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AIQ Market Timing update 6-28-20

Market volatility continues. In this update we’ll take a look at the current AI signals on the Dow Jones. For folks less familiar with our AI engine here’s a recap of what we do.

TradingExpert Pro uses two AI knowledge bases, one specifically designed to issue market timing signals and the other designed to issue stock timing signals.

Each contains approximately 400 rules, but only a few “fire” on any given day.  In the language of expert systems, those rules that are found to be valid on a particular day are described as having “fired”.  

Rules can fire in opposite directions.  When this happens, the bullish and bearish rules fight it out.  It’s only when bullish rules dominate that the Expert Rating signal is bullish, or when bearish rules dominate that the Expert Rating signal is bearish.

The Expert Rating consists of two values. 

The upside rating is the value on the left and the downside rating is on the right.  Expert Ratings are based on a scale of 0 to 100.  An Expert Rating of 95 to 100 is considered a strong signal that the Stock or market may change direction.  

An Expert Rating below 90 is considered meaningless.  A low rating means that there is not enough consistency in the rules that fired to translate to a signal.  The expert system has not found enough evidence to warrant a change from the last strong signal.

Using Relative Strength To Outperform The Market

The importable AIQ EDS file based on Markos Katsanos’ article in the March 2020 issue of Stocks & Commodities, “Using Relative Strength To Outperform The Market,” can be obtained on request via email to info@TradersEdgeSystems.com. The code is also available below.

I coded the indicator described by Katsanos in his article. Figure 5 shows the RSMK indicator with a 90-bar length on a chart of Fire Eye (FEYE). The trading system is also coded.

!USING RELATIVE STRENGTH TO OUTPERFORM THE MARKET !Author: Markos Katsanos, TASC March 2020 !coded by: Richard Denning, 01/13/2020 !www.TradersEdgeSystems.com !RSMK (Relative Strength) Indicator !Copyright Markos Katsanos 2020 
C is [close].
RSBARS is 90.
SK is 3.
SEC2 is tickerudf("SPY",C).

!RSMK:
RSMK is expavg(ln(C/(SEC2))-ln(valresult(C/(SEC2),RSBARS)),3)*100.

!RSMK System:
Buy if RSMK > 0 and valrule(RSMK<0,1) and hasdatafor(200) >= 150.
Sell if {position days} >= 9*21.
Sample Chart

FIGURE 5: AIQ. The RSMK indicator is shown on a chart of FEYE during 2018 and 2019.

—Richard Denning
info@TradersEdgeSystems.com
for AIQ Systems

The Bartometer

June 8, 2020

Hello Everyone,

I hope all of you are keeping healthy and staying safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last month, we have seen a significant drop in new cases of COVID-19 in most states, but now that most establishments of business have opened, there is some speculation that we may see a rise in COVID-19 cases again.

RECAP:

Over the last month, as COVID-19 cases have dropped, the stock and bond markets have risen dramatically. As of last Friday, however, most of the indexes are still slightly to moderately down. The technology-laden companies in the NASDAQ are the beneficiaries of this “stay at home” policy with returns up 10% this year.

The value sector, which contains the small to midcap companies, banks, energy companies, the retail sector, the airlines, telecommunications, restaurants, and more, are still down by 6-23% for 2020, but are rising dramatically as speculators try to get in now to buy cheap shares. The growth sector has done relatively well, but only a few large companies have contributed.

CURRENT TRENDS:

I continue to like the large tech and health care companies, however, the very large-cap NASDAQ stocks like Apple and Google should start to slow. If the market DOESN’T have a correction in the fall, then we should see the markets continue to recover, then the midcap to small-cap stocks may show a continuation of its upward trend. I am recommending clients move the large-cap growth profits towards the midcap sector somewhat. The Midcaps are down 6.7-11.76% depending on if its growth or value, and particular issues have more of a potential to move upward, in my opinion. A year or two out from this point, I think this sector and the markets should continue the trend nicely higher.

Can it go down from here into the fall and winter if we have a second wave down? Absolutely, but it is an excellent time to add money to your equity side in a diversified portfolio over the next 6 -12 months I like the corporate bond sector better than the government sector going forward. Many people are doubling up their contributions monthly. If you are more than five years before retirement, you may want to think about doing something similar. If stocks are cheap, then isn’t it smart to buy when they are reasonably priced if, over the long term, the market should be higher? But over the short term. I think the markets have risen too fast and over the short-term, I can see up to another 5% more but not much after that. If you are in or nearing retirement, this may be an excellent time to take a little money out of the stock market over the next few weeks.

Some of the INDEXES of the markets both equities and interest rates are below. The source is Morningstar.com up until June 8, 2020. These are passive indexes.

