Aug 122015
 
S&P500 daily at end of day

S&P500 daily at end of day

End of Day Update:

This was a day traders won’t soon forget. Contagious overseas selling dragged the S&P500 down nearly 1.5% before lunchtime. By itself this was a striking move, but the day was only half over and the second act was even more impressive as we rebounded to close in the green! We’ve grown accustomed to daily moves that measure a quarter of percent in this dull and slow market. We haven’t even moved outside a 5% range all year-long, but somehow we managed to slide across 3% in one day! Amazing.

Unfortunately for many traders this wasn’t the good kind of amazing because it convinced them to trade reactively, a.k.a. sell-low and buy-high. And honestly I cannot fault anyone who was fooled by these dramatic moves. Sometimes the market gets the better of us and this was easily one of those days.

After this move made both bulls and bears look foolish, we are left wondering what comes next. Clearly the selling could have spiraled out of control because nothing shatters confidence like screens filled with red. But supply dried up near 2,050 support and we bounced. This rewarded those that held the dip and Pavlov would tell us they are even less likely to sell the next one. This was yet another example of a market that simply refuses to breakdown. While the obvious interpretation of today’s bullish reversal is, well bullish, nothing in the market is ever that clear-cut.

A breakout above all-time highs is extremely likely given this market’s refusal to breakdown, but emotion is sky-high and chances are this will be anything but a smooth ride. While confident owners are keeping supply tight, it will take a bit of time before recent sellers warm back up to this market. Whether is it lingering fear, or a refusal to admit making a mistake, many of these sellers will stay in cash until prices climb so high they stop fearing a correction and start fearing being left behind. Often we see prices snap back aggressively from extreme oversold levels, but it is hard to claim a 2.5% dip from all-time highs qualifies as extremely oversold. Today’s rebound tells us the path of least resistance is higher, but it will probably continue to be a bumpy ride.

Jani

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 Posted by at 9:31 pm on August 12, 2015

Calm and Orderly Selling

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Jul 222015
 

End of Day Update:

The S&P500 slipped modestly following disappointing earnings from AAPL and MSFT, but it wasn’t all bad. Even though these titans of tech shed billions in market cap, the selling didn’t spread much further than the tech sector. If the market was overbought, this was more than enough of an excuse to breakdown. How contained the selling was shows owners remain confident and are supporting these prices. This resulting tight supply makes it easier for the rebound to continue to new highs.

It is no surprise that we pulled back following a 89-point run from 2,044 to 2,133. There is nothing concerning about this move because it is normal and healthy. Finding support at 2,100 and the 50dma is the obvious level, but chances are we won’t make it that far given how benign today’s selling was.

Jani

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 Posted by at 9:52 pm on July 22, 2015

Another Meaningless Fed Day

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Jun 172015
 
S&P500 daily at end of day

S&P500 daily at end of day

End of Day Update:

It was a volatile Fed day with strong intraday moves in both directions, but the S&P500 only managed to hang on to a four-point gain by the closing bell. Volume was the highest in a week, but still repressed by the typically slow summer season.

The Fed didn’t say anything that surprised us and is why we finished near where we started. It would have been foolish to expect anything else since every other Fed statement this year failed to break us out of this trading range. The policy remains accommodative, but expect a token rate increase before the end of the year. While many speculators are afraid of rate hikes, the far bigger shock to the system was ending the Fed’s bond buying program last year. Not only did we survive that, but the market is up more than 15% from when the Taper started. Going from 0% to 0.25% in short-term interest rates is trivial in comparison to ending a trillion-dollar money printing operation.

The game of chicken in Greece continues as their politicians refuse to compromise and European leaders are reluctant to call their bluff. Some analysts claim the probability of a Grexit is now up to 50%. This is weighing on European markets, but the S&P500 is less than 2% from all-time highs. Similar headlines five-years ago sent shockwaves through the market, but this time the risk is far less since the financial system has had plenty of time to manage and hedge the risk posed by a Greek default. While we should expect some near-term volatility, the market holding near the highs tells us these problems in Greece are already priced in.

Individual Stocks:

$AAPL – Apple continues to underperform the broad market, closing in the red on a day where the indexes finished in the green. It seems some of the anticipation built up ahead of the Apple Watch’s release and the developer’s conference is slowly leaking out. The stock slipped under its 50dma and is more than 5% off of its 52-week highs. While there are no signs of an impending collapse, the stock might be settling into a sideways trading range.

ALGN daily

ALGN daily

$ALGN – It was a dramatic day for Align as some of their patents came under threat. This dropped the stock $5 from the opening highs. While I’m not in the industry, I suspect ALGN’s branding and relationships with orthodontists are more of a moat than its technical patents. Long-term this won’t be a big deal and healthy competition is always good for business. But in the short-term, anything is possible as traders react emotionally. It is nice to see the price rebound and finish well off the lows. Three more closes above $60 and the storm will have passed, with the added benefit of scaring off the weak and emotional owners. Shakeouts like this improve the upside potential. But until then, treat this stock with extreme suspicion. There is a good chance today’s afternoon rebound will fizzle in coming days and we retest that $60 support.

