Market Insight

LQD Gap Indicator Supports Hedging Long Stock Positions

Our gap indicator showing the divergence between a ratio of LQD/SPX and its moving average, has expanded further below the moving average line.  See the chart below.


Such gaps tend to proceed a bit of profit taking in the S&P 500 (see the red dotted lines).  Interesting to note also the green dotted lines, whereby the gap is recovered (or there is a gap ABOVE the moving average), signaling a good time to be long.

Today's reading suggests that hedging long positions is in order.

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Unwinding of Tech (and Re-winding of Financials)

Today there was quite a reversal in financial stocks at the "expense" of technology.  The chart below plots a ratio of the XLF Finance SPDR vs. the XLK Technology SPDR.  Note today's surge:


What is interesting is the "fits and starts" seen over the plotted timeframe since April.  This leads us to assess that what we saw today was merely a reversion to the mean for tech, and a resumption of the uptrend (along with the broader market) for financials.

Note the smaller charts below: XLK (Tech) is settling near its 50-day moving average (not there yet so some more potential downside in store). Financials (XLF), with their strong surge moves their index back to the "up" trendline.

So in our view, just a bit of sector rotation unwiding the excesses we have seen in tech, with laggard financials catching up.  

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Thinking About the Yield Curve

Baseline Analytics checks in on a monthly basis the status of the yield curve as displayed on  StockCharts does a great job showing the yield curve dynamically, correlating it with the price of the S&P 500 since the late 1990's.  

Here's a snapshot.  You can run the dynamic activity by visiting this link.


Marc chandler wrote this interesting blog as we think about the components of the yield curve and what it's up to. Click here to see Marc's blog.

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TrendFlex Classic CR Signal

True to recent whipsaw activity (modest market setbacks followed by continuation of the uptrend), the TrendFlex Classic CR signal crossed above its moving average (rather decisively) on 11/21.  See the chart below.


A number of other indicators are flashing warnings (i.e. RSI for the S&P 500 is showing negative divergence). Caution still rules, however the TrendFlex Classic CR signal may reset following this week's market activity.



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Small Cap Relative Strength Picks Up

Small Cap stocks have lagged in relative strength versus their larger-cap brethren. Recently, however, improved market breadth has brought along a resurgence in small caps.

Note the improved relative strength in Small Cap Value (IJS) and the Russell 2000 (IWM) ETF's as a ration of the indices with the S&P 500.  Broader market participation of the small cap sector invites us to seek growth and value-oriented small cap opportunties.


IWM Snippet

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High Yield Bond Risk - Time for Defensive Strategies?

Investors have poured billions of dollars into Exchange-Traded Funds focused on high-yoeld securities. In this article, David Fabian of FMD Capital Management addresses the recent volatility in high yield bond ETF's and defensive strategies to protect capital.  Click here for David's article.


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TrendFlex CR Sell Signal Remains in Effect

Opportunity to hedge long positions continues.  The SELL signal for the S&P 500 established at the market close of November 9th has a positive return of +0.8%.  See the updated chart below:


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Sell Signal TrendFlex Classic CR

At the market close of 11/8/2017, the TrendFlex Classic CR signal avoided a SELL despite an intraday dip into SELL territory.  Today, the indicator has once again turned bearish, as can be seen in the chart below.  We require a close below its moving average, so at this time the SELL signal is not a done deal, but we suspect it will be and have noted today's market close as a new SELL signal.


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Pending Sell Signal TrendFlex Classic CR

The TrendFlex Classic CR indicator is heading toward a sell signal.  It has been on a buy signal since 9/14/17.  Confirmation will be based on a close below its moving average (see red circle to the right on the chart below).



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Low Volatility ETF's

There is a growing batch of US and global low-volatility ETF's - many of which sport decent dividend yields.  See this article by David Fabian of FMD Capital Management about the "Ins and Outs of Low Volatility ETF's."

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NYSE High/Low Ratio: Time for SPX to Take a Breather

In the chart below, see the section labeled "$NYHL."  The New York Stock Exchange High/Low Ratio shows peaks and troughs which correspond to peaks and troughs in the S&P 500.  The green lines are bullish equity signals, while the red are bearish.

This scenario portends hedging longs after this recent "melt up" in equity prices.




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LQD Gap Extreme Is Growing

One of our extreme indicators is the gap in our LQD/IEF ratio vs. its moving average.  The chart below suggests that this gap, which has preceded past declines in the S&P500, may be forewarning a setback in equities.



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TrendFlex Signal Update - 8/17/17

The TrendFlex Classic CR remains in sell mode.  Next support for the S&P500 is 2425 with 2400 as major support.


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Short-term Negative Momentum Signals

At Baseline Analyitcs, we review about 30 key charts per day.  Two charts recently have flashed negative (bearish) indicators.

We track the momentum activity printed by the NYSE McClellan Oscillator. Note on the chart below, the vertical lines: green being bullish, red being bearish.  Note on our NYMO chart below, the solid red line on the right, which corresponded quite well with a "near peak" in the S&P 500 (pink line). Other bullish and bearish signals can be compared to recent levels of the S&P 500. 


Our next chart is the % of stocks in the S&P 500 trading over their 50-day moving average.  We have recently seen a shift of that indicator below its 34-day exponential moving average.  Note the grren and red vertical lines and how they correspond with short-term peaks and troughs in the S&P 500.



 We utilize indicators such as these in order to decide whether to hedge equities in a positive or negative fashion.

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TRIN Extreme Suggests Selling is Over-Done

Looking at the intra-day TRIN reading, note the sharp drop into extreme territory. Extreme dips in the past have led to short-term recoveries in the S&P 500.  



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Short Term Buy Opportunity Soon?

While the TrendFlex signals remain bullish, the VIX extreme has reached a level that suggests a bounce is in order. See the blue circle on the right. Based on support levels, we would look for another dip in the S&P 500 of 15-20 points to encourage long positions.



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Short Term Buy Opportunity Soon?

While the TrendFlex signals remain bullish, the VIX extreme has reached a level that suggests a bounce is in order.  Based on support levels, we would look for another dip in the S&P 500 of 15-20 points to encourage wading back into long positions.


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Dow Theory Divergence - Short Term Risk to Equities?

Note the divergence between the Dow Jones Industrial Average, reaching to new highs, and the lagging Transports. Another signal to hedge longs at this time.


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Extremes Suggesting a Hedge is in Order

Two measures we follow to spot extremes in equities are flashing red, suggesting time to put on a hedge.

First, the VIX and Equity Put/Call Ratio are close to approaching extreme levels that in the past have presaged a decline in equities:


Secondly, the NYSE McClellan Oscillator is begining to shift to a negative moving average cross.  Note the dotted lines (green bullish red bearish) and the slower-to-confirm solid lines, below:


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Short-term Potential Buy Setup

Market close update: The TrendFlex Classic CR signal has shifted to a BUY.

TrendFlex Classic CR is setting up for a potential buy at today's close.  See the chart below:


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