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Why Investors Must Be Cautious At These Prices

Last week on October 8th the financial market experienced a broad based sell off. Every sector was down with utilities being the only exception.

The individual leadership stocks, which are typically small to mid-cap companies (IWM – Russell 2K) that have a strong history and outlook of earnings growth, were hit hard as well.

Whenever the broad market experiences a price correction, one of the most important factors I analyze is how well leading stocks hold up and show relative strength to the broad market.

So, where does this leave us going forward?

When stocks that have been leading the market higher and only pausing during market corrections in the S&P500, Dow, and NASDAQ, it’s a positive sign. This tells us investors and big money continues to flow into the risk on assets (stocks).

Conversely, when these leading stocks/sectors begin succumbing to the selling pressure of the broad market, it quickly grabs my attention and tells us it’s time to be aware that a major top may be forming.

It looks as though the broad market rally is just barely hanging on. If the leading stocks and sectors begin breaking below their 50-day moving averages, my proprietary SP500 Market Timing & Trading System will shift to sell mode and things could get ugly for those who do not know how to trade a bear market.

 

 

Weekly Relative Strength Showing Negative Divergence

This chart has two important things I would like to point out. First is the fact that the RSI has being overbought twice in the past three years with the most recent one taking place a few months ago. The last time this took place the SP500 had a very strong correction.

The second insight the RSI is providing us with is the diverging price and relative strength as shown with the purple lines on the chart below. This is telling us that the power/momentum behind the market is slowing.

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Daily Bullish Percent Index – Shows Negative Divergence

I always prefer to watch and analyze the NYSE as it’s the big board where all the HUGE money is flowing from traders and investors. The chart below clearly shows that less stocks are moving higher as seen with the purple bullish percent index line. With less stocks making new highs, yet the stock market continues to climb this is a warning sign that this bull market is slowly running out of steam.

 

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Technology & Financial Sector Are Rising But For How Long?

Two very powerful sectors are holding up well but once they start to breakdown from these chart patterns things could get ugly real quick. Our 3x ETF trading newsletter becomes very active in bear markets as the upside potential is much larger.

The XLK technology sector looks to be forming a bearish rising wedge. If/once it starts to slide it will have a strong impact on the broad market.

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Financial Sector XLF

The recent price action of scattered trading ranges looks to be similar to the top we saw in 2011. If this is the case then we have bearish head & shoulders pattern with a rising neckline forming. Once price breaks through the neck line we should expect sharp drop in price.

This sector is heavily weighted in the SP500 so if it start to drop, expect the SP500 to fall with it.

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Major Market Top Lurking…

The chart below pointing out the next bear market likely to take place is a scary looking chart to most individuals. But if you know what you are doing, they can provide more profits in a shorter period of time than a four year bull market.

If this market is starting to stall out and is in the process of forming a top. Keep in mind that market tops are a process. They take typically 3-6 months to form before a true breakdown occurs and the bear market starts. And until then, price will be choppy and difficult to trade.

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Cautious Trading Conclusion:

In short, this report shows you some major divergences in the financial market. Remember, you do not really trade off divergences, as they are not good at timing. They are simply a warning sign telling us that something large is brewing and that risk is higher than normal.

There are few ETFs I like on various sectors and commodities that show some oversized upside potential in the coming weeks/months. Depending on what takes place in Washington this week will move the market and likely trigger some sharp moves. Until then, sitting tight is the safe play.

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Who Knows More: The S&P 500 Options or Financial Pundits?

By now the major media outlets have made sure to inform the public that the U.S. government is shut down, or partially shut down depending on your political perspective. Most financial pundits are looking to the recent past for clues about what to expect in the future.

While the situation appears to be similar to what we witnessed in 2011 with the debt ceiling debacle, the outcomes may be significantly different. I am a contrarian trader by nature, and as such I am constantly expecting for markets to react in the opposite way from what the majority of investors expect.

A significant number of financial pundits and writers all have a similar perspective about what is likely to occur. It seems most of the financial punditry believe that until there is a resolution in the ongoing government debacle, market participants should expect volatility to persist. Some of the talking heads are even calling for a sharp selloff if no decision on the debt ceiling is made by early next week.

The debt ceiling decision needs to be made by midnight on October 17th otherwise the first ever default on U.S. government debt could occur. Thus far, the volatility index (VIX) has moved higher as investors and money managers use the leverage in VIX options to hedge their long exposure.

As can be seen below, we are seeing the VIX trade at the second highest levels so far in 2013.

