All World Stock Markets entering BWR Down-trends! I am in cash and monitoring T2108


I assume that most  U.S. part-time traders, like me, tend to monitor  closely the U.S. stock indexes. I have been writing that the major indexes I follow (DIA, QQQ, SPY and NYSE) appear to be entering major down-trends, showing the RWB pattern I invented by modifying GMMA weekly charts. My charts have 12 exponential weekly moving averages, a band of 6 shorter averages plotted in red, and a band of six longer term averages in blue. A strong up-trend is evident when all of the red lines are well above the rising blue lines such that there is a white band separating them. I call this an RWB pattern, Red/White/Blue. A significant down-trend is evident when the reverse is true, giving a BWR pattern. I also include in my charts a gray dotted line that shows the weekly close of the index being plotted. This more recent price line (gray dotted line) tends to lead the averages.

The past few weeks I have been showing you that the U.S. indexes I follow have been transitioning from a multi-year strong RWB up-trend into a BWR down-trend. This is clearly evident in this weekly chart of the SPY. The NYSE index, composed of large multi-national stocks, is in a fully formed BWR down-trend.



All of the other U.S. indexes I follow have  patterns  similar to the SPY, although the QQQ, shown below, composed of nonfinancial tech stocks,  is  less far along than the others in forming a BWR pattern. It is clear from these charts that these markets have come out of a  multi-year RWB up-trend. In an RWB the gray dotted line is largely above the red averages, showing that the direction is headed up. In a BWR down-trend the reverse is true. Note that the gray dotted lines in the above two charts are now below all 12 averages, signalling a deepening down-trend. One  sign of a new up-trend would be if the gray dotted line were to close back above all 12 averages, although I prefer to see the full RWB pattern develop before I trade big with a changed trend. My primary conclusion is that the RWB pattern (bull advance) of the lest few years in the U.S. markets  is clearly over and no one  knows when it will come back. Is it too late to sell?  Sorry, no one knows.


The above discussion would have been my routine analysis of the markets. But given the current market turmoil and the primary cause being ascribed to the market in China, I thought I would look at the chart patterns of markets world-wide. I examined 37 ETFs representing markets across the world. With the exceptions of the markets in Belgium and Ireland, all markets I examined were in well developed BWR down-trends!  Can we legitimately blame all of this on China? I will post just a few representative examples below.





RussiaSouth Africa:

SouthAfricaUnited Kingdom:








SwedenChina 25:

ChinaI am not an expert on world markets. Maybe one of you can comment on these relationships. Is it really possible that all world markets are going down because of the China market? I suspect not. There is probably another factor driving all of these markets? Deflating commodities?

Did similar relationships occur in 2008? Not all of these ETFs existed in 2008. When I looked back at the patterns across a few countries in 2008 I again saw tremendous similarity across the markets. That does not necessarily mean that we are entering  another crisis like the one  in 2008? Nevertheless, the possible implications of these charts concern me more than a little……..

My GMI remains on a Sell signal with all indicators negative. Where is the bottom? A major past signal of  panic-induced market bottoms that I have noticed is when the Worden T2108 indicator, now 15,  falls into single digits. The monthly chart below shows that T2108 reached 1 at the 2008 bottom,  7 in 2011 and around 6 last August. I post T2108 each day, to the right of this page.

If T2108 goes below 10, I hope to hold my nose and move some cash into an index ETF (SPY or QQQ) or an index mutual fund. I will then only average up if the market continues to recover. I make this promise each time we have a large decline but seldom keep it! At the bottom the market always looks too scary to buy…..




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GMI back to 0 (of 6); Why I heed my General Market Indicator (GMI)


My QQQ short term trend indicator is back to a down-trend, after only 2 days of an up-trend. This indicator is focused on the very short term trend and is different from the GMI. I have said that I trust a change in my short term trend direction only after it lasts 5 days. Below are daily charts of the QQQ, colored according to the GMI Buy (green) and Sell (red) signals. While not perfect, the GMI gets me out of significant down-trends and back in during up-trends. Note that the GMI has been on a Sell signal since the market close on August 24. I am mainly in cash in all of my accounts. (Click on charts to enlarge.)