Dow Jones -4.0%
S&P 500 -.50%
EQUAL WEIGHTED S&P 500 -4.0%
NASDAQ Aggressive growth +10%
Large Cap Value -12.5%
I Shares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Small cap -9.0%
Midcap stock funds -6.7-11.76%
International Index (MSCI – EAFE ex USA -8.2%
Financial stocks -14%
Energy stocks -23.53%
Healthcare Stocks +1.8%

Moderate Mutual Fund Investment Grade Bonds (AAA) Long duration -2.5%
High Yield Merrill Lynch High Yield Index -3.8%

Floating Rate Bond Funds -4.4%
Short Term Bond +1.1%
Fixed Bond Yields (10 year) .95% Yield

Classicalprinicples.com and Robert Genetskis Excerpts:

Stocks continued to move higher this past week. The major indexes added 2%-3%, while small-cap ETFs led with gains of 4%-6%. The S&P 500 is now within 3% of my estimate of its value. A replay of the failed Occupy Wall Street lawlessness will drive more support for law and order. Rather than hurt Trump, it should help to reelect him. There is also some good news on the virus. Despite the reopening of the economy, active cases have begun declining. Up to now, my expectation that stocks would begin consolidating has not materialized. The stock market assumes my forecast for a rapid recovery will occur without any setbacks. Hope so. Nonetheless, with both cautious state Governors and fed policy paying people not to work, a temporary setback can always arise. Although the market is fully-valued, the outlook for stocks remains mostly bullish.

A Look-Back

Private employment increased by 3 million in May, close to my estimate of 4 million. The rebound was well above the widely predicted loss of 81⁄2 million jobs. Private payrolls remain 18 million less than at their peak in February. Earlier in the week, the ISM business surveys show the economy grew modestly going into early May. The improvement appears to have brought the economy from 80% of its peak performance to 85%. Auto sales went from 50% of normal levels in April to 70% in May. New orders for manufacturing and service companies also improved in May. Orders in May were 30% below their peak compared to 40% below in April. My forecast for job gains in May was based on Weekly insured unemployment claims which were 50% less than the number in April.


Dr. Genetski’s opinion is that every person and circumstance is different. Please call me to address your holistic goals to strategize. There are no guarantees expressed or implied in any part of this correspondence.

Dow Jones

As you can see the Dow Jones is now only down 4% for 2020. I do not see more than a 5% upward move before it is fully valued. There are three resistance points to the left, the first level of resistance is 27424 area, the second is 28404 area, and the third level is the 29000 area. You may be shocked that the market has gone this high. Remember, the stock and bond markets NEVER accommodates the majority of thinking. So when everyone that the markets are going lower it doesn’t, and when everyone it will continue higher it tops out.

The Momentum indicator signal of a BUY is when the pink line crosses above the blue line and a Sell signal is when it crosses on the downside. Currently it still is on the buy side. But it is getting long in the tooth and overbought.

The indicator to the lower left is call the SD-SK Stochastics indicator. When both of the lines go over 88 the market is very overbought and could be setting up for a fall. It is almost very overbought, but not yet.

Summary: I am still long term bullish, but only see the rally to continue for a short period more before I see a flattening or decline of the markets.

NASDAQ QQQ

The true Champ this year again has been the NASDAQ. These stocks include, Facebook, Amazon, Docusign, Paypal, Mcrosoft, Netflix, etc. All of the stocks that benefit by you and your businesses being home. The NASDAQ is now up 10% for the year while everything else in the normal world is down 6-33%. The NASDAQ is now getting a little OVERBOUGHT so I would not go out and buy a bunch of ultra large tech stocks here. In fact, the NASDAQ is right at its high for the year and if I had a lot of my money in the ultra large NASDAQ stocks I would probably redeploy some towards the midcap stocks with go balance sheets and prospects for a bright future. I will also get VERY CAUTIOUS if the NASDAQ closes below the lower trend line currently at the 9505 level. This trend line rises daily so please call me for a strategy session.

The MACD or momentum indicator is still positive, so as long as the trend is up, I am somewhat positive , but it is now getting over bought. Retirees may want to reduce a little at this point.

