Bartometer July 14, 2019

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for getting my newsletter out a week later than usual, my family had a needed short vacation.

Now for the good news, last month I stated that I was bullish on the markets and said I thought the markets would break out of the old 2886 level on the S&P and go to the 2954 level and possibly go to new highs. See last month’s Bartometer. The good news is the S&P is now at new highs and up another 6% since last month. The not so good news is that the small to midcap stocks are NOT at a new high and this divergence is showing me that we have a select narrow rally. The Small Cap index is 10% below its old top hit on 09/28/21018.

The Midcap Index is down 4.7% from last September as well. What does this mean? It means that there is a divergence in the stock market, and most of the participation is in the very large stocks like Microsoft, Netflix, etc. Even though this divergence is happening, my computer models are still somewhat bullish. Is it changing? You’ll see the answer in the chart below


Interest Outlook

As the major indexes reached all new highs, the Fed Chairman confirmed that the Fed would accept the lead from financial markets and cut their target interest rate by ¼%. Even though the Fed may reduce interest rates, there are many problems with Powell’s statements. His comments do not bode well for future moves. Especially if the economy goes into a recession over the next year or more. At this time long term rates should continue to be stabilized.


The Chinese tariff situation has calmed down somewhat allowing the markets to continue to rise as earnings from U.S. companies continue to grow. Overall the economy is doing relatively well. With a potential slowing of earnings ahead, the stock markets are now somewhat overbought. If interest rates stay at this very low level, then the stock market is still a decent value, but if interest rates start to head higher, the stock market ascent will then be over for a while. Overall, things look okay.

Index Averages

Some of the INDEXES of the markets both equities and interest rates are below. The source is up until July 12, 2019. These are passive indexes.

*Dow Jones +18%
S&P 500 +21%
NASDAQ Aggressive growth +25%
I Shares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Small cap +17%
International Index (MSCI – EAFE ex USA) +11%
Moderate Mutual Fund +11%
Investment Grade Bonds (AAA) + 7% +2.64%
High Yield Merrill Lynch High Yield Index +9% +4.26%
Floating Rate Bond Index +5% +2.60%
Fixed Bond Yields (10 year) +2.% Yield 2.63%
The average Moderate Fund is up 11.6% this year fully invested as a 60% in
stocks and 40% in bonds. And nothing in the money market
*Explanation of each on the last page

The S&P 500

Source: AIQ Systems on graphs

The S&P 500 has broken out to a new high last month on the Bartometer I was Bullish and stated that my computer models went to a Buy signal on June 4th at 2800 on the S&P 500. Now it is 3014. My computer models are still on the BUY-HOLD but the market is now getting very OVERBOUGHT and if I were in the market now I would start to take some money off the table and rebalance if you are in retirement.

The S&P 500 could go to 3130 to 3180 this year, but that would be a stretch and I don’t think the market has that much growth now for the rest of the year. Maybe 3-7% if that.

Notice the two trend-lines above at the top right of the top chart. There are two rising trend-lines, the blue arrow is pointing to it. This is call a RISING WEDGE. A Rising Wedge is a NEGATIVE pattern IF the trend-line is broken on the down side. This is a pattern that can be VOIDED if the S&P 500 closes above 3019 -3022 for 2-3 days with heavy volume. On the other hand, it the S&P 500 breaks below 2979, I will be getting Cautious. If it closes below 2979 then 2954 better hold or I will be getting VERY
CAUTIOUS. But remember if the market closes above 3019-3022 for 2 to 3 days with good volume then the pattern is voided.

This market is extended, so even though I am relatively still positive, I’ll let the market tell me what to do. So if the S&P Closes below 2979 I am getting Cautious, and a close below 2954 decisively, then I am getting Very Cautious. That means a trimming of your assets, or a partial sell and to transfer to more of a conservative account. Right now I am still BULLISH.

The second chart below is the MACD, a cross down could correspond with the breaking of 2954 DECISIVELY on a close. Notice in June it crossed above, see blue arrow, this was a great place to BUY. Now that it is much higher and with the extension of the market I gave you the information as to where the market could reverse and what to look for.

Chart Source:

The rising wedge pattern is characterized by a chart pattern which forms when the market makes higher highs and higher lows with a contracting range. When this pattern is found in an uptrend, it is considered a reversal pattern, as the contraction of the range indicates that the uptrend is losing strength.

When this pattern is found in a downtrend, it is considered a bearish pattern, as the market range becomes narrower into the correction, indicating that the correction is losing strength and that the resumption of the downtrend is in the making.

In a rising wedge, both boundary lines slant up from left to right. Although both lines point in the same direction, the lower line rises at a steeper angle than the upper one. Prices usually decline after breaking through the lower boundary line.

As far as volumes are concerned, they keep on declining with each new price advance or wave up, indicating that the demand is weakening at the higher price level. A rising wedge is more reliable when found in a bearish market. In a bullish trend what seems to be a Rising Wedge may be a Flag or a Pennant (stepbrother of a wedge) requiring about four weeks to complete.

Rising Wedges are not guaranteed, so the 3019-3022 level and staying there for a couple of days could void this negative pattern. A break decisively on a close below 2979 could satisfy the Rising Wedge.

Source: Wikipedia

*A Support or support level is the level at which buyers tend to purchase or into a stock or index. It refers to the stock share price that a company or index should hold and start to rise. When a price of the stock falls towards its support level, the support level holds and is confirmed, or the stock continues to decline, and the support level must change.

  • Support levels on the S&P 500 area are 2986, 2954, 2910, and 2780 areas. These might be BUY areas.
  • Support levels on the NASDAQ are 8175, 7884, 7771, and 7657.
  • On the Dow Jones support is at 26918, 26708, 25,538 and 26318.

These may be safer areas to get into the equity markets on support levels slowly. RESISTANCE LEVEL ON THE S&P 500 IS 3019 but rising as market goes up. If there is a favorable tariff settlement, the market should rise short term.

Source: Investopedia


The S&P 500 has reached a new high, and as long as 2954 does not break down decisively with a lot a volume I am still relatively positive. We are positively OVERBOUGHT here short, so THIS IS NOT A TIME TO BUY a lot of Indexes here in my opinion I am still relatively Bullish.

The S&P needs to close above 3019-3022 and stay there two days to form another base from which to rise more, but if the S&P breaks below 2979, and daily this trend-line is rising, I will be getting Cautious, and a convincing close below 2954 will get me Very Cautious.

Best to all of you,
Joe Bartosiewicz, CFP®
Investment Advisor Representative

860-940-7020 or 860-404-0408

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