Happy weekend from Seoul, South Korea
As observed on April 13th, 2660 is a critical test for S&P. It passed with flying colors on Monday and Tuesday April 16th and 17th. In fact April 17th was a solid gap up (when the market opens well above the previous days price )
Look at the volume of the entire stock market at the bottom of thr above picture. This is the most beautiful pertinent information. Why? This is the sum Total of all actions of the entire 100s of money managers and pension funds and hedge funds. When the market is falling the volume is going up – red lines and when price is rising the volume in blue is not that great.. this last week it went up 80 points and gave back 80 points. So the volatility is still high and it’s up and down
About 47-50 % of S&P stocks are below their 100 day SMA (say there are 100 stocks in entire market 50 stocks are below their price averaged over their last 100 days) – 2nd picture
On Friday the market S&P and NASDAQ price sliced below their 50 day SMA
S&P 500 is back to testing the 2660. It is just a few points above it.
7300 is now shaping up to be solid resistance for NASDAQ
FFTY the 50 top growth stocks – last picture is back down its 10 days SMA (growth stocks are first bought by institutions when the market is healthy).. if growth stocks are not braking out in high volume..the market is not healthy
In the side lines for now. Let it play through.
Ps: a blog on my travels
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The stock market does not like uncertainty. Uncertainty is a component of how the stock market discounts future earnings back to a price today. The discount rate is the denominator of the equation. Just as 1/10 is a smaller number than 1/5, stock prices are lower as uncertainty rises.
Whether we look at the relative performance of stock market components based on exposure to foreign trade or the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), it is evident stock investor anxiety is on the rise. How concerned should we be?
We look to the credit market to see if lenders are also feeling anxious. The debt market is substantially larger than the stock market and often provides a more reliable and leading indicator of broad investor sentiment. Specifically, we monitor the high-yield spread. If the differential between junk-debt interest rates and treasury rates is 5% or greater and rising, we get worried about the stock market
Currently, the high yield spread is about 3.6%. 3.6% is down from about 3.8% a month ago and 4.1% a year ago. If the bond market were the British Government, it would be telling us to “keep calm and carry on.” (source : delta market sentiment )
Having said that – based on our trading philosophy – the price is the true north star
on Monday March 19th 2018 market fell very badly
S&P 500 solidly gave up the 50 Day MA under a clear gap down . Very close to 2700 support
The 2800 was a solid resistance. Time to get in sidelines
5 days of stalling and no progress
2 days of high volume selling
100 points loss in 2 days in high volume
Top leaders down in high volume
( first photo source : trading view )
FFTY etf a proxy for top 50 beat stocks in the market down by 2%
I would like to thank Helga Sweeney and Alex for their observations on “pesky charts”
what about supply and demand for NASDAQ? or for that matter DOW and S&P ?
Before i answer that – lets look at some basic fundamental traits in the charts for 2017 and till now 2018
what did the pundits say – This is a valid dictum – Do opposite what the pundits say and you will be alright !!
look at what IBD said “Since 1963, the S&P 500 delivered 19 years in which it rallied more than 15%. But each year following those big gains averaged a more modest 7.5% advance.” and “investment strategists and fund managers expect more modest stock price gains in 2018.”
I respect IBD a lot; In fact the big picture column is fantastic and is a daily read for me to gauge the “Big Money flow”- which is nothing but this : How is the price performing wrt the volume on a daily basis. How are leading stocks like YY, AMZN and others performing? For we know that with first signs of big selling the leading stocks lose first and then the volume increases to overall stock market as it falls.
NASDAQ’s number of distributions days (high volume selling) is just 1 in the last 30 days and It is up 7.3 % till Jan 22nd 2018! we haven’t even finished one month yet!
The S&P 500’s 2017 return was more than double the big-cap bogey’s 8.50% average annual gain over the past 10 years. The Nasdaq composite index shot up 29.64% and the DOW jones gained 25.08%!
Only once in the lasts 25 YEARS the S&P is up more than 6 % in Jan (1997 – 6.7%). the S&P just hit 6.00 % just yesterday !!
the delta market sentiment indicator is approaching 74% (74 % of around 2500 stocks are above they mid term moving average)
the leading economic indicators (LEI) is healthily positive last one year
the stock market is healthy and going strong with no head winds at all
For the first time since almost 30 years – the entire world is seeing +positive grown for 12 months!
Of the top ten largest corporations in the world in 2009, only one was a technology company – Microsoft. Today, seven of the ten largest companies worldwide are technology companies including Apple, Google/Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent. The shift to a technology dominated economy provides a boost to earnings growth rates.
Over a fifth of the S&P 500 is represented by the technology sector. Consensus revenue growth for the technology sector in 2018 is 9.4% which should drive 35% earnings growth. In the past month, the revenue growth forecast was revised up from 8.7% to the current 9.4%.
The earnings per share for the MSCI AC World Index (ACWI) is above $30. In the U.S., the S&P 500 consensus earnings estimate is expected to advance by about 11% year-over-year on revenue growth of about 5% off of record levels reached in 2017.
If the P/E remains constant as it has for the past two years, the S&P 500 should be up in-line with earnings or about 11%.
Source : Delta market sentiment
Notice the top 4 sectors – account for 60% of S&P 500
From the above chart, A draw-down represents the peak-to-trough decline during a specific period of investment. In this case, the XLE dropped -29% in 2011 and -49% from mid-2014 to early 2016. XLE still remains -33% below previous peak levels. As oil prices have been halved, the energy sector and an investor of energy companies has been in a recession.
So look at for 4 sectors – technology, financials, healthcare, consumer discretionary
XLF – financials
XLV- health care
XLY – Consumer discretionary
dow for industrials and NDX for technology
source : delta market sentiment
this year there has been over 60 times that NASDAQ hit high.
this week begins with 6th week of record high.