The SK-SD Stochastics is overbought just like it was in the Dow Jones.
On Balance Volume is showing great conviction. That is a Bullish signal as it has broken to a new high

  • Support levels on the S&P 500 area are 3140, 3070, 2944, and 2796. These might be accumulation levels, especially2649, or 2500. 2936 and 3015 is resistance.
  • Support levels on the NASDAQ are 9675, 9513, and 9326 Topping areas 9845 and 10000  On t
  • The Dow Jones support is at 25245, 24,900, and 23951. Topping areas 27377 and 28419, 29020 and 29561.
  • These may be safer areas to get into the equity markets on support levels slowly on the accumulation areas.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

The market has rebounded nicely over the last month, mainly on the decline in Covid19 cases, and the economy is reopening. The NASDAQ has done the best and should continue to do well IF the market continues higher, the Midcap and Small caps, both growth and value side would probably outperform if the rally continues from here. My thinking is that the market continues to rally a little more, but as the Euphoria continues, I feel the market may stall a little above where we are now. If there is a significant rise in the number of new cases of COVID-19 before any successful treatment or vaccine, then the market would probably selloff, not to new lows but down to a support level listed above. There are trend-lines right below the markets, and if they are broken and close below those areas, then the markets could start a correction again. Trend-lines are essential to hold. If they don’t hold, then there could be a setback to support the levels stated above. I still like the USA market better than the international one.

Best to all of you,

Joe Bartosiewicz, CFP®
Investment Advisor Representative
92 High Street
Thomaston, CT 06787

860-940-7020

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Biotech and Gold Stocks – The Odd Couple

There are a lot of things that don’t make sense these days.  In fact, where would one even begin? So let’s move past all of that and look at something else that doesn’t seem to make sense one the face of it – i.e., the “Odd Couple” relationship between biotech and gold stocks.

The BIOGOLD Index

Using AIQ TradingExpert software I created my own “index” called “BIOGOLD” that simply combines ticker FBIOX (Fidelity Select Biotech) and ticker FSAGX (Fidelity Select Gold).  The index appears in Figure 1.

Editors note: Creating your own index is a function of creating a group list in AIQ Data Manager. Information on creating lists and groups can be found in this PDF on p 11 of 14.

Figure 1 – Jay’s BIOGOLD Index (Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Also included in the lower clip is an indicator referred to as RSI32, which is the 2-day average of the standard 3-day RSI. The levels of 65, 50 and 35 are highlighted in red for reasons detailed below.

The Rules

For the record, I have changed “the rules” a few times over the years.  Call it curve-fitting if you’d like, but the goal is to generate the timeliest signals.  The rules now are as follows:

A “buy signal” occurs when either:

*The RSI32 drops to 35 or below

*The RSI32 drops below 50 (but not as low as 35) and then reverses to the upside for one month

After either of the buy signals above occurs, buy BOTH FBIOX and FSAGX

*After a buy signal, sell both funds when RSI32 rises to 64 or higher

To test results, we will:

*Assume that after a buy signal both FBIOX and FSAGX are bought in equal amounts

*We will assume that both funds are held until RSI32 reaches 64 or higher (i.e., there is no stop-loss provision in this test)

For testing purposes, we will not assume any interest earned while out of the market, in order to highlight only the performance during active buy signals. Figure 2 displays the hypothetical growth of $1,000 (using monthly total return data) using the “system”.

NOTE: All results are generated using total monthly return data for FBIOX and FSAGX, except for May 2020 which is based on price action only (my source of total return data does not update until sometime in June).

Figure 2 – Cumulative hypothetical % growth using Jay’s BIOGOLD System (1986-present)

*The most recent BUY signal occurred at the end of March 2020 when the RSI32 indicator for BIOGOLD closed at 33.67.

*The most recent SELL signal occurred at the end of May 2020 when the RSI32 indicator for BIOGOLD closed at 76.96.

Figures 3 and 4 display the price action for FBIOX and FSAGX during this two-month period.

Figure 3 – Ticker FBIOX (Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 4 – Ticker FSAGX (Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Summary

Is this really a viable approach to investing?  That’s not for me to say.  But it seems to do a pretty good job of identifying favorable times to be in with that “Odd Couple” of biotech and gold. So there’s that…

See also Jay’s “A Strategy You Probably Haven’t Considered” Video

See also Video – The Long-Term…Now More Important Than Ever

Jay Kaeppel

Disclaimer: The information, opinions and ideas expressed herein are for informational and educational purposes only and are based on research conducted and presented solely by the author.  The information presented represents the views of the author only and does not constitute a complete description of any investment service.  In addition, nothing presented herein should be construed as investment advice, as an advertisement or offering of investment advisory services, or as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.  The data presented herein were obtained from various third-party sources.  While the data is believed to be reliable, no representation is made as to, and no responsibility, warranty or liability is accepted for the accuracy or completeness of such information.  International investments are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, political instability and the potential for illiquid markets.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  There is risk of loss in all trading.  Back tested performance does not represent actual performance and should not be interpreted as an indication of such performance.  Also, back tested performance results have certain inherent limitations and differs from actual performance because it is achieved with the benefit of hindsight.