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The volatility index (VIX) is clearly sending a warning signal about risk in the S&P 500 Index based on price action. However, that warning signal relies on current uncertainty in the marketplace. Most sell side analysts and economists believe that once a deal is done, risk assets will rally. What happens if they are wrong?

Trying to play a fool’s game by calling future price action correctly without supporting facts in hopes of being right is not honest analysis or commentary. Instead, why wouldn’t investors put the situation in context using information available from calculations derived from option chains? I want to be clear in saying I have no earthly idea what is going to happen once a deal is reached or when said deal will be reached. I have no idea!

Readers should be completely leery of anyone trying to tell you what is going to happen with supposed certainty. Whether they want to admit it or not, no one in the financial punditry knows for sure what is going to happen.

I believe that the options marketplace is much more competent about future price action than some financial pundit or sell side analyst that is trying to push their book of assets. As such, the S&P 500 Cash Index (SPX) option chain is shown below:

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As can be seen above, the probability that the SPX 1,620 October 10/25 Put expires worthless is roughly 68%, or 1 standard deviation from Wednesday’s closing price. The probability of the SPX 1,685 October 10/25 Call expiring worthless is also roughly 68%, or 1 standard deviation to the upside from Wednesday’s closing price.

As of the closing bell on Wednesday, October 9th the SPX options chain is telling us that there is a 68% probability that price will stay between 1,620 and 1,685 by the close of business on Friday, October 25th.

Where the probability analysis gets interesting is when we look at a 2 standard deviation move which gives us a near 90% probability of being accurate with our expected price range. The 2 standard deviation move from the October 9th close on the put side is 1,525. The 2 standard deviation move from the October 9th closing bell on the call side is 1,720.

Thus, as of the closing bell on Wednesday, October 7th the SPX options chain is telling traders that there is a 90% probability that the S&P 500 Cash Index (SPX) will close on October 25th between 1,525 and 1,720.

This analysis gives us some expected price ranges for the S&P 500 in the near future. However, there is something I want to point out to readers about what the SPX option chain is telling careful observers. As of the close of business on October 9th, the S&P 500 Cash Index closed the day at 1,656. At this point we need to revisit the previous price ranges.

The one standard deviation (68%) price range is shown below:

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As can be seen, the 1 standard deviation price range is centered fairly well with the closing price on 10/09. However, it should be noted that the SPX options chain is implying slightly more risk to the downside. Consequently, something rather significant occurs when we look at the 2 standard deviation (90% probability) expected range for the SPX options chain.

The two standard deviation price range is shown below:

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The upside expectation that has a 90% probability of being accurate implies a 3.86% increase potential by October 25th. However, the 90% probability of being accurate to the downside implies a -7.91% move. Clearly the option market is telling us that the marketplace believes there is much more possible risk to the downside.

The question I would pose to readers and financial pundits alike is the outcome no one is talking about. What is the least likely outcome for the markets to traverse? In my humble opinion, the least likely expectation would be that we get a resolution regarding the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. Then as expected risk assets rally sharply higher, only to reverse and selloff sharply a short time later.

That would be the least likely scenario that market participants would expect and a large downside move is being priced into the S&P 500 Index option chain. I want to reiterate that I have no idea what is going to happen, but what I do know is the S&P 500 Index options are telling us that it is possible for a large selloff to potentially occur.

The most important question of all is what source of information is more credible? Is information coming directly from the marketplace in an extremely liquid underlying asset like SPX options credible? Or is a financial pundit trying to push their book of assets or their firm’s book a more likely source of honest information? I will let readers decide.

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This material should not be considered investment advice. J.W. Jones is not a registered investment advisor. Under no circumstances should any content from this article or the OptionsTradingSignals.com website be used or interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell any type of security or commodity contract. This material is not a solicitation for a trading approach to financial markets. Any investment decisions must in all cases be made by the reader or by his or her registered investment advisor. This information is for educational purposes only.

 

Leading Sectors, Cycles and Momentum Point To Drop This Week

As talked about almost two weeks ago when the SP500 trend reversed to the down side we have been waiting for a bounce in price to short the market (buy and inverse ETF). That happened last week and now we are waiting for the market to shake out the short positions and suck in as many traders to get long before the next wave of major selling takes place.

It seems traders are becoming bullish again as prices rise and they are dumping their precious metal positions and rotating into equities again from the looks of things. Also if you know the Dow Theory then you know the industrial and transportation sectors tend to lead the broad market. Well today the only two sectors trading lower are just those two.

