20th day of $QQQ short term down-trend

GMI

3/6

GMI-2

5/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

39%

The QQQ short term trend could turn up on Friday.  More important, QQQ and SPY are now back above their 30 week averages.

Indexes meet resistance; 19th day of $QQQ short term down-trend

GMI

2/6

GMI-2

5/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

33%

The SPY and QQQ both hit a wall at their 30 day averages on Wednesday.  The key for me is whether they can close above this key average or head back down.  Check out this daily chart of the QQQ.  Note how the QQQ could not break above its 30 day average (red line). If it closes Thursday above this line, I would become more confident that the short term trend is reversing up.

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IBD: correction over; 18th day of $QQQ short term down-trend

GMI

2/6

GMI-2

5/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

37%

IBD says Tuesday was a follow through day and marked the end of the correction. I will wait for the GMI to turn positive before I re-enter the market. I still do not trust this rebound yet.

17th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; SPY still a broken up-trend

GMI

0/6

GMI-2

3/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

27%

Rebound continues, but for how long? Look at this daily chart of the SPY. SPY is way below the long term trend line (blue line) that it recently broke. We now have a lower bottom.  Will we get a lower top?  Stay tuned…….

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16th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; Bottom or dead cat bounce? Keeping an eye on the $BABY

GMI

0/6

GMI-2

2/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

21%

The sharp rise on Friday came from very over-sold levels. Given that the market often is strong towards the end of the year, I would not be surprised to see a rise that takes us through mid-January. But with people being worried by  Ebola and the Fed’s cessation of QE , this market could resume its decline at anytime. I therefore took a very small amount of my university pension out of the market on Friday.  If the market rises to likely resistance levels, I will take more of my pension out of mutual funds, just in case. With the GMI at “0″ I am very cautious.  I am already mainly in cash  in my trading accounts.  Things are just too volatile for everything but my most speculative trading funds. I have repeatedly written that I trade like a chicken. If I am wrong, and the GMI returns to a Buy signal, I can always go back in……

As this weekly chart of the SPY shows, a major up-trend (blue line) support line that lasted for more than one year has been broken. Also ominous is the fact that the critical 30 week average (red line) has been penetrated and there are large red spikes indicating high volume selling by institutions. I would not be surprised to see the current rebound  touch the 30 week average again, now around 193.  If that average curves down, that will be my signal to begin taking all of my university pension out of the market.  (I did that in 2000 and 2008.) That would signal the possible beginning of a Weinstein Stage 4 down-trend.

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Look what has happened when the 30 week average curved down. (Ignore the red arrows, left over from a Sell in May analysis.)

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If I think a Stage 4 down-trend is imminent, I will sleep soundly with most of my money on the sidelines until the GMI signals a BUY and the market enters a new confirmed Stage 2 up-trend. (I might also buy some SPY before those events occur, if the Worden T2108 gets down to single digits, where most market wash-outs since 1987  have ended.) The T2108  rebounded to 21% on Friday, after reaching a recent low of 13%. Dramatic market declines typically end below the green line on the chart, which is drawn at the 10% level. (Note we are not there yet!)…..

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You know I do not like to take a new long position on anything during a market down-trend.  But when a stock keeps hitting new all-time highs and coming up on my scans it signifies amazing relative strength and I add it to my watch list for close monitoring.  I don’t know why BABY is so strong but someone else apparently does. Check out this weekly chart of BABY, which had a successful green line break-out to an all-time high 13 weeks ago.  BABY’s  crawling higher just  showed up in my Darvas scan, which looks for stocks that have characteristics that I think Nicolas Darvas used to like. Of course, Darvas type stocks only out-performed in rising markets and BABY could stage a temper tantrum at anytime……

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15th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; skeptical of rally

GMI

0/6

GMI-2

0/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

20%

The Worden T2108 has held and  is now back to 20%. It is very important to study carefully the quality of the next rebound.  I suspect the rebound will not break the current down-trend and that the decline will resume with a vengeance.  If the major indicators rebound to their 30 week averages, I will transfer some of my university pension money out of mutual funds and put it in money market funds. It will take a lot for me to trust any market rally. This decline is still relatively small and I have not seen enough panic to suggest a sturdy bottom.

14th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; the current mini-decline

GMI

0/6

GMI-2

0/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

17%

Isn’t it nice to be in cash on the sidelines during this decline?  The GMI issued its Sell signal on 9/26.  All of the pundits are rushing to explain the decline by things happening now.  However, the GMI picked up on a decline long before these events.  One must follow the market, not the news. The GMI will likely flash a Buy signal long before the news turns positive.  Remember how most pundits were skeptical of the market’s rise that began in 2009!

The market will retest Wednesday’s lows and I suspect even if they hold, the market will eventually go lower.  This still mini-decline could turn out to be the prologue to a major bear market. It takes a while for the 30 week average to curve down. Time will tell. Meanwhile, take a look at the weekly chart of the SPY. Note how small the current decline appears compared with the decline in 2011.

