Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 10-30-2014
Premarkets were down -0.6% and slowly melted up to -0.3% prior to the opening. The US GDP (Q3) came in at 3.5% down from 4.6%, continuing and initial claims were up and personal consumption was down. The premarkets bumped up fractionally on the not-so-good news hoping Ms Yellen is going to jump in and save the day.
By 10 am the averages were fractionally melting higher on falling volume. The DOW is in solid green and the other averages are reporting losses of -0.5% in what may be another cross-road session.
The market predicting Doji's have only been 50% reliable lately. The reverse direction Doji at yesterday's closing does not appear to be reversing the market trend today, but we are a ways away from the closing bell and anything could happen. If anything, I expect a 'modest' decline today which could mean absolutely nothing.
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the opening and the short-term market direction meter is bearish. We remain mostly, at best, negative and conservatively bullish, neutral in other words. 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 any downtrend could get more aggressive in the short-term and volatility may also promote sudden reversals. The SP500 MACD has turned up, but remains above zero at 3.97. 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 as market changes are happening everyday. As of now, I do not see any leading indicators that are warning of a 'long-term' reversal in the near-term. There may be one later in 2015, but any market fluctuations we see now are more of a internal market rectification than a bear market.
Investing.com members' sentiments are 49 % 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.
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at 62.65. (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 are high enough to descend again - watch out!)
This $NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
Today it represents the lowest levels seen since the beginning of the October, 2011 rally. Eric Parnell says, "If nothing else, given that relatively fewer stocks are trading above their 200-day moving average at a time when the market is just off of its all-time highs suggests that an increasingly narrowing group of stocks is driving the rally at this stage, which does not bode well for the future sustainability of the uptrend. It also strongly suggests there has been a 'stealth bear market' underway in recent months."
StockChart.com NYSE % of stocks above 200 DMA Index ($NYA200R) is at 51.70 %. (Chart Here) The downside decent has reversed, but will it continue to rise above 50%? The next support is ~37.00, ~25.00 and ~15.00 below that. December, 2011 was the last time we saw numbers in the 20's.
StockChart.com NYSE Bullish Percent Index ($BPNYA) is at 47.83. (Chart Here) Below support zone but rising. Next stop was ~57, then ~44, below that is where we will most likely see the markets crash. We are seriously below 44 and need a reversal pronto as it looks like there is nothing to stop the fall until 25 and taking the markets with it.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 22.89. (Chart Here) Treasury Yield Curve Approaches Flattest Since 2009.
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.
StockChart.com NYSE Composite (Liquidity) Index ($NYA) is at 10,642. (Chart Here) We are above the resistance (10,301) but is this a test of the next resistance at ~10600/700, stay tuned. Next stop down is 9750, then 9250, and 8500.
The following article has some interesting arguments for why the market have and have not topped.
In this article it would be prudent to be aware that, in the words of the late JP Morgan, he predicted, when asked for a stock market forecast, that "share prices would fluctuate". But are they going to fluctuate downward with more 'gusto' than usual?
Importantly, the deterioration in the internal dynamics of the market also suggest that the current rebound is not the resumption of the current bull market cycle, but rather a bounce that will likely be used to liquidate holdings. This will likely lead to a retest of lows, or even perhaps the setting of a new low, before a bullish trend can be re-established.
While I am not stating that the 'polar icecaps' are melting and that we are about to experience 'tidal destruction'; I am suggesting that the potential for further declines in the market are a significant possibility. Therefore, reducing portfolio risk in the short-term will provide capital to reinvest at a more favorable point in the future. If the market surges back to new highs, and re-establishes the previous "bull trend," then the capital raised can be reinvested with greater confidence of a continued advance.
There is little risk in practicing some form of portfolio 'risk management.' The real risk is doing nothing and then spending the next advance in the market making up previous losses. That has been a successful investment strategy 'nowhere, never.'
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".
The longer 6 month outlook is now 30-70 sell (probably should be 20-80 sell) and will remain bearish until we can see what the effects are in the Fed's game plan. Sooner or later brighter skies will return over the market. Until then, investors should employ the first thing one learns while in a foxhole; keep their head down.
The DOW at 10:15 is at 17049 up 75 or 0.44%.
The SP500 is at 1979 down 4 or -0.18%.
SPY is at 198.85 down 0.25 or -0.12%.
The $RUT is at 1142 down 5 or -0.41%.
NASDAQ is at 4529 down 21 or -0.45%.
NASDAQ 100 is at 4072 down 19 or -0.46%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 15.42 up 0.29 or 1.91%. 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 neutral, the past 5 sessions have been positive and the current bias is mixed.
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.
"We believe that OPEC will no longer act as the first-mover swing producer and that U.S. shale oil output will be called upon to fill this role," says Goldman, cutting its 2015 Q1 oil price forecasts by $15 per barrel - WTI to $75, Brent to $85. "Our forecast also reflects the realization of a loss of pricing power by core-OPEC."
The Goldman team believes OPEC's largest members - rather than responding to price declines by cutting production - are attempting to defend market share by reducing prices.
WTI oil is trading between 82.09 (resistance) and 80.92 (support) today. The session bias is negative and is currently trading down at 80.93. (Chart Here)
According to Rob Kurzatkowski, Senior Commodity Analyst at OptionsExpress.com, ". . . 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."
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 fell from 1215.59 earlier to 1199.60 and is currently trading up at 1202.70. The current intra-session trend is negative and trending down. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 3.037 falling from 3.087 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 86.56 and 85.99 and is currently trading down at 86.19, the bias is currently neutral and trending down. (Chart Here) Resistance made in Aug., 2013 (~85.00) has been broken and now is support. This support has gotten much stronger since August, 2014 and isn't likely to fall easily.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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Written by Gary