Market Commentary: Averages Up Over One Percent As Volume Starts To Fall

October 21st, 2014
in Gary's blogging, midday post

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Midday Market Commentary For 10-21-2014

Markets continued their 'meltup' from this morning's opening bell with a glint of rolling over as volume starts to fall.

By noon the averages were up and in the green as the small caps top +1.8% and the SP500 tops +1.5%, but stops shy of its 145 DMA as the DOW stops short of its 200 DMA. We are not in a good place just yet, but the outlook may be improving. Lots of questions remain.

Follow up:

Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the midday and the short-term market direction meter is bullish. We remain mostly, at best, negative and conservatively bullish. The important DMA's, volume and a host of other studies have now turned and may be enough for some to start shorting. Right now now I am getting very concerned the current downtrend will get more aggressive in the short-term and volatility may promote sudden reversals. The SP500 MACD has turned up, but remains below zero at -23.20. I would advise caution in taking any position during this uncertain period and I hope you have returned your 'dogs' to the pound. Having some cash on hand now is not a bad strategy. members' sentiments are 37 % Bearish (falling from 70% and now rising from 33%) and it seems to be a good sign for being bearish. The 'Sheeples' always seem to get it wrong.

Investors Intelligence sets the breath at 38.6 % bullish with the status at Bear Confirmed. (Chart Here ) I expect a market reversal at or before ~25.0. NYSE Bullish Percent Index ($BPNYA) is at 40.95. (Chart Here) Below support zone but rising. Next stop was ~57, then ~44, below that is where we will most likely see the markets crash. We are seriously below 44 and need a reversal pronto as it looks like there is nothing to stop the fall until 25 and taking the markets with it. S&P 500 Bullish Percent Index ($BPSPX) is at 43.40. (Chart Here) In support zone and rising. ~62, ~57, ~45 at which the markets are in a full-blown correction. The next stop now is ~37.00. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 22.08. (Chart Here) Treasury Yield Curve Approaches Flattest Since 2009. Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at +35.77. (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. (Now were in good shape to descend again - watch out!) 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 65.00 / 62.75 (and staying there) 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 38.55 %. (Chart Here) The downside decent has reversed, but will it continue to rise? The next support is ~37.00, ~25.00 and ~15.00 below that. December, 2012 was the last time we saw numbers this low.

The Most Important Chart On Wall Street (NYA)

The arrows in the chart below show levels that have acted as support and resistance since 2006. The two blue lines intersect near 10,301. As long as 10,301 holds, the odds of a rally taking place will be higher. If 10,301 fails to attract support from buyers, then the bullish push higher in early 2014 could be classified as a "failed breakout", which would increase the odds of bad things happening in the weeks ahead. NYSE Composite (Liquidity) Index ($NYA) is at 10467. (Chart Here) We are above the resistance (10,301) but is this a test, stay tuned. Next stop is 9750, then 9250, and 8500.

The DOW at 12:00 is at 16567 up 168 or 1.02%.

The SP500 is at 1933 up 29 or 1.53%.

SPY is at 193.24 up 3 or 1.57%.

The $RUT is at 1107 up 12 or 1.11%.

NASDAQ is at 4391 up 75 or 1.73%.

NASDAQ 100 is at 3943 up 73 or 1.88%.

How the Popular 'VIX' Gauge Works

$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 16.54 down 2.03 or -10.88%. Neutral Movement

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

The longer trend is up, the past months trend is down, the past 5 sessions have been up and the current bias is positive.

How Oil Really Gets Priced

Saudi Arabia has reportedly been telling oil-market investors and analysts that it is ready to accept oil prices below $90 per barrel, and even as low as $80, for up to a year or two. If true, it would represent a major change in policy for Riyadh, which may be looking to slow the expansion of rivals such as the U.S.

WTI oil is trading between 83.24 (resistance) and 81.76 (support) today. The session bias is neutral, very volatile and is currently trading up at 82.42. (Chart Here)

Acording to Rob Kurzatkowski, Senior Commodity Analyst at, ". . . we see the December Crude Oil contract holding above the $80 level. To this point, the contract has held up at this technical support level. More stout support can be found around the $75 mark, should Oil fail to hold $80. The result of recent price weakness has been oversold technical levels. The 14-day RSI is in the mid-teens, which could be supportive of prices in the near term. In order to gain some traction, Crude Oil prices may need to post several closes north of the $85 mark."

Brent Crude is trading between 86.47 (resistance) and 85.20 (support) today. The session bias is neutral, very volatile and is currently trading up at 86.06. (Chart Here)

Not so "Golden" Anymore"

Monday, October 20, 2014 For those traders who really take a long view of market trends, looking at the monthly continuation chart for Gold futures, we notice that the bull market that began back in 2001 when Gold prices were... Read More...

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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 rose from 1246.05 earlier to 1255.57 and is currently trading up at 1252.00. The current intra-session trend is trending higher and volatile. (Chart Here)

Currency Corruption Weighs on Copper

Dr. Copper is at 3.026 rising from 2.974 earlier. (Chart Here)

The US dollar is trading between 85.41 and 84.79 and is currently trading down at 85.37, the bias is currently positive and sideways. (Chart Here) Resistance made in Aug., 2013 (~85.00) has been broken and now is support. (Which has been tested and failed 2 times.)


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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