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Trend table status






Up 7/31/20

?- 3/31/20

Up 5/29/20


Up 10/2/20

Up 8/21/20

Up 10/9/20


Up 10/15/20

? 10/21/20

Up 10/13/20

Short term

? 10/19/20

? 10/19/20

? 10/19/20

Don Worden of Worden Brothers (makers of Telechart software) used to keep a trend table before his health issues got in the way. I always found it useful. Mine is slightly different. Hopefully helpful. Up? or Dn? means loss of momentum. ? by itself means trend is neutral. ?+ or ?- means trend is neutral with bias of up(+) or down (-)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Stimulus on hold 10/6

SPX tanked after it was announced negotiations on stimulus were put on hold by the president.  The result was a key reversal day down.

Breadth went from +70% before the announcement (with SPX at a new bounce high) to -59% at the close.  That is quite a reversal.  

 The futures are holding at the 50 SMA for now.


The bull pressure chart show the mid term (middle) and long term (bottom) lines are still bearish.  Only the short term lines (top) have a bullish cross.

The breadth and ticks have shown decent strength on this bounce.  However, there has been some short bursts of selling as well.  I thought some and maybe many people were buying expecting more stimulus.  Until that is back on the table, I wonder if buyers might be a little less enthusiastic than in recent days.  Many news events are short lived and are quickly retraced.  Every once in a while something comes along which lasts for extended periods.  The market is a little vulnerable as the bull pressure chart shows.  The next couple of days will be important.  If people were buying for reasons other than stimulus, then the bulls should come back out to play in the next day or two.  Otherwise, we are likely to see a retest of the recent low.  I am in wait and see mode until the market decides whether this news is important or not.  Maybe the talks will restart and send the market higher again, but we can't predict that.

Peace and good health to all.


Friday, September 25, 2020

Legs? 9/25

 When we last left off I was looking for a roll over or a sign a bounce might get some legs.   SPX turned down and made a new closing low for the current correction, but did not follow through on the downside.  The door was left open for a bottom to form and with the last two days of bounce I believe the door is much wider now.

SPX seems to have found support at the 100 EMA.  While the volume was not particularly strong the last two days I got a very strong tick accumulation signal yesterday.  Ticks were pretty strong today, but not quite enough for another signal.  

The futures dropped below the 200 MAs, but failed to keep crashing.  They closed back above the 200s and above the 20 SMA as well.  This is a good place to form a bottom and it looks like that is what has happened.

The short term indicator in the bottom panel is showing an extremely oversold market.  This is a bounce worthy condition.  

The door is wide open for a tradeable bounce.  The bulls just need to step through that door early next week.  The longer term moving averages are still in bull market order.  With the market this oversold new highs would not be a surprise if the bulls come out to play next week.

Peace and good health to all.  Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bounce, but is it only a dead cat kind? 9/22

 The market followed through on yesterday's late reversal.  We closed one of the open gaps below.

Yesterday SPX bounced off the 100 EMA.  After hesitating a while this morning the bulls followed through on the upside.  Breadth was only +54% and volume was light.  So far this looks like it could be nothing but a dead cat bounce.  

The futures found support at the 200 SMA.  The 20 SMA would be the first target and the 50 SMA the second.

The market is bouncing from a short term oversold condition.  It remains to be seen if this is just a bounce or something more.  I don't have a clue at this point.  The sell off after the FED announced free money from now until the cows come home bothers me a bit.  I believe the market wants more fiscal stimulus, but I am not sure that is going to happen before the election.  I am going to keep a close on this bounce for strength to indicate it has legs or a roll over to head down again.

Peace and good health to all.



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