See the charts below for a visual:

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The Market Forecast Cycle Analysis, Trends & Signals

 

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All these things paint a clear picture for lower prices to come. But as we know, surprise news can change the technical outlook of the market from time to time. This is why constant analysis is needed along with protective stops for any open positions.

Chris Vermeulen
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Long or Short Stocks is the Question: I’ve Got the Answer!

Stocks managed their third session higher as of Thursday June 27th and its too late to jump onto that move. Major indexes and leading stocks have rebounded into resistance along with a few key moving averages. The next 1-3 days favor a pause or pullback at the least simply because of the selling momentum and multiple resistance levels being tested. It is only natural for traders and investors to pull some money off the table or short at these levels.

Stepping back seven days and looking at the overall stock market we have seen a substantial drop in prices across the board. A Ton of stocks have formed their first impulse thrust to the downside which is typically what happens when a stock market is in a topping process (Stage 3 Distribution). The type of damage we had cannot be fixed overnight. This will be a process if it is to resolve to the upside and price action will remain wild (volatile).

The odds from a technical analysis stand point using Price, Momentum, Cycles, Volume and Moving Averages point to lower prices still to come. Actually they point to another 5% drop from the current level.

Major Points to Be Aware Of:

1. 20 Simple Moving Average is crossing below the 50SMA. Last time this took place it triggered a 5% drop in the SP500.

2. Price has bounced for three consecutive days. This typically puts the odds in favor for a pullback.

3. Price bounced and hit it’s head on the 20 and 50 moving averages on Thursday (RESISTANCE).

4. Market Time Cycles are in a decline phase meaning there will be a negative bias and seller will be actively pulling price lower on bounces.

5. Major Long Term Chart looks favorable for a bear market to start which may last 12 months. If so this is just the beginning of some scary yet highly profitable potential trades in the coming year. Stocks fall 3-7 times faster than they rise…

 

Daily SP500 Trend & Analysis Chart:

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Long Term SP500 Trend Chart:

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BEARISH SP500 Price & Volume – 60 Minute Intraday Chart:

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Looking at these charts from a long term, intermediate and short term basis the odds are favoring lower prices. Being short stocks or buying inverse ETF’s is the current play for the market. But analysis and trends are subject to change depending on price and volume action each week. Do not get your heart set on the BIG picture outlook of a yearlong selloff. That could prove to be dangerous. We take this market one bar or candlestick at a time and trade based on current short term analysis.

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During Recent Market Carnage, OTS Locked in 16.80%, 32.20%, & 41.49% Returns

As we move into Quarter end, many investors and traders suffered a sizable drawdown in mid to late June. However, members of OptionsTradingSignals.com closed 3 trades during the selling carnage for huge overall gains.

As a professional trader, a focus on implied volatility, probability of success, and a typically contrarian market view have served members well since the inception of the service back in December of 2010. A summarized description of recent action in the OTS Portfolio is described below.

On June 13th the OTS Portfolio took a Put Debit Spread on VXX. The reasoning behind the trade was the expectation that volatility would decline going into triple witching on Friday’s expiration. As expected, volatility contracted and on June 19th the VXX position was closed for a gross gain per spread of $21. The maximum risk per spread was $125 so the trade produced a gross gain of around 16.80%.

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While volatility contraction going into triple or quadruple witching is a high probability event, it is not a certainty. However, as can be seen above the trade worked nicely and we were able to exit with a tidy profit with a very short-term holding period.

The 2nd trade that was closed for strong gains was a MA Put Diagonal Spread. The trade was entered on June 19th and was subsequently closed on June 20th for a holding period of less than 36 hours. The trade produced a gross gain per spread of $285 on maximum risk of $885. Thus, the trade produced a gross gain of 32.20% on maximum risk per spread.

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As can be seen above, MA was trading near the top of its recent price range and we used a diagonal spread to take advantage of time decay and lower prices. Obviously we saw a big selloff transpire in MA shortly after entry and the trade structure produced some strong gains for the OTS Portfolio.

The final trade that was closed prior to the June monthly option expiration was an AMZN July Put Butterfly Spread. AMZN was trading near the top of its recent price range and as a contrarian I took a short position that would capture time decay and profit from a decrease in the AMZN stock price. The trade was entered in the OTS Portfolio on June 18th and was closed on June 20th.

