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With July behind us, it was once again to review monthly charts and many were quite interesting.  The S&P500 negated it's monthly sell signal in May by exceeding it in July.  Not only that, but prior 2000 resistance clearly turned into support in June with the market confirming that market strength with a solid July close near the high.  My stop (alert since I don't use stops) is now below June's low.  (Click charts to enlarge)

Why the market strength?  It could be any number of reasons (or none of these at all):

  • The belief QE will remain the new normal with such a weak jobs recovery
  • Global easing
  • Money is coming in off the sidelines (doubtful)
  • Money coming out of bonds into equities (some is but not all)
  • Belief…

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A Rare Sell Signal Confirmed In S&P500

One of my favorite scans for a trade in the stock market is looking for setups with a tight Bollinger band squeeze with divergence (just ask our member Donald) but this end of month was different.  I was looking for confirmation of something more....ominous.

In case you missed it, the S&P500 exhibited a rare (and solid) piercing of the upper monthly Bollinger band in May which was met with immediate selling pressure.  To many technicians, merely piercing the upper band raises a warning flag as quite often it indicates the market will revert to the mean, or at a minimum the nearest support. 

The Bollinger band mantra goes something like this:

  • Buy when the price falls below the lower…

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Will The Stockmarket Breakout Sustain?

Is it possible we are in the early stages of an enormous secular stockmarket bull run?  We talk about this continually in Chat on StockBuz.

Since 1900, there have been four large stock market basing patterns which exceeded 12 years in length:

  • 1906 to 1924—18 years
  • 1929 to 1955—26 years
  • 1966 to 1982—16…

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More On Why Raising Rates Matters

It's not just about big business being able to borrow and refinance debt at low (ZIRP) rates.  It also impacts home buying affordability, consumer spending, higher chargecard APRs for the little guy who can barely afford it and yes, yield for the big dogs.  From an investment standpoint, large investors will pay attention.  As an example the 10 year yield is now at 2.15.  Yesterday, it crossed the dividend yield of the S&P 500. This means it is now more profitable to buy bonds than to invest in the stock market.  An interesting perspective.  Check it out at…

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To Buy The Dip Or No

“There is time to go long, time to go short and time to go fishing”  -Jesse Livermore

 

"What happens after a fast, high-volume 2-3-day sell off. There are three major scenarios:


     - a stock move sideways on a low volume as it finally find bidders. Some will interpret this price action as the forming of bear flag. Others will look at it as the forming of a new base, which is an important prerequisite for higher prices in the future as it is likely to attract fresh money. Both groups could be right and that dispute will be solved only by price – in which direction is the stock going to break out from its new range.…

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Holiday Sales, S&P Dividend Yield and POMO

This from Alan Abelson @ Barrons  *Tis' The Season To Be Wary* [subsrciption only]

The deep freeze. No, no, we're not about to do a reprise on the credit collapse back in 2008-2009. Hey, this is the season to be jolly. The freeze we're talking about is neither financial nor metaphorical but climatic—the real thing, that dumped who knows how much snow on Northern Europe, grounding thousands of flights, making life miserable for any poor souls who had to get out and about, and further constraining the populace's shopping impulse, already chilled by the cold winds of economic austerity.

Do you need any greater evidence of how desperate folks are than the dispatch from Berlin that told of how two men dressed as Santa Claus strolled into a supermarket, whipped out a pistol and robbed the joint? Although the report of the incident is lamentably shy of details on motive, one can only…

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Pring Turner Capital Trend & Outlook

Came across this presentation @ tradersnarrative http://www.pringturner.com/newsletters/tsa.pdf and believe you would all find it very interesting as they outline where they believe the market is at and where it is headed in 2010. Doesn't make them right, but lots of good info. Short story, they believe we should be selling financials and consumer discretionary at this juncture and materials will be the place to be in 2010. At least for a while.

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