Inflation, Stagflation and Gridlock
11/2/2010 8:03:37 AM
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Elections, Fed Meetings and Friday's Jobs Report will make this more clear.
There's an argument that gridlock will be bad for the economy as the government will not be able to pass plans that stimulate growth. And with the Fed doing everything in their power to create inflation, lift asset prices, they may be alone in their fight. And while we've seen some evidence of improved economic growth, Friday's jobs will paint a clearer picture.
This week is about as good as it gets.
But our goal remains focused on the magnitude move over the frequency move here. The market was up large on Monday morning, but couldn't hold those gains. And while it couldn't hold the lows either, it definitely gets the market overly bullish. So while the market can push slightly higher here, the next Magnitude move should be to the downside - I believe our secondary chart at the bottom of this article supports that.
Join us in our chat room as we walk you through the intra day action. Monday was a great day in there as we shorted the market at the 10am pivot, covered around 11:30, reentered our shorts and covered again for more profits. About as good a day as you can get day trading.
There are NO reports today. The slate is cleared for the election. Things heat up on Wednesday and as we approach Friday.
On the economic front, here's the week ahead view:
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On to the charts:
Stock Barometer Analysis
We remain in Sell Mode, looking for the markets to move lower from now into 11/21.
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. Trend and support can override the barometer signals.
Money Management & Stops
To trade this system, there are a few things you need to know and address to control your risk:
- This system targets intermediate term moves, of which even in the best years, there are usually only up to 7 profitable intermediate term moves. The rest of the year will be consolidating moves where this system will experience small losses and gains that offset each other.
- This system will usually result in losing trades more than 50% of the time, even in our best years. The key is being positioned properly for longer term moves when they come.
- Therefore it is vitally important that you apply some form of money management to protect your capital.
- Trading a leveraged index fund will result in more risk, since you cannot set stops and you cannot get out intraday.
- Make sure you set your stops so that you can lose no more than 2% per trade (based on the QQQQ if you're trading leveraged funds and options with our trading service).
Potential Cycle Reversal Dates
2010 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/19, 1/28, 3/2, 3/23, 4/7, 5/30, 6/10, 6/28, 7/10, 8/13, 9/7, 10/2, 10/27, 11/21, 12/19. We publish dates up to 2 months in advance.
We are now looking for a larger move lower into 11/21 (and potentially into 12/19).
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.
2009 Published Reversal Dates: 1/20, 2/11, 3/7, 3/15, 4/8, 4/16, 4/27, 5/7, 6/8, 7/2, 7/17, 9/14, 10/10, 10/24, 11/12, 11/30, 12/9, 12/21, 12/29. 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, 12/11. 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: 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.
Use the following spread/momentum indicators to assist in your trading of 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)
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Gold Spread Indicator (AMEX:GLD)
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Summary of Daily Outlook
We remain in Sell Mode, now looking for a larger move lower into 11/21.
The EIOVR shows me when speculation from individuals is at a peak, which normally denotes a TOP in the market. It's been pretty accurate for the past few signals and is worth paying attention to.
The QE2 is getting ALL the focus. If it's less, that may support the dollar, upset the market, still cause bonds to rally, all things that will result in a larger move lower in the market.
The funny thing is, a move lower in the market following the elections will be blamed on the Republican's taking over the House. Got to love the political angle on things (I don't)...
As an FYI, our chat room is open all week - no password - so feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested in the market/investing here.
For my clients who trade intra day - here are the indices pivots for today's trade.
I publish charts of the ES and Qs with pivots in the chat room every morning. Join me in the chat room if you want to see them, and learn how to use them.
Here's a deeper look at the S&P Futures - these levels are very important if you're going to day trade the market.
These levels can be important for both day traders and investors. How? Well, if you are going to take a stock position, it's always best to get the most efficient entry. Understanding that there are key pivots during the day and key levels that futures traders look for, will help you figure a better entry price (instead of just buying at the open). Combine these levels with the timing of the economic reports on the list at the top of the page, and you can really catch some nice swings in the market. More efficient trade entry increases your relative profit per trade.
If you have any questions or comments, email me at Jay@stockbarometer.com.