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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/22/2017

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Index & Sector ETF Signals - 9/22/2017 Update

TrendFlex signals for the major index and sector SPDR ETF's below are based on a trend-following system filtered to identify the "risk" to a change in the trend. 

Major Index ETF's 

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
 DIA Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
 SPY  Bullish Hi

 Increased risk of pullback

 QQQ Bullish Med Tradding range; attractive entry
 IWM Bullish Med New high; overbought
 DBA Bearish Low Way oversold; can't seem to find a bottom
 GLD Bullish Low Attractive contrarian position; attractive entry point
 VGK Bullish Low Working toward new high
 UUP Bearish High Looking for a bounce
 TLT Bullish Med Attractive entry point
EEM Bullish Med Overbought


 Sector SPDR ETF's

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
XLK Bullish Hi Overbought
XLU Bullish Low Attractive entry
XLI  Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLB Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLV  Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLE Bullish Low New uptrend; may see trading range
XLP  Bullish Hi Threatening support
XLY Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLF  Bullish Hi Overbought


 

 

ETF Technical Leaders

The following table represents ETF's that are in bullish trends and represent technically attractive reward-to-risk entry points (for example, we will shy away from adding an overbought ETF). Although these ETF selections have been pre-screened, investors are advised to pursue their own research to determine whether they are appropriate for their portfolios. Selections are time-sensitive and represent short-term swing trading opportunities that may or may not follow-through on a longer-term basis. In addition, selections may be voided once a market trend change has occurred based on the TrendFlex signals. Visit our FAQ's  for more suggestions regarding ETF Zone. Check back frequently as additional ETF's may be added to the week's list. 

Symbol Rationale Close Date Added
EWI iShares Italy ETF inexpensive and possible long-term bottom formed 22.13 12/02/16
XLY Retracement from recent gains; attractive entry point 81.44 12/02/16 
XLV  Post-election catch-up;  nearing positive moving avg. cross (50 over 200 day)  70.49 11/11/16 
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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 Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/15/2017

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Index & Sector ETF Signals - 9/15/2017 Update

TrendFlex signals for the major index and sector SPDR ETF's below are based on a trend-following system filtered to identify the "risk" to a change in the trend. 

Major Index ETF's 

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
 DIA Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
 SPY  Bullish Hi

 Increased risk of pullback

 QQQ Bullish Med Tradding range; attractive entry
 IWM Bullish Med Bouncing from support
 DBA Bearish Low Way oversold; can't seem to find a bottom
 GLD Bullish Low Attractive contrarian position; but lingering trading range
 VGK Bullish Low Working toward new high
 UUP Bearish Med Seeking major support
 TLT Bullish Med Continued trading range
EEM Bullish Low Bullish breakout


 Sector SPDR ETF's

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
XLK Bullish Med Atttractive entry
XLU Bullish Hi Overbought
XLI  Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLB Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLV  Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLE Bearish Hi At major support; potential bounce here
XLP  Bullish Hi Threatening support
XLY Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLF  Bullish Med Attractive entry after modest pullback


 

 

ETF Technical Leaders

The following table represents ETF's that are in bullish trends and represent technically attractive reward-to-risk entry points (for example, we will shy away from adding an overbought ETF). Although these ETF selections have been pre-screened, investors are advised to pursue their own research to determine whether they are appropriate for their portfolios. Selections are time-sensitive and represent short-term swing trading opportunities that may or may not follow-through on a longer-term basis. In addition, selections may be voided once a market trend change has occurred based on the TrendFlex signals. Visit our FAQ's  for more suggestions regarding ETF Zone. Check back frequently as additional ETF's may be added to the week's list. 

Symbol Rationale Close Date Added
EWI iShares Italy ETF inexpensive and possible long-term bottom formed 22.13 12/02/16
XLY Retracement from recent gains; attractive entry point 81.44 12/02/16 
XLV  Post-election catch-up;  nearing positive moving avg. cross (50 over 200 day)  70.49 11/11/16 
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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/08/2017

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Index & Sector ETF Signals - 9/08/2017 Update

TrendFlex signals for the major index and sector SPDR ETF's below are based on a trend-following system filtered to identify the "risk" to a change in the trend. 