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Is worst of stock market decline over? I’m not betting on it…..


Wouldn’t you know that the extreme market action would occur just after I went on vacation? I was not surprised by the down market last Monday. When stocks have a bad week and end on a down note on Friday, people get scared over the weekend and sell on Monday morning.   The depth of the Monday flash crash was very scary, however,   and will probably affect the market for some time. It is interesting to me how few commentators are stressing the utter failure of the exchanges to have an orderly market open on Monday morning! Fortunately, as my readers should know, I have been exiting the market for weeks. I have been 90%+ in cash and am now 100% in cash in my trading accounts.

I listened to the CNBC market pundits occasionally for entertainment, not to follow their advice. I discovered this   neat site while looking for the famous quote in October 1929 by the economist of the day who said the market had reached a permanent high plateau, just before the   October 1929 great crash! In searching for the quote, I found this site which shows graphically how wrong the economists, businessmen and politicians   at the time were about the future impact of the October 1929 decline on business and the stock market. Note the assertions similar to those we heard this week,   that business was good and would not be affected by the market action. Note also that the October 1929 crash was only the first leg down of a multiyear decline that bottomed out in 1932 with the Dow below 50 during the Great Depression. I show my students a more recent example of the sagacity of market pundits during Enron’s dissent from $90 to 0.   The great Wall Street stock firms kept recommending that their clients buy or hold Enron stock as it fell to nothing. After seeing that example, my students have a healthy skepticism for   most brokers’ advice. As I warn them, their broker will make them broker. So it did not surprise me when I listened to the CNBC pundits in recent days saying that the market decline had nothing to do with business conditions, which look just fine to them now. History does not exactly repeat it just rhymes…

The huge Boomer bulge in the population has driven cultural events all of my life, from turning our parents to read Dr. Spock for child rearing advice, to the hippie culture of the 60’s,   the boom in college enrollment, and to the huge economic boom of the 80’s and 90’s as the Boomers reached peak earning power grew their families. Now we Boomers are heading toward retirement. Most have mainly Social Security and 401 (K) earnings to sustain us. What do you think the Boomers are going to do with their pension investments after last week’s market action? I suggest many will reduce their exposure to stocks, and cut spending on luxuries and big ticket items. Money protected in low yielding CDs and even savings accounts is safer and more attractive than money invested in stocks and even ETFs. So, right or wrong, I suspect that we will see Boomers exiting the market, especially if the indexes retrace a little more of this vicious decline and they can get out near their recent account balance highs. If the markets start to fall again and break last week’s lows, I fear we will see a   protracted decline that will extend for months and thousands of Dow points. Bear markets used to last 10 months.

While all of my trading accounts are in cash, I am less able to time the market in my pension mutual funds in my 401 (K). However, I will likely transfer even these funds into money market funds in the coming days or weeks. I would rather miss a further 5-10% rise than sit through a possible 20-40% decline. The GMI has now been 0 (of 6) for the past 5 days. The last time the GMI was zero for so many days was last October. That decline ended and a nice rally began that lasted thorough this summer. But compare the depth of the QQQ’s decline last October to the debacle that just occurred. The technical break-down is far greater (no, this weekly chart is not wrong). I therefore would not expect a quick resumption of the up-trend, although as we know, anything is possible when it comes to the market. If the QQQ fails to retake its 30 week moving average (red solid line) like it did quickly last October, the recent decline could be just the beginning of something nasty.   Being in the seasonally weak part of the year for the market (September/October) and with the Fed   likely to start raising rates by year end, I think this is not the time for me to be bravely in the market on the long side. I hope I am wrong, but I am a chicken when it comes to my investments.

