June 25, 2017

This remains a “Market in LUie Land” as the recoveries in techs and other names that were beaten to a pulp on June 9th continue.  All of these recoveries are occurring as L-shaped “bear flags” morph into U-shape “LUie” formations in defiance of conventional technical analysis. If this were all new to me I might be amazed at the sight of these LUie-type moves. But I myself... [more]

June 21, 2017

The market has taken on this random flavor where it seems to be moving in one direction and then suddenly shifts in not quite the blink of an eye. The most glaring example of this was the action two Fridays ago, on June 9th when the tech sector was beaming higher early in the day before reversing course in a brutal sell-off. Since then, the indexes have been attempting to stabilize... [more]

June 18, 2017

Coming in Thursday morning, holding cash or short positions was the place to be as the indexes gapped down sharply at the open. Based on the gap-down open, the indexes looked set to split wide open. But in its typical Ugly Duckling style, the market belied expectations and turned off the lows for a less than disastrous outcome by the close. The NASDAQ Composite Index found... [more]

June 14, 2017

Things got quite oversold Monday morning as the indexes opened lower amidst continued heavy selling in the tech sector. I tweeted early in the day that an oversold bounce was becoming more likely. At the time, this was showing up on the 5-minute “620” intraday charts in the form of MACD “stretch & cross” types of moves. That’s the first thing I look for when things start to... [more]

June 11, 2017

Friday will go down as one of the strangest market days I’ve seen in a long time, if not ever. Around mid-day the NASDAQ Composite Index broke hard to the downside as leading stocks got pummeled. At the same time, the NASDAQ advance/decline numbers were still roughly 2 to 1 positive. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 Index... [more]

June 7, 2017

The indexes are holding tight and near their highs as they consolidated last week’s gains. The NASDAQ Composite Index did get hit with a distribution day yesterday, as did the other major market indexes. But it is so far holding up in a tight three-day flag formation after posting new all-time highs last Friday. From the point of view of the indexes, things look okay. Of... [more]

June 4, 2017

The indexes blasted to new highs on Thursday, ahead of Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report. After a strong ADP jobs report that was released on Thursday morning, investors were anticipating a similarly strong number coming out of the BLS. That, however, was not the case, as a tepid 138,000 new non-farm payrolls were created in May (either in fact or by simple statistical sleight-of-hand)... [more]

May 31, 2017

The market’s story is best told by a chart of the NASDAQ 100 Index, which has been streaking higher as it left its much broader parent, the NASDAQ Composite Index, behind. From my perspective, the narrowness of the rally in the big-stock NASDAQ names relative to the rest of the market is a cautionary sign unless we begin to see things broaden out, which... [more]

May 28, 2017

Skittish investors spent the morning on Friday clearing out ahead of the long Memorial Day Weekend. Once they got out of Dodge, as they say, the market then stabilized and drifted slightly higher, enabling the NASDAQ Composite Index to post a new closing high on Friday. Volume came in lighter, giving the action the look of constructive consolidation following Thursday’s... [more]

May 24, 2017

The major indexes took four days to recover last Wednesday’s steep one-day losses, something that is not unusual for this Ugly Duckling market. One of the major factors that has enabled the market to maintain its paces has been the ability of certain groups to step up and provide support to the rally at critical points along the way. In many ways, this sort of rotational action is healthy and... [more]