The AMZN Put Butterfly Spread took a maximum risk of $470 per spread. The trade produced a gross gain of $195 per spread. Thus the overall gross return on maximum risk was 41.49% per spread. As can be seen below in the chart, the position was net short AMZN and members entered the trade right before a large selloff transpired.

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Ultimately AMZN fell further, but we were able to lock in some nice gains in a short period of time. Typically the OTS strategy focuses on entering a lot of trades and locking in profits quickly. My goal is to take at least 2 – 3 new positions each week while managing other open positions.

The majority of opened trades have a better than 50% probability of success based on the implied volatility levels at the time of entry. I typically focus on a probability of success at the time of entry between 60 – 80% and my track record has about roughly a 70% probability of success on all trades entered since the OTS Portfolio inception.

Right now I have been slow to add any new positions into this bounce higher in equity prices, but if prices continue to drift higher the rest of Thursday and into tomorrow I will likely begin looking at the short side again in specific names in the near future. This week I have been pretty quiet in terms of new positions, but I suspect that I will start to get busy on Friday and into the early part of next week with new positions.

Obviously the recent performance has been outstanding, but most long-term members would tell you that the service helps teach option traders how a professional option trader views the marketplace with a focus primarily on probability driven trading where implied volatility and time decay are commonly the primary profit engines for trade entry. The service is a great value from an educational standpoint and I welcome you to give it a try. Happy Trading!

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This material should not be considered investment advice. J.W. Jones is not a registered investment advisor. Under no circumstances should any content from this article or the OptionsTradingSignals.com website be used or interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell any type of security or commodity contract. This material is not a solicitation for a trading approach to financial markets. Any investment decisions must in all cases be made by the reader or by his or her registered investment advisor. This information is for educational purposes only.

The Pomo Push Saved the Uptrend Again!

I have previously written Fed/POMO and I have to do mention it again.  Yesterday morning I mentioned that if this trend is to remain up big money needs to be stepping into the market to lift stocks and save the trend. Luckily for the market and Ben Bernanke, there was a huge POMO day scheduled for yesterday where the Fed could buy up to $3,500,000,000 of securities.

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That massive QE buying pressure (POMO – Permanent Open Market Operations) I’m sure helped lift the market. Look at my simple yet effective technical traders analysis chart of SP500 Futures below.

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The Fed’s massive securities purchases likely helped to trigger a strong short-covering push into the closing bell.  Remember, the prior day the indices had been hammered as short sellers drove the markets lower. When the shorts are forced to cover their positions, they do so by buying.  When strong enough, this produces strong waves of buying.

Remember not to be bias in your outlook on the market, but follow the trend, money and momentum and you should be on the correct side of the market more times than not.

Chris Vermeulen
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US Stock Market Foreshadows Another Rally – True Story!

Over the past couple week’s investors and traders have been growing increasingly bearish for the US stock market. While I too also feel this rally is getting long in the teeth there is no reason to exit long positions and start shorting.

My followers know I do not pick tops and I do not pick bottoms. This I explained in great detail in my previous report. There are more cons to that tactic and on several different levels (timing, volatility, emotions, lack of experience, addiction) than there are pro’s.

Keeping things simple, short and to the point here is my thinking for today and this week on the broad market. Remember my analysis is 100% technical based using price, volume, cycles, volatility, momentum and sentiment. I try not to let any emotions, gut feel, or bias flow into my projections. I say “TRY” because I am only human and at times when the market and emotions are flying high they still take control of me but that is few and far between.

So let’s get to the charts shall we!

SP500 Index Trading Daily Chart – SPY Exchange Traded Fund

The SP500 index continues to hold up within its rising trend channel and the recent pullback is bullish. Remember the trend is your friend and it can continue for very long periods of times ranging from days, weeks, and even months…

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The US Stock Market MUSCLE Indexes

The charts below show and explain my thinking… But in short we need these two indexes to be strong if we want to see another major leg higher in the SPY, or to at least test the recent highs.

Today the market opened slightly higher and push up in the first 30 minutes with strong volume. Overall the market looks as though it needs a day pause/pullback before taking another run higher.

Small cap stocks are the ULTIMATE Risk On play and generate ridiculous gains in very short periods of time. I focus on these with my trading partner exclusively at ActiveTradingPartners.com where we have been making a killing on trades like: NUGT up 21% in 1 day and IOC up 11% in 2 days
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Bullish Index Price, Volume & Candles

The SP500 has been very predictable the past couple weeks for both intraday trading during key reversal times in the market when price has pullback to a support zone, and also for swing trading. Last week we myself and followers bought SSO ETF when the market pulled back and we exited the next day for a 3.5% profit.

