Baseline Analytics

Market risk assessment tools and tactical investment opportunities driven by curated financial insight
Mr. Palmerton is the Founder of Baseline Analytics, and has 30 years of experience spanning corporate finance, asset management and financial markets research. He has held positions as CFO, Director of Finance, and Financial Management and Analysis roles for Fortune 500 and multi-national firms (ADP, Honeywell, Linde Group) as well as for early-stage and emerging growth ventures).

Bob founded Baseline Analytics in 2005. With the objective to utilize technical analysis of the financial markets, coupled with macro-economic trends, Baseline Analytics strives to keep investors on the right side of the market at all times. Bob developed the TrendFlex indicator, comprised of a blend of financial indicators that assess the risk of a change in market trend. Baseline Analytics’ TrendFlex models are utilized as the basis for asset allocation strategies of The Absolute Return Market Trend Portfolio. Mr. Palmerton’s articles and blogs can be found on Seeking Alpha, Finding Technicals and Baseline Analytics.

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.

NYHL10062017

 

 

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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/29/2017

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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/22/2017

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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.

 

LQD09212017

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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/15/2017

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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 9/08/2017

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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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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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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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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 7/21/2017

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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 assic CR Long 3/28/17 +4.9% +4.9%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +22.4% +22.4%
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score increased from 1.23 to 1.25 and remains below its three-week moving average, a bullish development. In keeping noting extremes in the TrendFlex Score, this current 1.27 level remains cautiously-bearish as a contrarian signal; a similar low of 1.22 in the week ending March 23 preceded a 44 point decline in the S&P 500.

 

TFS07212017

 

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  Uptrend;  11/8/16 +15.6% +15.6% 1.00
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +17.7% +17.7% 1.00
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 and Put/Call are nearing extreme levels.

 VIX07212017

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 Score & TrendFlex Signals for 7/14/2017

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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 assic CR Long 3/28/17 +4.4% +4.4%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +21.8% +21.8%
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score decreased from 1.47 to 1.23 and closed below its three-week moving average, a bullish development. In keeping noting extremes in the TrendFlex Score, this current 1.23 level is a bearish contrarian signal; a similar low of 1.22 in the week ending March 23 preceded a 44 point decline in the S&P 500.

TFS07142017

 

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  Uptrend;  11/8/16 +14.9% +14.9% 1.00
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +17.1% +17.1% 1.00
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 reaching an extreme; not there yet but likely in the next day or two.

VIX07142017 

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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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 7/7/2017

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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 Long 3/28/17 +2.9% +2.9%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +20.1% +20.1
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score increased from 1.42 to 1.47 and remains above its three-week moving average, a bearish development. 

TFS07072017

 

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  Uptrend;  11/8/16 +13.3% +13.3% 1.70
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +15.5% +15.5% 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. 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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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 6/30/2017

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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 Long 3/28/17 +2.8% +2.8%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +20.0% +20.0
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score increased from 1.39 to 1.42 and remains above its three-week moving average, a bearish development. 

TFS06302017

 

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  Uptrend;  11/8/16 +13.3% +13.3% 1.70
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +15.4% +15.4% 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. 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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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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TrendFlex Score & TrendFlex Signals for 6/23/2017

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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 Long 3/28/17 +3.5% +3.5%
TrendFlex Allegiance CR Long 4/13/16 +20.8% +20.8
Historic Performance        

 

TrendFlex Score

The TrendFlex Score increased from 1.35 to 1.39 and closed slightly above its three-week moving average, a bearish development. 

 TFS06232017 

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  Uptrend;  11/8/16 +14.0% +14.0% 1.40
TrendFlex Allegiance TF Uptrend 5/31/16 +16.1% +16.1% 1.25
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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