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10th day of $QQQ short term up-trend; $AAPL leading market higher; 5 GLB stocks; GLB in IPOs


With AAPL showing strength, it looks like this market will move higher. Check out AAPL’s daily chart.

AAPL05222015And its strong RWB pattern.


Stocks are breaking through their green line tops to all-time highs. Like SYNA



IMAX05222015And MGA

MGA05222015And TCX

TCX05222015And CTRP

CTRP05222015I like to hold stocks that break up through their green line tops (GLB) as long as they stay above their green lines.

A green line top occurs when a stock reaches an all-time high that it does not exceed for at least 3 months. By definition, an IPO may not have existed long enough to rest for 3 months. I rediscovered what Jesse Livermore once wrote. If an IPO opens strong and then recedes from its peak for a few weeks, buy it when it breaks to a new high.   As Jesse said, it means something has changed. FB did this quite a while ago, although it took it almost two years until 2013 (monthly chart) to hit a new high.

FB05222015SHAK flashed the buy signal much more quickly, after 12 weeks (weekly chart). It pays to watch the IPOs for this truncated GLB pattern.


The GMI remains at 6 (of 6).



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An important limitation of the GMI signals


I have found that since 2006, the GMI has done a good job of keeping me on the side of the general market trend. It is my cardinal rule to trade consistent with the market trend.   While the GMI has helped me to exit the market in prior major declines, I have discovered an important limitation while examining GMMA charts. From the GMMA chart of the QQQ below, I can see that since early 2014, the GMI has issued 7 separate Sell signals (red arrows) followed by 7 Buy signals (green arrows). However, during this entire time the QQQ has remained in a strong RWB up-trend, with all of the shorter term averages (red) above the rising longer term averages (blue)!

QQQGMMA02202015It is clear to me that a GMI Sell signal should only be used by me   for short term trading decisions. Last week I posted that prior major market tops have been signaled when the shorter averages declined below the longer term averages. I should therefore probably remain invested long term in the market (at least in my university pension account) as long as the RWB pattern is in place, even when the GMI signals Sell. I am reinvesting my pension funds back into mutual funds. In the future I will use the GMI signals only to guide my shorter term trading in my more speculative accounts. I will heed the GMMA chart for longer term trends. One must never stop learning and adapting when it comes to the markets….

The GMI remains at 6 (of 6).


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6th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; 11 Biotechs with green line break-outs: $ARDX,$VRTX,$AGIO,$UTHR,$RCPT,$ESPR,$OVAS,$PTCT,$CMRX,$BSTC,$TTPH


The GMI remains on a Sell signal and I remain largely in cash and hedged.   I do hold a few biotech stocks, see discussion below. This market is rebounding from a high volume decline. It remains to be seen whether this rebound will retake prior peaks or falter somewhere before. This week is very critical for determining the significance of this bounce. I would want to see the QQQ close the week above 99.30.   The QQQ is now below its 10 week average and I cannot make money on the long side when this is so.   There were 50 52-week highs and 134 new lows on Friday.   One possible sign of a meaningful bounce was the fact that the Worden T2108 hit an intraday low of 13% on Thursday.   That is a very oversold level. Put/call ratios were also over 1.0, signalling extreme bearishness among option traders. IBD sees the market in a correction. However, it is just impossible to know in advance whether we have a “dead cat bounce” or a meaningful bottom. I will start to buy the TQQQ when and if the QQQ short term trend turns up….


Meanwhile, my readers know that I have been focusing on the bio-tech area.   There are so many discoveries occurring in   drug research that this is one area that can buck the market trend. I have been scanning bio-techs each day for high volume break-outs.   I then look at monthly charts to see whether each is near a “green line break-out” to an all-time high. When a stock breaks above a high multi-month (at least 3 month) base, it often means something important is occurring within the company. Here are some weekly graphs of biotech stocks that have come to my attention.   Somewhere among these may be a company with the next new cure for a major disease. These companies are worthy of further research ( a review of recent news stories often explains why the stock surged) and monitoring for possible purchase. If any of these decline below their green line, I   become less interested in them. One approach I like is to buy a few shares (up to 25) of each just to keep them on my radar screen.   I   then slowly add more to those that prove themselves and exit those that fail. I am looking for multi-month or year long moves, not for a short bounce. Click on a chart to enlarge.