Yesterday was a perfect intraday example with the SP500 bottoming out at my 11:30am morning reversal time zone with price trading at support. Price then rallied into the close posting a 12 point gain on the SP500 futures for a simple momentum play pocketing $600.

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US Stock Market Mid-Week Conclusion:

In short, I still like stocks as the place to be and will not get bearish until proven wrong. Once price reverses and the technical clearly paint a bearish picture with price, volume, momentum, cycles and sentiment will I start shorting the bounces.

This week is a pivotal one for the stock market so expect increased volatility and possibly lower lows still until the counter-trend flushes the weak position out before moving higher.

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How to Spot & Time Stock Market Tops

Since the middle of April everyone and including their grandmother seems to have been building a short position in the equities market and we know picking tops or bottoms fighting the major underlying trend is risky business but most individuals cannot resist.

The rush one gets trying to pick a major top or bottom is flat out exciting and that is what makes it so darn addicting and irresistible. If you have ever nailed a market top or bottom then you know just how much money can be made. That one big win naturally draws you back to keep doing it much like how a casino works. The chemicals released in the brain during these extremely exciting times are strong enough that even the most focused traders fall victim to breaking rules and trying these type of bets/trades.

So if are going to try to pick a top you better be sure the charts and odds are leaning in your favor as much as possible before starting to build a position.

Below are a few charts with my analysis and thoughts overlaid showing you some of the things I look at when thinking about a counter trend trade like picking a top within a bull market.

Utility Stocks vs SP500 Index Daily Performance Chart:

The SPY and XLU performance chart below clearly shows how the majority of traders move out of the slow moving defensive stocks (utilities – XLU) and starts to put their money into more risky stocks. This helps boost the broad market. I see the same thing in bonds and gold this month which is a sign that a market top is nearing.

That being said when a market tops it is generally a process which takes time. Most traders think tops area  one day event but most of the times it takes weeks to unfold as the upward momentum slows and the big smart money players slowly hand off their long positions to the greedy emotion drove traders.

Look at the chart below and notice the first red box during September and October. As you can see it took nearly 6 weeks for that top to form before actually falling off. That same thing could easily happen again this time, though I do feel it will be more violent this time around.

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SPY ETF Trading Chart Shows Instability and Resistance:

Using simple trend line analysis we see the equities market is trading at resistance and sideways or lower prices are more likely in the next week or two.

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Stocks Trading Above 150 Day Moving Average Chart:

This chart because it’s based on a very long term moving average (150sma) is a slow mover and does not work well for timing traded. But with that said it does clearly warn you when stocks are getting a little overpriced and sellers could start at any time.

General rule is not to invest money on the long side when this chart is above the 75% level. Rather wait for a pullback below it.

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Stocks Trading Above 20 Day Moving Average Chart:

This chart is based on the 20 day moving average which moves quickly. Because it reacts quicker to recent price action it can be a great help in timing an entry point for a market top or bottom. It does not pin point the day/top it does give you a one or two week window of when price should start to correct.

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How to Spot and Time Stock Market Tops Conclusion:

As we all know or will soon find out, trading is one of the toughest businesses or and one of the most expensive hobbies that one will try to master. Hence the 95-99% failure rate of individuals who try to understand how the market functions, position management, how to control their own emotions and to create/follow a winning strategy.

With over 8000 public traded stocks, exchange traded funds, options, bonds, commodities, futures, forex, currencies etc… to pick from its easy to get overwhelmed and just start doing more or less random trades without a proven, documented rule based strategy. This type of trading results in frustration, loss of money and the eventual closure of a trading account. During this process most individuals will also lose friends, family and in many cased self-confidence.

So the next time you think about betting against the trend to pick a top or a bottom you better make darn sure you have waited well beyond the first day you feel like the market is topping out. Stocks trading over the 150 and 20 day moving averages should be in the upper reversal zones and money should be flowing out of bonds and other safe haven/defensive stocks to fuel the last rally/surge higher in the broad market.

Also I would like to note that I do follow the index futures and volume very closely on both the intraday and daily charts. This is where the big money does a lot of trading. Knowing when futures contracts are being sold or bought with heavy volume is very important data in helping time tops and bottoms more accurately. And the more experience you have in trading also plays a large part in your success in trading tops and bottoms.

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