$QQQ short term up-trend holds but GMI turns Red; $MNST bounces and $ATHM has GLB


The QQQ short term up-trend held on Friday. However, the GMI has turned Red. I revised Thursday’s GMI to 2, when I discovered that its IBD mutual fund component had turned negative. With Friday’s GMI reading of 2, it triggered a Red signal. In recent years, a GMI of Red has sometimes occurred briefly at the bottom of a decline, so we will have to wait to see what happens this time. When the GMI reads 0, I become very defensive. Furthermore, the put/call ratio was 1.14 on Friday, indicating a significant amount of bearishness among options traders, which usually occurs a day or so before the markets bounce. The QQQ found support on its daily 15.2 lower BB (and 50 day average) on Friday, see daily chart below. If QQQ holds above 140.89, I suspect we will get a decent bounce.

Another stock that bounced last week from its lower BB and 50 day average and may move on to a GLB to an all-time high is MNST. I nibbled at MNST on Friday and placed a sell stop below Friday’s low.

During weak markets, few stocks hit new all-time highs and it is easier to identify possible leaders. As this weekly chart shows, ATHM had a GLB last week on above average volume. ATHM is likely extended now, and I will wait for a good entry, if this market holds.


The GMI registered below 3 for two consecutive days, triggering a change to Red.




$AAOI and $INGN get hit, beware September/October


When you get la leading stock like AAOI suddenly collapsing it suggests to me that there are more air pockets that will burst.

And look at INGN

I know that the trend in the averages remains up. But with so many stocks collapsing as they announce earnings, I think that we will have a rough post earnings period coming up. September can be a cruel month for bulls. I remain in cash in my trading accounts but 100% invested in my university pension.

Warnings signs appear for the $QQQ; GLB: $BCO


While the GMI remains Green and the QQQ short term trend remains up (U-12, see table below), I am concerned by the lack of follow-through on a lot of GLBs (green line break-outs) recently and the number of high volume down days on the QQQ. Look at this daily chart of the QQQ. Most of the high volume days have been down days (red spikes).

These are what IBD calls distribution days. They can signal a top. And once earnings are out, we will enter the post-earnings lull when the market often weakens. I have seen a lot of declines in September/October. While I still hold some small long positions, I will run quickly if they falter. People have become complacent and now think that the market must always rise. I have been watching the markets since the 1960s and have seen repeatedly that the good times eventually end. The real winning traders are those who protect their accounts when the market declines.

Almost every stock that came up on my scans this weekend reports earnings this week. I will therefore not list them. Here is one stock that reported good earnings last week that is flying high on marihuana and had a GLB (breaking its 2008 peak). While TC2000 sent me my programmed alert of this GLB  after Wednesday’s open, I was away and missed the break-out. I think BCO is still worth watching now that it is smoking….

Wha a nice weekly yellowband advancing pattern! Is BCO too high or on a roll?

Here is the GMI table.



TC2000 Scan for bounce up off of support; $PETS unleashed? $CBOE yellowband


I created a new scan in TC2000 that looks for stocks that have bounced up off of 3 daily indicators of support/over-sold within the past few days. The stock must also have closed at least 50% above its lowest price of the last 250 days and be currently above $15. There are also other criteria in this scan. This scan of 4,800 U.S. stocks this weekend yielded 8 candidates: SRPT, INDB, ONCE, PETS, BATRA, ALNY, WEN, NCLH. Of all, I like PETS best. It had a high volume GLB to an all-time high (ATH) in May and has finally rested/consolidated. It has also doubled the past year and had a recent EPS +37% and an IBD Composite rating = 96 and RS= 98.

This weekly chart also shows a powerful rising yellowband pattern with the stock repeatedly closing above its 10 week average (dotted line) which is well above its rising 30 week average (red line).

Unfortunately, PETS reports earnings on Monday morning. Should have run this scan Friday afternoon. What to do?  Buy PETS a collar?!