Vitali Apirine’s “On-Balance Volume Modified,”

The importable AIQ EDS file based on Vitali Apirine’s article in the April Stocks & Commodities issue, “On-Balance Volume Modified,” can be obtained on request via email to info@TradersEdgeSystems.com. The code is also available below.

I coded the indicator described by the author and also coded a simple buy-sell on crossovers of the indicator. I tested the long side in the AIQ EDS module. Figure 5 shows the backtest results over the last 10 years using the Nasdaq 100 list of stocks.

Sample Chart

FIGURE 5: AIQ. Sample backtest results are shown for the last 10 years using the Nasdaq 100 list of stocks.

!ON-BALANCE VOUUME MODIFIED (OBVM) 
!Author: Vitali Apirine, TASC Apr 2020 !Coded by: Richard Denning 2/9/20 !www.TradersEdgeSystems.com
!ON BALANCE VOLUME:
C is [close].
C1 is val([close],1).

!OBV THAT HAS SAME SHAPE AS BUILT-IN OBV INDICATOR
DaySum is hasdatafor(2000).
F is iff(C > C1,1,iff(C < C1,-1,0)).
VolSum1 is Sum([volume] / 1000 * F, DaySum).
VolSum2 is 1000 + VolSum1.
OBVv1 is iff(FirstDataDate() >= Reportdate(),1000,VolSum2).

!ON BALANCE VOLUME MODIFIED:
!Hard coded version:
len1 is 7. len2 is 10.
VVV is expavg(OBVv1,len1).
SigVVV is expavg(VVV,len2).

!ON BALANCE VOULUME MODIFIED (***preferred version***):
!Using built-in OBV indicator (runs much faster)
pd1 is 7.
pd2 is 10.
OBVM is expavg([OBV],pd1).
sigOBVM is expavg(OBVM,pd2).

—Richard Denning
info@TradersEdgeSystems.com
for AIQ Systems

It Still Doesn’t Have to Be Rocket Science

The old saying that “It Doesn’t Have to be Rocket Science” when it comes to the markets got to be an old saying by being true for all these years.  Despite all of the increases in technology and computer speed, in the end it mostly comes down to “Is price rising or falling?”  Let’s consider one the simpler approaches.

The Trend

Figure 1 displays four major indexes – The Dow, the S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100 and the Russell 2000. 

Figure 1 – 4 Major Indexes and their 200-day moving averages (Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

There is a great deal of useful information contained in these four charts.  To wit:

*3 of the 4 are presently below their respective 200-day moving averages, i.e., in “downtrends”

*The 200-day moving average for all but the Nasdaq has now “rolled over” and is declining

Interpretation can be fairly simple:

*If these trends do not change, more trouble lies ahead

That wasn’t so difficult, was it? 

Of course, for most people that’s “not good enough.”  We want to know in advance IF these trends will or will not persist.  My candid reply is “Good luck with that.”

My other response is “be patient, and keep a close eye on these indexes and these moving averages”:

*If the indexes fail to get back above these moving average, more pain is likely to unfold (see here and here)

*If the Nasdaq fails to hold above its moving average and joins the others, chances are serious defensive action (i.e., raise cash, hedge, etc.) is in order

*If the 3 down trending indexes follow the Nasdaq higher (and also this) then the worst is likely over and a much more aggressive investment stance would be warranted.

In the immortal words of Tom Petty: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

See also Jay’s “A Strategy You Probably Haven’t Considered” Video

Jay Kaeppel

Disclaimer: The information, opinions and ideas expressed herein are for informational and educational purposes only and are based on research conducted and presented solely by the author.  The information presented represents the views of the author only and does not constitute a complete description of any investment service.  In addition, nothing presented herein should be construed as investment advice, as an advertisement or offering of investment advisory services, or as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.  The data presented herein were obtained from various third-party sources.  While the data is believed to be reliable, no representation is made as to, and no responsibility, warranty or liability is accepted for the accuracy or completeness of such information.  International investments are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, political instability and the potential for illiquid markets.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  There is risk of loss in all trading.  Back tested performance does not represent actual performance and should not be interpreted as an indication of such performance.  Also, back tested performance results have certain inherent limitations and differs from actual performance because it is achieved with the benefit of hindsight.

A couple of comments on current markets

3-26-20 saw the market on the third day of a rebound from the low of 18213 on 3-23-20. The chart below shows the Fibonacci retracements from the recent high to this low.

The retracement hit the 38.2% level and this level can offer resistance. The market is down again and could be we are headed down to retest at or near the last low.

