The NAAIM Indicator Wall: Is It Time To Go The Other Way?

By: National Association of Active Investment Managers

Updated: 12.16.18

The NAAIM Indicator Wall provides a weekly update to a robust array of stock market indicators. The “wall” includes readings and explanations of indicators and/or models in the areas of price/trend, momentum, key price levels, overbought/sold readings, sentiment, monetary, economic, inflation, and market cycles.

This week, we’re featuring the “Early Warning” Indicator Board, which is a group of indicators designed to suggest when the market may be ripe for a reversal on a short-term basis.

The key point at this time is that despite all the negativity in the market, our “early warning” indicators are suggesting that conditions for a bounce are definitely improving.

Note: The Indicator Wall is a benefit provided to NAAIM Members and is password protected. To obtain a temporary password, contact NAAIM at 888-261-0787.

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Ugliness for the Bulls Rolls On. May Need More Panic

By: Paul Schatz, Heritage Capital LLC

Published: 12.18.18

Today, as I sit on the train to New York, I am thinking that Friday and Monday were downright ugly for the bulls. The bad Friday, bad Monday combination, regardless of whether this remains a bull market or not is something typically seen near lows which is where I think the market is. Similar to hat I mentioned yesterday, the S&P 500 is now approaching its lows for 2018 while the S&P 400 and Russell 2000 have already breached those levels. The Dow and NASDAQ 100 remain above them, but with this nasty a selling wave, those two indices shouldn’t get comfortable.

I was disappointed to listen to the financial networks on the way to the train this morning with so much of the chatter focused around a stock market bounce, even from the bears. More than a few commented that Monday was the bottom. If in fact stocks do rally from here, I would feel very, very strongly that Monday’s low will be breached sooner than later. I had the same feelings after the first leg lower in October when stocks started to bounce.

There is definitely fear in the streets, but I don’t have the sense of true panic right here.

So… Is It A Bear Market? Some of the charts certainly suggest so…

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Here’s Hoping Santa Makes the Trip

By: David Moenning, Heritage Capital Research

Published: 12.17.18

It’s that time of year when seemingly everyone on the street starts yammering on about the purported “Santa Claus Rally.” For example, the WSJ has an article this morning about the traditional Santa Claus Rally, which spans the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the new calendar year. While we are still a few sessions away from the official starting date, the article points out that the average gain for the seven-day span has been 1.3% for the S&P 500 and that the last time Santa failed to appear at the corner of Broad and Wall was 2015. The problem is the S&P 500 index is currently down 2.8% (however, the “total return” index – which reinvests dividends is currently up 1%). As such, if the bulls hope to push the venerable index back into the black for the year, they’ve got some work to do.

Our heroes in horns remind us that there are two possible developments that could get the year-end party started this week. First, there is the Fed meeting, which concludes with a Jay Powell presser on Wednesday. The bulls hope that the Fed Chair’s comments will be in the spirit of the holidays and take a dovish tilt – as in, a rate hike and then a pause to reflect on the changing economic climate.

The second potential bullish trigger is more of a stretch as a potential government shutdown is slated for 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Both sides are dug in and hopes for a deal are not high as we enter the week. But lest we forget, a week in Washington D.C. is like a year everywhere else. Fingers crossed that a deal gets done.

Looking at the action in the stock market, there is only one word that can be applied to last week: U-G-L-Y. The problem is that all the news is bad, including the most recent economic data on China. (And did we really need an old story about asbestos in baby powder at this time?)

With prices acting the way they are, it would appear that a test of the February lows is now required…

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LYONS MARKET UPDATE – A “Beary” Christmas and A Weak Week

By: Dexter P. Lyons Issachar Fund

Published: 12.17.18

PE ratios are now contracting after many years of PE-expansion due to “easy money” policies and the market is trying to work off this “excess” daily. If the Fed raises rates on Wednesday (as expected) and does not communicate a “dovish” (lower rates) tone of “one & done”, then a “Christmas Crash” could be in the cards. If the Fed does not raise rates, that may indicate the Fed sees slower economic growth ahead which would likely hurt corporate earnings. Lower expected earnings would likely cause estimates to be adjusted downward which would likely cause stock prices to decline even further. I believe whatever action the Fed takes or does not take on Wednesday could give the market an excuse to trade lower. I am seeing methodical and systematic distribution by institutions as they sell into the rallies the algos create. I believe we may be headed for a “Beary” Christmas and a not so Happy New Year!