Major Index ETF's 

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
 DIA Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
 SPY  Bullish Hi

 Increased risk of pullback

 QQQ Bullish Med Tradding range; attractive entry
 IWM Bullish Med Bouncing from support
 DBA Bearish Low Way oversold; can't seem to find a bottom
 GLD Bullish Low Attractive contrarian position; but lingering trading range
 VGK Bullish Low Working toward new high
 UUP Bearish Med Seeking major support
 TLT Bullish Med Continued trading range
EEM Bullish Low Bullish breakout


 Sector SPDR ETF's

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
XLK Bullish Med Atttractive entry
XLU Bullish Hi Overbought
XLI  Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLB Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLV  Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLE Bearish Hi At major support; potential bounce here
XLP  Bullish Hi Threatening support
XLY Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLF  Bullish Med Attractive entry after modest pullback


 

 

ETF Technical Leaders

The following table represents ETF's that are in bullish trends and represent technically attractive reward-to-risk entry points (for example, we will shy away from adding an overbought ETF). Although these ETF selections have been pre-screened, investors are advised to pursue their own research to determine whether they are appropriate for their portfolios. Selections are time-sensitive and represent short-term swing trading opportunities that may or may not follow-through on a longer-term basis. In addition, selections may be voided once a market trend change has occurred based on the TrendFlex signals. Visit our FAQ's  for more suggestions regarding ETF Zone. Check back frequently as additional ETF's may be added to the week's list. 

Symbol Rationale Close Date Added
EWI iShares Italy ETF inexpensive and possible long-term bottom formed 22.13 12/02/16
XLY Retracement from recent gains; attractive entry point 81.44 12/02/16 
XLV  Post-election catch-up;  nearing positive moving avg. cross (50 over 200 day)  70.49 11/11/16 
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Central Bank Shenanigans for the Week of 9/3/17

See this article by Marc Chandler on the week ahead!

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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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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/01/2017

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Index & Sector ETF Signals - 9/01/2017 Update

TrendFlex signals for the major index and sector SPDR ETF's below are based on a trend-following system filtered to identify the "risk" to a change in the trend. 

Major Index ETF's 

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
 DIA Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
 SPY  Bullish Hi

 Increased risk of pullback

 QQQ Bullish Med Tradding range; attractive entry
 IWM Bullish Med Bouncing from support
 DBA Bearish Low Way oversold; can't seem to find a bottom
 GLD Bullish Low Attractive contrarian position; but lingering trading range
 VGK Bullish Low Working toward new high
 UUP Bearish Med Seeking major support
 TLT Bullish Med Continued trading range
EEM Bullish Low Bullish breakout


 Sector SPDR ETF's

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
XLK Bullish Med Atttractive entry
XLU Bullish Hi Overbought
XLI  Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLB Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLV  Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLE Bearish Hi At major support; potential bounce here
XLP  Bullish Hi Threatening support
XLY Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLF  Bullish Med Attractive entry after modest pullback


 

 

ETF Technical Leaders

The following table represents ETF's that are in bullish trends and represent technically attractive reward-to-risk entry points (for example, we will shy away from adding an overbought ETF). Although these ETF selections have been pre-screened, investors are advised to pursue their own research to determine whether they are appropriate for their portfolios. Selections are time-sensitive and represent short-term swing trading opportunities that may or may not follow-through on a longer-term basis. In addition, selections may be voided once a market trend change has occurred based on the TrendFlex signals. Visit our FAQ's  for more suggestions regarding ETF Zone. Check back frequently as additional ETF's may be added to the week's list. 

Symbol Rationale Close Date Added
EWI iShares Italy ETF inexpensive and possible long-term bottom formed 22.13 12/02/16
XLY Retracement from recent gains; attractive entry point 81.44 12/02/16 
XLV  Post-election catch-up;  nearing positive moving avg. cross (50 over 200 day)  70.49 11/11/16 

 

Allocation Strategy is updated on a bi-weekly basis, and takes a longer-term view consistent with the TrendFlex Allegiance system. Allocations are based on a blend of macro-economic trends and technical analysis, and incorporate the insight of our Thought Leaders as expressed on the Baseline Analytics website, and our ETF Signals analysis.  Portfolio allocation corresponds to an investor profile of moderate risk and a 20-year investment horizon.  Updates to Asset Allocation may be issued more frequently depending on market conditions.

Asset Allocation Strategy - 7/9/2017   

Instrument 

Underweight

Neutral

Overweight

Equities            
Fixed Income                     
Alternatives         
Cash          

Equities

Style

Large Caps      
   
Mid Caps          
Small Caps         ♦    

Sector

Staples           
Discretionary           
Technology          
Utilities    
     
Industrials          
Healthcare      
   
Materials        
Financials          
Energy      
   
Regions     
US          
Eurozone          
China    
     
India          
Japan          
Emerging Asia          
EMEA          
Latin America          

Fixed Income

Investment Grade          
High Yield          
Developed Market          
Emerging Market          
Treasuries          
TIPS          
Municipal          

Alternatives

Commodities          
Absolute Return        
REITS      
Convertible Bonds      
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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 8/25/2017

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TrendFlex Credit Risk Premium Signals (CR)

There was no change to the TrendFlex Classic and Allegiance signals this week.     