If we rally passes the 38.2% the next resistance level will be at 23775 or so at the 50% retracement level.

AIQ Market Timing signals

The AIQ Market Timing system issued a 99-1 up signal on 3-10-20, the chart below shows the signal. The Phase indicator changing direction in the direction of the signal (moving down then moves up) provides confirmation market Timing signals. IN this case that didn’t happen.

Another up signal 99-1 fired on 3-24-20 and this time the phase turned up the same day and confirmed the signal.

Here are 3 of the bullish rules that fired to create this high up signal

  • The 21 day stochastic has advanced and crossed the 20% line and the price phase indicator is also increasing.  In this weakly downtrending market this is taken as a strong bullish signal suggesting an increase in prices.
  • Volume accumulation percentage is increasing and the 21 day stochastic has moved above the 20% line. In this downtrending market, this is taken as a   strong bullish signal that could be followed by an  upward price movement.
  • The price phase indicator is negative but volume accumulation has started to advance.  This is a  non-conformation that, regardless of the type of market, is a bullish signal which usually results in an upward movement of the market.

The counter trend AI system that generates these signals can be early in their firing. 

HiLo Indicator Nears an Important Point

The old adage is that we should “buy when there is blood in the streets.”  It basically means to buy when things look their worst.  Well, for the record I am not actually a fan of this intonation. While it is probably a fair statement, I for one prefer to see some sign of hope – some sign of a trend reversal at the very least – before taking the plunge. 

One historically useful indicator suggests we may be nearing that point. 

I refer to this indicator as JKHiLo.  I included my initials in the acronym because I “developed” it.  OK, all I really did was take one guy’s useful indicator and multiply it by another guy’s useful indicator and voila. 

In a nutshell JKHilo multiplies Norman Fosback’s HiLo Logic Index by Gerald Appel’s High/Low Indicator.

The Fosback HiLo Logic Index (FHLLI)

I wrote two articles here and here about this indicator.  In short, a very low number of stocks making new lows is bullish for the stock market – it indicates that stocks overall are going up and is bullish.  At the same time, a very low number of stocks making new highs is also (typically) ultimately bullish going forward, as it tends to signal a “washed out” market. 

So this indicator:

*takes the lower of new highs and new lows each day

*divides that number by the total number of issues trades

*takes a 10-day moving average of daily readings

Specifically, the Fosback HiLo Logic Index (HLLI) is calculated as follows:

A=Daily Nasdaq New Highs

B=Daily Nasdaq New Lows

C=The lower of A and B

D=The total number of Nasdaq issues traded

E = (C / D) * 100

FHLLI = 10-day average of E

Readings above 2.15% are considered a sign of “churning”, i.e., a lot of new highs AND new lows.  Reading below 0.40% are considered “bullish” because either new highs OR new lows is very low.

The Fosback HiLo Logic Index finally dropped below 0.40% on 3/23/20.  Figure 1 displays the OTC Composite Index with this indicator through 12/31/2019.

Figure 1 – Fosback HiLo Logic Index

The Appel High/Low Indicator

This indicator (heretofore AHLI) is more of a trend-following indicator.  It simply divides the number of new highs each day by the total of new highs AND new lows, then takes a 10-day average.

The AHLI is calculated as follows:

A=Daily Nasdaq New Highs

B=Daily Nasdaq New Lows

C = A / (A+B)

AHLI = 10-day average of C

Figure 2 displays this indicator versus the OTC Composite from 12/29/17 through 3/23/20.

Figure 2 – Appel High/Low Indicator (x100; blue line) with OTC Composite (/100; red line); Dec17 through 3/23/20

Extremely low readings tend to highlight oversold market conditions.  For the record, an actual “buy signal” for this indicator occurs when it drops below 0.20 (or 20 in Figure 3 since the blue line is the indicator x 100) and then rises back above that level.

The JK Hilo Index (JKHiLo)

So then one day some young punk comes along and multiplies the Fosback indicator by the Appel indicator and has the audacity to add his own initials.  Some people. Anyway:

JKHiLo = (FHLLI x AHLI) x 500

A “12-month Buy Signal” occurs when this indicator:

*drops below 5.00

*then turns higher for one day

The first part of this signal has happened.  As of the close on 3/23/20 JKHL has plunged to 1.8. 

Let’s look at previous instances when JKHL fell below 5.00 and then ticked higher for one day.

IMPORTANT: This upside reversal technically constitutes a “12-month buy signal”.  What does that mean?  It means:

*We expect the market to be higher 12-months later

*HOWEVER, it is NOT an “All Clear, Everything is Great, You Can’t Lose” signal

The bottom line is that it typically does NOT mark the actually bottom.  In most cases, another new low or at least a retest of the low follows within a few months.  But not always.