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BAM Market Note: Is The Bottom At Hand?

By: Sam and Bo Bills Bills Asset Management

Published: 12.14.18

The S&P has now decisively broken the recent support on a closing basis (not good) and is now heading down to the lows set earlier this year. With less than 1% between where we are now and those lows, we are going to hit that support in the coming days. The question then becomes – will those lows hold? It is a line in the sand for the bulls and, perhaps, the difference between a correction and the start of a new bear market. If the lows do not hold, then we have likely entered into a bear market with much more pain to come as the clock turns on another year. 2019 could be very interesting and painful for those investors without a risk management plan in place.

Our Point

After a dismal few days last week, it would not have been surprising to see a relief rally this week. However, the rally that materialized was very weak and deteriorated altogether today as the major market indices all tumbled 2% to finish the week in the red. More significantly, major support levels were breached and sets up another important test just below current levels. As mentioned in prior missives, small caps have already breached those levels and it looks like the rest of the market is now following. The market will need a positive catalyst of some type to reverse the bah humbug mood currently on Wall Street.

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RGB Market Monitor: Market Outlooks Must Evolve

By: Rob Bernstein, RGB Capital Group

Published: 12.13.18

My outlook of the equity markets has evolved over the last few years. When I compare the stock market today to the stock market from 30 years ago, there are some significant changes in how the market functions. Market moves that used to take weeks or even months now happen within hours or days. The increase in speed has had a dramatic impact on the investing world.

I attribute the changes in the speed at which the markets move to the ease at which investors have access to information. Thirty years ago, individual investors had to call up a broker to find out a stock price or wait until the next day when it was published in the newspaper. Now investors have real time access to data and charts on their computers or mobile phones. They no longer have to manually draw moving averages on a chart with a pencil but rather have their computer do it for them. They can even place a trade while sitting down for lunch from their cell phone!

As a result I have adjusted how I look at the market to adjust for the speed at which the market moves…

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Global View Capital: Buckle Up!

Global View Capital Management

Published: 12.8.18

In the midst of all of this frenetic trading, we now have bearish “Death Crosses” flashing warning signs on almost all of the major indices. The “Death Cross” is Wall Street technical jargon for a chart pattern where the 50-Day Moving Average (short-term) trends down and penetrates the 200-Day Moving Average (long-term) [see Chart below]. In short, the “Death Cross” is bearish while its contra-cousin, the “Golden Cross”, is bullish. Currently, only the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index have yet to trigger a “Death Cross.”

In addition, the expectation of an inverted yield curve (see below) has investors worried of recession. It has been noted in the financial media, ad nauseum, that an inverted yield curve always precedes a recession. However, historically, that lead time is anywhere from 6-24 months.

In other words, investors are confused and the emotions of fear and greed continue to wreak havoc on the markets.

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Dash of Insight: Ready For Your Holiday Shopping?

By: Jeffrey Miller Dash of Insight

Published: 12.8.18

We have a normal week for news with the emphasis on inflation data and business optimism. In recent weeks data has had little bearing on stock price movement. In fact, the opposite has been the case. Whatever happens with stock and bond prices is selectively used to spin the data interpretation.

There are many dire warnings of recession and a complete market collapse. They are hard for most to ignore, especially since these are the grist for nightly news summaries.

I am not worried about these outcomes. Asking myself the best topic to write about this week, I decided a focus on my personal analysis should be more prominent than usual. Rather than relying only on my opinion, and those of some other savvy experts, I will look in more depth at the week’s trading. When I finish, we will be asking:

Are you ready for your holiday shopping?


If we get a little bounce in stocks, you will see the punditry, always followers, join in asking this question.

This week’s Investing section has some ideas for your list…

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Weekly Update: The Emotomy Exposure Index

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Current Emotomy Exposure Index Reading: 74.2

Current Direction: Up

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