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13th day of $QQQ short term down-trend;17 green line break-out stocks

GMI

0/6

GMI-2

0/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

17%

The GMI actually registered ’0′ on Monday, but I missed it.  The QQQ has closed below its 30 week average now for two days. Since 9/26 when the GMI issued a Sell signal, the QQQ has declined -5.9%.  The SPY is down -5.2% and the DIA is down -4.5%.  Meanwhile, SQQQ (the 3X bearish QQQ ETF)  is up +18.5% during the same period. I wish I had the courage to buy SQQQ every time the GMI issues a Sell signal. Did any of you?   I will just have to wait to buy the TQQQ the next time GMI issues a Buy signal…

I love to watch the new high list when the market is declining.  Here can be found the stocks that are so good they are being supported throughout the dcline.  There were 54 new highs on Tuesday. A few of them, 17,  are above their recent green line tops:  FIZZ, SAFT, TRNO, NU, IGU, SGNT, ANCB, NFBK, CASY, BABY, APT, HPY, POR, AKR, MGEE, CCI, XEL. These stocks are near all-time highs and worth researching for possible leaders in the next market rise, which will eventually come.

12th day of $QQQ short term down-trend

GMI

1/6

GMI-2

0/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

13%

Sorry I posted late yesterday morning. If you missed that post about how I identify a bottom, please go back to that post.

Put/call ratio=1.41, bounce coming?!

11th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; How long will this market decline last?

GMI

1/6

GMI-2

0/8

What is the GMI?
 

WORDEN T2108

14%

If anyone tells me they know  when a market decline will end, I ignore them and run the other way.  The truth is that no one knows, except by chance, when a market will turn.  The market consists of millions of “voters” all betting on stocks using different strategies and each with their own tolerance for risk. In comparison, predicting political election returns appears easy! Trend followers are always  late. We get out after the market turns down and back in after it starts up. If we can trade consistent with the general market’s trend, we have a small  advantage to enable us to profit from trading.  Technical analysis gives us an edge over the others who are the equivalent of travelers in unfamiliar territory without the aid of a map or a GPS. So we watch for signs that have in the past signaled a change in trend and have worked for us.

So what do I look at for signs of a change in the market’s trend? (I have lived through many market cycles since I started trading around 1964.)

1. Stage analysis a la Stan Weinstein.  Stage analysis has been the major strategy that I used to get me out of the market in 2000 and 2008 and back in after the market turned. We are still in a Stage 2 up-trend in the DIA, SPY and QQQ. However, the SPY and DIA have now closed below their critical 30 week averages for the first time in over a year. The QQQ may follow them below its 30 week average in the coming week.  If they remain below these averages and the averages turn down, the market could be at the beginning of a major Stage 4 decline.  I will look for that and if it occurs, will transfer my pension money out of mutual funds and into money market funds in stages.  My more nimble trading accounts are already in cash.

2. GMI  My GMI flashed a Sell signal in late September and that is when I started to move into cash in my trading accounts. The GMI measures 6 indicators that have helped me to stay on the right side of the market over the years. If the GMI goes to “0″ we will be that much closer to a Stage 4 decline. The GMI is typically on a “Buy” signal for so long, that it makes sense to me to be long in the market only during those times. Why fight the market trend?  So I will look to go long individual stocks again when the GMI closes above 3 (of 6) for two consecutive days= Buy signal.

3. The Worden T2108 acts as a pendulum of market extremes.  It measures the percentage of all NYSE stocks that closed above their simple  average price over the past 40 days. When T2108 is above 80% that is usually as good as it gets and I look for a decline or leveling off in the market. When T2108 gets to single digits, a rare event, it reflects a deeply oversold market and I should be looking to get back in only via a general market index ETF, like SPY. The market always comes back, but not all individual stocks do.  So it is a good idea for me to buy a small amount of SPY and to add to it if the bottom holds. The T2108 closed Friday at 14%. In 2013, the lowest it reached was 13%. During a relatively large decline in 2011 it reached 7%. When T2108 gets into single digits the business news is quite bad.  At that time I must fight my emotions and “fly on instruments” and make an initial small investment in the index ETF whiles I grit my teeth and hold my nose.  The key is to start small and add only at higher prices if the bottom holds. Alternatively and much less stressful, I can just wait for the new Stage 2 advance to begin before I wade back in.

4. I watch the daily put/call ratio.  When it gets close to 1.2, the market at least bounces. A ratio of 1.2 means that 120 put options were traded for every 100 call options traded that day. This means that option traders are extremely bearish and the market usually confounds these people by moving up.  Think of it as a “contrary” indicator, like most other investor sentiment measures. On Friday, IBD says the ratio reached 1.16.

5. IBD Market Pulse.  I never made money trading until I started reading IBD in the 1980′s. IBD is the technical analyst’s newspaper. IBD publishes their market pulse in the paper every day.  Their methodology is very good and in contrast to the other major business papers and establishment  media, IBD will actually advise their readers to get out of the market. William O’Neil’s book (How to make money…) is listed to the right of this page and is literally a users manual for his newspaper, IBD. My university class has this book as required reading. IBD has called the market in a correction for almost as long as the GMI has been on its recent Sell signal. (We employ different technical strategies for assessing the market’s trend, yet we frequently agree.)

6. The final point I like to remember is that unless there are significant adverse tax consequences or mutual fund penalties from timing the market, there is no reason that I should not exit the market if I am uncomfortable. The media try to scare us into staying invested, perhaps because the amount of assets they manage for us usually determines the amount of management fees they take. They warn that if one gets out of the market, one will likely miss the bottom.  The way I look at it is if I get out of a fund at price “X” and the value of my fund  declines, as long as I get back in lower then X, I come out ahead. I therefore do not have to get back in at the exact bottom, and I get to sleep more soundly and watch from the sidelines as the decline continues……..

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