GM IPO Day
11/18/2010 8:07:48 AM
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There is so much going on in the markets today - that I woke up at 4am to start trying to put it all in perspective. Today is such a critical day in the markets, that you'll definitely want to join us in the chat room today if you can. Here's what's going on:
1) The dollar weakness - this has caused the markets to lift and the dollar has pulled back to a critical level. The market will gap to this level.
2) Our next key reversal date is 11/21 - if the market bounces up into this date, then I expect it to mark a top.
3) The GM IPO - big events like this often occur near significant tops.
4) Options Expiration - is this Friday and expirations often lead to reversals.
5) The Fed's bond purchase program through POMO is just getting started. Conventional wisdom suggests bonds should rally. But they've had trouble. Maybe there's a bigger seller out there than the Fed is a buyer (can you say China)? Asia trying to slow growth and the last time the Fed was buying bonds, the dollar tanked. So if a large holder in US Bonds were to sell while the Fed is buying, that would support the dollar, which supports Asia's objectives. This is currency wars on steriods.
And the list goes on...
On the economic front here, we have some data out at 8:30 am and a Philly Fed report at 10am. I think the market could hold the gap up into the 10am period - and then weakness may settle in.
As for the week ahead, here's what we have on the economic front: Note, there are no reports on Friday, but Bernanke does speak.
This morning we have the GM IPO - It's been priced around 33. Join us in the chat room as we watch it come out.
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On to the charts:
Stock Barometer Analysis
The barometer remains in Sell Mode, we see the markets moving lower into 11/21 at which point we'll reevaluate our position.
That's this Sunday - and these dates have an accuracy of +/- 2 days. So we're approaching a window for a reversal, so what happens here is very critical for the markets direction for the next few weeks.
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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 see the market moving lower into 11/21. At that point, we'll reevaluate the movement 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.
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Summary of Daily Outlook
We remain in Sell Mode, looking for a larger move lower into 11/21, quite possibly into 12/19.
The markets are set to gap up this morning. Strength has been moving from the Asian Markets, to the European Markets and should translate and follow through to our markets regardless of this morning's economic release at 8:30.
In this view of the global markets, you can see that the Asian markets are closed. The European markets close at 11:30am EST for us, which is one reason why the 11:30am time pivot is important to monitor.
The key for today is if the markets will be able to hold on to the gains. We have a key reversal date coming up on this Sunday. To me it's clear, if the markets can't hold on to this morning's gap, and push lower and possibly break lows, then we should set up a short term low and a larger bounce. However, if the markets hold onto the gains today, they will likely trade slightly higher over the next few days and set up a larger leg lower in the market.
Here's another view of the events for the day - they will play into our intra day strategies:
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 are 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.
And finally, here's a view of our 35-day trading cycle:
We are in a sell cycle (based on this cycle).
Looking at our 10/20/40 week cycles above which we combine with seasonality, you can see the markets could bounce today and over the next couple of days into a seasonally weak period. So how the markets sets up today and into tomorrow will set up our call for the next few weeks.
Truly a historic time to be following the markets closely.
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