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It's not quite a sell signal for equities, but note how the TrendFlex Credit Risk Premium indicator has shifted south toward its moving average over the last few days.

This signal's crossing of its moving average has generated S&P 500 trend signal changes since the indicator was established in 2011. This signal has generated a 101% return vs. a 50% return of the S&P 500 since May, 2011.

This bears watching over the next few days.

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It's not quite a sell signal for equities, but note how the TrendFlex Credit Risk Premium indicator has shifted south toward its moving average over the last few days.

The crossing of the signal has generated S&P 500 trend changes since the indicator was established in 2011. This signal has generated a 101% return vs. a 50% return of the S&P 500 since May, 2011.

This bears watching over the next few days.

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dvdsBaseline Analytics has refined a series of stock and ETF-screening algorithms that pinpoint timely, high-probability trades and investment opportunities.

The results of Baseline Analytics' stock and ETF screens are delivered in a downloadable Excel file.  This file can be sorted to identify various performance and technical criteria to help provide a further edge to your trading and investments. Instructions are provided to guide you through your review. Our goal is to deliver such opportunities at your fingertips, with minimal research and analysis needed on your end.  We do provide a link to Yahoo Finance for each of our timely picks should you want to delve further into particular equities or ETF's.

Baseline Analytics has published its list of the stocks going Ex-Dividend in September that exhibit favorable technical trends. Perhaps a dividend-payer or two will emerge as a timely, attractive investment. This list was developed following the 8/26/16 market close. 

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In our daily chart reviews we came across a rather disturbing chart on the "Ted Spread," a price spread of Treasury debt vs. the Eurodollar.

As seen in the chart below, peaks and spikes in the TED Spread have tended to precede declines in the S&P 500. Looking at yesterday's close (7/28/16), a spike in the TED Spread may be a warning that the equity indices may be peaking out.

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Following the market close of 7/28/16, several Index and Sector ETF's have signaled shifts to a potential trend change, based on Baseline Analytics trend-following criteria.  Those ETF's include DIA, XLE, TLT, GLD, XLI and XLP. Click here to see the trend signal changes on our Index and ETF Signals page.

One of Baseline Analytics' key sentiment indicators in the behavior of VIX versus several of its moving average measures.  When VIX gaps well below its moving average, as seen in the chart below (note the blue circles), equity market conditions are ripe for a short-term setback. 

It should be no surprise as equities stretch to new highs, growing participation on the long side has sent VIX to sharply-lower levels.  We are maintaining our hedges to long positions based on this (and other) technical indicators that comprise our TrendFlex products.

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DOW Theory looks for consistent trend performance between the DOW Industrials and the DOW Transports.

In a strongly-bullish environment, both move consistently with positive trendlines.  When one diverges from the other, a caution signal is flashed.  As you can see by the chart below, the DOW recently hit a new high, while the Transports are stuggling to form a base and have not yet achieved a high.

We consider this behavior as indicative of the risk level in today's equity markets.

 

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Two key technical indicators utilized by Baseline Analytics suggest that it may be time to hedge long positions.

VIX has drawn well below its moving average, and the CBOE Put/Call Ratio has likewise fallen to an extreme low.  Both of these technical indicators are considered contrarian and typically flash at least a short-term pullback in equities.

 

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As for the longer-term picture, indicators remain positive based on our TrendFlex Allegiance Score of 1.25 (1.0 bullish extreme; 3.0 bearish extreme).  Any short-term setback may settle the S&P 500 near the 2100 area.

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Likewise, our TrendFlex Allegiance credit risk spread indicator is also bullish, and has gone sharply higher following the settling down of the Brexit news.

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Strategy?  Hedge long positions in the short-term, but don't underestimate the strength of this market.  Valuations need consideration and with earnings looking so-so, the market may be edging toward an overvalued stance.  However, keep in mind the historically low interest rates when gauging equity valuations.

 

Despite the S&P 500's robust recovery from this morning's lows, TrendFlex Classic II (our bond risk premium measure) has flashed a SELL signal. This underscores a higher risk profile in equities.  Preserving capital is key.

 

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TrendFlex Classic II is a short/immediate term signal, and is based on a credit risk-premium indicator utilizing a ratio of the iShares iBoxx Investment Grade Corporate bond Fund (LQD) and the 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF), compared to a moving average of the same ratio.  A cross above (bullish) or below (bearish) the moving average establishes the signal for the S&P 500.

Note in the chart below, the signal is nearing a "Sell" trigger for the S&P 500.  We will watch this indicator carefully over the next few days.

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When stocks are risky, bonds tend to outperform.  Within that outperformance, “risk-free” U.S. Government debt tends to outperform corporate debt.  TrendFlex assesses this relative performance of government and corporate bond markets and has arrived at Classic II and Allegiance II (longer-term) timing indicators. 

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