10/12/2008 5:02:56 PM
The volatility reaches a level that I can honestly say that I've never seen.
Stock Barometer Analysis
We remain in CASH. I was looking for a climax low last week and it looks like we may have seen it. However, We'll wait to see some confirmation to the upside before exploring the long side.
The Stock Barometer is my proprietary market timing system. The direction, slope and level of the Stock Barometer determine our outlook. For example, if the barometer line is moving down, we are in Sell Mode. A Buy or Sell Signal is triggered when the indicator clearly changes direction.
Stock Barometer Cycle Time
The Stock Barometer signals follow 5, 8, 13, 21 and sometimes 34 day Fibonacci cycles that balance with 'normal' market cycles. Knowing where you are in the current market cycle is important in deciding how long you expect to maintain a position.
Potential Cycle Reversal Dates
2008 Potential Reversal Dates: 12/31, 1/11, 2/1, 2/13, 3/6, 4/5, 4/22, 5/23, 6/6, 6/27, 7/13, 9/2, 10/3, 10/22, 11/10. We publish these dates up to 2 months in advance.
Now that we're between the 10/3 and 10/22 dates, it's likely that the market will bottom and retest during this period.
My Additional timing work is based on numerous cycles and has resulted in the above potential reversal dates. These are not to be confused with the barometer signals or cycle times. However, due to their past accuracy I post the dates here.
2007 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/10, 1/14, 1/27, 1/31, 2/3, 2/17, 3/10, 3/24, 4/21, 5/6, 6/15, 8/29, 10/19, 11/29, 12/13, 12/23, 12/31, 1/11/08. 2006 potential reversal dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/25, 3/19, 4/8, 5/8, 5/19, 6/6(20), 7/24, 8/20, 8/29, 9/15, 10/11, 11/28. 2005 Potential reversal dates based on 'other' cycle work were 12/27, 1/25, 2/16, 3/4, 3/14, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 5/2, 6/3, 6/10, 7/13, 7/28, 8/12, 8/30-31, 9/22, 10/4, 11/15, 11/20, 12/16.
The following work is based on my spread/momentum indicators for the QQQQ, GLD, USD, USO and TLT. They are tuned to deliver signals in line with the Stock Barometer and we use them only in determining our overall outlook for the market and for pinpointing market reversals. The level, direction, and position to the zero line are keys in these indicators. For example, direction determines mode and a buy signal 'above zero' is more bullish than a buy signal 'below zero'.
QQQQ Spread Indicator (NASDAQ:QQQQ)
The QQQQ Spread Indicator will yield its own buy and sell signals that may be different from the Stock Barometer. It's meant to give us an idea of the next turn in the market.
Gold Spread Indicator (AMEX:GLD)
To trade Gold, utilize the Gold ETF AMEX:GLD. This gives us a general gage to the overall health of the US Economy and the markets, as well as to assists us in the entry of positions in our stock trading service.
US Dollar Index Spread Indicator (INDEX:DXY)
To trade the US Dollar, I'd utilize the Power Shares AMEX:UUP: US Dollar Index Bullish Fund and AMEX:UDN: US Dollar Index Bearish Fund.
Bonds Spread Indicator (AMEX:TLT)
To trade Bonds, I recommend Lehman's 20 year ETF AMEX:TLT. Note that the direction of bonds can have an impact on the stock market. Normally, as bonds go down, stocks will go up and as bonds go up, stocks will go down.
OIL Spread Indicator (AMEX:USO)
To trade OIL, utilize AMEX:USO, the OIL ETF. We look at the price of oil as its level and direction can have an impact on the stock market.
Supporting Secondary Indicator
I monitor over a hundred technical indicators, some that are widely followed and some that are proprietary. These indicators break down the market internals, sentiment and money flow and give us unique insight into the market. I feature at least one here each day in support of our current outlook - and to give you an education on what professional traders utilize.
Summary of Daily Outlook
We remain in CASH Mode as the markets have moved lower - all the way down to their 1.618 Fibonacci projections. This is likely to mark a bottom (or close to it) and we'll await a buy signal before going long. Our patience has paid off to the point.
From a Fibonacci perspective, here's what I'm talking about for the Qs.
For the Dow
And considering volatility, here's the vix from a historical perspective:
This is truly a remarkable period. I have never in my lifetime seen such a deterioration in the financial markets on a global basis. It is evidence that the markets are truly global and more tied in than anyone is aware. And a coordinated response from the G7 should help.
If you look at the equity put call ratio above, we're at a level of fear that we need to put in a bottom. If you recal a couple of weeks ago, this indicator was at a top, which was very bad, since everyone was buying calls, and betting on a bottom. The market fools most the people, most the time. Now that the bets are piled up on the downside, it's lilkely to bounce.
If you have any questions or comments, email me at Jay@stockbarometer.com.