Figure 3 displays the 7 buy signals that have occurred since 1990.

A = Date of signal – i.e., date the JKHL indicator ticked up one day after dropping below 5

B = SPX closing price on date of signal

C = Subsequent low closing price for SPX

D = SPX closing price 12 months after signal date

E = # of trading days between date of signal and ultimate low

F = % decline by SPX from date of signal to ultimate low

G = % change in SPX closing price 1 year after date of signal

Figure 3 – JKHL 12-month buy signals

It is important to note that each previous “buy signal” was followed by further downside price movement prior to the ultimate low.  It ranged from 2 trading days in 2018 to 101 trading days in 2008.  6 of the 7 signals saw a further decline of no more than -6.3%.  But the 2008 signal saw the market continue to plunge another -31% of the following 3+ months.

So, like I said earlier, even when this indicator does turn up and generate a new signal, that DOES NOT mean “All Clear”.  Still, to get an idea of what we might expect, each of the previous signals are displayed in the Figures below.

Figure 4 – 1990 signal (-3.4% to low, +25.6% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 5 – 1998 signal (-6.3% to low, +31.3% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 6 – 2002 signal (-4.1% to low, +24.3% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 7 – 2008 signal (-31.3% to low, +10.7% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 8 – 2011 signal (-0.5% to low, +25.4% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 9 – 2016 signal (-4.1% to low, +19.1% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Figure 10 – 2018 signal (-2.4% to low, +28.9% 12 months later)
(Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

We DO NOT have a new signal yet, but JKHiLo is below 5, so it is just a matter of waiting for the daily value to tick higher for one day (and then – if history is a guide – waiting for the ultimate low to be put in before a subsequent rally).

Figure 11 – As of 3/23/20 (Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

Summary

Are we on the cusp of a new opportunity?  Or on the edge of a cliff?  In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, I can’t pretend to know the answer.  So, I rely on objective indicators to guide me.

At this moment in time the “trend-following” indicators are bearish and so caution is undoubtedly in order.  But other indicators such as the one discussed here remind us to remain alert to new opportunities.

Jay Kaeppel

Disclaimer: The information, opinions and ideas expressed herein are for informational and educational purposes only and are based on research conducted and presented solely by the author.  The information presented does not represent the views of the author only and does not constitute a complete description of any investment service.  In addition, nothing presented herein should be construed as investment advice, as an advertisement or offering of investment advisory services, or as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.  The data presented herein were obtained from various third-party sources.  While the data is believed to be reliable, no representation is made as to, and no responsibility, warranty or liability is accepted for the accuracy or completeness of such information.  International investments are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, political instability and the potential for illiquid markets.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  There is risk of loss in all trading.  Back tested performance does not represent actual performance and should not be interpreted as an indication of such performance.  Also, back tested performance results have certain inherent limitations and differs from actual performance because it is achieved with the benefit of hindsight.

Bartometer March 8, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Over the last month the stock market has had one of its worst declines over the shortest periods of time in history. Not even did the 2008 declines beat the velocity of the declines we saw over the last month. In 2 days the NASDAQ fell over almost 11% because of the rightfully so, Corona Virus and its potential to not only kill people but mainly do disrupt the business process of selling and the supply lines to get product. Two things I do want to say is

1. You don’t base your long term financial goals based on a short term flu. 5 years from now this will be just another flu we had. People will have forgotten about it.

2. Over the last two months I have be saying to take profits as we were overvalued, I was getting Cautious with the Rising Wedge pattern and thought the S&P 500 would go to the 3280-3380 and top out. The S&P 500 topped at 3386 and fell through the trend lines to the 2900 area, down 13% from the 3380 level. As of this point I am still very Cautious, but looking for a bottom soon over the next 2 months.

This is why I do technical analysis. People can say that the Corona Virus did it, and it did contribute, but the market was positioning itself for a fall. I think the market will continue to be volatile and potentially fall more. With the outbreak just beginning the USA, the S&P should test the 2855 level it hit a week ago and either bounce from there but I feel it will probably break down below that and hit the 2600 to the 2750 level. There have only been less than 500 people who have gotten the tests. Once the US government opens the tests up to many more people there should be many many more people who have the virus. This will scare people to stop going out at restaurants, coffee shops, theatres, cruise ships, travel and more. It will take out a percentage out of the Gross Domestic Product, (GDP). It will probably cause the markets to fall another 5 to 10%+, but it will not kill Capitalism. It should only be a short term. Remember, if this is a flu where less than 1% of the people who contract it dies, then who are dying? The elderly and the sick who have immune problems. So protect yourself. Get the N95 masks on Amazon, get myricetin as a supplement people are recommending to build up your immune system. Talk to your doctor first. Call me to rearrange your portfolios with me and your 401(k). Remember too, this will pass, but I think we have more on the downside.