ARDXwkly VRTXwkly AGIOwkly UTHRwkly RCPTwkly ESPRwkly OVASwkly PTCTwkly CMRXwkly BSTCwkly TTPHwkly

When a stock breaks out of a monthly, green line top to an all-time high it can be the beginning of a huge move.   As an example, look at this monthly chart of AMGN in 2012. Note also what happened after a failed green line break-out in 2006. When a stock comes back below its green line, it is a sign for caution. But a stock can fail, find support at the break-out, and then resume its rise.




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This market is not out of the woods; Finding bio-tech stars like $AGIO and $VRTX


The GMI now registers 1 and flashed a Sell signal as of Friday’s close and my QQQ short term trend   has turned down.   Sometimes these changes in short term trend do not persist for more than a day or two, so I watch the market action very closely.     There are a lot of other technical indicators that make me very cautious this week.   The QQQ is sitting on its 10 week average.   A weekly close below it (about 98) would be a significant sign of a weakening in the   longer term trend. Failure of the bounce back above its daily 15.2 BB would be a serious sign of short term weakness. Both of these areas of support remain around 97.80-98.   I always look for a close below important support levels before I act.   I therefore restrict most of my daily trading to around 3:45 PM when I can estimate where things will close.   If I trade earlier in the day I am often whipsawed by the action. IBD still sees the up-trend under pressure, another sign for me to be cautious. There were 46 new highs and 214 new lows on Friday, the opposite of what I would expect from a healthy rising market. Again, the action was different for tech stocks versus other stocks:   63% of all stocks rose Friday compared with 91% of the Nasdaq 100 non-financial tech stocks. On the plus side, the T2108 is now at 25%, closer to where bounces occur and the put/call ratios have been above 1 for two days……..

Four Nasdaq 100 stocks have a 15.4 daily stochastic above 80, representing recent price strength. They are VRTX, SIAL, FB, EBAY. While a reading above 80 is often considered over bought, strong stocks can remain at this level for long periods. The signal I watch for is a decline in the stochastic below 80 after being above for a number of days.

I don’t often nail a break-out, but did you see what AGIO did on Friday after I had posted about it Thursday night?


I had no inside information. I just let the technical indicators and the news alert me that something was up. I learned from my stock buddy, Judy, who picks a lot of biotech winners, that one can learn a lot by reading news reports about drug companies’ promising clinical trials and scheduled presentations.   Being in the research field, I know that one schedules public presentations to highlight good research results. The astute reader might have read last week that AGIO has a big presentation coming up about their research on new drugs they are developing. And while it pains me to say it, Jim Cramer has been crowing about AGIO.

I run a TC2000 scan every night for bio-tech stocks that have advanced that day on unusually high volume. Then Judy goes to work researching them to uncover the gems. The unusual trading volume is a clue to finding bio-tech   gems like AGIO and even VRTX before they take off. The exciting money to be made is in the revolution occurring in drug development.

VRTXcluesNow, I know that some of you are going to write me to request the stocks that came up in my bio-tech scan from last night. If I listed the stocks, I suspect some people would just buy them and not do the due diligence to uncover the probable winners. And this, even though the market up-trend is in doubt!   The scan did uncover 7 stocks (XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX). You will just have to stay tuned to see if I write about them–after doing the necessary research. I maintain a growing watch list of all stocks that have recently been detected by this bio-tech scan. I monitor them over time for signs of strength and news….

This week is critical for telling me the market’s probable trend. So I am unlikely to buy anything right now. Will Friday’s rebound hold???




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