the U.S. economy." This chart clearly shows that dropping below 65.50 should be of a great concern to bullish investors.

This $NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.

Today it represents the lowest levels seen since the beginning of the October, 2011 rally. Eric Parnell says, ' If nothing else, given that relatively fewer stocks are trading above their 200-day moving average at a time when the market is just off of its all-time highs suggests that an increasingly narrowing group of stocks is driving the rally at this stage, which does not bode well for the future sustainability of the uptrend." It also strongly suggests there has been a 'stealth bear market' underway in recent months. NYSE % of stocks above 200 DMA Index ($NYA200R) is at 43.04 %. (Chart Here) Unless this downward trend reverses itself soon, we are going to see further downside.

Is The Stock Market Finally Ready To Fall?

Investors are currently unhappy, unenthusiastic, skittish and ready to jump ship every time it nudges against a small financial iceberg. They remain long for now unable to afford to sell and live off cash savings that have negative real rates thanks to the Feds.

They feel in their guts, correctly, that a real 'correction' is coming and can't do anything about it until it is too late. Greed rules the day and investors should be very cautious.

Yes Virginia, The Market Can Go Down

  • The recent market decline is accelerating through midday trading Thursday. This is something I have been cautioning investors against throughout September.

  • There are myriad warning signs that are foreshadowing further declines that should be watch items for equity investors as I believe they will drive market direction over the coming months.

  • What I am watching in the market right now and how I am positioning my own portfolio during this recent uptick in volatility is detailed below.

I hate to say "I told you so" but it looks like my frequent calls for caution in September are turning out to be warranted. The 2,000 level on the S&P 500 has proven to be a significantly stubborn resistance level, something I also predicted.

I am not taking a victory lap as it is hard to make money in a falling market, I am just re-emphasizing investors should not be ignoring myriad warning signs in the market right now.

All in all, the fundamentals and sentiment of the market are currently negative. That is not to say that fund managers who are significantly behind their benchmarks will not come in and buy any dip in an effort to pull even by year end.

However, mainstream investors should keep some powder dry as it appears there is a high likelihood that lower entry points could be ahead.

It is still possible that Mr. Market is not through playing with the averages and even newer historical highs are a distinct possibility. Historically, accordingly to Eric Parnell, "major bull markets have almost never reached their final peak in a sideways grinding pattern. Instead, they have almost always peaked with flourish including one final crescendo toward a new all-time high before finally rolling over and succumbing to the forces of the new bear market".

As long-time readers know, says David Moenning, "I believe it is VITAL to have systems and/or models to guide one in their investing journey. As the late Marty Zweig used to say, 'Those who rely on a crystal ball will wind up with an awful lot of crushed glass in their portfolio'." This basically states our views on the market too, although it is best to be ready for the unexpected if you are bullish.

The longer 6 month outlook is now 35-65 sell (probably should be 40-60 sell) and will remain bearish until we can see what the effects are in the Fed's game plan, Russia's annexing game playing and of course the World's newest player Iraq, ISIS and Israel. I would also take chart and other technical indicators with a lessor degree of reliability for the time being and watch what the Janet Yellen's Fed does over the next couple of months.

The DOW at 10:15 is at 16793 down 11 or -0.06%.

The SP500 is at 1945 down 1 or -0.06%.

SPY is at 194.26 down 0.05 or -0.02%.

The $RUT is at 1088 up 2 or 0.20%.

NASDAQ is at 4423 up 0.43 or 0.03%.

NASDAQ 100 is at 3986 up 1 or 0.03%.

How the Popular 'VIX' Gauge Works

$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 16.63 down 0.08 or -0.48%. Bearish to Neutral Movement

(Follow Real Time Market Averages at end of this article)

The longer trend is up, the past months trend is net negative, the past 5 sessions have been negative and the current bias is negative to flat.

How Oil Really Gets Priced

WTI oil is trading between 91.02 (resistance) and 88.22 (support) today. The session bias is positive and is currently trading up at 90.12. (Chart Here)

Brent crude hits 28-month low, WTI tumbles near $88.50

Brent Crude is trading between 94.37 (resistance) and 91.57 (support) today. The session bias is positive and is currently trading up at 92.75. (Chart Here)

Why Gold Will Rise When The Dollar Falls

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The general consensus is that gold prices will actually fall in the next twelve months (Sept to Aug. 2015). Goldman Sachs estimates that gold will fall to $1,050 an ounce, a drop of nearly 19%.

Gold fell from 1222.82 earlier to 1209.21 and is currently trading down at 1211.90. The current intra-session trend is negative. (Chart Here)

Currency Corruption Weighs on Copper

Dr. Copper is at 2.999 falling from 3.038 earlier. (Chart Here)

The US dollar is trading between 86.01 and 85.60 and is currently trading up at 85.94, the bias is currently net positive. (Chart Here) Resistance made in Aug., 2013 has been broken.


The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!

"Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation inequities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful." - Warren Buffett

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