Written by Gary
Closing Market Commentary For 12-12-2014
Moderate sell-off started about 3:30 and continued to the closing bell. Volume became heavier as the averages slid further as some investors obviously didn't believe the bullish pundits and the BTFDers.
By 4 pm many investors did not want to holding the bag over the weekend and oped-out creating the fractional sell-off. Whatever, the bear is in charge for now.
There are technical indicators showing we will have some more declining before any chance of seeing a Santa Claus Rally. There are also indicators showing a real possibility of a huge 400 - 600 point rally before Christmas that you had better be prepared for.
Once the oil slide has stabilized, if it does this month, investors are going to want to jump back in and that could easily trigger a massive rally. Most of this analogous tea-reading is probably wishful thinking, but being prepared is always part of the trading game.
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the close and the short-term market direction meter is Very Bearish and has been all session. We remain mostly conservatively bullish, neutral in other words. Right now now I am getting very concerned any downtrend could get very aggressive in the short-term and any volatility may also promote sudden reversals. The SP500 MACD has turned down, but remains above zero at +6.10. 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 warnings 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 62 % Bearish.
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at -37.45. (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.
This $NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
StockChart.com NYSE % of stocks above 200 DMA Index ($NYA200R) is at 49.45 %. (Chart Here) 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.
Many indicators are showing markets leveling off or rounding indicating market softness that could lead to lower values and investor's should watch carefully. The SP500 MACD, $BPNYA, $BPSPX, $TNX and the $NYA all show rounding off the tops which in the past has lead to a downturn.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 21.03. (Chart Here) Flattening Yield Curve Signaling Slowing Economic Growth?
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 10,515. (Chart Here) Markets move inverse to institutional selling. We are above the resistance (10,301) but is this a test of the next resistance (triple top) at ~11,109, watch to see if these numbers decline back down. Next stop down is 10600, 9750, then 9250, and 8500.
The DOW at 4:00 is at 17281 down 316 or -1.79%. (Historical High 17,991.19)
The SP500 is at 2002 down 33 or -1.62%. (Historical High 2,079.47)
SPY is at 200.48 down 3.30 or -1.62%.
The $RUT is at 1152 down 15 or -1.24%.
NASDAQ is at 4654 down 55 or -1.16%. (Historical High 5132.52)
NASDAQ 100 is at 4199 down 47 or -1.11%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 21.86 up 1.74 or 8.67%. Bearish Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is net positive, the past 5 sessions have been negative and the current bias is negative.
WTI oil is trading between 59.88 (resistance) and 57.38 (support) today. The session bias is trending sideways and is currently trading down at 57.72. (Chart Here)
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 1228.04 earlier to 1215.72 and is currently trading down at 1222.20. The current intra-session trend is trending sideways. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 2.926 falling from 2.939 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 88.64 (highest since 2009) and 88.11 and is currently trading down at 88.35, the bias is currently trending up. (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 next resistance/support ??? is at ~88.72 set in June, 2010.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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Written by Gary