ALNY, a bio-tech and a long time Judy favorite, also came up on this scan. But I have too many bio-techs already, and they are so volatile…If you would like to run this scan yourself and you have TC2000, I added it to my free club (Scan 07202017three…) which can be accessed at www.wishingwealthblog.com/club or at the link at the top of this blog…

I also manually looked at stocks that hit all-tme highs Friday or were close to a GLB. Here are some worthy of research:NRE,TBK,RGA,PODD,ELMD,EXPD,NDAQ,AAAP,ABBV,CSRA,AGO. When I noticed that NDAQ is on the list I looked at a weekly chart of CBOE. Note the strong rising yellowband pattern since its GLB in December. How did I miss this?

All of my GMI and GMI-2 indicators are positive. The earnings inspired rally has begun.








Some of William O’Neil’s wisdom exemplified by the great traders I watched; GMI is Green

“Another way to use the tape productively is to review a comprehensive graph book every week and make a list of stocks that meet your technical plus fundamental selection criteria.
      Then jot down the pivot price where you would consider buying. Also write down the average daily volume for each stock on your prospect list.
      Keep this shopping list with you every day for the next couple of weeks when you are watching the ticker tape or the market. In time, one or two of the stocks on your prospect list will begin prancing all over the tape and will approach your buy point. This is the time to get ready to make a possible buy decision—if the stock trades at your buy price and you conclude the day’s volume will be up at least 50% above average. Generally, the more demand for a stock at the buy point, the better.”
                                           William, J. O’Neil, How To Make Money in Stocks, 1st edition revised, 1988, p.197
In preparing for yesterday’s exciting AAII DC Metro workshop with the talented option educator, Dr. Alan Ellman, I reviewed a lot of sources that had influenced my trading career. The above quote from the great trader and founder of IBD, William O’Neil, caught my eye and really captured the way I saw the great traders Mark Minervini and David Ryan, trade at their extraordinary annual workshop. Note that this quote was written long before we all had the super computers with which to review our charts, monitor volume and set alerts. It also references technical and fundamental criteria.
The approach here is very different than just scanning the market real time and buying something that looks good. This more reasoned approach suggests that during the unemotional calm of the weekend or night before trading, review stocks that are setting up and have the technical and fundamental characteristics that one values. This strategy assumes that one’s trading is rule based and systematic, guided by specific criteria. Then make a small list of candidates to monitor for a break-out on above average volume. One can then pull the trigger quickly. (I use TC2000 to alert me when a stock on my list is having a GLB on unusually high daily volume—volume buzz.) When I attended the Minervini workshop last October and watched Mark and David Ryan trade real time, I saw that both men showed extreme discipline, and when neither of them found a stock on their watch lists that met their criteria that day, they just sat tight–Wow!!!
How many of us think we have to buy something every day and get seduced by the action? These men, and the great Nicolas Darvas and, I suspect, many great traders, have the patience to wait for a stock to meet their stringent criteria before they risk their money.  Food for thought….
The GMI is back to 6 (of 6) and Green. By the way, I updated my list of GLB stocks on my site.

See you at AAII DC July 15 workshop; $QQQ $SPY $DIA $XAR yellowband charts; GMI=Red


I will be sharing the platform with Alan Ellman at the DC AAII workshop on July 15. Alan is an expert on teaching people how to use options for generating income. Many of his terrific books are listed on my site. Alan’s site is here. I will be talking about assessing the market and picking GLB growth stocks in a yellowband up-trend that might be useful for people applying Alan’s techniques. Alan is a retired dentist and real estate investor who taught himself successful stock investing and has specialized in teaching people how to use options for income. He is a very engaging and passionate speaker about this topic and I thoroughly enjoy listening to him. You may also get an opportunity to meet my stock buddy, Judy.

