Going on vacation; GMI: +6; Concerns–froth and interest rates; short FRE; Cramer’s mutt–NLY

I started this blog in April and have been posting every market day.  The blog helps me to organize my thoughts and trading, and your many comments empower me.  I am taking a vacation for the next week and a half.  I will post again between August 12-14.  I wish all of you well during this period and hope you will join me when I return.  I will be monitoring my email while I am gone.  So feel free to send me your thoughts and questions.  I will not have my complete charting program with me, however.  By the way, anyone who does not want to purchase TC2005 yet can plot the moving averages I have been discussing by going to the free interactive charts at www.bigcharts.com and choosing the 2 moving average chart option.

The GMI remains strong, but I sense some cracks in individual stocks.  Gmi729 Yes, there were 452 new highs today, but only 74 successful 10 day new highs–60% of the 123 new highs 10 days ago closed higher today than 10 days ago.  This is the lowest number of successful 10 day highs since the QQQQ rally began 16 days ago.  Only 20%-25% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 advanced today.  The QQQQ rally is in day 16 (U-16). 

Remember that the GMI will not catch the top.  It tells us when we can be fairly certain that the trend of the general market has already turned.  So the GMI can be +6 and the market could still be forming a top.  So what bothers me?  First, stocks are jumping up too quickly.  Look at WFMI, ISRG, NDAQ, NTRI.  Good news comes out and stocks immediately gap higher.  After a significant decline, people are cautious and take profits quickly.  Thus few stocks have sustained or large rises.  After a period  of recovery when the prior decline becomes a distant memory, people take bigger chances.  It looks to me like we are in a period when people will make sudden impulsive wagers in order to catch rising stocks.  When stocks start to rise that way I become more cautious. (Watch for a close of the QQQQ below its 10 day average, currently around 39.40.)

The other thing that bothers me is the rising interest rates and oil prices.  We often have a rally during earnings season in an economic recovery as people try to anticipate good reports or buy after good news.  Earnings release time is now almost over and we move into the post-earnings lull when the media and traders will focus on the Fed and the business news.  What particularly concerns me is the rise in longer term rates.  I have been showing you how the short term interest rate indicator has been hitting new highs almost daily.  But now the longer term bonds are beginning to crack.    Tlt729 Look at the Naked Chart (see yesterday’s post for an explanation of this type of chart) of TLT, that tracks the 20+ year treasury bonds.  The rise in the bonds appears to be over as the dotted line (10 day average) crosses below the red line (30 day average).  A falling index means higher interest rates are in store.

Remember I told you a few days ago that I thought FNM and FRE looked sick.  Their charts are mirror images of each other. Look at FRE, which I own puts on.  Fre729 The stock is declining and the 10 day average (dotted line) has now crossed below the 30 day average (red line).   By the way, check out Jim Cramer’s "Best of Breed" in this sector, NLY.  Sure hope you did not follow his recommendation on this mutt!Nly729  Now, what are these mortgage investment stocks telling us about interest rates and the housing market? I suggest to you that it is not good news…………..

So, while I still am mainly long stocks, I have taken short positions in some stocks (FRE, NKE, PNRA) that look particularly weak to me.  While I am away, I will move my sell stops on my longs up just in case we do go into a post earnings release decline.  I hope you all prosper during the coming days in our summer of ’05 as we approach  that fabulous month for bears–October………………………………

Please send me your feedback at: silentknight@wishingwealthblog.com.

Another strong day; GMI: +6 and its track record; Benefits of naked charts; Some Darvas type stocks

Another strong day. There were 522 new highs and only 15 new lows.  61% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks, 76% of the S&P 500 and 83% of the Dow 30 stocks advanced today.  Yes, even the Dow stocks are finally moving up.  The GMI remains at +6 and has been so since this uptrend began on July 8.  Gmichanges728 The chart (click on it to enlarge) shows the changes that have occurred in the GMI since I began posting it in April.  Note that the GMI registered a maximum +6 on July 8 when the QQQQ closed at 37.77.  In this rise as in the prior May rally the QQQQ consistently closed above its rising 10 day moving average (the dotted line).  Since July 8 the QQQQ has closed above its 10 day every day.  Hint: When is the market weakening? Wait for a close below the dotted line.  To make $$$ in this rise one merely could have bought the QQQQ on July 8 or 9 and held on.  Aggressive traders could have bought call options on the QQQQ and made a killing.  Why mess around with individual stocks when one can merely trade this index? Until the 10 day average tops out, I see no reason not to be long Nasdaq 100 type stocks.  As I said weeks ago, if the train is moving in the direction I want to go, I don’t argue with it–hop on.  I can always jump off when it changes direction.  I ignore the economy and the machinations of the pundits and economists—I just follow the dotted line……………………..

Speaking of dotted lines.  I am now going to show you a most unorthodox "Naked Chart.Googunorthodox" This

chart contains 2 moving averages without the daily prices.  The dotted line is the 10 day average and the red line is the 30 day average.  Now it does not take a rocket scientist to see that one could have made a handsome profit by buying when the dotted blue line crossed above the red line. One might even say that the prices obscure the trend.  The trend is sure apparent here, isn’t it?  Fortunately, TC2005 allows me to make any indicator invisible while letting the data be used in the chart.  Do you think you might have been able to hang on to this stock and not be shaken out?  Can you guess what stock this is?  Take a look below.  It’s our friend, GOOG!  Note how the chart with the prices visible actually obscures the pattern of the moving averages.   Goog728 Maybe we could all trade more calmly if we just focused on the two moving averages in Naked Charts.  Even if we can’t avoid looking at the prices, one rule that could be taken from this exercise is to only go long stocks when their 10 day average is above their rising 30 day average.  In case you think this technique only works well for GOOG, take a look at this past winner.  TASR topped out in early 2005 around 33 after doubling in about 4 months.  Here is what the daily 2 average Naked Chart looks like.  Tasr728 Can you see the sell signal at the top?…………………………..

I told you before that the great Nicolas Darvas (see his books listed at right) looked for stocks hitting new highs that have doubled in the past year.  Here is a list of stocks that hit new highs today, doubled in the past year and had triple digit increases in earnings in the most recent quarter listed by TC2005:  NPSN,ATPG,CNXS,ISRG,TZIX,PLCC,TS,NTRI,HP,SWB,FORD,ATRO,USAK,LAN,

POT,JLG,LIFC,HOLX,BTJ,BTU.  This would be an excellent watchlist to research to find the next big market winner–as long as the GMI holds up.

I introduced some new ideas tonight.  I would greatly appreciate your comments.  Please send me your feedback at: silentknight@wishingwealthblog.com.