Jani

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 Posted by at 9:50 pm on June 17, 2015

The Greek Rally

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Jun 162015
 
S&P500 daily at end of day

S&P500 daily at end of day

End of Day Update:

It was an interesting day as the S&P500 rebounded from yesterday’s selloff. The chart doesn’t suggest this bounce is any different from all the others that failed. The gains were modest, we closed under 2,100 resistance, volume was below average, and we continue making lower-highs. The notable exception is the situation in Greece deteriorated materially, yet the market rallied.

We easily could have crashed a couple dozen points as Greece’s politicians refused to negotiate with European leaders. That’s what common sense says should have happened, so why didn’t it? The thing many speculators fail to understand is headlines, fundamentals, and technicals don’t move markets. Only people changing their outlook and making adjustments to their portfolio drives price. It doesn’t get any more simple than that. Shifting expectations and the resulting buying and selling move prices, period, end of story.

Puting today’s move in context, stock owners read the Greek headlines, shrugged and went about their business. The reason we didn’t see the “common sense” selloff is every owner who fears the Grexit is already out of the market. When there is no one left to sell the news, it no longer matters.

Today’s price-action is telling us Greece isn’t a big deal anymore. Without a doubt these headlines will continue to drive volatility, we could remain range-bound, and will likely see a kneejerk selloff when Greece finally defaults and gets the boot, but today’s trade tells us this will be a short-lived move since most of the Grexit sellers are long gone. The way to trade the volatility is to continue buying the dip. While this market will eventually crash, it won’t be because of something everyone is talking about. Remember, people don’t get hit by the bus they see coming.

Individual Stocks:

$AAPL – Apple is mirroring the indexes and it’s fate rests with the rest of the market. Last week’s developer conference came and went without a major catalyst and it will be a while before we have another one. There is no reason to sell the stock, but there isn’t much to get excited about either.

$EBAY – Fairly dramatic move today. The day started with a bang as the stock popped a dollar and a half at the open, but the move quickly fizzled and we finished with a much more modest fifty cent gain. While I’d prefer to see more constructive price-action than this intraday reversal, we remain above support and today’s pop shows the explosive potential remains to the upside. We are close to the breakout point and we need to watch this one closely, but it isn’t time to pull the ripcord yet. Failing to hold $59 and we will be forced to reconsider.

$ORCL daily

$ORCL daily

$FEYE – FireEye continues to ramp up. While it is exciting to see these gains pile up day after day, owners should be shifting to a more defensive posture. We’re close to a 20% gain from the breakout point and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the stock pause near $55. While it could easily continue racing higher, only a fool would be disappointed by locking in a 20% gain over a few weeks. A more aggressive stance is moving up a trailing stop and letting it ride. We have modest support near $50, but there is a good chance a near-term pullback will under cut $50 for no other reason than chasing off all the owners with a stop under $50. The proactive trader that locks in profits near $55 could reenter following the $50 undercut and bounce.

$ALGN – Align is marching ahead and pennies away from eclipsing January’s intraday highs. At that point virtually everyone in the stock will be sitting on profits and excited to see them continue growing. Confident owners keep supply tight and prop up prices. An Ebay style pullback to $60 is possible so it is riskier to chase if someone isn’t involved yet.

$ORCL – In the big-cap space, Oracle is getting interesting. Today’s 2% gain on 60% above average volume makes this worth a look. We’re on the verge of breaking through the upper end of the $45 trading congestion. After that, the only thing holding us back is last December’s $46 highs. Clear this and we’ll be making multi-year highs. While not as exciting and fast-moving as some of the smaller growth stories, profits are profits and some slow money offsets the volatility from more speculative holdings.

Jani

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 Posted by at 10:05 pm on June 16, 2015

Is it Time to Panic?

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May 262015
 
S&P500 daily at end of day

S&P500 daily at end of day

End of Day Update:

It was a dramatic day as the S&P500 plunged 1% in the first session back from the long weekend. As unnerving as it felt, volume was below average and we are only 1.4% off of all-time highs. Hard to claim this was a crash by any stretch of the imagination, but in the market perception is reality, and today felt a whole lot worse than it looks.

Before the open, bullish sentiment on Stocktwits $SPY stream already fell to 41% and AAII’s bullish sentiment hovered near 5-year lows. As much as people try to correlate record prices and bullishness, we are anything but bullish at these highs. But this is actually a common phenomena. Every rally feels extended and fragile at the far right edge of the chart. Only months later do buy-points become obvious. If this were easy, everyone would be rich.

The five months of sideways churn since the start of the year cooled off any overbought condition that crept into the market. While we could easily extend Tuesday’s selloff on Wednesday morning, using bearish sentiment as a guide, we are far closer to the end of the selling than the start. Once the last of the hopeful bulls bailout, supply will dry up and we will bounce. The best trades are the hardest to make and today it felt a lot easier to sell this weakness than buy it.

Jani

 Posted by at 9:19 pm on May 26, 2015