TrendFlex Signal Trend  Date  Return

S&P 500  Return

S&P 500 timing signals based on credit risk (CR) premiums (corporate vs.Treasury debt). 
TrendFlex Classic CR Short 8/7/17 +1.50% -1.50%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +21.0% +21.0%
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score climbed from 1.62 to 1.79 and remains above its three-week moving average, a bearish development. 

TFS08252017 

 

TrendFlex Trend Following Signals (TF)

The TrendFlex Classic TF and Allegiance signals remain in Uptrend.    

TrendFlex Signal Trend  Date  Return

S&P 500  Return

Score

S&P 500 timing signals based on a weighted score of US Market technical indicators. Classic (short-term) and Allegiance (intermediate to long term).  Score:  Bullish = 1.0-1.75; Neutral = 1.75-2.25; Bearish = 2.25-3.0

TrendFlex Classic TF  Cash  8/7/17

0.00%

 

-1.5% 1.900
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +16.3% +16.3% 1.125
Historic Performance          

 

Baseline Analytics Extremes

Baseline Analytics Extremes highlights four key TrendFlex Indicators and their level of extreme readings.  The key indicators include the following:

  1. CBOE VIX and Put/Call Ratio
  2. TED Spread
  3. LQD vs. S&P 500 GAP reading

When one or more of these indicators has reached an extreme reading, chart and commentary will follow. There are no extreme readings this week.

The Portfolio Strategies chart remains bullish, with an edge toward risk-aversion.    

Portfolio Strategies*
Reduce Longs
 Sell Calls
 Hedge Longs
Set Stops on Longs
Short Overbought Equities
 Add to Longs
Sell Puts
Hedge or Reduce Shorts
 Long Futures and Options

 *Red highlighted items are recommended strategies

 

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Index & Sector ETF Signals - 8/25/2017 Update

TrendFlex signals for the major index and sector SPDR ETF's below are based on a trend-following system filtered to identify the "risk" to a change in the trend. 

Major Index ETF's 

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
 DIA Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
 SPY  Bullish Hi

 Increased risk of pullback

 QQQ Bullish Med Tradding range; attractive entry
 IWM Bullish Med Bouncing from support
 DBA Bearish Low Way oversold; can't seem to find a bottom
 GLD Bullish Low Attractive contrarian position; but lingering trading range
 VGK Bullish Low Working toward new high
 UUP Bearish Med Seeking major support
 TLT Bullish Med Continued trading range
EEM Bullish Low Bullish breakout


 Sector SPDR ETF's

 Symbol  Trend

Trend Change Risk

Notes
XLK Bullish Med Atttractive entry
XLU Bullish Hi Overbought
XLI  Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLB Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLV  Bullish Med Attractive entry
XLE Bearish Hi At major support; potential bounce here
XLP  Bullish Hi Threatening support
XLY Bullish Hi Increased risk of pullback
XLF  Bullish Med Attractive entry after modest pullback


 

 

ETF Technical Leaders

The following table represents ETF's that are in bullish trends and represent technically attractive reward-to-risk entry points (for example, we will shy away from adding an overbought ETF). Although these ETF selections have been pre-screened, investors are advised to pursue their own research to determine whether they are appropriate for their portfolios. Selections are time-sensitive and represent short-term swing trading opportunities that may or may not follow-through on a longer-term basis. In addition, selections may be voided once a market trend change has occurred based on the TrendFlex signals. Visit our FAQ's  for more suggestions regarding ETF Zone. Check back frequently as additional ETF's may be added to the week's list. 

Symbol Rationale Close Date Added
EWI iShares Italy ETF inexpensive and possible long-term bottom formed 22.13 12/02/16
XLY Retracement from recent gains; attractive entry point 81.44 12/02/16 
XLV  Post-election catch-up;  nearing positive moving avg. cross (50 over 200 day)  70.49 11/11/16 

 

Allocation Strategy is updated on a bi-weekly basis, and takes a longer-term view consistent with the TrendFlex Allegiance system. Allocations are based on a blend of macro-economic trends and technical analysis, and incorporate the insight of our Thought Leaders as expressed on the Baseline Analytics website, and our ETF Signals analysis.  Portfolio allocation corresponds to an investor profile of moderate risk and a 20-year investment horizon.  Updates to Asset Allocation may be issued more frequently depending on market conditions.

