The Fed Day Is Here
9/13/2012 9:38:44 AM
Today is huge - and maybe even tomorrow as institutions may take some time to digest the data from the fed. With markets extended, bonds and dollar down, stocks at highs, and given the seasonality, and the rapid rise in bullish sentiment, I could easily make a case for the markets moving lower here. But price action and the barometer still need to confirm it. And we're not there yet.
If bonds break lower, then we have a liquidity move which will propell markets higher. No indicator that I've developed can measure this liquidity move other than prices remaining above the 9dma for an extended period. If you know of one, let me know - I'll analyze it and put it in our data base and incorporate it into the barometer.
But the dollar is SO extended lower - if it starts to rally, it has the potential to derail stock prices.
So today's action is key. We'll be watching and advise intra day if we decide to make a call. If the selling is too strong, it could set up a bounce on Friday. So we'll be cautious.
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Here's a look at the global stock markets:
On the economic front, here is the schedule for this week. Pay close attention to the timing of the report and the potential for the markets to make short term reversals at those points.
On to the charts:
Stock Barometer Analysis
The Barometer has ticked up, giving us a Buy Signal. But we remain short term cautious - as the barometer could roll over here and give a lower level sell signal. I'll email intra day if we take a position. Remain in cash.
Whatever move comes next, should continue into the end of the month - around 9/25.
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
2012 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/12, 1/27, 2/16, 2/23, 3/16, 4/9, 4/25, 5/26. 6/2, 6/15, 7/2, 7/25, 8/13, 8/30, 9/8, 9/25. These dates have an accuracy of +/- 2 days. We publish dates up to 2 months in advance.
It looks as though we're breaking out close enough to our 9/8 date and that would lead to a larger move higher into 9/25. Again, cautious here until we get a decision from the fed.
Our IRG Market Timing and Sentiment data service shows the performance of these forecast turn dates going back to 2003 and for the remainder of 2012.
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.
Use the following Timing/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'.
QQQ Timing Indicator (NASDAQ:QQQ)
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Daily Stock Market Outlook
The barometer has moved into Buy Mode, however, we continue to await a higher close or a break to give us better entry. We're also starting to see more potential for a reversal lower. We'll advise as the day progresses if we're going long. Probably tomorrow am if we're going short.
The above chart shows the equity index put call ratio. This is my ultimate sentiment measure - beccause it's not just a survey, it's what people are doing with their money. Normally when it peaks, you're better served to look for downside.
Talking about Sentiment, by Thursday we have the weekly II and AAII data (below). The yellow line is best, and it just turned lower. The black line is the market. The red line is the AAII data, which is volatile, so we smooth it with the orange line - and get a curve that matches the II data pretty closely... At the end of the day, both are pointing lower. Which can be bearish.
On Gold, option writers are starting to position for more downside.
Here's our current positioning.
- Last Recommendation - 7/11 - SHORT QQQ
- Status - You should have been stopped out of this trade - await our next call.
- Consideration - Always maintain stops per money management above.
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