This is what’s happened over the last 20 years:

2000 Y2k is going to kill us all.

2001 Anthrax is going to kill us all.

2002 West Nile Virus is going to kill us all.

2003 SARS is going to kill us all.

2005 The Bird Flu is going to kill us all. 2008 The Great Recession is going to kill us all.

2010 BP Oil is going to kill us all.

2012 The Mayan Calendar is going to kill us all.

2013 North Korea is going to kill us all.

2014 Ebola is going to kill us all.

2015 Disney Measles and ISIS is going to kill us all.

2016 Zika virus is going to kill us all.

2020 Corona Virus is going to kill us all.

Now granted this is worse because it is a pandemic and it is worse than most of the others, not in life as we lose 30-60 thousand every year to the regular flu, but there is no vaccine yet, and it is creating FEAR. But mostly the FEAR is stopping people from spending money, this will cause the markets to fall. So FEAR is killing you. Protect yourself. Be smart. Use FEAR in the markets as an advantage. Over the last few months, go to the old Bartometers, I have been saying to take profits, the markets are too overbought, that we had a Rising Wedge formation that is a reversal pattern and I thought we could go down. Well now that that has happened, is the market a BUY yet? No, because I feel it will go down more, but it may bottom over the next month or two.

There may be buying opportunities that only come once every 10 years or so. With no guarantees, if the market goes below the 2855 level down to the 2600 level to the 2750 level you may want to call me for potential buying opportunities. Remember what Warren Buffet says, “ Buy when there is BLOOD in the STREETS” That’s when most make money over the long term, When Florida houses were plummeting in the 2008 recession, were there great BUYS? In the great recession, did stocks go so low that if you bought in early 2009 did you get unbelievable deals on stocks and funds? Yes… You make money in the bull markets by buying in the BEAR MARKETS. I am not saying to buy now but get your GREED hats on. You all need to contact me to discuss strategy now. Remember, can we go down more? YES and probably will. Can we go into a Recession because of this situation? Maybe and most likely, economists are giving it a 50-50% chance. Should you reduce equities more, possibly depending on your situation and how close you are to retirement? Last month I said to take money off the table because the markets were too high. Now it’s more of a shift between funds and change some of the bonds as if Oil keeps falling, you don’t want to have much in the High Yield Bond sector or Floating rate bond area. I am concerned, however, about the corporations continue to buy back their own shares while they are issuing debt to do it. This buying back of stock is building the asset bubble. This is one concern I have in addition Corona Virus.

An excerpt from Fundamental Economist Dr. Robert Genetski: from Classical Principles.com:
Stock Market Volatile as the Virus Gains

Investors switched from euphoria to fear and back several times this past week. When the dust settled, the Nasdaq, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 rose 1%-3% while small cap stocks fell 1%-2%.

The reason I recommend caution is related to the expectation of a sharp increase in the virus in the US. The US conducted only 473 tests through March 1. The number of tests will increase dramatically in the period ahead. More testing means more confirmed cases. The latest figures for the US show 226 cases.

Outside the US infections are growing at a rate of 20% a day. The rate of increase has slowed in Korea, but has increased dramatically in Italy and throughout Europe.

There is some good news. The daily rate of increase in China has slowed to less than 0.2% for the four days ending March 5th. Flexport, a global freight logistics company, reports that 60% of China’s manufacturing capacity is now back on line. Since US companies depend on China for critical supplies and medicines, the threat of shortages should soon be less pressing.
There was more good news this past week as surveys of business activity show the US economy remained remarkably strong in February. While various international companies are suffering greatly, recent indications show the US is weathering the storm well, at least through February. Amid the uncertainty over the spread of the virus in the US, it continues to make sense to be cautious about owning stocks.

Returns in 2020 Some of the INDEXES of the markets both equities and interest rates are below. The source is Morningstar.com up until March 7, 2020. These are passive indexes.

*Dow Jones -8.9%
S&P 500 -8.2%
NASDAQ Aggressive growth -4.4%
I Shares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Small cap -12.84%
Midcap stock funds -12.54%
International Index (MSCI – EAFE ex USA -10.4% Moderate Mutual Fund Investment Grade Bonds (AAA) Long duration -4.70%
High Yield Merrill Lynch High Yield Index -3.7%

Floating Rate Bond Funds -2.4%
Short Term Bond +1.3%
Fixed Bond Yields (10 year) .76% Yield

The average Moderate Fund is down -4.70% this year fully invested as a 65% in stocks and 35% in bonds and nothing in the money market.

