Written by Gary
Closing Market Commentary For 01-26-2015
Relatively quiet day with some volatility during the morning session, but not enough for most day traders.
By 4 pm the large caps ended higher after trading sideways while the small caps wandered in fractional upwards direction, but not enough to establish a trend for the coming sessions.
Many financial unknowns still exists for the investor and a serious caution remains in place. I never have been happy when I see the $RUT pushing up significantly with the rest of the markets showing a difficult time gaining higher ground. Then we still have the Grexit, EU deflation, stronger U.S. dollar and the little issue of oil falling.
Our medium term indicators are leaning towards sell portfolio of non-performers at the close and the session market direction meter (for day traders) is 52 % bearish. We remain mostly conservatively bullish, but with a bearish slant. I am very concerned any downtrend could get very aggressive in the short-term and any volatility may also promote sudden reversals that will only please the day traders. The SP500 MACD has turned up, but remains below zero at -0.31. I would advise caution in taking any position during this period and I hope you have returned your 'dogs' to the pound.
Having some cash on hand now is not a bad strategy as market changes are happening everyday. As of now, I do see some leading indicators that are warning of a 'long-term' reversal within six months. I believe one is most likely to occur later in 2015, but any market fluctuations we see now are more of a internal market rectification than a bear market.
Investing.com members' sentiments are 44 % Bearish.
CNN's Fear & Greed Index is 29. Above 50 = greed, below 50 = fear. (At 'Fear') (Chart Here)
StockChart.com Overbought / Oversold Index ($NYMO) is at 16.88. (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 51.04 %. (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 $NYA all show rounding off the tops which in the past has lead to a downturn.
Also, the SP500 10 DMA has crossed over the 20 DMA (12-11-14) always indicating a 'correction' underway. The 50,100, 145 and 200 DMA are all going flat which is never a good omen for a continuing bull run. Watch for the 50 DMA to cross over the 100,145 and 200 DMA to indicate how deep the correction will be.
These are not 'leading' indicators as such, but depicting 'trends' in the making showing data accumulated over the past several months and needs to be watched.
StockChart.com 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX) is at 18.28. (Chart Here) The Stock Market Is Just Noticing What The Bond Market Has Known For Months
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 10,840. (Chart Here) Markets move inverse to institutional selling and this NYA Index is followed by Institutional Investors. It is a very important index for investors to watch. We are above the support (10,301) but is this a test of the next resistance (triple top) at ~11,000 to 11,108, 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 17679 up 6.10 or 0.03%. (Historical High 18,103.45)
The SP500 is at 2057 up 5.27 or 0.26%. (Historical High 2,093.55)
SPY is at 205.72 up 0.48 or 0.23%.
The $RUT is at 1201 up 12 or 0.99%.
NASDAQ is at 4772 up 14 or 0.29%. (Historical High 5132.52)
NASDAQ 100 is at 4276 down 2.42 or -0.06%.
$VIX 'Fear Index' is at 15.52 down 1.14 or -6.84%. Bullish to Neutral Movement
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The longer trend is up, the past months trend is net neutral, the past 5 sessions have been net positive and the current bias is trending up.
WTI oil is trading between 46.33 (resistance) and 44.73 (support) today. The resistance ceiling currently is ~46.70 which was tested this morning and failed. The Iranians say they are comfortable with $25 and I'll bet the Saudi's will do everything possible to make it painful for them, meaning even lower prices to come. The session bias is trending down and is currently trading down at 45.16. (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%. So far that is not the case.
Gold fell from 1296.08 earlier to 1276.90 and is currently trading down at 1281.70. The current intra-session trend is trending sideways. (Chart Here)
Dr. Copper is at 2.542 rising from 2.420 earlier. (Chart Here)
The US dollar is trading between 95.61 (highest since 2003 and ~92 is a very substantial support with 92.53 representing a triple top that has been broken) and 94.94. U.S. dollar is currently trading up at 95.20, 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 level of ~92 is the current support and is substantial. Historical chart Here.
The markets are still susceptible to climbing on 'Bernankellen' vapor, use caution!
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