The market is divided again short term but all 3 index ETFs remain in longer term Stage 2 up-trends, above their rising 30 week averages (red line). The SPY and DIA also remain above their critical 10 week averages (dotted line). But the QQQ is now below this important level and the GMI has now turned Red. If I had to guess at the resolution, I would say that tech stocks have completed their post earnings release lull swoon and are setting up a rise into release of 2nd quarter earnings. I would therefore not be surprised to see a rebound this month. But my job is to follow the trend and not try to predict it. So my approach is to be defensive yet ready to move up with the market if growth stocks move up.

Here is the yellowband chart of QQQ. Note recent red volume spikes and QQQ closed below 10 week average (dotted line).

SPY remains above 10 week average.

DIA looks strongest.

In this pugnacious world environment, the defense stock ETF, XAR, is hitting all-time highs, after its GLB last November.

The GMI= 2 and has now been below 3 for two consecutive days, triggering a Red signal. A Red signal can often come at the bottom of a decline and may not persist. A GMI= 0 is a much more significant sign of weakness fir me. All 8 of my more sensitive indicators in the GMI2, focusing mainly on the QQQ, are negative.




Green Line Break-outs (GLB), the sine qua non of rocket stocks; $SHOP, $SQ, $BABA, $Z, $FB, $BZUN

The book that changed my trading life was the one listed to the lower right by Nicolas Darvas, How I made $2,000,000….. That book, which I discovered in the 1960’s, taught me to abandon buying stocks that were cheap and trading at new lows and instead to focus on stocks at all-time highs. While this strategy seems counterintuitive, we all want bargains, it makes sense with stocks. We all want to buy a stock that goes to the moon. On its way to the moon it must be gaining altitude and repeatedly hitting new highs. In the appendix to his highly popular book, Darvas answered a question from a reader about whether a stock he bought needed to always be at an all-time high–his reply, no exceptions to this criterion. Another little known Darvas criterion was that a stock must have already doubled in the past year. As with human beings, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

So for many years, I have looked for stocks hitting all-time highs. William O’Neil and David Ryan have both mentioned Darvas’ book as one of the few that influenced them. IBD often departs from the all-time high requirement, however. I depart from Darvas’ strategy too. Darvas bought rising stocks breaking out of trading ranges, or boxes,  defined by daily prices. That approach did not work well for me because it led to a lot of whip-sawing of prices. After studying monthly charts in the 80’s, I noticed that many growth stocks hit a new high on a monthly chart, rested a few months, and then when they broke through their former historic peaks often went on to huge gains.

Hence I invented the concept of the green line break-out (GLB). On a monthly chart I draw a horizontal green line at the historic peak that month after the stock has failed to surpass it for at least 3 months (or 3 bars on a monthly bar chart). In other words, the stock has gone up to a new historic high and then rested/consolidated for 3 consecutive months. I maintain a watch list of stocks with green lines drawn in and program TC2000 to alert me immediately when a stock exceeds that line. I only buy a GLB if it occurs with above average trading volume and the stock must go on to close above the green line. If it closes back below the green line at anytime afterwards, I exit. If it retakes the green line I often buy it back. (I do not worry about wash sales in my tax deferred IRA). Stocks often retrace and retest the green line. Of course I consider other technical and fundamental  characteristics to select which GLB stock I want to purchase. But that is what my students learn over a 14 week semester course. I cannot predict which GLBs will succeed. That is why it is critical to exit if the stock closes back below the green line.

Jesse Livermore wrote that if a recent IPO formed a base and then went on to an all-time high that was a screaming buy. I find that is often true if I can find a GLB for a stock that came public in the past few years, rested, and then broke out. Here are some monthly charts of some examples of GLBs.

It even worked for FB in 2013, which went on to several other GLBs.

Will it work for BZUN?

At the side of this blog post is a list of GLB stocks that have worked out. I do not know the percentage of GLBs that succeed, but they do better if the GMI (General Market Index)  is on a Green signal. I often tweet out possible GLBs intraday, follow me at @WishingWealth

And the GMI is at 2 (of 6) and Green could flash Red with a weak day on Monday. The QQQ is now back below its 10 week average (blue dotted line), an ominous sign. And this break occurred on very high down volume.