Interest rates look stable going forward over the next 6 months

The S&P 500 is above. I used a weekly chart as I think the S&P will fall below 2855 and possibly hit the following support levels for support.
2822, 2721-2747, 2600-2630, and 2340.

These are points that investors are looking at as a support levels. I think we have more to go on the downside. The Blue arrows are areas that listed to the left I think the S&P can go too.

The middle graph is the SK-SD stochastics. This shows a breakdown, Last month I said anything over the 88 level is overbought. It’s 21 to 48 on the Daily, now it’s getting OVERSOLD but can go down more.

The third graph is the Stochastics chart. Anything below 20 is showing the market is very oversold. But can still trend lower.

The Dow Jones is above. I drew the last three years and notice the that the 23576 is support right at the red line , but I believe the low will breakdown as it could test and breakdown and test its 200 week moving average at 23,587. If that doesn’t hold then the old lows of 21,734 are next.

This could be the capitulation investors are looking at to starting getting back into the markets. If this happens then there is a much greater chance that a Recession will occur. Please call me to Strategize your portfolio at 860-940-7020.

 Support levels on the S&P 500 area are 2822, 2721-2747, 2600-2630 and 2340. These might be accumulation areas if you are a Long term investor.
 Support levels on the NASDAQ are 7658 to 7715, 7303, and 6861.
 On the Dow Jones support is at 23,587 (200 week moving average), 21,734, 19,794 and 17,863
 These may be safer areas to get into the equity markets on support levels slowly.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
Now that the markets have broken down the trend line I explained last month. I am more Cautious on the markets. The Corona Flu will scare people and they will pull in their horns towards traveling, going out and this act alone can cause a Recession. The market is starting to become somewhat oversold but I still would no Buy here, but wait until the Corona Virus Fear is nearing the worst it could get. That could be over the next 2 months or so. I think the S&P 500 and the markets could continue to fall as energy is also going down.


Best to all of you,

Joe Bartosiewicz, CFP®
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March and April to the Rescue?

Well that got ugly quick.  For the record, if you have been in the markets for any length of time you have seen this kind of action plenty of times.  An index, or stock, or commodity or whatever, trends and trends and trend steadily and relentlessly higher over a period of time.  And just when it seems like its going to last forever – BAM.  It gives back all or much of its recent rally gains very quickly.  Welcome to the exciting world of investing.

I make no claims of “calling the top” – because I never have actually (correctly) called one and I don’t expect that I ever will.  But having written Part I and Part II of articles titled “Please Take a Moment to Locate the Nearest Exit” in the last week, I was probably one of the least surprised people at what transpired in the stock market in the last few sessions. 

Of course the question on everyone’s lips – as always in this type of panic or near panic situation – is, “where to from here?”  And folks if I knew the answer, I swear I would tell you.  But like everyone else, I can only assess the situation, formulate a plan of action – or inaction, as the case may be – and act accordingly.  But some random thoughts:

*Long periods of relative calm followed by extreme drops are more often than not followed by periods of volatility.  So, look for a sharp rebound for at least a few days followed by another downdraft and so on and so forth, until either:

a) The market bottoms out and resumes an uptrend

b) The major indexes (think Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, Russell 2000) drop below their 200-day moving averages.  As of the close on 2/25 both the Dow and the Russell 2000 were below their 200-day moving average.  That would set up another a) or b) scenario.

If the major indexes break below their long-term moving averages it will either:

a) End up being a whipsaw – i.e., the market reverses quickly to the upside

b) Or will be a sign of more serious trouble

The main point is that you should be paying close attention in the days and weeks ahead to the indexes in Figure 1.

Figure 1 – Major indexes with 200-day moving averages (Courtesy AIQ TradingExpert)

One Possible Bullish Hope

One reason for potential optimism is that the two-month period of March and April has historically been one of the more favorable two-month periods on an annual basis.  Figure 2 displays the cumulative price gain achieved by the S&P 500 Index ONLY during March and April every year since 1945.  The long-term trend is unmistakable, but year-to-year results can of course, vary greatly.

Figure 2 – S&P 500 cumulative price gain March-April ONLY (1945-2019)

For the record:

S&P 500 March-AprilResult
Number of times UP55 (73%)
Number of times DOWN20 (27%)
Average UP%+5.0%
Average DOWN%(-3.4%)

Figure 3 – Facts and Figures

Will March and April bail us out?  Here’s hoping.

As an aside, this strategy is having a great week so far.

Jay Kaeppel

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