Asset Allocation Strategy - 7/9/2017   

Instrument 

Underweight

Neutral

Overweight

Equities            
Fixed Income                     
Alternatives         
Cash          

Equities

Style

Large Caps      
   
Mid Caps          
Small Caps         ♦    

Sector

Staples           
Discretionary           
Technology          
Utilities    
     
Industrials          
Healthcare      
   
Materials        
Financials          
Energy      
   
Regions     
US          
Eurozone          
China    
     
India          
Japan          
Emerging Asia          
EMEA          
Latin America          

Fixed Income

Investment Grade          
High Yield          
Developed Market          
Emerging Market          
Treasuries          
TIPS          
Municipal          

Alternatives

Commodities          
Absolute Return        
REITS      
Convertible Bonds      
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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 8/18/2017

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TrendFlex Credit Risk Premium Signals (CR)

There was no change to the TrendFlex Classic and Allegiance signals this week.     

TrendFlex Signal Trend  Date  Return

S&P 500  Return

S&P 500 timing signals based on credit risk (CR) premiums (corporate vs.Treasury debt). 
TrendFlex Classic CR Short 8/7/17 +2.36% -2.26%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +20.1% +20.1%
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score was unchanged at 1.62 and is aboveits three-week moving average, a bearish development. 

TFS08182017 

 

TrendFlex Trend Following Signals (TF)

The TrendFlex Classic TF and Allegiance signals remain in Uptrend.    

TrendFlex Signal Trend  Date  Return

S&P 500  Return

Score

S&P 500 timing signals based on a weighted score of US Market technical indicators. Classic (short-term) and Allegiance (intermediate to long term).  Score:  Bullish = 1.0-1.75; Neutral = 1.75-2.25; Bearish = 2.25-3.0

TrendFlex Classic TF  Cash  8/7/17

0.00%

 

-2.2% 2.3
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +15.5% +15.5% 1.625
Historic Performance          

 

Baseline Analytics Extremes

Baseline Analytics Extremes highlights four key TrendFlex Indicators and their level of extreme readings.  The key indicators include the following:

  1. CBOE VIX and Put/Call Ratio
  2. TED Spread
  3. LQD vs. S&P 500 GAP reading

When one or more of these indicators has reached an extreme reading, chart and commentary will follow. The VIX reading is at an extreme.

VIX08182017

The Portfolio Strategies chart remains bullish, with an edge toward risk-aversion.    

Portfolio Strategies*
Reduce Longs
 Sell Calls
 Hedge Longs
Set Stops on Longs
Short Overbought Equities
 Add to Longs
Sell Puts
Hedge or Reduce Shorts
 Long Futures and Options

 *Red highlighted items are recommended strategies

 

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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.

TFCCR08172017

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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 8/11/2017

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TrendFlex Credit Risk Premium Signals (CR)

There was no change to the TrendFlex Classic and Allegiance signals this week.     

TrendFlex Signal Trend  Date  Return

S&P 500  Return

S&P 500 timing signals based on credit risk (CR) premiums (corporate vs.Treasury debt). 
TrendFlex Classic CR Short 8/7/17 +1.6% -1.6%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +20.9% +20.9%
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score increased from 1.41 to 1.62 and is aboveits three-week moving average, a bearish development. 

TFS08112017  

 

TrendFlex Trend Following Signals (TF)

The TrendFlex Classic TF and Allegiance signals remain in Uptrend.    

TrendFlex Signal Trend  Date  Return

S&P 500  Return

Score

S&P 500 timing signals based on a weighted score of US Market technical indicators. Classic (short-term) and Allegiance (intermediate to long term).  Score:  Bullish = 1.0-1.75; Neutral = 1.75-2.25; Bearish = 2.25-3.0

TrendFlex Classic TF  Cash  8/7/17

0.00%

 

-1.6% 2.10
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +17.7% +17.7% 1.375
Historic Performance          

 

Baseline Analytics Extremes

Baseline Analytics Extremes highlights four key TrendFlex Indicators and their level of extreme readings.  The key indicators include the following:

  1. CBOE VIX and Put/Call Ratio
  2. TED Spread
  3. LQD vs. S&P 500 GAP reading

When one or more of these indicators has reached an extreme reading, chart and commentary will follow. The VIX reading is at an extreme.

VIX08112017

The Portfolio Strategies chart remains bullish, with an edge toward risk-aversion.    

Portfolio Strategies*
Reduce Longs
 Sell Calls
 Hedge Longs
Set Stops on Longs
Short Overbought Equities
 Add to Longs
Sell Puts
Hedge or Reduce Shorts
 Long Futures and Options

 *Red highlighted items are recommended strategies

 

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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. 

NYMO07102017 

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.

 

50R07102017

 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.  

 

TRIN062917

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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.

VIC0517

 

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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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