To be successful in the market, I have to block out all other opinions and look at what the market is telling me. The market successfully tested support last week and the 30 week averages for the SPY, QQQQ and DIA are turning up. This is a classic Weinstein Stage 2 pattern. I get out of the market when the 30 week averages turn down and back in when they turn up. I know this seems simplistic and naive, BUT IT WORKS!! It keeps me on the right side of the market’s primary trend. And 70-80% of stocks follow the general market’s trend–end of story. The GMI is in an up-trend mode, going between 4 and 5.
There were 32 new lows on Friday in my universe of 4,000 stocks, the largest number since March 12th! There were only 9 new highs. Friday was the 5th day of the new QQQQ short term down-trend. Why try to fight the down-trend when one can sit calmly on the sidelines? The major positive I still see is that the longer term averages I follow are still curving up. If they should be violated on the down side, I will even go to cash again in my university pension. I remain only 15% invested there. Meanwhile, The GMI
My short term indicators are weakening and a lower close of the QQQQ on Monday would bring the GMI to 2. I am very defensive right now. Only 7 new highs and 9 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Thursday. The Worden T2108 indicator is now down to 41% and will have to fall below 20 to be in possible bottom territory.
The rally in strong stocks as part of mutual fund window dressing will end by Tuesday. Then we wait for earnings to drive stocks.
The market held by the end of last week and I am getting more bullish. This is because we appear to be at the beginning of a significant turn up in the QQQQ. According to Weinstein’s stage analysis, the QQQQ is beginning a Stage 2 up-trend, as shown by the fact that its 30 week average is now starting to curve up. This is the sine qua non (I went to Boston Latin School) of a bull move. Weinstein’s stage analysis (note his classic book, to the lower right) is the most important way for me to determine the trend of individual stocks and the general market. By staying out of the market during aStage 4 declines (like the one we just finished) one can put the odds in favor of one’s portfolio’s long term growth. The GMI, which includes this measure from stage analysis, remains at 4 (of 6).